Game 148, 2016

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

Rookie RHP Brock Stewart (1-2, 6.55 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers, replacing the scratched Bud Norris. His opponent will be RHP Shelby Miller (2-11, 7.12 ERA), who hasn’t had a good year since he played for the Cardinals in 2014. They traded him to the Braves before 2015 and the D-Backs gave up several good prospects to get him last off-season. He’s 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts since being called back up from Triple-A Reno where he’d been sent to work out his troubles. He’s 1-2 with a 7.02 ERA against the Dodgers in six career starts against them.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t want to begrudge the last two wins, but will the Dodger bats score more earned runs than gifts?

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Shelby’s 2015 season was better than his 2014, it’s just that he was pitching for the Braves. As they say, you gotta be a relatively good pitcher to lose close to 20 games.

    • WBBsAs

      You’ve gotta be good enough to stay in the rotation, at least. Like Matt Keogh.

  • Bumsrap

    Yea, Joc got his Mohawk shortened.

  • Bumsrap

    Good start

  • Bumsrap

    Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.
    Reaching for the phone ’cause I can’t fight it anymore.

    And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
    For me it happens all the time.

    It’s Saturday, I’m all alone in here and I need you now.
    Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now.
    And I don’t know how I can do without.
    I just need you now.

  • Bumsrap

    You guys just missed a great catch by Agon right in front of Kershaw in the dugout

    • RBI

      Not me. I saw it!

  • RBI

    Hi Bumsrap!
    I’m about to start exercising, but will be watching as I sweat, as well as sweating as I watch.

    • Bumsrap

      I pounded balls at a driving range and played croquet for my exercise today.

  • RBI

    Rats. Seager bobbled the ball, extending the inning.

  • RBI

    Seager now with two very uncharacteristically sloppy plays.

    • Bumsrap

      He seems to make errors in pairs. Glad one was overturned.

  • RBI

    Taking too long for this challenge.

  • RBI

    Phew.

  • WBBsAs

    At least the error didn’t result in a lot of extra pitches.

  • Bumsrap

    Vin’s bobblehead that will be given away on the 20th is already on E-bay for $53

  • Bumsrap

    Joc looked like he was seeing the ball well and …

  • WBBsAs

    Joc’s bad haircut isn’t quite so bad as it used to be.

    • Bumsrap

      A snip here and a snip there and who knows

  • Bumsrap

    Miller is going to get his fielders hurt

    • WBBsAs

      Or the spectators in CF…

  • John_from_Aus

    nice Joc ☺

  • WinnipegDave

    Checked in just in time to see the Dodgers score last inning. That was fun!

  • Bumsrap

    Lets go Stewart

  • Bumsrap

    Toles

    • RBI

      Great throw, wasn’t it?

  • WinnipegDave

    I can’t say for sure that Ruiz made the tag on that play. But once the umpire called him out, the catcher could claim a disadvantaged in trying to retag the runner.

    • Bumsrap

      The umpire was only looking at the tag which could have been made after a foot touched home plate. Glad there was no appeal.

      • WBBsAs

        I thought clearly out, surprised Tomás went back to plate.

        • Bumsrap

          Based on no appeal you have to be right

  • Bumsrap

    Toles’ mother wants him to shave his beard and so do I. I think he would look younger.

    • WinnipegDave

      Don’t change what’s working for him.

      • Bumsrap

        I shouldn’t be commenting on Joc’s haircut or Toles’s beard anyway.

  • WBBsAs

    Goldschmidt always causes anxiety (and revulsion, because he declined to sign with the Dodgers). Surprised to see him with only 20 dingers.

    • RBI

      I had exactly the same reaction at his last two at-bats. I was just waiting for the big dinger.

  • Bumsrap

    More of that bad defense from AZ. Thank you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now all of Reddick’s hits drop in.

    • RBI

      Weird the way that works.

  • Bumsrap

    463 feet. Joc’s last home run was team’s longest this year.

    • WinnipegDave

      It was the sweetest bat meets ball sound I have heard all year. He squared it up completely.

  • RBI

    Darn. I wanted to see Toles here.

    • Bumsrap

      Me too. Hope I get this said in time. Mistake by Roberts

      • RBI

        I agree. Toles has a crazy hot bat right now.

        • Bumsrap

          Let’s win the Division first then figure out who makes the playoff roster.

  • RBI

    Roberts overthought that match-up.

  • RBI

    Ruiz really needs redemption here.

    • Bumsrap

      Isn’t he that stud they got for AJ?

      • RBI

        Don’t remind me. Still sad.

  • RBI

    Frustrating inning. Can’t help but think Toles would have gotten us a run. Okay, finished beating that particular dead horse.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ruiz is not impressing me.

    • Bumsrap

      I want Ruiz to do well but if he doesn’t I still like that it might cause FAZ to second guess themselves.

      • RBI

        That’s actually the first thing I’ve heard that I like about this.

        • Bumsrap

          I also like to sooth my grief when the Dodgers don’t win the WS by imagining Dodger Owners and GMs squirming when the Angels or Giants are in the World Series.

          • RBI

            That one I’m not so on board with. But AJ hitting the cover off the ball for the rest of the year I like.

          • Bumsrap

            I grew up wanting the Dodgers to beat the Yankees in the WS and never got into the dislike of the Angels or Giants. I hated Joe Morgan knocking the Dodgers out of the playoffs but that was more about Joe and less about the Giants.

            I hope Link doesn’t kick me off this board for that.

          • Nah. It’s only mildly heretical. But for your penance read

            The Rivalry Heard ‘Round the World: The Dodgers-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast

          • Bumsrap
          • WinnipegDave

            Won’t happen for the Angels this year or probably for a while.
            And I would be fine if it never happened with the Giants.

          • Bumsrap

            But if it did that’s the only lemonade I can make from those lemons.

          • WinnipegDave

            I see your point.

  • Bumsrap

    I am not a fan of pitchers pitching to only one hitter.

    • RBI

      Bochy’s favorite play.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Learned from Torre?

  • RBI

    He went around.

  • WinnipegDave

    The D’backs have worn different uniforms each of the first three games. Keeping trying Arizona – none of them look good.

    • WinnipegDave

      I mean – each player on the team looks like the are memorializing Curt Schilling’s bloody sock look. On both legs.

      • RBI

        Ha! Just read this.

  • scooplew

    I umpired an unofficial Pony League doubleheader today. It was hot. On the field about five hours. One team from Carmel and the other made up mostly of kids from Salinas and the Salinas Valley. The latter team was coached by Rich Aldrete, who played minor league ball after playing at Cal. His brother Mike played in the majors and is a coach with the A’s. Glad to be home cooling off now. Glad to see the Dodgers with the lead.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And glad to not have making the calls?

      • scooplew

        I don’t quite understand (certainly not for the first time in life).

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I just corrected it.
          In case that’s still not clear, it’s gotta be tougher making the “out” calls vs. listening to someone else make them.

          • scooplew

            I have been umpiring youth baseball for 15 years, so I am pretty comfortable with the calls. I guess I am considered pretty good as an ump, and I rarely have problems with coaches and never with kids. Still, I know that I make mistakes and am hard on myself when I do. All in all, I guess I prefer making the calls than watching/listening to someone else make them.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            So are you tougher or more lenient on the umps when they make calls vs. the Dodgers?

          • My niece’s kid plays for a T-ball team called the Giants. The shame is almost too much to stand.

          • scooplew

            It is remarkable that whenever I umpire a game with a team called the Dodgers they always win. LOL.

          • scooplew

            I try very hard not to voice displeasure with any official at games I attend, but once in a while I failed at self-restraint.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chasing Rob home!

  • RBI

    Yes! Utley!

    • WinnipegDave

      And a new nickname is born.

      • RBI

        Autocorrect. Grrrr.

  • scooplew

    AJ went 1-for-3 for the Phillies today and drove in three runs. He is now 5-for-25, hitting .200, for Philadelphia. Ruiz is currently 0-for-3 in this game and is 2-for-16 with the Dodgers, batting .125. Small sample sizes, both.

    • Bumsrap

      It was always going to be small sample size so benefit would be small as well.

      • Bumsrap

        It could be cool maybe if Geren were to get the Manager’s job in AZ or SD before the playoffs were over and AJ were hired to take his place as Dodgers bench coach for the rest of the playoffs and WS.

  • scooplew

    Gameday is behaving in an odd manner.

    • WinnipegDave

      How so?

      • scooplew

        Not showing pitch-by-pitch on the batters.

  • Busily arranging a flying trip to the DC suburbs for three days attending 48th high school class reunion (50th for the first class the school had, so we’re combining classes). Is our DC resident here tonight?

    • WinnipegDave

      Dominion of Canada? I’m here.

      • I admire you and your country, Dave, but no. I was thinking of our Nats game attendee.

        • WinnipegDave

          Haha. I like you and your country too Link.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just checking in after a night out. When you here?

      • Oct 13-16. Arrive Thursday the 13th at 2045, leave the 16th at 0915. Friday night dinner in Arlington (Marriott Renaissance Capitol View hotel) and Saturday night music in Annandale. Still looking for a budget hotel near the airport.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I ain’t no better than the internet in helping you find a hotel. 13th would be fifth game at Nats Stadium, if needed, but you will be in the air.

  • RBI

    Boy, really avoiding Puig these days to pinch hit. I wonder why?

    • WinnipegDave

      Don’t want to waste those PH HR’s.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not.
    Still, it’s encouraging LA has scored in three different innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT!

  • WinnipegDave

    Did Blanton always do the high finishing leg kick or did he pick it up from Rich Hill?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kenley has picked up a leg kick as well that he uses occasionally.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Take the run . . . now hit one in.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1 for 11 with RISP . . . but in a great position to win.
    Gotta figure that any postseason play will require more earning of the runs.

  • RBI

    This Kenley wrist discussion is worrying me.

    • scooplew

      What is the wrist discussion?

      • RBI

        He’s been wearing a brace before and after games the past few days due to some kind of vague mild wrist soreness.

        • scooplew

          Thanks for the info.

    • WBBsAs

      It doesn’t seem to be bothering him so far.

  • scooplew

    I don’t like using Jansen here, particularly with a day game tomorrow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agree. Agree. Agree.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m guessing that, since he was already warmed up when the Dodgers scored the insurance run, it was easiest to go with him.

  • RBI

    KKKJ! Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

    Twenty games above .500 for the first time this season. We have gutted out a 5-4 road trip thus far with the opportunity to make it very good tomorrow.

  • RBI

    That Segura is quite a player.

    • WBBsAs

      Best year of his career, by plenty.

    • Bob_Hendley

      One of the few moves that broke right for Stewie, and perhaps the most unlikely.

  • RBI

    Casilla doing his best to help us.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cards tie the game up!

  • RBI

    2-2 now, top of the 9th.

  • RBI

    Wow, Bochy just keeps putting Casilla out there, hoping for a different result.

    • WinnipegDave

      Insanity.

    • WBBsAs

      I love the legendary Jairo García!

  • RBI

    Sac fly. 3-2 Cards. 2outs.

  • WBBsAs

    Cards take the lead!

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats have gnot had a gninth-inning comeback the entire year.

  • RBI

    Two on, two out, bottom of the 9th…

    • WinnipegDave

      Drama.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Those giants lose!

  • RBI

    Gnats lose! Magic number is 10!

    • Bob_Hendley

      We need to win 5 of the next 14 and those giants need to lose 5 of the next 14, or something like that.

  • WinnipegDave

    SF lose!

  • WinnipegDave

    Another amazing Brisbee article to look forward too!

  • RBI

    Speaking of impressed, I am so impressed with Brock Stewart. To give up a lead off home run and stay so calm after that. What a mature young man.

    • WinnipegDave

      Great point.

  • RBI

    So where are the Giants and Mets regarding the Wild Card now?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tied, with Cards two behind.

  • scooplew

    Five games up with 14 to play.

  • Does anyone know what the yellow ribbons and sweat bands signified?

  • WBBsAs

    Grant suggesting that Span is no Andrew Toles: “Shout out to Denard Span for catching the sacrifice fly that scored the go-ahead run and then using his mind to throw the ball home. You think it was a weak throw? You try using telekinesis to throw a baseball. Not so tough now, are you? It was a great throw. For someone literally using his mind to throw it home. Because if it was a throw from an actual major league outfielder? Ha ha, that would sure be embarrassing.”

    And on the Gnats’ late-inning grit:

  • WBBsAs
  • NPUT