Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Game 71 Thread: June 23 @ White Sox, 5p

MANNYWATCH: 9 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MR. RAMIREZ: 25-16

Hiroki Kuroda (1-3, 3.86) vs. John Danks (5-5, 4.48).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers may be in Chicago, but tonight all eyes will be on Albuquerque as Manny Ramirez begins his rehab assignment with the triple-A Isotopes. Do you think the 'Topes will welcome Mr. Ramirez? From the Wall Street Journal:

The team averages about 7,000 fans per game who pay on average $11 for a ticket. After news of Mr. Ramirez's arrival broke Thursday night, an Isotope official said the team sold nearly 11,000 extra tickets in two days. Mr. Ramirez has 533 Major League home runs and 1,745 RBI. The 13 hitters on the Isotopes have a combined 67 big-league homers and 377 RBI.

Free audio of the game, which starts at 6 p.m., will be available at the team's official website. The boys at True Blue LA indicate that ESPN will be showing all of Mr. Ramirez's plate appearances live as well (probably because he used to be on the Red Sox).

The official start time of the Dodgers-White Sox undercard is actually 5:11 p.m. (7:11 CT), thanks to a 2006 sponsorship deal the White Sox signed with 7-Eleven. Doesn't do us much good in the PDT — 5:11 doesn't quite have that pizazz.

Mr. Kuroda is still searching for that elusive second win after getting bit by the home run bug in his last start, against the A's. The good news is that he didn't walk any batters over six innings, and his fastball reached 95 mph. It's kind of like he's still in spring training.

Don't let Mr. Danks' numbers fool you; in his last start, against the Cubs, he threw 71 of his 99 pitches for strikes. If that isn't some kind of record, it should be. Dayum.

(Thanks to SoSG Sax for the WSJ tip!)

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Josh S. said...

Oh, but Moe! The Danks! The Danks!

MLB Network will also be showing Manny's at-bats.

Alex Cora said...

I think ESPN News will be showing the at bats instead of ESPN or ESPN2. Should be interesting. Anyone predicting what he will do? Ground out, Fly out, K, Home run?

Nic j said...

Manny is the biggest thing to happen to Albuquerque since Bugs Bunny should of maid a left turn there.

Nic j said...

I just heard on espn that manny is batting leadoff tonight to get him the most at bats and he is playing LF.

First at bat I'm guessing he walks.

koufax said...

espn just reported manny took southwest airlines to new mexico and had a middle seat because he didnt print his boarding pass in time...

Eric said...

What!?! Manny on Isotopes now? He should be tested for radioactivity before being cleared for MLB! :D

Orel said...

Want to get away?

Dr. Geek said...

"koufax said...
espn just reported manny took southwest airlines to new mexico and had a middle seat because he didnt print his boarding pass in time..."

Seriously!?

I can see the new tag line now on his return to LA: "Manny Ramirez! He's just like you!"

The commercial will feature Manny doing things us regular Joes do everyday, from begrudgingly clipping toenails to waiting an additional five minutes for the microwave dinner to heat up.

QuadSevens said...

How many times do you think Manny said "It's on!" while on the Southwest flight to Albuquerque?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wanna know who sat next to Manny, and how they reacted when they saw him.

Josh S. said...

ESPN just reported that Manny tried to take the elevator down to the Topes clubhouse, but an Asian woman kept preventing him from pushing the button for his floor.

Alex Cora said...

ESPN just reported that ESPN reports on Manny too much.

Josh S. said...

Lineup!

Juan Pierre, LF
Rafael Furcal, SS
Orlando Hudson, 2B
Casey Blake, 3B
Andre Ethier, RF
Russell Martin, C
Matt Kemp, CF
James Loney, 1B
Mitch Jones, DH

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Mitch is back!

karina said...

Manny Craze is also on ESPN Deportes:

http://tinyurl.com/mfeqdc

Most interesting bit in the story: Manny Mota will be alongside Manny while his rehabilitation on the minors. Oh! and there is a 30% of rain tonight.

Neeebs said...

JoshS:

Classic reference to the SWA elevator commercial. LOL.

karina said...

There's a great interview with Rafael Furcal, Mariano Duncan and Juan Rivera, in Spanish:

http://tinyurl.com/l5dkay

The interview with Mota was the longest one and the most interesting by far. Among other things,he said Belisario and Troncoso have made an extraordinary job coming out of the bullpen and nobody thought they could do that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn ChiSox and their exploding scoreboard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Way to make 'em work, Juanie.

karina said...

I'll enjoy these games a lot. Dodgers-White Sox is a dream for me anytime.I'm very disappointed i won't be able to watch any game on tv.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dodgers jump ahead 1-0, but leave two.

fanerman said...

Good job Raffy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They really don't have a lot to talk about. Collins just said that Kemp is from the same timezone.

karina said...

Kemp got the lead off walk.

Orel said...

Loney loves Chicago!

Neeebs said...

Loney is en fuego!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BIG-GAME JAMES

Fred's Brim said...

Geoffrey with the bomb!

Erin said...

LONEY!!! Has the man finally found his power stroke??

Nic j said...

loney power!!!

this place is kind of a launching pad when the weather warms up.

Neeebs said...

Love speaking in Spanglish.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mitch with the deep drive, but just not enough.

Nic j said...

Jmac looked a little girly trying to dodge the ball.

Erin said...

Seems like Jones just got under that one. Too bad.

fanerman said...

Bison Patience!

Nic j said...

pre warning track power

fanerman said...

Angry Face James!!!

karina said...

Big Game King James! 3 home runs in 5 days?

Erin said...

Seems like you're a bit behind Fanerman.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Forkal grounds out to end the inning.

darias34 said...

Let's go Manny, let's go!

fanerman said...

Yahoo is slow. Switching to fangraphs.

fanerman said...

Heh I know Erin. Just realized it =P.

Nic j said...

man, it seems like forever since we have had three runs this early.

I like it!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn.

Nic j said...

damn

Fred's Brim said...

Konerko, of course

fanerman said...

D'oh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

More evidence of the ignorant FOX empire.

Josh S. said...

The Ex-Dodger Curse is LEGIT.

Nic j said...

He still hit more homeruns with the dodgers than Andruw Jones.

Nic j said...

minus that one mistake Hiro has looked great tonight.
so far.

Fred's Brim said...

nice shirt on Steve Stone tonight

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon, Casey, get back to .300

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blake was too late on that one.

Nic j said...

man, danks is trying to throw the ball way to hard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Danks has passed the 50-pitch mark.

Fred's Brim said...

Danks and lefties dont get along do they?

Fred's Brim said...

jeez what was that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was not smart, Ethier.

Nic j said...

just a little off there 'dre

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good pitch from Hiro.

Nic j said...

wooo, that was a gift strike.

Fred's Brim said...

they are not picking up that low fastball are they?

Fred's Brim said...

Matty got fooled on that one and almost hit it out

Neeebs said...

Every long fly ball seems like a HR the way Steiner announces the game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two long flyouts and a K end the inning.

Nic j said...

manny looks weird in a topes uni.

Erin said...

The last two sounded like homers if you listened to what's-his-face with Steve Lyons, too. But they were also hit pretty well, so I'll forgive it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny's gonna hit a homer, trust me, for I AM THE MAYOR OF ALBUQUERQUE.

Fred's Brim said...

i like this 'topes radio announcer - he gives a full description of the uniforms "...and he swings a two-tone bat"

Nic j said...

i like him better than collins.

Nic j said...

man this topes pitcher sucks, its gonna take forever to get to manny.

Fred's Brim said...

Mitch is gonna hit one tonight

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Remember, this guy throwing for the 'Topes is our stuff.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw, Mitch.

Nic j said...

poor mitch.

Nic j said...

hmmm, danks seems to have gotten better.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre almost got that.

Nic j said...

alright three outs, its manny time.

Fred's Brim said...

yeah he's not overthrowing anymore

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Inning over. Manny's coming up!

Nic j said...

what the hell is orbit? a bear?

Nic j said...

mannnnnny time!

Nic j said...

strike

Nic j said...

ball

Fred's Brim said...

Fans are a little unsure exactly what Orbit is. Some feel he's part alien and part dog. Others feel he's an astro bear or a cross between Big Bird and Elmo.

Regardless what he is, he remains the big huggable, orange creature you see supporting the Isotopes at the Isotopes Park

Nic j said...

strike

Nic j said...

ball

2-2

Nic j said...

Foul.

Nic j said...

strike out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

K for Manny

karina said...

You can tell the guy narrating the game, is excited to describe Manny's at bat.

Nic j said...

oh god what are we going to do!!!!! he cant hit anymore!!!!
ahhhhhh!!!!

Nic j said...

alright now that manny is done i can listen to HU bat.

Fred's Brim said...

Pierre would have at least put the ball in play

Nic j said...

HOW DID HE CATCH THAT!?!?!

karina said...

Obviusly, i was behind all of you.

Fred's Brim said...

what an effed up catch by Matty!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I thought he dropped it!

karina said...

*Obviously

Nic j said...

dewitt hit a double.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How am I getting the 100's when I don't even try, but when I do try I always fail?

karina said...

Can someone give a short description of Kemp's play, please?

Nic j said...

it bounced out of his glove and he bobbled it a few times and held onto it.

Nic j said...

he made it harder than it had to be.

Nic j said...

damn o dog almost beheaded danks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You could hear fans screaming for Danks to hit him.

karina said...

Wow, but at least he got the out. Thanks, Nic j.

Nic j said...

"You could hear fans screaming for Danks to hit him."

it might of been Pierzynski.

Nic j said...

how is danks going to go 7 innings after that horrible start. That seems to happen to us alot.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Both pitchers are cruising.

Nic j said...

Hiro has only thrown 63 pitches!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So how 'bout that NBA, huh? All those wacky trades.

Nic j said...

danks is overthrowing again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So much for Martin streaking.

Nic j said...

have the spurs just given up on defense?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I thought it was a steal, since I never heard of the players SA sent to Minnesota.

Nic j said...

and why are the celtics trying to trade the only young player they have on the team.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whoops, that was Milwaukee.

Orel said...

This game is just flying by.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've heard differing opinions on the Celtics-Pistons. On the one hand, Rondo and Allen are very good, and Rondo is young.

Nic j said...

Bruce Bowen was a major part of the spurs championship runs. he is getting old but still, jefferson isnt going to make them anymore of a contender than they were this year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It didn't make much sense for the Celtics since they have a plethora of big-men (KG, Perkins, Davis, Powe)

Nic j said...

To me it seems like two old teams grasping at a last chance before completely rebuilding.

I think the Pistons Celtics trade would of been good for the Celts, but i would not give up rondo.

Nic j said...

Davis is a free agent this year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I spoke with a friend about it. He likes Bowan, and thought the Celtics' attempt was a joke.

Penos Cabell said...

Furcal is busy tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy, Kuroda must really want to see Jeff Kent on ABC's "The Superstars"

Nic j said...

the wiz and the wolves just set up a trade too, it wasnt anything big though.

Penos Cabell said...

Seriously, cuz he is serving.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Wolves got the fifth pick though.

Penos Cabell said...

I just got home. Is ESPN showing Manny's ABs?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ESPNEWS I heard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I stopped paying attention when he struck out.

Penos Cabell said...

Here he comes to bat .

Nic j said...

yeah, the wolves are need way more than that to be a playoff team though. A decent coach for one.

Penos Cabell said...

Yes ESPNews

Nic j said...

MLB network is. Just grounded out to short.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another perfect frame for Hiro.

Penos Cabell said...

Manny grounds out. 0 for 2.

Nic j said...

hiro is at 78 pitches!

Penos Cabell said...

Hiro is serving tonight. Better than his last outing!

Orel said...

MITCH JONES!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MITCH!

Nic j said...

meeeEeeeEeeeEeE and Mitchy, Mitchy Jones.

nice hit.

fanerman said...

Mitch Jones!

Nic j said...

juan pierre cant even bunt anymore.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bend it like Beckham

Erin said...

And...Juan Pierre.

Nic j said...

BTW, why the hell was David Beckham on the laker parade buses.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Anybody who's still torn about starting Manny in for Juan hasn't been watching a lot of baseball lately.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Because Beckham is a media douche.
So is his wife (see: NBC Reality show)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The south-siders whine about calls more than anyother fanbase.

Nic j said...

who got tossed?

Nic j said...

Na na na na,
na na na na,

Hey Hey Hey

Good Bye.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ozzie's tossed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This reminds me of when Beard was tossed in the dugout. I was at that game, and nobody had a clue what happened.

Nic j said...

now it time for the bench coach to shine.

Nic j said...

when did that happen?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Last year against the Giants. Beard was struck out by the 3rd base ump on a check-swing, and apparantly did something in the bullpen, and the ump threw him out of the game.

Nic j said...

woo, more runs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BEARD-MODE!

Orel said...

His Beardness gives us a four-run lead. Nice.

karina said...

Blake, in play (runs)!

Orel said...

AC, your bro is the new White Sox manager!

karina said...

Orel, i love "His Beardness". It's a very good one.

karina said...

I love Ozzie's tantrums.

karina said...

Second walk of the game for Ethier. Go Russ!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The boo-birds are out.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo, no hay donde ponerlos!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw, Bison.

Nic j said...

a lady came into my work today, shes a regular customer. She knows im a dodger fan and she told me "your dodger fans are the most horrible drunken people" I guess she went to the angel dodger game and there were some rowdy dodger fans there. My reply was "at least no one has been killed at Dodger stadium this year"

Angel fans are a little smug.

awwww come on bison.

karina said...

Looks like someone step on the cranks.

karina said...

*stepped on

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Uh, Nic, I hate to break it to ya, but someone was killed at Chavez Ravine. That's why the sauce is banned in the parking lot.

Nic j said...

stabbed, not killed. there is a difference.

and i said THIS year.

Nic j said...

that wasnt a swing?

Nic j said...

the beer is cheaper at angel stadium, and there is way less security. thats asking for trouble.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Still, the only difference is the occurence of death.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is a great outing by Hiro. The pen needed this.

Orel said...

Kuroda is on fire. Almost perfect.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The only thing standing between Hiro and a CG shutout is a Konerko homer.

Nic j said...

they should give a breathalyzer before you enter the stadium.

Fred's Brim said...

wow he sure is. that fastball is fast and low

karina said...

You know what's more lovely about Kuroda's performance? the extra day of rest for the bullpen.

Isn't anyone else worried they might burn out by late August?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The ChiSox had a baserunner last in the fourth inning. Two hits, no walks, this is by far the best outing Kuroda has had this season.

I'd be freaking out if this were the best start of his career. I think we all know what went down against the Braves.

Nic j said...

i wouldnt expect the bullpen to look the same by that time, im sure we will get some help via trade of some sort.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eric Karros is worried, Karina. The real EK, not SoSG EK.

Fred's Brim said...

haha the topes announcer just said so-and-so "makes the catch in the gloaming"

Nic j said...

it is crazy that loney hits so much better on the road than at home.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Back2Back dunkers.

Fred's Brim said...

looks like State Farm will be paying a few bucks after tonight!

Nic j said...

i hope the dodgers dont drive my rates up.

Erin said...

ESPN says Obama will toss the first pitch at the All-Star Game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So does Yahoo.

Nic j said...

better watch out, he's a southpaw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit, Loney.

Fred's Brim said...

heh maybe not

Nic j said...

SLoney.

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