Braves vs Marlins, 11:08 AM PDT, TV: FS1
Atlanta leads the series 2-0.
The Braves hand the ball to RHP Kyle Wright, who’ll be making his first postseason appearance. He last pitched on September 25 against the Red Sox; he gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings. That was the longest outing of his short career. He’ll face the Marlins’ RHP Sixto Sánchez. who went five scoreless innings against the Cubs in the Marlins’ Wild Card Series.
The second NLDS game will be the Dodgers vs Padres, 6:08 PM PDT, TV: MLBN
Los Angeles leads the series 2-0.
The Dodgers haven’t named a starter as of 8:25 PM HST, but my guess would be RHP Tony Gonsolin or LHP Julio Urias, since they’ve both started this season. The Padres will send out LHP rookie Adrian Morejon, who will make his first postseason start. He pitched three innings in two appearances against the Cardinals in the Wild Card Series.
Here are nine of the best reactions to Bellinger’s catch.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1929 In front of 50,000 fans at Wrigley Field, surprise starter Howard Ehmke establishes a new World Series record, striking out 13 Cubs en route to a 3-1 A’s victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The mark will last for 34 years until Dodger hurler Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953.
- 1956 Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game in World Series history, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander, who had a poor start in Game 2 because of a lack of control, throws only 97 pitches, striking out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell looking for the final out.
- 1957 Club President Walter O’Malley makes it official, announcing the Dodgers will play in Los Angeles next season. The club’s departure from Brooklyn corresponds with the massive social shift taking place in the borough that finds many of its former residents leaving for the suburbs of Long Island.
- 1959 Chicago’s speed and quickness weren’t enough to overcome Los Angeles’ hitting and pitching as the ‘Go-Go Sox’ drop a 9-3 decision, losing the World Series in six games to the Dodgers, who win their first championship representing the City of Angels. In the Comiskey Park, LA’s Chuck Essegian sets a record with his ninth-inning shot off of Ray Moore to become the first player to hit two pinch-hit homers in the Fall Classic.
- 1966 The Orioles managed only three hits off Claude Osteen, but Paul Blair’s fifth-inning 430-foot home run proves to be the difference as Baltimore beats the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series, 1-0. Wally Bunker throws a six-hitter to get the victory in the first Fall Classic game ever played in Baltimore.
- 1977 In Game 4 of the NLCS played at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Dodger hurler Tommy John goes the distance and beats Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 4-1. The LA southpaw considers this pennant-clinching performance the best game he has ever pitched in the major leagues.
- 1995 After dropping the first two games of the series, the Mariners make a dramatic comeback in Game 5 to beat the Yankees with a 6-5 extra-inning victory to capture the ALDS. Ken Griffey Jr. ties a major league record when he hits his fifth home run in the postseason series, an eighth-inning round-tripper off David Cone, equaling the mark Reggie Jackson established in 1977 when he went deep five times in the World Series against the Dodgers.
- 2009 A ninth-inning error by left fielder Matt Holliday with the bases empty and two-out leads to the Dodgers’ stunning 3-2 walk-off victory and gives LA a commanding 2-0 game advantage in the NLDS. After the crucial miscue on the sinking line drive, Cardinals’ closer Ryan Franklin gives up RBI singles to Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta to complete the improbable two-run comeback rally.
Today in Padres’ history:
- 2002 The Tigers select their former All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell (1977-1996) to manage the faltering franchise. The California native had been a coach with the Padres for the last three seasons.
- 2006 In the inaugural season in their new ballpark, the Cardinals beat the Padres 6-2 at Busch Stadium to take the NLDS playoff three games to one. The Redbirds advance to the championship series for the third consecutive season when Chris Carpenter gets the win, earning his second victory in the best-of-five series.
Lineups when available.
Time to turn it around. pic.twitter.com/bF3alEJDBu
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 8, 2020
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2020
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Will Smith is my height and outweighs me by 20 lbs, but somehow looks more slender.
Whitey Ford has died. I will always remember the loge-level gopher ball he served up to Frank Howard in the1963 Series.
13 years after his debut as a 20-year-old rookie in the 1950 World Series, in which he won Game Four of the Yankees’ sweep of the Whiz Kid Phillies.
Anyone else having issues with posting?
I sometimes have issues with other people’s posting.
That’s more my problem as well.
I said it first.
Link told us to keep going and hold them down.
Y’all followed directions well!
Turner blocking all the runners from moving.
Charlie and Rick noted that it is only 40 feet to the backstop, making for a tough run to home. Pitcher has a 40 foot head start to cover.
Way to close down a potentially dangerous inning.
The patient Corey Seager accepts a walk.
BB rate of only 7% this year.
AJ! Putting last year behind him.
The MLB postgame panel said in all the Dodgers’ history they’ve never before had a guy get five hits in a postseason game. That IS a little surprising.
Another 10 or 12 games like that and Will Smith could be the Dodgers postseason hits leader.
NL West champs for sure now.
In Australian sailor parlance affectionately called San Cali Ding Dong. What they called SF is NSFW.
Go get ‘em, Floro.
Whatever happened to Jake McGee?
Good title for something.
Sorta like “Who Killed Roger Rabbit.”
I feel like the Dodgers adjusted their offense to this park this game. They’ve figured it out. Could be an advantage going forward.
We are even safe from a Senior Tatis occurence.
I like our chances in this game.
We have the luxury of having Gavin bat at this point.
Because of the gore-y nature of the beating the Dodgers are inflicting on the Pads.
Shows how much I know, I didn’t even realise he was back on the roster
Rios got injured.
A definitive ninth.
Is Belli allowed to go to third? Ask Tatis.
Probably asked him on the way by…
Wonder when the last time the Dodgers scored in double digits with no HRs?
We are saving them for the Braves
I just told my husband, “Now I can relax.”
Get your records here!
The pitch that hit Turner also got the catcher and the umpire. Wasn’t it Drysdale who called that the perfect pitch?
Will Smith! 5 hits!!!!!
Good future person!
Let’s go Will. Turn out the lights on this one.
Of course JT gets plunked.
I know it it is the good kind, but this game is boring. The parade of relievers does very little for me.
Hard to imagine how many pitching changes the Pads would have made if there wasn’t a 3 batter minimum. They might have used all 14.
Nice inning by Petey there.
Nice inning by Baez.
Báez is lightening quick compared to previous years.
Ha! Remember the timer they brought in – probably singlehandedly because of Baez.
Three. More. Outs.
The way that Kike was inserted into the lineup we no longer have a DH.
Let’s get these outs.
No angst about leaving a bases loaded no outs situation with nothing to show for it?
I had an issue.
I might have another issue here.
Dodgers have left so many runners on. This game is way closer than it should be.
I hope that doesn’t fire them up… Bases loaded and nobody out = nada. But Turner getting hurt sliding home would not have worked either.
Too bad Gore wasn’t on third when the wild pitch was made
Mookie or CT etc would have been home a few times over in this inning.
Mookie would have rounded home and been on first.
JT taking care of his hamstring.
May as well get another hit Will. It could be a few days before you get another ab.
Make a cross on your ab-domen
When in Rome do like a Roman… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvhYqeGp_Do
On the other hand, Dodger walks I like!
Great eye by JT.
6 outs left, 5 run lead…time to panic??
Beat you to it with the Machado at bat.
Had Machado hit a five-run dinger, I would’ve gotten worried.
What if it has been a 3 run HR?
Yes! Breathe baby breathe!
Walks are never a good thing, are they?
Outs are though.
Setting up a double play and getting to a less talented hitter works sometime.
Just get this out.
Oh brother. Do I have to start getting nervous again?
Vin Scully would say it’s never easy.
If I am, you certainly should be.
Looks like no, at least for now.
Sad Urias didn’t quite finish the inning. He was excellent tonight.
Urias. Star of the game so far.
3 more innings.
One run not too bad there.
They called that an error on AJ.I agree, but man, it was smoked.
He also misjudged it.
Great to hold them to one!
Is Tingler trying to pull Dodger pitchers now too?
Some day I will understand balks. But not today.
Balk in a run? Yikes.
I would have started Beatty over Pederson as DH, but we are not talking about major drama here. In any event, Beat(t)y won’t be making any circus catches.
Beatty must be pretty rusty at this point. Joc still capable of turning on one.
Lo extrañamos a Ríos.
In their three game Wild Card Series, Padre starters pitched 7 of the 27 innings. They have upped that to 8 innings in this series.
If we score another run or two this inning I will really like the Dodgers chances in this game.
Urias is amazing!
Proving himself this postseason.
So free and easy.
Julito looking very sharp.
Sharp. And smooth.
No first inning jitters coming in from the pen.
I do not mind this play by play guy. I like his voice and cadence and his stories.
Vasgersian I think was a finalist for the job Joe Davis got.
Makes me like him even more.
This game apart, I appreciate what the Padres have done to improve their team and to become a true rival. Makes for enjoyable game watching.
I like/enjoy them more than any of the other NL rival teams.
Of course the Dodgers going 94-49 in recent years against them makes me comfortable when the Dodgers play them. That will tighten up I think over the next few years…
A very good team with a few MVP type players on it.
Who needs the long ball? https://twitter.com/jphoornstra/status/1314405676609728512?s=20
That will play well in this stadium.
A lot of fly balls that could have been home runs in other parks though.
Cory has been working counts and getting some walks in this series.
Well, two. Tough guy to walk. But certainly going deeper into the count.
Two for Cory seems like 5
7% BB rate compared to Max at 16%.
Betts batters ball.
Pollock does the very light jog home.
Nice play by Cronenworth.
Pads have flashed the glove tonight
Big brother doing big brother things to little brother tonight.
Hosmer having a bad game.
No MVP award for the Division Series right?
So much less nerve-wracking!
If it gets nerve-wracking, then at this point it will mean it is really nerve-wracking and nerve-wrecking.
Did have a 6 – 2 lead going into the ninth last night but that ninth was intense.
6-3. But yeah.
Three runs, plus Kenley.
Are you kidding me, this is only the bottom of the fourth?
I keep checking as well. Seems like it should be the 6th inning at least.
This R L R L lineup is working well
I enjoy hearing the home plate umpire’s comments.
7-2! Love that run right there.
Love that Smith is coming alive.
He’s had good enough contact but today finding holes
I see Joc knocked in a pair, and I apologize to him and to all the Joc enthusiasts out there.
All is forgiven.
He even went the other way.
I think the Dodgers are a bit better team than the Cards. I’m aware the Cards were up 6-2 vs the Pads but couldn’t close it out.
Mookie. Making 50 look good!
Are we all rooting for the Rays to beat the Yankees tomorrow?
Are we voting? I vote yes.
You misspelled “Devil Rays” again.
Yes, and then move them to Portland, OR
I used to always want a Dodger Yankee World Series but not any more.
Would actually like to see the Yanks advance, beat the Asteriks, and meet us in the WS.
No, I want the Devil Rays. Second-place teams don’t deserve it.
I am particularly pleased that we are scoring a bunch of ways without a home run.
I love the stolen base in that inning.
1965 Dodgers, but with better hitters.
I love it when all 9 get to bat
We both like nice things I guess.
Okay, guys, keep going and hold them down.
You talkin’ to us?
I’m walking here!
I love movie quotes.
The universal “guys.” You folk, the Dodgers, the galaxy…
Scoop, anything more to say about Joc?
Me thinks the heavy bullpen usage of the Padres in games one and two is coming home to roost tonight.
They can have a long rest pretty soon I think
Come on Joc!
This Dodger team plays some good baseball.
Time to prove scooplew wrong
Don’t stop now!
A low knuckle curve for the 3rd pitch, who would have guessed
JT takes career lead in postseason hits for Dodgers, 64, moving ahead of Garvey. What surprises me is that Puig is in the top five with 51.
Lots of rounds of postseason over the last 8 years.
Yeah. I just don’t remember him doing that well.
The team was in the playoffs every year he was on the team, all six years with 202 PA.
Max needs to get a hold of one.
Thanks again, Fernando! The overslide wasn’t enough!
A play Howser might usually complete by catching the ball.
Dick Howser’s still active?
Back from the dead.
That worked out better than if it had gone through the infield plus we got to see a great catch.
Let’s go. Highlight play – for LA.
Mookie greeting each of the Padres as he advances.
Hope he talks to the catcher twice.
Got that figured out
Okay Mookie. Find your way from 1st to home.
And take some friends with you…
On his way
Dodgers playing from behind vs SD in this series = wins.
Julito shuts it down.
Kolarek did not impress, but was also mixed by a bad ball four call.
Blasted shift. Most of the time it works, but when it doesn’t you get burnt.
Smoltz starting early tonight.
No Joe Davis to consider.
To tries to turn events into a question of how the game is played today and how he thinks the game should be played.
It is Smoltz?
Such a mess.
Why didn’t Smith throw to first?
Dodgers have their work cut out for them tonight I feel.
Pederson = Useless
Postseason records through Wednesday’s game.
Justin Turner, 58
Yasiel Puig, 58
Andre Ethier, 51
Joc Pederson, 50
Bill Russell, 49
Justin Turner, 63
Steve Garvey, 63
Bill Russell, 57
Yasiel Puig, 51
Pee Wee Reese, 46
Justin Turner, 13
Carl Furillo, 9
Joc Pederson, 8
Duke Snider, 8
Ron Cey, 7
Jackie Robinson, 7
Steve Garvey, 3
Davey Lopes, 3
Yasiel Puig, 3
Bill Russell, 3
Duke Snider, 11
Steve Garvey, 10
Justin Turner, 9
Adrian Gonzalez, 7
Joc Pederson, 7
Only leaders still playing are Turner and Pederson.
Hard to believe no one picked up Puig this season.
I took a nice long brisk walk. Let’s see how I do tonight.
Did you see any of the Padres that were walking as well?
Once I got back, sadly.
Cronenworth walks on strike two.
Oh brother. Maybe I should start walking again. And by the way, that was a strike.
What the heck is going on here?
That was a strike.
I want May back
Ok Adam. Let’s get that ground ball DP.
Almost had him at third.
So seems it.
Kolarek in for May very early.
I didn’t see that coming.
I took a nice long brisk walk just now, listening to the start on the radio. Let’s see how I do…
Could have had more there but I love that the lineup has turned over and is back to Mookie to start the third.
Let’s go CT3. Keep this inning going.
Dodgers trying something different in this series by scoring first.
I swear Belli chuckles it up with everyone on every opposing team. Like he was with Tatis there.
Bellilaughs are good for the soul.
Good to see Tatis and Belli laughing
Tatís will never rob him of a homer, though.
Not sure why Smith wasn’t running on contact
Nice play by the Pads.
Tough throw to make
Now let’s make them pay anyways by hitting a HR.
Max gets to visit with Manny.
Smith finds a hole
Oh yeah – 2nd and 3rd.
Let’s go Mr. Smith. Tonight’s the night.
I see what you did there.
Weird to think that the teams traded clubhouses at some point between last night and tonight.
Nice slide, Fernando!
Hard to grab the bag with that mitt.
I want to be in your good graces.
No Joe Davis!?
It’s MLBN, not Fox.
Vasgersian on PbP, Smoltz – color, field – Jon Paul Morosi
Joe didn’t make the long trip on the road from last night to tonight.
It’s on MLB Network tonight, I think, not FS1.
But Smoltz yes?
Not sure who they are.
Asterisks eliminated the A’s in four games. Once again,they got to celebrate at Dodger Stadium. There were 24 home runs hit in the four contests.
Analysis from NYC. https://twitter.com/Jomboy_/status/1314073866659127296?s=20
Can we please have a less dramatic win tonight? I’m actually glad we’re up at bat first, and hoping for some early runs.
Did we win? I turned off the game when Hosmer came up.
Bunch of comedians on here… thank goodness.
Jon also compiled a five-play highlight reel of Bellinger’s postseason defense.
Jon spot on in reviewing Kenley and pen usage last night. https://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2020/10/08/dodgers-kenley-jansen-joe-kelly-bullpen-relievers-warm-them-up-sooner/
Dustin May will start for the Dodgers this afternoon/evening.
So, all hands on deck?
I’m a bit surprised. I expected it to be Gonsolin, as May threw two innings the day before yesterday.
I join with you in your surprise. I guess they are hoping to get three innings out of him and then bring in Urias.
I don’t expect too many innings out of him. Doc really liked how dominating he was, I guess
Old friend Yimi Garcia now pitching for the Marlins n the 6th on the short end of a 7-0 score
The Braves look scary.
They’re playing a bad team that lucked into the playoffs during a freakish season.
As may be, but 4 1/2 consecutive shutouts is impressive.
As may be, but 4 1/2 consecutive shutouts is impressive.
They had the three starters, but overall below average pitching and as well batting. Plus they have Donnie.
Donnie’s only the difference-maker in close ones.
Very good that Doc was able to verify the gravity of the closer situation last night without there being a loss. That said, Kenley looked pretty good until the pitch count mounted with the Croneworth PA, when Barnes wasn’t able to hold onto the third strike foul tip. Kenley ended up with almost 40 pitches in two days, much more than his even in the best of times.
Flies do hang around cadavers.
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