Andre Ethier makes a diving catch to rob New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto of a hit in the second inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
In a winner-take-all Game 5, Daniel Murphy and the Mets struck a dagger through the heart of the Dodgers’ pitching staff. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
A sold-out Dodger Stadium was denied its chance to celebrate, writes David Montero.
The Dodgers were doomed by some familiar mistakes, writes Vincent Bonsignore. One was a stolen base on which nobody covered third. Murphy was great, but some of the Dodgers’ wounds were self-inflicted, writes Mark Whicker.
Andre Ethier and Don Mattingly both said after the game that their nationally televised screaming match was merely a continuation of Ethier’s argument with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom (but, as Ethier told me after the game, “if that’s what you want to hang the game on, that’s what you can hang the game on.”). As Tom Hoffarth writes, the explanation didn’t need to wait that long.
I’m told the Dodgers will not be making any announcements tomorrow, so try to sleep this one off and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. I’ll have some follow-up stories from tonight.
If you’re made it this far, a personal thank-you for sticking with me all season. A common question I get is “what do you do during the off-season?” The answer: I write about the Dodgers.
So keep coming back. There’s always news with this team.
Yasmani Grandal has caught all but six of Zack Greinke’s 33 starts this season, including Game 2 of the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday
that both A.J. Ellis
and Yasmani Grandal
, who has a sore left shoulder, would prepare to catch Game 5 today.
Grandal is in the starting lineup. Did Ellis do anything extra today compared to a typical day he isn’t starting?
“I came in yesterday knowing what was going on with Yas and how he was feeling and made sure I went over to Zack and watched his game, Game 2 against these guys and how he matched up against the Mets throughout the season,” Ellis said.
“But talking to Yas last night and talking to Yas today, he looks great. He feels great, and I’m excited to watch him go out there and compete with Zack (Greinke). They have a great chemistry together. It’s no secret how well they’ve worked, and it’s all about Zack being comfortable. I think Yas has got some big swings in him tonight too.”
Grandal has caught all but six of Greinke’s starts this season. He has one hit and four striekouts in eight at-bats this series. Ellis has been swinging the hotter bat. He has one hit in each of his two starts this series, extending his postseason hitting streak to 12 games.
We enjoy ribbing Dodgers manager Don Mattingly here for concealing even the most commonplace details of his game-to-game bullpen strategy. (Is Bronson Arroyo available tonight? Who knows?) This time, we get it.
Mattingly wouldn’t say whether or not Clayton Kershaw would be available out of the bullpen for Game 5 of the National League Division Series, two days after Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to a season-extending victory in Game 4.
“He’s here,” Mattingly said of Kershaw. “I’m not sure what we’ll do with him.”
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is 1-for-8 in the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)
Yasmani Grandal’s sore left shoulder will not keep him out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Grandal was even money to catch starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
The Dodgers are keeping their lineup intact from Game 1 of the series, the last time they faced Jacob deGrom, with one exception: Kiké Hernandez, not Carl Crawford, is starting in left field.
Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup for the 5 p.m. game:
Justin Turner was removed late in games 3 and 4 in New York for a defensive replacement. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects that third baseman Justin Turner, who has a bone bruise on his left knee, will be able to start Game 5.
Turner was removed for a late-inning defensive replacement in Games 3 and 4 despite more than capable play at the plate and in the field.
“We felt comfortable with the lead” when Turner was removed in the eighth inning of Game 4, Mattingly said. “J.T.’s probably not getting another at-bat, and that’s kind of the decision process there.”
Turner is 7-for-15 with four doubles in the series. Each time he’s come out of a game, Jimmy Rollins played shortstop and Corey Seager moved from shortstop to third base.
“J.T. never comes to me and says ‘I have to come out,’ it’s always a conversation of medical checking on him throughout the game,” Mattingly said. “We’re really confident with Jimmy and Seager, and Seager being able to go from short to third. So defensively, we don’t feel like we’re hurt. We’re really comfortable being able to do that.”