Monday, August 10, 2009

Game 113 Thread: August 10 @ Giants, 7p

"Why should we panic? We've got a great team."
—Manny Ramirez, on some other club he played for

Hiroki Kuroda (4-5, 4.44) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (5-9, 4.49).

COMMENTS: Dodger fans and Giants fans are more frustrated than a eunuch in a whorehouse, the Dodgers having lost three of four to the Braves and the Giants having dropped two of three to the Reds. So something's got to give, be it Kuroda's late-season attempt to find his mid-season form or Sanchez trying to prove he's more Mr. No-Hitter than Mr. 5-9 Record.

This series won't reorder the standings, but it should have a psychological effect on both teams, setting the table for their final six regular-season meetings in September. And it'll certainly have an effect on the fans, some of whom are already in nail-biting mode (see our sidebar poll).

Incidentally, tonight marks the on-field reunion of the Beard and the Mullethawk. But what seemed like a cause célèbre in May seems like small potatoes in August. Both teams have too much at stake to start a Milagro Beanball War, so don't expect any retaliatory theatrics.

Manny photo by Jill Weisleder/Dodgers

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

White Sox got Rios.

Orel said...

Surprise! Not.

Paul said...

is that the most expensive waiver pickup ever?

Loney Fan said...

Hahaha... Brian Wilson's a moron.

PavilionBum said...

Arroyo and Harang cleared waivers. Hmmm....

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

This just in: Brian Wilson caught stroking Tim Lincecum's hair in the Giants locker room. See photo.

Orel said...

From Doug Mienkiewicz's Twitter: "trying to cram a 7 month rehab into 3 I'm finding is damn near genetically impossible"

Nic j said...

Dodgers! Ready your breakfast, and eat hearty. For tonight we dine in hell!

Orel said...

I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him and call him Fred!

Orel said...

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When you bench Loney, isn't it a good idea to replace him with someone who can do better?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Like what Shakespeare said, "a rose by any other name". Torre's basically changing the name next to the 0-for-5 line.

Orel said...

Martin batting second pushes Manny to cleanup. Interesting.

Nic j said...

Who else is there to play first base?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd say Schmidt, but he's on the DL.

Orel said...

Too bad Abreu can't play first.

Josh S. said...

Whoa! A lineup shakeup!

Hudson ahead of Kemp, though? Oh well, we can't have everything.

Orel said...

Oh wait, he got sent down, didn't he?

Josh S. said...

You could go totally nutso and have Ausmus catch, Martin at third, and Blake at first, except Martin and Blake both errored last time they tried that.

Josh S. said...

Or, less crazy, Castro at third and Blake at first.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I like how we're coming up with crazy ways to make sure both Loney and Loretta can't play.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Ethier batting 3rd against a lefty...

Whose got the over/under on 2 Ks?

I'll take the over.

rbnlaw said...

Dudes (and ladies):
Walking through Market Square here in SF and who do we practically walk right over?

None other than the Beast Himself. By the time I realized who it was, it was too late to shout, "Hey, Juan, get in the line-up and kill the Giants!"
I was also slow on the camera phone. It was pretty cool.

He was carrying 2 shopping bags from some department store. And he's really small in person.

rbnlaw said...

Also, this just in: V. Mart catching tonight for the Sox.

Why didn't we try to get him again?

Orel said...

Rbn, you must be tall.

JuanLove said...

i like the shake-up
we need something to jumpstart us.

hopefully Manny visited Barry Bonds today to get some "juice". yesterday he looked good, hopefully this gets him back to normal

JuanLove said...

oh rbn. about my homie Juan. good stuff!

rbnlaw said...

@Orel and Juanlove:
1. I'm 6'3".
2. I stared at him for a good 10 seconds thinking, "I know that guy."
If I wasn't such a big dumbass, I would've got the picture. After all, he's no Ethier.

We're heading out to Zeke's Sports Bar, about 2 blocks from Phone Company Park. Big Giants' bar usually filled with Dodgers' fans up for the game. Should be fun.

I'll be taking pictures and sending them to the SoSg to share.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rbnlaw, if you want to go someplace interesting, take a look at Lefty O'Douls. My dad raves about it, so when I was in the Bay Area a few years ago, I checked it out. It's a great breakfast place, and even for dinner if you can stand cigar-huffing drunks.

Dusty Baker said...

Hey, what's wrong with cigar-huffing drunks? I resemble that remark.

fanerman said...

Dusty always struck me as a remark-looking guy.

Josh S. said...

Bills scratched Wednesday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw nuts.

Dusty Baker said...

re: Bills Scratched Wednesday:

*scrambles to change sidebar vote*

Nic j said...

I vote for jmac to get the start. That big park will eat up some mistakes he might make. He was nails for those two innings in relief the other night.

Nic j said...

Either way it's probably going to be ugly unless lincecum falls apart.

Ken said...

if we get swept, we should be worried.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

rbnlaw; always fun to pass by momo's and get heckled by the upper crust.

JuanLove said...

http://i44.tinypic.com/sy0d21.jpg

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

SF local coverage... and still the Mini Sirloin Burger commercial. However, I must say I prefer the teriyaki-burger/bikini model ad.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't we all, MSL, don't we all.

Nic j said...

Russ looks pretty intense sitting there in the dugout.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I just realized why Torre sat Loney. It's because of the lefty-righty matchup (though it shall forever be a matchup I cannot endorse).

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Leadoff walk for Raffy.

Josh S. said...

Russ tries the previously successful "Hit it to Fred Lewis" strategy, to no avail this time.

Orel said...

Martin again with the hard-hit ball right at someone.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is it just me, or are people cheering that Sanchez is throwing balls?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe it's that there are Dodger fans near the boom mics, or that one pitch gave Ethier a buzz cut.

karina said...

@MR LASF: "Don't we all, MSL, don't we all."

Speak for yourself!

Orel said...

At least it doesn't appear Sanchez has his best stuff tonight.

Orel said...

Low strike to Ethier.

Orel said...

New avatar, Karina! Hope it's good luck!

karina said...

Loney should be getting extra time at the batting cage, he's been very short of his royal moniker.

Nic j said...

Andre swings at ball four

Orel said...

Uh-oh, HLACK might be on to something....

Josh S. said...

Oh, Andre...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ethier's the one who should sit on the bench against the lefty. He stinks at hitting south-paws.

Orel said...

TV radar says Sanchez's fastball is at 94 mph.

Josh S. said...

Ah, stale pregnant Manny jokes.

Orel said...

Why does Manny lay off those?

karina said...

@Orel: i meant to change the Dumbledore's avatar forever, because a) it wasn't working b) Mr. Customer found this very nice image. Problem was i always forgot to change it and as you know, i never change avatars in game threads.

Nic j said...

Man it is loud over there.

Orel said...

Full count!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How is Sanchez at 18 pitches after two full counts and a walk?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeez, Manny, take the bat off your freaking shoulders.

Orel said...

My DirecTV just blacked out for Manny's K!

Josh S. said...

AAAHH!!! TV cut out!

Oh, Manny struck out. Lovely.

Nic j said...

Next time.

Orel said...

Manny's just lulling them into a false sense of security.

karina said...

Martin only took a couple of pitches

Orel said...

Glad it's not just me, Josh.

Josh S. said...

It was Prime Ticket. I don't have DirecTV.

Orel said...

Bad tequila commercial alert!

Orel said...

Kuroda would be well served to start with a 1-2-3 inning here.

Erin #2 said...

Then they must be feeling pretty secure....

Josh S. said...

Pablo and Eugenio look like the before and after picture in a diet pill ad.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm checking in on McCovey Chronicles. They have little respect for Martin's Gameday beard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And commenters use crude jokes like "Russell Fartin".

Erin #2 said...

TV Announcer "He's so hot that the ball rolled foul".......

I'm not understanding how hot that is......

Josh S. said...

"Crab-like stance"

Nic j said...

The stadium doesn't even have to turn on it's "make some noise" sign

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Old friend Xeifrank is a frequent guest there, apparently.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Panda.

Nic j said...

Stupid doughval

Nic j said...

Please stop the two out madness

Erin #2 said...

Is it just me or is the TV only adding on that extra ten to twenty pounds on only the "Giants" players???

*Snicker*

Orel said...

Two-out madness early on.

Josh S. said...

2OM averted!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was crazy. But then again, those were two of their better hitters.

Erin #2 said...

Whoooosh......thank goodness thats over!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap, this is gonna be tough.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Giants NBC just did a mournful mini-story on Jason Schmidt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap in a bucket.

Josh S. said...

Look at the batters boxes, the front corners are pointed together.

Josh S. said...

They need to swing away. Ump is clearly favoring Sanchito.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is so pathetic.

Orel said...

Sanchez at 35 pitches.

Nic j said...

Man this game is going to be ugly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Remember when Furcal led off this game with a walk? Oh happy days.

mpearse89 said...

This strike zone is BS

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yer outta there!

Nic j said...

Russ with the throw out!!

Orel said...

Delayed steal helps Martin get his first CS in a LONG time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WTF? TRAVIS FUCKING ISHIKAWA?!?!

Nic j said...

Fuck

Orel said...

Yes, Kuroda just gave up a HR to Travis Ishikawa.

Erin #2 said...

Damn damn double damn

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I was gonna say if Kuroda couldn't get Ishikawa out, he stinks today.

Orel said...

home Kuroda > road Kuroda.

Erin #2 said...

Well, at least they got the base runner out before the homer......

Orel said...

Great, the Rockies are winning.

Paul said...

I am watching on the MLB mix because they have me blacked out on the normal channel. Giant fans look annoying even when I can barely see them

Nic j said...

Maybe that homer woke hiro up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Unfortunately runs are coming at a premium. Every run the opposition gets is like another nail in the coffin.

Orel said...

Kuroda at 39 pitches through two innings.

Orel said...

Make that 40 pitches.

Orel said...

What about the guy who dropped his beer? What about him?

Paul said...

You know who is a rally starter? That Loretta kid. Ummmm I can't type that without laughing and crying

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

It's gonna be ok, people. This is Jonathan 'I needed to throw a no-hitter to keep from getting sent to Fresno' Sanchez out there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holy crap, Loretta just got a base-hit.

Orel said...

Loretta, of all people, breaks up the no-hitter!

Nic j said...

Loretta just equaled loneys hits for the week.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

With Loretta, we can now feel confident we are not as crappy as the Padres.

Paul said...

Come on raffy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Does Sanchez have some kind of mental block when pitching to Raffy or something?

Orel said...

Nice baserunning by Loretta to take third. Of course, he'll be stranded there.

Nic j said...

Good baserunning by Loretta

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sanchez has 9 wp's. That's gonna be the only way we can score here.

Paul said...

Wild pitch voodoo

Orel said...

SHOCK

LOB

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit

Paul said...

I don't want to see freakin pandas!

Orel said...

Tulo hit for the cycle.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap, clap-clap, Tulo!

Orel said...

Why would they throw back a foul ball hit by their own team?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh Vin, I could listen to his stories about public defecation all day.

Orel said...

Take that, Brian Wilson!

Nic j said...

Never thought I'd hear vin say urinate

Orel said...

Still touching the bag when he caught it?

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Tell me whats better than a bad call going the Dodgers way in San Francisco. That made my night.

Orel said...

Yup.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now all that stands in between Kuroda and a 1-2-3 inning is a panda.

Orel said...

Why does Vin say Panda but not Bison?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy, Pablo likes to pound for a lot of people.

Orel said...

Giants really like to drag their dead relatives onto the ballfield.

Orel said...

Aflac: Who are the three L.A. Dodger pitchers to throw a no-hitter against the Giants?

Orel said...

Andre doesn't strike out! That's progress.

Nic j said...

The female pa announcer reminds me of the olympics

Orel said...

Can't hold Manny down! Our SECOND SINGLE of the night! Look out!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny-single!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm sure Koufax threw one against the Hated Ones.

Orel said...

Beard walks. 1st & 2nd, one out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog homer right here. I called it.

Orel said...

Fan energy has finally gone down a bit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think it took a while for the fans to realize there wouldn't be a no-hitter.

Orel said...

Hell, it took me a while to figure that out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Full O-Count

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bases juiced for Kemp!

Orel said...

Wow, Sanchez has lost his control.

Paul said...

Ducks on the pond for the bison!

Orel said...

Now it's really quiet.

Nic j said...

Come on Mattie get us on the board!

Orel said...

C'mon, Bison!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HOLY CRAP WE JUST SCORED RUNS!

Orel said...

BISON!

Nic j said...

FUCK YA!!!!!!!!

Orel said...

Wonderful. (Said without sarcasm, for once.)

Paul said...

Nice!!!! Virtual high fives!

Orel said...

Vin is so calm he could be announcing for the other team.

Orel said...

slap
slap
slap

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sometimes I think he is.

But it sure as hell beats Bizzaro-Vin (that's my new name for Jon Miller).

Orel said...

Let's keep it up!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I like running down McCovey Chronicles and seeing a long list of "Fucks".

Orel said...

Loretta saying James who?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well I sure as hell was wrong about Loretta. Either that or I inspired him to show me wrong. Either way I like it.

Orel said...

I'm guilty of that too, MLASF!

Erin #2 said...

Woot Woot Woot

Nic j said...

Get back loretta!!!

Paul said...

Lorettta!! A hitting machine!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Kuroda is working the bunts!

Orel said...

MLASF, I noticed you're writing for SCSH. Congrats!

Orel said...

Sanchez at 73 pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thanks Orel! I didn't want to say anything for fear of plugging.

Nic j said...

I feel like turning off the tv now and quitting while I'm ahead

Orel said...

Aflac: Koufax, Reuss, Gross

Orel said...

If only it were that easy, Nic.

Orel said...

If only it were that easy, Nic.

Orel said...

A few mentions are fine. Just no carpet-bombing.

Orel said...

Nice to see Kuroda settle down!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If that's the case, then go to SoCalSportsHub.com, where I'll be writing about the Dodgers.

PLUG!

Nic j said...

Doesn't get any better than 1-2-3. Now let's get back to work on sanchez while he is still in.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin-single, followed by Ethier-fly out.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Johnny Miller discussing 'what could have been' if the Giants had paid for Manny. I say they'd still suck.

Orel said...

Crank one, Manny!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice takeout by Martin.

Orel said...

But we'd be worse!

Nic j said...

Russ really knows how to break up a dp.

Paul said...

Sweep the leg Russ!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard made all that moot. Though the affects on the lineup are yet to be seen.

Orel said...

So much for taking advantage.

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