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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Alireza said...

400

Alireza said...

Bah.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now the game rests on Beast Mode's shoulders.

rbnlaw said...

Beast Mode!

Nic j said...

and he delivers!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEAST MODE!

Orel said...

BEAST MODE

rbnlaw said...

BEAST MODE!! 3-4

Alireza said...

Gameday sucks

Orel said...

That is just the most awful techno music.

rbnlaw said...

Vote Beast Mode!!

Nic j said...

and loretta is up. will someone tell him he is pinch hitting.

Steve Sax said...

no way this comeback happens. This is unbelievable.

3-2 Dodgers, scoring two in the ninth. Two out. Loretta up.

Delino DeShields said...

Delino's here in the nick of time. Have no fear.

Steve Sax said...

come on, wild pitch

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre should go to second.

Alireza said...

BEAST.

Here's hoping Pena's command loses something now

Steve Sax said...

2-0 to Loretta.

Mark, take this next pitch please.

rbnlaw said...

Wow, it looks like a Petco-sized crowd.

Orel said...

shit!

Nic j said...

DAMN LORETTA!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loretta doesn't take Sax's advice.

Steve Sax said...

Loretta did not take the pitch.

Insteaad, he flies to left to end the game.

rbnlaw said...

That's the extent of Loretta's power.

Steve Sax said...

Bah.

Alireza said...

Yeah. Not good.

Delino DeShields said...

And the Delino is gone. Sorry I couldn't be more help

Nic j said...

im going back to being negative

Steve Sax said...

And that's why you don't make five wild pitches in a game.

(arm falls off)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a depressing end. It makes me miss Beard Mode even more.

rbnlaw said...

Eh, we lose no ground to the Pods.

Steve Sax said...

"The Curse of the Delino"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That extra run really hurt.

Nic j said...

and thats why you dont wait till the last inning to score runs

(arms falls off)

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, I hate it when the broadcasters use the whole "the team got in really late [in this case 3.30a], and that's why they lost."

They don't have to show up until mid-afternoon. They can sleep for 12 hours. Give me a break.

Steve Sax said...

Steve Lyons sounds like he had one too many in Chi-town.

Orel said...

Steve Lyons sounds like Harvey Fierstein.

Steve Sax said...

Someone please shoot Lyons tonight and put us out of our misery. He can't even speak. It sounds like he's underwater.

Nic j said...

Lyons sounds as bad as our offense looks.

Steve Sax said...

I normally like Lyons, but this is not good.

Orel said...

"Dammit, I hate it when the broadcasters use the whole "the team got in really late [in this case 3.30a], and that's why they lost."

They don't have to show up until mid-afternoon. They can sleep for 12 hours. Give me a break."

Don't ruin the Post-Game Thread!

karina said...

Steve, you have a point there. Lots of people wish they had 12 hours of recovery 'till next day to work.

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers: Winless In The Conan O'Brien Era

Steve Sax said...

Until the Post-Game Thread is up, I'm venting here.

In fact, I'm a venti macchiatto.

Steve Sax said...

Jay Leno never should have retired

Steve Sax said...

And, my wireless repeater just crapped out back there in the eighth

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karina said...

You were faster than me on that one, Steve.

karina said...

Steve, remember they are still the best record on the MLB.

rbnlaw said...

I just saw Dr. Ruth on channel 7. Better than Lyons, that's for damn sure.

Nic j said...

why did vin have to point out earlier that the dodgers havent had a winning june since 2003

rbnlaw said...

agree, now their record is 0 for June.

karina said...

It's not Vin's fault. He's heavenly.

Nic j said...

im not blaming him, he just always has to rain on the parade. I still love him though

Orel said...

Post-Game Thread up.

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