Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Game 94 Thread: July 21 vs. Reds, 7p

Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.51) vs. Homer Bailey (1-1, 6.43).

COMMENTS: So Randy Wolf has gotta be sitting there in the dugout last night, thinking: I've started 20 games, leading the National League in games started, and I only have eight decisions? And only one win since the beginning of June? And Jason Schmidt goes out there and gives up three runs in the first inning of play, and the Dodgers come back to give him a win for five short innings of service? What do I need to do to get a win? Give a Wolf a break, man!

The Dodger bats have their work cut out for them tonight, facing Homer Bailey for the first time. And you know how well that usually goes for the boys in blue. Don't expect to see many shots of ol' Dusty Baker chomping on toothpicks in the dugout. Unless he freaks out listening to Lorenzo Lamas sing the national anthem, that is.

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Josh S. said...

Homer Bailey is just about the old timey-est name anyone could come up with.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What about Saxby Chambliss?

Josh S. said...

SF 0 ATL 1, Bottom 1st.

QuadSevens said...

No Simpsons reference with Homer Bailey on the mound?

TrueBlueAMart said...

Tonight's Lineup,

Furcal SS
Hudson 2B
Ramirez LF
Ethier RF
Blake 3B
Martin C
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Wolf P

Orel said...

@Q7 "No Simpsons reference with Homer Bailey on the mound?"

It seemed a bit obvious. Then they did one on last night's post-game show, and it seemed really obvious.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Kemp batting 8th again, despite leading the team in hits. He's the best hitter on the team this side of Manny and he bats 8th. For this reason only, Torre should be fired.

NicJ said...

What about an Odyssey reference?

Orel said...

College boy, eh?

NicJ said...

Yeah, lets get Jim Tracy back.

Unknown said...

I love how Dodger Thoughts now has a separate section dedicated to bitching about Matt Kemp hitting 8th. Really, it makes no sense.

NicJ said...

Braves up 4-0 looking good. Now we just need the Rox to play a series against a decent team.

Steve K said...

This actually belongs with the "This Is My Town" series...

I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but there's a billboard with the mayor on it. The word "my" is crossed out and is replaced with "our" so that it reads "This is our town" with Antonio Villaraigosa. Pretty neat. It's located on Hoover just north of the 10. I tried to get a picture, but my cell phone cam is pretty crappy...

NicJ said...

Did he lose the word "MY" in the divorce?

Steve Sax said...

J Steve: Is the Antonio billboard directed at the typical LA resident, or at a particular Televisa news reporter?

NicJ said...

8-0 braves, i feel good.

NicJ said...

Sax, yours was way better.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Dusto - I guess the first postseason series victory in 20 years and the best record in baseball count for nothing when it comes to batting Kemp eighth.

Steve K said...

It would have been funny if they put up the Villaraigosa billboard across from the Telemundo offices!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

J. Steve - Get with the times. He's moved on from Telemundo. He's on KTLA now.

Steve Sax said...

Let's just hope that Antonio and the creepy-as-all-hell-that-guy-should-get-the-slammer Erin Andrews story aren't related.

Steve Sax said...

8-1 Braves; Giants are making a comeback. Bottom 5.

Snakes and Rockies scoreless, Stephen Drew gets a leadoff single to start the game.

Angels beat the Royales with Cheese, 8-5, in the first game.

NicJ said...

Kemp has Batting average of .205 while batting in the 2-6 spot, with 122 PA. He has a .327 in 153 PA batting 7th. Finally while batting 7-9 he has a .387 in 217 PA. Ill give you that the other sample size is smaller, but it appears he hits way better lower in the lineup.

Also he has struck out 46 times in 217 PA(28%), while batting 7-9. Compare that to 35 K's in 122 PA's(21%) while batting 2-6.

Until these numbers even out a little more im not going to be question Torre.

NicJ said...

granted stats can be used to either side of the argument depending how you use them.

MR.F said...

Sample size is the key.

Steve K said...

I didn't realize the mayor had moved on to the big time!

Orel said...

The mayor should go after Jackie Johnson.

Unknown said...

NicJ, how did he do higher in the order last year?

NicJ said...

good question andrew, it appears that he did well, around a .305 while batting 1-3, but he started to die off towards the middle of the lineup. He rarely batted 7-9 last year.

Maybe he just doesn't like to move around in the order.

Sorry these ones are so vague, too lazy to look them up and type them out.

MR.F said...

For what its worth, I think Kemp did mention something to the effect of preferring not to move around too much in the batting line-up.

NicJ said...

AZ gets on the board, Col up 3-1 b4

Steve Sax said...

Giants down to their last two outs, down 8-1

Rockies ahead of the Snakes, 3-1 (Bottom four, Rockies up)

Steve Sax said...

Okay kids, going to the other side

Steve Sax said...

Boy I want to see a great game tonight

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers are 10-5 in July. That seems extremely surprising

Josh S. said...

The interaction between Manny and that kid was so cute!

NicJ said...

randy going with the high socks tonight? looking sharp

NicJ said...

with the number 43 and the high socks it looks like he raided ohmans locker.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Quick, someone catch that sphere!

Josh S. said...

Manny tracked down a fly ball!

Steve Sax said...

Vin is still excited about henigan

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Who wouldn't? It's a hell of a scotch, and it doesn't leave a smell.

Steve Sax said...

1-2-3 inning for wolf

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Say you got a big job interview, and you're a little nervous. Well, throw back a couple of shots of Hennigan's and you'll be as loose as a goose and ready to roll in no time. And because it's odorless, why, it'll be our little secret. That's Hennigan's, no smell, no tell brand scotch.

NicJ said...

who the hell would prefer the name Homer.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, let's have some scotch sometime!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I watch too much Seinfeld.

Steve Sax said...

O doggie!

NicJ said...

4-3, AZ only down by one.

karina said...

Time for first inning scoring.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Will the runners be going.

Steve Sax said...

Boom goes the manny!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MANNY-TRIPLE!

karina said...

Manny triples!

NicJ said...

haha, a triple.

MR. OH Sports Fan is freaking out right now on the sons of Pete Rose website.

NicJ said...

how much do you think Dusty spends in toothpicks a year? Does he have a toothpick budget in his contract?

NicJ said...

now randy just has to fight the urge to give back those two runs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Randy should stop taking fashion advice from Beast Mode.

NicJ said...

what did i just say!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hooray for ND's?

karina said...

What's wrong with high socks?

Orel said...

Leaving Manny at third in the first inning is looking bigger now.

Orel said...

Geez, Wolf! Hold it together.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Wolf isn't fooling anyone so far. One on, one out.

Orel said...

Torre pre-game notes from True Blue LA.

Torre hates Ohman.

Orel said...

Two out. This is going to be a long game.

Orel said...

I am going for ten comments in a row. No one interrupt me.

Orel said...

Wolf walks Janish to get to Homer.

Orel said...

I'm surprised no one has commented on Bailey's resemblance to Batman.

Orel said...

Wolf gets out of it. Checking his pitching count....

Orel said...

Wolf at 37 pitches through two.

Orel said...

Woo hoo! Ten straight!

Orel said...

COL 4, ARI 3, top 7

NicJ said...

congrats Orel! now dont go testing positive for PED's tomorrow and getting suspended from the thread for 50 days.

karina said...

King James against the Reds (career)

AVG .425, 2 HR, 10 RBI, not too bad!

Orel said...

Nice call, Karina! Loney singles up the middle!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm waiting for Dusty to pull Homer...

Orel said...

"congrats Orel! now dont go testing positive for PED's tomorrow and getting suspended from the thread for 50 days."

There was only one man that was perfect — and they killed him.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Uh-oh. Orel's gone Josh Hamilton on us.

Orel said...

BISON

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

BISON-HOMER!

karina said...

Vin Scully on Willie Mays:

"Best player i've ever seen", "he could have an all star in every position but catcher"

This is more or less what he said (not that good as Orel's trancriptions)

karina said...

All Star Bison 2-run HR!

Orel said...

Such an easy swing by Kemp.

karina said...

edit: he could have been an all star.

Orel said...

Take that, Batman!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Wolf gets in on the action.

Orel said...

Wolf singles. Things are looking up.

Orel said...

Dick Pole

NicJ said...

DICK POLE!

Orel said...

@Karina "edit: he could have been an all star."

He'll always be an All-Star in our hearts!

karina said...

Wolf hits .081 against the Reds...just singled.Almost feel bad for Bailey.

NicJ said...

"Pole has been to the mound quite often"

Vin.

Ewww

Orel said...

heh heh heh

Orel said...

Manny will be coming up with the bases empty next inning.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I will be attending this Saturday's game, and for the first time I will get to see the Hollywood softball game. Tell me who to photograph and I will bring back pictures for everyone!

Orel said...

James Denton! He's dreamy.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Sorry, that pic goes to my Dad (Don't ask)

Orel said...

Wake up, Dusty!

karina said...

No James Denton pics for your lovely latina fellow SoSG reader?

NicJ said...

who is playing in the hollywood game this time?

Orel said...

I won't, MLASF.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's not what you think. He just likes the show. It just befuddles me is all.

Orel said...

"The full roster of stars scheduled to appear in the game includes Rob Lowe ("The West Wing," "Brothers & Sisters"), Mario Lopez ("Extra," "Saved by the Bell"), Dave Annable ("Brothers and Sisters"), "Sugar" Shane Mosley (Welterweight Champion of the World), Antonio Gates (NFL Tight End/San Diego Chargers), Adam Carolla ("The Adam Carolla Podcast"), Joel Madden (Lead Singer for Good Charlotte), Jessica Lowndes ("90210"), James Denton ("Desperate Housewives"), James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek"), Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Tom Arnold (Actor/Comedian), Tom Green (Actor/Comedian), Melissa Rivers ("Celebrity Apprentice"), Meat Loaf (Musician), Scott Stapp (Lead Singer for Creed), Neal McDonough ("Desperate Housewives"), David Charvet ("Baywatch," "The Superstars"), Brian Baumgartner ("The Office"), Willie McGinest (NFL Linebacker/Three-Time Super Bowl Champion), Josh Henderson ("Desperate Housewives," "90210"), Robert Hoffman ("She's the Man," "Aliens in the Attic"), Daren Kagasoff ("Secret Life of the American Teenager"), Aimee Teegarden ("Friday Night Lights"), Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Kate Linder ("The Young and the Restless"), Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes"), Kate Flannery ("The Office"), David Denman ("The Office"), Robert Griffith (13-year NFL Veteran), Kirk Morrison (NFL Linebacker/Oakland Raiders), Shaun Phillips (NFL Linebacker/San Diego Chargers), Will Demps (NFL Star/Model), and Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville").

"Patrick O'Neal from Fox Sports PRIME TICKET will join 790 KABC's Josh Suchon and Ken Levine as emcees for the game, announcing the celebrity players as they come to bat, offering play-by-play commentary, and conducting on the spot interviews throughout the game."

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Since I'm such a big sports fan, my sights will be set on Antonio Gates. Though I am also a fan of the Office, and I will look for Kevin and Roy too.

karina said...

That show is awesome! C.S.I and Desperate Housewives are the only shows i watch every week!

Orel said...

Wolf is on this inning.

NicJ said...

Adam Carolla's credit is actually "The Adam Carolla Podcast" thats a little sad.

Manny brought the gold glove tonight.

Orel said...

Manny with the shoe-top grab!

karina said...

Just a suggestion: James Van Der Beek, just for the sake of good ol' Dawson's Creek times.

Wow, Manny showing some glove too!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I was watching Dawson's Creek today. But it was weird. They were pointing wands and casting spells. That's when I realized I was watching the new Harry Potter movie. But seriously, it's like Dawson's Creek with wizards.

Orel said...

This Padma commercial is very watchable.

Orel said...

Or maybe Dawson's Creek is like Harry Potter without the magic?

NicJ said...

FUCK!!! dont be hurt!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

No, Dawson predates Potter.

Ouch, that's got to hurt.

Orel said...

Stay cool, Manny.

NicJ said...

shit shit shit

Orel said...

Ouch. Right on the hand.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Quick, go get Manny's non-union, Mexican equivalent!

Orel said...

Always-ready Beast Mode is in for Manny.

Orel said...

@MLASF "Quick, go get Manny's non-union, Mexican equivalent!"

Manny Ramirez...o?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This will not work to our favor in the press tomorrow, though I am more concerned for the hand.

Orel said...

Make him pay, Andre!

Orel said...

ARI 4, COL 4, top 8

MR.F said...

D'oh. Hopefully nothing's broken...

Orel said...

Homer Bailey most definitely does not have it going on.

karina said...

@Orel and Mr LASF:

Manolacho Ramirez? Manuelito?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Or Manny Spielbergo

karina said...

Fanerman, mischief managed? did you see the movie?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Dammit, Spielbergo!

Orel said...

Juan Pierre: slow learner.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"Slow learner"

The ironing is sweet.

Orel said...

Make him pay, Casey!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Waiting for Dusty to pull Homer...

Orel said...

You mean delicious. "Learned, son. It's pronounced learned."

karina said...

By the way, Mr LASF, it's not Dawson's Creek with wizards, there's no Hermione dating Harry and Ron, back and forth, there's no drugs, no one speaks like a Literature Ph.D , there's no cheating between couples, et al.

NicJ said...

6-4, AZ takes the lead.

im more concerned about the manny hand though.

Orel said...

ARI 6, COL 4, top 8

MR.F said...

Karina, oh yes I did! That was one of the best HP movies for me. Only the 3rd one can rival it in awesomeness.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

My comparison's to D's-C is due to the complicated love-triangles featured in the film.

Orel said...

@Karina "By the way, Mr LASF, it's not Dawson's Creek with wizards, there's no Hermione dating Harry and Ron, back and forth, there's no drugs, no one speaks like a Literature Ph.D , there's no cheating between couples, et al."

Sounds so boring.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Everbody's safe!

Orel said...

The Reds are playing Mets-like defense.

Orel said...

oh yeah, RANCHO ARDIENDO

MR.F said...

And I even got to wear my fake Hogwarts T-shirt that I got on my trip to the Philippines last year!

karina said...

"Karina, oh yes I did! That was one of the best HP movies for me. Only the 3rd one can rival it in awesomeness."

Exactly my thoughts, you know, great minds, right?

Orel said...

Bad night for Bailey. Not only is Vinny calling him "Johnny One-Note," but he just wild-pitched in a run.

NicJ said...

lucky we had that wild pitch

Orel said...

Bailey finally gets a break.

NicJ said...

"Bailey finally gets a break."

Lets hope for our sake the X-rays show there isnt a second one.

Orel said...

Nice, Nic.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Loney-Single!

karina said...

King James: 3 RBI tonight in 2 at bats. Sweet.

Orel said...

I like this scoring-every-inning thing.

Orel said...

Bailey's age (23) makes you appreciate Clayton Kershaw (21) that much more.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bison-walk.

MR.F said...

Karina, I really enjoyed the comedic part of it. Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, did a good job there.

Orel said...

I hope Wolf isn't getting moldy on the bench.

Orel said...

Or in the batter's box.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Homer Bailey. Really? REALLY?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"You can never have enough runs"

That's the kind of bush-league banter I expect from Joe Morgan, nota Vin.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Wolf-bunt

Orel said...

He must have meant pitching.

karina said...

"And I even got to wear my fake Hogwarts T-shirt that I got on my trip to the Philippines last year!"

I wore my Griffindor tie, black pants and a white fitted shirt. Tie was slappy and i put my very cool sort of biker jacket, trying not to be too evident, but i failed, some photographer wanted to take a picture but i said no. No such public exhibits of geekdom in papers. Don't wanna repeat the same thing last season, when i made "baseball's fan of the week"

NicJ said...

Homer was supposed to be their Clayton Kershaw. People throw around the term Phenom way to much now a days.

Orel said...

Rest up, Wolf.

Orel said...

"Don't wanna repeat the same thing last season, when i made 'baseball's fan of the week' "

We want pictures, Karina!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"People throw around the term Phenom way to much now a days."

Good thing Kershaw can throw something back.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MORE RUNS!

NicJ said...

MLSF, you knocked that one out of the park like a homer bailey fastball.

Orel said...

9-1 in the third inning. I just...wow.

karina said...

Do you know the slang of what the Dodgers are doing with Bailey?

"Le estan cayendo a palos"

"Le estan dando y no son besitos"

Orel said...

I would love to know what Dusty was saying to Homer there.

NicJ said...

all these runs makes me worry about manny's hand more. Like im being set up.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The moment I was waiting for...

Baker: I WANT YOU OFF THE FUCKING FIELD, YOU PRICK! NO, DON'T JUST BE SORRY! THINK FOR ONE FUCKING SECOND! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?!

Nostradamus said...

There's nothing like a game thread during a blowout, boys and girls.

Orel said...

"They estan to him falling to palos"

"They estan giving to him and they are not besitos"

Thank you, Babelfish.

karina said...

Pictures of my Harry Potter's outfit?

NicJ said...

Hilarious, orel.

Orel said...

I was thinking baseball fan of the week, Karina. But I'm sure Fanerman wouldn't mind seeing your HP outfit.

Orel said...

ARI 6, COL 5, top 9

rbnlaw said...

I'm going to miss Homer.

Orel said...

I hope that wasn't Wolf's idea of retaliation.

NicJ said...

It seems like i always to the wrong games in the series. I bet tomorrow we are going to lose 1-0 just because im going.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Look for a rare Delino quiz on the home page.

karina said...

"le estan cayendo a palos" means someone is getting punched violently.

"le estan dando y no son besitos", that's more difficult to translate. In Venezuela "darse besos"is kissing or making out so i guess it could be like they are giving him a hard time, not kisses.

Orel said...

I can't think of a better team for Billingsley to rebound on than the reds.

karina said...

Everyone forgot their cameras the day of the release.

If you want to see it, give me a couple of minutes, i have to erase my last name.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Maybe the Nats...

Orel said...

Taking Manny to the hospital for precautionary X-rays. The wait continues.

NicJ said...

i thought the same thing about the padres, that wasnt his fault though.

Orel said...

Inning-ending DP!

Orel said...

Almost, Andre!

Orel said...

I will be disappointed if we see Broxton in this game.

karina said...

Vinny said Orel Hershisher is one of his all time favorite Dodgers players, maybe you should try to shake his hand nest time you see him at the press box.

NicJ said...

AZ wins

karina said...

http://i30.tinypic.com/20p7fxt.jpg

I warn you, i look hideous there :(

Orel said...

@Karina "Vinny said Orel Hershisher is one of his all time favorite Dodgers players, maybe you should try to shake his hand nest time you see him at the press box."

I have a problem even looking at the man!

Orel said...

@Karina "I warn you, i look hideous there :("

You do not! Great picture, great outfit!

NicJ said...

haha, you look fine in the picture Karina. I think its just the colors orange and black, you look better in blue.

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