Monday, September 28, 2009

Game 157 Thread: Sept 28 @ Buccaneers, 9:30a

Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 3.65) vs. Zach Duke (10-15, 4.06).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBER: 1

What a rarity, a Monday-morning game. But it's probably a good thing if it can clear the stench of yesterday's game from the air. Can the Dodgers redeem themselves, or will they head to San Diego having lost four of seven to the league's two worst teams? Never cease trusting!

(Thanks to Loney Fan for the picture!)

101 comments:

PenosCabell said...

Damn. Gotta go to work.

Enjoy the game everyone.

Go Dodgers.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, we are up bright and early today. Let's see if we can dwindle this magic number and be done with this.

2.5 games ahead of Philly, 3.0 games ahead of St Louis.

Fred's Brim said...

I am angry this morning

rbnlaw said...

I'll be in meetings all day starting in about 15 min.
Can we get them to start the game now?

Two meltdowns by Brox all year does not make him the new Brad Lidge.

Steve Sax said...

@rbnlaw: to Steve Berthiaume, it apparently does. Check out the latest post.

It's "journalism" like this that makes me sick. Factually inaccurate, devoid of any specific references; I may as well be talking to the homeless guy living in the dumpster down the street.

Steve Sax said...

I also like how Orel equates redemption with a split with the Pirates. It's hard to get psyched here, boys.

Wicks said...

How is the magic number down to one? Everything I have seen says it is 2, including mlb.com and the highlight show this morning on the MLB network.

Fred's Brim said...

it is because we hold a tiebreaker over the Rockxs?

JuanLove said...

Wicks, we clinched a playoff spot so at the very least, we get the wild card.

we own the season series from Colorado, so if we tie, we win the west.
therfore instead of 2 it's 1.

get it, or are you still confused? It is kinda confusing
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Pierre, LF
Hudson, 2B
Ethier, RF
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Loretta, 3B
Ausmus, C
Castro, SS
Kuroda, P

long time no see O-Dog in the 2-hole

karina said...

I'm looking for something i read very early this morning and i can't find it, it's there's a 5 game lead on 6 games as today, though it's true the Rockies end the season at Dodger, the series between both teams was clearly won over the Rockies 12-3.

Disclaimer: i read it about 5:30 am and i might not have retained it well.

karina said...

JuanLove, can you make the lineup in one post? just for superstition issues...

Dusty Baker said...

Hah! Karina with the (correct) superstition call!

@RB You're probably right re Broxton, but in the heat of the moment, and in the throes of Dodger passion, whilst losing to the Pie Rats on 4 runs in the 9th inning against your best closer, it does mean he's the metaphorical Brad Lidge, as least for that moment in time.

If we win, I have ordered no celebration in the office. No shaking the coffee pot and spraying it on me, no plastic sheeting to keep the file cabinets dry, no visit from corporate, etc.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm out all day today, so you guys have to fill in for me.

Dusty Baker said...

Pierre, LF
Hudson, 2B
Ethier, RF
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Loretta, 3B
Ausmus, C
Castro, SS
Kuroda, P

[Via JuanLove]

Nic j said...

Already off to an awesome start.

It's fitting
that the dodgers have the opportunity to clinch the division and they are probably playing in front of the least people they will all year.

Dusty Baker said...

Yesterday: Sunday (so no work). Beer on ice. Special beverages at the ready. Cuban cigar already cut and ready. Dodger accoutrement placed around viewing area. Ready for a clinch.

Today: Work. Bad coffee. No video (blackout on MLB.TV). No AUDIO cause something is fucked up on my feed. Work. Sobriety.

A study in contrasts.

Dusty Baker said...

Love FB's first comment of the day:

"I am angry this morning"

This should be the title of the GT.

Nic j said...

Man the team is playing embarassingly bad.

Nic j said...

WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT !!!!!!

Erin said...

Just stopped by to say that this is maybe the most embarrassing two innings of baseball I've seen the Dodgers play this season.

Nic j said...

Erin, this is the most embarassing road trip of the season.

Dusty Baker said...

Erin, did you see the last inning yesterday? We should tack that one on and call it three in a row.

Since MLB has FUCKED UP my audio feed, GameDay can't begin to tell the story. YOY was Loretta trying to steal?

Erin said...

Holy god. I really didn't think it could continue.

Erin said...

Good points, Nic and DB.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks, Nic, for properly backing up and taking the snapshot at 30,000 ft. This IS the most embarrassing road trip. It makes road trips I took in college seem meaningful and productive.

Fred's Brim said...

i am angry this afternoon

Dusty Baker said...

Don't make FB angry. You won't like him when he's angry.

Fred's Brim said...

MLB audio not working for me either DB - I thought my office had finally caught up to me

karina said...

Fred's Brim is tuned with my feelings this morning/afternoon, are you my Jedi Master?

Dusty Baker said...

No, MLB audio outage all around. So not only is it blacked out for video, but the audio isn't working. Good way to keep customers, MLB!

Dusty Baker said...

In play, run(s)??? What the FUCK is going on?

Fred's Brim said...

TV is working for me, so I will listen to that - I don't think I could risk watching it at work.

karina said...

In very good news i'm sure you don't care, Venezuela just scored the second goal on the World Cup (sub-20). If they win this one, next round is a lock.

la vinotintoooooo, que viva, que viva!

Dusty Baker said...

This whole road trip has been a real confidence builder for our pitching staff from starters to relief.

Fred's Brim said...

I am now very sad

Erin said...

WOW.

Fred's Brim said...

Why didnt they IBB Jones?

karina said...

You guys are confusing me, Gameday is not cooperating. In other good news, it's 3-0 on penalty kick.

and people wonder why i'm a sports fan: if a team fails, the other one steps up to the game.

Fred's Brim said...

what the hell is going on? how does Jones steal second?

Erin said...

I wish this team could show just a little bit of fight. Even the comebacks on this trip have been gifts from the other team, via walks or errors or whatever. How can this team be playing like this with the chance to clinch the frickin' division?

Fred's Brim said...

if we arent going to show up, just do it for real. Go to the airport and get on a plane and not come to the ballpark

Nic j said...

It's early and I imagine it's hard to get up for a game that you will be playing in front of 5000 people.

But still this sucks.

Fred's Brim said...

i am angry again

Nic j said...

I knew this series was going to be bad. I still remember last year when they scored like 15 runs on us here.

karina said...

I knew this morning, at 5 am, when i didn't wanted to wake up and get my morning run, this day would suck.

5 runs is unacceptable, unless your name is Andy LaRoche.

Dusty Baker said...

I answer one call and turn back around to FIVE RUNS BEING SCORED? In a way I'm almost glad I can't hear it, or I might start breaking work decorum. Cause otherwise I never do that *eye roll*

Fred's Brim said...

I don't like that Joe started the B team today.

Dusty Baker said...

I totally agree, FB. I would have run those sad sacks from yesterday right back out there no matter how tired they might have been.

However, I did just hear (MLB audio back up for the moment) that part of it was injury related as Belly 2.o can't go, Beard back in LA for treatment, etc.

karina said...

What do you guys think about changing my avatar during the course of this game thread?

Dusty Baker said...

MLB back out in the time it took me to type that last comment.

Fuck this day. 3 martini lunch is in order.

Nic j said...

Im telling myself that they are throwing the game cause Casey Blake isn't there and they don't want to celebrate without him.

Dusty Baker said...

It couldn't hurt, Karina. I mean, what are they going to do, score 5 runs against on of our playoff game starting pitchers?

Fred's Brim said...

I like that Nic - that's what I am going with too

Fred's Brim said...

who's our next opponent? I hope it's not the Orioles

karina said...

@Fred's Brim almost. It's the Padres.

Dusty Baker said...

I never thought I'd get to watch Cy Young pitch, but this season, especially toward the end, I've gotten to see him a lot. This guy is really good!

Erin said...

There. I changed my avatar.

Dusty Baker said...

At least we haven't fallen into the old trap of leaving so many runners in scoring position. We solved it by just not having many runners in scoring position at all!

Dusty Baker said...

Erin- Folks should be careful out there shagging fly balls.

Your friend,
Clayton

Dusty Baker said...

"Mark Loretta strikes out swinging. Three out."

Dusty Baker said...

Throw at Duke/Cy Young!

Fred's Brim said...

Andy taking out some anger. we gonna groove one for Peewee too?

Fred's Brim said...

hahaha amazing

Erin said...

Oh, come on!

Erin said...

This is absurd. Can the Dodgers just forfeit now so I can go on with my day?

Fred's Brim said...

@karina, I have just turned it off. If they make the amazing comeback, shame on me for not believing in them

Talk to you guys tomorrow night when Chad clinches it for us

Nic j said...

This may pass Jason Marquis 86 pitch complete game shutout as the worst loss of the year.

Dusty Baker said...

Tuning out now, folks. Call me what you will. We don't deserve this humiliation.

For the record, and like FB, I am angry this afternoon.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, one last thing: Thanks, Dodgers! I might actually get to see us clinch in person, and my tickets are for Saturday night!

chexxum said...

Whoa, that 2nd strike to Milledge was basically in the dirt. Umpires trying to speed up the game?

chexxum said...

Welp, there goes the only reason I would have continued to watch this game :(.

fanerman said...

Hmm. Things are not looking too hot right now.

Steve Sax said...

What, the F, is going on here. 7-0? Pirates? Please.

Steve Sax said...

Maybe we just thought we'd rather celebrate in San Diego? Fiesta?

Dr. Geek said...

" Steve Sax said...
Maybe we just thought we'd rather celebrate in San Diego? Fiesta?"

It is closer to the Mexican border.

karina said...

I tried to continue with my day, come back and it's 9-0. Totally awful.

Josh S. said...

I'm back at work today, which makes me grumpy.

I'm dealing with network failure, which makes me grumpier.

And then I find out WE'RE FUCKING DOWN NINE TO NOTHING TO THE GODDAMN PIRATES?!!

Fuck this day in the ear.

karina said...

This is my fault, they were down by 5 when i changed my avatar.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck me in the armpit! 9-0 (and counting)! How are we going to live this down?

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And how is the team going to live this down?

Dusty Baker said...

[Revised]

Fuck me in the armpit! 11-0 (and counting)! How are we going to live this down?

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And how is the team going to live this down?

Eric said...

Wow- 3 hits all day, 2 errors, and no one on base in three innings and down 11-0 to the Parrots.

Do we get the mercy rule and cut this off an inning early? T_T

Josh S. said...

This is a goddamn nightmare.

And the Rox are idle, so we just get to wallow in this until tomorrow.

Nic j said...

Wow, another homerun for Andy. They have to be throwing this game.

Josh S. said...

Maybe Pittsburgh champagne sucks.

karina said...

Celebrating in California is a whole sweeter.

chexxum said...

DODGERS SCORE!!!!

chexxum said...

what the fuck, asshole Pirates manager takes out Zach Duke?

Dusty Baker said...

We get another chance to try the Veal.

Nic j said...

Why the fuck take him out of the game now.

karina said...

Good side: it wasn't a shutout (or nueve arepas).

Wasn't it the worst game of the season?

Dusty Baker said...

My heart says last night's game pissed me off more. But again, I couldn't actually watch this one, and it was our B team.

18 innings of shit sandwich.

Dusty Baker said...

My lincecum hurts and I have an infected bumgarden.

chexxum said...

At least you didn't buster your posey up.

Josh S. said...

"Chin-lung Hu out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Orlando Hudson scores."

If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about how pathetic this loss was, I don't know what does.

JuanLove said...

a caller called into Dodger talk and said the Dodgers are playing mind games to the other teams lol

then Suchon gave some examples of other WS chammps who struggled right before they got into the playoffs and eventually won.

06 Cards(06 Tigers lost, but got there after struggling), 07 Sox, 2000 yanks lost like 7 in a row to end the season

just one of those games tonight.

Loney Fan said...

Glad you liked the picture enough to use it as a game thread but there has to be something that jinxed the team today. I will not be sending any more pictures for game threads.

rbnlaw said...

Rancho Crapola!!

Mr. Customer said...

@rbnlaw

I don't have words to express what that was. I suppose those are as good as any.

Dusty Baker said...

Perhaps FB summed it up best when he intoned, "I am angry this morning."

Dusty Baker said...

Just saw this Tweet:

"@AJGP03 - I AM TWEET FROM VENEZUELA, HOY VAMOS A CONSEGUIR LA VICTORIA QUE NOS DE EL CAMPEONATO DE LA DIVISION, LET'S GO DODGERS!!!!"

Karina, are you Tweeting your optimism for all to see and read?

Dusty Baker said...

RB, and for those of you just joining us:

In Neeebsian fashion, here is a summation of our feelings about today’s game:

• I am angry this morning

• It's hard to get psyched here, boys.

• Man the team is playing embarassingly bad.

• WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT !!!!!!

• …maybe the most embarrassing two innings of baseball I've seen the Dodgers play this season.

• …makes road trips I took in college seem meaningful and productive.

• i am angry this afternoon

• In play, run(s)??? What the FUCK is going on?

• I am now very sad

• i am angry again

• Fuck this day. 3 martini lunch is in order.

• Can the Dodgers just forfeit now so I can go on with my day?

• We [SoSG posters] don't deserve this humiliation.

• Fuck this day in the ear.

• Fuck me in the armpit!

• This is a goddamn nightmare.

• 18 innings of shit sandwich.

• Rancho Crapola!!