Game 149, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

RHP Jose De Leon is the latest rookie pitcher to make a splash with the Dodgers (following Maeda, Stripling, Urias and Stewart), starting off his big league career with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 4.09 with 12 strikeouts. He’ll face LHP Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.55 ERA). Ray is a strikeout pitcher: he’s recorded 202 this season.

This is the last game of the road trip for the Dodgers. They head home after the game to start a seven-game homestand with a three-game set against the Giants beginning Monday.

Lineup:

Goodness gracious. It’s “Let’s give the left-handed hitters a day off today” day. Beyond his right-handed hitting, Puig is 5-for-11 with a homer and two RBIs lifetime against Ray.

  • scooplew

    Keep additional lefties in the lineup besides Seager. Segedin-Hernandez-Culberson-Barnes don’t do it for me.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But they beat Ray the southpaw last time out with essentially this lineup (Granted Seager had two of the four hits).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dayton is a rookie as well.

    • I was thinking of starters. No disrespect to Dayton or Liberatore intended.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We can hope that when the Snakes finish last that they will burn all of their uniforms.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s 40×4=160 uniforms to burn!

      • WBBsAs

        They could hire Chris Sale as a consultant…

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh yeah!

  • WinnipegDave

    I looked at the lineup and wondered if they had already clinched.

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost but not quite serious – should have IBB Segura.

  • Goldschmidt keeps striking out against these kids. Stewart got him twice yesterday and De Leon once today.

  • WinnipegDave

    JDL flashing the leather!

  • WBBsAs

    JDL pitches out of it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Link – it looks like the Game 149 post is missing from the home page. Were we bad and you had to delete it?

    • Huh? Lemme look.

      Oh, subtle. Okay, I mistitled this one. I’ll fix.

  • WinnipegDave

    Amazing hustle by Puig but just missed.

  • WBBsAs

    Terrible play by Culberson.

    • RBI

      Should have been two outs. Instead, zip.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rough inning here for the Dodgers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A game of inches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seriously now – walk the heck out of Segura in that spot.

  • scooplew

    Thinking of Dodger pitchers who won their first two starts besides De Leon, I came up with Carl Erskine (1948), Karl Spooner (1955), John Purdin (1964) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981). I am sure there are others, but they are not Vance, Koufax, Drysdale, Singer or Sutton.

    • WBBsAs

      Erskine and Fernando were pretty good. But for arm trouble, Spooner showed signs of being another Koufax.

      • scooplew

        Totally agree re Spooner. He apparently hurt his arm in spring training in 1955, went 8-6 that year and never pitched in the majors again. He started the only game I saw in Ebbets Field. It was in 1955.

        • WBBsAs

          He struck out 15 in his first major league start.

    • WinnipegDave

      Valdez?

      • WinnipegDave

        Oops. Nope not Valdez.

        • WinnipegDave

          Except – yes Valdez. I was looking at team record in games he pitched. But not at his starts – where he went 2-0.

          • WinnipegDave

            Also Kaz Ishii started 6-0.

          • scooplew

            Very good. Ishii won his first six starts. The only Dodger to start his career by winning more of his first starts was likely Valenzuela with eight. Others, however, who failed to win their first two starts, in no particular order, include Newcombe, Belcher, Valdez, Ryu, Nomo, (Sid) Fernandez, Hershiser and Kershaw. Passing time as today’s game unravels. By the way, doesn’t anyone know much about Ryu’s status?

          • WinnipegDave

            Witness protection plan (re:Ryu)? I think he is gone and never coming back.

  • HLKLA

    I can tell we are facing a lefty. No runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Saving it up for MadBum he says hopefully.

      • WBBsAs

        Dodgers have already beaten BadGums thrice this year.

  • WBBsAs

    Cards take a 2-0 lead over Gnats in third.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feel bad for JDL. Getting hit around a bit now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Silver lining: off day for Jansen very likely today.

  • WBBsAs

    JDL’s not fooling a lot of batters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Way to listen to me now about waking Segura. Too late my friend.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave’s wish fulfilled.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha – and now I’m complaining about it.

  • WinnipegDave

    In and out of Kendrick’s glove.

    • WBBsAs

      Toles catches that easily.

      • WinnipegDave

        Absolutely. But I must say I have’nt felt that Kendrick has been a defensive libality in left this year.

        • WBBsAs

          He’s been adequate for somebody with so little experience there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Winning yesterday and SF losing yesterday reduces the angst of today’s game for me. There will be more than enough tension over the next 3 games that I don’t need to start early.

    • scooplew

      Let’s go Cardinals!

      • WinnipegDave

        That too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yay! Hernandez!

  • scooplew

    Certainly glad that that monkey is off our back.

    • WinnipegDave

      Before it grew into a 900 pound gorilla.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still 2-0 Cards through 5.

    • scooplew

      Giants got the leadoff man to second with none out in the 5th, on a single and an error, but, obviously, he didn’t score.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bud coming in.

  • scooplew

    At this point, I would be content — but not happier, mind you — if the standings remained the same at the end of the day.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Bud is the answer, the Dodgers are asking the wrong question.

    • Bumsrap

      Apparently, that Bud is not for you

      • WinnipegDave

        Not today anyway.

        • The name Bud Norris makes me think of a farmer in a Stetson or a feed store cap with a buzz cut underneath it, probably wearing a big-checked shirt and jeans.

          • Bumsrap

            Yep, that’s the guy

          • WBBsAs

            Actually, he’s from very upscale suburban Marin County.

          • So, a hipster.

          • WBBsAs

            I believe Marin’s the wealthiest county in the state.

          • My uncle the Blue Cross lobbyist and his family lived there when I first met my cousin who’s a year younger than I. (If Mill Valley is in Marin Cty.)

          • WBBsAs

            Yes, it is.

      • scooplew

        The inimitable Bud Norris.

    • WBBsAs

      At this point the question may be, “Who can take one for the team?”

      • WinnipegDave

        Or give one up to the other team.

  • Bumsrap

    I’ll be going back to the Rams game pretty soon. They are ahead at the half 6 – 3

    • WinnipegDave

      The Rams are my second team.

      • Bumsrap

        Now that De Leon is gone and the righty lineup isn’t, I will continuing recording and fast forward a lot when I do watch.

      • scooplew

        Eight quarters without a TD. I have to think that the wunderkind Goff starts the next game.

  • WinnipegDave

    10 years since the 4+1 Game. Was it Jon Weisman that coined that moniker for that game? Or someone on the old Dodger Thoughts site?

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, the Gnats left the bases loaded in the sixth, and still trail 2-0.

    • scooplew

      Despite the best efforts of the defense of the Cardinals, who rank 24th in MLB in fielding.

      • WBBsAs

        Surprising, because they’re usually fundamentally sound.

  • scooplew

    Was Segedin intentionally walked?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope.

      • scooplew

        Thanks.

  • scooplew

    We’re getting a look at this game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Things developing here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A-gon again!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hello!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Liking this.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I am pleasantly stunned!
    From lack of pulse to going strong, this offense is up off the mat!

  • Bumsrap

    New game

  • WinnipegDave

    Hi this is Bereket the Dodgers are doing good !!!

    • WinnipegDave

      My son is exited!

      • WBBsAs

        Why did he leave?

        • WinnipegDave

          Excited. My bad.

          • WBBsAs

            What sort of name is “Bereket?”

          • WinnipegDave

            Not exactly sure what you are asking but it’s a common boy’s name in Ethiopia.

          • WBBsAs

            I meant its origin, which I think you answered.

          • scooplew

            How old is your son?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Welcome, Bereket! You have great taste in baseball teams! 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Bob.

  • WinnipegDave

    Back to hitting time!

  • WinnipegDave

    3-0 Cards.

  • scooplew

    After 8, Cardinals 3, Giants 0.

    • WBBsAs

      Bochy desperate enough to bring in Gnatt Cain.

      • Bumsrap

        To hit?

        • WBBsAs

          To “pitch,” though he might swing the bat better than some of their position players.

          • Bumsrap

            the horse is out of the barn

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes!
    Now let’s get the lead!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Painted the corner!

    • Bumsrap

      Barnes looking great behind the plate.

  • scooplew

    Except for Norris, we’re getting great performances today from the bullpen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cards looking for more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But not getting any.

  • Bob_Hendley

    One out from those giants being shutout.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Done!

      • WinnipegDave

        Magic number 9

      • Bumsrap

        5+

        • Bumsrap

          6?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Nice cheer heard on the radio — gotta be helpful to have a cheering section in the visitor’s park.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose again! More material for Grant!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go again AGon!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need another 2 out hit.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and ye shall receive!!!!!

      • WinnipegDave

        2 out 2 run hit!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie kaplowie!

    • WinnipegDave

      The Stache!

  • Bumsrap

    Chip Hale is miserable. So are the Giants.

  • WinnipegDave

    So I guess Jansen might still pitch today.

  • HLKLA

    We were down 3-0 last I checked in and I thought it would be a tough hill to climb, but the Dodgers went total Sound Of Music on the Diamond Backs!

    • WinnipegDave

      We solved a problem like Robbie Ray.

  • WinnipegDave

    With all the strike calls Dodger pitchers are getting, makes Joc’s complaint all the more unfortunate (since it was a strike to him).

    • WBBsAs

      I thought the ump had a short fuse, though.

      • WinnipegDave

        Others had complained. Joc pointed.

        • Bumsrap

          Joc steps out a lot and that aggravates umpires some as well. He deserved to be thrown out and yes it was a strike.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave, walk Segura?

    • WinnipegDave

      No. Trust the shadows between the mound and home plate to mess with Segura.

      • WinnipegDave

        Should have walked Owings though apparently.

  • Bumsrap

    Rams are seconds away from winning in front of 90,000

    • WBBsAs

      Who?

    • WinnipegDave

      Go Rams!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oops.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Brand new ballgame.

  • scooplew

    OMG

  • Arrgh!

  • WinnipegDave

    The win probability graph in this game will be crazy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rams win!

  • John_from_Aus

    And back to even, what a crazy game

  • Bumsrap

    Yikes, Roberts isn’t assuming a 12+ inning game

    • WinnipegDave

      Pen not empty quite yet.

      • Bumsrap

        Turner out in a double switch. Good idea about putting Kendrick at third 🙂

    • WinnipegDave

      Did someone mention a 12th inning? We are now an hour into the future and living in the 12th.

      • Bumsrap

        Me, about a yard below.

  • WinnipegDave

    The third out soon would be ever so helpful.

  • Come ON, guys, throw strikes!

    • HLKLA

      You beat me to it!

  • HLKLA

    Can someone please throw strikes?

  • WinnipegDave

    Howie!

  • WBBsAs

    Great play by Howie!

    • WinnipegDave

      He even waited for the runner to go by. Almost could have just tagged him!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Guy might have scored before he could catch him.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m locked in now! (Except I have to make supper.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Not Seager’s best day today.

  • Bumsrap

    I hope Kendricks hits in the ninth

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnatloss has mitigated any potential aggravation, but I’ll still be disappointed if the Dodgers don’t win this one.

    • Bumsrap

      Even though that was once a forgone conclusion?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah it still feels a bit like house money.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Dre.

    • WinnipegDave

      You break my leg. I wait 8 months to break your heart.

  • Bumsrap

    We will take it all back Reddick if….

    • WinnipegDave

      If you bloop it into the outfield?

      • Bumsrap

        Accepted but, not sure what the but is.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hit ’em where they ain’t Utley.

  • HLKLA

    Let us please get a run out of this.

    • HLKLA

      Or not.

  • Bumsrap

    I love the way Utley holds his bat

  • Bumsrap

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    • Bumsrap

      Dealing with Utley striking out

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ll take a 10th at this point.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc looking for an 11th.

  • RBI

    Hi all. What a crazy game! I have grandson and family here but watching as we play.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good to hear from you. Have fun with the family!

  • WBBsAs

    Seager’s had an awful day.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Dre!

  • WBBsAs

    Grant didn’t know where to start today:

  • WBBsAs

    Stripling getting squeezed.

  • scooplew

    Question: If you can expand the roster to 40 players in September, why not at least have a few more batters so Stripling didn’t have to bat.

    • scooplew

      Especially since OKC’s season ended last night.

    • Bumsrap

      If Stripling can get through the 12, there is the answer.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was not great.

    • WinnipegDave

      Kendrick wanted to say he played short in this game as well as the other positions he was slotted in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Uh Puig? Please don’t catch it so casually like that. Thank you. But thanks for catching it.

  • scooplew

    It would have been too much to expect Goldschmidt to go 0-for-6.

  • scooplew

    Stripling up to 61 pitches in relief now.

    • Bumsrap

      How many is Barnes up to?

  • Bah.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not on Stripling.

    • scooplew

      What happened?

      • WinnipegDave

        Gave up a few hits and AZ scored. But he pitched well in relief for 60 plus pitches.

        • scooplew

          Got it.

  • scooplew

    Damn. (Violation of Rule No. 1 acknowledged).

    • WBBsAs

      Very weak violation.

      • Barely worth mentioning.

        • WBBsAs

          The first leak in the polder!

  • WinnipegDave

    More anxious moments to come tomorrow. See everyone then.

    • WBBsAs

      Still, a five-game lead looks really good at this point.

      • scooplew

        We started on this 10-game road trip with a five-game lead and we come home with a five-game lead.

  • HLKLA

    I hope we get the second half Giants tomorrow and not the first half ones.

  • I wonder if, if Roberts had it to do over, he’d not have scheduled Kershaw against Bumgarner with a five-game lead.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh?

      • Well, Bumgarner isn’t pitching real well right now, so we might not need Kershaw to match him one-for-one. Maybe Clayton could have been scheduled to pitch against one of the other guys and made it easier on our offense.

        Thinking out loud, that’s all.

        Oh, found a hotel — Best Western Pentagon. It’s midway between the two places I have to be that weekend.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ok. Now I understand.

    • WBBsAs

      If so, only because the Dodgers have managed to beat BadGums without him. BadGums is a decent pitcher, but he’s far below Kershaw’s level.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not sure how this is going to play out in the long run — hopefully it’s just a blip.
    A 7-1 loss would’ve saved the bullpen.
    But going ahead shows them they can do it, which has to be worth something going forward.
    Once again we see that it takes a village . . . any aspect of the game can lose it.

    • WBBsAs

      Four top relievers – Jansen, Blanton, Dayton, Báez – did not pitch tonight.

  • Big leaguer rides bike to work. In uniform.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Has his wife dress him.

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