Game 138, 2016

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

The D-Backs send out RHP Shelby Miller, who has disappointed them this season. He and Greinke were the two big acquisitions the team made to bolster their pitching staff last offseason, and Miller’s 2-10, 6.81 ERA record is not at all what management had in mind when they got him. He’ll face another righty, Ross Stripling (3-6, 4.16 ERA). The Dodgers’ expectations of him were not highly publicized at the start of the year. He’s had trouble recently: he’s winless in his last four starts and has an 5.09 ERA over that period, but the Dodgers haven’t hit much behind him.

Lineup:

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nothing personal, but regarding Link’s first sentence of this post, I hope Miller disappoints for at least one game more.

    • We face them half-a-dozen more times, so let’s say we hope Miller is cause for disappointment for the rest of the season when the D-Backs play the Dodgers. Let him revert to last year’s form if he pitches against the Giants.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Much better prescription!

  • That’s a revoltin’ development. I thought he was too hurt to come back this season!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Reddick continues to smack the ball and now they are landing untouched.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pollock got a room service bounce off the wall and Segura really winged it home to nail Josh.

    • WBBsAs

      Give ’em credit – they played it extremely well.

  • WinnipegDave

    I have really enjoyed these games of late. Yes the wins, of course, but it’s always wonderful seeing the new and/or young players playing well. Urias, JDL, Toles, Hill and of course Seager have made for some great viewing. Yesterday when the top 5 hr hitters for the Dodgers all hit hrs – that seemed very special as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow that was a fast half inning. 5 pitches – all strikes, 3 outs including 1 k!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin has really ratchet up his defense (good for WAR 1.0 so far this year).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s bake a cake!

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats have exploded for six hits tonight, but only two runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Unfortunately, that’s enough to tie CO . . . and SF is threatening for more.

  • John_from_Aus

    Keep it going, keep it going

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice inning . . . and bittersweet — Vin is now off the radio and the time to enjoy him is dwindling . . . but always treasured.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers are efficient with their hits-to-runs, but AZ is even more efficient!

    • WinnipegDave

      I guess we will have to be satisfied with total production over efficiency.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Works for me!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Talk about efficiency, Stripling at only 67 pitches over 5.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado lost.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad they left Miller in. AGon leads off with a double.

    • John_from_Aus

      11 hits already

  • WinnipegDave

    Close play at first but Pollock was out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thank you Toles! Glad that AZ didn’t pull closer and make it 5-3.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Especially since production has frozen for LA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • WinnipegDave

    Blanton did well pitching around the walk.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I can do with some “uneventful” innings — when the opposition is batting, that is!

      • WBBsAs

        I could do with a 1-2-3 ninth from Kenley or, even better, a bigger lead so Kenley needn’t pitch.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Got it — tho that fly-out sounded scary!

          • RBI

            Not as scary with Vinnie calling it.

          • WBBsAs

            Vin will never Steiner you.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            One more reason this is all bittersweet.

  • RBI

    Finally getting to watch! Looks like all the excitement happened early on. Let’s win this one, guys.

  • RBI

    So, Stripling did well, and efficiently?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes and yes — one inning took just 5 pitches, including a K!

      • RBI

        Wow. That’s good news.

  • RBI

    Vinnie just mentioned Jon Weisman! Oh, joy!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Neat! What’d he say?

      • RBI

        He quoted Jon’s blog about Stripling potentially winning the game with only 66 pitches, and talked about other efficient pitching games. Gave Jon credit at the end of it.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Vin’s graciousness is only one of the numerous reasons he’s soo beloved.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jansen in. Glad he had the night off yesterday. Keeps him fresh for today and if necessary tomorrow.

  • RBI

    Okay, KJ. Bring it on home, to quote Winnipeg Dave.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!
    Uno mas!

  • RBI

    What a great strike three pitch to Goldie. Movement on it was incredible.

    • WinnipegDave

      A thing of beauty to be sure. Goldie just walked back to the dugout!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    18 games over 500 for first time this year.

    • scooplew

      51-40 before the All-Star break.
      27-20 after the All-Star break.

      • We’re no longer the team with the least wins among the division leaders. We have one more win than the leaders in the AL East now.

  • Huzzah!

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