Game 124, 2016

Dodgers at Reds, 9:35AM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-O

Lefty Scott Kazmir (10-6, 4.41 ERA) takes the mound for the Dodgers in this getaway day game, and Homer Bailey (2-1, 3.66 ERA) does the honors for the Reds. Kazmir hasn’t gotten an out in the seventh inning since July 30 and he’s walked 10 in his last 16 1/3 innings. This will be Bailey’s fifth start of the year as he’s been recovering from Tommy John surgery most of the season. He hasn’t made it into the seventh inning yet.

The Giants have the day off while the Dodgers play. One hopes it doesn’t help them prepare too well for the opener between the two teams Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Somebody post the lineup in comments when the game starts.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Now, it’s up to Homer Bailey to live up to his name.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh wow! A Goner!

  • WBBsAs

    Homer Bailey delivers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Everyone going after first pitch.

  • Nice start!

    • WBBsAs

      Walking Hamilton, not so much, for Kazmir.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Brandon knew that he hadn’t tagged Kaz.

  • WBBsAs

    With the exception of McCarthy, Brandons are some of the most irritating players in baseball.

  • scooplew

    Homer Bailey is the 11th player in major league history with that first name. None was much of a home run hitter. The most was 18 by Homer Summa, who played in the majors 1920, 1922-1930. Other Homers who homered: Homer Smoot, 15 homers, 1902-1906; Homer Bush, 11, 2007-2014, and Homer Peel, 2, 1927, 1929-1930, 1930-1934. The other seven Homers combined for zero. Homer was once a popular name for boys born in the U.S., mostly close to the turn of the 20th century after the Greek epic poet who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. Not any longer, although it’s the name of the father on The Simpsons. Of course, many announcers are homers.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s not how many they’ve hit – it’s how many they’ve given up.

      • scooplew

        I will research that at another time.

  • Is this game really still only in the 2nd inning?

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Kazmir, Jake…

    • HLKLA

      I was thinking the same thing. I keep checking in thinking they would be in the seventh by now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What’s with the striped stirrups? Haven’t seen them before.

    • WBBsAs

      Quique had them a couple days ago.

    • WinnipegDave

      They seem to be working. And they look cool.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kaz seems to like to throw from the stretch.

    • WBBsAs

      He can’t stand prosperity.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Doc ages double every time he starts.

        • WBBsAs

          He exudes no confidence.

  • scooplew

    “Despite being staked to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Dodgers start Scott Kazmir . . .

    • WBBsAs

      “…and a 6-1 lead after 2-1/2…”

  • Bob_Hendley

    This could go south very quickly with one swing of the bat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    DP would be great here.

  • I can’t remember a Dodger pitcher who’s been as consistently erratic as Kazmir and who still has a winning record this late in the season.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I recall Sutcliffe was a bit erratic, though not at where Kaz is at this point.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Rick walked almost 4 per nine innings and had a k/bb ratio of around 1.2 and still managed to win 17 games as a rookie.

    • HLKLA

      Dave Stewart comes to mind for me.

  • scooplew

    The acquisitions of Chavez and Fields a while back puzzled me. They continue to do so. Chavez arrived with a 4.57 ERA in Toronto, Fields with a 6.89 ERA in Houston. Neither has shown much.

    • scooplew

      As opposed to the acquisition of Toles.

      • scooplew

        And Segedin.

        • WBBsAs

          Toles and Segedin have both been pleasant surprises, in small sample sizes.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Chavez has an ERA of under 4.00 for the Dodgers and has done well in his role as a pen innings eater. Fields is around 4.50. Why would you refer to their previous performances in assessing them in their contributions to the Dodgers?

      • scooplew

        I was referring to what each brought with him when acquired. Chavez has now pitched nine times this season and accumulated 12.2 innings. Each has a career ERA of about 4.50. But, hey, the Dodgers are up 12-5!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t think they were ever supposed to be much more that pen fodder, which they seem to be doing, and provide flexibility?

          • scooplew

            I have no argument with your points.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thank you Andrew!

    • Bob_Hendley

      And you Rob!

  • Toles and Segedin paying dividends! Breathing room!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager! MVP!?

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. Good inning everyone.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Flying out in Cincinnati!

  • WBBsAs

    Thing are looking up…as are Cincy outfielders.

  • scooplew

    Wow. Wow. Wow. And Wow.

  • scooplew

    Everybody in the starting lineup has at least one hit in only five innings.

  • HLKLA

    Nearly a 4+1 game!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, they do have 5.

  • WinnipegDave

    Reddick is on the bench thinking, “At least when I misplay the ball in right they only go for two bases. With Toles it’s three.”

  • WinnipegDave

    This is a long game. Feels like it should be in the 8th or 9th inning by now.

    • WBBsAs

      It doesn’t help to have Novocaine like Kazmir and Báez on the mound.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hits them in bunches!

  • WinnipegDave

    I like Gonzo’s chances to be named player of the game.

    • WBBsAs

      Not Kazmir?

      • WinnipegDave

        Second choice. The way he pitched inspired/forced the Dodger hitters to step up.

        • HLKLA

          I think hitters in Kazmir games probably think if we score 20 runs we will have a chance.

  • 3 b-to-b hrs? Wow!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal!

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers with 7 hrs. Getting close to the MLB record of 10 by Toronto vs Baltimore. I recall listening to that game on the radio. It was also notable for Cal Ripken taking an inning or two off for the first time since his consecutive game streak started. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR198709140.shtml?mobile=false

    • scooplew

      Club record for a game is eight — the Green four-homer game. Gonzalez has seven RBIs. Club record for a game is eight — Cey in 1974….As for Ripken, what a slacker.

  • WinnipegDave

    I was rooting for both Gonzo and Votto to hit home runs in their respective last at bats. I am guessing there has not been a game when one player hit 4 home runs and another hit for the cycle in the same game.

    Of course, I was also rooting for Green to hit a triple or another home run in his 4 homer game. That would have given him either a 4 hr + a cycle game OR the even more impressive 5 hr game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Does your rooting ever work!?

      • WBBsAs

        In the garden, perhaps…

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s baseball. I have a million chances to root. My rooting advance stats are better than my counting stats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Holt has been the best pitcher of the day.

  • HLKLA

    We win!

    • WinnipegDave

      You beat me. Ha!

      • HLKLA

        We doubled up on them.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, since I said Gonzo would not get to 20 hrs this year – to which Bob said, hey he hits them in bunches – he has hit 5 to get to 15 with still about 6 weeks left to play.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Pitcher game scores of Kazmir 27, Bailey 10.
    Not too far off the final score

  • What on paper looks like a laugher was a little touch-and-go there toward the end. But we win!

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, it was touch-and-go in the beginning, when Kazmir was so shaky. After he left, the Dodgers really poured it on.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Crazy score. I’ll watch it later.

  • HLKLA

    Kazmir is reportedly injured. Of course!

    • WBBsAs

      Ex post facto explanation.

  • WBBsAs
    • Linkmeister

      “He’s getting paid too much if he owns his own car!”

      Says team ownership circa 1965.

  • HLKLA

    Iowa getting blown away in the LLWS.

  • WinnipegDave

    The pitching match-ups seem favourable to SF, with them having what must be their top 3 going in the series.

    Game 1: MadBum vs Maeda – minus Kershaw and without knowing what to expect from Hill, this is best vs best (especially with Maeda on an extra day’s rest).

    Game 2: Cueto vs Hill – the long awaited, much anticipated, not to be duplicated Dodger debut of the aforementioned Hill.

    Game 3: Moore vs Anderson/Stripling/Norris+bullpen – lots of intrigue for Thursdays game, as the Dodger starter I believe is still everyone’s favourite: Mr. TBA.

    I have no idea how to pick who will win this series, how many games the Dodgers will or which one to favour them in.

    Don’t want to get swept. Hoping for 2 wins. Dreaming of 3.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “BadGums.”

  • WinnipegDave

    On yesterday’s TV broadcast they showed an interview with former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine (Oisk!). I guess he must live somewhat close to Cincy and goes to see the Dodgers when they come to play the Reds. It was fun to see and listen to him talk.

    Anyway, I have heard this story a million times but he was talking about Koufax being a bonus baby and so not going to the minors at all for development. So the Dodgers had to stick through lots of ups and downs with him for 6 years before he blossomed (with a little tip of the hat to the back up or bullpen catcher who told Sandy not to throw so hard in order to gain more control).

    All this got me thinking about one Mr. Puig. There have been rumours (Bleacher Report) that the Dodgers have still been trying to give him away. Imagine instead if the Dodgers rode the Puig rollercoaster for another 2 plus years – the first 6 of his career – in order to gain 6 years (or even 4 or 5) of sustained excellence. Would it be worth it? Is the big difference between Puig and Koufax attitude rather than early performance? Anyway, some interesting comparisons can be made…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Really doubt that the FO is willing to give Puig away or else there would have been takers. Guessing that they still value him based on his potential rather than his actual performance as an average outfielder with a salary more or less in line with such.

      • WBBsAs

        You don’t “give away” a valuable asset like Puig.

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