NLDS Game Two, 2017

Cubs at Dodgers., 4:30 PM PT, TV: TBS

Two grizzled lefties have at one another in Game Two: 33-year-old Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA) for the Cubbies and 37-year-old Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA) for the Dodgers. Lester is the active leader in postseason innings pitched with 143 1/3. He worked 9 2/3 innings in the NLDS against the Nationals, making one start and giving up only two runs for a 1.86 ERA. He’s 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Dodgers. Hill gave up two runs on three hits in four innings against the D-Backs in Game Two of the NLDS. He’s only faced the Cubs twice in his career, once in 2011 and once last year in Game Three of the NLCS when he went six scoreless innings.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1946 In Game 7 of the World Series, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox, 4-3, when Enos Slaughter streaked home from first on Harry Walker’s single. The play surprises everyone, including cut-off man shortstop Johnny Pesky who hesitates, as legend has it, throwing the ball home.
  • 1970 Brooks Robinson is selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player after batting .429 (9/21) and driving in six runs during the five-game set against Cincinnati. The Orioles’ third baseman becomes the first player to be named the MVP in the Fall Classic, an All-Star game (1966), and for his league (AL-1964).
  • 1988 In his only plate appearance in the Fall Classic, a limping Kirk Gibson, appearing as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in the ninth inning of Game 1, sends a two-out, 3-2 back-door slider from the A’s relief ace Dennis Eckersley over the right field fence. It’s the first time a World Series game is ever decided on a come-from-behind home run in the final inning.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Why are there no grizzled righties?

    • There must be some. Does Lackey qualify? How about Sabathia? Gaylord Perry and the Niekros were grizzled righties.

  • HLKLA

    This will be another great match up. I hope our offense is up to the task.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The baton is passed back to you, RBI — here’s hoping the spotless playoff record this year continues with EF members, aka Link’s Legions, in attendance!

    • WinnipegDave

      Did you stay right to the end Bob?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Definitely!
        Reminiscent of this site, I started counting down the outs with the guy sitting next to me.
        I usually work my way closer to the exit the last inning. Thanks to my “neighbor,” I went down from Reserve to Field Plaza and was by the left field pole when K-enley did his work in the 9th.
        Then I sprinted to my car!

  • Puig was amused by one of the more famous “Don’t flip your bat” screechers: he responded by offering Keith Olbermann a ticket.

  • scooplew

    Same batting order for the second consecutive game. Unusual.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Going against another southpaw. What change were you expecting?

      • Taylor
        Barnes
        Turner
        Bellinger
        Puig
        Forsythe
        Hernandez
        Culberson
        Hill

        • Bob_Hendley

          This is what you expected, or what you wanted (for this and previous game)?

          • I think that would be the lineup I would use. Doc won with his already.

      • scooplew

        Actually, none in particular. Just noting.

  • DXMachina

    I got to meet Johnny Pesky once at Pawtucket Red Sox game. Wonderful man with great stories. I’m not at all a Red Sox fan, but I treasure the ball he signed for me.

    I was kind of stunned when Roberts pulled Kershaw last night, so I’m guessing that Hill will have an even shorter leash.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kersh was struggling every inning and his pitch count was really high.
      I know this borders on heresy/treason, but I felt better about LA’s chance when Kersh left. I didn’t realize until I got back to my car and heard the postgame show that the bullpen had shut everyone down (as did Kersh once the HR was hit).

      • I’m wondering a little about Kershaw’s back and whether he’s fully recovered.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Thinking the same thing . . . this seems to be more than “yips.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Apart from his pitching, also good opportunity score with PH.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Richie Rich.

  • Mr. Taylor, meet Mr. Puig.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yikes. Probably should have been Taylor’s to catch since he is the CF. But it all worked out.

      • Joc’s nick name is now dizzy.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio said Puig may’ve had a better angle vis a vis the sun.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Announcers said the same on the tube.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s great info that TBS didn’t provide (or I didn’t hear).

          • WinnipegDave

            Oops I stand corrected. I guess I just missed hearing it.

          • I tell my wife that all the time.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yeah that happens at my house too!

        • I’m sure that was what Puig was thinking.

  • Taylor’s 6’1″, 180 while Puig is 6′ 2″ and 250. I know who I’d bet on in a collision. I’m glad it didn’t happen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Here’s hoping all of Puig’s damage is done to the opposition . . . and continues throughout October!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow. Nice catch by Almora.

    • I didn’t say it out loud, but I called him a name.

  • WinnipegDave

    Safe?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. So close though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Simple pleasures: Rich Hill’s post-release hop after some of his pitches.

    • He looks completely out of control, but then he catches a hard comebacker like he did in the first inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich sounds great.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Offense started last night with a walk . . . two of ’em!

  • WinnipegDave

    This year – let’s steal against Lester.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Doesn’t sound like Kike is getting a good read.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Two steals against him last year.

      • WinnipegDave

        In the NLCS? That’s more than I remembered.

    • Hard to do when runner’s first step is back to first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Yasiel Puig!” was chant there.
    I’m repeating it now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio said Puig has the third-most playoff hits at DS, behind Garvey and Russell.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow. That’s impressive.

    • Dodgers have been in the playoffs 4 or 5 consecutive years and there is now an extra playoff series that didn’t exist, two if a team is a wildcard, when Garvey and Russell played. Still, I have some doubts about Puig’s numbers.

      • Garvey 63 as a Dodger, Russell 57, all as a Dodger. Puig 25 so far. Lopes had 43, Cey 42. They screwed up or they’re just counting NLDS and NLCS.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          They were quoting in the 30’s for the first two — just at Dodger Stadium.

          • Oh. Well then. Baseball Reference doesn’t break out home and away career postseason hits, I don’t think. Not gonna try. 😉

      • WinnipegDave

        Garvey and Russell had an extra playoff series in 1981. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here’s hoping it’s the Charles in Charge show tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes!
      He did really well last night!

      • WinnipegDave

        That theme song is permanently stuck in my head.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Let’s hope CC’s play embeds it in all of ours!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good contact. Just a matter of time before one – or many – hit green. Or outfield seats!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice bunt attempt.

    • WinnipegDave

      He says sarcastically.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice play, Belli!
    Shut them down, Rich!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sit the Las Vegan down!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice job, D.
    Bats — time to wake up!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Plate discipline good and some good wood. The process.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Got it. Want the process to now be the hits! 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody!

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner coming back into third. Awkward slide.

  • Okay, cleanup hitter up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing you don’t appreciate Quique.

      • I actually do against a lefty. Just fun to note that he is the cleanup hitter.

  • scooplew

    The win last night was great, but with Arrieta and Hendricks coming up in Chicago, this game is vital. (As is every game in the post-season, he says.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Always want to hold serve when you have HFA.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Sticky.

  • Drat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strong Hill.

  • WinnipegDave

    So flukey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Chuck.

  • Last time Puig was thrown out trying to steal Doc benched him.

  • Dodgers are more of a 5th inning scoring machine.

    • WinnipegDave

      We will soon find out.

  • WinnipegDave

    In the words of Link: Drat.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In your words — Now we have them where we want them.

    • Well said.

  • Hill is going to be a 5 inning pitcher tonight

    • scooplew

      Yes. He’s due up now.

  • WinnipegDave

    I figure at some point tonight we either get a tired Lester or a Cubs middle reliever. Or both.

  • That worked out. Lester has to run to first and Jay makes the last out on the next pitch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cubs score first via a HR again. Check
    Cubs starting pitcher gets a hit again. Check
    Dodgers come back and win again…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CC with the 2B!

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh yeah!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good ol’ Charlie.

  • WinnipegDave

    Granderson up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And down.

      • WinnipegDave

        But just missed an RBI.

  • scooplew

    If Hill cools bunt he might have batted here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrr.

  • scooplew

    He hits a lot of fouls down the right field line, before frequently failing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT — let Hill off the hook!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s see what JT can do.

  • A much quieter crowd tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Bob’s not there.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!
        You don’t hear me shouting from Vegas? “JT!!!!!”

        • WinnipegDave

          I hear you Bob. I hear you. 🙂

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’m wondering if my neighbors do!
            If one particular household does, it’s quid pro quo from their rooster crowing every morning.

          • WinnipegDave

            Can you out crow their rooster?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Dodgers are giving me the chance to try!
            My voice is hoarse — should make the two 2-hour talks I’m giving tomorrow interesting!

          • WinnipegDave

            Stay strong Bob!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Not to trivialize it, but VegasStrong

  • scooplew

    Simply don’t understand Roberts’ love affair with Granderson. With the exception of the first 10 days after we got him it has been unrequited.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!!!!

  • HLKLA

    Justin comes through!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Again!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh baby! JT is the man.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Charlie in the middle of things again . . . shall we say taking charge?

      • WinnipegDave

        Let’s!

      • No sorry in that Charlie

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          He’s not going to supplant Seager, but maybe he can earn another position?

  • HLKLA

    Hernandez batting fifth does not make sense.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He is batting 4th.

      • HLKLA

        My bad!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dre or Grandal?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    These bats are made for walking . . . and the opposition takes a hike.

  • scooplew

    Ethier to pinch-hit or Utley?

  • WinnipegDave

    Burger King Jr. in to pitch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chutley up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Silver Fox — let Rich go out with the lead!

    • So much for experience and future hall of famers

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Score in the 5th. Check
    Tie the Cubs. Check

    Let’s go, Dodgers!

  • scooplew

    Bad AB.

  • Drat.

  • Granderson and Utley didn’t get the job done.

    • Granderson was 4 for his last 7 against Lester, but what they didn’t say was how long ago that might have been.

  • Granderson plays LF in place of Kiké, I guess.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Bullpen — shutdown like last night!

  • Would Puig gone after that one if he were playing CF?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Did anyone else register for the CHANCE for World Series tickets? I’m sure RBI did.
    Tomorrow’s supposed to be the day they choose.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good Morrow tonight!

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow is so… everything good.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Only 8 pitches, so can eat another inning at least.

  • scooplew

    Is one of our Bobs there tonight?

    • Don’t think so.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not I — last night worked best for me.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I believe RBI is there. I remember she would be there on the anniversary of Gibson’s blast.
          That was the day when two of my sibs came to town and the four of us had a photo portrait taken of us to match one from the ’60s — a surprise gift to our parents that year.

          • scooplew

            Very nice. Obviously memorable. My late father, like I a native of Brooklyn, called me greatly excited. I told him, gently I hope, that I was taping the game, and we spoke later to our mutual happiness.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Nice.

          • Ha. We used to get Monday Night Football on tape at 6:30 pm, so if you didn’t want to know the score you had to hide from radio newscasts.

  • WBBsAs

    I’d like to see a big inning that would eliminate the stress factor.

    • Where’d you go today? Akaka Falls? Rainbow Falls? Lyman Museum?

      • WBBsAs

        We drove the Inouye highway and went up to Mauna Kea Visitor Center. Late start because it was pouring rain early. Really cold up there, with possibility of snow tonight.

        • Nice. I haven’t done that, even in all these years.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Edwards comes in with playoff ERA of 23.11. Seems more like his regular season 2.98 so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just our luck.

    • WBBsAs

      He had one terrible outing v. the Nats (gnot the Gnats). He’s good, though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He had two terrible and one bad.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats! We don’t want a bottom of the 9th!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more time, JT?

  • Drat.

  • Dodgers, take note: I am tired of saying “Drat” after missed opportunities.

  • RBI

    At the game w my son and two buddies. So tense! We need a big inning.

    • You’ve seen some missed chances.

      • RBI

        Frustrating!

  • RBI

    My phone died so using my son’s. I’ll check in later, when I get home after WE WIN.

  • Let the carousel of pitchers begin.

  • Nicely done, Fields and Watson.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The whole bullpen, both nights!
      (Unfortunately, the Cubs can say the same tonight. Hopefully that ends now!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What do we want? Run!
    When do we want them? Now!
    No bottom of the 9th!

  • Bellinger, Pederson, Forsyth.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bums might sleep through Joc’s appearance!

    • Got to see the one pitch at bat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hustle and a gift!
    Cash it in, Blue!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Joc!
    Bring Cody in, Logan!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Barnes shuts the door.
    C’mon, Kenley, then need a run!
    (Running out of pitchers.)

  • Drat again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tonight we have the bats of September but luckily the pitching of midsummer.

  • Cubs’ pitching has been very good in this game.

    • Glad the Cubs are tired.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Which makes Dodger bats tired-er?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Only have three hits themselves.

  • What pitchers are left for extra innings?

    • WinnipegDave

      Maeda?

      • He only threw about 8 pitches last night.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Plus another Tony and Stripling.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First batter to get on vs. Blue Bullpen this LCS.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ouch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or both! (Strike ’em out, throw ’em out.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Get the K! Get the K! Get the K!”

  • Cubs swinging at high pitches

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio said might as well keep giving it if they’re gonna swing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No extras — gotta be a walk-off win now!

    • WinnipegDave

      Win it for RBI!

  • Puig, Culberson, Jansen’s spot.

    • Walk-offs are Ethier’s specialty.

      • Not in a long time, and not against lefties.

      • HLKLA

        And JTs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bring home the Wild Horse!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who’s in charge?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Deja vu time . . . please!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig hugging second.

  • WinnipegDave

    Farmer in the Dell time!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cruel game. Farmer not getting it done in very limited ab’s

    • WinnipegDave

      So time to switch to someone else.

    • “Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.”

      • Two walks and Belli at the plate

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, CT!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig will be off and running with the pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice guy to have coming up.

  • All that for that?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We need a hit.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      GOT IT!!!!!!!!

      • WinnipegDave

        Perhaps I should have said something earlier.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    J!!!!!!!!!!~!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ding dong!

  • holy cow!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As Steiner said, on the anniversary of Kirk’s walk-off HR!

    • WinnipegDave

      First walk off HR since then.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He said that as well — I failed to include that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I don’t know if I would’ve bugged out for the exit or stayed to celebrate!

  • WinnipegDave

    I think we have a winner in the Player of the Game contest!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely. Bullpen in a close second.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Racing for the parking lot last night, a guy said “7 more wins.”
    Now 6!

  • WinnipegDave

    This Team!

  • scooplew

    My oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my . . . !

  • HLKLA

    That was very rewarding. I am glad I stayed up to watch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The drat-ness of missed opportunities allowed the clutch 9th.

    • Dramatic 9th, anyway. I’d just have soon had a five-run lead.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Me, too — but a W by any other name is just as sweet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guarantees a return to DS — for this or the WS.

  • “Oh, those bases on balls.” — mid-20th century baseball manager.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And Puig with soo many, after he would be impatient before.

    • Note: It was Frankie Frisch, the Fordham Flash, who said that. It seems to have originated when he managed the Pirates during one of their mediocre periods.

  • HLKLA

    It was a frustrating game up until that last at bat!

  • HLKLA

    I had not noticed until I saw the replay, but a fan with a glove caught Turner’s homerun on the fly!

    • Wearing an Utley shirt. He got the ball to Turner after the game, too.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! !

  • WBBsAs

    Hoping that Wade Davis continues to be rested.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just watched Vinny’s call of Gibby’s shot.
    To borrow one of his phrases, how improbable that JT does it on this anniversary!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers have really kept Bryant quiet . . . hope that continues!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems lost. Hill got a swing and miss for a third strike on one of his 90 mph fastballs right down the pipe. Hope it lasts as well, but not counting on it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Carlos Beltran is considered to be the best playoff hitter in recent times. In 247 PA he has an OPS of 1.049. Justin with 92 is at 1.194. Carlos at 92 was 1.365.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Saw a great tweet on JT’s dinger on the night of Gibby’s blast: “In the year of the possible, the probable happens”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jon points out that Justin was the only Dodger to start game 2 of the NLCS in 2017 and 2016!

  • RBI

    I am still reverberating inside after last night’s grand finale. What a crazy wonderful way to win. No one wanted to leave the stadium, and when we finally filed out, the crowded aisles and exits were filled with “Let’s go Dodgers,” as people passed each other in opposite directions high-fiving. I was next to my son, and we roared and leapt and hugged and kissed, a peak moment to be sure. I love this team this year. What a gift to get to feel such pure exuberance and share it with my loved ones and my dear friends here, who understand. I woke up grateful this morning. Thanks.

  • Dodger ballgirls are Las Vegas shooting survivors.

  • LA Times story about Turner’s HR.

  • NPUT