Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Series Thread (Games 4-5): April 12-13 @ Twins

4.12 4.40p: Andrew Heaney vs. Chris Archer
4.13 10.10a: Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Paddack

Aren't these twins cute?* Except the Dodgers are facing a different group of Twins, who re-stocked their last-place lineup with cheater Carlos Correa as well as former San Diego Padre Chris Paddack (whom the Dodgers see on Wednesday). Wednesday would also mark the 2022 debut of Clayton Kershaw, on whose shoulders we could be leaning to get us back above .500 (assuming we win Tuesday, that is).

(*) I know, you expected me to put up a different type of photo to accompany this post. See how much we've matured here at SoSG? Well, not really. But for this particular picture, yes.

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Steve Sax said...

Looks like a lot of rain forecasted for today (and thundershowers tonight). I don't think today's game is going to happen.

karen said...

Tarp coming off the field and game is expected to start on schedule. Still more rain coming but Hartung says there's a window to get the game in.

QuadSevens said...

Building a new stadium in Minnesota without a roof is still one of the dumbest things ever.

karen said...

GAME 1
Betts RF
Freeman 1B
T Turner SS
Muncy 3B
J Turner DH
Smith C
Bellinger CF
Taylor LF
Lux 2B
Heaney P

Steve Sax said...

Wow there's a game! Cool!

@karen thanks for posting the lineup

@quad: it is a beautiful field, though. :)

karen said...

Our Boys are all bundled up in the cold Minnesota air. Gavin Lux looks like he's getting ready to rob a bank.

QuadSevens said...

Cheater stranded on second. Our guys coming to bat.

QuadSevens said...

Top of the second actually. Forgot we are on the road.

Steve Sax said...

0-0 through 2 frames.

We don't have a hit yet.

Steve Sax said...

Cody Ks on three pitches. Yay

Steve Sax said...

CT3 Ks as well

Steve Sax said...

Lux double breaks the seal! Now here's Mookie with two out

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Mookie flies to left. Three out.

0-0 through 2.5

Steve Sax said...

Heaney gets two Ks in a clean B3.

0-0 through 3.

spank said...

It'd be cool if the Dodgers score some runs here.

karen said...

Someone needs to shoot off a memo to Fab Freddie to tell him not to be nice to Spitter Correa.

Steve Sax said...

Freeman with a leadoff double to start the fourth, and then Turner grounds to short, Muncy pops to third, and JT Ks.

Seriously, this is pathetic.

Steve Sax said...

We have two hits through four innings.

karen said...

I hate Carlos Correa.

Steve Sax said...

Now Correa with a leadoff double, in B4.

Polanco flies to right. One out.

Steve Sax said...

Heaney gets Urshela to ground to third (5-3), and then Ks Gary Sanchez on three pitches (83 curve, 91 fastball, 84 changeup).

0-0 through 4.

Time to start getting some runs, guys.

Steve Sax said...

Heaney at 52P / 35S through 4; Archer at 63P / 39S.

Oh wait, Archer is gone. Josh Winder comes in for the fifth.

QuadSevens said...

Heaney looking pretty good through 4.

Steve Sax said...

Will Smith works it full but gets Kd anyway. One out.

Steve Sax said...

CODY BELLINGER TAKES A FIRST PITCH FOR A BALL!!!

Steve Sax said...

And now it's 2-0 on Cody. Who put on Cody's uni?

Steve Sax said...

3-0 to Cody!

Steve Sax said...

Cody takes a five-pitch walk. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger steals second.

karen said...

This is going to be a short game, we really need to score here.

karen said...

Double steal. Nice.

karen said...

Alright. We're on the board. 1-0.

Steve Sax said...

Lux with a sacrifice fly to center! Bellinger had stolen third as well on a double-steal (CT3 walked and stole second).

Two outs, CT3 on third, Mookie up. Dodgers on the board 1-0

spank said...

Score

Steve Sax said...

Mookie flies out. He's now 0-for-3.

1-0 LA through 4.5

Steve Sax said...

This is basically what they expected when the Dodgers put together this lineup: scratching out runs with sac flies and double steals, one run per frame.

Steve Sax said...

Uh oh, leadoff double by Max Kepler.

Steve Sax said...

Jeffers grounds to third, so runner holds at second. One out.

Steve Sax said...

Heaney hits Miguel Sano on the second pitch. First and second, one out.

karen said...

So much for my plan of getting on the board and praying for rain.

QuadSevens said...

Trea Turner turns a GIDP ball into no outs and a run for the Twins. Damn.

karen said...

Bazooka coming in to pitch in shirt sleeves. What a freaking stud.

Steve Sax said...

Trea Turner makes an error, allowing Max Kepler to score. Tie game. Heaney chased.

Trea Turner is now batting .200 and also has two errors in four games.

karen said...

Graterol checks in at 100 mph.

karen said...

The Spitter is coming up. If that bastard gets a hit I might cry.

karen said...

Tears avoided.

For now.

Steve Sax said...

Bazooka gets us out of the mess.

1-1 through five. I'm not watching this game; is rain beckoning? We need to take a lead quickly.

karen said...

@Sax. Yes. Rain is coming.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit! Freeman was up 3-0 on the count and grounds to second. Come on, man.

Steve Sax said...

sounds like lightning is coming. they're gonna have to call this game.

Steve Sax said...

Max works a two-out walk.

Twins call for a pitching change, also to stall for time given the rain.

Steve Sax said...

Turner Ks on three pitches. Great.

QuadSevens said...

If the game is stopped today and it’s still tied, do they finish it tomorrow?

spank said...

I would think they'd finish the game tomorrow

karen said...

I think so too. They'll pick up in whatever inning they were in when the game was called.

Steve Sax said...

David Price relieves Graterol with two out and a man on first. He has Max Kepler 1-2 and loses him to a walk. Thanks, David.

spank said...

Shit

Steve Sax said...

Jeffers flies to second for the third out.

1-1 through 6 frames.

Steve Sax said...

one pitch line-out for Will Smith (0-for-3 today).

We have two hits all game.

Steve Sax said...

Cody Ks on three pitches again.

Steve Sax said...

Cody: 0-for-2 with 2 Ks. And a walk.

Steve Sax said...

CT3 triples! Holy cow.

Steve Sax said...

CT3 now batting .556

spank said...

Taylor was hustling hard on that triple

spank said...

Dammit

Steve Sax said...

And, Lux strands him.

Dodgers now 0-for-6 with RISP

Steve Sax said...

Can't blame Lux though as he and CT3 are the only people hitting in the lineup

Steve Sax said...

Daniel Hudson with a 1-2-3 sixth, including a K on Buxton. Nice!

Steve Sax said...

Colorado winning; SF up on SD 6-0 in B1

Steve Sax said...

Mookie works a 0-2 count into a leadoff walk. Promising.

karen said...

Redemption for TT!!! Mookie scores on Turner's hit. 2-1 T8, no outs.

Steve Sax said...

Trea Turner atones! Single to left scores Betts from second.

Freeman on second, speedy Trea on first. None out, Dodgers up 2-1

Steve Sax said...

@karen, is it windy where you are? today was nuts.

karen said...

Bases juiced for JT. Still no outs.

spank said...

No outs

karen said...

@Sax...It did get windy this afternoon but it didn't last for long.

karen said...

JT brings in Fab Freddie. 3-1 and still nobody out for the Fresh Prince.

karen said...

Another horrible call against Will.

karen said...

Wow Jeffers got his bell rung.

karen said...

The Fresh Prince doubles in two. 5-1 Good Guys.

spank said...

Fuck yeah

karen said...

Third K tonight for Belli.

spank said...

Bellinger strikes out again

spank said...

Gotta bench him soon

spank said...

6-1 Dodgers

karen said...

Babe Lux brings in another run. 7-1 LA.

karen said...

Arraez is having quite an inning over at third.

spank said...

I thought they were getting rid of the shift this year?

spank said...

That's a wrap

karen said...

Umps calling for the rain delay. 7-1 B8.

Steve Sax said...

So what happens if they call the game? Do we lose those six runs because they didn't get fair ups?

Steve Sax said...

David Vassegh just said play is supposed to resume at the bottom of the hour.

karen said...

Game back on.

karen said...

Target Field is almost completely empty.

Steve Sax said...

Oh, this is not re-starting well.

Walk, single, and then force at second. Twins at the corners, one out.

karen said...

Our infield look like a bunch of terrorists.

Steve Sax said...

Sanchez Ks on a high fastball. Still Twins at the corners with two out

Steve Sax said...

96mph on that strikeout fastball. Nice job, Garrett

karen said...

Doc coming out with a hook. Phillips coming in.

Steve Sax said...

Max Kepler base hit scored Nick Gordon, so it's 7-2 LA.

karen said...

Hey Sax...Did you hear Joe and EK talking about the Padre, Giants game with the Hated Ones leading 12-2 and one of them came up and bunted for a hit? I missed most of it but it sounded like there were some pissed off Padres after that.

Steve Sax said...

End of the eighth. LA up 7-2

Steve Sax said...

Joc Pederson just got his first HR of the season, off of Wil Myers of the Padres (who was pitching in a blowout 13-2 game)

Steve Sax said...

Muncy works the walk.

The rain delay let me hear David Vassegh opine on Muncy, who apparently hasn't hit a HR all year yet (incl. preseason). Cause for concern?

Steve Sax said...

Wild pitch allows Max to take second. JT up there with a 2-2 count.

Steve Sax said...

JT walks. Dodgers at first and second.

Steve Sax said...

ok two out!

Steve Sax said...

Byron Buxton is up with two out in the bottom of the ninth.

Steve Sax said...

@karen: I didn't hear that. I'm listening to the radio but not watching it (it's a long story). That's so Giants.

Steve Sax said...

WIN

karen said...

WIN!!

Steve Sax said...

See you bright and early tomorrow! 10a start.

Steve Sax said...

GAME 2

Mookie Betts RF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Trea Turner SS
Max Muncy DH
Justin Turner 3B
Chris Taylor LF
Cody Bellinger CF
Gavin Lux 2B
Austin Barnes C

Steve Sax said...

Will Smith (batting .111) sits. But Dodgers have not won this year with Barnes in the lineup.

Steve Sax said...

Innings pitched from starters

Buehler 5.0
Heaney 4.1
Gonsolin 3.0
Urias 2.0

Never would have guessed Heaney would be #2 on the list (through four games).

Steve Sax said...

Sorry--Will Smith is batting .182 after going 1-for-5 last night.

karen said...

HAPPY FIRST KERSHAW DAY OF 2022!!!

Steve Sax said...

@karen! GM!

karen said...

@Sax...Back at you!

karen said...

38 degrees for first pitch. Yikes.

Steve Sax said...

Leadoff double for Mookie! That's a good sign

karen said...

@Sax...Since you were listening to the radio broadcast yesterday....Joe and EK were talking about Mookie and how much he hates the cold. EK said that the day of the news conference introducing him he had a hoodie on under his jersey and it was in the 70's.

karen said...

What a catch by Gordon

Steve Sax said...

Two on, one out here in the first

Steve Sax said...

Muncy HBP to load the bases

Steve Sax said...

@karen 10.13a: yeah I can't imagine this game. 38 degrees, wind at 18mph out to center. yikes.

karen said...

Ouch. Muncy plunked in this cold weather.

Bases juiced for JT....

Steve Sax said...

why is JT swinging on a pitch head-high

Steve Sax said...

JT comes through with a two-run single to right! Great

karen said...

Solid hit for CT3...haha but we'll take it

spank said...

Its gonna be a long season for the Twins

spank said...

Why does Bellinger have to bat

Steve Sax said...

CT reaches on a fielding error by Paddack. Bases loaded again, this time for Cody.

spank said...

Horrible. Bench the fucker already

Steve Sax said...

Cody works a 3-0 count back into a strikeout. Nicely done, Belli.

Steve Sax said...

AND, Paddack pitched him inside (instead of away), three straight pitches, and Cody Kd. He can't hit down and away, and now he can't hit inside.

Steve Sax said...

Lux grounds to second to end the inning.

Two runs, three hits. Should have been more than two runs.

Steve Sax said...

Clayton starts out 2022 with a strikeout!

Steve Sax said...

2-0 LA through 1

Steve Sax said...

Mookie with a one-out single in the second.

Steve Sax said...

Freeman doubles! Mookie moves to third.

Steve Sax said...

Trea Turner sac fly makes it 3-0.

Steve Sax said...

Muncy flies out. Again, we leave ducks on the pond.

5 LOB through two innings.

But we're up 3-0

karen said...

4 K's for Clayton through 2.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw has two Ks through 2 innings!

3-0 LA through 2.

spank said...

Nice Kershaw

Steve Sax said...

Cody double whaaaaaaaat?

Two out, though

Steve Sax said...

Lux Ks on three pitches. Oh well.

6 LOB in 3 innings.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers 2-for-8 with RISP

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw Ks Gordon for the third out.

Kershaw has 32 pitches through 3; Paddack has 64 pitches through 3.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw with five Ks through 3.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw with two more Ks in the fourth. 7 Ks through four.

3-0 LA through four frames.

spank said...

Two on no outs for JT.

Steve Sax said...

Two leadoff walks for the Dodgers, then JT advances them on a sac fly. Trea on third; Max on second. CT3 up with one out. Top 5

Steve Sax said...

Yikes. Trea out at home on an FC. And then Cody grounds out on the first damn pitch.

SOMEBODY STOP CODY

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers team LOB now 7 through five frames (2-for-11 with RISP). My god, string some fucking hits together guys

karen said...

Spectrum keeps freezing up. If it doesn't quit I'm going to have to pull an Elvis and shoot my tv.

Steve Sax said...

Clayton opens up the fifth with a K on Polanco. That's 8 Ks on the day.

Steve Sax said...

Buehler and Heaney each have 5 Ks, so Clayton moves well into the lead.

Steve Sax said...

Clayton at 9Ks through 5. The fifth took him only eight pitches.

karen said...

1 more K for Clayton and it's Jumbo Jack heaven for us.

spank said...

As man. I want a free jumbo jack.

karen said...

TWELVE K's through 6. Whoa Nelly!!

spank said...

Dayum

spank said...

Roberts needs to relax and let Kershaw pitch. Fuck that

karen said...

Doc is going to earn his check on this one.

Steve Sax said...

Clayton with 13 Ks now, with that K of Buxton to start B7.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw gets Luis Arraez to pop out to third.

karen said...

Goosebumps

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw has something very special here, through 7.

spank said...

Dayum. Almost had a heart attack

karen said...

@Sax...Nothing yet. The talk is about should he leave Clayton in to continue to pitch. The plan was for 70 pitches and 5 innings.

Steve Sax said...

@karen: oh, got it. thanks

spank said...

Gotta leave Kershaw in.

Steve Sax said...

Taylor is 0-for-4 now, and plummeting back to a .333 average

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger HRs WHAAAAAAAAAAT

spank said...

Bellinger?

karen said...

Belli and Lux go back to back. 5-0 LA T8.

Steve Sax said...

Lux HR! Back to back

spank said...

Back to back baby!

karen said...

And now Barnes!!

Steve Sax said...

Lux and Bellinger now tied with Barnes for the 2022 Dodgers HR lead

spank said...

Fuck yeah. Wtf?

Steve Sax said...

And BARNES comes back to re-take the lead!

Steve Sax said...

Barnes hits the third consecutive HR here. Wow

Jason said...

What is happening?

Steve Sax said...

Daniels Jewelers is giving away $50 gift cards like water

Steve Sax said...

In other news, Trevor Bauer's leave extended to April 22.

Steve Sax said...

Betts flies to second for out #2 of T8

Steve Sax said...

With that HR (and double earlier), Bellinger gets above Mendoza. Muncy is now the only Dodgers starter below .200 (he's at .063), besides Will Smith (.182, but not playing today).

karen said...

Shades of Chicken Strips first start.

Steve Sax said...

Turner grounds out to end the inning.

On to the bottom of the eighth, 6-0 LA.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw is getting pulled! What the hell.

spank said...

That sucks.fucking Roberts

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw only at 80 pitches.

QuadSevens said...

Wow! Tuned in late. Sucks to have Kersh pulled on this one.

Steve Sax said...

Alex Vesia gets a ground out, and then Gary Sanchez singles.

HORRIBLE CALL TO PULL KERSHAW

Steve Sax said...

Way to go, Alex Vesia.

spank said...

I'm pissed off. Fuck

Steve Sax said...

Two on, one out.

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