Game 80, 2016

Dodgers at Brewers, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI, MLBN (free game)

Brock Stewart started the season in Class A (Advanced) with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. During his rise to AAA the 24-year-old righthander has compiled a 1.47 ERA and a 99:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 starts. He’ll be opposed by 31-year-old rookie Junior Guerra, who’s 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA. He faced the Dodgers in LA and had the worst start of his season in which he gave up five runs on five hits but came away with a no-decision.

Here’s a stat which may surprise:

Coming into the series, both teams ranked in the top three for percent of wins via comeback this season. With 19 out of 34 (56 percent), the Brewers ranked second, and the Dodgers were right behind, winning 23 of their 42 games (55 percent) via a comeback.

Lineup:

No surprise, Pederson is not in the lineup after his wall-banging catch last night.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m eager to see a pitcher who’s risen so rapidly this season, after being utterly unheralded.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Read where his father, a scout for the Pads downplayed his son’s potential. He is now a Dodger scout.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique to the 15 day DL.

    • WBBsAs

      That came out of nowhere, but it could be at least a partial explanation for his prolonged slump. Having acquired Chris Taylor, the Dodgers now have another legitimate backup SS.

      Meanwhile, it sounds as if Joc is pretty sore.

      • Bumsrap

        Where did you read about Joc? i haven’t seen anything except he is day to day.

        Not sure about how DL placements are scrutinized or if the league and teams worry about how or when it is used so if its no big thing as to its use, I think the Dodgers put Kike’ on the DL so he doesn’t have to take a cut in pay or lose any time served benefits toward retirement instead of sending him to OK.

        He can groove his swing in AZ and maybe even add first base to his game. He needed time to get his game together like Puig did. I don’t think he is hurt.

        • “Left rib cage inflammation.” Monday and Kennedy had no prior knowledge of the “injury” either.

  • WBBsAs

    First returns looking good.

  • Bob_Hendley

    DP please

    • WBBsAs

      Bad luck on two pitches, and then a bad pitch.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah. Said to be a fly ball pitcher, but dingers against him in the minors had been scarce.

  • WBBsAs

    Promising beginning now discouraging.

    • RBI

      From fooling them to batting practice.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kid needed the breaks, but didn’t get them.

      • WBBsAs

        They also started to hit the ball hard, though.

  • RBI

    Let’s get a few back now, guys.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got them right were we want them. Dodgers have the easier path for a comeback win!

    • RBI

      The fact that this post makes me feel better is sad. But thanks anyway!

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      He took a pretty hard hit.

  • RBI

    I’m surprised the Brewers’ record isn’t better. Their lineup is much stronger than ours.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pitching (ignore this game)

      • RBI

        Yeah, I figured.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They have a run differential of -0.9. Dodgers are at +0.4.

  • RBI

    Get the DP, Stewart.

    • RBI

      Or that.

      • WBBsAs

        He did get the DP.

        • RBI

          True.

  • RBI

    Wow, that is absolutely absurd. Adrian got the hook for what, exactly?!?!?

  • RBI

    We are down to one bench player. And Junior appears to be pitching way out of his league.

  • RBI

    Anyone else understand why the ump booted AGon?

    • Grumbling about the checked-swing third strike, or possibly the pitch before that that was called a strike.

      • RBI

        But since when does grumbling mean you get yanked?

        • Balls and strikes are not arguable, or at least not very much.

          • RBI

            What was frustrating is he grumbled once, but the second time he wasn’t even talking to the 3rd base ump.

    • Bumsrap

      As Agon was walking back to the dugout he made a dismissive gesture toward the 3rd base umpire with a flick of his wrist. Sometimes it doesn’t bother us when we get the FU, but won’t take being dismissed.

      • RBI

        Ah, I must have missed that. Makes sense.

  • RBI

    Stewart can’t catch a break. Every bloop and bleeder… Until then! DP again.

  • RBI

    Not our night, so far.

  • Bumsrap

    Remember when Yeager used to make lamps out of broken bats?

    • One of the hundreds of things I wonder about is why catchers have stopped using that throat flap that Yeager invented.

  • Bumsrap

    4 out of 5 innings were shutout innings.

  • Looking at our starters’ batting averages, where Seager is the only one over .275, it’s almost a wonder we’ve won as many games as we have.

    • Bumsrap

      Twice that many with .8+ OPS though.

      • Bumsrap

        Of course, one of those can’t put his shirt on or apply deodorant by himself.

  • RBI

    And another bloop single.

    • Bumsrap

      Hatcher is warming up. Those bloops could get some length soon.

      • RBI

        Prescient.

  • RBI

    I’m still mad at Braun for beating Kemp out for MVP. Might be time to let that go. (As he hits a HR)

  • RBI

    Oh brother. Puig limping now, like the team…

  • RBI

    I’ve lowered my expectations to wanting this not to be a shut out.

  • RBI

    Maybe their bullpen will dissolve. Or something.

  • RBI

    I think the Giants may have just experienced a triple play. Never mind. I am wrong. Gameday was hinky.

    • Bumsrap

      Against them I hope.

      • RBI

        Yes.

  • There is no joy in Mudville.

    • Bumsrap

      What’s the antonym for Woo-HOO

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh. Not a pleasant night.

  • Tomorrow’s an early game, too. 10:00AM PT, 7:00AM my time.

  • RBI

    In other news, Gnats down 7-0. Which probably means nothing.

  • Game’s actually at 8:00AM my time, 11:00AM for you West Coasters.

  • Giants outhit the As 8-6 but out-errored them 3-0 and lost 7-1.

    • WBBsAs

      I hadn’t realized that Mac Williamson was such a human highlight reel. He’s become my favorite Gnat.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton to the 15 day, or what WBBsAs posted

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