World Series Game Five, 2017

Dodgers at Astros, 5:00 PM PT, TV: Fox

Lefty Clayton Kershaw goes for the Dodgers and lefty Dallas Keuchel goes for the Astros in a rematch of Game One starters. Kershaw went seven innings, struck out eleven and gave up one run on 83 pitches while getting the win in that game. Keuchel went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and taking the loss.

Odd statistical note: all eight runs Kershaw has allowed this month have been via the home run.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1942 Branch Rickey, the innovator of the farm systems which helped to build a strong Redbird franchise, resigns as the Cardinals’ vice president. Three days later, the Dodgers will announce the Mahatma has been named president of the Brooklyn club, a move that will help to fill the void created by Brooklyn’s general manager Larry MacPhail’s enlistment in the army to serve in World War II.
  • 2008 The Phillies complete the first-ever suspended game in World Series history, playing three innings at Citizens Bank Park, beating the Rays, 4-3, in Game 5 to win the Fall Classic. The World Championship is only the team’s second in franchise history, and its first since 1980.

Lineup when available.


Turner’s knee must be bothering him. Fortunately Forsythe is a good replacement at 3B.

  • scooplew

    As a warmup to today’s game, I did a little research on Dodgers’ World Series homers. The following list consists of those Dodgers who have hit two or more homers in a World Series (not one game but in all the games in that World Series):
    1952 — Duke Snider 4.
    1953 — Jim Gilliam, 2.
    1955 — Duke Snider 4; Roy Campanella 2.
    1959 — Chuck Essegian, 2 (both as pinch-hitter); Charlie Neal, 2.
    1965 — Ron Fairly, 2; Lou Johnson, 2.
    1977 — Reggie Smith, 3; Steve Yeager, 2.
    1978 — Davey Lopes, 3.
    1981 — Pedro Guerrero, 2; Steve Yeager, 2.
    1988 — Mickey Hatcher, 2.
    2017 — Joc Pederson, 2.
    No one hit at least 2 homers for the Dodgers in the World Series of 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1956, 1963, 1966 or 1974. Snider is the all-time Dodger leader in World Series homers with 11.

    • Very familiar names on that list.

    • WinnipegDave

      I love lists! Thanks for this Scoop.

      • scooplew

        You’re welcome. I love compiling them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      2 ph dingers is really something. We are talking only 4 plate appearances for Chuck in 1959 WS.

      • scooplew

        Bernie Carbo tied Essegian’s record of two PH HR in a WS in ’75. His second one, a three-run blast in the 8th inning, tied the 6th game vs. Cincy and set the stage for Fisk’s iconic game-winning HR in the bottom of the 12th.

    • WBBsAs

      You haven’t answered whether or not you’re on the Joc bandwagon yet.

    • Joc and others have a chance to add to their totals for this Series.

  • scooplew

    Today’s Dodger lineup:
    Taylor CF
    Seager SS
    Turner DH
    Hernandez LF
    Bellinger 1B
    Forsythe 3B
    Puig RF
    Barnes C
    Culberson 2B
    (Kershaw P)

  • WBBsAs

    Tangentially today, for your pre-game entertainment, I’ve written a short comparison of Hawai’i and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) that touches upon baseball: http://tinyurl.com/y9bjcvq3

    • I’ll have to wait till later in the day to read that; the text is too dim when it’s noon here.

      It looks like Wikipedia has superseded my own Hawai’i Islanders pages.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I went to several of their games!

        • WBBsAs

          I saw them in Tacoma, with Bo Belinsky and the infamous Carlos Bernier.

      • WBBsAs

        Is the text on the page too dim? I can read it easily on my machine.

        • scooplew

          The text is too dim on my computer. I’d love to read it. Can you darken it?

          • WBBsAs

            Let me see what I can do. I’m not sure.

          • The body text is dim. The headings and the sidebars are all plenty bright with white text. The links are all bright orange, which is fine. It’s the surrounding text which is hard-to-impossible for my eyes to read, at least during daylight hours.

    • RBI

      My favorite line? “In fact, the Tacoma Giants themselves employed a Hawaiian catcher by the name of Frankie Reveira (whom Hill, unfortunately, nicknamed “Johnny Pineapple”), and number of Hawaiians now play in the majors.”

      • WBBsAs

        If Hill were still alive, he could be Gurriel’s PR guy.

  • scooplew

    For the record, I am very much part of the Joc Pederson bandwagon, and I will not jump off at any time until well into the 2018 season, and I hope that I don’t feel the need to do that then.

    • Grins. “As long as he gives me no cause to jump off, I swear I will not do so.”

      • scooplew

        You are too clever for me. Looking back on my post, I sound like a prevaricating politician regarding Pederson’s performance.

        • But one who’s damned good at alliteration!

  • WBBsAs

    For those of you who were having trouble reading my article on Hawai’i and Easter Island and baseball, please try again: http://southernconeguidebooks.blogspot.com/2017/10/polynesias-of-americas-north-and-south.html

    • That’s great for me. It may not be the look you want, but it’s very legible with the dark-on-white text.

      • scooplew

        It is now completely clear and legible and I will read it. Thanks.

      • WBBsAs

        I may fiddle around with it some more in the next few days.

  • scooplew

    OK, everybody, let’s put all our good wishes, hopes and faith in and for the Dodgers together.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m right there with you Scoop!

  • WinnipegDave

    Go time show time.

  • WBBsAs

    And, it’s time to mute the feed for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

    • WinnipegDave

      I understand why you personally want to mute God Bless America.
      Why your national anthem though? Just curious – and not trying to be confrontational.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s awful music, with jingoistic lyrics. I could respect “America the Beautiful,” though.

        • WinnipegDave

          That makes sense. I appreciate that you are a principled person.

          • Looking for a Cabinet position 🙂

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Your humour is on point as usual.

  • scooplew

    I got some remarkably good baseball news this week. A good friend of mine who lives in Chicago, whom I met at the Dodgers Fantasy Camp in Vero Beach in 2002, is a very successful real estate attorney. He is an enormous Dodgers fan, and he told me that he has had a very good year and invited me to be his guest at Games 6 and Game 7, so I am flying to L.A. from San Jose Tuesday morning. I wish that you all could join in my good fortune. I have no idea where the seats are, but they could be on top of the right field scoreboard and I’d be happy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Scoop! That’s so exciting! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wow!

    • John_from_Aus

      That’s so cool 🙂

    • RBI

      Scoop that is fantastic and deserved. We needed representation and now we have it!!!

      • WinnipegDave

        Does that mean that someone from EF has been to every home game this post-season? Did we (you) cover each one?

        • scooplew

          Thanks to you all for your good wishes and kind thoughts. I will do my best to post from the Game or Games, and I will certainly be thinking of of you folks and what this blog has meant to me for so many years, first by Jon and for many years now, by Link. My first World Series game attended was Game 4 in 1965 when my father got us a pair of ducats in the left-field pavilion in Dodger Stadium. Drysdale went the distance, beating the Twins, 7-2, and Sweet Lou and Wes Parker homered. That tied the WS at two games each. After the game ended, the organist played Happy Days Are Here Again. They were.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sounds like you’ll be good luck for the Blue, Scoop — happy for you! I sure hope you see two games!

        • RBI

          WS yes! Not sure about the others…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            NLCS G1 for me — you had 2 and they clinched in Chitown.

  • WBBsAs

    So, the ‘Stros are honoring the latest sexual abuser.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yay – some sadly creepy stories emerging about him.

    • Who is your favorite magician?

  • WinnipegDave

    How about we score 5 in the first inning? Just for kicks and giggles.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fair weather fan?

      • WinnipegDave

        You prefer the 2nd? I can go with you on that. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    CT with the single to start us off.

    • WBBsAs

      Just like last night but, hopefully, with better results hereafter.

  • We wouldn’t be able to do this had the Dodgers swept the Astros.

  • WinnipegDave

    This ump is very descriptive. Tells where the ball calls are located.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice AB by Corey until that end.

    • WBBsAs

      He took a meatball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They are definitely not going for the ones they swung at before.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good patience.
    C’mon, JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes!
    2 on, lots of pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kike!

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s go Sticky!

  • Grand Slam brewing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Take it but also just a hit.
      Need a run!

    • A strong brew. Taking a little more time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Patience = bases loaded!

  • WinnipegDave

    My son: Let’s see if another miracle can happen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t believe that first pitch was in his wheelhouse.
    If not there, should’ve been taking.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No . . . old Cody back.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Logan!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go Logan.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’d take a walk here even.

  • WBBsAs

    Two of those pitches were balls.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    LOGAN!!!!

    • WBBsAs

      Good future person!

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This postseason, I am definitely happy whenever Logan is up.

  • I was starting to get antsy about leaving the bases loaded. Thank you, Logan.

  • Everybody’s favorite player all year long comes through.

  • WBBsAs

    Now, pour it on!

  • WinnipegDave

    A HR here would make it a nice even 5.

    • WBBsAs

      “Even” 5?

      • HLKLA

        It is the exchange rate.

  • WBBsAs

    Loving the pitch count, too.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Inside ump!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES — a gfit!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Heads up Kike!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hahahaha!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Break.

  • WBBsAs

    A gift from Gurriel!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      KArma?

    • So far his non WS suspension has benefited the Dodgers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Was that one of Doc’s delayed steal things?

    • Half of it.

      • Picked off first but the throw went wide to 2b and Logan managed to get a foot under the tag. Hernandez saw what was happening and scored.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Doc has worked a play a couple times this year to draw the catcher’s throw to second and send the guy home on the throw.

          • Yeah, but I think this was just a pickoff that went awry on Houston’s part.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Maybe because the play was on, no?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Why else send him?

          • Runner on third breaks for home on the throw to second. Just happened that it was the first baseman made the throw.

          • Bob_Hendley

            And Quique is the guy you want on 3rd to do that. Not as if Logan is a base stealer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Has called that a couple times this year.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Karma?
        NEVER MIND — see below

  • HLKLA

    What a great start!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes, upheld!
    Just like Game 1 NLCS.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown inning, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    32 pitches for Keuchel.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      More important, 3 runs for LA!

      • WinnipegDave

        Very good point! I would take 1 run for every 11 pitches thrown.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m not belittling your point at all — get him out of there!
          From what I heard, Alex had a lot of pitches but no damage last night . .. until the end.

          • Bob_Hendley

            On the other hand, if you are scoring on him why would you want him out of there?

          • 84 pitches, 49 strikes in 5 2/3 innings for Alex.

  • WBBsAs

    Two misplays from the nervous (?) ‘Stros, and a shaky inning from Keuchel.

    • Lots of comments here. We nervous too?

      • WBBsAs

        Energized…

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Both

      • Me, yes. Less so with three runs and Kershaw on the hill.

        • I feel it.

          • scooplew

            Plenty nervous, but energized by the three runs in the first, which gave us eight runs in our last two innings.

          • RBI

            Both for me, too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    You know the chant: Get the K!

  • WBBsAs

    Bregman has impressed me, at bat and in the field.

  • WinnipegDave

    My son on that fly ball: OK calm down fans. Calm down.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!!!!

  • HLKLA

    I am liking World Series Kershaw very much.

    • WinnipegDave

      May he remain this locked in.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        What he said!

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      What is that even an image of?

      • WinnipegDave

        Nevermind. I see the point now.

  • RBI

    Great first inning, Blue! (Exercising so I don’t lose my mind…)

    • WBBsAs

      I’m self-medicating with a glass of Spanish Albariño.

    • WinnipegDave

      And to think most people exercise to focus on the body. 🙂

      • scooplew

        When I was a kid I used to keep score on one of my dad’s shirt cardboards, when laundries routinely included them in ironed, folded shirts. I decided to do that again tonight.

        • WinnipegDave

          Bringing back the classics!

        • HLKLA

          I remember those!.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Hopefully one worth keeping a loooooong time!

        • Spiral notebooks were my scorecard of choice (or necessity — Dad was in Antarctica when I became a Dodgers fan, thus no shirt cardboards).

  • HLKLA

    Patient hitting so far.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was confused at the game when everyone booed Reddick.
    I don’t even remember him as a Dodger — what’s the story?

    • WinnipegDave

      He complained about Dodger fans booing him last year when he got off to a very slow start last year after he was traded to LA.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, all.
        Boy is my memory bad if he was there last year!
        Or he was just not memorable. (Probably the former)

        • It would be funny if Link could find your Reddick comments from last year.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sept. 13, 2016: “I think I’m gonna forget this guy fast!”

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

          • I looked. He was only mentioned in four posts all year. Within the comments he might have been spoken of some, but mostly it appears he barely made a ripple in the Elysian Fields commentariat.

    • He came over with Hill from Oakland and didn’t do well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Actually had a good September, but was already labeled by then due to horrendous start.

        • Bob_Hendley

          And, what Dave said.

        • WBBsAs

          I thought he was a potentially valuable acquisition who just didn’t work out.

          • WinnipegDave

            Back in the days when Puig was a minor leaguer.

    • WBBsAs

      Wait’ll you see what Gurriel gets.

  • HLKLA

    Keuchel channeling his inner Baez.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A two-timeout AB for Taylor — without a pitch thrown.

    • I missed it while I drove to Dairy Queen and ordered a banana split.

  • WinnipegDave

    Quick inning from Keuchel. Need more shutdown innings from Kershaw.

    • WinnipegDave

      Pitch count wise obviously.

    • RBI

      Make that two.

  • Kershaw and Wood both keeping their fastballs under 94. They seem to have their adrenaline under control.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Not sure that Wood can go that fast if he wanted to at this point. Had a lot of 89 mph fb last night.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice start I see

    • WinnipegDave

      We aim to please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two shutdown.
    Time to score some more!
    Gluttony is bad . . . but for runs tonight, I’m going for it!

    • WBBsAs

      I’d like a laugher that would let Kershaw throw in Game 7 if necessary.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good idea.
        And I hope it’s not necessary due to LA win.

    • WinnipegDave

      And sloth from the ‘Stros.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You have expanded the use of “shutdown” inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True.
        Gonna report me?

        • Bob_Hendley

          So now it is after the Dodgers score and after they don’t score?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            How about shut them down . . . vs. shutdown

          • Bob_Hendley

            Or the Dodgers scoring some more!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            All of the above!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m a little surprised the ‘Stros don’t platoon Reddick with Beltrán.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Carlos in the field would not look good. Is Reddick the DH tonight?

      • WBBsAs

        He would not, I admit, but Reddick’s in RF. Gaddis is DH.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He wrote something to Gurriel on the incident, but I haven’t seen it.

  • We are supposed to have quite a bit of wind and rain tonight and power just did a hard blink. Hard enough to make Direct TV have to reset. Might be running on generator before the night is over.

    • WBBsAs

      In NH? An early winter?

      • WinnipegDave

        Snowing in Wpg tonight.

        • WBBsAs

          Snowing in Bariloche, too, today.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            At least 80 and sunny in Vegas.
            Sorry.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sounds amazing.

          • Cloudy here. Tonight’s forecast low: 72 degrees.

          • RBI

            Almost exactly the same here. Low of 63 though.

          • WBBsAs

            Probably still some spring skiing in the surrounding Andes, but it was snowing at lake level today.

      • We have had a perfect fall so far. Winter not threatening yet.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Big wind right now in DC as well.

      • Mueller?

      • WBBsAs

        It’s cooled off in the Bay Area, and even Buenos Aires looks mild next week.

      • WBBsAs

        The wind blows inside the WH.

        • RBI

          Ha!

  • scooplew

    Pitch count after two innings: Keuchel 45, Kershaw 24.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike making him work agaIn

  • WinnipegDave

    DP would quiet the crowd back down.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive?
      Please . . .

  • RBI

    That was a great pitch. Gattis just went down and got it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice play by CT.
    Kersh had the 2 strikes.
    Bear down!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — get the K or double play!

    • HLKLA

      How about a double play!

      • scooplew

        Good call, gentlemen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan and Charlie!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes!!

      • scooplew

        I wonder how many Forsythe-Culberson-Bellinger DPs we’ve recorded this year?

        • Heh. Since Culberson was only with the big club for about ten days at the end of the season…

          • scooplew

            Yes, I forgot that. He has been so vital for us.

    • They good.

    • WBBsAs

      Forsythe took a lot of crap during the season, but he’s been irreplaceable ever since.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        As one who cast crap, totally agree.
        They say it tastes like chicken, so I’ll eat crow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Called it, Dave — you shut down the crowd!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown, shut’em dowm, whatever — YES!
    CT keeps it to a single, then the DP!

  • Smoltz very complimentary to Logan and Charlie. “Turned it like they’ve been doing it together for years.”

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor deserves a lot of credit for cutting that ball off, which made the DP possible.

    • HLKLA

      Agree.

  • scooplew

    Pitch count after three innings: Keuchel 57, Kershaw 39.

  • scooplew

    Time for Puig to join the parade in this inning.

    • Cody too. Don’t stop with yesterday’s heroics, young’un.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That missed by more than the previous!

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a chance.

  • RBI

    Ump had better expand the zone for Kersh, too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan!

    • WinnipegDave

      Turning into Wolverine!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Love it — the note and the movie!

  • RBI

    Logan! I take back everything I ever ever said!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What she said!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    LoFo got the pitch count up AND the double!

  • HLKLA

    Logan is on fire!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bergman is said to be the best SS on the team.

  • RBI

    These announcers are pretty lame.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Basehit, Yasiel!

  • Forsythe is playing like Brian Doyle did for the Yankees in 1978. I expect he’ll have a lot longer career, though.

    • WBBsAs

      Forsythe is better than his regular season stats would indicate.

      • Very true. He had a bad year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, not a Brian Doyle type.

        • I was just thinking of the “outta nowhere” star of the Series aspect.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Doyle did nothing before or after. He was truly out of nowhere and went back there.

          • Yeah, I looked him up at Wikipedia. He only played about 110 games total in the big leagues.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hopefully Logan continues to do much for LA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least the blue is consistent — with Hous anyway

  • RBI

    Not even close, Ump!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You said it — he better give it to Kersh!

  • Puig is beginning to struggle. He has since Game Two.

    • RBI

      That was on the ump. He had to swing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Doesn’t hit on the road apparently.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        What you said AND RBI

    • He hasn’t done well against lefties this year.

      • 2-16 in the WS, same as Turner. (Before tonight)

  • RBI

    How can Puig possibly be patient with that called strike?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin brings Logan’s run!

  • RBI

    RBI for Barnesy!

  • Barnesy!

    • Bat is waking up. He is swinging like he did in the regular season now. Maybe thinking about catching and game plan at the expense of his swing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2-out hit — clutch!

  • HLKLA

    Insurance.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure hope runs 2+ are all just icing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!! Quiet down crowd.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Again.

  • RBI

    Such a clutch hit!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, yes, YES!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        To me, that’s huge and what they didn’t have a lot of the time, the clutch, non-HR hit.
        (I’ll take the HR, but sometimes a single will do it.)

        • RBI

          Exactly. So gratifying to see.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes comes alive. Logan scores his 9th run of the Post-season.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Quick — how many of the starting lineup are clean-shaven for LA? I think of 4

    • WinnipegDave

      Who you got?

      • Cody, Corey, Barnes, Kiké? Has Puig got a little chin action going?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Ah, Kike!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        C & C, Puig, Austin

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta be it

  • WinnipegDave

    Safe!

  • HLKLA

    Culbertson with the hit and TKO!

  • Keuchel, 86 pitches, 46 strikes. And done. If there’s a Game 7 he might have a little left for an inning or two.

    • WinnipegDave

      If he pitched like tonight I may welcome him.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          But I hope LA wins tonight and there is no 7th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT — bring ’em home!

    • Bob_Hendley

      That would be lovely.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin anticipating !

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes knows catching.

    • WinnipegDave

      And running too!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio always said the Doc stressed anticipating the ball in the dirt and being aggressive.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shut e’m down shutdown inning, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just went around. Barely.

  • WBBsAs

    ‘Stros might be in the market for Morrow in the off-season.

    • HLKLA

      I sure hope the Dodgers try harder to sign him.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Second that!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Might require closer money, and the Dodgers already have one.

        • HLKLA

          Does Maeda stay in the bullpen next year?

          • Bob_Hendley

            If he does they would need to rework his contract, but I think he remains in the rotation.

          • WBBsAs

            Unlikely that Darvish sticks around.

          • WinnipegDave

            We need Darvish. To help sign Otani.

    • and Nationals

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Must’ve been REALLY inside!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Kersh — not as sharp so far.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Time for another DP!

  • WinnipegDave

    So apparently there is a different zone for Astros than Dodgers. Come on Ump.

  • Help ump.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • RBI

    He’s not giving Kershaw anything close to the same calls.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Does Torre keep track of that?

      • Yes

        • WinnipegDave

          Nevermind Torre. We keep track of it. For Christmas card purposes.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Crossing him off now!
            Ha!

          • WinnipegDave

            Exactly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew — first out after 3-1.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Call for the DP, Austin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — get the K or double play!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. Take outs any which way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unfortunately, this is the situation KErsh was practicing when he went to the mound last night.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well good thing he practiced then. Put that practice to work!!

  • Kersh has had to sit on the bench for long periods tonight.

    • RBI

      How weird. See below.

  • RBI

    Kershaw had to sit for a long half inning. I think he’ll be okay here. I hope.

  • WBBsAs

    Get the outs. I need a breather.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looks like they’ll lose the review and Kersh is in trouble . . . and not looking good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Safe at second.

  • WBBsAs

    Safe to me.

    • WinnipegDave

      Culberson needed to block the base more.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looked out.

  • HLKLA

    Playoff Kershaw in this inning.

  • RBI

    Oh dear me.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The curse of Kersh . . . 3 innings early.

  • Bob_Hendley

    And just like that.

  • scooplew

    OMG.

  • Drat.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least Gurriel’s is a likable player to root for. Sheesh.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Worse — didn’t realize it was him.

      • WinnipegDave

        Exactly.

    • With a unique haircut.

  • scooplew

    Wow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    11 of 12 playoff runs off Kersh from HR!
    He most definitely is affected by the HR this year..

  • WinnipegDave

    We still got this.

  • scooplew

    Feeling a bit sick.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep it even, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Umps zone did not help at all this inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    New game.
    They can still maintain the record of when Kersh gets 4 runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not a playoff record because he has lost with 6 runs of support in a previous year.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He didn’t get that loss, if I remember right but the Dodgers did.
        But the record fwhen he gets 3 vs. 4 jumps favorable

        • WinnipegDave

          Good point.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m so pumped to come back and win this and send the crowd home sad. Let’s hit the bullpen hard boys.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      May you be a prescient as Kersh was knowing he’d be facing 1st and 2nd tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    I stepped out to refill my wine glass, and the unthinkable happened.

  • Un-Kershawlike to walk the leadoff guy. That hurt, obviously.

    • RBI

      Should have been a SO. If ump had played fair.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Corey!

  • WinnipegDave

    Please strike back here and now Dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, please!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Strikeback inning!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Copyright pending.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye, Corey!

  • That’s a good sign.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hiopefully same results as what happened to Kersh.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Answer JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye, JT!

  • Astros have to hate this.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good AB here Sticky.

    • WBBsAs

      Sticky?

      • WinnipegDave

        His batting helmet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That was a waste — but looked like a strike.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’MON, BLUE!!!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Wrong blue.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was yelling at the ump.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. Just to clarify for others.

  • Those calls are unbelievable.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      TV agrees.
      It has to be a story tomorrow, regardless of the outcome.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump!?

    • WBBsAs

      He shoulda let it hit him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CODY !!!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli answers!

  • Wow

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strikeback!

  • WinnipegDave

    OH BABY!!

  • Right fielder should have made an effort

    • Bob_Hendley

      Our man Reddick.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Who’s that?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha!

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • John_from_Aus

    What a roller coaster ride

  • Kershaw back out there?

    • WinnipegDave

      I would.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hope he can regain the 1st and 2nd inning prowess.

    • Arm wrapped in towel last seen.

  • scooplew

    To repeat myself, OMG.

  • WinnipegDave

    That felt amazing!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We know they have a batting stand in clubhouses — is there a place for Kersh — or anyone — to pitch?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Walks killed LA and Houston.

  • Lick us up a hit

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After his previous K, my brother texted that Puig should sit. I said he’s bad on the road, it was a terrible call . . . and his glove can save a game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      This is the brother who boycotted baseball after the strike, but always wanted to know about Vin and has been staying up (Arlington, VA) to watch these games.

      • WinnipegDave

        “Welcome back to the fight.”

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “This time I know our side will win.”

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh yeah – that is the next line. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      At the plate (hitting advice) ?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get this first out immediately, Kersh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Come. On. Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “False start offense” — HA!

    • WinnipegDave

      Not bad.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That false start may be a turning point . . . get back to the groove, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NOOOOOOO! . . . .wheeeeeeeew!

    • WinnipegDave

      Loud foul.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Me, or the ball?

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • Bob_Hendley

    I think Clayton might want to call it a night at this point.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah maybe this should be his last inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He does NOT look sharp.
        Struggling.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Certainly don’t want to see him again against the top of the order.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K!!!!!!!

    • WBBsAs

      Good future person!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Finally, that phantom inside strike!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the out! Get the out!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Definitely his last inning.
    Hope he can finish it without getting hurt.

  • Phoo.

  • RBI

    Settle Kersh down, Honey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Would you want (trust) Kershaw to come out of the pen in a hypothetical situation in a hypothetical Game 7?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I honestly don’t know.
      Let’s face it — in the playoffs, he’s exactly what his record shows: 50-50.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully the record will increase by another W tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That should have been his last batter. That would have been the case for any other pitcher on the team.

    • Yep. Kersh wanting to get the win and he has earned a chance.

      • WBBsAs

        Pitcher win means nothing. Team win does.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          THis is his last batter, regardless.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Doc makes this call, not Klayton.

        • Doc and the team wanted Kersh to get the win–To a point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I thought that was it!

  • Help out ump !!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What’d they say, only 4 swing and misses?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Besides this being the playoffs, I wonder if his back is playing any part in this?

        • Stoltz keeps talking about long innings and sitting.

          • RBI

            Long innings. Sitting. Not getting calls that ‘Stros got. And not as sharp as he was starting out.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            True true and true.
            But no swings and misses

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s tonight — I’m talking the other bad playoff outings.

    • WBBsAs

      Very un-Kershaw.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Incredible.

  • Scary situation here, too.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Scary throughout.

  • WinnipegDave

    The champagne will still taste sweet Klayton.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We definitely had what we wanted — runs and Kershaw.
    Hopefully the bullpen will do it once again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to see the swing and miss.

  • WinnipegDave

    Apparently the Astros are cheering for Maeda to be the MVP of the WS.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I truly laughed and that was good. Thanks, Dave.

        • WinnipegDave

          Glad to help.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ooooooohhhhhhh

  • Bob_Hendley

    This stress thanks to Doc.

    • scooplew

      Because of his earlier misuse of relievers?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Huh? He misused his relievers?

        • scooplew

          Game 2.

          • Bob_Hendley

            We had our closer in with a lead in the ninth with only 16 pitches under his belt. Can’t set up things much better than that.

    • RBI

      Why?

      • Bob_Hendley

        He let Klayton face the top of the order for the third time on a night when it was clear he didn’t have it. Any other pitcher would have been yanked.

        • WinnipegDave

          But Maeda didn’t have it either.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Maeda had to deal with the two guys already on base.

          • WinnipegDave

            Actually he had to deal with Altuve.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He has not be used this way, coming in and pitching from the stretch.

          • WinnipegDave

            He is a starter by trade though.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Huh?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I go back to what you said after Game 2 — not as much Doc as Kenley didn’t do it., Kershaw didn’t do it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Kershaw didn’t have it and he certainly didn’t have it to face the top of the order a third time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers have that HR pitch dialed in.

  • Unbelievable.

  • WinnipegDave

    That really hurts.

  • Both teams trying to make this the best WS ever.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not for pitchers.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or the worst.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now the Dodgers nervous.
    With reason.

  • Calm down, Dodgers.

  • WBBsAs

    I love baseball, and hate this particular game.

    • RBI

      My feeling exactly.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK. I still say we win this. I’m not backing down.

  • WinnipegDave

    We absolutely have this. Honest.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Does that come with a guarantee?

      • WinnipegDave

        It comes with a feeling.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Stuck on it?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Interesting to see how Kenta does without any runners.

    • RBI

      Without Altuvé, more like.

  • RBI

    I don’t know if I can take this. I need a future person, big time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is their season in one game — going great, then bad, then great again, then bad . . . time to be great again.

  • This would be more enjoyable if the game moved along faster. Long commercials and lots pitches. Two hours and 40 minutes and game in the top of the 6th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Did you all see the story about pitchers blaming the no sliders on the baseballs?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But Kersh was soo good Game 1.

  • Who’s gonna play 2b now?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Chase?

      • WBBsAs

        Probably. Could move Taylor to IF, Quique to CF, keep Joc in left.

        • WinnipegDave

          I had wondered about that too.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Definitely do that. Save Chase for PH.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc with a walk??? !!!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope you make it all the way around Joc!

    • WBBsAs

      Joc’s always had a good eye.

  • Let’s work with that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager needs to go yard right here.

    • Only have one runner on though.

      • WinnipegDave

        I’m fine with back to back (to back).

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Any run = lead.

          • Tonight is the night of the three run home run.

          • WinnipegDave

            It’s our turn for one.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Just to even things out.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Gonna turn down a 2-run shot?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Any way to find out how long Kersh waited in the blowout game vs. Cubs?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s jump on their pen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Next inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ball 4!

    • RBI

      That one was a strike

      • Looked outside the box to me, not that the umpire thinks that way.

      • WinnipegDave

        Looked outside in real time. Less so on replay.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Agree on both.

  • I hate called third strikes.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes.
      And I hate this guy’s strike zone.

      • WBBsAs

        Everyone seems to agree.

  • Hernandez at second.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m reminded of that “SNL” skit with “Palin” and “Clinton” where Tina Fey said all it takes to be a woman elected on the top ticket is wanting it. And Amy Poehler went nuts with her wanting it.

    I’m sure no one wants it more than Kershaw. And no one has the raw talent.
    But something happens in the playoffs.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s a mystery. But he still gets a ring if the Dodgers find a way to win this thing.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes.
        But it would be nice to know the invincible Kersh is out there more than 50% of the time (at least going by W/L).
        And it pains me to say that about any Dodger, but especially Kersh,. I admire him immensely as a player and a man.

        • WinnipegDave

          True.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hope THEIR ace is as effective on Tuesday as ours was tonight.

  • scooplew

    They should bring in a relief umpire to take over behind home plate.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      LOVE that!
      Get Joe on the phone!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Wonder what the ump positioned up the middle thinks about his calls?

      • Torre is watching the game, wonder what he thinks?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          We’re hoping something comes of it.

  • RBI

    No more walks!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Both teams walk into trouble.

  • HLKLA

    Was not planning on being so tightly buckled in during this game after we lead 4-0′

    • RBI

      I never would have thought Kersh would give up a four run lead and then we’d give up a three run lead. These Astros are ridiculously good offensively.

      • WBBsAs

        I can imagine several WS rematches between these two teams.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not sure I could take that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shift happens!

    • WinnipegDave

      Sweet.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        At the game Tuesday, one of my seatmates saw the Blue shift and wondered what was happening. I explained. ‘I don’t like shifts,’ she said. They got the batter out and she was leaning towards favoring them.

  • WinnipegDave

    Who is feeling it? Time to throw another punch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Let’s go, Dodgers, let’s go!

  • Bob_Hendley

    We need to score. They have the top of the order coming up again. Watson might actually be our best bet, otherwise Chicken Strip or Fields or …

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      TC — unless he was used too much last night.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Think Watson is better against righties. He used to be a closer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner is perpetually in a 0-2 hole.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      1 hit since Game 1?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Best hitter in MLB with two strikes during the season.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye. Wear down Peacock.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Or hit him!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Justin with the double!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was shouting for it to go out.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thought it was gone.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        INCHES from an HR

    • WBBsAs

      Just missed.

    • RBI

      I thought it did.

  • RBI

    Justin! Double!

    • WBBsAs

      Game of inches…

  • WinnipegDave

    Bunting?

    • WBBsAs

      No way.

      • WinnipegDave

        And yet…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Showed it twice.

        • WinnipegDave

          Exactly .

      • WinnipegDave

        You were wrong.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doc!?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley is tempting to face the top of the order. Threw 3 innings last year against the Nats for the win in the final of the NLDS. If we get a lead here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I vote no.

  • RBI

    Bad bunt. Too hard.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Directly to the pitcher.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Terrible bunt.

  • WBBsAs

    Bunting is bad.

  • RBI

    Terrible call by Doc. I mean come on.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Things going Houston’s way . . .

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      UNTIL THEN!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    A break!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Get down, get down!

      • WinnipegDave

        Indeed.

  • WinnipegDave

    That worked.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So, we end up with a runner on third and one out in any event.

    • Bob_Hendley

      With a run in our pocket.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        2 great points

  • WBBsAs

    That’s why you don’t bunt.

  • WBBsAs

    Bad judgment by Springer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WS Cody 2.0!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Is Kenley up?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Morrow to bridge to Kenley.

      • WinnipegDave

        That could work. I hope.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I ain’t got nothing else at this point. Don’t want to see Chicken Strip or Fields against the top of the order.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    REALLY happy to see Logan at the plate.

    • RBI

      Tough out there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Come on Puig!

  • WBBsAs

    One of the wildest Series I’ve ever seen.

    • RBI

      I thought Game Two was crazy.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        MUCH more for you, I’m sure than us just watching,

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          AND soo close to victory.

          • RBI

            I almost blacked out at one point.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Cheering?
            Asphyxiating?

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig. Let’s go after this

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure hope that doesn’t come back to haunt.
    In this game, what’re the chances that’s the end of scoring?

  • WinnipegDave

    Can this be our 8-7 win please?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally works for me.
      Won’t be any less intense, tho.

    • WinnipegDave

      And by 8-7, I really mean 10 or 11 to 7.

  • John_from_Aus

    Missed most of this due to classes, but it looks like an insane game

    • RBI

      Completely, utterly nuts.

  • RBI

    Glad it’s Morrow.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s had a lot of work, though.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They all have.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NO WAY!!!

  • Omg

  • Bob_Hendley

    And that happened.

  • RBI

    No!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who’s up in the ‘pen?

    • scooplew

      Brian Wilson.

      • RBI

        Funny.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Thanks, Scoop — that had me laughing.

  • WBBsAs

    Morrow doesn’t appear to have it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s turn 2.

    • WBBsAs

      If Altuve hits it hard at somebody…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tell the ump you’re calling Torre about him.

  • scooplew

    I had they wersn’t Going to use him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kershaw wasn’t supposed to not last 5.

      • scooplew

        True. Especially with leads of 4-0 and 7-4.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That’s the story.
          We had what we wanted.
          Apprears it wasn’t good enough.

  • Okay, not Morrow’s night.

  • scooplew

    I am exhausted.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe shouldn’t have pitched to Altuve

  • WBBsAs

    It was a meatball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure seems thatiIf there is a team of destiny, it’s not LA.

    • RBI

      Stupid Hurricane.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just the way they’re playing.
        But the side story doesn’t help the Dodgers — how do you beat the sympathy story?

        • WinnipegDave

          By not having a racist player.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            True. Not sure how well that played with neutral fans — hear anything?

  • scooplew

    Pull him, Doc

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley just might have been the better option.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not for 3 innings.
      Not tonight.

      • Bob_Hendley

        To face the top of the order and then see from there.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I like that thinking!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow — no HRs regular.
    Playoffs: 3 . . .4?

  • John_from_Aus

    My goodness

  • scooplew

    Once more, OMG.

  • Once too often to the well with Morrow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Houston better score a couple more because the Dodgers aren’t done yet.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      LAughed again.
      A sadder laugh, tho.

      • scooplew

        From north of the border, came a man on a white horse promising justice.

        • WinnipegDave

          Do you mean me?

  • scooplew

    Basically, I am numb.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back when it was 4-0, the comments were moderate. Now we’re going to obliterate the record.

    • RBI

      That’s how I feel. Obliterated.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    For all the “Beat LA” fans in the world, this is a joyous night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    An out!!!

  • RBI

    Morrow looks devAstated. Poor guy. Four llights out pitching stars have let the side down this WS at some point.

  • scooplew

    Morrow’s ERA tonight like the size of the universe: infinite.

  • John_from_Aus

    If we are good enough at home, anything is possible

    • RBI

      Clearly anything is possible this whole crazy series.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Agree with all of the above — but know Verlander is going next.

  • RBI

    It’s only the bottom of the seventh?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now that was really too casual, Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seems to me a three run hr could tie this up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Seems you are correct, sir.
      Order one up!

      • WinnipegDave

        Done .

  • scooplew

    To paraphrase the Beatles tonight: Yesterday (after three innings), all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay….

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      To directly quote the Beatles — “Get back!”

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    Finally got the call. Did Joe send a text!?

  • WinnipegDave

    What the flip is up with this umpire?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His time?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doesn’t help with an inconsistent home plate ump.

  • RBI

    Third time wasn’t the charm.

  • WBBsAs

    Ump’s decided it’s a long game, and he wants to go home.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Astros manager also frustrated.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s been getting all the calls, when they count.

  • scooplew

    Another highly questionable called third strike.

    • WinnipegDave

      7 called third strike strikeouts tonight for the Dodgers. Half or more were questionable.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes — asterisk goes there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Really screws up the team’s patience approach.

  • scooplew

    Seems to me the umpire has totally lost the strike zone and is just guessing.

    • RBI

      Yes.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He looks flushed — high BP?
        Definitely no one agreeing with him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc!
    Run, don’t watch!

    • WinnipegDave

      I know it looks bad but we need base runners more than anything.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Silly Joc.

    • WBBsAs

      He might have had a triple.

      • RBI

        Really dumb to admire that hit.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Totally agree. Hustle, don’t bow.

          • WinnipegDave

            You guys are right of course. But hopefully it will be overcome with more hits.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Heck, if the ball hadn’t gotten away, he might have been thrown out at second.

  • scooplew

    Seager is really due tonight (after Taylor gets on).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Got half of that already!

  • scooplew

    And Taylor gets on (the hard way).

    • WBBsAs

      He gets Hanleyed.

  • WinnipegDave

    We need to comeback here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bob H.’s strikeback inning!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tying run at the plate.

  • scooplew

    We get four here and Jansen gets a six-out save.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey with the 2B!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strikeback!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      *Trademark pending

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go JT.

    • scooplew

      He’s been clutch so much of this season.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great traffic copping by Woodward!

    • WBBsAs

      Woulda been out, even with his speed.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Wasn’t worth the risk.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yes — and he had to send one, hold the other.
          And make sure they knew.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I shouted — thought that would get in there.

    • WBBsAs

      No chance.

    • RBI

      Should he have sent Taylor there?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He went far enough down the line to draw the throw . . . if it gets away, obviously. I think that was a good stop.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dre.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Andre announced . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      49th post-season game, tying Bill Russell for most ever by a Dodger.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Blue — strikeback more!

  • scooplew

    He hit that so hard. Just the wrong spot. Darn (actually something stronger).

    • RBI

      Blue language time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Interesting conversation!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So the homefield advantage definitely came into play with the domed crowd’s noise.

      • WinnipegDave

        And may have been safe because it was the throw was mishandled.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Add that to the “Would haves” of this Series.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need 2 in the 9th.

    • WinnipegDave

      Bellinger, Forsythe and Puig.

      • scooplew

        At least 3 now. Puig is overdue (after Bellinger and Forsythe get on).

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          WAY overdue.
          Look how Cody bounced back.

  • scooplew

    – – – -!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The maxim is good pitching beats good hitting.
    With ALL the pitchers on both sides being subpar and with all the home runs, one would definitely think there’s something to the ball being different in this Series.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s really not good baseball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s all Austin’s fault — he keeps calling for the HR.

  • Another 4+1 game required.

  • RBI

    At what point can we get a Rule One dispensation?

    • Now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We can always use “The Good Place” euphemisms — “fork” and “shirt.”

  • RBI

    Fork this shirt!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      The Good Place.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Really laughing — thanks, RBI!

      • RBI

        I actually feel better myself.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Forkin’ A!

    • scooplew

      Love that!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers leaving to many on base tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And throwing too many HRs.

      • WinnipegDave

        Every game.

  • scooplew

    We can rest tomorrow.

  • 14 homers by the Astros in the WS.

    • WinnipegDave

      3 a game basically.

  • RBI

    Am I allowed to hate the Astros tonight as well?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Football’s been over a long time — Fox execs must be loving this.

    • WinnipegDave

      Are you sure this isn’t football?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The score is!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice DP.
    NEEEEEEED RUNNNNNS!

  • RBI

    Alright now boys. Deep breath. Just get on. If they can, we can.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Quid pro quo, Clarice.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We want a bottom of the 9th!

  • If you had told me we’d lose a Kershaw game 12-9…

    • WinnipegDave

      I would have known it was the playoffs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good answer.
        Butg not over yet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice patience, Cody. Need runners!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anyone hear how hard the Dodgers went after Verlander?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t think they wanted the years that came with him at that salary.

    • WBBsAs

      Satisfied with Darvish.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can we get 3 walks and a double and then a single followed by back to back home runs?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’ll work on your order right away, sir.

      • WinnipegDave

        Why thank you. A nice tip is coming your way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan with a K . . . not a good sign.

    • WinnipegDave

      His worst looking swing for a while.

    • WBBsAs

      Swung at a ball that would have been called a strike.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And looked bad doing it.

  • RBI

    I’ve basically given up. Helps my nerves.

    • scooplew

      Understood.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Seemed written after the 2nd Kershaw-blown lead.

    • WinnipegDave

      Resting your nerves so they are ready for Game 6?

  • scooplew

    Puig not helping on the road.

    • RBI

      Ummm.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You were saying?

    • scooplew

      I stand corrected!

    • WBBsAs

      You were saying?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PUIIIIIIGGGGGG!!!!!!

  • RBI

    PUIG!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t stop now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If nothing else tonight, hoping he turns around like Cody.

  • John_from_Aus

    This is incredible

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It is definitely an historic year for the Dodgers. Hopefully they’ll end up on top.

  • WBBsAs

    Hard to see how he could hit that pitch out.

    • RBI

      It’s Minute Maid, Jake!

  • John_from_Aus

    anything is possible

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just get on, Austin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AUSTIN . . safe at 2nd!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NO pitchers are effective!

  • John_from_Aus

    my goodness me

  • WinnipegDave

    Ya gotta have heart.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yuck. Brings the “go” “no” into play.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes!

  • scooplew

    A game for the ages, but not for the aged.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      HA!
      A game that make us aged.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Woodward has to make sure they know what he’s saying.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnsey!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go Joc!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc Rock please.

  • WBBsAs

    I wish they still played these games in the daytime, so I’d be able to get to sleep at night.

  • WBBsAs

    Strike zone dropping.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT my man.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT started with a hit.

  • John_from_Aus

    i was kinda hoping for in play (runs)

  • John_from_Aus

    a single, a simple old single would do

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      WP, PB . . .

      • WinnipegDave

        SB.

  • scooplew

    The strike zone tonight: from the nose to the toes, from Miami to Albuquerque.

  • WinnipegDave

    Please.

    • scooplew

      Pretty please

      • WinnipegDave

        With the Dodgers on top!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          !!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT!!!!!!!!!!!@

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT!

  • RBI

    CT3! Ties it up!

  • Holy cow!

  • John_from_Aus

    words cannot express

  • WinnipegDave

    Now it is a crazy game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Only now? Lol

      • WinnipegDave

        I hold my crazies close.

  • John_from_Aus

    we’re alive and kicking

  • WBBsAs

    Utterly insane.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doce(s) wild!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley at last. Will need to go at least 2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      First three outs first.

  • Cycle potential for Altuve.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Got my wish, the bottom of the 9th.
    I’m changing my wish now.

  • RBI

    It would be Altuvé up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kenley: To be the best, you have to beat the best.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This game has truly caught the country when my sister texts me!

    • RBI

      My brother just called from NY.

      • WinnipegDave

        My friend from Edmonton texted. Told me I should go to bed so I would be fresh for work tomorrow. 🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Calling in sick is understandable.
          And honest.

  • RBI

    Two more, pleeeeeeeseeeeee

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    In a game like this, no pitcher should get the L, just the team.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s one!

  • RBI

    Two!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli with the glove!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli, leather.

  • scooplew

    OK, this is a huge exaggeration. But it is like being on death row, having the sentence commuted, reinstated again, commuted again, etc.

    • WBBsAs

      Hyperbole.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Exaggeration in search of the truth.

      • scooplew

        I plead to be allowed in this instance, your honor.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          You are pardoned.

  • John_from_Aus

    at least it is only 4.10pm here, gee it must be late over there

    • WinnipegDave

      I feel for Bob H.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pretty normal during the season to be up at this time for a game at DS. So I am fine.

    • WBBsAs

      10 pm in California, midnight in Houston.

    • 7pm Honolulu

  • RBI

    Him again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Figured that was it.
    Scoop’s reprieve.

  • WBBsAs

    I feared it was out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    Let’s go, bats!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anyone here a baker? We need one of your dozen . . . at least!

  • WinnipegDave

    12/13/1 for each time.

  • Dodged that bullet. And Gurriel is out of the game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good news x 2!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox staying with the game . .. they run out of commercial breaks?
    You would think ad execs would be on the phone two hours ago seeing how this was going.

    • WBBsAs

      They’re upset that Joe Buck has no Hollywood stars to point out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MAn, that was hit hard!
    I thought it was in.when it was hit.

  • Dang.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT is too good for that.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A lineout?

  • scooplew

    I haven’t eaten in seven hours; just realized that.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well if you are not breathing whats a lack of food?

      • scooplew

        Well said.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre goes with it for the single!

  • WBBsAs

    Nice hitting by ‘Dre!

  • RBI

    Oh I wanted that one to go out.

    • scooplew

      Just missed it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just like Game 2 in the ninth.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yep

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Heck, when Belli put his head down, I knew he hadn’t gotten enough of it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great movie becomes tonight’s losing team’s description: “The Longest Day.”

  • Durn.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I don’t think the english-to-“The Good Place” book has a translation for that.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a super late slid by Andre. But really all Altuve had to do was move one foot away from the bag rather than try to jump over Ethier.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Kenley!

  • RBI

    Letting go again. Have to.

    • WinnipegDave

      Suspended animation.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They also serve who sit and wait.
        And cheer.
        And curse . . . sort of.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s brutal.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Got a break with him swinging at that.

    • WBBsAs

      Yep, it was up in his eyes.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I thought you had a delayed feed.

  • scooplew

    He grounded out on ball 4, thankfully.

  • Fingers crossed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!
    One more out here!

    • WBBsAs

      If only he’d done that in Game Two!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        One more “if only”
        But that’s a big one.
        Huge. Don;’t wanna use that word — I heard someone else saying it.
        Massive

  • Bob_Hendley

    If Kenley is going to go 3 innings, maybe he should have started in the 7th.

    • scooplew

      Who knew?

      • Bob_Hendley

        What was known at the time is that we had the lead and the top of their order was due up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • scooplew

    I am violating a house rule by letting out labradoodle sprawl on the couch with me. (Don’t tell my wife. She is out of town.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Desperate times…..

    • WBBsAs

      The malamute is now too geriatric to do that, but my daughter just adopted a boxer mix that would be all over it if you let her.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    Again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No, Kenley!

  • WBBsAs

    Kenley’s not quite his usual self.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No one is.

  • Drat. A baserunner.

  • scooplew

    Definitely not throwing at him.

    • WBBsAs

      No way do you throw at him.

  • RBI

    One more Kenley. One more.

  • scooplew

    Kenley gassed.

    • WBBsAs

      It would seem.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If he gets out of it, doesn’t look like he goes another.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No way.
        Hope we get to find out.

  • RBI

    Still not getting the calls.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At least two of the high ones looked like strikes.

  • scooplew

    Bregman is a tough cookie.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s impressive.

      • scooplew

        As shown again.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Plate and field.

  • Fudge.

  • scooplew

    I am sick.

  • WinnipegDave

    LA will be better in LA.

    • scooplew

      I fear that the team will be emotionally drained.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I fear the pen will be physically drained.

        • scooplew

          That, too. We need Hill to produce another of his gems.

          • Yeah. Can Morrow and Jansen and Maeda and Watson and Cingrani recover physically between now and Tuesday? On average Hill goes about 5 1/3 innings per start, I think (I haven’t looked at the nbrs).

          • Bob_Hendley

            If lucky six. Stripling and Mac need to come up big.

          • scooplew

            Well, Roberts needs to be careful before he yanks him too quickly as he did in Game 2.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s my thought originally, but I agree with what Bob H. said before — Rich normally doesn’t go the 3rd time around.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Why too quickly? Seemed the right moment with what they had in the pen at the time. That will perhaps be weighed differently if Doc doesn’t feel like they have a better arm to bring in.

  • Too many pitches for Kenley.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hit batter and the bad calls doomed him it seems, by extending the inning (and putting a guy in scoring position).

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s all she wrote, untIl Tuesday.

  • RBI

    Fork. Double fork.

  • RBI

    At least it’s over.

  • RBI

    I feel drained and very sad.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Torre reall needs to rake this ump over the coals. Frustrating for everyone.

    • RBI

      I couldn’t agree more.

    • RBI

      I wonder if anyone will write about it?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        LA writers for sure.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s all over Twitter, if that counts.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was hoping, but after the second lead Kershaw had was lost, it seemed a forgone conclusion — for this game, if not the series.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Cheer up!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not down. That’s what I’m saying, it’s seemed that way since then, so not entirely a shocker.
        And I know you don’t believe in their psyches being affected as I do, but I agree with the comment about being emotionally drained — and that includes there confidence.

        That said, I feel soo much better than after Game 3 — the bats are there, the team doesn’t quit!

        • Bob_Hendley

          No doubt there are emotions involved, but I am of the school that they disappear with the first pitch of the next game. Always did for me.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din!
            They might go away for me, but they found ways of popping back up.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Back home with the LA crowd should help them forget. DS itself will be welcome in suppressing the dinger happy ‘Stros. The Juice Box yielded homers of 389, 378, 363, 349 and 328 ft that would have been flyouts in DS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Expected to win one of the three…so, here we go back to LA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We wanted to still be caring late in October and we got our wish!

    Now I want to still be caring in November!

    • scooplew

      Love your spirit. There’s got to be a morning after.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        “Poseidon Adventure,” 1972
        Loved the movie and song

        • scooplew

          Yes. The remake was awful.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      REALLY laughing!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, Yas!
      And WS Puig 2.0 — or 3.0 — will be playing!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We blew away the previous # of comments by close to 50%!
    Never have I been so grateful for this forum as tonight, Link — misery and joy likes company.
    Thanks once more, Link!

    • You’re welcome. The blog may have to take tomorrow off to rest and recuperate before Game Six.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The blog got tired?

        • The freakin’ wheels are smokin’, man! The radiator’s steamin’, the belts are loose and the tank’s near empty!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I give up . . . which movie?

          • If it’s a quote it’s news to me. I made that up.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            We’ll have to use it to describe any bullpens like tonight.

          • I will put it in a text file for re-use!

          • It is a little reminiscent of Chick Hearn, now that I think about it:

            “The game’s in the refrigerator, the door’s closed, the light’s out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard and the jello’s jiggling.”

  • RBI

    Puig’s interview was so good. Wow has he come a long way.

    • Nomar had it right: to do that press meetup with all those reporters in English and not be embarrassed about his accent or his grammar is really impressive.

  • RBI

    KJ is also great.

  • RBI

    “Springer? Thought I got the top of the zone, but you can’t worry about it,” he says.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Was this all on KCLA? Or whatever 570 is?
      The station in Vegas which carried the games all summer suddenly turned to the ESPN feed. They never did postgames anyway, but I want to listen to familiar voices!

      • RBI

        Sportsnet station.

  • RBI

    Nobody on our team is lying down. Good for them.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally agree.
      No matter what happens, I feel soo much better than I did after Game 3.
      There are several stories to this Series, but the never-say-die attitude (for both teams) is one of them.
      The reanimation of Cody is another . . . hopefully we’ll say the same of Puig.
      Forget the boys of summer, we want them to be the boys of November!

  • RBI

    “They’re coming to our place and it’s going to take all of them to beat all twenty-five of us.”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Grandal, McCarthy and Fields for LA the only ones who didn’t play? Plus Rich and Yu and Alex.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hereon out, no bottom of the 9ths for this World Series!

  • RBI

    Belli. “Definitely the craziest game I have ever been in.”

    • RBI

      I have to say, I have always liked Verlander.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I will like him a lot more if LA makes it to Game 7.
        But honestly, other than what’s-his-racist’s-name, I don’t dislike any of the Astros.
        I am in awe of Altuve. (An on-again, off-again girlfriend who might be “on” once more texted me after his 3-run shot that she wants to take out a hit on him.) And Bregman — hurting LA in the field and at the plate.
        But I LOVE the Blue!

        • RBI

          So often a lesser team seems to sneak into the WS. Not this year.

          • WBBsAs

            No, the two best teams are there.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And amazing, with the youngsters as such key players — on both sides.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great story from Washington Post I found on msn.com – – sorry, I can’t get the link.
    Distressing historical mark for Kershaw – – most home runs given up in a postseason.
    But not surprising – – it seems he has been bitten by it in every game he has pitched.

  • WBBsAs
    • “Concurrently, the team announced it will change its name to the Pyongyang Chocolatiers.”

  • In wake of Game Five slugfest, more suspicions about the baseballs. There’s a link contained within to Verducci’s earlier article (Sunday morning, pre-game) about the same subject with the conclusion the balls seem slicker and with a different grain than the ones used all year.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I look forward to reading it.
      Even before doing that, I’ve concluded there’s either something on the ball or in the air (besides the balls!) to cause pitchers on both sides to be soooooo ineffective.

      • RBI

        Very very unfair, if true.

  • From the link Bob_in_Vegas posted below (it’s to the WaPo’s Tom Boswell’s game story/column):

    “On Sunday, we had a trio of Carbos, named Gurriel, Bellinger and Altuve.”

    It’s a reference to Bernie, who hit the three-run HR to tie Game Six in 1975, which set up Fisk’s famous 12th-inning HR.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Like they said, Fisk’s is better known but it wouldn’tve happened without Bernie.

  • The Verducci column deserves its own link, it’s that big. Pitchers on the record that the balls are slicker, and numbers which seem to back up the claim.

    • RBI

      If this turns out to be true, I am disgusted.

    • Bob_Hendley

      This is on top of allegations that the ball during the season was juiced. Flatter seams was the accusation, which was said to effect the grip on breaking stuff and their aerodynamics . MLB’s response is that the ball falls within the parameters. Based on testing and number crunching, however, seems that the range in the parameters is large enough to have an impact. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/does-the-juiced-ball-lead-to-straighter-pitches/

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    So, I went to bed around the sixth inning. What did I miss?

    • WBBsAs

      You don’t wanna know.

    • RBI

      Ulcers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    1,000!

    • WBBsAs

      ??

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Comments – – obliterated Friday’s mark

      • RBI

        Posts, I think.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Painful to watch. Responses to Miller’s strike zone and the context in regards to changes in the count. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/incredulous-responses-to-bill-millers-strike-zone/

    • John_from_Aus

      having not seen much of the game, I watched every video on that site. That is an absolute disgrace and now I understand the outrage.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I watched them again after suffering thru them live.
        Really surprised no one — especially a Dodger — was thrown out for arguing . . . they had cause.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I admired their restraint, given the downside of being thrown out of the game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anyone hear anything from MLB regarding the strike zone?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t think that the MLB ever comments on individual games. I understand that they review the games and discuss/evaluate the umps privately if there are any issues

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really enjoyed a documentary on Hulu about “The Dana Carvey Show” — “Too Funny To Fail.”
    After the enjoyable 95 minutes, I was transported to another time, other concerns.
    ‘Oh yeah — there’s a baseball game tomorrow. (And hopefully Wednesday!)’

  • NPUT @ 0830 HST, 1130 PDT

  • Bob_Hendley
  • Bob_Hendley
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Terrific! – – thanks for sharing

  • RBI

    Happy Halloween. This year, I’ll be dressed as a nervous breakdown.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great line!

  • Bob_Hendley