Sunday, August 30, 2009

Game 131 Thread: August 30 @ Cincy, 10a

Skyline Chili, a Cincy favorite.

Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.96) vs. Bronson Arroyo (11-12, 4.43).

COMMENTS: "I love these bounce back wins, but I also get leery at scoring so many in one game," wrote SoSG reader rbnlaw, and he has a point: Every time the Dodgers have scored at least nine runs in a game this month, they've followed up by losing the next day. It's happened four times, most memorably when the Dodgers outscored the Brewers 23-14 in a series — and lost two of the three games. Now that takes some skill.

Kershaw may have a winning record, but he's winless in his past seven starts. Arroyo may have a losing record, but he has a 1.89 ERA in his past five starts. So the Dodgers are battling a few negative trends today. Let's hope the Rockies and Giants continue to beat each other up, and the Boys in Blue can outleg the Small Red Machine.

Oh, and if you've actually had Skyline Chili, please describe the experience in the comments section. I can feel my arteries thickening just by looking at that picture...but I'm strangely attracted at the same time.

187 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Are you sure there's chili under all that cheese and spaghetti? I'm unconvinced.

Cabell said...

Wow. I never thought I could crave cheese and chili this early in the morning.

Dusty Baker said...

If it weren't going to be 104 fucking degrees with smoke and fire where I live, I would brew up a good chili today.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

I have no idea what I am going to do with the rest of my Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers game so early is unnatural

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

rbnlaw said...

Beast Mode in full effect.

Hope quoting me on the mainpage has some mojo, but my uneasiness remains. The Dodgers need to jump on the Canyon boy and get to that miserable Red bullpen.

@DB:
What kind of degrees are those? If they do what you say they do, I'd like to see them here in OC, where the smoke has finally drifted.

rbnlaw said...

It's time for Dodger baseball!

Dusty Baker said...

Bloody Mary Mode in effect, too!

Josh S. said...

I'm still waiting for yesterday's PGT.

karina said...

Epale all!. Time for Dodger baseball, which i'm craving a lot.

Cabell said...

Good 1st inning for Kersh

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw looks good so far.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That sucked, Loney

karina said...

Who's Darnell McDonald? he and his 2 RBI HR suck big time.

Dusty Baker said...

It's Young Mc's cousin, actually.

karina said...

Didn't know that, Dusty Baker, thank you.

By the way, i was reading yesterday's GT and you asked where i was going. See, i have a friend who's a fashion designer and his brand (along with a partner) was selected to participate on Madrid's Fashion Week in the Young Design programming. They are the first venezuelans to be selected EVER!
They were doing a fundraising party and i was going there, obviously. He was my classmate in college and he's a very good friend.
Party started at 3 pm but i got a little bit later. We had lots of fun and ended in my house, i went to bed at 6 , after cleaning the mess :).

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina

Cool on the up and coming Venezuelan fashion front.

Hey, did you see that Sheva is GONE form Chelsea as of Friday?

Erin said...

I stopped by to say just one thing: no-hitter.

It will end in the fifth.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks for the prognostication, Erin.

You should formulate this into a quatrain and live a mystical life here on out so that in several hundred years, people will take your predictions as signs of the apocalypse.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@DB - Roland Emmerich does it for a living. Why not?

Nice backwards K

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ERIN, YOU'RE FUCKING AMAZING

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Arroyo's leg kick is annoying...Kemp thought so too just now and hit one out!

Dusty Baker said...

I'm actually intrigued by that 2012 I saw the trailer for yesterday.

Dusty Baker said...

Kemp is dialed fuckin in.

karina said...

Dodgers reaction? go Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

Beard! Got Arroyo where we want him now. Let's leg kicks his ass around now.

karina said...

Erin, i love you. You're the best!

Dusty Baker said...

Lyons, STFU about Kemp's throw. He just hit a HR 438 ft and is the god damn man. Just let it go.

karina said...

@DB we discussed that last night. I want Sheva to be the best, maybe all he needs is a little bit of home-cooking. Guess you're happy he's not around in Chelsea.

Dusty Baker said...

This one is tied!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina

I am happy. I don't have anything at all against him as a person or even a player, but he is just shite in the English game the way it is played. Good luck to him, but also good riddance - he cost us an arm and a leg!

Dusty Baker said...

9 Kershaws now. I think giving up that HR just pissed Clayton off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I would like to see the 4-K inning

Ken said...

give the guy some freaking run support!!!

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Anyone else hear Eric Karros call Pierre the Dodgers MVP in yesterdays game? He really has lost it

Dusty Baker said...

Gagne-

I head that and wondered why no one commented on it in the GT. We probably all agree that Pierre has made major contributions this year, especially in Manny's absence, and has generally handled it with class...but god damn, MVP? EK, stick to growing your hair out wildly and we'll remember all the great HRs you hit for us. But shit, calm down with the Pierre rhetoric.

Ken said...

Pierre was MVP during the Manny suspension

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw's in a bit of trouble here.

Dusty Baker said...

Manny suspension: 50 games
Season: 162 games

Also remember that after a great start, Pierre's average took a huge dip and he came back to earth.

Ken said...

Votto is having a nightmare game vs Kershaw

Dusty Baker said...

11 Kershaws.

karina said...

If he had a quality start last time, he really deserves a win this afternoon.

Ken said...

he is prolly not gonna get a decision today, as the offense has taken another day off

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Dusty - I completely agree. One of the reasons why I like Vin (and Chick Hearn when he was still with us) was that they call(ed) the game and didn't force their idiotic opinions on the audience or feel like they had to be controversial. In today's telecast format of a play-by-play guy and a color commentator, the color guy is usually some former player who's ego is so big that they actually think the fans are watching the game to listen to them and their opinions actually matter when we actually just want to see the Dodgers and put up with them because we have to. Nowadays during road games when Vin isn't working, I put the game on mute and listen to music or enjoy the silence.

Dusty Baker said...

90 pitches so far. Torre should run him out in bottom 7th.

Ken said...

people are entitled to their opinion, such as you guys on SOSG

Dusty Baker said...

@ Gagne

Yep, exactly what you said. What I'm really concerned with is that Dodger mgmt hasn't, in my opinion, done enough thinking around Vin succession planning as there isn't much left in the tank after he retires.

I would mute the non-Vin games and listen to the radio but the feeds are too time disparate that it's not feasible.

Ken said...

Arroyo is looking like a Cy Young winner versus the Dodgers

karina said...

I want some Erin's magic. Where are you, Erin?

Dusty Baker said...

@ Ken

But we aren't being paid to do anything. It's not really a comparable situation. Television commentators should call the game and present facts and information to viewers. SoSG posters aren't required to do such.

Dusty Baker said...

KKKKKKKKKKKershaw is back out there. Good move.

Erin said...

I'm back ever so briefly to say that I like the Dodgers' chances of scoring in the next inning.

Dusty Baker said...

Beginning with a pickoff for the 2nd out, right Erin? Wow, you're good.

Erin said...

Hmm. I didn't know that it was pitcher's spot, Furcal and Pierre coming up, but I'm sticking with the prediction nonetheless.

Dusty Baker said...

We go to the 8th. Let's get some runs!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe they bring in Manny to pinch-hit...

Erin said...

And they do. So that increases the odds of my prediction coming true.

Dusty Baker said...

Yep, Manny.

Dusty Baker said...

God dammit, Manny. Jesus christ, that was such a pitch to yank out. I could have taken that out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Juan was due

Dusty Baker said...

I like what JP has been doing lately: just smacking it up the middle hoping to hit it where they ain't. That's what someone without much power should do. Furcal, watch him.

Erin said...

Come on, Andre. Get a hit.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Erin

I started reading your blog, it's great. I was laughing at Kemp getting on you cause of Kid Cutie lol

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Do they IBB Phillips?

Paul said...

Breezy for sheezy!

Dusty Baker said...

I would have strongly considered IBB, but the fly out to Kemp worked, too!

Let's get a run or runs and put this to bed, guys!

Dusty Baker said...

Loney, this is your last chance to hit a HR before you come back home for awhile and go 0-home stand in the HR dept.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Russ...you're waaaaaaaaaay overdue.

Dusty Baker said...

That's one way to do it, JMart.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Nice one O-Dog

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog sucks

Dusty Baker said...

Not an intelligent at bat from O. Wish he would have tried to work a count instead of just swinging at the first thing he saw.

Ken said...

oh God

Troncoso when its tied

bad news

Orel said...

Hey, we're not losing!

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Nice pitch

Ken said...

not winning either

karina said...

@Orel and our bullpen is better than theirs. There's a good chance here.

Ken said...

sexy

Ken said...

manny wants to hit one out

Ken said...

Dusty

do u live near pasadena or tujunga

Nic j said...

Manny's swing is all out of whack.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Here we go!

Nic j said...

Ugh

Orel said...

Wow, the DP ball is killing us.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Ken

Yep, in Pasadena.

Dusty Baker said...

What Loretta just did. That's what I was hoping Furcal would do.

Nic j said...

That was an ugly inning.

karina said...

Ethier doesn't look good today.

Dusty Baker said...

Clearly Ethier wasn't reading this blog from the dugout, including the point I just made about working a count and not swinging at the first pitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This first-pitch swinging is killing me.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Kuo. That stuff was filthy. That was an NC-17 kind of pitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hasn't anyone figured out swinging at the first pitch doesn't exactly work today?

Orel said...

@DB "Clearly Ethier wasn't reading this blog from the dugout"

When will he learn?

Dusty Baker said...

Rox and Jints under way now.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

Can we set up a way to push post comments via email to E's smartphone?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@DB - If you have crazy good hacker skills, then yes.

Dusty Baker said...

@ MLASF

Damn, scratch that plan, then.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I thought good things only happen when you swing at the first pitch, like walks.

Orel said...

NO DP CB!

Dusty Baker said...

This at bat for Kemp was everything his last one wasn't: patient and intelligent. Way to work it, Bison!

Let's go, Blue. I'm getting antsy. Or squirrely. Or some other animal-ly.

Orel said...

Am I correct in calculating that Kershaw has 12 NDs and Wolf has 13?

karina said...

Watching Giants-Rockies on TV.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

I say we go 18 today. As soon as the game is over today, I get to do a bunch of yard work and it is 102 right now.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

CB: OK!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm trying to delay my lunch as long as possible.

Dusty Baker said...

To quote myself:

"Loney, this is your last chance to hit a HR before you come back home for awhile and go 0-home stand in the HR dept."

Orel said...

Can Casey steal home straight from first base? Is there some kind of rule against that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No, Casey, go the other way! Go home!

Dusty Baker said...

Beard had that base stolen.

karina said...

No pressure, but the Rockies are up by one already. Two outs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If Martin grounds into a DP, so help me...

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Dusty - A single works also

Dusty Baker said...

JMart, I will either be mad at you all day or put your bobble on the mantle for all to worship depending on this at bat. It's up to you.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Gagne

Plus, a bunch of singles draw the game out longer, thus prolonging your yardwork procrastination.

Nic j said...

We could use one of the wind assisted homeruns right now.

karina said...

We need more optimism when they are on extra innings as an away team.

Orel said...

We need more optimism period!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, O...have a smart at bat. There's an open base, and Manny is on deck.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog has failed today

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've tried, but I can't continue. I must brave the smoke-infested air for some lunch.

Nic j said...

I was hoping our good hitting with runners in scoring position would carry over from yesterday. Nope.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It always seems like the "save some runs for tomorrow" rings true

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Dusty - Are you related to my girl friend? haha!

karina said...

@Orel thanks for the support.

Nic j said...

Eric collins will you shut up about the bullpens scoreless innings streak

Orel said...

At least we've neutralized Votto.

Orel said...

Martin boom!

Dusty Baker said...

Rolen forgot he was 312 years old.

Orel said...

And by "boom" I mean "throws out Rolen"!

Nic j said...

Martins throws to second have been looking so much better. That's good to see.

Orel said...

Manny vs. Cordero.

Orel said...

Manny vs. Cordero.

Orel said...

Manny vs. Cordero?

Orel said...

Manny vs. Cordero! Manny walks!

Orel said...

Raffy vs. Cordero.

Orel said...

I can do this all day, folks.

Dusty Baker said...

The Manny booing is really, really getting trite. Don't you have anything else to do with your puny lives, commie fans?

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal, you have to LOOK at the pitch coming at you. You can't just swing wildy and hope it makes contact with the bat.

Dusty Baker said...

Ohfortoday, Furcal. Nice work.

karina said...

I start to freak out about Furcal.

karina said...

Dusty, Castro is in.

Orel said...

Castro doubles! Who would've thunk?!

Nic j said...

Haha, with all this commie talk and Castro gets the big hit.

Orel said...

RANCHO RANCHO

Dusty Baker said...

Up to you, Bison.

Fires are w/in two miles of Mt. Wilson, where much of LA area gets its telecommunications capacity. If this game doesn't end soon, I might lose internet and telly.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Patience Kemp

Nic j said...

The dodgers archenemy. The sac fly.

Dusty Baker said...

Do we have someone named McCarthy to put in to stop this red menace?

Orel said...

Bison!

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

That'll do

Nic j said...

I gladly stand corrected.

Ken said...

wow that almost missed being a slam

Nic j said...

One more would be nice.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on Beard Mode. You are all competing for a special bobble place of worship for the rest of the day.

Orel said...

Geico, Casey!

Ken said...

@ orel

geico?!

Dusty Baker said...

Deuces wild, Vinny.

Nic j said...

One will have to do. Brox has this one.

Dusty Baker said...

Gagne-

Bring out the John-Mower, then it's time for you to hit the lawnmower.

Nic j said...

And furcal isn't in there to make any errors.

Nic j said...

We always have to make things interesting.

Orel said...

Apparently Rosales doesn't get that a walk is a free base. Sprints to first.

Dusty Baker said...

Rosales was scared Broxton was going to eat him.

Erin said...

Russell blew that one. It wasn't a surprise that the ball was coming to the dirt.

Ken said...

haha

anyone listening to the radio hear that woman in the background?

she is yelling stuff to broxton

karina said...

Oh boy, passed ball. Two outs to go...

Paul said...

You are all clear kid let's save this thing and go home!!!

Dusty Baker said...

We can't let a guy named Corky beat us.

Dusty Baker said...

Porky vs. Corky.

Orel said...

I have a bad feeling about this.

Orel said...

Broxton...sets up the DP?

Erin said...

Damn it, Broxton. These are the Reds!!!!

Ken said...

wth broxton

Dusty Baker said...

What the living fuck are you guys doing, Brox and Martin? Can you imagine doing this against Yankees in the WS? Think about it. I might be pissed off even if we win.

Orel said...

Broxton should approach his pitching like he approaches his eating: no nibbling.

Dusty Baker said...

You'd think of all people Broxton would be able to find the plate. Put a side of bacon on the plate, Martin.

Nic j said...

Stubbs only HR is a walkoff.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, that's a downer, Nic.

Nic j said...

@dusty. Canadian Bacon?

Dusty Baker said...

Vinny, guess what the deuces are?

Orel said...

YAH

karina said...

It's a win!Go Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

Castro beasts the Reds! Who would have guessed. Strong suspicion some of this metaphor will work its way into the SASBWTIPGT (Scary As Shit But We'll Take It Post Game Thread).

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Yay for the Dodgers win...*sigh* for having to do yard work now

karina said...

They've claimed two series in a row. Go Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

Rox-Jints tied at one. Can it end this way, please?

Orel said...

HYPGTUP!