Game 151, 2016

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: ESPN2, SPNLA, CS-BA

The Dodgers ask Rich Hill (12-4, 2.06 ERA) to continue the excellent work he’s done in his first four starts for the team, although he did stumble his last time out when he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the D-Backs. Those were the first four runs he’d given up since he came to the Dodgers, so they can be forgiven. He’ll face Johnny Cueto (16-5, 2.86 ERA), who’s been a horse for the Giants all year long. This will be his fifth start against the Dodgers this season. He gave up six runs to them in April but has given up two runs or fewer in each of the last three times he’s faced them.

Turner on Cueto:

“He only throws three pitches, but with the slide-step and hesitation, it feels like nine or 10 pitches,” said Turner. “He changes the tempo, and it messes with my timing. For me, it’s a fight because of my leg kick. That quick pitch, it makes it hard for me to get the leg kick. I try to anticipate the quick pitch every time and be ready to go. It’s a cat-and-mouse game every time. He’s one of my favorite guys to face.”

Personnel news: Wood activated from DL, Norris DFAed to make room on the 40-man roster.

The Dodgers’ record after 150 games this season is identical to their record after 150 games last season.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully a better record post-150 games this year!

    • HLKLA

      I would be okay if they finished with the same exact record as last year, as long as they go further into the post season.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s what I was trying to say.

  • HLKLA

    Sure would be interesting if a situation arose that Bochy would use Bumgarner as a pinch hitter in tonight’s game. Probably another reason he was pulled early last night.

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    • Bob_Hendley

      If the guys don’t behave themselves I can see this as the new gesture for when they reach base after a hit. Recall a few years ago when Hanley did the goggles thing and now the fireworks gesture that AGON does. If so, things could get ugly real quick with the giants tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    JDL and Puig seem to be fast friends. Hopefully that will be a good and productive pairing for a while.

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    • John_from_Aus

      it will probably come back to him as a pile of ashes

      • John_from_Aus

        Gee I hope Puig is in the lineup tonight

        • John_from_Aus

          I see he is not (a shame)

          • WBBsAs

            I expect he will be v. a lefty tomorrow, and that’s fine.

    • HLKLA

      Mad bum will give it to Sales to cut up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Pretty sure Wood is an upgrade from Norris.
    See you Bud. We will always have that 5-0 win vs Colorado on Canada Day.

    • WBBsAs

      Nud made his contribution, even if a small one.

      • WinnipegDave

        3-3 and era over 6. Small is accurate.

        • We’ll vote him a partial share of the WS winnings.

          • WinnipegDave

            Brilliant. He and Kershaw can split one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Could do without a lead off single by Nunez

    • John_from_Aus

      but erased anyway!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nunez: Down and out in Beverly Hills – or at least 2nd base at Dodger Stadium.

  • WBBsAs

    Vin with T-shirt talk!

  • John_from_Aus

    interesting choice to bunt second batter up

    • Bob_Hendley

      Trying for a base hit. Guy is fast (and not a bad bunt). Hill is a surprising good fielder, even with that little kick at the end.

  • John_from_Aus

    Gee I wish Puig was leading off here

    • Bob_Hendley

      Prefer that this thing cool down. Don’t see much to be gained by pressing on it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Those giants being 0-4 this year when Mad Bum starts against the Dodgers is enough for me.

      • John_from_Aus

        True, he probably went too far if the sending the shirt is true

  • WinnipegDave

    I love lead off singles!

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially when they are followed by another hit.

  • Clever of Nunez to go to 3rd, the ratfink.

    • WinnipegDave

      He made a good play to be sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    Out at third. Nice play by Toles!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Little Toles Cannon!

    • WinnipegDave

      I like the reference.

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats are fundamentally unsound.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 on nobody out, leading to no runs. Let’s not play that movie 2 innings in a row please.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looks like Cueto would have been a fun guy to have on the team.

    • WinnipegDave

      I enjoy watching Cueto. He doesn’t bother me at all as a Giant player.

    • WBBsAs

      I think there were (and are) some concerns about Cueto’s health.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Healthy smile.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill is a master of the

    • John_from_Aus

      “incomplete sentence?” 🙂

      • Bob_Hendley

        hill.

        • John_from_Aus

          thanks, the suspense was killing me 🙂

  • John_from_Aus

    opportunities lost

  • John_from_Aus

    need to hold here

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill with the big k there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Close game. Dodgers have seemed to have stopped getting to 2nd now. They die at 1st instead.

  • WinnipegDave

    I recall another game where the Giants were leading 1-0 against the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Well, that was weird. At the game, and I thought Toles deflected it with his glove, but no.

  • WBBsAs

    I step out for a minute, and look what happens – you guys slacked off.

  • RBI

    Cueto is fun to watch, even if he is a Gnat.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed. Even as a Giant he is easy to appreciate and enjoy.

      • RBI

        He takes joy in the game.

        • WBBsAs

          That makes him the anti-BadGums.

    • WBBsAs

      He lacks Gnattitude.

      • WinnipegDave

        I’m not a fan of the whole “Gnat” thing, but I must say “gnattitude” has a ring to it.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nattitude been used here in DC for several years.

          • WBBsAs

            It doesn’t have the same meaning in the District, though.

  • RBI

    Eight hits, nothin’ to show for them. Yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Disappointed that Hill couldn’t pitch at least 6 innings.

    • RBI

      Blister-paranoia.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How many pitches will Cueto get?

  • WinnipegDave

    Is the crowd booing?

  • RBI

    Cueto is acting like he’s cramping or something.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bullpen time!

  • RBI

    I think he may have pulled something. That’s too bad.

  • WBBsAs

    In a just world, the injured pitcher would have been BadGums.

    • RBI

      I agree. Hate to see Cueto limping off.

    • WinnipegDave

      Man you really like thinking about injured Giant players.

      • WBBsAs

        I can sympathize with Cueto, but not with BadGums.

  • RBI

    Bochy just burned a pitcher out of the bullpen, I think. He ran out, then had to run back.

    • WinnipegDave

      Did we burn Ethier?

      • RBI

        I couldn’t tell. Puig for Joc, maybe?

    • WinnipegDave

      According to the box score – no extra pitchers or batters were used.

      • RBI

        So he was merely shamed.

  • foul tip

    Not game-related but only time I have to comment and too good to miss. From six fantastic stories from Vin Scully’s conference call.

    “I’ll always remember the worst pun I ever gave was in the Coliseum. Joe Torre was the catcher and he caught a foul tip off his hand. He had to come out of the game. But the next day he played third base, and I was just talking to the fans and somehow this came out. I said, ‘Well, there is Joe playing third. If he does not ever put the gear back on behind the plate, he will forever be known as Chicken Catcher Torre.’ The groan from the crowd of 50-, 60,000 was something that I’ll still remember to my dying day.”

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/09/19/202213816

  • RBI

    Any word on Cueto?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nothing that I’ve heard.

  • WBBsAs

    So, who gets to blow the save tonight?

  • RBI

    Let’s break the lefty curse, right here!

    • RBI

      Or not.

  • WinnipegDave

    Quiet crowd.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hush.

    • RBI

      It’s hot and humid, and a slow game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Would prefer Dayton here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strained groin for Cueto.

    • RBI

      That’s what it looked like.

    • WBBsAs

      They may have to amputate.

  • RBI

    Score. Some. Runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Could last night repeat itself so closely?

      • WinnipegDave

        I would be fine if the Dodgers exploded for a run here. Switch it up a little from yesterday.
        2 runs would be okay too.

  • RBI

    Where’s that terrible bullpen tonight?

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully waiting until the last possible second. Like last night.

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the 9th.

  • RBI

    Booooooo…..

  • RBI

    Un-Dayton-like.

  • WinnipegDave

    It will only make the 9th more dramatic.

  • RBI

    The pitch before looked close, too, at least from up here.

    • WinnipegDave

      On TV it looked like a ball.

      • RBI

        That makes me feel better, actually.

        • WinnipegDave

          Glad to help.

  • RBI

    Exciting start, slow finish so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dullsville right now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wished they would have used Blanton this inning.

    • RBI

      1-0 would feel easier than 2-0, for sure.

  • RBI

    This part of the game is making me a little nuts. The never ending inning here.

  • RBI

    Three outs to get three runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Two would even be enough to start.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopefully Romo had to wait so long he comes in cold. And gets hit hard.

  • WBBsAs

    Casilla needs to get warm, too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig, Ethier and Utley. Doesn’t fill me with too much confidence.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not going to happen, is it?
    Not tonight, anyway.

  • Not tonight, looks like. Drat it. Oh well, it’s why you always want to win the first game of the series against your closest chaser.

    • WinnipegDave

      Need to somehow beat Moore tomorrow or else the good work from the first game is really undone.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Much ado about nothing . . .
    Big wheels keep on spinning . . .
    How frustrating

    • RBI

      Frustrating at the ravine, as well.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Gotta be!
        Steiner said they didn’t have the energy from last night but he attributed that to the Puig-Bumgarner undercard.

  • WinnipegDave

    To be honest, glad it ended up 2-0. 1-0 on that Nunez home run would have been more bitter. To me it looked like it hit the top of the wall and came back into play. Should have been a triple I thought.

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