Saturday, May 16, 2009

Game 38 Thread: May 16 @ Marlins, 3p

Eric Milton (0-0, 0.00) vs. Andrew Miller (0-1, 6.94).

COMMENTS:

The Argument

This weekend game proposes, first in brief, the outcome of the Saturday game, pitting the powerful Dodgers of Paradise against the sea creatures of Florida, depends primarily on the starting performances of associates of both legions. Amidst forecasted thunderstorms the two sides will do battle, their chief leaders named as Torre and Gonzalez, issuing their numbers into combat with the hopes of regaining bearing toward postseason baseball and eternal praise with a world series victory and coronation.

f the
Dodgers' second series game, and the fifth
Of this short road trip, where opinions
Both public and media are certain
To be reflect'd by one contest's outcome.
Sing, heavenly muses, from your press box,
The wandering path of Eric Milton,
Whose replaced ligaments and nomadic ways
Have result'd in an uncommon rebirth.
Herald his pitching and hasten his fastballs
As he musters his courage for battles ahead.
Whilst th' infernal slippery marlins
Of Floridian coasts and empty stadium,
Revolt soundly against the legions
Of divine Dodger bats and gloves.

Darkness within Dodger hearts, illumine;
What spirits low, raise and support,
And rescue our souls from defeat and despair
Whilst we vanquish our enemies to bottomless perdition.

And possibly even afford a smooth ninth frame,
Is that too ambitious for followers to request?

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Orel said...

(applause) Bravo. Brilliant, Sax. I'm sure John Milton would approve.

rbnlaw said...

Saxy; a fan of the classics.
Well done.

Fred's Brim said...

excellent stuff, Saxy!

Fred's Brim said...

Made it to new Yankee stadium last night and sat way up in the upper deck. During a lull in the middle innings, they tried to subtly pump in crowd noise to spur more crowd noise. From the speakers above us hanging from the roof, we could hear rhythmic clapping: "clap-clap-clap...clap clap clap". Later we heard what sounded like a group of kids chanting "lets go yank-ees clap-clap clap-clap-clap". There were only drunks in our section. Yankees fans are quick to join in a cheer so I am sure it was to get some kind of noise going. pretty sad if you ask me

Orel said...

Yankees fans are famous for not needing those kinds of cues. This could be an exposé!

Nic j said...

wow, bad day for angels fans, John lackey gets thrown out of the game after two pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This Angels game is insane.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We are underway

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beast Mode has no end.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Where the hell is everyone?

Loney Fan said...

Anyone know why KCAL is not starting coverage until 4pm?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess for Pierre, he's either in Beast Mode or he's dead.

Nic j said...

i think it has something to do with fox saturday baseball, its a national blackout until 4

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's Milton time.

Loney Fan said...

I'm a little nervous about Milton

Nic j said...

so lackey had one earned run today and recorded no outs. whats his ERA, infinity?

karina said...

I haven't read any John Milton but the images are exquisite: a Doré book cover and an illustrated majuscule (it looks very art nouveau). Steve, you really reach my heart when you use art in the game threads.

Epale, everyone!

Steve Sax said...

This blackout is killing me.

At least we're up 1-0!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yep, the sideways 8.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Milton looks good so far, though I only have Gameday to go on.

Steve Sax said...

LoneyFan, MSTI has a great rant about why this game started at 3 but won't start the television coverage until 4p. Has to do with a rap concert and Fox's blackout. Good stuff.

At least Family Feud is over, thank God

Loney Fan said...

Thanks Sax, but the second of the back to back Fued episodes is underway.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MSTI makes me smile.

PavilionBum said...

At least you guys get to see the game. Direct TV doesn't get KCAL where I live. Oh well, I don't get to see the Dodgers winning, but at least I'm watching the next best thing: The Giants losing! Go Mets!

Nic j said...

Let play the Fued!!!

karina said...

Bottom of the 8th: Mets 7, Giants 6

Nic j said...

damn miller has 46 pitches after two innings.

Loney Fan said...

I took the time to read the MSTI article and now I wish I had not. Well done by MSTI though with the explanation and well written (as always) article.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Does Milton have a pitch-limit, or can he go the full 100?

Nic j said...

miltons been starting in the minors, he should be stretched out to go the distance.

Loney Fan said...

People on the Fued are really stupid. I guess that is kind of redundant.

Nic j said...

what inning "the distance" is depends on if he keeps walking guys.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate Cody Ross

Loney Fan said...

May
Walls
7
Clothes
IRS

Loney Fan said...

Sorry, I mixed this up with the Family Fued blog I am messaging on.

Nic j said...

im starting to remember why i hated milton so much in the spring.

karina said...

Milton looks shaky, at least on Gameday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He should be able to get out Miller

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Milton is at least better than Miller right now.

Loney Fan said...

The Fued is over and it's tiiiiiiime for Dodger baseball!

Nic j said...

at least miller looks worse than milton.

karina said...

Meanwhile, in SF, top of the 9th, there are Mets in first and second, no outs, still up by one run

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEAST MODE IS EVERY MODE!

karina said...

The Beast lead-off triple!

Dusto Magnifico said...

good to be home (not work) and have gameday and radiotime working. for some reason it doesnt work at work...

beast mode in full effect!

Loney Fan said...

Beast Mode

Dusto Magnifico said...

2-1

Nic j said...

tape delay!!!! LAME!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

While they aren't getting the clutch hits, they still get the guy home.

Loney Fan said...

OH F*** FOX BROADCASTING! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!

Loney Fan said...

Okay well I guess I'm outta here. I'm going to wait ANOTHER hour until tape delay catches up.

Nic j said...

who the hell needs to see the first two innings? just give us a recap.

Orel said...

Tape delay! Boo!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

For me, I still like to watch the game even if it's tape-delay. I only find TD pointless during Spring Training.

Dusto Magnifico said...

friggin fastball down the middle andre... HIT IT!

rbnlaw said...

My brain is melting with the tape delay.
I've wanted Fox to fall since they bought the Dodgers.

Orel said...

Off to Gameday I go.

Holy smokes, Beast Mode is still on fire!

Nic j said...

man miller was just challenging ethier.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin hits one out. I said it first.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Walk proves me wrong, still beats an out.

Nic j said...

is miller just going with the fastball this inning?

Dusto Magnifico said...

lets go pop up!

Orel said...

NYM 8, SF 6, top 9

Dusto Magnifico said...

loney pops out to center...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh, Loney can't get going.

Orel said...

Miller at 68 pitches.

Orel said...

Mets 9, Giants 6, still top 9.

Furcal barehanded Bonifacio's bouncer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yay, Pierre scor-oh wait, it's tape delay.

rbnlaw said...

How are you seeing this Orel?

Dusto Magnifico said...

milton getting it done.

rbnlaw said...

Either stole a base?

rbnlaw said...

I mean Ethier. Sheesh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon, Milton. Don't walk Hanley.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit, he walked him

Orel said...

Walk, HBP. Marlins have two on, two out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dodgers vs. Marlins, and Collins and Lyons are talking about Lincecum.

Orel said...

"How are you seeing this Orel?"

Through the magic of Charley Steiner's storytelling abilities.

rbnlaw said...

Milton's got to go more than 4

Dusto Magnifico said...

Miltons got 2 more in him.

karina said...

Lincecum doesn't even pitch today, he pitched last night.

Orel said...

RA for FLA. C'mon, Milton!

Nic j said...

you're killing me uncle milty.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't worry. Uggly's up. Quick out.

Dusto Magnifico said...

come on Milty

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo with 2 walks and a HBP.

Orel said...

I think Milton will walk one in here.

rbnlaw said...

Who's up in the pen?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday says that ball was a strike.

Orel said...

Mets sweep the Giants!

Nic j said...

be on the look out for a lost strike zone.

Orel said...

Full count.

Orel said...

Ball 4. Tie score.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, c'mon Milton. Not one guy has put the ball in play.

Orel said...

That was decidedly unclutch.

Weaver is up in the pen, after having pitched an inning last night.

rbnlaw said...

Walks home the run? WTF?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver only threw an inning. I would like to see Tron.

rbnlaw said...

Bring in Hair Weaver.

Orel said...

Fly ball to Kemp. Inning over.

Nic j said...

finally.

ps weaver is the last person you want in with RA.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

2 out, nobody on. What does Milton do? Walk, HBP, Walk, Walk, one run scored.

Dusto Magnifico said...

3 walks and an HBP. dang Milty! hit the freaking plate!

Orel said...

Kemp singles!

rbnlaw said...

Just saw the play where Ramirez' bat went into the stands. The kids makes a great grab of the bat, gives it back, and Hainley doesn't give him another one to replace it.

Bad mojo for Hainley. . .eventually.

Orel said...

And #100 just slips on by, unclaimed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I have to admit, that's pretty mean for Hanley. Maybe the kid just wanted him to cut his hair?

Orel said...

Rbn, maybe the club will take care of that.

rbnlaw said...

Beard Mode!

Orel said...

Blake K's on a 94-mph fastball up and away.

rbnlaw said...

So much for the Beard.

Orel said...

Milton sacs Kemp to second. Two out.

karina said...

I hope Milton helps himself for last inning's mess

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beast Mode time

karina said...

It'd be sweet if Beast Mode hit a single (at least)

rbnlaw said...

Yeah Orel, but they should do it when everyone's looking. The Fish can use all the positive pub they can get.

karina said...

He did, he moved the runner.

Orel said...

Monday says JP has hit safely in 13 of his 14 starts.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now Collins is talking about Strasburg

Steve Sax said...

Come on, BEAST MODE, knock in Kemp from second

Orel said...

Pierre lines out to left.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, no beast mode

Steve Sax said...

Nope, a "pretty good poke by Juan" but the Dodgers are retired.

rbnlaw said...

Strausberg: no one is worth $60million.

Orel said...

One pitch, one out for Milton in the bottom of the fourth.

Orel said...

Don't walk the pitcher, Miltie!

Steve Sax said...

I've got Steiner about two to three pitches ahead of my gameday.

that's gonna make these pop-fly calls even worse

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't understand how Boras can still be so arrogant after he's taken so many hits over the last few years.

Orel said...

Comebacker. Two out.

Orel said...

Bonafacio pops out to Hudson. Miltie's first 1-2-3 inning.

rbnlaw said...

The problem with Boras is he knows talent. My guess is he'll be repping pitchers a lot more than sluggers now.

Orel said...

O-Dog K's.

rbnlaw said...

Did we decide on a "Mode" for O-dawg?

Dawg Mode seems too obvious.

Orel said...

Ethier jacks one, but foul. Dammit.

Orel said...

Based on his interviews, Talk Mode?

Steve Sax said...

DAMMIT, Steiner just did another one of those "FLY BALL .... .. it's foul."

Orel said...

4-3

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If anything, Ethier made himself Miller's last out.

rbnlaw said...

10 pitch at bat for Dre. Not bad.

Steve Sax said...

Hey Orel, are we still going to the Roosevelt Hotel tonight?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, no win for Milton

Steve Sax said...

"Paradise Lost" reference by Steiner!

Steve Sax said...

He must read SoSG

Orel said...

Time to walk my O-Dog.

Steve Sax said...

And here's Dream Weaver

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Weav Machine

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn milkshake commercials

Steve Sax said...

I am very interested in what this oceanfront experience is for the new BBQ Beach.

Maybe the visitors' bullpen is now a pool?

Steve Sax said...

2-out basehit for Cantu

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

About the BBQ in the Stands:
1. Where will the radio station set up?
2. How the hell can they make the nosebleeds into a beach-themed BBQ?

Steve Sax said...

Weaver promptly sets the Dodgers back 4-2

Steve Sax said...

Two-run HR for the Marlins. Crap.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

More like a nightmare now.

Dusto Magnifico said...

why is weaver even in there so early?

rbnlaw said...

Bad thing about the BBQ Beach:
DJ from KIIS-FM. I'd rather listen to bad karaoke.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers better take advantage of the Marlins' weak bullpen.

karina said...

They will for sure.

Steve Sax said...

Uggla with a base hit

Weaver can't get out of this

rbnlaw said...

I really hate this tape delay crap. The family is watching The Dog Whisperer on DVR. I'm being a calm, assertive pack leader.

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, it's because Milton threw 84 pitches through four frames

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It won't f****** end!

Steve Sax said...

Hey rbnlaw, `they're all asleep by now

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Collins and Lyons still arguing over Strasburg

Steve Sax said...

Another base hit against Weaver, men on first and second with Cody Ross up--Ross hit a big HR yesterday

rbnlaw said...

Weaver finally has his meltdown inning.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

t]This is insane. First Milton gets the first two out in the fourth, then implodes. Weaver gets the first two out, and can get anyone out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The third, not the fourth for Milton

fanerman said...

Oy. The hits keep coming.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Finally

karina said...

Let's cross fingers this nightmare is over.

rbnlaw said...

Single for Quebec Mode.

Dusto Magnifico said...

when was 84 too much?

Dusto Magnifico said...

pop up?

Dusto Magnifico said...

wait for it...

Dusto Magnifico said...

wait for it...

Dusto Magnifico said...

k

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, 84 might not be very many pitches, but he sounded like he had nothing.

And he hadn't pitched since 1952.

rbnlaw said...

Let's go Bison Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard Mode

rbnlaw said...

I'm out of beer.

rbnlaw said...

Sit on one Beard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard walks. Martin steals third. Now it's first and third for a PH.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

XP to be exact

rbnlaw said...

1st and 3rd 2 out. Stinkin base hit is all we need.

karina said...

Son stole third!

rbnlaw said...

X Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Time for XP's first career triple

Orel said...

Go XP!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn XP

Orel said...

Charley is obsessed with the tinsel from the pom-poms the Marlins are giving away today.

Orel said...

BSOD for XP

Orel said...

Leach in.

Orel said...

Amezaga rips it, but to Pierre. One out.

rbnlaw said...

Am I missing something, or is there no mid-week day game on the schedule this year? (at Dodger Stadium, I mean)

Orel said...

Leach K's Bonafacio.

Orel said...

Wed., July 1 against Colorado is a 12:10 start.

Orel said...

1-2-3 inning for Leach.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks Orel. I looked at the schedule and missed that.
I'm planning on going and hitting the Shortstop prior to.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice inning for Leach

Orel said...

Prediction for the Lakers and Celtics tomorrow?

Orel said...

Beast Mode singles.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Beast is aboard

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