Phillies at Braves, 1:35 PM PDT, TV: Fox
RHP Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) goes for the Phillies and RHP Kyle Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA) goes for the Braves.
Padres at Dodgers, 5:37 PM PDT, TV: FS1
RHP Yu Darvish (16-8, 3.10 ERA) goes for the Padres. LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-3, 2.28 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.
Bummer. We had our opportunities. 0 for 8 RISP. 10 LOB.
Trea error really hurt, as did the fat pitch served up by Treinen for the HR.
Wait – was it Treinen?
Trea error really changed the complexion of the game.
I know. He must be kicking himself.
He should be.
Horse already out of the barn when Blake gave it up.
Yeah. We can’t give them outs/runs at this level.
Also, Muncy should have got to 2nd base in the 6th inning.
That might help.
Wow. Barnes over Belli? Who’s gonna play CF? If it’s CT3 you’d think he’d hit.
Gallo, Thompson, BArnes
Oh heck, Trea, you didn’t think on that one. Fortunately it didn’t cost us.
What should Trea have done? Thrown to third? I’m asking without sarcasm, really don’t know.
Throw straight away to first for the last out
So it was the underhand toss that was too slow?
Wow. Bad swing by Manny there.
Will, Max and JT coming up.
Nice catch, Belli!
That’s why we have Belli in this game!
Still an elite CF.
260 pound whirling dervish that Brusdar is
One of the best defensive plays I’ve ever seen by a pitcher.
Heckuva play by Graterol.
So out!!! Brusdar!!!!
“So out!” Love it!
Mookie takes his base.
Take another one
Tonight I would kill for a 5-3 Dodger lead heading into the 6th.
What would you kill?
Padre fans’ hopes and dreams?
Get it going Mook!
In game two of round two of the mild card, Kenley gets the save.
Much better Clayton
Who is the pick to click for this inning’s HR? I’ll go JT.
Since we are doing solo shots, let’s go Max again
Belli and Luxi coming up
That was actually a sweet curveball by Darvish.
Friday 5:37 PM PDT game, Snell versus Taylor or Tony.
It makes for a more interesting story this way, which is really why i like baseball. Adversity is good.
You just cheered me up!
I was trying to explain to a coworker today why I feel about the same after a win or a loss. I want a story, and I want it to be interesting. Not sure what kind of fan that makes me, but it is how I am.
You like drama. So do I! I just like drama with the ending I want.
Says the writer.
Prediction: When we get to San Diego, our bats are going to be fierce.
Just gotta win one in SD.
Long game to lose
Good guys lost.
Well, we put some fear in them at least.
Big bats getting a lot fo familiarity with Mr. Hader. Bodes well for later games methinks.
Mehopes you are correct.
Let’s go Mr. Will Smith.
That’s right field he hit it to, Mr. Amin, but we’ll take it.
Up to Fredrick.
Freddy, Smith, and Muncy
Just missed a rally killer.
Need some lightening
1st Div Series win in 16 years if they hang on. Maybe that’s what is so pleasing to the announcer.
Interesting. Still don’t like it.
Unfortunately I now have to leave to pick up my daughter. Hopefully peek in later to good news
Ugh. Mookie out.
He really has struggled so far
Gonna need him to get hot to win this series.
Yeah. Cooled off at the wrong time.
This Amin guy would have been a Yankees lover.
Let’s get some runs!
Wonder who moved the goose?
I still can’t quite believe the Padre pen is outpitching the Dodger pen
Kahnle is so good.
That’s why he was signed, even though he missed so much time. I hope Duffy is as good when he finally gets to pitch for us
I wonder if we will go with Anderson or Gonsolin in game 3
So are the announcers
Yes, that’s what made me think about it
Probably Anderson. He is stretched out.
One more, please.
Get this dude.
They’re ALL whiny.
Well, top of the order in the bottom of the ninth.
Hmm. Trayce to CF, Gallo in to play LF.
Plan for the 9th:
3 outs – then 3 runs.
Your mouth to the team’s ears.
That doesn’t quite sound right
Rats. And I’m getting tired of the high praise for the Padres from this Adam Amin guy.
Right? That’s what I’ve been feeling.
Yeah, is it just rooting for the underdog that’s causing it, I wonder?
For like a nano second I thought…
Me, too. But the night has cooled off and Barnesie isn’t Freddie or Max.
Ok Barnsie. Win it for Clayton.
Possibly lux to left, Thompson to centre and Barnes to second
Barnes: Do damage!
Barnesie up instead of Belli. Let’s see what happens now.
Really just want Trayce to get on. Need as much of the top of the order in the 9th as we can get.
not a strike
I’m actually encouraged Hader is coming in. Not sure why, just am.
Miracles may happen
Or Barnesie may.
Time for Trayce and Belli to show up.
There’s a goose on the field!
Duck Duck Goose!
He looks understandably freaked out. What if he gets hit by a fowl ball?
It would be safe. That is where it should be anyway.
Walk off inning off of Hader will be the more satisfying win.
Really need Lux to get on here.
Okay this is ridiculous. 6 pitches, two outs?
So, they can’t see the curveball?
Uh Max. Time to swing.
Those early strikes looked hittable. Middle middle
Dodgers have to score after the third inning. Come on now
Lux didnt give a throw to first a chance either.
Time to go to work.
Thank the Baseball gods.
This is it, if we are to have a chance.
Treinen looks rusty.
That HR pitch was served on a platter.
Padres really woke up with the Mets and they are not going to go away quietly. They are really on fire offensively. We need to start clicking up and down the lineup in the same way.
6 outs, 2 runs down, this year….its very possible.
Hope you’re right, and hope the score stays where it is.
Dumb error plus bad pitch equals two run lead.
That’s no help.
and that is why I didn’t want to look
First time this year, I don’t want to look.
Padres have had every close and key play go their way. So they will be super frustrated when they lose tonight.
I adore you, Winnipeg Dave. You are even sunnier than me.
We got this.
Okay, Blake, be good here.
Whywhywhy? Trea must be asking himself that.
Drat and blast.
Unfortunately there was no blast. So yeah drat!
Still lots of game left.
Muncy, Turner, Lux due up in the bottom of the 8th.
Can we get some elite futuring here?
The Dodgers will win the WS in my lifetime!
Rule one violation – does that help?
Lot of pitches for Suarez…will the magic ebb?
This is some game.
Ok sure. Not a strike all night long but whatever
Up to Will
Up to Freddie
Nope. Up to Will.
Now is the time!
Do it again Trea/Tres
Trea redemption time.
Good decision by Dino. Trust your 2 best bats to deliver.
Grisham’s no Griffey!
Mookie double!!!! And Cody almost scored!
I don’t think he would’ve scored.
Had to hold up cuz it looked like Trent was going to catch the ball, otherwise yeah.
Phew. Glad he missed it out there in LF.
Be a thief Belli
Yes! Cody gats a chip-shot!
Ok Mookie, show up.
Can Cody shock us?
He doesn’t look like he is seeing the ball well.
Go away, Suarez.
RALLY TIME!! Clap…Clap
I’ll take the sudden score again.
Wearing an OG Dodger chain I got for my birthday.
Manny is a whiner, isn’t he?
Not my favorite. We really have such good guys on our team. Only stinker, the pitcher-who-shall-not-be-named, is gone, thank goodness.
Come on, Almonte. Deep breath. Get the out.
Just like that!
That is SO annoying.
I don’t believe it. The only thing that we shouldn’t do.
Especially with one of the team’s fastest runners.
Max should have been on second. Tie game in that case.
Light it up Lux
Suarez is nasty. My goodness.
Will Dodgers rally for a run?
Nope. Staying with the solos I guess.
Paging Playoff JT. Please report to the batter’s box in Dodger Stadium. You are needed there.
Wow! Hard hit single!!
I thought it might go out, the way it sounded.
Darvish did go out though
I thought he shoulda been at second.
Yes. Surprised he didn’t get there.
If he had, no DP to end the inning.
And an RBI to tie the game
A hard hit ball to the base of the wall, that bounced straight up into the air, and Muncy’s not slow.
Just missed the dinger.
Yes! Muncy singles!
Straighten that one out Max!
That’s one way to knock a pitcher out
Willie! He was due.
Wait. Didn’t he hit 2 doubles yesterday?
Wait. Didn’t he hit 2 doubles yesterday?
Also, in my defense, I didn’t see yesterday’s game.
Happy Bday. Parties are always a good excuse!!
Only because it was a milestone b-day.
Gotta enjoy the birthdays with a Zero in them
And I painted my toe nails in your honour!
Ok Dodgers – time to score after the third inning in this series.
Darvish still in? Not for long I suspect.
Time to pounce on Yu.
With our 4th solo
And 5th and 6th. Lol
Phew. Nice play Brewster!
Brusdar getting his ground balls.
Trea, that’s on you.
NO. MORE. ERRORS.
Oh come on Trea.
Just a single play this time. But still the opportunity here for a DP.
Almost! Maybe this time.
So no decision for Kershaw.
How many challenges does each team get?
I am ready to mute these sportscasters with their love affair with the Padres in general and Manny in particular.
He and they will be sad soon enough. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of their lives.
Blue. It’s the toe nails I bet.
Still rocking them!
Manny keeps giving them material
Attitude, Bat, Glove
So again I say:rats.
¡Miércoles de nuevo!
But not enough to overturn the ump’s call.
I don’t think he got Mookie.
Or maybe not?
Unlikely to overturn.
But sure looks safe.
Would need a sky camera to see if the arm was tagged
Agreed. But he looked to be safe.
RATS. Mookie gets picked off after all that.
Ripped into Lux’s glove! In this case, yay shift!
Kim is a pest. Better SS than Tatís, however.
Kenley one out away from closing a W for the Braves.
Bellinger is hopelessly overmatched an awful lot of the time.
Trayce not looking too sharp, and here comes Mr. K.
Hopeful he can become Mr. OK!!!
Ok Dodgers. It doesn’t have to be a solo blast this inning!
Max just misses.
Muncy just missed it.
Almost got another one, Max!
That was a nice turnaround inning for Kershaw.
Keep putting up fence boards Dodger!
Good, clean inning!
Swing – and a miss!
Now that’s a flail!
I should have said: Swing – ball bounces to the plate – and a miss!
Will keeps popping it up.
Anyone else notice Darvish rotates his front leg when he lifts it before throwing? That has to be a little disconcerting for the hitter.
Luis Tiant says hi.
And Johnny Cueto takes notes.
Speaking of whirling dervish
Roger Angell’s description of Tiant was hilarious.
Jay Jaffe published it on Twitter:
Japanese pitchers do that a lot, at least the hesitation part. Think Kenley and Klayton starting doing that more after Yu was their teammate.
Announcer: “Can’t understate how important this inning is for the Pad…” – Trea hits a HR.
This game has the looks of a close, classic, edge of your seat right to the end
Last bat wins?!
Trea comes thru.
Phew, that could have been much worse (even with the bad call)
We have to solve Manny somehow.
Or at least keep Kim and Soto (tough) off the bases.
And Mookie needs to find it.
Or have Trea and Freddy match him
Let’s keep scoring Dodgers.
Ump cost Kershaw a run.
Got one. Need 2 more in a row.
Manny just pisses me off with his attitude.
Attitude and bat
This ain’t Clayton’s night.
Agree but cannot like.
Ha! That would be awesome!
Recall them doing that once against the Friars.
They were not very happy with the ump foul/no foul call and they all just stood around watching
Yep, that’s the one!
Mookie’s throw badly off line, but Kim couldn’t know that.
¡Miércoles! (de nuevo)
Willie caught 40% of Klayton’s starts with ERA 2.10 (see below)
So Kershaw’s era was better with Smith! That’s a bit surprising.
Smith shoulda had that – he’s usually really good on foul pops.
Smith not at his best tonight.
Neither is Kersh to be honest.
In round two of the NL mild card, the Barves have taken a 3-0 lead over the Fillies in the sixth.
I want Phillies to win, but perhaps more importantly, rooting for 5 games. So Atlanta winning tonight would not be the worst thing I guess.
Trayce and Belli had the same strike three flail.
Yu’s pitch count is mounting.
41. 7 more than Kershaw’s 34. So 1, maybe 2, batters different. (But every little bit helps!)
Darvish is strong. Lucky to be up 2-1.
Not throwing that one back!
(Line drive in the box score.)
Followed by 3 Ks. Cody looked particularly lost.
Crowding the plate
Glad that little dribbler earlier in his AB went foul!
Lefty bats against Darvish hopefully gets some long balls.
Even with all that, just 34 pitches for two innings.
Kershaw is SO good. “These guys will NOT score on me.” Next, two strikeouts.
I like yours better!
Got out of it!
Is there a significant difference for Kershaw’s era, etc when Smith is catching vs Barnes catching this year?
Not a great time to start using Smith behind the plate
Until he gets a big hit in the game?
I like him in there now but he could have caught Kersh a few more times in the regular season.
He caught 40% of Klayton’s starts.
I don’t think so. I think the broadcasters have an idea of Kershaw and a “personal catcher,” which might have been true with AJ Ellis, but not now.
In 22 starts, Klayton had ERA 2.28. Will caught 9 of those in which Klayton had ERA 2.10.
After listening to the announcers think the batter tried to block Smith’s view of the pitch
This inning needs to sharpen up now.
Kersh heard you
There’s a start.
That was a strike, Ump.
Couldn’t quite tell how close that was to being caught.
Not very. Also – blue toenails!!!!
Can you imagine two outs in bottom of ninth and it’s a walk off if it’s over the fence and a loss if it is caught and nobody knows but the center fielder whether it is caught or not?
Sportscasters keep insisting it was really close but it really wasn’t.
Not that close – Grisham is no Griffey.
Woke me up though, Z’s and all.
Hammered right into Manny’s glove.
Darvish looking sharp
Mookie knew that was strike 3.
It looks like that was Machado’s third homer off Kershaw in 33 ABs in his career. No walks, seven strikeouts.
‘Tis but a flesh wound.
Let’s get one back and then some. Announcers acting like the game is over.
One, hopefully no big deal.
That got out fast.
I was worried about him, and I was right.
Always worth a worry.
UGH. The fans were getting Manny worked up with the “Manny sucks” chants. Never a good idea.
¡Miércoles! (Literally and lunfardo)
Same lineup for the Dodgers as last night, Padres have the same nine but have switched Kim and Profar and have switched Myers and Cronenworth in the lineup.
So, the second mild card round is finally underway again.
0-0, middle 2nd.
Sportscasters assumed it would be Barnesie catching.
Not in a short series with off-days.
SI’s Tom Verducci recaps Game One. Insight (?): Roberts used his most effective reliever first. Well, maybe.