Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Game 65 Thread: June 16 vs. A's, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 15 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 21-14

Clayton Kershaw, the kid from Dallas (3-5, 4.50) vs. Dallas Braden, Giants fan (5-5, 3.33).

COMMENTS: Dallas McPherson + Braden Looper = Dallas Braden?

(If so, then does Andruw Jones + Elvis Andrus = Andruw Andrus?)

Braden may be another unknown-to-me AL pitcher, but that doesn't mean we don't have to worry. Relative to Kershaw, Braden has more wins, a lower ERA and fewer walks. Kershaw is coming off his worst start of the year, so things can only get better — especially since he likes Dodger Stadium as much as we do.

The Dodgers did some minor roster tweaking the past few days, sending Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffmann back to Albuquerque and calling up catcher A.J. Ellis. Today the Dodgers also called up Mitch Jones, moving Jason Schmidt to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him.

Oh, and tonight marks the return of Nomar Garciaparra to Dodger Stadium. I will be very, very surprised if he is booed. Don't forget who started Carne Asada Sundays!

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Orel said...

Pierre, LF
Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Blake, 3B
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Kershaw, P

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you beat me by a hair. Thanks

Orel said...

Do I get a prize?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The satisfaction of victory is prize enough.

fanerman said...

I hope Nomar doesn't get booed.

Orel said...

...says the man with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy in his avatar.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Can't a man have a little pride?

Alireza said...

Be interesting to see how well the Dodgers hit Braden's screwball. I could see Beast Mode doing well here.

Neeebs said...

Why is Ethier batting Seventh???

Nic j said...

It will be my fourth trip the ravine tonight. The third with kershaw pitching. I hope nomar is still king of GIDP.

I won't be booing.

Alireza said...

Neeebs - Ostensibly because Braden has been more effective against lefties.

Neeebs said...

Ali: Generally I would understand that, except that Andre hits lefties real well, that he is one of our few power threats, and that he typically has hit in the 3 or 4 spot all year.

Neeebs said...

But then again Torre is the manager who bats Kemp in the 8 or 9 hole. Go figure.

Alireza said...

Neeebs - That has generally been the case, but Ethier has been rather poor against lefties this year.

Andrew said...

Hey Orel, any chance you are gonna bring up Andre Ethier in tonight's CWS telecast between Texas and ASU. Must be tough to announce and post a game thread.

Orel said...

Multi-tasking, Andrew.

Orel said...

It's time for Dodger baseball!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Any lineup with Kurt Suzuki batting second is a lineup with trouble.

Orel said...

The Giants just swept the A's. We have a little to live up to.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just think, it Milton Bradley was such a nutcase, Ethier would be in this A's lineup.

Orel said...

Will Adam Kennedy hit 3 HR tonight?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I mean "wasn't"

Orel said...

A female usher ended up catching that foul ball.

Orel said...

Kennedy strokes a single into left.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kennedy leads off with a single. Kershaw doesn't look good early.

Orel said...

What time does the parade start tomorrow? Which channels are covering it?

Orel said...

That first pitch to Suzuki probably wasn't 54 mph.

Orel said...

Nice curve for strike 2.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

10 o'clock, and it's more like what stations aren't covering it.

Ch. 9 is the best bet, but Ch. 7 also has it.

Orel said...

Vin's a little wobbly with the pronunciation tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Cust has power, but that's all.

Orel said...

Thanks. I wonder which Lakers will show up to Dodger Stadium on Thursday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess it's just you and me, Orel. A 1988 World Series rematch just doesn't put the asses in the seats the way it used to.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Cust gets caught looking.

Alireza said...

Minotaur is dialing it up tonight.

Orel said...

The curve is working tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin really, really likes Matt Holliday. Nobody tell him he sucks with the A's now.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

From what i see on Gameday, his curve is working.

Erin said...

Hey Orel, just sent you an email with more pestering questions.

Hello to everyone else.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well that at-bat was a loss. Kershaw's curve might be working, but he's really laboring here.

Alireza said...

Holliday has been better lately, but he has definitely been exposed as a product of Coors.

Orel said...

Vin says "Jason Jomby."

Orel said...

Hey hey, that gang's all here!

Erin, checking e-mail now....

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Giambi looks like a walrus, or a Teutul.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jomby's caught looking.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Way to work the count, Pierre.

karina said...

Gutierrez with a solo dinger, SEA 1-SD 0

karina said...

Erin, is your birthday coming up, right?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw's making me nervous.

Nic j said...

At game report: kershaw is all over the place.
More to come...

karina said...

That turned better than expected.

Erin said...

Karina, good memory! My birthday is June 29.

karina said...

Erin, i suddenly remembered...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I was at that game, where Holliday hit the ball into the palm trees.

Orel said...

Karina, you have an elephantine memory.

Erin, e-mail answered.

Orel said...

A lot of warning-track fly balls tonight.

Orel said...

"I was at that game, where Holliday hit the ball into the palm trees."

Was it obvious how long Holliday's HR was?

Orel said...

Sweet new avatar, Nic! I wonder what the story is behind that picture.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Not where I was. I was sitting on the first base side. It was a brutally hot day, and the Dodgers were getting slaughtered. All I remember really was the fact that someone hit a homer.

Erin said...

Thanks for the email, Orel. Exactly what I needed. It's like you knew that my mind enjoys order and detail. :)

Orel said...

"Thanks for the email, Orel. Exactly what I needed. It's like you knew that my mind enjoys order and detail. :)"

You and me both, Erin!

Orel said...

Three innings of no-hit ball by Braden....

Penos Cabell said...

This Braden kid is really serving tonight

Penos Cabell said...

Anyone going to the Laker parade tomorrow?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

In spirit I will.

Penos Cabell said...

same here MLASF.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The combination of no off-day and living outside the LA area puts me at a marked disadvantage, especially with the parade startin so early.

Orel said...

Yeah, I will be watching from Television Ave.

Penos Cabell said...

Yeah, that might make it hard to attend.

Orel said...

Kershaw at 73 pitches already!

karina said...

At least the A's haven't scored. Now, we have to be confident the zoo starts hitting.

Penos Cabell said...

Clayton at 77 pitches, and the offense has no hits. This is a typical Kershaw start.

Orel said...

Not hitting 'em where they ain't again.

Orel said...

Another punchless inning.

Penos Cabell said...

Offense in a coma.

Orel said...

Wasn't that a Smiths song?

Orel said...

Kershaw grooving now. Will he make it to the 7th?

karina said...

Orel, you beat me with The Smiths reference. Penos, now i have that song stuck on my head.

Orel said...

At least Blake is running up Braden's pitch count.

Orel said...

At least Blake is running up Braden's pitch count.

Orel said...

Hey, my first double-post!

Orel said...

The cleats had six toes in them?

Orel said...

Goodbye, perfecto!

Orel said...

Uh, maybe not. Blake got the count wrong. Now he's back to fouling off pitches.

karina said...

Beltre made a brilliant play that avoided an extrabase hit. Next inning, he hit a solo HR.

SEA 2-SD 0.

Orel said...

Perfecto is still intact.

Orel said...

Ah, old friend Adrian Beltre. 2004 was a magical year.

Orel said...

Perfecto gone! No-hit gone! Kemp double!

karina said...

That was quite a season. Well, he;s helping the Dodgers indirectly tonight.

karina said...

Kemp doubles!

Orel said...

Karina, what is your avatar?

Orel said...

With two out, should Kemp have rounded third and headed home?

Nic j said...

at game report: That sucked.

karina said...

Yes, he should have.

Orel said...

Not much you can do with the pitcher batting with two out.

Orel said...

The curve is still working. K's Cust.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin really likes Matt Holliday.

Penos Cabell said...

K

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Evil Matt goes down swinging.

Penos Cabell said...

100

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What would you call Giambi's new 'stache?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nomar's up!

Penos Cabell said...

It's a bad mustache. Let's just say he'd fit in well in San Francisco.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He is greeted with applause and boos. I like Nomar.

karina said...

Tough situation for Dodger(s) fans.

karina said...

Guest fashion police report: mustache doesn't work for Giambi.

Penos Cabell said...

Is Nomar in Dodger blue? No. Boo him!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Belly's coming in. That helps remove any comflict of interest.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

*conflict

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Belly goes full to Nomar.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nomar grounds out. Inning over.

Penos Cabell said...

Some runs would be nice here.

karina said...

Orel, it's the poster from a documentary film i worked in. It's about an indigenous writer, who wrote the first grammar for his dialect, collected myths of his tribe (waiu) unknown for the alijuna (that's us, the non waiu people), wrote beautiful stories, always using the landscape and customs of waiu people. He was blind and only completed elementary school, after he became blind from a uncured conjunctivitis.
He unfortunately passed away last week, he fell from the stairs at his home. It's my homage to him.
From all the movies i've worked in, this is by far my favorite, because all the things i learned and the friends i did, including him and his family.

karina said...

All Dodger hits on this game have been courtesy by members of the zoo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEARD-MODE!

karina said...

Team's RBI leader coming up!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GEOFFRY-MODE!

karina said...

King Geoffrey delivers!

karina said...

IBB for the Bison. Go, Ethier!

karina said...

Griffey 2- RBI single, Rancho Ardiendo for the Mariners, one out.

SEA 4-SD 0

Orel said...

I'm back!

Can't believe there were boos mixed in with the cheers for Nomar. Nic will have to give us a rundown of the overall vibe.

Karina: That's an amazing story. Congrats on being involved with such a great project.

Beard + Loney RBIs. Love it!

Orel said...

LAA 7, SF 0, bot 7

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Did anyone see Torre on Conan last night? I saw it, and I thought it went well.

Orel said...

Nice D by Belisario there.

Orel said...

I have it on TiVo, waiting to be watched. Joe is pretty smooth.

Orel said...

Lil' wobbly on the GBA tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Mitch is back!

Orel said...

Mitch Jones' first major league at-bat!

Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" plays!

Orel said...

The crowd is totally into it!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

3-1 to Jones.

karina said...

Orel, it was an honor and a privilege to be in the crew of that film. That documentary have been in several festivals around the world, it won best documentary film released in Venezuela on 2007, but to tell the truth, it was Jusayu's story and persona that makes the film any good.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jones goes full.

Josh S. said...

Wow! A "Let's go Mitch" chant. This is cool!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He has Nomar's nose.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw, that sucks.

rbnlaw said...

Vin: "Life is so cruel."
Indeed

Nic j said...

At game report: jones got a huge ovation. The crowd was fully supporting his at bat.

Orel said...

Dodger Stadium firsts? Announcing a player's first major-league AB, and the crowd cheering like it knew his story.

Orel said...

Nic, more cheers or boos for Nomar?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mitch Jones's story is such a likeable one, everybody wanted him to get a hit or walk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hear a lot of random cheering. Is there a wave in progress?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holliday still scares me.

Orel said...

"I hear a lot of random cheering. Is there a wave in progress?"

I was wondering the same thing. In fact, I was wondering if the crowd was doing the wave during Jones' AB.

Orel said...

LAA 8, SF 1, top 8

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tron looks a little off.

Orel said...

Hmmm, two on, one out for the A's. Time for Tron to bear down.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

With Tron, the DP is always a strong possibility.

Nic j said...

Probably 75% cheers

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DAMN YOU GIAMBI

Nic j said...

Fuck

Orel said...

Dammit. Tron gives it up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tron's ERA just jumped from 1.50 to 2.14

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The crowd just chanted something inaudible.

Orel said...

Orlando is good at that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice pick by the O-Dog.

Steve Sax said...

Shoot. Giambi HOUR and Tron missing--3-2 A's.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nic, can you hear what the crowd is chanting?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap.

Orel said...

Get it all out of your system, Tron.

rbnlaw said...

well this sucks

Nic j said...

Sub Mendoza hitter goes deep. Only at the games I go to.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The eighth inning slot is really causing trouble for guys.

rbnlaw said...

Tough day for the NL west. Thankfully.

Bud Selig to the NFLA Angels:
"No. You can't transfer to the NL West."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's hope the offense can pick up some runs.

rbnlaw said...

glad that's over

rbnlaw said...

Anybody else need a beer?
Not Tecate Light.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I seem to recall a game in which the Dodgers trailed the A's 4-2 after taking an early 2-0 lead. It ended well.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That game also featured a homer by a juicer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Raffy starts things off well.

Orel said...

Furcal lead-off double!

Mr. Customer said...

Steiner! Use your words!

rbnlaw said...

I remember that HR from 1988 like it was yesterday. Still hate Canseco

karina said...

Furcal's leadoff double!

karina said...

Furcal's leadoff double!

rbnlaw said...

Beard Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEARD-MODE!

rbnlaw said...

"Blake delivers again."
-Vin

Orel said...

Beard is clutch! 4-3 A's! That second HR in the last inning could come back to haunt us.

rbnlaw said...

Time for Geoff Mode!

karina said...

Will it be time for Big Game King James?

rbnlaw said...

NFLA Angels 8
Hated Ones 1
Bottom of the 9th.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Yale man is up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I mean "on the mound"

Orel said...

Full count...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loney works the walk.

Orel said...

Way to draw the walk, Loney!

rbnlaw said...

Free pass for Geoff

Orel said...

I will be very impressed if we can pull this one out.

karina said...

I can take the walk.

rbnlaw said...

2 on, 2 out for the Giants in the 9th.

rbnlaw said...

Bison Time.

Orel said...

C'mon, Bison mode!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bison comes through. Blake stays at third. The game rides on Ethier.

Orel said...

Kemp's single was softer than cotton candy! RANCHO ARDIENDO

karina said...

Kemp, in play, no outs!

Mr. Customer said...

Squeethier?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The man that Oakland though Milton Bradley was worth has the game on his shoulders.

karina said...

Be patient, Ethier. A walk could do, even.

rbnlaw said...

Final: NFLA Angels 8- Gnats 1

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice takeout slide by Kemp!

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