Friday, April 13, 2007

Game 10 Thread: April 13 vs. Padres, 7.40p

Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (1-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. David Wells, LHP (0-0, 2.70 ERA)

Dodgers: 6-3 (T-2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W2)
Padres: 6-3 (T-2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W1)

From dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:

Dodgers: After a dreadful Opening Day, Lowe got back on track against the Giants, allowing one run over seven innings. He got 14 groundouts and scattered only four hits. He gets an extra day of rest with the day off Thursday.

Padres: Aside from allowing a two-run single to Jamey Carroll in his last start on Saturday, the 43-year-old left-hander was plenty sharp in his 2007 debut against Colorado. Wells allowed just the two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one in a game that saw him throw 91 pitches.

COMMENTS

  • Three series in the books and the Dodgers have won two of them. The offense has been far less than convincing (Wednesday's game against the Rockies saw only one inning of run-scoring goodness), but so long as our pitching can keep the opponents to three runs or less, we should be fine. San Diego is coming off a series win over lowly San Francisco which saw their only loss in an one-run contest. This is our first series against a legitimate NL West rival and it is an important one.
  • Nine games in, many of the Dodger bats still lie dormant, most notably the 7/8 holes of Andre Ethier (.118 BA) and Wilson Betemit (a woeful .053 BA). If Wilson Valdez precedes Ethier with another 0-for-3 night (as he had Wednesday), and Juan Pierre keeps generating outs from the leadoff spot (.211 BA), it is conceivable that we would only have a reasonable offensive threat in three of our nine innings. Somebody's gotta produce down there, as we can't survive with a five-person black hole part of the lineup. (No pressure, Lowe.)

UPDATE

Rafael Furcal is back! The lineup, via Inside the Dodgers:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Garciaparra, 1B
Kent, 2B
Gonzo, LF
Martin, C
Clark, RF
Martinez, 3B
Lowe, P

31 comments:

Damon said...

come back furcal

Orel said...

This must be Stan Conte's work. If this were last year, Furcal would be playing already. Seems to be the right thing to do given that the team is 6-3 so far, thanks mainly to the pitching staff.

Delino DeShields said...

Delino is on the way to the game. Look for me at garloc fry place... Staring.

Orel said...

Have fun!

Delino DeShields said...

One beer done. Pierre goes up...and pierre goes down. No food yet. Sitting in some random seats. Hope I don't get bumped.

Delino DeShields said...

Nomar no catch. Then he did. One in a row.

Delino DeShields said...

Some dudes just got thrown out of the game for playing with a beach ball. What is this world coming to?

Delino DeShields said...

Good hit troy mcclure. Gonzo loves camilla the chicken

Orel said...

Delino, how do those garlic fries smell?

Damon said...

this lineup is alot better with furcal

Lasorda said...

So did you get screwed in DeParking Lot?

Orel said...

9-1! Against the Padres! What is this world coming to?!

Orel said...

Lowe struggling a bit, but ahead by 8 runs. Who gets mop-up duty?

Delino DeShields said...

My last posts didn't go through. This one better!!! In middle of second beer. Ate half a thing of garlic fries. Hat 3 was the winner. I was nicknamed "fight the power" by the drunks in front of me. There's one padre fan who keeps getting booed. Bases loaded one out.

Orel said...

The 1-2-3 DP never gets old!

Orel said...

In the battle of Delino vs. garlic fries, the garlic fries win!

Orel said...

What's more surprising, that Lowe's still in or that he just drew another walk?

Orel said...

Juan Pierre, you run fast. But not that fast.

Orel said...

Trap!

Orel said...

Or drop?

Orel said...

Vin luvs Khalil Greene.

Alex Cora said...

Wow, we are killing in this game. I am glad they are able to rest some of the injury prone old guys, like Gonzo and Kent. This is a perfect spot to rest Nomar, wonder which rookie they should bring in?

Orel said...

Hmmm.

Alex Cora said...

Man, Betemeit and Ethier are really bad. They really cannot hit anything. What happened to them?

Damon said...

sophmore slump?

Alex Cora said...

Yeah, slumping right into triple A.

Orel said...

Ethier: Lack of regular playing time? Pitchers adjusted to him?

Alex Cora said...

RU-DY, RU-DY!!!

Orel said...

This bilingual reporter is pretty slick!

Orel said...

Adrian Garcia!

Delino DeShields said...

In closing - Final tally was two beers and no hot dogs! There was a pretty big melee between what looked like an entire section and some Padres fans. The SD folks were getting pelted with beer and food by dozens of people. Bunch of security got called in. The game itself was almost as fun!