Game 161, 2015

Padres at Dodgers, 6:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD, MLB.TV (free game)

Zack Greinke looks to lower his ERA even further, win his nineteenth game and fend of Jake Arrietta’s late charge for the NL Cy Young Award. What more needs to be said about him? His opponent will be lefty Robbie Erlin, who’s 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA. He’s made two appearances for the Padres this season, both starts. The first was against Colorado; he went three innings and gave up nine hits and seven runs, all earned. His next start was against the Diamondbacks; he went seven innings and gave up two hits and no runs.

The Nationals beat the Mets 3-1 in the opening game of their doubleheader, which puts the Dodgers a full game up on the Mets in the race for home field advantage.

Lineup when available.

A Puig sighting!

81 thoughts on “Game 161, 2015

  1. It’s raining here in the desert and they are giving LA a 20% chance of rain. I hope not.

  2. Ahhh, baseball in the afternoon as God intended… (Whoa there, folks, that’s a joke or at least in jest. Like some others here, I am about totally unreligious, I just use God as a literary reference point. If He exists, I’m sure he had more productive pursuits in mind for His children than sitting around on their dead ends watching grown (?) men play games…)

  3. I missed most of yesterday’s game while I was at, the greatest live music festival ever, in Golden Gate Park. I saw most of the last three innings as we drove back home (my wife at the wheel, of course). For those who might be interested, much of the festival is streaming today at the URL indicated. Among today’s performers are Justin Townes Earle, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Indigo Girls, Nick Lowe, Niko Case, Los Lobos, James McMurtry and Asleep at the Wheel. Not all of them are necessarily streaming – it’s up to the individual artists whether they want to do so or not.

      • It is indeed. It’s also a free festival, and offers a diversity of great food (not free, however). We got some of our from Empanadas Argentinas El Porteño.

  4. Burning the barn in Texas today with our little buddies the Angels in the middle of it.

  5. Scherzer with game score of 104 is now second to Wood’s 105, displacing Clayton at 102

  6. More on Puig from ESPN:

    Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig
    went 1-for-3 with a single in his first game since Aug. 27. He came off
    the 15-day DL (right hamstring) to extend his hitting streak to 11
    games dating to Aug. 23. He isn’t expected to start Sunday, but could
    pinch hit or enter as a defensive replacement. “I don’t need that much
    work to feel I can have good at-bats,” said Puig, who appeared
    noticeably thinner. “All the work I’ve been doing in Arizona, I probably
    have lost a little weight.”

  7. I guess the only thing left to decide in the NL tomorrow is who gets home field advantage in the Wild Card game – Pittsburgh or Chicago. I think I want Chicago to win that game. Pittsburgh scares me. But then again maybe Pittsburgh would do everyone a favour and knock off St. Louis more easily than Chicago would. Regardless, it’s going to be a crazy ride this playoffs.

    • A one game playoff can be a cruel end to a season. Particularly for a 90+ win team.

    • The Cubs are dangerous too – Arrieta’s a genuine ace, and they have plenty of good young players.

  8. So did Puig do enough to pass the eye test? I must admit I got a bit nervous the way he seemingly very casually caught the last out of the game.

  9. We win! A few nervous moments throughout the game – especially in the ninth there. But it was still a good win, a well played game and accomplished everything we wanted tonight!

  10. Greinke surely done now. 8 innings, close to 110 pitches. Got his 200th K and his era is a cool 1.66.
    3 more outs and Dodgers start the playoffs at home. Of course, look what the Angels did with there last 3 outs against Texas!

  11. Ouch. Alright, Mister Puig, let’s see if your legs are any better this trip than they were the first two times up. Your single would have been a double if you trusted your hamstrings more, I think.

    • The announcers have been on Puig about his running in a slightly negative way in my opinion. And yet, I recall Steiner and company extolling the wisdom of Kendrick not trying to go for two on a easy double in his very first at bat when he came back from his injury.

  12. Just to let you know you’re not alone, Dave, I’m watching in between dinner prep. (Oven-roasted tri-tip with Santa Maria rub and sautéed mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes and French-cut green beans.)

  13. Erlin matching Greinke very well tonight. Dodgers are not exactly lighting him up at all.

  14. Greinke 2 K’s away from 200. Another 6 inning quality start to this point in the game. Zack being Zack.
    Let’s win this game for him Dodgers.

  15. Not sure I like SD playing this game so close. Don’t they know we want to clinch HFA and keep Greinke’s era low and keep his Cy Young chances high?

  16. Nice to be up 2-0 with Greinke looking comfortable – although a few more pitches expended last inning for him.

    • Yeah, wow. Getting swept in a doubleheader is bad enough when you’re trying to lock down home field, but then to get no-hit in the second game? Ouch!

  17. Let’s go Dodgers! I will miss most of the next few innings but should return by mid-game.
    Ps I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the possibility of clinching HFA tonight or the possibility of the guest manager tomorrow if HFA is clinched!

  18. I’ve never been able to buy into this righty-lefty stuff. Look at the great hitters in the HOF; Ruth, DiMag, Gehrig, Muscial, Williams, et al. I don’t think any of them were ever platooned. If you could hit, you hit against every kind of pitcher; if you couldn’t, you looked for another job…

  19. At the risk of angering WBBsAs again,
    Hernandez, CF
    Kendrick, 2B
    Turner, 3B
    Gonzalez, 1B
    Ruggiano, LF
    Puig, RF
    Grandal, C
    Rollins, SS
    Greinke, P

    Look who’s playing right field…