Thursday, September 25, 2008

Game 159 Thread: Sept 25 vs. Padres, 7p

Greg Maddux (7-13, 4.31) vs. Jake Peavy (9-11, 2.77).

COMMENTS: Your 2008 NL West Division Champions take the field tonight, having clinched the division without even lifting a bat. Of course, pounding the Padres 12-4 last night does help the cause a bit, but tonight look for a lineup full of benchwarmers and recently reactivated veterans. As for Maddux, still with only one win since coming to the Dodgers and still teetering on the precipice of owning eighth place on the all-time career wins list outright (banishing 'Roid Rage Roger to ninth place), the Dodgers second-string lineup plus a pitching matchup against Peavy does not seem to indicate an happy ending. Win or lose, however, the Dodgers should be celebrating tonight--and all you fans lucky enough to be there in person (like SoSG Alex Cora) had better enjoy every minute of it! Congratulations, Dodgers!

37 comments:

Erin said...

According to Inside the Dodgers:


Furcal, SS

Kent, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Kemp, CF

Ardoin, C

Stults, P

Erin said...

I'll probably lose my voice during Furcal's first at-bat.

Neeebs said...

Neeebs
+
Dodger Clinching Division
=
SUCKER

OK, so I just bought a 2008 Division Champion T-Shirt at MLB.com.

FYI, the bobbleheads in stock are probably not quite flying off the shelves. You have a choice of Andruw, Kent, Loney, and Schmidt.

karina said...

Erin, would you please shout for me too?

I'm euphoric! someone called me to tell me about my 2008 NL West Champions while stuck in traffic!

Rob said...

I admire your remote enthusiasm, Karina.

Erin said...

Jim Abbott throws out a pitch and the PA announcer says, "Let's have a hand for Jim Abbott."

Oops.

Erin said...

Okay, no more posts from me until after the game. Gotta concentrate on the celebration.

Steve Sax said...

erin! AC! you guys are both at tonight's game! Have a ($10) beer for me!

karina said...

Rob, true love doesn't know about distance.

By the way, the 2008 NL West Champions are down by two. Padres scored two runs on the top of the first, Luis Rodriguez singled, Brian Giles homered.

Steve Sax said...

holy smokes, usc is down 21-0

karina said...

Top of the 4th. Ozuna replaces Kent and Hu substitutes Furcal. How did Kent and Raffy look?

Steve Sax said...

sc scores a touchdown early to open the third. 21-6 Oregon State, pending the extra point.

Steve Sax said...

Raffy looked fine, karina, though to my eyes his back seems a little tight. I wasn't watching the game completely though (we were having dinner), so I might have missed something.

He flied out weakly to center for his last at bat.

Didn't see Kent's ABs.

Steve Sax said...

Milwaukee is coming up in the bottom of the tenth, tied at 1

Steve Sax said...

repko just replaced Manny, to much cheering. Torre did it right, by having Manny take his spot in left, and then having Repko run out and replace him. Well done.

Steve Sax said...

Bottom of the 10th in Milwaukee, two on, one out, Counsell up

Steve Sax said...

sorry, there are two outs in the bottom of the 10th in milwaukee. Counsell walks on four pitches, so here comes Ryan Braun for all the marbles, with rancho ardiendo

Steve Sax said...

21-7, SC driving at midfield with 5:30 to go in the third

BRAUN HITS A GRAND SALAMI, Brewers win to keep pace in the wildcard chase!

Steve Sax said...

Can't wait for the Braun highlight...wow. ESPN Gamecast had it deep to left.

Steve Sax said...

Remember, if the Brewers win the wild card...we have to play the Cubs.

Ugh.

Erin said...

Manny just threw a ball to some people a few seats to my right. A woman fell over (I'm right by the foul pole) and then decided to go for the ball as it rolled toward the bullpen. The security guard saw her, knew what she was going for, and still felt the need to full-on tackle the woman in a way that easily could have broken her neck. He then slammed her to the ground and had his two other buddies help hold her down and cuff her.

I've never witnessed something so unnecessarily violent, and I'm really shaken up by it. You can bet I'll be writing a post later, and Josh Rawitch in PR will be getting a copy.

The game is far less enjoyable at the moment.

Steve Sax said...

Stults exits with two out and a man on second. "He did very well," said Vin.

I am so busy channel flipping and web window flipping, I confess I missed most of it...

Steve Sax said...

erin, I can't wait to see your post. If you get a chance, please describe the size / stature of the guard and offender. I bet it was a bad mismatch.

This is LA, however...sometimes, people on power trips go nuts, sadly.

Steve Sax said...

21-14 Oregon State over USC in the third.

Steve Sax said...

I think the Dodger Stadium security has a couple of Paul LoDuca's leftover packages. They must be juicing.

Steve Sax said...

It may be 4-0 SD now, but the cut scene before the commercial showed the LA Dodgers' locker room being taped down in plastic, pending the champagne festivities...

Steve Sax said...

Bottom 5, Dodgers down 4-0

Oregon State is putting up a fight, driving to their own 40...

Steve Sax said...

Hu gets the Dodgers on the board, 4-1, scoring DeWitt from third. Kemp wisely takes third, so it's men at the corners with two out in the fifth.

Steve Sax said...

Loney pops out, but nine men come to the plate in the 5th and Peavy, with 50+ pitches this inning alone, must be gassed.

USC just had to punt, down by a touchdown with 8:00 in the fourth quarter.

Steve Sax said...

4-3 Dodgers against Peavy. Four innings to play. All the regulars out. Not too bad.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, there are 9+ minutes left in the fourth at Oregon State. USC down 14-21.

Steve Sax said...

erin, you haven't been hauled away as well, have you?

Steve Sax said...

okay, gotta go. be good.

Alex Cora said...

Would be nice to win this one. There are a whole lot of people here. Also there are a million beach balls flying around too.

Orel said...

Hi everybody! Anything interesting happen today?

Erin said...

I sent you guys an email with the story when I thought it wasn't posting here. Sorry for the duplicate.

Dodgers!!!!

Oh, and I got pictures of the incident, so you'll be able to see the mismatch.

Steve Sax said...

Erin, we got the email, thanks for thinking of us. Post away, I'm desperately interested...