• foul tip

    Link,

    dodgers.com gives start time as 8 ET, 5 PT.

    Also, may have LATd myself:
    ————————-
    Grant with a realistic take about Tuesday and Kershaw.

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2016/10/12/13259748/clayton-kershaw-postseason?_ga=1.246258695.2014194878.1389713399

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I didn’t see the game and I was one of those fans cheering when Dave let him stay. But the point is well made — Kersh’s reputation needs to be weighed with the current evidence . . . and the bullpen reputation needs to be taken into account as well. (Of course, the bullpen’s subsequent execution doesn’t help that case, but we didn’t plan on it happening.)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Starting Lineups

    Dodgers Nationals
    2B Utley (L) CF Turner
    SS Seager (L) RF Harper (L)
    3B Turner LF Werth
    1B Gonzalez (L) 2B Murphy (L)
    RF Reddick (L) 3B Rendon
    CF Pederson (L) 1B Zimmerman
    C Grandal (S) SS Espinosa (S)
    LF Toles (L) C Lobaton (S)
    P Hill (L) P Scherzer

  • Bob_Hendley

    Out the door. Gotta go early as no Metro after the game. Need to drive and find a place to park! At around 11:30 (local time) if the game is going on you will see a mass exodus as fans scurry to make the last train.

    • John_from_Aus

      Have fun!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Bring a Dodger W!

    • WBBsAs

      Why no Metro? Does it stop so early?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Games usually start at 7, so normally no problem. In the past they have made exceptions with the team paying, but they are implementing a maintenance program and won’t make an exception for anything.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          My brother was thinking of going. He said a newspaper headline sums it up: “Sure, take me out to the ballgame. But then how do I get home?”

          As i told him, William Goldman said it best in his book & script for “The Princess Bride” — Inconceivable!

          • WBBsAs

            Taxis are cheap in DC – or at least they were when I lived there.

          • Bob_Hendley

            But not plentiful. Uber making a real difference in DC.

    • WBBsAs

      Many years ago, I drove to a game at Fenway and found a parking place right across the street.

    • HLKLA

      On the night the lights went out, we ended up taking a bus back to Silver Springs, because the non game went so late.

  • Bob_in_Vegas
  • Bob_Hendley

    Crowd seems just a little bit thin. Metro issue I am guessing.

  • John_from_Aus

    are we ready everyone, deep breaths.

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Chase. Start us off well.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Almost

      • WinnipegDave

        Indeed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dusty was quoted as saying he fears JT the most.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least it’s not a 8 or 9 pitch inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      And no K’s for Max.

  • Bumsrap

    Spin us a web Mr. Hill and catch a Nat for dinner.

    • WBBsAs

      But gnot a Gnat.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully Capital Hill.

      • WBBsAs

        Capitol Hill, says the pedant in me.

        • WinnipegDave

          Darn auto-correct ruined my pun. Capitol was what I was going for.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Capitol idea!

  • Bumsrap

    Good thing its not Anderson that got hit on the wrist

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great job, Rich!
    Hope the wrist holds up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    AGon just missed.

    • WBBsAs

      Not that close, nor so hard hit.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well, it backed up Harper half way across the warning track.

        • WBBsAs

          It was a routine play, though.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sure – because he just missed it.

  • WBBsAs

    Reddick goes for ball four.

  • WinnipegDave

    Reddick is supposed to be the x factor but I don’t see it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to have no one on base with Murphy up.

  • Bumsrap

    Well, it was a hard hit ground ball at least

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounding — from radio and you guys — that several of these have been well hit, so hopefully they’ll start going the Blue’s way.

  • WBBsAs

    Time to nibble on some garlic-onion pistachios.

    • Bumsrap

      Never seen those

      • WBBsAs

        Bought in bulk at Berkeley Bowl.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha. No RBI for you Murph.

    • Bumsrap

      Where is RBI

      • WinnipegDave

        Good question.

        • WinnipegDave

          My guess. Nervously lurking. πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    Now a DP would be nice.

  • Bumsrap

    This feels like a playoff game

    • WinnipegDave

      Hahahaha. That’s great!

  • WinnipegDave

    DP back in play.

  • HLKLA

    I am hoping we can break this game open to save our stressed out souls.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not great. Reddick’s throw way up the line.

    • WBBsAs

      It was a bit late, also. Puig woulda nailed him.

      • WinnipegDave

        I think so too.

        • Bumsrap

          Agree and then got Zimmerman at third

          • WinnipegDave

            Seems like Puig is still not appreciated as a starter.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Heck, he would have gotten Murph at third.

          • Bumsrap

            That’s the spirit

        • John_from_Aus

          I suspect Puig would have delivered it to Grandal just as Murphy rounded 3rd base (well sort of)

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s keep it at one here guys.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Asked. Received.

      • WinnipegDave

        I’ll take it.

    • John_from_Aus

      and done

  • Bumsrap

    wow, thanks Ump

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Could’ve been worse.
    C’mon, bats — get it back!

  • HLKLA

    Thank goodness the pitcher came up to bat.

  • John_from_Aus

    lets make this count here

  • WinnipegDave

    Will Hill bat?

    • John_from_Aus

      interesting question

    • Bob_Hendley

      No one up in the pen, so yes.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Sitting right above it.

      • WinnipegDave

        But won’t be around for his second AB I’m thinking.

        • Bob_Hendley

          That’s the attitude!

  • Bumsrap

    7, 8, 9 down on 6 pitches although Toles hit it hard

    • WinnipegDave

      Hit it hard and ran fast but couldn’t stop it from being a DP. Hit it too hard I guess.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a clean inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Broken bat and gets a hit. Classic Dodger non luck in the playoffs.

  • Bumsrap

    Honey on the phone

    • Bob_Hendley

      Blanton up

  • WinnipegDave

    Big k of Werth there!

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t give Murphy anything here.

    • WBBsAs

      Walk him.

    • Bumsrap

      Gave him a walk.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill out. Blanton in. Urias on deck.

  • Bumsrap

    Hill out. I was wondering why they would walk a lefty batter even Murphy to get to a righty bat and now we know why.

  • Bumsrap

    Hopefully Hill makes a big contribution in the next series.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hope that next series is not in April.

      • Bumsrap

        If it is, doubt that it would be with the Dodgers

        • WBBsAs

          Could be, but it’s a tough call.

    • John_from_Aus

      and hopefully that is this year

  • WBBsAs

    I’m surprised to see Hill pulled so early, even in these circumstances.

  • HLKLA

    Tight rope walk continues.

  • WinnipegDave

    Got out of it well. Hopefully Urias can go 3 plus and the Dodgers can score about 12 runs…

    • John_from_Aus

      phew, hopefully 12, but I’m finding it hard to see where our first run is coming from

      • Bumsrap

        Hopefully Utley will give you a quick answer

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah I hear you. It’s tough sledding out there.

  • WinnipegDave

    The ump is in love with Max apparently.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer benefiting from big strike zone.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope this AB turns the tide for LA.

  • John_from_Aus

    stand and applaud

    • WinnipegDave

      Then stand and deliver. AGon that is.

      • John_from_Aus

        someone needs to deliver

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh AGon. That was not helpful.

  • HLKLA

    Well, as moral victories go, he threw a lot of pitches that inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer needs to find his gopher ball again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joe still in.

    • WinnipegDave

      Which I like. Don’t want to burn through pitchers too quickly.

      • John_from_Aus

        I agree

  • Bumsrap

    have the Dodgers got a hit yet?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. 2 walks.

    • John_from_Aus

      not allowed to say πŸ™‚

      • Bumsrap

        I thought that was Jon’s thing only

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. 2 walks only.

  • Bumsrap

    Is Scherzer throwing a no-hitter?

    • John_from_Aus

      not allowed to say that either πŸ™‚

    • HLKLA

      Let ‘s just say Scherzer is throwing an interesting game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great inning from Joe.

  • RBI

    Nice inning for Blanton.

    • WinnipegDave

      RBI! You are here!

      • RBI

        My big sister is here. We leave for the Desert Concert tomorrow morning (featuring my first Nobel prize winning musician live). Let’s win this game to make it a happy drive.

        • WinnipegDave

          Bob Dylan!

  • WinnipegDave

    We are still in this but need to get a few runners on.

  • RBI

    Let’s get the first hit out of the way, please.

  • RBI

    Exercising, to aid with digestion.

    • WinnipegDave

      “Welcome back to the fight.”

  • WinnipegDave

    Reddick – do something good here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank you!

  • Bumsrap

    There we go. Turner gets an assist

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc let’s do this!

    • Bumsrap

      YES

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe something happening now!!

  • Bumsrap

    I was trying to tell Joc a change up was coming but he already knew it

  • WinnipegDave

    Yas-man. Let’s keep this rolling.

  • HLKLA

    Maybe we wore him out last inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep it going Toles!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal having a terrible series.

  • WinnipegDave

    Whoa that was close.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go RBI!

  • WinnipegDave

    I would take a walk, passed ball/wild pitch, sac fly or a HIT!

    • WBBsAs

      HBP, balk…

      • WinnipegDave

        Error.

  • RBI

    Arggghhh!!!!

  • RBI

    Bases loaded curse. Utley needs to do it here.

  • RBI

    Horrible.

  • WinnipegDave

    No worries. Next inning we strike.
    And strike hard.

    • HLKLA

      Is that when we will score our dirty dozen?

      • Bumsrap

        Bakers dozen

  • Bumsrap

    What the young guys giveth the old guys take away

  • HLKLA

    Well, that did not end well. At least the games is no longer interesting.

    • Bumsrap

      True but now we get Urias

      • Bob_Hendley

        They get Urias.

        • Bumsrap

          So far so good

          • Bob_Hendley

            You have an issue with Urias?

          • Bumsrap

            I love him

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe Puig can get in this game too.

  • Bumsrap

    This is a good umpire for Urias who seems to get pinched a lot.

  • WinnipegDave

    Geez. Can nothing go right tonight?

    • Bob_Hendley

      At only 1-0, still within striking distance despite all.

      • WinnipegDave

        I was talking about Urias funny landing on fielding the ground ball.

  • Bumsrap

    WOW

    • WinnipegDave

      What did I miss?

      • WBBsAs

        Julito picked off Harper.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks.

  • HLKLA

    Didn’t he lead the league in pick offs?

  • WinnipegDave

    AGon parachutes one into centerfield.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK. Next next inning we score.

  • In DC. No cable tv. Why Hill early exit?

    • WBBsAs

      Tough situation v. RendΓ³n, who struck out v. Blanton.

      • Tks

        • Bumsrap

          Hill didn’t do all that well

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hey Link!

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Reddick. Easy there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonder how long Dave goes with Urias. I’m not complaining or suggesting anything – just legit curious.

    • WBBsAs

      Until his spot in the order comes up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hahahaha. He was out by soooo much.

    • WBBsAs

      Toles almost could have taken it himself.

      • WinnipegDave

        I thought for sure Werth would hold up at 3rd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice throw Toles. Nice play Seager.

    • Bumsrap

      Good speed and hustle to cut off the ball before it got to the fence and then made a strong accurate throw.

  • Called frt desk, and cable now okay. Good thro home!!

    • WinnipegDave

      I said it too RBI and I’ll say it to you too. “Welcome back to the fight.”

  • John_from_Aus

    9 outs for us to do something

  • Yahoo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! Another bullpen shot.

  • WinnipegDave

    JOC!!

  • John_from_Aus

    JOC

    • Bumsrap

      Too bad he didn’t enjoy it

      • John_from_Aus

        what do you mean?

        • WinnipegDave

          Sarcasm!

          • Bumsrap

            Thanks Dave, Joc might be hoarse tomorrow

          • John_from_Aus

            I thought you may of meant he injured himself as he swung or something like that

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc ran a bit harder out of the box this time. Although he did toss his bat away as if he hit it out.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer finally locates his gopher ball!

    • WinnipegDave

      Now it’s pen vs pen.

  • John_from_Aus

    and somehow we are in this game, finally

  • RBI

    Joc!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go back to back!!

    • HLKLA

      A 4+1 would be okay as well

  • John_from_Aus

    unfortunately I have class in 5 minutes (but I will peek at the score when I can)

    • WinnipegDave

      Give them an assignment to keep them busy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hmm not sure I would pull Toles for Howie. I get the batting matchup. It’s the fielding loss that I worry about.

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s our broken bat hit.

  • Cross fingers

  • John_from_Aus

    keep it going, keep it going

  • WinnipegDave

    We are pushing this rally to the max with all these switches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now hit a double Charlie.

  • Drat

  • John_from_Aus

    really

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – can’t even bunt with RISP.

  • Bob, phone is 979-4400 room 110 if you want to meet tomorrow.

  • WBBsAs

    People are saying…Kershaw could have bunted successfully.

  • Bob_Hendley

    “Metro sucks” chanting has begun.

  • Yeehaw

  • Bumsrap

    Might Barnes stay in the game?

    • Bumsrap

      Its Kendrick or Barnes in left isn’t it?

      • Puig wasn’t announced.

        • Bumsrap

          Could go extra innings and Dodgers need a backup catcher don’t they?

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh YES!!

  • HLKLA

    A lead!

    • Bumsrap

      A long inning

      • WinnipegDave

        That 11:30 Metro is coming fast!

        • Bumsrap

          I think I hear a train whistle in the distance

  • WinnipegDave

    Could use one more big hit right here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank you.

  • Oh my!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin is my hero!

    • Bumsrap

      You could have reached over and caught a souvenir

      • Bob_Hendley

        No. wanted to stay away from ground rule double.

  • RBI

    JT!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodger dugout – they are killing each other down there – out of pure excitement.

    • RBI

      Joc slugging Dave Roberts.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hahahaha. Who gets the belt tonight I wonder if the Dodgers finish this up?

  • WBBsAs

    I think I’ll top up my glass of Malbec.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess this makes it easier for the crowd to leave…

  • John_from_Aus

    this is great (now back to my class) πŸ™‚

  • HLKLA

    Baker maybe pulled Scherzer too early?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Too late, no?

      • WinnipegDave

        OK I’ll play Goldilocks with you guys and say – just right!

  • RBI

    Sorry about the Kelley injury, though.

  • WinnipegDave

    True or false: historically, beating Washington in the NLDS leads to a World Series Championship?

    • WBBsAs

      Well, beating the Expos does.

      • WinnipegDave

        Saw an Expo cap in the crowd. It made me feel nostalgic

    • RBI

      I can’t even begin to go there.

      • WinnipegDave

        I retract the question then.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s the middle of the seventh, and time to mute GBA.

  • No!

  • Drat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy..

  • RBI

    No!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be great if we won 4-3 again. He says at this point.

  • John_from_Aus

    can Kenley just get all of the remaining outs?

  • It’s never easy for this team.

    • Bumsrap

      Decade after decade

  • WinnipegDave

    No wonder “experts” had trouble predicting this series.

  • WinnipegDave

    Who’s in next? Baez?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kenley

      • WinnipegDave

        Really? Cool.

      • Bumsrap

        Have to get out of the 7th before worrying about the 9th. I like it.

    • Bumsrap

      It’s pushing 11:30 in New Hampshire so I hope not

  • WinnipegDave

    Roberts now matches Francona in use of bullpen.

  • Typing with a stylus is slow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still looks like a big crowd. Metro be darned.

    • Bob_Hendley

      After game may be a real disaster. Normally about a third of the crowd takes Metro

      • Bumsrap

        Are you taking the Metro Bob?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha!

  • Argh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a DP.

  • Bumsrap

    Dodgers overdue for a DP

  • Scary location.

  • WBBsAs

    Absolutely agonizing.

  • Jack Dawkins

    I picked the wrong week to give up smoking…..

  • WinnipegDave

    TRUE! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ — one more!

  • RBI

    I’m dying. Can’t watch. Tell me what happens.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ve always thought Rendon looked like the happier, nicer version of Angel Pagan.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 more strike KJ.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was working and out of touch for 2 hours.
    LA was losing 1-0, then I was pleasantly surprised to see the 4-run outburst, then the bottom of the 7th. Maybe I should leave the game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Bye Bob. πŸ™‚

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!
        I’ll take my dog out for a “walk” — last postseason that boded well for LA.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh yeah! I recall that now.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Better get him out now instead of responding!

    • RBI

      No. We need you.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m stuck.
        I may be superstitious (why risk the lives of everyone on the plane by me NOT touching the exterior before I board?) but I really don’t believe in magical thinking.

        • WinnipegDave

          Uhh – you give the plane a pat before boarding? I do that too! And a thank you pat on the way out out as well. So far it’s still an even number!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6 more outs . . . let’s get more runs!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew!!

  • WinnipegDave

    It hurts leaving the bases loaded, hey Nats?!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I got caught up a little with the 14 texts my brother sent me . . . I’m glad I wasn’t there for that offensive frustration.

  • Sacks juiced, the other team fails. Phew indeed.

  • RBI

    Putting it all out there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Putting all them out there. Another pitching change.

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ batting again this series.

  • RBI

    Jansen bunting is pretty funny.

  • RBI

    Crazy shuffling of all the puzzle pieces.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dodgers may need Stripling before all is said and done.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Roster changes for next round, so no reason to save him.

        • WinnipegDave

          Indeed.

    • Bumsrap

      It’s like a September expanded roster game

  • RBI

    Get your revenge, Charlie!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Charlie!

  • LOB again. Scary.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not counting outs. Not counting outs.

    • Of course not.

      • WinnipegDave

        Could use a few quick ones here though.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No one on the pen warming, in case you were wondering.

    • Bumsrap

      Interesting

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks for the intel.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like Toronto wrapped up their DS about a month ago.

  • Jack Dawkins

    T he 3 longest outs left to go!

  • Now, runs!

  • John_from_Aus

    still going (school is now over for the day!)

  • WinnipegDave

    Does KJ pitch bottom of the 9th?

    • John_from_Aus

      why not, all or nothing

      • Bob_Hendley

        Klayton

        • WinnipegDave

          Sure. Why not.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ahhhhhhh!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kershaw walking out here.

    • Bumsrap

      What?

      • Bob_Hendley

        And warming.

    • John_from_Aus

      to pitch? πŸ™‚

  • WBBsAs

    Clayton is getting loose.

  • Harper 2_20 against Clayton.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe by the time the WS rolls around KJ will start the game and Kershaw will pitch innings 3-9.

  • Bumsrap

    Oh my, here we go!!

  • Turner. Harper. Werth.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baker on Game 5: At least we won’t face Kershaw.
    Wrong!

  • John_from_Aus

    fairly intense bullpen session

    • WinnipegDave

      Just a little throwing on the side between starts.

  • Bumsrap

    What’s up RBI?

    • RBI

      I’m losing my mind, thanks.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! This is were all that meditation training pays off!!

        • RBI

          Would it were so.

        • RBI

          I’m okay at letting go afterwards, but during? Nuh-uh.

  • RBI

    Give him that strike, Ump! You have a bunch to Scherzer!

  • John_from_Aus

    one

  • WinnipegDave

    Caught Turner trying to steal first!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wasn’t sure about Kersh coming in, but less sure about KJ staying . . . he’s proven me wrong with the 1st out — make me a fool, Kenley!

    • WinnipegDave

      A fool for love.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Hes losign control now. I think he is at the end, but still at 95, so who knows.

    • WinnipegDave

      And missing low at least.

      • RBI

        Kenley’s out of steam.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      4-pitch walk doesn’t bode well

    • John_from_Aus

      i’m losing control, just waiting here without a TV

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Staying with Jansen???!!!!

  • Oh man..

  • RBI

    Not good to leave him in.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m with you.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kershaw will pitch to Murph, if it comes to that.

  • Maybe Kershaw isn’t warm.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He is warm.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We all are . .. or shivering with nerves.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ten feet away from me.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Same seats as last time?

  • RBI

    If ever we needed a double play.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m with you again. (So to speak. πŸ™‚ Is your husband a full-fledged fan now?)

  • WinnipegDave

    Didn’t mind the crowd chanting “Let’s go Harper”. But put me in mind of Stephen Harper.

    • WBBsAs

      At least it’s not Rob Ford.

    • Hiss.

  • John_from_Aus

    Double play, please

  • Jack Dawkins

    Kershaw will come in for Murphey regardless at this point

  • WinnipegDave

    Trade an out for Harper on 2nd?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      yes

      • RBI

        Definitely.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or pop up.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Out (no runs)

      • John_from_Aus

        anything

  • WinnipegDave

    1 more strike KJ.

  • RBI

    Out. Of. Gas.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Soo many runs “given away” — runners on by BB or HBP . . . hope there aren’t anymore from the Dodgers!

  • John_from_Aus

    surely done now

    • RBI

      Yes.

  • Not what Kershaw is used to. Scared.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      KJ went a bridge too far.

    • John_from_Aus

      I’m beyond scared

  • WBBsAs

    When was Kenley’s last hold?

  • WinnipegDave

    Shades of Hershiser in 88 coming in, in the 12th inning of the NLCS.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thought of that as well — what a season for him!

  • RBI

    I don’t think I can bear this.

  • WinnipegDave

    So I guess this means no Kershaw for Game 1 of the NLCS…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Better that than no NLCS.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just throwing between starts, no?

  • Jack Dawkins

    Can you imagine Vin describing this?

    • RBI

      Might be able to listen if he was.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        How’re you following it?

        • RBI

          Gameday and husband calling upstairs, where I am pacing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 down!
    And Murph out of the way!

    • WinnipegDave

      Spoiler!!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Oops!
        (But not really apologizing)

        • John_from_Aus

          be a spoiler if it is good news for the third out

  • RBI

    Another first ball was a strike.

  • Jack Dawkins

    I like our chances now

  • Peeking btwn fingers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      see above

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — one more!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back in my day in Hawaii, we didn’t get the baseball games until two weeks after they were played (Game of the Week)

    • John_from_Aus

      I got scores only in the paper the next day and we only ever had the world series on TV

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more strike, Kersh . . . one more!

  • WinnipegDave

    Willem Dafoe up?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Get the K, Get the K . . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    finish him with a big curve

  • RBI

    One more, please please please.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is fun.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s agony.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The President is a masochist?

      • WinnipegDave

        If it was the WS or even the NLCS I wouldn’t have said it. (Too nervous then). But come on, Kersh going in for the save in the NLDS? SO FUN!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          It is . . . NOW.
          But besides the outcome for the Dodgers, I want Kersh’s playoff legacy to be better than it is . . . and I was afraid what would’ve happened had he not come through.

          • RBI

            Me, too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!!!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “My kind of town, Chicago is . . . “

  • John_from_Aus

    curveball magic!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No matter what happens, this is great . . . and playoff redemption for Kersh!

  • Yabba dabba do!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Clayton Kershaw did!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seriously – who gets the championship belt tonight?

  • John_from_Aus

    yeeeha

  • Jack Dawkins

    This is as good a game as when Orel saved the game in NY

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We get to hear Vinny for at least 4 more games . . . on the commercials at least.

  • John_from_Aus

    Urias gets the win

    • WinnipegDave

      Sweet!

  • WinnipegDave

    Count down those exclamation marks RBI!

    • RBI

      I hope I got it right. Let me know. Best out of seven, twice, right?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yep.
        How nice to have that worry!

      • WinnipegDave

        Perfection.

  • Bumsrap

    Found the magic strategy; instead of trying to save a game for Kershaw, have Kershaw save the game for someone else.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember the end of Vin’s perfect game call for Sandy? Something about appropriate that “K” means strikeout and so does the -oufax.

    Same with K-ershaw

    • WinnipegDave

      So true!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who’dve thunk when Kersh went out that
    a) the Dodgers would be playing in the DS, and
    b) the clincher was saved by that very same bad-back ace?

    • WinnipegDave

      Justin Turner?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yeah, I loved that essay.
        And he’s a huge reason why all of it is true.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • WinnipegDave

      There it is! 8!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I wonder if Metro carried the game broadcast?

    • The plane didn’t. I saw Elway make The Drive against the Browns on a plane waiting to take off from Hnl, but not tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Crowd seems resigned and exhausted.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But not you!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Are you wearing Dodger paraphernalia?

        • Bob_Hendley

          For sure. Very few of us here.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nope, but quiet in my elation!

    • WinnipegDave

      I do feel for the Washington fans. They have not had much baseball playoff fun to cheer about.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I usually feel for the fans of the losing team, even if I was rooting for the winner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • RBI

    I’m exhausted, too, but elated-exhausted!

  • 1:00 am in DC. At least I’m sitting on a bed, unlike Bob.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Just got home Link.

  • John_from_Aus

    I will sleep well tonight, at least it is only 4pm here, so I have several hours to calm down

  • John_from_Aus

    on to Chicago we go

  • John_from_Aus

    sleep well everyone, see you all soon

    • WinnipegDave

      Peace out!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      G’day — it certainly was!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1st game of NLCS — Oct. 15 . . . 28 years after the 1st game of the last WS (and championship) for LA . . . hmm, maybe I should lay a bet

  • Goodnight, all!

  • tnrc75

    Woohoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey seems to be a lock on Rookie of the Year.
    Dave should definitely be Manager of the Year.
    I know it doesn’t work within the same season, but Comeback Player of the Year should be Kershaw!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I realized that the only thing that could’ve made this sweeter for Kersh would have been having AJ catching him in the 9th.
    Then I read a quick recap of the 7th inning . . . impressed that Ruiz came up with another key PH.
    Who’s to say what would’ve happened without Ruiz, but the FO has provided the players in this “complete team” (believe those are Kersh’s words).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can barely make myself out this time, but on Joc’s dinger I am right above the 10:36 sign.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The last time Kershaw got a save was as an 18 year old in rookie league in 2006. His catcher was Kenley Jansen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s soo cool — not the least being they’re both home grown.
      Do you have to work Friday, Bob?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nope, but will try to link up with Link in the morning.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          How neat.
          Perhaps he can post a photo of the summit.

  • HLKLA

    Hey, good morning. When I called it a night, we were up 4-1, so glad to see we hung on for the W. Chicago is going to be a tough opponent, especially with our discombobulated
    pitching situation.

    • HLKLA

      One of my neighbors has one of those crazy W flags that he puts out when the Cubs win. I am hoping that, at the max, he only can fly it three more times. hopefully less.

  • Bumsrap

    Too early, didn’t sleep well, but still a great morning after.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just rolling out of bed. What a glorious morning! Spoke to Link, who is jet laggy.

      • But now well-fed, with rental car and GPS system. Waiting for Bob to meet me for coffee.

        • HLKLA

          Enjoy yourselves.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          An Elysian Fields East-West, Harmonic Convergence . . . and what a time for it!

    • WBBsAs

      I woke up several times, but it was never disturbing or uncomfortable.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Amazing amount of electricity in the stands around the pen when Klayton started to warm up, with fans swarming to the rails.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfad8831e41fda14e66dd65c78ab2163d25cb638ccc766915fbfdbed1e901417.jpg

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bob, did you get a feeling they were afraid of the Nats having to face Kersh?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Suppose, but got the feeling that they were just enthralled to see him. He is obviously the top pitcher on paper, but very impressive in the flesh. It was like an Elvis sighting.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Nice.
          But couldn’t be Elvis — he’s in some hotel here in Vegas.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dusty about the loss — https://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/dusty-baker-dodgers-game-5-loss/328088

    Totally agree with Brown’s comment — other than risking the long-term help, needed to literally throw everyone to advance to the next level, then worry about that when it comes.

    Besides, what about starting the 4 rookie pitchers in a row — and didn’t they all get the Ws? This has been a year of improvisation. And what are the two rules of improv? “Yes. And — ”
    Yes, the Dodgers advance . . .. AND we can’t wait to see what happens next.

    • WBBsAs

      It not something that’s sustainable, Dusty, but regular season strategy is different.

  • RBI

    Reading up on last night’s game is highly enjoyable, and ALOT less stressful. Mama very happy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m giving myself a full day without stress (that’s the plan, anyway).
      I truly hope that I hang on to what an accomplishment this is, regardless of what happens in the next week. For the team . . . and for Kershaw, what a night!

  • HLKLA

    I am anxious to see who gets added to the roster for the NLCS and who does not go on. I am pretty sure we will add a pitcher.

  • WBBsAs
  • Hotel has business center. Will post game thread tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Enjoy the break.
      This will allow a possible record-breaking number of posts on this one.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Vin calls Jimmy Kimmel’s HR
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsKNRFGqVV8
    Anyone have a link to all of Vin’s visit?

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I don’t think that’s a good move — only two days rest from last night, which was with only one day rest from a regular+ game(110 pitches)?!!!

      • WBBsAs

        Yesterday was his usual throwing day, though.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I don’t know what that regimen normally entails, but it’s usually not a game situation — if it’s the same # of throws (including warmups), same intensity, and from the mound, that makes me feel a little better.
          This is best of 7, not 5. If he DOES pitch Sunday, that would mean 3 starts and a relief appearance in 10 days . . . AFTER being out with the back problem for more than 2 months.
          My bottom line is I would trade an extra start for Kersh in this series if there’s any question at all about it affecting his health . . . I want to be rooting for him for many more years to come.

          • John_from_Aus

            I think they will be careful with him and monitor him very closely

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I wrote a response and THOUGHT it posted, but it’s MIA.
          Bottom line: I don’t want to trade an extra start in this series for future health . . . I’m looking forward to enjoying Kersh for many, many years.
          I’m sure (hope) the Front Office feels the same way.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes, happy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t want to be hanging here at 499, so here’s post #500.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Indians beat Blue Jays, 1-0.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice story about Kersh’s redemption mirroring the Bulldog in ’88: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/206095822/clayton-kershaw-save-postseason-moment-dodgers