Thursday, July 10, 2008

Game 92 Thread: July 10 vs. Marlins, 7p

Chan Ho Park (4-2, 2.36) vs. Josh Johnson (0-0, -.--).

COMMENTS: Untested pitcher alert! Untested pitcher alert! The Dodgers tend to suck against pitchers they haven't seen before. Although Johnson has started against the Dodgers in the past, tonight marks his 2008 debut. Tomorrow the Dodgers face Chris Volstad, making his second first start of the year. (How the heck do the Marlins have a winning record, anyway?)

While Park looks to continue the Dodgers' run of dominating pitching—his 1.29 starting ERA should help—it's the Dodger bats that need to, er, pitch in. (The Braves just outscored the Dodgers 10-8 over three games, yet the Dodgers won the series.) Let's hope Andruw Jones is getting his groove back, because Dodger pitchers can't throw near-perfect games every time out.

107 comments:

Orel said...

Kemp, CF
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Kent, 2B
Loney, 1B
Young, LF
DeWitt, 3B
Berroa, SS
Park, P

Jones might be heating up. Better sit him.

Steve Sax said...

Young AND Berroa? Park has got to be psyched.

Steve Sax said...

Marlins: one of the top homerun-hitting teams in the NL.

Park: famous for giving up some of the biggest HRs (Bonds, Ripken ASG, etc.)

Something's gotta give tonight!

Steve Sax said...

Sax here. Last-minute issues are going to prevent me from going tonight...arrrrrrrgh!

Eric Karros said...

Sax, look on the upside: that means Park will probably pitch a perfect game tonight!

karina said...

I can't believe this: Dodgers made 3 runs to tie the game, with 2 outs.

karina said...

DeWitt struck out, Berroa singled, Park bunted, Berroa got to 2nd. The Bison singled, Berroa scored.

Kemp stole second, Ethier singled, Kemp scored.

Ethier stole second and Martin singled. Ethier scored.

karina said...

After striking the first two batters, Park allows a double by Baker and a single by Johnson (the pitcher !!!!!). Dodgers 3-Marlins 4

Steve Sax said...

Agree with you karina, the 3 runs scored with 2 out was indeed sweet. Love the stolen bases to get them into scoring position!

karina said...

I'm sorry you couldn't make it to the game tonight. Do you have tickets for tomorrow?

karina said...

Russell Martin HR! way to go, son!

Dodgers 4-Marlins 4

Steve Sax said...

Russell Martin with a sweeeet hr to tie the game at 4p.

And Kent takes all the mo' out with a comebacker. And Loney Ks.

karina said...

They made 3 runs with 2 outs, they can do that again...

karina said...

Not on the 6th inning of this game.

Orel said...

Kuo escapes the bases-loaded sticky wicket in the seventh inning!

Orel said...

DeWitt gets us started with a single! Here we go!

karina said...

DeWitt singled, no outs, let's go blue!

Orel said...

Okay, next inning then.

Orel said...

Jones taking over in center. Do I smell walk-off HR?

Steve Sax said...

DeWitt not scoring was tough, but whaddya going to do on a 100 mph high slider?

Meanwhile, Broston promptly gives up a leadoff single to right, and Jones stares at it longingly from center field as if it were an orange.

Steve Sax said...

OreL: No, you smell Jones taking over in center.

Steve Sax said...

double play!

Orel said...

Brox induces the DP!

karina said...

Let's have some faith, guys

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers get out of the eighth! Ethier Martin and 0-for-3 Kent up next

Steve Sax said...

Wow, after seeing that commercial, I need a pool in my house.

karina said...

Pinto, my countryman, hit him boys!

Steve Sax said...

Ethier Ks, a 2-for-4 night. Here comes Martin.

Steve Sax said...

Karina, you are a beacon of optimism...

Orel said...

Unusual. Pinto went to his mouth while on the mound. Costs him a ball.

Orel said...

Hanley Ramirez with the boo-boo!

Orel said...

This ump's strike zone goes quite low.

karina said...

I can't help it, it's a way to see life. Anyway, i want the Dodgers to win this ASAP, i feel they could lose if i go to bed.

Steve Sax said...

FJL with two out and Russell on first.

Will Pinto bean Loney?

Steve Sax said...

Too bad Pinto is a lefty; Martin can't steal second and get in scoring position

Steve Sax said...

karina, don't go to bed!!!

Steve Sax said...

Arizona blew two late leads, but scored 2 in the top of the 11th to beat the Nats. Darn.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, in response to your first post, the only thing that Jones is heating up is his microwave dinner.

Orel said...

He's on deck!

Orel said...

Loney works the walk! 1st & 2nd for guess who!

Orel said...

I picture Karina snoozing on her keyboard.

Steve Sax said...

Loney has a nice at bat to work the walk and cause a lot of pitches. Well done, James.

However, it does make it easier for the Marlins defensively...not that they need it with big Andruw up and two out.

karina said...

I'm here! Jones is up....

Steve Sax said...

Everybody pitches Jones away since they know he can't hit it

Orel said...

Andruw had a nice swing there. He just needs to nail down the timing.

Orel said...

Jones is up! Karina is up!

Orel said...

Waaah wah wah wahhh....

karina said...

I promise not to feel bad about making jokes about Jones. Unless he really helps the team to go into the playoffs.

Orel said...

Closer in a non-save situation. I don't like it.

Steve Sax said...

nice play by berroa to get that first out.

by the way, nice K there Jonesy to end the eighth

Steve Sax said...

Berroa singlehandedly fields us in the ninth. Nice job, Sammy!

Orel said...

Berroa can't hit but he's decent with the glove.

Orel said...

These eHarmony ads are so mean to lonely people.

Orel said...

I am not confident we can avoid extra innings.

Orel said...

Berroa then Maza. Hmmm.

karina said...

It doesn't look like it. I'm thinking about making some coffee.

Steve Sax said...

Too bad Berroa can't bat...

Steve Sax said...

...too bad Maza can't bat either.

Where oh where is Furcal???

BTW, Sammy is coming back out to pitch the tenth. Gulp.

Steve Sax said...

Those Hollywood Park ads touting a Berlin concert are mean to the horses.

Steve Sax said...

Hey Orel, did you add some more banner pictures recently? They're nice...

Also, got confirmation that we will be part of the Dodger Stadium review on Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew. Thanks, 'Duk!

karina said...

Congratulations!

Steve Sax said...

c'mon Kemp, END THIS with one swing

karina said...

Did you go to the other side?

karina said...

Ethier walks. Son Martin is next.

Orel said...

Still here!

karina said...

Martin walks too.

Orel said...

Nelson walks 2 but K's LaRoche. 1st & 2nd w/2 out, Loney up.

Steve Sax said...

I am not sure why LaRoche is swinging here when the guy just walked two straight batters...

...and he k's on a bad pitch. Three pitches, and sit down. Andy, what the f'?

Steve Sax said...

I'm cracking open one more beer, but that's it. One. More. Beer.

Come on, Loney!

karina said...

Losing beauty sleep but they'll gonna win this game (have another date tomorrow night)

Steve Sax said...

Loney barely fouled off that second pitch, and it's promptly 0-2.

Steve Sax said...

Vin says Loney is hitting .296 with RISP. But he's batting .301 overall...so doesn't that mean he's worse with RISP than with no RISP?

Orel said...

Same fella, Karina?

Steve Sax said...

WHAT? Okay, Karina, now I'm awake...

a) date #1 with new guy?
b) date #2 with last guy?

Do tell...

Steve Sax said...

Loney was lucky to catch that pitch and foul it. Still 1-2.

karina said...

date #3 with same guy...

Steve Sax said...

2-2. Man, when Nelson misses, he really misses. Those are high balls.

Orel said...

Wow, something's cooking! And I'm not talking at Dodger Stadium!

Orel said...

Ugh.

Steve Sax said...

Date #3! Wow, this guy is a lucky one. Have a great time...

...hopefully better than Loney, who just grounded weakly to second. And in trots Brian Falkenbourg for the 11th. Gulp, gulp, gulp.

Steve Sax said...

I was going to stretch out a bit, but we're apparently in a flex alert.

Orel said...

I'm sleepy.

karina said...

*blushing*
Thanks a lot!
Tomorrow is gonna be interesting. He's a metalhead at heart and we'll be going to an art opening at the museum of contemporary art, where my friends' new band will perform. I'm sure, we'll do something afterwards, because it is one of my friends' birthday.
I bet my life my friends' music should be electronic, very experimental. Besides, i also told him lots of his sister's friends will be there. I explained all of this but he doesn't care and he said he'll join me whatever i want to do tomorrow.
Tomorrow night, they are also broadcasting the game on TV, i'm feeling kinda guilty because i won't be watching it.

Orel said...

Shit shit shit. They should just pitch around Ramirez. But they don't, he homers and it's 5-4 Florida.

Steve Sax said...

Dear Brian Falkenborg.

You suck.

Signed, Sax

karina said...

Ditto.

Steve Sax said...

Karina, make sure to take your blackberry! We'll keep you posted.

Orel said...

This guy sounds crazy about you! We'll think happy thoughts for you while watching tomorrow's game.

Steve Sax said...

Ugh, do we even have a chance, with the bottom of the lineup up? Including Jones?

Orel said...

No. No chance.

Steve Sax said...

They call Andruw up on a checkswing, but they may have been fooled by the shadow of his gut.

Nevertheless, with a 1-2 pitch, he...flies out.

Orel said...

Andruw with warning-track power! He's developing, I tell ya!

karina said...

Thanks, i'll be checking the game thread as soon as i get home.

Steve Sax said...

0-for-2, Andruw. Danke fur spielen.

Steve Sax said...

I'll tell you what's developing on Andruw. HIS GUT.

On the other hand, his batting average is regressing again.

karina said...

He's scared to be nowhere near Mendoza.Perhaps.

Steve Sax said...

Dugout shot of Grady Little, looking forlorn and stoic...oh wait, that's Joe Torre! My bad.

Orel said...

Hanley Ramirez subscribes to the jaunty school of cap wearing.

Steve Sax said...

DeWitt flies for the second out.

Steve Sax said...

100!

karina said...

DeWitt is showing some patience at the plate.

Orel said...

Berroa is our last hope.

Steve Sax said...

"He's got two down, and Angel Berroa standing in his way."

Berroa is not standing in my way. Good night, everybody!

Orel said...

Back to second place! Night all!

karina said...

Would it be possible the field players on the team think the starting pitchers can throw near no hitters every night?

karina said...

Night, everyone!

Dusto Magnifico said...

What the HELL is Joe DOING putting in Brian Falkenborge!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!??!?!??!??!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!?????!!??!!!???!?!?!????!!!!?????!!!!!???????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????!!!!??!!!!!?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????

I officially hate Joe Torre!