The Volquez Experiment, Episode 2

Tonight, the Dodgers try to find out if Edinson Volquez’s last start was the fault of Coors Field or the fault of Edinson Volquez not being any good any more. Trevor Cahill hopes to hold the Dodgers to fewer than six homers.

Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers nominee for the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award sponsored by the Players Association. You can vote on the award and read about the other nominees at the MLBPA website. After Sunday, there will be winners from each division and then the players will choose from among those six.

Thinking about 2014 already? The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will open the season on March 22 in Sydney. Their North American opener will be March 31 at San Diego. Their Los Angeles opener will be April 4 against the Giants. And there will be a World Series rematch against the Tigers at Dodger Stadium on April 8-9.

OK, a little presumptuous on that one. But, if the Dodgers play the Tigers in the World Series, it would mean that the Dodgers would be the first NL team to play all eight of the original American League franchises in the World Series: Red Sox (1916), Cleveland (1920), Yankees (1941, etc.), White Sox (1959), Twins (1965), Orioles (1966), A’s (1974, 1988).

And this video made its Dodger Stadium debut last night:

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.

  • btimmer

    Since sweeping the Dodgers, the Reds have failed to score in 13 innings against the Cubs. They lost 2-0 last night and are down 6-0 tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Go Nats!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • btimmer

    The Cardinals, who scored 26 runs in a weekend sweep of the Pirates, are scoreless through 5 against Wily Peralta and the Brewers in an interesting game.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Kershaw v. Verlander, Greinke v. Scherzer in Games One and Two this year, huh?

  • btimmer

    The game in St. Louis is no longer interesting. Matt Holliday hit a 2-run homer to put the Redbirds up 2-0 on the Brewers.

  • btimmer

    Edwin Jackson with a home run for the Cubs in Cincinnati. 9-0 Cubs in the 7th. Braves lead in Miami 4-3 in the 8th.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!

  • btimmer

    Braves won 4-3. Now at 87 wins. Dodgers at 84. Cardinals, up 3-0, have 83.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good eye Juanito

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MEllis!

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Based on the Uribe comment and now this, it appears my updates are about a minute behind.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        I’ll Slow down

        • TAFKA_Gagne55

          Nah, it’s all good. I like getting my game updates as enthusiastic shouts.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    YES!!

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      I take it an “in play(runs)” is coming up.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Stolen base

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Ok, I switched to Yahoo! which is more up to date than ESPN tonight. Just curious for others who often follow on gamecast, which site do you prefer?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I’ve followed mlb

      • Bob_Hendley

        Me as well. Haven’t tried those.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          used to do ESPN but it always hangs up in the later innings

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice inning Eddie

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo missed a homer by 1-2 feet

    • Bob_Hendley

      Missed a double by about the same amount.

      • Jack Dawkins

        Id say he was abnout 1 or 2 seconds from beating the throw for a double.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep, that was my calculation as well.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      hit hard enough but not high enough

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!

  • Jack Dawkins

    really golfed that one out.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      and then stood and admired it

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    walk a thon

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DRE!!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Hanley looked odd running, but noone is looking at him.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      he’s sore…right off his ankle bone at about 100 mph…surprised he could score from second

      • TAFKA_Gagne55

        If scoring from second on a double is an issue, then he probably should have been taken out.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          He was limping and grimacing as he was getting close to home

          • TAFKA_Gagne55

            Ah, so he hurt himself running home? Although he did play shortstop the next inning so it couldn’t have been too bad. A cramp maybe?

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            No he fouled a ball right off his left ankle and then walked on the next pitch and Gonzo walked so he didn’t get to stretch it out

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    nice way to end the inning

  • Jack Dawkins

    The replay at end of inning was interesting. The second base ump didnt signal out til Puig transferred the ball to his other hand. Seems like they are lookign for that from him now.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Though not great by any means, Volquez did throw a quality start. Not too bad from an emergency starter.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Beautiful pitch Paco

    • Bob_Hendley

      Paco demoted to the 7th?

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        struggling from overuse

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice MEllis!

  • scooplew

    In there entire history, in Brooklyn and in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have had only four players with the initials E.V. Two of them are Eugenio Velez and Edinson Volquez. The other two are Elmer Valo and Ed Vande Berg.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good eye Yasiel

    • ASW1

      Time to bring him home.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Hanley

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Yasiel Speed

  • ASW1

    Look out for the wild pitch.

  • ASW1

    Beli right back on the horse.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!!!

    • ASW1

      Beautiful play – ankle looks fine.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        just need to work it out

  • ASW1

    Man, I haven’t seen AJ do anything but hit grounders to the right side for a while now.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    I guess it says something about Kenley that my reaction is “hits in back to back appearances? What’s gone wrong with him?”

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Kershaw’s bored:
    http://imgur.com/x0gpDT9

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    on to the bottom

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Alright, time to get Kenley the W.

    • ASW1

      Yeah – seems like it’s been awhile since Dodgers enjoyed a walk-off.

  • ASW1

    Puig is overdue

    • ASW1

      swung at the wrong pitch

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Well, I’m done for the night. Later folks.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      night

  • Jack Dawkins

    Free baseball

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Pinch run!

    • ASW1

      Nice call

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        Somebody had to say it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Juan!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Now do they walk juan

  • ASW1

    Throw another one!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Just a little contact, Uribear. Just a little contact

    • ASW1

      Needs to shorten his swing a little.

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        Uribear always swings as if the official scorer is going to give him extra runs for effort.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    That’s 2 ball fours

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Damn it now we lost Gonzo’s bat

  • ASW1

    Damn – he was swinging like Dodgers needed a HR there…

  • btimmer

    In 9 inning games, Arizona’s winning percentage is .463. It is .727 in extra inning games.

    • ASW1

      And their bullpen is not very good – bizarre.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

    • btimmer

      As you wish.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the W for W!

  • ASW1

    Groundball to short? Or 3rd?

    • ASW1

      Neither – and took a great play to get him!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Let Kershaw bat!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      grienke

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Wow. Tip of the cap there.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    C’mon SVS. I’m soooooooo tired.

    • ASW1

      Nice call – Again!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ball Game Dodgers Win!!!! 26 games over .500, Magic Number is 6!!!!

    Madres elimination number from NL West is 1 !!!!,

    Good to see we really improved our home record (45-28)

    won 27 of last 37 gms (.722) in August/Sept., 37-12 since ASB (.750) 55-17 since 6/22 (.761)

    13 gms ahead of the Dbags, largest lead by a division leader

    Dodgers 2 games back of the Barves for MLB’s best record

    Last 24 series 18-2-4 going for the series sweep tomorrow

    http://i.imgur.com/AMbO5zV.jpg

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    WOOOOOO —- HOOOOOOO.

    Good night!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      night

  • John_from_Aus

    nicely done boys!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Scott for postseason!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    The Mustachioed Brotherhood Unite!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice bouncing back from that terrible road trip — run the table this homestand!

  • ASW1

    I’m beat as well – g’night guys

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      night ASW

  • RBI

    Really great for SVS! Good game all around.

  • RBI

    Me, three. Nighty night.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      night

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Woohoo!

  • Casey Barker

    Collmenter lost his second battle with Withrow in extras!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers5m
    Shower time, vine: https://vine.co/v/h1DOl7dPe79

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    David Vassegh ‏@THEREAL_DV5m
    #SVS pic.twitter.com/GSS1CvkCI7

  • btimmer

    NPUT