Game 87, 2016

Orioles at Dodgers, 12:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN

Kevin Gausman (1-6, 3.97 ERA) goes out for the Birds and Bud Norris (4-7, 3.89 ERA) makes his second start for the Dodgers.

Ethier might be back for the first game in August, Roberts says. Kershaw and Anderson are all on a fast track to recovery now.

Lineup:

  • scooplew

    Nice start by Bud.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s looking like a fine acquisition, at minimal cost in prospects.

  • WinnipegDave

    Boom. 2-0 Dodgers. Love that Turner, Puig and Gonzo are all hitting better of late.

    • Just be cautious, Bud. The Orioles are also capable of Boom. 😉

  • Doubled on a popup to Turner? Huh?

    • WBBsAs

      Seager, not wearing sunglasses, called it and then lost it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Seager lost it in the sunshine and had to duck and cover.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers are going to need their hitting shoes on today. The pitching is not going to do it today I fear.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager is amazing of course, but still makes some rookie mistakes in the field.

    • RBI

      well, the sun is brutal.

  • RBI

    Good at bat by A.J.

  • WBBsAs

    Lotsa hard-hit balls off Gausman.

    • RBI

      Including Bud’s line drive.

  • WinnipegDave

    Way to go Bud!

  • WBBsAs

    Inning started badly, but ended up not that bad.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was trying to find a way to combine the words better and worse. Because it really could have been both.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Marriage vows seem to be able to accomplish that.

  • HLKLA

    I am guessing it will take seven runs to win today.

    • scooplew

      That is starting to look like a good estimate.

    • RBI

      At least.

  • RBI

    I’d say we need to get their pitcher out of there, but their bullpen, last night at least, was unhittable.

  • scooplew

    League is catching up with Thompson. He is still hitting some homers but not much else.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s hit balls yesterday and today that, but for Machado, would have been a single and a double.

      • scooplew

        And six Ks in his last 14 ABs.

        • WBBsAs

          Young players have ups and downs. His D’s looking much better lately.

          • scooplew

            I will endeavor to be more patient.

        • WBBsAs

          The entire team has six Ks in their last eight ABs.

      • Bob_Hendley

        OPS of .802 over last 25 pa, so he is contributing.

  • scooplew

    Ten-pitch inning for Norris. That helps. Now let’s score a bevy of runs so he can get the win.

  • Okay Corey, add to your hit streak here.

  • Adrian, help!

  • WBBsAs

    There’s a break!

  • RBI

    Trumbo is killin’ us.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Trumbo starts with a “t” and that spells trouble.

    • WBBsAs

      And he hasn’t provided his usual defense.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kendrick with another double!

  • There were at least two leadoff guys on we let die there in this game, possibly more.

    • WBBsAs

      SVS, AJ and Puig all trying much too hard. In fairness, Bundy – I thought all of them were in jail in Oregon – was throwing really hard. SVS in particular was really pulling off the ball, and AJ went for one way out of the strike zone. Puig just got overpowered.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Three till now and one scored. Now Chase again with lead off hit.

  • Somebody should stop and take notice of how good Liberatore has been this season. 0.63 ERA over 28+ innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Palmer is. Even suggested he might have earned an All Star slot, if he weren’t a setup guy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Trumbo helped a little bit there with the extra bases.

    • WBBsAs

      He usually does.

  • Hitting streak still alive in addition to the scoring opportunity.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bundy showing why he was a number one pick.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Trayce needs to show Scoop, and the rest of us, something here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yuck!

      • scooplew

        I truly wish that he had shown something. Maybe next time.

        • WBBsAs

          Mind you, almost everybody’s been overmatched v. Bundy.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Justin didn’t do much.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Of course, everyone knows you wish him well.

          • scooplew

            Lot of sniping on the site today.

  • WBBsAs

    This is where you really miss Ethier.

    • RBI

      Blowing balls past our bats.

  • RBI

    I don’t believe it. Bundy strikes out the side after all that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gameday showed the ball inside, but too close to let the ump decide.

    • RBI

      It was an amazing pitch.

  • Arrrgh!

  • RBI

    Orioles relievers are ridiculously strong.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If you can believe it, that’s what everyone is saying about our pen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And there $6 million setup guy, O’Day, is injured.

  • RBI

    Please get Trumbo out. Please please please.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bottom of the 8th coming up which means we now have twice as many chances to score as they do.

    • scooplew

      I like your thinking.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang!

  • scooplew

    Nice to see Roberts using Jansen in this situation, something he is more likely to do than Mattingly did.

    • WBBsAs

      The home team cannot get a “save” (baseball’s worst statistic) in this game.

      • You say that now. Remember the GWRBI? I think they discontinued keeping it.

  • scooplew

    Twenty-seven of the 51 outs today have been strikeouts: 14 Dodgers, 13 Orioles.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Like minds!

    • WinnipegDave

      And counting!

  • Did you hear Vin? Turner’s got a 2-run HR and has STILL left 7 guys on base in this game.

    • scooplew

      And all seven in his last three ABs.

      • Yep. As Vin also said, “he’s angry.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    This game has been K’sville, accounting for more than half the outs so far.

  • Bob_Hendley

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t like the first 3 hitters for the O’s if it goes to the 10th. Scary stuff for Avilan.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strike zone a lot bigger for this ump today than it was yesterday for the other guy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just what our pen doesn’t need. Extra innings to pitch.

  • WBBsAs

    I am apprehensive about Avilán in this situation.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Is Howell still alive? Not that he inspires much confidence at this point.

      • Pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Could go a couple of innings if need then.

    • Needn’t have been, at least for the 10th.

      • WBBsAs

        He was excellent.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Palmer was saying that he met Vin in the hallway between innings and Vin asked if one could say that a game had been marred by strikeouts. Palmer, being a pitcher, was not sympathetic to that view.

    • I wonder if Palmer’s still trim enough to model for Jockey like he used to.

  • Bob_Hendley

    O’s broadcast showing a series of selfies of players with Vin. They all made the trek up to the booth to show their respect.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lead off walk has to be good doesn’t it?

    • Especially with a nice slow guy like Grandal.

    • WBBsAs

      In theory, yes. In practice, no.

  • Foo. This is a frustrating game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I blame Chase for getting on base all the time.

  • Utley! 2nd 5-hit game, first in 9 years!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great! No place to put AGon.

  • oh, man.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Foo!

  • WBBsAs

    AGon the only Dodger starter not to K – when it would have made sense to.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok Dodgers. New plan. As many solo homeruns as are needed to win.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully just one.

      • First get the Os out in the top of the inning.That’ll cut down the number of solo shots required.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m starting to feel fatalistic about this one.

    • scooplew

      Me, too.

  • scooplew

    Couple of occasions today — tied in a late game, runner on first, no one out — in which I am surprised that Roberts didn’t try to sacrifice.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing he wasn’t persuaded to do that based on the players involved.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I have seen that mistake before.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sadly yes.

  • scooplew

    How did Machado reach third on that play?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seager didn’t cover.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. Unfortunate, but we escaped the situation unlike vs. the Mets in our final game last season.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who’s up in the pen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Oops, forgot that Coleman had already come in.

  • scooplew

    A couple of hours ago Link pointed out how great Liberatore has been this year. Let me add a couple of sentences. He has been scored upon once in 37 appearances this season. He has pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings covering his last 23 appearances.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Puig and Chase!

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew!! Out at the plate.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig hit the cutoff!

  • Wowsers, nicely done, guys!

  • 6-7. First time ever for Utley.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley not hurting his HOF chances by playing this year that’s for sure.

    • Not at all.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Based on BR’s JAWS methodology, he ranks 13th among second baseman. Ranked 14 and 15 are Alomar and Biggio. Two ranked higher than him are not in the HoF, Grich and Whitaker.

  • Not too many six-hit games in history. Willie Davis, Paul LoDuca while Dodgers, old friends Skip Schumacher and Nomar with other teams. Most recently done by Jean Segura with the Brewers in 2013.

  • It had to happen. The question was by which team.

    • scooplew

      Frankly, though disappointed, I feel somewhat of a sense of relief.

  • WBBsAs

    And now Showalter can use Britton, his best reliever.

    • scooplew

      And Vinnie can extol his virtues once more.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another opportunity for Trayce.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That was for the Bundy strike.

  • WBBsAs

    Hatcher had an RBI single recently.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Almost threw it away.

  • Britton nearly threw that ball down the right field line. First baseman had to stretch high to get it.

  • scooplew

    We went 1-for-14 with RISP. They went 2-for-11. Their second such hit won the game.

  • RBI

    Not looking good for the beleaguered Rockies. 5-1, bottom of the 8th.

  • RBI

    Bochy solved the Gnats bullpen issue: Cueto threw a 118 pitch complete game… We’re back 6. 🙁

    • WBBsAs

      Cueto’s their best pitcher, by a long shot.

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