Thursday, October 03, 2013

Post-NLDS Game 1 Thread: KKKKKKKKKKKKershaw

Sitting pretty.


Before game time, you couldn't find a Dodger fan whose stomach wasn't in knots. Odds are, we're all feeling just a bit better now.

Clayton Kershaw, THE BEST DAMN PITCHER IN BASEBALL, took the ball for Game 1 and did what he does best: shut down offenses. He didn't look particularly sharp over the first four innings, needing way too many pitches to put guys away and allowing a run in the bottom of the fourth. (Pitch count was up to 73 after four.) Then, he flipped a switch and struck out 8 of the next 10, finishing with 12 Ks over seven innings. (Including 6 in a row at one point, tying a postseason record.)

So, Kershaw was Kershaw, so that means the offense didn't support him, right? Not so fast, my friend! Turns out the bats made the trip to Atlanta too. Thanks to a few Braves mistakes (on the level of what Jon Paul Morosi assumed Puig was going to make), the Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. (Single by Puig, single by Uribe, sac fly by Skip, double by A.J.)

That should have been enough for Kershaw, but they weren't done yet. Adrian Gonzalez crushed a 2-run home run off Kris Medlen in the third. They added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Mark Ellis. Medlen was finally chased in the fifth after plunking Puig. It didn't look intentional, but Puig was still fuming. (Puig ended up 2-4 and made a swank play to double off Evan Gattis in the second.) The only one missing out on the fun was Hanley Ramirez, who went 0-3 against Medlen, but he later had an RBI double off Jordan Walden. Yeah, I think the offense is going to be OK.

The bullpen helped out, too. Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth, and Kenley Jansen closed out the game with a wobbly, but scoreless ninth.

Dodgers steal home field advantage, silence that infernal chant, and send Greinke to the mound tomorrow. Do we dare feel...confident?

Image: I took a cell phone pic of my TV.


BJ Killeen said...

A beautiful game.

Fred's Brim said...


Dusty Baker said...

Unofficial word that Dusty Baker is out at Reds. Can't say I'm surprised - he seemed to be phoning that one in.

rbnlaw said...

RIP Dusty. You were too good for the Reds anyway.

Need to find a way to get him back in Blue.

Hey, I saw that movie all about the Atlanta Braves, aptly titled, "Trouble With the Curve." Wonder if the writers knew something about this Barves lineup when they made the movie.

Dusty Baker said...

I was amazed to note that DB had been managing in MLB for 20 years. My how time flies.

Hideo Nomo said...

@rbnlaw: If only the Braves had trusted their crusty old scouts instead of those fancy computers, they may have been able to hit Kershaw.

BJ Killeen said...

Dusty in, Donnie out. I'd be okay with that

Steve Sax said...

I don't want Dusty Baker as our coach. That's a Russ Ortiz moment waiting to happen.

Hideo Nomo said...

If we hate bunting NOW, why would we want Dusty?

Dusty Baker said...

No shit. Love Dusty as I do, I don't want him as our manager based on how he handles pitchers.

I'd love for SoSG DB to get the chance, though!