Game 146, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

LHP Rich Hill (12-3, 1.80 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Dodgers and his first since he was pulled after seven innings of perfect baseball against Miami on September 10. Hill has yet to give up a run in 19 innings pitched as a Dodger. He’ll face RHP Archie Bradley, (6-9, 5.10 ERA). Bradley lasted only three innings his last time out, giving up five runs to the Giants on September 10.

News of note:

The Dodgers have won 10 of 15 against Arizona this season, including four in a row.

[snip]

Joc Pederson has feasted on D-backs pitching this season with a .385 average, six home runs and 10 RBIs in 10 games. He has two of those home runs against Arizona’s starter on Thursday, Archie Bradley.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Poor Joc. Things must be going poorly if he is batting behind Ethier.

      • WinnipegDave

        And now I just read Link’s blurb about Joc. So now I’m just confused about why he is batting 8th.

        • scooplew

          Didn’t a read a while ago that Ethier was going to be used occasionally and also pinch-hit? If so, he is being used quite a bit more than that. Also, I would prefer to have Toles start.

          • WBBsAs

            Ethier’s had eight ABs and has played three games since being reactivated on the 10th.

          • scooplew

            Oh me of little patience.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Ditto.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Heard an interesting comment from the leading sports columnist for our paper and a host on a local radio talk show — he’s also a Dodger fan: Why worry about matching Kershaw vs. Bumgarner? The Dodgers have a five-game lead, so a win is a win is a whittling of the magic #.

    I guess the counter to that is a win vs. SF is good for two whittles

    • WBBsAs

      To paraphrase Charlie Dressen, “The Gnats is dead.”

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I hope so and I hope LA finishes strong . . . but I also adhere to the other words of wisdom most recently & painfully remembered by BoSox and Braves fans in 2011:

        “The opera ain’t over til the fat lady sings.”
        and
        “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

        • WBBsAs

          Here’s a Gnatfan paraphrasing a Bochy post-game presser: ““Yes, the planet Earth was completely destroyed by a giant asteroid, but I like this boulder I’m hanging onto. I think it will rotate around the sun at a decent distance. I like this boulder. It’s fine.”

    • WBBsAs

      Most recently, BadGums lost to Luis Perdomo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hill has the kind of monotony that’s exciting!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A tale of two Bradleys that inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It was a nice streak while it lasted.

    • WinnipegDave

      8 and 2/3 perfect over the last 2 games. Was rooting for 9.

      • scooplew

        Roberts: Whew.

  • RBI

    Let’s score some runs, ‘kay?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kay is sitting this one out.
      But hopefully the others will!

    • Bumsrap

      Making an attempt.

      • Bumsrap

        Way to move runner over to third

  • Bumsrap

    Hopefully the only reason Joc is wearing extra face protection on his helmet is because he is smart and not bruised. I wish all players would wear that protection.

  • scooplew

    Bradley is one of six players in MLB history from Broken Arrow, OK. My favorite: Jim Brewer, a Dodger, 1964-1975. He was the closer, 68-73, before the term was used. He saved 125 games for the Dodgers with an ERA of 2.62 in 474 games. Only Drysdale (550) and Sutton (518) pitched in more games for the franchise (Brooklyn and L.A). Brewer died in a car crash in November 87 two days after he turned 50. On his way to a baseball clinic. Brad Penny is also from Broken Arrow, as is Jim Baumer, a favorite when he played for the Hollywood Stars in the mid-1950s.

    • Bumsrap

      Wasn’t Bill Russel from there as well.

    • WBBsAs

      I recall Baumer from the PCL, too.

  • John_from_Aus

    oh dear, I see we are at the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline, in both the games that matter

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Somewhat better – 2-1 in each.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And now the Cards have come through to at least tie.

  • WinnipegDave

    Runners on every inning. But no love for home plate yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    I must not be much of a Dodger fan. Earlier today I went back to check how the Dodgers did in their series vs Toronto. I was surprised to see Carl Crawford in the lineup. I had forgotten he was on the team this year.

  • Bumsrap

    Known to most of us but if not here is a fun spot to check out stats. Joc is in top 3 in many of the categories. He is having a better season than one might realize while Utley is not.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/LAD/2016.shtml

  • Bumsrap

    I get the game on Extra Innings. Do you guys have to watch Monday talk about Vin about 12 times a game. It drives me crazy.

    • Yeah, it’s on SPNLA too, if you mean that video of Monday in an open-necked shirt talking about Vin telling stories.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Careful what’s asked: one solution for lack of effective hitting is no hitting at all.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rather forget this half inning.

    • RBI

      Prescient.

  • RBI

    We are playing sloppy, tired baseball tonight. Hopefully we will wake up

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s just not happening tonight for the Dodgers.
    Oh well.

  • RBI

    Coleman not finding the plate, except the middle of it.

  • WBBsAs

    Wainwright’s really stinking it up at The Phone Booth. Still, with the Gnatpen available post-Cueto, it’s still within reach.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Life!

  • RBI

    Phooey. If not for that amazing play on Seager’s hit…

  • RBI

    Bad strike three called on Puig. Looked inside.

  • RBI

    Great catch by Puig. Wow!

    • Bumsrap

      Joc was closing on that ball as well, glad they got together on it. Don’t need a collision.

  • RBI

    Josh Raven is lights out tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let me guess. Corbin is a lefty.
    He has completely capped off the Dodger momentum.

  • NPUT