National League Championship Series Game 1 chat

The Dodgers were 12-1 when they scored at least four runs in Zack Greinke starts this year. The only loss was in Colorado in extra innings.

So they should try to score at least four runs.

Brace yourselves for launch … here we go.

Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:37 p.m.

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Whole New Blue!!!! Whole New Series!!!! 8 Wins to Go…Let’s
    go Dodgers!!!!

    • WBBsAs

      Eight straight!

  • NoahUCLA

    I’m nervous about Greinke tonight and I’m not exactly sure why. It may be his history against all of the Cardinals hitters, or just looking at the Cardinals lineup, but we’ll see. If he can get Holliday and Beltran out in that first inning I will feel better.

    • ASW1

      Beltran is definitely the guy who scares me the most in their lineup.

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

    TBS pre-Series picks: Sheffield picks the Dodgers, Verducci and Pedro Martinez pick the Cardinals. Hmph.

  • 4d3fect

    Cerrano can’t hit the curve. Jobu indifferent.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, MEllis — c’mon, HAnley — extra-base hit again!

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

    Ouch, right in the ribs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ouch! — at least as Vin interprets it.

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

      right in the ribs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, AGon!

  • Bob_Hendley

    OK, let’s get to him early and often.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    WP

  • ASW1

    Nice!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta get this run(s)!

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

    Ball four.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Both Ks were bad swings, then. Nervous?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Bad guesses, I would guess.

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

          I guess that’s a good guess.

  • Resistor

    Gonzo will remember that change up. Hopefully he sees it in the strike zone later in the game

  • ASW1

    Damnit.

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

    Let him off the hook by swinging at bad pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All three Ks bad . . . but Game 1 started this way, albeit without the scoring chance.

    • ASW1

      Overeager

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

    Big missed opportunity. Rats.

  • WinnipegDave

    3 strikes outs, 2 runners on and “only” 20 pitches by Kelly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Zack — 1, 2, 3!

  • ASW1

    With a guy like Kelly, Dodgers are really going to have to be patient at the plate and force him to throw strikes.

    • Resistor

      Patience is the word. Risk taking a strike 3 looking but get a couple soft balls when he is behind in the count and we’ll call it even

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    nice play mark

  • ASW1

    Beautiful

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

    Great inning for Greinke!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack makes his statement!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How about a run or two here?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    efficient inning Zack 8 pitches

    • ASW1

      He looked excellent

  • Bob_Hendley

    TBS Johnson says Beltran’s numbers were down in NLDS, yet the guy put up a .944 OPS as Johnson fixates on AVE. Granted Beltran has a 1.214 career in playoffs, so he is kinda right.

  • ASW1

    Dodgers need to grind out the ABs – be patient.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hanley hurt? Horrible!

    • ASW1

      Cracked his rib?

      • WinnipegDave

        Hit on the elbow by Kelly.

        • Bob_Hendley

          It was the ribs, I believe, which hurt when he stretched for the liner.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sorry – my bad. I heard, but didn’t see his catch in the first inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        As Danny DeVito said several times in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Hope no.

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

      Not sure the extent, let’s see if he comes out to field his position.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Andre!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre!

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

    Dre!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Zack… patience.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, once through the lineup –= 2nd time around will be the charm.
    C’mon, Zack!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Zack!

    • WinnipegDave

      Done!

    • ASW1

      Got it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Uribear to AGon.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Since I’m just listening on the radio, I REALLY like it when the crowd is quiet.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good stretch Gonzo

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s the glove we expect.

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

        last game was an anomaly

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Once more, Zack, get the K!

  • ASW1

    I was just about to say “pinpoint control” by Greinke, but Darling beat me to it. – don’t know if that’s a good thing, though.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I cringed a little when I heard it was hit to center — did Andre look okay on it?

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

      can of corn

    • Bob_Hendley

      He looked a little strange, actually. But I think that the ball drifted on him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start by Zack.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    great inning Zack 23 pitches

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Support Zack — Score Runs!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    CC rode that one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Dodgers go! Let’s bring CC home!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ellis moves him over.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon Hanley! . .. or WP!

  • 4d3fect

    Don’t make him bunt Donnie, please.

  • ASW1

    Molina got lucky there

    • 4d3fect

      Yup

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wanted the sac fly there .. .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HAnley wasn’t overanxious . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Here comes Mr. Butter and Eggs Man – Vin’s description of AGon.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, AGon — not so good last two games . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      3 for 9 isn’t that bad.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        meant the two errors and his 1st AB today

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They sound much more patient

  • WinnipegDave

    Guys are not over-swinging like they did in the first inning.

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

      second time through

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice eye Gonzo

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Puig! At least he’s faster than AGon if it’s on the ground

  • ASW1

    So glad they are being patient

  • WinnipegDave

    Bullpen phone must be ringing in the Cards bullpen.

  • ASW1

    Ump felt sorry for Kelly there

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dang!

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost – drat!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    But at least only one out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go URIBEAR!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    URIBE!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Woohoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uribe!!@!

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

    Uribear!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Urbis!

  • 4d3fect

    There ya go.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The last 4 Dodger RBIs come from the ex-Giant . . .woohoo!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack: ‘Thanks, guys — now support me in the field and let’s get this one.’

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    I love the Uribear. That was looking like another wasted inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s not the best ratio for the Dodgers – 5 LOB for 2 runs – but I like it better than the Cards ratio.

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

    Two runs and it coulda been more. but I’ll take it to start with.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Baby steps . . . could easily have been nothing — again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ZacK!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice pitch!

  • WinnipegDave

    Another K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ZacK!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wouldn’t you know the pitcher would get the first hit.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Zack — get the K . . . or any other way to shut them down.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t let them answer . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Concentrate, Zack . . . shut ‘em down!

  • ASW1

    Uh-oh

  • ASW1

    That was a strike!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Greinke has lost his control.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Where’s Honeycutt?

  • ASW1

    Ugh

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Scrape and scrimp and Zack disappears . . . shoot!

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

    Single to the pitcher and then this, ug.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    that was catchable

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s what Vin said . . . so, in theory, Andre was a detriment.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hard to say that Shoe would have caught it either.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That’s why it’s just a theory. So I choose to cheer Andre’s presence. Besides, Zack got into the trouble.

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

        don’t think skip gets to that ball

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

          Skip’s shorter than Andre, too.

          • TAFKA_Gagne55

            That doesn’t really matter. The leap was completely unnecessary.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Takes a pretty good CF to make that play.

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

            I think if dre had been playing more recently he would have caught it…to me rusty

          • WBBsAs

            Perhaps

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That’s what Vin said.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Perhaps.

    • WBBsAs

      Tough play for someone who hasn’t played recently.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. We have a game on our hands. Concerned about Hanley as much or more than Zack.

  • 4d3fect

    Paul Reiser voice: “Well, that could have gone better.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The good news is the Dodgers had scoring chances in 2 of 3 innings. Let’s hope that continues and the RISP average picks up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is Zack in a hurry to get back out there? He hit an early pitch last time, too, didn’t he?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Zack!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Again — get the K, Zack!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ok let’s scratch this inning

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay – let’s put our hitting shoes on – and keep them on for a while.

  • Resistor

    Squeak out a run here, run there and if Zack can go 7 we got this. So easy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s what I thought/hoped after the top of the 3rd . . .

      • Resistor

        We were going to give up some runs. Kind of feeling a dual and then a door being shut

  • WinnipegDave

    Bloop and a blast? We just got the bloop…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your fingers . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, Adrian! C’mon, Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    Drat.

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

    Yo, offense. Make an appearance, willya?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Just like Zack’s last game . . . replace HAnley with Uribe.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Zack!

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

      His 7th!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas K, Zack!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack is back!
    How about you, offense?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uribe!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, AJ!

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

    TBS wondering if they’ll pinch hit for Greinke…. Really? After 73 pitches having struck out 8?

  • WinnipegDave

    Possibly a good inning – that sets the Dodgers up for the next inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Zack — help yourself!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    bought a limited edition Yasiel Bobble head #39 of 204

    http://imgur.com/VC8mgvO

    http://imgur.com/9OsyiVU

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

    Well, no pitcher’s lightning in a bottle there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Next inning. Still anyone’s game. Feeling hopeful but nervous.

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

    Zach has another inning or two in him, batting order back to the top, things looking good if the bats can wake up.

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

      So far a large if. Maybe the kid will get tired. What’s he had, about 90 pitches so far? Ah. 95.

      • WinnipegDave

        95.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        This is why I was in favor of Kersh going Game 4 of the LDS — you may have a great pitcher going, but there’s no guarantee YOU are going to score anything. But the better your pitcher, the lesser amount of runs you need.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, Zack!
    Now C’MON, OFFENSE!

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke is rolling again. We need to score the 7th and/or 8th and turn it over to the back end of the bullpen.

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

    Fun “compare and contrast the two combatants” column from Thomas Boswell of the WaPo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m combatting nerves and being productive by cleaning my kitchen — including sorting through LOTS of paperwork — since the game began. Since I’m listening on the radio, it frees me up to move around.

    Anyone else multitasking?

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

      Does gnawing one’s fingernails to the elbows count?

      • WinnipegDave

        Or playing Miniclip kid computer games because I need a very simple distraction?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        If so, we’re all in that boat!

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Playing games on my laptop while watching the game on TV. This game is too frustrating not to multi-task.

    • 4d3fect

      Doesn’t everyone?

    • 4d3fect

      specifically, finishing dinner, polishing off another load of laundry, probably not that much different than anyone else here. or elsewhere.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Here’s the bat flip

    http://imgur.com/OCUxegi

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It;s the pre-June 22 offense . . . but luckily the June 22 & on Zack.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep the crowd quiet, Zack.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn two!

  • 4d3fect

    Shoulda stuck with the curve.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes! NOW turn two!

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

      Did.

  • 4d3fect

    Greinke quickly to 2B, very good execution.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PUIG!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    YES!

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

    Puig baby!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now! Score! A! Run!!!!!!

  • 4d3fect

    Puig: Run on me will ya?

  • Jack Dawkins

    Puig costing us another game!

    • 4d3fect

      ??

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

        He’s being sarcastic.

        • 4d3fect

          Ah, missed the sarcasm font! Forgot about Plashcke–wasn’t he last seen trying to swim with his relatives in the La Brea Tar Pits?

      • Jack Dawkins

        Plaschke has written that Puig’s wildness etc will cost us games in the postseason.

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

    I like how KLAC came back to the broadcast with AGon’s walkout song.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep the crowd quiet with LA runs — and force a bottom of the 9th!

  • OHLeyva1 .

    16 Left on base so far! 6 by Puig….. c’mon dodgers!

    • btimmer

      You’re looking at the wrong column. The individual LOB for hitters does not equal the team LOB, which is a stat that exists to balance the boxscore.

      • OHLeyva1 .

        good catch, thanks.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Tempting to bring Gordon in here

    • OHLeyva1 .

      good call!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You called it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Lead off walk, do your stuff. Come around and score and then score some more!

  • WinnipegDave

    Mattingly in conversation with Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    So – perhaps that was worth it. Or not.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The right play, no execution — pre-June 22 results.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    No secondary lead for Gordon :( That’s the kind of play he’s supposed to beat.

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

    Well that was no good.

  • 4d3fect

    Golden opportunity.

    *grumble grumble*

  • package206

    I guess Adrian was tired so using Gordon was the call. IMO, a very bad move.

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

      Rolling dice that we could score.

      • package206

        Not a very good roll of the dice, IMO.

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

          Well IMO, I think it’s a good move. It’s just that the worst possible things happened after. Sucks that Adrian is done but oh well.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I agree — good move, bad execution.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s my vote as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Actually, Game 4 was like this . . . but perhaps more frustrating because it was the errors which hurt Kersh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Is it just me or does it feel like this game is already in extra innings and has been for a while? #nextrunwins?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ZacKKKKKKKKKK!
    Get him the W, guys . . . PLEASE!

    • WinnipegDave

      Zack certainly deserves a win, but at this point I really don’t care who gets it. As long as the Dodgers win, it’s just fine by me.

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

    Tense, are you? Me too.

  • ASW1

    OK, hopefully the Dodgers can overcome all those early wasted opportunities.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Score 2 before Zack and keep him in.

  • WinnipegDave

    No worries Andre, your stroke will return.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He started the game well!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great game, Zack . . . maybe you can still get the win . . .

  • ASW1

    Extra innings would be nice.

  • Adam Luther

    l like Wilson here to face the heart of the order.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes — he or KJ to force extras.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Brian!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t walk him . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 more . . . win in extras!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I hope to find out shortly if we keep Vinny in extras . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Brian!

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

    Go Beard!

    • 4d3fect

      Fear the Beard! (never thought WE’D be saying this)

      • WBBsAs

        I do fear him, because he’s not reliable.

        • 4d3fect

          heh, double agent.

          • 4d3fect

            Colletti as the spymaster.

          • 4d3fect

            Yes, I have been re-reading Le Carre novels lately.
            Why do you ask?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Una mas . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Watching this on MLB.tv. I must say that I am a fan of the outline of the St. Louis Arch across the outfield grass.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Wilson!

  • Jason Ungar

    Been walking in circles since 5:37 basically. I am getting to old for this… Lieutenant Murtaugh

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Brian!

  • Resistor

    Get out of the inning and it’s a brilliant strategy. We score, they got toast coming up in the 10th. Who’s with me?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Blue?

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

      Squeezed.

      • Resistor

        Looked good from here.

      • Bob_Hendley

        By Dre!

  • 4d3fect

    BW’s getting seriously squeezed strikezonewise.

  • ASW1

    Heck of a game by Greinke – just ONE pitch where he gave in against Beltran and caught too much of the plate – a shame the Dodgers let Kelly off the hook early in the game with all the chances they had.
    BUT – we can still win this thing!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    3 outs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get Wilson the win!!!!

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

    Phew. No damage. Free baseball.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      not stress-free!

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

    Come ON Dodgers!

  • WinnipegDave

    CC needs to pretend this is the first inning again – not the 10th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MEllis!!!

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

    Ellis!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mellis!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MELLIS!!!

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

    Woah!

  • ASW1

    Wooooooo-Hoooooooooo !

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Hanley — THE man we want at the plate!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Does he get a pitch?

  • 4d3fect

    Got kinda quiet all of a sudden

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    IBB?

  • WinnipegDave

    Woot!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sac fly or WP! . . . or even a hit!

  • ASW1

    Young coming up in AGon’s spot

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Young!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot!!!!!

  • ASW1

    Had to try it

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

    That was nowhere near deep enough.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Didn’;t see it, but HAD to try

  • 4d3fect

    h/t to Cards, good play there.

  • Jack Dawkins

    I disagree on had to try….he was out by almost 10 feet.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      with no outs, you wait . . . but with the Dodger bats left in LA, you have to manufacture something . . . . But still, I didn’t see it

      • Jack Dawkins

        The ball arrived before he even got into the home plate cutout.

  • ASW1

    Molina not even close to making a tag there – just blocked MEllis with his shoulder

    • Jack Dawkins

      Yeah, pretty obvious, and ellis did touch the plate after collision. TBS announcers even agree. Think ump just cared if he held onto the ball since he was out by so much.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Easy to hold the ball if you protect it from the runner.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    never tagged

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli makes me even more nervous.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Makes my belli hurt.

    • 4d3fect

      Likewise, I’m sure.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump had to see that there wasn’t a tag.

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

      he’d been strung up if he called him safe

      • ASW1

        Still – you have to get the call right – I’m looking forward to there being instant replay on plays like that.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They are the most knowledgeable fans in baseball. They would have appreciated it, no?

  • ASW1

    That’s one for replay next season – MEllis was never tagged out, should have been safe.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Did Mark try to touch the plate?

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

        oh he touched the plate

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Belli!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Belli — c’mon Puig, Uribear, and Andre!

  • Spence

    Would have been nice to sub in Gordon as pinch runner last inning instead of taking Gonzo out in the 8th. Dont understand that at all. Please Donnie use Kenley in the 11th regardless if its a tie game or not.

    • WBBsAs

      Don is not the most strategically savvy manager.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I disagree, at least on that one.

        We all know how slow AGon is. He’s on then and there — Don can’t count on MEllis hitting a triple two innings later. He was trying to make something happen. If the batters actually get a hit and Dee scores, especially going more than station to station, it’s a great call.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Agree,

        • Spence

          Dee didnt even try to steal that inning he was on base. Pinch running him was a complete waste, especially taking out a good hitter like Gonzo.

        • WBBsAs

          Don puts a fast runner on, and then manages as if that runner were AGon.

      • 4d3fect

        I’m not much of an analyst myself, but isn’t Matheny relatively green managerially speaking as well?

        • WBBsAs

          Matheny did a dumb bunt with Yadier on first, but that’s nowhere close to Don’s repeated ineptitude.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    However this ends, it’s gonna be a short turnaround before the next game. I hope the Dodgers hit better when they’re tired.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig had that great throw in the field, but from what I’m hearing, he’s flailing at the plate.
    Anyone recall seeing him like this before?

    • Bob_Hendley

      It happens. He had an OPS of 1.029 in the NLDS.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, AJ — avenge your “brother”!

  • ASW1

    Here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Nick!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Punto has a good low strikezone for this guy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puntito.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Basehit, Nick!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dang!
    Good news is the Dodgers get on base.
    Bad news is they stay there.

  • ASW1

    Too damned many wasted chances

  • Resistor

    Anyone worried? We got this. Seriously, right where we want them.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, I am.
      But I admire your optimism!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Exhausted.

  • Spence

    Dodgers are going to lose without Kenley Jansen pitching

  • Jack Dawkins

    Showed the play at the plate again…never did tag him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I agree with the earlier post — KJ in here now against the top of the order.
    C’mon, JP!

  • 14hodges

    So stressed. I’m on East Coast time; my eyes are burning.

  • Guest

    Good game. Tough inning coming up..

  • Spence

    Wow puig dont do that again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least the ball didn’t get past him.

  • Spence

    Donnie, its the Cardinals best hitters up this inning. Put your best reliever in please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DP time.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    If I was stress drinking anymore I’d be passed out with puke all over myself…. Sheesh. Nothing’s easy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I don’t drink but I may puke! . . . actually, not that bad.

    • 4d3fect

      IF?

  • Jack Dawkins

    Howell v Beltran is not somethign I would encourage.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t like Holliday match up any better.

  • das411

    well JP has enough PVL levels to get through this…doesn’t he…??

    • 4d3fect

      Ugh, I get queasy when I see those three letters together.

  • Spence

    Leaving him in to face Holliday? Really Don?

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      I’m getting the feeling you don’t like Howell in?

      • Spence

        Howell would be fine if KJ was already used.

  • 14hodges

    Almost…

  • KG16

    It’s so nice to learn that DT is back… Since it’s been so long, am I correct in assuming we decided “Puig” is pronounced “squeee!”?

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      I think it’s pronounced: sharp inhale, head-shaking exhale.

    • 4d3fect

      welcome back btw. I seem to recall your handle from Toaster days

      • Bob_Hendley

        Plays water polo as I recall.

      • KG16

        Toaster, Times, and ESPN… Though on some of them might have been KGxvi. Glad to very back and to see that Jon is posting again. And yes, as Hendley mentioned, I was a polo player.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JP — one more!

  • Jack Dawkins

    got away with one to halliday. fortuante it was right at Hanley.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Nice pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, JP!

  • Resistor

    Could Hanram have dropped the line drive legally and turned two?

    • Jack Dawkins

      Legally, yes. But it was stung pretty hard. So How do you block it so you can pick it up quickly and still do a DP?

      • Resistor

        Not an easy task, but just a thought.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Double whew.

  • ASW1

    Time to score some runs!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Even one!

  • Spence

    Lance Lynn relieving? Well guess the Cardinals are preparing for another 5-6 more innings

  • 14hodges

    Come on! Big inning!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    So, who’s sleeping at the stadium tonight?

  • Spence

    C’mon CC be patient

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Carl!

  • Spence

    i’ll take it. dont bunt

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CC!

  • 14hodges

    Yes!

  • ASW1

    Way to start it off, Carl !

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice CC

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Oh for that triple right now . . .

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on MEllis

  • Spence

    Let him hit Donnie

  • Jack Dawkins

    Off the hands and limps into center. A beautiful hit at this hour.

  • ASW1

    No bunt!

  • Spence

    i like it. No bunting there ya go. keep it off. If Ellis cant get a hit, then CC can just steal

  • ASW1

    Hit and run it again!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    MEllis is joking, right?

  • Spence

    Donnie giving up outs. Now they just walk Hanley

    • Resistor

      MSTI says Young will be the hero. He was joking, but I hope it’s a real thing that will happen.

      • Spence

        well forget that. Puig doesnt even get a chance

        • Resistor

          I have never liked Young. I am really, really looking for a reason to start to like him.

  • Spence

    Nothing like taking the bat out of your best hitters hands

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Who’s left? SVS?

    • Spence

      Puig going to have to win if Young cant

  • KG16

    Base hit gets Crawford in. Better than a DP or fly out, especially in extra frames… Still, would have referred runners on the corners for Hanley

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Young! We’re getting old here . . .

  • Andrew Shimmin

    I’d bunt Young, here, too. To mess with Matheny’s mind.

  • Spence

    lol DP unreal. Young didnt even run down the line

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    One Loud Rule 1 violation here…

  • Resistor

    Michael Young – 2AB, 4 outs

  • ASW1

    Dodgers pathetic w/RISP tonight

  • Spence

    Oh yay Withrow

  • SaMoDodger

    How many outs would SVS have to make in 2AB to have a worse night than Young?
    5?

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Agree. Why’s he on the roster?

  • DeucesAreWild

    Dónde está Kenley?

    • SaMoDodger

      Playing by the book dictates you don’t bring in your closer on the road unless you have the lead. Or you’ve run out of pitchers. not necessarily the best strategy, but safe.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We’ll see Sr. Edinson before we see Geronimo is my guess.

  • 14hodges

    I’m glad that AJ can laugh right now.

    • ASW1

      He knows it’s a 7 game series.

      • 14hodges

        I wasn’t being sarcastic. I was sincere.

      • 14hodges

        Just to clarify, I wasn’t being sarcastic. I was saying that sincerely. I feel for him; catching this many is rough.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thinking about Vin like a starting pitcher: Nice to know he can go deep into extras because we have been resting him throughout the year – just so he would be ready for nights like tonight!

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      He still sounds strong!

      • Spence

        Well its only 10pm west coast time. He’s used to doing games at this hour

        • WinnipegDave

          It’s not the hour, put the pitch – urr – word count that I’m thinking about. And the amount of stressful words that can strain the voice!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice — Vin . . . and your assessment.

  • DeucesAreWild

    Nice inning by Withrow. Almost as nice as his Village People ‘stache.

  • Spence

    Good job Withrow. I trust him to get thru the weaker Cardinal hitters but once it gets back to Carpenter/Beltran/Holiday then KJ needs to be in there. Puig is so due next inning. He’s going to do something.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was thinking the same about Puig. Thinking back to his first walk off against Cincinnati in extra innings.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Withrow has got to go two innings, yeah?

    • Resistor

      If it were my call, I would have Jansen warming and bring him back for another

    • DeucesAreWild

      I hope not. If we can grab a lead we’ll have Kenley in next inning.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Startgin to feel like Dodgers have to hit it over wall to score tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Just like Game 4 of LDS . . CC + CC + Uribear
      The rest of the game was just as frustrating (except there wasn’t a play at the plate).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the W for Chris!

    Earlier this year I said 13 is my lucky number but 2013 wasn’t the Dodgers’ year.

    Obviously I was wrong about that.
    Hopefully the 13th is their inning now!

  • Spence

    Puig is 0-5 with 2ks. He’s got to do something here. Uribe’s already has his hits for the game

  • 14hodges

    I wonder what Honeycutt is saying.

  • Spence

    Man Puig hasnt hit the ball well at all tonight

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Who pitches first, Schumaker or Jensen?

  • 14hodges

    Come on, Uribear!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    LAst 4 Dodger RBIs are from Uribe — add 1 more!

  • Spence

    Lance Lynn looks really fresh out there. Easy 96mph

  • DeucesAreWild

    I like Andre’s chances here.

  • Andrew Shimmin

    That stunk. I blame Bob_in_Vegas.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Are you one of my brothers?

      • Andrew Shimmin

        Your new lucky number is 33. It is so decreed.

  • Spence

    Well that was way too easy of inning. I dont think the Cardinals will pinch hit for Lynn, so I trust Withrow to get Kozma, Lynn, Carpenter. But if one of those guys gets on base ahead of Carpenter, I’m brining in KJ right then and there.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    I gotta ask… Did RBI take off the blue toe nail polish?

    • 4d3fect

      Mistakes were made. People will be blamed.

      • RBI

        Ha! So will toes.

    • RBI

      No! Still on! Plus it’s my birthday for two more hours!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Happy Birthday. The Dodgers have to win for that reason alone! (League blew it on my birthday!)

        • WinnipegDave

          Well, please hurry up, make your wish for a victory and blow out the candles. :)

          • RBI

            My wish is bigger than one game :).

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        Well, happy birthday!

      • ASW1

        Yes, Happy Birthday Tinker!

        • RBI

          I’ve aged a decade tonight .

  • RBI

    Killing us not to have Agon still in the game.

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      It’s killing me, Smalls!

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Neither team really deserves to lose this game. Neither team really deserves to win, either. How about give each ½ win and call it a night?

    But I may need a sedative soon, or an anti-depressant. Or something.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like the 1/2 win.
      Even more interesting if the weather is really threatening tomorrow’s game.

    • 4d3fect

      That’s crazy soccer talk there Udog.

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        I think I am getting pretty loopy (from all those soccer headers, plus this game) ;)

    • Bob_Hendley

      a purring cat.

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        I’ve got that!

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      But yeah a lot of “if only”s in this game. I guess for both teams but especially our guys. SIgh. Blown chances, a blown decision or two, how things could’ve played out.

  • DeucesAreWild

    I’m getting tired of these Cardinal pitchers with girls names. Kelly? Lynn? Come on Dodgers! Beat these guys!

  • Spence

    These guys might get 4 or 5 hours of sleep before having to be right back at the ballpark.

    • 14hodges

      I’m going to get less than that before my kids are awake and I have to be ON.

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        WORD!

  • Spence

    This game feels like a huge momentum game even though its just 1 game since its gone this long.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I would think the end result will play on the teams tomorrow, especially if the Dodgers fall short, missing sooooo many opportunities.
      They say they shrug it off, but it would only be human to linger . . .

  • DeucesAreWild

    Huge if Withrow can get out of this. SVS pinch hits for him and we put Kenley in. Hopefully with a lead.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your fingers . . .

    • Spence

      This for sure! If Donnie goes with Volquez or Marmol in a tie game…uh dont want to think about it.

  • Spence

    Man, i’d put KJ in now. Carpenter/Beltran/ with a guy on 1st already. Honeycutt’s coming out but its not to take him out.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    That was a nice pitch, too. Just a lucky bloop. Stupid baseball.

    • KG16

      One of those a week and you’re in Yankee Stadium

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DP time!

    • Adam Luther

      If we ever needed one this would be it.

  • das411

    hey guys guys guys – doesn’t a game this long kind of make you wish there was more than one october??

  • Jack Dawkins

    St Louis has 2 non starters left in bullpen I think.

  • DeucesAreWild

    AGon should be allowed to come back after five innings.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • Spence

    Carpenter is really patient. C’mon Withrow you gotta throw him strikes.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    I think Donnie just gave the signal to bunt.

  • Spence

    Withrow might be on fumes right now. This has to be his last batter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Does Fedex catch Kershaw tomorrow?

    • 14hodges

      I doubt it. I don’t think Molina will take the day off either.

  • Spence

    Have to bring KJ in now

    • Adam Luther

      Yes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tough spot for KJ – very little room for error.

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Yep…. and potential to be psychologically damaging (without being overly doubting.)

  • DeucesAreWild

    Might as well get Ethier out. We’re pulling Hanley in the 18th.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Welp. This way if the Cards win it’ll take beating the Dodgers best reliever, which is all you can ask for. (Well, that, and Dodgers winning.)

  • 14hodges

    So is SVS going to play CF?

    • Spence

      Has to be Puig

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I hope Puig doesn’t try to make up for 0/6 at the plate with something dumb in the field.

  • Spence

    Donnie just double switched someone out of the game, but I dont think it was Michael Young. I think it was an OF’er

    • 14hodges

      SVS. Is someone going to slide over or is he going to play center?

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        He’s in for Crawford I thought, I still saw Ethier out there no?

  • ASW1

    SVS in for Ethier in CF

  • Spence

    At least KJ is in. Alright KJ high leverage time. Do your job. Wow SVS is playing CF? They arent going to let Puig play it lol

  • 14hodges

    KJ! YOU CAN DO THIS!

  • Spence

    SVS in CF.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ!

  • ASW1

    I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’ve had that feeling since the bottom of the 3rd.

  • Spence

    I think KJ’s pitching around Beltran to get to Holliday

  • Spence

    Game over boo

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not.

  • Adam Luther

    Beltran beats us.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    And they did. :(

    That won hurt.

  • 4d3fect

    Welp. time to hit the showers.

  • ASW1

    Well, that game blew.

  • Spence

    I like bringing KJ in, but maybe it was 1 batter too late. Tough to tell him to be perfect. This is a crusher game. Kershaw need to come up big in 12 hours

  • KG16

    I still genuinely dislike St. Louis, that is all

  • Adam Luther

    Tired Cards with Kershaw pitching, let’s get game #2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Unfortunately, it’s also tired Dodgers trying to produce more runs than they did today.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    That dude is good…. Grrr.

  • ASW1

    Hate to say it, but Dodgers deserved to lose that one – way too many runners LOB.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    From Jonah Keri’s twitter feed: To be fair, Jansen was distracted by the 6 Russian novels he read before coming into the game. (He’s a Grantland writer.)

    • 14hodges

      HA!

  • Spence

    Beltran is just a stud. At his age, he’s still doing it.

  • RBI

    Heart breaker.

  • RBI

    Such a tough loss. But tomorrow is another day!

  • ASW1

    Kenley starts off the series with an L – hope he doesn’t let it into his head.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Good night, all.

  • Spence

    Kershaw in game 2 is about as must of game as there’s been all year. You dont want to go down 2-0 when the pitching matchups turn in the Cardinals favor for games 3 and 4.

  • ASW1

    Dodgers forgot they were supposed to score four runs ^

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

    Bah. You can’t win if you can’t get guys in from 2nd base.

  • das411

    10 hours left til Kershaw time though!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack “shouldn’tve” given up those runs: two outs, a hit to the pitcher, walking the next batter, then the double.
    BUT — the Dodger pitchers should not have to be perfect . . . the batters should support them.

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

    NPUT