Game 156, 2016

If the Dodgers win today they will clinch a playoff spot. They would also clinch if the Giants lose down south in San Diego, but I suspect they’d rather win out themselves.

Rockies at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only), KTLA

They’ll put RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-2, 3.63 ERA) on the hill to face LHP Tyler Anderson (5-6, 3.58 ERA). This has been a year of mixed results for McCarthy; on the one hand he came back from the Tommy John surgery he had in 2015 and had five pretty good starts for the team beginning in July. Then he suffered stiffness in his right hip which caused him to lose control of his fastball and issue walks by the bucketload in his next four starts. He gave up 17 walks in just 11 2/3 innings in that period. The Dodgers hope he’s recovered. He’s taking the place of Rich Hill, who was to start this game but is being given more time off in hopes his blister troubles will go away before the playoffs begin.

Anderson is finishing up an excellent rookie season in which he’s struck out 98 in 108 innings and achieved an ERA+ (park adjusted) of 137, meaning 37 percent better than league average.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • Man, this is a poignant remembrance from Eduardo Perez.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From the “I Want To Be As Optimistic As Dave” Dept. —
    Any word on if Vin’s last inning today will be simulcast on the radio?

    • He’s doing the first three innings simulcast as usual, don’t know about ninth.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha! You are too kind.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to see McCarthy finding the strike zone.

    • WBBsAs

      He looks very sharp.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cooch is finally hitting, but it seems unlikely he would start any games in the playoffs nor be used as a PH.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      Might have been the opportunity to try a squeeze by Quique, if someone other than AGon had been on third.

      • WBBsAs

        You never squeeze in the first inning, with nobody out.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          To paraphrase a line from “Sully,” you never do until someone does.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So, you are saying it would have been a surprise?

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers might be in tight today. Nice K by McCarthy to end the inning though.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Deja vu, all over again!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully, with better results!

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s flip the script this time.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Better lumber up this time.

        • WinnipegDave

          That helps.

  • WinnipegDave

    Corey struggling.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Puig.
    Always nice to hear about a long fly ball with runner at 3rd, less than 2 outs . . . even better if it carries!

  • WinnipegDave

    1 is infinitely better than 0.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely, Mr. President.

      • WinnipegDave

        I hoped you would like that. 🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          You got your wish. 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m hoping that won’t be the last I hear of Vin today.
    And I hope I get to hear him proclaim the Dodgers winners of the West.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Agon seems to have turned into James Loney at this point.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ouch. That seems sadly true. Perhaps he will have one more hot streak in him in October. He might not get to 20 hrs thus year but I’d take 4 hrs in the playoffs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That would definitely be more important to the team than have another at 20.

    • WBBsAs

      AGon has 17 dingers, Loney’s career-best is 15.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Sure, he still has a bit more power and a better eye but not by all that much at this point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Speaking of Vin, Drabble had a tribute to him today — and the site includes people’s comments.
    http://www.gocomics.com/drabble/

    I remember one before with Ralph — the dad — stuck in traffic but happy because Vin was on the radio.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads take 1-0 lead over Gnats in second.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I want the Dodgers to clinch outright.

      • WBBsAs

        I’d certainly prefer that but, when you’ve got a seven-game lead, you’re not backing into it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice move to pick off Dahl.

  • WinnipegDave

    I was thinking earlier today how the homestand started with an exciting walk off against the Giants. Perhaps another thrilling win would be appropriate for today as well.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Indeed — but a boring win would be thrilling to clinch the division!
      I just realized that with Vin not going to SD, this is the best chance for him to proclaim the Dodgers West winners. (I’m hoping it doesn’t come down to being in SF!)

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. Win (with) Vin happens today or it doesn’t really happen at all.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          So I guess I wouldn’t mind LA “backing in,” just to hear Vin’s announcement.
          But it’s SF 3-1.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That game seems soo long ago!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go. Lead off walk and middle of the order is up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In loco RBI:
      “Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!” (clap clap)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Butter and eggs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    0-8 with RISP today

    • WinnipegDave

      Bring on the pinch hitters. Joc and Toles and Ethier and Utley.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Nice to have reinforcements like that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pads play the Giants tough — now trail just 3-2.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not babying McCarthy in this audition.

    • WinnipegDave

      75+ pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Suddenly McCarthy is two outs from a QS — good news no matter what the outcome.
    Roberts et. al will have the kind of trouble you want in deciding on the playoff roster.

    • Well, not quite a QS, unfortunately.

    • WinnipegDave

      And small sample sizes to work with when choosing between McCarthy and say Anderson.

      • Bob_Hendley

        JDLand Brock in the running, but would really have to shine relative to the vets. Seems that Stripling and Urias would be vying for pen slots at this point.

        • WinnipegDave

          And Stewart is in the mix too.

  • RBI

    Hi all. Very very hot here in the stadium. McCarthy looking sharp. Too bad two of the big hits were back-to-back.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good thing your so cool. Hang on there, the Dodger offence has a few more chances to turn the park onto a party.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        From your keyboard, Mr. President . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not to be too picky, but . . .
    Steiner said McCarthy exited “stage left.”
    But the Dodgers have the 3rd base dugout, right? So that’s stage right.
    (Always one of the first lessons with a class when we’re doing their skit — ‘It doesn’t matter where you perform, you just need to know where the audience is.’)

    • WBBsAs

      That explains his fly-ball calls.

  • WinnipegDave

    I was just thinking that the Dodgers could bring in Urias sometimes as a designated pick-off the runner pitcher.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Talk about your “specialists”!

      • Let me remind you of Tippy Martinez.

        • WinnipegDave

          I watched that game on TV. One of the craziest baseball things I had seen in my young baseball life.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Watching as well, but O’s fan.

          • WinnipegDave

            I hadn’t learned not to like Toronto yet.

          • Lenn Sakata was a Hawai’i boy so it’s been an amusing story out here for a long time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Arenando scares me the way Goldschmidt usually does when AZ plays LA. Less this year of course with Goldie.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He single-handedly beat the Pads at the game I saw Wednesday — two HRs, 3 RBIS, 3-2 win. (Zack contributed as well, I guess.)

      • WBBsAs

        Could be Greinke’s last contribution for quite a while.

  • WinnipegDave

    New fun scenario.
    SF wins in SD.
    Dodgers tie up this game and send it to extra innings, where they finally win in the bottom of the 15th.
    Dodgers win and more Vin!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — AND it’s simulcast on radio.
      Love it!

  • WBBsAs

    Pads tie it up at The Litter Box.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rough at bat for both catchers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strike out throw out double play!!

    • Bumsrap

      Culbertson contributes

  • Bumsrap

    RBI, did Vin do something between the top and bottom of the 7th?

    • RBI

      They played him singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

      • Bumsrap

        I thought that might have been the case. SportsnetLA didn’t show it and Vin didn’t say a work about it. All I saw on TV was Vin coming back to the booth from a side door smiling and waving to the crowd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t green light Corey on 3-0.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh?

      • WinnipegDave

        Rather him take on 3-0. Glad he swung on 3-1 though!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Well, he can always take it if it’s not over the plate.

    • Bumsrap

      But okay to do it 3 – 1

  • Yay!

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Seager chalks it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So — rest up/audition players . . . or try to get the #2 seed?

    • Bumsrap

      Does it have to be or?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Only if the “B” squad isn’t as good as the regulars.

        • Bumsrap

          It hasn’t been easy to know who is a B and who is an A

    • WinnipegDave

      Both!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seager in two half-innings: ‘What slump?’

  • WBBsAs

    Superb play by Seager on a not-slow runner!

  • Bumsrap

    Kike’, Joc can do that against lefties

    • HLKLA

      Kike’ just letting the FO know that he will be watching the playoffs on TV.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If it’s a victory, it’ll be a walkoff!

  • WinnipegDave

    Are they bringing in Jansen already? Crazy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Guaranteeing him work?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Plus the lineup he’s facing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh? Tied ballgame and we are at home, it’s hardly inappropriate, pretty much standard practice.

    • Bumsrap
  • HLKLA

    Long at bat for CarGo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Kenley!

    • HLKLA

      Or not!

      • Bumsrap

        Jansen put it right where Grandal’s glove was. Makes you wonder why they wanted it high.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s happened several times for Kenley — a two-strike HR.

    • Bumsrap

      Needs a change up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Happened twice, and now thrice, in his career, all this year.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The additional times must’ve been in my nightmares.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was unexpected.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So, this just makes the victory more dramatic, right Dave?

    • WinnipegDave

      Hollywood baby.
      Hollywood.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Beats Chinatown.
        (Not a slur, movie reference!)

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes indeed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pads knocking on the door.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads take the lead!

  • HLKLA

    SD scores a run!

  • That HR is a revolting development.

  • WBBsAs

    A disappointing moment even though, in the long run, it’s far less memorable than the entirety of Vin’s career.

  • Bumsrap

    Mota now hitting

  • Bob_Hendley

    Assuming they lose, do they hang in the clubhouse to see what happens at Litter Box? Champagne warming and all.

    • Bumsrap

      I would think so

      • Bob_Hendley

        So would I.

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely. But Vin will be long gone by that point.

  • WBBsAs

    It would be nice to see an on-field celebration.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers losing.
    Charlie on the radio.
    Bummed.

  • HLKLA

    Wish we had five of those runs from yesterday.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    COREY!!!

    • WBBsAs

      That needed four!!!!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        But they only have 3 runs . . . (actually, no thought behind, just excited)

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not a must win. This is not a must win. This is not a…

    • Bumsrap

      Let’s make it one

  • WinnipegDave

    Drama!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go back to back!

  • HLKLA

    Champagne going back into ice buckets.

  • Oh my!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t wait to hear Vin’s call on the video clip. Bet there’s an “Oh my” in there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Right here.
    Right now.
    Win with Vin!

  • Bumsrap

    The fear of Joc leads to a walk and set up Agon to….

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    You have your extra innings wish, Dave.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the race is on as to which game will finish first.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Will be weird if the Pads win first. Crowd will go nuts.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well then hopefully the crowd would go nuts twice and really celebrate a Dodgers win.

          • Bob_Hendley

            They’ll probably leave. You know, traffic and all…

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Tell that to RBI.

          • Bumsrap

            Mary is already gone

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s often more competitive than the actual game — getting out of the stadium!

            I wait until the last out, then sprint to my car — tough when I’m up higher and havta go down the steps.

            I DID leave the playoff game vs. the Braves early when LA was up by 8 or 9 in the 8th.

      • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • Will Smith pitching for the Giants in the 8th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His new movie really looks good.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bad Schimpf walks

    • WBBsAs

      Not Detlef Schrempf?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Huskie.

        • WBBsAs

          Dawg (I am a UW grad).

          • WinnipegDave

            I’m a UW grad as well. Different W though.

  • HLKLA

    We can not seem to get that last strike!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — end it here . . . Win With Vin!

  • Bumsrap

    Culberson has made couple of good plays today.

    • WBBsAs

      That was very nice, though he also blew an easy DP.

  • Brad Hand pitching for the Padres.

  • WBBsAs

    One down at The Litter Box!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MLB.com has a live look-in with Vin . . . but I am not streaming it well.

  • WinnipegDave

    We need to score quickly!

  • WBBsAs

    Quique swings at horrendous pitch.

  • Bumsrap

    Might the CF platoon be drawing to a close?

    • Bumsrap

      Vin is now calling both games

  • WinnipegDave

    End it Culberson. End it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Called it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YAHOO!!!!!
    I heard Charlie call it, and Vin is on my phone but it’s in the past . . . I get to see it soon!

  • HLKLA

    Oh My!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win for Vin!

  • Bumsrap

    Happy to see Culberson win it

  • WBBsAs

    Just what I was expecting! The ex-Gnat does it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two 2-out HRs . . .wow!
    Remember when the Dodgers couldn’t win in late innings?

  • Bob_Hendley

    giants lose! giants lose! giants lose!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Beat the Pads (so to speak) by that much {in Maxwell Smart voice}

      • WinnipegDave

        I loved that show. So good.

  • WBBsAs

    That will probably be the highlight of Culberson’s career.

  • WinnipegDave

    Culberson steals – absolutely robs – Seager of the player of the game award.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Either way, it’s Must C!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO !!!!!!!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      This goes to 11!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        New magic #!

  • WinnipegDave

    I was recalling Steve Finley’s slam in 2004 earlier today. That was fun too!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I recall Joe Blemiel coming out on the field to celebrate in 2008 in his bathrobe.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha ha. That’s right!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Or the visit to the pool in the Snake Pit.

  • WinnipegDave

    I really thought Vin was going to sing!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What happened? I could only hear.

      • WinnipegDave

        Vin played a recording of Wings Beneath My Wings. But I thought he was going to sing it himself.
        Silly Dave…

  • Bob_Hendley

    RBI must be bawling. I know I am!

  • WinnipegDave

    I bet RBI is finding her tears right now!

  • RBI

    I’m a big bawling mess.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So was Charlie . . . Mo had to step in just like grabbing that flag.

  • WBBsAs

    I loved Culberson’s…helmet flip!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Keeps the other players from pounding him on the head.

  • 6 HRs in a four year career so far for Culbertson.

  • WinnipegDave

    And on the 156th Game, they celebrated.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    My local station has gone to some of their own programming — I should always have it on MLB Audio as a backup!

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s just guys spraying themselves with champagne right now. Not super exciting to be honest.

  • Playoff schedule.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Number 2 NL seed may go down to the wire. Believe we are 1 1/2 behind the Nats.

      • Updated to include today’s action.

      • WBBsAs

        Two behind in the loss column.

  • Somebody, not sure who, has a football helmet on in the clubhouse.

  • HLKLA

    Who would have thought we would be in this place when we fell so far behind back in May, then losing Kershaw. What a ride!

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s all party at Link’s house tonight!

      • Got flank steak marinating. Come ahead!

        • WinnipegDave

          Some of us might be a bit late in arriving. 🙂

          • John_from_Aus

            Mine would definitely be cold when I arrive

          • “We’ll keep the light on for ya.”

  • John_from_Aus

    A very special day all round

  • HLKLA

    They finally posted video of the home run on the web page! Way to go Charlie!

  • WBBsAs

    Andrew Baggarly of the SJ Mercury-News on the Gnats’ season: “They have not plunged in the standings so much as sunk into them like a tar pit, and as any wooly mammoth would tell you (if it could), trying harder to escape only compounds the problem.”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      As far ahead as they were, they are now behind.
      The change was as drastic as a basketball game . . . one reason why I don’t like b-ball games!

      • WBBsAs

        I used to like the NBA, but now I find it’s more flash than skill. I also resent the disappearance of my semi-hometown Seattle Supersonics (though my devotion to them has never matched my commitment to the Dodgers).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Another Schrempf sighting.

          • WBBsAs

            Probably the greatest German player ever in the NBA (and not just because I can’t think of any others).

          • Bob_Hendley

            Dirk says hello.

          • WBBsAs

            That’ll probably tell you how much attention I pay to the NBA. I’m pretty aware of the Argentines, though.

  • Bob_Hendley

    On to the next, the series in SF in particular. Depending on how things go, it could be pivotal for both knocking the giants out of the playoffs and catching the Nats for HFA. Was offered tix to tonight’s Nats, but off to Uruguay for a week in the campo. Would have been weird in any event as I am now rooting for them to lose everything moving forward. Go Snakes!

    Grant doesn’t begrudge Vin. http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2016/9/25/13052458/sf-giants-recap

    • WBBsAs

      Where in Uruguay?

      • Bob_Hendley

        To the north and the farms of friends near Tacuarembo and Mello. Looking forward to the lovely drive back along Cerro Largo to 33. Will spend some time in Montevideo and Punta as well.

        • WBBsAs

          I haven’t to that area for some time, but it’s really pleasant. There are some good new wineries near Punta and, of course, world-class food at José Ignacio.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Drove once from 33 to the coast and ended up using a lot of farm roads. The Atlantic coast is quite lovely with the sand dunes at Cabo Polonio and La Paloma.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently that WAS Vin singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” — just pre-recorded.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jon has put up a rumination on the playoff roster. Along with his guess at locks (20 in all), at this point I would go with McCarthy as the 4th, Avilan and Urias as additional pen lefties to match up against Murphy and Harper, Barnes for his versatility (frees up Ruiz for offense), and Dre as a game changer PH against the predominately right handed Nat’s pen.

    • WBBsAs

      I too would go with McCarthy, but I’d like to see him get another start before season’s end. I’m not sure Dre’s shown enough to make the roster, but he’s a sentimental choice.

      • Bob_Hendley

        So who would you choose instead of Dre? Yes, remaining games will be very important for choosing the 4th, but I think it’s McCarthy’s to lose.

        • This discussion reminded me to ask what happened to Trayce Thompson. He and Ryu are recovering and hope to be ready for spring training.

          • WBBsAs

            Thompson’s loss has contributed to weakness v. lefties.

      • HLKLA

        I would not have Hernandez on the post season roster, but I can see his reasoning for having him.

  • WBBsAs

    The guy mentioned in this article posts on Gnatblogs, and his hometown is also the hometown of former Gnatcatcher (subsequently Mets manager) Wes Westrum: http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Clearbrook-Minnesota-man-charged-with-Attemted-Murder–Assault-for-shooting-at-helicopter-and-injuring-deputy-389619062.html

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m loving these different clips since I heard the game but didn’t see it yesterday.
    Love how the players recognized Vin.
    As sad as this is, we were truly blessed to have this farewell season and a chance to share our love of Vin with him.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/scully-makes-his-last-call-at-dodger-stadium/ar-BBwCV35

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks — that has been my big question and it seems like the right thing to do.

  • WBBsAs

    Dee hits upper-deck dinger – his first of the season – in Miami.

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