Game 71, 2016

Happy Father’s Day to all you merry commenters and to your fathers as well.

Brewer at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI

Two righthanded fathers (Garza, six kids; Maeda, one) go at each other this afternoon. The Brewers’ Matt Garza (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is making only his second start of the year; he missed the first ten weeks with a strained right lat muscle. In his first start he went four innings, gave up one run, struck out five and walked only one. His opposite number, Kenta Maeda (6-4, 2.75 ERA) took a line drive off his shin his last time out; the team insists there was no lasting damage and he’s good to go.

Howie Kendrick is 8-15 lifetime against Garza.

Lineup:

  • Our pitchers need to relearn the concept of keeping runs off the board early.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley does not score run number 1000.

    • Huh. That’s a career milestone. Oh well, next time up, no doubt. And who among active players is he just ahead of? Carl Crawford with 998.

  • Bolsinger optioned to AAA, Carlos Frias brought up.

    • WBBsAs

      No surprise there.

  • 46 pitches, two innings. The bullpen really needs you to go about seven innings, Kenta. Please get more efficient.

    • WBBsAs

      On a hot day like this, it could be tough.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sad that this is the last Father’s Day with Vin announcing.

  • John_from_Aus

    Uh oh, I see we have messed up a second and third with no outs already. Hope things improve

    • WinnipegDave

      Sigh. Yep.

  • RBI

    Hi all. Brief check in. Go Dodgers. Boo Gnats (8 wins in a row? Where is this slump WBBsAs was predicting?).

  • Man, two outs on baserunning to end innings in this game.

    • WinnipegDave

      And at 3rd and home to boot.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I think Chase only went home to draw the throw, as it looked like Seager was going to be doubled off of second in any event.

        • WBBsAs

          Yes, that was the case – rookie mistake by Seager.

  • RBI

    We are certainly not making Garza work. Maeda, on the other hand…

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, with the heat the bullpen arms should not take long to warm up.

  • scooplew

    Pitches through four innings: Maeda 80, Garza 44.

    • scooplew

      Despite giving up a hit, Maeda needed only seven pitches in the 5th.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice gutting it out, as they say, by Kenta.

  • scooplew

    That GIDP hurts.

  • The bats, the bats! One night an explosion, the next day an exercise in futility!

    • scooplew

      Just what I was thinking. The team is unable to sustain its hitting. Meanwhile, the Giants seem to have no interest in losing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Getting a kick out of Maldonado’s variety of squats behind the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez just got 5 outs on 12 pitches. I like good Baez.

    • scooplew

      Pleasantly surprised by his outing.

  • scooplew

    None of the four position players we have on the bench is hitting above .190.

    • WinnipegDave

      Fortunately he was ahead in the count and swinging well.

  • Kiké!

  • scooplew

    My oh my!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Quique!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hernandez has only one less home run than Gonzalez now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe Seager could double down on home runs here.

  • John_from_Aus

    nothing fancy, a bloop single would do

  • Not an exciting way to win, but I’ll take it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I was excited!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal with the walk off walk!

  • John_from_Aus

    I’ll take any win, exciting or not

  • scooplew

    Nicely done.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal’s not hit well so far this year, but he’s still patient, with a good eye.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

    Five games over .500 for only the second time this season (12-7), winners of 17 of the last 27 games. The Giants are bound to cool off and we could be a lot closer than 6 1/2 out fairly soon.

  • scooplew

    Our two pinch-hitters drove in both our runs with a homer and a bases-loaded walk and our pinch-runner scored the winning run. What a bench!

    • Bob_Hendley

      A bunch of overachieving.190 hitters!

  • Bob_Hendley

    We have some tough opponents coming up, so it would be nice for the giants to lose a few.

    • RBI

      Didn’t you know? They don’t lose in even years.

  • Monday and Wednesday against the Nats and Sunday against the Pirates: ESPN games all.

    • WBBsAs

      I hate the Sunday ESPN blackouts. They won’t even post highlights during the game.

  • WBBsAs

    With the Nats (gnot the Gnats) next up on the schedule, I was pleased to see how efficient Báez and Kenley were. Presuming Kershaw goes deep into the game tomorrow night, the ‘pen should be well-rested from Tuesday on.

  • Bumsrap
  • RBI

    Sounds like another Phew-Hoo!!! I’ll take it!

  • Bumsrap

    All the best to Zack Lee. May he find a roster spot on the 25 with his new team.

    • HLKLA

      He talked about going back to LSU, I wonder if this helps/hurts that possibility.

  • Here’s one man’s analysis of the reasons behind each team’s motive to do the Zach Lee to the Mariners in exchange for Chris Taylor to the Dodgers: depth, depth, depth.

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers have great depth in near-ready starting pitching. Notice they went for a SS in first round of draft.

  • WBBsAs
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