Game 114, 2015

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN

Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.51 ERA) against Jordan Zimmermann (8-7, 3.44 ERA). Two staff aces going against one another.


Need I say more?

Oh, okay. Carl Crawford is hitting .455 against Zimmermann in their career meetings. Ryan Zimmerman has hit .438 against Kershaw in their career meetings.

Lineup when available.

Okay, I understand Crawford’s playing because he hits Zimmermann, but no Rollins?

  • WBBsAs

    Zimmerman’s very good, but I wouldn’t call him the ace on a staff that has both Scherzer and Strasburg.

  • scooplew

    Houston up, 1-0, on San Francisco in the top of the 7th. Heston was just relieved.

    • WBBsAs

      Colby. 45 blasts Gnats.

  • package206

    Gnats losing 2-0 in the 9th.

    • john galt

      Never fear, Chase Utley is on the way….

      • WBBsAs

        Quite possibly. The Gnats are Panik-stricken, and they could get him for almost gnothing (fortunately for the Gnats, because that’s what their farm system’s got).

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose.

  • foul tip

    Another bullpen analysis, heavy on numbers, suggesting things should even out to the upside.

    http://www.truebluela.com/2015/8/12/9143781/dodgers-bullpen-srikeouts-walks-babip

    • WBBsAs

      Just an average performance would be an improvement, but it could be better than that. I do like his point that it’s very difficult to predict bullpen performance.

  • Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter against the Os today.

    All 27 outs on video here. Number 25 was a heckuva play in foul territory by Kyle Seager, Corey’s big brother.

  • WinnipegDave

    I LOVE the trumpet fanfare. You should bring it back for game 1 off the playoffs if the Dodgers make it in!

    • john galt

      It’s downloadable, save it and use it whenever you want. I did. Start fooling around with that… whatever you call it, it offers other sounds and even a full length movie.

    • I’ve tagged the post with “Trumpet” and “Fanfare” so I can find it again. 😉

  • Turner’s infection turned out to be MRSA, which is a nasty thing to contract. They expect to get him back in a couple of days.

  • john galt

    How did Crawford manage to make that second out?

    • WBBsAs

      Rather than the bullpen, fans should be upset with stupid baserunning.

      • john galt

        I expect no less from Crawford. He can’t throw, he doesn’t know where to even try to throw to, he’s fast but a stupid baserunner. A DH maybe.

        • RBI

          But he did get us our run with two outs.

        • WBBsAs

          When younger, Crawford was a fine player. He’s still somewhat useful, but nowhere close to what he was.

      • package206

        Bad baserunning can’t hold a candle to a poor Bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Even though they ran themselves out of that inning, I still like the movement of runners we are seeing more with the Dodgers recently.

  • WinnipegDave

    200 k’s for Kershaw. 6th year in a row. That’s krazy kool!

    • RBI

      Very very cool.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig hit into the classic 1-4-3 single play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see the Dodgers grab the early lead.

  • RBI

    Good recovery by Hernandez for the third out there.

    • package206

      Hey RBI.

      • RBI

        Hi Package! How goes it?

        • package206

          Doing Great!! How about you?

          • RBI

            Me, too! Not grumpy at all, so far…

          • package206

            I don’t believe you are ever grumpy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice game thus far. Kinda just rolling along…

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a lot of strikeouts thus far for Kershaw. Just saying…

  • WinnipegDave

    Well there goes the perfect game and no-hitter. Fortunately the shutout is still intact.

  • RBI

    Oh, well.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s the Hernandez defensive show tonight.

    • RBI

      I had no idea he was this good.

      • WinnipegDave

        Neither did I. Perhaps he didn’t even realize it himself!

  • RBI

    Hernandez is playing lights out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lead off hitter on in front of Bryce Harper constitutes a full blown rally in this game!

  • WinnipegDave

    K’s Harper!

  • WinnipegDave

    K’s Zimmerman!

  • RBI

    Crazy good pitch to Werth! Wowser.

  • WinnipegDave

    K’s Werth!

  • John_from_Aus

    now time for more runs

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes please!

    • package206

      Glad to see Australia checkin in.

      • John_from_Aus

        great game, at least we are on the good side of an expected 1-0 scoreline

    • RBI

      Hey, John! We’ve missed you!

      • John_from_Aus

        been watching from afar, bell has just rung, so back to class, I’ll have to check the score later

        • package206

          Yea, get some lunch and check back in later

  • RBI

    AGon just missed that foul/fair line. Would have been a double.

  • RBI

    Two gunslingers tonight.

  • package206

    moving right along.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now – about those insurance runs…

    • RBI

      We’re into their bullpen, at least.

      • WinnipegDave

        I almost wonder if Kershaw gave up the hit to Taylor to force the pinch hitter to come up. And then to pick Taylor off base so that the next inning wouldn’t have to bring up Harper.

        • RBI

          Well, that would make him a magician. Oh, wait…

  • RBI

    One more run, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      I like the way you think! 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is flying along. A svelte 1 hour and 55 minutes thus far.

  • package206

    Well, do we want Kersh or Kenley in the 9th?? Killer Ks!

    • RBI

      Kersh wants it.

      • WinnipegDave

        I would prefer Kershaw but wonder if it will be Kenley.

        • package206

          No towel on Kershaw’s arm so I guess he is through.

  • RBI

    Okay Joc. Time to shine, kiddo.

    • WinnipegDave

      He has already in that he is one of the only Dodgers not to have been struck out!

      • RBI

        Good point.

  • RBI

    Straighten that one out, Joc, and you got something!

  • RBI

    Let’s go Andre, clap clap, clap clap clap.

  • RBI

    Ethier!

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh yeah!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thanks for that!

  • RBI

    We’ll take it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Little league home run!

  • Bob_Hendley

    What happened to Joc between second and third?

    • RBI

      He was confused by whether or not it was caught, I think.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Should know that before he rounds second and then look for direction from Bundy.

        • RBI

          I know. That could have been bad if we didn’t get him in.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Rollins fly ball gets him in, but yeah.

          • RBI

            Now I’m channeling you, as well!

          • WinnipegDave

            We are all one big happy family. Well, happy tonight at least!

        • RBI

          Well, that would have scored Pederson. If Rollins hit the same ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feel a lot better now bringing in KJ.

    • RBI

      Are we twins or something?

      • WinnipegDave

        I know! It’s funny. 🙂

      • package206

        Great minds think alike.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You worried about Geronimo?

  • RBI

    Well, this feels better. 3-0 a lot better than 1-0.

  • RBI

    Crawford’s bat is hot tonight.

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    Well…. got home just in time for ….

    1. Kenley Jansen’s next save….
    2. The high drama of RBI’s winning streak prediction …….

    • package206

      Hey Hey Hey, Jonny T. You are the man!!

    • RBI

      You make me laugh, Jonny!

  • RBI

    I hope Kenley’s feelin’ it tonight. Top of the lineup, and they’re going to be out for blood.

  • RBI

    That’s one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, Harper can’t tie it when he comes up.

    • package206

      It’s hard to tie it when you strike out.

      • RBI

        Harper’s up. Let’s hope you are right.

        • package206

          Well??

          • RBI

            Boom.

  • RBI

    That’s two!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley with the breaking ball to Harper.

  • package206

    Good Job RBI!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    And then high heat!

  • RBI

    KKenley!!!! Woo-HOO!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    And now I become a big Nats fan! I hope Harper enjoys San Fran a lot!

  • Yabba dabba doo!!

  • RBI

    Okay Nationals. go get the Gnats, please!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers now on an 11-0 roll in terms of runs since the 9th inning of Monday night’s game. And only two guys have driven in those runs – 5 by Puig and 4 by Crawford. Either not credited with any rbi’s for the last 2 runs. Anyway – go outfield!

  • scooplew

    Came home from a dinner out to see the 8th and 9th innings. Very pleased. Greinke and Kershaw. What a twosome. Still wish that we had one more ace (or even a king).

  • John_from_Aus

    Wouldn’t it be great if Kershaw could go 8, and Jansen 1 everyday

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep.

    • package206

      Hey John, will you be posting this evening??

  • WBBsAs

    The best legal defense strategy ever? https://twitter.com/HealeyParera/status/605130582289477632

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