It just wasn't Kenta's day. Per Ken Gurnick and Jamal Collier at MLB.com:
"I felt fine physically. I thought I had my stuff today, but again, they executed, they really executed today," said Maeda. "It was very regrettable that it didn't turn out to be a good outing. I understand it was a big situation, I went in there as a must-win situation in terms of preparing for this. I wasn't nervous at all, it just wasn't my day today."Heck, even our ace closer had it tough. Kenley Jansen gave up four runs in the ninth inning:
"I was fighting with myself a lot today," said Jansen. "Just clearly was trying to fight and get out of the inning. It definitely was tough to get a rhythm."The Dodgers got embarrassed, 8-3, and now are on the brink of elimination.
BTW, tonight's Game 4 match-up with the Washington Nationals will be at 2:05 PM. The photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Jill Weisleder from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1965 Willie Davis became just the second player to steal three bases in a World Series game. He did it against the Twins in Game 5 of the '65 series. The other person to do it was Honus Wagner on this exact same day in 1909. In 1978 Bob Welch struck out Reggie Jackson on a full count with two outs in the ninth in Game 2 of the World Series to dramatically preserving a 4-3 Dodger victory over the Yankees. In 1981 Jerry Reuss threw a five shutout against the Astros to win the best-of-five divisional series and advance to the National League Championship Series against the Montreal Expos.
- ICYMI, Clayton Kershaw will be pitching tonight's Game 4 showdown at Dodger Stadium against the Nationals, per a tweet from the Dodgers:
Today's starting pitchers in NLDS Game 4: Clayton Kershaw and Joe Ross.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 11, 2016
- FYI, "Vin Scully to appear Thursday on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’" via Dodger Insider.
Vin Scully will give his first post-retirement interview on Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, which airs at 11:35 p.m.
- BTW, I had failed to share a pic of the playoff/October 2016 issue of Dodger Insider magazine. See it on the right. Go here to read the cover story on Clayton Kershaw.
- Cat Loves the Dodgers was at Monday's playoff game and shares a whole boatload of pics from the Dodgers losing effort against the Nationals. She had some very nice field level box seats. Check them out here.
- Greg Zakwin at Plaschke Thy Sweater is Argyle shares a handful of his own pics from yesterdays game from the reserve section.
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Farm fresh: Cody Bellinger and Brock Stewart named 2016 top prospects."
The team at MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline announced its organizational Prospects of the Year today for every Major League team. They chose Brock Stewart as the Dodgers’ Top Pitching Prospect and Cody Bellinger as the Top Hitting Prospect.
- Via Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "Yasiel Puig Got Screwed."
I’m not writing this because I have a rooting interest — I don’t. And I’m not writing this because I think it’ll cost the Dodgers the game. I’m writing this only because it was an important pitch in an important game, and this was a pretty extremely bad strike call. Not the worst of all time or anything, but bad nevertheless, and this was the whole difference between a walk and a strikeout. Puig didn’t do anything wrong. He did what he was supposed to do exactly right — he took a pitch even in a situation in which he might’ve been feeling aggressive. Puig should’ve been rewarded for his patience, but instead Gonzalez was rewarded for, I don’t know, throwing a ball with precision?
- Considering the above story on the bad strike call on Puig this next story by Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs is even more egregious; "Danny Espinosa Got Hit By a Strike."
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