Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Post-Game 130 Thread: Dodgers Finally Grab Spotlight Off Broadway


The Dodgers won a game. Against the Giants.

Adrian Gonzalez had a walk-off single with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the 14th, lacing the first pitch from Yusmiero Petit to left field to score A.J. Ellis. Ellis, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley had all reached in succession off of Mike Broadway, who ended up with the game's worst line (0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 Ks). With the bases loaded, even third base coach Ron Roenicke couldn't hold up the Dodgers from scoring--and really, it was about time, after this five-and-a-half hour ulcer-creating tightrope walk.

What was good--actually, what was amazing--was that the Dodgers' bullpen actually did pretty okay. Nine innings of work, post-Brett Anderson's five-inning, 3 ER start, and Pedro Baez, Luis Avilan, Kenley Jansen, Jim Johnson (two innings!), and Chris Hatcher (three innings!) all put in great scoreless efforts. Juan Nicasio blew the save in the eighth inning, allowing the Giants to score off a Marlon Byrd double.

But after that, the scoring completely shut down for both teams, though it seemed like it was the Dodgers who were regularly narrowly escaping jams AND blowing chances to win. Losing would have been dispiriting, particularly to Justin Turner (who doubled in a run in the first inning off of Jake Peavy), Adrian Gonzalez (whose two-run HR tied the game at 3), and Andre Ethier (who put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 until Nicasio's effort).

But six innings of scoreless bullpen work from our boys? Pretty damn impressive, and certainly needed. Dodgers' lead grows to 4.5 games; Giants' losing streak extends to three games; and though we won't have any arms for the rest of this series, Zack Greinke (Tuesday) and Clayton Kershaw (who PH unsuccessfully tonight; Wednesday) might be able to go beyond five innings?! Either way, we'll take it.


Steve Sax said...

403 comments was a good evening my friends. Re-reading the thread now is kind of funny.

Go Dodgers!

Paul said...

Great win! Let's beat the Giants twice on the same day!

karen said...

I woke up smiling this morning, not only thinking of the Boys win but of how heart wrenching this loss must have been for the hoiety-toiety frisco fans. Rosters expand today so hopefully there might be a fresh arm in the bully tonight. Lots of fun last night all!! It's been awhile since we all hung out together like that.

QuadSevens said...

I passed out after the ninth. Reading the GT was highly entertaining! Nice work everyone.

Neeebs said...

Why didn't we use some of the call-ups after midnight???

I'm a genius.

I should be managing this team.

BJ Killeen said...

I couldn't handle it anymore after the 11th. Scott stayed...what a trooper. I watched the final inning this morning. Booyah!

karen said...

I miss you, BJ!! Come hang with us!!

Fred's Brim said...

4hundy+ comments? On a Monday night? Awesome! Spank was killing it.
And no comments from FB. I quit after the 8th when it was 1:20am Leastern Standard Time. I woke up at 3:15 and checked the score and the game was still going. I was both happy and sad that I didn't stay up

Dusty Baker said...

I stayed up but became too belligerent to post the last couple of innings. And I was dead sober. That's probably why I was belligerent.