Thursday, July 30, 2009

Game 102 Thread: July 30 @ Cardinals, 5p

Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.57) vs. Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.35).

COMMENTS: Did you sit through last night's slogfest? Did you see the announcement that Jason Schmidt is scheduled to start tomorrow? Yeah, I'd be depressed too.

If it seems the Dodgers can't score to save their lives — they have 33 hits but only three runs over the last three games — then Lohse might be just what the executioner ordered. It's his fourth start since coming off the disabled list earlier this month; in his last outing, he was roughed up by the Phillies. Of course, they had the help of Cliff Lee, who, upon learning he was traded to Philadelphia, traveled back in time and actually had a pinch-hit RBI single. The Dodgers won't have that advantage because Ned Colletti refuses to trade Clayton Kershaw.

(Don't forget this is Game 3 of SoSG's 100SS series!)

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

According to Josh Rawitch, Elbert was indeed called up to replace Leach. Today's lineup:

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Manny, LF
Ethier, RF
Blake, 3B
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
Ausmus, C
Kuroda, P

Josh S. said...

I hope we fare better against the Ordinals, but I'm pretty sure we'll still come up 2nd.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Its high time Matt Kemp moves up in the order. Casey shined when Manny left, but he's been craptastic for over a month. I say switch them, Kemp hits 5th and Blake hits 7th (today, 8th when Martin is in there).

Dusty Baker said...

Glad J. Mart is sitting. He needs to get his head straight so my head doesn't explode. Russ- I love you man, and I often wear your shirt, but damn bro, sort it all out.

karina said...

I felt depressed this morning when i found out Andruw Jones hit 2 HRs last night. Douche.

fanerman said...

Yeah. I don't think I've ever hated an Dodger/ex-Dodger more than Andruw Jones.

Dusty Baker said...

Happy 150th anniversary of the box score, by the way:

http://dodgersblueheaven.blogspot.com/2009/07/thank-you-henry-chadwick.html

Fire...wheel...pasteurization...baseball box score...

Chad'sKindaRad said...

bat Kemp 2nd!

Erin #2 said...

"The Cardinal" (bird)

The Cardinal are a family of birds found in North American. They are robust, seed-eating birds, with strong bills. They are typically associated with open woodland. The sexes usually have distinctive appearances; the family is named for the red plumage of males of the type species. The "buntings" in this family are sometimes generically known as "tropical buntings" to distinguish them from the true buntings.

Now I'm going to have to wait to see if anyone "Bunts" in the game tonight.....hee hee!!

Erin #2 said...

The Dodger:

Dodger is a term used in sailing and sailboats. It is a frame-supported canvas structure providing a helmsman and other occupants of a sailboat partial protection from harsh weather and seas.

Now if only it could protect us from loosing.......

Erin #2 said...

An hour to go....maybe I can get it up closer to 100 by game time!

Erin #2 said...

Cardinals are Red
Dodgers are Blue
A win tonight
Would be something new......

Ok, so it was a weak attempt at humor........

karina said...

Does anyone realize it's Kuroda, who gave a quality start on Sunday, against Lohse, who was battered by the Phillies?
Let's give them some positive support.

Dusty Baker said...

It's all positive support flowing from me. Can't wait til game start. Speed up already,time!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Does the game take a back seat to the upcoming trade deadline?

I want the Dodgers to win, but what moves will happen that will make winning easier? I STILL think we need a more reliable bat! Of course I stand ALONE on this front. Nevermind the last 3 games.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Interesting fact: we have given up more runs in the 8th inning than any other inning this year at 63.

The only other inning that is close is the third. 59.

I hope that the majority of those third run innings are the result of our fifth starter getting beat up the second time around.

At least the 8th inning is shored up with Sherrill en-tow. right?

Josh S. said...

Go Ninja Pimp!

Slow crawl to 100 today. Everybody's busy refreshing MLBTR.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LA Times: Dodgers still in discusions with Toronto.

FOX Sports: LA Times article is inaccurate.

Who do I trust: Robothal or Shaikin? Jeez, this is tough.

Nic j said...

Yeah dusto I think you may be a one man army in that subject, it's admirable though.

Karros needs another trip to the barber.

Nic j said...

Fox sports actually took some time off roidwatch to talk about some other stuff?

Dusto Magnifico said...

Since the ASB (13 games) we are averaging 3.9 runs per game and over the last 7 games it's even worse at 3.1. The team averages aren't as bad as you'd expect, of course the power numbers will always leave you something to be desired.

I guess I just need to be more realistic, because what team doesn't have a slide through the course of the season? I'd still rather see us land a "big bat" whoever that might be.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Collins and Lyons look like they're on vacation in Hawaii.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Less than 20 hours to the trade deadline.

Nic j said...

Let's go get Russ ortiz. He is available now. Lol.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Unless it involves Roy Halladay, I don't want the Dodgers to do anything tomorrow. They can get pitchers a lot cheaper through waivers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let the commencement beginulate.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was not a good way to start a game.

Nic j said...

Alright I'm watching the x games.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Okay, we lost.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Did Poo-holes score?

I Alivandi said...

Anyone else looking at Gameday? Kuroda is throwing serious gas tonight. I like that.

karina said...

Yes, he did.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yeah, but his location sucks. Ankiel just missed a homer.

I Alivandi said...

Dusto - The Dodgers have at least 3 "big bats." Manny, Ethier and Kemp. Blake can be a 4th.

Unless Pujols or Fielder is coming to replace him, there is no point in trading Loney.

I Alivandi said...

MLSF - He made Rasmus look like the rookie he is.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

His pitch to Holliday was right over the plate.

I Alivandi said...

BTW, I am kind of glad Albert is breaking out of his "slump" at the end of this series. So long as he doesn't hit 2 HR tonight anyway.

I Alivandi said...

MLSF - It moved enough that Holliday only hit a little dunker.

karina said...

I Alivandi: I am and he looks he has lots of command. I'm afraid when they see him for the second time, it could become into BP

Dusto Magnifico said...

Loney sucks.

karina said...

@I Alivandi:"Unless Pujols or Fielder is coming to replace him, there is no point in trading Loney."

My point. King James or Free James Loney should stay.
Unless Pujols, Fielder, Teixeira or Morneau want to wear Dodger blue.

I Alivandi said...

Dusto - There's your big bat.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon James, show Dusto why he's completely wrong.

karina said...

Dusto, why do you think Loney sucks?i'm really curious about that

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp comes through!

karina said...

At least he moved the runner

fanerman said...

Bison!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GO KEMP GO

I Alivandi said...

Smart base running by the Bison.

BTW, Eric Collins MUST go. He is awful.

karina said...

Tied game, they won't be swept.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice work by Kuroda.

Nic j said...

Ryan has awesome stirrups but he doesnt fold his pants correctly. Dissapointing.

I Alivandi said...

Trade him Dusto?

Nic j said...

if we trade loney we would have to get a better shortstop too. Maybe thats why Dusto wants loney to go.

karina said...

This was a great inning by Hiro

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No more stirrups. Lugo's in for Ryan.

I Alivandi said...

Wow. Raffy looked like he was swinging a bunt for the fences there.

I Alivandi said...

Raffy took a home run swing there, but didn't get the results.

I Alivandi said...

No Psycho, Weaver wasn't in Seattle before the WS in STL. He was with the Angels and was actually DFA'd to make room for his brother.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another 1-2-3 inning.

karina said...

Is Manny injured?

fanerman said...

BOOO!!!

karina said...

Holliday is way beyond annoying on these games. Plunk him at his next at bat!

Nic j said...

Thats not very sportsmanlike Karina.

What about the Children?!

Orel said...

Epale, y'all! Are we looking at getting swept for the first time this season?

karina said...

Fanerman, there are no baseball games on tv tonight, Yankees-White Sox game is rain delayed so guess what i'm watching: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Nic j said...

Does Mr. Potter have a spell for clutch hitting?

Orel said...

I refuse to believe Kyle Lohse will hold us to one run tonight.

Orel said...

James Loney flexing his warning-track power!

karina said...

@Nic j: Holliday is bullying the Dodgers, hence he needs punishment as any other bully.

Children need to learn about fighting for their rights.

Orel said...

Have we been hitting pop flies all game?

Orel said...

Ausmus at least gets the pitcher out of the way!

Nic j said...

Orel, pretty much or groundouts to the right side

karina said...

Unfortunately not, Nic j. There's an unforgivable curse called Imperio, which allows to control people's behavior.

The only way could be to imperio the Cardinals. However that spell is illegal and it is very dark magic.

Nic j said...

how many games would you get suspended for that spell? it might be worth it.

Orel said...

Hooray! Another two LOB!

fanerman said...

The ball apparently is NOT carrying tonight.

Nic j said...

that inning pretty much sums up the whole series. Close, but not enough.

Orel said...

@Fanerman "The ball apparently is NOT carrying tonight."

Except if you're Matt Holliday.

karina said...

@Nic j: it's punished with jail but if you curse it well, maybe no one will notice. We could try that, does anyone has a wand?

karina said...

@Nic j: it's punished with jail but if you curse it well, maybe no one will notice. We could try that, does anyone has a wand?

Josh S. said...

Karina: Confundus would work.

karina said...

Confundus might be dangerous, a confused pitcher could throw a ball right to the hitter's head. Though it could be useful for the outfielders, "misplacing the ball" like they were playing at the Metrodome :)

Orel said...

Julio Lugo, you piece of shit.

Nic j said...

Our starters might start throwing at OUR batters if they dont start getting decent run support.

Orel said...

I don't think we're going to get to 800 comments tonight.

karina said...

@Nic j: you're right. At this rate, we could confound and imperio the whole Cardinals team and the Dodgers position players, to see if we can watch some competitive baseball.

karina said...

@Orel: i love how you express your frustration.

Orel said...

Jackie Johnson fans, tonight is a good night for you.

fanerman said...

It is a bit slow.

Orel said...

No beating around the bush, Karina!

karina said...

Mid game reality check: the Cardinals are just up by one, they can win this game.

Orel said...

I agree with HLACK earlier this thread, the lineup could have used some shaking up.

Orel said...

Dammit, Manny tagged that and it didn't even make the warning track.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Gameday says Manny almost got that one.

karina said...

@Orel:hahahahahahahahahaha

Steve Sax said...

No one will bite?

karina said...

Where's Eric Karros?

Steve Sax said...

come on people

karina said...

100!

Orel said...

I sense an EK appearance soon.

fanerman said...

There goes my one chance today.

Steve Sax said...

NO WIN FOR 100

Orel said...

Sax pimps Karina!

karina said...

Sax, you nailed it but you didn't claim it!

Steve Sax said...

Ethier walks with two out, paving the way for another LOB for blake

Orel said...

One of the hundreds posts last night happened during an exciting play.

karina said...

Blake, in play, no outs!

Steve Sax said...

That's right, I didn't claim it = 0 points

Orel said...

1st & 2nd. Guess how many outs.

Orel said...

C'mon, baby-smooth James!

karina said...

King James, try to prove you don't suck

Steve Sax said...

Blake singles with Andre on first, paving the way for a Loney 2-LOB and 0-for-RISP

Orel said...

New Calvin Klein scent: Futility

karina said...

@Steve Sax: "Ethier walks with two out, paving the way for another LOB for blake"

So many enthusiasm won't let you sleep tonight.

Dusto Magnifico said...

come on loney! Do something!!!!

karina said...

@Orel: One is a very good name for a Dodgers scent this week.

Nic j said...

dusto is even cheering for Loney.

Desperate times....

karina said...

*grammar edit: so much enthusiasm...(sorry)

Orel said...

Just don't strike out or foul out.

Orel said...

THAT WAS UNEXPECTED

Steve Sax said...

Anyone understand the 5-7 mph difference between release speed and result speed? Clearly, it's the first one that is registered.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That would have been ball four.

Steve Sax said...

I want to see James Loney Freed. But the 0-for-3 makes me wonder.

fanerman said...

Le sigh!

Dusto Magnifico said...

and... Loney still sucks! swang at ball 4.

Orel said...

Can you say eight-game losing streak?

Steve Sax said...

@mr la sf: agreed, that ball was wayyyyyy outside

Nic j said...

you know it is much easier to watch bad games on gameday than TV. Its hard to stay made at the little batter in white pajamas.

fanerman said...

Steve Sax, maybe the ball just slows down due to drag. Or maybe they're only measuring horizontal speed.

Nic j said...

*mad

Steve Sax said...

kyle lohse looks like a stud, since we've let him get away with one run through six innings

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers: Making Joe Schmoe look like Cy Young since 2009

karina said...

Steve, Free James Loney went 4-7 with one RBI last night.

Chad'sKindaRad said...

we really got to beam somebody

fanerman said...

Slumps happen. This game isn't over yet. We'll get through it.

Orel said...

Fanerman and Karina are our resident optimists.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There's really no one culprit for the crappy clutch hitting. It just takes an entire team, like the flu or jock itch .

fanerman said...

I dunno Orel. We have the best record in baseball. If we can't be optimistic when we hit bumps in the road now, what would this place be like if we sucked all the time?

Nic j said...

its like the pitching wants to win, but the offense isnt willing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kuroda still has two more innings in his arm.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Other than Beard, all of the Dodger hits have come from the back three.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So much for Kuroda staying in for another two innings.

Orel said...

Betcha JP swings at the first pitch here.

Nic j said...

keep in mind SF has a four game series with Philly right now. So the giants could be in line for a rought series right now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If it's a called strike, he swings at the second hit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

*pitch, not hit

Orel said...

You're right, Fanerman. These past seven games have been brutal, but at least the whole season hasn't been like this.

Orel said...

And the Mets have beaten the Rockies at least three out of four.

Dusto Magnifico said...

fanerman- point well taken... we could be as bad as the padres... or even worse, gulp, the nationals. No wonder no one goes to the games.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WP, Ausmus takes second.

Nic j said...

if you really think about it, we were playing pretty much the same way a year ago. Then something magical happened.

Orel said...

JPSQ!

Dusto Magnifico said...

and Kuroda has 2 more innings left in him and he gets pulled for someone who will do something just as bad as he could have. Pierre.

Pierre sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lugo can't get Pierre at first, but he probably saved a run.

Orel said...

1st & 3rd, 1 out. NO WAY we don't score! Guaranteed!

Dusto Magnifico said...

he still sucks and we should have traded him for something, anything... Arthur Rhodes would have been a great pick up.

fanerman said...

Kuroda pitched a good game. That can be important going forward.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Speed lessens the chance of a DP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When Dusto doesn't like you, there's nothing you can do to change his mind.

Orel said...

SCORE!
SCORE!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FURC-YEAH!

Dusto Magnifico said...

i sense an unintentional intentional walk here. Huddy has been struggling.

Orel said...

Dusto is a man firm in his convictions.

Dusto Magnifico said...

nevermind. WOO HOO!

Josh S. said...

The lead? What?

Dusto Magnifico said...

steiner is terrible.

Nic j said...

wait, what happened?

Was that a double play?

Im not familiar with this concept. What the hell is a RBI?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess that's why Torre is the manager. Good move putting in Pierre.

fanerman said...

So if we go touch every base, we get a... run? What a novel idea!!

Orel said...

O-Dog takes a walk! Manny walks!

Nic j said...

Mamacita, donde esta Manny Claus.

Orel said...

I mean, Manny's up!

Dusto Magnifico said...

anyone else still get the CHILLS when manny steps up to the plate. At any time he can take you deep.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Mannywood of traveling fans.

Orel said...

Anything but a DP, Manny.

Orel said...

Tough call for strike two there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny needs to belt one so Ox doesn't have to pitch.

Orel said...

Was that a Dodger fan trying to interfere with Pujols?

Nic j said...

was that a dodger fan trying to smack the ball out?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If that guy in a blue shirt was a Dodger fan he sucks at catching balls.

If that guy was a Cards fan, he just sucks.

Nic j said...

if they have to lean over its fair game for the fans.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I still think Kuroda should have been left in there. Pierre is worthless and lucky. Kuroda really could have saved a bit of the penn.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I still remember when nobody did anything to stop Gabe Kapler from robbing Russ of a homer last season.

Orel said...

There's something about trying to obstruct the player in an empty aisle that seems wrong.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Pujols is an excellent defender! (Loney is NOT!)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dusto, I think the ship has sailed on the broken clock argument when it comes to Torre's decisions. You don't win four trophies with luck, even if you manage the Yankees.

Orel said...

@MLASF "I still remember when nobody did anything to stop Gabe Kapler from robbing Russ of a homer last season."

Erin (#1) was at that game!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre, that just sucked.

Orel said...

Ethier used to hit lefties so well. What happened?

Orel said...

Mike, why Ford and why now?

fanerman said...

Ahhh. We need insurance!

Chad'sKindaRad said...

oh my goodness, Jackie

Nic j said...

I think me at my age (24) i really appreiciate Torre. Think about all the great managers that have coached the dodgers in my lifetime, lets see there was Tommy Lasorda and..... Well that it.

I know Torre isnt perfect, but he is the best we have had in a really really long time.

Orel said...

JJ's got it going on tonight!

fanerman said...

I like Torre a LOT better than Jim Tracy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fuck

Nic j said...

that was quick.

Eric Karros said...

'sup MLASF? (7+3)*(40/2).

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