Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Game 158 Thread: Sept 29 @ Friars, 7p

Chad Billingsley (12-10, 4.07) vs. Cesar Ramos (0-1, 1.69).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers need one win in their last five games, or one Colorado loss in its last six games, to clinch the NL West. 11 opportunities, and only one has to go the Dodgers' way. And this one won't be it.

No, not with Chad Billingsley on the mound, after his last performance which had a promising start (no ball left the infield until the fourth inning) turned into a disaster on one pitch (a game-tying Ryan Zimmerman three-run HR, leaving Bills with an ND). Not with Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake nursing sore hamstrings. Not with a closer who couldn't take advantage of a three-run lead gift-wrapped to him in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon. Not with a team who lost three of four in PNC Park, putting them 3-4 on this roadtrip against the majors' worst. Not with a Padre pitcher making the first big-league start of his career.

Nope, it's not going to happen today. Might as well wait until tomorrow.

illustration: My Medicated Cartoon Life

316 comments:

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Steve Sax said...

There we go.

Nic j said...

Uh Oh.

Orel said...

Just turned on the TV. Does Bills' delivery look a little different?

Dusty Baker said...

New page

Steve Sax said...

Chad can't find MSB's miniscule strike zone, one-out walk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I see where this is going.

Orel said...

I must counteract Sax's pessimism.

Orel said...

Creepy avatar, DB. "Because I'm smaaaaart!"

Orel said...

Matt, who are you betting on tonight?

Nic j said...

Chad changed his delivery after he gave up the homerun.

Paul said...

A walk to a powerhouse. Very smart Chad. Now we get to face weak hitting Gonzalez.

Orel said...

Bills has a goatee!

Paul said...

Two walks. Why don't we just take him out by default at the start of the 6th?

karina said...

It's always on the sixth...

Dusty Baker said...

We're all going to diiiiiiie!!!

Orel said...

I believe in you, Chadley!

Orel said...

Who wants a pony?

Dusty Baker said...

We go to the 11th still tied Rox/Brews 5-5.

Nic j said...

One more Chad!

Dusty Baker said...

98 pitches

Paul said...

Two outs! How come this feels like the 9th inning to me?

Nic j said...

Fuck, come on man.

Orel said...

RANCHO SANDIEGO

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sweet dancing Moses

Dusty Baker said...

KempKershaw, are you watching?

Nic j said...

Bases loaded with a rusty Mendoza hitter.

Paul said...

Fuckin shitburgers. You know how hard it is to walk the bases loaded when your opponent is the Padres?

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho this isn't god damned little league

Steve Sax said...

here comes the backbreaker

Orel said...

Don't run on the Bison!

Nic j said...

Should have been worse.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

One run feels like a mountain.

Steve Sax said...

Chad indeed gives up the lead. 2-1 Padres. We suck.

Nic j said...

Sax the human straw man?

Steve Sax said...

Nobody even liked my shakespearean reference, early on.

Orel said...

Glenn Hoffman, still a Dodger.

Orel said...

Greg Lukerson in for the Padres.

Nic j said...

Chad can still get a win.

Dusty Baker said...

Home Lo

Nic j said...

Well we have to actually score though.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is truly awful.

Dusty Baker said...

Did Petco put a giant magnet under the infield and a magnet in the balls so all our "hits" go to ground?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate to think that's as close as we'll get to a big hit for the rest of the game.

Dusty Baker said...

Giambi just popped out, so at least he can't make something happen. Speaking of, Thome coming up.

Nic j said...

Thome's magic moment?

karina said...

DeWitt will start the reaction. It ain't over 'till it's over

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thome will save us all

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

"Nobody even liked my shakespearean refernce..."

That was the unkindest cut of all.

Matt said...

Orel, I would have bet on the Dodgers, but it seems that everything is closed in Primm except for the weekends when everyone is driving home! Whiskey Pete, you disappoint me...

Steve Dittmore said...

Rox win

Dusty Baker said...

Rox win!

Josh S. said...

Frackin' Ianetta. It's all up to us.

Nic j said...

Looks like we gotta win it ourselves.

Orel said...

Now we get the satisfaction of earning the clinch.

Matt said...

Thanks for nothing Colorado!

Dusty Baker said...

They are really using that big curve against Thome.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SCORE SOME FUCKING RUNS

Nic j said...

This is getting brutal

Josh S. said...

I can't tell if this team has forgotten or remembered that they're the Dodgers.

Paul said...

Sax

what did you say?

All the world is a stage
and all men and women merley players
they have their exits and entrances
and one man his time plays many parts
His acts being blow it in th 6th and holy shit can we do anything right???

Dusty Baker said...

I'm starting to question whether Sax and I should really be expressing so much optimism.

Nic j said...

I think kuos arm is crapping out again

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's it, Kuo. Walk the catcher who's batting .238 to start the inning.

Nic j said...

Well, there's that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, that's game. Another loss.

Orel said...

Kuo no.

Dusty Baker said...

There once was a team from L.A.,
Who into October will play;
But Bills needs a fix,
To get past the 6th,
What an embarrassing display.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just an effort in futility now.

karina said...

Did he morph into his father? just in time to play the Dodgers?

Mr. Customer said...

Reading through the comments, I vote we go back to the Charley Steiner jinx schtick.

It's like watching a game with Eyeore.

Dusty Baker said...

There once was a team from L.A.,
Who into October will play;
But can we count on Kuo?
Most might say no,
As we watch him throw this away.

Orel said...

Dodgers just setting up the big come-from-behind victory. Just you wait.

Nic j said...

.82 era in 33 innings? Great.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Five outs left

Orel said...

I'm no pro baseball player, but don't batters usually keep an eye out for meatballs down the middle? Especially with a full count?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now four, plus a strike.

Dusty Baker said...

Ethier has been sucking hind teat lately, continuing through that last shit-ass at bat.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Three outs. Let's just hand them the game so we don't have to burn another arm from the 'pen.

Nic j said...

I think there is going to be alot of upset LA sports reporters driving back up to LA after the game.

Steve Dittmore said...

Anyone know our record when Casey Blake is NOT in the lineup. I'm beginning to think he is MVP.

Orel said...

Don't forget, we are still going to the playoffs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin knows the Yiddish vernacular well.

Orel said...

Wow, I'm even annoying me.

Nic j said...

Vin always knows how to kick a fan when they are down.

Dusty Baker said...

Beto Duran Tweet:

"Reliever Scott Elbert bounced a pitch off the catcher into RF. He'll be in in the 8th"

Orel said...

L*BERT

Paul said...

"We have five more games man" Matt Kemp

Make it four Matt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think the whole "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" argument has gone down the drain with this game. There is a recurring trend happening that is freaking me out.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, it's definitely a trend not an anomaly at this point.

Nic j said...

Is there such a thing as choking with a playoff spot already clinched?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre's managing like we're still in this game. The naive old fool.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, just plugging back in.

Of course Colorado won.

Of course we are about to lose our third straight and fourth of five.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm with Sax now. I give up on this game. Bring on whoever pitches tomorrow.

Orel said...

2+1 right here, baby.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now Bell comes in, that big fat taco loving jerk. I guess we don't have to worry about whether or not KCAL would show the champagne baths.

Nic j said...

When I need Bell to save a game he blows it. When I need him to blow it, he looked like Mariano. (just fatter)

Nic j said...

How many attempts do you get at clinching a division before you celebratory rights are revoked?

Josh S. said...

I am done with Manny. DONE.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two outs left. It would be much more tolerable without the damn caught-looking strikeouts.

Mr. Customer said...

I kinda don't know what to say, at this point.

Paul said...

Manny is old, slow and unmedicated.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

One out left. Even the regular K's are brutal.

Alex Cora said...

Hurry, put the bubbly away!!

Josh S. said...

Get your L.A. Wild Card hoodies now!

Dusty Baker said...

Manny doesn't even look like he cares one way or another at this point. Lil bitch.

Nic j said...

Alot of manny bashing tonight. I guess it somewhat deserved.

Fred's Brim said...

Finishing the Job: It has something that has escaped us the last half of the season for the most part. Failing to get guys home from third with less than two outs, letting hitters get away with two strikes, allowing two-out runs to come home after getting a tough second out (many of those with the batter having two strikes), or like tonight, via the two-out wild pitch. When we play like this, we lose. And now, as a team, the poor play during the recent road trip, the last 3 games especially, when accomplishing a goal is right in front of them. I don't mind losing, but I hate it when it's because of poor play. It's all so infuriating to me and I wish they would turn it around.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I couldn't care less about Manny. The entire team is stinking it up.

Fucking fuck and fuckity fuck this is brutal.

Nic j said...

When did we turn into the mets?

Orel said...

We'll get 'em tomorrow! Or the next day! Or the next! Maybe! PGTUP

Alex Cora said...

Wow, all K's. We are in a serious funk. Well, I have tixs for Sat, maybe they will clinch then...

Fred's Brim said...

i say no bubbly, even when we do clinch

Dusty Baker said...
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Orel said...

Well put, FB.

Dusty Baker said...

FB- No bubbly for us, or them?

rbnlaw said...

Sigh.

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