Game 28, 2015

Dodgers at Brewers, 10:40AM PT, TV: SPNLA

Carlos Frias brings his 2-0, 0.00 ERA (over 7 2/3 innings) to the hill for the Dodgers to face the Brewers’ Mike Fiers, who’s 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA this season but is coming off a 2 walk, 12-strikeout performance over 6 innings against the Cubs in which he got the win.

The Dodgers plan to sit Jimmy Rollins and Justin Turner in this game and to have Yasmani Grandal do the catching. Juan Uribe will be back at third with his 13-game hitting streak.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Eric Stephen comments that Heisey “also gives the Dodgers an extra strong defensive outfielder with a weekend series at Coors Field, home of the largest outfield in baseball.”

    • john galt

      True enough but I’d still rather have a relief pitcher. You may quote me.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Of course, there’s nothing stopping this situation from changing by the time they’re in CO.

      • WBBsAs

        There’s a strong possibility that weather will stop at least one of three games, and perhaps all three.

        • john galt

          Sunday for sure because that’s the one I am supposed to be able to see. I was supposed to be able to see today’s game but somehow they changed that. Probably just as well. I completely spaced out the time zone differential and only became aware the game was going a few minutes ago. Now it too is blacked out. Baseball doesn’t deserve the fans it has.

  • john galt

    I wonder if this genius FO we are blessed with has negotiated a deal with an airline that the more tickets they buy the cheaper they get? So they save money by shuttling players between LA and OKC…

  • WinnipegDave

    Guerrero with another blast. Tie game.

  • RBI

    Tuned in right after Guerrero tied things up. He’s amazing. It seems as if you can’t make a mistake with him, Agon or Joc.

    • WinnipegDave

      And I would add Kendrick – just maybe not always for a home run but likely a double. Hoping that we can consider Grandal as part of this list on a regular basis.

      • RBI

        Like you said…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice to have more than one “don’t let them hurt you” player.
      And — as powerful as it is — nice to know that the RBI Mojo is not the ONLY indicator of Dodger success. 🙂 . . . which means they should do even better now that you’re following!

      • RBI

        (Ummm, I did in fact have the game on the radio – I had just muted it for a minute.)

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          So the legend continues?
          You know, this means you HAVE to listen to EVERY game . . . possibly every INNING? . . . As Uncle Ben said, with great power comes great responsibility.

          • RBI

            Ack! I take it back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc’s on base percentage moves up again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fiers has momentarily lost it. 8 straight balls thrown. Hope Kendrick and Gonzo can make him pay.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Howie did — c’mon, A-gon!

  • RBI

    Nice, AGon! We’ll take it, even though it blooped in.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — kind of! 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!
    Didn’t sound like the kind of hit expected from A-Gon, but it WAS a hit!

  • WinnipegDave

    Still room for more here. Let’s go Ethier.

    • WinnipegDave

      Make that Uribe!

  • scooplew

    Guerrero’s homer gives the Dodgers one or more in eight straight games. The club record is 24 set by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953, so we have a ways to go.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow – that team was loaded but that seems like a very long streak.

      • scooplew

        Starting lineup was (not in order) Campanella, Hodges, Gilliam, Cox, Reese, Robinson, Snider and Furillo. Snider had 42 HRs, Campy 41 and Hodges 31. Team hit 208. Eight players had 10 or more. Club record is 211 set by the 2000 Dodgers.

        • WinnipegDave

          Feels like we could make a run at 200 HRs this year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m happy with two, but that still seems like a wasted opportunity.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed. With 3 walks and two hits should have scored at least another run.

      • RBI

        Was really hoping Uribe would be Uribear.

  • C’mon, Carlos. Hit as well as Zack does.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Offensively, this is feeling like Kersh’s game: brief moment(s), then nothing. Hope it turns into Zack’s game . . . and Carlos stays strong.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m stepping away for a bit but should be back to catch the last inning or so.

  • Don’t DO that, Frias!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers have wasted opportunities with the bat . . . sure hope they don’t end up wanting . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    REALLY feeling like Kersh’s game now . . .

    • RBI

      Ooph. Too familiar, this feeling that the wheels are coming off the pitcher.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Plus the ineffective offense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-arlos!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats . . . do your thing!

  • scooplew

    Our lineup is like a fancy car, but our starting pitching includes three recaps.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice analogy . . . unfortunately, the fancy car is sputtering lately.

      • scooplew

        It needs a tuneup. I’d play Turner more in place of Uribe. Puig’s return should help.

        • john galt

          Uribe, like Ellis is toast. There is a place for sentiment but it can cost you.

          • Uribear has a thirteen-game hitting streak. He’s hardly toast.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            “Had.”
            But I agree — I’m not giving up on Uribear. We did that before and he came to define “comeback”/redemption.
            (As I was writing that, he got an RBI.)

          • AND a hit. 😉

          • WBBsAs

            Elite defense, adequate offense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uribear!

  • RBI

    This is better!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Crucial, YG!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Off for 4th Graders and their skit . . . let’s go Bullpen . . . and Bats!

    • Somehow I’m reminded of the children who play sheep in the Christmas play.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They did great. And if you’ve ever worked with children of any age, they can never be counted on to be sheep — if sheep follow directions and do the same thing each time! 🙂

        BTW, I’ve never done a “traditional” Christmas play. 🙂
        Last year’s was one of my all-time favorites, the true story which affected me ever since I heard it: “The Song That Stopped the War,” based on the true event in World War I (last Christmas was the 100-year anniversary of the event and the fourth time I was able to do that production . . . the first year I wanted to do it was 2001 but after Sept. 11 and anthrax, the talk of senseless carnage and chemical warfare was too raw).

        • I didn’t know there was a play written about The Christmas Truce. I knew it had been put into various songs and films as a cameo. Huh.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I wrote it, so no one knows except those who’ve seen it.
            AND those reading your fine blog, Link!

          • Oh, well then. It will be widely known within weeks!

          • WinnipegDave

            Hey Bob – I’m curious at how long it is and for how many actors. Not that I’m looking for a Christmas play in the middle of May, but I’m always looking for good resources…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Since most of these are designed to replace the sermon, they are no longer than 15 minutes. I think this one is about 13 . . . that includes partially singing “Silent Night”,” as well as a song we wrote for it.
            We had a small cast this last production — 15.
            (BTW, Dave, I usually write the Christmas skits during the summer — but I LOVE Christmas and have to force myself from humming carols throughout the year!)

          • WinnipegDave

            It is the season with the best music, so I say hum away!
            Anyway, thanks for the details. Is there a place where you list your plays and give info about acquiring the rights to perform them and associated fees, etc?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            There will be . . . if/when I ever get a website built to do that! (Same reason I haven’t sold any of my screenplays — I don’t take the time to market them . . . at least I HOPE that’s why I haven’t sold them! Lol)
            But if you’re interested, Dave, you can use it without charge — one Dodger fan to another.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Bob!

          • Have you ever read Mark Evanier’s story of Mel Tormé and how he sang The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) at the Farmers’ Market in LA to the shock and surprise of all the diners there? I mention it because Tormé said he and his co-composer wrote it “on the hottest day of the year in July. “

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I heard about composing it in the summer, but I haven’t read the other story . . . but I will, thanks!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bats have done their job with 7 runs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They definitely did, then scored 3 more that I missed.
        The scoring raised a question i figured you would be able to answer, Bob — what is the inning-by-inning breakdown of how the Dodgers score: total by innings and number of games they have scored in that inning so far.
        If it’s also available, the breakdown on number of different scoring innings per game.

        As we’ve mentioned several times here, this team has the ability to come back, but they also seem to score going away.

        • Bob_Hendley

          A quick look at Baseball Reference suggests that the scoring is pretty even across innings. Not sure how this compares to other teams. Of the 27 games (not including today), starting from the first inning they have scored in 7, 8, 9 , 10, 10, 8, 8, 7. Didn’t include the 9th, because in 10 of the games they didn’t need to come to bat. As regards number or runs per inning, they average .54. First, second and fifth innings this reached .63. Lows of .44 and .43 in the 8th and 9th.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks, Bob!

        • WinnipegDave

          This doesn’t answer all your questions but just a brief search revealed the breakdown of runs scored and home runs hit per inning so far this season – as well as runs allowed and home runs allowed per inning.

          Inning Runs Scored HRs Hit Runs Allowed HRs Allowed

          1 17 8 24(!) 9
          2 18 5 3 0
          3 15 3 8 2
          4 15 3 16 8
          5 17 7 10 2
          6 19 8 9 2
          7 14 6 6 3
          8 15 5 7 2
          9 4 1 12 0
          Extra 2 1 2 0

          • WinnipegDave

            Clearly I don’t know how to do a chart here! Reading from left to right:

            Inning / Runs / HRs / Runs Allowed / HRs Allowed.

            What stands out is just how even the run production is across the innings for the offense, and how bad the first inning has been for the pitching.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            It sure has felt like LA is always starting the hole, huh?

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s true. We have been behind after the first in 9 of the first 27 games. A full third of them! (but have come back to win five of those games).

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Awesome, Dave — thanks!
            I am actually surprised how the scoring is evenly spread throughout the game.

  • RBI

    Good catch, Joc! Good job, Libertore!

    • WBBsAs

      “Lipitor,” according to Steiner.

  • John_from_Aus

    good news to wake up to I see

  • foul tip

    Only able to get a couple quick Gameday lookins. And Gameday seems to have issues. Am I right that Frias may have turned the game by figuring out how to be effective in the 4th after allowing 2 runs with no outs, then escaping further damage?

    I know the bats woke up, too. Still…encouraging signs Frias may be able to help the rotation, at least short term.

    • WBBsAs

      He had a very bad stretch of four batters, but then rightened the ship (helped by the fact that the succeeding hitters were weaker).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Que grande el!

  • Grandal’s BA has gone up 100 pts since last Thursday, sez Steiner.

    • Bob_Hendley

      BA coming into the game since Monday is .615. Possible player of the week.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Oops, slipped last Sunday into those totals, when he went 3-4, so only .556.

  • RBI

    YG has certainly figured things out. His shoulder must be feeling a lot better!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal now leads Kemp in all major offensive categories except RBI.

    • Bob_Hendley

      On defense, Grandal sports a -0.3 dWAR and Matty a -0.5.

      • WBBsAs

        I expect Grandal’s defensive numbers will improve. Not so sure about Kemp, though I think his overall offense will continue to make him a useful player.

  • Yesterday Santos came in and walked the first guy he saw on four pitches. That seems to be his M.O.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fun to come back and see the Dodgers with the commanding lead. Well just slightly less commanding now.

  • foul tip

    Does Santos pass the eye test? He supposedly has been very good in the past. Didn’t he struggle with injury? Seems he walks a tightrope every time in.

    • WBBsAs

      He doesn’t sharp to me, but I wouldn’t write him off.

      • He’s only thrown 5 innings all season. The very definition of small sample size!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Here’s an old friend indeed. Brox going on his tenth year in the Bigs

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc singles! Stop the presses!

  • A single! Joc hit a single! 😉

  • RBI

    Brox is so much slimmer.

  • RBI

    Can’t get over how different Grandal looks at the plate. His swing is smooth and very confident.

  • RBI

    Wow. Another HR for Grandal!

  • WinnipegDave

    I think Grandal might end up being player of the game. Just a guess.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good start for being player of the week.

  • RBI

    Jeeze. 8 RBIs for YG.

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is looking like a football score. Okay – like a Canadian football score, with the 4 by the Brewers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Any position players that are frustrated pitchers? (Hatcher doesn’t count)

  • WBBsAs

    As former Gnatcaster Hank Greenwald (one of the best) might have said, “You get Carlos Frías 14 runs and he can be tough.”

  • Elian beating up his former team.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Now back to work I go, for real.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal tripled his season RBI total today. Let’s extrapolate for the rest of the season.

    • foul tip

      Think they might leave him in the 2 hole after today?

  • WinnipegDave

    Seeing Broxton today made me think of Billingsley. Did he make it onto the Phillies roster this year?

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, just arrived at work, that got even better!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice job, Blue — Carlos getting his act together, the bullpen doing their typically great job (NEVER in recent years would I think “typical” and “great” would refer to them!), and the bats coming alive with a vengeance! — almost like they’re anticipating Coors Field!

  • WBBsAs

    Fantasy baseball under fire: http://tinyurl.com/povrolm

    • Lanai, no less. I’ve never been there. Been to all the other islands save Molokai and Lanai.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ve never been to Hawai’i, and will probably never go. I’ve done my time in the tropics.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hawai’i gives “tropics” a good name.

          • WBBsAs

            The last place I went to the tropics was Colombia, which I always enjoy, but the heat, humidity and direct sunlight are too much for me these days.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Was in Baranquilla myself for carnival a couple of months ago and now in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Lived there as a child and passed through Hawai’i again as a young adult. Don’t recall humidity being an issue and never really got too hot on Oahu, but Link knows better.

          • WBBsAs

            Barranquilla was the first place I ever visited in South America, and I got scammed by a street changer. Not a huge amount, but it made me wary after that.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Biggest scammers I ever encountered were BA taxi drivers.

          • WBBsAs

            I had one really nasty driver who threatened us because we only wanted to go to Palermo from Aeroparque, and he was expecting a longer fare. We got out half-way. On balance, though, Porteño taxi drivers have been good to me.

          • WBBsAs

            How about Argentina’s next president: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGqM4avT7ak&app=desktop

          • 90 degrees is about as hot as it gets on Oahu. We do get pretty sticky sometimes, and with the eruptions on the Big Island we get vog, which is a contraction for volcanic smog. That stuff can be hard on people with respiratory problems.

  • foul tip

    Guess he wasn’t in the front rowwwwwwwww…..

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/05/07/122881424

  • RBI

    D-backs crushing Pads, 11-0. Marlins beating Gnats, 6-2, bottom of the 8th.

    • WBBsAs

      You mean, “swatting Gnats.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Haren and Dee leading the way.

      • RBI

        I know. Makes me proud.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Miss both, but Haren in particular given our starter situation.

          • WBBsAs

            I would have had no problem keeping Haren until the expiration of his contract.

          • Except that had we not traded him (along with Dee) we wouldn’t have gotten Heaney to flip to the Angels for Howie Kendricks, and we wouldn’t have gotten Enrique Hernandez and Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes (a catcher on the farm).

            However, given what’s happened to our starters, I’d like to have him around too.

          • WBBsAs

            True, and all of them have been valuable (or potentially valuable) acquisitions.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Heck, I still miss Hondo Howard!

          • WBBsAs

            Can’t argue with the results of getting Claude Osteen, though.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Dee being Dee went 3-5 and saw all of 9 pitches.

  • WBBsAs

    If we ask package his “opinion of Grandal’s performance,” will we get the Lasorda response?

  • foul tip
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