Monday, August 17, 2020

"Series" Thread (Games 24-25): Aug 17-18 vs. Mariners

Surely all this has to come crashing down, right?

Mon 8.17 6.30p: Ross Stripling (3-1, 3.97) vs. Justin Dunn (1-1, 4.85)
Tue 8.18 4p: Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00) vs. Marco Gonzalez (2-2, 3.97)

The Dodgers have won five in a row, including this weekend's sweep of the Angels on the road. Sunday's win even overcame some early game baserunning blunders by breaking out the whupping sticks for another four home runs (Dodgers lead the league with 43 HR). The Dodgers' +60 run differential is almost twice as much as the #2 team (Twins and Yankees, both tied at +35). And even resident LAT grump Dylan Hernandez posted a nice valentine column on the impact of Mookie Betts.

I honestly don't know what to think here. Years of disappointment have me steeled to what's to come. But here we are, almost halfway through the shortened season, and the Dodgers actually look...pretty good. I know this can't last, and honestly, I'm a little scared to even have a shred of happiness over what's transpired so far.

I guess you can say, I've been Gonsolin, being down don't bother me.

64 comments:

Orel said...

GAME 1
Betts, DH
Seager, SS
Turner, 3B
Bellinger, CF
Pollock, LF
Muncy, 2B
Pederson, RF
Beaty, 1B
Barnes, C
Stripling, P

Steve Sax said...

We've got 10 men in the lineup today!

Oh, wait.

Steve Sax said...

Giving Joc PT by making Mookie DH. Hmm.

Orel said...

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKIE

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

Beaty HBP ties it at 2

Orel said...

Mookie with the easy RBI single. Then Corey go boom. 6-2 Dodgers after 2

Orel said...

Stripling gives up 2 dingers to make it 6-5

Orel said...

Strip gives it all back. 7-6 Mariners

Steve Sax said...

what the hell is going on here. this isn't a pitching duel

Steve Sax said...

and we're in the third inning!

Steve Sax said...

7-6 Mariners through three full

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Steve Sax said...

Bases loaded, none out, Dodgers down 8-6 in B7.

Pollock singles in one run. 8-7 Seattle. Muncy up

Orel said...

Tie game, looking for more

Steve Sax said...

Muncy earns a 7-pitch walk (down 1-2, works it back). 8-8.

Cody on 3rd, AJ Pollock on 2nd, Muncy on first.

Steve Sax said...

Joc GIDPs but scores Cody. 9-8 LA. But come on, Joc.

Steve Sax said...

I'm on a conference call right now and can only watch on MLB gameday (boooooo)

Steve Sax said...

KIKE PARKS IT TO LEFT!!!

11-8 LA

Orel said...

Kiké! 11-8 us

Orel said...

DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

Okay now I'm watching as well. shhhhhh don't tell

Steve Sax said...

Kike got all of that one btw. Awesome job on a 2-2 count.

Steve Sax said...

Baez immediately coughs up a solo shot to start the top of the eighth. 11-9 LA

Steve Sax said...

Baez gets Long for the K. One out

QuadSevens said...

The ball is flying tonight. 7 dongs!

Steve Sax said...

Jeez, Crawford ropes it but Cody grabs it on the track for the third out.

Steve Sax said...

Seager with a one-out walk, B8

Steve Sax said...

Turner, with a 3-2 count, hit a base hit to left. With Seager going on the pitch, he ends up at third.

Steve Sax said...

Cody's got a 2-0 count. One out, men at corners. We need more here Cody

Steve Sax said...

Mariners look like they're going to walk him. 3-0

3-1

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO #3

Steve Sax said...

Cody earns the walk. Rancho ardiendo

Steve Sax said...

DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

2-0 count to AJ

Steve Sax said...

Lail is laboring. let him labor

Steve Sax said...

AJ GIDPs. Dammit.

11-9 LA through 8

QuadSevens said...

Damn. I had called my shot on that 2-0 pitch to Pollock but he crushed it foul.

Steve Sax said...

Don't understand why AJ didn't just take pitches there. He had a 3-1 count

Steve Sax said...

Kenley coming in.

Orel said...

Kenley time

Orel said...

DAMMIT

QuadSevens said...

Bloop single. Crap.

Steve Sax said...

Kenley had Moore 0-2 but he flares a pop-up to short right field for a leadoff single. Shit.

Steve Sax said...

KJ looks flustered. Walks Kyle Lewis on 5 pitches. And here's Kyle Seager.

QuadSevens said...

Home plate ump squeezed Kenley on a couple of those pitches. Didn’t get the high strike call. Walked him.

Steve Sax said...

Called strike 3! Three-pitch K. Wow

Orel said...

Seager looks at three strikes in a row

Steve Sax said...

2-2 count to Nola.

Steve Sax said...

Full count

Steve Sax said...

I'd love a GIDP here

Steve Sax said...

Pop to Turner at third (foul territory). Two out

Steve Sax said...

Here's Vogelbach, who definitely looks like he could hit a ball a mile.

Steve Sax said...

Strike right down the middle, 93 mph. 0-1

Steve Sax said...

Pederson for the final out, fly out to right.

11-9 LA

Orel said...

WIN

QuadSevens said...

WIN. WIN. WIN. WIN. WIN. WIN.

Orel said...

GAME 2: FOR THE SWEEP BUT NOT REALLY BECAUSE WE PLAY TWO MORE IN SEATTLE AFTER THIS
Betts RF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Pollock DH
Bellinger CF
Taylor LF
Muncy 1B
Hernandez 2B
Barnes C

Gonsolin SP

Steve Sax said...

wow this game was early, i've missed most of it.

1-1 through 7. sounds like M's took an early lead, and Turner hit a solo shot to tie it.

Steve Sax said...

Dee Gordon! I remember that guy. 0-for-2 so far, batting .119 this year.

Steve Sax said...

Crawford walks, but Treinen comes in to K Moore. Two out, top 8

Steve Sax said...

Holy cow, I wasn’t even close on my “game recap” from 6:14p. Scratch that. That wasn’t how the game played out at all.

WIN

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers win 7 in a row

Orel said...

WIN