Game 6, 2016

Dodgers at Giants, 1:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-BA

The two aces go at one another for the first time this year: Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA) against Bumgarner (1-0, 5.40 ERA). Kershaw is 9-3 with a 1.16 ERA in 14 starts at the Giants’ home park, while Bumgarner is 13-7 overall against the Dodgers with a 2.45 ERA in 22 appearances.

The Dodgers got 9 hits in Friday night’s game but only converted them into two runs. Had they gotten more young Stripling might have gotten a win for his efforts rather than a no-decision. They are still hitting well: Puig, Utley, Gonzalez, Seager, Ellis and Turner all singled and Pederson got a double. For the second night in a row the bullpen gave up the go-ahead or winning runs.

Lineup when available.


Hmm. Several unfamiliar faces in the lineup against MadBum. I wonder what the reasoning is.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just missing regular starters at 2B, SS, CF, and LF. No worries, Kershaw and AJ got this.

    • Well, weekend day off for the old guy at 2B. Scott Van Smash is semi-regular in LF. But Corey and Joc are youngsters; they don’t need days off yet for fatigue, I wouldn’t think. They’re both hitting well too.

      • scooplew

        I can’t figure out this one either. Thompson and Culberson get their first starts as Dodgers vs. Bumgarner. Good luck.

        • John_from_Aus

          does seem a bit strange

        • Bob_Hendley

          Note that Bochy, manager extraordinaire, benched both Crawford and Panik, young lefty hitters against Clayton. Give Doc a break.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They won’t play every game. And as good an opportunity as any. A couple of young left handed hitters against Bum Gums. Heck, help keep the other guys sharp and they will always be available for PH duties. Really not an unusual move.

  • Crawford to the DL; MRI Monday. Lefty infielder Micah Johnson called up to replace him.

    • scooplew

      Crawford should retire or the Dodgers should DFA him. Then, again, it’s not my money.

    • scooplew

      When I first read your post, I thought it said that the Dodgers were activating Monday. If only we could go back in time and do that.

  • Rain delay.

  • John_from_Aus

    good start, lets make it count

  • RBI

    JT had no patience.

  • RBI

    Waste of a potential sac fly for Adrian because Justin didn’t advance the first two. Let’s see if we can bring someone in with the bases full.

    • scooplew

      Was thinking the same thing. I expect that every run will be precious in this game. Had JT decided on his own to lay down a sac bunt, and had it worked, we would have had a run.

    • Come on. The Dodgers never score with the bases loaded.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Didn’t see the play, but would be highly unusual to have your number 3 hitter sacrifice in the first inning.

      • RBI

        The issue was he swung at the first pitch when Bumgarner was struggling a bit, and popped it up.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Thanks. (And it was a ball or a fat pitch over the plate that he missed?)

  • RBI

    That failure to score was on JT, alas, and he knew it. Not characteristic of him, but very frustrating. Upside? Puig had a superb at bat to draw the walk.

    • scooplew

      Plenty of frustration thus far for so very early in the season.

      • WinnipegDave

        Except of course how everything went absolutely our way in San Diego.

        • scooplew

          True, but there were no tense, make-it or break-it moments. There have been plenty thus far in San Francisco, and we haven’t fared well in them.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bummer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Scoring first didn’t work for the Dodgers in the first 2 games of this series. Hopefully this playing from behind stuff will work better.

  • RBI

    C’mon, AGon. Do your thing…

  • Now it’s Van Smash time!

  • RBI

    Okay, here we go again.

  • RBI

    Ha! Whatever works…

  • John_from_Aus

    nice leadoff double

  • Oh look! New baseball books this season!

  • Nice pitching, ya Bum.

  • scooplew

    Adrianza? Second homer of his career. OMG.

  • John_from_Aus

    another wasted leadoff double!

  • scooplew

    It is way, way, way too early in the season for me to feel as crabby about the Dodgers as I do.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think it was because we were so spoilt after the sweep in SD

  • WinnipegDave

    Need some late inning heroics.

    • RBI

      We got them, eventually.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another lead off double. This one’s gotta work.

    • RBI

      Arghhhh!!!!!

  • RBI

    I’m with Scooplew. Geeze Louise, Dodgers. Advance the flipping runners!

  • RBI

    I want to tear my hair out right about now.

    • scooplew

      I can’t afford to do that, but I know exactly how you feel. With RISP, 1 for 16.

      • RBI

        That is just… Yikes.

  • RBI

    Nice to see Kersh’s big smile at that Culberson play. I guess if he can smile, I can feel slightly less suicidal at the lack of offense.

  • scooplew

    I guess that we want anything but a leadoff double in the 9th.

    • RBI

      You got your wish.

      • John_from_Aus

        we will try based loaded, one out again

  • RBI

    Oh, wow.

  • scooplew

    When I saw, “In play, runs” for Gonzalez I was hoping for more, but I will take it.

    • John_from_Aus

      could have been better, could have been worse

  • RBI

    Good at bat by Barnes, despite the lack of scoring.

  • RBI

    Hatcher is not inspiring confidence. At all.

    • More confident now, after three consecutive Ks? 😉

      • RBI

        You bet!

  • RBI

    I really shouldn’t be this wound up this early in the season.

    • scooplew

      I usually don’t feel this way until late in the season or in the post-season. Getting too old for this.

      • RBI

        I couldn’t agree more. But then again, it is the Gnats!

  • John_from_Aus

    Breathe, breathe

    • scooplew

      Where are you in Australia and what time is it?

      • John_from_Aus

        a place called Michelago, (near Canberra) It is 9.50am Sunday

  • scooplew

    Hatcher went 3-0 on Panik and then threw six straight strikes. Very nice.

  • John_from_Aus

    Another double (please,please)

  • Culberson!

  • RBI

    That’s what I’m talking about!

  • John_from_Aus

    Kenley time

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yippee!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! This was a needed and noble win, after last night’s heart-breaker.

  • Phew! I had visions of the same record we had last year against those guys in SF. Not good.

  • RBI

    Where’s WinnipegDave?

    • John_from_Aus

      He commented 3 hours ago

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks for asking about me. I was out for the evening – again.
      We win!

  • RBI

    Greinke is struggling again. I get no pleasure out of this.

    • Me neither. The only times I want him to struggle are when he starts against us.

  • HLKLA

    Gone all day, so glad to come home and see we had the win!

  • Just FYI: “Crawford is the 11th Dodger on the disabled list.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Last year we led the majors with 19.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sorry to miss the ending. Just got back from an evening with friends. Great to see the Dodgers finally capitalized on one of their doubles! And glad the pen closed it out.
    Our first come from behind win – against the Gnats in SF – is definitely moral boosting. I had asked for late inning heroics and they came through!

  • 2 for 19 with RISP. Haven’t we heard that song before?

  • WBBsAs

    Heard the last few innings as I drove over the Grapevine into LA. Not even Steiner could ruin it. I’ll be in the air between Lima and Buenos Aires for tomorrow’s game, but expecting to read of a win when I touch down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We’ll do our best.

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