Game 147, 2016

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

RHP Kenta Maeda (14-9, 3.28 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP (and old friend) Zack Greinke (12-6, 4.54 ERA) goes for the D-Backs. It’s hard to believe Greinke’s ERA is nearly three runs higher this year than it was last year when he pitched for the Dodgers. He’s gone against them twice this year with vastly different results. On September 5 he gave up eight runs on five homers to them in just 4 2/3 innings, while on June 13 he gave up only two runs in 7 2/3 innings and got the win. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have won seven of Maeda’s last nine starts. He’s pitching on four days rest for the first time since August 9, which may have an impact on him.

Lineup:

  • Bumsrap

    Interesting pitch Greinke is throwing up there

  • RBI

    We’ll take our runs however we can get them.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bases loaded, two of them on walks.
    What does Scooby say, RBI?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenta!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew.
    Self-inflicted damage, but could’ve been worse.
    C’mon, bats!

  • RBI

    I can breathe again.

  • WinnipegDave

    I just got home from work. So tired this week that when I put the game I zone right out. Not sure how much – or how well – I will contribute here tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Aren’t we all just day-to-day.

  • RBI

    It’s interesting. The D-backs offense right now is the offense I was afraid they’d be, but didn’t show up until very recently. The offense Greinke, too, expected.

  • RBI

    Just our luck, too, that the D-backs bats choose now to heat up.

  • RBI

    Sure would love a DP here.

  • RBI

    That’s okay, too.

  • RBI

    Announcers now saying it’s the D-backs pitching that sucked all year, so what do I know?

  • RBI

    Giants just won a scoring play by the Cards. Was 1-0. Back to 0-0, three outs.

  • RBI

    Hello? Tap tap tap. Anybody out there?

  • Bumsrap

    Greinke is slow

    • RBI

      Thank goodness. Company!

      • Bumsrap

        Not for long thouigh

        • Bumsrap

          11:00 in New Hampshire

          • Bumsrap

            I was waiting for Joc to come up so Kendricks almost irked me

          • RBI

            And he’s walked intentionally.

          • Bumsrap

            Unbelievable. Greinke afraid of Joc

  • RBI

    Again with the error. We. Will. Take. Them!

  • RBI

    Okay, Maeda. Revenge would be sweet.

  • RBI

    So close! Kenta almost had a double there.

  • RBI

    Robbed twice!

    • Bumsrap

      Looks like people are out on the town Friday night. Your are now alone RBI. Good night.

      • RBI

        I feel lonely.

  • HLKLA

    Okay, just checking in before I call it a day. Slim lead, but I hope we can score a few more runs.

    • Bumsrap

      Tag you’re it

    • RBI

      Where are you checking in from?

      • HLKLA

        I have spent the night listening to music. You have had a nice monologue going here.

        • RBI

          Wise.

  • RBI

    Cards pitcher imploding.

  • WinnipegDave

    Segura giveth and Segura taketh away.

  • RBI

    Gnats up 3-0. Grrrr.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay RBI – I’m feel more alive and will keep the comment thread going with you.

    • RBI

      Merci.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m in favour of Brock Stewart starting instead of Bud Norris. That seems like an upgrade.

    • RBI

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • RBI

    Gnats up 5-0 now. Cards losing their mojo.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully the Cards can still split the series. Or attack SF’s bullpen tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, K!

    • RBI

      He was pretty frustrated in the second inning. Doing better now.

  • RBI

    I jinxed him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Redemption!

  • WinnipegDave

    Both starters over 70 pitches through 4 innings. Get the bullpens ready.

    • RBI

      Here come the lefties…

      • WinnipegDave

        Ugh yeah that’s true.

  • RBI

    Turner just missed the timing on that pitch.

    • WinnipegDave

      I must be about 60-70 seconds behind you. Turner just popped up now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodger bats haven’t really clicked since that first game in NYC.
    Hopefully the pitching carries them until they start hitting again.

    • RBI

      This is true. We’ve been hot and cold all season.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        For a long time, the same was true of the pitching — that seems to be stronger now.
        Hopefully, it’s like a plane — I’ve heard that the vast majority of the flight time, a plane is off course . . . yet (for the most part) they land where they’re supposed to.
        In the Dodgers’ case, hopefully everything comes into sync to get them into and through the playoffs.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 long fly balls against Greinke that inning but nothing to show for them.

  • RBI

    Kenta not getting the close calls tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      But found a way to get the K.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love that Maeda’s 91st pitch was clocked at 91 mph.

  • WinnipegDave

    Close at first but he was just out.

    • RBI

      Seems like there have been close calls not quite falling our way all over this game.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good thing we are up 3-1. That softens the blow… but makes me nervous.

  • scooplew

    It looks most definitely that we will need to win to keep our four-game lead. The Giants are battering the Cardinals, 8-1, in the fourth inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure would like to make both Giants series as irrelevant as possible!

  • RBI

    Come on, bullpen! Hold this lead.

  • RBI

    Howell doing his job. Not.

    • scooplew

      Unfortunately, not unexpected.

  • scooplew

    Thank you for your three pitches, Mr. Howell. Now please take a seat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Howell’s magic has run out.

  • RBI

    Fields doing his job. Not.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Redemption — temporarily.

      • RBI

        Phew!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • WinnipegDave

    People made a thing out of Chavez Ravin. Chavez Ravin Fields I guess is too redundant to comment about.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back to the bats — Mo said they’re 4 for 41 with RISP on this road trip.
    That explains 3-4.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew . . . again!
    NOW — Let’s. Get. Some. Runs!!!!!

  • RBI

    Runs runs runs runs runs. Please.

  • RBI

    Bob_in_Vegas, you coming up for any games?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I doubt it.
      I’ll be in San Diego Monday to Thursday, then back here for work next weekend — would’ve liked to’ve been there for Vin’s weekend, but I’ll take consolation in knowing I was there for what I believe was his first bobblehead night a couple of years ago.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Gotta be honest, RBI — the thought of bucking that LA traffic getting to the stadium just makes me cringe.

        On the other hand, the last two times I came down for playoff games, I came straight from Vegas and went south from Pasadena — that was a great, relatively straight shot!

        I think of that traffic every time you say you’re there.

        • RBI

          I’ll be there for the Tuesday the 20th Vin bobble head night and the Sunday the 25th final day game. I might have two tix available for the 22nd, is why I’m asking.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks for thinking of me, but I’ll be back in Vegas that night.

          • RBI

            Here in spirit.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And with my ears, as often as I can listen to Vin these last few games — that’s tough just to type.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The batters ain’t listening to us!

    • RBI

      Da noive.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was about to do a Google search on that foreign language phrase, then I said it to myself! Lol . . . or Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

        • RBI

          Think The Cowardly Lion

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I was figuring a Brooklyn Dodger.

          • RBI

            That woiks, too!

          • scooplew

            That’s where I was born. But not on toidy-toid street.

  • scooplew

    We’re like a tiring prizefighter ahead on points struggling to reach the 15th round before being knocked out.

    • RBI

      Hopefully not knocked out. Hopefully still standing.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just get the W . . . and survive to fight another day.

      • scooplew

        Agreed.

  • RBI

    Get Goldy!

    • scooplew

      Baez did!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And within the hour!

    • WinnipegDave

      Made me think of Get Shorty.

  • scooplew

    Blanton in the 8th and Jansen in the 9th, I presume.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Two more rounds . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers walking a tight rope tonight. A run or two more would be a nice safety net.

  • scooplew

    Escobar entered the game with an ERA of 8.14 this season, but he’s a lefty.

    • RBI

      We’ll bring that down, pronto.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Down to 7.89.

  • RBI

    How are we going to solve this lefty puzzle? Any ideas?

    • WinnipegDave

      Put moustaches on many of the Dodger regulars and get them to turn around and bat from the other side of the plate. Maybe it will confuse the pitchers.

      • RBI

        Made me laugh out loud. Had to read to my husband.

        • WinnipegDave

          Cool!

          • WinnipegDave

            Phone the studio props department stat!

      • Bumsrap

        Wearing glasses has historically worked better. Ask Lois.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We actually hit lefties better last year than righties. Quique was the leading hitter in the MLB against lefties.

      • RBI

        So… Regression therapy?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hope for some of that I suppose. Puig and maybe Quique getting better.

      • RBI

        I’m impressed that you knew the plural of lefty was lefties.

        • WinnipegDave

          I’m guessing Bob H is wicked smart.

        • Bob_Hendley

          It’s late.

        • Bumsrap

          It’s more fun to use leftys than it is to apply the standard rule of changing the y to ies to make plural forms though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal wishing some of the strikes called against him would have been called for him when Maeda was pitching.

    • RBI

      I don’t blame him.

  • RBI

    Dayton on.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes! Dayton.

  • RBI

    Now it’s Blanton.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dayton doing his job. True.

  • RBI

    Ruh roh.

    • WinnipegDave

      Blanton not doing his job.

      • RBI

        They are not going to let me relax tonight.

  • RBI

    Tonight’s D-back uniform looks like somebody sneezed grape juice all over their backs.

    • WinnipegDave

      That is an awesome description.

    • Bumsrap

      prickly pear cactus wine

  • RBI

    Blanton, yer killin’ me!

    • Bob_Hendley

      May need Kenley for 4 out save.

  • RBI

    Can we bring Dayton back?

    • WinnipegDave

      Or Jansen in?

      • RBI

        Grandal should maybe have a little chat?

        • WinnipegDave

          Indeed.

  • scooplew

    Bring in Jansen for the four-out save.

  • RBI

    Oh he so went around. Not.

  • RBI

    I can’t watch.

  • RBI

    Arghhhh!

  • RBI

    And next inning the heavy hitters are back up. Geeze, guys. Make it hard on yourself, why don’t you?

  • RBI

    I’m slipping into sarcasm. Calm down, RBI.

    • WinnipegDave

      We got your back. No worries.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Step away from the keyboard.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tough. When you have thrown so many balls the tendency is to throw one down the middle.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Phew!

  • WinnipegDave

    Still lead by 2!

    • RBI

      I want more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yes, tense be we have them right where we want them with Kenley due to take the mound.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why does it feel like the Dodgers have a 0% of scoring this inning (well the D’backs have like a 50% chance)?

    • RBI

      PTSD.

      • WinnipegDave

        Now I laughed out loud.

  • RBI

    What’s with Joc wearing and then not wearing the cheek flap?

    • WinnipegDave

      Channelling Jeffrey Leonard. One flap down. Then got tired of it.

    • Bumsrap

      Against leftys only now apparently.

  • RBI

    Joc trying for an Oscar on that last call.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dead Man Walking?

      • RBI

        Good one. Really good.

        • WinnipegDave

          I have a thing for one liners and quips. I throw so many out there each day, every day that some are bound to work.

          • WinnipegDave

            Some I only laugh at to myself because no one else gets or finds them funny.

          • RBI

            I know the feeing.

  • RBI

    Go Kenley, go!

  • scooplew

    Still bobbing and weaving.

  • RBI

    I have to say, you guys are helping me survive this game. I’m so glad you started chiming in.

  • RBI

    Kenley has his work cut out for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    7 walks is alot through 8 for any team but extraordinary for the Dodgers.

    • RBI

      Can’t believe we only gave up one run with that many walks.

      • WinnipegDave

        And explains why we have PTSD.

        • RBI

          I still can’t breathe.

  • RBI

    It feels like a decade since we won a game.

  • RBI

    Not that bad a pitch, either.

  • RBI

    Don’t feel good about this turn of events.

  • scooplew

    I will happily welcome a sac fly.

    • RBI

      Me, too.

      • WinnipegDave

        Wishes granted.

  • WinnipegDave

    The high wire is starting to fray and unwind.

    • RBI

      Stomach hurts.

      • scooplew

        From too many jabs.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s like Toy Story 3 right now.

  • RBI

    One more out, Kenley. You can do it!

  • RBI

    One more strike.

  • RBI

    This is torture.

  • RBI

    We need a wicked slider.

    • WinnipegDave

      Keep breathing!

  • RBI

    Oh my. How am I going to get through the next two weeks?

    • scooplew

      Valium? Yoga? Meditation? Go on vacation to someplace where baseball is unknown?
      Nah. We’re counting on you to remain a part of these group therapy sessions.

      • RBI

        Ha! I already meditate every day and do yoga three times a week (including tonight). So this is my best self already. Drugs are off the table, too. Guess it’s daily doses of Elysian Fields for me!

        • scooplew

          Double doses, I expect, for all of us. As for me, I am umpiring a doubleheader tomorrow and will miss (at least) the first part of the game. When I finally see the score, I hope it is something like 4-0 Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ballgame!

  • RBI

    Phew-HOO!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha!

  • Bob_Hendley

    What 15 games with 12 as magic number (6 wins and 6 giant losses)

    • WinnipegDave

      And they play each other 6 times! (Dramatic music plays)

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not so dramatic. We split those with them and all we have to do is win 3 more out of 9, whereas they would have to win 7 out of nine. (check my math,please)

  • RBI

    Scratching and clawing our way to the finish line.

  • scooplew

    It’s a right to the jaw, and a left to the nose, and a right to the chest. The Dodgers are clinging to the ropes. Trying to hang on. And it’s another right to the jaw and THERE’S THE BELL! The Dodgers win this game on points!

  • scooplew

    Four up with 15 to go. On this road trip it’s been lose-win-lose-win-lose-win-lose-win. Let’s break the pattern tomorrow night.

    • RBI

      No wonder I’m seasick.

  • Thank you all for keeping the Dodgers on the straight-and-narrow. Now we have Stewart tomorrow, I think.

  • WBBsAs

    Well, I missed the tension, such as it was. My wife and I spent the evening at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, where we saw (and heard) The Mavericks and Lucinda Williams in the open-air amphitheater. I only saw the scores as we drove back from San José to Oakland.

  • WBBsAs

    Even before B*nds, the Gnats had a criminal history: https://twitter.com/grahamdude/status/777150883196907520

  • WBBsAs

    I hadn’t realized the Yanquis had called up Mason Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z9nl3T31wI

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