Game 97, 2016

Dodgers at Nationals, 9:05AM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Dodgers’ rotation injuries have forced them to bring young Julio Urias (1-2, 4.95 ERA) back up from AAA OKC, where he’s only thrown one inning since he was sent down on July 5. He’ll have an easy task in front of him; keep the Dodgers in the game against Stephen Strasburg, who’s 13-0 on the year with a 2.51 ERA.

Somebody post the lineup in the comments when it’s published.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Right by the ball girl down the left field line.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin turned on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Long inning for Urias.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Longer for Strasburg

  • Bob_Hendley

    Is anyone hotter than Justin? Howie?

  • WinnipegDave

    The two man band of Turner and Howie are playing some fine music this afternoon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Urias still struggling with pitch count.

    • WinnipegDave

      And Roberts goes to the pen super early one more time.

  • If you guarantee the score remains the same or better I’ll go back to bed.

    • WinnipegDave

      If only it was that easy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strasburg and Lopez and Norris had very similar line scores through 5 innings:
    Lopez: 4 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 6 (earned) runs, 1 walk and 9 strike outs
    Strasburg: 5 innings, 7 hits, 6 (earned) runs, 1 walk and 9 strike outs
    Norris: 5 innings, 7 hits, 6 (earned) runs, 1 walk and 8 strike outs

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Pedro. Good job walking the pitcher on 9 pitches. Smh.

    • Bob_Hendley

      ? More the better, no? Four would have been too much.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The pen has the walking pneumonia

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha! Great comment.

    • WBBsAs

      And Seager has the boogie-woogie flu?

  • I know it’s Dusty, but why is Strasburg still in the game?

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m calling Coleman for the W if the Dodgers hang on and win today. He got one out on one pitch. He was much more effective/efficient than Baez and Avilan.

  • WinnipegDave

    Coleman out. Howell in. Roberts burning through the pen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Conga line!

  • WinnipegDave

    Howell out. Blanton in.
    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Only 3 relievers left in the pen and Blanton is not likely to pitch in the 7th.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ll guarantee he pitches the seventh.

      • WinnipegDave

        You are totally right of course. I forgot about the double switch.

        But will he finish the 7th? That remains to be seen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS in. Puig seemed a little ginger. What’s the word?

    • Right hamstring “tightness,” says Steiner.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s Steiner, Jake, but others confirm it.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hope that doesn’t mess up any potential trades. 😉

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha, ha ha!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Or beget one for another outfielder!

  • HLKLA

    Wow, we scored some runs today. Now we need our pen to hold.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Same as Tuesday.

      • HLKLA

        Are you there today?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Oh yeah. Lotta sun, but not the humidity of last year.

          • HLKLA

            Good! Then maybe the Metro will not be as stinky on your way home, as it was last year as well.

  • HLKLA

    Whew!

  • Liberatore gets the win! Well-deserved, son!

    • WinnipegDave

      I know I said Coleman should get it but yes Liberatore is as deserving as any of the relievers.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WBBsAs

    That looked like the real Kenley.

  • WinnipegDave

    4 back.

  • WinnipegDave

    First loss for Strasburg.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    missed it all today, can’t wait to see the highlights when I get home later!

  • Man. Grandal has the same stomach bug that Seager’s had.

    • WBBsAs

      Awkward – you don’t want A.J. catching every day, but you can’t disable Grandal to bring up Barnes. Kenley as backup catcher?

      • Bob_Hendley

        You could do a double switch when Kenley comes in and he can pitch and catch himself a la Bugs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsK-oHdic94

      • Bob_Hendley

        With Puig ailing they are likely to be short another position player in any event as they see whether he responds in the short term. Is Walters the 25th? Maybe send him down and bring up Barnes.

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