Monday, May 25, 2009

Game 46 Thread: May 25 @ Rockies, 12n

MANNYWATCH: 34 GAMES

Eric Stults (4-1, 3.82) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-4, 4.27).

COMMENTS: Yeah, losing a series to the Angels at home isn't a fun way to start the Memorial Day weekend. But look on the bright side: the Dodgers still have the best record in the majors at 30-15; we have a cavernous 7.5 game lead over the second-place Giants Padres (the NL Central, by comparison, separates first from worst by a total of only 7 games); and we have an otherworldly +70 run differential (the next-best team in the majors, Toronto, has +40).

The Dodgers finished up the homestand 4-2 (including a sweep of the Mets) and are 9-7 since Manny Ramirez' suspension. As we take our show on the road for the first of a seven-game swing, we hand the ball to Stults, he of jammed thumb; the Dodgers are 6-1 when he starts. Meanwhile, De La Rosa is coming off a pounding that Atlanta gave him Wednesday before he gave a water cooler the same treatment (check the 1:18 mark of the video). Let's set De La Rosa up for round 2 versus the Gatorade jug today, shall we?

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Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That 7.5 game lead is actually over the Padres. The Giants are in second and are 9 games out of first.

Unknown said...

I was expecting a more Zambrano-like treatment of the water cooler. Someone needs to give this guy some lessons on how to take out his aggression on the water cooler. Maybe Zambranco and de la Rosa will make the All-Star team together.

PenosCabell said...

What did the Gatorade jug ever do to him? It looks like he's playing the bongo drums.

Yesterday was a terrible day for Chad Billingsley. After the offense gave him a 4 run lead, I thought he would cruise through the rest of the game.

PenosCabell said...

Next time he should take the Kevin Brown approach: punch a wall!

Loney Fan said...

I like the uplifting game thread message today. I was pissed at the team for the Angels series but now I feel ready to move on and look at the bright side of life

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, thanks--corrected

Steve Sax said...

It will be nice not having to play against Torii Hunter in the outfield. It seemed like he was singlehandedly (gloved-ly?) stopping us all series long.

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - Agreed. That Torrii Hunter guy was a pain in the butt. It's gonna be nice to play the NL West again.

rbnlaw said...

Last homestand ended in a similar fashion, only for us to go on the road and take a series from the Phils and the Phish.

Losing a home series to the Giants was far more annoying than losing one to the Angels.

Alex Cora said...

Cabell: great avatar. I was at that game and remember saying to my friend "did chan ho actually just karate kick him? Did that really just happen?". I was laughing so hard after that.

Orel said...

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

rbnlaw said...

Ethier sits again? Is the foot sti;ll bothering him, or is it the lack of hits?

Orel said...

Dodgers wearing red hats today.

Orel said...

Ach! Es regnet!(Rain delay.)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I woke up from my nap for this?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nothing doing in the first inning.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Crap

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stults is having some trouble.

Steve Sax said...

These red hats look ridiculous.

Steve Sax said...

This is an awful lot of pitches for Stults, who can't seem to get his pitches down. Maybe it's the altitude?

Steve Sax said...

All four of those pitches were high.

Come on, Stults. Get it together. Our bullpen has already been burned the last six games.

Steve Sax said...

When I turned on the tv, I thought the Angels were pitching. These red hats look so discordant with the Dodgers' colors!

Steve Sax said...

Atkins ropes it but flies to Kemp, leaving the bases loaded. Stults got away cheaply enough. Lucky.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, I'm going to nap. I'm tired after that marathon this morning.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That was a bad at-bat for Kemp

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Loney steals second after singling.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Castro strands Loney at third to end the inning.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I feel so alone.

PenosCabell said...

Just woke up from my nap.

Alex Cora - Thanks for the kudos on my avatar. I thought Dodger Chan Ho Park karate kicking Angel Tim Belcher was appropriate for the freeway series.

PenosCabell said...

Lazy day.

NicJ said...

Apodaca

PenosCabell said...

BACK TO BACK TO BACK HITS.

1-0 Dodgers.

PenosCabell said...

Apodaca!

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

1. Vin made me guilty about enjoying my Memorial Day off... which consisted of watching Godfather Part II, playing with DeBaby DeShields, eating leftover meat, and playing catch with DeDog.

2. Tulowitzki was more "tool" in that play than "key"

3. GO RED!

PenosCabell said...

Jump on this De La Rosa now.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Another base hit

PenosCabell said...

bases loaded. no outs.

PenosCabell said...

Delino -I love Godfather II. Enjoy you're day off.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo! sorry, but i'm at work...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hoffmann with a sac-fly.

2-0 Dodgers.

PenosCabell said...

2-0 Dodgers

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

2-0. But that's not enough in Colorado. KEep em coming.

PenosCabell said...

Squeeze attempt!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They're gonna try a squeeze

NicJ said...

Damn Castro messed up the squeeze.

PenosCabell said...

don't stop

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

The 17th single (unofficial) of the inning plates another run. 3-0

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm ready to see some crushed gatorade dispensers.

PenosCabell said...

De La Rosa looks like he lost it.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

"Took care of me? You're my baby brother. I'm smart. Not dumb like everyone says. I'm smart. And I want RESPECT" Fredo Corleone, RIP

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

70th ball of the inning (also unofficial stats)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

When the wheels come off, they come off fast. Apodaca.

PenosCabell said...

I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

-Don Corleone

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Love that little pause before the fling of the bat. DeLa Rosa is gonna be DeLa VISTA!

rbnlaw said...

"You broke my heart, Fredo."

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo again!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

(Followed by kiss on the lips)

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

"If history has proven anything... it's that any man can be killed."

PenosCabell said...

If anyone quotes Godfather III, you're outta here!

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Come home Shane.

NicJ said...

Delarosa looks like he needs a trip to the analrapist.

Try tobias f√ľnke.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

BEAST MODE!

Steve Sax said...

JP, with a big-time bases-clearing triple!!!

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

PierreWood strikes again

PenosCabell said...

Juan Pierre coming through!

MR.F said...

BEASTLY TRIPLE!!!

Steve Sax said...

Wow, that was a sweet hit on which to wake up!

Now, back to sleep.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Nic J - LOL!

rbnlaw said...

Water coolers instantly go on the "protected species" list

PenosCabell said...

Adios, De La Rosa.

karina said...

"I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies"

Michael Corleone

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

"My father? I'll give you one hint. He's Italian" (and with that, I'm outta here)

rbnlaw said...

"Never, ever, go against the family."

PenosCabell said...

Nic J - hilarious.

PenosCabell said...

Delino - Why?

karina said...

The Beast doesn't stop to amaze me.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"When they come, they'll come at what you love."

PenosCabell said...

Russell, add to the hit parade.

Steve Sax said...

Frank McCourt couldn't have gotten luckier with the weather here in LA today for the marathon. Moving the race from March to Memorial Day seemed questionable, but this morning's overcast skies were perfect weather for a race.

Steve Sax said...

What's up Delino? Long time, no see.

PenosCabell said...

I think Frank said the marathon is moving back to March next year.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Trapped ball. Pierre scores.

PenosCabell said...

7-0 Dodgers

Steve Sax said...

Wait, that wasn't a shoestring catch, Vin! Okay, you corrected yourself. Martin with a RBI.

karina said...

Still one out...

rbnlaw said...

The hit parade continues. Thank you Rockies' pitching staff

Steve Sax said...

PC, re: the marathon moving back to March--might you have a link for that quote?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

De la Rosa - 3.1 innings, 7 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3 severely damaged coolers.

Steve Sax said...

7-0 is nice...but no lead is safe in Coors Field...

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - He said it in yesterday's pregame interview on FSN.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, nice comment on the coolers.

Reminds me of the Dodgers' own Carlos Perez, back in the day.

Wow, Torrealba's throw to try and get Martin was about as bad as Martin's throws to try and get basestealers.

Steve Sax said...

PC, thanks. Only 10 months to get back in shape, then!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Martin was almost picked off.

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - did you complete the marathon?

Steve Sax said...

I don't know how I feel about that "Marathon Challenge," either (in which the women start ~16 minutes before the men, and the first person to finish the race wins extra coin.

On the one hand, it's exciting (the lead man overtook the lead woman at mile 23). On the other hand, it seems kind of sexist, doesn't it?

Steve Sax said...

PC, in all honesty: I completed watching the marathon.

Steve Sax said...

PC, but, again in honestly, Ms. Sax and I did the Acura Bike Tour early this morning at 5am.

It was awesome. Super-fun, great to do the empty streets of LA on bike, and a wonderful time.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If Rex Hudler was watching this at-bat, he would be going insane.

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - At least you ran. Thats awsome.

rbnlaw said...

9 pitch at bat for O-Dawg.

Steve Sax said...

Not exactly sure why Martin was stealing third, leading 7-0 with a 3-2 count on Hudson and one out...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Jeez, I can't ride my bike to the McDonalds down the street, and Sax is riding his for 5 miles.

Steve Sax said...

PC--thanks for the kind words, but I didn't run. I biked.

Much, much easier.

rbnlaw said...

11 pitches. It gets better.

karina said...

Congrats Steve! that's awesome

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF--23 miles, baby!

PenosCabell said...

Going for the jugular.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Thanks Sax, that makes me feel even worse.

PenosCabell said...

Steve Sax - Still impressive.

karina said...

He took 12 pitches, well done!

Steve Sax said...

Though I have to confess, when I passed a Jack in the Box along the way, I had a strange urge to get some Mini Sirloin Burgers.

Anyway, it's a lot easier to bike the streets when they're roped off to motorists and there are cops every two blocks or so.

PenosCabell said...

Yeah, I sat on my fat ass all day.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Casey just missed taking that one out...

7-0 Dodgers, mid-fourth.

PenosCabell said...

Flashbacks of Torii Hunter!

NicJ said...

Missed it by a facial hair.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn that Dexter Fowler and his Torii Hunter-impression.

rbnlaw said...

Gameday shows Blake's fly ball as being caught at the wall.
Was it almost out, or just at the track?

rbnlaw said...

Sorry, got my answer.

NicJ said...

Vin is easily distracted by babies.

PenosCabell said...

395 ft double

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Crap, I think Pierre could have gotten that one.

NicJ said...

Let's not give it all back stults.

NicJ said...

Anyone notice that vin keeps calling first pitch strikes, balls. To be fair it does sound like the ump is saying ball while making the strike motion.

PenosCabell said...

SAN DIEGO Losing.

5-1 Arizona

Steve Sax said...

Stults lets 'em get on the board, 7-1 with Hawpe plated.

PenosCabell said...

347 ft double by Barmes.

7-1 Dodgers

PenosCabell said...

No lead is safe.

Steve Sax said...

Stults has only 71 pitches. Come on, dude.

Steve Sax said...

Second-place SD is losing 5-1, with the Snakes threatening in the fifth.

The Giants are up 1-0 on the Braves in the bottom of the fifth, though.

Wow, Martin gets his man stealing third!

PenosCabell said...

wHY would they try to steal 3B, down by 6?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice throw by Russ

PenosCabell said...

Padres streak threatened.

PenosCabell said...

These red hats remind me of Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst.

Steve Sax said...

Man, Loney is locked in at Coors field. Third single of the day.

karina said...

King James is 3-3 today. Nice.

PenosCabell said...

Another hit for Castro

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Castro singles. First and third with two outs for Stults.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stults strikes out.

NicJ said...

7 run lead and you can't get the win. Sad.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo because of walks, this is worrisome.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, here comes the double play.

Steve Sax said...

95-pitch outing for stults...

Steve Sax said...

sac to loney, `7-2 dodgers

NicJ said...

I knew I hated weaver for a reason.

Steve Sax said...

well done weaver.

7-4 Dodgers, man on second, two out in the fifth

Steve Sax said...

And that's why you don't leave the bases loaded in coors field.

(arm falls off)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stults had nothing today.

karina said...

7-5 but they'll win this game, even in Coors Field.

NicJ said...

Weaver just blue himself.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Some runs to pad this lead would be nice.

NicJ said...

Don't worry guys our bullpen will hold the lead. They have been awesome lately.

(denial)

PenosCabell said...

I go down to the pool, the Dodgers have a 6 run lead. Come back up, its a 2 run lead.

WTF?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn, 1-2-3 inning.

NicJ said...

Haven't you ever heard the old saying PC. never go swimming on a 6 run lead.

NicJ said...

Alright I can't watch this anymore.

Kyle Baker said...

Throw a freaking strike already, Weaver. How hard is it?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is really getting ugly.

PenosCabell said...

LOL Nic J

PenosCabell said...

Damn you WillohMan!

NicJ said...

i hope we pull this one out, the pitching matchups for the next two are not great for us, Milton tomorrow is an L, and who knows what clayton is gonna give us.

PenosCabell said...

I love the optimism Nic.

Youre right though, Clayton in Denver is a scary thought.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

the walk to Stewart was most likely unintentionally intentional.

NicJ said...

milton anywhere is scary.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Boy, talk about a delayed call.

NicJ said...

wow, that called strike had so much delay it could be in a U2 song.

Kyle Baker said...

i had time to go get a beer and come back before the ump finally called strike three.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Dodgers need to score some insurance runs

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kemp had to make sure there wasn't another delayed call.

NicJ said...

haha kemp. waiting for that delayed call,

karina said...

Nic j, that U2 comment was clutch

Orel said...

Epale, all! We need some Geico!

NicJ said...

i was wondering if anyone would get it.

thanks karina.

Orel said...

Apodaca

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Do the people at Coors know there is a game going on, or is the wave too preocupying?

Orel said...

SD 7, ARI 7, bot 9

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hawpe misses the catch! Kemp scores!

Orel said...

Hoffo is boffo with his second RBI today! 8-6 Dodgers!

NicJ said...

does jamie just do that on purpose? that the second time he has got a double like that.

Orel said...

Castro with a two-RBI blastro! 10-6 Dodgers!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Two-run single for Castro! It's 10-6 Dodgers!

NicJ said...

wow, its all happening so fast.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The lead is a little more comfortable now.

Orel said...

Ethier is good-naturedly giving Hoffmann a hard time in the dugout, "as if to say, 'You're taking my job, kid!' " (Vin).

NicJ said...

looks like the pitching staff on both teams is buying dinner tonight.

Orel said...

Wow: SF 8, ATL 2, top 8.

Orel said...

We have 13 pitchers and Ohman is batting. No lead is safe.

Kyle Baker said...

awesome camera work and commentary to show that ethier/hoffmann interaction.

Orel said...

Good bunt.

NicJ said...

ohmans staying in? well i guess the bullpen is a little thin after yesterday.

NicJ said...

who is going to hit a HR first? martin, pierre, or the pitchers spot?

Steve Sax said...

Hoffman and Castro are en fuego.
Pierre, too.

Steve Sax said...

Martin gets a cheapie RBI single!!!

Orel said...

11-6! Exhale.

NicJ said...

lucked out on that one.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Martin's speed helps him out there.

Steve Sax said...

11-6 Dodgers

karina said...

I'll take my son's RBI single.

NicJ said...

dont look now, its dinger again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

A wild pitch moves the runners up.

karina said...

Nic j, i've been listening to No Line on the horizon, Pop and Acthung Baby a lot lately.

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