Sunday, July 12, 2009

Game 88 Thread: July 12 @ Brewers, 11a

Clayton Kershaw (6-5, 3.27) vs. Yovani Gallardo (8-6, 2.95).

COMMENTS: The Sausage Race? Cool. Playing "Roll out the Barrel" after "Take Me Out the Ballgame"? I could take it or leave it. But Bernie Brewer? The mascot who makes Mr. Met seem warm and cuddly by comparison? Just creepy. Those glassy eyes, that oversized, banana-colored (and -shaped) moustache — and are those teeth? A mouthguard? Bernie Brewer approaches D. Baxter-level creepiness.

Oh yeah, the Dodgers have been assured of the best record in the majors before the All-Star break. Next time you see a regular-season Game Thread here, we'll know who will have home-field advantage in the World Series, and we'll be anticipating the return of Manny Ramirez to Dodger Stadium.

107 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Counting on Kershaw to keep up the progress he's clearly made over the last few outings.

Let's knock this one out so we can get back to the business of bitching about Dodger All Star Game non-inclusion full time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I will not be on this thread because...wait for it...I will be at Hollywood Park betting on the ponies.

Erin said...

From ESPN.com:

R Furcal SS
A Ethier RF
M Ramirez LF
C Blake 3B
J Loney 1B
M Kemp CF
O Hudson 2B
B Ausmus C
C Kershaw P


Kemp batting sixth? What kind of topsy-turvy world is this?

Josh S. said...

Ausmus catching Kershaw again. Joe has figured it out.

karina said...

Furcal starts the game with a lead-off walk.

Josh S. said...

Making Yovani work already. If he's tired, he won't hit home runs.

Neeebs said...

Come on Orel. The Brews have the best mascot in baseball. Who can match that machisimo?

Josh S. said...

It's the home run that wasn't!

karina said...

Would someone explain to me why Furcal didn't score with Manny's double?

Neeebs said...

Because the right fielder misplayed the ball, loosing it in the sun. Should have been caught

Josh S. said...

Karina, it was a ball lost in the sun. Everyone thought it was hit out, so Raffy must have taken his time rounding the bases. As soon as it landed, he hit the gas, but there wasn't enough time at that point for him to score.

Josh S. said...

This outfield seems easy to fool. Way to go James!

karina said...

Thank you very much, Neeebs and Josh.

King James, in play (runs)!

Josh S. said...

I'll take the two.

karina said...

Runs scored in the first inning is very nice and numbers on that situation favor the Dodgers.

Erin said...

Sure looks like Loney got Hart at second there.

Alex Cora said...

Kcal 9 just showed that Kershaw and Bills lead the NL with the most walks. Guillaro is also up there in walks.

Alex Cora said...

Damn another walk!!!

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo for the Brewers, at least there are two outs.

Alex Cora said...

Phew, that looked like a ball cameron struck out on.

Erin said...

Definitely a ball, AC. Good thing he chased it. Kershaw once again threw too many pitches in the inning. I'm hoping for an eight-pitch second inning.

Andrew said...

For all of you out of towners, the game is on TBS today.

Penos Cabell said...

At this rate, Joe Torre's gonna be dipping into that bullpen early.

Alex Cora said...

Blake so close the the fly ball. damn.

Alex Cora said...

Why do you think Kersh has so many walks? Do you think he doesn't trust the defense or that he is just too young and doesn't trust his stuff?

karina said...

Alex, i think it's a problem of self confidence and/or anxiety.

karina said...

Ausmus, in play (runs), with no runners, it only can mean...

Alex Cora said...

Wow Ausmus bringing out the whooping stick!!

karina said...

A Home Run!

karina said...

Dodgers 3, Brewers 0
Atlanta 3, Colorado 0
Pads and Giants 0

Nic j said...

Ausmash!!

Neeebs said...

This is a game where we need to keep pounding out runs. TNP

rbnlaw said...

Hey SoSG number crunchers, what's the HR/game average up to since Manny came back?

rbnlaw said...

Thank god for O-Dog's glove. Here's hoping he finds his bat in St. Louie.

karina said...

Dodgers 5, Brewers 0

Casey Blake grounds out, Ethier scores, Manny was on third and King James singled.

Neeebs said...

Kemp is 0-3 in the six hole. Maybe Torre is right putting him eighth

Alex Cora said...

Public enemy #1. Hart strikes out on a wicked curve!

Neeebs said...

Kershaw is settling down. Can he give us two more strong innings?

Alex Cora said...

rbnlaw: looks like O dogg heard you, but didn't want to wait for St louis!!! HR!

Neeebs said...

Alright, let's take care of business, Kershaw.

Neeebs said...

Kemp is a stud.

Alex Cora said...

matt kemp is awesome!!! Doubles up the man on first with a strong throw from center field. Amazing!!!

Nic j said...

And now that's a great outing by the kid.

Neeebs said...

Anyone catch how many pitches Kershaw has thrown?

Andrew said...

3-0 Padres Top 1

Nic j said...

He is at 102. Hiro is warming up.

Nic j said...

Kemp bats lower than 7th and he is 0-4. Maybe it's a mental thing.

Orel said...

Epale, everybody. Nice to see Kershaw spinning another gem.

Kuroda's coming in!

Nic j said...

It's a little worrying to see that aside from bills in San Diego, kershaw has been our most solid pitcher the last few times through the rotation.

Good for the kid, bad for the rotation.

Orel said...

What just happened?

Orel said...

O-Dog! Again!

Erin said...

I fell asleep and just woke up in time to see Kuroda finish off the seventh and Hudson knock another one out. Damn my hot apartment for making me sleepy!

Nic j said...

It's nice to see odog perk up a little going into the ASG

Orel said...

Orlando circles the bases like a man on fire.

Orel said...

Ausmus with a HR and Hudson with two. Unexpected.

Orel said...

It's not a dream, Erin!

Orel said...

Raffy gives it a charge. Could all the bats be heating up at once?

Erin said...

It'd be nice if the Padres could hold on so that we could go into the break back up seven games.

Nic j said...

Remember last year when andre used to battle through every at bat, fouling off pitch after pitch. I miss that.

Nic j said...

The pads and the braves both have pretty healthy leads at the moment. Looking like it gonna be an very nice Sunday.

karina said...

"Raffy gives it a charge. Could all the bats be heating up at once?"

I hope God and every angel had just listened to you.

Orel said...

2nd & 3rd, one out for the Brewers. Kuroda might get in a full game's worth of pitches here.

Alex Cora said...

Gotta run guys - hope we pull this through!

Nic j said...

Have a nice ASG hiro. Please come back pitching better.

Orel said...

SD 6, SF 0, bot 3
ATL 7, COL 3, bot 5

Orel said...

I wonder which GM Ned Colletti is talking to right now.

Orel said...

Oh man. That was close.

Penos Cabell said...

Wonderful.

Nic j said...

Well. This isn't good.

Orel said...

7-4 Dodgers. O Broxton, Where Art Thou?

Penos Cabell said...

The Eternal At Bat.

Orel said...

J-Mac!

Penos Cabell said...

Finally.

Erin said...

And McDonald wins it! Nice.

Nic j said...

Still a three run lead, but no longer comfortable.

Josh S. said...

"Hey SoSG number crunchers, what's the HR/game average up to since Manny came back?"

Even without crunching the numbers, I'd say Miller Park has been a bigger factor than Manny.

Orel said...

I have an interesting HR stat coming up in the Post-Game Thread.

Nic j said...

Let's hope they hold them.

Penos Cabell said...

The Beard is run down

Erin said...

The Dodgers are eleventh in the National League with 73 homers, according to the ESPN stats. I do not know if that includes today's three or not.

Erin said...

Eric Collins = not so good at the math.

55-32 is not 33 games above .500, Collins.

Erin said...

Wow, some bad moments for Collins. The ball couldn't have been further off the plate, and he called it strike one.

Orel said...

Angels beating the Yankees again. What is it about that match-up?

Orel said...

I was a little surprised Collins made that numbers mistake.

Erin said...

I don't know what it is Orel, but I do like it. I hate the Angels until they play the Yankees.

Erin said...

Yeah, Collins seems like the type to be on top of that sort of thing, but not there.

Erin said...

This ump is squeezing Troncoso a bit, if you ask me.

Penos Cabell said...

Why can't it just be an easy 1-2-3 inning?

Erin said...

Come on Troncoso!

Orel said...

Nothing's easy today.

Orel said...

Keep the ball down, Tron.

Erin said...

Throw your sinker.

Orel said...

Beast Mode!

Erin said...

Good job, Pierre.

Orel said...

Weebles wobble but...?

Penos Cabell said...

End this now.

Erin said...

Please make Braun look bad here.

Orel said...

0-2 count...

Orel said...

Everywhere there's signs.

Orel said...

!!!

Penos Cabell said...

100

Erin said...

YES!

100

Erin said...

Damn.

Penos Cabell said...

Nice.

Neeebs said...

Only 100 comments

Orel said...

Post-Game Thread is up! Happy All-Star break, everyone!

Penos Cabell said...

The All-Star break. Best record in baseball. The rest is well deserved for the boys in blue.