NLCS Game Five, 2017

Dodgers at Cubs, 5:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Dodgers try to close out the series again today with LHP Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31 ERA) pitching against the Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15 ERA). It’s a rematch of last Saturday’s Game One pitchers.

Kershaw went five innings in that game and got no decision. Quintana also went five innings and got no decision, giving up the tying runs and watching his bullpen and offense fail him.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1981 The first Canadian pennant hopes are dashed when Dodger Rick Monday’s ninth inning two-out dramatic home run beats the Expos, 2-1, in the deciding game of the NLCS. It will be the first and last time in franchise history the team makes it into the postseason until 2012, when the Washington Nationals, the team’s new name and home for the past seven seasons, finishes first in the National League East Division.

In other baseball history, in 2004 in an ALCS game which features two reversed calls by the umpires, the Red Sox become the first team in baseball history to force a Game 7 after trailing the series 0-3. Boston, which was three outs from being swept in Game 4, gets an outstanding pitching performance from Curt Schilling to beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium 4-2. Schilling played with a dislocated ankle tendon, thus this game was called “the bloody sock” game. Also, in the NLCS Game 7 in 2006 Endy Chavez made a leaping catch at Shea’s left field fence, grabbing a ball seemingly destined to be a Scott Rolen two-run home run and starting an unbelievable double play. The heroics are overshadowed in the ninth inning as Yadier Molina hits a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran, who has the best HR ratio (11/81) in postseason history, looks at a third strike with the bases loaded with Mets, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 victory and the pennant.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton actually lowered his post-season ERA from 5.68 to 4.76 in the last game.

  • scooplew

    I think that today’s game will be an important milestone in Clayton Kershaw’s brilliant career, regardless of the outcome.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure hope it’s a good milestone!

      • Bob_Hendley

        And not a millstone.

  • John_from_Aus

    this lineup looks better already

    • scooplew

      Can you post it? I can’t find it. Thanks.

      • See above.

        • John_from_Aus

          I had got it from the twitter feed at the right hand side of this page

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s hope it’s deja vu all over again from Saturday (with perhaps a sharper outing from Kersh, but as long as the Blue get the W, I don’t care!).

  • Dear Dodgers,

    Please score six runs in the first inning.

    Thank you.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and give up no more than you score!
      That’s all.

      • Five runs short of goal, but that’s alright.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          As long as the giving up is short of the scored!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, CT — walk and 9 pitches!
    Let’s go, Blue!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Good start

  • WBBsAs

    Turner missed a fat fastball.

    • Looked like he was late on it

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody!!!
    Dodgers score first! . . . . I’ll take that as good!

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT got wheels!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Chased by Belli, I assume!

    • Catcher stuck his leg out way before he had the ball. Two ways of being safe. I like the first way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio’s saying the C blocked the plate again.

    • He did. Stuck his leg out just as he did when the call was reversed.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So much for learning from history. Similar to fouling the WR in football when you’ve been burned?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wasted Puig AB . . . rare for the playoffs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Should’ve been more, but at least there’s the lead.
    And nearly 30 pitches

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown inning, Kersh . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!
    Radio says his curve ball is back.

    • TV showed that is awesome

    • Bob_Hendley

      Curve has been there, no? Slider has been iffy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Walks given up are not good.
    C’mon, Kersh — double play!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Umpire McSqueezy.

  • RBI

    Really tight zone so far. Kersh has already thrown six strikes, Three called balls.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least got Bryant out. One more, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shift happens!

    • Culberson looking good. Taylor looked good last night at short as well.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was really worried when I learned Corey was out. But they HAVE stepped up. Hopefully Corey will be able to play again this year — as well as CC (we all know one for sure to drop if there’s a next round).

        • John_from_Aus

          surely replace Corey for Ganderson

        • WBBsAs

          Crawford’s still under I contract, I think, but I don’t expect him to play.

          • Yep. The Dodgers ate $35M through this season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        CT blew it last night on a possible DP as I recall. Really out of position.

  • WBBsAs

    Not the easiest inning, but not bad.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      1st seems to often be rocky for him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike!!!!

  • Oh my!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Please, sir — can we have some more?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And by “some,” I really mean double digits (but will take what we can get).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique with the quick dinger.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A Quiqer?

  • John_from_Aus

    Enrique!

  • RBI

    KIKÉ!!!!!

    • He’s one of our cleanup hitters.

  • John_from_Aus

    left hand pitcher, right hand pitcher, who cares, just play this lineup the rest of the year in every game

    • Bob_Hendley

      If only.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree — think there’s overthinking with platooning. Play who’s hot.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Quick way for Quique to get unhot is to face righthanded pitching.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Switching up on strategy and going after the first pitch. Doc mixing it up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2nd verse, same as the first — shutdown inning, please, Kersh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hope the Blue can have a nice, big lead by the time Dave gets to check in.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Why should he be spared from the stress!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Because we all hope to be un-stressed.

        • Bob_Hendley

          This crowd is stressed by anything less than a four run lead in the 8th.

  • Seager is improving, by the way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CC @SS!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Charlie be good tonite!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It’s the time for Charlie to be good!

  • Another ho hum catch by Puig. I thought he wasn’t going to do that in the playoffs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puts a wet blanket on the cheering fans with his nonchalant catch.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Of course, the opposite occurs if he messes up.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They stand whenever he is at bat with two strikes.

      • I like it myself. Don’t know about the pitchers though.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw! Another shutdown!

    • John_from_Aus

      Is he looking sharp today? (ie the Kershaw of old)

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pretty much. It is the ump who is subpar.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s keep this Groundhog Day feel going with more scoring this inning– top o’ the lineup!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amazing to think neither he nor Cody were on the team when the season started!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bateman double.

    • Bartman, you mean?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Played in the movie by Jason Bateman.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yep.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor’s been utterly amazing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT with the RBI!!
    Love this repetition of scoring!

  • Woohoo, one run per inning works just fine. Keep it up! Get two!

  • WBBsAs

    Pour it on!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli moves him along . . . everybody hits!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    JT didn’t get a double why?

    • WBBsAs

      Conservative baserunning. Actually, it woulda been a single and an error because Zobrist bobbled it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Everybody shout it from where you are — Puiiiiig!

  • No outs in third, 48 pitches

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Most important, 3 runs on the board.

      • True. I was worried about what Quintana might do.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig! — but only station to station.

  • WinnipegDave

    Friends! Are we going to go to the World Series?!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      21 outs to go.
      Hope so!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looked who popped in!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Depending on what happens here, we’ll let you know if you can stay or not, Dave!

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I’ll have travel agents on standby!

      • WinnipegDave

        Had a meeting with a VP of my organization this afternoon/evening. She flew in today from Toronto but wanted to head to her hotel shortly after the dinner to prepare for more meetings tomorrow.
        So here I is!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As Mo said, respect the other team, but put them out.

  • I might get my six runs after all.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and then some!!!

      • John_from_Aus

        almost did

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That’s right — you wanted them all in one inning.
          I would venture to guess your disappointment is extremely low.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t let them off the ropes . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    bat on ball will do

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike SLAM!!!!!!!!!@!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grand salami against the righty!

    • John_from_Aus

      I thought his form would drop 🙂

      • Bob_Hendley

        This blind squirrel came up with a bushel of nuts!

  • John_from_Aus

    grand salami!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh baby!!

    • RBI

      You’re here!!!!

  • Holy Cow!

  • RBI

    KIKÉ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    ¡Viva el boricua!

  • WinnipegDave

    THIS TEAM!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You are truly the Master of Links, Link!
      Just post the whole game and I’ll watch what I want after hearing it.

      • Twitter feed on the right. I just copied the link from there. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave can stay.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Actually, he must!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hail to his VP!

        • WinnipegDave

          Haha!

  • John_from_Aus

    any cubs fans still at Wrigley

  • Great call by Roberts. He could have pinched there for Kike’

    • He’d already homered once.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably would have in later innings.

  • WBBsAs

    I wanna see Quique hit the HR cycle, to finish with 10 RBI.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t even want Kersh on the basepaths.

    • WBBsAs

      If he goes deep, that’s fine with me.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Okay, that would’ve worked.

  • HLKLA

    Hernandez shows the lineup how to be “grand!”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s as grand as I want the lineup to be.

      • HLKLA

        Exactly!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seriously shutdown, Kersh. No mercy. Lots of respect, but no mercy.

  • Seven innings still to go. Don’t let up, Kersh!

  • This year, Kike’ has had a hard time hitting singles. Is stuck on extra base hits. I forgive him.

    • 64 hits, 37 of them extra bases. Weird year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After Charlie and Mo were talking about Rick’s HR on this date, had to watch it on YouTube.
    Monday said he felt like a kid rounding the bases, living out childhood fantasies. When Kike hit the slam, he figured Hernandez knew the feeling.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!
    And not giving in on the first batter.

  • HLKLA

    The strike zone is going to widen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    https://streamable.com/1m2nr Puig conjuring up some magic?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      If it works . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo said it’s so quiet, you can hear the vendors going through the stands. (Steiner said at this rate, they’re going to run out of beer.)
    Let’s keep it that way!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT with the glove!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Runs it down!

      • Not the most direct route but lots of speed and athleticism.

  • HLKLA

    CT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Three innings of scoring
    Three shutdown innings.
    Keep ’em coming!

  • WBBsAs

    You future people are at least one AB ahead of me.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Luckily it’s all (for the most part) been good news so far.

  • WBBsAs

    Now, keeping pouring it on.

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor almost over ran it. But beautiful catch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Mo effused over it — takes one to know one.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stats people — what’s the record for # of innings that a team scores in the postseason?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Taylor loving the postseason . . . us loving Taylor!

  • HLKLA

    Taylor only a HR, double and triple away from the cycle.

  • RBI

    I hope the Yanks and ‘Stros are watching this.

    • WBBsAs

      I hope they get to play two more games.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        With Dodgers just watching on TV.

  • HLKLA

    Bellinger!

  • WinnipegDave

    Cubbies have lost that loving feeling from last year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K, but runners advance — definitely going the Blue way.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      My bad, wasn’t a K.
      Even better.

  • HLKLA

    Cubs should claim he foul tipped it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Relatively bad game for Puig so far at the plate.
    How great that (so far) it doesn’t really matter.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His hustle on the basepath helps — great where they can always contribute, one way or another (been saying that all year, but it’s been true all year — minus a few weeks in September).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Scoring again!!!
    Logan’s runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig was moving!

  • RBI

    Forsythe! Nice hit!

  • Wowsers!

    • RBI

      Somebody got his wish…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice run by Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for a 2 run HR?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mow ’em down, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    That feels more comfy than 7-0.

  • HLKLA

    Does Wrigley have a pool?

    • They got gum.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

        • Maybe the old Wrigley Mansion on Catalina Island has a pool.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, it’s got Lake Michigan.

      • HLKLA

        It would take a few horses to guard that!

  • Mentally challenging for the Cubs right now.

  • John_from_Aus

    what!! he couldn’t hit a third … and we stranded Charlie at third base! 🙂

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      At least the 2nd time this game — AND a runner thrown out at the plate.
      Amazing how it doesn’t matter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope Puig is okay.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Is he out?

      • Bob_Hendley

        In right field.

        • WinnipegDave

          Rough slide into home plate and was stretching out his shoulder between innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darling suggesting Puig and Dodgers not being professional – but exhibiting shenanigans.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stupid Darling looking for something/anything during a blowout.

    • RBI

      Darling needs to take a page from his own book.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I knew Bryant wouldn’t stay down for the count.
    Luckily it was a solo shot . . . and cuts the lead to only 8.

  • WinnipegDave

    Was that the first hit against Kersh tonight?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doesn’t that sum up Kershaw’s year — the first hit he gives up is an HR.
    I know it’s affected most pitchers. Are there any #s on who has suffered most, %-wise?

  • RBI

    Announcers talking about that HR like it’s the end of Kershaw…

    • HLKLA

      I know!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not listening to TV, but it HAS been a bugaboo of his, especially lately. There have been a LARGE # of HRs in his last 45 innings .. . now 49.

        • RBI

          He’s not alone.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            No, But he’s had two 4-HR games this year, given up his first slam, and he IS Clayton Kershaw.

    • Bob_Hendley

      According to Statcast, Bryant’s dinger had a 6% HR rate, so no, not like it was hit hard.

      • HLKLA

        It barely went out.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So what’re they saying — that 94% of balls hit the same way don’t go out? Do they figure the stadium and wind conditions?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nope. HR 100% of the time in Wrigley I would imagine. It’s more of an indication on whether the pitcher is actually being hit hard. Most often it’s a fly out.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks

  • WinnipegDave

    Still weird to see an infielder positioned in short right or left field.

    • HLKLA

      Not if you are playing softball.

      • WBBsAs

        Once, in Berkeley, a low fog descended and I had to play very short right field in order to see the batter.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I used to be an okay OFer,but my depth perception WITHOUT fog at the end was bad enough!

        • Could have taken a ball with you to right field, played deeper, and threw it in instead.

          • WBBsAs

            Fortunately, nobody hit the ball my way then and the fog soon lifted.

  • WinnipegDave

    They are starting to hit Kershaw here a bit this ining .

    • Some of that might be Kersh putting the ball over the plate instead of the edges with a big lead.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Dinger only had a 6% HR rate, so almost always just a fly out.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep the score-each-inning going!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The magical 5th is the first inning they DON’T score?
    Maybe they’re in a hurry.
    Shut them down, CK!

    • WinnipegDave

      At least we are leading after our batting in the 5th.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Oh, yeah!

  • Is it too early to start baking a cake?

    • WinnipegDave

      One more inning. Maybe 2.

    • HLKLA

      It is a good time to be chilling the champagne.

  • Bob_Hendley

    One more innng for Klayton?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was about to ask — do you let him go as long as he’s doing well . . . or figure that there are days off, so might as well let the others get some work?
      I think the latter — let him qualify for the W, then let the bullpen go.

      • Yeah, qualify for the win and let him sit.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Think he should top out at 85-90 pitches.

    • First game of WS is the 24. That would give Kersh 4 days rest. I think Kersh will be allowed to go 100 pitches.

      • Bob_Hendley

        90 tops for me, so maybe another inning, the ill-fated sixth!

        • Oh yeah right, that 6th inning thing.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thought it’s the 7th.

          • WinnipegDave

            7th not so great either.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    5th K for Kersh . . . more important, the first out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    12 more outs!!!!!

    • RBI

      Nine!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT’s 4th AB, in only the 6th inning!

    • How many of those have been leading off? Seems like all 4.

      • TV just said all four.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s a good leadoff hitter!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I know of 3.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK CT. Time to shine if you want to be MVP.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Do they choose for LCS?
      Who does the choosing?

      • WinnipegDave

        Don’t know who but they do choose.

        • WinnipegDave

          Maybe it’s Ron Darling who chooses.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            From what you all are saying about him, hope no.

          • In that case, Darling wins

      • Here are the previous winners, if you’re wondering.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          The Bulldog got it in ’88 . . . wasn’t that when he came in with really short rest for a shutdown inning vs. NY?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Game that Ron Darling lost, no.

          • WinnipegDave

            That was Game 7.

          • WinnipegDave

            In Game 4 yes.

        • WinnipegDave

          How many awards and honours have Dodgers won first: Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, World Series MVP, LCS MVP,…

          • WinnipegDave

            And kinda sorta regular season MVP.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who do we choose?
    JT . . . CT . . . Kenley . . . “the bullpen” . . . “This Team”???

    • Kersh, Kike’, Yu, Morrow

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Puig

        • WinnipegDave

          Bob, RBI, Scooplew… who else have gone to Dodger games? 🙂

          • RBI

            I bought one ticket for Game 2 of the WS. Anyone else?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I never was invited to purchase!
            Were you notified or just went online?

          • RBI

            Barry’s tickets dot com.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            How much — if you don’t mind me asking.
            When I checked last year, it was a couple of grand.

          • RBI

            700.00 but since I already got charged for 4tix @ 100 each for the final two NLCS I figure I am making 100! My husband calls this “tinker math.”

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Works for me!
            Now I’m going to have to seriously look at my schedule, but great to know that a member of Link’s Legions will be there for at least one of the games!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig with the glove! (or is that superflous?)

  • TBS probably just got Kike’ fined for showing the writing he put on his hat.

  • “Ill advised throw,” Darling says. Come on.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Just think — from Darling to Buck.
      If there wasn’t a delay, I’d listen to radio with the picture.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    9 more outs to the WS!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rizzo’s hits end up in Logan’s glove to die.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently that’s it for Kersh.
    “Bullpen, take us to the World Series!”

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep. Handshakes with Doc – and then a big hug from Roberts too!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Darling seems to be confusing Klayton’s slider for his curve.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sticky is certainly the player of the game tonight.

  • HLKLA

    Okay Hernandez, I can now forgive you for your horrible year last year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What is wrong with this team? Two straight innings without a score!
    🙂

    • HLKLA

      Slackers.

    • WinnipegDave

      3 innings.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        (Since I just saw “Princess Bride” again .. . . )
        Inconceivable!

        • WinnipegDave

          I do not think that word means what you think it means!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            GREAT line!

  • WinnipegDave

    Anderson: Dodger offense was fantastic.
    Darling: Well, it was solid.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Another reason why this series should end tonight!

    • Solid better than gas or liquid in this case.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Think Darling was referring to Klayton.

      • WinnipegDave

        Pretty sure he said the offense was solid.
        But I could be wrong. 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Pretty sure it was a compound sentence from Anderson and included characterizations of the offense and Klayton. Anderson was rather fawning as regards Klayton, but Darling brought him down to earth by saying that Klayton was “solid” or at least that is the way I heard it.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Link probably has a link to that exchange.

          • I heard less filling but it could have been tastes better

          • Pfft. Those two are not worthy of my disdain. 😉

  • John_from_Aus

    slider, + changeup, + cutter, + 4 seam= very effective 4 pitch strikeout

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The adaptability of This Team is soo impressive, epitomized by CT playing everywhere and Kenta going to the bullpen and being lights out.

    • Add Kenta’s name to the mvp list below.

      • He’s been a revelation. Who expected this?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Aren’t all relievers just reinvented starters, except for Kenley

          • Used to be that way, but these days pitchers are projected to be relievers from the git-go.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Oops and Baez, frustrated 3rd baseman. Oh, and Hatcher.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6 more outs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That incredible stat of the record with- and without Seager starting has sure improved since Saturday. Hopefully they’ll be able to make it even more impressive in the WS.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seager was lucky (?) to be out during part of the slide.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CC!

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie unlikely to be on WS roster (knock on wood) so he decides to go for three!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Who is added besides Corey?
      Granderson HAS to go!

      • John_from_Aus

        maybe they will keep Charlie to go with Corey, then remove Granderson and Pederson

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          If you’re adding one you only need to drop one, right?

          • John_from_Aus

            ah yes, just Corey in, Granderson out then

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Works for me.
            I like the guy and he seems to be a nice man, but . . .

        • Bob_Hendley

          Need warm bodies in the outfield.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Taylor is “only” hitting .333 in the playoffs?
    Sure seems like more than that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      3-13 in DS and 4-15 in CS coming into today.

      • WBBsAs

        Great OBP, though, working walks.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, but in comparison, Logan came in to tonight with playoff BA and OBP of .357 and .526.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Want to revise your MVP ballot?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not me. He’s sure made an impact . . . if only in my mind.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT leads all with playoff OBP — trailed by Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Wow!

    • WinnipegDave

      May have dropped down after that last AB.

  • WBBsAs
  • scooplew

    Just finished having dinner with old friends with the game on TV in the background. Just read all your posts. Great job by you all and the Dodgers tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Must have taken a bit of time to read through!

      • 300+ of them.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Glad to have you, Scoop.
        Now we know that if the Dodgers hit a rough patch in the Series, we send you to dinner and Dave to a meeting with his VP (or China, if things are really bad!).

      • scooplew

        Yes, it did, but it was like going on a scenic tour.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — leading to a glorious destination, 29 years in the traveling.

          • WinnipegDave

            Poetic.

  • RBI

    Five more!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ron, darling how is it rubbing salt into the would by just saying how the Dodger bullpen has shut them down?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With everyone talking about the patience of the Dodger bats, think HOU/NY pitchers will try a different gameplan? And Doc figuring that?

    • Bob_Hendley

      He switched it up tonight with team going after first pitch. Both of Quique’s dingers were on first pitch.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        After the first inning of patience.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Even then. It was the strategy from the get-go.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Heck, both Puig and Logan swung at the first pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Three. More. Outs!!!!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    So, does Kenley get to close it out?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio expected that — give the top two relievers “their” innings.

      • WBBsAs

        His being on the mound would be a tribute to him, even though it’s not a “save situation.”

    • RBI

      I was wondering that. I wish yes but believe no.

    • HLKLA

      TV said Cingrani was warming up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Long layoff coming up, so you would think so. Sure Darling will snark about it.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sounds like that’s the default remark from him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig still hitting.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike AGAIN!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hat trick!

    • Bob_Hendley

      With his Dad in the stands!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        How great!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ‘He’s never going to have a night in baseball like this. Few ever will,” Steiner said.

  • RBI

    Good lord in heaven, son!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Barring extras, Quique will miss out on the dinger cycle.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What a waste of an evening!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or batting around to his spot this inning.

  • RBI

    Seven RBIs. That’s a record.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You were just cloned?

    • WBBsAs

      The correct plural is “RBI.”

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        But we accept both.

      • RBI

        I bow to you, WBBs.

        • WBBsAs

          The proper handle is “WBBsAs.”

          • RBI

            That was a little rebellion on my part.

          • Could have gone with As

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Or worse.

      • What if only one run is knocked in? Run Batted In

        • WBBsAs

          Either way, unless you prefer “RsBI.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Dodgers will not need an airplane to get back to Los Angeles tonight.” — Steiner

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Go Astros for Game 6, hopefully several extra innings.
    And even more innings for Game 7 . . . I think I want the Astros, just to avoid the Yankee mojo.
    Still, Dodgers vs. Yankees . . .

    • WBBsAs

      Even if it goes seven, two days off before the Series starts.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Depletion is depletion, even if time to replenish.

  • WinnipegDave

    Anderson: The Dodgers have had the Cubs number SO FAR. Emphasis mine. But how much time is left?

    • RBI

      I know. That made me chuckle. These guys are like the oppo-Vinnies.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah. Maybe the Cubs will have the Dodgers number and score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Funny.

  • HLKLA

    Just saw the replay of the homerun, when Hernandez crossed the plate Puig was cowering afraid he was going to get hurt, by the guy.

  • So long, I only have 2 minutes of battery left.

    • WinnipegDave

      Party where you at my friend!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Big Guy is in.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 more!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas, KJ!

  • RBI

    One more! One more! Guys….!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WORLD SERIES TIME!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!
    World Series here we come!!

  • HLKLA

    We did it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie, how fitting!

  • WooHoo!

    • WinnipegDave

      Where’s the YabbaDabbaDoo?

      • It’s coming!!

        • I was in the family room. Had to come back to the office to hunt it up on YouTube.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Tonight — all is forgiven.

          • Thank you!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • WinnipegDave

      !!!!!

      • RBI

        Shall I start the reverse countdown now?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Stay the course!

          • WinnipegDave

            Agreed.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Not that I’m superstitious or anything . . . 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love me some Quique!

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    4-1 without Corey . . . look forward to having him back.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The only thing better would’ve been to do this at home. But I don’t know if I could’ve waited/handled the nerves.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Including the fact that JT had already signed, that conversation between JT and Kenley, convincing him to sign with LA . . . most valuable play?
    Injuries which brought up CT and Cody?

  • What a night for Kiké! And Charlie, and CT, and Puig, and Kershaw and Morrow and Maeda and, and, and…!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and the fans!

  • Go Astros Go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With all those runs, this was a really short game!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    My local station usually cuts away right after the game, including after the LDS clincher.
    So far, I still have them.
    Meanwhile, I also have Gameday Audio going, just in case.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike’s night is a bright spot for Puerto Rico . . . and all Dodger-dom.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT and JT as MVPs

    • WinnipegDave

      Love it!

  • RBI

    Two MVPs!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Twice as nice!

      • RBI

        Perfect for this team.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Not to be picky, but I think you meant “This Team.”

          • RBI

            I bow to you, Bob_in_Vegas.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Just Bob is fine. 🙂

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    Turner’s beard is epic at this point.

  • HLKLA

    Four wins away.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Woo-hoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rats — my local station stopped carrying the postgame (idjits) and lost Gameday Audio.

  • RBI

    Ethier with Alanna. Choked up, that would be me.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      This is probably his final year, right?

      • RBI

        Twelve years to get here.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That, too. What a trade!

      • WBBsAs

        I believe there’s a team option, but Dodgers unlikely to pick it up. He might find a place in the AL as a DH.

  • John_from_Aus

    Enjoy the next few days of building up to game 1 everyone

    • WBBsAs

      I can use a few days off.

  • HLKLA

    Will the Dodgers fly to Arizona on their way home to take a swim?

  • HLKLA

    Grant’s new favorite team are the “Yankstros!”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guess I better start watching the ALCS.

    • WinnipegDave

      Scouting?

      • Bob_Hendley

        For sure.

    • John_from_Aus

      I hope we end up playing the Astros

      • Bob_Hendley

        The historic angle on playing the Yanks is pretty hard to top. As well, would be a big boost to baseball in general. The Colt 45s were never a big draw for me, except watching Nolan Ryan and when they had the Killer Bees. Fat Elvis is a favorite baseball nickname for me. Tremendous hitter as well.

        • WBBsAs

          I disagree. The Dodgers should not have to degrade themselves by playing a mediocre second-place team.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sad that AGone, a mainstay of the team over the past five years, was not there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not to speak of Vin.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Moreso him — but I’m sure he’ll be there . . . and they always put him up on the screen.

    • I don’t think Cory was there either.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI, where do you usually park and how early do you have to go to get there? I’m looking to buy a ticket for Game 1, about $250 more than yours and they want another $250 for parking!

    • RBI

      I park north of Sunset on East Kensington Street. Turn right up Marion past VIn Scully off Sunset then right again on East Kensington and park on the street. Get there a couple hours ahead. There is a staircase that goes straight down to Sunset midway on East Kensington, or you can backtrack to Marion. About a fifteen minute walk.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks!
        I just got my ticket, for Game 1.
        Unfortunately, no Tinker Math applied here, but what the heck — once in 29 years, right?!
        Ebay also has “reasonable” parking tickets available . . . never thought $57 was reasonable until I saw them charging over $250 at Barry’s.
        I’ll chart out where you’re talking about so I have an idea. Is it residential parking?

        • RBI

          Yes. Both sides are residential parking. You will really appreciate it as you stroll away from the stadium and down Vin Scully Drive past the stalled cars.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            🙂
            But I don’t think I’ll be strolling . . . still sprinting!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Imagine that Charlie has a shot at the WS roster after all. While Seager might normally be expected to play every inning of every game, given the injury they may want him to eat up a couple of innings at SS. Farmer might be the guy to go, as Dodgers are now more conventional in there use of Barnes and Grandal.

    • WS will also have the DH for up to 3 games.

  • Kershaw, thinking like a fan: Said Kershaw about the ALCS: “Hopefully, they go seven games and play 37 innings in the seventh game.”

  • Do you all realize that Culberson has now had a hand in an NL West-clinching game last year with the walkoff HR and now the NLCS-clinching game with that catch of the liner in the 9th?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Watched JT and CT’s press conference and several times they stressed how it’s a different player each night. This Team really is a team.

  • Check out the tweets from other players and notables.

  • LA Times game story.

  • LA Times: “The Dodgers have won 22 National League championships, one behind the San Francisco Giants’ record 23.”

    This book studies every one of those championships. I bought it for my Kindle last November. It’s good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great way to end a great day — thanks, Link!

    • HLKLA

      There are so many things to like about this picture.

  • WBBsAs

    However reluctantly, Grant respects the Dodgers… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/921350138576203776

  • WBBsAs
  • Sports Illustrated:

    The Dodgers are doing this for themselves and for each other. Ace Clayton Kershaw, who spun innings of one-run ball, has suffered from anemic offensive support in his last five NLCS outings: zero, zero, one, zero and five runs. His teammates discussed repeatedly how much they wanted to give him a cushion Thursday.

  • From that same SI story, Turner was cryptic about this, saying during a postgame interview that it was between Kiké and the owners, but here’s what it was all about:

    His teammates knew, as did he, that one of the Dodgers’ owners had pledged after the second home run to donate $2 million to Puerto Rico recovery efforts if he hit a third.

  • The AP game story mentioned that Kershaw is now 6-7 for his postseason career, tying him with Burt Hooton for most postseason wins in Dodgers history. Raise your hand if you knew Hooton held that record.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, he should break the tie on Tuesday.

  • Echoes of 1988 for the current Dodgers.

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