Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Game 151 Thread: Sept 22 @ Natty Dreads, 4p

Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.86) vs. Livan Hernandez (8-11, 5.22).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBERS: 4 (playoffs), 7 (division)

COMMENTS: Irie! Lively up yourself as the Dodgers get ready to roll the Nattys like a big fattie. Kuroda continues to shake off the effects of that nasty knock to the noggin and whip himself into playoff shape while Hernandez, released by the Mets last month, is finding a home with the bottom-feedingest group of rude boys in the majors. As for the Rockies? The harder they come, the harder they fall. What I say now!

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rbnlaw said...

Here's to putting the Nats on the Bus to Babylon. It's all Highly Selassie.

Josh S. said...

Lucas is ready to roll over those clowns in Washington. What. a. bunch. of. clowns.

Steve Sax said...

Livan, Livan likes his money
He makes a lot they say
Spends his days counting
In a garage by the motorway

Steve Sax said...

Phils up 1-0 in the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader, against the Fish (whom you'd think would be trying here, but maybe not).

Fred's Brim said...

teek toc toe, we beat'em all in a row!

Rock me Hiroki, rock me Broxton
Talk of the country, soooo
Ring the alarm, another batter's dying, woooah-haaay!

JuanLove said...

Furcal, SS
Ethier, RF
Manny, LF
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Blake, 3B
Belliard, 2B
Martin, C
Kuroda, P

rbnlaw said...

Livan was born a pauper to a pawn
on Christmas Day, when the New York Times said "God id Dead?"

He shall be Livan.

Dusty Baker said...

It's only appropriate that JuanLove lay down the lineup today after the GT theme.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty, JuanLove: True true. Thanks JL for the lineup, thanks Dusty for ceding it.

Phils up 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth. These Fish have no backbone, and they've got a whole 'nother game to play after this...

I can't wait until 4p.

Dusty Baker said...

Agree, Sax, I'm seriously not sure how I'm going to make it until 4PM PT.

I keep hitting FF but it turns out my life is in real time, so I can't Tivo ahead to skip the commercials (work).

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: Wait a minute, commercials pay you to watch them (like work pays to to be here)? Sheee-oot, that changes everything!

Nic j said...

Just tuned into kabc a little too early I guess. I was trying to figure out why Charlie Steiner was calling President Obama a sadist. I guess the pregame isn't for another 15 minutes or so.

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, NicJ: what fields of work are you guys in, such that you can tune in at 3p to a game thread? I'm just curious, if you don't want to answer then that's cool too.

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax

"...These fish have no backbone..."

The Florida Jellyfish?

rbnlaw said...

Is it 4 yet?

Nic j said...

Audio Engineer at a recording studio. That and it's my day off.

Or secret agent, yeah that sounds cooler.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax-

Director, Government Relations in a LA County agency. The lobbyist part of that means information management when I'm not in Sacramento or DC, which means I'm always in front of a computer. Or two, as the case may be. I take my own to work, and have a mobile broadband card so I can pull in the audio and/or video for MLB games during the say. I listen to baseball games like others listen to music. I also am able to work from home a lot which takes my multi-tasking mastery to new levels.

Dusty Baker said...

It's 4 o'clock somewhere, RB.

Dusty Baker said...

AM 790 has some right wing drivel right up until the pre-game kicks in. I cannot listen to that station any other time than right when the game is about to kick in. I know it's the historic home of broadcasts, but I sure thought AM 980 was a better fit these last few years before they switch (or switched back) to 790.

Dusty Baker said...

Phiws up 6-0 now. Marlins are boned.

Dusty Baker said...

9-0. Filet o' Fish.

Dusty Baker said...

9-3. A little tartar sauce at the end.

Nic j said...

They are just tiring the phillie offense out so they can make their attack in game two.

Josh S. said...

Turn down the Spanish mic please.

Nic j said...

Is it going t be one of those games?

Doesn't kemp have a terrible avg in this park?

Dusty Baker said...

1 pitch - 1 out.

Fred's Brim said...

damn I thought we were on to something there. i didnt think Guzman was that mobile anymore

Orel said...

Epale, all! Glad to be able to join you today.

Orel said...

Unfortunately it's a Collins/Lyons telecast instead of Vin. Couldn't Vin just watch Gameday and broadcast from that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's take it to these Natty Bumbler-o's.

Fred's Brim said...

ah Marquis Grissom is their 1st base coach. i liked him for us in 2002

Dusty Baker said...

TBLA via a Tweet lays an interesting stat on us:

"Dodgers are 26-8 when Furcal starts out a game on base."

Fred's Brim said...

howdy Orel!

i am getting the Nats coverage, featuring Rob Dibble :/ he has already criticized our starting rotation

Dusty Baker said...

That 1 pitch, 1 out comment seems like a long time ago.

Nic j said...

How can we compete with the nationals rotation of......

Strasburg next year.

Fred's Brim said...

26 pitches ago!

strike 3, inning over, though

Orel said...

Whiff! How many pitches did Kuroda throw?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That took a while.

karina said...

@Nic j "Audio Engineer at a recording studio"

few things are cooler than that.

Dusty Baker said...

26 pitches

Fred's Brim said...

at the time of the draft, I was scared they would bring him up just in time to face us while we were in a dogfight with the Rox and/or vaGiants in the last weeks of the season

yes, I am a Dodger fan

Orel said...

Hi FB! I had wondered where Dibble ended up. I wonder no longer.

Dusty Baker said...

15 strikes, 11 balls. Oh well, it's only one inning...get it out of the way and no harm done.

rbnlaw said...

What up peeps?
End of one, no score.

Fred's Brim said...

Guzman is angry at us for stealing Belliard

Orel said...

"few things are cooler than that."

Nic impressing the lay-deez!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Who's the wise guy who said Guzman has no range left?

rbnlaw said...

Gameday is blazing right now.

Nic j said...

Remember when we were swept in wash last year?

Orel said...

What's up, Rbn? We probably have more people in this Game Thread than are at the game.

rbnlaw said...

Time for a Belli-Yard shot.

Dusty Baker said...

Does anyone ever find themselves arguing balls/strikes based on the GameDay graphics?

*sigh*

Nic j said...

I personally thought secret agent was cooler.

Fred's Brim said...

good job, Ronnie

Orel said...

Guy behind the plate is rockin' the collared-shirt-under-a-sweatshirt look. We might need a ruling from the Fashion Police on that.

rbnlaw said...

No doubt, Orel.
Nice puzzle yesterday. Of course, any puzzle I can solve is a nice one.

Orel said...

J. Martin Koop?

Dusty Baker said...

I was at one of the losing games during the sweep last year...embarrassing.

Nic j said...

Is there a team bet to see who can hit it to guzman the most?

Orel said...

@DB "Does anyone ever find themselves arguing balls/strikes based on the GameDay graphics?"

Rage Against the Machine!

rbnlaw said...

Is Leave-On working that fast, or is Gameday ahead of the pace? Seems like a quick one so far.

Nic j said...

Is the team growing beards?

Orel said...

Thanks, Rbn. It's a relief when you, as the puzzle maker, don't hear "I don't get it"...too much.

Fred's Brim said...

great pickup by Casey for the first out

Orel said...

@Nic "Is there a team bet to see who can hit it to guzman the most?"

Perhaps the Dodgers are playing Dugout Bingo.

Orel said...

Livan is working fast.

Orel said...

The KCAL camera angle makes the field look huge.

Orel said...

Collins & Lyons are complaining about being up so high.

Orel said...

The Bison roams!

Nic j said...

"Collins & Lyons are complaining about being up so high."

kind of going against the Marley theme.

Fred's Brim said...

Matty is looking quite beardy these days

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

I think there's a Ghost in the Machine on some of those called strikes.

karina said...

@Dusty Does anyone ever find themselves arguing balls/strikes based on the GameDay graphics?

it's news if the fight comes in verbal terms.

karina said...

This is one of the those almost hopeless games. Sigh.

Dusty Baker said...

Will they play "Get Up, Stand Up" for 7th inning stretch?

karina said...

@Nic j "kind of going against the Marley theme."

very well played, Sir.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeez, this thread is jammed pack. I have no room to make witty comments.

Dusty Baker said...

"This is one of the those almost hopeless games. Sigh."

KARINA! Did someone drop you a pessimism roofie?!?

Orel said...

Did the Chevy people see the Ford "man step" and go, "We are going to have a field day with this!"

Orel said...

Nice, Nic.

There's always room for smartassery, MLASF!

Dusty Baker said...

I love how a Saturday afternoon game will yield 108 GT comments, but schedule a game in the afternoon of a workday and you'll get 345 GT comments.

Orel said...

Is there a way to get that Dodgers Star Wars T-shirt without buying a ticket?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Orel - What I find funny about that is Ford sponsors the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show.

Nic j said...

Haha they made him get down from that step so hopelessly.

Orel said...

Procrastination is a strong force, Dusty.

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF:
There's always room for MLASF.


And Jell-O

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Guzman's not getting that one!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jimmy Carter put on weight

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

"Procrastination is a strong force, Dusty."

Then the Force is strong in me...

Orel said...

Really, MLASF? I guess Howie Long just closes his eyes during those commercials.

rbnlaw said...

Forkal in scoring position.

Nic j said...

The hitting zone? What's is that a softball term, Collins?

karina said...

Raffy doubles, go Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, the Man Step thing is just *this* close to just say "You pansy-ass bitches."

Orel said...

The Dodger lineup is looking rather beardly. It would be funny if Casey shaved his off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Guzman is getting ri-goddamn-diculous.

Steve Sax said...

Steiner says we're 62-22 when we score first. It's not going to matter, though, if we strand Furcals' ass out there on second.

Nic j said...

Man our risp avg is already horrible.

karina said...

@Dusty i'm through a very hard day and a spectacular headache.

Orel said...

Howie says "man step" with barely contained contempt. Give that man an Oscar.

Orel said...

Sorry to hear it, Karina. May the Dodgers provide some relief.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina

Then watching this game may not be the best remedy for what ills ya. Or hanging out with this crew. ;-)

Nic j said...

Karina can make even a headache sound positive.

Dusty Baker said...

Gotta love the opposite views expressed in the last comments Orel and I made.

I defer to him.

Steve Sax said...

@rbnlaw 4:48p: Love the "always room for Jello" comment. Remember when Kevin and Bean had Ralph say that line every frickin' day for like a year? Good times.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Manny.

Steve Sax said...

MANNY!!! We're on the board!

Orel said...

Manny RBI double down the third-base line! 1-0 Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

1-0 Dodgers! Manny RBI Double

Steve Sax said...

You see, they were just waiting for me to join the GT.

Fred's Brim said...

2-out lightning!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now for some Loney magic.

rbnlaw said...

@Sax.
back when they were funny sometimes. I haven't listened to them in over a year thanks to Adam Carolla, then satellite radio.


MAN-EEE!!! We score.

Steve Sax said...

kempy nubs one, so all we get is one.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, Loney magic will have to wait until next inning

Steve Sax said...

unless he pulls off some sparkling defense, that is

Orel said...

Looks like Manny has tightened his dreads.

Steve Sax said...

@rbn, you actually PAY for radio? I don't know anyone who does that. Interesting.

What was the thinking there, I'm curious? I mean, I hate commercials, but I don't think I'd pay for satellite radio. And given how poorly XM/Sirius stock has performed, I'm thinking I'm not the only one.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you're a lucky man to be watching this game

Dusty Baker said...

Manny got his dreads fix up in conjunction with this GT theme.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KKKKuroda

Orel said...

Day off, Sax. But it means I'll be working this weekend.

Dusty Baker said...

XM/Sirius has MLB Homeplate (baseball talk radio) and every damned game that ever happens, live. Enough said. Sometimes I sit in my car and listen.

[And no, I don't do so while watching kids come out for recess, or with a shotgun on my lap.]

Fred's Brim said...

eeep

Orel said...

Wow, the rare non-throwing error by Furcal.

Nic j said...

I knew furcal was gonna goof that one, it's always the easy ones.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm gonna hafta get going now. If the Dodgers lose, you can blame me. Or Furcal. Whoever.

Fred's Brim said...

damn Raffy

Orel said...

Wow, that was crushed by Dunn. 2-1 Nats.

Fred's Brim said...

ugh that was a meatball

Nic j said...

Damn furcal

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blame Furcal.

rbnlaw said...

Well that inning sucked.

karina said...

Don't worry. King James is gonna show he's better than that Dunn guy.

Orel said...

A bold call by Karina.

Orel said...

But ultimately correct! King James singles!

karina said...

It's the third inning gentlemen, can you say gentler things?. It's a rough game, not an impossible one.

By the way, Orel and Dusty, thanks for the get well wishes.

rbnlaw said...

@Sax.
I can't find much I like on terrestrial radio these days. Yes, no commercials are worth it. DB is right, MLB homeplate is the shnizzle along with about 5 rock stations I rotate through regularly.

As for the stock, I bought 200 shares when it was dirt cheap on the day they announced the refinancing of their debt. I've made about $140 so far.

fanerman said...

I completely forgot the game had started!

Orel said...

I can say Gentile things. Who wants bacon?

rbnlaw said...

Back to back singles; something's cooking.

Orel said...

Single by the Real Beard!

rbnlaw said...

Here comes the game tying run.

Orel said...

More singles than Speed Dating!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Bellitoo! tell Guzman to cram it!

Dusty Baker said...

Will the Real Beard please stand up, please stand up, please stand up?

Fred's Brim said...

the IBB to Russ to get to Hiro!

rbnlaw said...

Belli in the Yard with the RBI.

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO...for Kuroda. Don't swing, Hiroki!

rbnlaw said...

Gotta check out peeps. Soccer practice beckons my rugrats. I'll be watching at the gym whilst they toil.

Orel said...

Nats' pitching coach is named McCatty. Meow!

Orel said...

See ya!

Fred's Brim said...

agreed Orel - take 6 pitches and see what happens!

rbnlaw said...

RANCHO CUCAMONGA!!
Had to add that for DB before I flee.

karina said...

I think it is because i put on my favorite Dodgers shirt

karina said...

I love how Rbnlaw is always driving his kids to sports activities :)

Orel said...

If Kuroda hits a grand slam, does he flip his bat?

Orel said...

Never mind.

Orel said...

Josh S. will be like Rbnlaw in a few years.

Orel said...

Wow, how nice to see Raffy deliver in the clutch! 4-2 Dodgers!

Fred's Brim said...

yay Raffy!

i am sorry for cursing you earlier!

Orel said...

By the way, I like "Bellitoo," FB.

Ethier ground-out RBI. 5-2 Dodgers.

Fred's Brim said...

Dre gets Russ in with a slow grounder

5-2 good guys!

karina said...

That;s what i call the power of redemption.

Dusty Baker said...

Redemption Song, indeed.

Orel said...

Bison RBI #2! 6-2 Dodgers!

Orel said...

Nice, DB. Credit to Karina for forecasting sunny skies.

Mr. Customer said...

Kemp comes through!

Orel said...

Funny, Loney appears clean-shaven.

Orel said...

Loney RBI XBH! 8-2 good guys!

Fred's Brim said...

score til they bleed!

Dusty Baker said...

Does Elias keep beard vs. non-beard stats?

Dusty Baker said...

JLo continues his resurgence! And his away form.

Fred's Brim said...

FJL and CBB with their 2nd ABs this inning

Orel said...

Collins & Lyons seem more comfortable together.

karina said...

"Don't worry. King James is gonna show he's better than that Dunn guy."

9/22/2009 5:08 PM

Well done, King James. That's why you're a royal!

Orel said...

@DB "Does Elias keep beard vs. non-beard stats?"

Ha, nice. I for one would like to know James Loney's NBBABIP.

Nic j said...

Boy did I miss an inning.

Dusty Baker said...

If we load the bases again (high probability), we should call it Three Little Birds instead of Rancho Ardiendo (for this game only).

karina said...

@Orel awwwww, thanks, but i'm not playing , i'm just sending positive vibes so they win.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker how about Tres Pajaritos?

Dusty Baker said...

@ karina

Tres Pajaritos! Perfect.

Dusty Baker said...

NBBABIP

Hmmm. Something about bearding into a double play?

Nic j said...

Alright game over, everyone just lay down bunts and we can end this game in 2 1/2 hours.

Mr. Customer said...

No
Beard
Batting
Average on
Balls
In
Play

Nic j said...

O dog is such a great guy.

Dusty Baker said...

Manny's never yanked one out of the Yard in Washington (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?n1=ramirma02&t=b). Tomorrow would be a good time to do so. Not today because we need to bank some run karma.

Orel said...

This is very unscientific, but there's a bounce in Furcal's step which suggests he's feeling pretty chipper.

Josh S. said...

MVP!

Kidding.

Fred's Brim said...

that's why you look a runner back

Orel said...

Willie Harris: When you're down by six, you might not want to get in a rundown between third and home.

Orel said...

Great Lucas picture, Josh! You realize we're going to track his growth via the evolution of his Dodger clothing.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel, I think that science is air tight.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh, can you do a time lapse photography thing of Luke's entire childhood expressed through his lil dodger togs?

Mr. Customer said...

SD already tied on a couple in Colorado.

Dusty Baker said...

I wish I'd already tied on a couple.

Mr. Customer said...

@Dusty

It's nearly 6! I expected you to be more punctual with your alcohol consumption.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr. C-

Still at work. Times is hard. Still have the long jaunt from mid-town to Pasadena to go, too. I'll struggle through...the 8 runs has given me an extra, Furcal-like spring in my step.

Fred's Brim said...

heh Hiro doesnt like facing Dunn does he?

Dusty Baker said...

4 straight balls?

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