Game 145, 2017

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

It’s LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-3, 2.15 ERA) for the Dodgers and RHP Johnny Cueto (7-7, 4.43 ERA) for the Giants.

Both former All-Stars made their returns Sept. 1. Cueto has had more success than Kershaw since returning, posting a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Kershaw, who was bumped up a day from his scheduled Wednesday start, has a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1930 The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.
  • 1932 In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark will not be broken for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.
  • 1953 The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.
  • 1962 One game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose Willie Mays, their All-Star center fielder, when he is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row, but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National league pennant.
  • 1963

    “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, – addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds.

    In a pregame ceremony with his former Dodgers teammates, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets with a special ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, which coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in once long-time home in Harlem. The ‘Silver Fox’, obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.

  • 1995 During a WGN pre-game radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?”, referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”
  • 2000 On the same date the mark was established 68 years ago, Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick’s 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Re the last note from history, I liked when the AZ ballpark had a truly classy name — The BOB. 🙂

  • John_from_Aus

    with 4 players on 19 Hr, (Taylor, Seager, Turner and Grandal), I wonder who will be the first to reach 20?

    • WinnipegDave

      And I wonder if all 4 can hit one more each. That would give the Dodgers 6 players with at least 20 HRs.

      • WinnipegDave

        Tonight would be a great night for them all to reach 20!

  • John_from_Aus
    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks John. We need all the reassuring we can get.

      • WinnipegDave

        Also – did you watch much of yesterday’s game?

        • John_from_Aus

          none of it, just following on gameday

  • John_from_Aus

    just looked at 2018 schedule, our interleague opponents are Athletics (home and away), Rangers (H and A), Angels (not a 2/2 series but separate 3 game H and A sets), the Astros and the Mariners.

  • Heeeeee’s back, the Grandyman.

    Tuesday 9/12 10:15pm
    Clayton Kershaw (L)
    @ Giants – Johnny Cueto (R)

    1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
    5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    6. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
    7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    8. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

    • scooplew

      Can Roberts be put on the DL?

      • Or maybe he needs a break so he is rested for the playoffs.

        • scooplew

          We could call up out Triple-A or Double-A manager to fill in for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see Washington taking it on the chin tonight. They are down 8-0 to Atlanta.

    • Atlanta, the city with a new baseball and soccer stadium.

  • I swear Roberts is becoming delusional. Granderson’s just a little off, Ethier needs some at bats…

    • scooplew

      Delusional is being kind to Roberts. “Curtis has to play better, and he knows that.”….The interviewers pressed Roberts, which was good.

  • #ITFDB

  • Taylor and Seager K, Turner HBP, Cody bunts for hit. 2 on 2 out.

    • scooplew

      And Puig strikes out on a 3-2 pitch, which, according to Gameday, looked like it was in the dirt or barely above it.

  • And Puig Ks on a ball in the dirt.

    • scooplew

      Yes, but if Puig had taken the pitch for ball four, Granderson would have come up.

  • There goes the no-hitter.

  • HLKLA

    I feel lucky that most of the past dozen games have been late starts for me. To all of you who have had to endure this streak in real time I commend you. Soldier on, I am going to bed.

    • WinnipegDave

      Here’s hoping there is good news by morning.

  • scooplew

    OK, Granderson, second and third with two outs. Prove us wrong.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Granderdon. Make us eat our words.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would gladly take a WP or PB.

  • WinnipegDave

    Over to you Grandal.

  • WinnipegDave

    2,2,3: LOB over the first three innings.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — owe me a water!

      • WinnipegDave

        🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          But throw it on the batters, maybe wake them up.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 innings, 7 LOB
    Sheesh

  • RBI

    Really? Just tuned in to a foul tip with bases loaded? On the other hand, many pitches for Cueto.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Apparently they didn’t do anything to the bullpen last night, at least the latter innings.
      But — here’s hoping!

  • John_from_Aus

    Was a simple single too much to ask?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh hit by the HR bug again.

    • John_from_Aus

      To someone I had never even heard of

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He was 0-14 vs. Kersh before.

      • WinnipegDave

        Lifetime 0-14 against Kershaw. Now 1-15.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Jink, Jr. — your supplemental info took it to a higher level.

          • WinnipegDave

            We are in sync tonight though.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Too bad the Dodgers aren’t.
            And haven’t been.

          • WinnipegDave

            More like down the drain rather than in the sink.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Love it (the turn of phrase, not the accurate description).
            Like when I summed up last year to a friend — and last year stunk, ending with the Nov. 8 election. He said that’s definitely a Job resume (biblically speaking).

          • WinnipegDave

            I may need to read Job again to help get through this streak…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Bottom line is don’t ask questions — a lesson for us?
            And then things turned out even better for him than before — preview of coming attractions? I’ll take it!

  • WinnipegDave

    So Cueto is pitching better than Kershaw apparently.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Results-wise, anyway.
      But blame the bats for that as well.

  • RBI

    Maybe I should stop watching Gameday…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Everyone says they will win again. It makes sense (tho there’s no guarantee) . . . and hopefully that will unleash whatever’s stopping them from playing efficiently. . . . Kind of like a futility laxative.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not sure I like the glove flip toss to first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo: half of the innings they’ve played in SF, LA got at least 2 runners on.
    Of course, they DID score, last night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chase it out of the park!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Splash!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s rip into this game!

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t bunt.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently Kersh screamed something to his dugout when he got to 2nd —
    “See, even I can do it!”???
    “Bring me in, guys!” ????

    • WinnipegDave

      “Let’s go!!!!”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    .188 RISP during this slump

  • RBI

    See! I took my eyes off and BOOM! Chutley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh “stealing” 3rd and sliding . . . like the fact he’s there, don’t like the fact he’s sliding.
    But he’s Kersh and he is doing what he can to fire up the team.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thank you Giant baseball!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Still gotta cash it in — LET’S GO!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Corey did.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Both runners move up — that’s what they did back when they were winning!
    Kersh’s hustle contributes to the lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now take a breather on the bench Kersh!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes — and a shutdown inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Meanwhile Cueto at 90 pitches so far.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Keep this inning going for soo many reasons!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t leave the runner at 3rd . .
    My bad — though CT was farther along.

  • John_from_Aus

    Puig time

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He delivered.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig brings in two — LET’s GO!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just missed the HR but will take the double!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig is the hottest regular hitter, right?
    Kersh right behind him.

  • John_from_Aus

    22 doubles is pretty impressive

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Deuces wild, as Vin would say.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bullpen brought in.
    Two more runs.
    Kersh gets more time to rest.
    Keep it going!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Then I heard it’s Granderson.
      Well, c’mon, Curtis!

  • RBI

    Puig! Is there a sweeter sound than In play, run(s)?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Meaning I agree, not that there’s a better sound . . . except “In play out(s)” when they’re in the field.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s the sound of deflated expectations.
    Still, score four!

  • WinnipegDave

    It looks so cold in SF. It was a hot 35C (95F) in Winnipeg today.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanking for speaking American.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Humid?
        We were 100 but it was a relatively dry heat.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not too sticky. But a bit windy (from the south).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looks like I’m going to have to stay up, and I have a fairly early appointment tomorrow.
    It’s worth it, for the win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh, we specifically requested a shutdown inning!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah he’s not super happy about the hit either.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, review — need the out or the tying run comes to the plate.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES! — JT & Belli and the review team!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I look forward to seeing the video.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger looked to be about 15 feet in the air.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES — shutdown inning, thanks to D!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig’s arm!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Things are going their way . . . could this be it?

  • WinnipegDave

    Haha! That play at the plate.

    • WinnipegDave

      The runner just stopped about 4 feet from the plate.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I look forward to THAT video as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At the plate and in the field, the best complete inning in three weeks?

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed.

  • WinnipegDave

    What’s this? I’m actually having fun watching a Dodger game. (But can it be the 9th inning already?)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Like we wanted the season to end July 31.
      But you aren’t the only one.

      • WinnipegDave

        I would have taken Aug 25 or there abouts – but yes.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I think if Kersh doesn’t go the distance, it won’t be anyone but Morrow and Kenley.

          • WinnipegDave

            Dave Roberts may be delusional but he is not suicidal.
            Meaning – you would have to be right.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            No auditioning tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CarGo hits a 2-run blast.
    But I don’t care about that game — I want them to win on their own!

    • WinnipegDave

      If things go right, the magic number could be 8 by the end of the night.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not gonna throw it back, just want them to get on track again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1, 2, 3 for Kersh
    Now get that many more runs, bats!

    • WinnipegDave

      8 seems like it would be a fun number of runs. I want lots of breathing room.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        What he said!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If CO wins, they’re only 3 behind AZ in the Wild Card race.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGAIN, two runners tag and move up on the same play.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig says you’re walking to get to me AGAIN?!
    Make them pay again, Yasiel!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounds like he fell for the pitch that used to get him. I think he wanted too much to make them pay.

      • RBI

        Except they were strikes, in the zone.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That’s good.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not . . .
    That was really depressing; luckily they have the lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — get the K!

  • RBI

    Has Clay got all his pitches going tonight?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot — lost that battle.
    Turn 2, D!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tying run to the plate, none out. C’mon, Kersh.
    Hope that battle with Pence wasn’t the sign of bad things.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or triple play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn two and get out of this!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    E5, JT, bases loaded.
    C’mon, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    JT with throwing problems.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unearned run inning continues.
    C’;mon, Kersh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First walk — c’mon, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    I didn’t realize Fed was still in MLB.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh – get the K!

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t lose him Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!
    Could’ve been much worse!

    • WinnipegDave

      And only slightly better.

  • RBI

    And that’s why he’s our ace. Heart of a lion.

    • WinnipegDave

      Our mane man you might say.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That was sure a “here we go again moment” —
    LA has bases loaded, 1 out and don’t score.
    Kersh loses long battle to Pence.
    JT throws away what should’ve been 2nd out.
    Kersh walks first batter of the night (tho apparently an earlier swung at ball 4).
    But — he got out of it.

    Now, as the great one said LET’S GO, bats!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ve thought several times during this streak that they miss Urias. (Joe just mentioned his bobble head night.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another night of scoring in only one inning . . . so far.
    Hopefully it will be enough.
    Hopefully they’ll score more!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or they score more runs!!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not quite a jinx — I added my thought after initially posting.

  • Forsythe for Utley? Why, Roberts?

  • WinnipegDave

    9 more outs. Gulp.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sync

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    9 more outs.
    Hands of the relievers.
    No chance I’m leaving this.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thought you were going for a hiku there for a moment

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I would’ve had to’ve thought of that, then looked up the rules!

        • WinnipegDave

          5/7/5 my friend.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I am so worried
            One win in 17 games
            Make it two tonight?

          • WinnipegDave

            Perfect! 🙂

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            {Picture the appropriate Vegas voice:) Thank you very much.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Strip us of our worries, Ross!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not an encouraging start. C’mon, Ross!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here we go again . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      If we ever left…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Remember when we were having fun?
        — before the bases loaded, 1 out, no runs?

        • WinnipegDave

          We will always have the 4th inning.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And so, far only that, Bogie.

          • WinnipegDave

            🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lead cut to one.

  • John_from_Aus

    (nervously chewing finger nails)

  • John_from_Aus

    when it said in play runs, I have never been more happy to see and RBI groundout

    • WinnipegDave

      Good point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two to get out of that mess!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is Kersh still around? Let’s have another
    LET’S GO!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to score those other 4 runs now team.

  • John_from_Aus

    HUGE Play

  • WinnipegDave

    So the Rocks won.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to work on some of those 20th HR trots.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      There ya go!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or the slides into first.

  • John_from_Aus

    Good start Taylor

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bad follow-up Corey.

  • John_from_Aus

    at least advance the runner

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s a good night for the Dodgers, thanks to other people.
    But they have to take care of their own business!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good point by Steiner — 24 hours ago, the game was only one batter old.

    • WinnipegDave

      And would remain so for another hour.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT for the RBI!
    Brings back the run he “threw away.”

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’d like to purchase some more insurance, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      In case of double indemnity?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        If indemnity means runs, yes!

  • John_from_Aus

    JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3rd IBB to Belli to bring up Puig.
    C’mon, Wild Horse! Just a basehit . . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    sounds like it was well hit

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio said it was.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Austin . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was ready to say that was another wasted inning, but I forgot JT!
    Focus, Bob, focus!
    (Hey, they scored in more than one inning in two consecutive games!)

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s one small step for many teams; one giant leap for the Dodgers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I love these quotes, bouncing from Casablanca, to the moon.
        And learning the rules of a haiku along the way.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not to mention a shout out to one of my absolute favourite movies – Double Indemnity.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I don’t know where that took place.
            Don’t believe I ever saw it but that “Body Heat” was essentially a remake?

          • WinnipegDave

            I’m not sure about Body Heat. I’ll take your word for it.

          • Bob_in_Vegas
          • WinnipegDave

            I know Double Indemnity. And Body Heat, you are no Double Indemnity.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’ll take your word for it, Ronnie.

          • WinnipegDave

            Or at least Lloyd.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ??
            Dumb or Dumber reference?

          • WinnipegDave

            Lloyd Bentsen was the guy who said it to Dan Quayle.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            You’re right!!
            My focus is TOTALLY off! I thought it was Reagan from two elections before that!
            Bested in American history by my Canadian friend — good job!

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks for reminding me how to spell haiku!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Didn’t know it was misspelled . . . REALLY gotta focus, Bob!

  • WinnipegDave

    Security check.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great start by Morrow tonight!

  • WinnipegDave

    K or double play!

    • WinnipegDave

      Please.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ya got it.

        • WinnipegDave

          OKK!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley for the 4-out save . .. c’mon, Big Guy!
    Those with eyes, any sign of Kersh in the dugout?

    • WinnipegDave

      Didn’t see him. But I’m sure he’s there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    More insurance, bats . . . puh-puh-puh-leeeeeeaaaaaaze?

  • WinnipegDave

    A lead in the ninth? We have to be almost even money to win.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Back in the day, yes.
      Hopefully tonight that day returns.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SP gives up only 1 earned run,.
    Bats score in more than one inning.
    Some great D (but also a play which led to an unearned run).

    Just need a shutdown inning by perhaps the game’s best closer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Grandal, then Forsythe in this inning. Sheesh — talk about Dickens’ forgotten first draft, Low Expectations.

    • WinnipegDave

      Haha!

  • Grandal is a hot mess at the plate right now.

    • WinnipegDave

      3 strikes you are out.
      He looks like he has no confidence in his ability to get a hit. Only to get a walk.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, Kenley, this is all you have.
    Three more outs.
    (Just imagine — this isn’t even a playoff game!)

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • John_from_Aus

      same here

      • WinnipegDave

        Poe fellow. It is tough.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenley, get the K!*
    * Or any other immediate out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • John_from_Aus

    almost there

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Never easy — tying run comes to the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep the ball in the park.
    Please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn two and the lights out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was Kenley in a full windup? If not, why just give away 2nd?

  • WinnipegDave

    Throw the cuttingest cutters that ever cut please.

    • John_from_Aus

      or the slidingest sliders that ever slid

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Muffed come-backer.
    Here we go again — again . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Oh. My Gosh.
    Two nubbers.
    Bases loaded, 1 out, Posey up.

  • I don’t believe it

  • John_from_Aus

    an out an out, my kingdom for an out

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to bring in Baez.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bite your tongue!

    • WinnipegDave

      He says trying to lighten the mood because of nerves.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    THEY seem to be feeling the pressure.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Full count. Bases loaded. Kenley vs. Posey.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more, Kenley — one more!

  • 1 to go

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s do this!

  • John_from_Aus

    Yes

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more strike, Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kx3-enley!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — a win!!!!

  • Yes!

  • John_from_Aus

    we win, we win,we win!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!
    Our long regional nightmare is over.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First 4-out save since July 23.

  • scooplew

    That should have been worth two victories.

  • WinnipegDave

    Are we the best team in baseball again now??!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In my humble opinion, no.
      Let’s see if they can win a game Kershaw doesn’t start.

      • WinnipegDave

        Fair enough.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What great bookends: Kershaw and Kenley.

  • Pinch-hitting for RBI, Woo-hoo!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice substitution.

  • WinnipegDave

    So curious how they will play tomorrow and the next few days.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They followed Kersh’s last win with the 5 rookies game and the doubleheader loss.
    I don’t expect to see any rookies in tomorrow’s game.
    It would be great to see this go into at least a 5 game winning streak and make a statement to the Nats . . . and give Bob H. some enjoyable games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    EXHAUSTED! — but happy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s official — LA clinched a postseason spot.
    ATTN Doc and FO: That does NOT give permission to audition.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley agreed this felt like a playoff game.
    He said he got POed with the nubbers.
    “We wanted this win badly.”
    (I think this was huge for him to show he can rise to the occasion in such a pressure situation.)

  • scooplew

    I couldn’t watch after the first infield single and retired to my computer to follow Gameday.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Been there, done that.
      But don’t you hate that you’re actually watching the past, that others know the results before you?

      • RBI

        I’ve never been happier playing catch up!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tonight, Kershaw reminded me of Sam in “The Return of the King,” as Frodo falters so close to the end of their quest: “I can’t carry the ring, but I CAN carry you!” and Sam picks up Frodo . . .
    LET’S GO!, Kersh exhorts and he leads the way, seemingly WILLING a victory. (Soo grateful his slide didn’t result in an injury!)

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!!!! (As she wakes up briefly. Yelps. Goes back to sleep.)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wondering if I see Klayton Sunday night in DC. Doc will want to start getting into the four-man rotation at some point, but it may be a little to soon in that he is probably now counting back from Oct 6 and the start of the NLDS. As well, Doc may want to play coy and not let the Nats see Klayton before possible NLCS ( knock on wood).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Latter point is really good — I think it depends on the HFA situation.
      Yesterday’s article indicated they still want it. But I also realized they don’t always reveal all their cards.
      No matter what, I hope they are good games for you and you particularly return home happy.

      • WBBsAs

        Having everybody in peak health, with optimum rest, is more important than home field advantage – which is minimal is baseball.

  • WBBsAs

    Freed from the need to listen to Steiner, I just watched the bottom of the ninth. Even though I knew the result, it was satisfying to see Kenley dispose of the Busted Poseur and then Hundley.

  • WBBsAs

    Ya hay alineación, que les molestará a algunos… https://twitter.com/LosDodgers/status/908103639977414658

  • WBBsAs

    The Barves are starting a Brazilian boy against the Nats (gnot the Gnats) tonight: https://www.milb.com/milb/news/luiz-gohara-coming-up-for-atlanta-braves-debut/c-252547442/t-185364810

    • My goodness, you’re right! Kid needs to lose weight for the sake of his future health!

  • NPUT