Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Game 121 Thread: August 19 vs. Birds on a Bat, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.91) vs. Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.62).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers came tantalizingly close to beating St. Louis' ace on Monday; after beating up on their #5 starter yesterday, can they continue the rally and beat the Redbirds' second-aciest pitcher for the series win? A lot will have to go right for that to happen: Kershaw will have to shut down the likes of Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, and the Dodger bats will have to stop leaving so many men on base. Yes, it'll take a lot of talent and a little luck — so don't buy any lottery tickets today, because the Dodgers need all the luck you can spare!

167 comments:

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't tell me what to do.

Steve Sax said...

SoSG Alex Cora will be at the game tonight, going for the Kemp bobblehead!

Dusty Baker said...

Let's whoop these [Kentucky state birds]!

Actually the Card**** is the state bird of seven different states, my research shows. What gives? Is it that badass of a bird? Multiple states shouldn't have the same state bird. This is an incredibly important issue of our time.

Off to the game!

Nic j said...

Ill Be at the game tonight!!

Lets go Blue!!

Eric Karros said...

The cardinal is sort of a state bird whore.

koufax said...

looks like we signed vincente padilla to a minor league deal.

koufax said...

correction vicente padilla

Paul said...

Is the Woodpecker a state bird?

Nic j said...

is vicente going to be around long enough to aqquire a nickname, besides asshole.

I guess he is worth a shot for the price we are getting him at.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Better than Arroyo or Harang.

Paul said...

Padilla kinda is amphibian looking....

Neeebs said...

Orel: Your lotto ticket reveals that only one line is a quickpick. Therefore, the other lines have numbers that were specifically chosen. I will need to do an analysis of those numbers to determine how this relates to you.

I'll be back.

Neeebs said...

And, Hong was right.

Padilla looks a bit like Greedo.

fanerman said...

I like Kemp in the 2-hole.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp is playing?

Nic j said...

I hope your talking about the lineup fanerman.

fanerman said...

Line-ups I saw on Dodger Thoughts (quoting StolenMonkey86):

Per the Daily News:

CARDINALS

Ryan SS
Lugo 2B
Pujols 1B
Holliday LF
Ludwick RF
Derosa 3B
Molina C
Rasmus CF
Wainwright P

DODGERS

Furcal SS
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez LF
Blake 3B
Loney 1B
Martin C
Hudson 2B
Kershaw P

fanerman said...

Any double entendres were... intentional o_0.

JuanLove said...

Kemp 2nd

YES!

koufax said...

i would love to see the offense rough up a good starting pitcher. we battled against lincecum and carpenter, but i want to rock wainwright early tonight.

Brandon said...

Take SOSG's advice today, but make sure to buy a Mega Millions ticket tomorrow. It's up to $207 million.

Erin said...

Reporting from the game for probably the only time, since my battery is low. The sellout crowd makes for a playoff-like atmosphere. People are very excited tonight.

The camera guy got a shot of a Matt Kemp bobblehead and then the girl who owned it accidentally knocked it over and broke its left arm. Hope that's not a bad sign.

karina said...

Maybe breaking the arm it's the baseball equivalent of "break a leg"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin loves Holliday. He can't stop talking about that palm-tree homer.

karina said...

A single, followed by a wild pitch. No outs. Let's cross fingers.

karina said...

Excellent, KKershaw!

karina said...

Mr. LASF: that's a great avatar.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thank you, Karina. I was inspired by yesterday's thread.

karina said...

I realized!. Looks many of us are at the stadium.

Alex Cora said...

Lots o people here. Have my radio on and listening to vin. Life's good.

Alex Cora said...

I know he is on the other team but how can you boo pujols. He seems like such a nice guy. That said I hope he strikes out.

karina said...

@Alex Cora watching a baseball game at the stadium, listening to the radio, it's utter perfection.

fanerman said...

Damn Pujols is too good.

fanerman said...

Phew!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A perfect game for Wainwright

karina said...

Wainwright is throwing a no hitter. JINX!

Fred's Brim said...

hi everybody, been a while since I could join a game thread. Pitcher's duels are fun, especially when we win

Erin said...

Wait, AC, you're here? Where?

Fred's Brim said...

Trivia Q: Gibson, Underwear and Carp?

Fred's Brim said...

I found my Think Blue rally towel in a box of stuff i was digging in earlier

Paul said...

Kershaw pitch count is starting to look ugly.

Fred's Brim said...

keep those pitches down, CK

Paul said...

Rally towel magic. I still have mine from game 3 of the nlds and game 3 of nlcs. And old one from the Lima win against these birds. I should bring it out now we need some luck.

Fred's Brim said...

i think that's where I got mine!
seems to be working better for the Cards though :/

Fred's Brim said...

jeez Clayton, you are putting us through the wringer too!

Paul said...

Is there anything more frustrating than watching kershaw walk a 6'7 pitcher?

Fred's Brim said...

please no wild pitches, Clayton and Russ

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Watching Kershaw give up more runs.

Fred's Brim said...

there is no excuse for that. walking the opposing pitcher is unacceptable in my book

Fred's Brim said...

crapshit

Paul said...

Your are right MLSF.

Fred's Brim said...

Lugo is a bum

Paul said...

I think vinny is getting bored.

Fred's Brim said...

put him away for chrissakes!

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh that was sad

maybe it was the swine flu....

karina said...

The hook for Kershaw. J-Mart is in. I'll have to cross fingers again.

Paul said...

When was the last time mcdonald pitched these frustrating games are starting to mush together.

Man this could get ugly.

karina said...

Paul, breathe...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This does not feel good.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo for Holliday. I'm getting a headache.

Fred's Brim said...

yikes who's gonna get hit for us?

Paul said...

And exhale.

karina said...

Go Bison!

Fred's Brim said...

ooh almost on the trivia!

Paul said...

Can we get a hit now please.

Fred's Brim said...

Vicente Padilla looks like the love spawn of Bobby Abreu and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords

karina said...

It's ridiculous Wainwright is throwing a perfect game so far, of course.

Fred's Brim said...

like the Dodger bats, my internet is barely working. Unlike the Dodger bats, I am giving up and going to bed. I expect some good at bats going forward, some walks followed by sharp hits leading to runs. So when I get up in the middle of the night to check the score, I see that we'll have won 5-2

Nic j said...

This may top the Cole hamels complete game as the worst live game I've seen this year.

Four innings and the only thing we have in the linescore is an error.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is frustrating.

Steve Sax said...

Pujols just got J-Macked! Wow.

Andrew said...

So perhaps a team with high aspirations would find the intestinal fortitude to pick up a gutty performance?

Andrew said...

Is it bad that I hear...maybe a hitter for McDonald, and I hope it is Vicente Padilla?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A HIT!

Andrew said...

Why does Juan Pierre ever swing at a 2-0 pitch?

fanerman said...

Finally!

Steve Sax said...

@Erin: if you're still reading this GT, I believe AC's seats are on the moon.

And thanks for posting your dates. I'll be there Sun Aug 23rd, field level, if you can meet.

Paul said...

Come on raffy get on and let's get Matt up.

Steve Sax said...

Sac to advance runner to second doesn't help much when we're down by two, JP

Steve Sax said...

Cone on Raffy, prove the doubters wrong

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax - which side?

Steve Sax said...

Dammit Raffy, when are you going to hit again?

Paul said...

We make good pitchers look great and great pitchers look unstoppable.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr La sf, if you're referring to AC's seats tonight, I don't know

if you're referring to the 23rd, third base side

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I was refering to the 23rd. I'll be at that game, but on the first-base side, stuck in the sun.

Andrew said...

Do any of you get sick of this shit?


I mean we have faced 4 of the 5 or 6 best pitchers in the NL, but we have not done shit against these pitchers. It is some of the most gutless baseball I have seen in a while. We have no approach...we take hittable pitches early in the count and hack at crap late.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, it's the seventh inning now! Maybe we can get >1 hit this inning!

Nic j said...

For the people that complain about beachballs, the crowd is batting around a blowup doll.

karina said...

Less than a hit? hahahahahahahaha

I'm *about* to give up this game.

fanerman said...

"Do any of you get sick of this shit?"

It's a long season, and there are ups and downs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At this time last year, the Dodgers were about to begin an 8-game losing streak. Things could be much better, but they could be much worse.

fanerman said...

The shit that I'm sick of are these ridiculous mlb.tv commercials. NO. I DON'T want to go to umpiring school!!

Andrew said...

Fanerman...I am more than a patient fan. I live on the east coast and have spent maaany o nights...albeit mostly good nights watching this team...but eventually don't we have to ask where we go against good pitching?

Neeebs said...

I hate to say it, but I agree with Andrew.

karina said...

@Fanerman "It's a long season, and there are ups and downs."

I needed to listen to something like that.

Paul said...

0-2 before you know it for Kemp

fanerman said...

On the other hand, mlb.tv means no "God Bless America." So there's that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre brings hope!

Paul said...

Nice E!!

karina said...

Baseball has taught me to believe in miracles. Go Dre!

fanerman said...

Dre!!!!

Paul said...

Gonna swing Manny?

Andrew said...

Anytime I get this down on the team we win. Forgive me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

CASEY!

Andrew said...

hot damn!

Paul said...

Tied up baby!

fanerman said...

BAM! It's a whole new ball game!

karina said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Optimism pays (thanks Fanerman)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There's joy in Mudville...for now.

Josh S. said...

The beard is back!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Down goes Wainwright, down goes Wainwright!

Paul said...

Ahhh when James does connect it is a pretty sight.

Nic j said...

Two out madness!!!!!

karina said...

Since i threatened to dismiss King James royal title, he's been improving!

fanerman said...

James does have one sweet swing.

This Dodger team and this Dodger offense has given me the confidence that no game is over until the box score says so.

karina said...

@Fanerman i'd hug you if i could, Way to talk, fellow Gryffindor!

Nic j said...

Russ "the rally-killer" Martin.

New game though.

Andrew said...

I just want to clear up that I posted my last comment BEFORE Blake hit his HR...still, let's win this game!

Erin said...

Sax, let's definitely meet on Sunday. I'll be on third base side of field level, too.

In other news, that seventh inning was one of the best times I've had at Dodger Stadium this season. I've seen two Andre walkoffs. Wouldn't mind another one tonight.

fanerman said...

Thanks Karina!

Neeebs said...

Once again I agree with andrew

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn stirrups

fanerman said...

Damn.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lugo just got K-OU'd.

fanerman said...

Excellent.

Andrew said...

Hopefully Matty K gets a chance to knock in a go ahead run.

Neeebs said...

If we can pull this out, this is the type of come from behind magic that we had earlier in the season.

We need to find that magic again.

Neeebs said...

So come on you gryphendorfs, bring on the magic.

Steve Sax said...

@Erin, let's meet on the 23rd. Email me or post a comment when you get there.

@Mr LA SF, we'll ALL be in the sun on the 23rd. It's a 1.10p game. We're going to bake like a Taco Bell chalupa under a heatlamp for 3 hours. But if you're willing to make the long hard trek over to the 3rd base side, I'm up for a quick beer.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Raffy, prove the doubters and haters wrong

Steve Sax said...

Rox and Gnats both won

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm in the cheap seats. Loge level, to be exact.

Paul said...

Bobblehead magic?

Steve Sax said...

Dammit Raffy, you're batting .260 and you're 0-for-4 tonight, four ground outs.

It's mid-August, what the heck are you waiting for? We have been without a leadoff hitter for too long now.

Paul said...

Sax

when is raffy, Martin and loney going to show up?

karina said...

Loney is coming back...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fucking crap.

Andrew said...

I suppose we have not figured out this whole throw it down to second schtick yet.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

crap in a bucket

Andrew said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

fanerman said...

Damnit! Come on guys! Broxton really hasn't been himself.

Andrew said...

Let us not forget....Broxton, throw a fuckin strike, you have lampooned us for weeks with this shit.

Nic j said...

This sucks.

Steve Sax said...

Martin and Broxton are driving me frickin nuts

Martin, if you're not going to bat, at least play defense well

Andrew said...

The Giants have won, the Rockies have won and the Dodgers have just woken up from a slumber. Do they know where they are?

Paul said...

Man I am sick to my stomach.

Andrew said...

Perhaps this would be an appropriate inning for Journe...err they already blew that load.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Retaliation.

Paul said...

Oh my god the red birds have brought in a real bobblehead! Well there he goes after one pitch.

Andrew said...

Too bad we dont have a bench deep enough to keep Pierre for pinch running situations like this.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

As good as a sacrifice.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It all rests on James Loney.

Paul said...

They are a much better team right now

fanerman said...

Gods damnit.

Paul said...

Well shit.

Thisisit said...

Another game another loss. Nice going broxton, you fat piece of shit

Thisisit said...

Hey Joe, GEORGE SHERRILL.USE HIM. FACK

mpearse89 said...

Another crappy throw by Martin costs us the game. Seriously, it's bad enough this guy is not coming through in the clutch but he continues to make stupid mistakes behind the plate.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think this loss goes on Broxton that much. He did walk Pujols, but it was Martin's throw that let him take third.

rbnlaw said...

Now this is re-god-damn-diculous.

I don't know what the question was, but Vicente Padilla was not the answer.
Kershaw was obviously not at 100% as was Kemp on his BBH night. Still, when our pitching limits a potent offense to 3 measly runs, it should hold up. It may not be time to panic, but this team is scrapping.

Thank Gawd the Cubbies are coming to town. Sounds like tonic to me.

rbnlaw said...

Hey DB,
If you see this, hope the tips helped for a cool trip to the Shortstop and then on to the stadium.

Sorry about the crappy result there. My only tip regarding that is for FJL: quit taking the fastball down the middle for strike 2. That freaking pitch could have won the game. Someone check to see if Victor Martinez can be kidnapped.

Dusty Baker said...

Blech.

More later. Riding home in the backseat listening to post-game.

To repeat: blech.

Dusty Baker said...

@rb

Thanks for advice. I think I may go back when SS opens tomorrow morning!

JuanLove said...

i'm not blaming the slump on manny completely. it's been everybody.

but we're paying him how much?
c;mon manny, be a superstar.

that damn option for next year is making me sick

Steve Sax said...

Post-Game Thread is up. MFPGT, indeed.

Josh S. said...

This "lull the Rockies and Giants into a false sense of security, then thwomp everyone in September" strategy is working FLAWLESSLY.

Mwahahaha!!!

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