Thursday, August 27, 2009

Game 128 Thread: August 27 @ Roxette, 12n

Vicente Padilla (8-6, 4.92--but not with us) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (12-8, 4.76).

COMMENTS: Well don't bore us, get to the chorus!...er, make that the rubber match, of what everyone has told us is "the most important series of the season (so far)". And we're sending out Hiroki Kuroda's replacement, a late-season pickup dumped by the Texas Rangers. Did I mention Padilla recently tested positive for swine flu? Hold on tight! You know he's a little bit dangerous!

Taking this game and sticking the Rockies with the big L would leave them fading like a flower, four games back. Listen to your heart, Dodger fans. We've got the look. And I say, nah nah nah nah nah. (And as for you, Rafael Furcal: start walking like a man, hitting like a hammer.)

As an aside, who was that celebrity that Orel mentioned in a post yesterday? Oh, well. It's over now.

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Loney Fan said...

Did anyone else read that Milton Bradley claims the Cub fans are yelling racist remarks at him? "You suck" isn't racist. Just like when Jeff Kent called him out for not scoring from 1st on a double and he immediately turned on Kent calling him a racist.

I love Andre Ethier and all, but can we please get that lovable Milton Bradley back?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Anyone else feel a little more springy this morning? I sure do. Thanks Andre, I love your silky smooth swing baby!

Sending some positive vibes for Josh S today, hopefully he/she is a lefty and can break that stigma of not being able to hit left handed pitching.

I think that Hong Chih S. is a good name for a boy.

Steve Sax said...

Ned Colletti's best move, Ethier for the toxic Bradley

Fred's Brim said...

ratbutts! somebody just scheduled a meeting that starts right at gametime

Mr. Customer said...

Milton is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. If he was always charming and endearing, I could accept that. Alternately, if he were always a screaming lunatic, I could accept that, too.

As it is, I'm equal parts sympathetic to him and fed up with his crap.

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

You gotta employ defensive scheduling, e.g., preemptively block off your shared work calendar during game time.

Mr. Customer said...

Ratbutts?

Really?

Josh S. said...

Epale from the hospital, SoSGers!

After a long night of nothing, things started moving and grooving this morning. Considering when the labor started, he has a good shot at being born during the game.

No PT in the hospital, btw, but there is a radio.

Loney Fan said...

I have no sympathy for Bradley anymore.

If you named the child James you could call him King James S.

Steve Sax said...

Josh S! Keep us posted! Good luck!

Dusty Baker said...

Keep us posted, Josh. Let's get a win for Josh's big day!

Padilla, this big day is all on you. No pressure.

Steve Sax said...

we're back up to 98.7% playoff odds

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Juan S.!

Baby Beast Mode!!!

Dusty Baker said...

If he's born with a lot of facial hair, gotta name him Casey for sure. Or her.

Josh S. said...

OK, she just got the epidural, or the epadillaural, if you will.

Dusty Baker said...

Save some of the meds in case we need to numb the pain after the game.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Dusty, you doubt the mound-mastery that Vicente Padilla will provide us today?

Dusty Baker said...

Abreu optioned, Schmidt to 60-day DL to make room for Padilla.

Dusty Baker said...

Naw, I was just joshing (no pun intended, Josh S) re possibly losing. I'm all behind Padilla (as long as he doesn't cough on me). I was actually talking smack in the threads over the last coupla weeks that we should pick him up, so if he excels today, it's on me. And if he fails, then I make all sorts of excuses.

Paul said...

Hey I just looked it up and I was born on an off day...... It was following a 8-0 win against San Diego.

I think Furcal gets a rest day, or we get a rest day from Furcal.

Dusty Baker said...

My back is hurting from watching Furcal's futility. I definitely need a day off from him.

Dusty Baker said...

Per Dylan Hernandez:

"Reporting from Denver - Jason Schmidt was placed to the 60-day disabled list today to clear room on the 40-man roster for recently acquired Vicente Padilla, a move that most likely signaled the end of Schmidt's 14-year major-league career.

Because the move is retroactive to Aug. 6, Schmidt will not be eligible to return in the regular season."

I have to give props to Schmidt. He tried his heart out to return and contribute, but is body wouldn't let him. He wasn't just content to ride out his contract like some others might have been (Kevin Brown?). Sorry it ended this way but was glad he got to get back on that horse one more time and get a couple of wins. A for effort, Schmidt.

Dusty Baker said...

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

Mr. Customer said...

Schmidt possibly returning in the regular season? Is that really likely?

I'm sort of surprised that he hasn't just called it a career. The dude's got cojones, I'll give him that.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr.C-

I think that was Hernandez' polite way of saying Schmidt was done.

Dusty Baker said...

In other news, NOT that I'm not working my ass off here in the office or anything, MLB.com reports:

"Penny drawing interest from contenders

Reportedly eyed by Rockies, Marlins, Rays, White Sox, Rangers"

In contrast to Schmidt, Penny is a lazy sack of shit that doesn't have a lot left in the tank.

Andrew said...

Here's to Vicente cria Padilla pitching his ass off today.

Paul said...

Dusty

You must have made a typo. I am sure after the last two games and this being a day game following the night game, Furcal would not be in the lineup much less in the lead off spot.

I have been harping on him so much he has to have a great game to shut me up right?

mmmmm harps....black and tan sounds good. Ahh well have to wait till the weekend.

Neeebs said...

I think that Josh S. will make SOSG history as being the first baby "born" during a gamethread.

Neeebs said...

And I'm still placing my money on Andre S.

Neeebs said...

Because if he ever goes to a latin country he won't need to change his name, they'll just call him "Andres."

Paul said...

I love the call of Loney's homerun on the Rockies network.

"Get foul.....get foul....not gonna happen."


What a great call...very professional.

Steve Sax said...

@ Neeebs: nice. Or should we call you Neeeb S.?

I agree, Furcal in the leadoff spot is befuddling. Give the man a break. He's 1-for-his-last-14, 2-for-his-last-22, and hasn't had his average above .270 since the first week of the season. His OPS+ is 75. Stop the madness.

Steve Sax said...

In case any of you want to hear the HR call Paul referenced for yourself:

http://tinyurl.com/l8dqng

Steve Sax said...

Texas 3, Yankees 2, bottom 4. yankees still threatening.

Steve Sax said...

Mets putting the smackdown on Florida, 8-1 bottom 5

Meanwhile, A-roid hits a weak comebacker to end the Yank-me's threat. 3-2 Texas after 4 innings.

Steve Sax said...

Someone please start this Dodger game as I am going nuts in anticipation

Paul said...

Okay Sax

Furcal hits a ground ball to second. one out.

I don't know what happens after that.

Dusty Baker said...

Since I have MLB.TV and watch a lot of non-Dodger games online, I have to hear - nay, suffer through - the call of local announcers for all manner of shite teams around the MLB. And let me tell you, these are some shitty ones. There is so much bias out there in contrast to the professionalism our announcers have. SOmetimes I even get irritated with Vin (in a oving sort of way) that he seems to like the other team TOO MUCH. But you listen to, say, a Cubs broadcast, and these guys are practically cheerleaders. Don't even get me started about the Yankees announcers. For some reason, the Jays announcers stick out in my mind as being solid and non-biased (but maybe they're just numb to it all at this point).

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly - start this *&(^^&$*&^%^& game already!

Fred's Brim said...

sorry Mr C, I try not to swear on the company dime, but i will keep a gamecast going this afternoon while I "work"

Booger said...

We want a win today, crush the Rockies' spirit!

Dusty Baker said...

F the company - this is Dodger baseball!

I might supposed to be "working." They expect me to be "compiling reports" and "writing up analyses." I'm supposed to "answer the phone" and "return calls," too. These fascists are killing me!

Booger said...

yeah, i had my secretary take a message for all calls today. no messing with important business!

Dusty Baker said...

Police blotter - Belly update edition:

"Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ronald Belisario pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor drunken driving.

Belisario's attorney entered the plea for him at his arraignment and scheduled a pretrial hearing for October.

The 26-year-old rookie right-hander is with the team in Colorado and did not appear in court.

He was arrested in Pasadena early on June 27 after California Highway Patrol officers said they saw him talking on his cell phone while driving and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was released on $5,000 bail.

Belisario spent 10 years in the minors before becoming one of the Dodgers' most effective relievers this season."

karina said...

@Josh congrats again! :) (hope you keep us posted)

Neeebs said...

Booger sighting. I guess he was jealous of the Loney Fan sighting.

karina said...

I have to design a catalogue for my brother's business and i feel like paying all my attention to the game. I'm a bad person,

I'll have to "multitask"

Neeebs said...

@Sax

It's actually S. Neeeb, but don't tell anyone. I wouldn't want my secret identity known, either.

:-)

karina said...

@Paul "Furcal hits a ground ball to second. one out.

I don't know what happens after that."

Don't be sure, he can strike out too.

Loney Fan said...

Booger and I only have time for the important day games when we can ignore all the work we have to do.

Dusty Baker said...

Watch that multi-tasking, Karina:

http://tinyurl.com/l3xalk

Booger said...

I dont like coming around during losing streaks. I dont want to get banned for my profanity laced tirades!

haha

Paul said...

Karina,

You may be right but I was trying to think positive and hope that he makes contact.

karina said...

Cool names on the 40-man roster: Charlie, Scott, Blake, Lucas, James and Travis.

Paul said...

okay let us get this party started already.

karina said...

@Paul Touche.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker read your link, i'm screwed.

Paul said...

I am listening to clubfmradio.com Indie Alley. Not a bad station for a lazy workday afternoon.

Alex Cora said...

Lets go guys - I get to watch the first inning then gotta go to work!

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal works the walk. Baby steps...

Paul said...

Furcal is on???? oh my lord.

Neeebs said...

Furcal smirks at all the doubters here.

Alireza said...

Nice AB by Raffy. Hopefully a sign.

Neeebs said...

DB, love the new avatar

I Alivandi said...

De La Rosa does throw pretty hard.

Neeebs said...

Lot's of lawyers hanging out here at lunchtime

Alex Cora said...

YEAH!! I n Kemp we trust!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

GOOOOOOONE!!!!

I Alivandi said...

See ya later babe.

Bison Mode.

Neeebs said...

KEMP!!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Neeebs-

Cheers.

I Alivandi said...

Neeebs - This lawyer wishes he was sitting in the stands for that one.

Paul said...

Yeeeehaw!!!!

Steve Sax said...

I don't know if I'm more excited that Furcal walked, or that Kemp homered

Ken said...

2 to zip again?!

Ken said...

@ Sax

both
ur double happy right now

I Alivandi said...

According to Vinny, we could have predicted that shot. He owns Jorge.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Gotta be Furcal.

karina said...

Sweet beginning of the game.

Loney Fan said...

Furcal doing his job and scoring a run in the first. 2-0 is so much sweeter than 1-0!

Ken said...

gosh that was a monster homer

Neeebs said...

Now if only if Frankenberry or Booberry showed up here.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker wow, Richie Rich!

I Alivandi said...

Kemp is on the verge of being the Dodgers' first 20/20 guy since Shawn Green in 2001. Outside shot at 30/30.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 11:52a: Remember that Cubs fan with whom I spent the Sunday game? Speaking of homers, he just tried to tell me that Harry Caray STARTED the tradition of singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

Please.

Dusty Baker said...

They really need to do something about the bat situation. There are so many hits taken away because of broken/splintered bats that at this point it is affecting the outcome of MLB games. I know MLB is collecting bats to study the issue.

I Alivandi said...

One thing to say for Jorge. He throws everything hard.

Neeebs said...

Qual es el nombre de Richy Rich en espanol?

I Alivandi said...

Dusty - Ask the players and they will protest constantly. Apparently, despite the dramatic way in which these thin handled maple bats break, ash bats don't last nearly as long. Apparently the ash ones get really beat up and their effectiveness can wane.

Steve Sax said...

Vin keeps mentioning the Kemp HR being a monster shot, hammered the ball, deep shot, etc. etc.

It's almost like he thinks De La Rosa is listening to the game, and Vin's trying to get in his dome.

Keep it up, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax

Harry WROTE Take Me Out, according to those Cubs fans, right?

Harry also invented the internet.

@ Karina

Avatar is related to a new SoSG post (newer than this GT).

Paul said...

Do you think Padilla will throw at the Rockies because the Dodgers hit a homerun?

karina said...

Why is Carlos Gonzalez playing :( ?

I hate you, Tracy.

karina said...

@Neeebs Ricky Ricón

Dusty Baker said...

Hilarious, Paul.

Steve Sax said...

22-pitch first inning for JDLR

(not related to the Jewish Defense League)

I Alivandi said...

Vincente is throwing pretty hard.

Since he is from Nicaragua and likes to throw at people, perhaps we should nick name him "The Great Cornholio?"

I Alivandi said...

100

Dusty Baker said...

I will throw at your bunghole!

Steve Sax said...

I can't believe none of you guys are riffing on the Roxette references.

Except for Dusty Baker's new avatar, which is Dressed for Success.

Neeebs said...

@Karina:

Porque no Ricardo Rico?

I Alivandi said...

You will need TP for your bunghole when I throw.

I Alivandi said...

Holy shit. That curve was half eephus pitch.

Perhaps the Great Cornholio was just unhappy in Texas. An understandable thing.

Neeebs said...

Roxette? Feh!

Ken said...

thats too bad
that would had been an awesome play

I Alivandi said...

Now Padilla hits Tulo.

Steve Sax said...

there goes the no-hitter

I Alivandi said...

What did I say? 97 under the chin.

Ken said...

if hawpe comes up, im walking him

Steve Sax said...

Hey Vicente, the strike zone is that little white box that we're looking at on Gameday

I Alivandi said...

Public Enemy No. 1 you say? Cornhollio will hit him.

I Alivandi said...

Ken - Padilla doesn't walk people. He hits them.

Ken said...

@ ali

might as well
keep his pitch count low

karina said...

Cornholio? are you threatening me?

Steve Sax said...

So much for that apparent advantage we had on pitch count

Ken said...

haha!

karma biatch!

Dusty Baker said...

Thankfully Helton is in a wheelchair.

I Alivandi said...

Helton needs TP for his bunghole.

Steve Sax said...

awesome. I can't wait to see that clip of Helton falling down and getting tagged out.

I Alivandi said...

Sax - Ethier threw an absolute pea.

Steve Sax said...

Helton, you should call 800 360 0329

http://www.lifealert.net/home/home.html

Ken said...

damn its hot outside

I Alivandi said...

Ok. If Padilla hits someone, everyone say "Are You Threatening Me?!"

karina said...

@Sax do you want us to say: "walking like a man, hitting like a hammer"

I Alivandi said...

Wow, Loney has brutalized JDLR.

Lets say "Are You Threatening Me" if the Dodgers hit a homer too.

Ken said...

loney hits homer in bunches
so maybe he will take him deep

I Alivandi said...

Giraffe Man Walking.

Paul said...

Good job James walk like an Egyptian. wait wrong group.

I Alivandi said...

O-Doggio is due for some fireworks.

Nice rip.

Ken said...

nice~
dodgers in business

Steve Sax said...

FJL walks!
O-Dog singles!

Come on, Ausmus! Make us merry!

I Alivandi said...

Really? A curve to Ausmus? Do they not have a scouting report?

Paul said...

Assuie brings them all home? That would work for me.

Ken said...

I sense an Ausmus double

karina said...

@Neeebs:

Porque no Ricardo Rico?

i absolutely have no idea.

I Alivandi said...

Russ needs new sunglasses. Those don't fit right.

Steve Sax said...

I suppose I should have used this rather than Roxette for the GT reference. Maybe next time we face this pitcher.

In the meantime, you can consider me a renegade of funk.

Steve Sax said...

Every time Vin mentions Kemp's monster home run, a duck drops from the ceiling

I Alivandi said...

Take your hand off your junk Ian.

Ken said...

@ Sax

a Duck Dodgers u mean? shameless plug, please visit me blog~

I Alivandi said...

See. Ausmus can't handle heat like that.

Neeebs said...

@karina:

did I already ask you if you are a Condorito fan? If not, are you?

Ken said...

i havent seen padilla hit in a long time

I Alivandi said...

I like that Padilla doesn't just show bunt right away.

Ken said...

very nice sac

I Alivandi said...

Wow. If Cornhollio had any speed at all, that would be a hit.

Josh S. said...

Alright, Raffy, lean into a pitch.

Steve Sax said...

Furcal, no pressure here but a walk won't cut it

Ken said...

i would like a wild pitch, pass ball, watever

Ken said...

i would like a wild pitch, pass ball, watever

I Alivandi said...

Josh - I want to see him hit a run up homer like he used to.

Steve Sax said...

@Ken, I appreciate your gentle segue into a plug. Well done.

On the other hand, that won't cut it either, Furcal

Steve Sax said...

FURCAL you are AWFUL

Neeebs said...

My lunch break is over in 15 minutes and the boss is looking over my shoulder.

Steve Sax said...

If Furcal is going to ba an automatic out, he can at least take some frickin' pitches

koufax said...

remember when furcal was good?

Paul said...

Furcal all I wanted was a solo hit not a soloistless hit.

ehhh my best RATM reference.

Padilla will make the Rocks sleep now in the fire.

koufax said...

@Paul

RATM references are always appreciated

Ken said...

@ koufax

wasnt that last year, then he got injured?

karina said...

@Neeebs i'm not a Condorito fan but my dad and brothers LOVE him.

Neeebs said...

Don't forget that we signed Furcal to a three year deal this year.

I Alivandi said...

Cornholio is like a Latin Brad Penny. Throws hard, but everything is in play

Paul said...

Koufax

I miss those guys...

Let us hope the Dodgers don't settle for nothing in the 3rd.

Ken said...

oh how if we paid adam dunn the 20 mil

we wouldnt have to make a big deal outta loney finally hitting one out

Steve Sax said...

32 pitches for Padilla through 2
39 for JDLR

2-0 Dodgers. Let's see if the 2-3-4 hitters can score some more runs, after Raffy extinguished the threat on his own last inning.

karina said...

@Sax liked more the Roxette theme...however i know your business but i don't know your name :)

Dusty Baker said...

re Furcal

I would say next year he is a pinch hitter off the bench who can give us bunts, sac bunts, etc. and let one of our young hotshots take over at short.

Except that Frucal can't bunt worth a shit either.

Steve Sax said...

Let's make sure there's No Shelter for JDLR in the third

Steve Sax said...

@karina, thank you for the Roxette reference. Now I can sleep easy!

Josh S. said...

Ken, seriously? Loney has hit it out 8 times. With Dunn, we'd be grousing about his strikeouts and awful defense.

Loney Fan said...

Furcal will have a better year next year. He can still field he just needs to get his swagger back. I'm glad we have him for two more years.

Neeebs said...

@karina:

The boys probably like Yayita, too!

:-)

Ken said...

if only pierre could play infield~

Nic j said...

I think Adam dunn would put us over the limit in animal nicknames too.

Paul said...

I have to appear via court call at 1:30.
to say four words but have to be prepared to say two thousand words.

I hope they don't call during a critial moment. They might think I am really happy or really pissed about the hearing.

Neeebs said...

What is "Condorito" you ask?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condorito

Loney Fan said...

If only the Dodgers had the best record in the National League.

sheesh... malcontents

Ken said...

@ nic

yea the bison, the man-ram, beast-mode, the big donkey

Neeebs said...

@Paul:

"Notice waived?"

Paul said...

LoneyFan

Furcal's back swaggering might be the problem.

Steve Sax said...

what was the barmes error?

Ken said...

i do not like the fact that the giants series in sf is on the weekend

the hotel rates are gonna kill me

Paul said...

@Neebs

"We request a continuance"

Already stipulated by the parties. Ahh the formalities.

Neeebs said...

@Paul

Could be worse, you could have appeared in person, much to the chagrin of your client's wallet.

Dusty Baker said...

"Before he leaves that mound, he'll take somebody with him."

--Vin re-telling someone's take on Padilla.

I Alivandi said...

I do think the Dodgers will be able to deal with Cornholio's attitude issues. Torre will deal with him on the soft side while Martin and Manny will deal with him physically if need be.

I Alivandi said...

Man. Padilla can go from 96 to 66. He should K way more guys.

I Alivandi said...

That sucked.

karina said...

@Neeebs can you find Condorito's comic books in the US? are you a fan?

I Alivandi said...

Charlie Haeger is better than Vicente Padilla.

I Alivandi said...

Damn Bermuda Triangle.

I Alivandi said...

AFLAC question - Eric Young Sr., Juan Pierre and who else? Quinton McCracken?

Paul said...

If hits are to Padilla what caffine is to Beavis then Cornholio should be appearing soon.

karina said...

Isn't James Loney awesome? he can hit doubles!

Neeebs said...

@karina

I am a fan. I get them shipped from Chile. It's hard to understand sometimes because its filled with hardcore Chilean slang.

I Alivandi said...

Ausmus was all over that.

Fred's Brim said...

OK guys lets score some runs by means other than the home run

Dusty Baker said...

On the next day off, Torre should call a mandatory practice to go over how to sacrifice to advance runners and manufacture runs. Until then, a hint: don't hit a fly ball to the outfielder directly behind the runner you want to advance, because then he isn't able to.

Paul said...

eh we are starting to look sluggish.

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