Sunday, May 31, 2009

Game 52 Thread: May 31 @ Cubs, 5p

MANNYWATCH: 28 GAMES
HIROKIWATCH: 1 DAY

Eric Milton (1-0, 3.00) vs. Sean Marshall (3-3, 3.70).

COMMENTS: Forget yesterday's loss. Forget Friday's loss. And forget Sean Marshall. Remember 17 games over .500. Remember the Giants losing yesterday and Jim Tracy's gift to the Dodgers: two consecutive wins over the Padres. And remember Eric Milton's first win.

Sure, the Dodgers are a little beat up right now. Eric Stults is pitching with a sore thumb. Casey Blake is nursing another strained hammy. Rafael Furcal is being handled with kid gloves. But a win today would give the team some momentum when they return home and welcome back Hiroki Kuroda against the Diamondbacks.

So remember to forget and don't forget to remember. Go (Dodger) Blue!

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Josh S. said...

Lineup for today:
Pierre, LF
Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
Loretta, 3B
Hoffmann, RF
Milton, P

Remember, history indicates a split.

Orel said...

Still no Blake and Ethier sits. Not the most inspiring lineup.

Steve Sax said...

I forget, is the guy batting cleanup today having a good offensive year?

Oh wait. I remember.

karina said...

Maybe Ethier needs a rest. Hoffman has taken good at bats and i really like Hudson batting fourth.

Orel said...

Giants and Padres won today.

rbnlaw said...

I was just about to commend Orel on his positive spin for today's thread; then he made that last post.
Hoffmann should do well in the Friendly Confines.

Looks like the D-Backs are doing us a favor and throwing Buckner for Monday's welcome home party.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The absence of Blake is the killer. Hoffmann could very well be an upgrade. It's not like Ethier was lighting it up, though he did have a double yesterday.

NicJ said...

Martin's batting cleanup?!?
I think someone spiked joe's green tea.

good luck tonight everyone

Orel said...

Marshall struggles in the first inning. Time for one our patented one-run first innings.

NicJ said...

lucked out on that one, nice JP

Orel said...

Theriot knocks down Beast Mode's hard grounder and Pierre makes it to first.

Orel said...

"Rafael Forkal"

NicJ said...

raffy is back to his homerun swing

NicJ said...

nice way to start a national game guys keep it going.

Orel said...

Forkal with a well-placed, slow grounder through first and second! Pierre takes third!

rbnlaw said...

Joe Morgan sounds like Karl Malone's older brother.

NicJ said...

the o dog is back baby

Orel said...

base hit
base hit
base hit

Dodgers lead 1-0

karina said...

Run scored, who'd tell?

rbnlaw said...

3 his in a row; way to go.

Orel said...

What I wouldn't give for a three-run HR right now.

karina said...

"When the Dodgers score in the first inning, their mark is 28-9"

rbnlaw said...

Time for J-Mart's 1st dinger.

NicJ said...

right now would be a great time for a martin HR

Orel said...

Tight zone tonight.

NicJ said...

nice russ.

Orel said...

Another single will do! Forkal held at third.

NicJ said...

alright loney, think NLDS

rbnlaw said...

Forkal held at 3rd.
4 consecutive hits. Where were these bats yesterday?

Orel said...

Time to pad that RBI lead, James.

rbnlaw said...

Wind blowing in from right. Gonna take a poke to get it out.

NicJ said...

maybe we were sent the giants bats on accident for the other games

rbnlaw said...

Lo-dog with the bloop. We're punishing the ball.

karina said...

King James RBI and Rancho Ardiendo!

Orel said...

Lilly + Dempster shut us down. I think I read Marshall usually works out of the bullpen?

rbnlaw said...

Bison Mode!

NicJ said...

blast one, mattie

Orel said...

More singles than a strip club patron.

karina said...

I'll take that bunch of singles.

rbnlaw said...

Someone looked over matched there.

Orel said...

Kemp has lost a lot of plate discipline.

NicJ said...

mattie, come on dude.

embarrass mode

rbnlaw said...

Rimshot for Orel.

Radical Cleric said...

I'm new-ish to SoSG game threads. Is it kosher to bash Joe Morgan?

Orel said...

Punished!

NicJ said...

get back lorretta!!

rbnlaw said...

Sweet Loretta!

rbnlaw said...

RC,
You'd be punished if you didn't.

Orel said...

"Is it kosher to bash Joe Morgan?"

Welcome, RC. It's kosher everywhere except the Morgan household.

rbnlaw said...

Morgan = satan's step-son

NicJ said...

haha, milton might have to bat before he pitches, that doesnt happen everyday.

Radical Cleric said...

"Guys who hit homeruns have a tendency to strike out" -JM
Also, guys who attempt steals sometimes get caught.

rbnlaw said...

Batters are getting around on Marshall's fastball.

Orel said...

Hoffmann RBI! 5-0 Dodgers! I like!

NicJ said...

RBI for the kid!!

rbnlaw said...

RBI for Hoffmann. Didn't miss that by much.

NicJ said...

the gatorade machine is wincing right now

Orel said...

Nine up, three down!

NicJ said...

wow, milton gave it a pretty good ride.

rbnlaw said...

Uncle Miltie with a drive.

karina said...

They should pad that machine very thick.

NicJ said...

ok dodgers now just do that 8 more times.

Orel said...

I can understand why he drives some crazy, but I actually don't mind Joe Morgan.

But don't let that stop you from bashing him.

rbnlaw said...

Spotting Miltie 5. Let's see what he can do. Cubs don't support Marshall.

NicJ said...

morgan always sounds like he is half in the bag.

Radical Cleric said...

I loved the crowd's terrified sigh when Milton took it to the track. 5 run 1st. Awesome!

Orel said...

Apparently the folks who design videogame menus are working for ESPN now.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice inning for the Blue. Now Milton has to hold it. Of course if the Dodgers can do that every inning he could pitch from the outfield for all I care.

Orel said...

Soriano has such a whippy swing. He must use a lighter bat.

NicJ said...

o-dog, second baseman/ shallow outfielder.

NicJ said...

damn there goes milton no-hitter

Orel said...

Miller just pronounced OPS as "opps."

NicJ said...

according to espn we have a 85% chance to win. i like those odds

karina said...

First K!

rbnlaw said...

Bradley on the slow boil.

Radical Cleric said...

Milton blows the water bottle right by Milton Bradley.

rbnlaw said...

Phillips actually sounds coherent.
Could be worse, we could have Boomer calling the game.

Orel said...

Air Loretta!

NicJ said...

nice snag by loretta!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice leaping stab by Loretta.

rbnlaw said...

Is Loretta growing a beard?

NicJ said...

im just glad to be done with Buck for the week.

NicJ said...

once you take the beards spot in the lineup you automatically start to grow one.

rbnlaw said...

Is it me, or would everyone want to have Mini Sirloin Burger ads rather than hear "Viva Viagra."

NicJ said...

damn, it starts.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Sean Marshall ate some Wheaties between innings. K's Pierre.

rbnlaw said...

From Beast to Slappy Mode.

Orel said...

Five pitches, two outs.

Orel said...

"Is it me, or would everyone want to have Mini Sirloin Burger ads rather than hear 'Viva Viagra.' "

Mute button.

Orel said...

Well, they say that baseball is a game of adjustments.

NicJ said...

well, the other shoe drops.

thats only the second time this season he has retired batters in order.

Radical Cleric said...

Is there a lot of mlb-nascar crossover audience? In LA?

NicJ said...

what are the odds that milton and marshal have similar pitch counts after two innings.

Orel said...

"Is there a lot of mlb-nascar crossover audience? In LA?"

Not in this household.

NicJ said...

giterdun

Orel said...

"what are the odds that milton and marshal have similar pitch counts after two innings."

Nice find. How odd.

rbnlaw said...

I love the story of the kid who wore the Fukudome jersey to school and almost got suspended.

karina said...

Unless you like F1, Radical Cleric.

NicJ said...

it starts.

karina said...

I hate Johnson.

rbnlaw said...

Is there a NASCAR race going on? Are they turning left again?

Orel said...

That ball was in the air forever.

karina said...

That replay shows a very hurt Bison. By the way, that was Johnson second double of the season.

rbnlaw said...

Testing Pierre's arm? Shocking.

NicJ said...

johnson 1 - JP 0

Orel said...

Ugh. The weak side of JP surfaces.

Orel said...

F'IN SWEET

NicJ said...

the Hof with the ARM!!!!!

rbnlaw said...

Hoffmann with the strong throw.

Radical Cleric said...

Jamie Hoffman is my favorite dodger this minute.

karina said...

That was beautiful! great catch ny Hoffman, great block my son and this is why i love baseball!

Orel said...

Hoffmann with the diving catch, and he doubles up Johnson at the plate. That was awesome.

rbnlaw said...

Great job by Marshall with the catch and tag.
Thanks, Joe.

NicJ said...

nice blocking the plate russ.

i love dre but i pretty sure he wouldnt of made that catch.

rbnlaw said...

Hey nic,
Who's this Dre you speak of?

NicJ said...

you know, the dre, his bat left when manny was suspended.

Orel said...

Okay, when did Sean Marshall become Cy Young.

NicJ said...

Orel, you should put up Andrewatch on these posts too.

NicJ said...

BEASTMODE!!!!!!!!!

Orel said...

BISON MODE

karina said...

Bison HR!

NicJ said...

bison style.

rbnlaw said...

Could've used that in the first.

Orel said...

More watches than a Swiss flea market.

NicJ said...

thats the matt kemp thats gonna be a superstar one day.

Radical Cleric said...

Bison mode.

rbnlaw said...

Nic,
Oh that guy. Loves birds, hates people?

NicJ said...

you got it dude.

Unknown said...

The Bison is heating up.

rbnlaw said...

My daughter is making chocolate chip cookies. Wish I could share with you all. Instead, I'll eat your for you.
They go well with beer.

NicJ said...

nice o dog

Unknown said...

rbnlaw - Are you really going to argue with a 6-0 lead, especially when Milton is going to lose velocity by the 5th?

Orel said...

Dodgers with some infield D of their own.

Unknown said...

Watch out for Marshal, he can handle the bat.

Orel said...

"My daughter is making chocolate chip cookies. Wish I could share with you all. Instead, I'll eat your for you.
They go well with beer."

Have a plate or two for me, please.

karina said...

Rbnlaw, that's so sweet of you!

I could eat a couple of those, Paolo Maldini retired today :_( , my AC Milan won't be the same...

Orel said...

Phillips & Morgan having a chicken vs. egg argument. It's pretty interesting.

karina said...

King James is on beard mode too.

Unknown said...

Beer and chocolate chip cookies. That is a hell of a combo.

Anyway, when will Soriano learn how to walk?

rbnlaw said...

Orel,
Done. . .or will be done. Had some of the dough as well.

Ali,
I love the 6-0 lead, but seeing Kemp go deep with men on instead of striking out would be better. If Miltie gets to the 6th, I'd be pleased as punch.

Unknown said...

Well, I guess Milton just showed us

Radical Cleric said...

Milton lookin' good...

Unknown said...

Sure rbn, though Marshall did pretty much do his best pitching in the game in that AB.

Orel said...

Would you buy a brick from the Yankees' Monument park for only...$180?

Josh S. said...

Man, I need to get stuck in line at the market more often. I missed the whole first inning offensive explosion. I got back in time for the sweet Hoffmann throw, though.

YOU CAN'T HASSLE THE HOFF.

Orel said...

Milton with 41 pitches through three.

rbnlaw said...

"Carlo Ancelotti took a step closer to becoming Chelsea's new manager after he announced his contract at AC Milan has been terminated by mutual consent."

Karina,
I hate Chelsea. I feel your pain.
At least they won today. Did they qualify for Champion's League next year?

karina said...

I would if i was a Yankee fan.

NicJ said...

milton HBP

rbnlaw said...

Miltie gets plunked.

Orel said...

Go ahead and hit our pitcher, Marshall.

NicJ said...

damn almost hit JP

Unknown said...

Someone want to tell me why Marshall is throwing a breaking ball to Milton in the first place?

rbnlaw said...

Orel,
Only if I could throw said brick through A-Rod's window when Madonna was having a "sleep-over."

NicJ said...

two hits right to the glove.

rbnlaw said...

It's Raf-i-el Forcal

Unknown said...

The more Pierre does a Chone Figgins impersonation, the happier I am. Too bad Pierre can't throw like Figgins.

Unknown said...

Marshall is the perfect guy for Raffy to try and break out against. Basically a Barry Zito clone.

rbnlaw said...

Think with yer dipstick, Jimmy!

Orel said...

"Orel,
Only if I could throw said brick through A-Rod's window when Madonna was having a 'sleep-over.' "

Are they still an item? If so, throw away.

Orel said...

Torre with the props for Tron on national TV!

karina said...

Rbnlaw, AC Milan are on the Champions League. However, Ancelotti wasn't having the greatest of time coaching the team, specially when he was underachieving with the great amount of talent on his hands. Though, to give Ancelotti's credit, the injury plagued season of Gattuso affected the team very badly.

Radical Cleric said...

Joe show'in Ramon the love as his 'surprise of the year'. How about Ronny Belisario making the team for a pleasant surprise? Or Manny taking lady 'roids?

Unknown said...

Keep that ball away from Uncle Milty Eric.

karina said...

I can't believe the Dodgers will have back to back Sunday Night Baseball.

rbnlaw said...

True, but he did find a way to get Becks to stick around until now.
I'd rather have him at Chelsea than Guus Heddink.

rbnlaw said...

Bison Glove!

Orel said...

Wow, Lee crushed that one, but Kemp snags it on the warning track.

Unknown said...

Bison Glove Mode

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I too am pleased with Troncaso.

NicJ said...

kershaw in relief? serious?

Unknown said...

Who the hell is talking about Kershaw in relief?

rbnlaw said...

also Karina,
My son plays for AC Brea here in OC. Same colors and stripes as Milan.
I'll admit, my favorite Italian team is Palermo just because of those uniforms.

NicJ said...

i hate reed johnson.

rbnlaw said...

Morgan is half in the bag.

Orel said...

"I too am pleased with Troncaso."

Tronqueso?

NicJ said...

thats what im thinking.

Unknown said...

My goodness Soto sucks this year.

Unknown said...

Nic - Who talked about Kershaw in relief?

Josh S. said...

Raymon Tancredo is my favorite baseball player. I am pleased with him.

rbnlaw said...

Does Wrigley have the worst lighting in the big leagues? Seems like it. Arlington would be next worst.

Orel said...

Kuroda's return pushed Kershaw's turn back one day. I think Torre was maybe anticipating what to do if Milton got shelled early.

NicJ said...

morgan i think it was, when kuroda comes back.

im not sure if it was info he was getting or just an opinion.

rbnlaw said...

Traycon Reynoss? We have that guy?

Orel said...

Can't remember where I read that, unfortunately. Maybe DT.

Josh S. said...

Miller and Morgan were speculating that Kershaw would come out of the rotation when Kuroda got back. HA!

Orel said...

"Traycon Reynoss? We have that guy?"

No, he's the bounty hunter from Ord Mantell.

rbnlaw said...

This team is suffering since they lost Ramirez.

Who knew that it would be the Cubs, not the Dodgers?

Unknown said...

rbwlaw - Given the way they had to go about putting the lights in at Wrigley, it is understandable. Arlington has no excuse.

As for Kershaw in relief, that would be idiotic.

rbnlaw said...

Sorry, I meant Traycon Reynoso.
Everyone knows who Reynoss is.

NicJ said...

loney with a gapper.

Josh S. said...

Lone Dog!

rbnlaw said...

Lo-Dogg with the gapper.

karina said...

King James RBI double!

NicJ said...

bring on the gulls!

rbnlaw said...

Sweet Lou has the hook.

Unknown said...

LONEY MODE

rbnlaw said...

Boo birds at Wrigley for Marshall.

NicJ said...

poor guy

rbnlaw said...

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