Game 134, 2015

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Dodgers start Mike Bolsinger (5-3, 2.38 ERA), back up from OKC. According to Mattingly he will remain in the rotation “beyond Friday.” His opponent will be James Shields (10-6, 3.78 ERA), who’s looking for his third win in his last four starts.

Justin Turner gets the day off at third base, and young Mr. Seager will replace him there. Jimmy Rollins is expected to play shortstop.

Lineup when available.

For scoreboard watchers: Giants at Rockies

  • dalegribel

    Looks like Bolsinger will get 3-4 starts to see if he is worth keeping on the playoff roster. Bolsinger > Latos, but he’ll need to state his case over Wood.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Be nice to audition both in the pen as well.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think we have several starting options, it’s the bullpen that is the worry

    • WBBsAs

      I think you mean Ballslinger > Latos.

  • WBBsAs

    I’ll be joining you from Sea Ranch tonight, where we have a de facto weekend house – not ours, but belonging to friends who almost never use it and we have the keys.

    • scooplew

      Have a great time at Sea Ranch. Wonderful place. About 30 years ago we rented a large place for a week for a mini-family reunion to help my late in-laws celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. It was special.

      • That’s this place in Sonoma County? I’d never heard of it till you guys mentioned it.

        • WBBsAs

          It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here.

        • scooplew

          Yes, that’s the place.

    • Bob_Hendley

      So this must be the place that me and a couple of buddies came upon driving up the PCH in 1974 to Eureka. At the time, I thought we were in Mendecino, however.

      • WBBsAs

        In many ways it’s an exemplary development, but it’s isolated and a car is essential.

        • scooplew

          It’s a great place to get away from it all, take long walks, read and rest.

  • WBBsAs

    And here it is, the all LHH lineup (including switch-hitters): https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/639933921124159489

  • scooplew

    Here’s hoping that Grandal can snap his 0-for-26 streak. He’s also 1-for-38.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats trailing already in the first on back-to-backs by CarGo and Arenado.

  • Seager’s one of those fairly-unusual players who bats from one side (left) but throws from the other (right).

    • WBBsAs

      Not rare for LHHs, very rare for RHHs (Koufax was one – not much of a hitter, but I do recall his dinger off Spahn).

      • I think Koufax probably drove Alston crazy exposing his left arm that way, too.

        I just find it odd. I throw right and stand in the right-handed batters box (can’t say I hit). How does one get turned around that way?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Maybe the stick ball court had a short left porch?

          • In Sandy’s case growing up in Brooklyn, sure. Where’d Seager grow up? 😉

        • WinnipegDave

          I throw right but bat/golf/stick handle as a lefty.
          I don’t recall anything special causing it. I guess it just felt natural when I started playing sports.

          • Huh.

          • WinnipegDave

            However, I’m a righty for tennis, squash and other racket sports.

          • Okay, now that’s just strange. Why wouldn’t the dominant hand/side be used on all occasions?

            This requires research.

          • WinnipegDave

            Not sure – but I am pretty comfy on my backhand for tennis!

          • Bob_Hendley

            In whiffle ball, always had more power from the left. Isn’t that the case with right handed switch hitters?

          • WinnipegDave

            This doesn’t explain it but I know that with the racket sports it is just one hand play (except for a tennis backhand) so my right is used. For baseball, golf, and hockey, two hands are used and – as I said – I always felt more comfortable with the left being the dominant hand.

    • john galt

      Seems I remember reading that Kenley throws righty but does everything else left-handed… Looked it up: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/sep/22/sports/la-sp-0923-dodgers-padres-20130923

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rickie Henderson was one of the rare ones to throw left and bat right.

  • If anyone’s interested in the “Deflategate” case which has turned catastrophically against Commish Goodell as of yesterday, here’s a good column by Sally Jenkins. She thinks the owners should fire Goodell. I agree that would be optimal, but I don’t expect it to happen.

    • WBBsAs

      I couldn’t care less about handegg, honestly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bolsinger not feeling it here in the first inning.

    • WBBsAs

      Too high in the strike zone.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to see Matty getting it going (Just not against us!)

  • Now 2-1 Rockies in the middle of the 6th.

    • WBBsAs

      Gnats left bases loaded.

  • WinnipegDave

    I see that Mattingly has landed on 5 tonight for #5 Seager: batting fifth and playing third.

  • WinnipegDave

    Schebler ties it up!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal is having a tough night.

    • WBBsAs

      Surprised package isn’t here to tell us the obvious.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jimmy really went in hard at 2nd.

    • WBBsAs

      By last night’s standards, he was safe.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So, there was enough evidence to overturn the call on the field?

    • WBBsAs

      I thought it was a homer.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Now I feel like a homer.

    • WinnipegDave

      I think the reviews have been hijacked in this series and instead of coming from NY, they are coming from someone’s living room in SD.

  • WinnipegDave

    SF lose their seventh straight game. Magic number is 22.

    • scooplew

      Rollins’ double was the first hit in this game that wasn’t a home run.

      • WinnipegDave

        Except for the home run* that was a double.
        *upon further review.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo needs to come up big this inning.

    • scooplew

      He’s had some key hits lately, but overall he’s been slumping.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big at bat here for Seager.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Utley goes in hard.

    • WinnipegDave

      And wide.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Neighborhood play?

        • WinnipegDave

          Less like a neighbourhood and more like Alaska.

  • scooplew

    I read there’s a delay. Somebody hurt?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Neighborhood play. and Utley headhunting.

    • WBBsAs

      Another “neighborhood” play.

  • scooplew

    I suppose that Grandal will get a hit again . . . someday.

    • WBBsAs

      He needs a few days off. With both Ellis and Barnes available, they can afford to do so and get him ready for the playoffs.

      • scooplew

        Agreed.

        • WinnipegDave

          Also agree. If Gonzo and Pederson can come back to the surface, and Grandal produces – the line up will be fine.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ballslinger just slinging it up to Solarte. May not get the six innings. (though doing well for not having the curve, his main pitch).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Was that Rollie Fingers who deflected the ball in the stands?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes it was. Padres improving their pen.

  • WinnipegDave

    HR’s ruling the night for sure. 5-3 Dodgers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guerrero is buried on the bench.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dinger delight!

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo comes up big! Another 2 run HR!

  • RBI

    This is more like it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t count your chickens. This is how many runs we scored last night.

      • RBI

        Just got another one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay bullpen. We are all looking at you tonight. Don’t blow this.

  • scooplew

    Being somewhat of a pack rat, both in my garage and on my computer, I saved this 2005 analysis by someone we are all familiar with about Dodger minor league prospects. I didn’t save the same analysis from any other years:

    The Dodger Thoughts Comprehensive, Non-Definitive 2005 Minor League Report
    Part 1 – Hitters
    2005-09-18 17:29
    by Jon Weisman
    Outfield
    (Level of Depth: 6)
    21-24 Years Old
    Justin Ruggiano, Vero Beach/Jacksonville, 6-2, 205, 4/12/82: Promoted in June from Vero Beach, where he OPSed .917, and actually topped that with a .950 in Sunstown. He batted .342 in AA – not bad for a 25th-round draft pick from the previous year.

    Ruggiano was signed by the Dodgers in 2004 and sent to Tampa Bay in 2006 to complete an earlier deal. The Dodgers ended up sending Ruggiano, Dioner Navarro and Jae Weong Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall, Mark Hendrickson and cash.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Seager – we are hitting home runs tonight not doubles.
    Rookies…

  • RBI

    We could really use a quick inning. One two three if possible, Yimi.

    • WinnipegDave

      That the kind of out you were looking for?

      • WBBsAs

        After last night, I’ll take anything.

      • RBI

        Wipes brow. Uh, sure!

    • scooplew

      Your wish is granted.

  • RBI

    Great catch by Schebler.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha – Scheblee could become a cute nickname for Scott!

      • RBI

        I thought of you when I was correcting!

        • WinnipegDave

          Sorry. I’m really not the spelling police! Especially not correcting a pro writer.

          • RBI

            Oh no! Don’t stop please. I love it.

          • WinnipegDave

            Well, since you asked so nicely. 🙂
            I find I’m always using the edit feature also – late nights, iphone keyboard and a desire for speed is a bad combo.

          • RBI

            Precisely.

          • WinnipegDave

            Also “sorry” in Canada – while genuine – is also like saying hello or perhaps breathing! 🙂

          • Bob_Hendley

            She actually has a license to be poetic in her spelling.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • RBI

    Yes! But we have three more innings to go.

    • WinnipegDave

      This game is taking forever. It is bearable only because the Dodgers are hitting dingers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Guerrero is alive and off the bench!

  • RBI

    Okay, JP. Time to redeem yourself.

    • WBBsAs

      K’s the side.

  • RBI

    Good inning, Howell. Redemption.

  • scooplew

    Unusual Dodger numbers tonight — 5 homers, 2 doubles, yet 0-for-7 with RISP.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How many SB?

      • WBBsAs

        Two by Schebler, one by Rollins.

  • RBI

    Seager, again! Sweet swing.

    • WBBsAs

      Looking like the real thing.

      • RBI

        Hey, we made a poem!

        • WBBsAs

          A couplet.

        • WinnipegDave

          That will show’em. (What else rhymes with poem?)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Our hero! (glad he has a cushion)

  • RBI

    Ruh roh.

  • RBI

    Shake it off, Hatcher.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado phoned. They want their ballpark back.

    • scooplew

      Great line.

      • John_from_Aus

        it’s a bit of a homer- a- thon today

  • RBI

    Wow, that was timely.

    • WinnipegDave

      And Utley was firmly planted on the bag.

  • WinnipegDave

    Could it really be that the ninth inning is up next?
    Hallelujah.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Kenley.

  • RBI

    FinIsh this now, KJ! Save yourself for tomorrow, just in case.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Magic number is 21.

  • RBI

    Nice to see all this youthful energy, coupled with the veterans. Maybe we are finally finding that elusive identity J-Hair has been pushing for.

    • WinnipegDave

      Identity – that’s different than chemistry right?
      TBH, I do give a small bit of credence to the identity thing even though it is not at all sabermetric-y.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They did and do have an identity, whether J-Hair likes it or not is another question. And that identity can be expressed using numbers. A major role in tonight’s game was played by two recent veteran acquisitions and two rookie call ups filling in for injured players (another part of our identity). I believe that it was Orel who said last night that we have lost 1,200 games to the DL.

  • scooplew

    Nice work by our much-maligned bullpen tonight: one run and two hits allowed in four innings, six strikeouts, no walks.

    • RBI

      Good for them to come back after yesterday.

    • WinnipegDave

      And apparently no shame in giving up a run via HR tonight.

  • scooplew

    And a 7 1/2-game lead.

    • WinnipegDave

      8 in the loss column!

  • RBI

    Schebler has a very winning personality. Modest and down-to-earth.

    • scooplew

      Nice to hear that.

  • Yahoo!

  • Reminder: Tomorrow’s game time is 5:40PM PT

  • WBBsAs
  • john galt

    Enjoyed Grant Bisbee’s story on why the Giants signed De Aza. (http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2015/9/4/9262471/marlon-byrd-contract-sf-giants) In short, they signed De Aza to take plate appearances away from Marlon Byrd so his $8MM option for next year won’t vest. Always thinking, those Giant FOs….

    • WBBsAs

      Don’t take Grant so literally.

      • john galt

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