Friday, September 07, 2007

Game 141 Thread: Sept 7 @ Giants, 7.05p

Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (10-4, 3.30) vs. Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (1-3, 5.27).

Dodgers: 74-66 (3rd place NL West, 3.5 GB; 2nd place WC, 2.5 GB; W1)
Giants: 63-77 (5th/last place NL West, 14.5 GB, W1)

Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 33.3%

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

Dodgers: Billingsley stepped up with a clutch win over the Padres. He threw seven scoreless innings, matching his career-high nine strikeouts. He scattered four hits, walked none and allowed no runner past second base. The victory allowed the Dodgers to avoid being swept by the Padres. It was Billingsley's third consecutive victory.

Giants: In his first start of the season, Sanchez made a strong bid to be included in the team's September rotation. He allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, displaying impressive command on his changeup. The former reliever threw 98 pitches before being removed by manager Bruce Bochy, and has the benefit of an extra day of rest before his next outing.

From Inside the Dodgers:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Kemp, RF
Kent, 2B
Nomar, 3B
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Ethier, LF
Billingsley, P

The return of Nomar. Will he last the entire game?

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Forget all of this playoff nonsense, the Angels are going to win the World Series.

Alex Cora said...

That was a strange play - Slappy scores while kemp is caught in a pickle to end the inning.

Alex Cora said...

Finally, the rutgers game is over and now the game is on ESPN HD.

Alex Cora said...

Barry STRIKESOUT!!!! Go Bills!

Alex Cora said...

I go take a shower and the score is tied - I guess molina hit a homerun. Pads are losing.

Steve Sax said...

Why oh Why is Nomar playing? His at bats look pathetic. Five pitches, two outs, neither one past the infield.

Andy LaRoche, wherefore art thou?

Steve Sax said...

AC, we've got Vin Scully on KCAL HD out here, so I'm taking that option. Who's calling on ESPN? Wonder Dog Hudler? Scott Van Pelt? Stuart Scott?

Steve Sax said...

"If there was a barrel over at second base, Martin would hat thrown it right through that barrel." --Scully, on the strike that Martin threw to nail Ortmeier trying to steal second.

1-1 after 4.

Eric Karros said...

AC: never take a shower again

Steve Sax said...

Loney's HR yesterday vs. the Cubs was only the 100th HR for the Dodgers all year.

Still, they're third in the league for runs.

And Loney DOES IT AGAIN!!!

Steve Sax said...

AZ in the lead 3-2 over St Louis. Rockies' lead over the Padres shrinks to 5-4.

Pierre, what are you waiting for, it's a 2-0 count with one out...

Steve Sax said...

Pierre is distracting Sanchez enough to give Kemp a 3-0 count. Let's see if Kemp is swinging (I hope not).

Steve Sax said...

SHOWS YOU WHAT I KNOW...Kemp bombs one to right center and it almost ends up at the 421 mark. With Pierre going, he scores easily. 3-1 Dodgers.

Steve Sax said...

Nomar, now 0-for-3, strands Kemp at second by flying out weakly to Roberts. 3-1 Dodgers, to the bottom 5.

Nomar is not playing up to par--and his par is only .278. Please, LaRoche me.

Steve Sax said...

oh yeah, Nomar's fly out was on pitch #1 of the at bat. Three outs for Nomar on six pitches.

Steve Sax said...

Another thing I am SURE ESPN didn't mention in its broadcast--only in the third inning did the Giants fans start showing up behind home plate. Why is everyone getting there so late? HMMMMMMM???? Maybe it's not just an LA thing? HMMMMMMM?

Steve Sax said...

Bills has given up only four hits and one run through six full frames. Nice job...

Steve Sax said...

Yep, Grady is brilliant for leaving Bills in to hit with two out and a man on first. Bills singles on the second pitch to get on base.

If Martin had tagged and advanced on Loney's deep fly out to center, he might have gotten around to score on that single.

Orel said...

Viva Los Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

"Let's Go Dodgers!" chant audible in the background...NICE

Steve Sax said...

Furcal is now 0-for-4. As much as I like Raffy, I think he may need a day off here too. He looks out of sorts, as he's looked for weeks.

Orel said...

Furcal has been playing hurt all year. Isn't next year his walk year? Means he should have a career year, if he can avoid Jason Repko, that is.

Orel said...

WTF was that? Bad D by Furcal and Kent.

Steve Sax said...

AC, get the hell out of the shower again! Giants with two on and 0 out after Furcal muffs the throw to second.

Steve Sax said...

Base hit to center--and you know that means runner scores from second EVEN though it's Barry Bonds on second. Even a slow Bonds beats a weak-ass Pierre arm.

3-2 Giants, man on third.

Orel said...

Good block by Martin. But we're not getting out of this inning with the lead.

Orel said...

3-3 tie. Inning still going. Sorry, Chad.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Omar ties the game. Furcal, your error KILLED us.

Steve Sax said...

Arizona beat the Rockies. Padres are losing.

FURCAL!!!!!

Orel said...

Guess this makes up for yesterday's game.

Steve Sax said...

Okay Dodgers, SACK UP and win this game. Dodgers down 3-4.

Orel said...

Kemp working the count. C'mon, Matt!

Orel said...

Guess not. Backwards K.

Orel said...

TAKE A PITCH NOMAR

Anonymous said...

They don't belong in the playoffs with this shitty defense.

Alex Cora said...

We could gain a game on the pads tonight, if we pull this out...

Steve Sax said...

Beimel is still in, after having given up the go-ahead hit this game. We might as well have Roberto Hernandez on the damn mound.

Orel said...

Fasthands Beimel!

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least Beimel can turn a DP.

Alex Cora said...

Nice catch by Beimel.

Alex Cora said...

BTW, Dusty, Sutcliff and some random dude are doing the ESPN call.

Alex Cora said...

We need some more 9th inning magic! Get Sammy up - you gotta beieve!

Steve Sax said...

Ninth inning, here we go....

Steve Sax said...

Vin brings up a good point--the Dodgers stole one from the Cubs, and though it is a huge opportunity with the Padres' loss, at least we don't lose ground.

Martin goes down quickly. Here comes Loney.

Orel said...

our man Loney is up...

Alex Cora said...

FREEEEE JAMES LONEY!!!!!

Orel said...

JAMES LONEY
JAMES LONEY
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JAMES LONEY
JAMES LONEY
JAMES LONEY

Orel said...

JAMES LONEY
JAMES LONEY
JAMES LONEY
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Steve Sax said...

FREE

JAMES

LONEY!!!!

Orel said...

Grady: "Thanks for saving my ass, James!"

Orel said...

Okay Brox, HOLD time!

Orel said...

fuck.

Alex Cora said...

CRAP

Alex Cora said...

Martin looked to set up outside, brox grooved it inside - listen to your catcher...

Steve Sax said...

I'll complete the trifecta by saying "shit."

Well, at least we don't slip any in the WC race.