Game 58, 2016

Braves at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSO

The Braves send righthander Matt Wisler (2-5, 3.16 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.38 ERA). Wisler’s last two starts were quality ones, but he did give up six runs combined in them. He’s 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA on the road this season. This is his second big league season, both with the Braves. They got him in the Craig Kimbrel/Upton Jr. deal with the Padres last spring.

This is almost unbelievable. Kazmir has made 282 starts in the big leagues and has never faced the Braves. Yes, up until this season he had only pitched in the AL, but there’s been interleague play for quite a while now; you’d think at some point along the way his team would have played Atlanta. Huh.

Lineup when available.

The Dodgers designated Carl Crawford for assignment and brought Austin Barnes up from AAA. Vin speculated on the radio that Crawford might just retire, as poorly as his body has served him over the last few years.

  • WBBsAs

    Kazmir never seems to have an easy 1-2-3 first.

  • scooplew
    • John_from_Aus

      Sorry to say, but about time

      • scooplew

        Sad, but true.

  • scooplew

    Arrieta went only five innings today. Allowed three runs on nine hits, struck out 12. DBacks lead 3-2 in the 7th.

  • WBBsAs

    Offense picking up Kazmir, for a change.

    • He’s not gonna be long for this game if he throws another 30 pitches in the 2nd like he did in the 1st.

      • scooplew

        He must have heard you. He made only six pitches in the second inning. Also, the Braves leadoff batter, Smith, should have not gone after the first pitch. Wisler barely got back to the dugout.

  • scooplew

    I expect that Barnes will be given a full opportunity to emerge as the starting catcher.

    • WBBsAs

      He had an excellent spring, but has shown no power at AAA.

      • scooplew

        No power, indeed: .306 .413 .375 .788

  • WooT, Kik√©!

  • Seager and Thompson, 21 homers. The Braves total: 22 homers. And now the irrepressible Hernandez gets one.

  • scooplew

    Wow. I didn’t see this coming.

  • Way to go, Grandal!

  • Why can’t Pierzynski retire already?

    • WBBsAs

      Because the Gnats will gneed him the next time the Busted Poseur injures himself.

  • And now Corey hits one!

  • WBBsAs

    Fine catch by Joc robs Mallex of a triple.

  • Looks funny to see a guy named Gant other than Ron in a Braves uniform .

    • WBBsAs

      Too bad the Gant brothers were never able to play together.

      • I thought this one might be a son, but the complexion is a little different.

      • WinnipegDave

        Perhaps the Gants should have played with the Gnats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just got home from a family party (nephew turned 9). Speaking of 9… Nice to see the Dodgers busting out the big lumber today.

  • scooplew

    Arrieta suffered his first loss of the season today as Cubs lost to D’Backs, 3-2.

    • WBBsAs

      He had 11 K’s through the first four innings, but the Cubbies will now DFA him.

      • scooplew

        Maybe we can swap Crawford for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    So, still no word on Kazmir yet? What injury caused him to leave the game?

    • WBBsAs

      Unpredecented exhaustion on the basepaths, after first two-hit season of his career.

      • scooplew

        Kazmir is now 6-for-47 in his career with 23 strikeouts and zero walks.

    • Steiner says the word from the clubhouse is “Cramping in Left Quad.”

  • Holy Cow, Corey!

  • WinnipegDave

    I like Corey Seager! I’m mean he is my new best friend.

    • scooplew

      I wonder who the last Dodger was to have five homers in three games. Or five in a three-game series. Calling Ross Porter.

      • Shawn Green? Four in one game will give you a head start on five in three.

        • John_from_Aus

          I think Corey was jealous of Mookie Betts

  • John_from_Aus

    I appreciate the Braves getting us back into a bit of form

  • HLKLA

    Wow! Just returned from a family event and find that the Dodgers have scored two touchdowns but cannot seem to make the extra points?

  • John_from_Aus

    ok, thats enough

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • HLKLA

    So with that Ramsey guy and Crawford being DFA’d, Do we have one opening on our 40 man?

    • WBBsAs

      It appears there are two, actually.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    Cards and Gnats tied 3-3, bases loaded no outs for St. Louis.

  • RBI

    5-3, one out.

  • RBI

    3 1/2 back!

  • WBBsAs

    Just wondering, is Seager an “impact player?”

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