Monday, May 11, 2015

Game 31 Thread: May 11 vs. Marlins, 7p

"I'm coming for you, Andrew Friedman!"

Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.56) vs. Tom Koehler (2-3. 5.18).

Remember this guy? Banished to the hinterlands of Miami this past winter, Dee Gordon has gone on to lead the league in batting average (an amazing .439, ahead of #2 Adrian Gonzalez at .377) and WAR (2.3). His 12 SBs still trail the Reds' Billy Hamilton (16), but suffice it to say, though Howie Kendrick has been no slouch at second (Kendrick's OBP of .817 (4th among NL 2Bs) trails Gordon's .999; and, surprisingly, Gordon has only 16 Ks to Kendrick's 21), Gordon--at least the good Gordon, when he wasn't bunting all the damn time (*)--and his wide, electric smile, is missed this season. It will be good to see the speedy little toothpick again at the Stadium this week.

(On the other hand, there's probably no amount of time I can use to prepare for seeing Ichiro Suzuki in the Marlins' crazy pastel colors, but that's another story.)

Meanwhile, on the mound for us is more of a dreamboat than a speedboat. But we'll keep posting this, as long as Greinke keeps winning (cue the wind machine, please!):

Note: (*) According to baseball reference, Gordon is actually 3-for-5 in 2015 on bunt attempts, which is much better than his career 38-for-101. Small sample size, and all that.

photo: Dennis Bancroft / mlb.com

92 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Pederson, CF
Rollins, SS
Kendrick, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Turner, 3B
Grandal, C
Ethier, RF
Van Slyke, LF
Greinke, P

Turner in the five hole!

spnk said...

Sponge Time!!

karen said...

THANK YOU SONS!!

karen said...

VINNY TONIGHT

karen said...

Wonderful standing 'O' for Dee.

Steve Sax said...

0-0 through 1

Steve Sax said...

0-0 through 2

Steve Sax said...

Just fired up my mlb.tv to see Dee's second AB

Steve Sax said...

dee works a full count into a walk. And here he goes

Steve Sax said...

Yasmani throws out Dee! Perfect throw, CS to end the inning top of the third.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier works a full count only to pop out to short. Boooo.

Steve Sax said...

Greinke works a two-out walk! What a dreamboat.

Steve Sax said...

nice D by Hechavereianfiraoionaweogina;ra there

Steve Sax said...

Tom Koehler has a NO-HITTER THROUGH THREE

Steve Sax said...

UJTD!

0-0, mid-4

Steve Sax said...

Tom Koehler has a no=hitter through 3.1 IP. And apparently his ERA in the fourth inning is a woeful 20.25; but he just got J-Roll to K badly

Steve Sax said...

And there goes the no-hitter! Kendrick with a double to the right-field wall

Steve Sax said...

No Ichiro tonight, which is a bummer.

Steve Sax said...

A-Gon single to center, but Kendrick held at third (Kendrick had to hesitate to make sure the ball wasn't caught). Men at the corners, one out, and Justin Turner up.

Steve Sax said...

Turner is looking more and more like a hobbit

Steve Sax said...

Turner with a slow roller to short; A-Gon forced but Turner beats the throw to first. Kendrick scores.

1-0 Dodgers

Steve Sax said...

Hit a HR here Yasmani

spnk said...

Miami ball clubs have the shittiest team names ever. i would have named the baseball team the Miami Connection

Steve Sax said...

Yasmani walks.

Nice to see the green streak behind the pitch on MLB.com's GameDay. It's rare, to signify the knuckle curve

spnk said...

Geaux,Puig!

Steve Sax said...

Hit a HR here Andre

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Andre just missed that HR. It's foul, but not by much

spnk said...

Damn. i thought Puig hit that one out.

Steve Sax said...

And called K for Ethier, and Ethier is jawing.

1-0 LA through four.

Steve Sax said...

@spnk: er, that's not Puig

spnk said...

i can't root for Dre,Saxy, so i call him Puig.

Steve Sax said...

@spnk, let's analyze this a bit.

I find Andre a little petulant, and though he seems to be a team player most of the time, the times when he chooses to gripe about not getting in the starting lineup always seem VERY ill-timed. That said, he was the walk-off master for us in seasons past; and though he probably isn't going to be the bust-out OF we may have once thought, he's still servicable for us.

And a lot better than Milton Bradley, I might add.

Steve Sax said...

Pederson works an eight-pitch walk, so it's men at the corners with one out.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Pederson's baserunning costs us a run. Stanton with a sweet catch in right, and then doubles off Pederson at first. SVS crossing the plate does not count.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Damn. A nice play by Stanton.

Steve Sax said...

Rookie move, Joc.

Oh wait a second

karen said...

Vin saying today is the anniversary of Sandy's 2nd no hitter and it was against..wait for it....the gnats.

Cliff Beefpile said...

And he bested Juan Marichal.

karen said...

That just makes it all the more sweeter^

karen said...

Koeler wasn't even close to the plate on that sequence.

Steve Sax said...

Koehler's afraid of Turner: four-pitch walk and none of those pitches were close

Steve Sax said...

Two out, Turner at first, B6

Yasmani with a 1-1 count

karen said...

Nice behind the back toss to 1st by Dee.

Steve Sax said...

slow roller to second, and Gordon not only picks up the ball bare-handed, but also feeds the first baseman with a behind-the-back throw while running. Well done, Dee!

1-0 through 6

Steve Sax said...

@karen, you and i are on similar wavelengths this evening

karen said...

Noooooo

Boooooo

Steve Sax said...

well, that's not good.

karen said...

Saxy...Great minds and all...

Steve Sax said...

Ozuna solo HR with one out in the seventh, to make it 1-1

karen said...

Saxy...Are you watching the game? Cause something bothered Zack on that pitch to Stanton. He looked upset and is now having some trouble.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Have they announced the attendance tonight? Looks like a good crowd for a Monday night against the Marlins.

spnk said...

@ Saxy

that's cool and i get it. he had some great moments and did well for a time. he can have the best season of all time this year but it won't change my mind about him. i just don't like his attitude. he's a whiner not a winner.

and it still pisses me off when i think about last year when Greinke hit that homerun against the Gnats and the whole team was happy as fuck and Dre was there sitting on the bench moping. i was done with him at that moment.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Van Slyked!

spnk said...

nice fucking play! even got Mary Hart out of her seat on that one.

karen said...

Well that was an interesting turn of events. I thought they were reviewing that.

spnk said...

@ karen. they were reviewing the play but time ran out apparently. i never knew there was a time limit on replay decisions.

karen said...

Spanky...That's what I thought. I thought Vinny said something about Zack saying you're out of time and then walked off the field. I knew there was some kind of time limit but I've never seen it enforced.

spnk said...

the kids come through

2-1 Doyers

spnk said...

yeah,karen. Vin did say that. Greinke is a trip. it didn't seem like they reviewed the play for that long but i'll take the out.

spnk said...

i think Dre is trying to win me over. not going to happen,holmes

karen said...

Man, that was scary. Dre really hustled on that...I think he's trying to make up with Spanky.

karen said...

Well that was crazy. We said the same thing!^^^

spnk said...

old school Dee Gordon right there on the strikeout

spnk said...

i was tripping on that too karen

karen said...

Yimi heating up in the pen. I'm thinking this kid just might be our future Closer.

karen said...

Here we go!! I hope everyone has been living right and have not pissed off the Baseball Gods...

karen said...

One

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, was called away...

@karen, is greinke okay?
@spnk 9:04p: totally get it, forgot about that incident!

spnk said...

well shit

Steve Sax said...

That was not good.

karen said...

shit shit shit

Steve Sax said...

Yellich 2-run HR kills us

karen said...

Saxy...Yeah, he's ok. Vinny was talking about it an inning or so later and said the same thing. He seemed upset when he came in to tight on Stanton then it was like he lost his concentration.

Steve Sax said...

here's that Ichiro AB I wanted to see...

Steve Sax said...

Ichiro in a Marlins uniform just does not look right

Steve Sax said...

And Yimi walks him.

Shit, Yimi, settle down.

Or not, here comes Donnie.

Steve Sax said...

Gordon flies to left, with the bases loaded and two out. Dee ends 0-for-4.

Now we see if we have any comeback juju

Steve Sax said...

i think the Giants just beat the Marlins' closer last night, so he's fallible

Cliff Beefpile said...

Tying run's aboard.

spnk said...

rally thong time!

Steve Sax said...

Grandal with a one-out walk; Enrique Hernandez PR

Steve Sax said...

This ump is calling ridiculously low "strikes"

Steve Sax said...

1-2 count on Ethier, with Hernandez at first

Steve Sax said...

Ethier singles. Very poised, Andre!

And now here's SVS

Cliff Beefpile said...

Ethier singles, winning run is on and tying run in scoring position!

karen said...

ANDY'S BOY HITS THE WALK OFF!!!

Steve Sax said...

SCOTT VAN SLYKE BABY!

karen said...

I am so much happier then I was 5 minutes ago.

Cliff Beefpile said...

DODGERS WIN!

Steve Sax said...

Good night, Vin!

spnk said...

mint that one

Steve Sax said...

PGT UP!