It was an ugly game, with 5 total errors by the teams, the Cubs were ahead 2-0, but the Dodgers battled back and tied the game. The Cubs starting pitching was stellar – their relief pitching was good. The Dodger’s starting pitching was good, but the relief pitching was stellar… until a former Giant took the mound and allowed a runner to get to third base. The Dodger’s $84 million man came in and followed the lead of the former Giant, Sergio Romo. Romo got the loss, but there should be a stat for giving up the game winning hit! Maybe the Giants are still paying Romo…
It’s disappointing to lose a game like that. Kenley Jansen will break your heart in several high leverage situations this year. He was nails in the playoffs, but blew 6 games last year. Almost all of them were critical games. Kenley Jansen is very good, but it’s because of games like this that I did not believe the Dodgers would re-sign him. Let’s hope this is an aberration and he makes me eat these words.
Of even greater concern are the hamstring injury to Gutierrez and quad stain to Turner. Cold, rainy games tend to precipitate (pun intended) these types of injuries. Move on… next man up!
- I thought it was really dumb that Joc Pederson had a big lead and assumed the runner’s stance against Lester, but never forced the issue. Why not?
- When Forsythe was on third and failed to tag up, I was shocked. You have to press the issue in a game like that. This is not for the faint of heart!
- Forsythe and Grandal each had 2 hits and the rest of the team had two hits!
- I think Alex Wood can be stretched out, but I think he is perfect along with Spripling in the bullpen role. They each are very effective for more than one inning. He pitched well last night – he’s just not stretched out enough.
- Allegedly Rich Hill’s finger had not yet formed a blister – it was just heating up. Maybe he will only miss two starts.
Minor League Report
- OKC BOX– Won 5-2 – Bellinger was 3-4 (Again- notice a trend?) Urias pitched 3.2 meeeehhhhh innings and Morrow got a 2 inning save.
- TULSA BOX – Lost 6-3 Farmer was 2-4 and is hitting .467
- RC BOX– Won 3-1 – Buehler makes his season debut with 3 innings of 1 hit ball, 0 walks, 4 K’s. Spitzbarth with a 2 inning save , no hits, 3 K’s, 2 BB
- GL BOX– Won 6-2 Davis homered and Rincon homered twice. Alexy with 3 no hit innings and 4 K’s