Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Game 14 Thread: April 21 @ Astros, 5p

Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 1.50) vs. Russ Ortiz (0-0, 6.23).

COMMENTS:

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fanerman said...

Hopefully you didn't jinx the team. I will knock on wood just-in-case. I expect we will do well against Ortiz, though. My expectations have been raised.

Neeebs said...

Doh.......Fanerman said the "J" word.

fanerman said...

Just?

Steve Sax said...

Fanerman, the prospect of extending the eight-game streak lies in your hands.

Penos Cabell said...

Russ looks like he's gonna slip Dusty the tongue.

Anyways, I can't wait for 5:00. The offense should have a fun time. Hopefully Clayton gets that first win.

Steve Sax said...

There are indeed benefits to an early start time...fire up the grill in the backyard!

Penos Cabell said...

Steve Sax - The Laker game will be starting just before the Dodger game ends. It was tough flipping between games on Sunday.

Delino DeShields said...

I forgot about my personal crusade against Russ Ortiz... which was only a little less harsh than Ali's attacks against Frazier. It was a simpler time back then, before the recession - now, I reserve that kind of venom only for my mortgage broker. (Look soon for my new punching bag: Chien Ming Wang and his 34 ERA)

Orel said...

But I designed this post for you, Delino!

Orel said...

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

Alireza said...

Hitting Kemp 7th with Blake behind him is actually a really solid move. He has Manny/Ethier/Loney/Russ setting the table for him and has a power hitter behind him.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I hate how Joe Torre looks like a genius manager because he manages teams that are "Super Talents". He really doesn't get any flack for the crap he pulls because the teams he manages are so talented it doesn't make a huge difference. Except when guys like Wade, Kuo, Proctor, etc go to the DL. Though, Proctor on the DL is good for everyone.

karina said...

Fanerman, before the game actually starts, i want you to know that my heart also secretly desires a Pavement reunion... my consolation about that matter is the first solo album by Stephen Malkmus...

Sorry for my random post.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I knew we had a lot.. but when was the last time we, or any team for that matter, had 6 (six!) left handed pitchers on their staff?

Loney Fan said...

Hey Karina, I agree with the need for a Pavement reunion.

Interesting piece on Kim Ng showing on ESPN right now.

Loney Fan said...

Good luck to Eric Collins tonight. Big shoes to fill

Steve Sax said...

Actually, I heard Vin's only a size 9

Steve Sax said...

My gods, the first pitch can't come soon enough...

Loney Fan said...

Who knows, Eric Collins may only be 4'8". I've never seen him.

Loney Fan said...

I hate Minute Maid Park. Are we going to an amusement park or a ballgame?

Loney Fan said...

Almost there Sax

Alireza said...

Low and behold, Russ Ortiz walked someone. ;-)

Alireza said...

Did I mention that Russ Ortiz walked someone?

How this guy got away with having such crap control all these years is beyond me.

Alireza said...

In play, run(s)

karina said...

So far, he's thrown 14 pitches, only 4 of them have been strikes.

Orlando Zepeda said...

and away we go. . .

Alireza said...

Why does Gameday register the coaching visits after pitches have been thrown?

Neeebs said...

Karina: Speaking of CDs, have you heard the new Gustavo Cerati yet? I can't wait to hear it myself.

Orlando Zepeda said...

are they booing yet?

Alex Cora said...

Man Ram with the RBI

Neeebs said...

20 pitches and no outs.

Alex Cora said...

Ethier grounds out on a close play, men on 2nd and 3rd.

Alireza said...

Gotta love the move on the 3-2 to stay out of the DP

Loney Fan said...

Ortiz looked like he was going to drop to his knees and cry if they didn't make that play.

Alireza said...

I will say that Ortiz has lost some weight. Hasn't helped his control.

Alex Cora said...

Break this open James

Alireza said...

Man. Manny just missed crushing that ball.

Neeebs said...

My Loney bobblehead says Yes.

Alex Cora said...

Groundout, but Hudson scores Dodgers 2-0.

Alireza said...

In play, run(s)

Alex Cora said...

Come on Russell, swing the bat.

Alex Cora said...

Yeah! Russ with the RBI single. Smacked it. Nice.

Alireza said...

Russ swung the bat!

karina said...

R. Martin, in play (runs) !!!!!!!!!!!

Neeebs said...

Anyone watching, how's the new play by play guy sound?

Loney Fan said...

Nice lead for Kershaw before he takes the mound.

Steve Sax said...

I do love me the Ortiz.

Hey, I know Kemp is going to have a pretty set table batting seventh behind Ramirez Ethier Loney Martin. But why are we giving fewer at bats to Kemp when he's smoking hot and batting .383?

Alireza said...

Wow. Matt must be fooled by the fact that Ortiz is actually throwing strikes.

Loney Fan said...

So far, Eric Collins is doing fine and seems to work well with Steve Lyons.

Alex Cora said...

Matt fooled badly. K. But Dodgers 3-0. Oh and a Wolverine commercial - like we haven't seen enough of these.

karina said...

Neeebs, are you talking about Ahi vamos?

If so, i adored it!, but i'm a sucker for Cerati, i can't help it, it's bigger than me.

Alex Cora said...

Collins is ok, he is talking a lot though. I thought that was what the color guy was for...

Steve Sax said...

Kemp foul tips out for out #3. See, we should have him batting earlier.

Alireza said...

Over/Under on Clayton's K's?

Alex said...

Sax- Don't get ahead of yourself brother. Matt is smoking hot and hitting .383. No need to mess with success.

Steve Sax said...

So I'm just noticing that, on mlb gameday, these in-game video highlights, which we had last year and we've got right now during the preview period, are going to cost $20 for the rest of the season:"Last season's In-Game Video Highlights is now part of Gameday Premium package. Complete game viewing experience with video highlights of selected key plays delivered within minutes."Well, that sucks.

Neeebs said...

Karina:

No its the new one soon to be released. Check out his website for the video.

Too bad its not new Soda.

Alireza said...

Bugs Bunny time.

Neeebs said...

See you on the flip side. Gotta pick up baby neeebs.

Alireza said...

Yeesh Clayton.

Alireza said...

Clayton. Just throw Tejada 3 hooks and he will eat some pine.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, the SoSG bar is packed tonight. Great to have you all here.

I'm running to the other side, albeit not to pick up baby neeebs.

karina said...

I saw that on his website, can't hardly wait!

Unfortunately, it's more likely a Pavement reunion than a Soda Stereo reunion (excepting on a tour that they already did)

Loney Fan, you're my kind of person.

Alex Cora said...

Does Berkman look like he uses eyeliner??

Alireza said...

Alex Cora - Kind of.

Alireza said...

Ugh.

Alex Cora said...

Uh; oh Kershaw with the breaking ball the berkman hits for a RBI single.

Loney Fan said...

Karina - right back at you.

Sounds like the two of you are bigger fans than I

Loney Fan said...

I think Kershaw should have been throwing more dangerous pitches from the beginning with the big lead to see if he could have gotten strikeouts right from the beginning.

Alireza said...

Kershaw kind of hung that bender to Berkman. He should have pulled the string instead.

Alireza said...

BTW. Blake DeWitt catches that shot from Berkman.

Loney Fan said...

Kershaw got him swinging at a ball as high as the batters head

Alireza said...

Loney Fan - Not too hard to do that with Pence. He can hit, but he swings WAY too freely.

karina said...

Kershaw is working more than he should with Michaels.

Alireza said...

The Whiff.

Loney Fan said...

28 pitches for Kershaw, but we are still up by 2. At least the bullpen is rested and hopefully Hong Chi has worked it out of his system.

Dusto Magnifico said...

When you have the lead and no one on base, pitch to contact. Keep your pitch count down, make it through the seventh and get K's when you need them.

That's my philosophy... not that its correct or anything.

Erin said...

ESPN Gamecast said he needed 31 pitches to get through the first.

Alireza said...

Lets hope Kershaw pulls a 9 pitch inning with 2 Ks in the next frame.

Alireza said...

Dusto - I don't know if Kershaw's stuff plays that way. His GB rate was decent last year, but he throws a bit hard to try and pitch to contact. This is especially true against a lineup with good FB hitters like Houston has.

Alireza said...

C'mon Russ. Walk Kershaw.

Alireza said...

Bwahahahahahaha. Ortiz walked Kershaw on 4 pitches.

karina said...

Dusto, you're a traditionalist.

Loney Fan said...

That's sad, the kid is only 21. He can't hit!

Alireza said...

Loney Fan - Kershaw crushed a homer in ST.

The funny thing is, just about the only thing Ortiz does decently anymore is hit.

Steve Sax said...

Clayton's mom and gf want him to shave the chinstrap, acc to charley and rick

Alireza said...

Keep pitching inside Clayton. Only good things will follow.

karina said...

He got Pudge on three strikes!.

Alireza said...

2 outs with 5 pitches is more like it.

Alireza said...

Of course Ortiz would put together the best AB.

karina said...

Right, but Ortiz keeps him overworking.

Alireza said...

This just in. Russ Ortiz walks Manny.

Alex Cora said...

Andre into the DP DOh!

Alex Cora said...

Big game James in front of the local fans.

Orel said...

What nice about Eric Collins is that he's fairly straightforward, which is keeping Steve Lyons' mugging to a minimum.

Loney Fan said...

I aqree Orel. I think Collins could do the game without Lyons.

Alex Cora said...

Loney hit it hard, but lined out.

Loney Fan said...

Another game with the same feeling that we should be leading by a lot more.

Alireza said...

Well, at least James got some lift on a pitch.

Lets see Kershaw go Sean Casey on these guys.

Erin said...

100!

karina said...

Hello Erin!

I wanted to see a sort of batting practice.

Erin said...

Hi Karina!

Yeah, we should be killing Ortiz already. Let's hope the bats wake up in the next few innings.

Alireza said...

Egad Clayton. Should have saved something for this one.

Orel said...

Why are we losing?

Loney Fan said...

Oh no! That was DEEEEP

Alireza said...

That's not good.

Delino DeShields said...

My dream of being comment 227 continues!

karina said...

El Caballo 2-run Hr. This is bad.

Alireza said...

Seriously. Just gas Michaels and move forward.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, guess who's in line for the win now, Delino?

4-3 stros. Kershaw is a mess tonight.

Loney Fan said...

Well, that helps at least

Alireza said...

Well, nice to see Kershaw pull a Mark Langston and pick his way out of trouble.

karina said...

At least, the Dodgers showed good defense...was that play as good as it reads on Gameday?

karina said...

Sax, what could be better? getting MLB on Blackberry or paying for the premium Gameday?

Alireza said...

Gameday is screwed up.

Loney Fan said...

When Steve Lyons won't shut the hell up about things like the number of balls that Johnny Bench can hold in one hand (7). Eric Collins is trying to move on and get back to baseball.

Steve Sax said...

In the eight-game streak, the dodgers have trailed a total of six innings.

They trail now, 4-3.

Loney Fan said...

Kemp slams it to the asinine mound in center field

Alireza said...

I do like the three-base-hit

Alireza said...

Help your own cause Clayton.

Steve Sax said...

Sounds like kemp crushed that ball. Men at the corners, one out.

Hey Karina! I'm not going to pay for mlb premium, that's for sure. I'll miss the video highlights, but the extra dials and bells and whistles aren't valuable for me.

Come on Kershaw, get the bunt down!

Alireza said...

Argh. They should have just let him swing the bat.

Steve Sax said...

Furcal fouls one back to the press box, and Charley Steiner almost wets his pants

Loney Fan said...

Lyons has been making a good argument since the bunt that Kemp could have easily scored when Pudge threw to second but he was not sneaking down third base line far enough.

Alireza said...

Really? Did they really waste Kemp's triple?

karina said...

On a 3-2 count, Furcal grounds out. Who else feels frustrated?

so, Steve, neither?

Alireza said...

Come on Kershaw. Keep it to 4 runs and eat 6 innings. And stop allowing crap hitters to get on.

karina said...

Ivan Rodriguez and his leadoff single.Bah.

Alireza said...

This is giving me a headache.

Loney Fan said...

I am slightly less excited now than I was after the top of the first inning.

Alireza said...

Now throw a down and away change.

Loney Fan said...

One away, one to go

Alireza said...

For the love of Pete, don't throw Tejada another fastball.

Loney Fan said...

AAAAHHHH!!!

Alireza said...

What just happened?

Alireza said...

Well, that Gameday line is ugly, even if Andre plowed Tejada at 2B

Steve Sax said...

Karina, I'm pissed we had a one-out triple and wasted it, but I'm more concerned about the minotaur...

Alireza said...

Did Ortiz really just K Manny looking?

karina said...

Ortiz struck out Manny.

Steve, i'm afraid he can't pitch 10 k's in each game.

Loney Fan said...

And with everything going on Lyons would like to talk about the odds that the Dodgers have never before faced pitchers on back to back nights with the initials R.O. as we will do tomorrow.

Steve Sax said...

Somebody tell me what is up--im caught with no radio...

karina said...

King James should get a hit in his hometown!

karina said...

Writing it, jinxed him. Boo me, it's my fault.

Dusto Magnifico said...

GOTTA BE KIDDING ME

Loney Fan said...

Loney goes down easily and the inning is over.

Alireza said...

I am not happy. How the hell do the Dodgers beat Peavy and not Ortiz?

Penos Cabell said...

Hey everyone.

What the heck is going on here? I thought the Dodgers would be up by ten by now.

Loney Fan said...

That's it for Kershaw. Looks like it is time for Mota.

Loney Fan said...

Good outing for Mota. Time for some late inning runs. We have been doing it all season so far.

Delino DeShields said...

Ortiz in line for the win. My brain can't handle this.

Loney Fan said...

Russ goes down on a check swing.

karina said...

Delino: it ain't over 'till it's over, right?

Loney Fan said...

Kemp gets us on base with a drive to left fields and I immediately feel like we are going to score a run in this inning.

Loney Fan said...

"Casey Blake already has three home-runs on the season and that left field wall is calling" - Lyons

Nic j said...

I can't say I'm completely surprised. It seemsnlike the dodgers struggle against "bad" pitchers. Remeber what happened in San diego against the dish washer? Either that or I blame Eric Collins.

Loney Fan said...

Left field wall calling, Casey Blake has the TV too loud and can't hear it. Inning ending double play on a ground ball to the third baseman.

Loney Fan said...

Ball bounces over center field wall for a double, followed by a bunt where the runner moves over and the bunter is safe.

Alireza said...

At least we beat Silva Nic.

Loney Fan said...

At least the ball did not go up the hill in center field. I hate that hill. Brings a whole new meaning to the term "level playing field"

Dusto Magnifico said...

who else is tired of guillermo mota?

Loney Fan said...

Mota slams Keppinger with a fastball after an 0-2 pitch. VERY BAD pitch

Loney Fan said...

Bases loaded, 0 outs and Mota STAYS IN THE GAME! I think Torre is giving up on this one

Loney Fan said...

Almost a double play. But at least one out.

Alireza said...

O-Dog still sees a chance.

Loney Fan said...

Mota walks in a run and ...

Nic j said...

I know it's his first game. But I'm not really feeling collins. He reminds me of a playoff announcer. Maybe I'm just spoiled with vinny.

Loney Fan said...

Finally Mota is taken out of the game.

Loney Fan said...

Double switch. Loretta in for Blake, and Troncoso in for Mota

Loney Fan said...

Troncoso gets out number two with a check swing on a slider down and away.

Dusto Magnifico said...

why did we sign Mota again?

good to see Troncoso doing decently... lets keep it going.

Loney Fan said...

Berkman with a 3-2 count, 2 outs, bases loaded.

fanerman said...

See what I mean about jinxing? Schadenfreude guys. Schadenfreude.

Dusto Magnifico said...

atta-boy Tron!

lets get those bats heated up!

Alex Cora said...

Ug, had to step out, but come back to this!?! At least Ramon stopped the bleeding.

Loney Fan said...

Berkman grounds out to get us out of the inning.

Orel said...

Is this life outside the NL West? Or just life on the road?

Orel said...

Can't believe we let Ortiz off the hook.

Loney Fan said...

NL West was pretty nice

Penos Cabell said...

Laker time.

Orel said...

Hudson singles. C'mon, Manny.

Loney Fan said...

Two out rally?

Loney Fan said...

Manny 0-2. This isn't happening

Penos Cabell said...

Beautiful!!

Orel said...

MANNY! 7-5 Astros! And Collins' first HR call!

Loney Fan said...

MANNY DOES IT! HAMMERED!! 2 RUN SHOT

Alex Cora said...

WOw, Manny crushed that ball

Penos Cabell said...

It ain't over yet

Dusto Magnifico said...

MANNY!!!!!!!

karina said...

ManRam HR!

Dodgers 5, Astros 7

Penos Cabell said...

Aye, Manolo!

Alireza said...

That was beautiful.

karina said...

We all could use a little optimism. ALWAYS.

Orel said...

Pitcher's shaken.

Orel said...

Ethier walk! Tying run at the plate.

Loney Fan said...

NL Player of the Week, Andre Ethier, takes ball four on five pitches and keeps the inning going.

Orel said...

Collins says Manny's was a 437-ft HR.

Loney Fan said...

Loney having a bad night grounds out

Dusto Magnifico said...

and Loney groundsout... again!

Orel said...

Damn, Loney. Guess James doesn't like home cooking.

Loney Fan said...

If anyone is interested, Lakers off to a crushing start of 20-9

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