Random rantings and ravings about the Los Angeles Dodgers, written by a small consortium of rabid Dodger fans. With occasional comments on baseball, entertainment, pop culture, and life in general.
Chad Billingsley (6-2, 2.82) vs. Ted Lilly (5-4, 3.77).
i hope Chad can return to form after a couple of wobbly starts. Do you think Joe will be a little more strict with his 100 pitches today?
Not if he's throwing a no-no or a 1-hitter. That might be too much to ask for. I should be calling Dodgertalk.I voted Beast Mode. . .5 times so far.
it'd be nice to be in that situation (and up 6-0) :) *crosses fingers*
Lot of recent day games. I wonder if any of the regulars will get the day off. I'm inclined to see what Castro can do (if Raffy is injured).
biLLingsLey vs LiLLyMan, that's a lot of Ls in the starting pitching matchup.
Pierre, LFMartin, CHudson, 2BLoney, 1BBlake, 3BEthier, RFKemp, CFCastro, SSBillingsley, P
Orel, you beat me to the lineup. Thanks, bud.
Things that are amazing: The Dodgers lead in the West over the 2nd place Padres is as big as or bigger than the difference between the first and last place teams of every other division except one (the NL East).
maybe blake hits the first homer out of the 5 hole today?
Dear Beast Mode,Please hit a home run, so I can buy a Beast Mode t-shirt for $10.Your pal,fanerman.
fanerman, and that's just b/c the Nats are so god-awful (which is why they broke our home-wins-to-start-the-season streak, btw)
brother, can you spare a HR?
If the Cubs were biting on Wolf's breaking balls yesterday, will they do the same for Bills today?
I predict at least two different Dodgers will hit a HomeRun today.I further predict that one of the Dodgers who hit a HR will be his first of the season.And, no I'm not Nostry, hijacking Neeebs' Avatar.
Yes Neeebs! Although Mr. "1st HR of the season" burned me last time I was on and predicted his jack.He even got a 3-1 fastball in his 3rd AB and whiffed...
MLBTV lets me watch if Fox Prime has coverage, sweet.A slow Friday afternoon at work just got a lot more exciting!
There are three potential candidates as starters and a couple candidates on the bench. I'm not saying who the prime candidate is, though.BTW, what's up with that Frankenberry cat. He's goofy, isn't he?
Prime Ticket re-running the first "Dining with 'Dre" episode. Slow news day.
Dodgers game in the morning, SDSU Aztecs Regional game in the afternoon. Looking forward to two wins from my teams today!
agreed Chappy - a nice way to work through a slow friday afternoon. I am gonna try and look busy but I have a feeling it will be a lot of Alt-Tabbing between a phony spreadsheet and the gamecast
Q7, your opponent seems pretty cavalier.
Why do players spit in their gloves?
Orel: Because they can.
Beast Mode pops out, Martin solid single to left.
"Orel: Because they can."But it's yucky.
I do consider myself extremely lucky that I can do this at work from time to time.My boss is a dedicated Giants fan so we have quite a bit of baseball fun at work...Come on O-dog!
O-Dog escapes the DP when Lilly drops the ball at first.
The puns never stop! Love it!
Loney battling fierce!
Loney K nullifies O-Dog SB.
No access to the game and limited access to the internet today due to a project I'm working on. Just thought I'd drop in quick and say GO BLUE! (Dodger Blue, in case the baseball gods get confused.)
gameday is already wonky, it says Russell Martin singled, but also hit into an out.Anyway, it looks like we didn't score in the first inning. That augurs poorly, right?
KK then O-Dog running barehand pickup and throw to edge out the runner.
A broken awl also augers poorly.
nice start, Bills!
Blake flies out to Hoff-power.
wow, we're going pretty quietly so far. Maybe the team spent last night partying in Chi-town?
Kemp swinging at balls out of the strike zone.
D'oh! 1-2-3 inning.
Orel, Kemp's regressed somewhat, but he seems to be a little more patient.... right?
Bills walks Lee.
"Orel, Kemp's regressed somewhat, but he seems to be a little more patient.... right?"He did work the count and ended up making contact, so that's progress.
get it together, Bills!
Bear down, Chad.
dangit - lets get out of this with just 1 run
Hudson perfectly positioned. One out.
Former Dodger Koyie Hill.
Chad quickly ahead of Hill.
The slider is working today.
Kuroda is good news 'eh?
Nice save by Russell.
I'm not sure about Kuroda. If he's getting lit up in the minors, how good can he be for us?
A good point Orel, but I'm sure he's not throwing super hard coming off the injury.Way to get out of the inning!
or zero runs! whichever you prefer, Chadwick
Chad is swinging away. No backwards K's for him.
Bills swinging from the heels!
"You got a bat in your hand, you're supposed to try to do some damage with it." —Steve Lyons
"A good point Orel, but I'm sure he's not throwing super hard coming off the injury."Maybe, but his first few innings back with the Dodgers will be rough.
Beast Mode walks!
2 out rally? Pierre with the walk. Automatic steal second?
Do you think that we can guild the Lily already, or not?
Lyons saying intentionally fouling off balls is a myth. If you're that good, he says, why not just get a hit?
And I'm not talking the lolipop-up Guild, here.
"Do you think that we can guild the Lily already, or not?"Not if he serves up some Golden Sombreros.
Just foul. Damn.
Darnit. Martin grounds out on a nice pick by Blanco.
That was an ugly K by Lilly.Hope he doesn't blame that poor gatorade machine.
Great inning!Get those bats workin!
I smell blood this inning.
Wait, its only a paper cut.
Aflac: The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908. Which A.L. team has the longest World Series drought?
but still sorta sunny.You gotta love Chi-town.
I think the answer is the Indians. Isn't the drought goes back to 1947?
forget an HR, brother can you spare a hit?
"Come on Ricky, give 'em the heater!"
dear dodgersare you planning on scoring any runs in this game? please let me know.sincerely,sosg sax
Close em out Bills!
"I think the answer is the Indians. Isn't the drought goes back to 1947?"Very nice, Karina. Indians last won in 1948.
single single walk
were those hits real or bleeders?
61 pitches through 3 2/3really not good.
if there was ever a time to not let them clear the pitcher, this is it
Thanks God for Beard Power!
Blake fields the nubber! Chad escapes.
Querido Andres Eloy Blanco:It's not time to get your first hit of the series right now. If you don't hit at the Luis Aparicio wearing an Aguilas uniform, you don't hit with RISP against the Dodgers.Disculpa las molestias ocasionadas, se despide atentamentekarina.
"were those hits real or bleeders?"Kind of in-between. First one was bloopish but didn't land near anyone, second was a medium grounder through first and second (which hole is that?).
Request accomplished. Now, could the Dodger Blue score?
It worked, Karina!
Eric Collins called Matt Kemp the Bison. Nice.
Bison walks to lead off the fifth!
i want walks this inning, and then some runs because of them!
Kemp with the lead off walk.Finally a base runner with no outs.Get him over Joe!
thank you, Bison!newbie question: why is he called Bison? The only other Bison I know was Bison Dele and things didnt go so well for him...
Cause he's so brawny FB.
Eric Collins getting obscure again. Theodore Roosevelt Lilly is the third Cubs pitcher named after a president (Grover Cleveland Alexander, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish).
way to blow the lead off walk Bills.
Starting to warm up to Collins, but I don't understand why Charlie Steiner isn't handling TV instead of radio.
"newbie question: why is he called Bison? The only other Bison I know was Bison Dele and things didnt go so well for him..."I think Dodger Thoughts commenters started it and Braves announcer Don Sutton solidified it when he said Kemp ran like a buffalo or something like that.
"Starting to warm up to Collins, but I don't understand why Charlie Steiner isn't handling TV instead of radio."Because he has a face for radio.
cmon Bills. get another clean inning and the top of the order will get you the lead
LMFAO! Very well put Orel.
The Actual Origins Of Matt Kemp's "Bison" Nickname (6-4-2)
"Because he has a face for radio"that was cruel, Orel. How about inner beauty?
Well pitched game today. In other news, the Rockies fired Clint Hurdle as manager, and Jim Tracy is going to be taking his place.
Matt Kemp's cleats have bisons on them
Jim Tracy just inherited a hot mess.
excellent - thanks Orel!
Guest fashion police is in love with those cleats big time.Gameday is slow and mixed up, therefore driving me crazy.
"that was cruel, Orel. How about inner beauty?"I know of inner beauty and character—I'm a Dodgers fan!
The Dodgers sweeping the Rocks in Colorado was the final straw for Hurdle. Being 10 games under .500 didn't help either.
"In other news, the Rockies fired Clint Hurdle as manager, and Jim Tracy is going to be taking his place."Thanks for the tip, Q7.
Orlando starting a new streak! cmon James get him home!
No problem Orel. Now someone needs to tell the Boys in Blue that the Lakers are playing tonight. Our streak of winning when the Lakers play a playoff game the same day is on the line.
So I guess winning the World Series buys a manager just over a season of employment.
"No problem Orel. Now someone needs to tell the Boys in Blue that the Lakers are playing tonight. Our streak of winning when the Lakers play a playoff game the same day is on the line."SoSG's Lakers Game Thread goes up at 5 p.m.! Special Dodgers-Lakers theme!
Their run at the end of that year probably saved his bacon.
The Dodgers look really out of it at the plate today.Although Lilly is pitching well.
Us someone watching the game? is Lilly so nasty they can't hit?
Ethier misplays Fukudome's double into a triple.
Come on Toethier! Get the ball in.Let's Fokudome get to 3rd.
Lilly is pretty on today, but he doesn't seem unbeatable.
His slider is nasty today! Wow!
we are not making this easy for chadley
Time for Bills to showcase his stuff and get out of this mess.
Ethier will have to make up for his error with at least a double next inning.
Bills was perfectly positioned after his follow-through to field Lee's grounder.
Nice play by Bills, way to hold the runner!
Wow. Chad is keeping it on the ground. Two out.
Lyons noting how the Angels would have run on contact.
WOW. Chad is painting like Picasso.
Chad has his chance now - finish them!
I'm watching it on MLBTV Karina. Can do this at work when we're slow from time to time.And they strand the lead-off runner at 3rd!
Wow! BIlls gets out of the jam with some great d by Loney!
$15 a month and it beats Game Day like a rented mule.
Fred's Brim noting that Lyons is an ass
With a man on third it's so easy to think, Just hit a fly ball. But a good slider makes that just about impossible.
Agreed FB, agreed. But every now and then he makes me laugh.
I prefer to own my mules.
damn Chad - incredible tiptoeing there
I leave the beatings for red-headed step-children... :)
What's Bills pitch count after six?
Bills @ 87 pitches
Today is not Andre Ethier's day.
Toethier didn't make up much with that DP.
Andre you are driving me nuts
Lilly is already at 98 pitches. They should take advantage of his last pitches and the Cubs bullpen.
Loney, the sixth inning vacuumor as neeebs would say, vacuuum
BISON BOMB IN THE BASKET!
Kemp blasts it out! Yes!
YES!!! High Bomb that just made the net!
Lilly needs to hang one to the Bison.
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITEKemp!Could have been more if Andre hadn't GIDP'd
kemp just said, "beast mode" when he came in the dugout
woohoo! i love me some Bison Bombs!
I got my wish I guess! WOOHOO!!
Throw it back!
That was a pretty swing on that pitch and enough power to get out against the wind!Way to break the HR drought!
koufax - did he really say that? *hopes he did*
dead serious, watching it in chicago
Awesome, Koufax.Remember power?
"Beast Mode" - KempThat's awesome!
Did he really say "Beast Mode"?
hahah that's dope
Well that joy was short lived.Always has to be a former Dodger doesn't it.
Well that was a shortlived lead. Stay with it Bills.
ratsget a real name, koyieyeie
Get this rookie!
trouble for bills
A HR off the first pitch. Ouch.So, a low scoring game with long ball?
Joe better get somebody up in the pen.
belly and leach up
Have a beer for me Koufax!
shit, RA for Cubs
#4 is for you chaps
christ - i am glad i am not watching this live. don't walk him, Bills!
Oh no, Chadley is crumbling
getting a little rowdy in wrigley, unfortunately
Trade an out for a run.
Fuku is going to clear 'em...
...or sac fly. Two out, 2-1 Cubs
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