Game 111, 2015

Dodgers at Pirates, 5:00PM PT, TV: ESPN

Alex Wood (7-7, 3.65 ERA) makes his second start for the Dodgers. He went six innings in his first game, then balked (video) with two men on. He walked the next guy to load the bases and was relieved by Peralta, who then gave up a grand slam to Maikel Franco. Wood was saddled with the loss.

He’ll face Charlie Morton (7-4, 4.19 ERA), who was 6-1 through June, lost three in a row in July, and won his last outing in August. This will be his second career start against the Dodgers; the first was five years ago.

Lineup when available.

  • R.I.P., Frank Gifford. He and Dandy Don and Howard Cosell are all gone.

    • scooplew

      I still can recall the great excitement and novelty of Monday Night Football. During the first year in 1970, Keith Jackson was in the booth with Meredith and Cosell. I was working in a resort in upstate New York as a dishwasher immediately after graduating college and completing a summer job in the federal anti-poverty program. The car I had purchased broke down just after I bought it and I needed a place to work and live while I tried to convince the dealer to fix it. I got the dishwasher job — three meals a day, seven days a week — and Monday nights were one of the few highlights of the week. I stayed there about two months.

      • Yeah, for a long time it was appointment TV for me. In Hawai’i it was tape-delayed until 6:30pm so people who worked during the day would have time to get home to watch. That changed when it switched from ABC (network) to ESPN (cable) in 2006. Now it comes on at 3:30PM Monday afternoon and I don’t think too many people care. ESPN (or maybe the local cable company has control. Dunno which) even rebroadcasts it right after the live game ends.

        • scooplew

          MNF used o be an occasion to gather at someone’s home, consume beer and pizza and have a loud, great time. But for many years now it has been little more than afterthought what with games on Sunday and Thursday nights and pro football filling the airwaves on Sunday morning and afternoon Growing up in L.A. in the 50’s and 60’s, there would be one pro football game on on Sunday — either a Rams’ away game or another game. Things expanded when the AFL started.

          • john galt

            Your post reminded me of some of the great players the Rams had in the late 60s. One who came to mind was Billy Truax, who was traded to the Cowboys for Lance Rentzel. I’m sure you remember why Rentzel was traded…

          • scooplew

            Billy Truax, now there’s a name I haven’t recalled in many years. Do you remember Eddie Meador, Dick Bass (The Scooter), Bucky Pope (The Catawba Clay), Jack Snow, Les Richter, Pervis Atkins and so many more? I remember when the Rams, horse racing and UCLA and USC football dominated the sports market in L.A. Then came the Dodgers, the Lakers, the Angels, the NHL, etc. We used to take public transportation to the Coliseum to see the Rams on Sunday afternoon — the bus on Olympic to the trolley on Vermont. Yes, I remember the Rentzel saga.

          • john galt

            I remember all of them, and Roman Gabriel, Merlin Olson, Lamar lundy and on and on. Guess you can tell I was a Rams fan and a Minnesota Viking Hater. Hard to understand Rentzel with a beautiful wife like Joey Heatherton….

          • Bob_Hendley

            and Rosie Grier and Deacon Jones rounding out the “Fearsome Foursome”!

          • john galt

            Which one did Roger Brown replace, Lundy?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Rosie.

          • john galt

            I remember when George Allen was Coach/GM of the Washington Redskins. The owner said he gave him an unlimited budget… and he overspent it. Remember his slogan, “The Future Is Now”?

          • scooplew

            I remember when the Rams players rose up as one to oppose the owner, Dan Reeves, when he planned to fire head coach George Allen. Allen was retained.

          • package206

            How about Hacksaw??

          • scooplew

            Tremendous linebacker. Do you remember Jack Youngblood playing with a broken leg in a playoff game vs. the Cowboys, who won the game. For years either the Cowboys or the Vikings would eliminate the Rams in the playoffs.

          • package206

            Yes I do remember Youngblood playing with a broken leg. The Dodgers find every reason known to man not to bring back Turner on his due date.

          • Elroy Crazy Legs Hirsch!

          • scooplew

            And of course the Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

    • john galt

      I’m old enough to remember when even NBA games were worth watching and the players were admirable…

      • WBBsAs

        Carrying the ball used to be illegal. Now it’s obligatory.

        • john galt

          It’s certainly not what Dr. Naismith intended…

          • WBBsAs

            Pretty soon they’ll authorize the double dribble.

    • WBBsAs

      Handegg is only slightly less boring than soccer.

  • john galt

    Rollins, SS
    Kendrick, 2B
    Gonzalez, 1B
    Ethier, RF
    Grandal, C
    Crawford, LF
    Callaspo, 3B
    Pederson, CF
    Wood, P

  • john galt

    A little graveyard humor… Who will be the goat today, Starting Pitcher, Bullpen, or AWOL Offense? I’m thinking 3 runs so the hitters (?) will get the blame.

  • scooplew

    Cubs beat the Giants, 2-0. San Francisco loaded the bases with none out in the 9th on a Belt single, Crawford double and Adrianza hit by pitch. Rondon, who had allowed the three hits, then struck out Sanchez, Pagan and, on a 3-2 pitch, Blanco.

    • John_from_Aus

      they seem to do that a lot in the 9th, I mean not score when they should

      • scooplew

        Sanchez swung and missed and three balls that were all out of the strike zone and really low.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Gnats” again.

      • scooplew

        That was an apt description. However, he might have killed a gopher had one stuck his head out.

  • scooplew

    Puig looks disspirited at the plate and can’t seem to hit the high fastball or lay off outside pitches.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He seemed to be coming out of it a couple of weeks ago, but yes, he got a bad called yesterday. which seemed to greatly discomfort him during one PA at least. K rate not an unreasonable 20%, but when he connects he is getting a lot of dribblers and popups. BABIP of .167 over the past couple of weeks.

  • package206

    The Dodgers need to improve the bullpen or it will not be pretty.

    • WBBsAs

      Howell, Nicasio and Báez have been pretty good, Kenley excellent, but others have really struggled in the last month-plus.

      • scooplew

        If Bolsinger is healthy, I would call him up and demote Peralta.

        • WBBsAs

          I expect Peralta’s skating on very thin ice. If healthy, Ballslinger’s versatile enough to spot start or go several innings in relief. I doubt they can demote Peralta without his permission – they’d need to DFA him, and he could refuse to go to the minors (though he might not refuse, because he’d lose his paycheck).

  • package206

    Stan Kasten said that some of the dead money the Dodgers have incurred is “Short-term expense for long-term gain”. That is the same talk as a person would say to something being magnificent instead of BS. mlbtraderumors.com/los-angeles-dodgers

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers are quickly building one of baseball’s deepest farm systems.

      • package206

        Are there any plans to winning now??

        • WBBsAs

          They appear to be in first place.

          • package206

            We shall see if it holds up.

          • WinnipegDave

            So you are concerned about winning later then. (Just gently ribbing you Package.)

          • package206

            Just for that, I am going to get ice cream. Ha!

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Nice comeback. 🙂

  • package206

    I wish Donnie would play the same lineup two days in a row. The last time was July 31. Aug 1

    • Bob_Hendley

      Why?

      • package206

        So the team could be a little more consistent. All this movement can’t be good.

        • Bob_Hendley

          What would be the line up that you would stick with?

          • package206

            Rollinsss
            Puig rf
            AGon 1b
            Kendrick 2b
            Ethier lf
            Turner 3b when he returns use Callaspo at 3b but bat where Hernandez b
            Grandal c
            Hernandez cf
            pitcher

          • WinnipegDave

            You are taking Joc out of the lineup?

          • package206

            yes

          • WinnipegDave

            And not moving Puig over? I thought you were a Puig in CF guy.

          • WBBsAs

            You’re willing to give up elite defense at a premium position, then?

          • package206

            right now, yes Not nearly enough offensive production.

          • WBBsAs

            You’re willing to bat one of the most productive hitters seventh, then?

          • package206

            yes

        • WBBsAs

          Ethier is consistent v. LHPs. He almost never hits them.

        • Some of our guys are in their early thirties. They need a day of rest occasionally.

          • package206

            Occasionly???????????????????????????????

  • WinnipegDave

    Feeling positive about this one. I say Dodgers win 6-3 or 6-4.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jimmy hot!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start. Let’s keep rolling.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Unusual to have Dre batting cleanup, but makes sense now that CC is back in the line up against righties.

    • WBBsAs

      Especially v. a pretty ordinary RHP.

      • Bob_Hendley

        To avoid stacking up Dre, CC and Joc at back end of line up.

  • WBBsAs

    Nine-pitch inning was nice.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially since it included a walk in there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thinking about the 3rd base. Everyone waiting for Turner to come back which will be great. But if I was GM not sure I wouldn’t have valued a Uribe, Oliveria (once he came up) and Guerrero combination over a Turner, Callaspo, and Guerrero trio. Turner is a better, younger batter than Uribe but Uribe has a better glove. Other than that I would have loved to see Oliveria’s bat first and glove second in play – more than Callaspo’s glove first and bat second. Guerrero is untradable so he is around in both scenarios.

    I love picking up the 2 pitchers and a highly ranked AAA infielder for Oliveria, Paco and a few other pieces. Great trade. I just wish they hadn’t traded 2 third basemen this season.

    • WBBsAs

      Turner is the same age as Olivera, and quite a bit younger than Uribe. He’s also a bargain for the level of his production.

      • WinnipegDave

        So you guys think Turner could be the Dodgers third baseman for the next year or two? Til Seager eventually slides over there?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not an FA until 2017. Hope he keeps it up!

          • WinnipegDave

            If he hits even at 85-90% of his current level of production I would take that for the next season certainly.

            Or we trick Colorado into giving us Arrenado.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Saw him make two errors today against the Nats (happens to the best of them).

          • WinnipegDave

            No! I’m shocked. (And not in the Casablanca shocked about gambling kind of way.)

          • Bob_Hendley

            As well, Oliveria has still not surfaced (bird in the hand).

          • WinnipegDave

            True enough. No guarantees obviously.

          • WBBsAs

            He’ll not contribute much, if anything, to the Barves this year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      By being so terrific Turner makes that alternative not very smart.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh yeah! AGon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hittin’em where they ain’t!

  • WinnipegDave

    We are top heavy in the lineup tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dre and Bundy didn’t get the same memo.

    • We’ve seen more than we should of bad baserunning this year.

    • package206

      Am I wrong or does it seem like Bundy makes some errors or does the team not listen to him?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Puig is the only one who seems to ignore him (as well as Rollins the other night). Dre didn’t even look cuz he got a memo saying that the team was going to be aggressive tonight.

        • john galt

          Yeah, but that was Agon, notoriously slow. Ethier is not a sports car but even sports cars slow down behind 18 wheelers…

          • Bob_Hendley

            Tongue in cheek. Dre obviously should have kept his head up and eye on Bundy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh man. Could have done more with that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Knock on Wood – he is pitching very well tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doesn’t seem like a knock.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Alberto was looking to run (he got the memo!), but has only 22 steals in his ten year career.

  • WinnipegDave

    Must be some sort of team record – 3 stolen bases.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique to the rescue!

    • WBBsAs

      Losing Kendrick for any length of time would be a serious problem.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Great bat.

        • WBBsAs

          Peraza, whom the Dodgers got in the Wood deal, is doing very well at AAA.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Barney could be an option (don’t think that Peraza has been playing 2nd for very long).

          • Barney? Oh, yeah. Darwin Barney. OPS .700, BA .289 at OKC.

          • WinnipegDave

            Darwin Barney.

          • package206

            How about giving Guerrero a chance at 2b or move Turner there and play Guerrero or Callaspo at 3rd

          • Bob_Hendley

            I think that Turner would be kept at 3rd, where they already feel the need to rest him 2 games a week. Hard to imagine Alex at 2nd. Couldn’t seem to hack that position in the minors.

          • package206

            Today I read somewhere where Donnie may keep Turner on the DL a little longer because of Turner’s hamstrings. Go figure.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You smell ineptitude or conspiracy?

          • package206

            I knew Turner had knee problems but not hamstrings however, bet you Turner returns ASAP now.

    • Bob_Hendley

      and to the plate!

  • WBBsAs

    Package’s No. 7 hitter delivers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tough night for CC

    • WBBsAs

      Hat trick v. a mediocre starter.

  • I know Carl’s just off the DL (17 ABs since then, I think), but boy he looks overmatched against anything low.

    • WBBsAs

      In theory, LHH’s thrive on low pitches.

      • Well, maybe that’s LHHs whose timing is in mid-season form. 😉

        • package206

          Good point Link.

  • package206

    Ouch!!

  • RBI

    How did Cutch hit that one out????

    • package206

      You weren’t here to stop him. Hey RBI.

      • RBI

        Ah, but I was listening and half-watching. He hit a super high pitch out with his wrists!

        • package206

          Definitely an impact player. Good guy I think?

          • RBI

            Very good guy.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s no Ángel Pagán.

          • package206

            Yea a real angel.

  • Get those runs back, guys, I think we’re gonna need them.

  • Wood’s thrown 91 pitches. Much as it pains me to think about it, I go to the bullpen to start the sixth.

    • WBBsAs

      Bottom of order, I might go a little farther with him.

      • package206

        Hey my 7th place hitter just struck out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He has throw in the 112-113 range this year, unless they think he is losing effectiveness from tiring.

  • RBI

    Ooph. Either way, not good.

  • RBI

    I dislike these ESPN blatherers.

  • WinnipegDave

    My 6-3, 6-4 prediction is scary to get to, if that’s where this game ends up.

  • RBI

    Bullpen doing its thing again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh man! McCutch with the rare no clutch hit and the Dodgers get out of it.

  • RBI

    Phew.

  • Nicasio has used up his quota of luck for this game. I don’t know who’s next, Avilan or Johnson or Peralta (shudder) or Howell, but I hope he’s got as much as Nicasio did.

    • package206

      Does Nicasio have luck?

      • Got out of the mess.

        • package206

          Guess it had to be luck then.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Andre…

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t stop now bats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok CC. New pitcher, new result?

    • RBI

      Yes.

  • RBI

    FOUR steals? They ate their Wheaties this morning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Next time Joc. Next time.

    • package206

      See why he is not in my lineup?

  • Missing opportunities again.

  • Again?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pirates lead the NL in getting hit and in hitting batters.

  • RBI

    Is it possible for us to have an effective bull pen in my lifetime?

    • WinnipegDave

      Bullpens used to be a strength on our team.

      • RBI

        I know. Just not the last few years. I am being cranky and unreasonable. Breaking a rule or two, I’m sure!

        • WinnipegDave

          Me too!

    • package206

      How many years do you have?

  • WinnipegDave

    Johnson has nothing. Feels more like a Ned guy with 50 saves from years ago.

    • RBI

      Why do they keep running him out there?

    • scooplew

      Colletti and now Friedman seem to feel that if a guy was once a solid closer he can still be quite good. How many times have the Dodgers made this same mistake?

  • Foo.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dirty words. If nothing else this will stop Johnson from being used for anything but mop up.

    • RBI

      Didn’t we say that last time?

  • scooplew

    A few times each year the frustration of being a Dodgers fan simply becomes too much. Tonight is one of those games — ridiculous baserunning, Johnson’s pitching, Puig’s fielding, Pederson’s batting. I am over the top. Painful. Painful.

    • RBI

      I’m with you, Scoop.

  • RBI

    I can barely watch, and I have it on mute.

    • package206

      What did you say??

  • RBI

    Pull. Him. Mattingly.

    • scooplew

      And then pull Mattingly.

      • package206

        That is two for you!!

    • package206

      Boy, were you ever right.

  • scooplew

    Jim Johnson is making Brandon League look like Bruce Sutter.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha!

    • package206

      Good one scooplew!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why was Wood pulled so soon. Should have used him one more inning. Than start the drudge of the bullpen for a shorter stint.

    • scooplew

      Precisely. We have no one reliable to bridge the 7th and 8th innings to Jansen. Throwing the 6th inning into the mix makes winning this game, any game, that much more difficult.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dirty words x 2.

  • scooplew

    I guess Mattingly wants the Pirates to bat around vs. Johnson.

  • package206

    This not funny. They have a 3 run lead. They need to let this ————guy go.

  • scooplew

    Mattingly wouldn’t be qualified to be the assistant manager of a Woolworth’s. Johnson should be the soda jerk.

    • package206

      I think you only have half right, not the soda.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s the Don Mattingly School of Bullpen Management.

  • Bob_Hendley

    At this point, I would like to publicly thank the giants (sic).

  • package206

    I smell a DFA coming.

    • scooplew

      To DFA him would be a momumental admission of failure by the FO. I don’t see it happening yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    At this point I would have left Johnson in the game. Let him pitch 60 pitches. Just let him take his lumps and save the rest of the pen.

    • package206

      I can’t believe all this has happened and you haven’t mentioned ice cream.

  • scooplew

    A question for the statisticians at Elias: When was the last time a reliever (or any pitcher for that matter) faced the same batter twice in the same inning as was the case with Johnson vs. Ramirez tonight?

    • WinnipegDave

      Happens a lot more than you think I’m sure – for starters though. The pen would be a different story.

      • scooplew

        I am going to try to find that information and if I do will share it with you all.

    • john galt

      Don’t ask Chan Ho Park that question.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’ve been following the Dodgers but haven’t had time to stop in here, but feel compelled.

    While the offense has come alive of late, they are finding ways to lose (primarily the bullpen, but also errors mental and otherwise), especially to teams they will face in postseason, IF they make it there.

    This entire series, but especially tonight, have done nothing to make me feel confident of any postseason prospects.

    And — as seems to happen — they put on such a terrible show for a national audience (tho it would be terrible enough if it were just for us.)

    • package206

      We will get em tomorrow Bob!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Long flight home. (and late taking off, no doubt).

    • scooplew

      Perhaps they should walk.

  • Dpn’s explanation for Johnson should be interesting

    • scooplew

      Perhaps one or more of the following:
      “Well, he wasn’t missing by much.”
      “I have full confidence in him.”
      “Some of those balls weren’t hit that hard. He got some tough breaks.”
      “He has a proven track record.”

      Or, if Donnie gets angry:
      “You think he wasn’t trying!”
      “It’s easy to second-guess.”

  • RBI

    I’m over this. Bye bye until tomorrow when I get to go to the game with my son, whose birthday is on Tuesday. Nice job, Mattingly. (Yes, sarcasm again.)

    • WinnipegDave

      You rock RBI. Have fun at Dodger Stadium.

      • scooplew

        Bring us a victory, RBI.

  • scooplew

    Johnson and Peralta. Wow, what a gruesome twosome.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big loss tonight would be Howie.

    • scooplew

      I had almost forgotten that.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Quique auditioning with the dinger.

  • package206

    Atta boy KiKi!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers about to go 0-2 in games in Pittsburgh when Hernandez homers. #stats

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers bullpen is having a summer love affair with the long ball. Every night they just can’t wait to see each other. #forbiddenlove

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    I was wondering when we were going to hear them pipe in some .. “We Are Family”…..
    ….
    The Bucs haven’t looked this magical since the Chuck Tanner, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker days.

    Here’s to hoping Howie has a speedy recovery.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “The Bucs haven’t looked this magical . . . ”
      Sad to say their magic owes a lot to the Blue Bullpen.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Yep, Bob!
        …..
        Seems our pen has been an unwilling accomplice to 3 L’s in Pittsburgh…
        …..
        PS – Has anybody uttered the phrase, “This is the Pitts!” so far this series?
        Just wondering…. Because I’d certainly never say such a thing… 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Pen is bad and surely is culpable for this loss, but they had help from Clayton giving up four runs and the 3-6 hitters going 0-20 in the first game. In the second game, all 6 runs were given up by the starter.

          • JonnyTAFKAJ

            Yes…. Yes…. Dog Days of Summer!

            They’ll pull it together. Feels wierd seeing Kid-K as semi-human, yah?

    • package206

      Hey Jonny, what’s shakin??

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Hey, Pack!……..
        …..
        Not too much! – Just been really busy with work – Haven’t missed any Dodgers!
        ….
        How about you? … Having a nice Summer?

  • It’s over.

  • john galt

    This team has some serious problems. Last year it was blamed on Matt Kemp. Who will be the designated goat this year? I still say you have to change the manager, whether it’s his fault or not, you have to shake things up. I’d consider bringing in Bud Black, he certainly should know something about pitchers.
    Now some positives. Unfortunately they don’t concern the Dodgers. Andrew McCutchen (?) is one Hell of a player. Not the biggest, not the most athletic nor most talented player in the game, just maybe the best. Because he gets 110% of his ability, he tries harder. And his efforts put some potentially better players in his rear view mirror. Mr. Puig for example. I don’t care where Pittsburgh ends up, but he certainly should get consideration for MVP.
    Second thing: The Pittsburgh Fans. If the Dodgers don’t get there, I’m pulling for the Pirates. The team deserves it and the fans deserve it. Whatever success the club has, the fans get a lot of credit in helping them. Did you see the game last night? Every fan was there till the end. In contrast the last Dodger home game I saw, in the 9th inning the stands were virtually deserted. But everybody expects that, don’t they? No Holier-Than-Thou here, years ago when I went to a game, I bailed out in the 7th inning. I wouldn’t even consider going to a game now, you can see it much better on TV. I wonder if better fan support would improve team performance…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pirates are 39-18 at home, Dodgers 37-18.

    • package206

      I am not a big Don Mattingly fan, however, he is the same guy who won 94 games last year and 92 the year before that. If this team does not acheive those kinds of figures why is it his fault? The only thing that has changed is players. You say shake it up but that might be adding impact players. What is going on now can’t be perceived as a success so far. Maybe it will but certainly not now. I also am not blaming the fans as I think you and I and the rest of this blog crowd want the team to win. We may disagree but we are all good fans.

  • WBBsAs

    Last night’s ESPN blackout ended up being something of a blessing until I turned Gameday off but, out of morbid curiosity, I just checked the box score for Johnson’s pitch count. It said 33, but it felt like 330.

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