Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Game 27 Thread, April 30 @ Marlins, 4p

Chad Billingsley (0-4) vs. Scott Olsen (3-0).

COMMENTS: Baseball players can be a superstitious lot. Bloggers, not so much—that is, until their team is on a four-game winning streak with a fifth win representing the difference between a losing April and a winning April. SoSG is doing its part to keep the streak alive, because who knows: Maybe, just maybe, the Dodgers' recent success has something to do with Game Threads being posted at four minutes after the hour. Or with me (Orel) writing them. Okay, we're not that deluded, but we're also not going to change our ways until the Dodgers lose.

Could it be today? Billingsley is still looking for his first win despite striking out 12 in his last start. But much more is right than wrong with the Dodgers, starting with the effectiveness of the bullpen, Jonathan Broxton's absence notwithstanding. Russell Martin has gone all EMT on his bat, resuscitating his production and resuming his team-leading ways. Even Andruw Jones has been playing a solid center field—and he's due to rise from the dead today. You heard it here first!

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karina said...


Eric Karros said...

This is comment #200! I win!

Alex Cora said...

Oh, yeah you are right - doesn't make me want to goto that business anymore now.

Eric Karros said...

Damn. Actually AC wins and I don't think he even realizes there was a game going on...

Steve Sax said...

YES! FJL!

Erin said...

I missed Loney because I flipped to the Sox. A triple? Damn, if only I had been taping this game.

Eric Karros said...

Woo hoo! Erin calls him out and he responds

Alex Cora said...

Wow, that was a BLAST by James - Nice hit!

karina said...

hail to King James! how sweet is a triple with bases loaded?

Steve Sax said...

FJL redeems an 0-for-3 day with a bases-loaded triple. Way to go, James!

karina said...

Anyway, i bookmarked that link you gave me, it's excellent.

Alex Cora said...

Did I win a all expenses trip to see Andruw Jones hit a ball - for which I will be waiting FOREVER to cash it in.

Erin said...

As for that trivia question about ten runs, the only game I can remember was a while ago. You know, that one in 2006 when they were down 9-5, hit four consecutive homers, then won it on the Nomar dinger in the tenth.

But they must have scored ten runs since then, right?

Steve Sax said...

Jones doesn't end the inning. Amazing.

He's still 0-for-3 after this walk, though. Was the walk the breakout performance we had hoped for?

Erin said...

And you said ten runs in an inning anyway, so nevermind.

Erin said...

Billingsley's batting for himself? Guess that means he's coming back out.

Unless Torre is pulling a Gonzalez.

karina said...

It's all about the walks, new trend, like, no one knows but our Andruw.

Eric Karros said...

Andruw Jones with a monster walk! My prediction comes true!

karina said...

Dewitt singles! this guy wants to stay in the show!

Steve Sax said...

DeWitt brings DeFunk for his first hit of the day. 8-1, Dodgers.

And Bills is batting, so he's obviously pitching the seventh (unless Fredi Gonzalez is doing the Dodgers' lineup card too).

Erin said...

We were on the same wavelength there, Sax.

karina said...

while we're at it, how do you feel Martin playing 3B once in a while?

Steve Sax said...

Bills already has 95 pitches through six, so I think he'll be on a short leash here in the seventh.

Alex Cora said...

hey I come back and the dodgers score more runs - I hope I don't have to leave anymore.

Steve Sax said...

Erin, you complete me.

Or at least, my comments on this gamethread.

Eric Karros said...

Answer to trivia question: It was May 6, 2005, with the following eerie similarities with last week's game:
-It was also in the 1st inning
-Brad Penny was also the beneficiary.
-A guy whose name is 4-letters beginning with "Ke" had 5 RBI's in the inning

Alex Cora said...

WOW, Bills almost got decapitated by that comebacker - shades of Ishii.

Alex Cora said...

Bills giving the bullpen a rest!

Erin said...

Had to take the dog for a walk. Did Billingsley get through seven?

Alex Cora said...

Double play!

Eric Karros said...

Yes, he did.

karina said...

Yes, he did. leaving a seven game lead.

Steve Sax said...

Bills has a nice 107-pitch, one-run, seven-inning outing. Way to go, Chad. You earned this victory!

Erin said...

Furcal is a maniac. Love it.

karina said...

Toronto and the Red Sox still tied at 8th.

Eric Karros said...

Hey Karina & Erin, do either of you guys want to be in the next SoSG Pop Culture Grid?

Eric Karros said...

Furcal is u-n-s-t-o-p-p-a-b-l-e

Eric Karros said...

by the way, that was harder to type than it is to read

Steve Sax said...

EK, You know, if you go back and delete 4 comments in the first 200, you could "win."

Erin said...

I would LOVE to be in the pop culture grid.

Steve Sax said...

EK, I can type u-n-s-t-o-p-p-a-b-l-e at 105wpm.

Eric Karros said...

Orel said he had to hit the road, but I know he's really still trying to beat my score at typeracer right now

karina said...

I would love to be in that grid!

Eric Karros said...

Well prove it Sax. Or should I say, 'moygeek'

karina said...

a honor would be :)

Eric Karros said...

Cool Erin, I'll send you questions at some point in the next week or so...

Steve Sax said...

Wow, that was like the longest gameday entry ever

Alex Cora said...

Bad baserunning by Kemp, but scores 2 more runs!

Eric Karros said...

You too Karina

Eric Karros said...

Are the Dodgers gonna "Keep it Binary" and hit 11 runs?

Erin said...

EK, just send them to erin@blogsbyfans.com

Eric Karros said...

Will do Erin...Karina, what is your email? I'll delete your comment afterwards so lurkers don't start sending you fan mail.

Steve Sax said...

Who got hurt / why the injury delay?

Alex Cora said...

EK - you seem to think there are other people that read our pithy comments.

Alex Cora said...

Hu gets on after an error. Nice.

Alex Cora said...

Marlins pitcher got hurt - HURT BY THE DODGER HITTERS that is...Woo Woo Woo!

Eric Karros said...

Got it Karina, thanks. Erin, I assume your email is for public consumption.

Eric Karros said...

AC - my parents read, and tend to send fan mail

karina said...

Martin gets a walk, what would Loney do?

Erin said...

Martin should just set up camp at first base. He's got a crazy OBP lately.

Assuming the Dodgers don't score any more runs tonight, they will have average 7.8 runs per game during this five-game (I'm calling this one now) winning streak. Not bad.

Once again, Loney fails with men in scoring position. How many has he left on base now?

Steve Sax said...

Hu and Martin should pull the double steal to have two RISP for Loney...but they won't given the 10-1 lead.

Steve Sax said...

Oh well, Loney flies out anyway. 1-for-5 day, but 3 RBI.

Erin said...

My email is indeed public, since you can find it somewhere on my site. Hard to keep it a secret when that's the case.

Steve Sax said...

I have to leave but I want to see what happens to Andruw...2-0 count

Steve Sax said...

Erin, how do you deal with the stalkers?

What about the stalkers who buy you a beer?

Steve Sax said...

Jones walks. He's 0-for-3 in 5 PAs.

Mendoza laughs from his lofty perch.

Eric Karros said...

I eat my words regarding Andruw

Alex Cora said...

Meeting at the mound - Grand Slam time?

Erin said...

Another triple for DeWitt! Yes!

Sax, I welcome all stalkers.

Eric Karros said...

Actually if the Dodgers stay at 10 runs, they're still "Keeping it Binary".

And the answer is yes, I do realize I'm the only one who cares about this.

Erin said...

Let's up that to an average of 8.4 runs a game in the last five games, shall we?

karina said...

Bennett has to make up for his passed ball last friday?
don't you guys feel greedy?

Alex Cora said...

Wow - almost as good as a slam - DeWitt clears the bases with the triple!!!! 13-1

Eric Karros said...

Gameday still hasn't registered the DeWitt triple...

Erin said...

As for stalkers who buy me beer, they get bumped to the front of the line.

Erin said...

The question is, will Furcal get a fifth hit tonight?

Alex Cora said...

Offensive Explosion by the dodgers - interesting using Bennett as a pinch hitter - is Dewlyn Young our emergency catcher now?

Erin said...

Martin at third base, rewarding DeWitt for his triple by giving him a half inning off.

Alex Cora said...

Hu looks so young out there - looks like he is 12 y.o. Martin at third!!!!

karina said...

I think Torre is very serious about Martin being 3B to rest him, although it horrifies me Bennett at the home plate.

Alex Cora said...

Kuo gives up a meatball that ends up a triple.

Eric Karros said...

Strangely, I get a subtle but perceptible uneasy feeling when the Dodgers score too many unnecessary runs

karina said...

like they will score a couple of runs in 2 or 3 series in a row?

Alex Cora said...

Anyone thinking 300?

Alex Cora said...

Kup strikesout Gonzo looking....Nice.

karina said...

Erin, i'm sorry for that great Barajas blocking at the plate.

Erin said...

It's okay Karina. It was a hell of a throw from Wells. Same thing happened last night, only he couldn't make the throw and the Sox won. So he wanted to prove something, and Barajas blocked that plate like a pro.

I thought we had it won there, though.

Eric Karros said...

Like they have only so many runs they're going to score over the course of the season, and they're using too many up when they don't need to. Sub-optimal distribution.

Erin said...

No matter, though. Same thing just happened, but Manny beat the throw home. Excellent. Sox win.

Alex Cora said...

WOOHOOO FIVE for SIX!!!

Erin said...

I missed it. Did Furcal get a hit or walk?

Erin said...

Nevermind. AC answered it for me.

Steve Sax said...

EK, that feeling is just gas.

karina said...

Oh Eric, i feel your pain, but we could use some optimism.

Alex Cora said...

Marlins announcers are saying Delwyn Young was in Stuck on you with Matt Damon.

Erin said...

That was a nice play from Uggla.

Alex Cora said...

Kemp ripped it, but Uggla with the pretty diving catch - full extension - and doubles up Furcal who had no chance.

Steve Sax said...

Why Rick Monday sucks as an announcer, exhibit #523: "Line drive, base hit, and Uggla stops it, and turns the double play."

Erin said...

Yeah, "stops it" is not quite the way to describe what Uggla did there.

Erin said...

So, after all the poor play, the Dodgers are going to exit April with a winning record.

By my count, there are fifteen other MLB teams that can't make that claim. Three of them are in the NL West. Not bad.

Alex Cora said...

They showed Monday on the Marlins feed - wearing a daper silk black shirt with a leafy bamboo print. Classy.

Eric Karros said...

I'm actually starting to feel sorry for the competition because it's not even close to being close.

But enough about typeracer. It's nice to see the Dodgers winning big.

Alex Cora said...

Hey Kuo, WTF? Lets go home.

Erin said...

What do I win for being comment #300?

Alex Cora said...

Nice EK, Nice. And yes all the game threads are up 4 minutes after the hour. Remember Orel - it is an early game tomorrow.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, Dodgers? We need 3 more outs...

Erin said...

Diamond Leung is suggesting that Martin might be starting at third base tomorrow for his "day off," which is why he's in there now, getting a little practice.

Eric Karros said...

For comment #300 you get a 5-game winning streak!

Steve Sax said...

I keep making so many errors, my game feels like type-eraser.

Erin said...

EK, that prize sucks.

Now, guarantee me a six-game streak, and we'll talk.

Alex Cora said...

One more strikeout for Kuo and we go home!

Eric Karros said...

Hey folks I gotta go...it's been a pleasure, until next time!

karina said...

Please, someone call Orel early in the morning...

Alex Cora said...

Is typeracer the new GTA IV?

Erin said...

Just decided to play Type Racer once. I got 108 wpm. I'm sending it to you know, EK.

Eric Karros said...

Well, if you get to comment #400, you get a 7-game win streak

karina said...

night, sweet dreams!

Eric Karros said...

Ok send it over, Erin...I look forward to seeing your photoshop work

Steve Sax said...

Way to go, Chad and the Dodgers bats. Fire up Ken Levine...

Eric Karros said...

good night Karina and all!

Alex Cora said...

YEAH!!! Dodgers win!!!! BIlls gets his first win on a 3 hitter - I pick him as the player of the game - although Furcal is a close second. Go Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Just got word, that was Jason Schmidt wearing Chad Billingsley's jersey in the fifth inning. Surprise!

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