Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Game 114 Thread: August 11 @ Giants, 7p

"my parents were at the game and right behind them were 4 guys wearing manny wigs, fake boobs and fake pregnant bellies, holding a sign that said 'got Hgh?'...They were loud and obnoxious when the game started, quiet as mice after the 4th and they left after the 7th inning."
—SoSG reader Koufax

Randy Wolf (5-6, 3.55) vs. Joe Martinez (2-0, 5.87).

COMMENTS: The suddenly-third-place Giants find themselves in need of an ace, but he doesn't start until tomorrow. Instead, they're turning to the hard-headed rookie Martinez, who won his first game back from the disabled list last week. Martinez matches up against the wily vet Wolf, who will...(shakes Magic 8-Ball)...receive a no-decision? There's a surprise.

James Loney figures to return to the lineup, but don't expect to see Orlando Hudson, who suffered a groin strain in last night's game. (Although Hudson will undoubtedly try to wheedle his way into starting.) And Manny Ramirez, who went 2-for-4 last night, just might be rediscovering his stroke — if not his ability to ignore distractions.

photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

147 comments:

Josh S. said...

Manny shows them where to kiss.

I admire their commitment, except for the fact that they just end up looking like Dodger fans on camera.

fanerman said...

Yeah... they really just look like weird Dodger fans.

rbnlaw said...

Young Giant fans are drunk and surly, for the most part, so yeah, they look like weird Dodger fans.

Going to be interesting to compare what the noise sounds like on TV as opposed to being there. Hopefully more Blue in the CF bleachers.

Ken said...

are the dodgers going up to the bay next month? if so i will fly up there

fanerman said...

Ken, yes they'll be up in SF at some point in September.

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
Manny, LF
Blake, 3B
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
Castro, 2B
Wolf, P

Ken said...

i will go up there

we should all meet up!

Nic j said...

Hudson better nit hurt himself more tonight. Gotta admire a man who wants to get out there and beat the hated ones though.

koufax said...

big game tonight, lets get some more clutch hitting.

karina said...

I know it's a little off topic, but i just read an article on FoxSports that is titled as: "10 ways the 09' season can be better". There are two items related to the Dodgers: 1) the possibility of a Dodgers-Yankees World Series 2) the possibility of a Dodgers-Giants NLCS. While these topics can make anyone daydream big time, don't you think it could be a jinx to the Dodgers?

koufax said...

@Karina

I certainly think it would be a mistake to look ahead to the world series or the NLCS. While I am not panicking like some, I recognize that if we had got swept by the Giants this weekend our lead would have been only 2.5 games. Furthermore, we are competing against 2 teams. The team needs to knuckle down and play playoff type ball right now for me to feel like the NLCS is on the horizon.

Mr. Customer said...

Hey, karina's wearing my threads!

As far as the FSN jinx is concerned, my main worry about the Dodgers is about complacency, not bad karma.

Hopefully the boys are going through enough adversity in August that they won't finish the season with a sense of entitlement.

I think that is a big reason why teams that have been in competitive races down to the wire seem to perform better in the postseason.

Andrew said...

When, oh when will Torre quit it with this Kemp hitting low thing...I mean eventually it really does start hurting the team.

karina said...

@Koufax: same feeling here, i think we should worry about getting on the playoffs, then worrying about the consequent stages.

@Mr. Customer: when you found that image, i told you i was going to use it as avatar, because it was coincidental.

By the way, you have a point about winning teams in the postseason.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Until they win anything I'm still going to gripe and moan about starting pitching depth. Billingsly's injury doesn't help much either.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

@ Andrew, seriously. Kemp should be hitting 5th and Loney & Blake should be dropped down in the lineup.

Erin #2 said...

Time to get this ball rolling.

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

The iPod and and earbuds are actually a Mr. C photoshop special.

Some Buonarotti guy aparently did the rest;)

Alireza said...

I think Russ was doing it just for fun. Seems it has been eating at him.

Nic j said...

At least the dodgers know what a sac run looks like now.

I Alivandi said...

That took a bite out of Martin.

"You mean you don't have somebody else in the dugout to face a left-hander?"

Vin Scully rules.

I Alivandi said...

Randy's command is not there tonight.

Pablo isn't the kind of hard/strong fat a guy like Bengie Molina is. He is just a tub of goo with the ability to hit the baseball.

Andrew said...

Can we get Loney to actually take a hack? He swings like a little leaguer.

Andrew said...

Hong Chih, if I am filling out the line up card tonight it goes:

Furcal
Ethier
Manny
Kemp
Blake
Loney
Martin
Castro
Wolf

I Alivandi said...

If I'm filling it out it goes as follows:

Martin
Kemp
Ethier
Ramirez
Blake
Loney
Castro
Wolf
Furcal

I Alivandi said...

Garko chokes up a bit. Kind of like Blake.

karina said...

@Ali quite the ability, it's impressive. Not only that, he's a garden sprinkler, he hits the ball everywhere in the field.

I feel sad the Dodgers didn't score when Wolf hit the leadoff single.

Cabell said...

Alireza - love the line-up. Although, I would bat Kemp first and Martin second.. Furcal definitely should be batting at the bottom of the order.

karina said...

@Mr C: i didn't know the earbuds and IPod were your idea. Liked it a lot. I think that sort of artistic collaboration is called "mashup"

I Alivandi said...

Rowand looks so damn uncomfortable up there. Then again, he has a $60 million contract, so it isn't all bad.

Cabell said...

Wolf's curve looked great there. Rowand was fooled.

karina said...

@Ali i think your idea of putting Ethier between Kemp and Manny is brilliant.

I Alivandi said...

Cabell - Kemp's higher contact rate and increased power make him more valuable in the 2 hole, while Martin sees a lot of pitches and gets on base with speed.

As for Furcal, hitting him 9th isn't necessarily an insult. His hitting style actually makes sense in that slot.

I Alivandi said...

Martinez may not throw hard, but he has a ton of movement on that heater.

Cabell said...

Furcal getting on base is the problem.

Martin batting first or second is fine. But, last season when Kemp batted lead-off, he looked very comfortable.

I Alivandi said...

Too bad Raffy didn't swing there. That is the pitch he can golf out of the park.

Cabell said...

As I say that Furcal draws a walk.

Go figure.

Steve Sax said...

How strangely refreshing it would be for Wolf to look up and see run support for his outing.

How sad that it's not going to happen, yet again, for the sleepwalking Dodger bats

Cabell said...

Sax - I feel bad for Wolf.

He deserves better.

Paul said...

Wow what a great play that never happened. Thank god

Mr. Customer said...

'Dre!

Paul said...

That is out of most parks but a nice double!

Steve Sax said...

Rockies losing 7-3 in the eighth, but they'll probably come back since it's the Pirates

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

Is that what the kids are calling it now?

Steve Sax said...

@Cabell, I hear you. The Wolf factor is really incredible, it's like they don't know how to bat when he's out there.

As I say that, we take a 2-1 lead on a Andre double to deep center!

Andrew said...

Alivandi...as Kemp and Ethier our two best hitters, why not surround Manny with those two. Manny would not be pitched around as much with a .900 OPS guy behind him.

Steve Sax said...

I also like how we're making Martinez pitch (77 pitches through four frames, while Wolf has only 57)

Nic j said...

Mannnnnnnnyyyyyy!!!!

Steve Sax said...

In play, run(s)

What did Manny just do???

Steve Sax said...

Hey, I'm on Gameday here guys, so any input you all can give on the play whiile I'm in that horrible "In play, run(s)" purgatory would be highly appreciated!

Steve Sax said...

No Dodgers TV where I am, let's just say that

Steve Sax said...

(thanks in advance)

Steve Sax said...

3-1 Dodgers, Manny run-scoring double down the left field line to knock in Ethier from second.

Blake then grounds out but gets Manny over to third. one out.

Steve Sax said...

How loud is it there at big phone park, anyone who is watching?

Andrew said...

Loney liner over second to drive in Manny

Paul said...

Come on kemp let's keep it going!

Steve Sax said...

FJL with a single to right to score Manny! 4-1 Dodgers. Kemp at the plate

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax,

Double into the corner.

karina said...

King James RBI single!

Steve Sax said...

@karina, you've got 1000 views on your profile! Congrats

I bet 900 are from me alone

Cabell said...

Wolf gets run support.

Amazing.

Paul said...

There were sone boo birds at the park now gotta love it.

Steve Sax said...

Wolf must be pinching himself in the dugout, he can't believe it

Steve Sax said...

Here comes Erin's favorite pitcher, Merkin Valdez

Steve Sax said...

@Paul, who created your avatar? It's beautiful.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Juanster

Steve Sax said...

pickoff attempt? Please don't send Loney and run us out of this inning

Steve Sax said...

If Loney gets CS at second, it screws the momentum

Steve Sax said...

Loney, 6 SB this year, 2 CS

Steve Sax said...

Well, that was not an effective way to work a 3-0 count. Castro strikes out.

4-1 Dodgers, to the bottom of the fifth we go.

Steve Sax said...

Gotta run for a second, guys. Be back shortly

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax

Is there anything worse than the gameday "in play, run(s)" when the other guys are battingn though?

It's like getting mail from the IRS. You know its bad, but you have to know how bad.

Paul said...

@sax

It is a print by artist kadir Nelson from his book "we are the ship" about the Negro leagues. He does some great work. I have a signed wille foster print. The Jackie one as far as I know is only in the book. I would love to get a print of it and frame it.

Nic j said...

Let's hope Randy fights the urge to give those runs we just got back.

Nic j said...

Gonzo went 6-6 tonight!

Nic j said...

Hopefully we can actually score off the giants pen tonight.

Cabell said...

Wolf's pitch count?

Cabell said...

I feel bad for Eric Stults.

He must feel so used.

Nic j said...

74 through 6

Paul said...

It would be nice to get a couple more runs than last night. I don't want another 9th inning heart attack

Cabell said...

beautiful

Paul said...

Manny Jack!! No doubt about it!

Josh S. said...

Epale, all! I arrived just in time to Manny's homer!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No way in hell Wolf gets an ND after this.

Josh S. said...

James Loney freed?

Paul said...

Manny's golf shot was very similar to his wrigley field bomb in the playoffs last year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BISON POUNDAGE!

Josh S. said...

BISONIC BOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

Paul said...

Oh my lord kemp crushed that dead center. Buh bye

Josh S. said...

Will Wolfie go for a CG now?

Orel said...

EPALE Y'ALL! ME HAPPY!

Nic j said...

Bison hits that one outta the basin!!

Orel said...

Rockies lose!

Cabell said...

The umpire had an awsome mustache.

Paul said...

Man I haven't felt this this good watching a game in a long time.

Cabell said...

Paul - agreed. This is fun.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And it bodes well for tomorrow.

Orel said...

Hey now let's not get crazy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's too late.

Mr. Customer said...

So, can we sneak some runs across on Timmeh tomorrow for the road sweep?

Nic j said...

If anything it puts pressure on the giants for tomorrow.

Paul said...

If the giants continue the light hitting we might only need a few runs.

Paul said...

They are throwing things at manny. Classy

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I see Wolf has stopped shaving.

Orel said...

The way Wolf is pitching, you'd think he had an eight-run lead or something.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I have engaged...the Borg.

Or the Giants fans. Same thing.

Josh S. said...

We're apparently too pleased to post anything.

rbnlaw said...

Where we sat, someone above us kept blowing bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles.

I see they're there again tonight.

Orel said...

"I love how Dodgers fans have to come here because all of the Dodgers blogs are terrible and nobody ever comments on anything.

"Because L.A. is a city of fairweather fans who come in the 3rd and leave in the 7th even in Giants games, and they cheer a cheater who was caught after screaming 'steroids' at Bonds. (funniest part — he never tested positive for anything Hank Aaron didn’t take, and the alleged 'steroids' he took were not classified as such by the FDA at the time he took them, according to Yahoo Sports.)

"Most Dodgers 'fans' are hypocrites or bandwagon flakes. Only a few exceptions exist, and the world feels sorry for their horribly misguided and consequently pitiful lives."

—a commenter at McCovey Chronicles

Orel said...

no drama = no commenting

Orel said...

I mean, what are we going to bitch about tonight?

Josh S. said...

"I mean, what are we going to bitch about tonight?"

Casey Blake, of course!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Martin.

Orel said...

Casey's up right now!

Josh S. said...

Randy's not going the full 9? Why the hell not?

(There's another complaint.)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We barely get a pitcher into the seventh. Beggers can't be choosers.

Orel said...

Casey strikes looking. Commence your piling on.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

CASEY BLAKE SUCKS

You told me to.

Orel said...

MLASF, loyal soldier.

Mr. Customer said...

@Orel

That quote perfectly illustrates why I refrain from reading the competition.

It's also why large swaths of the cable tv dial are forbidden to me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just doing my duty.

Paul said...

Mcdonald? I am back to bitch about this.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I must admit, using J-Mac is a head scratcher.

Mr. Customer said...

@Orel

That quote perfectly illustrates why I refrain from reading the competition.

It's also why large swaths of the cable tv dial are forbidden to me.

Orel said...

Who would you put in?

rbnlaw said...

I've got a complaint. Why can't we get 10 runs.
Cripes.

@Orel:
Ask the cognoscenti at the MCCC how many World Series they've won. Hell, how many they've been to.
And as for "leaving early:" If I knew my team was hitting like the Giants, I'd sell my tickets on Stub Hub. Oh wait, they did.

Orel said...

"And the panda masks rejoice."
—Vin, after Pablo Sandoval's single

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mota maybe.

Josh S. said...

DP!!!

Orel said...

Love the ninth-inning DP!

rbnlaw said...

Tailor made DP!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

CASEY BLAKE DOESN'T SUCK

Orel said...

Vin is right, Castro is can sure turn the DP.

Josh S. said...

Series win!!!

Orel said...

I like winning going away! Lead is 6.5/7.5 over Rockies/Giants!

Paul said...

What was wolf's pitch count? He could have finished but mcdonald closed quickly so nevermind. Things are perfect tonight.

Steve Sax said...

I'm back.

@Paul, thanks. I recognize Kadir Nelson now, he was profiled in SI a while back I believe. If you ever find out how to get a print of that, please let me know; I'll go in with you (maybe we can get a discount)

rbnlaw said...

Take that you battery chucking knuckleheads!
We now suck to the tune of 7.5 games over your pitiful, orange clad team.

Steve Sax said...

Hot damn, that was a sweet game. 9-1. Can of whup-ass effectively opened.

Way to go, Dodgers!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's go for the sweep.

rbnlaw said...

Oh, and good work Orlando Zepeda at the game.

Orel said...

Where's the weather, KCAL 9?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

NOOOOO!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel: As for your comment earlier quoting the McCovChron dude: Even though I'm not watching the game, I can visualize the seagulls picking up errant chardonnay-soaked garlic fries from the stadium floor, like vultures picking on carrion, amidst the bones of an empty stadim structure

Paul said...

@sax

will do! He would make some sales of that print for sure.

Josh S. said...

Wolf was at 103. I wonder if when it's all said and done, Stults will still have the only CG of the season.

Orel said...

Like the Dodgers' fortunes, the Post-Game Thread is up!