Game 95, 2016

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, MLB.TV free game

Scott Kazmir (7-3, 4.52 ERA) tries to improve on his last outing when he went only three innings and threw 85 pitches. His opponent will be the Nats’ #5 prospect (per MLB.Pipeline.com), RHP Reynaldo Lopez, who’s making his MLB debut this evening. He put up a 3.19 ERA in 16 starts in the minors this season.

The Dodgers activated Joc Pederson from the DL on Tuesday, so expect to see him back in center field. The Nationals expect to get Daniel Murphy back into their starting lineup. Also, the Dodgers have put Fein and Ryu on the 15-day DL.

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got my Dusty bobblehead!

    • WooT!

      • Bob_Hendley

        They published his best 10 quotes of the year so far (if anything he is quotable). He was asked about Urias and the notion that he might be the next Fernando. He basically said that one had to be cautious. That he was supposed to be the next Aaron, and look how that turned out.

        • WBBsAs

          Dusty had a pretty good career, though – even if not with the Barves.

        • WinnipegDave

          Both good at ruining pitchers. Eh-oh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley! 1-0!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase! Not a big favorite here to begin with. Welcome to the Bigs! First pitch by the rook.

  • WinnipegDave

    Howie keeps it going.

  • WBBsAs

    Got home from my bike ride just in time to see Utley’s dinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go for the in-inning cycle. Just missing the triple.

    • WBBsAs

      From AGon, of course.

      • WinnipegDave

        Could be Grandal or Peterson.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh hitting with RISP.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard hit by AGON

    • WinnipegDave

      That and sequencing really costing the Dodgers right now.

  • scooplew

    Not this again. Why not try a squeeze to shake things up?

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think you can ask AGon or Grandal to bunt.

      • scooplew

        Unable to, or never do it, or both?

        • WBBsAs

          Certainly the latter, possibly the former as well.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They are hitting this guy like I don’t know what! (Makes little sense just not to square up)

  • WBBsAs

    There it is, with RISP!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc being eased back into MLB action by facing a MILB pitcher.
    And it works!

  • scooplew

    Welcome back, Joc.

  • WinnipegDave

    I really want to like Kazmir.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hope if he gets through the 1st smoothly he can go 7 tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager under the weather?

    • WBBsAs

      Acc. to Dodgers Digest, a stomach virus.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    No wonder Murphy is hitting about .400.

  • WinnipegDave

    Anytime you get Harper feels like a “Phew”.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep. Though he has been a two month slump (for him).

  • WinnipegDave

    The hitting of Lopez continues this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    No wonder Howie is hitting more than .400 this month. Seeing eye grounder.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not really on that one. An actual 3rd baseman probably gets to the ball.

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, nice start!

    • WinnipegDave

      I will not complain about 4 runs and 7 hits through 1 1/2.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kaz has a very smooth delivery.

  • Is the same team that struggled to score runs at all against the D-Backs earlier in the week?

    • WinnipegDave

      That series was frustrating for so many reasons – not the least being that Dodgers out scored the D’Backs.

    • John_from_Aus

      rookie pitcher makes a difference

  • WinnipegDave

    Not sure how I feel about the Heart and Hustle Award. How does one measure that exactly?

    • WBBsAs

      A CT scan, perhaps?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! And perhaps they run the 40 yard dash for the hustle part.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lopez settling in here. Strikes out the side.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Was about 15 ft up from where AGON corralled that foul in the stands.

    • WinnipegDave

      Did you wave?

      • Bob_Hendley

        I ducked!

  • WinnipegDave

    What a play by AGon! TV didn’t even track it.

  • John_from_Aus
    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah, I’m pretty bummed about that. Makes chasing SF sooo much trickier.

    • Nor on Greinke for the D-Backs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nomar just compared Vin to a wall (Green Monster) and a plant (ivy in Wrigley).

  • HLKLA

    Which Kazmir are we getting tonight? Is he pitching well?

    • WBBsAs

      So far, very well.

    • 34 pitches, 24 strikes. 2 hits, no BB, 4 Ks.

  • WinnipegDave

    That last pitch to Chase was so not a strike. Looked about a foot outside.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley knocked over Taylor. Then Taylor does a leap over the mound to catch a pop up. Fun defensive inning so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    Catch people later. I’m out for a bit but will be back.

  • John_from_Aus

    good start here, I notice that the red sox are helping us out too so far

    • It’s HARD to root for the Red Sox now. Before they broke the curse it was easy, but now they and their fans have gotten a bad case of entitlement.

      • John_from_Aus

        they would be my second team. When I was over there in 91 as well as seeing two games at dodger stadium, I caught a game at Fenway Park. That was quite an incredible place, it oozed history.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep, great place to take in a game.

      • WBBsAs

        I don’t have a problem with Sawx. The Yanquis are still the No. 1 villains.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sellout crowd urging he rook on. To no avail.

  • WinnipegDave

    Classic Dusty. 105 pitches for a brand new starter.

    • And a rookie at that.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s a much clearer way of saying what I was trying to say.

        • John_from_Aus

          🙂

  • John_from_Aus

    chance for Kazmir to be a hero

    • John_from_Aus

      or not

      • WinnipegDave

        His pitching is fairly heroic thus far tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love to see two more innings from Kaz.

    • WinnipegDave

      Actually – make that 3 more.

  • 50-odd pitches through 4 2/3 innings. Seems like he ought to have a fair bit left in the tank.

  • John_from_Aus

    its ok, its only 1

  • WinnipegDave

    Kazmir’s leg might be troubling him.

    • John_from_Aus

      I noticed “injury delay”, did he get hit first on the groundout from Espinosa?

      • WinnipegDave

        He jumped up high to snag a bouncing ball and then landed funny on his leg.

      • John_from_Aus

        ah, just saw the video

  • WinnipegDave

    Not sure if I’m happy or concerned that Kazmir is back out pitching.

    • John_from_Aus

      happy and at 74 pitches after 6, he might go close to a complete game in order to everyone else a rest

      • WinnipegDave

        Just concerned about him aggravating his leg by pitching more. If his leg is actually bothering him that is.

  • John_from_Aus

    Grandal (with 3 K’s out of 3) is the only position player not to get a hit so far

  • John_from_Aus

    well at least that was something different from Grandal

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to complain about him after the way he has been hitting lately.

  • John_from_Aus

    off to classes now, so I will have to check the result later

  • HLKLA

    Loving the results so far. Let us hope our good fortune continues.

  • WinnipegDave

    I see what Bob means. Murphy not a natural 3rd baseman.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Used to be, but behind Wright in NY, so he switched to 2nd. A bit rusty out there.

  • HLKLA

    How did Utley manage to get out on Kendrick’s fly ball?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thought Toiles was going home and willing to sacrifice himself to help make that happen.

      • HLKLA

        Thanks!

        • And according to the commentator looked a little annoyed that Toles didn’t go home.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perfect spot for Hatcher.
    Sigh. I had high expectations for Hatcher this year.

  • Hatcher, drat it, you had two strikes on Heisey and you let him off the hook. Now you’re in trouble.

  • WinnipegDave

    New life for Washington.

  • Hatcher has not been at all good this year. Warm someone up quickly, Roberts.

  • RBI

    Hi All. Been working and listening with half an ear, and about to go out to dinner with my husband. (It’s our anniversary.) Dodgers are melting down this inning. Let’s hope we can keep some kind of lead… Yikes.

    • Hau’oli La Ho’omana’o!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dodger win and giant loss to help you celebrate!

    • WinnipegDave

      Congrats on the anniversary!

  • Red Sox did their part. Now we have to hang on.

  • THAT helps!

  • John_from_Aus

    nice Grandal (now everyone has a hit)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now tied for most July dingers in the MLB!

  • Bob_Hendley

    AGON just threw our group the ball!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Perfect throw, BTW. Guy next to me, my buddy, caught it.

  • John_from_Aus

    that will do it, another game gained in the standings

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!
    But it feels like a bit of a lose to have to use Jansen tonight.

    • John_from_Aus

      only 15 pitches at least

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • Yay!

  • Bob_Hendley

    4 1/2 back. Haven’t been this close since June 11!

    • WBBsAs

      You’re home? Do you live in the District or the suburbs? I lived in Mt. Pleasant for a semester when I taught at GW.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Mt. Pleasant as well. I recall that we guessed that you lived just a couple blocks from where I live now and within sight of where Walter Johnson once lived.

        • WBBsAs

          I couldn’t recall our discussing that. I was on Lamont Street near 19th, would often walk to work through Rock Creek Park.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I live at 18th and Kenyon. Had thought you lived on Irving, which is where Walter Johnson lived.

          • WBBsAs

            Is there a plaque or something where Johnson lived?

          • Bob_Hendley

            No, he only lived there a year or two. Think that he mostly lived in Cleveland Park.

  • Bob_Hendley

    More delay on Wood coming back (8 weeks!). Looks like we are in the market in earnest and expect the FO will do something more than a Bud Norris thing at this point.

    • WBBsAs

      I would not expect either Wood or Ryu back this year, in any meaningful role.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Got to think that Ryu’s career is in doubt, so Dodgers might now be shopping for a more permanent member of the rotation.

  • dalegribel

    Hatcher to the DL, Culbertson back. Can we classify this as a positive?

    • WBBsAs

      Probably beginning of the end for Hatcher.

      • dalegribel

        Agreed

      • Bob_Hendley

        Or perhaps an explanation. last year when he came back from the same injury he was lights out for half a season.

  • NPUT