Game 94, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

The Dodgers ask Kenta Maeda (8-6, 2.95 ERA) to win the rubber match of the series. The last time he faced the D-Backs in Chase Field he was hit on the leg by a line drive off Paul Goldschmidt’s bat and had to leave the game. He’ll face Robbie Ray (4-8, 4.81 ERA). Ray is on a downslope; he’s lost three of his last four starts and hasn’t won since June 17. He has pitched reasonably well against the Dodgers in his career, putting up a 2.40 ERA in five career starts against them.

Not that we need to be reminded, but

Goldschmidt’s homer on Friday night was his 24th against the Dodgers since he debuted on Aug. 1, 2011. That’s 11 more than any other player against L.A. in that span. His 71 RBIs against the Dodgers are also the most in that stretch.

Lineup:

This will be Puig’s first start in center field since the last game of the 2014 season. In possibly related news, Joc Pederson is expected to make his final rehab start with OKC today and be reactivated for Tuesday’s game in DC.

  • WBBsAs

    Brisbee is the best, especially when the Gnats lose, but he is wrong about
    one thing: the balk-off was hysterically funny, and I’ve re-watched it
    several times. I’ll never tire of it.

  • scooplew

    Following up on the Goldschmidt note, Joe Adcock of the Braves hit 13 homers against the Dodgers in only 17 games and 56 plate appearances in 1956.

  • scooplew

    Let’s turn off the floodgates.

    • scooplew

      What a disastrous start.

  • RBI

    Rough start. Yikes.

  • John_from_Aus

    Not a good way to wake up to

    • scooplew

      It could have been worse, given that Maeda gave up four straight hits after one out. Let’s see what we can do against Ray.

  • scooplew

    Let’s see if we can do better with RISP today.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope we get at least 2 here.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. has become almost useless at the plate. He doesn’t even walk any more.

    • RBI

      Hard to when the strike zone is so huge.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s not even making contact. Even a GIDP would have helped there.

      • scooplew

        Perhaps that’s a factor, but Ellis hardly hits regardless of the strike zone. He is heading for his second season in the last three below .200. Grandal doesn’t hit much for average, but he has some pop. All in all, if Lucroy is available for a reasonable price we should try to acquire him.

        • RBI

          I agree, I’m only commenting that probably four of the strikes called with bases loaded were borderline, (three of them to AJ, plus the strike three call to Walters) leaning toward balls. Makes it harder.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not going to end well is it?

  • WinnipegDave

    So dumb.

    • Bob_Hendley

      ??

      • WinnipegDave

        Bases loaded, no outs, no runs.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Well, they do call it the “bottom” of the order.

          • WinnipegDave

            Some bottom of the lineups can hit though. It’s all timing I guess.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sure, but here we are talking AJ, the kid, and the pitcher.

  • Pfui. When your pitcher is the only of the three guys up who manages to make contact after you load the bases you’re not likely to score.

  • RBI

    Seems like just our luck that the D-backs would heat up now.

  • RBI

    Okay. Get some back, Dodgers.

  • HLKLA

    Wow, with our inept offense, this lead looks pretty insurmountable.

  • RBI

    Well, at least Ellis made contact on one pitch…

    • scooplew

      He takes a heckuva lot of strikes. Is there a stat for that?

      • WBBsAs

        He used to get walks.

  • scooplew

    Ellis fans, so what else is new?

  • WinnipegDave

    Lamb is not perfect. Imagine that.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nevermind – of course he is.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s not very good defensively, but he sure can hit.

  • This game is annoying me.

    • RBI

      I agree. Annoying.

  • Bob_Hendley

    AJ getting beaten up.

  • RBI

    Kendrick at least making their pitcher work.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think Arizona pitchers enjoy hitting Dodger batters.

  • RBI

    We just can’t do it, can we? (Score with RISP.)

  • scooplew

    Being a Dodgers fan means you always are riding a roller coaster. So is that any different for fans of other clubs?

    • RBI

      Good question. As a lifelong Mets fan before I converted in the 1990’s I have to say the Mets experience is very much the same. But I don’t know about other teams.

    • Bob_Hendley

      There are roller coasters and then there are roller coasters. giants winning the WS only every other year, for example.

      • RBI

        Ha! I’d ride that one, for sure.

    • WinnipegDave

      I don’t think Rays fans are having much fun of late. Lots of down and not much up on their ride this season.
      Although they won today so that’s something.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just looking at wins and losses we are probably very lucky. I would guess that the Dodgers probably have the best win-lose record in the NL over the past 3 1/2 years, if that is comforting?

      • Even the 1927 Yankees lost 44 games.

      • 330-249 from 2013 through yesterday.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nats have 331 wins, Stl 334. giants 305.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Wow! 81 games over .500.

    • RBI

      Could also be connected to expectations.

  • scooplew

    Kemp just hit a solo homer off Cueto in the 4th. It is 1-0 Padres.

    • WBBsAs

      And old friend Edwin Jackson is pitching an interesting game through four.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh.

  • RBI

    We are getting hammered, but Maeda isn’t pitching as badly as the score indicates. Except for the first inning, he’s been pretty decent. (Although that curveball did stay up, I guess.)

  • RBI

    We look like a second string team today.

    • WinnipegDave

      Certainly feel all strung out.

  • RBI

    Lamb. Again.

  • scooplew

    It has to be discouraging for a pitcher when the Dodger hitters are in the mode that they were in yesterday and are in again today.

    • WBBsAs

      Maeda has himself to blame as well.

      • scooplew

        True, but if he were pitching a shutout he’d only be tied.

  • scooplew

    Bethancourt just hit a solo homer off Cueto. It’s 2-0 Padres after four.

  • RBI

    Good job by Howell.

  • RBI

    Edwin Jackson taking on Cueto and doing really well so far.

    • Surprisingly, 63 pitches, 35 strikes. Control not all that good.

      • RBI

        But strikes and DPs when he needs them.

  • RBI

    Ugh again.

  • scooplew

    In his three ABs today, all strikeouts, Ellis has managed two foul balls. Barnes is hitting .296 at Oklahoma City.

  • scooplew

    Still interesting in San Diego.

    • I get the SD TV channel. I may switch if the Dodgers don’t get on the ball here.

  • RBI

    Ellis having a really bad day. Clonked. Wild pitches. Swings and misses.

    • WBBsAs

      He seems to be nearing the end.

  • RBI

    Cueto’s done, with two on, no outs in the 6th.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pads tack on another run. Cueto had thrown 94 pitches through 5 innings.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Jackson helps himself with another run batted in. 4-0.

      • RBI

        And another now, Jackson RBI single.

  • scooplew

    Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson and his arm problems are a major part of Jeff Passan’s new book, The Arm.

  • RBI

    Justin!!!!

  • RBI

    We’re finally on board.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner dinger!

  • scooplew

    Great! Let’s keep it going.

  • RBI

    Why pull Van Slyke?

    • Bob_Hendley

      lefty righty thing.

      • RBI

        Ah.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jackson only at 72 pitches (but has been relieving the past couple of years)

  • RBI

    Bad at bat by Puig.

  • RBI

    Wish this was Grandal pinch hitting now.

  • RBI

    I like AJ so much, I hate to see him fading so fast.

    • scooplew

      I think Ellis will be a fine manager within a few seasons.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure he has it in him, but last year after coming off the DL in 31 games to the end of the season he had OPS .854

      • WBBsAs

        A.J. looks cooked to me – offensively and defensively.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He did last year as well, if you recall.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Both the Dodgers and the giants are behind by 4 runs! (now if we had a couple more innings like they do…)

  • WBBsAs

    Jackson has officially lost it at The Litter Box.

    • RBI

      Shakiest potential no-hitter I’d seen in a long while…

  • WBBsAs

    Lamb looks like a terrible 3B – sluggish over there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well – you never know here. A couple of HR and we tie it up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Single and a dinger (Grand Salami from Justin?)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang! Kept Justin in the park.

  • John_from_Aus

    What! only a single :). Game on

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s not stall out now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bloody giants going for more in the 7th.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Puig it be up to you my friend.

  • John_from_Aus

    still going

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor should bunt it to Lamb.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, there you go.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rats! Dodgers lose a game they should have won (yesterday) and lose a game they couldn’t steal (today). What a waste.

    • RBI

      If the Gnats get swept, we’ll feel even sillier.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Rather feel silly than sad if they don’t.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dodgers in town tomorrow with day off. I need a Dodgers Go app.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Then I get to see them play three days in a row!

      • HLKLA

        I hope it is cooler for you this year when they come to DC, than it was last year when we were out there. I also hope that they were able to fix the lights!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha! You have changed your handle, BfV. Looks like they will be steamers again this year.

  • RBI

    So close! Phooey.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pads managed to keep giants at bay in the 7th.

  • 2 Ks to end the game with the tying run at third. Good grief.

    • RBI

      Roller coaster. See below.

      • I am ordinarily not irritated and annoyed at roller coaster rides.

        • RBI

          But we were down 6-0 in the 8th, so…

          • Grins. We did not get enough lemonade from these lemons!

  • This is only the 4th home series the D-Backs have won all year.

    • RBI

      I guess they were due. But still, grrr.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We’ll see Strasburg (versus Ryu on Weds), but no Scherzer against the Nats this week.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pads pad lead with dinger 5-3

    • RBI

      Or, what you said.

  • RBI

    Pads get another HR. 5-3.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well the late rally makes me feel worse about today’s game (so close!) but better about the team in general.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose, Schadenfreude triumphant once more.

    • If we end up behind the Giants by two games in the standings at the end of the year I’m gonna remember this series, not fondly. We could have picked up three games on them.

      • WBBsAs

        If the Dodgers pick up a game every three days, they’ll win the division by 15 games or so.

  • Bob_Hendley

    From July 28 through August 25 the giants are really going to be tested with a stretch that includes 7 games with the Nats, Mets 4, Pitt 3, O’s 3, Fish 3, LA 3.

  • Bumsrap

    Interesting rumor has Dodgers and Marlins interested in a minor league pitcher in Arizona’s system named Shelby Miller.

    • WBBsAs

      I think he’s broken, but a potential reclamation project for next year.

  • foul tip
  • Bob_Hendley

    All dressed in Dodger Blue and just about out the door to the game!

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