Thursday, May 15, 2008

Game 40 Thread: May 15 @ Brewers, 10a

Chad Billingsley (2-5, 4.89) vs. Ben Sheets (4-0, 2.53).

COMMENTS: Good morning, Grumpy Gus! With a six-game losing streak looming last night, I was about to get all Negative Nelly on you...until Juan Pierre made me turn that frown upside-down! Never mind that Rafael Furcal is on the DL. Never mind that we have no stopper. Never mind that today the Dodgers are facing Brewers ace Ben Sheets. Never mind that the Diamondbacks have shaken off their losing streak by winning two straight. Never mind that the Giants have won at least one against the Dodgers-sweeping Astros. Never mind that the Dodgers play the Angels this weekend. Never mind that I'm working this gag way too hard. Why? Because SoSG has a secret weapon: A Son in the stands at Miller Park! He will do the voodoo that you do to give the Blue Crew the juju to see a win through! (Hey, it worked yesterday!)

66 comments:

Orel said...

lineup:

Pierre, LF
Jones, CF
Ethier, RF
Kent, 2B
Loney, 1B
Martin, C
DeWitt, 3B
Maza, SS
Billingsley, P

Guess Joe is playing for the ninth-inning comeback again. Good strategy there.

QuadSevens said...

Maza has been on a tear in the minors. Making his major league debut against Ben Sheets won't be easy but I'm excited to see what he can do.

Orel said...

Maza, the 27-year-old rookie. Meanwhile, Jones pops up on one pitch. Nice job, Andruw.

Orel said...

Sheets gets the backwards K on Ethier. If he gets that corner all day long, he'll be unstoppable.

Orel said...

What? Martin's at third at Steiner said DeWitt is "down."

Orel said...

Maza gets the play at SS!

Orel said...

Russell showing his gun at third on a foul ball!

Orel said...

Diamond says DeWitt has "a back issue." Which magazine, I wonder?

Orel said...

Sheets is rolling.

karina said...

Maza is good, though he's 27. In venezuelan winter baseball, he plays for the most powerful team, so he is used to win. If he can replicate that magic, the Dodgers could have found a nice replacement.

He's been in the organization for two years, he used to play for the Twins before.

Hello, Orel!

Orel said...

It's a pitching duel! Three innings, no hits for either team.

Orel said...

Epale Karina! Maza's had some nice plays at shortstop. Hope he can work some magic with his bat too.

Orel said...

Pierre breaks up Sheets' perfecto with a single!

Orel said...

Sheets is throwing filthy stuff today.

Orel said...

Trivia answer: Bill Sudakis (1969), Ron Cey (1979)

karina said...

what was the question?

karina said...

Maza is an utility infielder and he can even play in the outfield. He's a contact hitter but i guess it's not easy to make your major league debut against Sheets' nasty stuff.

don't you love pitching duels?

Orel said...

Whoops! Question was: Which 2 3rd basemen played at least 100 games in their rookie seasons for the Dodgers?

Maza grounds into a DP.

Orel said...

Pitching duels do result in shorter games. But it also means watching your batters flail at the plate.

Orel said...

Bills first-pitch strikes to 10 of 13 batters.

Let's hope he can overcome the fifth inning today.

Orel said...

Maza with the nice pick but Loney can't dig it out!

Orel said...

And Maza and Loney can't turn the 3-6-3 DP. Through no fault of their own—runner was flying down the line.

Orel said...

A few bumps but Bills gets out of the 5th unscathed.

Orel said...

Dammit, Pierre picked off. Guess you gotta take some risks in a tight game.

QuadSevens said...

Good bunt by Pierre all for nothing. Picked off. Damn.

Orel said...

And Steve Lyons drops the M.C. Hammer reference!

QuadSevens said...

MC Hammer reference? I'm listening on the radio, what did he say exactly?

Orel said...

Something like: "Bills' has great location today. 'Can't touch this.' Where's M.C. Hammer when you need
him?"

Charlie: "Unemployed."

Orel said...

Andruw and his mojo are reunited, if briefly!

QuadSevens said...

HAHA! That's great!

Is Andruw breaking out of his slump now? He just doubled his homerun count for the year! Woohoo!

Orel said...

Wow, he smoked a shoulder-high fastball.

karina said...

I can't believe it! Andruw Jones HR!

Orel said...

Wow, Jeff Kent homers! What's in the Milwaukee water?

Orel said...

Loney triples!

QuadSevens said...

Two homers and a triple is one heck of a way to break up a pitching duel. Let's keep it going guys!

Steve said...

I really hope Jones and Kent have bust out of their slumps like Steiner thinks... we need them to start hitting.

Orel said...

Martin RBI #16! 3-0 Dodgers! Still only one out in the 7th!

Orel said...

Hit and run at LUIS MAZA WITH HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HIT!

Orel said...

Are you freakin' kidding me? GARY BENNETT 3-RUN HOME RUN!

Steve said...

Gary Bennett? Are you kidding me?!?!?

QuadSevens said...

Three homeruns in one inning!? There really must be something in the water!

Orel said...

How humiliating for Ben Sheets. They took him out with Billingsley at the plate.

Orel said...

Hu-Maza-Loney DP! It sounds like a new cheese!

Ben said...

Do they leave him in for the complete game?

Fingers crossed!

Orel said...

Bills starts the eighth and Kendall promptly triples.

Orel said...

Bills at 100+ pitches. He's not getting out of this inning unless he gets real efficient real fast.

Orel said...

And a walk. Thanks and good night, Chad.

karina said...

I also can't believe Bills made it into the 8th . I hope he can pitch through that, in spite he has just given a walk.

Ben said...

I say he had a hell of a game, guys! One of his best...

Orel said...

And Broxton exchanges a DP for a run.

Orel said...

$45 million-man Braun with the solo homer. Bear down, Brox. 6-2 Dodgers.

karina said...

Broxton is pitching today at fantasy, i ain't fan of this.

Orel said...

Maza with the inning-ending diving play!

Orel said...

Bennett RBI double! 7-2 Dodgers.

Ben said...

Bennett en fuego!!!!

karina said...

I guess Maza has had a great MLB debut.

( he has made suffer so much, playing so well against my beloved Aguilas, i wish he could put that kind of performance at the big show level)

karina said...

Ethier hasn't had a great game today, i hope it doesn't give excuse to Totte to sit him for a couple of days.

Orel said...

Andruw's HR isn't going to help Ethier's case.

karina said...

I know, it really pisses me off.

So let's sit Martin because Bennett had a 3-run home run.

Orel said...

And that does it, kids! Good win today!

karina said...

Do you think it's time to put the gnome somewhere?

Orel said...

Why not? We're on a two-game winning streak!

karina said...

done!

karina said...

playing the Angels tomorrow, anyone feels the same goosepumps?

Orel said...

I feel ceramic goosebumps!

Steve Sax said...

Ah, we're out of funds for the month. We can't afford to fly AC back to Anaheim for the Angels series! Guess he's thumbing his way back home...