Sunday, August 16, 2009

Game 118 Thread: August 16 @ Snakes, 1p

Randy Wolf (6-6, 3.43) vs. Yusmeiro Petit (2-6, 5.87).

COMMENTS: Dodger fans have been on quite a roller coaster of late and things have gone more downhill most of this month. But today, they turn it around.

The Dodgers turn the ball over to Wolf, who has pitched more innings than anyone else on staff. He's going against a little guy (some call him Petit) who was pounced on in his last start vs. the Nationals. A win today would give the Dodgers a .500 roadtrip record before they come home for a tough series against the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Let's go, Dodgers!

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Dusty Baker said...

What's the over/under on whether I will get things accomplished around the house before the game, or pace the living room nervously, whiling away the time until first pitch?

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, lads! We used AZ to turn around the season last year, and we can use them as a springboard today. Get the job done for Hiro!

Dusty Baker said...

Just changed my sidebar vote, FYI. Can't say I became more optimistic.

Wait, that's in stark contrast to what I just posted above.

I'm so conflicted! *slaps self* "Good god, man, calm down."

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, you're talking to yourself again.

Dusty Baker said...

It's what I've been reduced to these lat few days of heartbreak.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is a must-win game today. The Dodgers can't lose any more ground on the Rox, and they especially can't get swept by the D-Backs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Giants lead 1-0 after 4-and-a-half.

Orel said...

FLA 7, COL 1, top 4 (game 1)
NYM 2, SF 1, top 7

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Word on the street is that Kemp is leading off today.

Paul said...

Rockies are losing. My house clean. I was able to sleep in and I have my coffee to clear cobwebs from last nights 3 hour beer infested argument with a Yankee fan. I am ready for the dodgers to give Randy wolf run support for the second game in a row!!

Orel said...

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

Orel said...

FLA 7, COL 1, bot 6 (game 1)
SF 2, NYM 2, bot 8

rbnlaw said...

Right now, the only thing worse than the Dodger bullpen is the Met bullpen.

This just in: Zambrano to start for the Cubbies next Saturday vs. the Dodgers. The news just keeps getting better and better.

Go Fish!

rbnlaw said...

Also, Castro giving Forkal the day off. Me likey.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mets win!

Orel said...

Vin says Kuroda is back in the clubhouse!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre's a genius (today)!

Orel said...

Bison leadoff double! And good baserunning!

Nic j said...

That's a pretty good leadoff hit.

Dusty Baker said...

Can we end the game on that note? Just say we won on the day?

Orel said...

Vin says Kuroda called his wife while being loaded into the ambulance. "Honey, you may see something on TV...."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog single!

Nic j said...

Hiroki wants to take his next start? That guy is nuts. I like it.

Dusty Baker said...

Respect for Kuroda...climbing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Victorino probably thinks he's a robot.

Dusty Baker said...

Smack that bitch up!

Orel said...

FUCK YEAH! Cannot tell you how much we needed that. Three batters, 3-0 Dodgers!

Josh S. said...

Hey, I like THIS team.

DRE!!!!

Nic j said...

Where was this shit yesterday!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre the Giant wallops Petit!

Orel said...

Torre: "I might stick with this lineup."

Josh S. said...

Man, can't we EVER have guys on for Manny?

fanerman said...

I wake up and see Matt Kemp just hit a double. Then O-Dawg hits a single. Then Ethier hits a home run. Yes!

Orel said...

Manny, you suck!

Kidding.

Orel said...

Morning, Fanerman!

Nic j said...

Wolf is going to get to the mound and not know what to dobwith himself.

"you mean I already get three runs?"

Orel said...

This is good. Everybody's making contact.

Dusty Baker said...

Petit is throwing out meat. It's only a matter of course that we break it open.

Dusty Baker said...

You can go back to sleep now, fanerman.

Paul said...

Big first inning! Feels like old times!

Dusty Baker said...

Jesus, even Loney can hit this guy.

Cabell said...

Loney joins the hit parade.

Josh S. said...

Loney? This is a new day indeed.

Nic j said...

Even loney gets a hit!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loney's back(ish)!

Paul said...

Okay hopefully this doesn't screw up wolf

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blogger died for a second there.

Orel said...

@Josh: "Man, can't we EVER have guys on for Manny?"

Nice.

Orel said...

BISON SHOW!

Dusty Baker said...

I attribute our success thus far today to the fact that Mrs. Dusty brought home Mini Sirloin Burgers for lunch. Despite being bombarded with the ads for around 5 months now, I hadn't tried them until today. Good lil burgers (the kind Lil Matt would like!), and clearly turned some good mojo our way!

rbnlaw said...

Bison looking fresh.

Orel said...

Blogger has been dodgy lately.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bison roams free.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wolf does not look good.

Dusty Baker said...

Sometimes Blogger gives me a "conflicting edits" error after I've typed in a masterfully insightful comment, and the comment is lost forever. Is this what happened to you, MLASF?

Cabell said...

Wolf's pitching with a lead.

rbnlaw said...

bX-o65q48!!!!!

What the hell is that?

@MLASF:
Agree. The D-backs are hitting the ball hard, even the bunts.

Dusty Baker said...

Wolf is often shaky early then rights the ship. Hope that is the case today (the second part of that, I mean).

Steve Sax said...

Giants lost; Rockies getting shelled 9-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. And, we're tracking toward 27 runs.

I LIKE IT!!!

rbnlaw said...

The jinx is in from Vin.

karina said...

I was afraid good Petit showed up today. It's true the Nats smashed him, but he was lights out in his two previous starts, including a no hitter that extended into the 8th at Pittsburg (you could argue it could have been a quality start against any other teman in the league, but still)

Paul said...

Use the force wolf!

Cabell said...

K

Steve Sax said...

1-2-3-4 inning for Wolf. 3-0 after one frame

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've been getting some kind of error page.

Dusty Baker said...

@ RB

"bX-o65q48"

I keep getting that same thing. What gives, Blogger? There is important shit to be liveblogged.

Orel said...

When Blogger acts up like this, and I've typed a particularly incisive comment (yeah right), I'll quickly copy it to my clipboard before posting. Just in case the bX-o65q48 monster raises its head.

rbnlaw said...

Vin:
"Wolf leads the Dodgers in home runs given up with 18."

Then Reynolds K's. Should've said that last night when Broxton was pitching even though it would make no sense.

Steve Sax said...

Looks like we've got a full house today on the GT. 64 comments through 1: let's keep it up.

Man, it is hot out here where I am.

Steve Sax said...

BTW, anyone eaten at 25 degrees, the bar/restaurant at the Roosevelt Hotel? I gotta say, Burger #3 + Guinness Milkshake = Good Times.

Orel said...

Joe Beimel, doing mop-up duty (!), just gave up a RBI single to Cody Ross. 10-3 Florida.

Paul said...

Dodgers score early and it disrupts the whole Internet

karina said...

@Orel "great minds think alike" (though my comments are hardly incisive)

Steve Sax said...

I've been getting that error message too, guys. But if you yell really loud at your computer, it usually relents and just posts the comment.

Orel said...

Even Juan Castro is making contact.

rbnlaw said...

Obviously Blogger has something against masterfully insightful comments about baseball games being played in Arizona.

Orel said...

Sax, don't they frown on yelling at your iPhone at the Roosevelt?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"Guinness Milkshake"

I am intrigued.

Dusty Baker said...

Whoa whoa whoa...I almost missed the "Guinness milkshake" comment. I didn't know such a wonderful concoction existed.

Orel said...

Even Wolf makes contact.

Orel said...

Even Wolf makes contact.

rbnlaw said...

I like this kid hitting lead-off. He should go far.

Steve Sax said...

I'm telling you, Guinness milkshake. Stroke of genius.

@Orel, so long as I'm not yelling at them, they're cool with me yelling

Orel said...

Bison looks hungry. Petit is throwing lamb chops.

rbnlaw said...

Guinness milkshake?

We ain't got fancy shit like that in OC. Oh wait, they just opened a 25 Degrees in HB.

Steve Sax said...

The only problem with the burger + milkshake play is the fact that it's settling in my stomach.

Suddenly...getting...sleepy (read comment as if you're Adam West as Batman at the end of a "cliffhanger" episode)

Steve Sax said...

rbnlaw, just sent you an email, just as Kemp gets rung up on a checkswing.

rbnlaw said...

Bullshit.

Paul said...

Some said milkshake? Guiness?? I am buying.

Orel said...

That's okay, Bison. Stay aggressive.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax, quickly, use your Indigestion Remover Spray.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax said:

"Suddenly...getting...sleepy (read comment as if you're Adam West as Batman at the end of a "cliffhanger" episode)"

The funny (sad?) thing is, that's the way I was reading it before needing to be told.

rbnlaw said...

I thought my last comment was particularly insightful.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax doesn't lie. The 25 Degrees really does serve a Guinness milkshake.

rbnlaw said...

Ryal still feels bad; hits a nubber.

rbnlaw said...

A Guinness milkshake sounds much better than a Budweiser milkshake; therefore, I am going to get a plain Budweiser from my fridge.

Dusty Baker said...

I seriously might have to drag my ass out after to the game to get one of those shakes.

Dusty Baker said...

I guess one might say that a Guinness milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

Orel said...

The Nissan Cube would sell better if they filled it with giant rodents.

rbnlaw said...

HB has the GMS.

@Sax,
Which burger did you get? #1 looks outstanding. And, returned the e-mail.

Orel said...

Nein nein nein!

Oh yes yes yes!

karina said...

You guys are so good at sticking songs in my head!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Orel wants to see Inglourious Basterds, I take it.

Paul said...

The Arizona channel has shown me that cartoon characters can even sell personal injury attorneys and make it look fun.

Think wolf can bean Matt Williams all the way up in the press box?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog's gotta stop doing that jacknife thing. It's not fooling anyone.

rbnlaw said...

Dre keeps it going. This must be a contract year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bee-Eye-Pee tickess. Make i' eazy.

Nic j said...

Manny seems like he is pressing again.

Orel said...

@MLASF: "Orel wants to see Inglourious Basterds, I take it."

Actually, not really. I wouldn't mind seeing it, but I'm not dying to.

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF:
Belee it

Orel said...

Manny will get his before the day is done.

Orel said...

Rockies lose!

rbnlaw said...

The Beard needs to heat up a bit.

rbnlaw said...

Way to go Fish!

Paul said...

Oh boy baseball tips from Matt Williams

rbnlaw said...

Naturally, I forgot that Etheir signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, worth $3.1 mil.

I think, after career highs in HR's and RBI, he's going to get a slight raise for the next few years.

Dusty Baker said...

Just got off the phone with my father-in-law. Whole conversation went like this:

Jorge: curse word curse curse curse *&^%#%* curse Broxton fat curse word curse (*&%^ pinhead hate closer *(&^%$^&* curse curse curse. Ok, talk to you later.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bee-Eye-Pee tickess has de ticket to everyting dat happen en LA.

rbnlaw said...

So, I checked those tickets and a good thing. They're for Tuesday.

1. I would've looked pretty foolish showing up on Monday with tickets for Tuesday.
2. I get to see Bills return to the mound.

rbnlaw said...

@DB:
You have to love "family time."

Orel said...

STEAL OF A DEAL
Thurs vs. Cardinals, 7:10PM
Dodgers.com/steal
PROMO CODE: 76GAS

Orel said...

DB, does your F-I-L post on the Dodgers.com message boards?

Paul said...

@dusty

that is the exact conversatio. I have with my dad every night. Except he adds f$&@); giants!

Dusty Baker said...

@rb

Yeah, it was a very touching moment, bringing the family ever closer. I have a feeling he had been ranting all night, then decided to call, and is still ranting as we speak, so that I kinda just got a peek at his stream of conscious Broxton rage.

rbnlaw said...

Ugh. Have to go to a 5 y-o birthday party with no TV and no beer.

Got to power another Bud before I leave.

Orel said...

Wolf solid so far.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

Nope, he's not into what us kiddos call "technology." Although he calls me several times a day to look up info for him on the internets (e.g., who was that pitcher in 1967 who blah blah blah).

Orel said...

No TV and no beer make Rbn go....

Orel said...

That's funny, DB. Must be good bonding time for you two.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Paul

I guess it's universal.

Dusty Baker said...

Even Russ can hit this guy!

rbnlaw said...

Almost go time at Casa de RBN. Bud #2 in the tank.

@Orel:
. . .nucking futs!

rbnlaw said...

Wolf Power!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Petit sucks!

Nic j said...

Wha?

Dusty Baker said...

WOLF! Awwwwoooooo!!! (<== That's a howl)

Orel said...

WOLF HR!!!

karina said...

beware of the force! Wolf 2 RBI HR!

Orel said...

Bison + Wolf = a menagerie of runs

rbnlaw said...

Wolf: You want to pitch me down and in.
Petit: I'm going to pitch you down and in.
Wolf: This one's going out.
Petit: This one's going out.

Orel said...

@Karina: "beware of the force!"

Very nice! I approve!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two home runs, both not from Manny.

Nic j said...

Russ better start cranking out some bombs. The pitching staff Is catching up to him. 2-3

rbnlaw said...

Not gonna get him!

Dusty Baker said...

@RBN

I feel your pain, brother. Can you put a Bud in a go cup and at least get 3 in before the kiddie pool gig?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-POWER!

rbnlaw said...

Cover me, going for Bud #3.

No GMS's in sight.

rbnlaw said...

O-Dog leaves the yard!!

Orel said...

A dog joins the zoo!

Dusty Baker said...

Yep, the MSBs turned this thing around!!!

Nic j said...

Now this is the kind of two out madness I can get used too.

rbnlaw said...

@DB
I might. The party is at the Anaheim Community Center. They'll never know.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I feel comfortabl with this. I will now spend my time creating a transcript of Manny's VIP Tickets commercial.

Dusty Baker said...

Is Ohman in the dugout? Sis-in-law thinks she saw him.

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF
. . .I mean, Mannnnywood.

Nic j said...

Ohman has been at the spring training facility rehabbing in AZ so it might be him. He is supposed to start a rehab assignment soon.

karina said...

Let's play the game no one mentions they have to save runs for other games, in order to avoid a jinx.

Dusty Baker said...

@rb

I like the way Manny was supposed to pause in that commercial, but he just keeps reading and says the "I mean Mannywood" line. It's so poorly delivered but I still like it, even though I'm a Stub Hub man, myself.

Dusty Baker said...

Ah, that makes sense, Nic. Thx.

karina said...

@Orel "Very nice! I approve!"

glad you like it :)

Dusty Baker said...

Vinny, why do you know that Beltre never wore a cup at 3rd base when he played for LA?

karina said...

Parra: you're not allowed to hit anything today, even with a 7-run difference. You broke my heart yesterday, so you should suck for the rest of the game.

Orel said...

If Beltre had put a batting helmet down his pants, he'd be fine.

karina said...

Typed it, he struck out (as long as he doesn't do it often in the winter)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm baaack. Hi, my name ees Manny Ramirez. I luv LA, I luv de beesh, the fan, Hollywoo', wait, I mean Mannywoo'. Bee-Eye-Pee Tickess haz de ticke' to everyting dat happen een LA. Com to see me, Manny, een som da best seet in da house. Bee-Eye-Pee Tickess, make i' eezy. Bee-Eye-Pee Tickess haz been 'part o' de communidy fo' 28 yeerz, da onlee ticke' brocker dat I wood yooz. Beleev it.

Dusty Baker said...

That made my day, MLASF!

Orel said...

Wolf is rollin'.

Dusty Baker said...

5 in a row for Wolf! He's howlin'!

Orel said...

COL 1, FLA 0, bot 1

Orel said...

KKKKKKKK

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wolf is cruising.

Orel said...

And only at 62 pitches.

Dusty Baker said...

QUIT HITTING IT TO PEOPLE RUSSELL.

Orel said...

Damn, Russell robbed by J.D.'s brother.

Dusty Baker said...

Col and Fla already playing again? Wow. They didn't wait long to get that second one under way.

Dusty Baker said...

MLB website current headline:

"D-backs have reeling Dodgers in their sights"

Down 7-0 - just where we want 'em!

Orel said...

Wolf is a one-man wrecking machine!

Dusty Baker said...

Mets' David Wright DL'd.

Orel said...

Wolf takes it off the leg. Doesn't even flinch.

Orel said...

@DB "Mets' David Wright DL'd."

Makes total sense. Pointless to trot him out there when their season is essentially over.

Dusty Baker said...

COL up 3-0 early.

Yeah, makes sense w/ D Wright. I know the injuries aren't exactly the same, but wonder if we'll follow suit with Hiro? We need him more than Mets need Wright (given your point re Mets being out of it), but obviously his future health is the most important thing.

Orel said...

Chase Field piping in NKOTB. They deserve to lose.

Orel said...

Torre has already said he'll skip Kuroda's next start. Maybe they'll skip his next two and put him on the DL?

Dusty Baker said...

I should also pt out re Kuroda that his mental situation is important, too. Coming off this kind of hit, pitchers often struggle with fear afterward (as anyone would). nd some just aren't the same (Ishii).

Dusty Baker said...

So we'll essentially have 3 SPs and ?? for the next few weeks. Colletti, you watching?

Dusty Baker said...

Manny 0-4. Thought he as out of that slump, but I dunno...

karina said...

@Orel "Chase Field piping in NKOTB. They deserve to lose."

The Dodgers have Nickelback. Maybe that's the reason they haven't performed very well lately.

Dusty Baker said...

@ karina

Yeah, but we've got Snoop, too. That should equal out Nickleback.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo!

Dusty Baker said...

Russell Martin-

I'll stop posting derogatory things about you if you jack one out here w bases loaded.*

*For today.

karina said...

Son Martin, you break my heart.

Nic j said...

Strikes out on three pitches.

Yup that's Russ

Dusty Baker said...

Alright, Russ. I'll hold up my side of the deal:

What the fuck is wrong with you, man? Jesus shit. Get it together already. Your hitting is now a big liability going into the heat of the pennant drive. Now I have to hear my father-in-law ranting about your hitting in addition to the usual Broxton rant.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker point there.

Dusty Baker said...

Roberts, get that ugly shit off your neck and go play for the Nuggets.

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKKK

karina said...

Wolf: 83 pitches, 10 K, 2 RBI HR. WOW!

Orel said...

Wolf at 83 pitches through seven.

Dusty Baker said...

The poster who said this early on was eerily prescient; a real genius:

"Wolf is often shaky early then rights the ship."

Orel said...

"You talk about 'cry wolf,' Wolf is making 'em cry in Arizona." —Vin

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