Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Game 141 Thread: 9/9/09 at D'backs, 7p

Jon Garland (9-11, 4.23) vs. Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78).
Dodgers' Magic Number: 20

COMMENTS: Garland returns to the mound in his second start as a Dodger, after beating his former team Thursday in what many said was an outstanding Dodger debut (7.0IP, 5H, 2ER, W). A star is born, perhaps? We'll see if the Garland touch extends to his second outing, and if he's got more fastballs in his summer stock to deliver, as he faces the Diamondbacks' ace, Dan Haren.

I could go on singing about how awesome it would be for Garland to win, the Rockies to lose, and the NL West lead open back up to 4.5 games before tomorrow's off-day, but I'll stop here. I don't want to be a clown.

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Dusty Baker said...

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

rbnlaw said...

I've got $20 to chip in towards bribing Torre to let Kemp hit lead-off again. If everyone puts in $20, we should have about $120 bucks to put in Big Joe's pocket.

C'mon Joe; money talks in this town, and 120 samolians talk pret-ty loud (if you know what I mean).

Dusty Baker said...

In.

Dusty Baker said...

I hate the Yankees. (See, Karina, it's easy...just let it flow) I'm glad to see Joba the Hut is already down 2-0 in the first with two men on and only one out. But then, he's only scheduled to pitch for what, 3 innings today? Or has he worked up to 4?

Nic j said...

Raffy had been hitting better than kemp for the past week or so.

Magic number time already? Yay!

Mr. Customer said...

@DB

"I hate the Yankees"

You had me at hello.

I now forgive you for supporting Chelsea.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr. C- At least it's not ManU with me.

ManU=Yankees

Mr. Customer said...

@DB

We can certainly agree on that.

Keven C said...

Magic number: Don Sutton

(and is that for the division, or the playoffs?)

Dusty Baker said...

That practically makes us brothers, Mr. C.

Steve Sax said...

Giants already lost today, and the Cardinals already won. Rox will have a slight headstart on our game, so we should keep track of that one too.

Ken said...

sorry to be a pessimist
but tonight's game doesnt look in favor of the Blue crew

Mr. Customer said...

@DB,

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend"

Works for me!

Dusty Baker said...

Karina, you have some saintly competition:

http://tinyurl.com/ltqtxe

Steve Sax said...

@Ken, come on dude, feel the positive warmth of your dayglo avatar!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm ready for a sweep.

Dusty Baker said...

I've got my broom out. Mrs. Dusty thinks I'm going to do some cleaning, but we all know it's a prop for tonight's game.

Nic j said...

Damn, Ken. Way to kill the pregame mojo. I was dusting of my broom.

Nic j said...

I got so carried away I dusted the last "F" off of my "Off".

Dusty Baker said...

It's all on you now, Ken, oh doomsayer.

Neeebs said...

Should I keep up the karma?


Just win baby, just win.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks Neeebs! You more than canceled out Ken.

rbnlaw said...

We all hate ManU? Oh good.
Still, I have mixed emotions seeing that Rooney scored today.

Let's see what he does in S. Africa.

@Nic:
Kemp bats over .400 when he leads off an inning. . .any inning. Just sayin'

Mr. Customer said...

@rbnlaw

Looks that way. We have representation for the less objectionable three of the big four.

At least Rooney's goal was an afterthought.

Dusty Baker said...

I assume, then, you support LFC, Mr. C?

Mr. Customer said...

@DB

Your suspicions are confirmed.

Dusty Baker said...

An that's why you wanna hate on Frankie, then, Mr. C.

Look on the bright side: The fact that both Gerrard and Lampard scored proves that they can play together.

Dusty Baker said...

Ace down! Per Dodger Thoughts:

"Randy Wolf to miss Friday start
September 9, 2009 | 5:11 pm

Randy Wolf, who has emerged as a stalwart of the Dodger rotation, had been scheduled to pitch Friday against San Francisco but now will miss that start with an irritated elbow, according to a note I just received from Dodger beat writer Dylan Hernandez of The Times. Hiroki Kuroda will make that start on four days' rest, followed by Vicente Padilla on Saturday and Chad Billingsley on Sunday.

Here's more from Joe Torre's conversation today with KABC's Charley Steiner.

"Randy Wolf went back home last night. He's got a little hitch in his elbow, which he thinks he got by swinging the bat. He got a little injection and everything should be fine. It feels find already, actually, and we'll see him in San Francisco over the weekend, but he will miss a turn.

"When he went to throw his bullpen (after his last start), he just felt something in the back of his elbow, and we just didn't waste any time. We sent him back home, and (Dr. Neil) ElAttrache saw him today and injected, and the results so far have been positive because he felt relief right away."

Neeebs said...

Dan Haren is not Bob Gibson or Sandy Koufax. He's lost before and he'll lose again before the season's over.

Mr. Customer said...

@db

I got nothing against Lampard when he's not kicking our ass.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

All geared up for football season.

Nic j said...

Damn wolf down now too? From what I've been reading kershaws shoulder might be a little more serious than a bruise.

What a great time to get the injury bug.

Eric Stephen said...

Wow, that is a hilarious picture. Well done.

Steve Sax said...

Rox up 2-0 After 3.

Dusty Baker said...

Rox up 2 in the 4th.

Dusty Baker said...

Where is everyone? Watching the republican response to Obama's Joint Session address? Scared off by Ken's doomsaying? Assassinated? At BevMo? Gutted that France only drew? Checking out Jeter's night?

Nic j said...

I think manny is going to gave a good night tonight. He owned Haren his last time out.

Nic j said...

Didn't expect that!

Dare I say it, Raffy might be back boys!

Dusty Baker said...

Madson with the save for Phiwwy - not Lidge.

Hey, JL if you're out there:

Tweet from Beto Duran:

"Angels have won 4 of 5 and lots of fans came dressed as green seats. Empty. Sad"

Nic j said...

Seriously, WTF happened to kemp? He has been so impatient for the past two weeks.

Erin said...

That was definitely the old Kemp who swung at that strike three pitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jints lost at least.

Dusty Baker said...

As soon as Kemp does well, he gets full of confidence, and giddy, then starts thinking everything should be a HR and therefore gets impatient and swings at everything.

Erin said...

Please tell me we're not wasting a leadoff triple. Come on, Manny.

Nic j said...

Already 0-2 with RISP.

Erin said...

I'll take it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for bad hops!

Nic j said...

Manny gets it done. With a little luck.

Steve Sax said...

Thank God for Manny! 1-0 Dodgers

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Garland looks good early (minus the walk).

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn you, Reynolds.

Nic j said...

Martin watches a pitch to hit go by and swings at a ball.

Steve Sax said...

Reds just rallied for two runs to tie it, and they're still rolling with one out and a man on second. 2-2 in the top of the eighth.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rox and Reds are tied!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw dammit

karina said...

It's always the former Dodger or the venezuelan.

Nic j said...

Damn

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw for fuck's sake.

Nic j said...

I blame you Ken.

Steve Sax said...

Back to back jacks for AZ, and suddenly we're down 2-1. Shit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm waiting for four-run rally.

Dusty Baker said...

It's still early. We've both given and gotten some punches. There's always a 4-run rally in us.

Nic j said...

You have to wait till the 8th. Can we please focus on
trying to get harens pitch count up so he doesn't go 8 innings.

Nic j said...

That's the opposite of what we should be doing.

Steve Sax said...

Haren and Garland both coast through their respective third innings. 2-1 AZ.

Meanwhile it's still tied in Colorado.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's gonna be one of those games.

Nic j said...

1 pitch 1 out.

Steve Sax said...

Shoot, Andre roped that one.

I have to run to the market, but I'll wait to watch Manny.

karina said...

Neeebs made his part, i'll do mine:

Dodgers, learn about Neville:

"The slash of the silver blade could not be heard over the roar of the oncoming crowd or the sounds of the clashing giants or the stampeding "rockies", and yet it seemed to draw every eye. With a single stroke Neville sliced off the great snake's head, which spun high into the air...and the snake's body thudded to the ground"

9/07/2009 12:51 PM

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny renews hope!

Steve Sax said...

Seeeeeeeeee ya!!!!! 2-2

glad I stayed!!!

Nic j said...

Manny owns haren

Dusty Baker said...

Good thing you waited, Sax.

karina said...

Manny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My fever and headache suddenly don't hurt so bad.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax, while you're at it, stay for the inning. We could use the luck.

Steve Sax said...

Sure are a lot of blue shirts sitting out there in right field...

Nic j said...

Vin likes manny's body. Haha.

Dusty Baker said...

Ok, Vinny...enough about Manny's physique. It's starting to sound old-man creepy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

JLNAR!!!!!!

karina said...

King James HR!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Looooooooooooooooooooh-neeeeeeeeee

Dusty Baker said...

J-Lo!

Stile NONE at home. Hilarious.

Nic j said...

Back 2 back, back at ya dbacks.


(that's alot of backs)

Steve Sax said...

Give James Loney A Raise!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Sax - That's what I've been saying

James Loney Needs A Raise

Nic j said...

Does Reynolds just make easy plays look hard? There is no way he robs that many hits from us.

Steve Sax said...

We sure hit Haren hard this inning. That's good.

Okay, beer run! Who needs anything?

Steve Sax said...

Why don't the Las Vegas Business advertisements mention how cheap it is to buy your choice of palatial development homes out of foreclosure?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Sax - Pick me up some flour. I'm working on a pie here.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, see if they have any Octoberfest in yet (Spaten, Paulaner, etc) besides Sam Adams.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WTF is with Montero and killing the Dodgers?

Dusty Baker said...

Miguel Montero? WTlivingF is this punk-ass? Somebody stop him already.

Dusty Baker said...

Commies just went ahead.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - Is it wrong to root for the Communists in this situation.

karina said...

Mr LASF: do you really bake?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GIVE THAT MAN A GOLD GLOVE

karina said...

way to go Raffy!

Nic j said...

I have a feeling haren Is going to burn us right here.


Wowowow I'm glad I was wrong.

Fred's Brim said...

hoo mama!
way to wriggle off the hook there!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Karina - How else could I enjoy homemade pies?

Fred's Brim said...

Sax have you left yet? could I get a sixer of Magic Hat?

Nic j said...

Great time for Cordero to blow a save.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Commies. Why must you always fail?! First the Cold War, and now this. You damn Reds can't do anything right.

Fred's Brim said...

crap - shoulda picked that one up

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. Garland is not putting me at ease.

Nic j said...

It's like the only way we gain any ground on the rox is when we beat them.

It doesn't come easy with garland.

Fred's Brim said...

crud, Garland cant stay out of trouble

Fred's Brim said...

that was a crappy way to lose a game, Commies

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crapola

Fred's Brim said...

dammit Belli2, clean it up

Paul said...

Mr. Furcal I thoughts you was gonna die I swear!


Can I welcome Furcal back yet?

Nic j said...

Im not too sure we can continue to trade punches with haren pitching.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a quick way to get the second out. Dangerous, but quick.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Garland IBB's Montero to face Young.

Josh S. said...

Messrs. Ramirez and Loney, you are asked to repeat your earlier feat.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eh, coulda been worse. Besides, if you said that Garland would have matched Haren run for run, I would have been content.

Fred's Brim said...

good work getting out of that

Josh S. said...

Happy Sandyversary, everybody!

Dusty Baker said...

Mrs Dusty and sis-n-law kidnapped me and forced me to to go to our local MEX cantina, drink some XX, and watch the game from here. Send help!!!

Josh S. said...

Wherefore art thou, Bison?

Nic j said...

Kemp is slumping.

We really don't need that.

Fred's Brim said...

oh no Dusty! don't fill up on tortilla chips!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mmm, dusty tortilla chips

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit. So close.

Nic j said...

Damn loney almost had his second homer.

Fred's Brim said...

Loney's definitely making better contact these days.

I gotta turn in. I trust you ghoulies to get us this win

Fred's Brim said...

great work

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hot dog, a hit.

Paul said...

Wow that was high Martin

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eye-chart hitting with some pressure.

karina said...

@Dusty Naker let's have Santa Ritas as a Saint, i'll be an angel.

Josh S. said...

Turning Amish has not helped Russell's plate performance.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin should be able to create some spark in his bat. After all, who knows more about electricity than the Amish?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is high stakes for Manny.

Steve Sax said...

Well, this is kind of a big at bat for Manny here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap.

karina said...

Always the venezuelan...go King James!

Paul said...

Is James gonna break the chains?

Josh S. said...

Ugh, Manny. Just a single here will do, Jimmy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. That was awful.

Josh S. said...

Eff ALL of that.

Nic j said...

It's unfortunate that manny had a pretty good night but people are probably just going to remember that K.

Steve Sax said...

Well, that didn't go so well.

Steve Sax said...

I don't know what makes me feel worse, that last wasted inning, or watching the Ghoulies trailer.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, I'm back from the market. I was there so late they closed off one of the entrances with a line of shopping carts.

At least the self-scan thingies were working.

We're eating fajitas this week.

Nic j said...

I wouldn't mind taking 2-3 here if Colorado would lose a game once and a while.

Steve Sax said...

I also couldn't resist the extreme pringles dill pickle flavor. I've never tried it. You only live once.

Paul said...

Are we breezy like Sunday morning?

Steve Sax said...

Belly leadoff walk isn't good. Here comes Sherrill.

Oh my gosh, that Norm's commercial is horrendous. If you're not in the local area to catch that local commercial, consider yourself lucky.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Sax - Which one? Is it the one where the couple are just skeletons? 'Cause that's the one I hate.

Nic j said...

When is the last time manny had a double. It's been homerun or single lately.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, aka Gob on a Segway: Yeah, I totally agree with you on the Rocks rolling. Cards too. I suppose they both could win out and then we would have to play the Cards with the WC.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr. LA SF: It was the Norm's commercial with the grandpa taking his precocious granddaughter with the weird hair color and the grandson who couldn't give a flying f' and then asks at the end, "what's responsibility and tradition mean"?

Cue laugh track. Ha ha ha ha ha

I mean, come on, everyone associated with that commercial should be shot. Starting with the third-grade student who wrote it.

Steve Sax said...

Two on, none out. Great.

Paul said...

Sax

ughhh I am feeling like I ate at Norm's.

Steve Sax said...

Breezy is not making this eezy

Steve Sax said...

@Paul, I am feeling like Norm himself at this rate

Steve Sax said...

Nice play FJL / GJLAR to get the guy at third.

karina said...

Give King James a Gold Glove, please.

Nic j said...

Nice play by loney.

Nic j said...

Ryal up, uh oh.

Paul said...

Uh oh Rusty Ryal.

Josh S. said...

@Mr. LASF: That Norm's commercial has an alternate version where the couple doesn't turn into skeletons. That was the one I had been seeing for the longest time, so when I saw the skeletons version, I thought I had lost my mind.

Paul said...

Hey Vinny what was the Rockies score?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Sax - Every Norm's commercial is a testament to bad acting.

Josh S. said...

Mr. Casual, Ronnie Belliard.

Steve Sax said...

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice play Belliard

Wow, I can't believe we got out of that. 3-3 tie through 8.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Josh - Clearly Norm's is not where life happens.

Nic j said...

Wow, Sherrill meant for him to hit it there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, that was a sticky situation.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S, I hear you--Ronnie was indeed pretty cavalier there for such a close play.

Paul said...

See fastball hit fastball

Paul said...

O dog is due.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is Thome available yet?

Paul said...

Did I read that Dusty is somewhere is Mexico hunting down Hermano?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Extra innings, here we come.

Nic j said...

Hey brother.

Paul said...

Herrrrmano!

Steve Sax said...

As soon as Ramon picked up that ball, I knew it was sailing wide. Way to go, tron tron.

Paul said...

You no good scruffy lookin nerf herder!!

Steve Sax said...

There ain't no extras at this rate. Man on second, none out.

Josh S. said...

Ramon Troncoso,
Why do you blow so?

Dusty Baker said...

Back from the cantina. Didn't miss anything since I was watching in the bar.

If I actually wanted to eat at that shithole C-level chain called Norm's, where the fuck would I go? I have NEVER actually seen one in existence, and I get around.

Even if I knew where to go, I wouldn't go based on their shite commercials. They make me want to bite the head off a kitten.

Nic j said...

That seems about right.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, this is a loss.

Dusty Baker said...

Trancoso, I cannot BELIEVE what you just did. This is the big leagues, man. This is it. This is the shot. Head, please exit ass.

Dusty Baker said...

shit, not shot

Nic j said...

Well at least there is a good chance the rox will lose tomorrow, a four game sweep is pretty tough.

Dusty Baker said...

187 comments, cause this is a killah

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Way to go Tron. Now we have to face the second-best homer-hitter in the NL with the bases loaded.

Josh S. said...

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Now, winning the SF series this weekend will just barely keep us afloat and actually HELP the Rox lock up the WC.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh S, how we doin'? Is it time to send that kid off to boarding school yet?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THROW A FRIGGIN' STRIKE

Josh S. said...

Dusty, he's napping enough to allow me to participate in game threads.

As I type that, he stirs.

Paul said...

This does not feel look or sound good

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate you Tron. So much.

Josh S. said...

That one's all on Tron. DAMMIT!!!

Paul said...

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.

Andrew said...

Troncoso is the worst pitcher in our bullpen. Is there any dispute to this or is Torre content on being mediocre?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess it's easy for Tron to inheret the "worst bullpen pitcher" mantle now that Mota is on the DL and J-Mac threw a scoreless frame yesterday. I wouldn't go as far to say that he's the worst, but tonight's not winning him any points.

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