Game 154, 2014

Dodgers at Cubs, 11:20AM PT, TV: SPNLA

Clayton Kershaw has won five straight games and is trying to win his 20th game of the season. He’s 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA. He’ll face old friend Edwin Jackson, who’s coming off the DL, where he was nursing a right lat strain. Before he got hurt he was 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA.

Believe it or not, Jackson, who got his first start with the Dodgers back in 2003 and made it a memorable one, turned 31 years old 10 days ago and has been pitching in the major leagues for 12 years with a lifetime record of 84-103 for mostly bad teams.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Matt, put the Blue on the board!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Revenge of the Bison — THIS one goes out, 2 aboard!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s hustle instead of admiring the shots, guys!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uribear!
    Nice 2-out RBI!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A HR by a Dodger catcher?!
    We’ll take it!
    Sure hope this isn’t a funky game for Kersh — wind is blowing out and he’s been sitting half an hour since the game began.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Had a bad feeling about this . . . Kersh’s ERA is going to balloon (for him) . . . gotta get the win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is not Quality Kershaw . . . walked the first batter, who scored . . . had 2 strikes with a runner on 3rd and gave up a sac fly . . . hope he gets a better rhythm AND the bats stay hot!

    • This is “I’ve only started here once in my entire career and the wind is blowing out to boot” Kershaw.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        AND he was sitting around after warming up.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Still,I would take “Any Kind of Kersh” over any other pitcher!

  • I Watched the video on Gameday. After Ellis’s home run Steiner said (tempting the fates) “the rout is on.”

    Sorry, Charlie. (hey, a Sunkist Tuna commercial line!)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      🙂
      I agree Steiner tempts the fates . . . may he prove to be prescient this time!

    • WBBsAs

      Whatever Steiner says, it’s most often safe to assume the opposite.

  • A Greatest Hit from Charlie’s past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uASRgF2fwwY

    • WBBsAs

      I watch and listen to the minimum possible Steiner.

      • Oh now, this blind prejudice harms you. 😉 Besides, this one was pretty funny.

        • WBBsAs

          Nothing Steiner says or does is funny (at least intentionally so).

  • Ellis? ELLIS?

  • Kershaw just struck out a guy named Mike Olt to end the third inning. He was hitting .155 with 12 HRs and 33 RBI. How can a guy who hits that poorly be in the lineup often enough to hit that many HRs and get that many RBI?

    • WBBsAs

      Once thought to be big-time prospect, acquired by trade from Texas. Cubbies can afford to give him the chance.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just got back after blackout period (the Vegas station is on-air shopping and having a marathon) . . . frustrated to hear ANOTHER LOB RISP, but very happy to hear LA got two more runs and Kersh settled down.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bear down, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-ersh!
    Cubs had a Dodger-kind-of offensive inning: 2 doubles, nothing across . . . thankfully!

  • foul tip

    Link, do you think maybe AJ read your comment yesterday about his seldom being on base and decided to show you, twice even? On the chance he did, keep it up! ;-])

    Just tuned in. WGN announcers talking about wind blowing out, Kershaw not himself.

    Were AJ’s shots legit, or would they not have made it without a tailwind?

    • I don’t think AJ reads the blog (when would he have time? Doesn’t he have a small child?), but maybe my theory transmitted itself through the ether (not Ethier!) to him and he thought, “I’ll show THAT guy!”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who would’ve thought an 8-3 game with Kershaw on the mound is not a laugher?

    • Location, location, location. In Wrigley and Coors nothing can be taken for granted, I guess.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Agree — I was thinking of Coors as well.
        But some could be prevented, according to Mo — and he should know, having played here . . . he was admonishing Crawford to play deeper.

  • 59 strikes, 41 balls for the first 100 pitches. That’s very un-Kershaw-like.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Plus those 100 are before the 5th is finished.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They need the win . . . but Kersh also has to be strong for the Giants.
    Still — they need the win, especially with a 6-0 lead to start.

  • WBBsAs

    I can’t argue against pulling Kershaw here, but it still makes me uneasy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You ain’t the only one . . .

    • We have a highly-competent well-rested bullpen! What’s to worry about? 😉

      • WBBsAs

        Puig’s dinger makes me a bit less uneasy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With the bullpen coming in, gotta get more Dodgers crossing home.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PUIG!!!!!

  • Well, THAT helps!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely.
      Who knows — maybe a succession of four one-inning relievers CAN be effective.
      (If it wasn’t one of those location, location, location situations, this would be the perfect time to see what some of the callups can do.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hanley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hearing Matt waved in, then stopping on his own brought the terrible memory of that blowout in D.C. when he hurt himself after just returning from the DL on the will I?/won’t I? hustle play at the plate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ugh, was there and saw that one.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here’s an incentive for the bullpen — the rare chance to be more effective than Kershaw (at least in this game).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Which is more surprising . . .
    Kershaw’s poor outing (for him, anyway)?
    OR
    AJ’s offensive outburst?

    • AJ. Kershaw’s line of 7 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 3 walks and 9 Ks wouldn’t be bad for mere mortals, even if it was spaced over only five innings. On a windy day in Wrigley? Not so bad.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One successful bullpen inning down, 3 to go!

  • John_from_Aus

    just tuned in, very nice!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It was actually scarier than the score shows, John.
      Hope the rest of the ride is a laugher.

      • John_from_Aus

        I’ve just went through the play by play, I see what you mean. Kershaw is certainly owed some favours by the batters

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Totally agree re Kersh being owed.
          Mo & Kennedy on the radio said the same thing.
          Not sure if the play by play indicated the part the wind played today — helping other teams, blowing out to left.

  • Wright: 11 strikes, 1 ball. Let him go another inning, Don!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Don is probably gonna give 4 different pitchers a shot — I agreed with you but it makes sense to work them with a 10+-run lead.

  • Elbert has to be very happy with his performance in his unlikely comeback.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Since I go down there frequently, I like when I can root for San Diego. . . . Well, never more than this weekend.

    Go, Blue!
    Go, Pads!

  • foul tip

    Isn’t this the game Bob H was going to? If so, he’d have liked to see vintage Kershaw but no doubt is pleased with the offense.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It is! — I hope he gets a chance to send us a report.
      Apparently Kersh is undefeated when he’s there.

  • John_from_Aus

    about the only time I’ve ever been pleased we have grounded into a DP. (I’m going out soon and I want to see the win!)

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I took a nap in the other room and didn’t hear the 9th . . . guess it was too much to ask the bullpen to go four scoreless inning.

    Tho I’m surprised it was Howell who gave up the runs, especially when League was in the mix.

    • foul tip

      Bad luck more than bad pitching. A ball that stayed fair down the 3B line for a run-scoring double following a Cub single and ill-advised throwing error–by Barney, of all people. Then, with 2 out, another very catchable ball lost in the sun by the OF, this time by Pederson, fell in and drove in the runner from 2B.

      Apparently JP had had enough. He struck out the final batter, his 2nd K of his inning. His ERA ballooned all the way to 1.53.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks for clarifying . . . and I’m glad it wasn’t JP — there’s gotta be SOME relievers who don’t create a cringe when they are announced!

  • Giants – Padres Gameday link, for those who are out of range of CSN-BA, FSSD and/or MLBN.

    Game time 7:10PM PT, Tim Hudson v. Odrisamer Despaigne

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice to have a Dodger W on the board for SF to see.
      Recently, it seems like it was always the other way around.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So the two Dodger “name” pitchers are through for this series (and two LA wins, as expected).
    Unless the Giants lose their next two, I’m figuring Haren is saved for the Giants, so these next two could be “interesting.”
    Hopefully the bats continue to give support.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Matt is now 1 HR behind A-gon for the team lead — and he apparently lost two in the wind last night.
    I think the Bison will come out in front there . . . but I hope it’s a spirited competition this final week!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t realize there were some health causes for concern:

    “The one-sided score allowed manager Don Mattingly to lift Kemp, Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez in the sixth inning. Kemp seemed to have trouble running the bases in the top of the inning, and Uribe had a couple of awkward swings that hit the radar of Stan Conte, VP of medical services, who spoke to Uribe on the field after a fifth-inning strikeout.” http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_09_19_lanmlb_chnmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=la

  • RBI

    That does it! Can’t come home until Monday… Oh wait… that’s when I’m coming home anyway!

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