Game 9, 2017

After the first ten days of the season we can say the NL West is showing depth beyond the Dodgers and Giants. Whether the D-Backs and Rockies can keep up their good play remains to be seen, but so far the division looks more competitive than anticipated.

Dodgers at Cubs, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 2.00 ERA) goes for the Dodgers against John Lackey (1-0, 4.50 ERA) of the Cubs. McCarthy allowed two runs on four hits in six innings last Thursday against the Padres. Lackey went 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA at home last season; this is his first start at Wrigley this year.

The Cubs got their banner Monday; tonight they’ll get their rings.

Late news: Franklin Gutierrez goes on the 10-day DL with a strained left hamstring.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    McCarthy looked good last week v. the Pads. The Cubbies will be more of a test.

    Meanwhile, Grant applies last night’s lessons in a broader context: http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2017/4/12/15273970/sf-giants-left-field

  • RBI

    Another rain delay?

    • WBBsAs

      No, just a Toles trot around the bases.

      • RBI

        Never look away!

  • RBI

    Never mind. Toles!!!!

  • RBI

    Utley lost at the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was kinda ugly Utley.

    • RBI

      Gotta swing at at least one of those.

      • WinnipegDave

        Exactly.

    • Utley is no longer Utley.

  • WinnipegDave

    What’s the word on Turner? How long is he out for?

    • WBBsAs

      Available to PH tonight, should play tomorrow.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s good news.

  • RBI

    Too many LOBs. Not enough RBIs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah – I can’t figure out if they have solved Lackey or not.

      • RBI

        The strike zone is equally confusing.

  • WinnipegDave

    LOB for the Dodgers are as DP’s for the Cubs. Discuss.

    • Harder to pile up LOBs when DPs also pile up.

  • I like double plays.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yay – Joc didn’t strike out. Lackey racking up the K’s.

  • Well, no LOBs in that inning.

    • RBI

      Lackey improving every inning.

      • Glad Dodgers scored already. Cold windy nights in Chicago keeps the scoring down. At least his pitch count is up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t like the cheer I heard on radio when Bryant hit that, but I guess the fans were watching with their hearts (and nearly stopping mine!).

    C’mon, bats!

    • WinnipegDave

      I felt that exact same thing upon hearing the crowd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strikes out 9 but walks the pitcher!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Wanted to keep Mac from resting?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lackey at 81 pitches. I was going to say this game is flying along but perhaps it only feels like that after Monday’s 2 hour delay of game to start.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Isn’t that what that old pitcher Einstein was talking about re time being relative? (Albert may not’ve been good with a ball, but he definitely pitched his theory!)

      • WinnipegDave

        Zing.

        • RBI

          Welcome back to us.

  • scooplew

    Baltimore hit five homers before there were any outs in the third tonight at Boston to take a 9-0 lead. It is now 9-5 Orioles in the top of the 6th.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another DP. Helpful.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers’ unusual run-scoring this season:
    10 or more runs (3-0)
    4 through 9 runs (0-0)
    0 through 3 runs (1-4)
    In eight games we have scored 42 runs (an average of 5.25) and allowed 25 (3.13).

    • WinnipegDave

      Funny – I was just beginning to crunch those numbers myself. Our up to the minute run differential is +18. The 4-4 record does not flatter those numbers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        How about following the Olympics’ old model — throw out the shutout vs. and the first game?

        • WinnipegDave

          But our first game was the best one so far.
          Can we just throw out the ones Kershaw loses? There shouldn’t be too many of those hopefully but they are often extra hard to take.

          • Great Expectations! It’s more than just a book!

          • I know; I saw the movie.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’m with you, but statistically throw out the best and the worst.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ah I gotcha now.

          • scooplew

            I am worried about how the Bulgarian judge scores.

  • WinnipegDave

    I liked it better when we got runners on. Felt more hopeful.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew! That crowd noise got me again.

  • RBI

    I’m impressed with McCarthy’s performance. He’s unruffled by runners on base.

    • Low pitch count, too. Maybe he’s fully recovered.

      • WinnipegDave

        T’would be nice.

    • WBBsAs

      Even more impressive than his start v. the Pads.

  • Is everybody glad that Trace Thompson is back on the team?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes indeed.

      • I thought he would get more time in OK after missing most of last year and having to take it easy in the off season. He was not the hottest hitter in OK.

        • 10 ABs there, no hits.

          • WinnipegDave

            Saving his hits for the Bigs perhaps…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Here’s hoping . . .
            Dodgers have been lacking hits in big situations . . . their record would be MUCH better with a few of them.

    • WBBsAs

      He was off to very slow start at OKC – no hits yet this season.

  • Good tag, good use of review!

  • Great job McCarthy.

  • I think Brandon McCarthy bears a slight resemblance to the Disney animated version of Ichabod Crane.

    • WinnipegDave

      Don’t know if Brandon is a horse rider or not – but did hear a story that he doesn’t like to share his dessert with anyone. Apparently he is as deadly serious about that as Adrian Beltre is about not wanting his head touched.

  • WinnipegDave

    I am enjoying being a part of the fuller comment thread tonight. Nice to be in conversation with many here again!
    Yay for our little Dodger community! 🙂

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A game this close (read: scary) means I can’t break away!

  • Are the two games in Chicago low scoring because balls curve more in cold damp weather?

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopeful!

  • Good news about Zack Lee.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT — we’ve been missing that big hit all night!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and continue to search for it. (“big” as in clutch — not taking away fro Toles’ shot)

    • Only one out so could have let Joc hit and then pinch hit for Utley.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah I would have gone that route as well. Rather lose Utley than Joc.

  • WinnipegDave

    One could argue that all of the current division leaders are a surprise to be there. Certainly Arizona, Cincinnati, Detroit, and LA Angels. And to lesser degrees NY Mets and Baltimore.

  • WBBsAs

    Stripling’s looking really good so far.

  • Once again hitting with RISP appears to be poor.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager turning into Steve Sax this year.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      –and unfortunately, he;s not the only one on the team . . . 1 per game now, right?
      If you’re not getting the runs, you can’t be giving them away . . . hopefully this won’t amount to that.

    • WBBsAs

      Not a good throw, but AGon’s error.

      • WinnipegDave

        Seems strange when the throw was the problem.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    get the K!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes!
      Uno mas . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Jinx!
        You owe me water . . . since my kidney stone earlier this year precludes just about everything else!

        • WinnipegDave

          Yikes. A buddy of mine had kidney stones.
          Not. Fun.
          Take care of yourself Bob.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks, Dave — I’m trying.
            Speaking of trying, the stone hit Jan. 19 and continued until the next night. So not only was I in physical pain, I was suffering because the 20th was the inauguration.

          • scooplew

            My sister had kidney stones. Hope you are doing well, Bob.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks, Scoop. Drinking lots of water, not adding salt and avoiding (for the most part) caffeine and dark-colored soda.
            Never have I wanted a phrase to be true as I did for “This, too, shall pass.” Lol
            (Tho I didn’t know it at the time, I had it easy — mine lasted less than 48 hours. A colleague had some hit the Sunday after me . . . the next Thursday morning, they finally had to operate on him!)

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring in Jansen now?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. Avilan.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Go, Bullpen!!! YES!

  • WinnipegDave

    Been loving Stripland in the bullpen. Along with Wood (prior to Monday), Dayton and even Romo – they seem pretty solid.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      As a Dallas Cowboys fan, it’s odd seeing “Romo” still active. (And, obviously, odd for us to be rooting for him, but laundry changes everything.)

      • Could be worse. He could have played for the Mavericks.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s still frustrating, but I’ll be happy if it’s true tonight: The first shall be last (scoring).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Of course, I’d be happy if the Dodgers score a bunch right here!

  • scooplew

    I saw a segment on TV showing how Hershiser had been working with Avilan to build up his self-confidence. So far, so good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good for the Bulldog!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s see what we can do with this lead off walk.

    • RBI

      Comedy of errors.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully we’ll be laughing when this is all over!

  • scooplew

    Time for SVS to restore my confidence in him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Might be up to Toles to produce more runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He did . . . kinda.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WOW!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If you can’t be good, be lucky!

  • RBI

    Did my weights through this nail biter so I am sweating! And Utley scores!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      He must have been really hustling to score from 1st on that play.

      • RBI

        Gotta love his hustle.

  • WinnipegDave

    Little League RBI. LOL.

    • RBI

      We will take it!

  • scooplew

    I saw “swinging strike” and Gameday and assumed the inning was over. Remarkably, it isn’t. Bob’s WOW! was the tipoff.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Getting nice messages from the future is always nice! — been there, done that.

  • scooplew

    That must have been one heckuva throw by the catcher for Utley to score from first, even with him running on the 3-2, two-out pitch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They said all the way down the line . . . after Mo was talking about a hit going to the same place.

    • RBI

      Overthrew it. Nobody backing it up.
      And the catcher bobbled the recovery.

      • scooplew

        Utley slid into homeplate?

        • RBI

          Oh yes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like Scoop, saw the Toles K on Gameday and thought it was the end of the half inning. Lo and behold.

    • RBI

      Never say die.

  • RBI

    Seager battling.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to lower that ERA Kenley.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Time to lower the boom on these guys!

  • WinnipegDave

    One more DP would be just grand.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or a pop up to Grandal.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — and any other type of out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more, Kenley . . .
    Taste of things to come, 6 months from now?
    Definitely plenty of tension for this early in the year!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!
    Appropriately, last out to Toles!

    • WinnipegDave

      Crazy route but in the end it worked.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • scooplew

    Took a break to finish washing the dinner dishes, just returned to the computer, and Voila! Very nice, important early-season win.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to win a close one again. Dodgers now 1-2 in one run games.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The last regular season one-run game that the Dodgers won was Sept. 25, 2016. You might remember it as the Culberson walk off, division clinching, last Vin broadcast at DS game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Last one run win was against these here Cubbies at Wrigley, with Klayton winning 1-0 in second game of the NLCS.

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