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:

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Dusty Baker said...

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

PavilionBum said...

Was hopping O-Dog would get the start. Hopefully Belly can bounce back.

Dusty Baker said...

Headed out to pick up my boss, get some ales in, and congregate around the Loge Lounge before settling into my seats.

You boys behave yourselves in the GT today, ok? None of this "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" video scenarios like what happened a couple of weeks ago! Orel is still trying to get the wine stains out of the white carpet.

Brandon said...

Thank goodness for Slingbox

Mr. Customer said...

Getting all wound up. still have a a couple of hours to burn before I have to hit the road for the ravine, but productivity is definitely suffering.

Josh S. said...

Albert Pujols:
The Greatest Kickball Player in the Game

Nic j said...

I think it was MTSI that made a case for belli2 starting because of way better numbers against Wainer (does he have a nickname?)

I'm sure o dog will get a start soon.

Josh S. said...

WainWRONG, amirite?

(I am right.)

Nic j said...

Well played Josh, well played.

koufax said...

if belly 2.0 has a rough day at the plate, i am starting the free o-dog campaign.

Fred's Brim said...

Release the Hound?

koufax said...

trying out a new avatar tonight

Neeebs said...

Having a little carnitas michoacan before the game.

QuadSevens said...

Productivity is definitely down here. Got my radio on and waiting to hear those golden tones of Vin Scully. Go Dodgers!

Neeebs said...

Now at the Loge Terrace downing a hefeweizen (3d base)

rbnlaw said...

When the Dawg came in to pinch run last night, I couldn't help but notice his body language. He seemed a bit "miffed."

Need to come out aggressive and knock the Cards back into the deck.

Let's get this shit started!

rbnlaw said...

Hey neeebs,
Where's Carnitas Michocan? Is it off Echo Park Blvd?

Steve Sax said...

We can still lose today and be 1-1 going back to St. Louis for two. Today is just as important; Kershaw has got to be on.

Let's go, Dodgers!

Neeebs said...

@rbn

I have no idea. Its really close to the stadium. My wingman navigated me there.

rbnlaw said...

OK, this is cool. I'm mapping out the route to St. Genevieve HS for my wife (the Saints of St. Anthony HS are taking on the dreaded Valliants of St. Genevieve in volleyball today) and I notice that her route will invariably take her past Dodger Stadium. As I zoom in to look at the stadium, certain "landmarks" pop up on the map. One was the Shortstop; the other El Compadre Mexican Restaurant.

I love modern technology.

Steve Sax said...

Let's go let's go let's go let's go

Steve Sax said...

Argh! It's the reptilian one, leading off for the Cards! AHHHHHHHHHH

PavilionBum said...

It was great to be at the game last night. Never seen a Dodger post-season win in person before.

But tonight I've got SOSG game thread duties. Go Blue!

Nic j said...

Geico?

Dusty Baker said...

Slash with the national anthem!

QuadSevens said...

Vin Scully is talking to me. Life is good.

Fred's Brim said...

word to that, Q7!

Orel said...

Did Slash pull a Hendrix?

Orel said...

Siddown, Pornstache!

PavilionBum said...

Great pitch Kersh!

Orel said...

On your feet, Dodger fans!

QuadSevens said...

1-2-3 inning! Love it!

Orel said...

1-2-3 inning for Kershaw! 16 pitches!

PavilionBum said...

1-2-3! Time to run Wainwirght just like his buddy Carpenter.

Steve Sax said...

Three up three down for Kershaw! 0-0 after a half-inning.

Orel said...

Make that 17 pitches!

Orel said...

COL 5, PHI 4, bot 9
Phils have 2 on, 2 out

Orel said...

Shane Victorino up. Huston Street still pitching.

Steve Sax said...

Two on, two out for the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth

Orel said...

I'm pulling for the Rockies here.

Fred's Brim said...

Vin droppin Dubya-Dubya-Two knowledge!

Orel said...

That almost hit Furcal.

Orel said...

Street really burying balls in the dirt. Nice saves by Yorvit.

PavilionBum said...

@Orel. Same here. I hope those two beat each others brains out in a full 5 game series.

Orel said...

Line drive to Barmes! Rox win!

PavilionBum said...

Rockies win.

Orel said...

Way to work it, Raffy.

Orel said...

Furcal 7-pitch AB. Moral victory?

Orel said...

Kemp Ks. Tough curve.

Orel said...

Wainwright touching 95 mph.

Orel said...

Andre just looked at two straight 95-mph fastballs.

Orel said...

Three. Caught looking. Why?

Steve Sax said...

hmm, okay. 2Ks for wainwright in the first. 0-0.

Josh S. said...

Wainwright is on. No shock there. It's a long game.

Maybe we can steal first.

Orel said...

SHIT

Fred's Brim said...

dammit

fanerman said...

DAMNIT!

PavilionBum said...

Damn. Well they scored 1st last night too.

Josh S. said...

Feh.

This happening last night would have been way worse, though.

Fred's Brim said...

i can't stand Holliday

Orel said...

Holliday homers on a 73-mph curveball.

Steve Sax said...

Shit.

Orel said...

Keep them to solo HRs, Clayton.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon guys

Orel said...

Blake can't barehande the slow bouncer by Ludwick. Not a great inning so far.

Orel said...

Where is Mary Hart?

Steve Sax said...

settle down, Clayton, we'll be fine...

Orel said...

Jam shot bloop single for Molina.

Fred's Brim said...

more trash

fanerman said...

A bloop!?!

PavilionBum said...

Well, now the triple play is in order.

Orel said...

Exactly the type of inning that could unnerve a young pitcher. C'mon, Kershaw!

Steve Sax said...

Okay, we saw one of those frickin' bloopers in the first inning last night, too.

Double play ball right here...

Josh S. said...

Vin has so far referred to Ryan Ludwick as both "Vern Ludwick" and "Ludwig".

Oh for crap's sake, catch these bloops!

PavilionBum said...

KKershaw! Now lets turn two.

Steve Sax said...

K.

Okay, now we can get the double play.

Orel said...

DeRosa Ks on a 82-mph...slider? One out.

Chris said...

Hola, SOSG peeps! Looking forward to another great game today...hopefully the boys will settle down here.

fanerman said...

Woot DP!

Orel said...

6-4-3!

Fred's Brim said...

yessir! let get this back!

PavilionBum said...

Way to go Kersh! Now lets get that run back.

PavilionBum said...

Anyone else think showing these sexy women, then saying "Black taco" is a little......odd.

Steve Sax said...

BOOM There's the double play we wanted!

Steve Sax said...

Loney HR, you heard it here first

Steve Sax said...

Vin is waxing poetic on the shadows

Fred's Brim said...

cmon guys, let's break the seal

Steve Sax said...

Oh well, so much for that HR thought. Next AB, then.

Steve Sax said...

We haven't hit the ball out of the infield yet, in two innings.

Orel said...

Way to have the shades on, Ethier.

Steve Sax said...

looks like we're going to need that bullpen early again today. 8 pitches to wainwright?

Fred's Brim said...

ugh not Lugo - that guy is a bum

Steve Sax said...

i hate that iguana

Orel said...

Ladies and gentlemen: Julio Lugo with a double, ensuring Pujols will bat this inning. Shee-it.

Steve Sax said...

Cardinals 3-for-15 with RISP so far

Steve Sax said...

Orel, Lugo could get doubled off of second. Or picked off.

Orel said...

Nice block by Russell.

Orel said...

That is true, Sax. And Manny could hit a HR.

Orel said...

Kershaw already at 50 pitches. Garland will be in next.

Steve Sax said...

come on, clayton

PavilionBum said...

2 out. Now the battle begins......or an IBB.

Steve Sax said...

do we IBB pujols?

Orel said...

5-3. Lugo stays at second. Time to IBB Pujols.

Steve Sax said...

Cards now 3-for-16 with RISP

Fred's Brim said...

ugh i dont like this

Orel said...

Albert looks unimpressed.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, IBB it is.

Steve Sax said...

I have a bad feeling about this.

Orel said...

Way to wriggle out of it, Kershaw! Still 1-0 Cards!

Steve Sax said...

All right!

In play, out(s)

PavilionBum said...

Great job Kersh!

rbnlaw said...

I like walking PooHoles.
I don't like facing a Mad HollyDay.

Steve Sax said...

3-for-17 with RISP

rbnlaw said...

Whew. . .

Steve Sax said...

let's get some MO

(not you, Rick)

Orel said...

Off to the other side. Switching to radio.

Fred's Brim said...

yes! and Pujols and Holliday are gone until the next time through the lineup

Fred's Brim said...

let's get somebody on base

rbnlaw said...

This "bend, don't break" defense of the Dodgers reminds me of the old UCLA defense.

rbnlaw said...

See you on the other side, Orel.

Steve Sax said...

Positive omen: the radio lead-in song here is Hall and Oates' "Out of Touch".

We're going to score. Hall and Oates will make it so.

fanerman said...

Oh lame.

Steve Sax said...

well at least Belli2 hit it out of the infield

Fred's Brim said...

dammitall!
we aren't very lucky today so far

Chris said...

wow, nice catch (unfortunately)

rbnlaw said...

Ugh. I think the Dawg's wrist must be bothering him more than we're being lead to believe.
But then, Torre is not one to mislead.

Nic j said...

Wainwrong on his way to a CG.

Steve Sax said...

russell martin, continuing to be toothless...sigh.

Fred's Brim said...

we've cleared the pitcher at least

but that's what happens when the opposing pitcher is perfect through 3

Steve Sax said...

Wainwright makes quick work of us the first pass through the lineup. Only 40 pitches, too.

PavilionBum said...

I think we'll break through second time through the order. (Been thinking that since the 1st inning, but I was holding out hope for the bottom half of the lineup).

Fred's Brim said...

time for a coke and some cheez-its

fanerman said...

Wainwrong sucks.

Chris said...

what happened to all of those Dodger base runners from last night?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DIE, LUDWICK, DIE!

Which of course is German for "The, Ludwick, The"

Josh S. said...

Please stop talking about the shadows.

Fred's Brim said...

gawd - the tension just jumps off the scale when Steiner and Monday check in

Fred's Brim said...

did Ronald Bellisario pitch that inning?

PavilionBum said...

Clayton settling down. This is our inning.

Chris said...

Not to perpetuate the conversation, but I'm with you Josh.

Steve Sax said...

1-2-3, nine-pitch inning. Way to go, Clayton!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Did I mention I also hate Matt Holliday?

Josh S. said...

The shadows comment was aimed at the announcers, not anyone here, btw.

I have perfect TV/radio sync today, if anyone cares.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I care, Josh. I care.

Everytime I hear something about the shadows I think of this

PavilionBum said...

I think of Kaz Ishii getting his forehead cracked. Ugly.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Adam Wainwright has a no-hitter going!

A NO-HITTER!

Imagine that?

Fred's Brim said...

DRE!!!!!

fanerman said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

YOU DID IT SAX!

PavilionBum said...

ANDRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QuadSevens said...

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!

Steve Sax said...

YEAH ANDRE

NO MORE NO HITTER!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Nice going, Sax!!!

Chris said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

fanerman said...

DREDAD!!!!!

fanerman said...

I think Steve Sax gets credit for breaking the no-hitter.

karina said...

Dre rocks Wainwright!

Epale, everyone!

PavilionBum said...

Now it's time to take a trip to Mannywood.

Chris said...

Nice job, Sax!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now that's what I call a moon shot!

Josh S. said...

A wet diaper made me miss Dre's homer!

My son's diaper, not mine.

Josh S. said...

I mean, uh...nevermind.

Nic j said...

The Ethier Strikes Back

PavilionBum said...

Black boots, black pants, Black taco? ewwww...

Fred's Brim said...

hi karina! nice timing!

Josh S. said...

Had to rewind the DVR and get my Zombie Nation on.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Clayton - these are the bums of their lineup. Get them out!

PavilionBum said...

When did a World Series celebration become more than just giving the pitcher a pat on the back?

Steve Sax said...

Man on second, one out. Come on, Clayton!

PavilionBum said...

Runner in scoring position, thank god, now the Cards will start getting out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

K the lizard, Kershaw!

Fred's Brim said...

that's the Lugo i love

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Kershaw, keep it coming

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice, PB. Nice.

Fred's Brim said...

now get Ryan and deal with Pujols next inning

Steve Sax said...

Okay kids, let's get this GT to the next page.

Fred's Brim said...

yes I like it!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SIDDOWN, STIRRUPS

PavilionBum said...

YES! New tactic. Walk the first batter, throw a wild pitch to get him the 2nd. Then getting the next 3 guys will be easy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Si se puede! We goin' all da weigh dis yeer!

Steve Sax said...

3-for-19 with RISP! Clayton's second K makes sure that Rasmus's leadoff single doesn't come around to score!

1-1, middle 5

Fred's Brim said...

it's Beard time

karina said...

@Fred's Brim i just got home, i was desperate and traffic didn't help the cause (i didn't pick up my season tickets because i was late for the game, i'll pick up them very first thing in the morning).

@Mr LASF si se puede! si se puede!

Fred's Brim said...

karina, is the first game tomorrow?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon, Belly 2.0, redeem yourself.

Josh S. said...

In honor of Rick Monday, I'm enjoying time off from a good union job.

PavilionBum said...

This is a big inning for Kershaw. Come on Clayton.

Fred's Brim said...

did they let us hit that inning? i sneezed a couple of times and the inning was over

Fred's Brim said...

agreed PB - he's gotta be tough

rbnlaw said...

OK, I'm back from the Blue Screen of Death scare.
What'd I miss?

DOH!

Need a shut down sixth.

rbnlaw said...

Time to wipe out PooHoles.

Nic j said...

If they are patient they are in an 0-2 hole instantly. I guess hope for extra innings.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim yes, it is, which means i have to wake up at 4 am, so i can make to the game early, traffic gets unbelievable heavy and it could take a couple of hours to be there...when most of the time, i can get to the game in 30 minutes from my house.

Fred's Brim said...

crap

PavilionBum said...

Well, that could've gone worse. Ok Kersh, lets get a DP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh^2

rbnlaw said...

Still hasn't homered. That's good.

Steve Sax said...

FJL has gotten a hit in every post-season game he's started (nine total). So he's due...too bad it wasn't in the fifth inning.

Fred's Brim said...

Charley's been watching the National Parks documentary on PBS

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Suck it, Chrome Dome.

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