Game 54, 2015

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

It’s a pitching rematch of last Saturday’s game featuring the Cards’ Michael Wacha versus the Dodgers’ Carlos Frias. Frias won the first game 5-1, going seven innings and giving up just that (unearned) run. Wacha gave up just three hits but four earned runs, including a three-run homer to Yasmani Grandal in the sixth which chased him. It was Wacha’s only loss of the season so far: he’s 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA. Frias is 4-2 with a 4.29 ERA.

Regarding Kenley Jansen’s non-appearance in last night’s ninth inning, Mattingly said repeatedly “he just wasn’t available.”

Update:

I think Vassegh co-hosts Dodger Talk on AM570 radio in LA.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Presently watching the Sawx, and Hanley actually caught a fly ball.

  • RBI

    Kenley cleared to pitch tonight, according to Jon at Dodger Insider
    http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2015/06/04/kenley-jansen-cleared-to-pitch-tonight/

  • Update above on Kenley’s condition which prevented him from entering the game last night.

  • RBI

    I’m here. Beautiful night for a ballgame.

  • foul tip

    from dodgers.com:

    ” Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ No. 13-ranked prospect, is in Los Angeles and being evaluated for tingling in his fingers, said manager Don Mattingly.

    “The 28th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Lee was scratched from his scheduled start in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday as he was dealing with a minor injury.

    “Zach’s been here and been having some tingling in his fingers,” Mattingly said. “He’s here to get checked out. We obviously don’t have that report on how that’s going or how that went.”

  • RBI

    Loud out by Joc.

  • RBI

    Loud out, quiet inning.

  • RBI

    Wacha dealing. Again.

    • WinnipegDave

      Frias not doing too badly either.

      • RBI

        Especially after the first inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t give ’em any breaks . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      The cost of having Turner’s bat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another unearned run behind Frias.

    • RBI

      I’m sure Justin feels pretty bad about it.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        More so now.

  • RBI

    I knew that error would cost us.

  • RBI

    That’s two on Turner.

  • RBI

    Not to mention pitch count…

    • 47 thru three innings.

      • RBI

        Could have been 32 or so.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As always, gonna need bat support.

  • RBI

    Okay, let’s get them back!

  • RBI

    Thought that was going out!

    • package206

      Hey RBI, how about a Woo Hoo tonight??

      • RBI

        Let’s hope against hope.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just missed it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t give these up.

    • RBI

      They are so confident at the plate. For good reason.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They are a bane to the Dodgers (and other opponents) because they are a good team . . . and a good organization, as their track record proves.

        • WBBsAs

          They are indeed, but the Gnats have been luckier.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            They are a good organization because of Bochy, if nothing else.

        • Bob_Hendley

          FWIW, we did have winning record against them in the regular season from 2010-14.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s winning the battle . . . I was thinking of the war . . . like their WS record since ’88.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh

  • RBI

    Very quiet crowd.

    • Down 3-0 with only two hits can bring you down.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — vs. Wacha

      • RBI

        5-0 is worse. Fans are fleeing.

  • RBI

    We’d better get cracking!

  • Ethier threw behind Heyward and they got him in a rundown?

  • It was the fifth inning on Saturday when we got to Wacha.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Deja vu?
      Please . . . ?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Joc . ..

  • Bob_Hendley

    Frias batting here indicates the state of the pen. (and/or Donnie’s muddled thinking)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It ain’t last Saturday . . . (yet, anyway)

  • WinnipegDave

    Not necessarily a key moment of the game here, but perhaps the most fun potentially.

    • WinnipegDave

      Man – I type too slowly or at the wrong time or something. That was disappointing,

    • Bob_Hendley

      Think it was pretty key vis-a-vis trying to get back into the game. Giving away an out like that was idiotic. Frias was already in high 80s in his pitch count to boot.

  • Drat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Monday and Steiner are lazy in their analysis. When we got to Wacha last time he was closing in on 100 pitches. He is still in mid-60s.

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner is just not all there.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Mid-80;s now, according to them.
        Regardless, Go, Blue!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go Dre!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How about another Grand Salami!?

    • WinnipegDave

      Or play “Keep the line moving”…

      • Bob_Hendley

        Bird in the hand…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        If that means “We;ll take anything positive,” I’m all for it!

        • WinnipegDave

          Positively, we will take anything good.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    THat’s at least something.
    Love how the crowd got into it.

  • RBI

    Frias pitched better than it looks like he pitched.

  • RBI

    It’s still a beautiful night. Just maybe not our night.

  • RBI

    Same high strike that got Joc.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow. The Cards have a team ERA+ of 149! (Dodgers 110). And this after losing their ace to injury.

    • RBI

      They are really really good. Reynolds the only real hole in the lineup.

      • Bob_Hendley

        On offense, they are barely above the league average.

        • RBI

          Well, not tonight.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Which puts your comment above about ERA in perspective since they have the best record in baseball.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Pitchers only give up 3 runs a game, so they are in most of them.

    • RBI

      Also, very annoying.

  • RBI

    At least Wacha is out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The collective ERA of their pen is almost as good as Wacha’s.

      • RBI

        You are not helping my mood.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They are good, real good. Best shot is to get to their starters.

  • RBI

    Terrible route in left field. Wow.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The price of having his bat in the line up.

  • RBI

    This game is no fun at all.

  • RBI

    Coulombe’s ERA now 16.20. Cards must be quaking in their cleats.

    • WBBsAs

      Not his fault. Guerrero butchered a catchable ball.

  • RBI

    Keep looking for silver linings. Kenley can rest another night?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That IS a silver lining . . . but especially vs. the Cards, I would like to see him in every one of these games — or sitting because they have more than a 3-run lead.

  • RBI

    Where was that pitch?!?! From here it looked inside.

  • Six runs! Easy!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not impossible, but definitely improbable.

    • RBI

      That’s the spirit!

  • WinnipegDave

    Blah! The Dodgers are sleepwalking through this one.

    • RBI

      I think you’re right. They landed at 5 am.

      • WBBsAs

        Getaway day games should be in the afternoon.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — and postponed if it rains?

  • WinnipegDave

    Started to watch Jimmy Fallon clips to counter balance listening to the Dodger game. I’m laughing viewing all the superlatives, I’m crying listening to Steiner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    One last chance for Joc and dinger?

  • WinnipegDave

    Cue the dramatic music.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nevermind – just roll the credits instead and walk quietly and sadly out of the theatre.

  • This can be a very disappointing team sometimes.

    • Bob_Hendley

      42.59 percent of the time to be exact.

  • To take the bad taste out of our mouths, watch this play by Gio Gonzalez covering first base in the Cubs-Nats game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What a week. Tired as a fan.

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