Game 125, 2016

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSBA

The most-anticipated series of the season until the next one between these two teams begins tonight. It starts with the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner (12-7, 2.25 ERA) and his home-run bat facing the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (12-7, 3.29 ERA), whose 5-43 (.136) average and .346 OPS aren’t going to scare anyone. Bumgarner is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts vs. the Dodgers this season, while Maeda is 1-0 with a .047 ERA in one start against the Giants, giving up one earned run over seven innings back in April.

Personnel news of a sort: Rob Segedin had to be places in a hurry after getting off the plane from Cincinnati:


Lineup when available.


Presumably there’s a replacement for Segedin waiting in the wings if his wife goes into labor mid-game.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers are hitting well, but they’ll have to face somewhat better pitching than in Cincy. I’m not a BadGums believer – he’s not the frontline ace a lot of people seem to think he is – but the Dodgers do have trouble with lefties. I can remember when the acquisition of Shawn Green was the corrective to an overwhelmingly RHH lineup.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing that Quique with 3 dingers in 16 pa against him will get a start, though Joc has done well also in limited appearances against him.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • HLKLA

      The guy has a way of surmising what is important, unless it isn’t.

      • WBBsAs

        Always fun to read, but best and most incisive when the Gnats lose.

        • RBI

          Let’s hope we read another one of those after tonight’s game.

  • WBBsAs
  • John_from_Aus
  • WBBsAs

    Will anybody miss him?

    With Kazmir heading to DL, Dodgers now have had 27 different guys on DL. A record (tying).— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 24, 2016

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hi everyone!

    I’ve been MIA from this site, but not in thought. The real world has interfered, but I’ve been following the ups and downs and ups of the Dodgers and thought of writing numerous times.

    Not sure how frequently I’ll be able to visit, but yesterday’s game was another of the many where I said ‘this time I have to write” – well, this time I did.

    It seemed like the format of the worst of games for LA this year: one facet of their game did well while another let them down. But this time the offense would not be denied and overcame shortcomings from SP & bullpen. What a great victory to go into this series vs. SF.

    Go, Dodgers – win for Vin!

    • WinnipegDave

      Always nice to hear from you Bob.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, Dave!

    • RBI

      We’ve missed you! Good game to check in with, yes?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, RBI!
        As it turned out, yes, a VERY good game!
        I was afraid it would turn into one of those nightmare games, but the bats seem to be for real now — everyone wants to be part of the fun!
        Who’dve thunk that the weakest part of a Dodger team is their pitching?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager hits the unhittable southpaw.

    • WBBsAs

      And Turner follows up!

  • Bumsrap

    Gotta like that

  • Bob_Hendley

    No one runs on Pagan! (They walk home).

    • WBBsAs

      They could amputate and nobody would notice.

    • Bumsrap

      No one cut off the wide weak throw either.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yet Justin didn’t advance… (May have lost a run there)

    • WBBsAs

      They could hop and still make it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gotta get this guy while we have an opportunity.

    • Bumsrap

      Grandal is taking good swings

      • Bumsrap

        Unless he pulls an outside pitch

  • Bob_Hendley

    Home run for baby!

    • WBBsAs

      On consecutive days.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Jeez, poor kid is probably going to end up being named Homer.

        • Or “Dinger.”

        • WBBsAs

          No. His wife’s name is “Robin” and they’re calling the kid “Robinson.”

  • WinnipegDave

    So much for being set up for the double play. Maeda with the wild pitch.

  • WinnipegDave

    I really don’t like Panik.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s far from the jerkiest Gnat.

      • WinnipegDave

        But he is the scoreiest against the Dodgers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenta seems uncomfortable. Usually doesn’t walk too many people.

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of wild pitches as well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What a throw by Yas!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice recovery that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is tense. Glad the Dodgers still have the lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    I liked the pattern where we scored a run every inning. Can we bring that back again next time we bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda was pumped to get the k of Pence and out of that inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Butter and egg.

    • WinnipegDave

      Made a cake!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager’s 3rd run scored of the game!

  • WBBsAs

    I haven’t seen a single pitch, except for video replays on MLBTV, but it sounds as if Maeda was pretty shaky.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes but in some ways so was MadBum. Or if not shaky, at least he was shaken.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ve always thought he was a decent No. 2-3 starter with a really nasty temperament.

      • Bumsrap

        Shaken and stirred

  • Bob_Hendley

    Why didn’t Libby come in sooner to face the lefty PH?

  • WinnipegDave

    Back and forth. Dodgers bend but still don’t break.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think my fav part of SF is their bullpen.

  • RBI

    Just getting home. Heard two more come in!

  • WBBsAs

    I got Steinered on Seager’s fly ball, and then he got the number of outs wrong twice.

  • WinnipegDave

    Blanton not looking pleased about being relieved. Suddenly this is turning into an ASG with all the player changes going on.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Glad I am not keeping score.

      • Bob_Hendley

        But set up nicely to strengthen defense and bring up three left handed batters. (And Bochy counters with Lopez).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Toles is on a high!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc with the blue bee striped stirrups

  • WinnipegDave

    Toles and Segedin are rolling!

  • John_from_Aus

    let the hot bats continue

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes please!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager is starting to get used to big league pitching…

  • WBBsAs

    The Span HR was annoying, but it’s satisfying to see Pagán make the last out.

    • RBI

      Can’t wait to read McCovey Chronicles tonight…

      • WBBsAs

        I’m looking forward to it, but will wait until the morning.

        • RBI

          Brisbee may as well.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • HLKLA

    Woke up this morning to a Dodger win. My thought for the day is how does a player like Rob Segedin not get even a cup of coffee with the Yankees? We had Clint Robinson up with us. We had Russ Mitchell and John Lindsey up for a few abs so how does this guy not even get called up for an injured player? Well enough of that. i have three hours to kill so i am going to sit down and knit a sweater. (If you read McCC you will know what I mean.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Never showed much above AA when he was with the Yanks, but had a good ST with us and was banging the ball at OKC. Whole lotta players in the same boat.

    • RBI

      The line about the misplaced pine tar made me literally guffaw. He is hilarious.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • WBBsAs

      One of my nephews is an outstanding fast-pitch softballer, and even attended some baseball tryouts for the Pirates. While he’s still relatively young, though, he’s way behind the Cuban kids you find down there now – too far to catch up, really.

  • WBBsAs

    One Gnat has a sense of humor, at least: https://twitter.com/McCulloughTimes/status/768473427065708546

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