Game 162, 2016

Last game of the regular season, and it has some importance for the home team Giants.

The Giants can claim the second wild-card spot in the National League and a one-game showdown with the New York Mets in the Big Apple on Wednesday with either a win Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers or a St. Louis Cardinals loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cardinals can still force a one-game wild-card tiebreaker against the Giants on Monday in St. Louis with a win Sunday and a San Francisco loss.

As a result of Saturday’s loss the Dodgers locked themselves into the No. 3 seed in the NL playoffs. The second-seeded Nationals, winners of the NL East, have the home-field advantage in the best-of-five series. (The Cubs have the first seed).

Dodgers at Giants, 12:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, KTLA, CS-BA, MLB.TV free game (out-of-market)

Kenta Maeda (16-10, 3.28 ERA) hopes to cap off an excellent MLB rookie season with his 17th win. He’s done very well against the Giants this year: 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts. He’ll face lefty Matt Moore (12-12, 4.21 ERA), who faced the Dodgers on September 21 and did not fare well: he gave up six runs on seven hits in one-plus innings.

Vin Scully will do all nine innings of the game, which will be simulcast on radio and TV in LA and in the Bay Area. It’s also going to be streamed live on MLB.com.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    While you’re waiting for the Dodgers to start, tune into http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/webcast/sun-swantower.html (the banjoist is wearing a Dodgers cap).

  • WBBsAs

    Remember that the game is available at http://livestream.com/KTLA/

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good start, Howie — wear him down, get on base.

  • RBI

    Ugh. We need to win one here, for so many reasons. I was in Vancouver for a few days, and was spared the previous two.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Lucky you.
      They reverted to their pre-All Star break “offense.”

    • WinnipegDave

      Vancouver? Nice!

      • RBI

        Went to a VIFF gala premiere of the film Milton’s Secret. I was asked to write a YA film novelization, which will come out in the next week or so! I love Vancouver.

        • WinnipegDave

          Sounds wonderful!

          • RBI

            It was. If things go south this November, I have my eye on Vancouver as a nice place to live for a few years. Say, four.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            It’s good to have an exit plan . . . the problem is, the problem will be far-reaching.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well friends – I got to hear Vin’s opening but will be out this afternoon and will miss most of the rest of the game. Hope it’s one I will want to watch later for more reasons than it being Vin’s last!

  • RBI

    Oh man. Really, Gnats?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Beware MLB, the even-year Giants are awake, ready to wreak havoc . . . .

    • RBI

      I feel sick.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Dodgers couldn’t put them down — yet — gotta hope the Mets or Cubs can.

        • RBI

          Both have a real shot.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Didn’t the Padres sweep them in SF?
            Dodgers are 4-15 at AT&T. If they DO face each other in the playoffs, there may be three played there.

  • RBI

    Wake up, Dodger bats!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Maybe they’ll listen to you — haven’t to any of us . . .

  • RBI

    DP, please.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’ll have what she said.

  • RBI

    It does feel like they are playing with the wind at their backs. Us? Not so much.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Spitting into the wind.

  • RBI

    Bad squeeze play. Good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Something goes well for LA.

      • RBI

        Finally.

  • RBI

    Almost picked off Gillaspie.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Some good news for you, RBI — Andre making the roster.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Quite the opposite.
      They say poor dress rehearsal = good opening for theatre.
      Gotta hope the same holds true for the Dodgers . . . it’s only the 2nd inning, but can’t get much poorer play than 5 of these last 6 games.

  • RBI

    This is torture.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m not a masochist, but I want to listen to it all because it’s all we’ll have of Vin.

      • RBI

        I agree. But hard to hear him calling this particular game.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          We’ll always have last Sunday . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SF has more runs in two innings than the Dodgers have HITS in two games.

    • RBI

      It’s enough to make a Dodger fan grumpy.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The darker dwarf . . . Depressed.

  • RBI

    “The sky is gray, but for Maeda it must feel like it’s falling.” Classic Vin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ironic . . . if Vinny was coming to this game 80 years ago, he would take pity on the Dodgers and root for them.

    • RBI

      Ha! So true.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Finally, that half-inning is over!
    Unfortunately, we’ll probably be going through it again shortly.
    Still, I’ll channel Dave — couple of runs each inning and it’s tied!
    C’mon, bats . . . c’mon, Dodgers — win for Vin!

  • This is Maeda on four days rest. He started on Sept. 27. Maybe they need to go back to a week between starts at this time of year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Do you even let Maeda hit?
    The bullpen might as well get work.
    The only reason I can see to keep him in is if they think he needs to work something out.

  • WBBsAs

    This game means very little, but it’s still not any fun.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I can see that reasoning, but I also think it DOES mean a lot.
      The Dodgers haven’t been able to beat the Giants at home (on its way to being 4-16 in two years). They had a chance to knock them out of the playoffs. Not only haven’t they, they haven’t look good at all in these games. (Tho Kersh looked good and Rich after the 1st — even then, it was only 2 runs.)
      Yes, i know anyone can win at any time . . . but don’t you want to knock out a nemesis when you have the chance?

  • RBI

    Such very mixed feelings right now.

  • RBI

    The question is, can we catch the magic of last Sunday in the post-season?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The magic of September.
      To be honest, before August, I didn’t think the Dodgers had a chance vs. the Cubs in the postseason — or any other “winning” team. LA had a winning record but they seemed dysfunctional — if pitching was good, hitting wasn’t.
      After that, there was the feeling that anyone could help at any time, culminating in the great September run.

      • RBI

        Pendulum swings both ways – could swing back our way after this terrible series?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          –and vs. Padres . . . but yes, you’re right.

  • RBI

    Dave moving around the outfield.

  • RBI

    Vinny is so gracious. I should take a page from his book.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He is an inspiring and intimidating role model — soo want to be like him, and realize how far away I am.

      • RBI

        Maybe when and if I make it to 88!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ‘Blue canopy pulled over the stadium’ isn’t Dodger blue . . . but it can be!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Players say they have to be able to forget bad games.
    The Dodgers need team-wide amnesia to prepare for Friday.

  • RBI

    Meanwhile, Nats, who should be limping with all the late injuries, steaming across the finish line.

  • RBI

    Get Span, please?

    • RBI

      Thank you.

  • RBI

    84, just a kid. (Vinny about Maury.)

  • RBI

    I want a huge inning. Not expecting, but hoping.

  • RBI

    A “Kilroy” reference! And Vinnie saying he will root for the Giants in NY against the Mets. Not me.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nor me.
      If not LA, I’m a Cubs fan . . . and the Giants can’t work their postseason magic if they’re out of it.

      • RBI

        Me, too.

      • WBBsAs

        On one level, it would be a shame for the Cubs to dismantle their narrative. On the other hand, the Gnats simply do not deserve to advance any farther than they already have.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice, classy gestures by the Giants for Vin.

  • RBI

    Seager pressing.

  • RBI

    So close, Joc!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Almost got your wish!
      But at least they’re on the board!

      • RBI

        Maybe next inning…but first we need to get out of the fourth cleanly.

  • RBI

    Wet grass kept us from getting the DP.

  • RBI

    Pence worries me this inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bad day for the Cards.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love Vin’s giddiness and his revelation that after 67 years he finally gets to root for his favorite team!

  • RBI

    Jeeze, guys. Make the pitcher work a little bit!

  • RBI

    Does Brandon Crawford use bear grease on his hair? It’s always so, well, greasy.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Gnatcream™.

      • Bob_Hendley

        A little dab a do ya?

        • WBBsAs

          With Crawford, it’s saturation.

  • Economic changes since Vin started in 1950.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I soo want this to be over . . . but because of Vin, I don’t.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WHo’s that “singing”? Nice tribute.

    • Dave Fleming, I think. The radio guys (Jon Miller and Fleming) are to Vin’s right and Krukow/Kuiper the tv guys are to his left. It was the radio guys leading it, and it certainly wasn’t Miller.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks.
        I heard Vin’s nice tribute to them.

      • WBBsAs

        Miller can mimic Vin brilliantly.

        • Yep.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I like listening to Miller the few times I have . . . never for a Giants ‘cast, tho.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Enjoyed him when he used to do the O’s.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    My favorite football team is the Cowboys (yes, i know they’re one of the most hated).
    They’re also playing in SF today and their offense is even worse than the Dodgers — they’re being shutout right now, 14-0.

    • WBBsAs

      I dislike all handeggers equally. By the way, they’re playing in Santa Clara, not SF.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Tomato tomato.

    • Go Niners! They’re my guys anyway, but beating Dallas makes it extra special.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They used to be my team.
        When Joe Montana retired, I thought — for some reason — that it was time to pick another team. Dallas had beaten them that year and they had the classy Landry & Staubach, so i switched . . . and stayed thru the less-classy guys.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Speaking of changing teams, I always said I would be a Dodger fan as long as Vin was with them.
          Not that I’m thinking of changing, but he was always THE Dodger for me.

          • John_from_Aus

            Have always gone for the Cowboys. A friend of mine went over there when I was young and bought me back a random shirt which happened to be a Cowboys one

          • I was a Staubach fan since he went to Annapolis and we were a Navy family, but we lived in Washington and the Cowboys were the enemy, so when he got out and went there I had mixed feelings.

        • Quite a comedown from Landry to Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Jimmy Jones is a loudmouth and a poor GM, in my opinion.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Without a doubt. He said at one point he should fire the GM — we all said Yes, please! PLEASE!

    • Bob_Hendley

      My team is the Raiders so I stopped following football altogether about 20 years ago.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They are really bouncing back lately, especially this year.
        And perhaps bouncing as far away as Vegas — the Nevada Legislature will be called back into session next month to vote on a new stadium, for which the Raiders are pledging $500 million.

      • WBBsAs

        As an Oaklander, I’m hoping the Davis Crime Family decides to move to Vegas. We’re tired of paying extortion money.

    • HLKLA

      I watched that game, and the announcers did a little tribute to Vin going into their half time report.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Neat!
        And neat that the Cowboys came back, so at least one of my teams knew how to beat a SF team.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I usually don’t care what Cards fans feel, but I was hoping the Dodgers would’ve been able to help them out.

  • RBI

    Kiké should have had that. Slow on the throw.

  • RBI

    Over under on Kiké making the roster? I’m thinking no…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I heard Andre’s on it, which wouldn’t bode well for Kike.
      When is it finalized?

      • RBI

        Wondering the same thing.

        • Jon’s guessing and thinks Culberson may have an edge over Kiké.

          • RBI

            Actually Jon says Kiké is on the roster.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Culbertson or another pitcher is what Jon said today.

  • RBI

    Keeping the lefty in.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The bats have been consistent: just three hits in both of the last two games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bottom of 8th, Giants handily leading, no sign of life in Dodger bats = the end is near for Vin. 🙁

    • RBI

      Bad to worse.

  • RBI

    Well, we certainly have the better bullpen…

    • RBI

      The minute I said that…

  • WBBsAs

    I loved the Solomon Torres game, Vin.

  • RBI

    Vin’s being so funny about Pence this game. Pence makes me think of Matthew McConaughey on steroids.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      Alright, alright, alright!

  • RBI

    Darn it! Joc looking banged up by that.

  • RBI

    I can’t wait to be done with these Gnats. Vin or no Vin, I’ve had it with them.

  • RBI

    Let’s at least make their ninth inning pitcher look bad, to remind them that their bullpen stinks.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A loss is a loss, but boy do they sound bad!

    • RBI

      If I were the Nats, I’d be feeling pretty positive right now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully they can shake off this past week, especially the weekend.
        They should probably burn the uniforms.

  • RBI

    Dré!

  • RBI

    Barnes instead of Seager? Huh?

  • RBI

    Span is single handedly killing us.

  • RBI

    Well, one more out to go.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Vin will call two clinchers on consecutive Sundays.
    Unfortunately.

    • WBBsAs

      The first one was fortunate, and the one to remember him by.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Absolutely!

  • RBI

    Not the most auspicious finale.

  • RBI

    That Joc long fly ball could have changed this game, but it was not to be.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dinger in Nats Stadium, so there is that.

      • WBBsAs

        Finger?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Mine slipped.

          • RBI

            What was it supposed to be?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Dinger!

          • RBI

            Ah! Of course!

  • RBI

    Yuck.

  • Bah.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Mets! Let’s go Mets!

    • Yep, although I wonder whether I’d rather face the Mets or the Giants for a best-of-five series.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        First of all, I hope the Cubs beat whoever they face (other than the Dodgers).
        Secondly, get Bochy and the Giants out of the playoffs ASAP, especially in an even-numbered year! . . . they’ve proven they can win now.

        • WBBsAs

          No, they haven’t.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I meant “now” for postseason.
            But now most definitely means this weekend.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That was beautiful from Vin.
    Part of me wanted it live, to hear the emotion — but he probably didn’t want to do it that way, for the same reason.

  • RBI

    Thank you, Vin Scully. Lucky lucky us.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen!

  • WinnipegDave

    I wish the schedule had allowed the Dodgers to play at home for the season finale. We still could have played SF but then Vin would have had the Dodger fans as the last roar of the crowd to go out on.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, but I’m glad they got to celebrate at Dodger Stadium, with Vin taking part in that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think Vin was quite happy to be in the home of his childhood team, which he is now free to root for.

  • HLKLA

    So who,won the guess our record contest?

    • WinnipegDave

      Bob Hendley was right on the nose 91-71. But it’s bittersweet because to beat me out (92-70), he would have had to be rooting for a loss.

      Just kidding Bob. Congrats on your prognosticating skills. We were all pretty close but this ain’t horseshoes or hand grenades – here you need precision.

      • Bob_Hendley

        All honors go to you and Bumsrap, I just split the difference between your two learned guesses.

        • WinnipegDave

          There’s a Vin-esque response if I have ever heard one.

          • John_from_Aus

            Well done, I guessed one less at 90

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