Games 132 and 133, 2016

Dodgers at Rockies, Game One, 12:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

Game Two, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

The postponement of Tuesday’s rainout till today means the Dodgers will pitch Ross Stripling (3-5, 4.13 ERA) in the opener and Rich Hill in the nightcap at 5:10PM PT. Stripling will face Tyler Anderson, who was the scheduled starter on Tuesday before the rainout. Hill will face rookie Jeff Hoffman, (0-2, 8.10 ERA).

Lineup, Game One:

Lineup, Game Two:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jon says that Hill might be scratched in the nightcap in favor of Nud.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A doubleheader in Coors: Times that try men’s pens.

  • HLKLA

    I guess, when this happens each team gets to have an extra player, I hope our extra player can pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mulling over Seager as MVP. Are the Cubs so good as a team that Bryant’s value to the team is minimized? Using WAR, roughly, if you subtract Bryant’s 7 the Cubs would lead their division by 7, instead of 14. Take away Seager’s 6 and the Dodgers would trail by 4.

    • WBBsAs

      I expect that the Cubs’ excellence will tilt the narrative in Bryant’s favor (and he’s not an undeserving candidate).

      • Bob_Hendley

        Natch.

  • scooplew

    Reporting from Coors Field, Day 3 (Game 2): Weather is good. That is about the only positive thing thus far today.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Heard yesterday that the beer is good, but hoping for the trifecta.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m really getting tired of LeMahieu’s dinkers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rob robs.

  • scooplew

    Utility players batting fifth thru eighth today. We look flat much like Monday night. Our right-handed batters are all in mini-slumps or worse. We need Puig. Is he coming up tomorrow, later or not at all?…I like Coors Field. The Rockies fans are good-natured in their ribbing, unlike Giants fans at AT&T.

    • WBBsAs

      Denver’s a pleasurable place to watch a ballgame. I’m 3-1 lifetime there – 1-0 at Mile High Stadium in 1994, 2-1 at Coors two years ago.

  • WinnipegDave

    So far this game has ugh written all over it.
    And SF are leading in their game this afternoon.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But hasn’t turned ugly, yet, so sticking around with fingers crossed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Funny, all of a sudden four runs seems like an insurmountable lead in Coors.

      • WinnipegDave

        I got there at 3.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No deal completed for Puig.

    • WBBsAs

      Pulled back off waivers. He needs to be in LA by the weekend.

    • WinnipegDave

      So we won’t get Chris Sale in time for the playoffs then.

  • scooplew

    Frustrating, particularly sitting at Coors.

  • WinnipegDave

    Happy 29th Birthday rookie. Here is a middle/middle pitch for you to hit for your first MLB home run.

  • scooplew

    0-for-15 with RISP Monday and today. Haven’t reached the fence.

    • WinnipegDave

      Scoop, sorry man.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. Will miss tonight’s game, flying back. Given the way the Dodgers are playing, might not be the worst thing.

        • WinnipegDave

          Of course, the Dodgers might have the same thoughts about you: Scoops’ gone, now we can unleash.

          • Now that’s cold, man! πŸ˜‰

          • WinnipegDave

            All I’m saying is – we will see in a few hours.

            Just joking with you, Scoop!

          • scooplew

            I understand. It’s OK.

          • WinnipegDave

            You sir, are a gentleman.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado making scoring runs look so easy.

  • scooplew

    Awful, simply awful.

    • WinnipegDave

      You deserved better. Even if it had been an 8-6 loss, you would have had much more to cheer about.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Headline: Scoop Tempts Fate, Sees Dodgers Shutout in Coors!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well the good news is that statistically more double headers are split rather than swept. Of course. statistically the Rockies have a better chance of sweeping than the Dodgers.

  • John_from_Aus

    looks like I didn’t miss much

  • HLKLA

    When I go to the Dodger’s web site, I can always tell they lost, by looking at the captions of the videos. If they feature defensive plays then we lost.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s a welcome change-of-pace.

  • WBBsAs

    For those who haven’t seen the lineup: https://twitter.com/alannarizzo/status/771121730072870912

  • RBI

    Um, 22 pitches, 9 strikes?

    • Maybe Hill should have started.

    • WBBsAs

      Nud got robbed on strike three to Parra, who clearly swung and missed. He didn’t come close to fouling it off.

  • RBI

    Bid is not brining his A, B, or even C game so far.

    • Bumsrap

      Or did he?

  • Whoopee.

  • RBI

    Pull him.

    • RBI

      Oops. Too late.

  • scooplew

    Not reporting from Coors Fields. I am at Denver International Airport. Ergo, I CANNOT BE HELD ACCCOUNTABLE FOR THIS GAME.

    • Bumsrap

      Don’t miss your flight πŸ™‚

    • WBBsAs

      Denver Operational Airport (DOA).

    • WinnipegDave

      And it looks like you are not the guilty party for the other 2 games given how the Dodgers are playing tonight.

  • Bumsrap

    Knock Knock
    Who’s there?
    Toles
    Toles who?
    Toles ya I should be playing more

    • scooplew

      That is very good.

  • scooplew

    C’mon, people. Don’t leave me alone and stranded at the Denver airport. I depend upon you for Dodgers therapy.

    • WinnipegDave

      We got your back. The Dodgers can still pull this one out of the fire.

      • scooplew

        That’s the spirit!

        • WinnipegDave

          I owe you a bit of spirit!

  • WinnipegDave

    A positive – they didn’t give up any runs that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    If this was a running race, this would be the time where you would want to make a kick to get back into the lead group.

    • Here we are in the peloton chasing the guy in the maillot jaune</em.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonderful play by Turner. I kept thinking that the ball would bounce before it got to Gonzo but the throw made it all the way there – and that ensured it was an out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Toles is the guy you want up there I guess.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or not so much.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rox and their fielding are being no help at all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Giving an error on a missed catch on a foul ball only to have the batter fly out later in the at bat. If they can do that, then they call label passed balls and wild pitches with no runners on.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sure, it’s not like they have anything better to do.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well exactly. Glad you see my point! πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    Such a weird series. Not strange to see the Dodgers lose necessarily but to not to see hitters get healthy is unimaginable.

    • WinnipegDave

      And then they go to SD, which is not viewed as a hitters paradise.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Team should have left when Scoop did.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or just skipped Denver altogether.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Just call me Bob Denver.

      • scooplew

        Maybe I should have skipped the games. Hanging with an old friend whom
        I had not seen in seven years easily overcame the Dodgers’ dismal performance.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers really don’t want Kenley Jansen to have to pitch in the 9th inning here in Colorado.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I could see him pitching as he has thrown only 30-odd pitches in the past week. None since Sunday, when he threw 12.

  • I’m taking the rest of the night off. Bye, y’all.

    • WinnipegDave

      But wait isn’t still early there – like about 4:40? Enjoy your afternoon and evening Link!

      • Dinner prep takes some effort and I do that while the news is on.

    • John_from_Aus

      come back, everything is OK

  • scooplew

    I wonder what kind of pep talk Roberts gave the team between the games, if any.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Try the potato salad?

  • WinnipegDave

    A glimmer of hope and life here for the Dodgers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tying run at the plate!

    • John_from_Aus

      if only kendrick had a double (or better) instead of a sac fly

  • WinnipegDave

    Work to do in the ninth.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Jansen comes in to the game down 3 – in this park does that still count as a save opportunity? πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    A walk, a bloop and a blast to tie it up. Let’s get it done.

    • WinnipegDave

      Step one: Check.

      • WinnipegDave

        Step two: Check.

        • WinnipegDave

          Step two: Double check.

          • WinnipegDave

            Step one: Double check.

          • WinnipegDave

            Step three: Check!!

      • John_from_Aus

        step 2,3,4 and 5

        • WinnipegDave

          With all those steps – it’s my new favourite dance!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh JT – that might have been your pitch right there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Josh with a chance to shed goat label here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      First ribbie (and Scoop missed it)!

      • WinnipegDave

        Got done in August. Barely but he did it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Go-ahead batter at the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Do ask for whom the bell Toles…

    • WinnipegDave

      It Toles for thee!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m still hanging in there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      and you are rewarded!

  • Bob_Hendley

    OMG! Toles!

    • WBBsAs

      Oh my Dog!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m speechless.

  • John_from_Aus

    wow and wow

  • John_from_Aus

    Link left too early

  • John_from_Aus

    Now we need Kenley

  • Bob_Hendley

    and this with the ump missing a bunch of calls.

  • John_from_Aus

    possible turning point of our season

    • WinnipegDave

      Or at least the month.

      • John_from_Aus

        The game was already in September over here

  • WinnipegDave

    Toles with his Alex Guerrero moment.

  • WBBsAs

    Hopefully this will be the final when Scoop’s plane touches down.

    • WinnipegDave

      Won’t he be a bit surprised.

    • Bob_Hendley

      What a welcome home that would be.

  • John_from_Aus

    8-2, it was 8-2!!

    • WinnipegDave

      (Don’t) forget it Jake, it’s Coorstown.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump has a plane to catch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Prevent defense in the outfield.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Put a lid on it Kenley!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Game over!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Never in doubt.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    I was a bit distracted by work and, when Utley grounded out to end the eighth, I thought that was the game. I am pleased to have been mistaken.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Driving home from a job in Newport Beach which kept me
    busy over the past two days, I turned on the game just in time to hear the Toles Grand Slam. Made for a fun drive.

    • WBBsAs

      The downside is being subjected to Steiner.

  • Holy smokes I don’t believe it! I just turned on SportsCenter after dinner to see the scores and there’s Neil Everett showing run after run after run being scored by the Dodgers, and then Toles’ grand slam! What a game to give up on!

  • scooplew

    Clearly, all the Dodgers needed was for me to leave town. Just saw the final score when my plane landed. Stunned.

    • HLKLA

      I feel for you Scoop. You plan this trip, then the rain hits, you have to miss a game, and finally the Dodgers learn how to hit a little white ball all over again. I hope you had a good time.

  • HLKLA

    Does this put Toles into the discussion of a corner outfield spot for next year?

    • Bumsrap

      Yes not to mention the rest of this year. Why not play someone that will be back next year instead of a rental?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Actually the consideration should be who can help you best to win now, an argument that Toles seems to win as well.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s always great to have a surplus of quality players.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now for some home cooking, as the gaints are off on a long road trip that includes the Cubbies, Coors and the Snakes.

    • WBBsAs

      Once again, you have misspelled “Gnats.” Also, out of respect, we should always capitalize the word.

  • WBBsAs

    Scoop is now officially the Dodgers’ mufa (per the Fund for Education Abroad):

    • Bob_Hendley

      Also the name of an Uruguayan tango group that I saw a couple years ago in a small bookstore in Mvdeo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vCwsxyrSts

      • WBBsAs

        Was that in the Ciudad Vieja?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep.

          • WBBsAs

            Was it Puro Verso?

          • Bob_Hendley

            That’s the place!

          • WBBsAs

            The one on the peatonal, then? I wouldn’t call it small:

          • Bob_Hendley

            Venue for music is small (upstairs).

  • John_from_Aus

    Cubs now have a lead!

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose! Lead back up to two games.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Chi beats SF tonight. SF 2 games behind.

    And sounds like Puig will be called up. It feels like the right move in terms of having the best performing players playing as the team tries to win the division.

  • WBBsAs

    Grant Pythonesquely summarizes last gnight’s Gnats: “…the Gnats were fish-slapped to death. Some of the wounds were self-inflicted. Some of them were the baseball gremlins pulling the fuselage apart while William Shatner watched.

    The bullpen ain’t great, but the lineup sure makes it look worse. The Gnats put their relievers in tough spots more often than any team in baseball. It’s so easy to grumble about the bullpen blowing another game β€” I just spent 500 words on it β€” but the Gnats had three hits.”

    I would disagree that the Gnats put their relievers in more tough spots than the Dodgers do, though – the difference is that the Dodgers’ pen is excellent.

  • WBBsAs

    I will not jinx Jon Lester by saying anything more than that he is pitching an interesting game through six at Wrigley.

  • John_from_Aus

    Well done cubbies and Lester for a complete game and the win!

  • WBBsAs

    Lester fails to get the no-no but, most importantly, Gnats lose! Lead now 2-1/2 games.

  • NPUT