Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Game 27 Thread: May 1 vs. D'backs, 7.10p

Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (3-0, 1.95) vs. Livan Hernandez, RHP (2-1, 3.94).

Dodgers: 15-11 (2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, L1)
Diamondbacks: 16-11 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W6)

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

Dodgers: Penny had to escape a couple jams against the Giants, but he kept Barry Bonds in the ballpark while allowing three runs in six innings of a no-decision. For as hard as he throws, Penny isn't striking out many batters, but he's given his club a chance to win every one of his starts. He's 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA lifetime against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: Hernandez gave up a three-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning of his last start, but held the Padres scoreless in his final six innings of work. The veteran was mad at himself after the first because he hung a 67-mph curveball to Gonzalez. The D-backs wound up winning the game, 7-4, thanks to a two-homer performance by first baseman Tony Clark. Hernandez has had just one bad outing this year, and it came on April 19 when he allowed seven runs in five innings to the Padres at PETCO Park.

COMMENTS:

  • After looking flatter than a pancake last night in a 9-1 loss to the Diamondbacks, we'll see if the Dodgers can counter the streaking Snakes (winners of their last six) with a rested Russell Martin and Brad Penny on the mound. The Dodgers' first test against a quality Arizona starter fared poorly; we'll see if we have any more success against Arizona's #2, Livan Hernandez.
  • Just as a reminder, we will have to win the last two games of this series to win the series as well as get back into first place heading into a weekend series in Atlanta.
  • UPDATE: Vin Scully is back in the booth tonight, according to ITD/MLB. Vin missed last night due to a personal issue, leaving Rick Monday solo on radio to wax nostalgically for hours while only mentioning the score twice during the game.

UPDATE

From Inside the Dodgers, tonight's lineup:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Anderson, 1B
Kent, 2B
Gonzalez, LF
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
Betemit, 3B
Penny, P

26 comments:

Orel said...

echo

Damon said...

Anderson at first...

Orel said...

Question: How many players have we left on base in the past few games?

Answer: A lot.

Orel said...

Penny cruising.

Orel said...

Livan cruising.

Steve Sax said...

Why the hell does Gonzo always swing at the first pitch during a clutch at-bat with RISP??? He has got to be the worst with RISP in the lineup.

Steve Sax said...

Betemit can't even bunt right!

Damon said...

betemit needs to get the fuck out

Orel said...

argh

Steve Sax said...

What the heck is Ethier thinking?

You write "argh" a lot, Orel. I never know about what you're arghing.

Steve Sax said...

1-1 tie and a rabbit on first and Broxton at 3-0. Ethier, you're getting a cold shower tonight.

Alejandro Pena said...

another 17 inning game?

Steve Sax said...

Pena, I sure hope not.

Orel said...

argh

Lasorda said...

How are we looking, boys?

Steve Sax said...

We look like crap. We've left more men on than a stripper at a bachelor party.

Where've you been, Lasorda?

Steve Sax said...

Why didn't Ethier move on that play? What is he waiting for?

Lasorda said...

Man's gotta make a living. . .

Steve Sax said...

Oh, I get it. Ethier was waiting for that balk. nice.

Steve Sax said...

Nomar CHOKES, on to the ninth. Dodgers have left ELEVEN men on.

Steve Sax said...

Is that a chicken in the FSN commercial? Or is that Wilson Betemit?

Steve Sax said...

Lasorda, they stop selling alcohol after the 7th. Not surprising that you show up in the 8th.

Orel said...

argh

Lasorda said...

So bottom of the 9th, runner goes to 3d, and this is going to get credited as a "productive out." Vin just sais that the Dodgers are now 2 for 18 RISP.

Lasorda said...

Ahhh! Olmedo!

Steve Sax said...

It's nice to wake up and realize your game was won by a killer tomato (I wouldn't quite call a basehit up the middle an "attack", but at least we earned the victory in the ninth).