Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Game 51 Thread: May 29 @ Nationals, 4.05p

Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (6-1, 2.26) vs. Jason Simontacchi, RHP (2-2, 4.37).

Dodgers: 29-21 (T-1st place NL West (with SD), W1)
Nationals: 21-30 (5th place NL East, 12.0 GB, W1)

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

Dodgers: Penny picked up his sixth win of the season Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing just three hits while striking out four over seven innings for the win. The victory ties him for second in the NL, with eight others -- including teammate Randy Wolf -- and his 2.26 ERA ranks third in the Majors. Penny is 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: Simontacchi allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings in Washington's 12-7 win over the Reds on Wednesday at Cincinnati. The win was his first on the road as a starter since June 18, 2003, for St. Louis at Milwaukee. The three walks he allowed to the Reds were a season high. His fifth start of the season will be just the second appearance of his career against Los Angeles.

UPDATE, 3.55p:

From T-Jax, the lineup:

CF Pierre -- .343 lifetime avg. vs. Nats
SS Furcal -- 14gm hit streak
1B Nomar
2B Kent
LF Gonzo
C Martin -- one of six ML catchers batting .300 or better
RF Ethier
3B Abreu
RH Penny

23 comments:

Orel said...

If we don't do some damage against the Nationals I'll be disappointed.

Steve Sax said...

Slappy gets a triple to lead off the game, and then scores a run before Kent squelches the rally. 1-0 Dodgers after 1, on to 2nd.

Steve Sax said...

Penny's at 29 pitches through 2. 1-0 Dodgers going to the third.

Orel said...

How 'bout them Lakers?

Steve Sax said...

Slappy doubles, knocking in Abreu from second! 2-0 Dodgers, one out and Furcal at the plate with Pierre on second...

Steve Sax said...

...and then Slappy gets picked off second. Unclear if he would have scored since Furcal reached on an error and Garciaparra flied out to end the inning, but still. Come on, Slappy!

Steve Sax said...

Double play ends the inning for the Nats. Penny has 46 pitches through three; not too bad.

2-0 Dodgers, on to the fourth.

AZ is up 5-1 in the 2nd vs. PHI; SD down 0-1 in the 3rd vs. PIT; SF up 2-0 in the 4th vs. NYM.

Steve Sax said...

Simontacchi has a lot of letters in his last name, but not a lot of pitches thrown. He gets out of the fourth quickly vs. Kent/Gonzo/Martin, and has 44 pitches through four full frames. On to bottom 4, Dodgers 2-0.

Orel said...

Pierre: 2 doubles, 1 triple. Power surge!

Orel said...

Penny has 90-91 pitches through six innings. Looks like he's finished, as he's due to bat second next inning.

Damon said...

Penny is a better hitter than most of the Nats

Lasorda said...

So ESPN.com is showing bases loaded in the top of the 7th. Nice. Let's break this sucker wide open.

Orel said...

Not only am I wrong, but Penny hits a double. Good one, Damon.

Forever Blue said...

Jeff Kent is useless even after he got that basehit. Get rid of him and use Tony Abreu at second base, put Nomar at third and Free James Loney. Please, Please.

Orel said...

Pierre has 9 total bases so far!

Orel said...

Patience, FB.

Orel said...

Dodgers have hit for the cycle!

Orel said...

And Yhency puts out the two men-on, one-out fire.

Orel said...

Abreu vs. Abreu to start the eighth!

Steve Sax said...

Hey, what did I miss...YIKES! We broke it wide open! 10-0 Dodgers, going to the bottom of the ninth in Washington. Go Blue!!!

Steve Sax said...

SD loses 4-1 in Pittsburgh.

Giants are tied with the Mets at 3 in the 10th.

AZ is up 5-3 vs. Philly in the 8th.

And it's all over in Washington, Dodgers win 10-0. Good night, everybody!

Orel said...

Brett Tomko Is: The Mopper-Upper.

Alex Cora said...

I dont' know if anyone was watching the giants game on ESPN, but that was AWESOME. Benetiz with 2 balks to give up the tying run, the Delgado with the Walk off homer!! SWEET!