Game 68, 2016

Brewers at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI

The Brewers open up a four-game series with the Dodgers tonight, sending righthander Junior Guerra (3-1, 3.31 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.52 ERA). Kazmir walked five in his last start against the Giants and left after just five innings, but he’s won his last three decisions. Fun fact: when he throws his first pitch tonight Kazmir will become one of the small number of pitchers who have faced all thirty MLB teams over their careers. In other milestone news, Jansen’s save last night was his 161st as a Dodger. That ties Eric Gagne for most ever by a Dodger reliever.

The Brewers’ Braun (OF) and Lucroy (C) have both been mentioned in trade rumors. I can’t see the Dodgers wanting Braun, but they might want a catcher who’s less vulnerable to injury than Grandal has shown himself to be over his 160 games in a Dodgers uniform.

Lineup:

This is Venable’s first start in Dodger blue.

  • WBBsAs

    The last game I saw at Dodger Stadium – my first in many years – Braun beat Kershaw with a dinger.

    • He almost hit another.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very helpful not to be behind 3-0 early.

        • John_from_Aus

          it is still too early

      • WBBsAs

        No, that was Lucroy.

  • WBBsAs

    Kazmir on pace for a 243-pitch CGSO.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope it doesn’t go into extra innings then! 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Not sure about this lineup but hope for the best.

  • WinnipegDave

    Funny to hear some one in Dodger Stadium named Broxton flying down the line to beat out an infield hit!

    • Imagine Jonathan playing CF!

      • WinnipegDave

        Maybe it is Jonathan fielding out there!

  • 45 pitches in two innings for Kazmir. He ain’t long for this game.

  • WBBsAs

    Very poor effort by Kazmir, who’s agonizing to watch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Trayce! Splash for 3 just like his bro!

    • John_from_Aus

      and now we start again. I am becoming more and more impressed with him as the season goes on.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh. It’s going to be one of those nights is it?

    • RBI

      Argh. Watching game on Gameday.

      • WinnipegDave

        Moi aussi.

        • WBBsAs

          Ich nicht.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe the Will Venable era works best when he is not actually playing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Continuing the theme of same name as ex-Dodgers: J Guerra gets on base with a hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well Venable not really getting a chance to prove his worth here. Turner in to pinch hit for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    The rule of 3 is in play tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or is it the power of 3?

  • RBI

    So, what just happened?

    • WBBsAs

      Yaz did something really stupid, they’re clarifying whether run scored or not.

      • RBI

        Thanks. So he didn’t tag? Or tagged and shouldn’t have run?

        • WBBsAs

          As Joc was scoring, Yaz tagged up and ran to second, getting thrown out by 30 feet. The question was whether Joc scored before the tag.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well at least it is tied.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here’s hoping for late inning magic.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not cool Pedro.

  • John_from_Aus

    we have made a comeback twice when 3 behind, only 2 behind….. easy 🙂

  • scooplew

    Only once before this season has Baez pitched two full innings

  • WinnipegDave

    Need 2 more hits. Or one home run.

  • John_from_Aus

    we had our chance

  • WinnipegDave

    S’alright Seager. Get them next time.

  • John_from_Aus

    that was just teasing after 2 out and no one on

    • Yeah, I switched to it just as Utley got hit. What a disappointing end to a major melodrama there in the 9th.

  • scooplew

    6.5 games back, farthest since June 15, 2014. Many thoughts, but a key one is that we badly need a catcher who can hit.

    • Bumsrap

      I am now on board with including Grandal in a trade for Lucroy

      • dalegribel

        Might take including someone like DeLeon. Would you pay that price?

        • Bumsrap

          Prefer not to but would for same reason Brewers would not–arm issues.

          Their CFer didn’t look great so maybe Verdugo and Grandal to start conversation.

  • NPUT