Saturday, September 06, 2008

Game 142 Thread: Sept 6 vs. D'backs, 12.45p

Chad Billingsley (13-10, 3.13) vs. Brandon Webb (19-6, 3.19).

COMMENTS: Andre Ethier is on a Manny Ramirez-like offensive tear. Angel Berroa is batting .389 over the past seven games, including a rare home run. Derek Lowe is getting run support. And the Dodgers are winning games even when Manny overruns first base and Ethier overruns second. Our sixth win in a row last night, coming on the heels of a gut-punch eight-game losing streak, is truly charmed, and since we at SoSG are a superstitious lot, this GameThread goes up at :10 past the hour once again. This afternoon's matchup between a Cy Young winner of the past versus a Cy Young winner of the future gets Fox Game of the Week status, so let's keep the magic gloves on, the lineup unchanged, and the mojo working...and maybe, just maybe, first place could be ours by dinner time.

112 comments:

QuadSevens said...

I'll be back in the super-duper corporate seats again today. Look for me behind home plate on the right side of your screen.

Orel said...

Near Mary Hart?

Orel said...

the lineup for this "middle" game:

Nathan Coltrane Jeanson, C
Everett, RF
Aristides, LF
Anthony, 1B
William, 3B
Ryan, CF
Robert, 2B
Maria (!), SS
Ryan (#2!), P

Orel said...

Here we go!

karina said...

Orel, i bet Berroa's mom is either very catholic or she made a promise concerning his birth.

Anyway, it's common to find people with names like Jose Maria or Maria Jose...

karina said...

I'm not leaving 'till the game is over. It'd be a good idea if they go extra innings.

Orel said...

Bills throwing lively today, although Fox's gun is "only" showing 91-92 mph.

Orel said...

Yes, Karina. I recall the golfer José María Olazábal.

Bills 1-2-3!

Orel said...

Don't go if you don't want to, Karina! Life's too short.

I can hang until 3:30, although I have to walk the dog at some point.

Orel said...

Clayton Kershaw acquits himself admirably reading the lineup on national TV.

Orel said...

Mark Grace sounds like the actor Jeff Bridges.

Orel said...

Webb walks Martin!

Orel said...

Ethier K's. Let's trade him!

karina said...

My friends convinced me. However, i put some rules: a) not leaving 'till the Dodgers game is over, b) if someone is cruel or mean i will walk away, c) i'm not either leaving if i'm not looking picture-perfect and they all have to agree on that matter, d) we'll have to go the four of us together, if someone bails out, i'm not going.
I proposed we could watch the Venezuela national soccer team playing a game against Peru in the qualifying round for the World Cup. I'm trying to "persuade" them, i'm sure we'll have a much better time.

Orel said...

You drive a hard bargain!

Orel said...

Bills touches 94 mph.

Orel said...

Bills looks confident today.

karina said...

It's been a pitching duel. C-mon Dodgers!

Orel said...

DeWitt singles to lead off the 3rd!

karina said...

DeWitt ends the no-hitter.

karina said...

Orel, i'm the only girl, so i can get away with lots of stuff. They were here last night, around 1 am, just a little bit after the game ended...to convince me...

Orel said...

RANCHO RANCHO RANCHO
ARDIENDO ARDIENDO ARDIENDO

for Manny!

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo for Manny!

Orel said...

We call that "a woman's prerogative."

karina said...

hey, we are saying the same!

Orel said...

Manny is always first pitch swinging!

Orel said...

Manny quickly 0-2.

Orel said...

shit

karina said...

Manny struck out in 3 pitches.

karina said...

That was an interesting stat, Manny is second on the all time grand slam leaders, behind Lou Gehrig.

Orel said...

Bills is ON FIRE.

Steve Sax said...

Webb had a lot of pitches that inning, though. Bills takes care of business in the fourth, so let's see if Loney can come out with a bang.

karina said...

Bills: 4 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 59 pitches. Performing like the ace he is.

Go King James!

Steve Sax said...

These postseason tbs commercials are so bad, I almost wish for Dane Cook. Almost.

What the hell do the 216 stitches have to do with October baseball? If not for the shots of Fernando and Orel, I'd tivo past this commercial.

Bob Melvin doesn't smile much.

Steve Sax said...

Yep, that's what I need to see, Mark Grace's NFC picks. Josh Lewin is pushing football references into every other sentence. Somebody stop these two.

karina said...

Steve, i could bet they can't be worse than the announcers i have to endure to.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you nailed the Mark Grace-Jeff Bridges voice analogy. I'm expecting him to start quoting Starman.

Steve Sax said...

Karina, it may be a tossup. I'm seriously considering switching over to the radio, Rick Monday notwithstanding.

karina said...

Quad should wave at us. I haven't seen him.

Steve Sax said...

I don't think I have ever seen Bills so locked in. Way to go, Chad!

0-0 through 4 1/2.

Steve Sax said...

Chevy's Roberto Clemente Award ad is really moving. The shot used during "This is our pride" gives me the chills.

Steve Sax said...

Berroa with the leadoff single!

karina said...

Manny and a 3 run HR!

Steve Sax said...

I love how when Manny entered the dugout after his 3-run bomb, he was jumping up and down like a little boy. Wow. We love you, Manny!

Andrew said...

For so many years, Webb has proverbially tea bagged us. I gotta say its nice to finally get our come uppins against this guy. Hopefully we can light up Peavy when we get him too.

karina said...

Blake walks, Kemp singles, no outs.

Steve Sax said...

Blake on second, Kemp on first, none out, DeWitt up

karina said...

DeWitt moves the runners to scoring position, Angel Maria is up...

karina said...

Berroa IBB. Rancho Ardiendo, Bills is up. Arizona is looking for the double play.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo for Martin!

Erin said...

Hello all. Things are looking good, huh?

Erin said...

Here in Idaho, I get to watch the nail-biter that is the Tigers/Twins game. It's maddening.

karina said...

Veeery good. Son Martin walked, so it's Dodgers 4-Arizona 0.

karina said...

So, it's Rancho Ardiendo for Ethier...

Alex Cora said...

Hey Hey, things are looking good! Come on Andre!

Alex Cora said...

WOOHOO!!!! Another run!!! MANNNY UP!

Erin said...

I love these gifts the Diamondbacks keep giving us.

karina said...

Ethier walks. Dodgers 5- Arizona 0

Still Rancho Ardiendo. Manuel Aristides Ramirez is at the plate.

Alex Cora said...

LOST IN THE SUN!!!! Manny socres two on a routine fly ball.

karina said...

Manny 2-run double!

Dodgers 7- Arizona 0

Steve Sax said...

Are you kidding me? Manny ground rule double when they can't catch a fly ball???

Erin said...

This is very fun.

Alex Cora said...

It is still hard to listen to Mark Grace trying to be impartial during this game.

Alex Cora said...

Come on Bills, make it though this inning

Orel said...

The Dodgers scored seven runs while I was walking the dog.

Orel said...

Bills is wobbling....

Orel said...

Standing O for Bills.

Erin said...

He lost it pretty quickly. Let's hope Wade can help him out.

Erin said...

I would like another shutout.

karina said...

They can work the double play. 18 arepas would be so much fun!

Alex Cora said...

WADE comes in to shut them down with a double play! Preserves the shutout! I like that kid Wade.

karina said...

Which they just did...

Orel said...

Wade induces the inning-ending 6-4-3 DP! Amazing!

Orel said...

Now you're just getting greedy, Erin.

Alex Cora said...

Nice prediction Karina!

Alex Cora said...

Hey does anyone else think that Casey Blake looks like a Civil War soldier?

Alex Cora said...

And he marches over to first with a walk.

Alex Cora said...

Then Marches into the dugout as Hu runs for him.

karina said...

Like a soldier, doing what is requested from him...

Alex Cora said...

man, that breaking ball from Wade is wicked.

karina said...

That was a great pitch to strike out Montero.

karina said...

17 arepas in a row...

Alex Cora said...

Nomar doesn't do the toe tap anymore. I miss it.

Steve Sax said...

This is an awfully boring game for Fox, and the announcing team isn't good either.

But it's GREAT for Dodger fans!!!

Nomar in to PH. Ball one sails over his head, Grace says "that's a hard ball tot take, what patience". Nomar works the count full and then draws the walk!

Alex Cora said...

Hey a Repko sighting!

Alex Cora said...

Hope he doesn't hurt himself up there.

Alex Cora said...

Three more outs to go!

Alex Cora said...

Repko flashing the leather to save the shutout!

Alex Cora said...

WoW, Elbert let one fly against the batter's arm. Ouch.

Erin said...

I can't believe we're bringing in another pitcher.

Alex Cora said...

I think Torre is going for the psychological damage of not having the D backs score in the last 2 games. Wicked.

Alex Cora said...

One more to go!!!

Erin said...

Oh, come on, Johnson. I asked for another shutout. Two 7-0 games in a row would make me happy.

karina said...

Young walks...drama...they'll get a shutout.

Erin said...

If he walks in a run here, I'll be pissed.

Alex Cora said...

Oops, there goes the shutout.

karina said...

there it goes the shutout...

Erin said...

Sure is nice to know you can count on your relievers with a seven-run lead.

Erin said...

And now we have to use Broxton.

karina said...

#100

karina said...

Alex, we're saying the very same things...

karina said...

Erin, first place Dodgers would be enough.

karina said...

3 pitchers to get an out...

Alex Cora said...

FIRST PLACE IS OURS ONCE AGAIN!

karina said...

FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS! FIRST PLACE DODGERS!

Erin said...

Thank god. We win.

Alex Cora said...

Karina, we're saying the very same things...

Alex Cora said...

I'm going to be going to the game tomorrow. I hope that they can win another one! Go BLUE!

karina said...

Alex, i've heard "great minds think alike". We're even using caps to say the same.

QuadSevens said...

I waved a few times during the game. I guess I was just off the top of the screen. It was a hot one out there, but a lot of fun to watch since we won. Let's see if we can get the sweep tomorrow!

QuadSevens said...

Here's a few pics to show you where I was sitting at.

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Orel said...

Q7, those are AWESOME seats!