Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Game 9 Thread: April 15 vs. Giants, 7p

JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

You may be wondering why everybody is wearing number 42 tonight:

MLB ready to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day: All uniformed personnel asked to don No. 42 Wednesday (MLB.com)
News and Notes: Today's going to be a special scorecard day (BLS)

More Jackie Robinson content:

Why Jackie Robinson Is Important (True Blue LA)
Jackie Robinson: Demythified? (SoSG)

TONIGHT'S STARTERS

Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 1.80) vs. Matt Cain (1-0, 1.29).

COMMENTS

Thus endeth the post-coital afterglow (redundant, I know) of Monday's Opening Day orgy of Feeling Good About the Dodgers. And did you remember to file your tax returns? Back to earth, indeed. But there's no reason why the good, clean fun can't continue: Squeaky-clean Kershaw takes the mound with a work-in-progress changeup that's been added to his already-legendary curveball and zippiest fastball among left-handed starters.

Cain is winless in his career against the Dodgers, but don't let that fool you into thinking he'll roll over for us. Against the Dodgers in 2008, Cain had a 2.79 ERA and held them to a .257 batting average. The guy's hard-luck streak has to end sometime, right? After all, the Dodgers beat Randy Johnson for the first time at Dodger Stadium on Monday, and we all know what happened to Wes Parker's 39-year-old record too. It should be a good Battle of the Youngsters tonight.

194 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Jackie Robinson rocks. I love this tribute day!

Go Dodgers!

QuadSevens said...

I bet number 42 gets the game winning hit tonight!

Orel said...

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

QuadSevens said...

42 will also be the winning pitcher. If there's a save opportunity, number 42 will nail it down for sure! And if anyone is going to hit a HR tonight, it'll be number 42!

Steve Sax said...

Rockies won; Diamondbacks lost.

Padres scoreless against the Mets in the second inning.

Steve Sax said...

Hey Q7...we riffed on this two years ago!

QuadSevens said...

Awww...That was before I discovered this site. I'll leave the predictions to Nostry in the future.

Steve Sax said...

No worries, Q7. A good riff is indeed timeless...

Neeebs said...

Anyone else going to the game tonight?

Alex Cora said...

Hmm, moving Either back up behind Manny - guess a 2 homerun day will do that for ya.

Steve Sax said...

So the Dodgers are calling this "Opening Night". Yay.

Steve Sax said...

Finally, the radio pregame show!

Penos Cabell said...

Finally, Dodgers Live!

Steve Sax said...

Cain has never beaten the Dodgers, says Rick monday. Is that true?

Penos Cabell said...

true

Damon said...

Just got home from work. Just put the Robinson Jersey on

Penos Cabell said...

The origin of "O-Dog"

Steve Sax said...

O-Dog on the pregame show: he sounds happy to be a Dodger and genuinely appreciative of the fans.

Orel said...

Sax, don't you trust our own Game Threads?

Steve Sax said...

Rick Monday: "This tonight isn't just about baseball history, it's not only about Dodger history, it's about WORLD history...So what's it like to wear Jackie Robinson's #42 tonight?"

Huh?

Penos Cabell said...

Rick Monday is tough to listen to

Steve Sax said...

Whoops, sorry about that Orel.

Penos Cabell said...

Andre Ethier 16 for 27 versus Matt Cain!

Penos Cabell said...

Don Newcombe looks like a pimp.

Steve Sax said...

Newcombe is giving a great interview, reflecting on Jackie Robinson. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

Penos, don't be dissing the Newk. Not cool.

Penos Cabell said...

Not dissing. He looks great. Very "Old School"

Steve Sax said...

Monday just said Ethier is 16-for-24 vs Cain.

Steiner said that's .594.

Only one of these can be correct!!!

Penos Cabell said...

a few of the guys have hit Cain pretty well.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/bvsp?playerId=6202&teamId=19

J. Steve said...

Game time! I thought I'd join you guys for a little while. This is my first time in the game thread. I'm a little nervous...

Penos Cabell said...

J Steve its only my second time

Penos Cabell said...

beautiful K

Penos Cabell said...

Love watching Clayton work.

J. Steve said...

That was a great first inning for Kershaw!

karina said...

Go Andre!

Epale everyone!

karina said...

I´ll take that walk from King James

Dodgers 1-the other team 0

Nic j said...

im digging the high socks on most of the guys, nice little extra tribute.

QuadSevens said...

O-Dogg knew that was his first hit off of Cain. You could see him say that to Duncan.

Nic j said...

for a second i thought he wasn't gonna chase that one.

J. Steve said...

That inning could've been huge. At least Cain threw a bunch of pitches.

karina said...

I hope Kershaw gets the first out. Pablo Sandoval scares the hell out of me, he makes contact to every pitch, he's a total nightmare...

Nic j said...

well you dont have to worry about that anymore.

karina said...

After being down in the count, Molina homers...

Sandoval up

Nic j said...

sandoval is really good, but really impatient. Just stay out of the zone.

Penos Cabell said...

Clayton is throwing too many pitches.

His fastball is working though

Penos Cabell said...

I hope that first inning doesn't come back to bite the Dodgers in the butt.

Orel said...

SAVE MORE THAN 40%

Thurs 7:10 p.m. vs SF
Sun 1:10 p.m. vs COL

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J. Steve said...

Wow. Clayton has 42 pitches through 2 innings. Definitely too high! He needs to get some quick outs.

Penos Cabell said...

Thanks Orel

Orel said...

Welcome all, esp. J. Steve and P. Cabell. Game Threads are very casual, just say what's on your mind.

Furcal busted bat single!

Penos Cabell said...

J Steve - Clayton could use an easy inning

Penos Cabell said...

so fast!

Orel said...

Hudson bunt single. Once Cain double-clutched, you knew he was safe. Manny up!

J. Steve said...

Hold on to your hats! It's Manny time!

Nic j said...

im starting to really love o-dog

Penos Cabell said...

Orel - Thanks for the welcoming

Orel said...

I don't know how Manny lays off some of these pitches.

Nic j said...

damn

Orel said...

Dodgers: 5 LOB in 2 innings. Ugh.

Penos Cabell said...

Back to the same routine...stranding too many

Orel said...

SIX K's for Kershaw already?

Orel said...

11 pitches for Kershaw that inning, 53 overall.

Nic j said...

man i was wondering why it was so windy today.

J. Steve said...

Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone! I'm off to go have dinner. Go Blue!!!

Orel said...

From what I can tell, Kershaw hasn't had more than 8K's in one game.

Orel said...

Bon appetit, Steve!

Penos Cabell said...

later J Steve.

Loney Fan said...

Let's go Loney!

Loney Fan said...

Damn!

Orel said...

Impeccable timing, Loney Fan.

QuadSevens said...

The pizza whisperer cook has a unibrow.

Nic j said...

mariano

Orel said...

Aflac: Who is the only player still allowed to wear Jackie Robinson's #42 as his official number?

Orel said...

Damn Nic, at least allow me to post the question first!

Orel said...

Vin is telling his Jackie ice skating story.

Nic j said...

apologies, its probably the only one ill get right all year,

ps if this was jeopardy you would have gotten the points

Penos Cabell said...

pleasure watching Clayton

Nic j said...

eight! wow, lets get some run support going

Neeebs said...

Awesome view from here.

Neeebs said...

Awesome view from here.

Orlando Zepeda said...

Dodgers v Giants = i get to see the Dodgers on regular tv!

Nic j said...

who would of thought casey would have three bombs this early in the year.

Steve Sax said...

We are a LOB machine tonight...except when we're GIDPing.

Nic j said...

yeah thats a little disturbing remember that 8 game losing streak last year when we couldnt do ANYTHING with our RISP.

Penos Cabell said...

I think Torre could still tinker with line-up some more.

karina said...

Nic J, i was just thinking the same thing...Blake with 3 homers in the first 10 days of the season

Nic j said...

HAHA!

karina said...

Sandoval flied out...very good Kershaw!

Nic j said...

has anyone happened to notice that Andruw Jones is hitting .545 this year with 1 HR and 4 RBI.

only in 11 AB but still, what the hell.

karina said...

Having seen 9 pitches and having made contact to 5 of them, Ethier deserves a hit.

Alex said...

As for Andruw, my mom could hit
.300 for the Rangers. They have perhaps the strongest lineup baseball has seen in decades.

Ian Kinsler hit for the cycle tonight, besting our beloved O-dog. Kinsler went 6-6, with 5 runs scored and 4 rbi's. Wow.

karina said...

I'd wish i could have seen that at-bat...pity Ethier K'ed

karina said...

Alex, i was watching that game. He was amazing!

does anyone find 2 cycles in a couple of days highly amusing since it's early April and hitters are supposed to be behind pitchers?

Orel said...

Ethier helped get Cain's pitch count up to 99.

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKK

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKKK

Orel said...

Kershaw @ 89 pitches.

Dr. Geek said...

"Orel said...

Aflac: Who is the only player still allowed to wear Jackie Robinson's #42 as his official number?"

Mariano Rivera

Damon said...

Kershaw more like Minotaur

Nic j said...

the streak continues!!

Damon said...

More players should wear high socks

Orel said...

Kemp doubles. Nice.

Damon said...

Lost is on in 3 minutes I'll have to go back and forth

Orel said...

good wood, Clayton

Orel said...

Bills & Kershaw: 1st Dodgers with 10+ K's each in consecutive games since 2000 (Brown & Park)

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKKKK

Orel said...

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Nic j said...

12!

Penos Cabell said...

Clayton is serving tonight

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKKKKKK

Penos Cabell said...

GEM

Alex said...

13!!!

Neeebs said...

Big 13. Sax' lucky number

Damon said...

I know that if you walk a player then there is more of a chance for the batting team to score in that inning. I wonder if there are stats that show if you're more apt to walk the 8 hitter to get to the pitcher

Penos Cabell said...

Run support please

Nic j said...

come on we need some runs. help the kid out. he deserves it!!

Penos Cabell said...

I don't care what Broxton has done so far this season, the thought of him coming in with only a one run lead scares me.

Orel said...

13 K's: most by Dodgers lefty since 1987 (Fernando)

karina said...

Wow. A star in the making with the same numbers of a legend. Amazing

Nic j said...

manny has not looked great tonight

Delino DeShields said...

13 strikeouts.
1 hit.
Meh.

Penos Cabell said...

When is Manny's bat gonna catch fire?

Nic j said...

is the bullpen gonna lose another one for kershaw?

Nic j said...

lovely

Orel said...

ugh

Orel said...

Okay, let's see what Belisario is really made of.

Erin said...

Shit.

Orel said...

Nope. 4-2 Giants.

Orel said...

Hey Erin.

Orel said...

Good save by Loney.

Damon said...

ugg this is crap

Dusto Magnifico said...

Was wondering when the other shoe would drop.... considering Belly-sario.

Orel said...

Barehand Blake!

Erin said...

Hi Orel. I just signed on and was reading the game thread when that happened. It seemed like the appropriate way to make my appearance official.

Dusto Magnifico said...

and Kershaw doesn't get the win AGAIN!

karina said...

I didn't say anything because i was afraid to jinx Belisario. Next time i'll be way more talkative. Ugg.

Nic j said...

YAY!!!!!

Orel said...

Ethier single! Martin double!

Orel said...

Or maybe you were the good luck charm, Erin.

Dusto Magnifico said...

So I live in alaska... and everyone here is a bunch of Mariners fans... I might be defecting... the games are always on TV, they have a somewhat decent team this year...

OK now that I got that off my chest, they will suck and the Dodgers will blow everyone away!

Nic j said...

keep it going mattie!!!

Orel said...

Loney RBI sac fly. 4-3.

Orel said...

The battle to see whose bullpen is worse.

Orel said...

C'mon Kemp, just a fly ball.

Nic j said...

YAYAYYAYAY!!!!!!

Orel said...

Molina is blocking more balls than...

Orel said...

Yeah, Matty!

karina said...

Even better, he singled.

New game, folks.

Alex said...

still only 1 out..

Nic j said...

looked like a swing to me

Dr. Geek said...

Does Blake's low BA bother anyone else? I need some reassurance.

Orel said...

Casey got away with one there.

Orel said...

Too early to worry, Dr. Geek.

Erin said...

I hope you all know where to send the thank-you notes, since I'm clearly responsible for this rally.

Nic j said...

come on raffy!!

Orel said...

Mint-K comes through! 1st & 3rd!

Orel said...

All hail Erin!

Delino DeShields said...

Doug Mientkiewicz - the man who held Red Sox nation for ransom! Or at least, a very important streak-ending ball.

Nic j said...

hmmm, walk off home run for manny maybe?

Erin said...

I was up until 2:30 watching the Red Sox lose in extra innings last night. Please let the Dodgers end this in the ninth so I can go to sleep.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Broxton in a non-save situation.

Orel said...

And Erin with the avatar change. We'll see if it affects the Dodgers.

Erin said...

I was busy putting pictures on Facebook, and I'm sick of that old profile pic, so I changed it up. Speaking as the good luck charm, I can safely tell you that it will have no ill effect on the Dodgers.

Orel said...

Golden Sombrero for Fred Lewis!

Nic j said...

vin stole my unoriginal joke!!

Orel said...

Broxton's last pitch to Lewis was nasty. Gameday says slider.

Orel said...

heart of the order...

Orel said...

O-Dog single! Manny up!

Damon said...

lets get big jon the win

Nic j said...

come on manny!!!

Erin said...

Okay, Orlando has done his job. Let's go Manny. End this.

Orel said...

Manny seems a little out of sync.

Orel said...

IN BIDNESS

Nic j said...

thats clutch

Erin said...

WOOT!!! Great read on that ball from Hudson. Love that he went first to third.

Nic j said...

they gonna walk for the force?

Erin said...

I'm sure the numbers don't support it, but I feel like J. Martin always comes up empty in big situations, usually with a groundout. Please don't do that here.

Orel said...

Don't let them disrespect you like that, Russ!

Nic j said...

O-dog should steal home. Come on its Jackie Robinson day!!!

Delino DeShields said...

If the Dodgers can't win this one, I'm gonna start rooting for the Padres.

Orel said...

Wow, this Wilson throws hard. TV says 99 mph.

Orel said...

damn

Erin said...

Hmm. Maybe the numbers do support it.

Delino DeShields said...

My Russell Martin Bobblehead is going to spend the night in the closet.

Delino DeShields said...

ESPN Gamecast - Dodgers have a 67 percent chance of winning this game.

Nic j said...

man he is keeping those pitches LOW

Orel said...

foo count

Erin said...

Man, bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth of a tied game only gives you a 67% chance? That seems low.

Nic j said...

WALK OFF WALK!!

Orel said...

MVP: Wilson

Delino DeShields said...

100 percent chance of victory. Walking in the winning run. Nice

Erin said...

Whatever it takes. Thanks, Wilson! Woot! Time for bed. Goodnight, folks!

Alex said...

nice!!

Delino DeShields said...

An ugly win is worth just as much as a pretty one. Mazol tov. Great note to end Passover on.