Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Game 22 Thread: April 29 @ Giants, 7p

Eric Stults (2-0, 3.52) vs. Tim Lincecum (1-1, 2.96).

COMMENTS: If the first two games of this series are any indication, then expect an asteroid or a jetliner to crash into AT&T Park tonight. After all, if the Dodgers and Giants haven't exactly been playing disastrous baseball, they've certainly been playing games filled misadventure and mayhem.

Such is life in the NL West, where expectations are low and no one seems to mind. (The Red Sox's win streak just ended! OMG!) Giants fans will treat tonight's rubber match like Game 7 of the World Series, to which we say: Bring it on.

Which they will happily do, since the Dodgers have never beaten Lincecum—who has recovered from a rough start to strike out 25 over his last two games. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't have been so cocky in the previous paragraph.

Stults is in the unenviable position of facing the reigning Cy Young winner while following the act of his own team's ace. But the under-appreciated Stults knows unenviable; workmanlike performances are becoming his specialty. If he can once again keep the Dodgers in the game, he'll be under-appreciated just a little less.

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Nic j said...

on the bright side we have our home winning streak to defend tomorrow night.

Steve Sax said...

We're batting .125 tonight so far (3-for-24)

Nic j said...

yeah, when is raffy gonna be dropped down the lineup

Nic j said...

wow, come on blue show some mercy

Nic j said...

whats pierres hat size, its gotta be like a 7

Steve Sax said...

So we'll have a 4-5 roadtrip that ends us up 2.5 games ahead of the Padres, going into a four-game series with the Pads. McDonald vs. Geer to start out.

Steve Sax said...

Okay boys, we can come back from 7 down with 6 outs left.

Nic j said...

who the hell is geer?

Nic j said...

seems like this thread has gone mighty quiet.

Nic j said...

that was money that fell out of pierres pocket.

Steve Sax said...

Men at the corners, one out. Pierre and Furcal with back-to-back hits for what has to be the first time this year.

Too bad we'll strand them, even with 0 out.

Steve Sax said...

Looks like it's you and me, Nic J. Mr LA Sports Fan dropped out at 198

Steve Sax said...

Nic, are you up for carney's on 5/4?

Steve Sax said...

geez it looks like it's 30 below up there

Steve Sax said...

I would have walked Manny to load the bases as well, even with none out. As we saw in Colorado, the Dodgers don't do too well in that situation...

Steve Sax said...

Lincecum leaves, bases loaded none out in the bottom of the eighth, but up 7-1.

Steve Sax said...

...and, he's in the dugout cursing to himself with histrionics.

Come on, dude. You've got 8 Ks and you pitched a hell of a game. Shut up.

Steve Sax said...

And Ethier swings ON THE FIRST PITCH and grounds into a double play. Nice job.

If it's 30 degrees outside, shouldn't we take the first pitch from a relief pitcher?

Steve Sax said...

This inning will end badly...

Steve Sax said...

Loney draws a walk, in a good at bat. First and second, two out, and here's Merry Ausmus.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm back. I kinda fell asleep, and when I woke up, the Dodgers put on two runs. Five more to go.

Steve Sax said...

Looks like I'm the only one in the bar, talking to myself.

Again.

fanerman said...

As punishment for that at-bat, Ethier should be required to take a picture with 5 different fans.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wow, Ausmus is unbelievably clutch.

Steve Sax said...

Ausmus flares to rightfield, scoring Ramirez. Loney can only advance to second.

7-3, two out, and they're pulling Affeldt. Here comes the beach boy.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, fanerman and Mr LA SF are here. Didn't see you guys back there.

Steve Sax said...

227, sorry Delino

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ah, the sweetest sound of the night: All three runs are charged to Lincecum. Now that Timmy's out, it's clobbering time.

Steve Sax said...

Ausmus is batting .462.

Martin is batting .216.

Now that we finally have a backup catcher who can hit, can we give Martin some days off to get out of this funk?

Steve Sax said...

Nice of Prime Ticket to come back to the game in the middle of the at bat (already 0-1 on the count to Blake). Not like there's a rally going on here or anything.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, that second strike on Blake was a cheapie

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I sent an e-mail to Dodger Talk, asking if Ausmus's hot hitting in Spring Training would warrant more playing time. They laughed at me. Now I laugh at them.

Steve Sax said...

Wilson's pitching some heat, 97-98 mph to Blake. 2-2 count.

Steve Sax said...

Blake fouls out. Boooooooo

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No shutout at least. Plus it can be pushed to a save-situation.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Russell is averaging an RBI close to every 11 at-bats. Ausmus is averaging an RBI close to every 4 at-bats.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Molina's just a double short of the cycle.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

and that about does it.

Steve Sax said...

Elbert Ks Lewis, and we bring in Mota, and disaster quickly strikes. What the hell move was this, Joe Torre?

Oh, and Molina's single to center left Juan Pierre exposed like a naked baby on a delivery table. His lame-ass attempt to go home with the pitch actually allowed the guy on second to advance to third.

Mota must go.

Pierre must go.

I've seen enough.

Steve Sax said...

Mota should be let go. Unless he's willing to get on the juice again, he's worthless.

Steve Sax said...

Gameday Premium says Mota's average velocity is N/A (since I haven't bought it).

In this case, it's fitting.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday stinks without the video

Steve Sax said...

Mota gets a .185 hitter Burriss to K after throwing two pitches so far out of the zone, it's a wonder Burriss swung at either of them (he swung at one of them).

And with that, Mota protects his ERA at 7.71. So I suppose we can still use him, when we've got a 8-run lead.

Steve Sax said...

9-3. Stick a fork.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bench is still getting it done.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, Slappy McPopup comes through. 9-4, still no outs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Stults may have stunk, but this falls on the bullpen. They failed to keep the boys in this game, and it appears to have hurt. No runs out of Elbert and Mota, and this thing is a one-run game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny's out, that does it.

Steve Sax said...

9-4, and this is done. Yucch.

Nic j said...

Nah. Stults took us out of the game. I don't think anyone was expecting a win after he came out.

Penos Cabell said...

Mota is god-awful. But Nic is right, Stults' bad pitching and Lincecum's dominating pitching were the reason for this Dodger loss.

Penos Cabell said...

oh well, can't win 'em all.

Going to my first game of the season tomorrow night. Fleece blanket giveaway.

Orel said...

Hey everybody, did we win?

Steve Sax said...

Have a good time, PC! Send us some pictures!

Steve Sax said...

New post-game thread up top.

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