Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Post-Game 19 Thread / Game Thread 20: April 27 @ Mets, 4p-ish

Hey look, another zero!

Game 19 result: METS 4, DODGERS 0

Game 20 matchup: Charlie Haeger (0-2, 6.46) vs. Oliver Perez (0-2, 3.71) (Gameday).

There was a time when the Dodgers' offense was ridiculously potent. But the Dodgers got sleepy in Washington, being shutout Sunday 1-0 and then following up with an inspiring 4-0 loss in New York. This, after the team got an extra day off yesterday due to rain; one would think that they had plenty of time to rest up while visiting New York City, right? Or maybe the young Dodgers did all their scoring elsewhere last night?

Let's hope the shower and the long half-hour rest between games pays off. Wait, that second game is already on!

first photo swiped from a blog called The Flying Kiwi, recapping the 2005 Riverside Airshow; second photo from...a friend

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Josh S. said...

Gameday Audio appears to be completely befuddled by the doubleheader.

Steve Sax said...

Lineup compliments of Mr LA SF, last GT:

Johnson 7
Loney 3
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Belliard 5
DeWitt 4
Carroll 6
Ellis 2
Haeger 1

Steve Sax said...

Did the Dodgers even change uniforms and shower after Game 1?

Steve Sax said...

you can't win if you can't score

Josh S. said...

Spanish works!

Steve Sax said...

two on, one out. What the hell is Reed Johnson and his .265 average doing in the leadoff slot, anyway?

Come on, Kempy

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Matt should've taken that pitch. It was a ball.

Josh S. said...

Spanish commentary is surprisingly easy to follow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I fucking hate Collins. Hate him with all my heart.

Josh S. said...

Mierda.

Josh S. said...

Bummer. KABC feed is fixed.

Josh S. said...

Knuckleball+Windstorm=???

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

After that first inning, combined with the crappy weather that will likely destroy the knuckleball, I don't have high hopes for this game.

Steve Sax said...

hey look, we couldn't score in the first!

19 straight scoreless innings

Steve Sax said...

the mets have a runner in scoring position with one out. will they pull a dodgers and strand him?

Josh S. said...

Game over, man. Game over!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I have had a wonderful time, and unfortunately, this is not it.

NicJ said...

Game over.

Josh S. said...

Fuckkity fuck sandwich.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We really do suck.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm starting to think that Haeger isn't that good. The novelty of the knuckleball is wearing thin.

Casey said...

This marks the end of the Haeger experiment, right?

Steve Sax said...

2-0 and Haeger has but one out. Yay!

Steve Sax said...

What time do the Lakers tip off?

Steve Sax said...

3-0 with two out. Haeger is fooling no one.

NicJ said...

I really like charlie but i think our rotation is too bad to have him in it. Then again we dont have any better options.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FUCKING COLLINS I HATE HIM

NicJ said...

Looks like the mets are having a lot of fun.

David said...

Dammit, it used to be that we had great hitting, crappy pitching and shitty defense. Now we have shitty hitting, pitching and defense?

Steve Sax said...

even Jason Bay can make catches to thwart us

Steve Sax said...

I thought Charley Steiner was going to come out of his rocking chair with that Jason Bay fly out call

Steve Sax said...

(Jason Bay catching a Jamey Carroll fly ball in left)

Casey said...

Why not start the b-team against Johan and save C. Blake and Raffy for Perez?

Steve Sax said...

we cant even take advantage of a dropped foul ball

TWENTY CONSEC INNINGS, NO SCORE

David said...

At least we're not losing by double-digit runs most of the time.

NicJ said...

just give blanco some fastballs he cant hit!!

NicJ said...

thank you.

Steve Sax said...

Let's count all the ways I am feeling pain right now

1) The Dodgers have no offense, failing to score in their twentieth straight inning
2) They are already down 3-0 in game #2 and it's only the second inning
3) Charley and Rick on KABC
4) Eric Collins on KCAL
5) I'm still at work

NicJ said...

again, its the damn pitcher. Fastballs please.

Josh S. said...

Now Furcal has a bad hammy.

David said...

They're all making contact on his knuckleball.

MR. F said...

I concur with Steve Sax's list.

My own personal addition:
6) Super Street Fighter IV comes out today but I don't get my copy until tomorrow and I have to work all night (a graveyard shift basically) so I don't get to play until Thursday.

NicJ said...

i just have to keep telling myself that as long as we dominate within the division we will be fine.

Steve Sax said...

haeger's got a 3-0 count to leadoff the third. what does he do?

Steve Sax said...

two called strikes make it 3-2

Steve Sax said...

and, he strikes out swinging. of course.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr F 5:09p. I saw SSF4 today at retail; the guy said it was flying off the shelves. I recall the old SF but I haven't kept up with the franchise; why is this one so cool?

Steve Sax said...

3-0 count to Reed Johnson, the next batter. What does he do?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We REALLY suck.

Steve Sax said...

Reed Ks swinging

Loney takes two f'ing pitches to get the third out

What a disaster

21 innings of scoreless ball

David said...

Does anyone remember Charlie's 12-K performance? I don't.

David said...

At least, not at the moment

David said...

Oh, he recovered and got the out.

NicJ said...

Haeger doing better.

NicJ said...

damn, come on blue give the guy a break its a freakin knuckleball.

Steve Sax said...

3-0 through three frames

Steve Sax said...

Haeger does look better after that horrible first inning...

Steve Sax said...

Bay was his first and only K of the game, though (13 batters faced)

David said...

Kemp long overdue for another homer

karina said...

*looking around*

is there still a stool for me here?

@MrLASF: we don't suck, it's a phase.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier leadoff walk! Who wants to bet he scores? any takers?

Steve Sax said...

anyone?

Steve Sax said...

bueller?

karina said...

Lead off walk!

NicJ said...

HI KARINA!!

How long does it take for a phase to become a trend?

David said...

THAT'S more like it.

Josh S. said...

Slump busted. (Kemp's anyway.)

Steve Sax said...

two on, none out! anyone?

David said...

However, knowing the Dodgers right now, this frame will be scoreless.

Steve Sax said...

If anyone is going to end this slump, it's Karina.

WELCOME BACK KARINA! Epale!

NicJ said...

Andre still looks a little gimpy on the basepaths.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If we don't get a run here my fist is going through a wall.

David said...

Ok, maybe with that wild pitch, they'll score one run on a groundout or something.

Steve Sax said...

wild pitch, men on second and third with none out and belliard up

karina said...

@David there are no outs. Give them some credit.

NicJ said...

i hope you live in a soft house MLASF

Josh S. said...

Karina here to light our darkest hour.

(My 2nd Transformers ref of the day.)

Steve Sax said...

come on Ronnie. mash one here

NicJ said...

kemp you bonehead.

David said...

@karina Instead of being optimistic, I'm being pessimistic to avoid jinxing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

On the nose, David. Fielder's choice, technically.

David said...

Holy crap we scored!

karina said...

Epale Sax and Nic J!

in play, runs (!!!!!!!!!!)

Steve Sax said...

KARINA ENDS THE GREAT FAMINE!

Josh S. said...

The streak is over, but Kemp needs to pull his head out of ass.

Steve Sax said...

and of course our only run has (another) matt kemp baserunning gaffe

NicJ said...

Matty has been horrific on the basepaths this year.

Casey said...

And as quickly as it began, the Dodgers' threat is extinguished.

Steve Sax said...

great, Furcal is injured too

http://bit.ly/aCitkE

NicJ said...

Its looking like no one payed any attention in spring training this year.

karina said...

@David @Casey game is 3-1 on the 4th. It ain't over 'till it's over.

NicJ said...

@sax, and no long term backup SS.

Steve Sax said...

two on, two out, Ellis up. any takers?

David said...

It's all up to Ellis to drive in the runs.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, yeah, I'm really glad we didn't re-sign Hudson, since we don't need extra infielders.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MOAR RUNZ

David said...

Wow!

Josh S. said...

Score. Sorry, Karina. Now you can never leave again.

Steve Sax said...

Ellis gets an RBI single! 3-2 NY

David said...

Go Haegar, help your own cause

karina said...

@Steve Sax i haven't been around because i was working at nights, since i live in a wonderful country where we have electricity shortages everyday.Being here would have meant i wouldn't work at all, but i finally manage to make the transition.

Besides, i feel responsible for this lukewarm Dodgers season :(

Steve Sax said...

karina, if you leave me now, you'll take away the greatest part of me.

(and the dodgers.)

Steve Sax said...

ooooooooo, no, baby please don't go.

karina said...

@Josh S i won't.

David said...

3-0!!!

MR. F said...

Steve: Lots of conjecture and super long post, but basically: nostalgia + the internet saved the franchise.

(Vanilla) Street Fighter 4 helped kick off a re-birth of the fighting game genre. Before it, there wasn't a new Street Fighter game in over a decade. The last major series (Street Fighter 3) was not only a radical departure from the "classic" SF2 series, but it was also part of the trend of fighting games getting increasingly complicated with steeper and steeper learning curves. That made the Street Fighter and fighting game fan-base shrink and basically killed off arcades in the states.

A lot of people wanted something that evolved from SF2 and was more accessible than SF3 while still being a very deep game that takes years to master. SF4 was finally that game. It was a genuinely good game that nostalgically recalled the classic SF2 series while also having usable over-the-internet match-making.

Fighting games survive because people play them. Since they're competitive, they suit themselves to tournaments. You could have the best fighting game in the world but if nobody plays it, it's still going to suck. Having a ripe internet-connected world helped make Street Fighter a viable game again despite the lack of arcade communities. The hardcore still meet up and have tournaments, but the more casual can play online and find good competition. Casual players now have a mechanism to get into the game, improve, and get more hardcore. Hardcore players aren't at a loss for good competition anymore. The community gets bigger and stronger, and everybody wins.

As for this particular game... most first incarnations of Street Fighter games are sub-par. If they create a new engine, they have a lot of kinks to iron out and they sometimes don't show up for months or years because it takes people time to figure out what's exploitable (this is why there were a million incarnations of SF2--well, this and making money). "Super" seems to correct most of Vanilla SF4's problems (namely overly defensive play and a few overpowered characters). They say this will be the last SF4 game, so hopefully they're true to the word. One revision is welcome, but anymore and people will probably start to get cynical. But I am excited.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WALKS THE PITCHER

NicJ said...

Crap, they had to go and take Ollie out.

Spanky said...

Time to snap out of the funk. We need a hit DAMMIT!

David said...

Whoa, we kicked the starter out before the 5th inning. What was the last time that happened?

Steve Sax said...

perez gone in the fourth after only 72 pitches and still with the lead? I'm confused.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

For people from Queens they sure are skilled at the Bronx cheer.

Casey said...

Oliver Perez doesn't want the Dodgers to forget that he's terrible.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Reed Johnson better drive in a run or my fist is going through a wall.

Steve Sax said...

@Fanerman 5:40p: 波動拳

David said...

2-0, draw a walk or something, please

Steve Sax said...

(aka Hadoken)

Steve Sax said...

SD already up 2-0 on the fish

Steve Sax said...

3-2 count with two out

everybody's running

even matt kemp

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HOORAY FOR BB!!!

NicJ said...

WALK!!

karina said...

@Steve Sax i won't and can't leave you.

I have news. It's decided. I'm going to grad school in the US next year and my dream school is in Southern California, in the greater "Los Angeles area".So, hopefully, i might be kinda closer even if we keep this relationship over the internet :)

(if i get accepted, of course)

David said...

Heck yeah! Can't argue with another run.

Steve Sax said...

walks in a run!

3-3 TIE

NicJ said...

now lets see a balked in RBI.

Spanky said...

Its a Rally folks.

David said...

We've gone through the entire batting order this inning

MR. F said...

Good patience!

Steve Sax said...

please Loney, represent here

karina said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO guys!

NicJ said...

Please no patented loney weak groundout.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Haeger wearing the jacket on the basepaths. That's old school.

karina said...

Go King James!

David said...

This is tense.

MR. F said...

Hi Karina!

NicJ said...

dont get tossed loney!!! we dont have a backup!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fucking ump.

David said...

BOO. Gameday didn't think that was a strike.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loney's been tossed.

karina said...

Epale Fanerman! (or Mr. F)!

NicJ said...

So who plays 1st base? GA?

David said...

Mother effer...I don't blame Loney though, Gameday clearly shows it was a ball.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Loney!

At least he's furious about the called strike 3.

Steve Sax said...

Bowa tossed

Spanky said...

That was a shame

Steve Sax said...

that pitch looks out of the zone, on gameday

karina said...

Let's see the bright side of this: it's a new ball game now. They're gonna win this one.

NicJ said...

just toss the whole team.

Steve Sax said...

Loney is indeed tossed as well.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was such a ball that Andruw Jones wouldn't have swung at it.

NicJ said...

it was really low, and he hadnt been calling low strikes all inning.

Steve Sax said...

For those of you listening on the radio, I hope you are laughing (as I am) that Charley and Rick have no idea who was thrown out. And they've cut to the commercial, to get time to figure it out.

Ridiculous.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday shows that pitch being a shade lower than the fifth pitch, which was a ball.

Steve Sax said...

Rick and Charley must be watching this game from their hotel room

Steve Sax said...

in Moscow

David said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bowa wasn't tossed. He was just pissed. As am I.

NicJ said...

so Casey is back in at third? here comes another torn hamstring.

Steve Sax said...

leadoff single for vitamin waterboy, and here we go

David said...

C'mon Haegar, mow them down now

Steve Sax said...

FWIW I am stoked that Loney showed some fire there. Get pissed, James. Get angry.

Then get even!

karina said...

*crossing fingers for a K or a DP*

Casey said...

Ugh. Belly at 1B = trouble waiting to happen.

karina said...

@Steve Sax FWIW?

Steve Sax said...

@Mr LA SF 5:53p: thanks for the clarification on Bowa. Rick/Charley got that call wrong as well

MR. F said...

DP = dragon punch. But that's cool, too.

NicJ said...

nice DP!!

David said...

Hell yeah.

karina said...

King James doesn't seem the type to discuss anything. The more i see the at bat on Gameday, i feel he was totally right.

Betsy said...

That call was total BfreakinS! At least we aren't taking it lying down...i hope

Casey said...

Sho-Ryu-Ken!

NicJ said...

hey we got three blakes in the infield.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Most people on Amazin' Avenue agree it was a ball. A few people still think it was a strike, and even one person said that Gameday had the pitch right down the middle. Don't know what that guy is smoking.

karina said...

@Nic j i called that DP!

David said...

rrrgh.

NicJ said...

blanco's up, please dont walk him.

David said...

Gameday's picture of Blanco is quite flattering.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. Thank goodness for that DP.

David said...

agh!

NicJ said...

HENRY FREAKIN BLANCO!?!?!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeez. That was too close.

David said...

Oh snap, we've got a career 1.000 hitter facing us

NicJ said...

if Johnson missed that ball that would have been an inside the park HR for the pitcher.

karina said...

I really apologize for my countrymen performances.

Spanky said...

I hate having my emotions played with.

NicJ said...

Ryan howard has a bigger payroll than the dodgers.

Spanky said...

And I still have the Laker game to contend with.

Steve Sax said...

Three even through four full.

Steve Sax said...

@karina: FWIW = for what it's worth

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I highly doubt Albert Pujols is twice as good as Ryan Howard.

NicJ said...

Ryan Howard's contract puts a dent in Orlando Hudson's theory.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier called out on strikes. Shit, after Loney last inning, why not?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

CC Sabathia's contract put a dent in Orlando Hudson's theory.

NicJ said...

Howard strikes out waaaaay to much.

karina said...

@Steve Sax thank you!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I still would contend that Howard is not half the player that Pujols is.

Steve Sax said...

First 25K mets fans at the game today got a free water bottle.

Maybe Charley brought in a flask as well.

Steve Sax said...

come on kempy

Steve Sax said...

200

Steve Sax said...

iPhone audio is dangerously close to my pc's gameday

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