Game 93, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.70 ERA) makes his third start of the season. He’s gone five innings in each of his first two since recovering and rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. His opponent is Archie Bradley (3-5, 4.64 ERA), who lost to the Dodgers in his only start against them this season on June 14 in Phoenix, pitching four scoreless innings then giving up five runs in the next 1 2/3 innings.

Fun fact: Since the start of 2013, the Dodgers own the best record in baseball after the All-Star break at 126-79 entering Friday. Next was Kansas City at 127-87.

Trayce Thompson goes to the 15-day DL with lower back irritation, Zach Walters comes up. Ethier’s leg isn’t healed, but he’s going to up his workout level anyway. From Dave Roberts, this statement sounds ominous:

“Because it’s not healed completely, we really don’t have a timetable. It’ll be healed at some point, but this season to hope and expect it to be pain-free is something that’s maybe too optimistic. Andre wants to be back and he’ll do whatever he can to be back.”

Lineup:

Late addition: Tim Kurkjian screws up on SportsCenter, picks Orel Hershiser as his player to watch in the second half of the season.

  • HLKLA

    if Orel is a player to watch in the second half of the season, our current starting rotation were either abducted by aliens or we have suffered catastrophic injuries to them.

    • WBBsAs

      Given the abundance of starters nearly ready to return, I doubt we’ll be treated to an Orelian comeback.

      • scooplew

        Hershiser got off to a bad start and was 2-3 with an ERA of 5.44 in mid-June in his first full season. He ended the year 11-8 with an ERA of 2.66. So he had an Orelian comeback . . . in 1984.

  • scooplew

    What is the reason for the injury delay?

    • WBBsAs

      Umpire took a hard foul tip, had to come out of game.

      • scooplew

        Belatedly, thank you.

  • scooplew

    Padres lead Giants 2-0 after one inning.

  • scooplew

    Padres lead Giants 3-0 after two innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m liking the Pads right now.

      • WinnipegDave

        Urp – now 3-2 Padres.

        • WBBsAs

          Kemp homers off Smegma, and it’s now 4-2.

  • WinnipegDave

    McCarthy is pitching well again tonight thus far.

  • WinnipegDave

    All Toles, that was a nice catch.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m relieved he didn’t collide with Puig.

      • WinnipegDave

        True. We don’t need any more on the disabled list.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads gnow lead Gnats 5-2 in the fourth.

    • scooplew

      Kemp hit a solo homer for one of the Padres’ runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    At this point last night, about 15 runs had been scored. Much better pitching from both teams tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kendrick is on fire!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrr. Dodgers going to be at 8 LOB very soon, unless McCarthy gets a hit.

    • scooplew

      Now 1-for-12 with RISP.

  • scooplew

    McCarthy with a tidy 77 pitches through six innings.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s looking very sharp, far better than I would have expected after such a long layoff.

      • Now if Ryu and Anderson can round into form in anywhere close to as fast…

  • WinnipegDave

    Bases loaded. Kendrick up.

  • WBBsAs

    Terrible AB by Kendrick, who didn’t appear to swing at a single strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    So frustrating. Why couldn’t Kendrick double of the wall this time instead of last time. I swear. This reminds me of a hockey game I saw once where the Jets had 49 shots on net and lost 2-1.

  • WinnipegDave

    When is Roberts going to let McCarthy pitch in the seventh? What’s he got to do different than he did tonight?

    • WBBsAs

      Given his recent return, I think you can justify a conservative approach. Also, it’s hot in Phoenix.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Next time.

      • WinnipegDave

        Here’s hoping he pitches as well next time out.

  • HLKLA

    Would the Dodgers bats from yesterday please report to home plate!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bet this inning the Dodgers get the first few on here.

  • So I just reserved the book Orel and Davis are talking about at my library — The Arm by Jeff Passan.

    • HLKLA

      I heard a review of the book on NPR. It sounded very interesting.

    • scooplew

      I am about halfway through. It is insightful, interesting and well-researched. Also somewhat shocking.

  • WBBsAs

    The Padpen is self-immolating at the The Litterbox.

  • scooplew

    Padres 5, Giants 5, after 5.5.

  • WinnipegDave

    Show time for Kenley.

  • WBBsAs

    Nice play by Seager on Segura’s ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jansen not quite right still.
    Meaning perfect.

  • WinnipegDave

    Of course the only time Kendrick doesn’t get a hit he leaves the bases loaded. Sometimes this game drives me bonkers.

  • WinnipegDave

    And the Dodgers have now left 1000 runners on base tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fien is really bad. He has nothing.

    • WBBsAs

      He was good briefly but, when some of these guys come off the DL, he’s the first DFA.

  • WinnipegDave

    6 back for now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha! Walk off balk and SF loses. So 5.5 back.

  • WBBsAs

    Disappointing finish, which I missed, but at least I got more than a chuckle out of the Gnats’ balk-off loss. I could watch that over and over again.

  • Bah. Kenley can’t be perfect every time out, but the offense surely failed tonight. 1 for 15 with RISP. This game is so unpredictable. After last night’s explosion, tonight they hit zip.

  • WBBsAs

    From a Gnatblog: “C’mon, that wasn’t a balk….he just slipped on the pile of excrement he left on the mound.”

  • RBI
    • I’ll try to do better. 😉

      • RBI

        It’s “both, and,” Link! Never “either, or.”

        • I’d be more than happy to share the load with Grant, but I’ll bet SB Nation pays him something for his work, which the jerks who run Elysian Fields are too cheap poor to do. 😉

    • WBBsAs

      Grant is the best, especially when the Gnats lose. but he is wrong about one thing: the balk-off was hysterically funny, and I’ve rewatched it several times.

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