Thursday, October 08, 2009

NLDS Game 2 Thread vs. Jose Cardenal, 3p

I wouldn't mind seeing more of this.

Clayton Kershaw (0-0, -.--) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-0, -.--).

What, we don't even get to bask in the afterglow of the Dodgers' Game 1 victory for at least 24 hours? There's no reason to believe Adam Wainwright will be as ineffective as Chris Carpenter was last night, but there's also no reason to believe Clayton Kershaw can't be much more effective than Randy Wolf was. Although stranding more men than "Lost" can be frustrating, it beats the alternative: more whiffs than alumni of "Friends" and "Seinfeld" combined. (Note: SoSG is not a Nielsen blog.)

Jonathan Broxton joins the multiple-exposure club.

Matt Kemp's highlight blow last night makes it tempting to overlook his defensive lapses to begin and end the game (although the first-inning misplay was largely Ronnie Belliard's doing). Let's hope Gold Glove-Bison returns today. Also overlooked from last night: James Loney and Casey Blake, each 2-for-4 at the plate. With offense again being at a premium today, let's also hope the Dodgers can start a rally before getting two outs.

Does it sound like I'm complaining? Sorry, I don't mean to sound ungrateful. Guess a four-hour nail-biter will do that to you. Today's a new day; the sun will be out, the shadows will be looming. And the Dodgers have the momentum (for what it's worth).

GO BLUE!

Pujols: Jae C. Hong/AP; Broxton: Matt A. Brown/MLB.com

UPDATE 2.37p: 20 minutes to game time...here's a shot from the Stadium from SoSG reader Alejandro Pena:

614 comments:

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rbnlaw said...

That's not going to get out of here.

Steve Sax said...

Keep it coming, Clayton!

Fred's Brim said...

hehe karina - better set your alarm now!

Fred's Brim said...

haha thanks, MLASF

Steve Sax said...

@ Josh S 4.34p: LOL. Nice.

I hope that you have your peanuts at the ballpark where they belong; not in your paycheck.

Fred's Brim said...

fudge!

PavilionBum said...

Yes! Man on second! Inning over!

Fred's Brim said...

how close was that one?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

YEAH!!!


Wait, what?

karina said...

Why wasn't Belliard at second?

PavilionBum said...

Ahhhh, Casey don't DO that!

Steve Sax said...

Two out. Come on, Clayton!

Fred's Brim said...

woah

cmon Clayton, get the last one

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dodger Stadium was not built for 4 o'clock baseball.

PavilionBum said...

Damn, what are the Cards? 3-21 with RISP?

Nic j said...

My heart can't take this.

Steve Sax said...

Sweet! I've lost count of the RISP count; Pavilion Bum, where are we now?

Fred's Brim said...

*unclenches*

Steve Sax said...

hilarious, I jsut asked you the same question.

I do think it's 3-for-21 but I'm not sure

karina said...

Maybe the offense is not what we wish, but they brought big defense

Steve Sax said...

97 pitches, six innings, one run, 4Ks, countless stranded.

Well done, Clayton!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That should be it for Clayton. Now we need Garland/whoever else might pitch to come through bigtime.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim it won't be a problem, since Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the year and i know the excitement will keep my sleep light (besides i don't know if it'll be my last Opening Day of Aguilas baseball in my life)

Steve Sax said...

Russell, come on. If you're not going to get a hit, at least take one in the back like you did last night.

Fred's Brim said...

why is that, karina?

Fred's Brim said...

send one back up the middle, CK

PavilionBum said...

Kershaw home run. Callin' it.

Fred's Brim said...

you bastard

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Go to hell, Lugo.

Steve Sax said...

karina, you're scaring me. Why is it your last opening day?

Nic j said...

quick someone work a 25 pitch walk.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw's plate appearance means he's coming out for a seventh inning.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THE, LUDWICK, THE!

Fred's Brim said...

somebody tell Wainright he isnt this good

fanerman said...

Yay.

PavilionBum said...

Nice, now steal 2nd. F Molina's "reputation".

Steve Sax said...

Single from Raffy!

Wow, I can't believe Wainwright has a TWO-HITTER! Only two hits! Wow.

Fred's Brim said...

the worm is turning...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The crowd sounds like they can't determine what to chant.

fanerman said...

Boo-urns...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was not a hittable pitch.

PavilionBum said...

Well, Ethier, Manny, and Loney next inning.

Keep it up Kersh.

Fred's Brim said...

did we get robbed on that?

Steve Sax said...

Bison's hit was a HUGE one last night, but he's now 1-for-8 in the series.

1-1 through six.

PavilionBum said...

I was impressed how easily they managed to chant "Cardinals Suck" last night. I would've thought a name with three syllables wouldn't roll off the tongue so well.

Fred's Brim said...

haha fat man's picnic

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hah. "Fat man's game"

Fred's Brim said...

jeeez! is that it for Clayton?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I meant picnic.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I HATE THESE FUCKING BLOOPERS

Steve Sax said...

leadoff single.

Come on, Clayton!

karina said...

@Fred's Brim @Steve Sax because i'm moving out of the country. I'm waiting for an interview to see if i'm suitable to immigrate to Australia, if i'm not, i'll go to any country that takes me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DAMMIT TO HELL

fanerman said...

Where is Gold Glover Kemp?

Fred's Brim said...

damn

Orel said...

shit/yay

PavilionBum said...

Damn, well nice job getting the out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I knew Kershaw should have been pulled.

PavilionBum said...

They finally drive in a runner.......and he was on 1st base.

Fred's Brim said...

good luck Karina! Australia would be fun!

fanerman said...

Err, get Kershaw out of there?

Nic j said...

the way Wain is pitching that might be the game.

Orel said...

Jon Weisman will have something to say about this.

Steve Sax said...

@PavilionBum, at least that keeps the RISP numbers deflated

fanerman said...

Good luck Karina!

Fred's Brim said...

can we get Loney to spike Wainright?

Steve Sax said...

Okay, that's it for Clayton, right?

Steve Sax said...

Last night, Joe can't wait to use the bullpen.

Tonight, he may have waited too long?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon Belisario. Let's end this madness.

Steve Sax said...

@karina, come to the US!

Fred's Brim said...

@Orel: yep - there wasn't a really good reason to have him come back out

Nic j said...

Eh, either way we were going to need to score more than 1 to win, and it doesnt look like thats gonna happen.

Fred's Brim said...

sorry - thought that was Wainright with the single

Nic j said...

Wainwright only at 79 pitches

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Alright. Lugo steals second. Now we get the out.

Fred's Brim said...

Nic I think we've still got a shot, but we've got to keep the lead at 1

Fred's Brim said...

haha MLASF - so right

PavilionBum said...

Ok, boys, heart of the order due up. Come on Blue! We got this!

Steve Sax said...

It's okay, we're going to get fired up by GBA and TMOTTB, and then again by the DSB guy.

PavilionBum said...

3-22

karina said...

Nicely done, Belli. By the way, the ESPN announcers say Belisario is going to pitch in Venezuela.

Nic j said...

Eh, two hits through six with no walks doesnt leave me feeling very confident. But last time they got to him in the late innings with two solo shots so who knows.

PavilionBum said...

Man, that Viagra guy is easily swayed. His own reflection made him change his mind with little pressing.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim my older brother lives there and he's the happiest he's ever been on his adult life.

karina said...

Ok, this is lucky seven for the Dodgers.

rbnlaw said...

Nice work from Kershaw.

Leave it to the bats to get us over, now.

Paul said...

Can Dre do it twice? I hope.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh fer the love of crap

rbnlaw said...

@PB
Oh how I want the Viagra man to just kill himself from shame.

Josh S. said...

Bad time for a rare Dre popup.

Nic j said...

that crappy at bat by andre doesnt make me feel very confident either.

Orel said...

nope

PavilionBum said...

Wearing my rally cap.

Paul said...

Damn it we need to take some pitches.

Josh S. said...

Remember when we had Manny Ramirez on this team?

Oh, hey Manny.

Josh S. said...

If you're gonna hit a Molina, hit BENGIE.

Orel said...

Damn, Manny clocked Molina there.

Steve Sax said...

oh shit, who is hurt please don't tell me it's ethier

Fred's Brim said...

oof that sounds bad

Nic j said...

does that count as a hit?


to be serious though i hope he is ok.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wish Manny could hit the ball that hard.

Steve Sax said...

gameday is stuck, can someone tell me what's going on? who is hurt?

PavilionBum said...

@Sax

Monlina, he's fine now.

Nic j said...

someone find out if Gibson is available to PH, we might need him in a few innings.

Fred's Brim said...

take the walk!

Josh S. said...

Brox warming already?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least Manny's working the count.

Paul said...

Come on Manny

rbnlaw said...

I like this at-bat so far.

Orel said...

Keep on hacking, Manny!

PavilionBum said...

Keep fightin' 'em, Manny.

fanerman said...

Damnit!!!

Fred's Brim said...

damn

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit, Manny, you freaking loser.

PavilionBum said...

Outside, damn.

Nic j said...

we are seriously getting two different strikezones.

Steve Sax said...

FJL, now would be a good time for a bomb.

rbnlaw said...

FUCK!
I'm shutting up now.

Paul said...

We at least need a long at bat here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

October Loney?

Nic j said...

that was clearly a ball.

Josh S. said...

FLIPPITY FLAP!!!

Fred's Brim said...

damn!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GAHT DANGIT

fanerman said...

Argh. THE, WAINWRONG, THE.

PavilionBum said...

Whew, this is tough, man. We're still in this.

Steve Sax said...

frickin A, gameday says he almost got that one, right?

Paul said...

Why not at least wait till he gets the first strike? Bah I guess he had a good pitch to drive the other way.

Steve Sax said...

We just need to get our lineup back to Mister Miracle in the next two innings...

rbnlaw said...

mrmrmurmrph!

karina said...

Guys, Pablo Sandoval is playing in Venezuela, which means he could hear me if i boo him...should i?

Josh S. said...

Brox in to face the big guns.

PavilionBum said...

@Sax

not really, but for a second it looked like it was going for the gap.

Fred's Brim said...

Broxton now? i dont like this

Nic j said...

broxton already?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why Broxton?

Orel said...

Broxton vs. Pujols again!

Nic j said...

well the heart of the order is in so i guess brox is out best bet.

Fred's Brim said...

karina, you should throw arepas at him!

karina said...

a 6 out save? what's up?

Steve Sax said...

brox in the 8th. Okay, that's interesting.

PavilionBum said...

Pujols, Holliday, Ludwick.

THATS why Broxton's in.


Pujols pop out. Nice.

Orel said...

Hey, Belisario's playing second!

Nic j said...

are we just setting up the game for Mr. Walkoff?

Paul said...

Big out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just six outs to produce one run. Remember, we had two runs on three pitches yesterday.

Nic j said...

hey broxton was getting some of that Cardinal strikezone.

Nic j said...

is the crowd chants cardinals suck. or one more strike?

Steve Sax said...

Fangraphs has StL at a 75% chance of winning

Orel said...

Good job, Brox. Six outs to get one. Let's go!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't stop believing!

Steve Sax said...

ESPN GameCast says 70%

PavilionBum said...

Big Bad John!

Come on Blue! Don't stop believin'!

Fred's Brim said...

yes!!

i am off a TV for the runs we are about to score!

Nic j said...

Sax, so you're saying theres a chance?

Chris said...

I was thinking the same thing Nic...this is setting up VERY nicely for Dre.

Steve Sax said...

I still can't believe Adam Wainwright has a TWO-HITTER. That's unstoppable! I mean, a TWO-HITTER?!

PavilionBum said...

Everyone, rally caps on. NOW.

Orel said...

Sax, do you want the PGT or shall I?

Paul said...

My hair says come on Dodgers score some runs!!!

Orel said...

Rally pants, off!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Actually, we're at 31% on Fangraphs.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, love the Dumb and Dumber reference: YEAH!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel, I'm off to the other side, so if you can take it that would be great.

Maybe I'll write up a At-GameDay On Computer Recap.

Orel said...

Got it.

Nic j said...

man, crappy at bat after crappy at bat.

Paul said...

My heartrate just went up. Five more outs. Crap.

Nic j said...

that light of hope is getting dimmer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Big Jim's chance to shine!

PavilionBum said...

Send up Thome.

Orel said...

THOME!

Nic j said...

THOME MAGIC MOMENT?!?!

Paul said...

Thome is soooooo due.

Chris said...

time to earn that paycheck, Thome!

Josh S. said...

Sax does it again.

Orel said...

Even the Dugout Club is on its feet!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

So hey all...new guy here...I just found this blog...anyway...I live in S.F. and am so tired of all the gnats fans talking crap...here comes the tomber...let's see him give us a hit...

Orel said...

Does Thome always grab his package at the plate?

karina said...

This is a good time to hit a playoff memory, Hammer

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I WANT BLOOD

Dusty Baker said...

ALERT:

DSB guy was NOT here tonight. This is on him.

fanerman said...

Baserunners!

Orel said...

PLONK!

Nic j said...

that wasnt the hit i was hopeing for.

PavilionBum said...

HBP. I'll take it. Lets go Foo-cal.

Chris said...

Big O!!!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

dunno...but...wouldn't you on national tv?...O-dog!...

Paul said...

Well here comes the dog out of the pound.

Nic j said...

can furcal keep his hot hand going?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THE, WAINWRIGHT, THE

Orel said...

Welcome, SFDF!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BADF has competition

Nic j said...

thome may have scared wangright.

Orel said...

On the mound...Where the Wild Things Are!

Orel said...

Nice try, Pujols.

Josh S. said...

I'm just imagining how different history would have been if Eckersley had plunked Gibby.

Chris said...

O-dog needs to pay better attention over there

Orel said...

Wave that rally towel, Mary Hart!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Thanks for the welcome...this is a cool place...tough curve...need a hit!...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FULL COUNT

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