Dodgers @ Giants October 1, 2016: Vin Scully & Clayton Kershaw, one last time

Dodgers
Giants
1:05 PM PST
San Francisco
LF
Kendrick
CF
Hernández
3B
Turner
1B
Belt
SS
Seager
C
Posey
RF
Puig
RF
Pence
1B
González
LF
Pagán
C
Grandal
SS
Crawford
CF
Pederson 3B Beckham
2B
Utley
2B
Panik
P
Kershaw (L)
P
Blach (L)

For many of us, Clayton Kershaw is likely the greatest we’ll ever see don a Dodger uniform. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have his ascension to best pitcher in baseball narrated by the finest to ever call the game. From the first time he pronounced that devastating curveball “public enemy number one,” Vin Scully has been there to make Kershaw’s most awe-inspiring moments even more special.

Today marks the final chapter in the saga that is Vin Scully calling Clayton Kershaw. While we’re not likely to see a full Kershaw outing today (though Dave Roberts says there’s “no restriction“), it’s still something to be cherished. So … cherish it. There’ll be nothing quite like this ever again.

On the mound for the Giants is Ty Blach, a 25-year-old left hander. Blach, a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, spent the season in Triple-A Sacramento before getting called up in September. In 26 minor league games this year, Blach posted a 3.43 ERA (3.79 FIP) and a 1.14 WHIP. Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs had this to say about Blach in April 2015:

…his solid average four-pitch mix won’t produce a lot of strikeouts at the big league level. He sits 89-92 and hits 94 mph with an above average changeup that’s his go-to off-speed pitch. Blach’s curveball is slightly better than his slider and both are around average, while his command is also around average.

Since his call up, Blach has made three appearances for San Francisco, two as a reliever and one as a starter. One of those relief appearances came against the Dodgers on September 21. Blach delivered three perfect innings, striking out one. His first major league start came on September 25 against the Padres. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one in three innings pitched.

Roberts isn’t trotting out his standard almost-entirely-righty lineup to face the rookie Blach. In fact, there are more lefties in this lineup than there are righties. We’ll see how that works out (but in theory, I like it).

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.