Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Game 72 Thread: June 24 @ White Sox, 5p

MANNYWATCH: 8 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 26-16

The Albuquerque Isotopes' mascot, Orbit.

Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.29) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.65).

COMMENTS: Let's take a gander at the Dodgers' past five starts:

date starter opponent IP # of pitches result
6/23 Kuroda CHW 8 2/3 103 W
6/21 Kershaw LAA 7 107 W
6/20 Weaver LAA 5 66 W
6/19 Billingsley LAA 6 112 L
6/18 Wolf OAK 6 87 W

It's a small window shown here, but the trend of Dodger starters going deeper into games is encouraging. Hopefully Wolf can build on the improvement shown by Kershaw and Kuroda, and actually get a win this time as well. Another positive sign: The Dodgers have won seven of Wolf's past eight starts.

As with yesterday's White Sox starter John Danks, Floyd's numbers belie his strong pitching in recent outings. The Dodgers benefited from getting to Danks early, as he eventually recovered and shut them down for five innings. A similar hot start today would certainly behoove Wolf. (Of course it would. I just wanted to use the word "behoove.")

And don't forget Albuquerque. Manny Ramirez is scheduled to play five innings (a whopping 25 percent increase!) with the Isotopes tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The 'Topes set a attendance record last night, with 15,321 fans present. Just call it the Manny Effect.

The Springfield Isotopes' mascot, Dancin' Homer.

photo from the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page

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Steve Sax said...

I won't be able to keep track of this game, so comment up a storm, people.

Fred's Brim said...

The Isotopes outdrew the Marlins by 5000 people last night

Gibby's Limp said...

FB - that's AWESOME! LOL

Andrew said...

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


I really just don't get it.

Josh S. said...

It does seem that, after the 1-3 spots, Joe tends to pull names out of a hat. It's just that he doesn't put Matt Kemp's name into the hat until he's pulled at least 4 other names out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've heard that Torre wants Kemp at the end so he can "lead-off" in the other innings, Tony La Russa-style.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good 'Ole Juanie, never wasting any time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Son of a bitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wolf's got nothing tonight.

Neeebs said...

Wow, tough inning!

Neeebs said...

Dodged the bullet.

karina said...

It could have been lots worse.

Orel said...

I don't think Wolf is going deep in this game.

Orel said...

Beard-off walk!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ethier moves Blake to second. It's now up to Loretta and Loney.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loretta drives in Blake! Tie game!

Neeebs said...

Loretta with the RBI

karina said...

Wpuld it be time for Big Game Geoffrey?

Neeebs said...

Got a good feeling about Loney.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is one long at-bat.

karina said...

He's taken 12 pitches so far.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loney draws the walk, and Loretta acted like he was in a rundown.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gordon can't bend it like Beckham.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RA for Bison.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WP! Loretta scores.

Neeebs said...

Here's where Kemp can justify Torre batting him ninth.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The official scoring is very confusing in this game.

karina said...

For a K while bases loaded? i think it'd better for the team if Bison hit on the first slot and Pierre is ninth.

karina said...

A double here would be ideal (or greedy)

Orel said...

One hit, three runs. Charity begins at home!

karina said...

I'll take this: Dodgers 3-White Sox 1

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hell, I'll take it.

Orel said...

I like how we're getting two-out runs today.

Orel said...

Floyd already at 70 pitches?!

karina said...

The sooner they get rid of Floyd, the better.

Orel said...

Has Manny been up yet?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nope. Still in the top of the first in New Mexico.

Orel said...

Well, Alexei Ramirez owns Randy Wolf.

Orel said...

Solo shots we can deal with.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, diddly poo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A two-run bomb from Jermaine Dye.

Nic j said...

Wolf is working really working to geT that ND tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Middle of the first in Albuquerque.

Orel said...

Oh crap, I thought there was no one on for that HR. And that Ramirez hit it. Whoops.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wolf has nothing.

Orel said...

Manny's up!

Orel said...

"Wolf has nothing."

Which will make tonight's win all the more impressive.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny walks.

Orel said...

Manny walks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre better get J-Mac ready just in case.

Orel said...

Aflac: The Dodgers lost 2 games in the 1959 World Series. Who were the losing pitchers?

Orel said...

Russell single!

Orel said...

We are making lots of contact, at least.

Orel said...

Aflac: Roger Craig, Sandy Koufax

Orel said...

Wolf continues to struggle. Leadoff walk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Quiet day.

karina said...

Wolf has been lucky, Damage could have been deeper.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A whole lotta nothing.

Nic j said...

I hope wolf isn't hurt.

Josh S. said...

*sigh* At least it's not another no-decision.

karina said...

Edit: damage is as it should be.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm surprised Torre didn't bring in J-Mac to act in long-relief.

Nic j said...

Nice to see Wade. Hopefully he can earn back some trust, he has been good lately.

Nic j said...

That was close.

Alireza said...

Who's up for another ND for Wolf?

Alireza said...

Field's homer was hit on a good pitch. He just turned on it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They're in the bottom of the third in Albuquerque, with Manny in the hole.

Alireza said...

Anyone notice the Cell is shaped a bit like a crappy version of Dodger Stadium. I saw a game there once, it isn't great.

Alireza said...

I love how the 'topes have Manny leading off. Perhaps he really is Juan Pierre now :-P

Alireza said...

Manny just grounded out to Alcides Escobar.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny grounds out to the shortstop.

Alireza said...

Beat ya MLSF.

Interesting how even MiLB has Gameday now, though not as good as the MLB one.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well that was a perfectly good waste of a leadoff hit.

Alireza said...

Yes MLSF, yes it was. Ethier did make Floyd work. Still, the Dodgers have owned Floyd in the past, so they should be flogging him now.

Alireza said...

Isotopes down 0-1 on an Angel Salome HR.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Konerko connects.

Orel said...

It's ugly, but it's also early.

Alireza said...

I like that Wade is getting his zip back on his heater. 90-91 is a good place for Cory to be.

Alireza said...

Except when he does that.

Orel said...

And the White Sox hit their fourth HR.

karina said...

Alcides Escobar is a prospect for the Brewers and plays for Cardenales de Lara in winter baseball.

Fred's Brim said...

just checking in - i didnt realize we were playing in Yankee Stadium tonight

Alireza said...

Joe Koshansky just abused the knuckler again.

Sounds - 3
Isotopes - 0 0 0

Alireza said...

Wow. The Sox are hitting really good pitches from Wade.

Orel said...

Is that the Phillie Phanatic?

Alireza said...

Cory Wade's curveball is one of my favorite pitches in baseball.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This has officially become a slaughter.

Orel said...

Home run derby!

Fred's Brim said...

really?

that was a meatball there

Alireza said...

You are shitting me with this.

Alireza said...

Fred's Brim - That was his crappy changeup.

Fred's Brim said...

here comes James with the mop

Orel said...

At least we get a McDonald appearance.

karina said...

Back to back HR nights for Konerko. Why is it always a former Dodger?

Fred's Brim said...

crappy changeup = meatball

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I stand by the idea that J-Mac should have come in, not Wade.

karina said...

The hook came too late. Anyone watching this on tv?

Josh S. said...

Kablooie. We're doing great if our goal was to exhaust their fireworks supply.

Fred's Brim said...

i'll do it - 99

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

100

Alireza said...

Fred's Brim - Absolutely.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess J-Mac just made me look like a fool.

Alireza said...

Now this is just getting ridiculous

Orel said...

Wow. Get it all out of your system, boys.

Fred's Brim said...

holy crow - this is sad

Josh S. said...

Free Meatball Night!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And to think, the Dodgers actually held a lead in this game.

Alireza said...

J-Mac tore Beckham apart, then got that pitch to Fields on the inner half up. Almost the same location that Wolf pitched Fields when he jacked his HR.

Alireza said...

J-Mac has come out of the pen throwing heat again. I like that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

10-3. I'd expect that score from Browns/Chiefs, not Dodgers/White Sox.

Alireza said...

Hey, if the WhiteSox can score 9 runs in 3 innings, the Dodgers sure as hell can score 7 in 3.

Fred's Brim said...

James for two more innings, Leach for 1 and then hit the hotel bar?

karina said...

At least the Angels are winning over the Rockies, 1-0. Marquis doesn't look any good, he's all over the place (that's the game i'm currently watching)

Fred's Brim said...

Lotsa meatballs

Alireza said...

Anyone look at Marquis' official photo? '70s porn star anyone?

Alireza said...

On the plus side, Russ is 2-3 and has been on base all 3 ABs.

Alireza said...

The Angels have tagged Marquis for 3 in the 1st, have 2 men on and Jeff Mathis, the man who can only hit with RISP, at the plate.

Fred's Brim said...

he came off early

karina said...

Alireza, i love how you bring up the good side of this game.

Alireza said...

Karina - Hey, one does need to have a laugh during a laugher. Besides, Manny will be back soon and the Dodgers are the best team in baseball. Getting our asses kicked one night isn't a horrible thing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The White Sox may have this game, but we still have 1959.

Nic j said...

at least Marquis wont be the first 10 game winner in the NL, i hope.

Alireza said...

Oh that is sad. Already PHing for Dye to rest him. I hope that bites them in the ass.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The transition to an Angels GT is seamless.

Alireza said...

Nic - Ron Jeremy Marquis threw 30 pitches in that inning. He won't last long enough at that rate.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, I'll be damned if you start calling Marquis "Ron Jeremy". That is a name solely reserved for Stan Van Gundy, and dammit I'm gonna keep it that way.

Fred's Brim said...

jeez James, just throw strikes for chrissakes. half of these guys are no better than the bums you were striking out down on ABQ

Nic j said...

I only root for the angels when it affects the dodgers.

Go "LA's" second best (baseball) team.

Orel said...

Almost a triple play!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny left the game, but did not stay for the 5 innings previously stated. He was in for 4.

Alireza said...

MLSF - You are right. He is now re-anointed Harry Reams Marquis.

karina said...

Alireza, that's right.

If you want to talk about the Angels, that's fine with me, it's the game i'm watching. I'm mad at Directv because they've broadcasted only Angels games for the last couple of weeks and none when they played the Dodgers (of course). In mostly boring AL/NL west teams, why they refuse to show games of the best team in baseball by far?

Alireza said...

Saunders is in a bit of a jam with Atkins at 3B, Hawpe at 2B and 1 out.

Alireza said...

Wow. That was totally a ball to Pierre. I think the umps want out too.

Orel said...

A classic Juan Pierre double!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Only Beast Mode can get doubles like that.

Orel said...

Did Manny only get two ABs again?

Alireza said...

Ok Juan, start something here.

In other news, Saunders just blew away Iannetta to make it 2 outs.

Orel said...

Way to move the runner. Nice to see small ball when we're down seven.

Alireza said...

Ah, the trademark Juan Pierre bunt pop double.

Orel said...

Woo hoo! 10-4 White Sox!

Alireza said...

Make that 6 Orel ;-). Thank goodness Podsednick's arm isn't much better than Pierre's

Alireza said...

Saunders gets Stewart to get out of the jam. The Angels are just the team to put the Rox in their place.

karina said...

"Juan Pierre doubles (15) on a soft pop up". It sounds impossible, doesn't it?

Alireza said...

Looks like Joe has given up too. Casey gets the rest of the night off.

Orel said...

" 'Juan Pierre doubles (15) on a soft pop up'. It sounds impossible, doesn't it?"

He couldn't have placed it better if he had thrown the ball.

Alireza said...

Karina - It would if he didn't do it at least once a year. I wish Juan would do that more. I would love to see him hit a bunt pop home run.

Alireza said...

Let me just say that this outing for J-Mac is a promising one. He is getting a ton of movement on his fastball, which he was never known for.

Alireza said...

In other news, Figgins nearly hits a home run and gets Aybar over to 3B with just 1 out.

Alireza said...

Ok. Gobble sucks. Here's hoping we can do something with him.

Alireza said...

Bobby Abreu just cracked a double to score Aybar. Angels lead 4-0 and the Marquis de Sade is looking terrible.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers need to at least make the score respectable, like 10-6 or 10-7, something around a save-situation.

Alireza said...

MLSF - Perhaps a save situation with the bases loaded in the 9th and a GS to tie?

Alireza said...

Gobble basically threw Ethier the exact same pitch 4 times. I guess that slider is tough for a lefty to pick up.

Steve Sax said...

Well, I suppose this was a good one to miss.

Nic j said...

struglin' with andre.

Alireza said...

Wow. When was the last time someone pitched around Mark Loretta?

Alireza said...

Angels have Abreu on 3B, 2 outs and Vladdy at the plate.

karina said...

2 run HR by Vlad

karina said...

Angels 6-Rockies 0

Alireza said...

Vladdy just corn holed Marquis to LCF and the Angels are running away with it.

Orel said...

Here we go! Seven-run rally!

Alireza said...

Ok Russ. Remember what you did to that Jered Weaver pitch? Do that again.

Nic j said...

when did this place turn into "Sons of Wally Joyner"?

Alireza said...

Anyone for a Rally Turtle when Russ comes up?

Alireza said...

Nic - ROTFLMAO. Great reference.

karina said...

Orel, make it a 8 run rally!with two outs!

Alireza said...

Damn. Russ gave that one a ride.

Alireza said...

Wouldn't it be funny for Matt Kemp, everyone's prototypical number 9 hitter, to go Earl Weaver on one?

Steve Sax said...

two on, two out for our #9 hitter

Orel said...

BISON 3-RUN HR!

Alireza said...

In play, run(s)

Orel said...

And that's why Joe Torre bats him ninth.

Steve Sax said...

And THAT'S why you bat Matt Kemp ninth.

(Arm falls off--namely, Jimmy Gobble's arm)

Nic j said...

maybe thats why he is batting ninth.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Save-Situation Mode!

Alireza said...

Prototypical number 9 Bison there.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, where's the AD love, with a comment like that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh crap, Juan, get up!

Alireza said...

Gobble is a Turkey with that 8.18 ERA.

I'll be here all week.

Nic j said...

damn, JP get all of that one, in the bad way

Orel said...

Damn. Plunked Pierre right in the upper back.

Steve Sax said...

I'm not watching the game, but I hope Kemp was running around the bases screaming "gobble gobble gobble gobble gobble"

Alireza said...

Is Juan ok?

Steve Sax said...

The Gameday arc of that pitch that hit JP is not good.

Alireza said...

I love Gameday.

Octavio Dotel replaces Octavio Dotel.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Juan's ok. He took a pitch right to the back. No doubt retaliatory after Wolf plunked Konerko.

Steve Sax said...

Gameday says Octavio Dotel is replacing Octavio Dotel.

Steve Sax said...

Alireza, you beat me

Nic j said...

he looked pretty pissed

Alireza said...

As long as Juan is healthy enough to be traded for Jared Washburn, I am happy.

Steve Sax said...

Furcal's 0-for-4. Were any of them well-hit?

Nic j said...

I wish someone would hit AJ, just because.

Steve Sax said...

Ali, stop this Washburn talk.

Alireza said...

MLSF - If it was retaliatory, Ozzie would have sent in someone who throws hard like Dotel or Thornton. Just ask him.

Alireza said...

I like Joe Saunders. Just had a quite 1-2-3.

Nic j said...

As long as Juan is healthy enough to be traded for Jared Washburn, I am happy.

does seattle need a lesser version of Ichiro?

Steve Sax said...

Furcal and Ethier are unfortunately lineup-dividing 0-for-4s tonight

Steve Sax said...

199

Steve Sax said...

200

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