Game 75, 2015

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Lefty Brett Anderson (3-4, 3.29) goes for the Dodgers and lefty Justin Nicolino (1-0, 0.00) goes for the Fish. This will be Nicolino’s second big league start. In his first one he went seven innings, gave up only four hits and no runs while striking out two, and got the win against the Reds. Anderson’s last outing was a good one against the Giants: he gave up only one run in six innings and got ten runs of support.

Other news: The Dodgers have reinstated Pedro Baez from the 15-day DL and optioned Ian Thomas to Oklahoma City.

Lineup:

  • scooplew

    Link: I loved your time-lapsed video of your drive from Winnipeg to Vancouver that you posted yesterday. I was mesmerized and watched it in one sitting. I’ve driven across the U.S. several times but not Canada, although I’ve taken the train from Vancouver to Calgary a couple of times to visit friends. Great scenery.

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree that it was a great find. Link living up to his billing for sure.

    • Not my drive, unfortunately, but I want to do it. I’ve only been to Vancouver in Canada, and that for Expo ’86 for a week or so.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great to have Baez back as another 7/8th inning option, though Nicasio has strung together 5 good appearances.

  • WinnipegDave

    This seems like it would have been kinda cool to watch: http://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/june-26-1944-tri-cornered-war-bond-baseball-game

    • Confusing, too. But as Branca said, for a good cause.

  • john galt

    Strange lineup. Ellis two games in a row. Guerrero three games. Is the doghouse being refurbished or something?

    • package206

      Donnie just plays lineups that he probably gets some help.

      • scooplew

        Well, Ellis had a .big game yesterday, a .500 OBP yesterday: 0-for-2 with two walks.

      • WBBsAs

        He could use some help in bullpen management.

  • WBBsAs
    • scooplew

      And here I thought it was chocolate syrup (which I like only in a glass of milk).

  • john galt

    Who hits more homers this weekend, Stanton or the Dodgers?

    • scooplew

      The Dodgers: 4 to 2.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sounds good to me. I wouldn’t even mind if it was the other way around, just so LA sweeps.

      • WBBsAs

        One to zero Dodgers, so far…

  • scooplew

    Pederson’s repetitive strikeouts are getting annoying, sort of like mosquitoes at a family picnic. But his home runs are like the chocolate brownies.

  • scooplew

    Gordon has more steals in the first inning tonight than the Dodgers have had in their last 18 games.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      How appropriate, with Maury Wills bobblehead game approaching.

    • RBI

      I miss watching Dee pick team’s pockets.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sadly, you may be able to this weekend.

  • scooplew

    Attention Donnie: That is what is meant by manufacturing a run. Please pay heed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I agree with the need to manufacture runs but in the meantime, this is nice!

    • package206

      Your boy up with the bases juiced.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Dang!

        • package206

          Oh well, he has done a good job tonight.

  • package206

    Having now scored two runs in tonight’s game, is that all?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Hope no.”

  • RBI

    Ho hum, another home run… (Nice going, SVS!)

    • package206

      Hey RBI.

      • RBI

        Hey, Package! Good game, yes?

        • package206

          Great game. You know I predicted sweep before this game. I got a good chance I think?

  • package206

    Good chance for a sweep if the Dodgers win tonight. Got Kersh and Greinke next.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From the Counting Chickens Dept. — remember, their games were the ones LA lost in the last series.

      • package206

        Gotta get this one first. Cluck Cluck.

  • package206

    How about that Ellis. Another caught stealing!!! YEA!!!

  • package206

    Another one for Ellis!! YEA!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thankfully it’s the Marlins making the baserunning gaffes so far.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes! — cashing in on bases loaded . . . by Rollins!

  • package206

    Atta Boy Ellis, you moved the runners up.

  • package206

    Its time to get rid of Rollins. Bring up Seager!!

    • WBBsAs

      You don’t like those RBIs?

      • package206

        I think his defense has deteriorated and with his hitting being poor it is time for him to go.

        • I’ll take Rollins’s defense over that of Hanley Ramirez any day of the week.

          • package206

            I think you could kinda compare him to the way you think Ellis plays.

          • WBBsAs

            Rollins has declined, but he is still superior to A.J. on all levels.

          • WBBsAs

            Rollins’s defense is still solid.

          • package206

            He doesn’t have the same range in my opinion and he has 6 errors.

          • WBBsAs

            Raw error numbers is an extremely flawed statistic. However, in the NL, he is in the middle range, tied with Tulo at 6. NL shortstops with more errors include Nick Ahmed, Brandon Crawford, Wilmer Flores, Freddy Galvis, Jean Segura, Starlin Castro, and Ian Desmond.

          • package206

            Hey WBB, I know we don’t agree on much but Steiner is awful and he makes my head hurt.

      • package206

        Here’s your boy!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anderson helps himself . . . Dodgers have a rally!

    • package206

      5-1 and lookin good Bob.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Still working for the Counting Chickens Dept. . . . but enjoying it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Scary start, but nice end to the inning!

    • package206

      Cluck Cluck Bob. Its a happening.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just when it looked like they were going to waste another great opportunity, Guerrero comes through!

    • package206

      Hey Bob, won’t be long before a Woo hoo and a glass of red wine. Yes!

  • package206

    WBB, in the old days, Rollins would have made that play easy.

    • WBBsAs

      Probably only Andrelton Simmons makes that play.

      • package206

        Rollins should have had that one also.

        • WBBsAs

          Tough chance, but I would have scored it an error.

  • I committed a faux pas. Oahu has a plastic bag ban going into effect on July 1 (all the other counties have had one for a while now) and I just went into a Safeway with a Foodland cloth bag.

    • package206

      Nice going Link!! You are the man! Ha!

    • WBBsAs

      Is each island its own county?

      • Sorry, yeah. Well, Maui includes Molokai and Lanai, I think. Lessee, Hawai’i, Oahu, Maui, Kauai. The Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai is its own county. (That’s a result of isolation: Kalaupapa was the place where Hansen’s Disease patients were sent to quarantine them.)

        • WBBsAs

          Never been to Hawai’i, and have pretty much lost interest in the tropics. I’ve been to Easter Island half a dozen times, though.

          • Saw a TV episode about St. Helena in the South Atlantic last night. I think I’d rather see Easter Island.

          • WBBsAs

            I’d love to go to St. Helena, which is due to have an airport. I did spend a week on Ascension Island, where a lot of Saints work under contract to the Brits, en route from the Falklands to the UK.

          • I spent 27 months on Kwajalein in the Marshalls, 2,500 miles southwest of Honolulu.

          • WBBsAs

            I was on Ascension when the green turtles were arriving to nest from Brazil.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I spent a couple days on Johnston Island.

  • WBBsAs

    Superb outing by Anderson, with 10 K’s in seven innings.

  • package206

    Hey Bob_in_Vegas, you feelin it yet??

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Very happy — but see my caveat above.

  • WBBsAs

    Báez looking exceptional.

  • Strike out the side in the ninth, including Stanton? I hope Pedro is back!

    • WBBsAs

      Stanton reported to have a broken bone is his hand.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Once again, watching as I work. Superb pitching and timely hitting, for once in synch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was really pleased to see they scored in 4 innings and throughout the game.

      My joy was tempered when I saw that FL is 15 games under .500 . . . still, a win is a win and hopefully LA can keep that synchronization through the rest of the season!

  • RBI

    Dee did what he could, but he’s not getting much help, thank goodness.

  • Howard Fox

    and that makes it 17 to go….

    • WinnipegDave

      I would definitely love to have the Dodgers win 20 in a row, but honestly would be happy enough with my prediction of them going 6-3 in their last nine games of the first half (i.e. 81 games).

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m feeling a bit sad to miss tonight’s game. I had a group of university students over this evening (a fun part of my job). Anyway – speaking of fun – looks like the Dodgers had a lot of it this game. Wow to the 16 strikeouts and wow to the hitting.

    Trying to remind myself that correlation is not causation as I realize the Dodgers very modest 3 game winning streak coincides with Puig not being in the starting lineup!

  • RBI

    Dodgers up 2 again!

  • Anderson hit a whole bunch of milestones in this game that he hadn’t hit in a long long time, if ever. His 10 strikeouts tied a career high, he went seven innings for the fourth time in seven starts, and for the second time this year he picked off two runners in the same game.

  • WBBsAs

    I just reviewed the video Gnatlights – thanks, Rox! Plenty of pleasurable moments.

    • foul tip

      Gnats in any form are not a good thing.

      Currently have a gnat infestation in my kitchen. Think they came in on some bananas.

      Know the bit about removing the food source to get rid of them. Did. But these gnats didn’t get that memo.

      A canister vacuum cleaner with crevice attachment seems to do a world of good. Making gnats in any form vanish is kinda therapeutic, actually.

      • One of my memories of summers in the DC suburbs includes mowing our yard in that intensely humid climate, surrounded by a cloud of gnats. In my eyes, my nose, my mouth — they were really unpleasant.

  • WBBsAs

    In the team RBI race, Brett Anderson (21 ABs) has now tied A.J. Ellis (70 ABs).

  • john galt

    As WBBsAs mentioned below, Stanton is out 4 to 6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. It occurred on his strikeout in the ninth inning. That’ll open the door for someone into the All-Star Game and HomeRun Derby

    • WBBsAs

      On the downside, Stanton will not face the Gnats on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

      • john galt

        Cheering for that will give you and the Giants something in common.

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