Game 154, 2016

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Dodgers continue their playoffs’ 4th-starter auditions with LHP Scott Kazmir (10-6, 4.59 ERA), who’s been on the shelf since August 22 with thoracic spinal inflammation. He’ll face the Rockies’ RHP Jon Gray (10-8, 4.42 ERA), who threw a shutout in his last start, striking out 16 Padres in the process. Kazmir beat the Rockies on July 2, going six scoreless innings and giving up just three hits. Gray has made five starts against the Dodgers and gone 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA, but the losses have both come at Dodger Stadium, where he’ll pitch tonight.

This will be opening night of a weekend celebration of Vin Scully:

The ceremony will also be available live at the Dodgers’ website tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT.

MLB came up with a playlist of 10 of Vinnie’s comedic remarks.

In non-Scully amusements, check out this photo of Josh Reddick with Stan Lee (yes, the Marvel comics maven).

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Talk about appointment TV/radio . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI talked about tears being shed at the stadium tonight . . . I’m getting misty just listening to this.

    • RBI

      Oh, yeah. Big ol’ weep fest on my part.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        “Oh come on — it’s just me!”
        Yes, and that’s why we’re crying!

        • RBI

          Such a good man.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — which makes all his other attributes even more special.

  • WBBsAs

    Steiner’s not so bad…at reading somebody else’s script.

  • WBBsAs

    Very fine tribute by Gibson!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No eyes, but love the love for Sandy.

  • HLKLA

    I bet this is a little hard on Vin. All this attention has to make him a little uncomfortable, but you soldier through.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Is he standing during all this?

      • HLKLA

        I have no eyes on the ceremony either.

  • Costner was pretty darned good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I liked it but the music almost overpowered him through the streaming audio.

  • I’m going to have to listen to the beginning. I turned the TV on midway thru Costner’s speech.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m making an mp3 version, missing some of the broadcasters video. But I’m hoping there will be a YouTube version of the video.
      I bought a 45rpm of the final inning of Sandy’s perfect game . . . not sure if I still have it, but it would be nice if the Dodgers released a tribute DVD for Vin.

  • RBI

    Go Dodgers.

  • Bumsrap

    Which Kaz will show up tonight?

    • Bumsrap

      Kaz just reminded me of Anderson

  • Eric Stephen live tweeted the ceremony.

  • RBI

    Great play followed by a clunker throw. Baseball.

  • Bumsrap

    SD 3 SF 0

  • Bumsrap

    This half inning should be over soon won’t it?

    • Bumsrap

      Yes, thanks to Toles

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal collects the Toles at home.

  • RBI

    Toles. Arm. Out.

  • Bumsrap

    Stripling up in bullpen

    • Bob_Hendley

      Things seemed a little but rushed based upon the nature of the injury (I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internets).

      • Bumsrap

        You didn’t have a part on ER?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Cadaver.

          • Bumsrap

            Didn’t have to worry about getting your lines cut that way.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Not the cutting I was worried about.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s a 97 mph bruise for Justin.

    • Bumsrap

      Got him solidly as well

      • Bumsrap

        That looks fun standing at home plate right now

  • Bob_Hendley

    Goof by Murphy

  • Bumsrap

    Turner scoring better than having 2 tagged out at home on one play.

  • RBI

    Wow that Toles line drive foul was close.

    • WBBsAs

      Are you at the game?

      • RBI

        Yes. Got to see the Vin tribute and snuffled the whole way through. Steamed up my glasses.

        • WBBsAs

          My wife comes from a soccer country and is only a casual baseball fans because of my attachment to the Dodgers, but she found the ceremony very emocionante.

          • RBI

            He’s almost exactly the same age as my father, had he lived, another truly fine man and a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Switched to the Mets when they broke his heart by moving West, but always loved Vin. I miss him. I guess I was crying for more than one reason.

  • RBI

    Kazmir out, Stripling in. Whoa.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t with ill on Kazmir, but I have more confidence in the rookies.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hope a long off season allows him to heal.

        • Bumsrap

          So do the Dodgers unless he opts out of his contract 😉

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha!

          • WBBsAs

            Highly doubtful he’ll opt out, and he’ll the first crack at the rotation. Anderson will undoubtedly be elsewhere.

  • WBBsAs

    In Tacoma, after the sun went down in summertime, I could pick up the Dodger games on KFI. That’s how I listened to the last few innings of Sandy’s perfecto.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I was in the stands (but with my transistor radio on, just like many of us there that night–just not a Dodger baseball game without Vin).

  • WBBsAs

    Pirates beat Washington, so Dodgers could gain ground on both Nats and Gnats tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats fail to score in fourth, and still trail 2-0.

  • Bob_Hendley

    O my gosh, Josh!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Surprised the runner didn’t tag.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Way to go Josh and Ross.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I am usually too traumatized when we play the Rox (Coors and all) to ponder them, but they are probably the surprise of the West this year as it seemed that many predicted them to come in last. While they obviously suffer in home/away splits on offense, they do have some solid hitters and their starting staff is not half bad.

    • WBBsAs

      And they’re missing Storey in the lineup. Starting pitching has some talent, but the ‘pen’s been problematic.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ross navigates his way through again.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc gets all of it!

    • Bumsrap

      Joc did a good job of working the count, staying alive, and then hitting the pitch that was hittable. Great to see him dig in against a pitcher throwing 97 mph balls way out of the strike zone including one at Joc’s knees to hit the HR.

  • WBBsAs

    ‘Dre!

  • RBI

    Joc! Dre!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      When I saw that Andre had homered, I figured it was the icing on the cake for you!

      • RBI

        Indeed.

  • RBI

    Woke up the crowd.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Back to back Jack!

  • WinnipegDave

    It always feels a little strange joining the game already in progress. Off to a nice start and back to back is timely help.

    How was the tribute to Vin?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t mess things up, OK?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! I’ll do my best.

    • RBI

      Just amazing.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sad to have missed it. Another late Friday night of work for me.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m sure (hope!) there will be clips on YouTube.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Terrific!
      Emotional!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! Vin, the gesture by Joc was to you.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads gnow swatting Gnats 7-2 after five.

  • WinnipegDave

    What happened to Kazmir? Injury?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yup. It flared up again.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks for the update. Poor Kaz.

        • WBBsAs

          I doubt he’ll be much missed.

          • WinnipegDave

            Might be true, but still disappointing for him.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s probably a leading candidate for next year’s rotation, but he’ll have to prove himself again.

          • WinnipegDave

            Agreed.

          • Man, I don’t want that inflammation. It seems like one of those things you don’t easily get rid of.

    • WBBsAs

      Done for the year, I would expect.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t take your foot off the gas now Dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounding like Keystone Kops this inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Fields having a hard time putting anyone away.

  • WinnipegDave

    Whoa! Clips from 1988 look so old – more like they are from the 1960’s.

  • WBBsAs

    A tweet from Jon, about the author of “The Boys of Summer:” https://twitter.com/jonweisman/status/779547002912636929

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wrong Roger (Kahn).

      • WBBsAs

        You’re right, I was sleepy. I have edited.

  • WinnipegDave

    Trying to imagine Joe Davis talking about/to the kids in the stands. Or reciting the Thumbsuckers poem.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good inning for Baez – 2 fly balls and no home runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and less than 30 minutes!

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose, magic number down to three.

    • WinnipegDave

      If Dodgers win tonight, they will have a fair shot at clinching at home.

      • WBBsAs

        In theory, they could do it with no more help from the Pads.

  • WinnipegDave

    5-2. Every little bit helps.

  • MLB has a highlight video of the Vin ceremony.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like the Dodgers are trying to run out the clock.

  • WinnipegDave

    Split the difference and give Puig a triple.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers: Resign Jansen. Please and thank you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love the Vin signs in chalk.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Magic number is what, three? Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Up by 7 and down to 2.

    • Bob_Hendley

      So, you are saying…oh, nevermind.

      • WinnipegDave

        🙂

        • WinnipegDave

          I was going to say that if the Dodgers win tomorrow the magic number could be one and that would mean they would clinch a tie for the division. But if they lost the rest of their games and got swept by the Giants next weekend, then the Giants could tie the Dodgers and win the head to head tie breaker.

          But that seemed way too complicated to get into, so I didn’t say it.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Bite your tongue.

          • I don’t like playoffs, particularly ones with the Giants. Let’s not do that.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Always good to keep the Cards and Giants out of postseason for a better chance.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton can bring us the division crown tomorrow night.

    • WBBsAs

      It would particularly sweet were BadGums to be the losing pitcher at The Litter Box.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! !

  • RBI

    In case you guys haven’t noticed, for the past three woo-HOOs, the exclamation points match the magic numbers.

    • scooplew

      I am glad you didn’t start that on Opening Day. LOL.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In the playoffs, it goes to 11?
      Or just the amount needed for that round?

  • HLKLA

    What a great win. I even watched some of the video from Vin’s ceremony. A good night all around.

  • WBBsAs

    From San José Mercury News beat writer Andrew Baggarly (lightly edited for punctuation and spelling): “[I]f you are still tracking the NL West, perhaps because you are a wine merchant tracking the Dodgers’ champagne order, a Gnatloss reduced L.A.’s magic number to four, pending the result in Chavez Ravine.”

  • HLKLA

    Cardinals doing their part to make it difficult for the Giants to make the playoffs. Lead Cubs 9-2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s a tough one for me — as noted below, I think it’s a good idea if neither the Cards NOR the Giants are in the mix, because they find a way to win. But since this is an even-numbered year, I guess I’ll be satisfied with the Cards.
      No matter what, they would have to survive the Wild Card game AND the Cubs, so there’s hope they won’t be a factor.

      • HLKLA

        The announcers were talking about the whole wild card scenario, saying they make it too easy for the wild card team with the day off before they have to play in the division championship.

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