Saturday, April 26, 2008

Game 24 Thread: April 26 vs. Rockies, 7p

Brad Penny (3-2) vs. Mark Redman (2-1).

COMMENTS: After last night's 13-inning exhibition game between the Las Vegas 51s and Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Dodgers and Rockies hope to play a major league game tonight.

That gaffe-palooza may force Joe Torre to quit lineup juggling and field his best available team, with Nomar Garciaparra, favorite of fans and physical therapists alike, again headed to the DL and Blake DeWitt eligible to replace him. Additionally, Andruw Jones is day-to-day with a bruised calf, meaning tonight's outfield will likely be Andre Ethier, Juan Pierre (1-for-3 with two RBIs last night) and Matt Kemp.

Russell Martin, presumably resuming his catching duties, is heating up like a sidewalk egg (.276/.411/.408) while Rafael Furcal (.366/.459/.602) is the straw that stirs the drink (apologies to Reggie and Darryl).

The Dodgers' pitching continues to provide mixed results, with Hiroki Kuroda turning in a disappointing start but Chan Ho Park earning the win with three scoreless innings. Takashi Saito, who we prematurely declared was back to his 2007 form, suffered his second blown save of the season and apparently isn't over his spring training injuries. Jonathan Broxton, with three holds and a 2.53 ERA, may be the closer before long.

With Brad Penny owning the Rockies (12-2 with a 2.92 ERA lifetime), tonight's game is eminently winnable if the Dodgers can knock out Rockies starter Mark Redman early and get to the soft, gooey underbelly of the Colorado bullpen.

UPDATE:

The lineup:

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

Jones in at the expense of Ethier. Didn't expect that.

53 comments:

Orel said...

Epale, mofos! I was going to say I had a good feeling about tonight's game, but we're down 2-0 in the 1st.

Erin said...

Feeling good about it again now, Orel?

Erin said...

Welcome back, DeWitt!

Erin said...

I love Vin.

"What can you say to a pitcher who's thrown 42 pitches and faced eleven batters? Hang in there. Emphasis on hang, I guess."

And as soon as he says Matt Kemp doesn't have a grand slam, Kemp hits it out of the park.

Erin said...

The best part about that inning might be that nine of the ten runs were scored with two outs.

Eric Karros said...

WTF??? Gameday must be busted.

Orel said...

Holy freakin' smokes! Blink and the Dodgers score 10 in the first! Excuse me while I blink again!

Orel said...

Matt Kemp had 5 RBIs in the first inning.

Erin said...

...which is more than Jones has had all year, right?

Orel said...

Only Colorado can give up 10 runs in the first and not pull their pitcher.

Orel said...

My god, Erin, you're right.

Orel said...

Andruw pumping up his OBP with his second walk.

Steve Sax said...

I too checked the score when we were down 2-0, did some chores, then came back to see the 10-2 score after 1. Sweeeeeeeeeet!

Orel said...

DeWitt vacuum!

Orel said...

And the Giants are losing!

Orel said...

Ump down!

Orel said...

Ambulance on the field, Kerwin Danley still down. And his mother is at the game, how terrible is that?

Orel said...

That would have been something if the ambulance ran the bases before driving out of the stadium.

Orel said...

This is weird—with a new plate umpire, the strike zone changes mid-game.

Orel said...

The Carmax text voting geniuses think Rafael Furcal has been better than Chase Utley this season.

Orel said...

1,000 career K's for Penny.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, I missed it; can someone recap what happened to the ump and if he's okay?

Erin said...

He took a 96 mph fastball to the side of the neck or jaw. Scully seemed to think it was precautionary that he was taken off in an ambulance. I'm watching Battlestar Galactica now, so I haven't heard any updates.

Orel said...

Vin says Danley is okay.

Steve Sax said...

Nice DP to end the inning, 10-3 Dodgers.

SD beat AZ in the 13th. Giants are down 10-5 with three outs to go.

Steve Sax said...

Whoops, the Giants have five outs to go. But they're still down by five.

Steve Sax said...

Vin is calling out the carmax idiot voters who picked Furcal over Chipper! Yeah, he's got a point...

Steve Sax said...

Kemp almost got another one... 10-3 Dodgers after 6.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, NOW the Giants have three outs left and are down 10-5. Going to the ninth in SF.

Steve Sax said...

Penny's at 100 pitches.

Delino DeShields said...

10 runs and one knocked out ump. The Dodgers are resembling the Flyers of the 1970s.

Orel said...

DeWitt flashes DeLeather!

Delino DeShields said...

I think if the Dodgers lose this one, SoSG should disband and instead focus on Arena Football.

Steve Sax said...

Nice play at third by DeWitt. Nomar, take your time and rest up.

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers finally knocked Redman out after six frames...and 10 runs in the first inning (though no runs thereafter).

Steve Sax said...

Hey Delino. Well, it is a 10-3 game, so it's a football score.

Orel said...

Andruw's turn! Looks pretty light for a 250-pounder.

Orel said...

Go Avengers!

Steve Sax said...

Nice catch by Andruw in center. When he hit the grass, I felt the reverberations up here in San Francisco.

Steve Sax said...

As it was last night, Orel, you are about 45-60 seconds ahead of my mlb.com feed...

...or just clairvoyant.

Steve Sax said...

And Collison's coming back for his senior season at UCLA! At least we'll have one starter back next year.

And Stanford gets a Dookie coach! Not bad.

Steve Sax said...

Giants have two on and are down 10-6.

Oh man, DeWitt almost had that one.

Orel said...

And the Lakers won. Everything's coming up roses!

Steve Sax said...

10-8 Reds, man on third for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth. What the hell is going on there?

Steve Sax said...

Finally, Ray Durham (.226 BA) Ks on three pitches for the final out in SF. Reds win, 10-9; Giants had scored four in the final frame to make it close.

Steve Sax said...

11-3 after seven innings. Sweet.

Steve Sax said...

Sweeney has an .063 average entering this game, and grounds out. Isn't it about time to remove his spot from the roster once and for all (thereby getting that 12th pitcher slot back)?

Steve Sax said...

Penny going 7 also gives a breather to the bullpen, after last night's marathon. Well done, Bradley.

Orel said...

Agreed—Delwyn Young can be our pinch hitter.

Orel said...

Hu looks like he's 13.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, I think I'm calling it. Early flight tomorrow. See you on the other side!

Orel said...

And another 11-run win by the Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

That is TOTALLY f'd up. I was watching/listening to the Vin Scully KCAL 9 feed on mlb.com tv. Then the feed went down to enter the ninth inning, and then it went dark, and then now it's picked back up with the FSN Rocky Mountain feed.

Well, at least it's over. 11-3, good guys. Good night, everybody!