Sep 18, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) takes out Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) in the seventh inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oh my goodness well lets at least analyze that game, huh?
Zack Greinke was again, Cy Young worthy, only allowing 2 runs over 7 inning pitched to keep his ERA at 1.65 as, presumably the favorite for the National League Cy. He finishes up his historic season on Saturday, we’ll see what happens but his contribution to this game was fascinating, out of all the starts he’s made this season, this wasn’t in the upper echelon of starts this season but it was an important one to not implode in. I guess what i’m trying to say is that i’ll take his start in this deathtrap of a stadium if it means the Dodgers being in the game at the very end.
Otherwise Jake Peavy totally mystified Dodger hitters for the duration of the game. No hitter could get anything going with the lone run coming off of Corey Seager who singledÂ in Carl Crawford to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 3rd inning.
The teams exchanged 0’s until a very nerve wracking 9th inning where the inning started out with a Corey Seager single up the middle (he is one of the Dodgers best hitters) and another single by Adrian Gonzalez, maybe the Dodgers most consistent hitter. After a Justin Turner bunt (which I can’t get too upset about cause it worked), Andre Ethier grounded out to score Corey Seager.
This game just murdered me inside, Juan Nicasio -not Kenley Jansen– was brought out to start the 9th inning, which, okay, fine, whatever. He’s been alright this season but after a double to Buster Posey and an IBB to Brandon Crawford, Juan Nicasio got consecutive ground balls to end the threat
So to the top of the 10th we go!
It’s just impossible to have a game go your way at AT&T, or at least go without severely inconveniencing Dodger fans
I feel like pitcher getting through one inning but being left out to start a 2nd inning, imploding, and not being taken out/taken out way too late is the biggest problem with bullpen management this season, this was the situation set up for us, as Juan Nicasio was sent out for the 10th inning for whatever flipping reason. This has happened several times this season and I hope it gets rectified.
Nicasio walked the leadoff batter and had to walk another highÂ wire act just to extend the game.
Really this game comes down to how to totally mismanage a situation by not inserting the bestÂ reliever in the highest leverage situations, and that’s what Don Mattingly refused to do by not pitching Kenley Jansen a single inning, Yimi Garcia gave up the game winning sac fly in the 12th inning and the Dodgers lost their 4th in the row.
They face Madison Bumgarner (jesus…) tomorrow and ancy-ness is rabid right now