NLDS Games Three, 2017

First game: Nationals at Cubs, 1:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The series is tied at one. Today the Nationals send last year’s Cy Young winner RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.51 ERA) to the hill to face the Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15 ERA). Scherzer’s first postseason appearance this year has been delayed while his right hamstring healed, but he and the doctors say he’s healthy now. He’s got a 2.92 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs. Quintana came over from the crosstown White Sox in July and was 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts for his new team. This will be his first postseason start and the first time he’ll face the Nats. Scherzer has made 14 appearances in the postseason (12 starts) but only two for the Nationals.

Second game: Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 7:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Dodgers acquired RHP Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA) with the postseason in mind, and now it’s here. He’ll face ex-Dodger now D-Back RHP Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20 ERA). Darvish was 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA on the road this season, while Greinke was 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA at home. Darvish has made two postseason appearances in his career, both with Texas, and is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Greinke has made ten postseason appearances and is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1949 During the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 loss to the Yankees in Game 5, the Ebbets Field lights are turned on, making it the first time a World Series game has been played under artificial lights. The first scheduled Fall Classic night game will not take place until 1971, when the Pirates host Baltimore for Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium.
  • 1966 For the second consecutive day, the Orioles win a World Series game, 1-0, in a contest decided by a home run when Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning. With the lone run being scored on a homer, for only the fifth time in the history of the Fall Classic, and the complete-game shutout thrown by Dave McNally, Baltimore completes a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.

Also, this is the anniversary of the Jeffrey Maier game in 1996 when he leaned over the wall and caught a Derek Jeter fly ball. It was ruled a home run despite clear evidence that he interfered with Baltimore outfielder Tony Tarrasco’s attempt to catch it.

In 2005 the Astros won the longest postseason game in history, beating the Braves in 18 innings on a Chris Burke walkoff home run to take the NLDS and advance to the NLCS.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    1966 was a painful year, not so much for losing the Series as for losing Koufax as an active player.

    • Yep. I wonder if he ever wonders what today’s sports medicine might have done for his arm.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ve often wondered that as well.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I met a woman whose son is a pitcher. He was drafted but turned down the offer of $160,000 . . . more (in actual money) than Sandy ever made!

          • How you figure? He made $125K in the 1966 season alone after the holdout/strike he and Drysdale enacted. See bottom of page.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            “Actual money” may be the wrong phrase. I saw a site which said he was the highest paid player in ’66 at $130,000 . . . http://sabr.org/research/mlbs-annual-salary-leaders-1874-2012
            So whatever phrase I’m looking for, his # was higher than Sandy’s was, 50 years ago. (And this is a kid out of college, not **Sandy Koufax.**

          • Yeah. Beyond the improved medical techniques, I imagine he’s thought a LOT about the money he missed by pitching before the union was strong and before free agency arrived.

          • WBBsAs

            Still, I suspect that Sandy’s had a comfortable retirement.

          • I think “ever” was what confused me. “More in a single season” would have conveyed it to me.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Gonna fire my editor!
            Since I’m sitting corrected anyway, is “actual money” the phrase I want in comparing salaries 50 years apart? If not, what is?
            And why can’t the game be starting now so we don’t have to wait 2 1/2 hours more?

          • “Comparable?” “Gross dollars?” Heh.

    • HLKLA

      That 1966 Series was very painful, and started a free fall that lasted several years.

  • WinnipegDave

    From the ALDS thread: I enjoyed hearing Joe Davis call that (Houston-Boston) series. I wonder if he is on tap for any LCS announcing?

    • Doesn’t look like it. Smoltz and Buck are on FS1/Fox for the ALCS and World Serious, and the NLDS is TBS. Davis works for Fox, so he wouldn’t appear on TBS.

  • Scherzer has had an interesting game thus far, but with all the errors on both sides it ain’t perfect.

  • WBBsAs

    Dusty’s destiny, to be a scapegoat, seems pre-ordained.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs win!

  • Cubs win! Cubs win! 2-1 lead in NLDS!

    I’d rather us face the Cubs if we get past the D-Backs. The Nats’ starting pitchers scare me.

    • WBBsAs

      Whoever wins, I’d like to see it go five and burn through the winner’s bullpen – to the point where a position player has to take the mound.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thanks for the link to the Jeter “home run,” Link. I remember hearing about it but don’t think I ever saw it.
    They should’ve started instant replay immediately after that (okay, at least the beginning of the next season).

  • foul tip
    • That Greinke story (the second one)…I’m still laughing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love Joe Posnanski – especially his PosCast with Michael Schur.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why is the game delayed? Any word?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nevermind – I thought it was supposed to start at 8pm CST. See now it starts at 9.

      • Wins by the Sox and the Yankees yesterday had an effect on start times.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks Link.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice that the angst level for this game is only at about 5.5 out of 10. Maybe 6. It is the playoffs after all.

    • “Well, it’s Greinke, so it’s gonna be hard. I hope Darvish can hold them as long as Greinke holds us.”

  • HLKLA

    I plan on waking up a few times tonight to check the score.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes in over Grandal. Both surprised and pleased.

  • Jack Dawkins

    That pitch was sure teed up for Taylor.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love me some CT!

  • WinnipegDave

    Double of the wall!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager hits Greinke like a drum. Let’s go!

    • Greinke was all in with the Dodgers drafting Seager. And now, here we are.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 on, no out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow! Outside.

    • WBBsAs

      By quite a bit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wake up the sleeping giant.

  • WinnipegDave

    1-0!

  • Goldschmidt was only schmidt on that play.

  • RBI

    Dodgers get one! Two out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Goldie, not perfect.

  • Hit it too hard.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice AB by Puig.

  • A good at bat for Puig.

  • RBI

    10 pitches to get Yasiel out.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Great at bat. Running up the pitchcount is a nice consolation prize for the out.

  • We are funny sometimes.

  • I seem to remember that Greinke wasn’t enamored of Puig’s antics when Yasiel got to the Dodgers.

    • He said a few Dodgers were easy outs and those players have had success against him after he moved to AZ.

  • Woohoo. I have Dodgers’ radio as well as national TV. In that Indians – Yankees game I’ve had the Yankees’ broadcasters, Sterling and Waldman, and I don’t like their style at all.

    • WBBsAs

      Are you getting Steinered?

      • Not sure. I’m watching, not listening. But TV doesn’t go everywhere in this house. Only three sets. 😉

        Update: Yep. Charlie on p-b-p, Mo on color.

  • RBI

    Smart bunt by Ketel.

    • WBBsAs

      Well-executed.

  • Great start Yu

  • Jack Dawkins

    Fairly easy inning for Yu.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Marte ended that a little tenderly.

    • Replay at top of inning showed that. I missed it live.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pay attention!

      • Bob_Hendley

        How late you going tonight?

        • Not sure. I am wide awake right now.

  • WBBsAs

    Much easier inning than Zanke had.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stay sharp Dodgers!

  • Everybody’s favorite at bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Dodgers win today, can we say they split the season series 11-11?

    • Yes. But I like the games the Dodgers won more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You can pretty much say whatever you want.

  • WinnipegDave

    A lot of early fly ball outs against Greinke.

  • RBI

    Another great at bat. (I’m watching in Mejico.)

    • WBBsAs

      *Méjico

      • RBI

        Gracias.

        • WBBsAs

          Still in Vallarta, but with TV tonight?

          • RBI

            Si.

  • Jack Dawkins

    50 pitches now for Grienke.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Middle relief is part of the Snake’s soft underbelly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke might only go 2 more innings at this rate.

    • Yu annoyed him with his foul balls. Good game plan. Not swinging at lower pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu sounding good!

  • Jack Dawkins

    23 pitches through 2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      More than double that for Zack.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yu on.

  • Attaboy Darvish!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2nd time around — start piling on, bats!

  • One pitch, one away.

    • Cory makes up for that

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing that Zach might try a different approach with pitch count mounting?

      • WinnipegDave

        Attacking with fastballs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT! 1st & 3rd, 1 out . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger could get another RBI with a ground out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If this series advances, Belli’s gotta be dropped in the order.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But hopefully it’s a moot point.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Unlikely.

  • Two hitters with one pitch outs this inning.

    • But two walks too.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So half of them are listening to the game plan.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes up in a big spot.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All three outs came on the first pitch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They must’ve looked REALLY good . . . because the results weren’t.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not bad pitches to swing at, as far as I could tell.

        • Keeps Greinke honest with the first pitch.

  • Rats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not sure where the pitch to Austin was, but after Zack just issues a walk to load the bases, if it wasn’t in his all-time favorite sweet spot, that pitch should’ve been taken.

    • RBI

      Pretty good pitch to hit, but I agree.

  • WinnipegDave

    Too bad they couldn’t capitalize but I still like how they are working it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu go, Darvish!

  • Get back out there Zack.

  • WinnipegDave

    So the New Yorkers are very much alive in their series against the Clevelanders.

    • Hiss.

      • WinnipegDave

        I told my son today that the only way I would cheer for AZ this year was if the played the Yanks in the WS.

        • WinnipegDave

          Really hope that does not come to pass.

        • Now that Chip Hale and Miguel Montero are no longer part of AZ team, I don’t have an issue with the Dbacks.

  • Jack Dawkins

    30 through 3.

  • Seven pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Yu!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’d be down with a 4 run inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Forgot it was bottom of the order.

      • The bottom did well Saturday.

        • WinnipegDave

          It was a better bottom – Puig was there with Barnes and Forsythe.

          • Grande alone makes your point.

  • Phooey..

    • WinnipegDave

      Phooey indeed.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stay dialed in Darvish.

    • RBI

      I’d feel so much better with a few more runs under our belts.

  • Goldie always scares me.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s because he is scary.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Gold with Goldie!

  • RBI

    Best I have ever seen Yu as a Dodger.

  • Bob_Hendley

    These guys always dangerous, if only with solos.

  • Jack Dawkins

    45 through 4.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What an impressive inning by Darvish!
    He is proving to be the support for Kersh FO wanted.
    Now how about some support from the bats?

  • WinnipegDave

    Didn’t think he went around but pretty clear he did on the replay.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kudos to Honey.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yu got that right.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Was just talking to a friend tonight on how Honey is an unsung hero for the Dodgers. I believe since he came to LA, their pitchers have the best ERA in all of baseball.

        • WinnipegDave

          And he has been around for a long time.

  • Too many opportunities for the Dodgers, no opportunities for the Dbacks, and yet it is 1 – 0. Gotta score some runs in the top of the fifth and chase Zack,

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to ring some bells Cody.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You called it!

      • scooplew

        Great call, WinnipegDave!

        • WinnipegDave

          Blind squirrel and nuts!

    • WinnipegDave

      Called it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    BELLI!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Codified!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Guess we can keep Belli in the 4 slot…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yeah!
      And hope the next consideration on any lineup is Saturday

  • RBI

    Belli bomb!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Waking up the big man!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Down and away and he sends it deep to opposite alley.

  • I will watch the rest tomorrow. Night all.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope you awaken to great Dodger news!

      • Several of your hopes came through last night

  • First Low and away pitch he has swung at.

    • RBI

      Hard to hold up when the ump gave Zach the two previous pitches, especially the second strike

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke might be back in the 6th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If he is, I hope he experiences some of the late-inning disaster all-too familiar to Dodger players/fans. (But nothing personal.)

      • WinnipegDave

        I hear you.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT flashing the leather!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu is truly a Dodger playoff pitcher now, bit by the HR.

    • Jack Dawkins

      If you hang it up in the zone like that you deserve to get bit.

  • Rats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Descalso?

    • WinnipegDave

      He has as many HR’S as Goldie.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stay strong Yu Darvish.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Helped by Belli, he heard you!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Since Belli and Yu heard ya, tell all the other bats to get going!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli with the glove!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow!

    • WinnipegDave

      Glad he wasn’t in enemy territory there.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Might as well have been.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc slow to catch Belli.

  • RBI

    Crazy catch!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Look forward to seeing the clip.

      • RBI

        Folded over the fence like a giraffe.

        • WinnipegDave

          Nice analogies!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Geoff Loney?

      • WinnipegDave

        Like a Giant Sequoia doing a 180 degree flip.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin!!!!

  • RBI

    Barnes!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Horsehide is out of the Barnes!

    • WinnipegDave

      Open the Barnes door!

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack was in for one batter and he gets an HR . . . again, nothing personal, but YES!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      You called it! Or at least requested it!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Don’t wanna be greedy, but I requested a major meltdown . . . or at least a 3-run meltdown like Saturday’s 7th inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc leading the cheering section in front of the dugout!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Double by Kiké!

    • RBI

      A decisive double!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig douses Turner Ward.

    • WinnipegDave

      Haha. Yep!

    • RBI

      With?

      • WinnipegDave

        Water or Gatorade.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Squirt bottle of water/Gatorade?

  • WBBsAs

    I briefly lost the video when my second monitor crashed – missed Descalso’s dinger but got it back just in time for Barnes’s.

    • WinnipegDave

      Timing is everything.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        You got to see the good, not the bad.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu can help yurself, Yu!
    WP, PB, and E also accepted.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get one more here team.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      At least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pitching change for Yu!?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bunt attempt??!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I wouldn’t try to squeeze with Darvish.

      • WBBsAs

        In retrospect, it might have been worth a try.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I thought for sure — put it on the ground to the right side, not even necessarily a squeeze.
          Oh well.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Really can’t handle the bat. Probably hurt himself in the process.

          • WBBsAs

            He did get a sac down the first time, though it was not exactly a thing of beauty.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Blind squirrel nut something, something…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Since Darvish was on a short leash, wonder why no PH?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That makes sense, but it sounds like the hook came because of the almost-HBP, then the scary HBP and Yu’s reaction.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Think Tony C. was already warmed to face Peralta and maybe Marte before Morrow was to come in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost a WP.

  • WinnipegDave

    Only takes one Chris!

    • RBI

      One strike, taken unfortunately.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry that wasn’t clear. I didn’t mean you to take the pitch down the middle for strike three!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not.
    Got the run back, Yu — go get ’em!

  • Got the knob.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They agree. Good!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Might have let his manager know so that he wouldn’t waste a challenge.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good move, Doc.
    Go, Tony C.!

  • RBI

    Yikes. Hit him on the helmet.

  • Scary.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounds like Yu was shaken.

      • RBI

        He looked very upset.

      • RBI

        Definitely not on purpose, despite the earlier pitch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crowd cheering “Yu” when Darvish left.
    Wait. What’s that? They were booing?

  • WinnipegDave

    Please no first pitch HR.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or 2nd, 3rd etc.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks for the clarification!
        (Psst — ask for a DP)

        • WinnipegDave

          Ahem. DP would be great

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Dave! — Again!

          • WinnipegDave

            Haha – that’s all you my friend! You, Tony C and Bellinger!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DP from Tony C!

    • WinnipegDave

      You asked and received!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doctor DP!

  • RBI

    DP!!!!!.

  • WinnipegDave

    He almost got hit again – by Bellinger’s throw!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If I remember right, I wasn’t impressed with the first outings by the Tonys . . . they have certainly changed my opinion since then!

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s almost unbelievable that Tony C especially is on the playoff roster. But he has been great.

      • WBBsAs

        I thought he was a project for next year.

  • Bellinger having a great game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I agree with the earlier note — that HR took a big weight off him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli — again!

  • WinnipegDave

    I think Bellinger is trying to be player of the game today.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      During the great streak, they would help with the glove, even if they didn’t with the bat.
      Tonight, he’s doing with both.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Quick, Dave, tell Belli he needs another HR to be player of the game!

    • WinnipegDave

      OK. Mr. Bellinger. Do your thing.

      • RBI

        Walk.

        • WinnipegDave

          It’s a lesser thing but not a bad thing.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hopefully the Wild Horse can chase him around the basepath!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Yasiel! Do something tongue-wagging-worthy!

    • WinnipegDave

      A double would be wonderful.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two-out rally!
    C’mon, Austin . . . just a good basehit!

  • RBI

    Patience, Austin.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnsey! You can steal player of the game here with another long one.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Playing all sides, huh?
      Multi-player of the game!

      • WinnipegDave

        As long as it is a Dodger I’ll take it. 🙂

  • RBI

    Archie looking anxious.

    • WinnipegDave

      And Rodney looks disappointed.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        May both emotions be increased.

        • WinnipegDave

          Or at least (or even) reversed!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    C’mon, bullpen — 9 more outs!

    • WinnipegDave

      Great pitch by Bradley in that spot.

  • Doggone it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang, with Dre in the on deck circle.

  • Three more innings is a lot, he says worriedly.

    • Bob_Hendley

      2.2

      • Bob_Hendley

        2.1

        • Bob_Hendley

          2.0

          • Bob_Hendley

            1.2

          • Bob_Hendley

            1.1

          • Bob_Hendley

            1.0

          • Bob_Hendley

            O.2

          • Bob_Hendley

            0.1

          • Bob_Hendley

            0.0!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get Goldie now and hopefully don’t see him again at the plate this year.

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be so amazing if that was Goldie’s last AB.

    • WinnipegDave

      Of course the real threats are hitters like Descalso and Matthias apparently.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow forgot about yesterday (Sat.) — 6 more outs!

  • That was easy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda and Tony W for the 8th. Jansen the 9th. I can see a possible end game emerging.

    • RBI

      Wish we’d score one more though.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! See my comment just above this one!

  • WinnipegDave

    One. More. Run. Dodgers! Please and thank you.

    • Only one?

      • WinnipegDave

        Well – for this inning anyway!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Broken Arrow is where Jim Brewer was from.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Remember Vin telling me this. {sigh}

    • Bill Russell the Dodger too?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pittsburgh, Kansas

      • Bob_Hendley

        Brad Penny. Warren Spahn longtime resident.

  • RBI

    Bradley is the best thing going for the D-backs this game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hats off to him. Which is easier to say since we have the lead!

      • RBI

        You can see he takes pleasure in pitching.

        • WinnipegDave

          Very true.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enta!

  • Bob_Hendley

    JT!

    • Eck–that play was so cool.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He loved it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enta!!!!!!

  • Maeda pumped up!

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the 9th!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Fabulous outing by Kenta.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodger Bats: please open your satellite Insurance Department.

  • RBI

    Kenta making management look like geniuses.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — as did Yu and Tony C.

    • And Justin

  • RBI

    Archie still in!

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully his last time this year.

  • Still Bradley!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go JT.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can pretty much guarantee that Bradley is not pitching tomorrow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just what I was thinking!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bye bye Bradley.

    • RBI

      He did his job as stopper.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Luckily he didn’t bat.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very strong outing.

  • RBI

    Chafin in.

    • WinnipegDave

      Insert some joke about chafing here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Do this Bellinger. Close it yourself. Release Baez from the bullpen!

  • WinnipegDave

    So weird.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I always like aggressive running . . . was it justified?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Great throw to get him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What a throw!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Not sure Ive ever seen a play quite like that before.

  • WinnipegDave

    To be honest I think it should have been ruled a catch.

    • WBBsAs

      No way.

      • WinnipegDave

        Actually I do. But thanks for checking.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K’mon, Kenley!

  • RBI

    Butterflies.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of K-names on this team!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That all-important first out!

    • RBI

      I think I am way more nervous than he is.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He’s where he wants to be.
        And where we want him to be.

  • RBI

    Agh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tying run to the plate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Goldie’s on deck.

  • Oh dear.

  • RBI

    Such a dinky hit to miss two mitts.

  • WinnipegDave

    DP would be so cool.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Half of that.

  • Kelley almost fumbled.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The previous wish of not seeing Goldie didn’t come true.

  • RBI

    Pleeeeeasse?

    • WinnipegDave

      🙂

  • RBI

    Get Goldie out!

  • WinnipegDave

    One more out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Talk about matchups — AZ fans want him up there and got it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No lack of drama here.

    • RBI

      I’m clenching my teeth.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And this is only the LDS!

        • RBI

          Don’t remind me.

          • WinnipegDave

            With a 2-0 lead in games.

          • RBI

            But, Goldie.

  • WinnipegDave

    To be the best…

  • WinnipegDave

    Angst level is higher now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ — get the K! Get the K! (repeat until pitch thrown)

  • WinnipegDave

    Can’t you just hear Vin on this?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nothing ever easy.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Slogan for the Dodgers.

      • Bob_Hendley

        A lot of deuces.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Yeah!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO! ! !

  • Jack Dawkins

    To the pool!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope not.

  • WinnipegDave

    See ya later AZ!

  • WBBsAs

    Pool party time!

  • RBI

    Wow. Are we the only team to sweep this level?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes.

      • WinnipegDave

        Houston took 4 games to beat Boston.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I would’ve taken it, but I’m glad it didn’t end with a contested checked swing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great pitch!

  • RBI

    Great team effort! Darvish was amazing!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      All the pitching and just enough hitting.

    • WinnipegDave

      This team!

  • scooplew

    YES!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring on Chicashington! Or Washingo!

  • scooplew

    What a three-game series!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why are they wearing black tees with orange lettering?

    • WinnipegDave

      Looks very SF.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So I’ll be at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, wearing my Jackie Robinson t-shirt.
    Anyone else gonna be there?

    • WinnipegDave

      Have fun Bob!! I’ll be there – in spirit!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, Dave.
        I guess that means you won’t be there?

        • WinnipegDave

          Sadly yes it does. I would love to see a Dodger game with you some day. I think we would have a grand time. But it won’t be this year.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s a plan!

        • scooplew

          I wish I could be there, Bob, to meet you and see the game. Keep our streak going at Dodger Stadium. RBI was there Friday night and I was there Saturday night. Perhaps others on this site were there also.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            The Dodgers are 3-0 when I attend their playoff games.
            If that streak continues after Saturday’s game, they should arrange for me to attend everything else this year!

          • scooplew

            I’ll vote for that.

          • WBBsAs

            They are 0-3 when I attend their World Series games.

    • WBBsAs

      I will be in Hawai’i, lunching with Link on Wednesday, but then heading to the Big Island. Will have to persuade my wife how important these games are.

      • HLKLA

        I have to do the same thing with my wife, when I get another kayak.

    • RBI

      I’ll be there on Sunday. Keeping it going on our Linkmeister end.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The anniversary of Gibby’s HR!

  • HLKLA

    Just got up to check in! YES!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and you’re not dreaming!

      • HLKLA

        I pinched my self to make sure!

  • HLKLA

    Just checked in. YES!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hearing Sandy’s in the clubhouse — how cool!

  • Good long article about Roberts and his journey to the Dodgers job at ESPN.

  • Check out the Dodgers’ Twitter feed for photos of the celebration.

  • Bellinger’s catch seen as Renaissance art

  • HLKLA

    Over four hundred comments! Is that a record?

  • WBBsAs

    Best-case scenario, given weather forecast: Nats and Cubbies play four long innings, then get rained out and have to play tomorrow, get started and then get rained out again and have to play on Thursday (when forecast is a bit better). Then play Game 5 in DC and fly across country to meet up with Dodgers on Saturday night.

  • The Dodgers are 8-0 in series-clinching games on the road.

  • Bob_Hendley
  • NPUT