NLDS Game 3, Braves 6, Dodgers 13: Blue Baker’s Dozen

Yikes. What a game. First I was like AW DAMN! Then I was like HOORAY YAY! But then I was like RYU WTF.  Then I was like WOOOOO URIBEAR! Roller coaster ride was a roller coaster. What I originally thought was going to be a ‘good pitching match up’ turned out to be a case of rookies bursting into flames in front of millions.

The bad news: Ryu wasn’t all that great, giving up four earned runs over 3 frustrating innings while only striking out one.  The good news: Julio Teheran was even worse giving up six earned runs over a short 2.2 innings.  And the hit parade didn’t stop.  The Dodgers didn’t bother stopping at the six Teheran gave up, but instead opted to manhandle the Atlanta bullpen to the tune of seven additional runs, netting us a nice baker’s dozen.  Not bad guys. That home cookin can’t be beat huh?

Unfortunately, Paco’s struggles continue as he was tossed out on the mound in the 9th with a seven run lead in a ‘confidence building’ appearance.  Yeah, that didn’t work out so well.  Facing his favorite batter, Jason Heyward, Paco served up a 2 run home run to run the Braves score to 6.  Bummer.  This is why you don’t walk Reed Johnson to face Heyward Don.  Toothpaste and orange juice.  Have we seen the last of Paco for 2013?

The heroes tonight were many.  Uribear with his magnificent home run.  Hanley, who seems to find the postseason as an agreeable environment, tonight a home run shy of the cycle.  Puig who went 3-5 with two rbis, scoring 3 times.  Carl checked in with a HUGE 3 run homer that had me screaming like a maniac. And then there was Cappy, who ended up proving Ned right.  On Blogger Night, when asked which was more important, a long man out of the pen or another bat, he said the long man is really undervalued and critically important in the postseason.  Certainly Cappy has lent some credibility to this notion, soaking up 3 innings after Ryu struggled early in the game.  It wasn’t all roses, (Cappy allowed a lead off walk in every inning he pitched), but he got the job done pitching 3 scoreless innings.

Don’t look now, but the Dodgers have a 2-1 lead in the NLDS and are one victory away from advancing to the NLCS.  Its looking likely that Nolasco will take the mound tomorrow and go for the series win.  This will save Kershaw for a potential game 5 in Atlanta on normal rest.  But let’s not let it get to game 5 Ricky.  Time to be lights out like you were before.  Wooooooo!  Its a good day!

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The Monocle
The Monocle

What an awesome game last night, although a little long. Did they mention anything on TV about the fans mocking the tomahawk chop?

Real Tom
Real Tom

I plan on watching game 5 in an Ocean Beach bar in San Diego, surrounded by Padres fans watching a football game. Man I wish I had cable.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Not sure i fully believe Honeycutt on Nolasco. But it's probably Ricky.

Real Tom
Real Tom

I won't have a ton of people that agree with me, but I didn't think Ryu looked awful. The strike zone was really wonky, and for a guy that paints the corners, he never could figure out where to throw it. The ball wasn't hit all that hard most of the time. The botched double play and dribbler to the pitcher both should have been outs, and that accounted for two runs. He certainly wasn't on his game, but I really thought the strike zone threw the pitchers off last night. If we get to the NLCS, I still feel good about Ryu.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

"But let’s not let it get to game 5 Ricky." - Amen, and all that good stuff.  I really want this series to end in Los Angeles.

FreeDK
FreeDK

The Carcraw Homer came right after i said "lol he's got no pop wtf"

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

A win tonight would be so much better than going to a Game 5, but I am still glad that we are going to go with Nolasco rather than throwing Clayton on short rest.

Let's finish it tonight and get everyone some rest before the NLCS! Lord knows we have some guys who could use it.

ericmacknight
ericmacknight

Hahahaha! 

I truly, truly never thought I would live to see Mike type the words, "proving Ned right".

Miracles never cease.

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

Hey LA_Woman you posted something about how we let Russell Martin go. To be honest. If you look at his stats since he left we aren't missing much, only HRs but he played at a hitters division. Plus AJ is awesome and works really well with the pitchers

Dang88
Dang88

@Mike Petriello yeah Donnie called it a debate last night that they would have to decide 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

It needs to be.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Mike Petriello Is there any good reason to NOT go with Nolasco up 2-1?  If we toss Kershaw and win, might that impact the NLCS?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

So dumb that MLB only had doubleheaders over the weekend and quadruple headers on Monday and Friday.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He wasn't hit very hard, but he also didn't have a ton of control either.

Real Tom
Real Tom

the same does NOT go for Paco. Poor Paco.

FreeDK
FreeDK

@BlueMarvin Hope the hometown kid with a few extra days of rest can get it done.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

It's 6:45 AM in LA. Guessing they're still sleeping.

Real Tom
Real Tom

@DBrim I think we figured out that Manny's power wasn't beyond comprehension. I comprehend pretty well what was going on there.

Hoze
Hoze

Thank you Miami.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59  Ugh. I hate this picture. After the game when asked how he was feeling, he said he was so full of meds that he didn't really know and to ask him tomorrow.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Chavez Ravine Fiend  Oh, I know. I <3 A.J. But I was just wondering how Martin came to leave the team. That's all. I asked because couldn't remember what the circumstances were. And he is having a phenomenal series.

Real Tom
Real Tom

@LordBlahppington @Real Tom  San Diegans watch Monday night football, too. And they all, for some reason, think they have a bitter rivalry with the Dodgers.

FreeDK
FreeDK

@DBrim Did they forget his shutout starts after coming here? Give him a chance

Real Tom
Real Tom

@DBrim I agree, but again, the strike zone seemed really unpredictable in that first inning, right? That throws pitchers off as they try to figure out what works and what doesn't. I'm not the dude that claims the Ump is wearing a Braves shirt under his gear, but it just seemed like a shifting strike zone last night, for both pitchers.

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

Oh okay yeah we definitely could hve traded something for him if mccourt wasn't our owner at the time. Great guy but I'd prefer AJ as well

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

He had that injured hip and wanted guaranteed money. The Yankees also said bye to Russell Martin. Martin has had a wonderful 2013, regular season and post but that is now, not what it was 3 seasons or so ago.