Game 125, 2015

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

Two more lefties go against one another: Brett Anderson (7-8, 3.52 ERA) versus David Holmberg (1-3, 6.57 ERA). If this matchup looks familiar, there’s a reason: they faced one another back on August 15. The Dodgers came out ahead in that game 8-3, getting five hits and seven runs off Holmberg and driving him out of the game in just two innings. Puig, Hernandez and Turner all hit homers off him, and Gonzalez hit one off his successor. Anderson went six innings and gave up three earned runs to get the win.

Lineup when available.

  • package206

    Yea! Mattingly uses the same lineup two days in a row.
    Rollins ss
    Puig rf
    AGon 1b
    Turner 3b
    Van Slyke lf
    Utley 2b
    Ellis c
    Hernandez cf
    Anderson p

    Lineup courtesy of RotoWire

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thank the Reds. They are throwing another lefty at us and everyone is “rested” from all the recent time off.

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, not. The starting pitcher is different.

      • scooplew

        Ha, ha.

      • package206

        I would tell you what I think about your comment for you wouldn’t get it..

  • WinnipegDave

    Win tonight and Dodgers take the series. It’s just that easy to get some momentum (hopefully).

  • WBBsAs

    Package will be disappointed to read that

    https://twitter.com/jphoornstra/status/636662662844256256

    • Bob_Hendley

      That should be his better side in any event, given that it is left shoulder that is hurting.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s his power side, but he hits for higher average RH.

    • package206

      The Dodgers seem to be winning without Grandal.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Be nice if Scotty got hot (that dunker could help). BTW, he leads club in dWAR at 0.9.

    • scooplew

      Good call.

  • Okay, Kiké, now’s your chance.

  • WBBsAs

    Steiner’s a moron, but nevertheless makes the interesting comment that Rollins has as many HRs as Hanley had all last year.

    • And the Red Sox are going to ask him to play 1B next season, since he’s proven he can’t play left field.

      • WBBsAs

        In some ways, 1B is the easiest position, but errors there can be extremely costly – not to mention failure to dig out throws.

  • scooplew

    Rollins with RISP this year .158 (15-for-95), RISP wit two outs .151 (8-for-53), including last at bat.

  • scooplew

    Two homers in one inning. Where is everybody?

    • WBBsAs

      Holmberg has an All-Star future (in the home-run derby).

      • scooplew

        I purchased a set of the old Home Run Derby video that was filmed at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago. It is delightful to watch. Having grown up in L.A., I went to many of the PCL L.A. Angels games there. My hero was Steve Bilko.

        • WBBsAs

          I was a Seattle Rainiers fan, and remember seeing Vada Pinson on TV. A few years later I was a Tacoma Giants fan, when the PCL moved there in 1960 (but I was always a Dodgers fan at major league level).

          • scooplew

            The PCL Angels and Hollywood Stars used to televise some games. Those were the years before the Dodgers moved west. I greatly looked forward to the Saturday Game of the Week on NBC with Dizzy Dean and Buddy Blattner behind the microphones and was I excited when the Dodgers were on the air. I saw Carl Erskine’s second no-hitter on a 9-inch, black-and-white TV.

          • WBBsAs

            I saw future Dodgers Manny Mota and Tom Haller play in Tacoma.

        • I remember the first-year AL Angels when they had Bilko and Albie Pearson. They did some PR shots with Bilko the Giant next to Albie the Mouse.

  • RBI

    Just peeked in. Scotty!!!! AJ!!!!!

  • RBI

    Puig!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Can we play Cincinnati for another month or so? Everyone looks good against them – including/especially Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    So for $10 USD, I purchased MLB.tv for the rest of the regular season. Hooked up the Apple TV we got last Christmas (and have rarely used), and now watching the Dodgers hit home run after home run on my tv. I could get used to this.

  • WinnipegDave

    Anderson is sharp so far. He has had some really good stretches of pitching this season.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not Kershaw/Greinke good, but you know – solid.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice double by Hernandez!

  • WinnipegDave

    This game has as much tension as a stretched out spring. I am not complaining but it does nothing to help captivate my son.

    • Switch over to the Angels-Tigers game on Gameday. Verlander is throwing a very interesting game there.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks for the tip!

        • When one of these “Interesting” games happens Gameday highlights it on the scorecard bar above the game you’re watching. It’s nice of MLB to do that.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s nice, on occasion, to see a no-stress game.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers have hit 13 homers vs. the Reds in 5 games and 6 innings this season.

  • scooplew

    The interesting Tigers-Angels game is on MLBTV.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love it when the pitchers pitch count corresponds with the innings pitched. For example, Anderson was at 77 pitches with 2 out in the 7th.
    Now at 83 pitches with 2 on after Utley’s miscue.

  • The guy pitching for the Angels now is Cam Bedrosian. Yes, Steve (Bedrock) Bedrosian’s son.

    • scooplew

      I feel old. I wonder if his nickname also is Bedrock.

  • scooplew

    Anyone know when Kendrick is due back?

  • Now come on, Anderson, settle down. We’ve been happily enjoying this game. Don’t let it get away from you.

  • scooplew

    There goes the laugher.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating last 10 minutes – solid single, error, passed ball, seeing eye single up the middle, etc and suddenly it’s a 6-3 game.

  • scooplew

    Was Utley’s error on a difficult chance?

    • WinnipegDave

      He kinda back peddled into the outfield and then just as he was about to catch it, it went off the heel of his glove. Definitely could have had it.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. So, basically, he dropped a somewhat difficult pop-up?

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes.

  • scooplew

    Which Johnson do we get tonight: Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde?

    • WinnipegDave

      I guess it was Hyde.

      • Other way ’round. Jekyl was the good man, Hyde was the monster. Johnson got the K and didn’t allow the runner to score, ergo Jekyl. 😉

        • WinnipegDave

          Of course. I was actually going to say he was either Hekyl because that’s often what happens when he pitches.

    • Bob_Hendley

      More like Heckle and Jeckle!

  • scooplew

    Still interesting in Detroit, top of the 8th.

  • Drat it. Gift double to lead off the inning for the Reds.

  • WinnipegDave

    Surprised to see Johnson start the inning. Now going to Howell.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers not looking sharp at all the last 2 innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    That spring I mentioned earlier has tightened up considerably. Fortunately Bruce gets struck out again by Avilan.

  • scooplew

    Iannetta doubled for the Angels leading off the 9th inning vs. Verlander, breaking up the no-hit bid. The ball hit the foul line. Verlander pitched a one-hit shutout, winning 5-0..

    • WinnipegDave

      JV already has two no-no’s so he’s doing ok in that department.

      • Besides those two he’s gone into the ninth at least once if not more times with a chance, only to have it broken up. I’d like to see him get back to full health and ability. The more great pitchers the better.

  • scooplew

    Rollins has hit occasional homers, 13 in all, but he has too many oh-fers in the leadoff spot for me. We truly do not have a leadoff hitter this season.

    • WBBsAs

      Joc was for a while. Rollins has been much better lately.

      • package206

        Neither player is worth anything.

        • WBBsAs

          Both are worth more than the players they replaced.

          • package206

            Joc needs to be in the minors and Rollins on the bench. Can’t say that would be the case of those they replaced.

          • WBBsAs

            Except for DH, Hanley can’t play any position (though they’re trying to find him one). In the outfield, Kemp is a statue.

          • No, if only because at $16-20M each and as long-term vets they wouldn’t go to the minors, and probably not to the bench either without a huge kerfuffle.

          • package206

            Joc is not a vet and does not make $-16-20M. He needs to go to the minors. Rollins is not playing well and has not played well. That being the case, he needs to ride the pine.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure who that might be. Not sure that would be Seager’s best spot. If Howie is replaced could be looking at Quique or Peraza. Joc might also land there again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo with a nice stroke on that hit.

  • Charlie, you nitwit. Telling us Van Slyke was coming up, when he’d been replaced by Ethier who was subsequently replaced by Crawford an inning before.

    • WBBsAs

      Vin may be 86 years old, but Steiner’s the senile one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nothing easy here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ball game!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! Not easy and way too many pitchers but we’ll take it.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! (Late, but still true…)

  • NPUT @ 0900PT.

  • foul tip

    3 Dodger relievers didn’t even make 10 pitches last night….5,6, and 4.

    DM is writing the textbook for future study of bizarre to outright bad bulllpen management. Many managers overmanage their pens, so he may be afraid not to do the same.

    I couldn’t follow but seeing those numbers and knowing who was calling the shots make it likely that all this was not necessary.

  • package206

    Well. let’s see, the Dodgers have won 2 games in a row with the same lineup. Donnie can’t stand it, let’s completely change the lineup.

    Rollins ss
    Utley 2b
    Agon 1b
    Turner 3b
    Ethier lf
    Puig rf
    Grandal c
    Pederson cf
    Greinke p

    Lineup courtesy of Rotowire

    • foul tip

      He’s going to platoon about as much as he can, like other modern managers.

    • WBBsAs

      So, you don’t want Ethier to play any more?

  • WBBsAs

    Steiner’s bad at any time, but early in the morning is truly cringe-worthy.

    • foul tip

      Breakfast with the chump, huh?

      • WBBsAs

        If Orel would stop using “we” and “us,” he could be a real asset.