Thursday, June 25, 2009

Game 73 Thread: June 25 @ White Sox, 11a

MANNYWATCH: 7 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 26-17

Chad Billingsley (9-3, 2.83) vs. Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.03).

COMMENTS: New pitcher alert! This is Richard's first game against the Dodgers — which of course gives him the advantage. But the second-year pitcher struggled in his last start, against the Reds, lasting only three innings. Hopefully the Dodgers can treat Richard a little more Dankfully and avoid the Floyd treatment.

In the other dugout, Billingsley has to contend with not only a White Sox team that caught the home run bug last night, but also a Dodgers team that is looking for him to protect their series winning streak against AL teams. And he'll have to do it sans Loney. Momentum is not on Chadley's side; can he be the stopper the Dodgers need?

Now, who else is thirsty?

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Eric Stephen said...

That almost looks like it could be a frosting spreader. Mmmmm...frosting.

Josh S. said...

It's Bills & The B-Team today!

So, I've got about two hours to get some work done before I flip on Gameday Audio and pretend I'm working for three hours.

Fred's Brim said...

afternoon game - yes! that will make the day cruise. i hope they finish (or have it well in hand) before it's time to leave.

Fred's Brim said...

and I think we have a fair bit of momentum from last night. our bats were working the last four innings while the sox bats were on cruise control. quite often, you see that carry over to the next game. either way, Bills still needs to keep the ball down and throw good strikes to these guys

midnightdrive said...

Yes! Day Game!

No Boomerang for me today!

fanerman said...

Early game. Fun.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Today's lineup:

Pierre - LF
Martin - DH
Hudson - 2B
Blake - 3B
Kemp -CF
Loretta - 1B
Jones - RF
Ausmus - C
Castro - SS

Josh S. said...

HBP=OBP

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two batters in and you already can see that Richard attacks the corners.

Josh S. said...

Blargh. GIDP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Quick out for Bills.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good inning for Bills, even with the walk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard works a leadoff walk.

Josh S. said...

Monday said the Sox are wearing 1959 retro uniforms. I think the Dodgers were supposed to do that back on May 7th, but something else happened that day (I'm forgetting what that was exactly...) and they didn't end up doing it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Silly Beard, steals are for Kemp.

Andrew said...

Joe Torre bats Matt Kemp low in the order...because it's the right thing to do! Oh wait, that was drinking Bigelow Green Tea.

Josh S. said...

Sure, Mr. Never-Throws-Anyone-Out throws us out.

karina said...

Mmmmmm, frosting. Skipped lunch to enjoy the game, now i'm hungry. Let's hope the Bison do something about the Beard on first.

karina said...

He struck out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

May 7th was the retro-radio giveaway. It was also the day Manny was suspended.

Orel said...

Epale, all! White Sox wearing their throwbacks, Dodgers not taking advantage on the basepaths. To be fair, the Sox made a bang-bang play to nail Blake at second.

karina said...

Konerko, our nightmare on the series, K him Bills, please!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jones's first putout!

Orel said...

Mitch Jones makes the putout!

Orel said...

Matt Cain has a better record than Tim Lincecum?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bills K's A.J.

Orel said...

Bills K for out number two.

Orel said...

1-2-3 for Bills!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

20 pitches through 2 innings. Pretty good.

Josh S. said...

Didja know: Bill enjoys pitching in a soaking wet jersey.

Thanks, Rick Monday!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Better than Lyons.

"That soaked jersey tells me that Billingsley is a great player."

Josh S. said...

"Matt Cain has a better record than Tim Lincecum?"

He does indeed. I'm just hoping Bills gets to 10 wins before he does.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We're all hoping for that, Josh, we're all hoping for that.

Fred's Brim said...

yikes our lineup today looks very un-BEASTly (apart from BEAST MODE of course). It still looks better than a typical Padres lineup, but still...

fanerman said...

Nah. That soaking wet jersey means Billingsley doesn't stay calm in pressure situations. He's not a gamer!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ausmus, like Loretta, is struggling in the month of June.

Josh S. said...

KABC feed went dead.

Orel said...

Richard is an eager beaver. Works fast.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"Who needs ERA or RA? They're stupid."

Lyons reminds of Putty from "Seinfeld" in that conversation.

karina said...

Cain might not be as flashy and spectacular as Lincecum, but he's a great pitcher too. He's wasting his potential in that team of underperformers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Dye.

Orel said...

Ausmus hits a sinking liner to right but Dye came over and backhanded it. Two out.

Fred's Brim said...

But if Bills fell down and got dirt on his jersey, he would be a gamer again

Josh S. said...

Had to switch to Chicago feed, but it's all stuttery. Great.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon, Castro. Work the walk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn.

Orel said...

Richard's cruising.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If anything they're making him throw pitches.

Orel said...

If you just died of anal cancer, as Farrah Fawcett did, would you want it splashed on CNN's main page? Why couldn't they just say she died of cancer?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yahoo's post is a lot more respectable.

Orel said...

Richard at 46 pitches.

Fred's Brim said...

reminds me of when they were reporting Kaz Matsui going to the DL with "anal fissures"

*shudder*

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Fields.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Charlie Steiner freaked me out.

Orel said...

TGIMK!

Orel said...

At least Matsui's condition was medically relevant.

Orel said...

Anal fissures? I hope they have their licenses!

Fred's Brim said...

or Alex Pie's twisted testicle - just say groin pull!

*shudders again*

Orel said...

Chad gets ahead in the count then starts to nibble.

Orel said...

He had Fields 1-2 and ended up walking him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, pitch out works.

Fred's Brim said...

jeez - no need to nibble!

Josh S. said...

It's hard to tell there's a game going on on this WSCR feed. I'm going to lunch. Harumph!

Orel said...

Pitchout! You don't run on the Ausmus!

fanerman said...

Caught Stealing!!!

Fred's Brim said...

food will do you good Josh. we'll be up 4-0 when you get back!

Orel said...

Aflac: Can you name the five players in White Sox history with 40 HR in a season?

Orel said...

You and your promises, FB.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre gets hit again. Coincidence? I think not!

Fred's Brim said...

Aflac answer: No

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I bet Dye and Konerko are two.

Orel said...

Pierre plunked again! Glancing blow on a 79-mph pitch. Sox are arguing he didn't try to get out of the way, and they have a point.

Orel said...

"Aflac answer: No"

You are correct!

Fred's Brim said...

hehe sorry Orel - i'm just a blind squirrel who knows he's gonna stumble upon a pile of acorns one of these days!

Neeebs said...

Yo.

Orel said...

Have you noticed how the White Sox are going for in-game organ music on throwback day? Nice.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin pops up, but Pierre tags up.

Orel said...

Yo Neeebs!

fanerman said...

Tagging up to second. Nice.

Orel said...

Beast Mode makin' it happen by himself! Steals third!

Neeebs said...

Ruff Ruff

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre takes third, and O-Dog singles to send Juanie home!

1-0 Dodgers.

Orel said...

O-Dog RBI! Wow, that was manufactured-run magic.

Fred's Brim said...

thank you 'lando!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard singles. Two on and one out for Kemp.

Orel said...

Blake singles!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers have figured out that Richard paints the corners.

fanerman said...

Score!

Orel said...

This is great and all, but I still can't wait until Manny returns.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DAMN DYE

Orel said...

Damn Dye, robbing the Bison like that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a great pitch to hit too. Kemp won't see another one like that again today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blake takes second! Now it's up to Loretta.

Orel said...

Blake steals second without a slide.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't know what the hell happened.

Neeebs said...

Steiner is SO BAD!

Orel said...

Loretta two-run double! Torre looks like a genius again!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fred's Brim is just a single away from upholding his promise.

fanerman said...

3-0!

Orel said...

Podsednik took a bad route to the ball, which bounced off the wall.

Orel said...

Do it for Fred, boys!

Fred's Brim said...

yes - 2-out lightnin!

Fred's Brim said...

Do it for Josh!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jones gets plunked.

karina said...

Looks like Josh was right.

Alireza said...

That was the farthest Loretta has hit a ball this year.

Richard is getting hurt by plunking people.

Orel said...

Mitch Jones may not be able to hit the curveball, but he can get hit by a pitch.

Orel said...

"Richard is getting hurt by plunking people."

So are the Dodgers.

Orel said...

2-0 to Ausmus.

Orel said...

Gameday says Richard at 71 pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now that that's over with, I'm going for lunch.

Orel said...

Ausmus making him throw pitches.

fanerman said...

Yeah, Ausmus worked a solid count at least.

Orel said...

Russian first name + Latin surname:
Vladimir Guerrero
Alexei Ramirez

Orel said...

Beautiful running barehanded pick and throw by Blake!

Orel said...

Aflac: Frank Thomas, Albert Belle, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome

Erin said...

Last night Lyons said Ramirez's children are named Alexa, Alexia and Alexei, Jr.

How about that play from Casey Blake?

Hello everyone.

Orel said...

Another nice 1-2-3 by Bills.

Orel said...

Hey Erin!

Orel said...

Your boyfriend Steve Lyons is broadcasting today.

Neeebs said...

Orel: Imagine if the Cubans were more prevalent in the MLB. Alot of Russian influence on that island.

Fred's Brim said...

good stuff - keep it going, Bills

Erin said...

Oh, I'm listening to him Orel. Listening with my heart.

Orel said...

Even Castro's getting in on the action.

Orel said...

Neeebs: Interesting.

Erin: Never underestimate the power of Steve Lyons!

Fred's Brim said...

WooooooOOOOoooooo Erin's got a boyyy-friend!

Orel said...

Dodger blue Isotopes hat in the stands!

Orel said...

Collins & Lyons need to give Ken Levine props here!

Orel said...

Another Russell single!

Fred's Brim said...

woah they have those?

i saw a guy in a Dukes hat a couple of weeks ago.

Neeebs said...

Ruff, Ruff, Ruff

Orel said...

Another Hudson RBI! 4-0 Dodgers!

Okay, now you can come back, FB!

Orel said...

We get to the bullpen in the fifth. Nice.

Neeebs said...

They got some coll Iso hats on the Iso website. Thinking about picking up one, but I can't decide which color. I don't like the look of the blue one.

Orel said...

Productive out.

Fred's Brim said...

i just hope Josh appreciates what I did for him :)

Alireza said...

Carasco is probably having daymares about yesterday right now.

fanerman said...

Keep it coming!

Alireza said...

Carrasco won the battle that time.

Orel said...

That's gone.

Orel said...

The Kurse of Konerko.

Erin said...

Well, that's one way to break up the no-hitter.

Orel said...

Solo shots we can handle!

Alireza said...

Only 1 K for Bills so far?

karina said...

Why Konerko? haven't you had enough?

Alireza said...

A 69 mph curve from Bills. That is interesting.

Nic j said...

Here we go again.

Orel said...

As Erin's boyfriend is pointing out, Billingsley doesn't have his best stuff today but is still getting it done.

Fred's Brim said...

would you say he's a "gamer"?

Alireza said...

Actually, I think Billingsley's stuff is looking good today. He isn't striking people out, but he is killing a lot of worms.

Alireza said...

Fred's Brim - Sure Bills is a gamer. A game with a metric fuckton of talent.

karina said...

He doesn't have to strike out 8 or 9 batters every outing, but keeping his team on the game is the real duty of an ace.

Erin said...

Matt Kemp tried to make a amazing catch there, but it didn't work. Come on, Bills. Don't blow another lead.

Orel said...

Looks like a repeat of the Angels game. Does Torre come in with the early hook this time? Doubtful.

Neeebs said...

Ugh! RBI Triple.

Alireza said...

That one was a hanging Chad.

Fred's Brim said...

crap - stay tough, Bills!

Alireza said...

Its Podsednik Chad. Just dial it up to 95 and blow it down the middle

Orel said...

Damage contained. 4-2 Dodgers.

Josh S. said...

Nice work, FB! I should have come back just a bit earlier.

Should I leave again?

fanerman said...

All good all good. Just need more insurance runs.

Orel said...

Loretta doubles! And Loney rests! Win-win!

Josh S. said...

I'm liking the Loretta we've seen in the last week.

fanerman said...

Come on Dodgers. Think of the CHILDREN!!!

Alireza said...

Mark Loretta, muscling up

Neeebs said...

Good time for his first Major League HR.

Alireza said...

Lets see Mitch show the Dodgers how to really hit for power.

fanerman said...

(and yes, I'm aware the promo is only for home games)

Alireza said...

Anyone have a list of who Jones hit his HRs in the Spring off of?

fanerman said...

Sweet Loretta! Get Back home!

Fred's Brim said...

hehe no problem, Josh. you are free to stay, unless you want to go get us some beers :)

Fred's Brim said...

aww Mitch - stay after it, man, you'll get it!

Orel said...

Bills at 78 pitches.

Alireza said...

Words to die by - Juan Castro, 2 outs, runner in scoring position.

Alireza said...

Yeah. He's still Juan Castro.

Orel said...

Important inning for Chad. One out.

Orel said...

Wow, Mitch Jones looks like he has an arm.

Orel said...

Two of them, in fact!

Erin said...

This is troubling.

Fred's Brim said...

stop letting these guys off the hook!

Orel said...

Oh boy. Double, walk/WP has Sox on first and third with one out.

Orel said...

And Chad threw that WP sidearm. Wha?

Erin said...

And of course Konerko is up, with the chance to give the South Siders the lead.

Orel said...

Keep it down, Chadley!

Alireza said...

Orel - Jones is a bit like Pat Burrell. Power and an arm. Not much else.

BTW, that was scored a PB for Ausmus.

karina said...

If Konerko K's in here would be a sweet revenge.

Josh S. said...

Stay on target!

Stay on target!

Orel said...

Ks Konerko!

Josh S. said...

Nice call, karina!

Alireza said...

I like that Chad is pitching inside more.

Erin said...

I hope the official scorer thinks to change that one. Chad never throws sidearm, he chose to there, and the ball was way the hell outside. No way is that a passed ball.

Okay, one more out.

Orel said...

Burrell beat the Phillies the other day. That was sweet.

Alireza said...

Maybe Chad has been taking hints from Weaver. Probably not a good thing, given that Chad is far better than Weaver could ever dream of.

Alireza said...

Come on ace. K the little rat.

Orel said...

Bills at 100 pitches.

Orel said...

Angels repeat. Shit.

Alireza said...

Does A.J. have a propensity to swing at the high pitch or something?

Alireza said...

Shit.

Erin said...

Wow. I can't believe that just happened. I don't think Chad should have been pitching to that batter. Any batter, for that matter. Shit.

Nic j said...

Again?!?

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