Game 76, 2016

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:15PM PT, TV: Fox

Kenta Maeda makes his first trip to PNC Park. He carries a 6-4, 2.64 ERA record with him and for now appears to be the #2 guy in the Dodgers’ rotation, at least in terms of reliability. He’ll face the Pirates’ Jeff Locke, who’s 6-5 with a 5.44 ERA. His latest outing was a 6 2/3 inning one in which he outdueled Madison Bumgarner with help from the bullpen and won 1-0.

Local color:

Dodgers left-handed reliever and native Pennsylvanian Adam Liberatore is having an off-the-radar phenomenal season. In 24 innings over 32 games, he has a 0.75 ERA, second lowest among National League qualifiers, and he didn’t even open the season in the big leagues.

Tepesch DFA’ed, IF Chris Taylor up.

Lineup:

  • Pre-game entertainment.

    • WBBsAs

      An aging retriever, it appears.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers making Locke look better than he is.

  • RBI

    Oof. Watching on Gameday as I wait for my next flight. What was AJ thinking?

    • WBBsAs

      Not thinking, but rather dreaming of advancing to third.

      • Bumsrap

        Maeda pulled off his bunt at the very last second. Ellis had a great view and with his lack of speed had to be ready to run.

  • RBI

    Of course, he did hit the double first…

  • RBI

    About to board. Go Dodgers!

    • Bumsrap

      Enjoy your trip to France.

      • RBI

        I wish. Just landed at LAX to see our abysmal showing against an abysmal team.

  • scooplew

    Why would a pitcher ever bother to throw a strike to Hernandez with two strikes? He swings at virtually anything at that point just as he did in his AB here in the 8th.

    • WBBsAs

      Quique needs a breather at OKC, and I expect the acquisition of Chris Taylor will give it to him.

  • It seems unfair that McCutcheon would start to come out of his season-long slump in this game against us.

  • So far on the road trip our six-game winning streak has been broken and turned into a two-game losing streak to a team which was five games under .500 when we arrived.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bucs not a bad team and bound to rebound.

  • HLKLA

    Tough loss today.

  • NPUT