Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Game 91 Thread: July 9 vs. Braves, 7p

Derek Lowe (6-8, 4.02) vs. Tim Hudson (9-6, 3.19).

COMMENTS: "Hello, this is Captain Torre speaking. Thank you for flying Jet Blue. We hope you enjoyed your one-day layover in Firstplaceville. Originally we had planned on staying long enough for you to actually deplane and enjoy the city, but technical difficulties prevented that. The city is already occupied by another group from Phoenix, so you wouldn't have had it all to yourselves anyway. We were hoping they would have vacated Firstplaceville by now, but I guess they have nowhere better to go.

"As for our next destination, we're uncertain whether we're headed north or south. Control tells us conditions in the Hudson Bay may affect our direction, although there's a Lowe-pressure front that could push us the other way, but only if it gets enough support. Wherever we're headed, though, you should know our momentum won't take us far—apparently there's an upcoming All-Star Break in the weather that will ground our service for at least four days.

"Once again, thank you for flying Jet Blue. We realize you have a choice of carriers and want to assure you we're doing everything possible to provide the smoothest journey possible. In fact, we'd like to welcome First Officer Mattingly to the crew. Hopefully he'll give us the lift we need."

84 comments:

DodgerDog in Idaho said...

First Officer Mattingly's pre-flight checklist:

1. Son squared away and ready for school in the fall. Check.

2. Wife safely put away in a mental institution. Check.

3. Resume duties as official hitting instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Check.

Looks good to me!

Orel said...

Don't forget:

4. Son drafted by the Dodgers. Check.

Orel said...

Kemp, RF
Ethier, LF
Garciaparra, SS
Loney, 1B
Martin, C
Jones, CF
DeWitt, 3B
Maza, 2B
Lowe, P

Steve Sax said...

Did Andruw Jones already pull the cord to inflate his life jacket?

Steve Sax said...

Will Nomar reinjure something if he has to slide down the liferaft?

Steve Sax said...

Will Chin-Lung Hu fit in the overhead compartment?

Steve Sax said...

Does Andruw Jones have to pay the $50 fee for his carry-on "luggage"?

Steve Sax said...

Did Drew McCourt publish the right time schedule?

Dusto Magnifico said...

"please return your seats and tray tables to their upright and locked position".

Steve Sax said...

How many times did Frank McCourt have to redo the seating arrangements?

Steve Sax said...

And most importantly, WHO THE HELL IS FLYING THIS PLANE IN THE FIRST PLACE

Orel said...

Otto!

Orel said...

Nats 5, D'backs 0, top 7!

Steve Sax said...

Can we win our fourth-straight series???

Steve Sax said...

The Parrot handsfree radio commercials are horrible. Simply horrible. They should fire their ad agency.

Loney Fan said...

Arizona loses!

Steve Sax said...

I do love Lisa Simpson saying, "I don't really have a catchphrase" on the Universal Studios commercial.

karina said...

3 Braves, 3 outs, keep it going, Lowe!

karina said...

By the way, i adore the flight-theme of this thread. A+

stace3125 said...

Hi, everyone. I'm hoping the Dodgers can show the kind of prowess that they possesed on Monday night. Getting a taste of first place should not be good enough. They need to take each game one at a time and pick up their offense every day!! Not every other!! Go Blue!!

Erin said...

Dodgerdog, FYI, when I go to Idaho (at least once a year, often twice), I go to Caldwell. My dad was born and raised there, and my family owns a drugstore in town. If you ever find yourself there, shop at Pennywise!

Hello everyone, from beautiful Marfa, Texas!

karina said...

Hello, Erin! how's your road trip going? have you posted something new at your blog?

Erin said...

It's going very well, Karina. I've written one another post since the one with the Santana picture. Maybe some more pictures tomorrow. I've been taking a ton. It's hard not to, since it's so damn gorgeous here.

stace3125 said...

Lowe looks locked in tonight.

karina said...

Erin, i never saw the Santana post. I'll catch up with the reading (i'll comment tomorrow, lots of work to do tonight).

karina said...

I'd wish i could watch this game on TV. Pitching duels' rock my world!

karina said...

King James doubled!breaking the no-hitter of Hudson.

Loney Fan said...

Andruw Jones rocks my world! He also rocks the donut shop down the street, the local Fatburger, and any kid that gets in his way of bacon.

karina said...

Very harsh, Loney Fan. But guy singled twice last night, maybe he'll hit Mendoza line soon enough

Orel said...

I see we have a pitchers' duel....

karina said...

edit: pitchers' duel

Orel said...

BISON BOMB!

Orel said...

That should be enough for Lowe.

karina said...

Kemp with the HR!

Orel said...

Perfecto and no-no gone in one hit. C'mon, where's the standing O for Lowe?

Erin said...

It's my fault, guys. I changed the channel on the television, hoping to see something about the game on ESPN, just before the hit. Clearly I should have left everything as it was.

Orel said...

Loney saved DeWitt's bacon on a bad throw there. Blanco advances to third.

karina said...

No standing ovation for Lowe at Chavez Ravine?

Orel said...

Dammit, Erin!

Orel said...

Round of applause for Lowe but the camera didn't catch any standers. Dodger fans getting spoiled, I tell ya.

Orel said...

Lowe gets Larry's comebacker. He's doing everything tonight.

And a deep fly ball gets him out of the inning!

Erin said...

Seven innings on 74 pitches. I'd call that efficient.

karina said...

74 pitches, 53 of them were strikes. It's outstanding.

Orel said...

What do you think, CG for Lowe tonight?

karina said...

So far, he's at the pace for it.

Orel said...

ANDRUW RBI!

Steve Sax said...

Jones with an RBI single? No f'n way

Orel said...

Jones with a great slide to take out the second baseman! The crowd has been dying to cheer him!

Orel said...

F'n way!

karina said...

This is one of a kind night. When was the last time he had a RBI? that solo HR at Atlanta?

Orel said...

Maza walks to Rancho Ardiendo...for Lowe.

karina said...

I have Lowe and Zambrano starting tonight at fantasy, so it's all good.

Orel said...

Solo HR by Francoeur. 2-1 Dodgers.

karina said...

Guy who had a stint on Double A to work his hitting issues.

Orel said...

Finally, a standing O for Lowe!

Orel said...

Hey, he spent three whole days in Double-A.

Orel said...

WOW Martin had him nailed by a mile!

karina said...

and was recalled for this series. I'd wish some other teams oukd follow the Braves example.

Erin said...

Pulling Lowe seems a little insane here, if you ask me. Gotay is a .208 hitter on the season. Lowe has two outs in the eighth. Did he lose it completely just because he walked one guy?

karina said...

That's my adopted son!

karina said...

You have a point, Erin. Because the top of the lineup is coming up.

Loney Fan said...

Hey Blaine, DUCK!

Orel said...

Kemp CS. We sure could use some insurance here.

Erin said...

Is Saito warming or will Broxton pitch the ninth?

Orel said...

I see Torre's point there. We're in the eighth, Broxton's ready, Lowe's just starting to falter. With that slim a lead, better too early than too late.

Orel said...

Saito.

Orel said...

Don't make this interesting, Saito.

Steve Sax said...

I think Kemp has been caught off base or CS something like three times in the last four games.

Saito gets his second out...called K

Loney Fan said...

DIRTY!!! Nice pitch!

Orel said...

DODGERS WIN! 1st place again!

Loney Fan said...

YES! Andruw I owe you an apology. I cannot believe I just wrote that!

Orel said...

Four straight series. Nice.

karina said...

Let's go blue! i can get used to this quality of pitching.

Orel said...

Jones saying classy things about Dodger fans. "The fans have been great....They come and support the team every day."

karina said...

Now, Jones is making me feel so bad and dirty. How about you?

Orel said...

Nope. One good game doesn't erase half a season of ineptness and injury.

Orel said...

We are overlooking how good Atlanta's pitching has also been this series. Dodgers score eight runs over three games and take the series.

Steve Sax said...

Steiner, late in the ninth, said "she came in through the bathroom window.". Hmm.

Orel said...

Isn't that a Beatles song?

Loney Fan said...

Way to go Tim Watson, thanks for reminding Andruw a thousand times over that he is talentless hack and that the Dodger fans/team hate him.

Orel said...

Andruw has caused Dodger fans a lot of pain this season....

Orel said...

Great game, everybody! I'm proud of all of you! Night!

Loney Fan said...

Agreed Orel, but we don't need to drive him back into his psychological funk when he is at least producing something. Great game nonetheless! Lowe deserves the win in a game where we normally would have lost it for him.

Steve Sax said...

It is indeed a Beatles song, from Abbey Road. Nice call, Orel.