Dodgers at Nationals, 10:00AM PT, TV: FS1
After a rainout the NLDS series between the Dodgers and Nationals resumes with the Dodgers up one game to none. The starters will be the same as were scheduled for Saturday’s game before the rains came: LHP Rich Hill for the Dodgers and RHP Tanner Roark for the Nats. See the previous post for further details about their respective seasons.
ALDS Game Three, Indians at Red Sox, 1:00PM PT, TV: TBS
The Series moves to Fenway Park in Boston for Game Three with the Red Sox down two games to none. The Indians start RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40 ERA), who had a horrid August (11.48 ERA) and then filled in admirably as two starters went down with injuries in September, posting a 1.40 ERA in the last month of the season. He’ll face RHP Clay Bucholz, who had a weird year himself. In his first 18 appearances he put up a 5.91 ERA and was temporarily moved to the bullpen. He came back strong in his last six starts, going at least six innings and giving up two runs or fewer in five of them.
ALDS Game Three, Rangers at Blue Jays, 4:30PM PT, TV: TBS
This Series moves to Rogers Center (formerly Skydome) in Toronto with the home team up two games to none. The Rangers send RHP Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.71 ERA) to the hill to face the Jays’ RHP Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00 ERA). Lewis has made nine postseason appearances, eight of them starts, and put up a 2.38 ERA in those games while going 4-1. He didn’t do well in the last half of the season, though: he lost three months with a strained right lat muscle and went 0-4 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts after rejoining the rotation on Sept. 11. This was Sanchez’s first year as a starter and it was spectacular. He finished strongly, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three outings. He made nine relief appearances in last year’s playoffs and didn’t allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings.
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Long day yesterday. Actually long weekend with Friday night game, going to the park on Sat before the game was called and then yesterday sitting among the rabid fans rooting against my Dodgers.
NPUT 11:15AM PT.
Indians – Sox postponed, in case you missed it. Next game today Jays – Rangers. Jays win, Series over.
Series over. Jays win in the bottom of the 10th. I do not care for the Jays.
Not gonna be a fun plane ride thinking about the bases-juiced opportunities that were lost.
Better than yesterday’s Gnatflight, though.
Silver Lining Dept.: at least they had those opportunities.
But totally agree.
I was ready for this one to end a long time ago.
It did end for the bats a long time ago.
They haven’t scored after the third inning in either game.
Time to head to LA.
One more strike to go…
Strikes restart after a homerun
Gonzo not at his best today.
Veterans, Agon, Kendrick, Utley, not carrying the team.
Chase DID get a clutch hit/RBI yesterday.
No one is stepping up to carry but several helped yesterday.
Foul ball ended up two seat from me.
Good way for someone to spill your beer chasing after it.
Four outs left to make magic.
Perez not their best lefty at least.
2 for 3 now. That’s a bit trickier.
Offense, this game is getting out of hand and you can’t ask the bullpen to save you every day. Do your part!
Sure hope one of the Dodgers can do what Murphy has done vs. them these last two years.
Toles would have maybe got Werth out at home there.
Not in the game anymore.
My point exactly.
Howie just missing driving in a couple of runs. Gimme a break.
I did give Howie credit for throwing out the other runner at home.
After he called off Seager to catch it.
For every step Kendrick took after gloving the ball and throwing it, Werth was also and he was safe by those many steps.
Exercising off my anxiety. That’s mine.
Kinda quiet in here. I was chopping celery and onions–that’s my excuse.
I was polishing my shoes.
I was polishing off a beer.
Putting up Halloween decorations.
Getting ready to go back to school after the holidays
First liar never has a chance do they?
Oops. I did the Sunday afternoon lying on the couch trick of falling asleep.
It’s that kind of game, unfortunately — might as well get something productive out of it.
3 to get at least 2.
Innngs and runs, that is.
Plenty of time/outs
It can happen.
Heisy keeps fouling them off his bat as he tries not to swing at pitches clearly out of the zone.
The Nats are hitting so much better this game. Zimmerman, for example.
Aren’t we tied with 7 hits?
Only one clutch.
But the only difference is their home run was preceded by a walk and a hit batter. Ours was a solo hr.
I meant the hit with RISP.
That hit for them counts as clutch because of the same situation and they had another hit with RISP.
Should’ve said “in the clutch.”
Yes, but we have left 11, Nats, 5. (Maybe 6 now?) Not as effective with ours.
He had 2 hits as well on Friday.
Well, Trea, then.
Hope this doesn’t turn out to be a “one-swing-of-the-bat” loss. (Meanwhile, we’ve left 11 on now.)
I just joined in as I got a late start and have been watching on tape until I could catch up. Haven’t caught up with all of the comments yet so this might have been said already. Hill was never the same after he ran the bases.
Hill also started the 4th as if he just realized that he had a lead in an important playoff game and lost his confidence. Is this Hill’s first playoff game?
Didn’t realize that. Thanks..
Oh Gonzo. Your power is all but gone isn’t it.
Ball sure isn’t jumping off his bat is it?
More like A-drain Gonzalez lately.
Oh dear. Sadly.
I had a real good feeling about today’s game. It is starting to dissipate.
We will have to win it late I guess.
Not a lot of bench left to help win it late.
By the way, I thought I had read that Turner was caught stealing. That triggered my “dissipate” comment. I am following the game on my computer.
You were already miffed when we were ahead by 2 as I recall.
It was a waste-not, want-not feeling then, which someone else posted, that has only increased. Still, we have three more chances.
Let’s go Seager!
Well Kendrick created the opportunity for that DP. Don’t think they would have tried to score on Toles arm.
Good point, though hard to imagine holding Harper.
Okay, bats — get on and come on home . . . we’ll leave a light on for you.
Really odd — from the radio, didn’t hear the crowd getting excited with the runner trying to score on the fly. But I could definitely hear them when things go badly for LA.
DP, just a batter late.
Wow — not the DP I was thinking of!
They challenged Howie, and lost the challenge, happily.
Still just two runs down and we’re in their bullpen too. Not over yet.
Nice line, if they can get out of this without further harm.
All occurred after Rich get on base and stayed there.
Way too many RISP left on base for us. This is on the offense, not Rich Hill.
Agree, but he didn’t help — walking and hitting two of the three who scored on the HR.
The real problem was giving up the home run to the back up catcher.
Dodger #1 and #2 pitchers can’t make it to the 6th inning and give up (at least) 7 runs between them . . . lucky there’s 1 W up there.
And enough runs yesterday.
4 runs is about the average scored by teams in the NL, so nothing extraordinary in that luck-wise.
So you are saying we should tie this one up.
If only by the law of averages!
Bad luck they’re only half of average today.
Given the line drives that were caught, I would say so.
Murpheys line drive not right at a fielder, Kendricks line drive a laser to Werth. Such is baseball.
That was a strike.
Get the K or Double Play!
Take note, LA bats.
Frustrating because he had a strike the last pitch to Murphy.
Didn’t see — any of this.
There’s one . . . now DP!
About to post the same thing before I saw your post.
I feel like this is the crucial inning for us. If we keep them from scoring, swings back to us. If not…
This can get really ugly.
Just too fast.
Would be nice if LA could add a running game — just one more dimension.
Another plus for Toles over Kendrick.
Davy Lopes is going to want a steal here.
Grandal can still make a positive impact.
Trea Turner on again.
IMHO: too early in the game to pull Pederson and Toles.
One maybe not – but both? Yeah I think I agree with you.
Behind with the bases loaded why would you do it halfway?
Because I like Toles better at bat and in the outfield.
Good opportunity just didn’t happen. They got at bats that counted. Need to strike when you can. It’s not as if they are late inning defensive replacements.
Great hit, but at Werth.
No worries friends. We still have this.
I hope so.
Well Doc tried to make it happen.
The “no-hitting with RISP” bats, except for Josh.
Damn……line drive, just right at werth.
Phooey phooey phooey!
3-0. Does he swing?
I’ll take a walk from you Howie.
Go Howie, go!
Anything but that, Grandal.
DP woulda been worse.
Right. Just realized that.
Better than a DP actually
Bases loaded……we have to do something with it once.
Just a single would be nice.
Would love a Grandal salami.
Puig shows patience.
So good to see.
Wow, pitch was way outside.
Almost threw it to the backstop.
I mean rather early in the game.
Good eye Puig
Good patience, Yasiel!
I would be so much more of a wreck if we’d dropped the first game. As it is, I still like our chances.
We got the split at least. This would be gravy.
Kinda like scoring this inning.
I like the Dusty/DR duel here. The Veteran versus the Rookie.
Reddick found a hole. Here come the lefties…
And a lefty reliever I would guess.
But with Grandal able to swing from the other side.
I’ve been putting up my Halloween decorations outside . . . that half inning is about as scary as I want to get!
Nats warming up the lefties.
Weakest batter in the order does the damage.
The HR was bad enough, but the two runners were put on by Hill.
AGon is still due…
Great start to a good reply.
JT saying, not so fast.
They just got their Culberson moment, though not a walk off, thankfully.
I hope those two bases-loaded situations don’t haunt us.
We so have this still.
Hanging curve ball treated accordingly.
That was hit hard.
Hate those no out walks. Wow, thought that next hit might be gone!
No one’s letting Joc catch anything out there!
Think the wind knocked it down a bit.
Waste not, want not . . .
Worse — I hope it doesn’t affect Hill’s great performance.
But better than being down 2-0 and getting runners on but not scoring.
Nine of our first 18 batters have reached base by hit, walk or hit batter.
Seems like a good thing.
Why couldn’t that happen with the bases loaded?! Ha.
For his career Hill has a 9.08 strikeout per nine innings average. I didn’t realize he was that much of a strikeout pitcher.
Hammered, but foul.
7 Ks in three innings? Wow.
Oh yeah! K’s Harper and Worth!
One heck of a curve ball there.
Rather keep Trea off the bases.
Yeah. I’d like to see his base=stealing skills against the Braves or somebody. In July.
So let’s see how fast the kid is. He supposedly is a stealing machine.
Hard to be miffed when we’re up, 2-0, but I am.
I’m sure the Nats fans feel at least as miffed.
Always better to be 4 up, then we can give up 3 runs as in the first game and still win.
We keep knocking…
And slip in the side door before they remember to close it as well.
I would have liked to see Toles with the bags full.
Well, at least we got one more.
Remember when LA had that terrible stretch of getting nothing with bases loaded?
Like 20 minutes ago? Jk
Unfortunately, true. 🙁
Please, break it open early.
60th pitch for Roark.
Grandal with the chance to be a big big hero here.
From your keyboard . . .
Thought they had him dead to rights, whew!
Ball came out of the mitt, otherwise, yes indeed.
Let’s go Toles!
Sorry – thought he was up next.
Turner booked it.
AGon is due.
I will double down: Reddick is due.
Keep it going for LA, Scoop — then double down in Vegas!
Yes! Another BB.
Seager first Dodger rookie to hit post-season homer since Gilliam in 1953, if I heard the announcer correctly. Gilliam was Rookie of the Year that season.
Bob: Where are you sitting?
About a third of the way up the foul line between first and the outfield wall about ten rows up.
Just beyond first base then?
Yep about 50 feet
Are you a tiny blue speck, then?
Saved by the old sesame street DP! 1-2-3!
Sounds like Rich was quick thinking on that to make it two..
Great play. Even with a fumble, he knew what to do and executed it well.
Just. Like. That.
Ask and receive!
DP! DP! DP!
What she said! What she said!
Gonna need it. Bases loaded.
This is what I was worried about. Dodgers let the crowd back in with that last inning.
Crowd is mostly confined to the stands and not actually playing.
Okay, Bob. I’ll cease posting without considering…
The crowd here is into just about everything. Like when Roark actually throws a strike they go wild.
What’s the weather like?
Sunny and not very breezy at field level.
Sounds good for October.
Post away as will I.
Dodgers increase pitch count and turned over the line up. Those are good things.
Are you going for Dave’s job as president of the Optimists Club? 🙂
Bob is the most positive realist here!
I am sitting by my lonely in the midst of a rabid fandom.
Hopefully you’ll be the happy one after the last out.
At least one of my high school classmates is there with you as a member of that fandom. Stand up and yell “Hey, Greenstreet!” and see if he responds. 😉
The crowd means nothing.
I hope that doesn’t swing the pendulum too far the other way.
Hill coming from the AL hurt chances for a bunt, I’m sure.
Utley just isn’t seeing the ball well at all right now.
He struggles against Roark.
Plus his shaky play in the field on Friday — wonder if something’s up. It shouldn’t be nerves — he’s been here many more times than Corey.
Of course, he DID get an RBI Friday.
He lives for this stuff.
Sounds like a movie tag line.
Didn’t look like it hit him.
Utley gets a chance.
Utley needs to do something good here.
No attempt to bunt. Interesting.
Hill’s swing is more of a flail.
Its like the bat hurts his hands.
He’s the new Jon Lester.
Nice play Toles. Floppy jersey ggets it by the ball.
This is when Post Season experience helps.
Meaning Tanner doesn’t have it.
Oh. I assumed he did. Am I wrong?
One game, one start, three innings, six hits, three runs, one loss. In 2007 for the Cubs.
So, sort of.
Tanner hits Toles! (Brushes his uniform.) Tanner is fighting it.
Okay, Toles. Time for some magic.
I panicked at 10am because the FS1 channel said it was soccer. But recovered in time to catch the first pitch.
My radio (TWO ESPN stations!) has the NFL until the Jays-Rangers game. Football, I hates it. It makes broadcasters swoon.
So Bob H. Did you get your lawn mowed? Are you at the game?
We’re getting some good hits in, just either foul or at them.
That was Redick’s whole August.
Welcome to Sept/Oct.
Nats reputed to be worst curveball hitting team.
Like us with lefties.
Yeah, but they have a righty on the mound and we have king kurve Hill on the hill.
Let’s get another run or two.
Hill is on today!
He looked very very comfortable that inning.
Woot. Just got home and it’s fun to see history repeated – 1st inning deja vu from Friday night!
Hill was dealing that first inning! So smooth, mixing his pitches. Let’s hope he can keep it up! (His delivery, not his pitches.)
Hill’s strike three pitch to Harper was crazy good.
Seager parting the Red Sea.
Oh snap! So good! A little Moses reference for Sunday morning.
Stone silence with the Corey dinger
Throw at Corey’s head, will ya’? BOOM.
Same thing with JT on Friday.
Here we go!