Ahh, that finish. Ahh, that finish.

Dodgers 9, Dbacks 5: Much-needed offense showed up

It’s always great when Matt Kemp hits a home run, and he did so in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 9-5 win on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

The game was never really in doubt, as the dodgers used a 6-run fourth inning to blow the game open. Five Dodgers had two or more hits, including Kemp’s 2-for-4 and Justin Turner‘s 2-for-4 and 2 RBIs. The offense needed to show up because Roberto Hernandez took the hill and was shaky. He still turned in a quality start (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but that’s pretty much how all his starts are going to be. I think Daniel put it best:

The bullpen allowed two runs (one charged to Brandon League, one to Pedro Baez), but the Dbacks never really had a good look at the game — or, you know, the usual.

Unfortunately, the Rockies were thoroughly dominated by Madison Bumgarner (1-hitter, 13 strikeouts), so the Dodgers (75-58) couldn’t add to their 5-game NL West lead. Clayton Kershaw (15-3, 1.82 ERA) takes on Wade Miley (7-9, 4.29) on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Pacific time.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


320 comments
Taylordise
Taylordise

I know there's no way Latos gets to us on waivers but hypothetically, what would it take to acquire him? 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Google Chrome is ruining my life right now. 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Tymathee  Of course there was like 3 channels 75 years ago, and no Internet.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Mike Petriello  I think they write for headlines, clicks and controversy, and less for the best possible analysis.  Which is why we're all here.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

So glad I'm not in a place where that can happen

Tymathee
Tymathee

@Mike Petriello made me laugh a little. "The Giants broadcast was so impressed that they decided to stare at the Bay Bridge for nearly 10 full seconds. And why not? It’s gorgeous:" or maybe it was more like they couldnt' watch the rest of the game.

Hoze
Hoze

@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) the best reliever is still available. Its a just matter of Amaro being willing to be realistic about Papelbon's value and the Dodgers understanding that having him as closer (which by WAR and other metric that evaluate leverage show that he is doing than Jansen anyway) doesnt exclude Jansen from playing an important role in the 8th. High leverage innings are just likely before the 9th. 


Papelbon
Jansen
Howell

...


please. 

Tymathee
Tymathee

@Mike Petriello read the headline, you freak out, read the article he says "Of course, the chances that the Dodgers will bring up Urias are roughly equivalent to the odds that the franchise will move back to Brooklyn."


I dont know how much the kid could help honestly but then again, he may just be mature enough to pitch some innings in relief but of course that'd be stupid. If we were desperate, i'd say use him.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Mike Petriello  This is a neat quote though:

"When I went to watch him pitch in the Midwest League, my hands started sweating," Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson said. "We had Clayton Kershaw in the Midwest League during my first year with the Dodgers, and my hands didn't sweat with him. I've never seen a kid this talented, this young. It's crazy.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

That's not going to help, is it

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Welcome to every website ever (except DD, of course).

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

We're just lulling you into a false sense of security.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim Brim, I expect 1200 words on why Chris Perez is the best pitcher in baseball by 4pm.

- Casey -
- Casey -

@Hoze @WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) The closer role is stupid and overblown. Having said that, replacing Jansen as the closer is a really bad PR & clubhouse move. You'd have a lot of damage control. 

State the terms with Papelbon....you come here and pitch the 8th or 9th...and I'm all for it.  

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Urias is still younger than Kershaw when he was drafted.

Hoze
Hoze

@- Casey - @Hoze @WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) It is.. and it is bad for PR for a team to acquire a player that is known to be stubborn about his role. I understand why he's like this. He has a clause that pays him $13 million in 2016 if he finishes 100 games in the 2 previous years so its in his best interest to want to remain as closer. 


So far he has 43 games finished this year. What I could see happen is the team work out an agreement with so that he is guaranteed to finish the year with 50 games finished and then have him pitch interchangeably with Jansen for the 9th the rest of the way. 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Mike Petriello @BlueMarvin  Yeah, I understand that position.  But I guess I feel that it's just kind of inappropriate or dangerous for people to cede too much information about themselves to private industry like that.  Google, Facebook and Twitter are in very unique positions because they're three companies that typically have code on almost every website out there.  But this is one of those things people are either concerned about or not, it seems.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@capnsparrow  @Mike Petriello @DBrim  It could be done.  Something like: Baseball is more entertaining and dramatic when the game is on the line, and nobody will get the blood pumping faster than Chris Perez when he trots in while the Dodgers have a 1 or 2 run lead.  He's just the best at it.

Tymathee
Tymathee

@BlueMarvin @Mike Petriello you can restrict the information they have, you just don't add it to your profile! But honestly, they provide services, and if you don't like them, don't use them. I have certain features i use on google that may possibly be dangerous privacy wise but are so freaking convenient for me but this is why i use Authy and Authentication codes so if anyone tries to sign in thats not on my phone, work or home computer, i will know it. 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Tymathee @BlueMarvin @Mike Petriello  Well, personally, I don't use Google for anything but search.  But yeah, the battle between privacy (especially when you have nothing to hide) and convenience isn't an easy one.

Tymathee
Tymathee

@BlueMarvin @Tymathee @Mike Petriello I used to be the same but over time, i've started to use my google account more so now its more weaved than my facebook. I dont use G+ cuz well, no ones on it despite it probably being better than facebook but I love that i can be on my Chrome on my phone, save a link and view it later on my computer, or go to work and view it. It feels like one browser. All my passwords are sync'd, bookmarks, etc. so i dont lose anything.


I used to use Firefox religiously but Chrome is so good, i switched to it. Heck, i use google voice, its just sweet. someone calls, leaves message, you get email with a transcript and if you have the browser plug in, you get a notification and you can read it from there without having to open anything. 


I do feel nervous about privacy and stuff but honestly...I'm trusting google doesn't screw  me. They seem more reputable than facebook, which just does stuff and then says "hey, we did this thing to screw with your emotions, cool huh?" and "oh, we don't want you to see this thing your friend posted so we'll hide it unless you reeeelly want to see it"