Monday, August 17, 2009

Game 119 Thread: August 17 vs. Cardinals, 7p

Charlie Haeger (0-0, -.--) vs. Chris Carpenter (12-3, 2.27).

COMMENTS: From the LA Times:

Haeger said he has already thrown his knuckleballs in practice with Dodgers backup catcher Brad Ausmus "and he handled it fine, and I'm assuming Russell [Martin] can handle it just fine too."

Might we suggest this glove?

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Josh S. said...

Lineup, per TBLA:

Furcal SS
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Manny LF
Blake 3B
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Ausmus C
Haeger P


Back to 6th for Matt.

Dusty Baker said...

That successful experiment with Kemp leading off must have scared and disoriented Torre. Back to your comfort zone, Joe.

Dusty Baker said...

Man, that's a big ol'.....glove.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

When does Doug Mientkiewicz get back from the DL?

Josh S. said...

Seriously, what does Matt have to do, win a game all on his own?

Oh wait...

Nic j said...

It might have something to do with the fact that furcal is even worse when batting in any other spot but leadoff.

Why Blake is batting in front of him? Beats me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Furcal actually had a great July, batting .343/.395/.500. His August leaves much to be desired.

Nic j said...

Yeah he perked back up after he was given his leadoff spot back. Maybe the should take it away again and give it back in sept so he hits a hot streak again.

Paul said...

12 game winner, 2.27 era against an offense struggling to score runs consistently.

A first time knuckler against a potent offense.

Anyone feeling lucky?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oakland coach Cable appeals to Raider fanbase, punches assistant

Josh S. said...

Giants go up on the Mets 1-0 in the third on a Bloblo Sandoval double.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This game is so in the Red Bird's favor there's no question the Dodgers will win.

Brandon said...

I'll be in attendance tonight. Hoping for good things.

Nic j said...

I can't wait for the day an NFL team comes to LA so this city will be done with the god awful raiders. With my luck the raiders will move back though.

Orel said...

Don't throw any beers, Brandon! Wait — on second thought, maybe you should.

JuanLove said...

lol Nic J.
I'm soooo on your boat.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm sick of dealing with Raider fans at Dodger games. I once went to a game against the Giants where an entire family was swearing, including the grade-school kids.

Neeebs said...

Dodgers have made me swear a time or two at the game.

JuanLove said...

is the game blacked out in L.A. on ESPN2?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Neeebs - did you call Omar Vizquel an "old bitch" so everyone in the Top Deck could hear you? 'Cause that's what this family's son did.

Nic j said...

Well to be fair Omar Vizquel is an old bitch.

Just kidding.

Nic j said...

It doesn't look like livan hernandez wants to help us out at all tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

wait, shit, is the game blacked out? i set the tivo to espn and didn't think about that. best get home and make sure. anyone know?

Dusty Baker said...

Gnats winning comfortably.

Nic j said...

Dodger games are usually blacked out on espn from what I remember.

Brandon said...

Orel- "Don't throw any beers, Brandon!"

How did you know that was me?

Brandon said...

Seriously though, if anyone sat in Infield Reserve, Section 9, Rows A-D on 8/8 I apologize. I was not on my best behavior.

Orel said...

Allow me to express my pessimism about tonight's game before it starts. That way, I can say I told you so.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've already expressed my optimism

karina said...

Came home, Giants up 3-1, go to say hi to my brother's friend and now, the bad guys are up 6-1. This is my fault.

Orel, let's have faith and hope.

Orel said...

Is it too early to express my outrage?

Orel said...

Cancel that negative thought — Karina's here!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm getting knervous

karina said...

@Orel way to talk!

I know you were kidding but Vizquel is not an old bitch, no matter he didn't play in Maracaibo when he retired from winter baseball, due to an old beef, which, by the way, was started by the fans of his team.

Nic j said...

i was thinking about putting just kidding karina because i knew you were going to say something about it.

should of went with my gut feeling.

Steve Sax said...

When I look at that glove, I hear Mellencamp's "This Is My Country". USA! USA!

Nic j said...

giants win 10-1.

thanks for nothing, Mets.

karina said...

@Sax no Springsteen?

karina said...

@Nic j i knew you were kidding with me so i followed. We're becoming predictable with each other.

Nic j said...

like an old married couple.

Where are my glasses?!

Paul said...

Knuckle power!!!!

Nic j said...

so far so good

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Haegertime! Way to knuck them under.

karina said...

@Nic j On the cabinet right beside the fridge, while you're at it, could you bring me a glass of water and my hormones, please?

Your avatar is adorable.

Josh S. said...

Haeger the Not-Horrible!

karina said...

Very good, 24 outs to go.

karina said...

On the TV they say the Dodgers are still the team with the highest batting average in the league.

why am i surprised?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Furcal makes me happy.

karina said...

way to go, Fuky!

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Carpenter is throwing that ball waaay too fast. He needs to learn from Haeger- slow it down, man. Whats your hurry?

Nic j said...

@karina, its my little brother. We went and did the dodger stadium tour today and he loved the dugout phone.

I told him to tell the pen to warm up broxton.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a bad bunt

karina said...

Dreadful bunt.

Nic j said...

we get alot of hits, just not any with RISP.

I Alivandi said...

Ugh. Has Torre figured out yet that Hudson can't bunt? Stop that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre-double!

Nic j said...

alright, the double takes away the GIDP option.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

But the IBB to Manny puts it back up.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo! no hay donde ponerlos!

I Alivandi said...

Wuss. Too bad Kemp isn't batting cleanup again.

Nic j said...

wild pitch wild pitch wild pitch

karina said...

@Nic j your little brother is sooooo cute.

Is he the one you're teaching to throw left-handed?

Paul said...

Blake has been a buzz kill lately. Let drive in some runs Casey!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Carp falls behind 2-0 to Blake.

karina said...

What's up with Ludwick and being good with the Dodgers?

With this run, the Dodgers have scored 2 runs in the last 25 innings against Carpenter.

Nic j said...

andre is going to hear it in the dugout after that bonehead move.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre's killing me here. At least Raffy scored.

Paul said...

What was E thinking?!!! Why am I yelling so much?!!?

Nic j said...

@karina, would of but i started to late, im working on switch hitting and drag bunting because he is a small kid but is really good with making contact.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Orel H. seems to think he's about to get shelled.

karina said...

@Nic j a switch hitter, good bunter, good contact, sounds very good.

Josh S. said...

Damn. Holliday running up the count. I think if you throw your bat away, that means you're out.

Oh, he is out!

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

You are a demi-God and I love you, Hersheiser, but shut the hell up before you jinx the knuck.

karina said...

Why is Ethier eating?

Nic j said...

yeah he's a good kid.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Great thing about Haeger is his pitch count must be somewhere in the 150's.

Nic j said...

Haeger The Destroyer!

Josh S. said...

AH, finally saw the bad tequila commercial.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Haeger's thrown only 5 balls.

karina said...

Is there any link to that tequila commercial?why do you talk about it so much?

Josh S. said...

Oh, Matty...

Nic j said...

you're better than that kemp.

Orel said...

Oh Matty.

Orel said...

I did find this on Craigslist:

"Casting For The World Famous Dreamgirls Calendar

Casting for the world famous DREAMGIRLS CALENDAR (featuring custom made HD bikes).

SEEKING:

Females
Ages: 18-35
All Ethnicities

AND

Star In Don Ramon Tequila Commercial

This is for a Don Ramon Tequila commercial. It is set to air in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The storyline is:
What would you bring if you could only bring home ONE thing from your Mexico vacation? Don Ramon Tequila of course!

SEEKING:

FEMALE (21-30; any ethnicity)

MALE (21-30; any ethnicity)

We are a model and talent management company with this and many other casting opportunities. We are looking for nationwide talent."

Josh S. said...

It's getting to the point where you can fill out Loney's portion of the scorecard before the game starts.

karina said...

King James, you have this week to improve, if you don't, your royal title will be dismissed.

I Alivandi said...

The best thing to ever happen to Brad Ausmus' bat is being aa backup catcher.

Nic j said...

i think we are going to regret the fact that we didnt take advantage of carpenter in the first inning.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't we always feel that way, Nic?

Josh S. said...

Button that jersey, DeRosa!

Nic j said...

i usually have a we will get him next inning attitude. Seeing how the last game against carpenter went i cant be that optimistic.

I Alivandi said...

I like Haeger. I would like to see him slot as the 4th or 5th starter next year.

We need more knuckleballers in the world.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

K-nuckler.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

He cannot be touched.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KK-nuckler

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Ali, I fully concur. One of my favorite Dodgers is Candiotti; I'd love to see another.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Cheap hit.

Josh S. said...

Damn you Carpenter!

I Alivandi said...

Waiting to see Haeger's hook.

Wow, that sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lucky it hit the bag.

Nic j said...

there goes the perfect game.

Nic j said...

uh oh, 2OM.

Josh S. said...

Crap! Two-out madness!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And the no-hitter

Orel said...

FOOKY

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I knew bringing up Raffy's stats would be good luck!

Josh S. said...

Wow!!

I Alivandi said...

Beard almost got Skip's grounder.

Hopefully the Brendan Ryansenreich doesn't kill the Dodgers.

WOW. Raffy, Raffy, Raffy!

Nic j said...

jesus christ, furcal!

karina said...

Foky showing brilliant defense.

Nic j said...

Ryan and his awesome stirrups almost got us again.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Way to go, raffi. I bet you don't get D like that in Albuquerqe.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let the record show I take credit for this.

I Alivandi said...

MSL - Well, he probably does. Chin Lung Hu is the SS in ABQ.

Steve Sax said...

Nice stop by Raffy!

Orel said...

If you want to get beat, it's by Albert Pujols. I guess.

Nic j said...

well that was quick, at least no one was on.

karina said...

El Hombre. At least it was a solo shot.

I Alivandi said...

Well Charlie. Don't let that get you down. He does that to everyone.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

Pujols madness. Walk that guy from here out.

Josh S. said...

I was about to say that the AFLAC question was outdated because Reynolds tied Pujols today, but then...BAM.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't throw it back, you moron. That's Pujols. It's history.

Nic j said...

could have been worse. we need some damn runs though.

karina said...

We have to acknowledge Haeger is keeping the Dodgers in he game. I bet many of you thought this game would have been different so far.

Josh S. said...

Pitch count:47
Strikes: 38 Balls: 9

I Alivandi said...

I am not going to point out just how many players the Dodgers drafted ahead of Pujols getting taken by the Cards. It makes me cry.

Charlie is doing a great job. Pujols doesn't count.

karina said...

@Ali, why do you regret? we have King James :)

I Alivandi said...

Karina - I was actually positive about this. A knuckleballer who can hit 89 is dangerous. He has done incredibly well in ABQ, so he should do ok here.

Nic j said...

gee, i wonder why albert always looked older than his age.

Nic j said...

why has manny gone back to hacking again?

karina said...

@Nic j obviously it's "sun damage". Don't you think years of unprotected sun exposure harms deeply the skin?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He uses age enhancers.

I Alivandi said...

Hell of a pitch and that was a hell of a play by Skip to rob Manny.

Nic - Don't start that. He came to the States the hard way and the records have to be much tighter.

Nic j said...

im entitled to my own opinion.

Orel said...

They're starting to make contact.

I Alivandi said...

Amazing how Vin just picks up a story as if he was never interrupted.

I wonder if Ausmus is using the old Piazza glove from Candiotti or if he is using the one from Steve Sparks?

I Alivandi said...

Amazing how Vin just picks up a story as if he was never interrupted.

I wonder if Ausmus is using the old Piazza glove from Candiotti or if he is using the one from Steve Sparks?

Nic j said...

i read a story a while back that Charlie had to take his own to the AAA allstar game.

Steve Sax said...

56 pitches through five for Haegar!

karina said...

@Nic j as an old married couple, we have misunderstandings. I was being sarcastic.

Dusty Baker said...

Finally caught up to live game on Tivo, so I can join the conversation.

What are you knuckleheads up to? ;-)

Dusty Baker said...

Wow, that was a short courtship, Nic and Karina.

I Alivandi said...

BABIP means nothing to a knuckleballer.

Nic j said...

@karina, that wasnt directed towards you. lol.

Now where do you keep your hormones? I cant find the damn things.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a 10 year marriage by Vegas standards though

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Free-range Bison!

Nic j said...

Bison x2!!

I Alivandi said...

BISON MODE.

Looking at the replay, Matty was about an inch from that being a big fly.

karina said...

Go Bison!

Go King James!

Orel said...

Loney is back! For at least one bat!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LONEY REDEEMS

Dusty Baker said...

YEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!

Stop the presses on the Loney funeral.

Nic j said...

FINALLY!!

Steve Sax said...

Free James Loney!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

AND HE STEALS SECOND!

Orel said...

Busted hit & run, obviously.

Nic j said...

AND STEALS A BASE!?!

wtf is going on?!

Orel said...

"Now where do you keep your hormones? I cant find the damn things."

Funny!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Off Molina, no less.

I Alivandi said...

Brilliant move by Loney. Absolutely brilliant.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Haeger: 1-for-2 in his career.

I Alivandi said...

Why the hell do they bunt Hudson but don't bunt Ausmus in a much better situation?

karina said...

I threatened King James with overruling his royal title.

Dusty Baker said...

Too bad Haeger looks like he's never tried to bunt in his life.

karina said...

@Nic j forget it, i'll find on the commercials. Sit down and i'll get you a beer on the commercials.

Orel said...

Nic, your little brother looks so happy in that picture.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dan Haren he's not.

I Alivandi said...

Those numbers about the Dodgers-Cardinals series are staggering.

Nic j said...

"Nic, your little brother looks so happy in that picture."

He was until i yelled at him for an hour because he doesn't know how to manage a bullpen.

karina said...

It's weird to see King James with a dirty uniform.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't treat your brother like Grady Little, Nic.

Dusty Baker said...

Tell him to call for Flat Breezy not Brox.

Nic j said...

you should of seen me trying to mimic a catch on the warning track

I Alivandi said...

LMAO. The only picture on the Prime graphic was Albert. Makes sense.

karina said...

"He was until i yelled at him for an hour because he doesn't know how to manage a bullpen."

Does the same rule apply to Joe Torre? did it apply to Jim Tracy? or Grady Little?

rbnlaw said...

I just saw the weirdest thing. The Dodgers get Kemp in scoring position and Loney singled him home. Then Loney stole second. . .safely. I mean the throw wasn't close.

That's some weird shit, man.

Orel said...

Those outfield fences are higher than they look.

Orel said...

Too many Guinness milkshakes, Rbn?

I Alivandi said...

Haeger is a KBer with decent control. Why hasn't he ever had a real chance?

Nic j said...

@orel - that they are.

Nic j said...

that limits the damage the albert can do.

Orel said...

Just plunk Pujols.

Orel said...

TOSS HIM

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Poor Albert, not getting the call. I really pity him.

rbnlaw said...

@Orel:
. . .or not enough. Thanks for posting the recipe. I'll be making these at home, this weekend.

I Alivandi said...

Charlie is pretty obviously knucking around Albert.

Man, The Machine was not happy. And he just missed another homer.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw i find your lack of faith disturbing

Orel said...

"And David is still on his feet." —Vin

Paul said...

Vinny called the knuckle pitch the dancer and now I have Tiny Dancer in my head

rbnlaw said...

Haeger through 6. We might have a new 5th man.

Dusty Baker said...

We need to have a Guinness milkshake social to end the summer.

Nic j said...

i remember last year when haeger pitched against us i was at the game and he threw a KB that floated up and in and people started booing. I remember laughing to myself about how many people dont get the concept of a knuckleball.

rbnlaw said...

@Karina:
Ha! Should've seen me yesterday. I wouldn't even watch the first inning because I didn't want to get depressed.

Orel said...

Furcal doing his best Superman imitation in that replay.

karina said...

Fernando rocks!

Dusty Baker said...

Would you even feel it if a KB hit you? It would be more like one of those gnats that attacked Joba Chamberlain.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw i am here to solve baseball blues. Thanks the Lord i'm not a Cubs fan.

Paul said...

@DB

I am in! The Guinness milkshake bringing people together.

Nic j said...

3-0 line out, nice.

karina said...

These ESPN announcers are bringing the pessimistic on me: they were talking about the Dodgers hiring Padilla or Smoltz. Though, i like Smoltz on a reliever role.

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