Saturday, May 23, 2009

Game 44 Thread: May 23 vs. Angels, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 36 GAMES

Randy Wolf (2-1, 2.72) vs. John Lackey (1-0, 9.00).

COMMENTS:

Tonight's press box "Blog Spot" occupant is Eric Stephen from True Blue LA. Looking forward to your report, Eric!

original Hunter photo by Chris Carlson/AP

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Orel said...

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

PenosCabell said...

Ethier batting 4th and Martin batting 5th again? Wow.

Orel said...

I don't think Torre wants to rattle Ethier by moving him around in the order.

PenosCabell said...

Ethier walked a couple of times last night. It was good to see some patience at the plate, but he needs to knock in some runs. Martin was just plain awful last night.

Chappy said...

Here's hoping the power shots make it past the track today.

If we have to watch Hunter snag one more...

Unknown said...

Eckersley has a good night announcing

Unknown said...

Or not, I suck at linking :(

Unknown said...

Another shot at Eck swearing

Steve Sax said...

PC, I agree with you; Ethier looked more at ease from the plate yesterday. Whether that can translate to slump-busting behavior, we'll see (and I hope!).

Martin's last K was horrible, though.

Orel said...

Very nice. Kirk Gibson should fine him.

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - Yeah, I think if Ethier can find some comfort, even in drawing walks, he'll get out of this slump.

Russell Martin could have had a huge night at the plate. He blew too many opportunities.

I thought Torre might shuffle the line-up a little.

PenosCabell said...

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I've gotta close shop.

Lakers/Nuggets starting real soon.

Steve Sax said...

I'll be off the thread through most of the game this evening. Catch you later.

Hey, who's running the marathon this year?

Steve Sax said...

Orel, do you happen to know our record wince the Manny suspension?

rbnlaw said...

1. Ethier should sit one game and get his head on straight.
2. Sax, the book came today. Way to pull strings with UPS. And the Leinie postcard was a nice touch.

Photo to follow.

Going to dinner and catch the first few innings.

NicJ said...

a joint pregame show?

yuck

NicJ said...

Tonight, Hunter becomes the hunted.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Denver up on the Lakers 52-48, but it could be much worse. I'd say it's manageable.

NicJ said...

schmidt just left the 3rd inning with an injury, he started for the isotopes tonight.

im not sure of the injury.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nic, Schmidt most likely took a ball to the body.

NicJ said...

it that what it seems like on gameday. hopefully it wasnt the face.

NicJ said...

honestly, i cant see the lakers winning this series any longer. There hasnt been one game where they have looked like the better team.

NicJ said...

rex hudler makes me love the dodgers even more.

PenosCabell said...

Wolf in trouble here.

Chappy said...

come on Randy. He can never get past the 1st.

PenosCabell said...

Good throw by Ethier, he almost nailed Rivera at 3rd.

Orel said...

Sweet avatar, Nic!

NicJ said...

thanks Orel, after last night i felt like a blue man.

Tobias, FTW

Orel said...

Phew.

Chappy said...

good job getting out of the jam!

PenosCabell said...

The offense needs to wake up.

Orel said...

Lackey lasted longer than two pitches!

Chappy said...

bah, that was close!

PenosCabell said...

Lackey bare-handed that cleanly.

NicJ said...

i have a feeling lackey is gonna tear us up tonight.

PenosCabell said...

Nic J - I hope you are wrong.

Orel said...

Two outs by inches.

PenosCabell said...

Robbery!

NicJ said...

man, the angels always get the better brother player.

NicJ said...

what happened to ariza?

NicJ said...

its a little weird that the angels dont have a primary catcher. but i guess it works as far as not wearing your backstop out.

Chappy said...

Nice hit by Andre!

Chappy said...

I agree on the catcher thing Nic, especially since Soscia was a catcher himself.

NicJ said...

the lakers just look burned out.

Chappy said...

Russell is getting hot.

1st HR can't be far off.

NicJ said...

man where the Eff was Hunter. he was almost in right field.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm gonna put a whole Ticonderoga factory into J.R. Smith's neck.

NicJ said...

COME ON JP

NicJ said...

alright i have to stop watching the laker game, everytime i put it on the nuggets go on a run. I have to have a +/- of -20

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ethier looks good today. This should help his confidence, especially since it's against Lackey.

Orel said...

Aflac: Who is the Dodgers' alltime leader in games & hits? (Hint: He was born on this date in 1888)

Chappy said...

crap.

Orel said...

Juan Rivera ties it up with one swing.

Orel said...

Lakers by 1!

Chappy said...

Orel, Abraham Lincoln was a Dodger?

Chappy said...

Oh wait, 1888.

FDR was a Dodger?

Orel said...

Ouch, Billups 4-point play.

NicJ said...

its sad when the angels are hitting more HR's than the dodgers.

NicJ said...

pau is on FIRE!!

Orel said...

Pau workin' it. Lakers back up by 1.

karina said...

I think it's sadder when they have a lot of LOB.

Epale guys! just coming back from home, thanks for the coverage, plus gameday i feel like i haven't missed anything.

NicJ said...

wow, fish is making me sad.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm gonna run out of hair by the end of the Laker game.

Orel said...

Epale, Karina! The Lakers are making us nervous.

NicJ said...

you might look like my avatar MLSF

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Love it, though one with George Sr. would have been just as nice, if not nicer.

Orel said...

"And at the end of two-and-a-half, Rivera one, the Dodgers one." —Vin

NicJ said...

fisher is a liability out there.

Orel said...

The Lakers are killing themselves at the free-throw line.

Orel said...

The Lakers game is a see-saw!

NicJ said...

wow, kobe. wow.

karina said...

1-1. Are they smashing the Lakers?

Orel said...

What kind of pitch did Kemp strike out on? How can you not at least try to foul off something that fat?

NicJ said...

denver has definately looked like the better team in the series. I think the lakers are just out of gas.

Orel said...

14 missed free throws.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The missed free-throws are killing me and the Lakers.

NicJ said...

kobe misses a FT

PenosCabell said...

The Lakers are shooting themselves in the foot by missing all those free throws

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This game would be over if they could just convert at the charity stripe.

PenosCabell said...

Can they play some defense?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Good job by Odom to force Denver to use a TO.

PenosCabell said...

Nervous time

karina said...

Missing free throws? that's awful. I'm glad that i'm not a basketball-Lakers fan.

However, i share your pain.

PenosCabell said...

Defense!

NicJ said...

ariza with the steal again!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Holy cow, how many game-changers will Ariza have?

NicJ said...

melo's out of the game.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

No more 'Melo!

PenosCabell said...

Odom and Ariza playing some good defense.

Hit youre free throws Trevor.

Chappy said...

Is it too late to nominate Lackey for sexiest baseball player?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bogus call on Odom.

PenosCabell said...

The officiating seems so one sided.

Very ticky tack call on Odom.

Orel said...

LAL 101, DEN 97, 22.2 left

NicJ said...

man kobe is so clutch, can he play left field for the dodgers?

PenosCabell said...

Thats the game.

karina said...

Why do you nominate Lackey?

watching the Giants-Mariners game, Matt Cain pitching. That team doesn't deserve Cain or Lincecum, in the other side, they have Brian Wilson.

Orel said...

Kobe can put this away.

PenosCabell said...

Re-gain home court advantage.

Chappy said...

99

PenosCabell said...

Kobe is a beast.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

kobe is the most clutch player in the universe.

Chappy said...

100

Orel said...

Lakers win!

NicJ said...

(passes out)

PenosCabell said...

I love it.

Now I can concentrate on the Dodgers!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That had to be one of the greatest Laker comebacks I've ever seen.

PenosCabell said...

Kobe is an absolute stud.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

/kobe looked ready to combust out there. denver hotel concierges - watch your backs!

Orel said...

Kobe looks EXHAUSTED.

karina said...

Why does Rivera have to be good when he plays the Dodgers?

NicJ said...

aybar very daring to challenge the bison.

Chappy said...

Come on Wolf!

Orel said...

Guess I have to make another WANTED poster. 4-1 Angels.

Chappy said...

Hunter is killing LA.

Chappy said...

6 HRs for Wolf on the year. Most of any pitcher.

karina said...

It's sad when every run has been driven in by a home run. Hopefully next inning the Dodgers got Pierre, Furcal and Hudson.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

DeBaby Delino literally just tried to gouge out my eyes. Time to get out of the house - go Dodgers.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

And I just got caught up with the game... brutal. Torii's earning his superfluous "i"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Now would be a great time for Ethier to hit a homer.

rbnlaw said...

Why do we bring out the best in a mediocre team? This is very frustrating.

karina said...

Patience, Mr LASF. Last night he took a couple of walks and have had a good night at the plate.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

One more wild pitch for the cycle.

Orel said...

There ya go, Russell! 4-2 Angels.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn, Gameday is taking forever.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Lackey's gone hay-wire.

Orel said...

A two-out rally! This hasn't happened in a long time. 4-3 Angels.

rbnlaw said...

I'll take runs anyway we get them.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The great thing is that Ethier is contributing, albeit with an HBP, but still.

rbnlaw said...

3-run ding would be sweet right now.

Chappy said...

Kemp is starting to slide back into bad old habits.

karina said...

and King James is in contact mode again. Martin is getting better and better too.

Orel said...

"Kemp is starting to slide back into bad old habits."

Agreed.

Chappy said...

so he can be patient.

Wait for it Kemp.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH!

Chappy said...

I said wait, not watch. crap.

rbnlaw said...

Crap Bison!

Orel said...

Again, why don't you at least try to foul that off?

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

If you're gonna go down, go down looking.
Wait, that's not the phrase.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I have to admit, that was a beauty of a pitch by Lackey.

karina said...

At least they're back in the game and the home team.

Chappy said...

yep. good 2 out rally.

Chappy said...

DP

Orel said...

Good inning by Wolf. Let's get back to tagging Lackey.

NicJ said...

wow i leave and offense happens.

Orel said...

When was the last time the Dodgers hit a home run?

Orel said...

Beard HBP

NicJ said...

man thats the third batter he has hit.

PenosCabell said...

Good bunt. Pierre RBI opportunity.

karina said...

Wasn't Blake the last one who hit a homer?

NicJ said...

yup, a three run jack against the mets.

NicJ said...

wow jp, wow.

PenosCabell said...

Does Pierre need a night off>?

Chappy said...

that was ugly

karina said...

Is anyone else worried the Beast is becoming Slappy again?

Orel said...

Nope!

NicJ said...

nice raffy. at least shields is warming up in the angels pen.

Orel said...

You know the story about women living together and how their menstrual cycles start to coincide? The Dodger bats need to do that. Furcal, Ethier and Martin are getting hot, Kemp and Pierre are cooling off.

NicJ said...

they say hitting is contagious. good and bad

karina said...

Belly facing Rivera. Those two guys know each other a lot and suddenly, i'm getting nervous.

karina said...

He made Rivera ground out. Nice Belly.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I'm at the game with my lucky SpongeBob boxeers. I ate a dodger dog even though I'm not hungry. They have to win.

Orel said...

Good job, Belly!

karina said...

Giants 3-Mariners 1, 8th inning.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice pitching by Belly.

NicJ said...

she sounded like an angel fan.

NicJ said...

the padres are actually closer to us than the giants are now.

karina said...

Are you talking about me, Nic j?

Orel said...

Don't look now, but the Padres are on the verge of winning their eighth straight.

Orel said...

I think Nic was referring to the "God Bless America" singer.

No one would ever confuse you for an Angel fan, Karina.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Even if the Dodgers don't score here, I like the idea of them facing Arradondo and Fuentes on no rest.

karina said...

*relief*

I know the Pads are closer, but i don't like the Giants to win, specially when they were losing in the 8th inning.

Fred's Brim said...

andre's going the other way now - i like it
and hello everybody

Orel said...

One inning of magic and the bats go silent again.

Orel said...

Hey FB. Try again.

NicJ said...

no i wasnt talking about you karina, im not that cruel.

Orel said...

ARI 5, OAK 5, top 11
SD 3, CHI 1, bot 8
SF 5, SEA 1, top 8

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Man I'm tired. That Laker game really drained me.

PenosCabell said...

i hope Andre is OK

NicJ said...

i was at the game yesterday and i noticed that there were alot of mixed couples, but the guy was always the dodger fan the the girl was always the angel fan.

NicJ said...

his first major league catch.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's because chicks dig Scioscia's pot-belly.

Fred's Brim said...

try again? not sure what you mean. it looked like he had a good swing last inning, even though it was an out

and now he's out of the game - hmm

NicJ said...

seriously how do angel fans listen to Rex Hudler for every game.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I can't stand the Angels broadcasters. Once they spent about three minutes talking about the food in the dugout.

Orel said...

Sorry FB, I thought you were making a prediction.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Belly limits the damage. On to the eighth.

Fred's Brim said...

OK Belly - you're gonna get yourself a win tonight

Orel said...

Shields is eminently touchable.

karina said...

Fred's Brim: love how you're talking.

Fred's Brim said...

take pitches

Orel said...

Padres win. Eight in a row.

karina said...

Giambi hit his 400th career HR.

NicJ said...

the pad's are quite the streaky team this year.

Orel said...

Safe by a hair! Beautiful, Loney!

NicJ said...

wow just barely made it.

PenosCabell said...

Loney looked like he was out for sure.

NicJ said...

alright Karina. James deserves a King for that one.

PenosCabell said...

Loney has no power and no speed.

Fred's Brim said...

wow what a crazy slide! i hope his fingers are ok
now lets get him home!

Orel said...

D'backs take a three-run lead in the 11th.

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