NLDS Games Two, 2017

First game: Cubs at Nationals, 2:30 PM PT, TV: TBS

The visiting Cubs trot out veteran (133 2/3 playoff innings!) LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA), who made two starts against the Nats this season and came away with no decisions but a 2.84 ERA. He’ll face LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.86 ERA), who saw the Nationals just once this year; he gave up two hits and five walks over six innings and took the loss in June.

Second game: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 6:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The D-Backs send LHP Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.89 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers, three days after pitching 2 1/3 innings of relief and making 34 pitches in the Wild Card game. He’ll face LHP Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA), who was 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts against the D-Backs this season. That ERA was skewed by one bad game in which they scored six runs in 3 2/3 innings against him.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which had prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.
  • 1977 In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers rally for three runs with none on and two outs in the top of the ninth inning to take a one-run lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The game appeared to be over when LA’s Davey Lopes is picked off first base for the final out, but a throwing error by Gene Garber advances him to second base, from where he will score the decisive run on Bill Russell’s single.
  • 1978 In Game 4 of the NLCS, Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell’s two-out game winning single, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Phillies and their second consecutive National League pennant. Cey, who walked after the first two batters were retired, advanced into scoring position when Garry Maddox misplayed Dusty Baker’s fly ball in center field.

  • 2001 Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in a season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first inning knuckleball off Dodger Dennis Springer over the right field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants’ left fielder when he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 – .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 – one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.
  • 2006 The Mets defeat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, to complete a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The Dodgers have won only one postseason game in 13 attempts since beating the A’s in the 1988 World Series.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    The Cubbies seem on their way to humiliating the Nats (gnot the Gnats, who got humiliated by everybody this year).

    • If we get past the D-Backs I’d rather face the Cubs. I don’t think their pitchers are as strong as Washington’s.

      • WBBsAs

        I wouldn’t underestimate either of them.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nats have the big three and have shored up their pen mid-season, so they are probably more formidable at this point.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Harper unloads to tie it up.

    • WBBsAs

      Indeed. Hanger games. It wasn’t a cheapie.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, there ya go!

    • WBBsAs

      There it went…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maddon decided to stick with the righty against Harper, with only 18 PA since coming back from injury. Rendon on deck seemed to be his bigger worry. Rendon manages a walk. Brings in lefty to face Murph, who singles. Leaves the lefty in and Zim homers. Baseball is tough.

  • WBBsAs

    At the risk of self-promotion, I’ll report that I wrote a little blurb on Brazilians in baseball: http://southernconeguidebooks.blogspot.com/2017/10/beisebol-no-brasil-o-brasileiros-no.html

    If you like it, feel free to click an ad and earn me a few pennies.

    • Limited self-promotion is perfectly acceptable. That’s a nice piece.

  • WinnipegDave

    Have fun at the game tonight Scooplew!

    • scooplew

      Thanks, WinnipegDave! It is a beautiful, warm evening. The crowd is pumped.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Have a Dodger Dog for all of us . . . and may you exit DS tonight in the best of moods!

        • scooplew

          Just had that Dodger Dog. As good as ever.

  • The crowd was really into the game yesterday and are packed in again for tonight. Makes the game more fun to watch with a big boisterous crowd, whether on TV or in person. I haven’t been to a game in LA for a few years and miss the games where the full crowd was really into the game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not a rich start by Hill.

  • Oh fine.

  • WinnipegDave

    Blast.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ’twas.
      (From the “Duh! Department:) The walk didn’t help.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ump didn’t do hm a favor.

        • WinnipegDave

          I was more at peace with it before the home run. But now it stings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Goldie doing what Goldie does.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh and Hill, bit by walks and HRs.
    Hopefully bats are eager to pick up from last night.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thankfully, all of the dingers off of Klayton were solo shots, no?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Definitely.
        Still, three walks for him — AND the four HRs = atypical Kersh.

  • scooplew

    Too many pitches: 27.

    • WinnipegDave

      At least it wasn’t 48.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You are at DS, no?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hope the bats find a way to solve Ray.

    • Well, if they don’t it won’t be for lack of familiarity. He’s faced them 5 times this year already.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Corey.
    Keep up the hot postseason, JT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ray look a little uncomfortable. (I hope)

    • He made Cody look silly on strike three.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Thinking that Cody made himself look silly with an o-2 pitch off the plate.

  • Ray did strike out 53 Dodgers this year.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and counting.

  • Hill was slow covering but if Cody had tossed the ball sooner, Hill might have have been able to tag the runner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a nice little ground ball.
    Whoops only 1 out so bunting.

    • Do bunts count?

      • WinnipegDave

        Glad for the out on few pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill missing outside.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Could hear the crowd cheering before the play was described to end that half-inning — nice to be at home!

  • WinnipegDave

    Double play! Hill to Seager to Bellinger for the out.

  • The first inning is still Hill’s nemesis.

    • WinnipegDave

      But not Ray’s tonight. He usually is rough in the first too.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am going to take a wild guess and say that is a problem for most pitchers (that and their last), given that they are facing the top of the lineup.

      • WinnipegDave

        Rather than the 2nd with potentially the big boppers?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was verbally doing a Carlton Fisk on that foul ball.

    • It’s hard to know which way to wave at home and not at the game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just shout “Fair, Fair!” (and otherwise when they’re up)

    • WBBsAs

      You’re ahead of me again. Are you something other than MLBTV?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Think national telecast is delayed a bit.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Kike!

    • Sticky would be a good nickname for him. That is one loaded helmet.

      • WinnipegDave

        It is black and blue.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Try the moniker and see if it sticks.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep working up that count!

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Barnes and Puig. Let’s go back to back doubles.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice at-bat, AB!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Puig — another tongue-wagging night!

  • WinnipegDave

    Do they walk Puig to get to Hill?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Intriguing, but too risky?

      • WinnipegDave

        I wouldn’t want to do it if the Dodgers were pitching.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Perhaps now, 3-0.

        • Might do it now though.

        • WinnipegDave

          Which is why I want them too.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not with only one out.

  • Puig might want to look for a fastball.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He likes the first pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can’t let him off the hook!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They heard ya!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice hustle, Puig — and bringing in the run!

  • HLKLA

    This is a start to our comeback.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — on hold ’til the next inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Positive inning even though they only scored one run.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Positive in the sense that Ray looked negative.

    • AZ has to worry about Ray as well after that inning.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Looking for CT and the big boys to jump all over him next inning.

      • Hill – 38 pitches after two. Ray – 39 pitches after two.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — plus Ray’s outing on Wednesday.

        • Will we see Maeda tonight?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hope not, just by definition, if his job is to eat up innings.

  • Acc. to the TV Hill’s bat is a 35-oz job. That’s pretty big. They went on and on about it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich equals Kersh’s BB total from last night.
    Hope the only other thing he equals is Kersh’s W..

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill is getting squeezed on a lot of pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RiKh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wasn’t efficient, but a shutdown inning.

  • That was a Baez inning without the home runs.

  • “Rich HIll holds serve,” the TV guy says after the third out.

    • WinnipegDave

      But had long rallies so might tire by the 5th set/inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Wasn’t that his MO most of the year?

        • WinnipegDave

          Except in Pittsburgh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s make this a open up inning – or whatever the opposite of shut down is.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounds good to me!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice start, CT — get on and run up the count!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager’s swinging the way Joc used to. And coming up empty.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hello Mr. Ray. Can you throw one away when we have a runner on third? Like now? Thank you.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A hit in either of these last two innings would’ve been GREATLY appreciated.

  • Our lefty swingers are struggling against Ray.

    • WinnipegDave

      They are flailing and failing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice curve!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich getting stronger — at least better.

  • Maeda throwing in bullpen, TV says.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to break through here Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan breaks up the no-no.
    Keep them coming, bats!

  • C’mon Austin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin proving to be a grand catcher for LA.

    • WinnipegDave

      I see what you did there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just when I was looking up Bill Bevens’s World Series game in 1947…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Same situation for Yasiel.
    2nd verse, better than the 1st?

    • WBBsAs

      Yasiel the Eighth…

      • WinnipegDave

        Good one!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — he is, he is.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sounds like Hill is done.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully . . . and hopefully he can go out with more runs scored vs. him.

      • WinnipegDave

        Or at very least tied.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That works.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig to load the bases, for . . .. ?

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully a fast running, heavy hitting batter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Just a terrific at-bat,” says Mo.

  • WinnipegDave

    Farmer?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yep.

      • WinnipegDave

        Not my first choice. But I guess with one out you can give it a try…

        • Bob_Hendley

          Who then?

          • I was yelling for Utley.

          • WinnipegDave

            That was my thought as well.

          • I hope Alanna or someone asks Roberts after the game why Farmer rather than Utley. Just lefty-righty or what?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Think you want Utley to bat against a righty, like Bradley or Rodney later in the game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kyle!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WP!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      That will play well!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Take ’em as you can get ’em!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    New ballgame, folks!

  • HLKLA

    Tied!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m impressed with Farmer’s ability to hang in there in his first postseason AB.

    • WinnipegDave

      Almost folk lore stuff there.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ended as it appeared destined to be at the beginning, but he ran up the count and the game was tied during it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ray seemingly on the ropes . . . knock him out, Chris!

  • WinnipegDave

    OK CT. Just a little poke here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT legs it out for the lead!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Fast running hitter!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Appropriate that speed helps the Blue when Maury Wills throws out the first pitch.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Marte thought he was faster than he is, rushed the throw.

  • HLKLA

    Catawampus!

  • RBI

    Watching on Gameday in Mexico. Viva Los Doyers!

    • WinnipegDave

      Weren’t you in LA just yesterday?

      • RBI

        Yup.

        • WinnipegDave

          Stay safe and have fun.

    • Bob_Hendley

      What!? My neck of the woods.

      • RBI

        Where are you? I am in Puerto Vallarta. Friend gave me her timeshare week.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Back on the States. Our beach house is down in Oaxaca.

    • WBBsAs

      DF?

  • Oh, Corey.

  • Okay, Kenta Cingrani, be good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hold that thought.

      • WinnipegDave

        Try and walk the tight rope until the 8th and 9th with the bullpen.

        • Cingrani is a known quantity coming out of the pen, Maeda is mostly untested. I might stay with Cingrani through the fifth.

      • WinnipegDave

        And now here we go with Maeda.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enta!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another 1, 2, 3 inning — nice!
    Make it nicer, bats!

    • WBBsAs

      You’re way of me, future person. It takes the edge off when things are going well, though.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully I have nothing negative to post.
        (But gotta vent if it happens!)

      • WinnipegDave

        Ahead of me too. I’m always torn about revealing the new comment. But I always do.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was giving a class the other day and someone was jumping ahead and I called her “lady from from the future,” thinking of our referencing that here.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • RBI

    Kenta!

  • WinnipegDave

    I love how smoothly Tony C and Kenta handled the top of the order there.

  • RBI

    Another HBP? I hope JT is okay.

    • scooplew

      Having nice conversations with your friend Phillip and his son Sullivan. Enjoyable. They know their baseball.

      • RBI

        Say hi from me!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Shouldn’t that be “hola”?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            (Sorry to butt in)

        • scooplew

          I did. They said Mucho Gracias.

      • RBI

        Quite a game so far! Place must be deafening.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ray still in. I hope he leaves mid-inning and the Dodgers don’t see him again until next season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Got first part of that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yay, no more Ray!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would have loved for Quique to face him again. Guy was on the ropes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Granderson for Kike?
    Cringing.
    Prove me wrong, Curtis!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Righty reliever. Not a difficult decision given their relative splits.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes! Hit and taking the extra base!
        I sit corrected!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Future man!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s score off this guy again tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    This team!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Enticing us . . . now deliver!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan delivers!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yay!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As radio (and we) said, Dodgers are playing like mid-summer.
    Thankfully!

  • WBBsAs

    Fine AB by Foursides.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barrel it up Barnes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SB for LoFo.
    Crowd is somewhat muted on the radio

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Barnes is noble — double for double RBI!

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!!!

      • WinnipegDave

        On an 0-2 count too!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          No eyes, but he sure SOUNDS better than Grandal. Why not start him, regardless of the matchup?

  • Yahoo!

  • RBI

    Huzzah!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh yeah!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice Austin

  • Bob_Hendley

    Finally an extra base hit.

    • WBBsAs

      …and a timely one.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They ARE getting the clutch hits again.

  • RBI

    Came back to the room. Put on my 1988 Championship shirt. Put on Gameday. Score moved from 2-1 to 2-6 Just sayin…

    • WBBsAs

      Where in Méjico?

    • WinnipegDave

      RBI be RBI’ing!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The question is why you weren’t wearing it from the beginning?
      Or does it work magic only when trailing?
      (I think my ’88 shirts are all torn up.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Catcher steals 3rd — the Maury Magic!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    I love LA!

  • RBI

    Never taking the t-shirt off now.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least he didn’t pull up and hurt his ankle.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes!
      Any tongue after that?

      • WinnipegDave

        Not on that one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Standing O for a caught stealing.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        You know they’re in a good mood!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hope Doc is as well.

    • scooplew

      Can’t afford to lose Phil.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can almost hear the crowd – We want Baez. We want Baez.
    Or not.

    • scooplew

      They are actually yelling, “We want Trudeau!”

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! No comment.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Count me in on that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shut them down again, Kenta!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenta K!

  • RBI

    Maeda is throwing a series of great pitches.

    • WinnipegDave

      He nailed that relief outing!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looks like Doc to matchup out of pen until he can bring in Morow and Kenley.

  • Overmanaging Roberts. Maeda was doing fine.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s my general feeling — see how they’re doing.
      I first remember Torre doing that during the regular season.

      • scooplew

        Do we have any more lefties in the pen?

        • Bob_Hendley

          No, but we have Morrow, who does better against them, and Kenley.

  • scooplew

    Why remove Maeda?

    • WinnipegDave

      Match ups I’m guessing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lefties including Lamb coming up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tony Dubs looking good as well.

  • HLKLA

    Nice to see the team is back to scoring runs again.

    • WinnipegDave

      Have to keep pace with the way Houston and Cleveland are scoring. 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        Not really of course – but it’s fun.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guessing Watson stays in to face Lamb, so he may go the full inning and then Morrow and Kenley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    9 more outs until Zack . . . sure feeling better about that now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT keeps it going — c’mon, Cody!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    10 hits, all in the last three innings

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Scoop, you’re part of the largest-ever Dodger Stadium crowd!

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow. What’s the attendance?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        54K+
        I sit corrected — it’s at least the largest since the 2012 renovation -I assumed that increased capacity but it may have cut it down.

  • WinnipegDave

    Find your groove Cody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seeing Cody swing and have the bat hit his back reminds me of Jim Gentile, who did that so often he had a leather pad made for protection.

    • scooplew

      Jim Gentile? Wow. That goes back a ways. Broke in with Dodgers in Brooklyn in ’57?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    4 SB for Dodgers, ties record set in ’65 and ’88 . . . those were very good years.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t think this was posted before: Doc says Kersh might be pulled quicker next outing — http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/257845520/dodgers-dave-roberts-mulls-kershaw-strategy/

  • Should’ve scored there. always need more runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Especially how the 7th has started.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can you feel it in Mexico, RBI? — Andre coming in!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NO!!!!
    3-run HR

  • looking ahead to tomorrow. it would be fun to see both Boston and New York knocked out on the same day.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hindsight IS 20-20, but why remove Kenta?

    • scooplew

      We said it at the time.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yep.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Like you say, hindsight. There was a good basis for bringing in the lefty at that point. Lamb pretty much owns Maeda.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Don’t know those stats, but really don’t like pulling someone just because of lefty/righty. Success/failure vs. a particular batter is another question.

        • Bob_Hendley

          OPS 1.024 in 28 PA.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That is definitely showing success.
            For the sake of discussion, you have a 5-run lead and no one’s on base. Why not let him face that one guy, as long as he’s strong against successive ones?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow’s 1st HR given up this year.
    Bad way to emulate Kershaw.

  • RBI

    Uh oh. Cursed seventh inning again.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The article I linked below talks about how historically bad it is for Kershaw, at least in the postseason. Doc acknowledged that.
      Apparently it’s contagious.

      • RBI

        Just read it. Good to know Doc is open to doing things differently.

  • RBI

    Whatever Morrow pitched to Drury, he was waiting on it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio said Doc would not be opposed to a 6-out save situation for Kenley.
    The problem is he didn’t have a short inning last night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stopping Goldie here is huge in soo many ways . . . c’mon, Morrow!

    • RBI

      He recovered well.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Indeed.

  • RBI

    Heeeere’s Archie!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope to send him away and increase the lead!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay bats — go into the insurance business like last night!

  • RBI

    I guess Barnes was due.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or undue.

  • WinnipegDave

    Woah. Feel asleep on the couch there for a moment. and woke up to crazy scoring by AZ.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Stay awake! (Easier than going to China!)

      • WinnipegDave

        I’m good and awake now for sure.

  • RBI

    Bradley getting that outside call.

    • WinnipegDave

      The one Hill never got.

      • RBI

        Didn’t see that part of the game, but I hate when that happens.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Andre up, two on.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Let’s go Dre!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He’s got that distinctive stance — I can picture it.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. It’s just like you imagine.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hands in motion.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre for the walk — bases loaded!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Need a run, Chris!

  • WinnipegDave

    Big AB for CT.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’d take a walk or WP or HBP. Anything to score another.

  • WinnipegDave

    Such a bad call on that pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!
    Through the wickets for an extra run!

    • WinnipegDave

      What a break!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        What you call for below.

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Dodgers!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Marte feels the pressure of Puig!

    • WinnipegDave

      I wondered about that too. Wonder if Puig yelled or anything?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Probably just stuck his tongue out at him.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! Perfect!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HUGE run.
    C’mon, bullpen!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Fields and then Kenley for 4-5 outs?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Don’t know who else there is, but wary because of Kenley’s outing last night.
      On the other hand, Sunday is an off day.

      • Bob_Hendley

        16 pitches low leverage. Hadn’t pitched before that for days.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Was a bit of a mess as well. But then it wasn’t a save situation and this most definitely will be.

          • Bob_Hendley

            This is what he does.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fields in now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Josh! — K for 1st out!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least it stayed in the park.

    • WinnipegDave

      After a barely checked swing on what would have been strike 3.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Oof!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley coming in.

  • WinnipegDave

    5 big outs to go.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully quick ones!

  • Nervous!

    • Bob_Hendley

      It’s Kenley, not Baez!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

    • WinnipegDave

      O-K!

  • WinnipegDave

    Lots of shaking off on that pitch by KJ.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Runner on second.

      • WinnipegDave

        And long may he stay there.

        • WinnipegDave

          Or short because the inning is done.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes a touch shorter than KJ.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!
    3 more outs!
    Insurance would be nice, guys!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah. Let’s make it so safe that Baez pitches the 9th. (Not going to happen I know.)

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        New kind of BP . . . Baez-Proof . . . the new definition of a true laugher.

        • What about Hatcher?

          • WinnipegDave

            I have this to say about Hatcher – I’m glad we got Hernandez and Barnes.

  • RBI

    Big krush on Kenley.

    • WBBsAs

      Where in Mexico are you?

      • RBI

        Puerto Vallarta.

        • WBBsAs

          No MLBTV? It should work in Méjico.

          • RBI

            25$. I will get the games next week on regular tv. (Once a stingy Yankee always a stingy Yankee.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Shocking! But actually – me too!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley should’ve just waved at the pitcher for a K, like the new IBB.

    • WinnipegDave

      Three finger salute.

  • RBI

    Cody needs to take a nice long easy breath.

    • Howard Fox

      He needs to stop swinging for the fences. Just hit the ball. The home runs will come.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here we go,folks — three outs from a 2-0 series lead!

  • WinnipegDave

    No Goldy please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stay away from Goldie and Martinez!

  • Two hands Corey!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!
    One more out!

  • John_from_Aus

    One more

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s do this!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!
    Two games up!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice!

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy stuff this series. AZ has out homered LA 6-1 and have barely been close in these two games.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure seemed close!

    • That is weird.

    • Howard Fox

      I know it is very early yet, but the Dodgers are doing something successful playoff teams seem to do, string together a series of singles and doubles. Its these types of rallies that seem to break the back of opponents, when they cannot seem to get out of an inning.

      • WBBsAs

        It wasn’t the singles and doubles per se, but rather wearing down the Snakes’ pitchers – Dodgers saw upwards of 170 pitches in each game. Even with the day off, the Phoenix pen could be tired.

        Grandal still has considerable value, but has only one more year before becoming a free agent. They might shop him, if they can fill another need. Barnes does look capable of taking over the job, and the farm system is also deep in catching – Farmer could probably be the backup.

  • Yahoo!!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      There we go!

  • WBBsAs

    Before Monday, the Snakes will surround their swimming pool with razor wire.

    • Ha!

    • Bob_Hendley

      And stock it with piranhas!

    • Howard Fox

      The Dodgers won’t jump in the pool this time. It’s not about winning the NLDS, it’s about much more than that. They’ll celebrate, but they have bigger goals in mind.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda gets the win!

  • Turner reminds me of Tommy Davis in the latter’s two years prior to The Slide.

  • Taylor wears Willie Davis’ and Steve Sax’ number 3. Wonder if he will wind up being a second baseman or a center fielder.

  • Noticed that Joc spent most of the game talking with Ward. I liked that.

    • Howard Fox

      I know Granderson had a key hit last night, but I still would have Joc instead of him on the roster

      • WBBsAs

        Granderson will not be a Dodger next year. Joc might not be.

      • He also struck out with runners on second and third.

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