World Series Game Four, 2017

Dodgers at Astros, 5:10 PM PT, TV: Fox

Down two games to one, if the Dodgers’ backs are not against the wall (the train tracks?) they’re being pushed closer and closer to it. They ask LHP Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA) to stop the Astros’ offensive onslaught or hold it off until they can get their own bats in gear. They’ll have to do it against RHP Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA). Wood pitched 4 2/3 innings of Game Three of the NLCS against the Cubs, giving up three runs and taking the loss. Morton lost Game Three of the ALCS to the Yankees but came back to pitch five two-hit innings in Game Five and get the win.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1981 The Dodgers, after dropping the first two games of the Fall Classic, defeat the Yankees, 9-2, capturing the World Championship in six games. The victory at the Bronx ballpark marks the third time this postseason that Los Angeles has come from behind to win a series, having been down 0-2 against the Astros in the five-game strike-necessitated NLDS, and 1-2 behind the Expos in the NLCS five-game series.
  • 1981 Entering Game 6 of the World Series in the fifth inning, Yankee right-hander George Frazier, relieving starter Tommy John, gives up three go-ahead runs in the team’s 9-2 elimination loss to the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander becomes the first pitcher to lose three games in a best of seven World Series, and the second hurler to lose that many in any Fall Classic, joining White Sox southpaw Lefty Williams, who also dropped a trio of games in the best-of-nine series played in 1919.
  • 1995 In Game 6, Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers combine on a one-hitter to defeat the Indians, 1-0, giving the Braves their third World Championship, the first since moving to Atlanta. David Justice’s leadoff homer in the sixth inning off Jim Poole proves to be the difference.
  • 1998

    “It is especially fitting that this legislation honors a courageous baseball player and individual, the late Curt Flood, whose enormous talents on the baseball diamond were matched by his courage off the field. It was 29 years ago this month that Curt Flood refused a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. His bold stand set in motion the events that culminate in the bill I have signed into law.” – BILL CLINTON, U.S. president commenting on the Curt Flood Act.

    President Clinton signs Curt Flood Act of 1998, revoking baseball’s antitrust exemption for labor matters, but not for matters involving relocation, expansion or the minor leagues. The passage of the legislation by the 105th Congress comes over seventy-five years after the Supreme Court ruled that the sport was not involved in interstate commerce or trade as customarily defined within the context of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

  • 2009 In Game 1, Chase Utley, en route to a record-tying five World Series homers, becomes the first left-handed batter in 81 years to hit two round-trippers off a southpaw in a Fall Classic game. The Philadelphia second baseman, who also set a postseason record by reaching base in 26 straight games with his first-inning walk, goes deep twice off Yankee southpaw CC Sabathia in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory in New York, to match Babe Ruth’s performance in the fourth and final game of the 1928 series.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Biggest question of the day:
    Who will show for the Dodgers, the boys of summer . . . or the blahs of September?

    • RBI

      I’ve let go today. Yesterday was pretty rough on my nervous system, so I am entering this game expecting little while hoping for much, and above all grateful to be a fan of one of the final two teams standing.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hear, hear!
        Couldn’t say it better.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Will you be able to follow the game while you’re watching the kids?
          I’m sure that changes your reactions, when you have to be a role model!
          (I mean “your” universally!)

          • RBI

            Yes. My son and I are with the two grand babies and that really helps in the distraction department.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    On this date, may the Dodgers channel the ’81 team as well as the exploits of younger Chase.

  • WinnipegDave

    One thing that I have noticed but laughed off because the Dodgers have cruised through the post-season up to the (8th inning of) Game 2 of the World Series:

    Dodger pitching has given up at least one home run in every game. They have given up 20 HR’s in 11 games.

    To be fair, they have hit 19 in the same amount of games. They went homeless in 2 of their 11 games (won one against AZ and lost yesterday to Houston.)

    What has held true so far is Dodgers have won all the games were they have had more hits, and lost all the games where they haven’t.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think they’ve gone homeless. Even in Houston, they have hotel accommodations.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Then this is the gameplan!

    • WinnipegDave

      1981, 1965, and 1955?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Real life again puts things in perspective: Four men I know and am friendly with were riding bikes this morning and were hit by a car. One was pronounced dead at the scene, two of them hospitalized, apparently one seriously.
    The man who died was a Dodger fan — he even attended their fantasy camp several years ago.

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh Bob. That is such sad news. Prayers for the family of all the bikers, especially the one who was killed.
      I am a seasonal bike rider (not winter) and twice this week have had cars nearly hit me. Anyway, that is such sad and tragic news. My condolences.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, Dave.
        These last two days haven’t been good to people each of us know.

    • WBBsAs

      Sorry to hear. I just came from a ride to Treasure Island, most of it on bicycle path, but traffic on the island itself was much heavier than usual. That said, it never moves very fast, though there’s a tricky freeway on-ramp to negotiate.

    • RBI

      Bob, how very sad. Sending love.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, RBI.

    • Oh man. That’s dreadful. I am so sorry for all the families involved, and their friends as well.

      • scooplew

        Bob: So sorry to hear this. Tragic news.

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      I know which teammate I’d rather have on my team.

  • WBBsAs

    It will be interesting to see if Fox mentions the Gurriel incident tonight and, if so, how. They said nothing whatsoever during last night’s game, even though it quickly made an impact on Twitter and other media.

  • HLKLA

    I have much faith in Alex Wood. I have been pulling for him all year.

  • RBI

    Kenley NL Reliever of the Year. That’s our guy!https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/?partnerId=ed-12042589-1027688103

  • WBBsAs

    I tuned in just in time to mute The Star-Spangled Banner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Dodgers!

  • scooplew

    I don’t think I have been this tense for many games over the six decades that I have been a Dodgers fan. I may have to turn on the TV after the game has been on a while.

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh Scoop I hear you. The tension mounts.

  • WinnipegDave

    How about this Dodgers? Win today, tomorrow, and Tuesday. And send us into winter happy, hearty, and hale.

  • WBBsAs

    In the intros, Buck and Smoltz said nary a word about Gurriel. Rosenthal, however, just brought it up.

    • Radio pre-game on ESPN spent a good 10-15 minutes on it, including part of the Commissioner’s press conference.

  • WBBsAs

    CT starts if off right!

    • RBI

      Until…

      • WBBsAs

        That was a strange steal attempt – delayed?

        • RBI

          Ill-timed, at least.

          • One in the same?

          • Ball hit the dirt, but McCann picked it cleanly and made a good throw.

          • Too subtle?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not sure enough evidence to overturn.

    • I think the review was as much about messing with Wood as it was that they might get a runner on.

      • WBBsAs

        Hinch is wasting a challenge early, though, on a borderline call.

  • Wood Good

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like the ground balls, though velocity is down.

    • WBBsAs

      Moderate pitch count.

    • One of the concerns was that Wood would be too strong with all the rest he has had so pitching smart maybe.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Weird. Not reviewable.

    • WBBsAs

      Clearly hit his foot.

    • Good hustle by Puig. He could have stayed at home and wound up looking bad.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Was thinking the same.

        • WBBsAs

          He needed Nippy Jones’s shoe polish.

  • So, reviews allowed for hit batters but not balls off the foot of a hitter?

    • Foul balls not reviewable by NYC. The umps on the field can do so, however.

  • WBBsAs

    You should be able to ask the other umpires.

  • WBBsAs

    First base umpire would have better angle.

  • Glad he wasn’t suspended.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fox talking about Gurriel

    • WBBsAs

      Don’t expect anybody on Fox to call him out on it. Buck getting mealy-mouthed.

      • ??

        • WBBsAs

          Their attitude is always to minimize such incidents.

          • I thought you would refer to them as Faux news

          • WBBsAs

            In fairness, their sports coverage is less overtly bogus.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan flashes the leather and the arm.

  • WinnipegDave

    If AJ Hinch was embarrassed by Gurriel’s action – he could have sat him for a game or three.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If team had suspended him, it would not be subject to appeal.

      • WinnipegDave

        But really – wouldn’t the best response be a team response – and not wait to be forced by MLB to suspend him. That would seem to have more meaning to me. And yes, it would not be appealed.

        • Players are not paid for WS games other than the shares players get.. So by suspending him for the first 5 games next year, he looses 5/162 of his salary. He already said he will not appeal.

          • WinnipegDave

            So money – which he has healthy amount of – is the punishment – rather than significance of game play in the playoffs? It happened in the WS – it should be dealt with in the WS.

          • The Commissioner talked with all stakeholders and then said he didn’t want to punish 24 other Astros players. Because it happened in the WS, Gurielle’s behavior was under the spotlight. He learned and he is embarrassed.

          • According to ESPN 5 days pay for Gurriel is $335,000, so it has to hurt some.

          • WinnipegDave

            If my math is correct, the $10,519,000 that makes up the rest of his salary should soften the blow.

          • It would me.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Morton has velocity and command of fb, and breaking stuff is breaking so far.

    • WBBsAs

      Somebody who, not so long ago, seemed as if he’d never amount to anything.

    • RBI

      Are we surprised?

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a beautiful strike. If you like your strikes low and off the plate that is.

    • WBBsAs

      It was better than earlier pitches that got called strikes.

      • WinnipegDave

        I was helping my son with some math homework. Only saw that last one.

        • Hard to do math if ya don’t see all the ones.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Nice.

  • HLKLA

    K- Wood.

  • RBI

    Trying not to live and die with every pitch.

    • WinnipegDave

      Don’t you already live and die in LA?

      • I live in the Live Free or Die state

        • Bob_Hendley

          Had thought you lived n the Nutmeg state (love the story behind that name).

          • WBBsAs

            Grenada?

          • I have accepted a few wooden nickels but never a wooden nutmeg.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go JT.

  • RBI

    Stop squeezing Wood, ump!!!!

    • WBBsAs

      Laz Díaz is notorious for that.

      • RBI

        Is he doing it for both? No eyes.

        • WinnipegDave

          Super squeezy of Woods. Slightly generous to Morton.

        • WBBsAs

          I’d say he’s helping out Morton more.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan again!

    • WinnipegDave

      So smooth.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Chase is smooth, just limited.

    • He and Wood.

  • WBBsAs

    I’d like to hear the Foxxers talk about why Juice Bar Field is no longer Dirty Gusher Park.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice gift so far from Alex.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hats off to Houston scouts.

  • RBI

    Should Doc sit Cody? Or at least move him down in the order?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doesn’t have that luxury, which he might have done in regular season.

    • WinnipegDave

      Don’t want to lose his defense.

      • RBI

        Right.

    • WBBsAs

      Should Chuck Dressen have sat Gil Hodges in 1952?

      • Or whoever Ted Williams’ manager was in 1949? He went 5-25 in his only World Series.

        • WinnipegDave

          5/25 seems luxurious at this point.

          • scooplew

            Williams’ only WS was in 1946 (not 1949). He had one RBI while going five-for-25, five walks and five Ks. His manager was Joe Cronin. BoSox lost in 7 to the Cards.

          • Why did he miss ’49, I wonder? Ah because the Sox weren’t in the 49 world series the Yankees were.

          • scooplew

            ’49 WS was Dodgers-Yankees. Red Sox had a one-game lead with two to play, both vs. the Yankees, and lost them both. Ouch.

          • WinnipegDave

            Boston played in WS in 1948 I think.

          • Nope. Cleveland.

          • WinnipegDave

            Right.

          • WinnipegDave

            Beat Boston in playoff game.

  • RBI

    I can’t see this right now. Is Morton just pitching lights out or is it that we are so bad at the plate?

    • The former for sure, the latter maybe.

    • WBBsAs

      A bit of both, with help from Laz Díaz.

      • WinnipegDave

        50 pitches through 5.

        • WBBsAs

          Wood at 66 through 4-2/3, which ain’t bad.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood amazing. His stuff not good Wood, but keeping these guys off balance.

  • (Strokes non-existent beard)
    (Comments on pitching performance)

    Quotes Arte Johnson on Laugh-In: “Very interesting.”

  • WBBsAs

    Maybe the ‘Stros should do a “Stand Up to Racial Stereotyping” instead.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was totally thinking about that too and how awkward that would have been for them.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to shine. That is time for another hit.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ouch.

      • WBBsAs

        Duele.

  • WinnipegDave

    Does America get a free burger for the first HBP of the WS?

    • WBBsAs

      Does Canada get a free mooseburger?

      • WinnipegDave

        Bison.

        • WBBsAs

          I can get a bisonburger here. My Swedish cousins served me roast moose there, though.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc has taken Scherzer and Verlander deep in the playoffs

    • Got it to the outfield this time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sticky let’s get this going.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique with the uncharacteristic patience

    • WBBsAs

      Last AB that cost him a Kc.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well that’s helpful.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT hard to double up, so an additional way to score is just a ground ball.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But not hit there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice try Barnes.

  • WBBsAs

    Future people not helping out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Unfortunate.

  • WBBsAs

    Bregman played that ball really well.

  • scooplew

    Not sure I can take much more of this. I think I will catch up on some work I need to do.

  • RBI

    How could we not score one there?

    • Taylor hit it on the ground. Simple as that.

      • WinnipegDave

        And Seager flew out.

    • How do I not score thee, let me count the ways.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc may be faced again with yanking a guy in an interesting game.

  • Oh crap.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill understands.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood never would have faced him except for the no-no business.

    • Apparently not with that quick yank.

  • scooplew

    The “Oh crap” gave it away. It’s been “oh crap” ever since the 8th inning in Game 2.

  • WinnipegDave

    Every stinking game they give up a HR. Every. Stinking. Game.

  • Given Wood’s first half and this game, He is an Ace.

    • HLKLA

      I agree.

  • .152 cumulative BA for the Dodgers in the WS.

  • scooplew

    Who would have thought it would have been so hard for us to score one run? It seems like a mountain. Dodgers now hitting .152 in this World Series, .130 so far in Houston.

    • Shades of 1966

      • WBBsAs

        It’s not been quite that bad.

  • WinnipegDave

    Must be nice to be the charmed team.

    • So far. That will change.

  • A hit! A hit! By Jove, a hit!

    • WinnipegDave

      Boom it’s a miracle!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need to do some damage here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just got back from the hospital.
    Go, Blue!

    • WinnipegDave

      How are your friends?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        One was released.
        The other — more serious — one is doing much better than originally feared. He had a neck injury besides broken ribs, but he is moving his extremities. so that’s great. He wil have a surgery tomorrow.
        Thanks for asking.

        • scooplew

          Bob: I went to several Dodgers Fantasy Camps. Can I ask you the name of your friend who perished? I wish for a full and speedy recovery for the others.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks, Scoop.
            It;’s Rich/Richard Trujillo.

          • scooplew

            I went only to the February camps in Vero Beach. I checked those rosters, and his name did not come up. They also held fall camps. What a tragedy for your friends and their families.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Indeed. As the pastor said tonight, they went out for a ride in a beautiful morning. Then . . .

        • I wish them both the best.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks, Link!

  • HLKLA

    We have to wake up our bats! Maybe Puig should lick everyone’s bats.

    • WinnipegDave

      That seems like a million years ago.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess that LoFo will walk.

    • WinnipegDave

      Happy to be wrong!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan’;s run!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan!

    • WBBsAs

      *Logie Bear!

      • HLKLA

        From a surprising source.

  • WBBsAs

    Future people finally bearing down!

  • Overdues doing it this inning.

  • In a battle of the bullpens I like our chances. However, 2 for 18 with RISP (according to Buck on the tube) is disheartening.

    • WinnipegDave

      But 1 for the last 1!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s why you’re the PResident of the Optimists Club in perpetuity.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks Bob! Sometimes it’s easier than other.

  • WBBsAs

    I like Barnes but, given his recent struggles, I’m surprised Grandal’s not gotten more of a chance.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes has forgotten how to hit, but love him behind the plate.

    • He looks like a different hitter but then so does Bellinger.

      • Bob_Hendley

        But Barnes hasn’t hit since the NLDS. Not the case with Belli.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Think Altuve did the Blue a favor on that pitch.

  • Hot corner has been hot tonight.

  • Morrow said to get 5 or 6 million next year from somebody. Hope it is the Dodgers.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s certainly rebuilt his value.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Love how CT makes sure Puig stays away!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, on a ball to straight away CF!

    • Even in almost dead center field.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, excited about “Star wars”!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    REALLY surprised Belli was cleanup.
    Sure hope that double opens things up for him . . . and he comes up big again tonight!

    • WBBsAs

      He hit it well, and in just the right place.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow for another or Kenley for 6 outs?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Would sure help having a lead.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Watson for the lefty maybe.

      • WBBsAs

        Or Cingrani.

    • Morrow’s only thrown 14 pitches.

      • WBBsAs

        And Kershaw goes tomorrow.

  • WBBsAs

    Those old ‘Stros jerseys were just the ugliest things ever.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If they didn’t know about his changeup, they do now.

  • Tony W.

  • HLKLA

    Tony getting it done.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Both Tonys certainly have.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guessing that Kenley faces the top of the order, whenever that arrives this inning or next.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Tony!

    • HLKLA

      A line out will do.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, big bats!
    Now is the time.
    This is The Team!

    • Bob_Hendley

      One little dinger can put them in a good spot.

  • HLKLA

    Let’s get some runs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey starts it off!

  • WBBsAs

    My MLBTV crashed. What happened?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Corey single into the shift, JT just walked.

    • Bob_Hendley

      BB

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye and patience, JT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    RISP

  • WBBsAs

    Mattingly would have Bellinger bunt.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Oh, for Kenley to come in with a lead!

    • Bob_Hendley

      And there you go.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Please,sir, can I have some more?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good restraint, Cody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CODY!~!!!!!

  • RBI

    Yeah!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow, wow, wow

  • Bob_Hendley

    And gets to second.

  • WBBsAs

    Pour it on!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The awakening of Belli!!

    • John_from_Aus

      He,s back,

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!! Just put my son to bed. He feels a cold coming on so no late night for him tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dodgers need to put this to bed as well.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes!

      • WinnipegDave

        Good one!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully he awakens to news of hot Dodgers and tied Series.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Top of the order comes alive with single, walk and double.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh for two more runs here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    More patient, but terrible results from Series away Puig.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan, WAW (with another walk)

  • Barnes is due.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hay that’s true!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good Hay!

        • WinnipegDave

          Intentional.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Figgered.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    On the night he gets the award, Kenley gets to show why he received it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cody is youngest Dodger ever with an xbh in the WS. Now he has two.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t realize there’s only one out!
    C’mon, Austin!!!!

  • RBI

    Oh sooooo clooooose!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ooooooh!
    My YES! turned to nooooooooo

    • WinnipegDave

      Fairlly – rather than barely – foul.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES, YES, YES!!!

  • RBI

    Barnes with the Sac Fly!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes does his job!

  • Best swings Barnes has had all series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      New Series!!!!!

      • WinnipegDave

        3 outs away from LA and Game 6.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Knew it was in the park but also sacky enough!

  • WinnipegDave

    We will take it!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Throw it away — to home or first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JOC-ULARITY!!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    JOC!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice indeed

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes I do like that!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Couild you hear my YES!!!!!! across the border, Dave?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes! Oui! Si! Da!

        • John_from_Aus

          I think I heard it hear down under

          • WinnipegDave

            Yay John!!! Party down under today!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            When I was at the game Tuesday, I said if I could talk the next day, I didn’t support the team enough. I[‘m trying my best in front of the TV.

  • HLKLA

    My demise has been premature, says Joc.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Shortly after Cody said it.

  • John_from_Aus

    Even before it was confirmed, I assumed !!!! Meant pretty good news

  • Wahoo!

  • One too many high pitches to Joc

  • RBI

    Joc!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Do you still bring in KJ?

    • Yes

      • WinnipegDave

        Good!

    • HLKLA

      Oh yes.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Needs the work.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!

  • Youth is being served–Cory to Cody

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Si — CC!

  • HLKLA

    Seager with the save.

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely!

  • Bob_Hendley

    JT taken out. Knee must hurt.

    • Might be but he was taken out earlier for a pinch runner

      • Bob_Hendley

        Isn’t that what I said?

        • I wasn’t sure when you noted when he was taken out. He limped a little running to first.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Was slow down the line in previous appearance as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!
    One more for a tied Series!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • HLKLA

    One more strike.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Out = LA

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Like Kenley in now with a non-crucial situation coming off Wednesday.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That doesn’t help Kenley’s psyche.

    • WBBsAs

      No big deal.

      • WinnipegDave

        Agreed. Only care about the win.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Sure, as long as it doesn’t affect him next time.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes I guess I hope he puts it out of his mind.

          • RBI

            Think of how Giles feels.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I don’t think he will see the pressure Closer situation again this Series.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        3 appearances, 2 HRs.
        And an extra batter.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hung a slider. Forget the psyche, hope it helps him in pitch selection and execution

    • Bob_Hendley

      Based on velocity and launch angle that is a hit only 16% of the time, so not like it was a blast.

    • RBI

      Reading today – had a lot to do with the configuration of Minute Maid. Not a run in almost any other park.

  • HLKLA

    Lose our one hitter.

  • HLKLA

    Joc’s HR even more important.

  • RBI

    Let’s not forget how great Wood was.

    • HLKLA

      Exactly!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely.

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO !!! !!!! !!

    • WinnipegDave

      Looking for 2 more!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Houston’s not the magical winning place. Finally!

  • Tied! Phew!

  • WBBsAs

    Well, it was tense for a while, but worth the wait.

  • RBI

    Five runs in the top of the ninth. Five.

  • RBI

    How about Joc as our DH?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not likely to be in starting lineup tomorrow, though.

      • Culberson will probably play either as DH or 3B with Turner the DH should Turner’s knee still be sore. I think Cory will stay at SS.

        Doc did keep Ethier out of the lineup against a righty and didn’t use him to pinch hit for Barnes with the bases loaded in the 9th. Joc might have a very small chance to start.

        If I am understanding why Kike’ is in LF instead of DH and Joc the DH it is because the DH can’t be used to play defense. Doc wants to be able to sub Kike’ into the infield if the need arises so he has to play a position.

        • Bob_Hendley

          More likely Logan at third, like they did last night, no? Yes, we have to learn these complicated AL rules on the DH, so much strategy involved!

          • WBBsAs

            No, we have to delete the DH.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh taking the mound tonight” — love it’!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With a victory, we have less to post about than last night’s loss . . . by half!

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s what happens when the sky isn’t falling.

    • scooplew

      The fact that we posted far more in last night’s loss than in tonight’s victory brings to mind what Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This group was an unhappy family last night, a happy one tonight.

      • WinnipegDave

        Certainly in my top 10 favourite books.

        • scooplew

          Not a bad writer.

      • Or more simply put–misery loves company.

      • WBBsAs

        I am waiting for you to jump on the Joc bandwagon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Exhale tonight and then have it all build up again tomorrow.

    • scooplew

      Did you notice that Kershaw went out to the mound after the game ended to get his bearings 20 hours ahead of his start tomorrow night?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Great! (Except he seemed to be visualizing runners on first and second)

        • Don’t like that.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Loser mentality.

  • WinnipegDave

    27 out of 34 runs the Dodgers have allowed this post-season have been scored via the HR. That seems extraordinarily high (79.4%) – but I actually thought it was going to be closer to 90%!

    • It also says a lot about how hard it is to sustain a rally against Dodger pitching.

      • WinnipegDave

        That is an excellent thought.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Checked Barry’s Tickets. Looks like a seat comparable to what I had for Game 1 is “only” about $1-200 more for Game 6.
    If Kersh gets them the Series lead manana, I’m sure any leftover tickets will skyrocket.

    • I would want two tickets so have to think twice. Don’t have to worry about it though as I am not going to fly in from NH anyway.

      I still have WS tickets for a game never played. That’s as close as I have come to being at a WS game.

      We only have so many memories that are a big part of our psyche and the atmosphere of a WS game would be one of those. $2000 might not be all that much in comparison to what one gets or compared with what else one would buy.

    • WBBsAs

      So, you’re going to see the Dodgers clinch it?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No, just curious. I had expected them to really jack up the prices once the game was guaranteed to happen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw pitching in Texas in the World Series. Must bring out some childhood dreams for him.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably dreamt about playing for the ‘Boys.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Then I would have been rooting for him in a different sport since Dallas is my football team!

      • WBBsAs

        Playing handegg would have wasted his talent (and probably his cerebral cortex).

  • WBBsAs

    I just reviewed last night’s ninth – my feed conked out briefly – and I was amazed that Seager threaded the shift to lead off the inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ’twas great to see!

      • scooplew

        Given the exaggerated shifts these days, that grounder couldn’t have been placed in a better spot. He was due, having had several hard-hit balls turned into outs in the Series thus far.

  • WBBsAs
    • Gloat not lest ye be humbled in the next game.

  • NPUT