National League Division Series Game 2 chat

Watching the Pirates tip the table on the Cardinals in a 7-1 romp that evened the other National League Division Series was a sobering reminder of how short-lived success can be. Zack Greinke will aim to keep things stable in Game 2 for the Dodgers, who will now face a lefty starting pitcher in Atlanta’s Mike Minor.

Be strong, be fierce, be winners.

Dodgers at Braves, 3:07 p.m.

Carl Crawford, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Skip Schumaker, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Zack Greinke, P

Coverage of the game will begin on TNT, because of the length of the Tampa Bay-Boston game on TBS.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think Hanley has a big game today. Just a feeling.

    • John_from_Aus

      I just hope his hammy isn’t too sore

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I’ve e-mailed TBS to ask if they plan to move start of Dodger game to TNT.

    • WBBsAs

      They have indeed done so.

    • btimmer

      It’s good to know you have that kind of clout! Do their emails come with an echo effect?

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Confirmed – Dodger game will start on TNT assuming Boston game doesn’t end on time.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    If there’s a Game 4 on Monday, it will be a 6:37 game.

    • Adam Luther

      Thank you Jon – have been waiting for that info!!

  • John_from_Aus

    why do games start at a time ending in 7?

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

      because TBS did this years ago so if you start watching on their station you wouldn’t change channels to watch something else because it was already started

    • btimmer

      The 7 minutes also allows all the pregame sponsored segments to get aired.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    WHOLE NEW BLUE!!!! WHOLE NEW SEASON…10 more…Come on ZACK!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bring on the lefty!

  • John_from_Aus

    Way to get on after being 0-2

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Hanley

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Vin is a few seconds ahead for me. How’s it sounding to you guys?

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

      yep

      • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

        I hope they correct it today as they did last night.

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

          It’s only about one or two seconds ahead for me. Last night, before they changed it, Vin was about seven seconds ahead.

          • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

            Yeah it’s pretty close.

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

            enough time to look up from the computer to see it

    • WBBsAs

      Two pitches behind.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Hanley!

    • Adam Luther

      …and there’s the lead that Zack needs.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Hooray – day 2!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!! Yes!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pressure on!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice start

  • John_from_Aus

    Another single from Puig will do

  • John_from_Aus

    Oh well, 1 run, 22 pitches, great start

  • Jack Dawkins

    No close games yet in round 1. Hope dodgers continue the trend now.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Worth remembering that Mark Ellis was down 0-2 in the count before working that walk.

  • WBBsAs

    I switched from the iPhone to the computer, and Vin is now a fraction of a second ahead of the broadcast.

  • Jack Dawkins

    TBS announcers carping that every close pitch has gone the dodgers way.

  • WBBsAs

    Nice easy inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Shutdown

    • John_from_Aus

      or shutdown or sitdown :)

      • Bob_Hendley

        I live in DC.

        • WBBsAs

          I lived four months in Mount Pleasant, and really enjoyed it.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I think we figured out that you lived down the street from me and just a couple of doors away from where Walter Johnson used to live.

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

            I lived out in the NoVa suburbs in Annandale all through high school.

          • WBBsAs

            Can’t even remember what street I was on, but it might have been Lamont.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Irving or perhaps Hobart or Adams Mills.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Well we won that inning..I want MOAR Runs

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Almost a buntlike swing from Uribear for the single.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Annoucers as bad as the crowd on the pitch calls.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Zack…drive him in

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Ellis and Ellis doing well again today.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

    • John_from_Aus

      safe to say the DP won’t be to Puig this time

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice K

  • Spence

    Ripped

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ok let’s get that one back

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can we run on these guys?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    switch channels to TBS

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Five of 10 Dodgers have reached base so far.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Tempered by 2 GIDP.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go MEllis

  • Spence

    Wow turned 2 with CC running

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Just hit to a terrible spot.

  • scooplew

    We’ve been hitting the ball hard but have also been unlikely. I think our luck will change but our hard-hitting won’t, and we will have a big inning very soon.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Kind of game I expect in general in this series. Thin margins.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Nice inning for Zack.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Zach is cruising. 33 through 3.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    No more Vin til the 7th :(

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Thats a double for anyone else on the team.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Third straight lead off baserunner. Let’s make this one count!

  • Jack Dawkins

    9 pitch ining for Minor. Lot of early swings.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Good news – he’s already at 60 pitches. Bad news – Braves bullpen is mean.

      • WBBsAs

        Back end is good, but the rest not so much.

  • Spence

    Braves lineup seems better than vs righties than lefties. Getting Freeman/McCann vs a righty really makes them better.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

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  • Spence

    Greinke’s been hanging his breaking balls too much tonight

  • ASW1

    Time to get some runs!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Need Moar runs now…Let’s go

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    No MLB game has been decided by fewer than three runs since Sunday.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Greinke holding his own, wake up bats!

  • RBI

    Nice K!

  • RBI

    C’mon, Blue! Need hits!

  • RBI

    Hanley!

  • Jack Dawkins

    That would have cut the third baseman in half.

  • RBI

    Such a bad call! Sheesh!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m already suffering Steiner fatigue.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    The strike calls are getting worse..

    • RBI

      And worse…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good hustle

  • Jack Dawkins

    Speed never slumps. Ill take my cliche payment now.

    • WBBsAs

      Monday says determination is more important than speed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    quite swing at ball 4

  • RBI

    Ball four, but a good pitch.

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

    Rats!

  • Jack Dawkins

    That felt like the big moment in the game. But 9 outs to prove that feeling wrong.

  • JHT

    This is where we miss Ethier/Kemp. Not having that fourth legit bopper in a row.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    If nothing (much) changes, look for Ethier to hit for Uribe or Schumaker in the ninth inning against Kimbrel.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Greinke due up third in the seventh inning. With 83 pitches and his bat, decent chance he stays in.

    • btimmer

      I guess that was not a decent chance.

      • WBBsAs

        An indecent chance?

    • JHT

      Lots of good bullpen arms well rested.

    • RBI

      I disagree with pulling him here, but we’ll see.

  • scooplew

    Playing for the tie now and then hoping to take the lead later.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    No one in MLB thinks sliding into first is showboating?

    • scooplew

      Showboating, silly or foolish? Or all three?

  • WinnipegDave

    Is it Dee Gordon time here?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      I don’t think so.

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

      not unless they bat dre and he gets on

    • WBBsAs

      Schu is fast enough to score on a routine single.

  • Spence

    Why you sac bunting when you are losing?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Figured after Mattingly watched two GIDP earlier in the game that that bunt was coming.

  • WBBsAs

    Don fooled them. Nobody in Atlanta was anticipating a bunt.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Happy just to see Michael Young take the first pitch. Now make me happier.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Thank you!

  • WinnipegDave

    That helps. Thank you!

  • scooplew

    Great hustle by Young. But why did the first baseman go so far to his right to field that ball?

  • RBI

    Sweet. We will take it.

  • 4d3fect

    FredI Gonzalez: “FUNDAMENTALS PPL”

  • WinnipegDave

    By name, it hardly feels like the Braves are changing pitchers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Are you kidding me.

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

    Consarn it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Next inning we get them.

  • RBI

    UGH!!!

  • Spence

    Thats what you get for bunting

  • WBBsAs

    Don continues to love every bunt except the squeeze.

  • scooplew

    Well, we sure have that DP down pat today. Very frustrating…thus far.

  • RBI

    Eleven hits. One run. Maddening.

  • RBI

    Sorry. Nine hits.

  • scooplew

    Does anyone know or is there any statistical listing that shows how many times we have tried the squeeze this year?

  • WinnipegDave

    At this point last night, the comments were at about the 350 mark.

    • RBI

      Work day.

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

        A lot more good things to talk about last night.

  • ASW1

    Too damned many wasted chances

  • RBI

    That chop chant is driving me bonkers.

    • ASW1

      So annoying

  • RBI

    We need a DP here.

  • RBI

    This is what I feared. Should have stuck with Greinke,

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

    All those “breaks” Darling and whoever Ripken were saying the Dodgers got yesterday have apparently moved over to the Braves’ side of the ledger.

  • Spence

    Simmons has 17 dingers and he’s bunting?

    • RBI

      They really want to tack on one more.

  • Spence

    Does bunting ever lead to runs?

    • WBBsAs

      Only by coincidence.

  • RBI

    Beauty.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Have mercy – loading the bases for Heyward.

    • RBI

      Making my stomach ache.

  • Spence

    IBB’ing the bases loaded. Really Donnie?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not understanding this

  • Spence

    Game over

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Donnie knows that Paco can get righties out right?

    • WBBsAs

      Conventional wisdom is important to Don, because he lacks anything else.

  • WBBsAs

    Don is a master strategist.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    well that backfired

  • RBI

    Who didn’t see that coming? I mean, seriously.

  • Spence

    Braves can possibly win this series without having to face Greinke and Kershaw again. Hopefully Ryu is up to the task on Sunday.

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

      you think kersh is pitching on short rest?

      • Spence

        He threw 124 yesterday. I suppose its possible if the Dodgers lose game 3 that Donnie would go back to him over Nolasco.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was thinking about pitching Kersh on Monday — but that count was soooo high last night.
      As throughout this season, great pitching still needs SOME runs to win.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s like something he would have done with Paco early in the season.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back to Dodger Stadium and hopefully back to the future . . . and away from the early-season offense (all tease, no production) and bullpen (gasoline on the fire).

  • RBI

    No reason to give that walk away. Really so frustrating.

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

    If you’re going to give some guy an IBB, why not have the outgoing pitcher do the work? Why have the incoming guy have to locate pitches outside the zone and then try to come back in with a new hitter?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thought the same as it was happening. Except bringing him in made them go to a new PH.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I hate the intentional walk, but they did that to make sure Braves didn’t bring up a different hitter.

      • Spence

        I dont understand why Donnie didnt think Withrow could get out Jose Constanza.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

          One of many questions to be asked of Donnie in this inning.

  • RBI

    Ahhh! Beli!

  • RBI

    And furthermore, I do feel any close pitches are called strikes for them and balls for us.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      I disagree. Greinke got some healthy calls. Not undeserved but certainly close.

      • RBI

        Hmmm. Must have missed those. Felt lopsided to me.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Ellis, Ramirez, Gonzalez, Puig in the eighth inning,

    • Bob_Hendley

      Let’s own the eighth!

  • RBI

    We need a huge inning! Puttin’ on my rally cap, takin’ off my shoes so my toe nails are showing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go…score Moar runs

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Positive vibes everyone

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice eye Mark

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hopefully the Braves’ lead takes the bunt out of Donnie’s arsenal.

    • WBBsAs

      From from it, unless the situation calls for a squeeze.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Just realized Dodgers will probably lose this game 4-3.

    • Bob_Hendley

      There you go!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    HANLEY!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Vin’s call was so subdued I thought it was a lazy fly ball. Wow.

    • WBBsAs

      The Anti-Steiner

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MOAR Positive vibes

  • twaseverthus

    Getting Vin in sync sure is confounding. The digital feed thru the MLB app is unlistenable for me – strangely hollow, with crowd noise at a minimum, Vin sounding removed from the game. My theory? Their feed is uncompressed, straight from the board, with none those AM radio limiters that give baseball broadcasts their magic. So I continue to fumble around in vain to get AM 570 in sync with DirecTV, where Vin remains about 2 seconds ahead. Sigh.

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

      I like the slight advance notice…I get to look up from my keyboard in time to see it happen

      • twaseverthus

        My commercial-break thought aboe aside, my eyes are on the TV.

  • scooplew

    Donnie’s in-game managing strategy is open for discussion, particularly in a very short series.

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

      he didn’t hit into the 3 DP’s

      • scooplew

        True, but I am thinking of removing Greinke, with plenty of pitches remaining in his arm, for a pinch-hitter and then some of the pitching decisions he made.

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

          yea I didn’t like that either

        • Bob_Hendley

          I don’t like how it got there (Withrow should be able to get Constanza), but Paco should be able to deal with Heyward.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    At least we get the free BJ Upton out every night.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice inning BW

  • scooplew

    I see the name Gerald Laird for Atlanta and I go back four decades and I think of Gerald Ford and Melvin Laird.

  • scooplew

    Ethier for Schumaker?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Time to stick the stake in the heart of the Barves…beat kimbrel at home

  • Bob_Hendley

    Get on for Dre!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I imagine Dee runs if anybody gets on.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice AJ!

  • Adam Luther

    Send Gordon…wow!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now Dre has to hit it out (Dee already used)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Safe.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    bad call

    • Adam Luther

      Scully: tag on the left side of the body before hand hits the bag…

      • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

        With the glove sure, ball wasn’t in there yet.

        • Adam Luther

          Thanks-I’m only listening on radio…

          • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

            That’s what it looks like to me. But oh well.

          • Adam Luther

            Mattingly has to send him there to stay out of another DP.

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

        nope…have video evidence

      • twaseverthus

        He also thought AJ Ellis was hit by ball 4.

  • twaseverthus

    Folks, that’s what I call a bunk call.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    At least we made their closer throw a bunch of pitches.

    • Bob_Hendley

      After all that, we only lose by one.

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

      Small consolation.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    all jon’s fault:
    “Jon Weisman Mod 35 minutes ago

    Just realized Dodgers will probably lose this game 4-3.” ^_^

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

    Don Orsillo, Dennis Eckersley and Buck Martinez doing the As – Tigers game being discussed here if any of y’all feel like it.