Game 21, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS-BA

Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.54 ERA) faces YALHP Ty Blach (0-0, 4.76 ERA). These two pitchers have met once before, on October 1 of last year, and Blach came out ahead. He gave up three hits but no runs and got two hits himself in his first (and only) major league win. Kershaw’s 18-8 lifetime against the Giants and 10-4 at AT&T Park.

The miserable Giants have won the season series against the Dodgers four of the past five years, and the Dodgers have been really pitiful at the Giants’ home park: they’re 2-8 there in each of the last two years.

In other news:

Lineup when available.

I am a little puzzled. I wonder if the thinking is the Dodgers are looking at Bellinger as a first-baseman down the road but meanwhile they have an outfield need.

To make room for him they optioned Eibner to AAA and designated RHP Joe Gunkel for assignment.

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  • WBBsAs

    Almost too much happening to keep up with… https://twitter.com/billplunkettocr/status/856966607569960960

  • Kershaw keeps climbing in the Dodger record books.

    • WinnipegDave

      Also known as Start Number CCLXVIII

  • WinnipegDave

    So I guess the Dodgers are letting the kids play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wouldn’t it be nice (since these were both Brian Wilson’s teams) if Cody does for the bats what Manny and Puig did, once upon a time?

  • uesday 4/25 10:15pm
    Clayton Kershaw (L)
    @ Giants – Ty Blach (L)
    1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    7. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
    8. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

  • Just for fun, here’s the game thread from last year when Kershaw and Blach pitched against one another.

  • Kersh backs up himself

  • HLKLA

    Long day tomorrow, so calling it a night. Go Dodgers!

    • Interesting, I have never called a long day a night.

      • scooplew

        Boo.

      • HLKLA

        You would if you lived at one of the Earth’s poles.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can’t wait til April is over. It’s hard watching Kershaw giving up so many walks. jk

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger’s first AB coming up here.

    • WinnipegDave

      And it’s over on one pitch. Pop up to shortstop.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nervous time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw needing but not getting any breaks tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    DP needed here, like one when the batter hits a rocket straight at the shortstop

  • John_from_Aus

    one more

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers need to score more than 1 run tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love to see a big inning here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig!

    • WinnipegDave

      RBI single feels good.

      • He is hitting lots of ground balls. Some of them have to find a path into the outfield.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo hits into the force and another run scores!

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a big inning but a good inning. Keep rolling Dodgers.

  • scooplew

    Yasmani not showing much this year, thus far.

  • scooplew

    We’ve already doubled last night’s run production.

  • John_from_Aus

    nice to have a lead

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw finally got Blach out.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Now the bats need to get him out . . . and help out Kersh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good 2nd AB by Bellinger. 9 pitches before flying out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just tuned in. How has Cody looked?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guess I will see for myself.

      • He has fielded everything hit to him so there is that. I was going to call it a night right after Bellinger’s AB so naturally the Dodgers couldn’t get to the 8th hitter in the first two innings and had to wait for the top of the third. My reward was a first pitch swing short fly out to LF.

        He stands close to home plate and for me it seems like a lefty would give him a hard time with inside pitches.

    • RBI

      Just got here myself!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Walks well.

  • RBI

    Toles! Ball four!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not a patient fellow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Messy frustrating unproductive inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thames 2017 = Story 2016

  • RBI

    I remember a time when we could hit.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Arizona?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig doing his nails with Baez on the mound.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Saw a comment today on Puig’s throw last night, which said that the only thing missing was Vin making the call.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kenley time.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Geronimo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cody has a bit of speed and his first hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would not be opposed to the Dodgers scoring more runs here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      These games are pretty tense.

      • WinnipegDave

        I agree. It’s hard to type comments here and chew my fingernails at the same time.
        But I manage somehow.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Only when Baez is on the mound.

  • WinnipegDave

    I hope the bottom of the order that is due up for SF doesn’t roll into the top of the order.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They won’t bat around, that’s for sure.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. Ha ha.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow! He hits 97 mph, like in the old days.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 away.

    • Bob_Hendley

      1 away from the win!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Never in doubt. (Except for all those moments before the final out.)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Slugfest in Coors. Nats were leading 15-5 in the middle of the seventh, but Rox only able to come up with 7 more runs, so they lose 15-12.

    • RBI

      Wow.

    • HLKLA

      That is the Coors we know and love.

  • Yahoo!

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