Game 17, 2016

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOT Sports

Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.43 ERA) tries to get his groove back after two consecutive poor starts, both against the Giants. He’s only made one career start against the Rockies. It was at Coors Field and he got the win, but that was in 2007 when Kazmir was a Devil Ray. His opponent will be Jon Gray, the third draft pick overall in 2013. He made his ML debut last year, but tonight will be his first game of this season. He’s a righthander with a fastball, changeup, slider and curve.

Lineup when available.

I got to wondering and looked it up: Utley has the third highest number of hits this young season as a leadoff guy: 16. The two guys ahead of him are Gonzalez with 22 and Puig with 17. (Seager has 14 while Pederson and Hernandez each have 13).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not the best place to find his groove.

    • WinnipegDave

      Kazmir in Coors? What could possibly go wrong?

  • WBBsAs

    It’s great to hear the Devil Rays called by their rightful name.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Won’t be able to watch much of this one. Friday night and all…

  • ITFDB!

  • WinnipegDave

    Friday night baseball. I’m ready to go.

  • WinnipegDave

    So probably no Hatcher and Jansen at some point in this series seeing how they have gone in back to back games already.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chase Utley is spoiling us. I will miss this kind of spark when he comes back down to earth…

  • scooplew

    Way to start the game off with a bang!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager is spoiling us. I can’t wait to be spoiled for a very long time! HR and 2-0 lead!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager must be smiling after just missing 2 or 3 home runs in Atlanta.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner still not hitting on all cylinders yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    AGone! The Dodgers may hit as many home runs tonight as they have all season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kazmir must be absolutely delighted/terrified!

  • WinnipegDave

    I don’t think I understand your last comment in the post Link. Are you comparing hits from the lead off spot for any inning in the first 15 games? And if Utley is third how come he has less than Gonzo, Puig AND Seager as well?

    • I should have left “leadoff” out of that. I just wondered how he was hitting, really, ’cause it seemed like he was doing well. As it turns out he is doing well, 3rd on the team in total hits and 5th in OBP.

      • WinnipegDave

        But don’t you also say that Gonzalez, Puig and Seager have more hits than him and that he is tied with Hernandez? Sorry that I am so confused…

        • Gonzalez had 22 hits on the year to start the game, Puig had 17, Utley 16, Seager 14 and Hernandez and Pederson tied with 13.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ah, thank you. You accidentally have the number 13 beside Utley rather than 16. That clears up my confusion.

          • Typo, sorry.

          • WinnipegDave

            No worries.And as Vin would say – let’s get back to this one!

  • WinnipegDave

    26 more outs to go!

  • WinnipegDave

    Looking at Gameday – it looks like a octopus is attacking the strike zone at this at bat vs Story.

    • WinnipegDave

      11 tentacles and counting…

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice inning by Kazmir: 13 pitches to story and only 4 to the other two batters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Miami and SF face off against each other and Fernandez pitches the middle game. This got me thinking that perhaps the Dodgers wouldn’t have to face him when the Marlins come to LA. Then I remembered it is a 4 game series so he might pitch the last game.

  • WinnipegDave

    I have no eyes on the game tonight so will be interested to see how this turns out at third base.

    • WinnipegDave

      Never mind. Thought the Dodgers might review it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Could really use a ground ball double play here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kendrick is killing it in left field. I didn’t expect that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tough to get the double play when you don’t cover first, Kazmir.

    • RBI

      Ha! He was asleep on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    49 pitches through 2. Wonder if he will even be able to make it through 5 to try and get his 100th career win?

  • RBI

    Hi all. Kazmir sweating it, again.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hey RBI! Have your house guests departed?

      • RBI

        Yup. I actually have a couple of nights home, too. Been a busy time lately.

        • WinnipegDave

          Nice to have some down time to recharge.

          • RBI

            What’s better than watching a game?

  • WinnipegDave

    Gray either pitching around Seager or getting a bit wild.

  • RBI

    Loved seeing Corey’s and AGon’s HRs. Sweet swings.

  • RBI

    Oh, Corey…

  • RBI

    One pitch one out. Let’s do that times three.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by Turner and Gonzo

  • WinnipegDave

    I will be back in a bit – after some bed time stuff with my son.

    • Reading? If so, what?

      • WinnipegDave

        Nothing too classic right now. He is really into super heroes and so we are currently into some spiderman stories…

        • WinnipegDave

          Turns out it was my wife’s turn tonight however!

  • Hoo boy. Justin Turner Chia Pet promo.

  • Bah. This might be a 9-8 game.

  • Argh. Coors giveth and Coors taketh away.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a good pitch location.

  • WinnipegDave

    I remember when the Dodgers used to hit homeruns at Coors Field.
    Way back in the first inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonder what the Rockies bullpen is like this year.

    • RBI

      Just said Rockie bullpen is not great. We’ll see.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can see why the Rockies are high on Gray. Pitched very well after the first 4 batters of the game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need one more hit here.

  • RBI

    The Rockies catcher is really good.

    • WinnipegDave

      Because of all the blocked balls?

      • RBI

        Yes. And up and ready to throw very quickly. Also frames pitches well.

  • RBI

    JT! Okay, AGon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now we need one more hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

  • RBI

    Sweet!

  • WinnipegDave

    Butter and eggs man with the delivery.

  • RBI

    That was a good strike three pitch to Puig by Gray.

  • RBI

    Wow!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Got him!

    • RBI

      Unbelievable throw. Impossible.

  • Holy smokes what a throw!

    • RBI

      Nobody else is going to run on him any time soon.

      • No, and whoever suggested he should play third should reconsider.

        • RBI

          I totally forgot about that.

  • WinnipegDave

    I can not wait to see the replays on that one!

    • RBI

      I don’t know when I have seen a better outfield assist.

      • Steiner has been gushing. “I don’t care if it’s Dave Parker or Ellis Valentine or whoever, that was one of the best throws ever.”

  • Right on line and right on the bag. Amazing.

  • Steiner has now upped his assessment. He says it’s the best throw he’s ever seen.

    • RBI

      Might be my best, too.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, not even Steiner can be wrong about everything, I guess.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perhaps the Dodgers should have asked for a replay review just so everyone could watch it longer.

    • Waiting for Sports Center to see how high up in the #SCTop10 it gets.

  • WinnipegDave

    I love how they spend the better part of that last half inning still talking about it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, the bullpen has their collective work cut out for them. Nice to see that Kazmir is in line for his 100 win.

    • RBI

      So far, so good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just saw the replay. Oh man! That was crazy. A majestic rope of a throw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Only regret. No call from Vin on that play.

    • RBI

      I hope he was watching! He loves Puig.

      • WinnipegDave

        Does he watch when he is not announcing? I could see either side of that – watching cause he loves the game or not watching because he spends his time doing other things.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He says that he doesn’t watch that much. But maybe this season a little more

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Bob.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Gonzo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Anti-climatic!

  • RBI

    These Rockies hang in there.

    • WinnipegDave

      If they can take 2 out of 3 against the Cubs in Chicago, they can certainly give the Dodgers trouble in Colorado.

      • RBI

        It would help if Yimi could throw a strike.

  • RBI

    C’mon Yimi! You can do it.

  • RBI

    DP, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      At least. Perhaps even the triple variety.

  • RBI

    Ruh roh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig can’t get them all I guess.

    • RBI

      There goes Kazmir’s 100th win. Again.

      • WinnipegDave

        Just what I was thinking.

        • RBI

          It’s like a jinx now.

  • RBI

    Will they pitch to Storey?

    • WinnipegDave

      With the way Yimi is pitching we won’t know if he is wild or not giving Story anything good to hit.

      • RBI

        Not feeling confident either way.

  • RBI

    This game is slow, yes?

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh yes. But I thought the middle game in Atlanta was slow as well.

    • Bumsrap

      Not too slow with judicious use of fast forward.

  • RBI

    Yimi’s shaking his wrist…

    • WinnipegDave

      That would explain some of his troubles tonight.

  • RBI

    And… he’s gone…

  • RBI

    Wouldn’t want to be Liberatore.

    • WinnipegDave

      K’s him! I wonder what it is like for the batter to face two pitchers in one AB? Both the delay and then the change in pitching as well. It cant be too easy either.

  • RBI

    Yes!

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess Story felt like he needed to throw out Puig on that one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Lets keep the hits coming here Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc this would be an excellent time to…

    • WinnipegDave

      Not do that!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Caught Puig’s throw (actually Turner caught it). Yasiel would make quite a 3rd baseman.

    • WBBsAs

      Arguably, 3B would be a waste of his arm.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Let alone his ability to cover a lot of ground out there.

    • Bumsrap

      It would not be the first time the Dodgers had a player that played RF and 3rd base. Sudakis and Martin played catcher and 3rd base. Smith and Guerrero played RF and 3rd base. Please allow me to use the word “play” loosely.

      • Bob_Hendley

        There is history for sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    A walk to Arenado not the worst thing that could happen.

    • WinnipegDave

      Except when the Rockies follow it up with a hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ground ball please!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh man. Need one more out here.

  • RBI

    Rats.

    • WinnipegDave

      Gulp. Thought the bullpen would have a tough night tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    RBI was right about this game – being – slow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Silver lining. Might mean that Jansen gets a rest tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    I forgot the Rocks had McGee. Wanted him in our pen over the off season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay – can we finish the way we started? Utley and Seager to tie the game?

  • WinnipegDave

    Not looking good.

  • RBI

    Lonnnngggggg.

  • RBI

    Oh well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Unfortunate but not devastating.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think it really was too much to expect the pen to not bend at all after another short outing from Kazmir and then losing Garcia to injury.

  • RBI

    Good night, my friends.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers have 7 losses. In 5 of those losses, they have now relinquished leads of 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, and 5-0.

  • Foo. I heard the Rockies score in the 8th but then had to serve dinner. Maybe if I’d stalled we’d have come back to win.

    Sorry, folks.

  • WBBsAs

    At a family asado, I had only my phone to watch the game. I did see that Puig missed the cutoff man.

  • NPUT