Last night was such a fun night, but it was back to reality for the Los Angeles Mediocrities, I mean Dodgers. After scoring 13 runs on 11 hits the night before, the Dodgers score one run on six hits and once again roll over to the Giants like a folding beach chair. This time Jeff Samardzija was fantastic shutting the Dodgers down for eight innings and striking out 11.
The Giants stranded 13 runners on base but were able to break through in the top of the eleventh inning. This time the Dodger’s bullpen blew it in extra innings allowing 4 runs (Thanks Grant Dayton) in the top of the eleventh as the Dodgers lost 4-1 and also lose the series.
Giants 4 11 1
Dodgers 1 6 0
Oh sure the Dodgers mounted a little mini rally in the bottom of the eleventh but they failed. The Dodgers have won two series this season. It’s quite pathetic honestly.
The story of the game was the dominating performance from Jeff Samardzija. I don’t know if he made an adjustment or just ate some wheaties, but he was fantastic. The shark tossed eight innings allowing just one unearned run and three hits with 11 strikeouts. He walked none and made 101 pitches. Unfortunately for him he was not involved in the decision. That’s because the San Francisco offense was totally flaccid again (until the eleventh) and somehow the Dodger pitching staff wiggled out of jam after jam.
Starter Julio Urias tossed 5 innings and allowed no runs on 4 hits, but walked 4 and struck out only one. He was missing his spots most of the game, and his command was shaky. Dodger pitchers walked 8 Giant hitters on the night.
The Dodgers had just one hit until the sixth inning when they scored only because Joe Panik muffed an easy pop fly from the bat of Yasiel Puig. The ball popped out of his glove in shallow right field allowing Puig to advance to third on the three-base error. After Chase Utley’s obligatory strike out, Chris Taylor, the pitch-hitting expert singles to right to score Puig and put the Dodgers up 1-0.
But the Giants kept putting runners on base in every inning. The Giants put a runner on in the first, and second. They put two on in the third, and fifth, and had first and third in the sixth inning and couldn’t score. In the top of the eighth they broke through and tied the game. Hunter Pence singled into right field on a ball that a healthy Adrian Gonzalez fields easily. Then Ross Stripling uncorks a two-base wild pitch that puts Pence at third. For some reason the Dodger infield was playing back and Buster Posey’s grounder scores Pence and ties the game at 1-1. I don’t understand why the Dodgers conceded that run in that frame. Especially considering that there was little chance the Dodgers were scoring.
The Giants loaded the bases in the top of tenth, but the Dodgers narrowly escaped by getting Arroyo to strike out and Nunez to fly to right. Josh Fields did a good job of not giving up. Then Grant Dayton was called in to pitch the top of the eleventh and this time the Giants finally scored. Panik singled, and was sacrificed to second. Nick Hundley walked, and Gorkys Hernandez doubles in Panik to put the Giants ahead 2-1. Then Brandon Belt singles to right, and Pence’s sacrifice fly scores the fourth run. 4-1 Giants.
The Dodgers almost got back into it in the bottom of the eleventh against Giant’s closer Mark Melancon, but it fell short. Franklin Gutierrez and Andrew Toles singled, which brought the tying run to the plate in Corey Seager. But of course Seager grounds out to third and that was the game. The Dodgers lose another series and remain unimpressive in 2017.
What a terrible way to lose on a night Vin Scully is honored by having his microphone retired. While Vin was honored before the game, he deserved a better tribute on the field by the Dodgers actually winning the game.
Turner was hit by a pitch on the calf in the tenth inning and was seen limping to first base. That may be something to keep an eye on going forward.
The Dodgers should be getting reinforcements as Joc Pederson and Logan Forsythe are ready to be activated from the disabled list soon. The Dodgers are off on Thursday and then will travel to San Diego to begin a three-game series against the Padres. The Dodgers better not send Cody Bellinger down.
Speaking of Bellinger….
Cody Bellinger watch: nothing doing for the kid tonight- 0 for 4 with a strikeout. Batting average: .303, OPS: .937.
Oh by the way during days where you are sick of watching the Dodgers lose, you can check out Out of the Park Baseball which is one of the best computer simulated baseball games I have ever played. Check out some information below on their latest release.
Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com,
Now Available Worldwide
Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more
Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 is now available worldwide. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay.
Out of the Park Baseball 18 sells for $39.99 and is available on Steam and through the company’s website at these links:
For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform — more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.
Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:
- 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
- Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
- Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
- Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
- Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
- A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.
- Many more improvements, including:
- A beautiful new interface
- Improved game recaps
- An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
- Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
- A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
- The ability to retain player salaries in trades
- The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes
- Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons
OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.
“Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Out of the Park Baseball 18 since it was announced in January,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to deliver a game that will allow us to dramatically expand our online community and delight a new generation of fans.”
“Out of the Park Baseball has been setting the bar high for sports management games over the past 18 years, and this year’s edition is no different,” said Out of the Park Developments CMO Richard Grisham. “Every time I think they can’t top last year’s version, they do it again. I tip my cap to the hardest-working development team in video games.”
About Out of the Park Developments
Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and MLB Manager series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, and Beyond the Sideline Football. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “PC Game of the Year” for the 2016 version of OOTP and “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP, which remains the second highest-rated PC game on Metacritic of all time. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com