NLCS Game Three, 2017

Dodgers at Cubs, 6:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The visiting Dodgers send RHP Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA) out to keep the Cubs at bay and take a 3-0 lead in the series. The Cubs counter with RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA). Darvish had a good outing in Game Three of the ALDS against the Diamondbacks, giving up one run on two hits in five innings while striking out seven and not walking anyone. Hendricks had an excellent start against the Nats in Game One of the NLDS when he allowed no runs, but a less-than-stellar one in Game Five when he gave up four runs on nine hits in four innings. He may take some confidence from his two NLCS starts against the Dodgers last year when he gave up only one run on five hits in 12 2/3 innings.

Here are several news items pertaining to the Dodgers and this series: first, from MLB: Memories of last year’s Game Six loss and the subsequent ring ceremonies this year might be a prod for the Dodgers. Second, SI’s Jay Jaffe writes about Yasiel Puig’s discipline and flair. And finally, Rich Hill is known for his curve, but it’s his fastball that’s doing heavy lifting this season.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1978 The Yankees capture their twenty-second and second consecutive World Championship, beating Los Angeles with a 7-2 victory at Dodger Stadium. Playoff hero Bucky Dent, who collects ten hits in the six-game series, is named the the Fall Classic’s Most Valuable Player.

Other historical note: in 1989 as the Giants and A’s get ready to play Game 3 of the World Series, the Bay Area is hit by the massive 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake, which will be responsible for 63 deaths. The Candlestick Park contest is quickly postponed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, and he orders the evacuation of the ballpark.

Lineup:

Puig at cleanup. Pederson, Ethier and Utley starting. Grandal not starting. No siree, no lineup shakeups here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Understand that the wind is blowing out at Wrigley. Hold on to your hats.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and buckle your seat belts.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Really interesting — both the lineup itself and the fact that I was actually missing Forsythe!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Utley starting against the tough righty was pretty much a given. Logan has been on base half of his 8 plate appearances so far, contributing to the strategy of plate discipline.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Game 2 showed once again how great it was signing the free agency triumvirate of Rich, JT, and Kenley.

  • WBBsAs

    ‘Stros bullpen in meltdown mode.

    • WinnipegDave

      The Yankee scary magic is working well and often. I’m officially concerned if we have to face them.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just want to keep being concerned/interested throughout October!

        • WinnipegDave

          Great point Bob!

  • WBBsAs

    The efficiency of Dodger pitching… https://twitter.com/jonweisman/status/920393600424321024

  • Roberts finally notices that Granderson hasn’t been doing much.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Give Doc a break. Over the last two weeks of the season Grandy had OPS 1.011 in 24 PA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot — straighten it out, Puig!

  • RBI

    Oh man. So close, Yasiel!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s okay . . . they scored first in the other two games.

  • RBI

    Phoo. Ey.

  • RBI

    Okay, Yu, better settle down.

  • RBI

    So tell me again about no such thing as home field advantage? Dodgers, ‘Stros, Yankees and Cubbies might disagree.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully the Cubs won’t have the same feeling by the end of this game.

      • RBI

        Yes, I am hoping the same.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s get back to the dugout, Yu!

  • RBI

    Yikes. So far, so nerve wracking.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Yu!

    • WinnipegDave

      There it is.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yawn. Being down early because the Cubs hit a HR. How predictably boring. It hasn’t worked for you yet Cubbies.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You said it!
      And it’s not even the 5th inning!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Andre!!!!!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      DREamy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Woot!

  • WBBsAs

    Fasten your seatbelts!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 long balls in a row for the Blue.
    Of course, something similar can be said vs. Yu, but tied game!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good call Doc!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A grand one at that!

  • RBI

    Ethier!!!

  • Settle down now, Yu.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He listened.
      Nice recovery. Nice shutdown.

  • HLKLA

    Good inning for Yu!

    • HLKLA

      I hope he goes longer than five innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Can at least handle the bottom of the order.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT!!!!

  • HLKLA

    Taylor!

    • Big full swing. Very nice.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Can we go to our bullpen now? Too soon?

    • HLKLA

      We need them rested for game four.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Need another shutdown, Yu.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is going to be a little tougher for the Blue without a member of EF — Link’s Legions — in attendance.

    • We have no Chicagoans or Midwesterners among the legions, as far as I know.

      • HLKLA

        I live in Iowa, only a six hour drive from Chicago.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Did you think of going?

          • HLKLA

            Not really. Tickets are so expensive.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Of course Wrigley’s capacity is around 60% of Dodger Stadium, so tickets would be scarcer. And it was easy buying a month ahead of time for the Dodgers, just not knowing the exact date until they wrapped up NL HFA.

          • HLKLA

            I have friends that take Amtrak from where I live to Chicago and then the EL to the stadium. I guess that it is pretty slick.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I love cities with good rapid transit — Chicago was like that when I visited my grandmother (way before Internet, she would call me when the Cubs schedule was printed to tell me when the Dodgers were in town and I planned my vacation around that).

            San Diego is also really convenient.

          • Stubhuh has SRO tix for $100 for tomorrow’s game. That’s pricey!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Where is the SRO section?

          • Bleachers, I guess. Look here for them.

        • Well then. Your territory is Nebraska to Ohio.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli with the leather!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli Boy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Should he have caught it?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nah.

      • WinnipegDave

        He was playing pretty deep I guess.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Statcast had it at 75% catch probability, so maybe he should have,

          • TV said he broke late.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Would account for it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thank Yu.
    Bats, let’s break this open — let Yu go deeper.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT’s dinger at 444ft is longest of the post-season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not bad for a leadoff hitter!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Still tough to believe Dodger Stadium is the 3rd oldest park in MLB.

    • But still 50 years younger than the other two.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good wood Puig.

  • It’s amazing Puig is seeing more pitches per ab than any other player in this postseason in either league.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Up there so long that he has had to invent some dance routines.

    • WinnipegDave

      He is a patient, seeing eye Wild Horse.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Two years ago, ever think you’d be saying that?

        • Only if he had blinkers on, right?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            He wanted to hit everything thrown. Or it seemed like it.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well, I’m an optimist by heart.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            President of the club.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You sound like an optometrist.

    • WinnipegDave

      New thought – maybe it’s actually Joey Votto in disguise. Go Canada! 🙂

      • Puig has a little more melanin in his skin than Votto.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well said.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by Russell on Barnes flare.

  • HLKLA

    Even with the wind going out, it looks like runs may be hard to get tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not the wrong choice by JT.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bummer gave up that walk, but shut them down.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another 3 or 6 outs and it will actually be bullpen time.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Third time through the top of the order will be a challenge.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        More and more I have come to appreciate how great Koufax was, with many CG and seasons with 20+ wins.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Would love for Joc to get hold of one here.

    • WinnipegDave

      One almost got hold of him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mini Joc-ularity!

    • Worked the count as well after getting behind 0 and 2

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yeah, even before he got the hit, I was thinking it was a good AB.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow, just wow!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably shouldn’t have gone to third, but what the heck.

      • Odds caught up with him at home

        • Bob_Hendley

          Running on contact, like he was told to do.

          • Yes, but should have put the brakes on. Hit right at a drawn in first baseman.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I didn’t see it, but if you’re going on contact, YOU shouldn’t be looking at it, either.

          • Out on the town tonight?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ??

          • You said you didn’t see it so I thought you might not be near a TV.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Got ya. I’m at home. I don’t have cable — if I did, I wouldn’t get ANYTHING done! As it is, working while listening (and commenting here) helps alleviate the nerves.

            I went to two sports books for Game 1 of the LDS but they had football on the big screens and it was too smoky.

            But wearing a Dodger shirt and chanting/cheering with the radio.

  • WinnipegDave

    CT!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Taylor has been an unexpected treasure this year — at the plate and all over the field.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    Or drat.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor halfway to the cycle.

    • A few others at 25%

    • WinnipegDave

      The good half!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    LA takes the 5th — they’ve scored in every 5th inning of the LCS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Short leash, I imagine.

  • WBBsAs

    I would’ve felt a bit comfier with another run there.

  • WBBsAs

    Since the first, Yu’s been pretty good.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stupid wind.

    • HLKLA

      Shades of Candlestick.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another bad thing about being on the road . . . the crowd cheering is not good news.
    C’mon, Darvish, don’t let Bryant hurt Yu.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    That would’ve been a big turning point if Bryant’s second chance amounted to something.
    Way to go, Yu!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre!
    Let’s go, Dodgers, let’s go!

  • HLKLA

    Good start to this inning.

  • Bullpen time.

    • HLKLA

      He shut us down his last time he pitched.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Edwards sure warms up quickly.

  • The Yankees are surprising me.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Eric says that no starting pitcher has recorded an out in the sixth against the Dodgers yet this post-season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ???

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio just said they haven’t done it in the 6th inning.

        • Bob_Hendley

          What I meant to write. Corrected

  • HLKLA

    That works.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Austin — insurance time!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Come on Barnes, get your first hit this post-season ( or even a sac fly).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Walk will do.

      • HLKLA

        Sets up the double play though.

    • 4 for 8 in Division series

      • Bob_Hendley

        Oops. In NLCS.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Joc!
    Bust it open . . . or at least insurance!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hit, E, BB, HBP, WP, PB, SF . . . Let’s do it!

  • HLKLA

    Disappointing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Don’t let them off the hook . . .

  • Bob_Hendley

    Darvish?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m thinking the same thing — with most of Dodger-dom, I’m sure!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Edwards psyched out about it.

        • HLKLA

          Mind games.

    • Not allowed to swing with less than 2 strikes?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sure hope so!

      • Bob_Hendley

        With three balls now, probably told not to swing.

    • I would not have wanted to pitch to him either

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Woo-Yu!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was Yu squaring around with every pitch?

    • HLKLA

      Yeah!

    • WBBsAs

      Great tactic!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow, just wow!

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT would derail his bid for the cycle with a salami here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Or worse, a K.

  • WBBsAs

    Darvish works the count!

  • Taylor should have had the same plan that Yu had

    • HLKLA

      He swung at some strange pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now shut them down again, Yu!

  • Now that was weird. Steiner had Granderson about to pinch hit for Darvish. I got back inside and Yu is hitting for himself with two outs and the bases loaded. Then he walks and Taylor, a professional at hitting, strikes out. Weird.

    • WBBsAs

      If Steiner says it, it’s safe to just assume it’s wrong.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    There ya go, Yu!
    Now DP to get out of this!

  • WinnipegDave

    Where was James Loney when we need him?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Taylor-made DP!
    Woo-hoo!
    Woo-Yu!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    DP baby!

  • WinnipegDave

    Blue!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      True!

      • Two blue

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Too true!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    FO looking great with the free agent re-signs, Yu, and the Tonys, all coming up big postseason.

  • We get to see that fried egg taco shell ad again. Has anybody tried one?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is the plan still for Wood manana?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. I imagine even more assured if the Dodgers win tonight.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        3 weeks rest . . . but knowing that great bullpen is there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A gift! Cash it in, Blue!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Happ(y) about that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep petal applied to metal Dodgers.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or wood applied to ball.

  • Did he not know that the ball fell out of his glove or did he not know that he caught it?

  • WinnipegDave

    That again to me looked like a catch and a drop after it was all done.

    • I think the rule is that you have to intentionally take the ball out of the glove.

      • WinnipegDave

        Wow – I honestly never knew that. Then I totally change my opinion.
        Does anyone know the rule number in the rule book on that?

          • WinnipegDave

            I don’t know. That article seems to suggest you don’t have to have control beyond having it in your glove. “There is no requirement that the fielder successfully remove the ball from his glove in order for it be ruled a catch.”

          • As I remember Jack Clark knew the rule and assisted a a co-outfielder by taking the ball out of that players glove. The ball does not have to be successfully taken out of the glove. Any effort to remove the ball is enough regardless of whether the ball is dropped or tossed out of the glove, or merely open the glove intentionally to free the ball.

          • WinnipegDave

            That could be in the eye of the beholder whether it is intentional or not. Or the eye of the ball holder anyways.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You should apply for a job in the NFL to review replays.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This Team! — and their ABs!
    Bring ’em in, Puig!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon Andre!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They’ve wasted several opportunities.
    Still have the lead, but could’ve been breathing easier . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s hope it holds up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu-K!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Really something that Joc is replaced in CF by Quique. Big indication how much his defense has fallen in the eyes of Doc. And how much Quique has improved.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow – I missed seeing that. That is so crazy. Although I do recall the announcers speculating earlier that Joc maybe hurting because he took a long time to get back into the box after a ball just rolled foul along the first base line.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Would think in that case he shouldn’t be in LF either.

    • It’s probably a combination of Joc’s metrics are down in CF and his position is now LF. Doc had plans to put Culberson at SS for late inning defense and Taylor in CF. It will be interesting to see who plays second base next year. If it is Taylor then there is a fight for CF along with what will exist in LF.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pretty sure second is Logan’s to lose.

        • So, the Dodgers will pick up his $$option

          • Bob_Hendley

            Pretty good player for $7.5 million.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I wasn’t before, but I’m a believer!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Now on base 10 of 19 appearances (OBP .526)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I;m standing for Yu!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yu makes me feel so young!

  • WBBsAs

    Darvish was refreshingly efficient.

  • I don’t quite understand Roberts’ use of his bullpen here. Why pull Darvish?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Better one batter too so rather than one batter too late? Guessing he got more out of him than he thought and he just wanted to put that in his pocket and move into his pen.

      • WBBsAs

        Could also be looking at another start, potentially, and wanting to keep him fresh.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Next start most likely in WS?

          • WinnipegDave

            I hope NOT Game 7 NLCS.

          • Bob_Hendley

            (No) knock on Wood.

    • WBBsAs

      I personally wouldn’t have, but Doc’s getting results.

      • Can’t argue with success.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Doc’s or Yu’s? 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes!
    6 more outs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, 3rd time’s the charm with the runners on . . . charming with LOTS of runs, please! Soo many that Kenley isn’t needed!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan, on base again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    More gifts!
    Bring ’em in, Charlie!

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go. Let’s add some insurance this inning.

  • RBI

    More runs, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      RBI!

      • RBI

        Weird way to score, but I’ll take it!

  • WBBsAs

    These are looking like the Cubbies of old…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 runs score with K & WP/PB!
    This Year!

    • RBI

      Well, only one, actually.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Wanted to give Farmer an RBI . . . RBI. 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Got it.

        • RBI

          Right.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cubbie meltdown.

  • RBI

    The crowd is dead quiet.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rolling!

  • WinnipegDave

    There it is.

  • RBI

    I feel better.

  • Hard to watch if you’re a fan of the Cubbies.

    • RBI

      Well, they have last year…

    • WBBsAs

      The lovable Cubbies are back!

  • HLKLA

    Another Bizzaro inning this post season.

  • RBI

    One of my favorite things about this year is my faith in the bullpen.

  • RBI

    Fans leaving already. I don’t understand that.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      U’m with you on that. Even if LA’s losing, I’m going to stay to see the last out.
      However, I was there in ’13 with the blowout vs. the Braves and once it was the 8th inning and became 13-4 (I think), I made my sprint to my car and got to listen to the end on the freeway.

      • RBI

        I think I have only left early once in all my games. But I didn’t feel well and it was a blow out – don’t even remember which team was ahead. And I felt really guilty.

      • RBI

        Not to mention, I want to get my money’s worth, as an ex-yankee. (Not Yankee, but yankee.)

    • Six outs left can be a lifetime. I’d be staying.

    • When I was living in Southern California I had about a 70 minute drive home from Dodger Stadium and enjoyed listening to Vin for the last inning plus the post game show. But I always arrived very early.

      • RBI

        That makes sense.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I was surprised that Iost the signal before reaching Cajon Pass — I wanted to keep reliving the game as I went to Victorville to spend the night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Always nice to have a grand slam-proof lead!
    6 more outs!

    • WinnipegDave

      I always like being up by an amount where you could trade a run for an out. We are beyond that point now. 5 runs up with 3 outs to go.

  • RBI

    Don’t let up, Dodgers!

  • NO MORE WALKS

  • WinnipegDave

    This is the worst Morrow has pitched since the NLDS.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and still better than many of the Cubs relievers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio says Kenta getting ready for the 9th.

    • Kenta Kenly; potato patato.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Saw an article I believe linked here (by Link!), saying that Kenta’s fastball has improved by about 2mph since going to the ‘pen . . . makes a difference knowing you’re only in there for several outs vs. eating innings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda warming up. I’d rather save him for tomorrow.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Though, if Doc just likes him against righties, I guess Stripling would be the long guy.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Fields?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-Morrow!
    Shaky, but ultimately effective!

    • RBI

      He’s a gunslinger.

  • RBI

    Three. More. Outs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who starts against Wood?

  • RBI

    Ron Darling sounds a little like Ned Coletti. It’s throwing me off.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darvish as Player of the Game if Dodgers win? Or CT3?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Darvish for me, but more ammunition for CT as series MVP as he competes with Puig and Justin.

      • WinnipegDave

        Or “The Bullpen”.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “This Team”?

          • WinnipegDave

            Well now that you mention it…

    • RBI

      Darvish. He was lights out.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        CT is soo valuable in the field, as well as what he’s done at the plate.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Can’t forget the Darvish RBI!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Solomonic solution — cut the ball in half to Yu and CT.

  • RBI

    Puig hit that too hard,

    • WinnipegDave

      Baez wagging his finger at Puig? Really?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guess the Dodgers just wanted to give the crowd something to cheer about.

    • RBI

      What a nice thought.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        5-run lead with three outs to go and essentially the entire bullpen . . . one can be generous. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha! Didn’t see until now that Puig was laughing when Baez wagged his finger.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully see videos manana.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Strip after all.

  • RBI

    For me, Ethier’s home run was huge. Answering back so quickly lowered my shoulders by about six inches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chicken Strips!!

  • RBI

    Stripling has quite a high bar to follow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And he gives up the first hit by the bullpen.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Had to happen. Ok with it now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s hope he is an excellent high jumper and not a bad limbo-er.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Unfortunately . . .

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. Bad limbo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley warming up.

  • Thank you Cubs

    • Bob_Hendley

      Is that reviewable?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It’s a ground rule. Not sure if they are.

        • RBI

          Yes, reviewing it now.

        • RBI

          Wait. What just happened?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — LA gets an out out of that!
    Or will they?
    Mo is saying if you play the ball, it’s in play.

    • Mo was a Cub

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yep.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Seems rule has changed with replay.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So much for Strip.
    Probably would’ve been better with Kenta.
    Can’t let this get away!

  • RBI

    I don’t understand what happened. Can someone explain?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio said Kike raised his arm, which indicates time out, — ground rule double — then he grabbed.
      They may be going off of that.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ridiculous .

        • RBI

          How can you wind up with two players standing on one base and nobody is out?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            See above

          • Ground rule double, ball dead

    • When I have a keyboard.

    • Here’s an explanation:

      Alex Avila singled to lead off the ninth, the first Cubs hit against the Dodgers bullpen in the series. Pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. then lined a double to left that Enrique Hernandez chased into the ivy. Hernandez raised his left arm, a signal that the ball was lodged. Almora was watching Hernandez, not Avila, and both runners ended up at third base after Hernandez pulled the ball out of the vines and threw it back in. However, the umpires had already called a dead ball and Almora returned to second with Avila remaining at third. The ruling was reviewed and confirmed. Almora was credited with a ground-rule double. Kenley Jansen took over and retired the final three batters.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gameday is calling it a ground-rule double.

    • WBBsAs

      I would think you could lodge a protest on that call.

      • lodge a protest on balls lodged in the ivy

        • WBBsAs

          On the call that it was lodged.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Low leverage is not Kenley’s thing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Playoffs might be a bird of a different plumage .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s one!
    2 more, Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!

  • WinnipegDave

    One more out!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Crowd’s exuberance has disappeared!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Kenley is a wet blanket.

  • RBI

    Big hack for strike one.

  • WBBsAs

    You future people are spoiling my anxiety.

    • Ha!

    • Bob_Hendley

      High Anxiety! A movie fav.

      • WBBsAs

        High anxiety – you win!

  • RBI

    One more out Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K! Get the K! Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1 win from WS!!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Bob_Hendley

    Climate change! Dodgers cold in September, hot in October.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Love it!

      • WinnipegDave

        I love LA!

    • Bob_Hendley

      John Aus begs to differ.

  • HLKLA

    Way to go Dodgers!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m getting greedy. After 29 years, I want sweeps of both the NLCS and the WS.

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s hope they can win tomorrow.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Throw in a NLDS.

  • RBI

    This team!

    • WinnipegDave

      I have warm affection for this team. I would give a hearty handshake to any of them. And a cheer of some exuberance.

      • RBI

        They are so focused, yet relaxed. It’s a remarkable combination.

        • WinnipegDave

          They know who they are and what they can accomplish.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            From what I heard, credit Doc with a lot of that.
            And apparently JT and Kenley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox is definitely rooting for LA and NY.

    • WBBsAs

      Mediiocre second-place teams do not belong in the post-season, let alone the Series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How great that not only was Dre able to come back and play, he made the postseason roster and is having a positive impact!

    • WBBsAs

      It would great, given all the setbacks he’s had, to get a ring in his last season with the Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Glad tomorrow is also a late start — I have two meetings which will take me to about the 7th inning — tho I can sneak some updates in there!

    Some good info: Gibby reached out to JT, Seager is making progress (can you imagine having him back for the WS?!) . . . and Grandal starts manana. http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/258859734/kirk-gibson-congratulates-justin-turner/

  • WinnipegDave

    The post-season equivalent of going 91-36 and then losing 16 out of 17 before finishing fairly strong? I would guess it would be win say 9 in a row, lose 1 or maybe 2 in a row and then win the last 2 games. I could handle that.

    But if the Dodgers want to win the WS in style of their own choosing, then I would be fine with that too!

    • Ordinarily I root for seven-game series, but I could make an exception for the Dodgers.

      • WBBsAs

        I would only root for a seven-game series if the Dodgers were down 3-0.

  • This is amusing. Roberts and his famous stolen base in 2004 aren’t things he talks about, apparently, but…

    “Yu Darvish about two weeks ago I guess was surfing the internet, and there was an `aha’ moment,” Roberts said. “He ran across the stolen base and kind of put 2 and 2 together and didn’t realize that was his manager. So he proceeded to kind of awkwardly approach me about it and talked about my goatee and how I could steal a base. He just couldn’t believe, that was my manager. So that was kind of funny.”

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s always weird to think of your parents as kids or your teachers as students.

      • I’m a Facebook friend with my high school French and Russian teacher. He was the best schoolteacher I ever had. He’s in his late 80s but still pretty spry, apparently.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not quite as impressive as that – but I have played squash or tennis almost every week for the last 27 years with one of my Math professors.

          • That’s pretty good. My guy is in Virginia and I’m in Hawai’i. We could concertize if we were in the same town, I guess. Me on guitar and him on autoharp, which he would periodically break out and play in class.

  • Puig and Baez when Yasiel got thrown out at second: Baez imitates Dikembe Mutumbo with the finger wag.

  • HLKLA

    TV announcers were saying that the Dodgers used multiple signs from the catcher through the entire game last night. I guess it was to make it more difficult for scouts to gain some knowledge about their pitching strategy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dissecting Doc’s decision to let Yu bat. It worked out, but then it didn’t, as Yu gets more outs, but Chicken Strip doesn’t. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/why-did-dave-roberts-let-yu-darvish-hit/

  • Bob_Hendley
  • NPUT. ALCS post first, then NLCS post.