Game 137, 2016

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Today sees Zack Greinke’s (12-4, 4.17 ERA) return to Dodger Stadium to face Kenta Maeda (13-8, 3.38 ERA). Greinke beat the Dodgers in Phoenix on July 13 while Maeda has seen the D-Backs four times this year, going 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA with 20 strikeouts against just three walks. He’s been on a roll recently, going 5-1 in his last seven starts while posting a 3.71 ERA.

Scoreboard watch: the Giants play the Rockies in Denver at 1:10PM PT.

In case you missed it, here’s a great throw (Pederson) and tag (Utley) from yesterday’s game:

Lineup when available.

  • RBI

    5-0 Rox in the third. Cargo grand slam. Revenge must feel sweet to them. Thank you, Rockies.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now 6-zip.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox swatt Gnats for six runs in the third, and lead 6-0 in Denver. Gnatt Cain replaces Gnatt Moore.

  • WBBsAs

    Las alineaciones de hoy:

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hadn’t realized that Pollock was back.

      • WBBsAs

        One of the most dangerous Snakes.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats still being blanked through six, though Bettis has lost perfect game and no-no.

    • And gave up only two hits, no walks, and struck out seven. Have we faced him this season? Yikes!

  • Bob_Hendley

    The single yesterday on the bunt with the throwing error has been changed by the official scorer to an error, so JDL ERA is 4.50 instead of 6.00 and he has a QS for his first start in the majors.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m sure he’ll find that helpful at contract time…

    • RBI

      This was the right call.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Those giants still losing at bottom half of the 7th, 6-0.

  • WBBsAs

    Bettis breezing through eight at Coors.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Those giants lose!

    • WBBsAs

      Out of respect, you need to learn to capitalize “Gnats.”

  • WBBsAs

    I sure hope Grant is back to write today’s recap.

    • RBI

      He already wrote an addendum to last night’s game.

  • scooplew

    Giants got two hits today, giving them a total of 16 in their last five games.

    • WBBsAs

      Fearsome lineup!

    • According to Steiner they’ve been shut out five times in their last twenty-something games.

  • WBBsAs

    Grant nostalgically recalls the Gnats’ traditional June swoon, which didn’t happen this year: “The September Dismember doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Steinered!

    • WBBsAs

      Fortunately, I’ve got Vin.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Lucky x 2

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Agon — again!
    But I waited to make sure Steiner didn’t change his mind this time.

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is moving along nicely. Paused the game right before AGon’s hr. What a nice treat to come back to after putting my son to bed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!

    • Bumsrap

      Joc has answered Greinke twice this year. When playing together, Greinke told Joc he could easily get Joc out.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Didn’t know that.
        The best revenge is success.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Glad Kenta got the hit, but don’t want it to affect his mound mojo.
    A great solution would be for someone to hit another dinger so he can trot in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda grimicing as he reached first?

    • RBI

      That’s his expression of glee, I think.

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh yes. That could be.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!!!!!
    Welcome back to Chavez Ravine, Zack!

  • Turner with another one!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If Zack wasn’t rattled before, he is now.
    (No snake-bit pun intended.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Incredible!

  • Grandal too? Holy cows!

  • WinnipegDave

    If I had known the Dodgers were going to hit so many hrs, I would have been a bit less excited about AGON’S.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guess Zack can console himself with the extra money he got from AZ.

    • RBI

      I feel badly for him tonight.

      • Bumsrap

        Not me, but I do feel a little less for it.

        • RBI

          He had/has a special place in my heart, because of the social anxiety. It’s why I like the Andrew Toles story so much.

          • I must have missed that. What is there about Toles?

          • WinnipegDave

            He suffered to a high degree social anxiety. Was out of baseball for a year I believe not too long ago.

          • RBI

            He got the calll from Freidman while working at a Kroger store, after a year away from baseball getting himself figured out.

          • Huh. Thanks for telling me.

          • Bumsrap

            Me too, but the money lhe gets ets me enjoy the Dodgers doing it to a friend.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers’ chances of having 5 guys with 20 or more home runs greatly improved tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was wondering about that — Corey, JT, Agon, Joc, Grandal?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. They all have at least 20 except for AGon – who is at 17.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I remember when Dusty hit an HR in his last AB of the season to make 4 Dodgers with 30.

          • WBBsAs

            So do I.

          • WinnipegDave

            Bob – do you know if the Dodgers have ever had the 5×20 grouping?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I defer to D.C. Bob H.
            But it’s sure impressive, showing depth.

          • From Baseball Almanac:
            Single Season Team Based Home Run Records

            Orioles, Jays (2x) , Rangers, Yankees seven 20-HR guys in the AL and Braves twice with six 20-HR guys in the NL.

            Team With

            Most 20 Home Runs Hitters
            AL

            1996 Baltimore Orioles

            7

            1996

            2000 Toronto Blue Jays

            2000

            2005 Texas Rangers

            2005

            2009 New York Yankees
            2009

            2010 Toronto Blue Jays

            2010

            NL

            1965 Milwaukee Braves

            6

            1965

            2003 Atlanta Braves

            2003

          • WinnipegDave

            Got my Bob’s mixed up for a moment. 🙂

  • WBBsAs

    Greinke will return to the Dodgers as a BP pitcher.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Always nice to start a series by beating their ace.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown inning, Kenta . . .

  • WBBsAs

    The Dodgers just hit four home runs in one inning. https://t.co/91dQoeCGMX— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) September 6, 2016

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The tweet should’ve added it was vs. Zack . . . it means more.

  • HLKLA

    Can we possibly have a 4+4 game, by doing it again next inning?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I vote on repeating it tomorrow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Maeda is pitching — and hitting — like LA Zack did.

  • RBI

    I blame the D-backs uniforms for their slumping year. They’re portraits of depression.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cycle alert.

    • WinnipegDave

      Seager might get one more chance if the Dodgers get about 3 or 4 base runners in the next few innings.

  • RBI

    Maeda is tiring.

  • HLKLA

    Man he had two strikes on Goldschmidt

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just joining. Sorry to have missed all the fun!

    • RBI

      Slugfest.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Laugher?

        • RBI

          I never relax until games are over this time of year.

        • WBBsAs

          Not for Greinke.

  • RBI

    Kenta pitched a great game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Subject to change because the base runners are still Maeda’s responsibility but the game scores for the starting pitchers: Maeda 75. Grienke 2.

    2!

    • RBI

      Yikes.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s like a college football game score!

  • RBI

    Don’t load them up, pretty please.

  • RBI

    Saved by the foul ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Bob H. Do you know if the Dodgers have ever had a team with 5 hitters with 20 or more hrs?

    • Bob_Hendley

      True Blue post that I just posted myself talks about some of the homer feats by the Dodgers.

    • See below.

      • WinnipegDave

        Looks like they have done it twice – 1979 and 2000. I have vague memories of the Eric Karros led 2000 team doing it. http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=9pSYN

        • The 1977 team had the four 30-HR guys, but the next two were Yeager with 16 and Monday with 15.

          • WinnipegDave

            It looks like both the 1979 and the 2000 teams had the 5th player hit exactly 20. So this year’s team could be the first to have 5 guys all hitting more than 20 hrs!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Quit changing the goalposts!

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Very small incremental changes but yeah.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, like you guys decided to change football.

          • WinnipegDave

            The Grey Cup has been around a lot longer than the Super Bowl. Just saying.

    • Bob_Hendley

      1979 and 2000.

  • Bob_Hendley

    https://www.facebook.com/DodgersTrueBlueLA/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf True Blue had a post just today on the Dodger dinginess.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager gets one more shot at the cycle!

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. Let’s close it out quickly.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You gotta be somewhere? I mean, other than bed.

      • WinnipegDave

        I have some work to do before I go to bed. 🙂

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • Belated yahoo!

  • WBBsAs

    Interesting to note that Grandal, despite a relatively low batting average, is out-OPS’ing the Busted Poseur and is only slightly behind Wilson Ramos. When Grandal connects with one, as he did last night, it really jumps off his bat.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It’s notable that Ramos has a BAbip of .323 and Buster .302, while Yas is at .251

      • WBBsAs

        Interesting additional evidence.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Comparative exit velocity: Grandal 93.0 (ranking 29th in MLB), Ramos 91.9; Buster 91.1.

          • WBBsAs

            Gnatfans whine that the Poseur is playing banged up. I’d say that’s part of his (early-onset) decline phase.

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