Game 5, 2016

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC-BA

Ross Stripling makes his debut against the most bitter rival the Dodgers have in the rival’s home park. Welcome to the big leagues, kid! He’ll face Matt Cain, who’s fallen from previous stardom due to elbow and forearm injuries to the #5 starter’s spot in the Giants’ rotation (which is still better than Tim Lincecum, who hasn’t thrown a pitch since June of last year and is now a free agent, rehabbing from hip surgery).

Puig and Gonzalez have eight and seven hits respectively for the Dodgers in this young season; Seager and Utley have six, Pederson has five. The pitching’s been excellent until Thursday, when not only Wood but the bullpen (saving Louis Coleman, who threw 1 1/3 innings of hitless ball) failed, Wood after four good innings.

Lineup when available.


Carl Crawford gets a day off for the second day in a row.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnatt Cain is a sub-.500 career pitcher, and has an even poorer record v. the Dodgers.

  • John_from_Aus

    Happy with more of Van Slyke, less of Crawford

    • WBBsAs

      I think most of us would agree with that. CC is now a niche player, while SVS offers more pop and much better defense.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Likely to see relatively more of CC that SVS, at least while he is healthy and Dre not, given the preponderance of right handed throwers in the Bigs with Thompson offering late inning defensive relief.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Oops. See now that CC is injured.

  • You know the famous story that Pee Wee Reese put his arm around Jackie Robinson’s shoulders in Cincinnati in Jackie’s first year? It never really happened. Ken Burns found no evidence of it in any newspaper articles, not in the white or black papers, nor in Jackie’s autobiography.

    • WBBsAs

      It shouldn’t be that hard to track down somebody who was there or has insider knowledge. Did anybody ask Rachel Robinson?

      • Read the Q&A. She and Burns worked closely together and she has no memory of it either.

        • WBBsAs

          You’d think she’d be a pretty authoritative source, though she might not have been on the road trip.

          • It’s like the game of telephone, where the answer by the end of the loop is nowhere close to what it had been at the beginning.

  • John_from_Aus

    good start by Stripling

  • John_from_Aus

    It good we have the lead now

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sitting in a cabin near Lexington,VA and enjoying what I am able to read about the game (hopefully this hasn’t been overtaken by events since I was last able to see the no score).

    • John_from_Aus

      sounds relaxing, it’s mid 7th, still 2-0 up, still interesting

      • Bob_Hendley

        Great! Thanks. Guessing they will need to relieve him soon, if only for the pitch count.

        • John_from_Aus

          mid 8, still 2-0, still interesting, Stripling still pitching, now in steady rain

          • John_from_Aus

            96 pitches, 1 out

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ton of pitches.

          • John_from_Aus

            relieved after 100 pitches after walking the next batter

          • Bob_Hendley

            Hatch or Kenley?

          • John_from_Aus

            Hatch and he has just given up a game tying HR !?! (giving Trevor Brown the reserve catcher his first MLB home run)

          • Bob_Hendley

            Dang!

          • John_from_Aus

            now hatcher not happy with strike zone and Roberts has just been tossed for arguing

          • John_from_Aus

            end of 8, 2-2

          • Bob_Hendley

            Witching hour for me. Hope the Bums can come back. Night and thanks.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just realised I have it live on TV here, i’m off to watch!

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, that was a timely double play!

  • scooplew

    Roberts has made two significant pitching decisions in the first two games with the Giants. And both have boomeranged. (Sorry, Aussie John, if I have misused the term.)

    • John_from_Aus

      I know what you mean 🙂

  • WBBsAs

    Disappointing result, but a remarkable audition for Stripling.

  • Our rookie pitcher has a no-hitter for 7 1/3 innings and there are fewer than 30 comments? Spring training is over, people, and the regular season has begun! 😉

    • John_from_Aus

      I was cheering on my own for a while

    • WBBsAs

      I had to run some errands, saw the first five innings and the bitter end.

    • Howard Fox

      I think its 2 things holding down the number of comments. First, the reality that this team is no better than last year top to bottom, perhaps even worse. And second, three years with no TV. It affects your ability to follow the team, while also perhaps losing a generation of fans along the way.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Out-of-towner, so don’t have an issue on seeing the games. What a devestating situation for you all. I would have gone nuts by now.

        • Howard Fox

          Actually at first that was the case. But now, years later, I am not planning my life around what time the game is on TV. Meaning I found there is a whole other life out there.
          Think of the new generation of potential fans who are not watching. A huge loss for baseball.

  • RBI

    I had a houseguest and had to go to a restaurant with friends. I would’ve doubled the number of comments if I’d been home. Goodness, this looks to be a crazy year already! Stripling! Wow! Bullpen! Geeze!

  • John_from_Aus

    fantastic catch by Puig in the 2nd

    • WBBsAs

      Joc also made a fine diving catch.

      • John_from_Aus

        just saw it, indeed it was

  • Hatcher and Blanton aren’t in midseason form yet either, it appears. I hope the two dingers aren’t precursors of things to come with those guys.

  • WBBsAs

    Like the rest of you, I was disappointed with the outcome, but baseball is still a season of hope: https://twitter.com/guardian/status/718767989416443904

  • WinnipegDave

    Friends – I am sorry to have missed last night’s Shakespeareian tragedy. I was out of town on a mini-work trip (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada is a beautiful small prairie town).

    When I saw the outcome I thought: Baseball! It is designed to break your heart over and over again. Although, to be honest, even after that wonderful/frustrating game I still feel strangely confident about this team.

    Here’s to splitting the series with Kershaw and Kazmir leading the charge.

  • WBBsAs

    Do not despair.

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