Monday, August 31, 2009

Game 132 Thread: August 31 vs. Serpientes, 7p

Randy Wolf (9-6, 3.25) vs. Doug Davis (7-11, 3.75).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers have won three series in a row. But they lost two of three games to Arizona before that streak. But the Snakes' last loss to the Dodgers kicked off a string of seven straight losses for them. And the Dodgers dodge a bullet in missing Dan Haren. But the D-bax are coming off a sweep of Houston. But the Dodgers have their most reliable starter in Wolf going tonight. And Arizona is without Jon Rauch (traded to the Twins) and Chad Qualls (injured yesterday). Ergo, if the Dodgers can knock Davis out early and get to the soft underbelly of AZ's bullpen, they can tread all over the Snakes.

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Dusty Baker said...

Let's cut the Snakes up into 13 pieces.

karina said...

They should cut their heads. Anyone has Mr.Longbottom on speed dial?

Mr. Customer said...

@db

Hopefully, that works better for Joe Torre than it did for Lord Howe.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm off to the ravine tonight.

Probably wont have time for a Shortstop short stop, but we'll be in 3B Loge if any of you miscreants are in the neighborhood.

Dusty Baker said...

Beto Duran Tweets:

"Ronnie Belliard locker is between Manny and Furcal"

Hopefully we'll get to see Belly #3 tonight!

Delino DeShields said...

The Delino will be at tonight's game. Look for me on the field level as I try to avoid the serpent that is garlic fries.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Join or Die!

Dusty Baker said...

Martin C
Ethier RF
Manny LF
Kemp CF
Blake 3B
Belliard 2B
Loretta 1B
Castro SS
Wolf P

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Oh great, the 2nd string infield tonight

Steve Sax said...

@Mr C, should we look for the man in Victorian attire?

Paul said...

Dusty

Did you put the Dodgers' roster on ipod shuffle to get this lineup?

Very interesting.

Dusty Baker said...

Martin at leadoff? I'm glad out found out this early, for it will require more gin than I thought to begin with.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Paul

Torre let Malkiel fill out the lineup card..random walk down Elysian Way.

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax,

Alas, I'm going incognito. You'll still be able to recognize me by my dashing good looks and devil-may-care attitude, though.

koufax said...

intriguing line up

Mr. Customer said...

Is it just me, or does Mark Loretta look like the love child of Randy Quaid and Richard Nixon?

Dusty Baker said...

Mr C-

Careful of the air quality. It's nasty out there.

Paul said...

That there's an RV.

Steve Sax said...

Just when Furcal starts heating up, we sit him. Yay.

Neeebs said...

@DB: Love the Random Walk Reference. I remember having to read that book in grad school. I think Mailkel died recently.


Also, if anyone is interested I have two tix to the game tomorrow and I can't attend. They are Reserved, Section 1, Row D.(Right behind home plate)

If you want them, you will have to pick them up in the West San Fernando Valley.

Email me at screen name at Yahoo. Spell the name correctly because I don't get double "e" emails.

Neeebs said...

I should have added...No Charge.

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal's family had to evac from their home in La Canada so that might have something to do with his not being in lineup. Everything is said to be ok, but it has to weigh on a brother.

Dusty Baker said...

Thx, Neeebs. I had hoped I wasn't reaching too far with that reference. My old man was an economist, so I think he made me read it when I was in 8th grade or so. Clearly I turned out normal. *ahem*

Paul said...

I did a quick Ipod shuffle for the line up. Some are pretty funny.

Martin- Tres Equis -Cypress Hill
Eithier-Goodnight and Farewell -Smashing Pumpkins
Ramirez-Just Abuse Me- Air Traffic
Kemp-In the Lords Arms -Ben Harper
Blake- Mountain Song-Janes Addiction
Belliard-Leech- Incubus
Loretta-Stairway to Heaven-LZ
Castro- DJs-Sublime
Wolf-Pocket of a Clown-Dwight Yoakam.

Dusty Baker said...

Apparently the White Sox are all for sale. Colletti, get on the horn!

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Paul, that's some hard hitting commentary. Love it!!

Thinking about Beard and Jane's Addition in the same sentence is more than amusing.

"Blake says/
Have you seen my Beard around"

Josh S. said...

Ned should look into that Konerko guy.

Paul said...

All the whitesox? Can we sneak in Gordon Beckham? eh probably not.

Josh S. said...

They're opening up the BelliYard already?

Josh S. said...

You can put them on the block! Yes!

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, and Paul, much respect for having Cypress Hill on your iPod.

[Corrected from previous misspelling]

I Alivandi said...

Finally. Russell Martin is leading off again. YAY. Then again, unless Castro continues his shockingly good hitting, and Belliard continues his late season surge, Randy Wolf is the best hitter in the last 4 of the lineup.

Paul said...

Dusty

Hopefully the Dodgers tonight will be heading up the river with a boat and no paddle and handing out beatdowns.

I sat next to B Real at a Dodger game in 1994. Pretty Cool.

I Alivandi said...

Oh interesting. Jesus Castillo was DFA'd to make room for Belliard. Who is going down to the minors to make room?

rbnlaw said...

Snake Pliskin? Thought he was dead.

rbnlaw said...

Did Paul say, Dwight Yoakam?
Awesome. I thought I was the only guy to have metal, punk, limited rap, and honky tonk on his iPod.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr Customer, holy smokage, I just realized you changed your avatar (I was on my blackberry earlier).

Please tell me you're not going to the game a la Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant.

Steve Sax said...

@ DB, I too appreciated the Malkiel reference. Random walk down wall street was an early read for me as well...

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

If anyone is interested, the MLB Network will be showing the 1974 World Series games 1, 3 & 4 on Saturday at 8am. Not the greatest moment in Dodgers history but still might be fun to see Cey, Yeager, Blue, Sutton and the boys again.

Josh S. said...

This should be sung before every Dodgers/DBacks game:

O Whacking Day, O Whacking Day
Our hallowed snake-skull cracking day
We'll break their backs
Gouge out their eyes
Their evil hearts we'll pulverize
O Whacking Day, O Whacking Day
May God bestow his grace on Thee.

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax

The avy is from pulp fiction, in honor of our fixer being on the mound.

Dusty Baker said...

Nice one, Josh S!

@ Sax
The Gammons/Plaschke spooning imagery is terrifying either way.

I Alivandi said...

Looks like Mota to DL with a toe issue. There is Belliard's 25 man slot.

Dusty Baker said...

Mota must have caught the toe flu from Broxton.

Erin said...

Pettitte has a perfect game through sixth in Baltimore. Here's hoping I'll jinx the bastard.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks, Erin. Now I can send some "NNNNnnnnnoooooonnnan!!!!" thoughts toward him.

Fred's Brim said...

nice pic, Mista C!

"So, pretty please... with sugar on top. Beat the fucking snakes."

Fred's Brim said...

haha nice play Hairston

Erin said...

HA! Jerry Hairston just made an error to blow the perfect game in the bottom of the seventh.

Dusty Baker said...

The "NNNNnnnnnoooooonnnan!!!!" always works.

Fred's Brim said...

and there goes the no-no - nice work Erin!

Erin said...

And a hit! Jinx accomplished.

Fred's Brim said...

i am calling for the 3-run bomb now

Erin said...

God, that would be sweet, FB.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Jon Garland is apparently on the table and the Rox are interested

Steve Sax said...

Accuscore gives us a 75% chance of winning.

Alex Cora said...

At the game right now. Beautiful night. Not much smell of the fires.

Steve Sax said...

I do hope the Furcal family--and the families of all SoSG readers--are okay and fire-safe.

Steve Sax said...

AC, SoSG Delino will be coming for you, so have a beer at the ready...

Paul said...

God do the Yankees ever lose anymore?

Dusty Baker said...

Jesus hates the Yankees.

http://www.shirtsnob.com/archives/pictures/jesusbusted.jpg

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Prediction time: I say DBacks 2 runs 7 hits - Dodgers 5 runs 11 hits

Dusty Baker said...

62 comments in the GT before the game even begins.

Dusty Baker said...

Belliard with his first Dodger double play. Welcome!

I Alivandi said...

Anyone notice Russell's high socks?

I Alivandi said...

Vinny - "Penny, who went to Boston - couldn't cut it there..."

ROTFLMAO

I Alivandi said...

Wow. That could have been horrible. Thank goodness it is a laugh now.

The sky looks pretty crazy.

Nic j said...

2 points awarded to manny for the takedown.

I Alivandi said...

Seeing eye singles are so scary.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Nice fielding Manny

Alex Cora said...

Ojeda always kills us. I hate that little guy.

Nic j said...

Well, wolf looks like he came back down to earth.

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh

I Alivandi said...

Ojedasenreich gets us again. The crowd really shouldn't boo, because Augie has zero power and Manny had him played right.

Ken said...

For those Pierre haters: Juan prolly would have got to that.

Alex Cora said...

Kemp montage on dodger vision. Nice

mpearse89 said...

Awesome. Yet another misjudged ball by Manny that costs us.

Ken said...

Yea, if we were an AL team.

Manny would be DH

Ken said...

WOW Welcome!

I Alivandi said...

Ken - Montero would have probably scored on Pierre anyway. From second.

Also, are you really advocating that?

WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES RONNIE.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

WELCOME TO THE DODGERS RONNIE!!!

Nic j said...

Welcome to the dodgers mini manny.

Fred's Brim said...

Yes Belli #2!

I Alivandi said...

Shall we call him Belly Mode?

Alex Cora said...

Hey daddyo is in a pink shirt on the third base line last row of the stadium club.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That did not take long.

To my darlin', another Marlon!

Ken said...

Seriously, Ali, Manny should just play first base.

Paul said...

Belly!!

Alex Cora said...

That sounded great off the bat of belly 2. Welcome to la!

Alex Cora said...

That sounded great off the bat of belly 2. Welcome to la!

Nic j said...

Ken, I hope your joking.

karina said...

welcome to the Dodgers, Mr. Belliard!

Ken said...

Yea, im joking

If Loney wasn't so bad, I wouldnt even say it

Paul said...

Come on Randy.

I Alivandi said...

Ken - Manny has played 1B a total of zero times in his professional career. He would be awful there, cost us FAR more runs than in LF and the Dodgers would end up with a far less efficient defensive configuration. Not to mention how much more prone to injury it would make him.

I Alivandi said...

BTW, scary about Furcal's house. I hope everything ends up ok.

Paul said...

Damn it Randy. I was just about to advocate that they put you in left field.

Ken said...

@ ali

take a joke

Steve Sax said...

At least Belli-went-yard, 2-1 Snakage

I Alivandi said...

Love the Belly with the seeds on the field. No wonder he is a bit chubby.

I Alivandi said...

Ken - Hard to differentiate in text bro.

Ken said...

I used to go to school near La Canada. Lots of hills there filled with a lot of dry brush.

Steve Sax said...

@Ken, I know you're only yanking Ali's chain, but the day-glo avatar is so disarming, even I get confused.

Ken said...

@ Ali

its alright. i'm just a lil peeved how people on their blogs are attacking pierre for being garbage, especially when martin, furcal, loretta, and loney are struggling and have worst OPS than Pierre.

I Alivandi said...

Wolf says that K is for Kuroda.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm still stunned by Dusty's avi.

"The Assassins"

Ken said...

Anyone going to any games this week?

I Alivandi said...

Ken - I may.

I Alivandi said...

MAIS OUI!

Ken said...

@ Ali

I might go to Wednesday game, but I feel bad enjoying myself especially with all the terrible fires affecting some people I know =(

Fred's Brim said...

nice camera-work there, boys

I Alivandi said...

Ken - It is sort of like when someone dies. You have to go on with your life.

Paul said...

What the hell. That was weird.

I Alivandi said...

Wow. Manny owns Arizona like Vlad owns Texas.

karina said...

Flashes of my former son! Matin doubles :)

I Alivandi said...

Wow. Manny's timing is off. Davis kind of hung that one.

Dusty Baker said...

MLASF-

Had to fire up a new avatar for the new game tomorrow!

I Alivandi said...

Lets see Russ get a bag or two.

I Alivandi said...

Can we PLEASE advance Martin.

Fred's Brim said...

dangit - let's not waste the double, ok?

Fred's Brim said...

crap

I Alivandi said...

Damn.

A quarter inch further in and that ball is gone.

Nic j said...

manny put his mouthpiece back in? I was wondering where that thing went.

The dodgers can waste a leadoff double like nobodys business.

mpearse89 said...

Why can they never get productive outs?

I Alivandi said...

The AFLAC question is too damn easy. Gonzo.

karina said...

what was the AFLAC question?

I Alivandi said...

Wolf absolutely blew Reynolds away. He really seems to have the heater working tonight.

Ken said...

Bad situational hitting

Steve Sax said...

The guy who reads the KABC/Dept of Sanitation PSA has such an annoyingly smug voice, I don't even want to recycle after listening to him. I want to punch him in the face.

karina said...

They forgot about the productive out concept.

I Alivandi said...

karina - What former Dodger has the D-Backs record for HR in a season? Easy question.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He just recently retired. I don't know what took him so long though.

Ken said...

Reynolds swings away at all things

Ken said...

@ Sax

u mean the guy who sounds like Marvin the Martian?

karina said...

That's right, Ali. Sorry for my clumsiness.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

In five years, we will be talking about three premiere outfielders in the majors. I believe two of those three are playing tonight.

I Alivandi said...

MLSF - Gonzo was actually mildly productive in his lone season in L.A. Just now $7.5 million productive or worth taking ABs away from Kemp and Ethier. He would probably be an OK bench bat. He just can't throw at all anymore.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Randy dont walk this bum

I Alivandi said...

Wow. Wolf was far more aggressive with Reynolds than Young.

Fred's Brim said...

thank you mr umpire sir

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ali - I'm just saying he's been out of baseball for a while now. It took him a while to decide to leave baseball.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim: on Gameday that last pitch was a borderline strike.

I Alivandi said...

MLSF - Well, he played last year. I was looking at his FanGraphs page and the Marlins, shockingly, played him in RF in 22 games. What in the world was Fredi Gonzalez thinking? He used to have a decent arm, but not since around 2003 or 2004. He ended up with an arm worse than Pierre or Sizemore.

Fred's Brim said...

hehe really? i would have let that one pass too

I Alivandi said...

Green light the Beard.

Nic j said...

what a waste.

I Alivandi said...

Damn!

Fred's Brim said...

nice play by JUpton

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ali blew it!

Nic j said...

good job, Ali.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

TMZ has a video on their front page of Brad Penny in LA last night. The guy behind the camera asks him if he wants to come back to LA and he gives an annoyed look and says "naw". Its on fat boy

I Alivandi said...

Haha. Vinny just called Belliard fat.

I Alivandi said...

Hey. I was calling for the GL 3-0. Blake would have killed that pitch.

I Alivandi said...

Anyone else remember Offerman and all his errors?

Damn this dude takes a serious f'ing cut.

karina said...

@Ali "Anyone else remember Offerman and all his errors?"

I won't forget that awful defensive as long as i breathe. My older brother would joke about endlessly.

I Alivandi said...

karina - Seriously. 35 errors in 115 games in 1995. The guy could hit and Tommy had to bench him anyway, because he as so awful

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wolf is pitching with a chip on his shoulders.

I Alivandi said...

MLSF - Please don't say that given his history ;-)

That poor rookie stands no chance against Randy.

Wolf is pretty obviously tipping that curve.

I Alivandi said...

That little shit.

I Alivandi said...

Eh. Davis bordered on interference there. Russ could have probably made the catch.

Alex Cora said...

Clockwise wave. That's new.

Alex Cora said...

Clockwise wave. That's new.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, I'm just now seeing your recycling post. I totally agree. It's like when an ad is particularly annoying and I make a mental note, "You have such a shitty ad that I will not buy your [widget]." I have a long list of these. Mini Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwiches are right at the top.

Delino DeShields said...

At game. Typing on iPhone. Ate turkey dip. MAnny is below avg fielder . Want hot dog. One beer down. Is any starterr not reasting. No like iPhone typimf.

I Alivandi said...

Cora - I've been involved in both.

Dusty Baker said...

Just got off tha horn with my buddy. Through his work, he scored some super uber VIP tickets for tomorrow's game. He said they don't even have a price; just says "$ VIP."

It's on.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - Like Donkey Kong?

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Dusty - they put those people in the bleacher beach section away from everyone so they aren't bothered by "the common folk"

Ken said...

Will there be a new Dodger in the wings?

Nic j said...

the only run we have is by the guy who has been on the team for a day, sheesh.

I Alivandi said...

Loving Martin's aggression, even on outs. He should have taken that, however.

Ken said...

Dodgers need another bat

Nic j said...

this is doug davis pitching, right?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Only five innings? Feels much longer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Heyman saying the talks between D-Backs and Dodgers are "heating up" over Jon Garland. I'd be surprised what with Padilla in the fold now.

karina said...

Not to be cruel, but he dominated the Dodgers when he was very sick last year, right before his surgery.

Nic j said...
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Nic j said...

can we score some runs to get randy the win?

Dusty Baker said...

@ MLASF

Exactly like Donkey Kong.

Dusty Baker said...

Heyman has been right on so many, many things.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MANNY REDEEMS

Nic j said...

I miss that manny, welcome back!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That pitch was belt high, outside edge. Must've been a sweet swing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FUCKING HELL B2B!

Nic j said...

WOW!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Me to wife and sis-n-law: It's time for Manny to jack one out right he...

[Manny hits it out]

And no, I don't say that before every at bat.

Nic j said...

I think the dodgers just realized that doug davis was pitching

Dusty Baker said...

Now Doug Davis looks like Doug Davis.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Screw Steve Lyons, good things are happening now that the team has discovered the long ball.

karina said...

Back to back HRs!that's how they roll!

Nic j said...

damn that little man.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Beard, you messed up another 4+1 opportunity.

Fred's Brim said...

Casey you stink!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's because he thinks those Auggie Stanklemyer commercials are making fun of him.

fanerman said...

I love Matt Kemp.

Dusty Baker said...

Penny is sched to pitch Wednesday against Phiwwies. Those guys should eat his pitching alive.

Fred's Brim said...

Tenderonnie is a free swinger, isnt he?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If Alyssa Milano could only see him now...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm refering to Penny of course

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

200, for old-time's sake

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