Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Game 79 Thread: July 1 vs. Rockies, 12n

MANNYWATCH: 1 GAME!
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 28-21

Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.70) vs. Jason Hammel (5-3, 4.21).

COMMENTS: It's the final countdown! One last Mannyless game — and none too soon, given how ineffective the bats were last night. The Dodgers have won Kershaw's last three starts, while Hammel has won five of his last seven starts.

Speaking of fives and sevens, the Dodgers have lost five of their last seven games. A win today would make them the majors' first 50-win team; a loss would start talk about whether Manny can save them from the threat of their first three-game losing streak.

I'm in the Vin Scully Press Box today, so look for some quotage from Joe Torre and hopefully some players. I'll be looking for a chili cheese Dodger Dog (or two) in the fifth inning. Oh yeah.

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Josh S. said...

Is it possible to get a chili cheese Dodger Dog outside of the press box?

(Quiet, arteries! I'm the boss!)

Orel said...

Pierre, LF
Kemp, CF
Hudson, 2B
Ethier, RF
Loretta, 3B
Loney, 1B
Ausmus, C
Castro, SS
Kershaw, P

!!!

Orel said...

It would be pretty costly. You would have to get the cheese separately, in an order of nachos. And I don't know where you would get the chili. Maybe you could sneak some in your pockets.

Booger said...

See if you can get that Chili dog with Club Sauce!

QuadSevens said...

I guess someone was listening to the comments yesterday about statistics stating your best hitter (Kemp) should bat 2nd or 4th. Interesting.

Orel said...

Nice. Had to look that one up.

Josh S. said...

Ausmus is catching Kershaw. That's good!

Ausmus is also batting. That's bad!

Orel said...

Going down to the clubhouse.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ausmus has a higher batting avg than Martin.

That's...good?

fanerman said...

Kemp hitting 2nd? Aussum!

Josh S. said...

PUZZLEWATCH: 1 Game.

karina said...

That's a creative lineup, love Kemp is batting second.

koufax said...

russel martin had 1 RBI in June!

Erin said...

Koufax, I just saw that someone had left that comment about Martin. Even more remarkable is that the one RBI came on his own home run. Unbelievable.

Erin said...

I meant to say that someone left that comment over at Dodger Thoughts.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Furcal shouldn't be at the top of the lineup for the rest of the season unless he can raise his current OBP (.310) by about 80 pts.

koufax said...

haha erin, that is amazing, i forgot about that. i am really hoping he can turn it around after the break.

fanerman said...

Yeah, 1 RBI is completely insane. And it was his home run. If it weren't for that, he'd have none!

Orel said...

Fowler's foul ball went into an empty suite. A guy from the next suite tried to jump the partition and did a faceplant.

Erin said...

Vin Scully, regarding how Hawpe has just plain murdered the Dodgers:

"He's gonna have his picture in every post office in southern California."

Erin said...

I really can't believe how bad the commercials are for "Newport Rib Company."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy, I hate Brad Hawpe

Orel said...

Kershaw looks comfortable so far.

karina said...

Those are good news, Orel.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The problem with Kershaw is that he's falling behind hitters. It's great that he's coming back and getting them, but it takes a toll on his pitch count.

Alex Cora said...

Listening to Vin on the radio (through my Iphone) it is great! (oops, gotta turn the volume down).

Alex Cora said...

Orel: I wish I could have seen the faceplant...hehehe.

Steve Sax said...

Gameday for me, I'm afraid. Enjoy the game, Orel.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We're making Jason Hammel look like Jason Marquis.

Alex Cora said...

Another fast game Orel? Out by 2 pm?

karina said...

I'm afraid about the outcome of this game. Why are they not hitting? it's not like they are facing Halladay.

rbnlaw said...

Who forgot to leave a wake-up call for the bats?
I don't like the prospect of another pitchers' duel.

Could 0 be insurmountable?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin's really pushing my buttons.

fanerman said...

Yeah, at this rate, Manny couldn't come soon enough.

We'll get some runs. Just need to figure this guy out...

Orel said...

Walks the pitcher?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How does Kershaw walk the pitcher?

Orel said...

Starting to fall off the rails....

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes!

Josh S. said...

Back from lunch. Gameday Audio is making Vin sound like a robot.

Josh S. said...

Trust your de-fense!
*clap clap clapclapclap*

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why can't a team make our pitchers look like Cy Young winners?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, they got Hawpe.

Steve Sax said...

Way to wriggle out of it, Minotaur!

0-0 through 2.5

Orel said...

Torre's pre-game comments are up. Whew.

Fred's Brim said...

swing swing swing swing swing swing swing swing swing

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This "Swing Like Vladdy Day" promotion is not working out well.

Orel said...

Hammel perfect through three....

fanerman said...

Judging by the number of pitches he saw, Clayton Kershaw had a better at-bat than half the guys in the line-up.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers now have two hits in their last ten innings.

Not good.

Josh S. said...

Here comes Steiner to brighten my afternoon.

Orel said...

Kershaw's not even close.

Fred's Brim said...

i should stop watching if i dont want to go crazy

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw's making me nervous.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

3-6-1 DP!

Orel said...

Beautiful 3-6-1 DP!

Josh S. said...

Whoa. Sounds like Steiner's hyperbole was appropriate for once!

Chappy said...

that was a nifty play...

Erin said...

Very nice DP.

The Dodgers aren't making me happy on the offensive side today, but the Red Sox just erased a 5-1 deficit and tied the game in the top of the ninth. So that's nice, especially given what happened last night.

Orel said...

Kershaw needs a visit from Rick Honeycutt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Kershaw comes back to walk Spillborghs

Alex Cora said...

I think Steiner just broke my iphone speaker. He is so damn loud on some plays - he is going to get me in trouble for listening at work!!!!

Orel said...

Kershaw with four walks and 71 pitches. Not good.

Orel said...

AC, are you using the MLB app?

Alex Cora said...

Orel: Yes I am. I was thinking of reviewing it in a future post.

Orel said...

Beautiful CS. Great defense is keeping us alive.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Spillborghs gets picked off. Kershaw's getting a lot of help from the fielders.

Orel said...

It sucks the iPhone can't get AM radio. I'd be interested in a review.

karina said...

Very nice, Ausmus. If the pitcher is shaky, good defense will do.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

E on Tulo. Finally a baserunner.

Nic j said...

A Leadoff baserunner!!!!!!!!

Alex Cora said...

Run Beast Run!!!

Josh S. said...

I wish the MLB app was discounted for those of us who subscribed to the regular Gameday Audio before it was released.

Alex Cora said...

I think Steiner heard me and was pretty reserved on that boot by Tulu.

Chappy said...

74 pitches through 4 innings for Kershaw, they're gonna burn up that young arm at this rate...

karina said...

Kemp should hit the first extrabase line of the game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why must Matt Kemp make Torre regret batting him so high?

Nic j said...

Why are we swinging at the first pitch? It hasn't worked for like 15 innings.

Chappy said...

everyone seems to be swinging for the fences since Eithier's 3 HR monday...

karina said...

The O-Dogg at least is fighting for his at bat.

Orel said...

Stealing is a crime!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre steals second!

Josh S. said...

Loose rabbit sighting!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog could use another day off.

Orel said...

Okay, AE.

Chappy said...

filthy pitch.

Orel said...

"Sol Man: Batting .310 (22-for-71) with 6 HR, 3 doubles and 17 RBI" reads Diamond Vision for Andre.

I think they mean during day games.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is getting ridiculous.

Josh S. said...

Steiner forgot how many outs there were.

Fred's Brim said...

can we get these guys an eye doctor?

karina said...

"Sol Man". Nice catchy spanglish. It'd be nice if he could have driven Pierre in.

Orel said...

Phillips dropped strike three and tried to tag Ethier as he was walking back toward the dugout. Ethier scooted away (toward the dugout) and the ump called him out.

Chappy said...

Either should have stuck out his tongue and said "nah-nah"

karina said...

AC, i'm watching you on the TV!

Orel said...

Scoreboard says Stewart K'd on a 91-mph fastball.

Orel said...

Kershaw at 81 pitches. If he's efficient this inning, he might get through six.

Orel said...

Hey Clayton: Don't walk the pitcher again.

Orel said...

I don't get it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is embarrasing. He can't even get one pitch into the strikezone against the pitcher.

karina said...

Why isn't Honeycutt or Ausmus talking to him?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How many pitchers are pulled after 5 innings while throwing a one-hitter.

Orel said...

Kershaw at 97 pitches through five.

Josh S. said...

Maybe it's some crazy plan to keep Hammel on the basepaths to reduce his effectiveness.

Orel said...

First-pitch swining, last-pitch swinging, it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Josh S. said...

STOP SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Josh - The first pitch swinging would suggest the opposite.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers are becoming a Hilton Hotel for opposing pitchers.

Orel said...

AT LAAAAAST

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

IT'S A MIRACLE!

Josh S. said...

Thank you, James.

karina said...

That was very nice of you, King James.

karina said...

Now, would it be possible to bring Geoff to home plate, considering there is one out?

fanerman said...

Geoffrey!

Neeebs said...

Back from lunch.

Did we get a hit yet?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON

Orel said...

Loney would have been O-U-T had he tried for home.

Josh S. said...

What I love about Steiner and Monday: They'll say something completely wrong, then correct themselves after a pause, all while making it sound like it was one long sentence.

Monday:
"That was the Dodgers' first hit in two games...

...

...that got them into scoring position."

Chappy said...

Bats are waking up! Go Castro!

fanerman said...

Aussum!!

Orel said...

You don't squeeze with Juan Castro. And you don't make friends with salad!

Neeebs said...

Ah...gameday audio just kicked in.

Orel said...

"Monday:
'That was the Dodgers' first hit in two games...

...

...that got them into scoring position.' "

Corrections on the fly. I'm okay with that.

karina said...

I'm afraid King James is slow to try a squeeze play with him.

Orel said...

Casey Blake has a helmet and bat in the dugout and he's running in place to warm up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'll take anyone to Rex Hudler


...except Joe Morgan.

Orel said...

Weak.

Fred's Brim said...

you dont have to swing at pitches at your collarbone, Juan

Chappy said...

Thank you Rockies!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was bad, Juan.

Orel said...

Blake PHing for Kershaw.

Orel said...

Kershaw: 5 innings of one-hit ball.

Chappy said...

D'oh!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Please, Beard, please do something productive.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Beard!

Josh S. said...

And...Gameday Audio goes dead. I shouldn't have mocked Steiner and Monday.

Alex Cora said...

Josh: mine is still working - check again!

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you are at least 60 secs ahead of Gameday

Steve Sax said...

Orel, tell me how the Dow closes today

karina said...

I'm daydreaming about a Blake Pinch Hitting homer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Count runs full.

Orel said...

bum-r

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

My heart just sank five feet.

Josh S. said...

Ugh. Not only did Beard strike out, I had to hear the KOA guys get excited about it.

Steve Sax said...

Hammel only has 66 pitches through five frames. Wow.

Chappy said...

so much for that.

Steve Sax said...

KOA? You camping, Josh?

karina said...

This is awful. The last time i felt like this it was around this time, in 2008.

Steve Sax said...

Memo to the Dodgers: This is Jason HAMMEL, not Cole HAMELS

Josh S. said...

"KOA? You camping, Josh?"

It's the Rockies station. I guess they can't afford 4 call letters in Denver.

karina said...

Belly, you are our only hope.

Orel said...

Bill Shaikin just got a Dodger Dog. As did I.

Steve Sax said...

Josh, thanks. Newsradio 850AM, indeed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good thing tomorrow's an off-day.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice work by Belly.

Steve Sax said...

Speaking of KOA, they've got a link to a video of a field reporter who "hits a man in the face."

Not exactly a punch, if you asked me.

Steve Sax said...

Orel: who got to his Dog first, you or Shaikin?

I'm guessing you were the wiener.

Neeebs said...

Time for Karina to call the House Elf and ask it to generate some Dodger Runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh S. said...

Oh, by the way, Karl Malden died today. Will that take us over 800 comments?

Orel said...

I just peed next to Mark Sweeney.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hopefully not on him, Orel.

Orel said...

A Beast is loose!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

More JP goodness.

Orel said...

"Hopefully not on him, Orel."

It was tempting.

karina said...

House elves can't do anything for the Dodgers, unless they are signed to play with the Dodgers.

They are creatures with outstanding magical powers, so maybe they could score more than 5 runs in a game.

p.s: this is Harry Potter lore.

fanerman said...

Beast Mode!

fanerman said...

Other benefits of house elves:
For the most part, they refuse to get paid!

No worries Frank!

Alex Cora said...

Orel: Did you interview him while you peed? Quiz and Whiz.

karina said...

Though, Neeebs, we could use a spell called "Wingardium Leviosa" so when they hit the ball, we could move the ball in the air.

I'll shut up now with Harry Potter stuff.

Alex Cora said...

Orel: Did you say BEAST IS LOOSE while in the bathroom with Sweeney?

karina said...

Right, Fanerman! if they hire house elves , maybe parking would be free!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ARGH!

Josh S. said...

You can free a house elf by giving Jermaine Dye or Dustin Pedroia to him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA EXPLODE HERE

Josh S. said...

KABC feed still dead for me.

Dodgers offense is dead TO me.

fanerman said...

Beast Fail!!! =(

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So...Manny back on Friday, huh?

Orel said...

I think I just met my sodium requirements for the year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whoa, did the Ump die while calling strike?

karina said...

"You can free a house elf by giving Jermaine Dye or Dustin Pedroia to him."

Very nice play, sir. My respect to you.

Orel said...

"The Rockies have played in one World Series — 2007 versus Boston."

Thanks, Diamond Vision.

Neeebs said...

Orel, did you take a peak at Sweeney?

Orel said...

Belisario is nasty today.

Orel said...

So much for the combined one-hitter.

Orel said...

At 75 pitches, Hammel is batting for himself.

Fred's Brim said...

christ

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, Steiner freaked me out.

Orel said...

GREAT catch by Ethier!

karina said...

As long as he doesn't draw another walk...

Josh S. said...

Headline on MLB.com:

"Webb won't have surgery; eyes return"

I had no idea he had lost his eyes.

karina said...

Well, i have to get out. Reunion with my editor. Go Blue!

Fred's Brim said...

mlb.tv is staying with GBA these days

Fred's Brim said...

have fun Karina! hope you return to a happy post game thread!

Orel said...

Interesting — Andre went opposite-field without the shift.

fanerman said...

Editor? Did you used no work at The Daily Prophet? Have fun!

fanerman said...

used to*

Orel said...

I think Tron's up in the bullpen.

Orel said...

Nice barehanded grab by Bowa!

Fred's Brim said...

is this kid the next Jamey Wright?

Orel said...

Hammels is pitching Loretta inside. Loretta trying to get hit.

Orel said...

"Headline on MLB.com:

'Webb won't have surgery; eyes return'

I had no idea he had lost his eyes."

He was on the DL with an Oedipal complex.

Josh S. said...

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