Sunday, October 17, 2021

2021 NLCS Game 2 Thread: Oct 17 @ Braves

I didn't realize Max Scherzer's heterochromia spread beyond the eyes.

Scherzer vs. Anderson, 4.38p.

The Dodgers trotted out almost any pitcher who wasn't named Scherzer, Buehler, or Urias last night. And even 10 hits couldn't get us over the hump of winning against Max Fried, who left the game tied 2-2. But an Austin Riley home run in the bottom of the ninth won it for the Braves, who take a 1-0 lead into Game 2.

A Chris Taylor base-running blunder in the ninth, when he was caught in a rundown after rounding second too far on a Cody Bellinger single, didn't help the Dodgers' cause. But remember two things: 1) Taylor single-handedly lifted us past the Cardinals in the 2021 Wild Card Game; and 2) in the 2020 season, I seem to recall the Braves making a key base-running error as well, and got nailed by Justin "Superman" Turner:

So now, we go with Max Scherzer: shaky but effective in his last starts (12 of Scherzer's 13 2021 Dodgers starts resulted in wins, with the only loss coming in his most recent start, NLDS Game 3 vs. the Giants, a 1-0 loss). And the Braves start Ian Anderson, guitarist for Jethro Tull. Why, Mr. Anderson?

Why, Mr. Anderson? Why?

Anderson went 9-5 this regular season (including one loss against the Dodgers, lasting 4.1 IP and yielding 4 ER in a 4-3 loss, on June 4). He has not had an earned run in the 2021 postseason (one start). Anderson started 2020 NLCS Game 7 and lasted only three innings (five hits and two earned runs). I'm sure he'd love this opportunity to face us again.

LET'S GO, DODGERS!!!

41 comments:

karen said...

I absolutely feel that CT3 gets a pass on this. I'm sure nobody feels worse than he does and let's remember, we wouldn't be here without him.

QuadSevens said...

The one base running error didn’t hurt as bad as all the missed opportunities with RISP last night.

karen said...

GAME 2

Mookie Betts RF
Corey Seager SS
Trea Turner 2B
Will Smith C
Gavin Lux CF
Chris Taylor 3B
Cody Bellinger 1B
AJ Pollock LF
Max Scherzer RHP

karen said...

No JT

karen said...

JT has a 'neck stinger'. Doc says he'll be available off the bench.

Steve Sax said...

COREY!!!

Steve Sax said...

Mookie with a leadoff flare, and then Seager with a first-pitch HR!

LET'S GOOOOOO

QuadSevens said...

The Mrs and I have our Seager shirts on today. And they worked!

QuadSevens said...

Belli hit it hard but right at the center fielder to end the top of the first. 2-0!

Steve Sax said...

Only 2-0 but Anderson has to be around 30 pitches. The first inning is his worst, though, so let's see if we can keep up the pressure.

Steve Sax said...

Speaking of which, I've got some calls...please keep up the pressure in my stead, everyone!

QuadSevens said...

Easy second inning for Anderson. Can’t let him get comfy.

Steve Sax said...

Max has a 1-2-3 inning, but then the Dodgers go down 1-2-3 as well.

karen said...

What is up with Joc and the pearl necklace? Anyone know?

Steve Sax said...

Two-out single by Duvall, but Max Scherzer gets d'Arnaud called strike 3.

2-0 LA through 2.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, CT3 lets Anderson off the hook with two on and two out. (Lux also popped out on the first pitch, with one out). NOT GOOD GUYS

QuadSevens said...

Scherzer being pissed about a mound visit is funny to me.

Steve Sax said...

Anderson subbed before he even gets a chance to bat.

Steve Sax said...

Braves have reliever Jesse Chavez in. We aren't being patient: Cody and AJ greet him by registering two outs on three pitches.

Steve Sax said...

Max Scherzer ends up taking the most pitches of any of the Dodgers in the fourth. but we still go down 1-2-3.

Stupid.

2-0 LA, mid-4.

QuadSevens said...

Walk and Joc. Damn. Tie game.

Steve Sax said...

Of course it's Joc.

2-2

karen said...

The ones that get away always come back to haunt us.

QuadSevens said...

That was an absolute bomb too.

QuadSevens said...

Mookie with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

QuadSevens said...

We got nothing from that walk. Scherzer pulled in the 5th and Vesia locks it down!

Steve Sax said...

Huge inning there for Vesia to get Freeman and Albies on swinging Ks.

2-2 through 5. Both starters out.

We need to break this open.

Sax is BACK

QuadSevens said...

CT3 leadoff walk in the 6th. Let’s try this again.

karen said...

Oh man we're looking bad.

Steve Sax said...

CT3 atones for yesterday's TOOTBLAN with a two-run RBI double. Way to go, CT3!

AJ Pollock, please start hitting.

4-2 LA through 6.5

Steve Sax said...

Why is Treinen pitching the seventh here?!

Who is going to pitch the ninth?

Steve Sax said...

Wait, URIAS???

QuadSevens said...

I don’t like Urias coming into this game. I thought he was the game 4 starter?

karen said...

Julio has made a mess out of this.

karen said...

What's Doc going to do with Barnes now? He can't burn his only other catcher.

QuadSevens said...

Tied in the bottom of the ninth. Let’s get a different outcome tonight!

karen said...

Kenley coming in.

Steve Sax said...

Horrible.

Can't totally blame Seager because he saved that Graterol throw--but wow. Jansen may have obscured his view.

Steve Sax said...

Urias choked this one, for sure.

karen said...

Just awful.

QuadSevens said...

You can't win many games with just 4 hits. Of course, we've also shown how to lose a game with 10 hits.