Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Game 54 Thread: June 2 vs. D'backs, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 26 GAMES

Randy Wolf (3-1, 2.84) vs. Dan Haren (4-4, 2.54).

COMMENTS: The merry month of May is over, and the Dodgers started their June gloom (as Vinny was fond of reminding us last night) with yesterday's loss. Despite that, the Dodgers are still 4-2 against the Diamondbacks this year.

Wolf has had some hard-luck outings this year but has proven an effective complement to Chad Billingsley. Haren may have the fifth-lowest ERA in the NL, but he's 3-4 with a 4.46 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers. He pitched especially well against the Braves in his last start, however, so don't be surprised if tonight's game is another low-scoring affair.

Brad Ausmus starts behind the plate tonight for the Dodgers. From Ken Gurnick at Dodgers.com:

Brad Ausmus will start behind the plate for the Dodgers on Tuesday night and no, Joe Torre said, it has nothing to do with the five wild pitches that Russell Martin didn't stop Monday night.

Torre said the decision was made over the weekend to give Martin Tuesday night off. Matchups probably have something to do with it, as Martin has a .188 lifetime average against Dan Haren, Arizona's starter.

Tonight's occupant of the press box "Blog Spot" at Dodger Stadium is Ernest from Blue Heaven. Have a blast, Ernest!

348 comments:

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Delino DeShields said...

I'm eating my rally Chinese food.

Steve Sax said...

Sneaks it in ahead of the Delino!

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Two out, unfortunately.

Alireza said...

Nice work with that AB Raffy.

Now it is time for the Dog to bark.

Steve Sax said...

Anybody else have that problem where the little rectangle disappears from gameday?

Anyway, Furcal walks to ardiendo the rancho. Which only makes it any base for the third out, helping the Snakes...

Delino DeShields said...

Dude - take the hit to the leg.

Steve Sax said...

2-0 count to O-Dog

Steve Sax said...

3-0 to the O-Dog

TAKE THE NEXT PITCH

Alireza said...

I'll take a walk here.

Orel said...

"A.J. Hinch may be 35, but Pena's going to make him a lot older in a hurry." —Vin

Nic j said...

managing the dbacks requires heavy amounts of drinking.

Orel said...

Gift run! 5-2 D'backs.

Nic j said...

just let them walk the lead away.

Delino DeShields said...

a four pitch walk. O-Dog fell right into his trap!

Steve Sax said...

Remember that, Mark Loretta. You follow the Sax's advice (unlike last night), the run scores.

And that's why you follow Sax's advice to take a pitch.

(arm falls off)

Alireza said...

Pena's stuff was so on last night, but he just lost it on that AB.

Nic j said...

Pena just Blue himself.

Delino DeShields said...

Can we put Manny in here... and just extend his suspension by a game or two?

Steve Sax said...

Nic, if your tour stops in Oaktown, you're either with a really big band (playing at the Coliseum), or a very small band (playing in Oakland's Chinatown).

Alireza said...

Daniel Who?

Nic j said...

Dusto, do you know this guy?

Steve Sax said...

Loney, the man of 0-for-3-ish feats tonight, at the plate with the tying run on base.

Steve Sax said...

come on FJL

Alireza said...

Wow, he is actually Mark Schlereth's son. I see he inherited his father's facial hair.

Nic j said...

little band.

Steve Sax said...

We should get Schlereth and Schlichting together for drinks sometime.

Delino DeShields said...

This guy willingly went to Tucson instead of the A's?

Alireza said...

Hang one Danny boy. Loney can only hit homers of lefties anyway

Steve Sax said...

they can trade stories about schleroderma

Dusto Magnifico said...

time for a little magic!

karina said...

Let's see if he earns the other basketball nickname: big game James.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Snyder ran for that like he was thinking "Yes, I can, I think I can, I know I can..."

Steve Sax said...

Situation: Dodgers' rally has occurred while I'm in the next room listening to the TV and Vin.

Should I go into the room with the TV, or stay where I am?

Steve Sax said...

I'm thinking that I'll stay put

Nic j said...

right now i'd settle for "tie game james"

Orel said...

OMG

Nic j said...

LOOOOOONEY!!!!!!

Delino DeShields said...

that was kind of cool

Nic j said...

i got my wish!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BIG-FUCKING-GAME JAMES!

Nic j said...

i had faith in the guy all along.

Alireza said...

Stink's son throws hard. Not hard enough though ;-)

Delino DeShields said...

it was the rally chinese food!

Nic j said...

and just like that wolf gets another ND, whats that like 5?

Orel said...

WP moves Loney to third!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WP. Loney goes to third.

Steve Sax said...

"There is superstition,...."

Yep, I stayed. And Loney clears the bases and ties the game!!!

Nic j said...

all we need is a beard single

what_difference_does_it_make said...

Whoooo James Loney!!!

karina said...

Gentlemen, Big Game King James, royal highness!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, it's like NDs just follow Wolf. This is his ninth.

Alireza said...

Nic - Actually, 8.

Penos Cabell said...

Brox warming up?

Orel said...

WARM UP BROXTON!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEARD MODE!

Delino DeShields said...

There is joy in mudville!

Steve Sax said...

have they showed the highlight yet for loney's double?

BLAKE WITH THE GO-AHEAD RBI

Orel said...

Who knew Ethier's HR would be so key?

Dusto Magnifico said...

6-5 (as my dad would say) Boner city!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WHY, DREW, WHY!?!?

Steve Sax said...

gimme another WP to put Beard in scoring position

Nic j said...

damn you,

what is you average for contradictory statement?

Alireza said...

I would almost take Loney over Manny in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out, down by 3 in game 7 of the World Series.

Steve Sax said...

there you have it, I CALLED IT

Delino DeShields said...

A special shout out to all the schmucks who left the game early (apologies if that's any of you)

what_difference_does_it_make said...

Talk about falling apart....

Alireza said...

BEARD MODE. Make that guy an all-star.

karina said...

Dodgers 6-D'Backs 5!

Orel said...

Schlereth is jealous of all our WPs last night.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax, your wish is his command.

Alex Cora said...

Got back just in time to see that bases loaded hit by Loney and the Bearded One come through

Delino DeShields said...

That's one helluva catch.
Dog asking for walk. BRB!

Alireza said...

Based on Gameday, Augie really ranged out for that.

Orel said...

DAMMIT NOW I HAVE TO REWRITE MY POST-GAME THREAD

karina said...

I hate to say "i told you so". This team has a lot of young heart, our duty is support them.

Alex Cora said...

Augie Ojeda is also one of those Dodger killers. Damn him.

Alireza said...

Bring on the Big Blue Ox. Perhaps Broxton's nickname should be Babe?

Steve Sax said...

Augie Doggie may have gotten Ethier out, but the rest of his Hanna Barbera troops give up five runs in the inning! Dodgers 6-5, going to the ninth

Nic j said...

seems like this place has gotten quite crowded all of a sudden, did i miss something?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Orel, shouldn't that be a good problem?

karina said...

Now, only three outs left. Go Blue!

Alireza said...

Keep putting the cart before the horse on Post-gamers where we are down Orel. It can be the Dodgers version of the Rabid Marsupial of Anaheim.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, just get the SoSG night staff to do the post-game thread. How that cute intern we hired for the summer?

Steve Sax said...

Ali, "rabid marsupial"--nice.

I thought the only problem Anaheim had was the vermin.

Orel said...

That was a strike!

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, to be fair I also have to credit the Fat Tire beer I'm drinking. Good ale, that Fat Tire.

Alireza said...

Now watch Augie turn on a 100 mph fastball for the first and last time in his career just to rub it in.

Nic j said...

damn, lets not give it back.

karina said...

"Cute intern". Steve, you are making me feel at home!

Dusto Magnifico said...

i hate ojeda

Orel said...

"I hate to say 'i told you so'. This team has a lot of young heart, our duty is support them."

It's true! All hail Karina!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Brox needs to go inside, not pitch away.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Brox, this would be a nice game to win

Alireza said...

Sax - Too true. Actually, I think Disney was cheap and didn't actually get a monkey. They just found a hopping rat.

what_difference_does_it_make said...

I was getting worried about Broxton...

Steve Sax said...

Karina, if we could get you out of Venezuela and on staff, I'd fire our summer intern in a second.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Brox gets Augie to ground out. One away.

Alireza said...

I think Broxton just remembered that he is pitching to Augie f'ing Ojeda and just started unleashing cheddar down the pipe.

Steve Sax said...

Ali, pretty funny stuff.

Augie 4-3. One out.

Steve Sax said...

300

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

300

Nic j said...

alright parra's up. strike him out for the fans in left field brox!!

Dusto Magnifico said...

you know if Ojeda played for us he more accurately display the scrubbyness that he seems to exude. Just like Eckstein. Looks like a crappy player, would do everything he could to beat us, join us and then play the worst baseball of his life.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn you Sax, you and your microbrew beer!

Steve Sax said...

Karina, to continue my thought, you're a much better writer than the intern, without a doubt.

Alireza said...

Ah-ey ah-ey, RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrico.

Ah-ey ah-ey, SUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAve.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry about that Mr LA SF. Tell you what, i'll go prol and switch to MGD.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry crowd, that pitch was about 15 feet wide of the plate. 1-2 count.

Dusto Magnifico said...

aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! 300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhh

oops.

Alireza said...

My goodness Ox is nasty. 14" of movement on a 98 MPH strike.

Nic j said...

seeya parra.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Parra swings and gets nothing. Two away.

Steve Sax said...

Bad ball swinging, Parra Ks.

Two out.

Penos Cabell said...

Strike One

Delino DeShields said...

Orel - keep the original thread. Change nothing. "SoSG Revisionists" begins now!

Steve Sax said...

nicJ, I thought at first you were saying "sayo-para"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The crowd wants everything to be a strike.

Steve Sax said...

which would have been a stretch, even by Japanese standards

Alireza said...

Broxton took something off that slider. It would be insane if he developed a change.

Penos Cabell said...

The crowd is ready to erupt

karina said...

Good thing Parra K'd (not on pinch hitter situations at the Luis Aparicio)

Steve, you just gave me a reason for a wide smile.

Penos Cabell said...

Strike 3!

rbnlaw said...

Did I miss anything?

Nic j said...

that would have been good, i already used seeya tomorra parra yesterday.

Delino DeShields said...

D'Backs Lose

Steve Sax said...

K!

DODGERS WIN!

LONEY IS A STUD!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers win!

karina said...

It's a wrap! Let's go Blue!

Alireza said...

Ciao bella.

Ox owned his slider tonight.

Steve Sax said...

ON that replay, I can't understand--how did Chris Young miss that ball?

Dusto Magnifico said...

BOOM!!!!!

TAKE THAT!!!!!!

12th save for brOX

karina said...

Now i'm curious about the Post Game Thread.

Steve Sax said...

nicJ, seeya tomorra parra is pretty good, admittedly.

Man, FJL was sweet tonight.

Time for the MGD! Good night, everybody!

Delino DeShields said...

6 runs off 6 hits. I like the economy of it all.

Alireza said...

rbnlaw - Kind of. Basically: Haren dominated, Ethier still owns the guy, Wolf had 1 bad inning and another ND, Joe Torre is still a shit field manager and the Dodgers won despite him thanks to the awesomeness that is James Loney in the clutch.

Steve Sax said...

Delino, re: your rally Chinese food--I think Loney put the POW in your Kung Pao Chicken.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, perhaps Alireza can write the post-game thread.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks Ali.
Actually, I heard the slam, so some of the futility, saw Loney save the day, and The Beard win it. Impressive 2 out nightmare.
This is the kind of win that demoralizes your opponents.

Nic j said...

either that or the Dbacks bullpen eggrolled over and died.

rbnlaw said...

Oh, and tonight's Deadliest Catch was pretty good. The Northwestern kicked ass this king crab season.

karina said...

Kudos to Weaver and Brox, they were very good, specially Weaver.

Alireza said...

I'm $400 an hour if you need me Sax ;-)

Steve Sax said...

Fun night here on the thread--thanks Orel, Delino, Karina, Alireza, Dusto, Mr LA SF, NicJ, Penos, What Difference, AC, and anyone else I may have missed.

Thanks, you guys, for watching this game with us!

Steve Sax said...

Alireza, that's a bargain compared to what Orel agreed to pay the intern.

[insert joke here]

Nic j said...

they just called Casey a Jeff Daniels lookalike on sportscenter.

rbnlaw said...

Daniels can't rock the beard like Blake.

rbnlaw said...

Time to fall asleep on the couch.

Orel said...

Post-Game Thread is up! Finally!

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