Game 36, 2016

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Tonight’s pitchers: The Cardinals’ Michael Wacha (2-3, 3.12 ERA) will pitch against the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling (0-2, 3.82 ERA). They were teammates at Texas A&M for three years and were each drafted in 2012. That winter they even roomed together and they work out together in the off-season. Knowing how these things work, they’ll probably try to beat each other’s brains out on the diamond tonight.

Wacha has lost his last three starts and Stripling’s most recent was the best since his first of the year. In those starts the Cards’ pitcher has given up four home runs which cost him dearly. The Dodgers’ home run production seems to be picking up a little, so maybe…

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nine hours ahead here in Lago Di Como, so best of luck to you all. Like WBBAs I will be checking back in tomorrow.

    • WBBsAs

      I keep telling my wife to claim her Italian citizenship, so I can be a Tano too.

    • I had a real good steak for lunch along the lakefront once.

      • scooplew

        Kobe beef?

        • My Italian wasn’t and still isn’t good enough to get the details. I heard entrecot and remembered the word and its meaning from an Alistair MacLean novel. 😉

          • WBBsAs

            Uruguay is the only Latin American country where I’ve ever heard the word.

          • First time I ran across it was in Caravan to Vaccares.

    • scooplew

      That is an absolutely beautiful spot. We spent some time in Como on a slow trip through Italy nearly 20 years ago when our daughter was 10. She and I played catch with a tennis ball in a piazza, much to the amusement of Italians. Piazza? Hmm, that name strikes a bell. The hovercraft across the lake is great, as is lunch in Bellagio and a walk through that hilly town. See if you can visit the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio. Magnificent grounds.

      • Bob_Hendley

        That’s about when my sister-in-law first moved here to a house right on the lake in Carate Urio, a stones throw from Clooney’s place. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

  • WBBsAs

    The Onion’s “American Voices,” on Obama’s upcoming visit to Hiroshima.

    • scooplew

      When I was on a journalism fellowship in Asia 25 years ago, I took in a game between the Hiroshima Carp and Yomiuri Giants. It started to drizzle. Two elderly gentlemen a couple of rows in front of us had their umbrellas open. My friend and I gently asked them to put them down, and they graciously and apologetically did so. We then offered them our Carp caps to wear to keep their heads dry. They put them on, and we all forgot about it. They left with our hats. Unintentionally.

      • I saw the Foreman-Roman fight at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo in 1973; since it’s enclosed I had no worries about rain.

        • scooplew

          Remind me about that fight.

          • Lasted less than one round. Roman fit the definition of the word “palooka,” and Foreman was nearly at the top of his game. You can watch the whole thing here.

  • WBBsAs
    • Debt to society and all that, I guess.

      • WBBsAs

        Yeah, but from all the other info he seems to a self-entitled jerk – “I’m Matt Bush!”

        • Hmm. Wonder if he’s related to…nah, never mind.

  • Drat. The Cards score first. This giving up runs before we even get to hit is becoming a trend.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s approaching midnight here, and my day included an international border crossing which always tires me out. I’m about to say good night, though I’ll watch a while on the iPad.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice situational hitting by the Dodgers that inning.

    • WBBsAs

      Nice to see some hits with runners in scoring position.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not that it has to happen this inning but hope the Dodgers score a few more times because I don’t think the Cards will be limited to one run.

    • WinnipegDave

      2 out rbi’s are fun when they happen for the Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    I imagine Stripling would be extra thrilled to get his first MLB win going up against his former roommate.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Cards number 8 hitter is hitting way better than the Dodgers number 8 hitter. Actually he is hitting better than any Dodger hitter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stripling on base for the second time tonight. And now Dodgers have 2 on and nobody out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cards not on their game fielding tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice that the Dodgers got that run back.

  • RBI

    I like how this is going so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tracye could blow this open with a hit here. Bases loaded and two outs.

    • RBI

      Or not.

      • WinnipegDave

        Saving some for the next inning!

  • WinnipegDave

    Love to see Stripling go a full 6 or even 7 innings tonight.

    • RBI

      It could happen, but he needs to avoid any more walks.

      • WinnipegDave

        I just down graded it to getting through 5. Hope he gives himself a chance for the win.

    • RBI

      Your (downgraded) wish, she is granted.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. It wasn’t pretty or clean but only one run scored. I’m sure Roberts will be able to manage it so Stripling comes out still in front.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodger hitting and the Cardinal defense are like totally bff’s tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      7 runs but only 2 earned.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Isn’t this just for accounting purposes (i.e to calculate ERA?). I mean, we all make mistakes. A pitcher makes mistakes as well on grooving the ball over the plate.

  • RBI

    Diaz has butter feet tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      It took me a few moments but I finally understood the beauty of butter feet (as opposed to butter fingers).

      • RBI

        Thanks. I kind of liked it myself.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well of course you should. Once I got it, I wanted to let you know I got it! 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Free runs for everyone tonight apparently.

  • RBI

    As Vinnie says, this is not exactly an elegant game.

  • WinnipegDave

    The bullpen will need to be on its game this evening. Need 4 innings of work for them.

  • WinnipegDave

    On Gameday that last strike did look high. But I don’t completely trust Gameday to show the exact pitch location.

    • RBI

      Too close to take.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice little homerun from Puig! He has been hitting the ball hard or long or both in the last couple of games with no success so it is great he is finally rewarded tonight.

  • RBI

    Puig!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Have Dodgers scored in 5 straight innings before this evening this year? Certainly not often.

    • WinnipegDave

      In general, teams should have a pretty good winning percentage when they score 5 innings in a row.

    • RBI

      Not when I’ve been in the stadium.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sorry RBI. It has to change soon for you/the Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jocular!

  • WinnipegDave

    Mix and match Doc. Do what you need to bring this one home.

  • WinnipegDave

    Is Kikè a better fielder than Trayce?

    • WBBsAs

      Steadier, I think.

  • WinnipegDave

    A few more batters for Baez and then bring in Jansen in the middle of the 8th and finish the 9th?

  • WinnipegDave

    Broxton! For several years I thought he was the bees knees.

    • RBI

      Nice to see him again.

      • WinnipegDave

        Not against the Dodgers but I wish him well in general.

    • WBBsAs

      For a time, Brox was one of baseball’s best relievers – until he got Torre’d.

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the ninth. Non save situation.

    • WinnipegDave

      And thus Blanton and not Jansen.

  • RBI

    Two more, Blanton. You can do it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers going for the rare (to this point in the season) win in the first game of the series.

  • WinnipegDave

    First base runner allowed by the pen tonight.

  • RBI

    I hate those bloop singles. Here comes Kenley! I think this is wise.

    • WinnipegDave

      I would have given Blanton more rope. Frustrating to have to go to Jansen with a 4 run lead. I know it is a save situation.

      • RBI

        Two beasts at bat.

        • And he only faced one, what with the double play. 4-pitch night for Kenley (plus warmups, but still, not a lot of strain this evening).

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers havent won three in a row since mid-April. Hopefully they can win at least 1 more in this series. No way Cards give up so many unearned runs so it won’t be so easy!

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers took advantage of their opportunities, though.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just saw the game using the MLB summary, which is quite something. Provides the outcome of each plate appearance and video of significant plays.

    • I’m not familiar with that. Got a link?

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s an app on my phone. Mlb.com At Bat

  • WBBsAs

    It was a sloppy game, but nevertheless interesting. I can’t recall ever seeing such a good-hit, no-field shortstop as Aledmys Díaz – unless perhaps José Offerman.

    • scooplew

      Funny. I was actually thinking the same thing last night.

      • WBBsAs

        Díaz appears to have a bit more pop than Offerman did.

  • HLKLA

    Nice to wake up this morning to a Dodgers’ win, but then I realized I could have watched the game on Fox Midwest last night. I already have a post it note up to remind me tonight.

  • WBBsAs
    • And where the sheep and cows are the groundskeepers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just a couple miles from the border.

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