Sunday, May 25, 2008

Game 49 Thread: May 25 vs. Cards, 1p

Clayton Kershaw (MLB debut) vs. Todd Wellemeyer (5-1, 3.25).

COMMENTS: In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a daunting half-man, half-bull creature who lived at the center of a complex labyrinth and was a formidable opponent. In Dodgers mythology, Clayton Kershaw is a 20-year old pitching phenom whose major league debut today has been so anticipated, that they ran a banner headline during last night's 4-0 debacle just to keep viewers interested in the game. Welcome, young Kershaw; we'd love for you to help us salvage a victory from this lost series. (No pressure or anything.)

103 comments:

Eric Karros said...

Danica currently running 13th, but is 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in commercial break appearances. Milka 20th.

Eric Karros said...

Byrnes just grand slammed to put. Dbacks up 6-3.

Minotaur is cut.

karina said...

with 2 outs?

Epale, Eric!

Eric Karros said...

I think I jinxed both Milka and Danica. Both knocked out within minutes of eaxh other. Fisher out too. Alas, no more females left.

Meanwhile Arizona still up 6-3 in 8th and Kershaw gives up first RBI to Pujols.

Three updates in one!

Eric Karros said...

Epale Karina!

karina said...

Maza HR!

Finally, he hits a HR that actually makes me happy!

Note to Joe Torre: he really can pinch-hit, specially because he can play in the infield and the outfield

karina said...

Do you know how Viso is doing?

Eric Karros said...

Viso isn't in top 10. Where is he from?

karina said...

Venezuela

Orel said...

Epale, all! What'd I miss?

Orel said...

Kershaw 32 pitches in the first. He won't last long enough to get the victory at this pace.

Orel said...

Congrats to Maza!

Eric Karros said...

I see now that Viso got knocked out at some point. 8 laps left...I guess I want Meira or Mutoh.

Orel said...

What did you think of Indy, EK?

Alex Cora said...

Hey all! Just in time to watch Loney strike out. ugh.

Orel said...

This Wellemeyer feller is impressive too.

Orel said...

Hey AC. Loney: 6 K's this weekend. So far.

Eric Karros said...

Orel, I thought it was pretty good. Not at level of original 3 but I was entertained. Ford obviously is old but was still pretty good in role. Lots of invocations of past Spilberg/Lucas blockbusters. Overall I'd say a 7.

Anyways I gotta go folks...good luck Kershaw.

Alex Cora said...

How does CK look today? Has he delivered public enemy number 1 yet?

Orel said...

Nice play by Hu & Loney, but not in time.

Orel said...

Kershaw has 4 K's in two innings, but also a walk, a double and now a single. He's throwing too many pitches to stick around long.

karina said...

awwwww, Clayton Kershaw´s mom is keeping score....

Orel said...

Hu turns 2!

Orel said...

Kershaw inning 1: 32 pitches
inning 2: 12 pitches
inning 3: 10 pitches

1-1 tie

Alex Cora said...

Hu looked pretty smooth on that DP - shades of Furcal.

Orel said...

Vin on Kershaw: "Can he swing the bat? Have no idea." Love the honesty!

Orel said...

But Hu doesn't have Raffy's arm.

karina said...

Hey, i´m watching the game and Vin´s on!

Alex Cora said...

Hey Hu strikes out looking - In Furcal's shadow.

Orel said...

Aflac trivia: Who are the only 3 pitchers under age 20 to make their debut with the L.A. Dodgers?

Orel said...

It looks like the Cards are swinging early in the count.

Alex Cora said...

Fenando, Edwin jackson and...?

Orel said...

Kershaw range: 72-97 mph.

karina said...

Edwin Jackson is one of them.

Alex Cora said...

Opps, Fernando?

Damon said...

Kershaw looked good

karina said...

way to go, son!

Orel said...

Ethier single + Martin double = 2-1 Dodgers!

Orel said...

Vin on Wellemeyer: "He needs those broad shoulders to carry a multi-syllabic name." Took me a second to get it.

Orel said...

trivia answer: Fernando, Dick Calmus, Joe Moeller (all 19)

karina said...

Edwin Jackson debuted on his 20th birthday.

Orel said...

Kemp strands Martin at third. Still 2-1 Dodgers.

Orel said...

Good research, Karina!

Orel said...

Kershaw ends the 5th with his 6th K.

karina said...

thanks to baseball reference...

Orel said...

Kershaw pitch count: 32-12-10-11-10.

Orel said...

Baseball Reference rules!

Damon said...

We need Furcal back

Orel said...

KKKKKKK

Orel said...

Unfortunately, Furcal isn't making this next road trip. At least 7 more games without him.

Orel said...

Loney just pulled off a bit of a Jose Canseco head-bop error.

Orel said...

How did that curveball miss???

Orel said...

Dammit, H&R single for Pujols. Let's see how Kershaw responds to pressure.

karina said...

There´s something keeping King James out of concentration

Damon said...

yea that curve was a strike

Orel said...

DeWitt throws high to home! Tie game!

Greg Brock said...

I'm listening on the radio...how does P.E.#1 look today? nasty?

Orel said...

Maza's made two nice backwards basket catches today. Take note, James.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw Glaus-es over Troy for the second out.

Pop quiz (get excited, EK):
Maza's range is:
a) 2x Kent's
b) 3x Kent's
c) 5x Kent's
d) you can't divide by zero

Orel said...

Great profile, Brock! Kershaw's been nasty but not perfect. Of course, some bad defense and not enough offense hasn't helped.

Orel said...

(d)!

Orel said...

Kershaw survives the 6th! He can't lose and he might win....

Steve Sax said...

Orel, I thought you were busy today?

Kershaw's family is getting a lot of camera time. They'd better get an agent.

Orel said...

102 pitches for Kershaw.

Orel said...

Busy this a.m. and this evening...fits well with my Dodgers-watching schedule.

Orel said...

P.S.: Tomorrow is an 11:20 a.m. start. I won't be able to do a GT until probably right before the game.

Orel said...

Martin gets an RBI single! And guess who's first to greet Pierre in the dugout? Kershaw!

Steve Sax said...

Minotaur, now in line for his first win...if we can hold on...

karina said...

Orel, are you fixing your schedule so you can watch Dodgers games?

love my son Martin!

Steve Sax said...

Orel, I've got the GT fur morgen.

No worries, enjoy the beach in Cabo.

Orel said...

Wade in for Kershaw. Time to walk to el perro. Switching to radio mode.

Orel said...

Karina—I couldn't miss Kershaw's debut!

Steve Sax said...

No wait, the Dodgers ARE trying to give away Kershaw's first win.

Orel said...

Danke schön, Herr Sax!

Torre should never use Wade when the Dodgers are winning.

Why did Broxton bat???

Steve Sax said...

On to extra innings, tied at 3...

Eric Karros said...

Ich bin zurück

Eric Karros said...

I see the game is also back to where it started

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers are undefeated in extras this season, 2-0.

Steve Sax said...

Achtung EK. You missed a pop quiz!

Eric Karros said...

That comment's got jinx written all over it

Eric Karros said...

Just scrolled back and saw it. Well done!

Steve Sax said...

Saito, that was a NAAAAAAASTY breaking ball to K Pujols!

karina said...

Maybe Pujols owned Kershaw, but Saito K'ed him.

Steve Sax said...

All right Terry, here's your chance to prove Rob McMillin of 6-4-2 wrong...

Steve Sax said...

Ha, Tiffee is wearing Alex Cora's #13.

Rob, you may be on to something there.

Steve Sax said...

Tiffee gets on base with a routine fly ball that that falls behind short. I guess they're giving him a single. Lucky bastard.

karina said...

Welcome to the Dodgers, Tifee...

Steve Sax said...

Great bunt, Juan Pierre, forcing Tiffee at first!

And Vin is actually saying "they're in better shape now, though, given Pierre's speed." Yeah, true--except for that EXTRA OUT.

Speaking of extra outs, here's Mark Sweeney to pinch hit!

Steve Sax said...

Sweeney "advances" the runner with a wild pitch, sending Pierre to second. All we need is ONE HIT, Sweene-dog.

Steve Sax said...

Hey Karina, you throwing a party this weekend?

Steve Sax said...

Sweeney K's looking, stiff as a board.

Please, stop the Sweeney madness. Cut him already.

Ethier up, two out, winning run on second.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier with ihis first career walk-off hit! Way to go, Dodgers!!!

Eric Karros said...

awesome possum

karina said...

Sax, your predictions were right. Great baseball game.

Let´s go Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Vin is talking about how the Dodgers have to leave for Chicago to play a day game tomorrow, and that they won't even get to bed until 1am Chicago time at the earliest.

I don't think Vin misses traveling east of the Rockies much.

but we miss him!

Alex Cora said...

Hey woke up just in time to see Either's hit - woohoo!!!

karina said...

nope, no parties for me until July...why?

Eric Karros said...

No jinx! I guess that makes them 3-0 in extra innings! 'til tomorrow...

Steve Sax said...

Thanks Karina and EK for sticking around.

I have a confession, I was so concerned after losing last night's game that I called up Alex Cora and arranged to buy him a ticket to the Chicago series, which starts tomorrow at Wrigley Field (day game--get up early people!). EK, I took the funds from your and Orel's monthly paycheck; hope that's okay.

I'll explain more in tomorrow's Game Thread. Good afternoon, everybody!

Steve Sax said...

Karina, I just know (from prior GTs) that you're a great hostess. As for me, I'm off to grill for my party; gotta hop!

karina said...

rumor has it...then!

have a nice time!

Steve Sax said...

By the way, GO LAKERS!

Damon said...

Can we DFA Sweeney yet