Game 7, 2016

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

Scott Kazmir of the Dodgers tries to build on his first start of the season in which he went six shutout innings, gave up only one hit, walked none and struck out five. He’s 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against the Giants. Johnny Cueto pitches for the Giants. He’s 2-5 with a 2.79 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers. He went seven good innings in his first start, giving up one run on six hits, striking out four while walking none.

Lineup when available.


Happy Birthday to one of yesterday’s heroes: Charlie Culberson is 27 today. Barnes caught Kazmir in his first game, and A.J. has played two in a row, so the younger guy’s playing today. Van Slyke left yesterday’s game with back tightness he says isn’t serious but is persistent.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. I hope to be around a bit more this afternoon. Although I might work on my taxes today so frustration levels may be high independent of the baseball game!

    • Canadian taxes are due in April too?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yah but end of the month rather than middle like the US (if I remember correctly).

        • April 15 most years. Depends on whether it falls on a weekend or not.

  • WinnipegDave

    Anyone following the Masters? It feels like it could be a wild ride to the finish today.

  • WinnipegDave

    Are the Giant pitchers trying to hit/injure all our batters?

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get some more RISP hits today. I can’t believe they had 21 at bats in that situation yesterday. That seems like a lot.

  • WinnipegDave

    Looks like Spieth starting to pull away a bit in the Masters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice start to this game!

  • WinnipegDave

    Cueto might be injured himself.

    • Bob_Hendley

      What happened?

      • WinnipegDave

        Slipped on the wet grass but I guess is alright now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh! Saw injury delay after Tuner’s hit on Gameday.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha! That should make us nervous but no worries in this case.

  • WinnipegDave

    Roberts’ has had some good challenges so far this season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig is showing a good eye this season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe if the Dodgers can get a 3rd run here, the game won’t need to go to extra innings later!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow! Dodgers are pouring it on. 5-0!

  • RBI

    I am loving this Dave Roberts team!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes – I agree!

  • Bob_Hendley

    And just like that…

  • RBI

    Nice top o’ the first.

    • WinnipegDave

      Are you Irish? 😉

      • RBI

        Partially, yes.

        • WinnipegDave

          O’kay!

  • Excellent start. Now if Kazmir can come close to the way he pitched the other day we should get a split in this series.

    Huh. If he wins this it’ll be the 100th of his career. Here’s his record.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was just thinking – it would hurt to lose another game in this series that we started with a sizeable lead. 5 runs is a healthy cushion, hopefully.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bleeder to score a run. Let’s get the third out guys.

  • RBI

    The Gnats don’t make anything easy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Cueto threw less pitches giving up 5 runs than Kazmir has thrown to give up 1 run.

      • RBI

        I was just wondering about Cueto’s pitch count.

        • WinnipegDave

          Only 22 pitches.

      • WinnipegDave

        Make that 2 runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here’s hoping the Dodgers keep on hitting today.

    • RBI

      Truer than ever.

  • WinnipegDave

    So is Grandal due back on Tuesday? And does that send Barnes down or someone else (Johnson, Culberson, Thompson)?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good question. Second base will need someone as I would guess that Quique will see a lot of left field action until SVS is fit. That would seem to be Howie’s slot, however.

  • WinnipegDave

    Speedy Gonzalez with the infield hit!

  • Kazmir is not as sharp as he was in his first outing, that’s for sure.

    • RBI

      He’s struggling.

  • RBI

    Pence just threw his bat at that ball!

  • WinnipegDave

    This one is a long way from being over. Unfortunately.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Back were we started! Tied.

  • RBI

    Oh, man!

  • Oh, crud.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrrr.

  • RBI

    How to waste a big lead.

  • RBI

    Bullpen action?

    • WinnipegDave

      Paging Joe Blanton.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess the Dodgers need to start hitting home runs as well. They have been mostly missing from the offense this year.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess they will try to squeeze another inning out of Kazmir.

  • RBI

    Go Utley!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager with the RBI!

  • WinnipegDave

    Now just have to hold SF scoreless for 6 more innings.
    No problem, I’m sure.

    • RBI

      Ha!

  • RBI

    Oh, mannnnn!!!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Just woke up, I’ve missed a lot I see

  • WinnipegDave

    Seriously?!

  • WinnipegDave

    How many HR’s do the Dodgers have as a team so far? Is it 2 or 3?

    • RBI

      Not 14, that’s for sure.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! That’s true!

    • 3. Maeda, Pederson, Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    This would be a strangely memorable 100th win for Kazmir if he could somehow get the win today.

    • RBI

      They’re speculating he’s gonna get pulled.

      • WinnipegDave

        For sure. A lot would have had to break right over the last few innings for it to happen.

        • Not gonna happen. Didn’t go five. Next time, I hope.

  • RBI

    I do like Cueto’s dreads.

  • Double switch, Coleman to pitch, Kiké to LF replacing Thompson.

  • scooplew

    I was thinking it was Roberts’ strategy to keep Kazmir in until the Giants took the lead.

    • Goodness me! In only his 7th game you’re already down on Mr. Roberts? 🙂

      • scooplew

        I can judge on only what I have seen to date, which is, of course, premature. But Kazmir stayed in after allowing three homers….I must admit that I get too hyper about the Dodgers when they play the Giants.

  • WinnipegDave

    Coleman is more like a stove than a lantern today.

    • WinnipegDave

      But gets out if it with the double play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers certainly not putting anything together there.

  • scooplew

    Is there a Giant with a more annoying demeanor than Pagan?

    • I think WBBAs would say sure, Posey.

      • WinnipegDave

        Actually, WBBAs would say Poser rather than Posey.

        And I think Bumgarner would be in the running as well.

        • WBBsAs

          You misspelled “Poseur.”

      • WBBsAs

        Pagán and Brandi Crawford are in a virtual tie.

  • HLKLA

    Just stopped in to check the game. At least we are tied and not way behind.

    • RBI

      Until…

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a pop up then double play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Howell does not have it this year.

    • RBI

      Not so far.

  • Gah. Up by five, now down by two.

    • RBI

      Started to lift weights to keep from frustration-implosion.

  • WinnipegDave

    Speaking of implosions see Spieth, Jordan.

    • WinnipegDave

      Also Kaufman, Smylie. (Great name though.)

    • For those wondering: “Spieth made 7 on the 12th. Put two balls in the water!”

      From SI’s live blog.

      • WinnipegDave

        No Ernie Els but still…

    • WinnipegDave

      Although – now only 2 back with 3 holes to play. He may pull this out yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopefully the Dodgers can be just as hospitable when they host the Giants later this week.

  • WinnipegDave

    Needed that one to drop from Johnson.

  • WinnipegDave

    I realize the Dodgers haven’t done a lot with the bats since the first inning – but you can’t pin this one on them. 6 runs should be enough to win most games.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers top and middle of the order get one more crack at this. Let’s finish the same way we started friends.

  • WinnipegDave

    9th inning: Turner with a single, AGon a walk, Puig with a double and Joc with a single.
    And then we will see what happens from there…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good plan.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Oh well.

  • scooplew

    Current batting averages of the 1-7 hitters in the Dodgers lineup:
    Utley .310, Seager .333, Turner .308, Gonzalez 444, Puig .400, Pederson .292, Thompson .400.
    Excellent batting averages, but we need to do more with RISP and we have hit only three homers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sure, though it might be nice if we could win when we score 6 runs.

  • scooplew

    Unless the Dbacks skip a pitcher because of a day off on Monday, we won’t face Greinke this week.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It will certainly be bittersweet when we do.

  • It is really disappointing to lose a five-run lead and then the game to any team, but particularly to the Giants.

    • scooplew

      On top of losing a four-run lead in the first game of the series, particularly to the Giants.
      My daughter, a Dodgers fan, went to the game yesterday, so she saw our only win in the series.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good pick for her!

  • WinnipegDave

    4-3 road trip not bad but it feels like we could/should have been at least 5-2.

    • scooplew

      We scored 17 runs vs. the Giants but allowed 26. That puts the average score at 6.5 to 4.3 against us. With 42 runs in seven games, the Dodgers are averaging exactly 6 runs per game.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Like our Boys of Last April-May, except for the paucity of dingers.

    • RBI

      Yes. At least.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would have been happy with a 4-3 road trip going in, so there is that.

      • Sure, but we had one in the bag today and our starter couldn’t hold on. That’s frustrating.

        (It’s only Game Seven, Link. Be calm. There’s a long way to go.)

        • Bob_Hendley

          I hear ya! I suspect that we will lose at least another 68 games.

  • Tomorrow’s a day off, remember. Home opener on Tuesday.

  • RBI

    I will be at opening day. Glad to be done with that Gnats lineup for a few days.

    • WinnipegDave

      Jealous! Some day I will get there to see a game!

  • Heh. “Roberts, who could find the positive in an ant invasion at a picnic, said he still felt “great” despite losing three-of-four to the Giants.”

  • WBBsAs

    Got off the plane late Sunday in Buenos Aires, only to learn that you guys had let me down. Didn’t get to sleep until after 2 a.m. (10 p.m. California time, however).

  • foul tip

    Interesting typo elsewhere about Stripling’s great first start–

    “Shame to let our relief corpse spoil Ross’ debut”

    Maybe a bit early to refer to it as a corpse, but you kinda understand the sentiment.

  • foul tip

    This makes you appreciate and understand Maddux’s greatness even more. Also makes you wonder (well, does me, anyway) how much more his great mental game paired with the physical gifts of some greatly talented but underachieving hurlers would have achieved. From ThinkBlueLA piece on Stripling…

    “I wouldn’t say mechanically, they really didn’t touch me mechanically, but I would say with Maddux there, it was a lot more pitch selection,” Stripling said. “I threw a live BP with him right at my back hip – they had a net behind me and he was standing right there – and he would say ‘Did you see what that batter did right there?’ and I was like ‘No, not really,’ and he was like ‘He kind of stepped open a little bit. Throw it outside corner right here.’ You’d throw it outside corner and they wouldn’t hit it. So it’s pretty incredible to see him to be able to see baseball like that when I’m just up there trying to survive.

    “You can kind of read a swing and stuff, but when you let go of the ball, it’s kind of hard to watch the ball and watch [the batter] and all this stuff, and he is just like picking up all these nuances,” added Stripling. “It’s pretty incredible. So that’s one thing I want to get a lot better at because he showed me kind of what it can be. I’m definitely not there yet.”

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2016/04/11/its-wasnt-just-his-pitching-that-earned-ross-stripling-5th-starter-job/

    • WBBsAs

      I always admired Maddux, no matter which team he was pitching for. He was an artiste.

  • WBBsAs

    One great thing about being in Buenos Aires is no MLBTV blackouts whatsoever, at any time of year.

  • Day off reading: That Weisman guy interviewed Ken Burns about his latest documentary, called “Jackie Robinson.”

  • WBBsAs

    Impressive AAA debut for Arias: In five scoreless IP, only four hits and nine K’s.

  • NPUT