Thursday, April 16, 2009

Game 10 Thread: April 16 vs. Giants, 7p

Eric Stults (1-0, 1.69) vs. Barry Zito (0-1, 9.00).

COMMENTS: Four wins in a row? One series tie and two series wins against NL West opponents? Tied for first place? Yeah, we'll take it.

Tonight brings us the battle of the lefties, with Stults looking to continue his unheralded goodness while Zito attempts to relive some of his glory days at Dodger Stadium, where he's 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA.

Barry Zito was a big baseball player
Back in Oaktown
He could throw that curveball by them
Make their legs buckle down boy
Saw him the other night in the NL West
We were walking off, he was walking out
Came back the next night 'gainst Stults threw a few curves
But all he kept talking about...

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Steve Sax said...

Peavy balks, and then gives up a three-run HR to Carlos Delgado in the first inning. 3-0 Mets, still in the bottom in the first.

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Ramirez, LF
Loney, 1B
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
Kemp, CF
Blake, 3B
Stults, P

Steve Sax said...

Padres now up 6-3 in the 5th. Thanks, John Maine!

Steve Sax said...

Orel, I do hope Zito's going down, down, down, down. Going down, down, down, down.

Alireza said...

As opposed to being solid 1-8 tonight, the lineup is solid 1-9. Anyone else have the Dodgers as an early season pick for one of the best hitting pitching staffs? Kershaw seems quite able to handle the bat, Stults can hit, Wolf can hit, McDonald can hit. Even Kuo can hit.

Steve Sax said...

Kuo can bat flip, too.

Steve Sax said...

Duaner Sanchez in to pitch the bottom of the eighth against the Mets, with SD still up 6-3.

Steve Sax said...

Ryan Church promptly bunts Sanchez' first pitch, and then advances to second on a throwing error. None out.

Andrew said...

Anyone else rather see Kemp hitting higher in the order? Personally, I think his numbers would vastly improve hitting in the two hole.

Steve Sax said...

And it's 6-5 SD on a Ramon Castro HR that scores Church. One out, bottom of the eighth at Citi Field.

Steve Sax said...

Andrew, do you mean Kemp would vastly improve from a .375 batting average?

Loney Fan said...

Made it back from night court just in time to see the game. Hello everyone.

I agree that it would be nice to see Kemp a little higher. Maybe batting 4 again.

Dr. Geek said...

Just purchased the MLB.tv premium package. Now I can watch Dodger games! Woo!

The Mets are making it a close one. They better squeeze out a win.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I still think Manny should be cleanup and Ethier or Loney should be third.

Furcal
Huddy
Ethier
Manny
Loney
Martin
Kemp
Blake
P

Andrew said...

Clearly he is off to a good start, but when he cools from the .375 clip, would he not benefit from being in front of Manny, especially with his power numbers?

Dr. Geek said...

Gary Sheffield has special balls.

Steve Sax said...

Sheff eked out a walk, but the Pads escaped the eighth without further damage. 6-5 Padres, in the ninth.

Orel said...

"I listen to the blogs." —Eric Karros, on his recent haircut

Steve Sax said...

Dr. Geek, I'm wondering, are you a real doctor? Or do you just play one on tv?

Steve Sax said...

Okay guys, see you on the other side.

Loney Fan said...

KCAL really getting on EK about his hair

Orel said...

"It's time for Dodger baseball....Hi everybody, and very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be."

Loney Fan said...

THINK BLUE TV referring to SoSG's comparison of EK's hair to the Disney Concert Hall

Orel said...

We actually referenced Calatrava, not Gehry, but it was fun to see EK get mocked on TV.

Steve Sax said...

LoneyFa, did they specifically mention SoSG on Think Blue TV?

Loney Fan said...

They did not, I thought they were referring to SoSG, but Orel was right. They were comparing it to Frank Ghery.

Dr. Geek said...

"Steve Sax said...

Dr. Geek, I'm wondering, are you a real doctor? Or do you just play one on tv?"

Okay. I'm really George Clooney.

Steve Sax said...

Raffy's quick thinking saves a run. Stults gets out of the first.

Loney Fan said...

I love how Casey got up after tagging out the runner and immediately looked to make a play at second.

Dr. Geek said...

Put it on the board, baby!

Dusto Magnifico said...

BOOM: 1-0. Way to go Raffy!

Andrew said...

Gah, Comcast has blessed me with the San Francisco feed here in Boston...I want me some Vinny...booooo

Loney Fan said...

Escape!

Damon said...

Thats how you lead if off

Steve Sax said...

We had you picked as Anthony Edwards.

Orlando Zepeda said...

I live in SF, I can't go the entire season only watching the SF/LA games on tv. Is the mlb.tv deal worth the $100?

Andrew said...

Yes Orlando, it is very much worth it if you need to watch the Dodgers.

Dr. Geek said...

"Orlando Zepeda said...

I live in SF, I can't go the entire season only watching the SF/LA games on tv. Is the mlb.tv deal worth the $100?"

Most other games are available from home and away. The little features are fun to tinker with.

I think it's worth it.

karina said...

Son, smash Zito!

Epale, everyone! just getting home...

Dr. Geek said...

Was that Aaron Eckhart just now in the stands?

Steve Sax said...

Andrew, be sure to tell us how Jon Miller is mispronouncing all the Dodgers' names.

Steve Sax said...

Epale, karina!

Andrew said...

It's Krukow and Kuiper, who, despite their gross homerdom of the Giants are actually decent announcers, especially after listening to a lot of announcers lately on other feeds. They could lose the dumb stuff like "Grab some pine meat", especially when they are announcing a 90 loss team.

Penos Cabell said...

Jon Miller pronouncing the Spanish names is the funniest. I like hearing him say "Beltre" with the emphasis on the "tre"

Steve Sax said...

1-1.

Dr. Geek said...

Dang Gnads.

Steve Sax said...

Stults isn't as steady tonight.

Orlando Zepeda said...

Krukow and Kuiper, are too busy "eliminating" Dodger fans to pay attention to the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYYV2RTzdek

Makes me a little proud.

karina said...

Penos, actually the emphasis is in the "tre". I don't know how he pronounces the other spanish names.

Damon said...

Stults doesn't look too sharp tonight

Loney Fan said...

Fred Lewis is no Matt Kemp!

Damon said...

Ethier gonna charge the mound.

Dr. Geek said...

Gotta love those Keystone Giants!

Damon said...

I hope kemp got a hit there i need his points

Dusto Magnifico said...

aaaahhhhhhh.... good to see the boys getting it done against crappy pitching.

karina said...

He will, Damon.

Does anyone know if the MLB.com for Blackberry is available for international customers?

karina said...

RBI Tripleeeeeeee!, go Bison!

Orlando Zepeda said...

New contacts!!!!

Dr. Geek said...

Zito with that gold glove.

Loney Fan said...

Almost!

Orel said...

"Zito shaking his left arm as if he'd just done his nails." —Vin

karina said...

changeup, in play (no outs)!

Loney Fan said...

Free pass for Manny. Time to step it up Loney! Make me proud!

Just like last night!

Dr. Geek said...

I'm beginning to think Hudson was so worth that #17 pick.

Natalie said...

Come on Loney!

Dusto Magnifico said...

what are the chances loney walks? tell me that ESPN!

karina said...

King James, teach to the chickens!

Loney Fan said...

Hahaha, nice Dusto!

Loney Fan said...

"So far, every Dodger swing has hit the ball." - Vin

Dusto Magnifico said...

strike 3 looked on the other side of the planet!

Loney Fan said...

Loney moves to 1-19 against Zito with 6 of them strikeouts.

Boooo

Natalie said...

That's all right. Still a good inning.

Dusto Magnifico said...

So, who is a better hitter, Ethier or Loney?

karina said...

In my very humble opinion, King James.

Loney Fan said...

I think I could offer the most unbiased opinion of anyone here and say James Loney.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Stults has thrown 55 pitches through 3. Lets hope he makes it past the 6th.

Dr. Geek said...

55 pitches through three for Stults.

Orlando Zepeda said...

Get Wade warm . . .

Penos Cabell said...

big out

Dusto Magnifico said...

Might get out of this unscathed...

Orlando Zepeda said...

YES!!

Dusto Magnifico said...

I wonder if intentional balls count against your pitch count?

Orlando Zepeda said...

Will Clark should have told Renteria to swing.

Dusto Magnifico said...

i kinda like the little commercials between inning on ESPN gamecast

Orel said...

"Slow curveball, a big curve with a pot of gold at the end of it." —Vin

karina said...

Someone should publish a book solely on Vin's quotes. That's beyond baseball, it's poetry.

Penos Cabell said...

robbery

Penos Cabell said...

I love listening t Vinny

karina said...

what was robbery?

Penos Cabell said...

Furcal was robbed of a hit

Dr. Geek said...

Egads!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Mota warming up.

Orel said...

Guess we'll be dipping into the bullpen early tonight.

Dusto Magnifico said...

according to Steiner, Stults is a hockey goal tender.

Orel said...

Stults stab!

Dusto Magnifico said...

89 pitches through 5. I would assume Mota comes in for the 6th.

Penos Cabell said...

not a bad job by Stults

Penos Cabell said...

need more runs

Dusto Magnifico said...

I think Stults should get a "quality start"

Dusto Magnifico said...

and McDonald comes in to pitch.

Orel said...

Not bad for McDonald.

Dr. Geek said...

J-Mac!

Orlando Zepeda said...

need a cushion

Orel said...

Here we go. Two on, no out.

Orel said...

Bye bye Barry!

Orlando Zepeda said...

I think Matt Kemp really wants to go say Hi to Larry Bowa at 3rd base.

Dusto Magnifico said...

56% chance of scoring 2 runs this inning.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Blake is gonna blow it!

Dusto Magnifico said...

sacrifice!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Meintkeivitchztchkeivinchztzzztzzzkz in to pinch hit for J-Mac

Steve Sax said...

Hey guys, back from the other side, just in time to see Kemp steal second with the Dodgers holding a 4-2 lead, one out in the bottom of the sixth, and Zito chased.

Karina, mlb.com works pretty well on the blackberry...except mine, of course. See story tomorrow...

Dusto Magnifico said...

Kemp stolen base.

Loney Fan said...

Anyone miss Sweeney?

Orel said...

Mint-K!

"A head-first slide sooner or later gets them all." —Vin

Steve Sax said...

Doug M gets a double to score two, but may have paid the price with a shoulder injury.

6-2 Dodgers, but probably without Doug of the big last name...

Dusto Magnifico said...

YEAH!!!!

Meintkeivitchshskkkticzzztzzkz 2 run double and it looks like he jammed his shoulder.

what if we need a left handed bat off the bench?... I already miss DY.

Steve Sax said...

Hey PC, thanks for clarifying yesterday on the Newk. I didn't realize you meant "looks like a pimp" in a good way.

You kids today, you have so much slang, I can't keep up.

Orlando Zepeda said...

how did he get hurt?

Dusto Magnifico said...

douggy stays in the game.

Loney Fan said...

Way to man up Doug!

"Holy Toledo! Tell 'em back in Ohio. He's alright." - Vin

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, who's the little one on your bobblehead avatar?

Dusto Magnifico said...

he dove into second and jammed his shoulder....

Dusto Magnifico said...

its my son.

Loney Fan said...

Looks like he injured his arm when it got slammed into the bag from a head first slide.

Steve Sax said...

OZ, Doug slid into second headfirst and it appeared he may have jammed his shoulder along the way. Tough to tell if it was from the belly flop, or from when he touched the bag.

Steve Sax said...

Cute son, Dusto.

LoneyFan, you're an eagle eye.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Zito leaves the game with an era of 10.00! haha.

Steve Sax said...

Raffy hits it right at Edgar E. Two away, man on second...

Steve Sax said...

let's go, O-Dog

Steve Sax said...

I'm at the game tomorrow. Who's with me? Dusto? LoneyFan? Orlando Z?

Loney Fan said...

Eagle eye? Not sure I understand Sax

Orlando Zepeda said...

Vin Scully > Chick Hearn ?????

Steve Sax said...

LoneyFan, I just realized you mentioned Sweeney.

I'll tell you who misses him--the Giants. Especially when he "played" for the Dodgers.

Loney Fan said...

I am not going to make it out until the 6th of May when we play the Giants again. I live near San Bernardino so it is more of a drive for me.

Steve Sax said...

O-Dog with a walk. Here comes Man-Ram

Steve Sax said...

LF, I was referring to the fact that you figured out he jammed his shoulder on the bag, not the flop. I couldn't tell. And on the replay they just showed, I thought it was on the flop. But I'm not watching on HD right now.

Orlando Zepeda said...

Not this time, but I did receive my tickets in the mail today for 4/27, 4/28, and 4/29 here in SF. Will be glorious. 1st row behind SF dugout, close enough for them to hear me . . .

Loney Fan said...

Oh, thanks Sax. Although I'm not sure I should ever mention that name again. I'm out for the night. Have fun at the game tomorrow Sax. Hopefully you'll be at the May 6th trouncing!

Steve Sax said...

Slappy comes in to pinch run. Let's go, Slapster!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Meintkeiveitchzschhzzzk is coming out of the game... I however live in Alaska and will most likely not make the game tomorrow. Though, trust me, I'd give just about anything to be there.

Steve Sax said...

Manny is batting a very mortal .276

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, how many games do you get to a year? Is there baseball in Alaska?

Steve Sax said...

Manny Ks and is now batting much worse than .276

Steve Sax said...

El Pollo Loco has a commercial that riffs on the election buzzwords.

Wow, that would have been a relevant commercial...oh, six months ago.

Steve Sax said...

I just lost my appetite watching that Carmax commercial.

Nic j said...

hi everybody, sorry for my tardiness

Dr. Geek said...

I wonder what happened to Alphabet Soup's shoulder.

And, dammit, Manny, don't you realize this is essentially a contract year for you!?

Dusto Magnifico said...

well, the only baseball in Alaska that I participate in is in my backyard with my boy. But there is the ABL. A Premier Summer Collegiate Baseball League
Containing Players From Major Colleges Throughout The World.

There are games played well into the night and even one that, get this, starts at midnight...

I haven't been to any of the games, but a few major leaguers have made it up here in their college days, including Mark McGuire.

I hate to say this... I have never been to a "live" dodger game... Truely I have only been to LA a few times when I was a kid. We have a trip planned here in a few years. Wife has never been to LA, so it should be a good trip.

Nic j said...

why didnt they just pop it back in his glove, the ump couldnt see

Steve Sax said...

Casey Blake just dove into the stands to attempt a catch of a foul ball (he didn't get it).

I think the beard may have cushioned his fall.

Belly gets a K for the first out in the seventh.

Steve Sax said...

Hey Dusto, you should take a picture of a midnight-starting game in AK. I'd love to see it.

Hope you can make it down here sometime soon. Bring the fam. We'll try to make sure you don't get stabbed in the parking lot.

1-2-3 inning. It's time for the stretch!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Bellysario getting it done.

Orlando Zepeda said...

No one move, unless you want to get ejected !

Steve Sax said...

Nic J! Thanks for showing up. Pull up a barstool.

I'm drinking Newcastle Brown Ale tonight.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I'll make sure and let everyone know when we come down. It will certainly be a HUGE event. Now that I think about it, my dad took me to a game when I was an infant.

I'll try and get to a few games this year up here. Unfortunately the midnight game is played in Fairbanks, about a 6 hour drive from Anchorage, where I live. We'll see what happens. You know.. classes and all.

Steve Sax said...

Orlando Zepeda, I just saw your youtube video. NICE.

Nic j said...

thanks, im sipping on a coke. how did stults look tonight? im guessing not amazing

Steve Sax said...

Cute GF, too! You and LoneyFan are lucky guys.

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, what are you studying toward again?

Steve Sax said...

Loney leadsoff with a single to left in the seventh

Dusto Magnifico said...

we got enough comments here to make this into a chat!

Orlando Zepeda said...

She is the one who gets me the Giants v Dodgers tickets, I AM A LUCKY MAN. but she is a Giants fan ...

Steve Sax said...

Come on Russell, let's try and get a hit here...

Nic j said...

i used to live in alaska when i was a kid, my dad was in the airforce.

Steve Sax said...

O.Z., Giants fans are people too. It's all good.

Steve Sax said...

Martin coaxes a walk. First and second, no outs, Andre up.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Architectural Engineering technology.

http://dustoarchitect.blogspot.com/

I just finished this last night. In truth I solely work in CAD, but this was a fun project my prof assigned last week. A do anything you want project. I made it in CAD rendered it in 3DS MAX, a similar (the same basically) program that Pixar uses.

Steve Sax said...

Fred Lewis almost missed the Ethier catch. It almost ice cream coned out of his glove.

Barry never would have ranged over to get that ball, btw.

Steve Sax said...

MERKIN!

Nic j said...

Shaving off Hinshaw and bringing on the Merkin, huh?

Steve Sax said...

Cheech Marin has sunk to new lows with that San Manuel Casino commercial.

No, Kenny Chesney is even lower, with his Corona commercial.

Orlando Zepeda said...

secret bro-mantic crush on Kemp

Dusto Magnifico said...

Manuel Mateo in to pitch...

Steve Sax said...

Nice job on the movie, Dusto.

Steve Sax said...

OZ, it's not so secret anymore....

Dusto Magnifico said...

thanks it was a LOT of fun.

Dr. Geek said...

Who names their kid "Merkin"?

Steve Sax said...

Love that Kemp was running hard on what looked like a sure DP. Renteria rushes the throw and throws it away, allowing Loney to score...7-2 Dodgers.

And Kemp with SB #2 tonight!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Kemp with another steal.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp is really playing well so far this year. Nice to see him further breaking out...

Nic j said...

this is just getting sad

Orel said...

Great videos, both OZ and Dusto!

Orlando Zepeda said...

man crush justified

Steve Sax said...

First Merkin Valdez ball that gets away can't let Kemp advance, so Merkin throws another that rolls by Molina. Kemp to third. Two out. Casey at the Bat.

Nic j said...

see what happens when i show sympathy

Steve Sax said...

nice grab, Sandoval. I suppose giving Casey the green light with a 3-0 count was okay, given the pitcher spot was next

Dusto Magnifico said...

I thought Sandoval was a catcher.

Steve Sax said...

Nic J, it's funny that you say that. As I was watching Zito implode in the sixth, I actually felt a little bad for him as well. A $126M contract must be a lot of pressure, and he looked really sad and pathetic out there.

Of course, I wanted him chased. But I still felt a little bad for him. What does he have, four more years on his contract?

Steve Sax said...

Molina is the catcher for the Giants

Steve Sax said...

Furcal traps the ball but can't get an out. Two on, none out. Let's go, Belly.

Steve Sax said...

Rowand, of last night's 3-run HR, up to the plate.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, check your mobile phone

Steve Sax said...

Rowand is 0-for-3 and batting .333. He's due. And he hit last night's tater off of Belisario...

but he hits into an easy 6-4-3 DP. Man on third with two out.

Orel said...

Kim's not even watching the game!

Steve Sax said...

Scully mentions Bochy's birthday for the 26th time tonight.

Furcal leaps for out #3.

These Giants are really woeful.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I know Molina is "the" catcher... I thought Sandoval was a catcher in the Minors.

Orlando Zepeda said...

thats what happens when you play with balls . . . of fire

Dr. Geek said...

So much for the Giants being a threat in the division.

Nic j said...

yeah i feel a little bad for zito, and the giants for that matter, but then i see jason schmidt pitching in minor league games and that goes away.

Steve Sax said...

Loretta in a rare appearance!

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