Game 46, 2017

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN, FS-M

RHP Lance Lynn (4-2, 2.78 ERA) goes for the Redbirds and LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.15 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers.

Five of Lynn’s six career starts against the Dodgers have come in LA, where he hasn’t pitched past the sixth inning and has a 4.68 ERA. This season he’s given up eight HRs in eight starts, only five fewer than he gave up in 31 starts last year.

Kershaw is 6-5 against the Cardinals in the regular season, but 0-4 in the postseason. On the other hand, he has a career 3.18 ERA in 15 regular-season appearances against them — and an even better one (2.75) at home. He’s coming off a win against the Giants in which he went seven scoreless innings.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 2002 Shawn Green hits four home runs (video) in one game to become the 14th player in major league history, the second this month, to accomplish the feat. The Dodger right fielder’s 6-for-6 performance in Milwaukee’s Miller Park, which also includes a single and double, breaks Joe Adcock’s 1954 mark for total bases by one, with a total of 19.
  • 2002 In the same game the Dodgers set a franchise mark when the team hits eight home runs in one game, bashing the Brewers, 16-3. Shawn Green’s four homers account for half of the record-breaking barrage with Brian Jordan, Hiram Bocachica, Adrian Beltre, and Dave Hansen also contributing round-trippers in the Miller Park contest.

The Dodgers reinstated Logan Forsythe from the DL and optioned Josh Ravin to OKC.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • Welcome back Logan, hardly noticed you were gone. Did you notice that Taylor played pretty well while you were out?

  • Hey Bums, did you like that play with the pitcher covering first?
    I did Bums. I think that is a cool play.

  • Since nobody is checked in yet….

    Nathan: What did the baseball glove say to the ball?
    Kyle: I’m stumped.
    Nathan: “Catch ya later!”

    Submitted by Nathan R., Santa Fe, N.M.

    Michael: Why are some umpires fat?
    Andrew: Tell me
    Michael: They always clean their plate!

    Submitted by Noah B., Lincoln, Neb.

    Bob didn’t believe that Fred’s dog could talk. So Fred asked his dog, “What’s on top of a house?”

    “Roof,” the dog barked.

    Bob wasn’t convinced. So Fred asked the dog how sandpaper feels.

    “Rough.”

    He still wasn’t convinced.

    “O.K., who was the greatest baseball player of all time?” Fred asked the dog.

    “Ruth.”

    With that, Bob walked away, shaking his head in disbelief. The dog turned to Fred and asked: Was it Hank Aaron?”

    Submitted by Emily S., Oswego, Ill.

    Chris: Which baseball player holds water?
    John: I don’t know. Which one?
    Chris: The pitcher.

    Submitted by Christopher V., River Ridge, La.

    A rookie pitcher was struggling at the mound, so the catcher walked out to have a talk with him. “I’ve figured out your problem,” he told the pitcher. “You always lose control at the same point in every game.” “When is that?” “Right after the national anthem.”

    Submitted by William E., Morganton, N.C.

    Matthew: How do baseball players keep in touch?
    Connor: I don’t know. How?
    Matthew: They touch base every once in a while.

    Submitted by Matthew R., Fullerton, Calif.

    Eric: What has 18 legs and catches flies?
    Victor: I have no idea.
    Eric: A baseball team!

    Submitted by Kaden B., Columbus, Ind.

    Mike: Why was Cinderella so bad at baseball?
    Matt: Why?
    Mike: She had a pumpkin for a coach.

    Submitted by Micheal R., Brewton, Ala.

    Jon: What’s the difference between a high-hit baseball and a maggot’s father?
    Tom: What?
    Jon: One’s a pop fly. The other’s a fly pop.

    Submitted by Jon W., Stroudsburg, Pa.

    A book never written: “How to Be a Better Baseball Player” by Ben Schwarmer.

    Submitted by Steven C., Apple Valley, Minn.

    Mark: What are the rules in zebra baseball?
    Mike: What?
    Mark: Three stripes and you’re out.

    Submitted by Mark L., Sicklerville, N.J.

    Tanner: Why was Cinderella kicked off the baseball team?
    Nancy: Why?
    Tanner: She ran away from the ball.

    Submitted by Tanner F., Kent, Wash.

    Tanner: What do baseball players use to bake a cake?
    Pedro: I don’t know. What?
    Tanner: Oven MITTS, BUNT pans and BATTER.

    Submitted by Tanner M., Pittsburgh, Pa.

    A book never written: “The Quickest Baseball Game” by Earl E. Wynn.

    Submitted by Alex N., Milford, N.J.

    Warped Wiseman wonders: “Why do we sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ when we’re already there?”

    Submitted by T.C. C., Oakdale, Tenn.

    Riddler: A man leaves home, makes a left turn, makes another left, then another left turn and goes home again. When he gets home there are two men wearing masks waiting for him. Who are they?
    Batman: I haven’t a clue.
    Riddler: The catcher and the umpire.

    Submitted by Jonathan L., Cary, N.C.

    Noe: Why is Yankee Stadium the coolest place to be?
    Joe: Why?
    Noe: Because it’s full of fans.

    Submitted by Noe O., Westbury, N.Y.

    Warped Wiseman wonders: “Why is it called the World Series if only North American teams can play?”

    Submitted by Ajay G., Allentown, Pa.

    A book never written: “Pittsburgh Pirates, World Series Champions!” by Ben Waiten.

    Submitted by Bill V., Ligonier, Pa.

    Manager: Our new infielder cost $10 million. I call him our “Wonder Player.”
    Fan: Why’s that?
    Manager: Every time he plays, I wonder why I bothered to get him.

    Submitted by Josh S., Pittsford, N.Y.

    • A little dated (the Pirates have won a couple of World Series), but some are funny.

  • Grandal is really hot right now.

  • Pitch track showed the first and third strike called on Joc was not a strike.

    • WBBsAs

      Third strike sure looked good to me.

  • WBBsAs

    Grichuk really got cheated there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just got back from Nats game. They are certainly going to be a handful in the playoffs with that offense.10-1 over the Mariners. Brother Kyle got a few sharp hits.

    • WinnipegDave

      The best part of their bullpen is a 9 run lead given to them by the offence.

  • WBBsAs

    Rich Hill ain’t the only guy with blister issues… https://twitter.com/extrabaggs/status/867208708895510532

  • WinnipegDave

    Another run or two for the Dodgers wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
    Kershaw is looking fairly decent however.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well done Kershaw! That’s the way to pitch around a lead off double!

    • WBBsAs

      He had the benefit of facing the bottom of the order.

  • WinnipegDave

    At this moment Kershaw’s era back to starting with a 1.

  • John_from_Aus

    I know its nerve wracking, but i love these sort of tight 1-0 games with not many hits, a good old fashioned pitchers duel

    • WBBsAs

      Are you watching, or just listening?

      • John_from_Aus

        at school, lunch time and my students have just returned, so it gameday and you all on my laptop with the occasional sneek peek

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big time Klayton!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig giving them the third degree.

  • WinnipegDave

    If it is still 1-0 at the end of this inning – do you bring in Jansen or leave in Kershaw?

    • Bob_Hendley

      If he stays under 100 pitches, seems that he should stay in.

      • WinnipegDave

        He’s at 96 through 8.
        Go batter by batter in the ninth?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure. Have Kenley up.

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kx3-ershaw!
    C’mon, bats, help him out!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Score nine more and we can hand the game over to Hatcher.

      • WinnipegDave

        I would take that deal.

      • WBBsAs

        Or to Eibner…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Lynn is weakening.

    • RBI

      About time.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Like Kersh when he walks someone.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least they got a second hit, to equal the Cards.
    I hope Lynn gets the loss (nothing personal), but he pitched a great game . . . like the guy who opposed Sandy’s perfecto.

    • WinnipegDave

      My childhood mind always wanted that game to be Perfect Game for Koufax vs No Hitter for the Cubs pitcher.
      Especially since the hit had no bearing on the 1 run that scored.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I like that! Compassion and a sense of justice.

        • WinnipegDave

          Mostly novelty and the cool factor. But thanks for thinking the best of me!

      • Bob_Hendley

        and a bloop at that.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I guess I should have remembered the Cub pitcher’s name was Bob Hendley. I knew that was Bob but forgot the last name.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Never forget it, as I was at that game.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Now THAT’S a great claim for elitism.

          • WinnipegDave

            Respect.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta love the organ selection — “One Is The Loneliest Number”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Caught that as well!

  • WinnipegDave

    Up to Kershaw if he wants more runs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Organist play “One (is the loneliest number)”.

  • WinnipegDave

    Intentional walk to Kershaw to keep him from sitting down?

  • RBI

    Lynn is still going at over 117 pitches. Wow.

  • RBI

    Still throwing 92.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But losing command/control?

      • RBI

        Dug deep enough to get the third out!

  • WinnipegDave

    A run here would be the equivalent to an empty net goal. I hope anyway!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Guess i better learn all the hockey strategies (I DO get that one) since the Golden Knights will start playing next season!

  • RBI

    Gotta respect Lynn here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If I was wearing a hat, I’d tip it.

      • WinnipegDave

        But it looks like you are wearing a hat Bob!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          My Dodger hat!
          Tying in with the hockey comment, I should wear three hats and doff them all for a hat trick?

  • RBI

    I can’t get over how often Kershaw’s opposing pitchers bring their A+ game. Lynn pitched his heart out tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kinda like the reverse of what they were talking about the other night with having a closer in when it’s a non-save situation . . . they don’t bear down like they usually do.

  • RBI

    Ruh roh.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Matt Adams not available. So there is that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fowler scares me here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a way to give up a run!

  • RBI

    Rotten rotten luck.

  • WBBsAs

    Nightmare scenario.

  • RBI

    Such a bummer.

  • RBI

    Phew, almost gave up another one there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tough to say, but Kersh gave away that one, at least how they portray it on the radio.
    Really tough when you can’t make any mistake.

    • RBI

      Not sure what you mean…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        WP brought in the runner. Or, as Dave pointed out, would’ve put him in scoring position.

  • WinnipegDave

    That fly ball would have scored runner from third.

    • RBI

      Good point.

      • WinnipegDave

        Could use a good pint right about now! 🙂

        • RBI

          Ha! I know.

          • WinnipegDave

            The funny thing is – I typed in pint but it autocorrected to point. Sooo – you must type pint more than I do!

          • RBI

            And your point is..?

          • WinnipegDave

            Lol!

  • WinnipegDave

    Can’t believe that is an earned run.

    • Bob_Hendley

      WP not a PB.

      • WinnipegDave

        But the Cards didn’t earn it!

  • WBBsAs

    OK, time for a walkoff.

    • RBI

      First batter, please.

  • RBI

    Corey! Corey!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh can still get the W . . . c’mon, bats!

  • WBBsAs

    Seager swings at ball four.

    • RBI

      Annoying.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw game score is 95.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The crowd really got behind that flyball but Steiner was right being calm about it . . . unfortunately.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger please!

  • RBI

    Cody! Cody!

  • John_from_Aus

    oh well, lets walk off instead

  • RBI

    Rats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So much for getting an early night . . . and a happy result for Kershaw.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nats game only took 2:28, though they scored ten runs. With four dingers the runs came quickly.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        My brother is feeding his daughters with the McDonald’s deals given when WA scores at least 6.

  • John_from_Aus

    Wednesday afternoon free baseball for me (end of school bell in 25 minutes)

  • WinnipegDave

    This would be less annoying if:
    1. It wasn’t the Cardinals.
    2. The Rockies (and D’Backs) didn’t keep on winning.

  • WinnipegDave

    How confident do we feel about Gonzo, Joc, Utley and Puig producing a run. This might go awhile.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yikes! That’s before 2 of these guys smashed into each other violently in the outfield.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MORE injuries?!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    who’s injured?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Joc & Puig

    • Bob_Hendley

      Joc and Puig collide.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig and/or Pederson.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Scary.

  • RBI

    Bad collision.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig may’ve matured in a lot of areas, but it seems like he’s still involved in a lot of crashes and near-misses . . . not sure if they’re all his fault, but they were before.

    • WBBsAs

      It was Puig’s ball – looks as if he took it in the ribs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kinda loud out there.

  • John_from_Aus

    which of the 2 is looking the worse for wear?

    • WinnipegDave

      I would say Joc. Head is worse than ribs.

  • RBI

    Elbow to the head for Joc. Rib slammed for Puig. Both walked off the field. We’ll see.

  • WinnipegDave

    Playing all out to win.

  • RBI

    Nothing hurts more than the rib. Hopefully it’s just a bruise.

  • WinnipegDave

    This only amps up how frustrating that Cards tying run was.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Can you imagine how frustrated/angry Kersh is with himself?

      • RBI

        One lousy wild pitch away from 8 wins, complete game, etc. etc. etc.

  • RBI

    Come on, AGon. Put this game away.

  • RBI

    Taylor in for Joc.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think it improves our chance of a walk off

      • RBI

        Or not.

  • RBI

    I’d feel better if the Dbacks or Rox EVER LOST.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or if the Dodgers did better in 1 run and extra inning games.

      • RBI

        That, too. May it start here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez time.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Don’t mind matching pens with them, but I do need to get some sleep at some point.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Second that — tho you’re in the future.

      • John_from_Aus

        I’m in the future, how far away from Wednesday are you?

        • WinnipegDave

          I think Bob and I are in the same time zone. And if we are, we are both 25 minutes into Wednesday.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I am back on the East coast now.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sorry, I was referring to Bob in Vegas.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            No, we;re SoCal time — just past 10:30.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh wow. I was way off. I lost my geographical mind there for a moment.

          • Bob_Hendley

            If I were in Europe already, I would have been able to catch the last couple innings of this one with morning coffee.

          • WinnipegDave

            Kinda the European version of Breakfast and Wimbledon.

    • WinnipegDave

      You’ve had a good amount of baseball today.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Trying to get my fill. Off to Europe for 6 weeks.

        • RBI

          Where? Fun!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

          • WinnipegDave

            When do you go?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Tomorrow.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh wow! That’s so soon. Have an amazing time.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Safe travels!

          • Have a great time!

    • RBI

      I’m yawning in real time!

  • RBI

    Nice inning, Pedro!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hate to repeat myself but . . . Come on, bats!

  • RBI

    Okay, Yasiel, be the limping hero here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Saw him grimacing when he was in the circle taking swings.

  • RBI

    Fans sticking around.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig, Hernandez and the top of the order.

  • RBI

    Where’s that weak Cardinal pen I’ve been hearing about?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They must feel they can’t let Lynn down.
      Dodger bats need to support Kershaw — or at least his effort.

      • RBI

        Whiff after whiff from our side.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          It’s getting warm in Vegas, but we don’t need THOSE kinds of fan.

  • RBI

    14k’s in 11 innings. Come on, Blue!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Which blue?

  • RBI

    A walk! A walk!

    • WinnipegDave

      2 out rally!

  • RBI

    Corey! Corey! (Do I hear an echo?)

    • John_from_Aus

      Clap, clap

  • John_from_Aus

    2 more of those needed (or a Kershaw type one)

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s do this. Right here, right now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Would’ve been justice if the run could’ve scored on that throw.

    • WinnipegDave

      I know!

  • RBI

    Yasmani! Yasmani! Bring Forsythe home, please!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      WP, WP!

  • RBI

    Over eager lame swing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Lame bats all night. Tho they came honestly from both starters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baseball is so baseballing right now.

    • RBI

      Ugh. I really want us to beat the Cards here.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah this is only remotely redeemed with a win here.

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      Ouch.

      • WBBsAs

        I guess it coulda been worse, but a DL stay wouldn’t surprise me.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think I am going to be sooo sick of St. Louis a week and a half from now.
    Oh too late. I’m sick of them already.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Umpteenth verse, same as the first:
    Come. On. Bats!

    • WinnipegDave

      A little bit louder, a little bit terse!

  • RBI

    Once more, into the breach…

  • WinnipegDave

    The way this is going now, I would be pleasantly surprised if this game ended ended before 3am.

    • RBI

      Your time or mine?

      • WinnipegDave

        Hawain!

        • 7:48pm HST right now. 😉

          • WinnipegDave

            Another 7 hours? Seems about right.

  • 175 comments when I walked back into the room. You folks have been talkative!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Admiring, then griping.

    • WinnipegDave

      We like each other.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That, too.

  • RBI

    We must have about 20 strike outs by now.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Didn’t anyone tell them about the Cards’ bullpen?

      • RBI

        Dodgers always find a way to skew the stats.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yes, but I guess that means to take big whacks at the ball.

      • RBI

        I tried.

    • 18

  • WBBsAs

    The kind of game that aggravates me, keeps me awake if Dodgers lose.

    • RBI

      I keep replaying that WP in my brain.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just make it through this inning.

    • RBI

      Fields worries me. What am I saying – this whole game worries me.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. That’s exactly what I’m feeling too. Good thing I see my friend/psychologist tomorrow morning. 🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          They should give special rates for Dodger fans.

          • Remember the tagline for Dodger Thoughts? It was Jon’s outlet
            “…for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball.”

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! Don’t blame poor Josh.

  • RBI

    So much for Kershaw saving the bullpen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ok Fields, don’t pull a Sampson on us with the haircut.

    • RBI

      Read my mind.

      • WinnipegDave

        He brings down the house in the end.

  • RBI

    Terrible ball 3 call, ump!

  • WinnipegDave

    Slow curve after a million fast balls fouled off!

  • RBI

    Here we go again.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 doubles are good guys. Don’t need a HR.

  • Broxton, old friend. No offense, but please do a lousy job here, willya?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Brox!

  • WinnipegDave

    Meaty part of the pen with Ol’ Brox coming in.

  • RBI

    Yasiel! Yasiel!

  • RBI

    Maybe I should stop with the exclamation points.

    • WinnipegDave

      You did get me excited and hopeful. 🙂

  • RBI

    Lots of stats lowering today, for good and for ill.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nevermind relievers being used up after this game. I might need to go to bed at 10pm tomorrow night.

    • WinnipegDave

      And by tomorrow night, I mean later today.

  • Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Exclaim away!!!

  • RBI

    Kershaw is ecstatic!

  • RBI

    Nice homecoming, Forsythe.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well St. Louis. Was it really worth it scoring your 1 run? Was it?

    • RBI

      That made me laugh!

  • WBBsAs

    Biscotti butchered that one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That was awful nice of him.

      • WBBsAs

        Given how he played that one, I woulda scored from first on it.

    • RBI

      After that crazy good catch earlier, too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Bob. Back from Europe already? We are still just finishing the post game show from the Dodger-Cards game from when you left…

    • RBI

      You are en fuego.

      • WinnipegDave

        Merci beaucoup.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Now make a point to have a pint . . . both of you!

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! I’ll take a rain check. Perhaps that beautiful day when I finally make it down to LA.

          • RBI

            Deal. Though mine will have to be O’ Douls…

          • WinnipegDave

            Fair enough. I’m no big drinker to be honest.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good night everyone.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was away when the scoring occurred and learned it from here . . .
    A two-out walk, then big hit . . . wow!
    Seems like we were on the painful side of a Brox outing or two like that before (I remember seeing one in AZ, back when their field had the better name . . . The BOB).

    • WBBsAs

      Brox was one of baseball’s best relievers until Torre broke him.

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