NLDS Game 3, Braves 3, Dodgers 4:Night of the Uribear

I could talk about how dominant Kershaw was over 6 innings without an earned run.  I could talk about my frustration with AGonz and his terrible errors.  But no, the night belongs to the Uribear with the greatest 2 run homer ever in the history of history!  Yasiel Puig hit a lead off double in the B8 and for some inexplicable reason, Juan Uribe tried to lay down a bunt.  After two failed attempts, wisdom prevailed and the Uribear said screw it and just hit a dinger.  Kenley did what Kenley does and shut out the top of the Braves order. Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the NLCS! BLARP A BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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!

2013 NLDS Game 3: Braves @ Dodgers

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So while Mike is enjoying the good times that are Los Angeles and today’s playoff game live and in person, I’ve been asked to provide today’s game threat.  Please be gentle, its my first time.

Second verse, same as the first!  Both Don Mattingly and Fredi González cart out the exact same line up as games 1 and 2 because really, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or something.  Only changes are the starting pitchers with Ryu toeing the rubber for Los Angeles and Julio Teheran going for Atlanta.  Both pitchers have performed admirably for the respective clubs in their first season of full time work, so this should be a very good match up. 

Questions still abound regarding Ryu’s status after a bullpen session that was attended by team surgeon Neal ElAttrache.  Reports came out that Ryu was wearing a compression sleeve all week leading many to wonder if there was anything wrong with our prized rookie pitcher.  Our trusted and beloved management came out denying anything was wrong with Ryu, saying he came out of his bullpen totally fine.  Apparently the bullpen was just because Ryu would not have pitched for 6 days and they wanted to get him some work in to stay sharp.  Not to worry, because Dr. Neal just loves to watch bullpen sessions just for the fun of it. Ah well, I opt for the potentially naive view that everything is fine, our management is truthful, and we just gotta hope for the best.

Dodgers
Braves
LF
Crawford
CF
Heyward
2B
M.Ellis
RF
J.Upton
SS
Ramirez
1B
Freeman
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Gattis
RF
Puig
C
McCann
3B
Uribe
3B
C.Johnson
CF
Schumaker
SS
Simmons
C
A.Ellis
2B
E.Johnson
P
Ryu
P
Teheran

Worries of Ryu aside, I don’t know about you but I can’t yet let go of the bad taste that game 2 left in my mouth with the way Donnie handled that 7th inning.  It feels like I have just brushed my teeth and am now drinking a tall glass of orange juice.  Hopefully, the offense will show up tonight like it did in game 1 so any managerial gaffes by our fearless leader will have minimal impact.

Anyhoo, its nearly time for Dodger PLAYOFF baseball.  Grab a beer, sit back and get ready to go nuts when we win this thing! Positive thoughts kids. Positive thoughts.  BLARP A BLOO! Let’s get Ryu that ‘W’.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez