Monday, April 19, 2010

Scoreboard Watching: April 19 NL West Games

Fear not, loyal Dodgers fans! The off-day afternoon is not wasted, as all four NL West rivals are in play today:

First up has the second-place Rockies @ Nationals, Aaron Cook (0-1, 5.56) vs. Craig Stammen (0-0, 15.63). We all know how this will end up, though on paper it looks like a duel of .500 teams. 4:05p first pitch.

Next up we've go the last-place Diamondbacks' Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 4.09) hosting our good friend Brad Penny (1-0, 0.64) and the Cardinals. Plus, this game is the AtBat.TV free game of the day, meaning that iPhone At Bat 2010 customers can follow this game live! 6:40p first pitch.

Finally, still trying to catch their breath after getting the dagger from Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers yesterday, the Giants and Matt Cain (0-0, 4.26) visit the Padres and Clayton "I'm Not Kershaw" Richard (0-2, 4.38). Can the Giants even muster any semblance of energy at all, after such a brutal, season-killing, hope-destroying, guts-ripped-out defeat yesterday, marking the Giants' first (and not last!) series loss of 2010? 7:05p first pitch.

141 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet! I was getting too much work done this afternoon.

Matt said...

I love the enthusiasm for an off day!

Josh S. said...

I hear Stammen has a pistol of a fastball.

Dusty Baker said...

For those of you who have iPhone and travel to EU or are planning to:

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/04/19/lonely-planet-giving-away-free-iphone-guides-in-honor-of-eyjafja/

Free Lonely Planet apps for EU several cities.

[I don't have any connection to any of this...just passing along info. I just snagged a bunch of these for future use.]

Dusty Baker said...

He's really beginning to blossom, isn't he Josh?

Mr. Customer said...

Here we go, pollen out the puns again...

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, you guys go petal your puns somewhere else.

Jason said...

I find your puns a-pollen.

Dusty Baker said...

Or else I'm gonna leaf.

Dusty Baker said...

Who are we rooting for today?

Dr. Geek said...

From where do all these puns stem?

Dusty Baker said...

Josh planted the seed.

Steve Sax said...

We clearly have no stigma as to the depths of our humor.

Josh S. said...

Sorry, buds.

Steve Sax said...

Ovary sad do I feel that I'm even participating on this nonsense.

Josh S. said...

I dunno, Sax. I thought you rose to the occasion.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, we thought you were our frond.

Dusty Baker said...

Nats up 3-1 on Rox early. Not mulch going on yet w Cubs/Mutts.

Mr. Customer said...
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Steve Sax said...

Botany extra Dodgers tickets these days?

Matt said...

If the puns stopped, I'm fairly sure weed all be dismayed.

Dusty Baker said...

Nats up 5-2 in the 6th. Go Nats!

MR. F said...

I'd help, but I don't know how you guys could compost so many pun-filled comments. You guys bloom me away.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It moss be the wit.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm not lichen where this is going

Josh S. said...

Just don't boo, 'K?

Dusty Baker said...

Nats win! Meaning: Rox lose!

Small Sample Size said...

Go Nats!!!!!! Anything to ruin Jim Tracy's day makes for a good day in our home.

Dusty Baker said...

Bad Penny gives up a couple of early runs. Dbags up 2-0 on Other Hated Ones.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Who do we root for? Arizona or Penny? It's so hard to choose!

Small Sample Size said...

i am almost rooting for the DBacks. I f'n hate the Cardinals with a passion. I know the DBacks don't have enough to contend this year....I've damn near convinced myself

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF

Whomever is playing the Cardinals.

Pods up 1-0 on Jints.

Dusty Baker said...

^ Or, what SSS said ^

NicJ said...

Im not sure if its just the TV but Kings fans are rockin' it at staples tonight.

NicJ said...

GOAL!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

TIED, BITCHES

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Um. Go Padres. Ick. I hope this game goes 20 innings.

MR. F said...

This thread has been deflowered.

Small Sample Size said...

Reason # 73 I hate the Cardinals. Mike Shannon. Every pitch that results in a strike, either called or swung at, he says "STEEE RIKE". Makes me want to jab sharp crap in my eye. Wow1 I feel better now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tied, 1-1. Could be worse.

NicJ said...

kings are dropping like flies. Very physical period.

NicJ said...

2-1!!!!!

NicJ said...

kings being more aggressive on offense in the second so far and its paying off.

NicJ said...

Ohhhhh i think LUO's hurt too.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, I knew I shouldn't have switched to House.

NicJ said...

oh shit, padres pitcher just went deep off cain on an 8 pitch at bat.

NicJ said...

gameday said in play no outs then later it posted it as a HR, weird.

NicJ said...

NVM gameday error. it was a double to the deepest part of the park.

NicJ said...

3-1 WOOOOOO!!!

NicJ said...

HOLY SHIT!!!! 4-1!!!!

NicJ said...

bye bye Luo!!

NicJ said...

damn!!

Paul said...

IPhone injury. Dropped it on the way off the bart. Now the sound goes down automatically. Oh well off to the istore cause iidoit.

Oh cool Kings are winning. Oh crap not by as much as two seconds ago.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Still a two-goal lead.

Dusty Baker said...

When I tuned in again Kings had four times as many goals. Now they only have twice as many.

I'll switch away in hopes of Kings scoring more.

@ Paul - sucks about your iPhone. iFail?

Dusty Baker said...

@SSS- don't stop the hate!

Dusty Baker said...

Kyle Blanks tripled to left according to Fan Graph box score on my phone. Not a HR. GamdeDay hiccup or was Steiner operating GameDay?

NicJ said...

velez strikes out with two on and two outs, bot 7 pads up 2-1

NicJ said...

what the hell kings.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is getting a little too close for comfort.

NicJ said...

maybe a home ice call here?

Dusty Baker said...

For you hockey fans out there who also have iPhone (sorry Paul!): Just snagged an official NHL app for free that is a pretty good rendition of a sports app. Like basketball apps do (on phone or web), there is a visual representation of the playing surface to track shots, goals, hits, etc. The cool thing is that it also tracks fights! I should watch this sport more.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Doth mine eyes deceive me? Was the goal just taken away?

Dusty Baker said...

No goal!

NicJ said...

OHHHHHHHH wow

major momentum shift.

NicJ said...

looked good to me, but who am i to argue with a Canadian.

NicJ said...

well that didnt last long.

kings falling apart.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well that was pointless.

Dusty Baker said...

Cards 3-2 over Dbags in the 8th.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

INSURANCE!!!

NicJ said...

goal!! was that deflected?

Dusty Baker said...

Suck it, Canada!

Also, one of your hockey teams is losing.

Josh S. said...

KINGS!!!

Dammit. You guys have me watching hockey.

Dusty Baker said...

Did he just call that shot a knuckleball?

NicJ said...

looked like a curveball.

Dusty Baker said...

I know, Josh! It's weird, isn't it? (Us watching, not the sport.)

Dusty Baker said...

Are we going to have to hear a 35 minute explanation of how there is a special glove and that someone had to borrow it from Tom Candiotti and so forth?

NicJ said...

i cant which Guillermo Mota i hate more, the good giants version or the bad dodgers version.

NicJ said...

*i cant tell

NicJ said...

hopefully heath bell wont continue his trend of blowing saves when i need him to win.

Paul said...

Well at least all systems go besides the sound issues on the phone. It is like the Millennium Falcon with no hyper drive.

You could totally make up a tragic story just with the ring advertisements.

Paul said...

Rink. iPhone is not Canadian.

NicJ said...

BTW has anyone seen the new iphone pics on gizmodo. the new model looks very, very nice.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Nic, you jinxed it re Taco Bell!

Dusty Baker said...

Not as nice as your avatar looks, Nic.

Paul said...

I swear Heath Bell tanks it.

NicJ said...

He literally blows a save everytime i need him to win, never fails.

Bryan said...

Has anyone checked out the Yahoo MLB main page? It's talking about the giants, and i don't know if this is intended or not, but one of the sub-headlines under the Brian Wilson story is "Lincecum is smoking"

Dusty Baker said...

@Nic re: new iPhone

Yep, saw that. I would jump on that like Manny on a Sergio Romero meatball.

NicJ said...

maybe the pads will just win on a walk off now.

NicJ said...

crap 6on4 now. hold on kings!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crap. Two-man advantage for Canucks.

NicJ said...

kings up 2-1 baby!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KINGS TAKE THE LEAD!!!

David said...

Runner on second, one out. Finish it up, Pads.

Paul said...

Manny says Romo's meatball tastes like chicken.

Kings win!!!

NicJ said...

dammit! DP

David said...

Damnit, Cabrera.

David said...

snakes lose.

Paul said...

Giants can kiss my aster. Sorry i didn't get to use that earlier.

Dusty Baker said...

Let's just turn this into an Apple FanBoy blog:

"Apple Formally Asks For iPhone Back, Gizmodo Returns It"

So this confirms that it is the phone. Wonder what that will mean for the timing on this thing? Will it move it up?

NicJ said...

DB, not sure about that. It all depends on the production im guessing.

I really like the front facing camera, finally.

Dusty Baker said...

Props to MLB Network - they just did a breaking update of the Gnats/Pods game during their Quick Pitch telecast. I thought for sure I was watching a taped loop.

Paul said...

Giants lose!!!!

NicJ said...

are you serious? i think gameday is broken it says MSB just homered.

David said...

Wooo woo! Go Pads! Hell yeah!

Dusty Baker said...

It's nightshades for Gnats! Pods win!

NicJ said...

alright i gotta go read MCC, this will be great.

Paul said...

He he he Krukow just said Eickstien was looking for something to yank. He he he.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd go to MCC, but you have to sift through 15 threads just to get to the end of the game.

Josh said...

Way out west,
(Way out west)
There's a story told,
(There's a story told)
'Bout a second baseman,
Tiny and bold!
(Tiny and bold)

NicJ said...

MCC is great right now.

Josh S. said...

Dammit. Lost my S again.

David said...

I'll find the link, MLASF.

Dusty Baker said...

HAW, JOSH!!! Nice one!

NicJ said...

http://tinyurl.com/y3qdofd

towards the middle. Giants fan tears are the best.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No need. Found it.

Should I be ashamed that rampant use of "fuck" is like chocolate covered chocolate-chip cookies to me?

Dusty Baker said...

116 comments on an off night...nice work, dudes (and dudettes where appropriate).

Dusty Baker said...

One astute MCC observer noted:

"Lol, Blanks is so fucking tall"

We just don't have that level of analysis here.

Sure are a lot of their commenters who blame the size of the stadium for their woes.

Dusty Baker said...

To wit:

"big park is big"

David said...

Finally found it...the thread where Eckstein hits the walkoff.

http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2010/4/19/1431961/more-baseball-thread

David said...

Whoops, forgot to refresh the page. Sorry.

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

By "big park" you mean Bruce Bochy, right? 'Cause they blame him for everything.

Dusty Baker said...

For fans of a team in the city where there are arguable more educated citizens than almost any other city in the US, there sure are a lot of meaningless "FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK" and "O H G O D D A M M I T" type of posts. I mean, I'm all for outbreaks of profanity, but we're also just as apt to quote Euripides or Homer Simpson.

Dusty Baker said...

Or:

"FUCK YOU ECKSTEIN
I HATE YOU. YOU ARE EVERYTHING WRONG WITH BASEBALL."

Riiiiiight. How many WS rings does he have? How much harder has he had to try because he didn't have the size of other players? How much heart does Eckstein have?

I thought Barry Bonds was everything wrong with baseball.

NicJ said...

To be fair i really hate Eckstein when we play him too. Dude never have a short at bat. Well unless its a walk off homer.

Dusty Baker said...

I hate what he does to us, but don't hate him as a person.

There's also this gem:

"Dear David Eckstein:

I would like to cordially invite you, good sir, to die in a bizarre gardening accident while choking on somebody else’s vomit. And then spontaneously combust.

by jcb9 on Apr 19, 2010 9:59 PM PDT"

Besides the cheap Spinal Tap rip-off, what sort of lame comment is this?

Dusty Baker said...

I need to stop. But I can't.

"Heartbreaker!
Went downstairs to see what my mom was making. Come back upstairs hear the pads announcer with a big win for san deigo I immediatly shit my pants. Wow waste of time!

by waffles"

Dude lives with his mom and poops in his pants! Haw!

NicJ said...

the Twittersphere is reporting a MLB 50 suspension is going through appeals process right now and could be released any day.

Well it says 50 games so that would rule out manny.

Dusty Baker said...

This is nice:

"I couldnt watch the game. What did Velez do?"

another poster answers:

"He shit on his own face."

Why can't I excel in this sort of witty rejoinder?

Paul said...

Mom where is the meatloaf?!?

Dusty Baker said...

@NicJ re PED suspension

I kept seeing that all afternoon, too, but nothing ever came of it.

Good point re it not being Manny if it's a 50-game.

Guesses, anyone? I say David Eckstein.

NicJ said...

Eugenio Velez?

Paul said...

Russ Ortiz???

NicJ said...

Hopefully not Jmart, with that weight gain in the off season.

Lincecum?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, please let it be Timmeh.

Dusty Baker said...

If Timmeh tests positive for anything, it won't be PEDs.

Josh S. said...

My money's on the Panda.

Josh S. said...

Dick Enberg calls Padres games now?

Weird.

Matt said...

Yeah, Enberg started this season after Matt Vasgersian left for MLB last season and the Pads were left with no one good.

It adds a touch of class to the games down here.