Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Game 115 Thread: August 12 @ Giants, 12:45p

Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.90) vs. Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.20).

Remember how you felt Sunday night? Compare that to how you feel now. Big difference, no? Certainly the Dodgers can relate, and hopefully that attitude shift will pay off against Lincecum. The Dodgers are throwing their entire bullpen against Mr. Cy Young today, including 25-year-old knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who took Eric Stults' place on the roster.

Joe Torre, on catching the knuckleball:

My catching a knuckleball was so good the Braves went out and got Bob Uecker, which hastened the end of his playing career and he became a broadcaster. I feel responsible for making him a broadcaster.

Good luck today, Russell!

And a note from Ken Rosenthal at FOXSports.com:

One scout views the Giants' red-hot Eugenio Velez the same way he viewed the Marlins' Emilio Bonifacio early in the season. Velez, the scout says, is feasting on fastballs. Once opponents start throwing him breaking balls, his party will end.

(Thanks to True Blue LA commenter shaqfor3 for posting the animated .gif!)

609 comments:

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Josh S. said...

Unable to muster any offense, the Dodgers elect to inflate the Giants' LOB numbers.

Josh S. said...

Sumbitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crapola.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers were victim to Lincecum's 200th strikeout.

I hope that isn't in this game alone.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, since the Giants scored first in the last two games, this just clinches the trifecta.

Josh S. said...

Yeah, we can't win unless they go up 1-0.

Steve Sax said...

Giants get on the board. It's over.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Typical Giant fans. Score one run and they're smacking their lips for a victory.

Orel said...

Time for some knuckleball action?

Josh S. said...

PLUNK!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Panda-plunk! Everybodies up!

Orel said...

Oh boy.

Nic j said...

A donnybrook!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The key is if Martin got up after the plunk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

*Everybody's

Paul said...

what is happening , gameday doesn't give fight stats?

Josh S. said...

Steiner just referred to Pablo as a "solitary figure". No way THAT'S possible.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

J-Mac plunked Panda, who got mad. J-Mart became mad too, and the benches cleared.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I didn't see the plunk. Where was he hit?

karina said...

Do we have a fight on the field?

Nic j said...

Lucky for Martin, with his BA this year he would of
swung at doughval and missed.

Paul said...

Oh Panda when will you end your violent ways.

Josh S. said...

Pablo's envious of JMac's figure.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Josh's was the best.

Orel said...

Sandoval swung, McD's pitch hit him on the inside elbow. Sandoval gestured toward to mound, McD was all like, wasn't intentional. Martin got all hot under the collar and the benches cleared. Sandoval ejected.

Josh S. said...

He doesn't even get a base? HILARIOUS.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Get him again J-Mack!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There was a little Valley Girl and a little 50's teenager in that explanation, Orel.

Andrew said...

Panda Fall becomes the first person to try to charge the mound on a strike...wonderful.

Nic j said...

I think it hit him in the elbow but he swung so it was a strike. Just don't give up a HR now jmac

Paul said...

nice, all part of the plan, good job Martin.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He doesn't even get a base.

Josh S. said...

Oh please strike him out after that!

Orel said...

Correction: foul ball (must have hit the bat), no ejections

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's got Gameday screwed up.

Josh S. said...

Now he gets his base. Baby.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How does he walk? WTF are you doing, J-Mac?

Orel said...

correction to the correction: Nic's explanation is right

Orel said...

"There was a little Valley Girl and a little 50's teenager in that explanation, Orel."

I cross all eras!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

what an idiot! He's going to get hit for real next time up.

Nic j said...

It may be the giants turn to score 4 runs in an inning.

Josh S. said...

Kuo warming up. I'm starting to think I imagined the Haeger call-up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Clearly the Dodgers have a vendetta against all chubby corner-infielders.

Orel said...

A DP would be nice here.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Anyone think Lincecum throws at someone next inning?

Orel said...

Gutty, James!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HLACK - Why? It's not like there was an HBP in the game.

Orel said...

The Giants aren't going to have their star pitcher tossed. They'll have a scrub reliever do it. In other words, anyone from their bullpen. Wilson vs. Blake?

Josh S. said...

Weaver hit...somebody. I can't remember who right now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He hit Travis.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

CASTRO, YOU FOOL

Nic j said...

When Pablo was showing his elbow to the ump he looked like a hispanic version of Dusty Rhodes

Josh S. said...

Oh snap!

Orel said...

Sandoval didn't leave the basepath?

Andrew said...

I like Torre micro managing this inning. If we let the lead get above 1, it might be over.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How long has this inning been going?

Josh S. said...

LOL Nic. The Venezuelan Dream?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kuo's gonna UIBB Travis?

Josh S. said...

Kuo vs. Fred "Grandpa" Lewis

karina said...

Who's Dusty Rhodes?

Paul said...

God gameday is slow, did Gibson get on? or did the Eck get him out?

Nic j said...

Who knew he was El hijo de plumero.

Dusty Baker said...

I cannot BELIEVE you pulled out the Dusty Rhodes reference. Nicely played.

Orel said...

Kuo no!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kou's killing me here.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

come on Kuo! My name-sake!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Son of a bitch.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Chit

Orel said...

2-0. Game over.

Josh S. said...

Dammit.

On the upside, we're getting some high-grade comedy in the game thread today.

Nic j said...

I dont think those were ibb's

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Yay Mota warming in the pen!

:(

Booger said...

Torre is blowing this one, why bring in a guy who has been out for 2-3 months into a situation like this?

Paul said...

well good thing we didn't call up a new pitcher recently or anything.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

One run was manageable. Two runs are inescapable. Though with the amount of time Timmah's been on the bench, mabe we can get to him tomorrow.

Josh S. said...

First things first, folks. We need this inning to END before we can mount any kind of comeback.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Why Kuon't you hit the strike zone?

Nic j said...

Another trip to the DL for Kuo?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wait, why did I say "tomorrow"? This crappy pitching is screwing with my head.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Ah, there you Kuo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers plan to have Timmah lead off the sixth went off without a hitch.

Orel said...

Well, that could have been worse.

Paul said...

I am done with gameday, you guys are now my eyes, ears, mouth and throat.

Orel said...

We are still getting one-hit.

Orel said...

Eat some pie then!

Josh S. said...

Eight men come to the plate, only two score. Is that even mathematically possible?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I heart my MLB subscription

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Josh, Gotta love that potent Giant offense!

Orel said...

Lincecum only around 70 pitches. CG?

Orel said...

Beast Mode!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre-Triple!

Orel said...

BEAST MODE!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Beast Mode Engage!

Josh S. said...

Steiner made me think Beast Mode hit it out.

Nic j said...

The whole lineup has been really helping out lincecum by swinging at bad pitches.

And jp shows the team how it's done.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Time for a Raffy bunt double?

Paul said...

nice lets get a run!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just send one into the outfield, just send one into the outfield, just send one into the outfield.

Orel said...

Steal home!

Josh S. said...

A RUN!!

Orel said...

SCORE

Nic j said...

Hey we got a sac run! Is that legal?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yay Raffy! At least the run scored. Worse can, and has, happened.

Orel said...

Martin taking the hate heat off Manny.

Booger said...

awesome, go Raff! i dont care if you lied about you age. haha

karina said...

No shutout!

Orel said...

That was lucky.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And they think this kid is a Cy Young pitcher? Please.

Josh S. said...

Juan Pierre=Lincecum's kryptonite.

We need to file that tidbit away for future games.

Nic j said...

JP done for the day heads to the whirlpool.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I want Haeger, dammit.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

ahhh, Van Halen

Orel said...

When did this back-pocket-pulled-out look get started?

Josh S. said...

Fourth pitcher not named Charlie Haeger.

Orel said...

Belly in.

fanerman said...

At least we scored, but only 75 pitches in 6 innings for Lincecum.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Belly Mode

Nic j said...

Lol was lincecum wearing that elbow pad his last at bat or did he just put it on for this one?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Timmy's always worn the pad.

Orel said...

Belly walks the pitcher. I am baffled.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Easy Russell

Orel said...

VIN SAID BISON! As in "Bison signature pose" on Kemp's bobblehead.

karina said...

Out of curiosity, i explored the McCovey Chronicles game thread. If they weren't so rude and irrational, i think i could be sorry for them. Instead, i felt like picking up a fight, if someone hadn't posted a Gary Oldman picture. Examples:

LolEthier, Winn is better than Ethier, making fun of Kemp, LOLney (this one was bad).

Promise i won't go to those enemy lands again.

Dusty Baker said...

Please tell me Gameday is messed up and we didn't just insert Belly to have him walk Timmeh.

Dusty Baker said...

^ Just tell me that. It doesn't have to be true.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why is everyone talking about Sanchez finally playing games that count?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

@ karina, its all they have

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I bet Randy Winn is better than Ethier at basketball.

Josh S. said...

Wait...I've figured it out. They're gonna let Timmy come around to try to score so Russ can clobber him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let them live in their delusional fantasy. Whether it be there or in reality, they'll never have playoffs.

Orel said...

Karina, wouldn't you be angry if you were a Giants fan?

Paul said...

@Dusty

Gameday is messed up but that doesn't mean Belly didn't give up the walk.

Orel said...

6-4-3 DP!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DP!

Josh S. said...

Randy Winn is better than Ethier at looking like Keegan Michael-Key from MadTV.

Josh S. said...

I think I put the hyphen in the wrong place.

Paul said...

Okay 3 run top of the 7th comming at you.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I'm thinking back to back to back

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Winn probably can do a better impression of a horse than Ethier.

Orel said...

Heart of the order!

Orel said...

"Randy Winn is better than Ethier at looking like Keegan Michael-Key from MadTV."

One hell of a sentence to parse.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Winn can't hit lefties just like Ethier.

RW: .153
AE: .195

Orel said...

dammit

Nic j said...

Damn that one looked out off the bat.

Orel said...

Why do I think Lincecum should be a lefty?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Come on Bearded One!

Orel said...

Uh-oh, Troncoso's warming up.

karina said...

@Orel of course i would, but that's not the way to express anger and frustration. Besides, who can argue when you see Gary Oldman? (just kidding)

Orel said...

Make him throw pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There goes that opportunity.

Orel said...

Karina, you have a heart full of goodness. But that's why you're a Dodger fan!

Josh S. said...

This game is going to do wonders for Haeger's self-esteem.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I'd really really really like to see Wilson in the 9th, not Lincy

karina said...

@Orel "Why do I think Lincecum should be a lefty?"

Because this kind of domination is better expected from lefties?

Orel said...

Lincecum at 88 pitches.

Orel said...

Maybe, Karina. All the more amazing.

Paul said...

that is that, but if we can get Timmay past the 100 pitch count next inning, and hold them , we might be able to get him out by the 9th and stage a comeback.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He bats left-handed. That contributes.

Orel said...

You'd think Lincecum's overbearing father would have taped his right hand to his body.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Kung Pao has most definitely had his cake and eaten it too.

karina said...

@Orel Karina, you have a heart full of goodness. But that's why you're a Dodger fan!

We are all Jedi, not Sith. Forgot about it.

karina said...

Tron, why don't you strike out Sandoval?

Orel said...

Nice, Karina!

Josh S. said...

Lincecum's father should tape him into a barber chair.

Paul said...

bad troncoso looks lihe he has emerged.

fanerman said...

I'd rather Kemp just blast one next inning, preferably with James on base.

Orel said...

Timmy's a grown boy now! A grown boy now!

karina said...

@Orel i knew you were going to dig it.

Orel said...

Blake could have sent that ball to first via second-day mail and still gotten Molina out.

Orel said...

Yeah you know me!

Orel said...

Sandoval did a James Brown split on the basepaths in the fifth inning.

Orel said...

Two-out walk.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Haeger up!

Paul said...

ummm I think Troncoso has lost confidence in his curveball.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

oh wait

Josh S. said...

Flat Breezy and (WHAT?) Haeger (!) up in the pen!

karina said...

@Josh if someone needs a style makeover is Tim Lincecum. I've pictured 3 or 4 haircuts he could have.*Sigh*

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is starting to get dull. I need another bench-clearing brawl to break out.

Josh S. said...

Oh Manny, you've sold me on Bee Aye Pee Tickess.

Paul said...

maybe Haeger will throw a 69mph knuckler at Molina's head. Slow vs Slow. It might look like the Matrix.

Orel said...

If that happened, a black hole would form and swallow the stadium up.

Orel said...

Congratulations, Giants fan in a pink polo shirt! You picked up a foul ball!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think the fabric of space and time could support that kind of slow movement.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That thing was a total ball.

Orel said...

That was a Cy Young call.

Paul said...

Damn it James.

Booger said...

gameday shows it outside... Bull S!!!

JuanLove said...

why does lince get such a massive strike zone?

JuanLove said...

rhetorical question

Josh S. said...

Flock this shirt!

Paul said...

Oh he didn't swing? that was way outside on the speak and spell.

JuanLove said...

you know what, we expected 2/3 and got it

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The fans do realize there's still an inning left, right?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

crap

fanerman said...

Ugh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, at least he's past the 100 pitch mark.

Josh S. said...

Downside: We won't get to rough up their pen.

Upside: We won't have to see Brian Wilson's ugly mug.

karina said...

No matter what, we have the series...

Orel said...

Lincecum at 103 pitches. Does he pitch the ninth? Or do we get...Brian Wilson?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DUM-DUH-DUUUUH!

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