Friday, April 09, 2010

Game 4 Thread: April 9 @ Marlins, 4.10p

Hiroki Kuroda vs. Chris Volstad.

COMMENTS: The Dodgers finally got in the win column yesterday, and today they celebrate by sending last year's Opening Day starting pitcher to the mound. (Remember? Kuroda got a 4-1 win over Jake Peavy in San Diego?) Which would be great, except for the fact that Kuroda is grieving the recent passing of Hiroshima Carp teammate Takuya Kimura. Hiroki might not be in the mood to go spearing any fish, if you catch my drift.

But coming off a 10-2 win in which James Loney finally broke out, Ronnie Belliard put his weight a little more into his swing, and Chad Billingsley demonstrated how a starter should persevere through some adversity, the Dodgers may have finally bottled some momentum, for the first time this year. Let's hope today's game doesn't turn into an another awful comedic misadventure, like the Dodgers had in their first two games in Pittsburgh.

123 comments:

Krusty Baker said...

Furcal, SSJohnson, RF Loney, 1B Ramirez, LF Kemp, CF Blake, 3B DeWitt, 2B Martin, C Kuroda, P

Steve Sax said...

Thanks DB...er, KB

Josh S. said...

I expect big things from Reed today. Maybe he'll stretch a single.

Orel said...

Gameday

Josh S. said...

Giants are turning back into the Giants early on.

Krusty Baker said...

I guess that's a hint to change my name back, huh?

Mr. Customer said...

If my last name were Pesci, and I had a dollar to my name, I'm not sure I would choose to be in a movie with "Fishing" in the title.

KempKershaw said...

This constant lineup shuffling is getting really ridiculous, even with Ethier out.

It's like Torre just can't help himself.

DodgerBlue said...

I actually like this hitting order..
But ill take Kemp hitting 2nd any day.

Josh S. said...

How can it be getting ridiculous already? It's only the fourth game of the season.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's hope Kuroda throws a gem in honor of his friend.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Braves beating San Francicso(sic) 4-0. Clearly they are not as amazing as everyone first suspected.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Er, 4-2.

Krusty Baker said...

Yall ready to do this?

Andrew said...

Holy hell...they are showing the Opening Day festivities on the Marlins feed. This is beyond awful.

Josh S. said...

Steiner already in fine form, calling Hanley Ramirez the defending NL MVP.

Josh S. said...

OK, I've got a little under an hour left to kill at work. An early offensive explosion would be a great way to end the week.

Andrew said...

Yah Steiner was having a hard time with 'Iwamura' yesterday. Is it really that hard, it is rather phonetic.

Krusty Baker said...

Why the delayed start?

Josh S. said...

"Delayed: Ceremony"

J. Steve said...

I do believe this is the first time I've ever logged into Gameday and seen "Delayed (Ceremony)" as the status of the game. Get on with it!

Josh S. said...

I'll let them have their ceremony. Today's the only time they're going to have people in their stadium all year.

Krusty Baker said...

Delayed (Circle Jerk)

Josh S. said...

That poor little Gameday batter has to just stand there with the bat, waiting for the invisible pitcher.

Andrew said...

They still don't have anyone in the stands...and they had the lead singer from Creed sing the National Anthem...play the game already.

J. Steve said...

Josh, I'll go along with your generosity and also let them have their ceremony. I just wish there was a timetable for how much longer before I can watch Gameday. That batter is starting to look bored...

J. Steve said...

Woohoo! Game on!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

First pitch!!

Josh S. said...

Raffy was effing tired of waiting.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RAFFY DOUBLE

Harrison Leonard said...

One of the fullest Dolphin/Land Shark/Sun Life Stadium crowds I have seen, and it's still only half-full (on Opening Day, no less).

Betsy said...

Woo hoo on base!

J. Steve said...

Anyone watching the game? How was that a wild pitch? On Gameday, it looks like it was a strike down the middle...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think there's a certain amount of seats the Marlins can sell. No matter what, they could never get a "full" crowd.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Johnson. Couldn't score the runner.

Harrison Leonard said...

@J. Steve: It went under Baker's legs and bounced up in the air along the backstop.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Favorable zone from the ump. Those first two were outside.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Deja Vu?

Josh S. said...

If a Dodger gets on third with no outs, they should pack a snack.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Andrew said...

Ah, another year of complaining where Kemp is hitting in the order. I hate to say it, Loney never has been a 3 hitter, and at this point, he never should be.

Krusty Baker said...

"They still don't have anyone in the stands...and they had the lead singer from Creed sing the National Anthem"

I would posit that there is a positive correlation.

Neeebs said...

@MC (2:54)

I get it. Someone should acknowledge wit in subtle, yet brilliant form.

:-)

Josh S. said...

"That had the hook of a banana."

Neeebs said...

KB:

FWIW: Loved the "white people" thread in the prior post.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

How would you suggest we proceed?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, Collins. How I loathe you.

Neeebs said...

Just let it swim by.

Josh S. said...

You know, I think I wouldn't mind Steiner so much if he was back on TV. That way, I could see for myself what was happening with the ball when he's shouting, "FLY BALL! HE'S WAY BACK! HE'S WAY BACK!" and not get filled with false hope.

Neeebs said...

But your new avatar scares me.

Steve Sax said...

I'd have to say, man on third with none out and failure to score sounds like a comic misadventure to me.

Scoreless through 1.5.

Steve Sax said...

Giants and Braves tied at 4 in the 11th

Neeebs said...

DeWitt, thy glove fails you.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

OH COME ON

NicJ said...

So how many errors is it going to take Dewitt to lose his job?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ruled a hit.

Josh S. said...

"So how many errors is it going to take Dewitt to lose his job?"

Let's ask Mr. Uggla.

Josh S. said...

*waits*

NicJ said...

Generous scorekeeper.

NicJ said...

If Dewitt throws up 30 dingers I'll take that.

Mr. Customer said...

For once the cruel hand of Cody Ross does not smite us for shunning him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is it just me or is Sanchez tiny?

Mr. Customer said...

Yeah, he's...not big.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now Volstad is TALL

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KKKKuroda

Mr. Customer said...

Clayton Kershaw, take note.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm out.

David said...

Just like the old times!

Mr. Customer said...

Time for the delicate choice of whether to go home immediately or wait for the end of an inning. I inevitably miss something between the office and the garage.

Steve Sax said...

Would be nice to put up a little bit of a fight here. Are we getting distracted by Mermaids?

Steve Sax said...

Where is Hu?

Orel said...

Kuroda gives up a run with one out in the sixth. Will he reach the Promised Land of the seventh inning?

Steve Sax said...

Leadoff double by Manny. Can we frickin score him thus time???

Giants beat Braves 5-4 in 13

Steve Sax said...

Everyone is commuting

Steve Sax said...

Blake needs to get Manny home, or it's up to Blake DEEWitt (spelled with 2 Es)

Orel said...

Offensive explosion! 2-1 Dodgers

The Delino said...

just turned the game on. sweet sweet error

The Delino said...

could have used that run / rbi combo for my feisty fantasy team

Orel said...

Nice seventh for Kuroda. 4-1 Dodgers

Orel said...

Nine-pitch AB by Kemp results in a walk. Nice.

The Delino said...

whole lot of nice

The Delino said...

i wish directv mlb-mix played all the audios at the same time. Eight simultaneous different games and one track of audio is just not enough sensory overload.

Josh S. said...

Commute and dinner done. Baby napping.

Kuroda is BOSS.

The Delino said...

the way he said 7 strikeouts, you'd think Kuroda just pitched a perfect game

Josh S. said...

I think Joe's allergic to complete games.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm pleased with current developments.

Orel said...

Josh: "Baby napping."

Give that baby back!

Steve Dittmore said...

Late to the party... only 87 comments?

Road Loney shows up.

Mr. Customer said...

@Steve Dittmore

It's Friday night. Some of us have lives...wait, no, that's not it.

Steve Dittmore said...

@Mr. C... But it's still early on the west coast. I guess I assume everyone is on the west coast except me.

Orel said...

Guess it's the weekend rush, Steve.

Three runs of Geico! 7-1 Dodgers

Paul said...

James Is on pace to steal 81 bases! My life is over so now I can watch the game...wait that is not what I meant.

The Delino said...

7 - 1. No problem.
An Oritz pitching... uh....
RUSS Ortiz.

Um, good.

I'm trying my best to be cautiously optimistic with Mr Ortiz.

The Delino said...

RUSS YOU SUCK!!!

No, I take that back. You're gonna be okay.

Stay on target. Stay on target.

Mr. Customer said...

@Delino

The most insidious thing about Voldemortiz is that in that gray area *just* before he fucks everything up, he seems plausibly competent.

Ask the Diamondbacks about how it worked out.

Paul said...

Ummmmm maybe I should go back to life. How was that 2-0 pitch a ball!!!?

The Delino said...

Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts...

Orel said...

Russ Ortiz walks the bases loaded.

Steve Dittmore said...

Anyone watching the Marlins feed? They have the worst call to the bullpen sponsor. Bad take on Ghostbusters.

The Delino said...

I think the hulk could fit into Broxton's pants.

Orel said...

Like Homer Simpson in clown pants?

Paul said...

Okay get this guy! Sweep the leg.

The Delino said...

Voldemortiz. I like that. I was taking to call him E.R.Tiz

The Delino said...

"I've never had pants fit me so well"

Orel said...

Helms bases-loaded double off Broxton. 7-3 Dodgers

Paul said...

Can we put Kuroda back in? Give him one of those fake SOSG names.

Mr. Customer said...

@Delino

Credit to Josh on that nickname. I was going with he-who-must-not-be-named, and he put 2 and 2 together.

The Delino said...

Come on you thick legged monster! Finish him

The Delino said...

KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Josh S. said...

Heh. Brox was just getting their hopes up.

Mr. Customer said...

dos mas

Mr. Customer said...

my bad, uno mas.

Paul said...

0-2. Get him a body bag!

Mr. Customer said...

done and done

Josh S. said...

Here, have two runs.

Want more?

PSYCH!

The Delino said...

Well that was more interesting than it needed to be

Winning a bit ugly in the end is still winning.

The Delino said...

Broxton's going to celebrate by getting himself a jumpsuit

The Delino said...

Have a good Friday, y'all. Rock on

Orel said...

HYPGTUP!

Paul said...

Eric Collins looks like a mix of characters from SNL

Steve Sax said...

Does that mix include Buster Poindexter?

Krusty Baker said...

Did Professor Dittmore infer that I have a life? I resent that remark!

*rocks back and forth while staring at Maple Street Press magazine*

Paul said...

I think so. Buster Poindexter also picked the Rockies to win the division.