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.

88 thoughts on “Game 6, 2016

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

        • 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.

  8. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

      • 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.