Game 57, 2016

Braves at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSO

Fresh off his National League Pitcher of the Month award, lefty Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.56 ERA) tries to start June off right. He’ll face the right-handed Bud Norris (1-6, 5.71 ERA), who’s filling in for Mike Foltynewicz; he’s got a bone spur in his right elbow and is on the DL. Norris made five starts earlier this season and amassed an ugly 8.74 ERA before being removed from the Braves’ starting rotation.

Vin on Ali’s death:

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Had the pleasure of meeting Ali. I said “hi Champ. He pretended that I said “chump”, put up his dukes and swiveled his hips. Thrill of a lifetime!

    • WBBsAs

      I have (nor had) anything against Ali, but boxing bored me and his bluster – however humorous – could be tiresome.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow! That’s wonderful.

  • WBBsAs

    By beating the Gnats earlier in the week, Foltynewizc sacrificed himself for the good of the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Can I just say how SICK I am of the gnats winning?

    Thank you for letting me rant.

    That is all.

    • WinnipegDave

      They have to lose sometime.
      They have to lose sometime.
      They have to lose sometime.
      They have to lose.
      They have to.

      Don’t they?

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw 7-1 and 1.56 vs Norris 1-6 and 5.71? If this was football I would say that this is a trap game. I continue to worry about Kershaw games which makes no logical sense at all. It’s like worrying about Federer circa 2006.

  • WBBsAs

    After spotting the Gnats a four-run lead, the Redbirds have come back with four of their own off Smegma.

  • WBBsAs

    And now the Redbirds have knocked out Smegma with back-to-back dingers from Piscotty and Adams.

  • Cards – Giants Gameday

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go quietly in eighth, Redbirds still lead 6-4.

  • WBBsAs

    Redbirds take out some insurance in the eighth, and now lead 7-4.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go equally quietly in ninth, lose 7-4.

    • WinnipegDave

      I like it. I like it a lot.

  • Chance to pick up a full game on the orange and black. They’re at 35-23. For reference, the Cubbies are 39-15.

  • WinnipegDave

    SF apparently looking to pick up Andrew Miller from NYY.

  • No harm done by the balk, but it sure looked like Clayton stepped toward first, which is what he’s supposed to do.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw brought out the hard sliders at the right time to get out of the mini-jam.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw walks the #8 hitter?!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw gets out of micro-jam number 2.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright! Bud was hanging with Kershaw through the first time through the lineup but now has faltered a bit.

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers are not exactly pounding him.

      • WinnipegDave

        But perhaps we can get going against him in the next few innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot. AGon had a chance to drive in a couple but fizzles a comebacker out to the pitcher.

  • WinnipegDave

    AJ gave it a ride but just missed it. Kershaw can help himself and expand the lead with a hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by Turner at 3rd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw is definitely off script today. So many lead off hitters getting on tonight – 4 out of 6. And Flowers was robbed of a hit to lead off the 5th.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw needs to finish Francoeur off here.

  • WinnipegDave

    What are the reasons again why it is impossible for the Dodgers to hit effectively?

    • RBI

      Well, if we knew that…

      • WinnipegDave

        :)!

  • WinnipegDave

    So 96 pitches is Kershaw’s new limit? I know he was struggling a bit, but he likely still had one more inning left in him. 20 pitches still leaves him under 120 total.

  • RBI

    Slow game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Given the opponents and the starting pitching matchup – this seems like the least inspiring potential shut out win of the year.

      • RBI

        Let’s hope.

        • WinnipegDave

          I know. Even with including the word potential, it still felt like a risky line to write.

  • RBI

    Awesome! Or not? It’s close.

  • RBI

    Very close.

    • WinnipegDave

      Did you see any replays? Did they make the right call in not calling him safe?

      • RBI

        Let’s just say Enciarte isn’t completely wrong to be a little upset.

      • WBBsAs

        Too close to overturn.

  • RBI

    Good job by Baez.

  • WinnipegDave

    I had a friend ask me to text him when the Dodgers scored or something exciting happened tonight.

    I have not sent a lot of texts.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers are to the Cubs as the Braves are to the Dodgers. Well almost anyways.
    The Dodgers are currently 11 games behind the Cubs in the standings and the Braves are 12 games behind the Dodgers.
    So, the satisfaction I felt when the Dodgers “only” lost 2-0 and 2-1 to the Cubs is almost equal to the frustration I feel with the Dodgers “only” leading 2-0 (to this point) in this game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Satisfaction is not the right word there but you maybe know what I am trying to say…

  • WBBsAs

    This is starting to feel like the ’65 Dodgers.

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of running tonight. Not bad to see.

  • WinnipegDave

    Steiner got quite excited about that fly ball!

  • WinnipegDave

    4-0 feels much better than 1-0.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just dropped in to see that it is raining runs!

  • RBI

    That drag bunt followed by the double steal were textable events, WinnipegDave.

  • Kenley! A leadoff walk?

  • WinnipegDave

    Why is Freeman on second?

    • Vinnie: “Jansen threw a ball that was in play out of play.” I didn’t see it so I don’t know exactly what Kenley did.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks for the explanation.

        • Further explanation from Jon:

          “Jansen caught the return toss from Ellis and threw it in disgust into the Dodger dugout without calling time, allowing Freeman to take second base on an error.”

    • RBI

      Bizarro game.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Woohoo!

    • WinnipegDave

      Pinch hitting for RBI? 🙂

      • RBI

        I’m here! Just got distracted.

      • I would never usurp her place! Can’t there be two Woohoos? 😉

        • WinnipegDave

          You are right – the certainly can be multiple woohoos and multiple woohoo-ers!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t you yabba dabba do?

  • WinnipegDave

    Uggh 3:27 for a game that was 1-0 into the bottom of the 8th inning is not the way it needs to be.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Over and out for me friends.

  • hasta mañana!

  • Howard Fox

    Crawford…..DFA’d

    • foul tip

      And Barnes called up. Another Ned blunder resolved, finally. After 4 years.

      • WBBsAs

        Actually, Crawford had some value in his earliest Dodger years. Grossly overpaid, but not worthless.

        • foul tip

          Many journeyman outfielders could have done as well and maybe been on the DL less.

          With CC, as with many of his reliever signings, Ned tended to overweight past performance and not understand the current player as he was, let alone have much vision into what he was likely to become.

          • WBBsAs

            Ned didn’t do it alone, but Crawford’s contract was the price of acquiring AGon (not to mention Nick Punto). CC still had some limited usefulness, but I’d say he’s done for. I doubt anyone’ll sign him even at the major league minimum now.

          • foul tip

            Along with Josh Beckett and the fabulous Nick Punto ;-]). At least the players the Dodgers gave up didn’t do much.

            But many, many millions in assumed contract obligations was a different kind of animal.

    • WBBsAs

      But for injuries to other OFers, it would have happened even sooner.

  • foul tip

    Well, CK is 8-1. About 1/3 of the way in. Projects to 24-3. About right.

    Except he could have won more than 8, IIRC.

  • WBBsAs
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