Monday, June 01, 2009

Game 53 Thread: June 1 vs. D'backs, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 27 GAMES
HIROKIWATCH: NOW

Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 1.59) vs. Billy Buckner (1-1, 7.16).

COMMENTS: Coming off a 5-2 roadtrip, the big news is the return of Kuroda, who won Opening Day and was slotted as our #1 pitcher before an oblique muscle strain sidelined him for the last two months. Kuroda's last start in A ball was not kind, but according to Josh Suchon, he was literally practicing pitches (i.e., only throwing a fastball for a full inning), so it probably isn't a good barometer of how he'll do today. Unless, of course, the gameplan is again to only throw the same pitch for a full inning. The Snakes might catch on by the fourth inning or so.

25-year old Buckner has only started two games this season, but he did face the Dodgers on April 11 in Arizona, where he was shelled for 5 ER, 2 BB, and 1 wild pitch over a short 0.2 IP. I'm expecting Buckner to be all over the place, in which case we won't expect to see the Hiro take a fall on this manic Monday.

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

201

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wade can now get the elusive 4-K inning.

Dusto Magnifico said...

So it appears that I might be in LA for Sundays game... flying down from Alaska for the Dodgers... good times. I hope to be able to do something like this again come October!

Alireza said...

Chuck Finley Mode?

Alireza said...

NM.

Nic j said...

too fast for the DP

Orel said...

Awesome, Dusto! Did you say you had been to Dodger Stadium before?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, I wanted to see a 4-K inning.

Orel said...

Kuo's warming up?

Orel said...

What kind of pitch is Wade throwing for those WPs?

Nic j said...

Kuo? he is still in glendale, not doing very well either. From what i've read.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They're just gonna get around Blackbuy to get to the pitcher's spot.

karina said...

In Gameday, Wade looks all over the place.

Alireza said...

Cory's getting a bit too nasty for his own good.

Nic j said...

wow three wild pitches, Lame wade is back

Orel said...

3x WP

Dusto Magnifico said...

I was there when I was about 1 years old... So, its been a while. You can thank my dad for the transportation, he will be joining me with my son.

Orel said...

"Kuo? he is still in glendale, not doing very well either. From what i've read."

Just kidding, Vin said there was a loose ball on the field.

Nic j said...

note to dusto, dont sit in the pavillion

karina said...

Three generations! have a blast, Dusto!

Alireza said...

Orel - The one he K'd Montero on was a Change. The third one was a very hard (for him, 77 MPH) curve. Russ has his hands full.

Orel said...

"I was there when I was about 1 years old... So, its been a while. You can thank my dad for the transportation, he will be joining me with my son."

Excellent. Have a blast!

Alireza said...

Wow. Wade got totally robbed on the 4th pitch.

Nic j said...

HAHAHA VIN, making fun of the nuggets

Alireza said...

Nic - What did Vinny say?

Nic j said...

orel, you are better at the quotes help me out.

Alireza said...

Wade is really getting his movement back.

Orel said...

"Did you ever see as many tattooed people, outside of the circus, with that Denver basketball team? They musn't have a drop of in ink in Colorado. Wow." —Vin

Alireza said...

Sorry Delino. I got the Jackee post.

Dusto Magnifico said...

It'll be awesome! My dad just told me about it today... it would be nice to meet up with anyone else who might be there?...

Alireza said...

What is it with Vin and tattoos? He either loves 'em or hates 'em.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm still trying to pull some strings for a game against the M's.

Nic j said...

alright im going to go drive around and see if the offense pick up in the car, if there is a rally then you can thank me later.

Fred's Brim said...

Cory seemed to have better velocity too

Fred's Brim said...

i'll thank you right now, Nic

Thank you

Alireza said...

Would be nice to see 'dre work a walk and Kemp send one to the loge

Fred's Brim said...

keep taking pitches - make him throw strikes

karina said...

Ali, is that the kind of faith you have on Ethier? that he can draw a walk?

Alireza said...

'dre can't get a break. He hit that one hard.

Orel said...

"He looks like the kind of a guy who would foreclose your mortgage. I mean when you look at that Simon Legree moustache...." —Vin, on Clay Zavada

Fred's Brim said...

no luck for Dre. it's gonna turn soon for him, I can feel it

Alireza said...

Karina - Have to start somewhere. Draw more walks, get better pitches, deposit more pitches over the short porch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice pull by Kemp.

Alireza said...

Yeah. Matt Kemp is good.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, we're being contained all right. No runs through six.

karina said...

You have a point there, Ali.

Alireza said...

Sorry, but Juan Castro is not the guy I want up in this situation.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

As opposed to what Joe Morgan thinks, Matt Kemp is getting better at hitting for average. I just hope the Friendly Confines were not the sole reason for the two pitches he deposited into the bleachers.

Orel said...

"It'll be awesome! My dad just told me about it today... it would be nice to meet up with anyone else who might be there?..."

Who's going Sunday? Unfortunately, not me.

Alireza said...

Sax - The Dodgers have actually out-pitched the Snakes. The situational hitting has been terrible and Kuroda got pretty unlucky.

Steve Sax said...

250.

Gutierrez in to pitch with one out and Kemp on first.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ali, here's a stat that might change your mind: Castro is batting .455 with runners on base.

Steve Sax said...

Ali, you're right, thanks for the update. Having missed innings 2-6 I'm just realizing Kuroda pitched a good game, as did Buckner...

Steve Sax said...

...unfortunately we still don't have any runs on the board

Dusto Magnifico said...

I think Furcal needs a bigger bat!

Alireza said...

MLSF - 1) Kemp has the power to hit bombs anywhere. Remember that shot into the Loge?

2) Morgan is even stupider than most thought if he ever doubted Kemp's ability to hit for AVG. Kemp is an excellent contact guy and has the wheels and LD rate to drive a huge BA. The concern is actually whether Kemp can draw enough walks to have a useful OBP, which he has shown he is more than capable of.

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, you're going Sunday vs. the Phils? What's the occasion for your trip?

Alireza said...

I like this move by Joe. Furcal has been taking more of his older style cuts of late.

Steve Sax said...

raffy raffy raffy

Orel said...

A.J. Hinch looks like he's 14. Must be hard for him to command respect.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Alright, Raffy comes through!

Alireza said...

WHACK. Furky Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard Mode is in.

Steve Sax said...

beard mode

think with your dipstick, casey

Alireza said...

And now. The Beard you have all been waiting for.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Let me get this straight? I pick up the game about the 6th and it seems that Milton pinch hit for Kuroda in the 5th? WTF? Is Milty that good of hitter?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre was saving the bench for this moment.

Alireza said...

That was a nasty pitch.

Steve Sax said...

no joy in mudville. two away.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Beast Mode

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Time for Beast Mode to step up.

Alireza said...

Dusto - Milton is actually not a bad hitter. Not Stults, but not terrible.

Alireza said...

Juan Gutierrez fears The Beast.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

PB. RISP's for Beast Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap.

Orel said...

damn

Alireza said...

Miguel falls asleep.

Slap Mode scores 2.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Son of a...!

Steve Sax said...

Come on slaps! First pitch wild, take the second pitch dammit!

Alireza said...

Wow Juan. Really? Did you, the least powerful hitter this side of Rafael Belliard, actually pull that outside pitch?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was classic Slappy right there, swinging at the second pitch of the AB.

Alireza said...

I think I just threw up a little.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Leach Mode.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Who is surprised? When we need Pierre the most, he isn't there for us!

Orel said...

"Who is surprised? When we need Pierre the most, he isn't there for us!"

I feel the need to defend Beast Mode's honor. Pierre's been there plenty for us.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Brent, don't let them suck you dry

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes Brent

Steve Sax said...

Orel is buying into Beast Mode.

What else would he do with his t-shirt?

Alireza said...

Pulls the string. Nice.

Orel said...

Dodgers throwing more wild pitches than a drunk screenwriter.

Fred's Brim said...

what the hell is with these WPs?

Alireza said...

Russ really is having a time back there tonight.

Alireza said...

Can you really call a high 70s pitch with a 10" vertical break a slider?

Fred's Brim said...

i bet Ausmus is glad he isnt out there chasing balls to the backstop. his old legs couldnt take it

and nice one, Orel

rbnlaw said...

Orel: king of the simile.

karina said...

Why Mota?

Alireza said...

Wow Joe. Are you really throwing in the towel down just 2 at home to a team with a crap 'pen?

karina said...

Orel, my admiration.

Fred's Brim said...

ok G-Mo, keep your pitches down

Alireza said...

Karina - Because of all the great things Joe Torre is, a field manager is not one of them.

Where the hell is Troncoso in this spot?

Orel said...

"Can you really call a high 70s pitch with a 10" vertical break a slider?"

What would it be?

Alireza said...

Orel - Curve

Orel said...

Vin says Phils beat the Padres.

Alireza said...

And Mota immediately comes out and hangs a slider. Lucky Reynolds missed it.

Orel said...

Tron threw an inning yesterday.

Orel said...

"Orel - Curve"

What kind of pitches is Martin having trouble catching tonight?

Fred's Brim said...

OK karina, can we root against Parra now that he's scored a run?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I officialy give up on this game.

karina said...

G. Mota, M. Reynolds, in play (runs)

Hate him as i hated Jones and Sweeney last year.

Orel said...

Three runs in two innings? It's doable!

Alireza said...

Orel - It isn't so much trouble, they are just planting the things even Russ can't block them.

Fred's Brim said...

that's OK G-Mo - you got the ground ball you wanted, it was just hit in a less-than-perfect place

karina said...

Of course, you can! i'm torn...

karina said...

Would please someone bomb Gutierrez?

Fred's Brim said...

that's not a strike, blue

Nic j said...

hmmm, maybe i didnt drive far enough.

Fred's Brim said...

Joe's gotta go with all real players in the lineup tomorrow, unless Casey's really hurt

Alireza said...

I will be relieved to see Qualls.

Nic j said...

im beginning to miss Mr. Ramirez more and more.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon G-Mo, keep us close

Nic j said...

Ojeda, MSB 2.0

Alireza said...

I always fear Augie Ojeda.

Nic j said...

quite the capper to an embarrassing evening. and kemps first error

Orel said...

Error on Kemp? He must have run over the official scorer's dog.

Nic j said...

that wasnt an error

Alireza said...

Wow. That was the Bison's first E of the year.

Alireza said...

I hope Kemp pulls an Orlando Cabrera and disputes the error.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Double, and on the missed catch error Ojeda went to third.

Nic j said...

im hoping they review that, it wasnt an error.

Nic j said...

wow, loney almost got his face taken off

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mota gets out of the jam.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is where home-run power helps. One swing of the bat can change the game.

rbnlaw said...

I remember when the Ramones were considered non-mainstream.

Alireza said...

Pena has been tough this year.

Anyway, we have the right combo coming up. Martin to get on. Ethier to, hopefully, take a walk or get a hit and Kemp to deposit one.

Alireza said...

Russ is up swinging. I actually like this.

Nic j said...

thanks for nothing martin.

rbnlaw said...

The Dodgers look like a team in desperate need of a day off.

Alireza said...

Nic - That AB was actually a good sign. Pena got Russ with a nasty pitch that would have been a strike anyway. Martin needs to be more aggressive with pitches in the zone.

Fred's Brim said...

i forgot how much i dislike the snakes

Nic j said...

dan haren tomorrow, garland weds, doesnt get any easier from here.

Orel said...

Ethier singles! At the very least, something to build on.

Nic j said...

yeah, that helps us alot right now.

rbnlaw said...

Two shutouts in the span of 3 days? Could it be?

Alireza said...

Solid knock Andre.

karina said...

We could use more optimism, gentlemen.

Alireza said...

Nic - Haren is great, but are you really worried about Jon Garland?

Steve Sax said...

come on kemp

Nic j said...

well, i wasnt worried about buckner.

Orel said...

All I ask for is the tying run to come to the plate.

Alireza said...

Pena has laser sight command tonight.

Alireza said...

Nic - Buckner was absolutely nasty, especially with ROB.

Alireza said...

Matt Kemp is doing a Barry Bonds impersonation.

Orel said...

"We could use more optimism, gentlemen."

Hear hear!

Nic j said...

its easy to say that in hindsight.

Orel said...

I got my wish!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lopez with an error. Two on for Furcal.

Orel said...

Errors for everybody!

Alireza said...

Now here is a question. Does Furky have the bat speed to deal with Pena?

rbnlaw said...

But wait. . .
2 on, one out; breakthrough time!

Orel said...

Maybe he can work a walk.

Alireza said...

How many WPs does Vinny say Pena has?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Raffy is 1-for-2 against Pena this season.

Orel said...

Ball two!

karina said...

I don't know but we have to have faith this game will be turned around.

rbnlaw said...

C'mon Forcal.

Orel said...

"How many WPs does Vinny say Pena has?"

Didn't catch it.

Nic j said...

you think Bob Melvin is laughing right now?

Radical Cleric said...

Wasn't Carlos Pena the chubby backup C for the dodgers back in '97?

Alireza said...

Tony Pena thinks he is Jonathan Broxton.

Orel said...

Forkal

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Apodacca, Forkal, Troncaso.

Orel said...

"you think Bob Melvin is laughing right now?"

He's at the bar with Clint Hurdle.

Alireza said...

This game may rest on Jamie Hoffmann.

Orel said...

Furcal swings at ball four!

rbnlaw said...

Big Hoff on deck.

Orel said...

Apodaca?

Alireza said...

I bet Furcal was out of his boots on that swing.

Orel said...

Full-count RBI single! No shutout!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Raffy with a base-hit! Ethier scores! Two on for the Hoffinator!

Nic j said...

that quite a bit of pressure to put on the kid.

Alireza said...

Orel - That last pitch was very close.

FURKY MODE

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just a short list of the great names of the last week.

Orel said...

"I bet Furcal was out of his boots on that swing."

Actually a pretty smooth opposite-field swing.

rbnlaw said...

Never been so glad to be so wrong.
Nice at bat Forkal!

karina said...

Still one out, faith increasing by the seconds

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hoffmann's got some pop in him.

Nic j said...

haha hoffmann's intro music is rebel yell?

Orel said...

Hoffmann swinging at the first pitch.

Alireza said...

Nothing but SPEED at 1st, 2nd and home.

Orel said...

Hoffy in a quick hole.

rbnlaw said...

Going for the walk-off,

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't hassle the Hoff-mann.

Nic j said...

he's not swinging for a base hit.

Orel said...

Hoffmann is fast? He's a big guy.

Alireza said...

Orel - As he should. That slider was over the heart.

Orel said...

Damn. Gave it a ride.

Nic j said...

damn crowd, made it seem like it was going out.

rbnlaw said...

Just realized I'm still in DVR mode.

Nic j said...

haha, poor JP he seems to always be in this situation.

Orel said...

Walk-off Beast Mode???

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