Monday, April 21, 2008

Game 19 Thread: April 21 @ Reds, 4p

Brad Penny (2-2) vs. Matt Belisle (0-0).

COMMENTS: Having already posted losses this year to a cancer patient in Arizona and two spot starters in Atlanta, the Dodgers will now face another spot starter just off of three minor-league rehab starts with a strained right forearm. Meanwhile, the Dodgers' last twenty-seven innings read like a binary nightmare:

Fri 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Sat 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sun 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Which brings the Dodgers to their current 7-11 record, good enough for last place in the NL West and six games off the pace. Like the convenience store chain, the Dodgers have been quick and easy, with a staff (starting pitchers) that is getting robbed with regularity.

For once spring training stats are accurate.

138 comments:

Orel said...

Ah, the calm before another 11-run outburst.

Orel said...

By the Dodgers, that is.

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Garciaparra, 3B
Kent, 2B
Ethier, LF
Kemp, RF
Loney, 1B
Jones, CF
Penny, P

Orel said...

Nomar 3rd & Andruw 8th?

cigarcow said...

You guys sure do love that 7-11 logo. What's the deal?

Orel said...

Okay, here's the deal. A few weeks ago the 7-11 corporation approached us and said they would give us $500 every time we used their logos. But it couldn't be random—it had to be in context. Thanks to the Dodgers' poor starts, we're $1,000 richer!

Orel said...

(Just kidding.)

Erin said...

Nomar is third. That just spells success.

No, wait. That spells a lot of double plays. My mistake.

Erin said...

These guys were just goofing with us for the first part of the season.

Good one, Dodgers!

Orel said...

Good: leadoff homer by Furcal. Bad: 2 LOB. 1-0 Dodgers.

Orel said...

Penny allows a single to Junior but nothing else. Going to the 2nd!

Orel said...

Belisle is a pitcher. Belial is a demon.

Orel said...

Andruw isn't going to see many good pitches ahead of the pitcher. Let's see if he can work a walk.

Orel said...

Nope, Griffey robs him!

Alex Cora said...

the reds color guy is pronoucing Fur-CAL (as in CAL-ifornia) - it is annoying.

Orel said...

Martin drives in Loney! 2-0 Dodgers and finally a hit with RISP!

Alex Cora said...

Ok, here is another spot for some good 2 out production.

Orel said...

Would you prefer Jon Miller? RRRRRafffaelll Furrr-cal!

Orel said...

Nomar RBI! 3-0 Dodgers! Savor the feeling, Dodger fans!

Alex Cora said...

Good Job No-MA'. Welcome to the bigs rook!

Alex Cora said...

Or how about Jon Miller with his Adrian Bel-TRE or Carols bel-TRAN.

Orel said...

My favorite: Odalis PEAR-ez.

Alex Cora said...

Lets just say I miss Vin.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Penny walks two in the inning.

Alex Cora said...

Did you know that Penny was drafted by the D-backs - just think if he was in that rotation now - Webb, Penny, Harden...ouch.

Orel said...

So do I. Rick & Jerry Reuss on the radio. Rick has a good voice but bad delivery and Jerry is the opposite.

Orel said...

Really? Did he go to school instead?

Alex Cora said...

Phew - penny looked shaky, but at least he didn't pull and Derek Lowe.

Alex Cora said...

No, got traded to the Florida Marlins for Matt Mantai.

Alex Cora said...

Mantai should have played for the Rays - Mantai Ray.

Orel said...

Ethier singles!

Orel said...

That was terrible, AC. Go to your room.

Orel said...

Kemp doubles! Men on 2nd & 3rd, nobody out!

Alex Cora said...

Hey, kemp laid off the outside breaking ball!!!

Orel said...

Loney starts a new hitting streak with a 2-run single! 5-0 Dodgers!

Erin said...

This is what we need--a good old-fashioned shellacking.

And Martin and Loney getting hits isn't hurting my fantasy team, either.

Alex Cora said...

The KIDS are HITTING!!! 5-0!

Alex Cora said...

Rally killer Jones is up....

Orel said...

...and the vets are not! Jones K's!

Alex Cora said...

Jones is wearing Michael Jordan batting gloves. What does Jordan know about baseball?

Erin said...

I'm not sure Loney should ever try to steal.

Orel said...

Busted hit and run. With Penny, of all people, at bat. Sorry Erin, no SB for your fantasy team.

Erin said...

I know. And I need steals, too. Oh well. I'll take a 5-0 lead instead.

Alex Cora said...

Dude I almost want Pierre in instead of Jones. At least he might walk and steal a base. Plus he doesn't strike out that much and would be good before the pitcher's spot.

Alex Cora said...

What is Loney is stolen bases? I haven't seen him swipe a bag all year. Torre DONT send him - he is slow!

Orel said...

Even listening to Vin pitch Farmer John Dodger Dogs soothes my soul.

Erin said...

I think Loney is one for three in stolen base attempts this season. He's just such an awkward runner, it's hard to watch him try.

Orel said...

Reuss is defending the decision to H&R with Penny because he hits well for a pitcher. Rick then noted that Penny is hitting .125.

Orel said...

Martin nails the runner! Nice to see Russell heating up.

Orel said...

Martin is 3-for-3 so far. Consider my heart warmed.

Erin said...

Nomar hits into a double play. I knew he could do it.

karina said...

Erin, i also have Loney and Martin on my fantasy team, how cool is 5-0? will they reach 11?

Alex Cora said...

Wonder if the universe would have exploded if Vida Blue pitched for the Reds. Blue-reds.

Orel said...

Say what you want about Andruw Jones' bat, I like having him in center.

karina said...

he has an outstanding defense, at least. Sometimes, he's just espectacular.

Orel said...

I officially call this meeting of Fantasy Owners of Loney & Martin to order. Roll call...Erin? Check. Karina? Check. First order of business: Will Dodgers score 11 runs today?

Orel said...

Espectacular! I like it!

karina said...

I know you don't like it, but Fur-CAL is CAL-ifornia, Beltre is Bel-TRE, Beltran is Bel-TRAN.

Orel said...

Really? How about Perez?

Orel said...

And who said Game Threads weren't educational? Thanks, Karina!

Alex Cora said...

Hmm, I have to work on my espanol.

karina said...

It's my pleasure, Orel!

Orel said...

Matt Kemp RBI double! Hope you fantasy owners are playing him too! 6-0 Dodgers!

Alex Cora said...

That is exactly the same thing Kemp hit the other inning. Nice RBI!

Alex Cora said...

hey we are heading toward the magic number of 11! What is the over-under?

Orel said...

Hey Karina, "Eric Karros" is SoSG's best espaƱol speaker. Feel free to test him when he's around!

karina said...

It depends, because some people will pronounce PE-rez and other people would say Pe-REZ. Either way, it's correct, Perez is quite a common last name.

I know, it's not baseball related, but i hate Perez Hilton.

Alex Cora said...

Wow, Jones is REALLY struggling. That was a 3-0 pitch that he had the green light on. Hey Andruw, take the pitch and wait for the fastball down the middle.

Orel said...

Even Penny got a hit. 7-0!

karina said...

I'm playing Matt Kemp tonight. I feel so happy at the moment.

Orel said...

"I know, it's not baseball related, but i hate Perez Hilton." Ha ha! Nothing's too irrelevant for us!

Orel said...

I prefer The Superficial myself.

karina said...

Are we allowed to be ocasionally random?

btw, what's The Superficial?

Alex Cora said...

How do you pronouce overpaid - JO-nes or sch-MIDT?

Orel said...

Uh-oh, RBI double by Bako Bako. 7-1.

Orel said...

Are we allowed to be occasionally random? Karina, this site is as random as it gets!

The Superficial is a gossip site. If you're into that type of thing. Which I'm not. Nuh-uh.

Alex Cora said...

AAAAGGGHHH! My Mlb.com broke....

Orel said...

Sch-MIDT, definitely.

Alex Cora said...

What about TMZ? Wasn't Harvey Levin a real reporter once? Now he does TMZ and People's Court. How the mighty have fallen.

Alex Cora said...

Damn, Penny's breaking ball is nasty.

Orel said...

Who has Penny on their team? 4 K's so far.

Alex Cora said...

Follow the breaking ball with those fastballs is classic. Nice back to back strikeouts.

Orel said...

Harvey Levin was mighty once? How much more do you think he makes as a sleazemonger than as a legitimate journalist?

Orel said...

Didn't Josh Fogg used to be on the Rockies?

karina said...

I pronounce Schmidt as lucky, since he doesn't really have to work to earn a huge paycheck.

hmmm, there are Jennifer Aniston pics on The Superficial...don't tell John Maine...
I see why you like that site, there are pretty girls everywhere.

Erin said...

No Penny for me on the fantasy team. The Dodgers on my main fantasy team: Furcal, Martin, Loney, Lowe and Billingsley. I'm trying to get as many Dodgers and/or Red Sox as I possibly can, so I also have Ortiz, Ramirez, Ellsbury, Beckett, Buchholz, Okajima and Papelbon.

And, in case you're wondering, I am in first place right now.

Home run, Nomar! That's nice.

Orel said...

Okay, who started Nomar? 2-run HR!

Alex Cora said...

NNNNOOOOMMMMMAAARRRR!!!!

Alex Cora said...

Yeah, Fogg used to be on the Rockies, but he wasn't in their forecast.

karina said...

I'm also playing Penny and Zambrano tonight. Today it looks so sweet for my team.

Erin said...

I also have Griffey, so it wouldn't be terrible to see him go yard here.

Alex Cora said...

Griffey going yard...Blasphemy!

karina said...

Griffey is one of my favorite baseball players EVER. Flied out, btw.

Alex Cora said...

Penny is at 100 pitches - his last inning?

Erin said...

Man, Penny made that play. Tough one for the ump to call, though.

Alex Cora said...

Was that Jeff Kent being the only player sitting on the back of the bench while the rest of the dodgers are up on the railing? Hey Jeff (or should I say Berry), join the team!

Erin said...

Penny might not finish this inning if he doesn't put some guys away quickly here.

Alex Cora said...

I must say I like Griffey too. He seems like such a class guy. Can't wait to see him hit 600 - as long as it isn't against the dodgers.

Orel said...

It's hard to hate Junior.

Erin said...

Who's gonna be there to get a Torre bobblehead on Friday night? I got my ticket. I'll also be there Thursday and Sunday, if anyone would like to buy me a beer.

Alex Cora said...

NICE double play - slick.

Alex Cora said...

Hey maybe Ned can sign Griffey too - we need another outfielder.

karina said...

exactly, who needs reliable and consistent starting pitching?

Alex Cora said...

Anyone know if Edwin and Juan Encarnacion are related?

Alex Cora said...

Wow, Park sent that to the plate with a bow on top.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, I'm late to the party. A couple of things:

1) Karina, do you by any chance know how to pronounce "Kuo"?

2) Erin, you devil, fishing for beers. I gave up my seats for the Torre bobblehead night, so you'll have to bring your own plastic (unless Orel rises to the challenge).

3) It's nice to have the tonic of the NL Central, but at some point we are going to have to beat an NL West or East team.

karina said...

no, they are not related.

Alex Cora said...

Phew, double play cures all.

Erin said...

I was just joking about the beers. The one you bought me on blogger night was actually the first I've had at Dodger Stadium. Ever. I'm not a drinker (anymore), especially when it costs so damn much.

Besides, I just realized I'll be sitting in left field pavilion on Thursday and Sunday. So, unless I sneak some in, there will be no beers for me.

Alex Cora said...

Thanks Karina! Think we can get to 11 runs?

karina said...

Not a chance, do you, Steve?

Steve Sax said...

I don't know if we can win a game without scoring 11 runs. Two more runs to go.

karina said...

I hope they score as much runs as possible, to see if they can get back their act together.

Erin, i also never drink when i am at a baseball game, maybe we are dopplegangers or something?

Damon said...

I hate this early start

Orel said...

Welcome to the party, Damon!

Orel said...

I won't be there Friday but we'll be in the Loge on Sunday. Erin, should I throw you a beer? Better yet, should I have Juan Pierre throw you a beer?

Orel said...

We should have SoSG Night at Dodger Stadium. Beers for all!

Erin said...

I'll be in the third row in left field on Sunday. If you ask Juan Pierre to throw me a beer, I'm afraid I'll never see one come close to me.

Orel said...

I'm off to battle the 101. See you on the other side!

Alex Cora said...

That double play was due to FurCAL's arm.

karina said...

Juan Pierre would throw a beer at Erin, but, you know, kinda late

Erin said...

Yes, perhaps if I had time to wait for the beer to dribble in on a few hops, I'd get one eventually.

Steve Sax said...

Juan Pierre won't be able to throw over the pavilion wall.

Especially not from the dugout.

Damon said...

I have Martin and Ethier on my fantasy team so I'm stoked.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, what is this "other side" you keep referencing?

Karina, are you really in Venezuela?

Damon said...

I think Delwyn Young should play instead of Jones.

karina said...

yes, i am.

Erin said...

So, Park has come in and given up two home runs. Sure seems like he does that a lot.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, Park is serving up HR balls again! What a surprise (his second tonight)!

Alex Cora said...

Hey, we have an Asian pitcher who is going to get a save not named Saito. That is if he stops giving up TOWERING home runs.

karina said...

do you remember Wilson Alvarez? we were born on the same city.

*random dodger reference*

Alex Cora said...

Woohoo! GO BLUE!!! 15 hits! 9 Runs! Where were the bats in Atlanta?

Steve Sax said...

Park eats three innings (2 ER), and the Dodgers win!

Alex Cora said...

Giants up on Arizona 1-0. Should I be rooting for the Giants? CCAAAANN'TTT do it....

karina said...

Finally and thanks to Martin, Loney and Ethier, et al, was a nice night in fantasy baseball, too.

Damon said...

Until tomorrow guys/gals

Steve Sax said...

Caracas?

Did Alvarez eat the city after he left?

karina said...

Maracaibo. I don't think he ate the city, but our typical food is very greasy and unhealthy, to tell the truth.

He's actually a legend in winter baseball, his ERA in multiple playoffs goes to 0.45, no kidding!. His nickname is "The Untouchable", aww, the memories at the stadium...