Monday, June 18, 2018

Series Thread (Games 71-73): June 18-20 @ Cubs

Memories: Our last visit to Wrigley Field.

Monday 6/18 5p Tuesday 6/19 9a: Maeda (4-4, 3.61) vs. Chatwood (3-5, 4.12) LAD 4, CHC 3; Kyle Farmer wins it in the ninth
Tuesday 6/19 5p: Hill (1-2. 6.30) vs. Montgomery (2-2. 3.31)
Wednesday 6/20 11.20a: Stripling (6-1, 1.76) vs. Lester (8-2, 2.28)

The Dodgers are rolling, having not lost a series in their last nine series (8-0-1), climbing back to 1.5 games behind Arizona with a 37-33 record. But the Cubs are also gaining momentum in their chase with Milwaukee, where they're only a half-game back and a much more formidable 40-28 record.

But we haven't seen this team since...oh yeah. And remember this guy? Well, he's on the DL and won't be pitching this series. And his replacement, whom we'll see Saturday, is complicating plans for Darvish's return.

A win in this series would portend great things before traveling to New York for the LOLMets, and then coming back home for four straight against this Cubs team again. Let's see if we can put our opponents in their cubby holes.

UPDATE 6/18 5p: The weather isn't cooperating for this first game, however (and Kris Bryant looks pretty bad in shorts; see below). No start time announced as of yet.

46 comments:

Steve Sax said...

GAME 1 (assuming this game is played)

Pederson CF
Munch 2B
Turner 3B
Grandal C
Kemp LF
Bellinger 1B
Taylor SS
Puig RF
Maeda P

Orel said...

Joc HR makes it 1-0 Dodgers

Orel said...

Kenta playing with fire in the 2nd

Steve Sax said...

3-2 cubs in the top of the seventh, one out and JT on first

Orel said...

Please be Good Kenley.

Orel said...

WIN

Steve Sax said...

Holy shit! Dodgers win 4-3 on a top-9, two-out, two-strike, two-on double down the left field line to score two and take the lead.

Jansen with his 18th save.

Steve Sax said...

Watching Alanna Rizzo interview Kemp on he post-game show after him getting thrown out in the sixth for arguing what was absolutely a shitty strike zone: Kemp showing a lot of maturity, saying that he should have kept his cool there and shouldn't have been thrown out. Also refuses to bag on the umps, despite Rizzo baiting. Way to go, Matty.

Orel said...

GAME 2
Taylor SS
Hernandez CF
Kemp LF
Muncy 3B
Puig RF
Bellinger 1B
Forsythe 2B
Barnes C
Hill P

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Steve Sax said...

...and, the Dodgers strand the bases loaded in the second.

Cubs have first and second with one out, B2

Steve Sax said...

0-0 B2

Steve Sax said...

Cubs have first and third, two out. Cody just misses catching a looping foul ball down the right field line. And then Hill walks the bases loaded.

Steve Sax said...

Hill gets a comebacker to get out of the inning.

0-0 through 2

Orel said...

Stranding more men than all three seasons of Gilligan's Island

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger is a disaster. Bad strikeout to squash a threat in the third.

Dodgers waste another leadoff hit (Forsythe double) in the fourth, but the Cubs go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

0-0 through 4

Steve Sax said...

0-0 through 5.

We are roping the ball in the leadoff position, but can't do anything from there.

Steve Sax said...

Puig with a very impatient AB to lead off the sixth, grounds out.

Here's cody, 1-for-his-last-15, 9 Ks

Steve Sax said...

Cody works a one-out walk (his second of the game), but isn't going anywhere...

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger with a SB with two out and a 1-1 count. Barnes at the plate

Steve Sax said...

AUSTIN BARNES! Two-out single to left and he gets an RBI!

Steve Sax said...

Rich Hill gets a biiiiiiig strikeout to end the sixth inning and strand a runne at third (and first).

1-0 LA through 6

Steve Sax said...

$5 steak nachos at taco bell!

Steve Sax said...

Anthony Bass in for Montgomery, top 7. Taylor leading off

Steve Sax said...

CT3, leadoff single up the middle.

CAN WE GET HIM HOME??!!!

Steve Sax said...

Kike lines one to first, Rizzo doubles up CT. Dammit

Steve Sax said...

Cubs fans going nuts now. Look, it was a nice play and everything, but...

Steve Sax said...

I really need a Kemp HR here

Steve Sax said...

Schwarber HR. It's tied at 1.

Steve Sax said...

1-1 through 7.

Steve Sax said...

Randy Rosario in for the Cubs to pitch the eighth.

Orel said...

Schwarb'd

Steve Sax said...

Muncy with a leadoff single. Another leadoff hit to start an inning for the Dodgers

CT leadoff single in the first (did not score)
Puig leadoff walk in the second (did not score)
Hernandez leadoff single in the third (did not score)
Forsythe leadoff double in the fourth (did not score)
Taylor leadoff single in the seventh (did not score)

Now Muncy in the eighth??? Guess what's gonna happen.

Steve Sax said...

Puig promptly GIDPs.

Steve Sax said...

two-out double that is misplayed by Kike in center. He might have been able to make it a single? But Almora comes up gimpy at second...

Steve Sax said...

1-1 through 8.

QuadSevens said...

Parades with two Ks in the ninth. Zobrist up with one on pops up.

QuadSevens said...

Turner leading off the tenth.

QuadSevens said...

Leadoff walk. Let’s go Muncy!

Orel said...

Turner walks to open the 10th (will he score)

Orel said...

Logie Bear time

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

Jesus

Steve Sax said...

My god this game was depresssing

Orel said...

GAME 3
Taylor SS
Hernández CF
Turner 3B
Kemp LF
Forsythe 2B
Muncy 1B
Grandal C
Puig RF
Stripling P

Steve Sax said...

Well, so much for that series streak.