World Series Game Six, 2017

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

The Astros have a 3-2 lead in the Series and, in a rematch of Game Two pitchers, ask RHP Justin Verlander to close it out. The Dodgers counter with LHP Rich Hill. Neither pitcher got the win in that extra-inning affair.

The story of this game may be which starter lasts longest and which bullpen works least.

The Phillies have hired Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ Director of Player Development, to be their next manager.

Today in baseball history:

  • 2001 For the first time since Philadelphia A’s Mule Haas hit a game-tying two-run homer in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series, a team comes from behind to tie a Fall Classic game in the ninth and goes on to win in extra innings. Tino Martinez sends the game into overtime with a two-out homer off Diamondbacks’ closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Derek Jeter, dubbed Mr. November, wins it after the stroke of midnight with a full count two-out round-tripper giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-2 victory and knots the series at two games apiece.
  • 2009 Alex Rodriguez’s Game 3 fly ball in the right-field corner of Citizens Bank Park becomes the subject of the first instant replay call in World Series history. The Yankee third baseman’s hit, originally ruled a double, is changed by the umpires to a home run after the replay clearly shows the ball going over the fence before striking a television camera and bouncing back to the field.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    As regards the pen, Roberts is probably going to have to hold his nose and learn to regain trust in Fields and Mac, which they quickly lost. As regards which starting pitcher is able to go longer, while most focus on what they think was a quick hook in Game 2 for Hill after 4 innings, what is lost is that AJ stayed with his starter, who then gave up a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Hopefully we can get to Verlander again and hold on.

    • Howard Fox

      Key to this game is patience at the plate and hopefully a reasonable umpire who is consistent in his calls. If we get early chances, we cannot afford to let Verlander off the hook. I think Hill will be fine and give us 5 innings, maybe followed by Wood.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        From your keyboard…

    • Howard Fox

      On Mac, never quite understood him being on the roster instead of Ryu.

      • Had Baez in the pen in NLDS instead of Ryu and Mac and didn’t use him. Farmer on and off the team. Joc off and on the team.

        For a team that won 104 games and steamrolled through the NLDS and NLCS, it is interesting that roster spots 22 – 25 were so variable.

        Utley and Ethier have been on all three rosters and yet aren’t getting much playing time.

        • Howard Fox

          Agreed. I would look at the roster when they were winning 53 of 60 and use that. Maybe tweak a pitcher, but go with what brung ya. Every time they pinch hit Utley and not Ethier, I cringe. I love Utley, but face it, he is old.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t find that all that interesting, given the movement in the roster throughout the season. Wouldn’t expect fellows to get much playing time just because they are on the roster. That’s more a question of flexibility, opportunities and matchups.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Can think they of a couple of reasons. First, it was decided that Ryu was not going to be one of the four starters. There was a question of his ability to pitch out of the pen. As well, there was the idea that more righties in the pen was better than more lefties, given that the ‘Stros lineup is mostly righthanded and in particular the top five in the lineup.

      • WBBsAs

        Were Avilán available, Mac wouldn’t be on the roster.

    • Only one hitter got to first base of the first 14 to bat and he was erased. Verlander had a no-hitter and shutout going at that point plus was the hottest pitcher in baseball for his last 5 starts in the regular season and was lights out in the playoffs. Joc’s home run broke up the no-hitter and shutout. It also told the Dodgers they could beat Verlander.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Point is that Hill was yanked before he got hit, Verlander after. Can’t blame AJ for leaving him in given his performance to that point and the team’s pen. Hope we can get to him again.

        • I am just pimping Joc.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha! As usual.

  • RBI

    Through a crazy confluence of events, my husband and I will be at tonight’s game!!!!! 51 reserve, row M, 9 and 10. GO BLUE!!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure hope you and Scoop can see them to a victory!

  • Howard Fox

    All the talk is Astros offense this and that, best ever, never strike out, home runs galore, yada yada yada. Seems to me the Dodgers have outscored the Astros in the Series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here’s hoping the Blue become the boys of November!
    No bottom of the 9th for two more games!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Saw the lineup at dodgers.com, but can’t link it here. Sorry.
    Excited about two changes from the first time they faced Verlander – – Logan is in instead of Chase, and Cody is now hitting again!

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    What time is first pitch? Seats not full yet. Weird.

    • 10 or 20 after, I think.

    • WBBsAs

      I suspect there may be traffic issues.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I shared your Halloween costume line and others laughed as much as me.
      Have a blast, RBI!

      • WinnipegDave

        Wait – what was the Halloween costume line?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Stepping in here because I know she’s busy . . .
          She wished us a HAppy HAlloween and said she’s going as a nervous breakdown.

          • WinnipegDave

            So good! Scariest costume of the year!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Along with best line!

  • WBBsAs

    It’s time to mute “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and head to kitchen to grab a glass of wine.

    • Might you give that a rest. We all know your feelings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Either they didn’t show intros or I missed it.
    More interested in hearing the response to one particular Astro than even our guys.

    • Radio said Gurriel was “loudly” booed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — 36-degree difference from a week ago!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes! Rich with the K!

    • WBBsAs

      Good future person! Keep it up!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure hope the game doesn’t depend on a ball in RF — our favorite ump is there tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bill Miller is right field ump. Wonder how wide his foul zone is?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha! Said it better than me.

  • WinnipegDave

    My favourite part of the game so far is that the crowd noise will match my feelings and emotions.

  • WBBsAs

    That was a hanger, but only a single.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Call for the DP, Austin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K!!

    • WBBsAs

      Keep it up, future person!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        HAvta be someone else shortly — I’m gonna help Trunk or Treat . . . but listening to the game under my Ghoul-with-a-Dodger-cap costume.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Wore my Blue Demon mask with my Dodgers/Donuts t-shirt.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Wasn’t sure if I was going to listen to the game or not, but gotta have at least one earbud in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just heard in the Fox intro that Kershaw wanted to start tonight’s game – on one days rest.

    • WBBsAs

      Never believe anything you hear on Fox.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Heard it also.
      No way!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Can’t blame him in wanting to get the last start behind him asap.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah – I think this one really got to him. And to be honest, Game 5 was on him.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Pretty much.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Totally agree.
            But hate to.

        • WBBsAs

          Not entirely – a couple blown chances on offense that would have made the difference, and some pen problems as well.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Offense gave him 7 runs.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Everyone saw the stats when he gets the runs.

    • Great attitude.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes, D!
    Get some runs!

  • WBBsAs

    Economical inning by Hill – 12 pitches, 11 strikes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Justin “has” Kate Upton — he doesn’t need a ring.

    • WinnipegDave

      I understand what you are saying – but I think Clayton (for example) has as much joy in his marriage as anyone. But he would still want a ring too!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Totally agree on both counts.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Even more economical for Verlander . . . unfortunately.

  • RBI

    Dodgers need to show that Dodger patience at the plate.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You tell’em, RBI!
      How close are you to MannyWood?

      • RBI

        Up and to the right.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Close to where I was for Vinny bobblehead night several years ago.
          How cool to be there for you and your husband!

          • Bob_Hendley

            He is a Mets fan, IIRC. But obviously also a fan of RBI.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Swinging at strikes is pretty much the way to go. They led the MLB in not swinging at balls out of the zone.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Strikes you like.
        They taught me that just because you take a strike, it isn’t bad.
        Unless it’s the 3rd one. And not called by Miller.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They were all fastballs down the middle. Seager took his.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This IS personal — get the K, Rich!

  • WBBsAs

    Did Gurriel get big boos?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Oh yeah. Cody told him to sit down!

      • WBBsAs

        ??

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Caught the foul.

        • WinnipegDave

          Cody caught a foul pop up.

    • WinnipegDave

      Definitely loud, long, and lusty.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hill stepped off the rubber so that they could boo him some more.

  • I have unpleasant news, not related to the Dodgers. If I want a safety inspection sticker from my usual shop I gotta pay them…$3,914.

    Power steering pump replacement: $1240.99
    Rack and Pinion Assembly: $802.99
    Labor for those two alone: $700

    And a few other things.

    I didn’t really want a German-manufactured car back in 2012 when we bought this Mini.

    • WBBsAs

      Ouch! I didn’t realize we were riding in a Honolulu death trap, even though it was only a mile or so!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yikes, Link?
      Sign to sell?

      • Trade in, anyway. I might get $500.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Sounds like the best option vs. good money after bad.

          • The saga of Mini expenses.

            I paid $6,000 for it five years ago. I’ve only put 10,000 miles on it. I’ve spent $5436.76 on major repairs to it since then.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Doesn’t seem so mini to me.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — to the max!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just saw the first pitchers were Orel and Lasorda.
    I thought for sure there would’ve been a big thing with many from ;’88

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT with the snag!

    • WBBsAs

      Future person keeps delivering!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hope to pass on the Dodgers delivering.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody 2.0 here . .

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Show you’re back, Puig!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig with the first hit.

    • WinnipegDave

      I wish Springer had dove and missed again.

  • WBBsAs
  • John_from_Aus

    Steal on here surely

    • WBBsAs

      Puig is not a skilled base stealer.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sadly true.

        • WBBsAs

          Nor an especially good baserunner, though he has good speed.

          • WinnipegDave

            His speed is best utalized on defense.

          • WBBsAs

            Or when trying to score on a base hit.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Imagine if he could get someone to help him with that — baserunning?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Wasn’t Davey Lopes around for awhile?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Not sure if with him. MAybe the beginning.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            But Puig had sooo much to learn.
            And he has.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Lopes was there 2013-15.

          • WinnipegDave

            And Muary Wills

          • Wikipedia: “On November 22, 2010 he [Lopes] was named the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position he held through the 2015 season.”

            Puig came up in mid-2013, so Lopes had a chance to teach him. Whether Puig was willing to learn at that point is another question.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc’s making Verlander work a bit.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes.

    • Only 7 pitches in the first inning and now up to 28

      • Bob_Hendley

        Verlander will probably pitch 100 more tonight, as long as he is getting guys out.

        • Pre-game said Astros would try to protect a lead with everything they had for this game. This one is their best bet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan in the clutch — let’s go!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Clutch walk would put RISP for Barnes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s it for me for a while. I’ll hear the game, but you guys keep the vibes in the ether!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Treats!

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve delegated my daughter to handle the trick-or-treaters tonight. Some years we get lots, and some years almost nobody.

      • Too much ruralness for us. Haven’t had a door bell ring in all 7 years here.

        • I’m in suburbia but we average two-three kids (not groups, kids) per year.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            One of the churches where I work do Trunk or Treat — I get non=stop action there vs. not many in my cul de sac.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s big thing in my neighborhood. Even close one the streets for a block party. Kids come over from other neighborhoods, because mine is urban but mostly single family dwellings.

        • WBBsAs

          Are you in the District?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Mount Pleasant.

          • WBBsAs

            My old neighborhood.

  • RBI

    Ugh. Curse of the second time through.

    • At least he has s funny haircut.

  • Springer is very good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Every single game.

    • RBI

      So frustrating. The top of their lineup is just killer.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    They always seem to score first, but maybe we can score last with lots of runs!

  • Wow. Did everybody see the video of fans packed into the Astros ballpark watching the game on their bigscreen.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ugh. The last thing I want to see is more Astro fans. Unless the Dodgers win and they show them then.

  • RBI

    I do love Hill’s effort.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Angry with himself over that. Slammed his bat into the rack. Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need CT to answer back.

  • RBI

    JV throwing very similar sequences to our guys. Hopefully we will figure out how to hit them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Got to him third time around in Game 2.

      • Joc’s home run came on his second at bat and Seager’s on his third.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Bums knows everything Joc!

  • RBI

    Gurriel getting majorly booed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hill taking his time. Baez-like.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rain? I didn’t think it rains at Dodger Stadium!

    • WBBsAs

      Rainy season approaching, in our Mediterranean climate.

    • Dare I say it’s an official game after 5.

      • WBBsAs

        They ain’t gonna call it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So Hill can go five at least without facing top of order for the third time. Looking good enough to go more, so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    May the rain help the home team this year – unlike last year.

  • The Astros have really managed to keep JT from hurting them.

    • WinnipegDave

      So far. Dun, dun, dun.

  • WinnipegDave

    A DP would be delightful.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh, finally got one past JT.

  • RBI

    Ruh roh.

    • WinnipegDave

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill with K!

  • Take that, Reddick. Whine about Dodgers fans, willya?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah – we cheered for you this time!

  • WBBsAs

    They’re not gonna pull Verlander, but there’s no DP set up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow warming up in the pen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    One more!

  • WBBsAs

    Dare Doc let Hill face Springer?

  • That man again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill done. Bad call.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At least you say that now and not after Bergman hits a slam.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s a bit pessimistic don’t you think?

        • Bob_Hendley

          I actually agree with the move.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill gone.

    • Here we go again. This time, I lean toward leaving him in.

      • Bob_Hendley

        More inclined this time than last time.

        • Worked for now.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Now is all we have at the moment.

          • WinnipegDave

            Well, we still have later this evening too.

          • Bob_Hendley

            But now later matters.

          • WinnipegDave

            Later always mattered.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Later is better if you are still only down by one run.

          • WinnipegDave

            And with good pitchers to keep it close.

          • Bob_Hendley

            We essentially got six innngs out of Hill. How many were you expecting?

          • WinnipegDave

            6 plus! 😉

          • Bob_Hendley

            Oops, I meant five.

          • and tomorrow

          • WinnipegDave

            Well – no guarantees about tomorrow happening.

          • It’s all existential.

  • RBI

    Oh man. I hope this doesn’t backfire.

  • I’m not sure I agree with pulling Rich. Morrow may not be rested enough yet.

    • Bob_Hendley

      98 mph.

  • RBI

    Doc is fearless about these decisions, gotta say.

  • WinnipegDave

    So what? Morrow does this inning and then Wood?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Maeda up.

  • (Wipes brow)

  • WBBsAs

    I mightn’t have walked Springer if I were going to bring Morrow in.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pick your poison.

  • WBBsAs
  • Didn’t need all the paper cups properly stacked any way.

  • RBI

    These quick at bats are killing me.

  • RBI

    Rats.

    • WBBsAs

      Future person not helping.

      • RBI

        Do you mind? I’ll refrain if so.

        • Keep it up.

        • WBBsAs

          Do what you must.

    • Have you had your obligatory Dodger Dog yet?

  • RBI

    Rumor has it, Kershaw is stretching in the bullpen.

    • WBBsAs

      Makes no sense.

    • He probably can’t sit still

    • WinnipegDave

      I think today I would go to Wood before Kershaw.

      • Regular throw day for Wood.

        • WinnipegDave

          Exactly.

  • Utley gets another taste of the World Series.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a fan of LoFo – Utley swap. Lose out on defense and offense.

    • RBI

      I agree. But you never know. Utley is beyond due for a hit.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He could always PH for the pitcher next half inning. Don’t see why he is going to the field.

        • So he could catch the third out?

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doesn’t make sense to me, unless they want Watson to pitch another inning.

  • scooplew

    It’s tense here. Electric atmosphere. Raucous crowd. Verlander looking real tough. Thinking of you all. Trying hard to get us at least two runs.

    • RBI

      Me, too, Scoop. Me, too!

    • WinnipegDave

      One run from you and one from RBI!

  • Aaron Boone vehemently disagrees with switching Morrow out and with taking Forsythe out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t understand it either.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Suppose it allows them to bring Watson back for a batter or two.

  • Boone reports Kershaw stretching in bullpen.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think that would be a big mistake

  • John_from_Aus

    Phew

  • John_from_Aus

    We are close enough if we are good enough

  • RBI

    Good thing Utley caught that…

  • John_from_Aus

    Not quite now or never, but we need our big bats back

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice start

  • WinnipegDave

    Just don’t create 2 outs Utley.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bunt?

  • What’s going to happen with this pitch? RBI know

    • RBI

      HBP!

  • WinnipegDave

    Perfect!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Or that!

  • John_from_Aus

    That will do

  • WBBsAs

    Chutley’s remaining elite skill.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Don’t bunt here, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      Double pretty please.

  • Don’t expect Utley to not take a hit if offered.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s happy to get hit.

  • WBBsAs
  • John_from_Aus

    Nice

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT!

  • WinnipegDave

    CT. Woot!

  • We don’t need no *&%$# three run home run

    • No but I wouldn’t turn it down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wouldn’t mind one here.

  • John_from_Aus

    And still no outs!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ok, no bunt but we still have runners on second and third and a run in the pocket.

    • WBBsAs

      No bunting!

      • Bob_Hendley

        No kidding.

  • SF!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Close, but just one cigar.

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh Bob. So good a line.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager just missed it. Just.

  • Can’t ride Verlander to victory now without scoring.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Due up second.

    • WBBsAs

      They’ve gotta pull him next inning.

  • 3-22 for the Series for Justin.

  • WinnipegDave

    Which is better a tiring (?) Verlander or Astro bullpen?

    • Shut them down and it doesn’t matter.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hahaha. Oh Bum – you make it sound so easy!

        • I spoke the truth, as it turned out.

    • Verlander.

    • RBI

      Verlander. He’s still throwing 97 and 98 consistently, and mixing in breaking ball strikes.

  • Drat.

    • WBBsAs

      Bad future person.

  • No. Please.

    • John_from_Aus

      I was joking

  • scooplew

    Nice job, RBI, we got those two runs.

    • RBI

      Wish we had a few more!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Could use him as a fire jumper and then bring is someone else later.

  • WBBsAs

    Like the other night, the Dodgers miss an opportunity to get more. Hopefully they get rid of Verlander this inning.

    • RBI

      They do. But another walk. Not good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha! Good one!

  • WBBsAs

    No way.

  • John_from_Aus

    Who’s up in the pen?

    • Kenta.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Maeda.

    • WBBsAs

      Are you watching?

      • John_from_Aus

        Have my school classes, its game day and this blog

        • WinnipegDave

          You are a trooper.

          • John_from_Aus

            Bell has just gone after lunch so it will be sneak peaks from now on

  • HLKLA

    Please not another walk.

  • Leadoff walks all scored in Game Five.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The plans of mice and men. Chase comes in as a double switch so that Watson can face another batter, who he walks. Chase on the other hand…scores the go ahead run.

    • RBI

      Great analysis.

  • WBBsAs

    Gattis a DP candidate.

    • HLKLA

      Not quite.

    • RBI

      Almost.

      • Bob_Hendley

        With Logan’s arm, yes.

  • Chase and Austin speak Japanese?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Will Utley benefit from the Utley rule?

    • My thoughts too.

    • HLKLA

      No irony there.

    • You were about 5 minutes ahead of the TV announcers

  • Kenta maybe?

  • WBBsAs

    I’d consider it a clean slide, but I dunno these days.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looked fine.

  • RBI

    So frigging hard to get these guys out!

  • WinnipegDave

    How many innings/outs would you give to Jansen tonight?

    • WBBsAs

      One, maybe 1-1/3.

      • John_from_Aus

        Only 3 outs

  • WinnipegDave

    Please can we get a DP?

  • HLKLA

    Barnes doing great behind the plate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yes!

    • WBBsAs

      That’s why Grandal plays elsewhere next year.

  • WinnipegDave

    Walk Altuve.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No, puts go ahead run in scoring position.

    • WBBsAs

      Not to put go-ahead run on second.

  • Active equals uh-oh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Please pop up.

  • HLKLA

    Whew!

    • WBBsAs

      Great future person!

      • HLKLA

        If I could only do it with the stock market!

  • Bob_Hendley

    JT and Belli with the dig!

  • Hoo-boy

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew!

  • Five more runs would be nice.

    • WBBsAs

      And six straight outs!

  • The Musgrove Ritual on the mound.

  • WinnipegDave

    No bottom 9. Is all I want.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Today and tomorrow!

      • WinnipegDave

        You got that right!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back from the Trunk or Treat.
    Was listening to the game under my faceless ghoul . . .but wearing my Dodger cap also.
    Heard the great top of the 5th while handing out candy, then the great bottom of the 6th when we ran out.

  • HLKLA

    Back to playing 1965 and 1966 World Series baseball.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think they really might bring in Jansen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!!!!

  • HLKLA

    That helps!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc! Bums boy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc Rock!

  • WBBsAs

    Scoop is going wild!

  • Two-time lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Your 2018 starting LF.

    • WBBsAs

      Don’t forget Andrew Toles.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I don’t want to forget — or end! — this year!

      • WinnipegDave

        I forgot about Andrew Toles. I forgot about Trayce Thompson.

      • HLKLA

        He could be our fourth outfielder.

    • Or CFer

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc wanted to watch that one as well.

  • Come on , Dre!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    GREAT Turner Ward video!

    • HLKLA

      I just saw that.

    • WinnipegDave

      Crash!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes tells ump to give us that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Back to nerve racking tension time.

  • Not sure about Kenley for six outs.

    • WBBsAs

      Heart of the order due up – that’s the issue.

      • WinnipegDave

        Maybe someone else pitches the 9th?

        • WBBsAs

          Quite possibly – depends how easy Kenley has it.

        • HLKLA

          Yes, if we score 15 runs the next inning.

    • RBI

      Seven pitches. Three outs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Better feeling than last Wednesday?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Forf the record, neither was I. TOTALLY impressed me in the 8th.
      I REALLY want to heat up that crow after a quick 9th!

      • WinnipegDave

        I will have several slices of pie. Humble that is.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie in at second, good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to have Charlie at 2nd.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh yeah, two down!

  • WinnipegDave

    One more strike!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yes!

  • HLKLA

    Kenley!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quick and easy.

    • WinnipegDave

      How many pitches was that?

      • RBI

        7.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks. Just saw you said that below already.

  • HLKLA

    Now we need more runs.

    • WBBsAs

      Six or so would do.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie comes through.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well – he IS part of This Team!

  • 8-16 for the Series for Charlie.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodger Insurance Office open for business . . . I hope!

  • WBBsAs

    Culberson is becoming a legend.

    • WinnipegDave

      Legends born in October.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — and November, I hope!

      • WBBsAs

        His pennant-clincher last year was enough to ensure him a place in the pantheon.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s Joctober (courtesy Eric)!

        • WinnipegDave

          Eric loves his puns!

  • HLKLA

    Well runner on second.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perhaps the only time it would have worked to slide into first.

    • WBBsAs

      Fadeaway slide into first would be really strange.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thinking the same thing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Complete it this time, Corey!

  • Poor swings.

  • HLKLA

    What is Seager swinging at?

    • WinnipegDave

      Stopped maybe just in time?

      • WinnipegDave

        And then started up again…

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Weird to see somehow.

  • HLKLA

    That same pitch!

  • Bad AB.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Basehit, JT!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hoping Springer does not bat in the 9th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Equally not personal, I hope Verlander gets the L.
      Bottom line: easy 9th, please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT for the walk!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get it done Belli!

  • HLKLA

    TV thinking they are trying to ice Kenley.

  • RBI

    Hope this doesn’t affect Kenley.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great point – shades of Kersh.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hope Belli makes it moot.

    • WBBsAs

      I doubt the breather will hurt him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure nice not to have the strike zone controversy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Much smoother.

    • HLKLA

      Up until that pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye and patience, Cody!

  • HLKLA

    Here we go!

  • WinnipegDave

    3 more to go.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody 1.0 is bacl.
    Hope 2.0 gets the chance to return!

  • RBI

    Nine pitch at bat, but no joy.

  • Four Ks again for Cody. Frustrating.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hold on to your hats.

    • WinnipegDave

      Tugging on the brim of mine to be sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hang on Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We had Morrow.
    Kenley needs to give us Tomorrow.

    • WBBsAs

      He’ll have backup.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think the only way I feel more nervous is if we play again tomorrow.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        But you want to, right?

        • WinnipegDave

          All day long!!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hopefully bring it on!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley looking sharp after the delay.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig the fortune teller?

  • WinnipegDave

    Beltran the PH!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Greatest playoff hitter in history.

      • He took a called third strike to end the 2005 series.

      • To date. May a Dodger be included in that discussion after this game 7.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Actually, since 2013 Beltran has lost that crown. At that point he was at OPS 1.252 in 150 PA, as compared to the Babe at 1.214 in 167 PA and Lou at 1.214 as well in 150 PA. Currently Carlos is at 1.021 in 256 PA, with Justin at 1.009 in 133 PA. BTW, Joc is at .905 in 70 PA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!

  • HLKLA

    One more!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1.More. Out!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    1 more out.

  • WBBsAs

    Looking like the real Kenley tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      FINALLY!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get. The, K!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    TOMORROW!!!!!!

  • HLKLA

    We go seven!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh boy!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    We have a chance!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley made that look easy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is our @@@@ house! Kenley says

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sandy excited!!

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a HIGH strike out!

  • HLKLA

    Grimes, Iowa native gets the win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Star of the Game?

    • HLKLA

      Kenley.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep to all of them!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Rich, CT

    • Joc?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully the Boys of Summer become the Boys of November!

  • HLKLA

    Well, back in April, we all hoped we would be playing in November. Guess what?

  • RBI

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

    • HLKLA

      I hope you get to do this one more time.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope we collect the 11th ! tomorrow to complete the set!!

  • WBBsAs
    • That poor drummer. Keeping up that pace for 12 minutes.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s got loads of energy. Great live band if you ever have the chance to see them in Honolulu, and REK is a great songwriter.

  • RBI

    What a game!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    And Scoop gets to be there!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It would be tough enough to bounce back from Sunday’s loss facing elimination, but to also go against Verlander? WOW!

  • Bob_Hendley
  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Loved it!

    • HLKLA

      There is so much to like about this picture. (And pitcher))

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pitcher perfect.

  • John_from_Aus

    On to tomorrow

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    McCullers warming up — we see what happened when Kersh took the mound the night before.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Houston already had back to back wins in this Series — time for the Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure glad Dodgers are playing at home!

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Liked CT’s interview — two strikes, shorten up, put it in play.
    (Please pass that on, Chris!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    18 of 19 pitches over two innings were strikes!
    That was almost as effective as two “immaculate” innings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Game within the game — Yu vs. Gurriel.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hindsight is perfect, but I feel for Rich. He and Roberts have disagreed at least since he was going for the perfecto.

    • RBI

      He looked stoked after we got the win.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good.
        And I’m sure you were as well!!

        • RBI

          Me plus 55,000 other people!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Soo happy you were able to go . . . like the Dodgers, getting the opportunity, then making good on it!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Very competitive player who shows his emotions. Gather that last night he was more mad at himself for giving up a single and a double to the bottom of the order with the big boys coming up for the third time. Springer already had a dinger off of him and Bregman a single. For me, it was even more evident than in game 2 that relief was the way to go.

      • I hadn’t thought about him being more mad about himself than he was about being pulled. I agree. He was very happy when his reliever got the third out and like RBI said, with the Dodger win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Prediction: Sandy throws out the first pitch.
    And maybe comes in to close the game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Quick look at Barry’s Tickets for manana — just curious . . . Where I was Game 1 is now about $400 more list price (counting “handling,” around $1500 . . . Top Deck is the same . . . and if you want to sit in Dugout Row 4, it can be yours for a measly $21,000 (+ handling).

    • Neal Everett on Sportscenter LA said he’d seen a block of four tickets right behind home plate purchased for $72,000.

  • Dodgers on Twitter post-game.

  • Kershaw, asked if he’ll pitch in Game Seven: “I can give 27 innings,” he said, possibly joking, possibly not. “Whatever they need. I’ll be ready to go with whatever they need.”

  • Darvish looks forward to Game Seven, supported by teammates.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to imagine him doing worse than in Game 3. For that, I am optimistic because he is a very good pitcher.

  • Darvish is more than capable of pitching a great game. Wood and Kershaw available in the pen. Jansen and Morrow can each go one. Pitching will be ready for game 7.

    The Dodgers lineup is deep again with Joc “back”. Time for Turner to be Turner again. Cory and Cody probably going to think more about going more the other way. Puig has liked righties better this year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Far be for me to question AJ and his lineup construction for the hands down best offense in baseball, with righties stacked in the top and lefties in the bottom, but it does allow Doc the convenience of flipping his relievers inning-by-inning to maximize split advantages.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Beyond Joc’s exploits, it notes that Tony W. has two wins in the WS, tying him with Larry Sherry among Dodger relievers. Not a strong outing, though. Hit McCann to put Gurriel in scoring position before Chase snagged the liner. Then walked Reddick the next inning before being pulled.

      • WBBsAs

        Scorer’s discretion can deny the win to a reliever who pitches “briefly and ineffectively.”

        • Bob_Hendley

          Give the win to Chase?

      • I wonder if Avilon were healthy who between Avilon, Watson, or Cingrani would be on the WS roster.

        • Bob_Hendley

          The Tonys I believe. Avilan might be there instead of Mac

      • I think Larry Sherry’s performance was the first time I’d ever read of the save as a measurable thing. He had two Ws and two Saves in that World Series.

  • WBBsAs
    • That’s cool.

    • RBI

      AGon in the pews!

  • It was great that the Dodgers had Utley available no matter how old he may look from time to time. He has a way of doing something, especially when others are not doing all that many somethings.

  • I really don’t see Kershaw opting out and therefore we get to have him a Dodger for a long time.

  • I never wear advertisements so I won’t be getting this but it is still very cool. I opt for a Brooklyn Dodger baseball cap.

    https://pro.teechip.com/3110-dod-new-hampshire

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh? You would be advertising that you are a Dodger fan.

      • Still an advertisement, ¿no?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha! You need one that says ‘Joc!’

  • SI’s take on Game Six and the upcoming Game Seven.

    Heh. From the story: “Enrique Hernandez, who reported for duty on this Halloween night wearing a Chewbacca costume.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice having the HFA, but the premise that the Dodgers decided months ago to have the best record in the MLB and didn’t cruise into the the playoffs seems a bit silly. They won a lot of ball games going into September because they are a good team, which allowed them to weather a 1-16 streak as they auditioned player for the playoffs.

  • WBBsAs
  • NPUT