World Series Game Two, 2017

Astros at Dodgers, 5:09 PM PT, TV: Fox

The Astros send out their waiver-trade-deadline acquisition par excellence, RHP Justin Verlander. All Verlander has done since coming over from the Tigers is win nine games without a loss, including four postseason games this year. He’ll be opposed by the Dodgers’ LHP Rich Hill, who’s pitched nine innings in two starts in the postseason without a decision.


Today in baseball history:

  • 1981 In Game 5 at Dodger Stadium, Pedro Guerrero’s and Steve Yeager’s back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh inning off Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry give Los Angeles a 2-1 win, its third victory in the Fall Classic. Guerrero and Yeager, along with teammate Ron Cey, will be named as the co-recipients of the World Series MVP award.
  • 1986 One strike from defeat, the Mets tie the game on a wild pitch and then, thanks to Bill Buckner’s error, win Game 6, knotting the Fall Classic at three games apiece. This event was selected as one of baseball’s 30 most memorable moments. “If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.” – Vin Scully, describing the aftermath of the play after a long silence.
  • 2005 The first World Series game ever to be played in the state of Texas proves to be memorable when Geoff Blum’s 14th inning solo home run (the 30th Major Leaguer to hit a HR in his first World Series AB) becomes the beginning of the end of the longest Fall Classic contest ever played. The 7-5 victory, which gives the White Sox a commanding 3-0 advantage over the Astros, takes 5 hours, 41 minutes to complete, with the 14 frames equaling the number of innings the Red Sox needed to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1916 series.
  • 2005 Mark Buehrle becomes the first pitcher to start and save consecutive World Series contests. After receiving a no-decision starting Game 2, the 26 year-old southpaw gets the final out in the 14th inning of Game 3 to record a save as the White Sox beat the Astros, 7-5.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    Heading over in half an hour. GO DODGERS!!! This one is going to be tough.

    • John_from_Aus

      indeed it is

      • scooplew

        I hope Pederson can deliver and prove me wrong. I would have preferred Ethier in the starting lineup.

        • John_from_Aus

          that surprised me a bit as well

        • WBBsAs

          I expect Ethier will do some DH’ing for the games at Houston’s Juice Blender Park.

          • scooplew

            I hope so, after Verlander who starts for Houston? Lefty or righty?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Righty. Doc says Joc over Dre because of bat speed.

  • John_from_Aus
  • scooplew

    Arrrrgh!! Stuck in a long meeting with a client. I am hoping you all get us off to a good start. (Forgot to tape the game).

    • John_from_Aus

      i have class on and off today, so I know how you feel

  • WBBsAs

    From now on, the default version of the national anthem should be Hendrix on the video screen.

    • I liked it and loved yesterday’s as well.

  • HLKLA

    Good to see Vinny!

    • They gave him lots of TV time. So happy he is there.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He had the second biggest ovation last night, behind only JT after his blast.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes dropped one of those in Wrigley in the wind. Ended up on his backside on that one.

    • I was worried while that one was in the air.

  • WBBsAs

    Thank you, Bregman.

  • Bob_Hendley

    ‘Stros have had a problem hitting the curve all season. Knock on wood.

  • WBBsAs

    Altuve really went fishing there.

  • I liked what Barnes said to Hill, whatever it was.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice recovery by Rich after a terrible start.

  • Taylor was all over that first pitch and Verlander put it in a dangerous place.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, we knew it would be tough and it looks like Verlander isn’t going to disappoint — unfortunately. Still, the Dodgers this year have done ground on the 2nd and 3rd go-rounds.
    Hopefully Rich has settled down.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill’s version of high heat!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich is back!
    Let’s get some runs!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s been soo long, I don’t remember — do the Dodgers get to do their own radio broadcast in the Series? I tuned into my station and it’s apparently ESPN.

    • WBBsAs

      Yeah, but it’s Steiner – pick your poison…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I pick them, but don’t get them.

        • WBBsAs

          You can hear it on the AtBat app.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Great idea, but it will be way behind TV. As it is, regular radio is several seconds AHEAD of TV.
            Oh well.
            I wanted to listen to the Dodger guys but also enjoy the pictures.

          • WBBsAs

            Joe Buck and Steiner are both terrible, but Buck appears to have normal depth perception.

  • John_from_Aus

    it certainly won’t come easy today

  • Bob_Hendley

    Verlander’s breaking stuff is on. Tough.

    • Pitchers so far getting the close ones.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan gets that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Lucky bounce off of CT.

    • Soccer play. Couldn’t believe the ball bounced where it did with it only hitting the bill of Taylor’s cap.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And Joc in good position.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Probably saved a double as well in the second.

        • WBBsAs

          Was that Gurriel’s ball? I missed it.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep. The Cuban Y-guy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K!
    C’mon, Rich — get out of it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rich!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich!
    Lucky break with the ball to CT, but Chase should’ve had the first.

  • John_from_Aus

    thrilled it was only 1, but not sure where our 1 is coming at the moment

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely feel the same.
      But they’ve floundered first go-round before, only to come back.
      Here’s hoping . . .

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang! Can’t get it over Altuve.

    • WBBsAs

      Insuficientemente Alto…ve

    • Even though it is not a tall feat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great idea, Rich!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody should think of bunting the ball with the intense shift they put on him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not good getting the first batter on.
    How about one of those trademarked DPs the Blue hit into last night?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda up in the pen. Needs a long warm up I guess.

    • As if he were a starter

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Imagine that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rich! Getting up on the tightrope then getting to the other side!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2nd time around.
    Get the first hit.
    Then the first run.
    Let’s go, Dodgers!

  • HLKLA

    I would be happy if we at least got a 3-2 count at this point.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How about a BB,

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        All of the above,
        Now it’s time to raise the bar.

    • HLKLA

      Or a walk.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great AB, CT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Smart play, CT!

  • HLKLA

    Drat!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    4th DP of the Series — shoot!

  • Very short leash on Hill. 60 pitches isn’t a lot.

    • WBBsAs

      Lotsa confidence in Maeda v. righties.

    • Bob_Hendley

      3rd time through with five righties coming up.

    • John_from_Aus

      I wondered if they considered McCarthy before Kenta

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not the way that Kenta has pitched in the playoffs.

        • John_from_Aus

          True

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig!

  • RBI

    Arghhh!!!!! Can’t get any wood on Verlander. How long can he keep throwing heat?

    • Bob_Hendley

      All night.

      • WBBsAs

        Maybe the mediocre Tigres version will show up.

  • HLKLA

    Joc!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ulaRITY!!!!!!!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Joc!

  • John_from_Aus

    and we weren’t sure if he should have been in the lineup

    • HLKLA

      Grand who?

      • John_from_Aus

        even for Eithier today

    • Who’s we

      • John_from_Aus

        scoop (start of this post)

    • scooplew

      I was wrong on Joc.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And happy, I’m sure!

    • Bob_Hendley

      As Doc said, “he can handle velocity” though that was actually a curveball.

  • WBBsAs

    You future people!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Way to break up the no-hitter!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The magic 5th from the LCS.

  • John_from_Aus

    game on!

  • HLKLA

    I now wish that Rich Hill was still pitching.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The bullpen got ’em here — hope they continue!

    • He averaged about 5.5 hitters an inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Scooplew’s jaw will drop.

    • scooplew

      A very DEEP drop. DEEP enough to eat crow.

      • Cook it right and it tastes like chicken

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Experience?

          • Once or twice

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Guess I didn’t cook it properly!

  • There was no way Joc was going to keep his emotions inside.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      With Puig as a teammate?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Need a DP of their own now!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

    • HLKLA

      There you go.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Now let’s get more runs!!!!!

  • HLKLA

    Watson is from Grimes, Iowa where I currently reside. He donated money for a new scoreboard for high school baseball field.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice story!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shift DP!

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go!

  • Utley, PH for Watson, Taylor coming up.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now if Dre could…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats aren’t as patient these last two games — new strategy?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Verlander throws strikes?

  • HLKLA

    I remember when we use to score runs by getting singles and doubles.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pretty good pitchers to try to string hits together.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Three runs on two hits. Efficiency!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT with another walk!
    C’mon, Corey!

  • HLKLA

    Taylor showing patience.

  • I feel a double coming

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your keys . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      Double that!

  • HLKLA

    Corey!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    COREY!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Like last night, 2 outs and CT gets the walk.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Table setter.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Very valuable piece of This Team!

  • RBI

    Okay, so Mama almost fainted on that one.

  • Picture of a happy dugout.

  • RBI

    TWO hits. THREE runs!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Efficiency!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Speaking of which, Watson throws one pitch and is the pitcher of record.
        Almost doesn’t seem fair.
        But hope he gets the W!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anyone else worried with Strip in?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Been spotty lately.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ross does nothing to prove me wrong.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doc wants none of that stuff.
    With tomorrow off, planning on Kenley going 2?

  • WBBsAs

    Stripling gets a “hold…”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      More like “Hold on there, son . . . “

    • scooplew

      And a “scold.”

  • scooplew

    It am not allowed to second-guess Roberts again tonight. Self-imposed restriction.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Trying to steal a few outs before bringing in the big guns. Hard to blame him. Bottom of the order ahead by two runs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dial up the DP!

    • WBBsAs

      It was really fun to watch.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And emotional. LA loves Vin!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DOUBLE PLAY!!!!

  • Live by the dp, die by the dp

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No matter what, Verlander is out!

  • I heard about this guy on the radio broadcast coming back from Mom’s eye doctor app’t today. Attendance at two different World Series games 91 years apart.

    • WBBsAs

      I read about another guy who’s at tonight’s game whose first Series game was also Gehrig’s.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice stab and great hustle to keep that at one.

  • John_from_Aus

    just come back from a class to good news I see

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      We might ask you to stay away . . .

      • John_from_Aus

        class again in around 10 minutes

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes — 6 more outs!!!!!

  • RBI

    Here and gone!

    • Struggling to eat peanuts and type at the same time?

  • RBI

    Package, if you are reading here, Mama very happy!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KJ for two?
    That may be tough.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Want him for the meat of the order, though. Maybe Morrow goes unless a guy gets on base?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sounds good to me.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I like the idea of keeping someone who’s doing well, unless massive metrics say otherwise.

      • I would think Morrow would get 4 or 5 outs.

      • WBBsAs

        Morrow didn’t throw many pitches.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s middle seventh, and time to mute the computer for GBA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats — open the insurance office!

  • WBBsAs

    Fox’s celebrity worship irks me no end.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody and Corey look soo young! (They are, I know)

    • Joc has the most kid in him though.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Or, the offense could put it out of reach?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He’s not on the roster, but make it Baez-proof!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes — a gift!

  • HLKLA

    We will take that.

  • HLKLA

    Puig making them work.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes, Cody — more advantage from gift!

    • Free tacos, or wild pitch?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No tacos for you.

  • John_from_Aus

    just punch one in the gap

  • HLKLA

    That works.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Moved him over!
    Sac fly, error, PB, WP, or even a hit . . . PLEASE!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JOc wasn’t there for the meeting on selective pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Joc!

  • HLKLA

    Old Joc.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But he was clutch before.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Same old Joc who hit the dinger.

    • He wanted the fly ball. Those pitches were close to the upper strike zone.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All of the belw requests, minus the sac fly

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not . . .

  • HLKLA

    Hope that lack of a run does not hurt us.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Need that bullpen magic one more time.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We have two more than they do and Morrow and Kenley. Like our chances.

  • THAT was disappointing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh, dang.

  • RBI

    KJ for six. Gotta do it.

    • scooplew

      Asking a lot, even for Jansen.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        First things first — get out of this inning.

      • John_from_Aus

        it is a big call

      • Bob_Hendley

        Last post-season he threw 2+ innings three times.

    • WBBsAs

      Doc agrees.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig was soo close!

    • And so mad at himself!

      • Not sure he was mad at himself. Mad that he couldn’t get to the ball to make a great play.

    • WBBsAs

      Tremendous effort!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Same situation as the Blue — hope they have the same results.

  • HLKLA

    I hope the Astros are just like the Dodgers when it comes to leaving runners on base.

  • WBBsAs

    Nice to get Altuve on one pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Kenley, one more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, four more.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        First things first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley due up second.

  • 13 pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-
    ENLEY!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    When Kenley was in last night and struggling a bit, JT came in and talked to him. Did anyone hear them talk about what was said? I’m guessing referencing the wedding conversation about unfinished business . .. and right where they want to be.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two outs and CT up — perfect combo!

  • Come on CT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hate having Grande stuck on the bench in order to have McCarthy sitting in the pen.

    • Off the roster.

      • Bob_Hendley

        You are thinking of Grandy, I am referring to Grandal.

  • Glad that was Taylor and not an Astro, I thought it was gone.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Me too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bottom of the 9th — C’mn, Kenley!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dang. So be it.

  • Tough spot for Forsythe; sits on the bench for 8 innings and then plays defense in the 9th

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot!!!!

  • Drat!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wasted bottom of the 7th haunts them . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wasn’t really much there.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Runner at 3rd one out.

    • Dodgers have 2 hits

    • RBI

      Yes.

  • RBI

    Brutal.

  • Sixth Homer allowed this season.

  • Sets up a bottom of ninth walk-off

    • By Grandal.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Seager, Turner and Belli.

        • Belli is due but I don’t want to wait that long.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Unless it’s a 3-run blast.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stop them here, Kenley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m sure Doc regrets pulling Rich soo early.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think so.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hard to imagine he is thinking that.

  • scooplew

    Seager, Turner and Bellinger.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now I’m hoping for perhaps the most unfair rule — that Kenley gets the win after blowing the save.
    C’mon, bats — no 10th inning!!!

  • Is McCarthy warming up?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      My guess.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hope he doesn’t get his shot.

      • If he is warming up and doesn’t get in, he saves the others in the bullpen. Heck of a way to make a contribution.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems that it is Fields.

  • WinnipegDave

    Looks like I came home at just the wrong time.
    Or just the right time maybe.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully the latter.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We need your optimism!

      • WinnipegDave

        Go Dodgers!!

  • Dodgers now have the righty bats in against all the righty relief pitchers

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DARN!

  • What the hell

  • Bob_Hendley

    Almost, Belli.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh that would have been perfect.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now Fields needs to be a hero.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      With the help of a bat or two.

  • WinnipegDave

    So what happened in the 7th inning that haunts the Dodgers?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Runner at 3rd, 1 out and two Dodger Ks.

      • WinnipegDave

        Unfortunate.

  • Fudge.

    • Shucks

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        All of the above.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sugar!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a turn of events.

  • Fields is not the answer.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      This is going to be huge for Houston if the Dodgers can’t come back.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Biggish, just one game.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Beat the bullpen, including Kenley.
          And going home — where they haven’t lost in the playoffs.

          • Bob_Hendley

            We could have stole one off of Verlander, but it didn’t happen.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Definitely another way to look at it.

  • McCarthy?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      More offense.

      • Still only have 2 hits

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yep,
          Could’ve been enough, but . . .

          • You still in the 7th? Live in the moment. It’s a little ugly though.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            The 8th and 9th were all bad in the field . .. and the 10th worse, because of those fails.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Welp.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SOMEbody has to come in.

  • John_from_Aus

    what mess have I missed !?!

    • Jansen allowed tying HR. Fields has given up two.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Cody almost hit it out but . . .

  • Trusting Fields might be difficult for the rest of the Series.

  • WinnipegDave

    This one really stings.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Big.
      Instead of beating Verlander they — in essence — beat Kenley.

  • RBI

    Sorry, but this is on Kenley. He had to hold them in the ninth.

    • Maybe you could wear your hat inside out to get a rally going.

    • Yeah, but the job wasn’t done in the 8th.

  • Nice, Cingrani.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    TC for the DP.
    Now for a massive comeback walk-off!

  • Belli made the last out and is now out in a double switch. Barnes getting a rest at second and Grandal in.

  • HLKLA

    Big mountain to climb.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now one run game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PUIG!!!!!

  • HLKLA

    Puig gets one back!

  • There’s one back

  • Puig!

  • John_from_Aus

    this is just teasing

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Moral victory, if nothing else.
      And there IS the possibility of something else!

  • Love the non-bat flip on that one

  • WinnipegDave

    I believe. Help my unbelief.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All LA runs these two games have been via HR.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Need some Barnes magic.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Make that Forsythe.

  • RBI

    Gotta get it to Kiké.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Logan is the guy to get on base.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        You both got it!

      • That is the one thing he has consistently been good

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Kike!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tough task against the righty.

  • WinnipegDave

    We want Sticky.

  • HLKLA

    The last out is the toughest.

  • WBBsAs

    Vamos, ¡Quique!

    • John_from_Aus

      is that good or bad

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike!
    safe!

  • Wow!

  • Can you believe?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan Quique!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wooooooo!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First non-HR hit!
    Started with another 2-out walk

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great slide!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WOW!!!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    my internet froze briefly !!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No 11th!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    RBI must be out of her mind right now!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Pity those who left early.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Thankful for the arrival of Dave.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Did Quique make it to second?

    • HLKLA

      Yes.

  • WinnipegDave

    I told my son that a comeback is definitely possible but highly unlikely.

    THIS TEAM!!!

    • scooplew

      What a great game for him to see?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. But he has gone to bed now. 11 is late. Now if this was Game 6 or 7.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just saw the Logan Express again!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m watching MLBTV, but can’t ignore you future people!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shades of — Morgan?

  • John_from_Aus

    gameday has frozen on me with Kike still batting 3-1 🙂

    • WinnipegDave

      Just wait. It’s worth waiting for. 😉

    • Tied at 5 on a Quique single

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like CT here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ok. Will have Turner, Belli and Puig for the 11th. Just need to hold them. Is it Mac?

      • WBBsAs

        If so, he’s not pitched in quite some time.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Oops, no Belli.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Mac . .. get it to the bats!

    • scooplew

      When did he last pitch?

      • RBI

        August?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Oct 1

        • RBI

          Looks it, unfortunately.

  • HLKLA

    Not a good start.

  • John_from_Aus

    this is going to kill me, I have to take my car in for a rego check in about 5 minutes, so hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised later on.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ubfortunately, it’s taco time now.

  • HLKLA

    No double play now.

  • HLKLA

    Oh boy!

  • Drat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    Again.

  • scooplew

    Darn.

  • John_from_Aus

    really !?! (can I break rule 1)

  • WinnipegDave

    Can lightening strike twice? Or for like the 4th time?

  • scooplew

    Bullpen magic vanished.

    • HLKLA

      For this part of the bullpen anyway.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Including Kenley.

  • WinnipegDave

    Please let this be like the Texas-St. Louis WS game.

    • RBI

      So McCarthy is all we have left?

      • HLKLA

        Wood.

        • WBBsAs

          Game 4 starter.

          • HLKLA

            We may need him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice, Logan!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Catcher to second base on that one.

  • scooplew

    Twenty-four days since McCarthy last pitched: a bridge too far.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s tough.

  • HLKLA

    Smoltz is saying the walk by Stripling was huge in the bullpen plan tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He didn’t look good.

      • Could have had Baez on the roster but we would still be in the 7th

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Still stuck in the 7th? 🙂

        • scooplew

          Ha!

    • WBBsAs

      It hurt.

    • scooplew

      Yes. Stripling was probably the 25th man on the roster.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Still, they had Kenley on the mound with the lead. That is where you want to be.

      • HLKLA

        But not for six outs.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Kenley pitched 2+ innings three times last year in the playoffs. Pitch count was not high.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — you are THIS TEAM!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    I still believe. I still have unbelief.

    • scooplew

      Knowing your background, how can I doubt you?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Runners and hits, bats!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager hit that one hard.

  • scooplew

    Remarkable to be in this game with only four hits.

  • This is like an All Star game, everybody played

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I care a “little” more thos!

      • WinnipegDave

        This time it counts.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          The new slogan!

  • HLKLA

    Wow!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another hard hit ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sugar!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get on base, Charlie!

  • scooplew

    Two hard hit outs

  • Bob_Hendley

    Charlie boy!

  • HLKLA

    And one goes out!

  • WinnipegDave

    Charles in Charge. Let’s get om

  • Oh my.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig to bat.

  • Two hard hit outs preceded that HR

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They did not give up.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They HAVEN’T given up.

    • RBI

      Especially JT’s. He smoked that.

  • HLKLA

    Down to our last strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why pitch to Puig with Grandal on deck?

    • WBBsAs

      You don’t bring winning run to the plate.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Don’t put the tying run on, winning to the plate?

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m vibrating with nervous energy.

    • RBI

      So were 54,000 people in the stadium!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A loss, but what a battling back.

    • WBBsAs

      Bad future person.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sorry. But just the messenger.

  • Bah!

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy game. Keep fighting Dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They did — impressed with that.
      Now the forgetting (about the bad plays/pitches) has to come into play.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kershaw pitches again.

  • An entertaining game considering the Dodgers only had 5 hits in an extra inning game

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig swings at ball four.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Houston’s first franchise WS win.
    Nothing against them, but hope they don’t add to it.

  • I don’t envy the questions Roberts is gonna have to answer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Such as?

      • Kenley for six outs. McCarthy.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I saw Kenley pitch three innings in DC. He had two other games last playoff with 2 plus innings. Not an unusual move.

          • Bob_Hendley

            No one else in the pen besides McCarthy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Players didn’t perform. Not on the manager.

  • WinnipegDave

    How did Bellinger’s ball not go out in the ninth?
    The way balls were flying out of there he must have only hit what was a routine fly ball on a normal night.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I thought it was.

    • RBI

      Apparently It had some ridiculous Statcast percentage of a chance to go out – in the 90s I think! Can anyone find that? I’m curious to know.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I think it was more like 12%, IIRC, given that exit velocity was only 92 mph.

        • RBI

          Ah, I stand corrected.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doc was calm and reflective in postgame interview.
    When Kenley was in there, I recalled what he’s said: to be the best, you have to beat the best.
    Each side had their own moments of beating the other side’s best tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Exciting to say the least, but came out on the short end. ‘Stros can hit.

  • RBI

    I was so proud of our boys tonight. Just an amazing game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m glad that’s your feeling.
      What was the mood of others?

      • RBI

        Well, it was such a crazy crazy back and forth game, we were all pretty exhausted. I heard a lot of second guessing of Doc – especially pulling Hill and using KJ for six outs – but no one wanted their money Back!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hill was lifted before his third time around in both his previous playoff starts this year. Nothing unusual.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I forgot that third go-round was coming up. It just seemed such a short amount of time.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Believe that was reinforced in Doc’s mind with five righties in a row due up.

  • Speaking of Puig, here’s a pretty long look at his road back to this season’s success.

  • Puig:

    “If you thought it was going to go 4–0, you’re crazy,” Puig said. “These are the two best teams in baseball.”

  • Howard Fox

    One of the best games I have ever seen…

    That being said, Stripling fouled up Roberts’ plans. His short outing brings in Morrow a couple batters early. Removing Hill after 4? I was ok with that. He was pitching in and around trouble the whole time he was in there.

    Smoltz is slanted against the Dodgers for some reason, but one thing he did say that I agreed with was about issuing walks, making them earn it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Morrow’ outing was a bit more abbreviated than Doc might have wanted, though Puig gave it all he had. Still, Kenley well acquainted with six outs in the playoffs. Last year he got 7, 7 and 9 in three games.

    • RBI

      From my perspective at the game, Hill was lucky not to have gotten hit harder than he was. I had no problem with pulling him. The only disappointment was, as you say, that four pitch walk by Stripling. None of the four was even close. (Also, remember the first inning, when Hill threw BEHIND Springer? That was not a good look.) As Kenley said afterwards, the difference was that one flat fat uncutter down the middle pitch. Just as Verlander was due a couple mistakes, so was Kenley. And dare I say, the Astros are due a post season loss at home. Also, what about the ball hitting Taylor’s hat brim and later their catcher’s errant throw hitting the Ump!?!? Talk about Chance at play.

      • Howard Fox

        Point taken, things do tend to even out. Still think it was one of the best games I have ever seen, although I would have loved to pin a loss on Verlander. But I have thought all along we would win in 6, meaning we now have to take 2 of 3 in Houston. Doable with Darvish and Kershaw going in games 3 and 5.

        • RBI

          A game to remember. Or to never forget!

          • John_from_Aus

            If we win the world series, i’ll say it was the best game ever, if we lose, it was the worst game ever 🙂

        • John_from_Aus

          And Wood may surprise and revert back to the 11-0 form (or whatever it was)

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just missing Evers with that post. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    On yanking Hill. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/in-defense-of-dave-roberts/ Doc basically did the same move in Hill’s previous two playoff starts. And now he is questioned and people complain?

    • John_from_Aus

      I think that was the right move. I know he has done it before, but at the time I felt uneasy about Kenley going for 6. I’m not saying it was wrong, but going 6 with no one one base is obviously very different in going 6 with someone already on 2nd

      • Bob_Hendley

        Was there an option? Would you rather have kept Morrow in after he gave up the double and the heart of the order due up? I think you go with the best you have in that situation, which is Kenley.

        • John_from_Aus

          I guess there was nothing else that could be done

  • Bob_Hendley

    Girardi out as Yank skipper! Nats probably won’t offer enough money or years given their track record.

  • RBI

    So, today’s narrative is all about the fact that the ‘Stros hit against our bullpen. How about the fact that first we hit against Verlander? Anything can happen next, is all I’m saying. I don’t mind our being suddenly perceived as the underdogs, either. The Astros haven’t lost a post-season game at home yet? Bring it on!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good point – – Dodgers beat their best pitcher , they beat the Blue’s best reliever.

  • After catching up on the comments below it seems like there is agreement on taking Hill out. I was so sure that Bellinger won the game with a home run. It feels like it was actually was a home run that got batted down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Everyone seems to have been Steinered on that one.

      • WBBsAs

        Given his notorious depth perception, I expected he would say it was fouled straight back.

  • WBBsAs

    Though yesterday’s results were disappointing, I enjoyed this article: http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2017/10/watch_the_world_series.html

  • John_from_Aus
    • Bob_Hendley

      Discussions seems to be in a bit of a vacuum as it doesn’t speak to who starts in left field. Wouldn’t it be Joc as Quique has a real hard time with righthanded pitchers in general and breaking ball pitchers in particular?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tough job! All three managers of teams from the East that made the playoffs have been fired.

  • WBBsAs
  • Is the hiring of guys like Hinch and Roberts the Fourth Wave of the data analytics revolution in baseball? So says SI.

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