Game 159, 2016

Dodgers at Padres, 6:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Julio Urias (5-2, 3.53 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and Christian Friedrich (5-11, 4.66 ERA) takes the mound for the Padres. Friedrich’s year hasn’t been good overall, but his September has shown improvement: he’s had a 3.86 ERA through four starts including 25 strikeouts and just nine walks. The Dodgers keep trying to limit Urias’s innings (he’s thrown 119 this year at OKC and with LA) but they keep finding a need to use him. He hasn’t pitched in two weeks, however.

Today will be the final game at Petco Park for the Padres’ own Hall-of-Fame broadcaster, Dick Enberg. He’s been their primary play-by-play man for seven years after a long career at NBC and CBS calling golf, football and tennis, as well as earlier stints as both UCLA basketball’s play-by-play man and the LA Rams play-by-play caller. He even taught and coached baseball at Cal-State Northridge for five years in the early 1960s.

Lineup when available.

Seager off, González off, Kiké in the infield, Chooch at catcher…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Remember him way back in his Bruin days.

    • WBBsAs

      I presume you mean Enberg. I’ve not listened to him much, but he seems to have respect of his peers, and not to be a homer. But how widely known is he? I’m only barely aware of him.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Fairly well known for his NFL days where he used to team with…can’t remember his name ex-Ram lineman.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Merlin Olsen?

        • WBBsAs

          I haven’t had anything to do with handegg since I was in high school, though it’s not quite so boring as soccer.

        • HLKLA

          Merlin Olsen

      • Very well-known. Click his name up there in the post. It goes to Wikipedia’s entry about him. He broadcast the Masters, the NFL, the Tennis Majors, college basketball and even some of the oddities of the networks’ “made for TV” events.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Definitely — he was a “national” voice.

        • WBBsAs

          I’m pretty immune to non-baseball events, though I used to follow the NBA a bit.

  • scooplew

    Always enjoyed listening to him, particularly while living in L.A. Personable, friendly, knowledgeable and, WBBsAs has noted, not a homer.

  • WBBsAs

    I hadn’t realized it was an early start, so I missed the strikeouts from Kendrick and Culberson.

    • Bob_Hendley

      So early I might even catch a bit of the game here in Uruguay.

      • WBBsAs

        Have a sip of mate…

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Dodgers. It would be nice to win this one tonight. But I suppose this is the best time of year to lose a few in a row.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, back in the day if you hit the runner with the ball he was out.

  • A triple double, but not in the basketball sense.

  • A bullpen game, it seems. Urias, Chavez, Anderson…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Audition game.

  • HLKLA

    Turner for the tie.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc hitting the southpaws.

  • HLKLA

    Very good hitting with runners on in that inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Wanna be hearing that next week and the week after that and the week after that!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – that hit by Ruiz was just fair down the third base line.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig seems much more focused than he was before his demotion.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fields should maybe make the post season roster. He struck out Renfroe.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Anyway we can arrange to get Renfroe on the roster?

      • WinnipegDave

        I knew we should have traded Bud Norris for him when we had the chance. Jk.

  • WinnipegDave

    Extra base hits are da bomb.

  • WinnipegDave

    I like Joe Davis and crew but I’m switching over to the SD feed to hear the last of Enberg.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great idea — I’m trying to do the same.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No such luck.
        I got them MLB Audio but realized he’s on TV.
        It’s the free game, but not for me — “We’re sorry. We have determined that you are blacked out of watching the game you selected, due to television broadcaster restrictions. An archive copy of the game will be available 90 minutes after the game ends”

        Thanks for the idea, Dave.

        • WinnipegDave

          Sorry it didn’t work. I’m realizing there are a few advantages to living miles away from any other major city center. I can listen to/watch a lot of baseball via MLB Audio and MLB.tv.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Besides being a legitimate reason, count on you to find the silver lining, Mr. President. 🙂

          • WinnipegDave

            Haha. Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    8-2 Dodgers so far. LA to SD – The party’s over.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright Dodgers. Let’s close this out now.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

    DP of Barnes at second to Culberson at short to Kendrick at first. I doubt if we will ever see that again.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO (no idea what to do, exclamation point-wise) !

  • Huzzah!

  • Bumsrap

    According to Fangraphs for the month of September of all MLB players with 50 or more plate appearances, Joc ranks #2 in OPS and is tied for 6th in WAR. What a difference a year makes. Joc was clutch down the stretch and reinvented the #8 spot in the lineup.

    Matt Kemp was #9 and Adrian Beltre was #11 Trout was #24, Loney #111, Kris Bryant #169 in OPS.

    OPS: Pederson #2, Reddick was #22, Pug #31, Turner #57, Grandal #101, Seager #109, Utley #154, Gonzales #203, Kendrick #239

    WAR: Pederson #6, Turner #21, Seager #36, Reddick #38, Puig #91, Grandal #110, Utley #123.
    All other Dodger hitters below zero WAR

  • WBBsAs

    All this weekend, in addition to Dodger games, SF is hosting http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/, with many of performances streamed live.

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