Game 139, 2016

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

The Dodgers send RHP Brock Stewart (0-2, 7.94 ERA) to the hill to pitch against LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.46 ERA). These two guys’ last starts couldn’t have been more different. Stewart threw five scoreless inning against the Cubs, while Ray had four uneventful innings against the Rockies before they scored six runs against him in the fifth. Ray is a strikeout pitcher, averaging 11 Ks per nine innings. Most of Stewart’s ERA is the result of a performance against the Rockies in Denver when he gave up 9 earned runs in four innings.

This is the final game of the homestand for the Dodgers. They play Miami on Friday when Kershaw makes his first start in two months. They move on from Miami to New York and Yankee Stadium and then to Arizona before returning to Dodger Stadium for their final two home series of the year.

Lineup:

Note that A-Gon has the night off, barring pinch-hitting duties.

  • dalegribel

    Nice start by Jharrel Cotton today for Oakland, huh?

    • scooplew

      Indeed. 6 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run (earned), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and he picks up the win in his MLB debut.

  • scooplew

    Given that Pederson is far better defensively than Hernandez, I was going to express self-righteous indignation and say that Joc should be starting over Kiké in centerfield tonight against the lefty. Then I looked at their stats this season vs. left-handed pitching:
    Hernandez: .196/.339.,380/.720.
    Pederson: .100/.233/.180/.413.

  • WBBsAs

    I only saw parts of yesterday’s game, but it was very satisfying in the sense that the Dodgers did what they needed to do early, and that Stripling and the ‘pen had everything under control thereafter.

  • WinnipegDave

    The ground can’t cause a fumble. Sorry, wrong sport.

    • WBBsAs

      It can cause a juggle, though.

  • WinnipegDave

    SF up on Colorado. Let’s win tonight to keep things at 4.

  • WinnipegDave

    Do people think that Seager will stay in the 2 spot over the next few years? He seems like he will be just such a solidly spectacular hitter and I wonder where he will end up.

    • WBBsAs

      It depends who else is in the lineup. If you’ve got a couple high OBP guys in the 1-2 spots, hitting him third would make sense.

    • John_from_Aus

      anywhere 2,3 or 4

  • WBBsAs

    Puig gets the run home.

    • John_from_Aus

      I wish those last two words were reversed

  • RBI

    At the game. Beautiful evening.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Made more beautiful with a “W,” I’m sure!

      • RBI

        Fingers crossed!

    • John_from_Aus

      nicer now we have a lead I bet

    • WinnipegDave

      Enjoy!

  • Keep up the scoring, Dodgers!

  • RBI

    Sloppy move by Segedin, and a bad time for it with the next few hitters.

  • RBI

    Let’s see if Chooch can get Segura.

  • RBI

    If Stewart can get through these next few guys unscathed, after the error, hats off.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Done.

  • RBI

    Get Lamb, please.

  • RBI

    Thank you.

    • Bumsrap

      Where is your seat. It would be fun if I could match your picture to someone at the game.

      • RBI

        4Reserve, seat 23. Usually I sit in 22, but gave myself a spare seat on either side tonight.

        • Bumsrap

          4th level above third base?

          • RBI

            Behind home, slightly toward first. Top row in my section, next to the aisle. What are you looking for me with?

          • Bumsrap

            My TV

          • RBI

            So you can’t see that I’m eating a chicken Caeser salad, then…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Before or after a Dodger Dog?

          • Bumsrap

            and nachos

          • RBI

            Trying to hold off tonight. We shall see.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Isn’t that like going to Marie Callender’s and not ordering pie?
            Or Dairy Queen and getting just chicken fingers?

      • RBI

        I have on Jackie Robinson shirt tonight, and Dodger blue glasses.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I wore my Jackie shirt to the last two playoff games I attended – both wins.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ray is a drop of golden sun for the D’Backs.

    • John_from_Aus

      clever

      • WinnipegDave

        Clever? Who? Mi?

  • WinnipegDave

    Lots of fly balls tonight for Stewart.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy fielding night by the Dodgers. Three balls that could have been outs that weren’t. So far only cost us one run but it is a dangerous way to live. Even against a last place team, especially with a rookie pitcher and a less than Grade A line-up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And with offense essentially silent.
      I’m hoping this is one of the games where the Dodger bats wake up later and start hitting around.

      • RBI

        I am impressed with how cool Stewart is staying, given the unforced errors.

        • Bumsrap

          I really like Stewart. I can see him in the rotation next year.

    • Bumsrap

      Two of them would have been great catches though.

      • WinnipegDave

        Culberson’s would have been for sure an amazing catch. JT had to jump but it seems like it was fairly routine beyond that to my eye. Segedin’s was just a straight misplay.

  • Bumsrap

    Is Ray a really good pitcher or just left handed?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — vs. the lefty-adverse Dodgers?

      • Bumsrap

        Yeah, those guys

    • RBI

      Averages lots of strikeouts but not too many wins to show for them.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He pitches for the Snakes.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He has had his moments.

  • WinnipegDave

    For all those nights with 12 hits and 2 runs, tonight the Dodgers have 1 hit and 2 runs. Uber efficient.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But we decided production is better then efficiency . . . hope that stays productive enough!

      • WinnipegDave

        So right now then: WIN – WIN!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Amen!

  • WinnipegDave

    Home run Nolan Arenando – no out in the bottom of the 9th. 5-4 SF.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Rox & Roll!

  • RBI

    Foot came off! Out!

    • WinnipegDave

      I am obviously pleased that the Dodgers got the out, but in general I am not a fan of the super slowmo replay reviews where the runner beat the throw and the tag and then in the act of sliding, the runner loses contact with the bag for a split second. I think it actually takes away from the true ebb and flow of a major league baseball game.

      But I understand it is here to stay.

      • Bumsrap

        I agree. I want balls and strikes called electronically. Home plate umpire would be like any other base umpire.

        • WinnipegDave

          But wait. That would be even more of a high tech light show, with electric balls and strikes. I was actually thinking less would be better, not more.

  • WinnipegDave

    I like Joe Nathan or at least have nothing against him. But I hope he blows the save tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Those are some awfully high strikes called on Corey.

    • Bumsrap

      Cory agrees

    • RBI

      Strike three was ridiculous.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bases loaded, one out in Col.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Those giants lose.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado wins!

    • RBI

      The stadium here erupted. They showed the hit.

  • RBI

    Boche must be eating his liver. Again.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose!

    • RBI

      Brisbee time.

      • WBBsAs

        I can’t wait! This could be a real gem.

        • RBI

          Best thing about that team.

  • RBI

    Um, Mitch Hanger?

  • WinnipegDave

    So we could be at a magic number of 19 by nights end. My son’s favourite number.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “favorite.”

      • WinnipegDave

        Obviously you are wrong on that. 🙂
        Or would you prefer I said obviosly?

  • RBI

    Having all these pitchers available makes for a much slower game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep. Yawn…

  • WinnipegDave

    Currently, SF .003 percentage points ahead of St. Louis and NY in the Wild Card race.

    • RBI

      Whoa.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah, SF is at 74-65 or .532 and St. Lou (73-65) and NY (74-66) each at .529.

  • RBI

    Sloppy, but lucky tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Segedin juuust got his glove on that toss.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puigie!

    • WinnipegDave

      Maintains the hit to run efficiency!

  • WinnipegDave

    I love that umps still have to call whether the ball was fair or foul – even after it has landed safely in a fielder’s glove for an out. That last pop up by Turner had Goldie straddling the line.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You would (love that).

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Recently, it seems like Turner makes that play at least once a night.

  • RBI

    Dangerous Goldie territory. Yikes.

  • RBI

    I think this is smart, but Lamb is no picnic either.

    • WinnipegDave

      More like a potluck then?

  • RBI

    No pressure, Dayton.

  • scooplew

    Puig gets the home run.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dayton the new Libby. Fingers crossed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes!

    • John_from_Aus

      I posted mine then yours popped up 🙂

  • John_from_Aus

    yes!

  • WinnipegDave

    Annnd exhale.

  • RBI

    I just lost a few pounds. Or years. Or something.

    • WBBsAs

      Likelier, you need to rehydrate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Your mind?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Phone juice?

  • RBI

    Baez. There goes another decade of my life.

  • RBI

    Losing phone juice. May have to catch y’all at the end of the game.

    • scooplew

      Say it ain’t so, RBI!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am in the same boat! About to lose my paddle.

  • scooplew

    Phil Gosselin’s nickname should be Goose.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 hits and no runs so far. They are ruining the efficiency. The efficiency!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Still better than those double-digit hits, single run games.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes indeed!

  • WinnipegDave

    September baseball is the 4th quarter basketball of the baseball season. Hit, bring in new pitcher. Hit, bring in new pitcher. Same as make a basket, time out, make a basket, time out.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was thinking of constant fouling.

      • WinnipegDave

        I almost typed that as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now let’s hope that AZ does to SF what CO did!

  • scooplew

    First major league win for Brock Stewart. I wonder what Arizona GM Dave Stewart thought of that.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WBBsAs
    • scooplew

      I like the Chagall reference.

      • WBBsAs

        I especially enjoyed “The bloop hit was perfectly served right where the creaky, hamstringless left fielder couldn’t get to, even though it was up in the air for seven minutes. It was a reminder of Pagan’s below-average range…”

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Ichi-ban!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Teams can adjust their postseason roster in each round, right?
    If a team were to face the Dodgers in the playoffs, you would think they would stack their pitching staff with as many lefties as possible.
    Still, LA was able to get enough tonight — and hold the opposition — for the win.

  • Bumsrap

    Dodger rookies have the five inning shutout down pretty well. I am giving Stewart zero runs because of the catch that almost was. This isn’t posting. A car ran into a power pole and knocked out the power. No TV either for now. Its midnight anyway on east coast. Good night.

  • Bumsrap

    Puig looks good. He might be a difference maker against leftys.

    • WBBsAs

      What we’ve seen since he got back is very encouraging.

  • WBBsAs

    Despite the misspelling, I found this amusing:

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looking forward to something similar snapped on Interstate 70 and the Grand Central Parkway.

      • WBBsAs

        I dunno where that is.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Highways associated with St Louis and Citi Field.

          • WBBsAs

            It sounded like a junction to me.

  • WBBsAs

    Global warming hasn’t quite reached this level yet, but it’s still a great metaphor for the Gnats’ season: https://twitter.com/Greenpeace/status/773687322541973508