Monday, May 17, 2010

Game 38 Thread: May 17 vs. Astros, 7p

Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.66) John Ely (1-1, 3.86) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (2-4, 4.81).

It's late in the morning
He's wondering about Ethier's year
He makes out the lineup
Pats down his thinning hair
Then asks his coaches
"Do we match up all right?"
They say, "Joe Torre, things look Wandyful tonight"

Yes, Wandy Rodriguez
His command is not all there
4.81 ERA
It was 3.02 just last year
Hiroki Kuroda And that John Ely
Has been more than all right
Like they said, things look Wandyful tonight

We feel Wandyful
Because our team's won seven in a row
And the Wandy of it all
Is that we just do realize how much we love it

(Also: Lakers vs. Suns, 6p PT on TNT. Go Purple & Gold!)

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Dusty Baker said...

Martin C
Johnson RF
Ramirez LF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
DeWitt 2B
Carroll SS
Ely P

Colt 45s:
Bourn CF
Keppinger 2B
Berkman 1B
Lee LF
Pence RF
Blum SS
Feliz 3B
Quintero C
Rodriguez P

Dusty Baker said...

I wonder if Sons of Jack Morris posts alternative Clapton lyrics on nights when Phil Coke pitches.

Josh S. said...

The song still works when you swap in John Ely.

Josh S. said...

To be fair, Kuroda was supposed to be tonight's starting pitcher up until yesterday.

Paul said...

The Stros better keep losing. They laid down like dogs this weekend.

Dusty Baker said...

Would you say the Strohs laid down like Alex, Paul?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_the_Dog

Eric Karros said...

Wandy Rodriguez should exchange his spare 'a' with Jered Weaver for his spare 'e'.

NicJ said...

For some reason I remember being very frustrated during both meetings with the astros.

NicJ said...

Last year that is

Paul said...

Alex the dogs great flashback. Just like the Hamms cartoons.

Dusty Baker said...

Nic

I went to one of the games against Astros last year, and it was the bizarre game where the Astros pitcher got made at himself then threw the ball away accidentally as he tried to slam it into his glove. We ended up winning that one, at least.

Dusty Baker said...

@Nic:

UPDATE:

My personal game notes say:

"Kershaw back on track. Manny and Pierre both started in outfield. Kemp scores on Hampton's strange error (threw ball into his glove in anger but missed)."

That was on 7/18/2009. We won 5-2. We took 2 of 3 in that homestand against the Astros.

Dusty Baker said...

And Astros took 2 of 3 from us in April in Houston.

MR. F said...

You have personal game notes? Where do you keep them?

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr. F

For the games I attend, I keep a spreadsheet containing the date, the opponents, the score/result, and major things that happen in the game.

I know, I know, it's both lame and obsessive-compulsive.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fisher PG
Bryant SG
Artest SF
Gasol PF
Bynum C

MR. F said...

DB, that's really cool. I keep a scorecard for every game I attend, but I only started doing that last year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I try the scorecard thing, but it's too damn hard to work on it in your lap in the midst of a game.

MR. F said...

I think I'll probably start to do that. If I wanted to get super nerdy, I'd scan the scorecard as well.

MR. F said...

Yeah I know what you mean MRLASF. I don't necessarily finish it from 1st inning to the end. There's often a blank inning here and there...

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr F

Get super nerdy.

Dusty Baker said...

I wish I could do the scorecard thing, and I admire the people who do and can, but there are just too many distractions (e.g., me distracting myself when I need to go stand in a 20-minute beer or pee line and I miss almost an inning).

HOWEVER...I'll bet there are iPhone/smartphone apps out there that make scoring baseball a breeze, in which case I might reconsider. As I said, get nerdy.

MR. F said...

The only thing about the scorecard is it takes up way too much of my attention. There are innings where I just want to enjoy the game, chat, eat, etc. Filling in the scorecard can just get tedious after awhile.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 4:55p: that is so incredibly cool I can't even tell you. I'm impressed. Wow...

And I thought saving tickets stubs was a good idea! Ha!

Steve Sax said...

@DB, ESPN was hawking an iPhone scoring app the other day, which I looked at for a second and passed

Steve Sax said...

blogging during the game ain't always easy, either

Josh S. said...

I wish I had thought of keeping game notes. Before 2008, I only went to maybe 1 game a year, and now I have no idea what games I went to.

All I remember is that I was at the $2 Tuesday debacle and I think I have a ticket stub from April 29, 1992 (L.A. Riots).

Dusty Baker said...

Thx, Sax.

Oh, the other thing I do is hyperlink each date's entry to the Baseball-Reference.com box score for the game so it's easy to go back and pick up exactly what happened.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh, that's cool as hell that you have a stub from the riot game. Not that rioting is cool at all, but that's an interesting piece of history.

Steve Sax said...

Here's the recap of the Hampton error.

Josh S. said...

Hmm...the only games I can remember have ties to violence.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax said:

"blogging during the game ain't always easy, either"

Neither is writing dozens of inane comments in the GT during games. Yet I soldier on, somehow!

Dusty Baker said...

AHhhhhhhhhh! Man, Sax, you needed to put a warning on that link. I was peacefully reading the article then the next to last paragraph snuck up and said:

"Torre announced before the game that right-hander Jason Schmidt, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July 16, 2007, will be activated from the 60-day DL on Monday night to start against Cincinnati."

Steve Sax said...

This has the video highlights, including the Hampton f' up. Nice memory, Dusty!

If you can get past the smug highlight guy, you will gaze longingly at highlights of O-Dog (man, I miss him), as well as see some nifty Ks and a kick save from Kershaw.

Josh S. said...

We should have a Skype "meet-up" one of these games. I want to know what a game thread would sound like. The Sons would be welcome to use voice changers.

Steve Sax said...

sorry Josh S, no video highlights from 1992

Dusty Baker said...

Skype...funny Josh.

I still like the idea of getting together to watch a game in a bar, but with laptops and WiFi so we can still post in the GTs even though we'd be standing a few feet away from one another.

Dusty Baker said...

I love Tweets like this from Old Hoss Radbourn:

"An Irish Catholic once pointed skyward after hitting a home run off me. You can bet I later hit that Papist. With a shovel. #MartinLuther"

Betsy said...

On our way, and some water is falling from the sky-hopefully it lets up.

Dusty Baker said...

Betsy-

Keep an eye out for how many ushers you see, and keep us updated!

Steve Sax said...

Tell me if you see this usher.

Josh S. said...

"sorry Josh S, no video highlights from 1992"

Thank GOD.

Just found out the bro-in-law is ballin' in the baseline box club by the Astros dugout tonight. Lucky bastitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Slow start for Lakers, though Odom looks great.

Steve Sax said...

Odom tweeted that you're looking pretty good yourself, Mr LA SF

karina said...

@Dusty Baker I'm deeply impressed you take notes of the games you attend. I tried to do the scoreboard thing once and i got a nosy umpire telling me i should drop that and keep the eye on the ball.

I do keep every ticket stub on my planner (because i'm old fashioned and i like to draw things around things to do, tickets stubs and lame bills)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I told him that camera was for private use, dammit.

karina said...

By the way, if you ever do a massive SoSG, you'll have to allow me to watch you over Skype at least five minutes.

Or you can wait for me a year, if everything goes as I planned.

Josh S. said...

Steve Lyons thinks John Ely looks like Steve Lyons. Patrick O'Neal was appropriately WTF.

Betsy said...

@ Sax,thats 1 Usher i wouldnt mind seeing!

So far attendance is really low, but the Deli is open. Ely is warming up, looks more like big bird than matthew. The one day i dont bring a ball to sign JMart decides to give autographs. Bad reception keeps me from participating in the thread.

MR. F said...

FAIL SASHA!!!

Josh S. said...

There goes the no-hitter.

Josh S. said...

There gies the shutout.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. Here we go.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Double play redeems.

Mr. Customer said...

Minimal damage, though I really hope the offense is more competent than yesterday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I call Russell homer here.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Ely!

Dusty Baker said...

Beard is BACK!

Paul said...

Kemp you cocky bastard. Thanks!

Mr. Customer said...

Whoa, that inning got out of control quick.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is shaping up well so far.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp disregards the stop sign, but gets lucky

3-1 Dodgers!

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Keeping old stubs in a planner is a fine project, too. It lends itself to writing more narrative about the game. I should start doing that more in my spreadsheet.

Dusty Baker said...

To be fair to Kemp, Bowa was waving waving waving then all of the sudden put the stop sign on; there's no way Kemp could have stopped where he was on the basepaths without blowing out both knees and both hammies.

Josh S. said...

Carroll with a remarkable, hard-earned groundout.

Steve Sax said...

Martin BB

NicJ said...

WOW what a no look bounced pass by gasol!!

Steve Sax said...

Ouch, CS

Josh S. said...

Been caught stealing, once, 55!

Dusty Baker said...

Well got dayung. I was waaaaaaay off in my estimate of when the Lakers game started. I just flipped over think I had missed probably the first period. Alas, almost the third is almost over. How could I be that off? Other than the obvious "idiot" answer.

NicJ said...

stupid 6pm start time.

Dusty Baker said...

ELY! Love it. Came back from 3-1 count for the K.

NicJ said...

lakers getting sloppy.

David said...

Ely strikes out the side. Dang, he's racking up K's quickly

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ely strikes out the side, and the Lakers are rolling.

Dusty Baker said...

6PM??? WTF. We even get an ECMB when two western conf teams play each other. Fuck the Least Coast.*

*Sorry to my good SoSG friends on the East Coast, but I needed to get that off my chest.

NicJ said...

lakers bench just needs to hold off the suns bench for half a period or so and we should be good.

NicJ said...

kobe stays in to start the 4q going for the kill.

NicJ said...

haha, dragic just facepalmed Lamar.

Dusty Baker said...

If that long Kobe 3 wasn't a dagger, it's at least a pocketknife in the gut.

David said...

Ely's getting through the innings with quite a lot of pitch efficiency. Exactly what we need out of our starters.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nothing will stop Lakers/Celtics rematch talk now.

NicJ said...

damn that would have been the dunk of the year if shannon finished it.

NicJ said...

i would think a pocketknife to the gut would hurt more, haha.

Dusty Baker said...

DeTriple!

Dusty Baker said...

@Nic

Yeah, but the pocketknife probably wouldn't kill ya, where the dagger would. Pick your poison.

Well, poison would kill ya, too.

Dusty Baker said...

Liking the situational hitting. Joyce aimed right where the RF wasn't and Carroll did exactly what he was supposed to do to bring Joyce home.

David said...

Carroll's no Rafael Furcal, but he's been getting his job done quite well offensively.

NicJ said...

lakers steamrolling suns.

Suck it Hollinger!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Did Hollinger predict a Suns win?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Phucking phormer Phillies.

Josh S. said...

Pedro Feliz has retained his Dodger killing powers that he had as a Phillie.

NicJ said...

suns in 6

he always picks against the lakers or the lakers in 7 if he absolutely has too.

but he is a hawks fan so what does he know.

Paul said...

I would like to apologize to Nick Reed, I mean Reed Johnson you were our rally starter tonight.

I would also like to apologize to Dewitt, you have inspired me with the bat and the glove tonight.

I would apologize to Ely for downgrading is worth in the JP trade but my I checked and my in deptch analysis was "What happened" but I did refer to it as a nightmare so Ely you are the man.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Didn't Hollinger's numbers give the Hawks an edge over the Lakers in championship odds at one point?

Paul said...

I typed that too fast, lots of typos I need to focus on the fundamentals and stop dating pop stars.

NicJ said...

@mlasf, yup.

Paul said...

When was the last time anyone went to a game because a specific Dodger starting pitcher was going to be on the mound.

It has been a looong time for me.

Ely might break that streak.

Josh S. said...

Bowa not lookin' so hot tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Why the FUCK did Bowa send Manny? Jaysus, that was a bad decision.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is it possible for base coaches to get rusty?

NicJ said...

haha, doug collins keeps saying that he thinks the suns are going to play a lot more zone next game. Wasnt the triangle developed to counter the zone defense?

now if the lakers would only run the triangle for a whole game.

David said...

Dammit, that base running decision sucked.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm calmed by Vinny's great story of the night re first time an all-Asian pitching staff got a W for the same team.

Mrs Dusty and Mrs Dusty in Law are raising the roof.

David said...

Phew, the no-walk streak is still alive.

Paul said...

two cools things:

Ely's walkless streak

and Vinny said the Dodgers have the best home record since 2006?!

Dusty Baker said...

Lakers run the triangle? I can barely recognize it most times.

Dusty Baker said...

Gnats and Pods tied at 1 in the fifth.

Dusty Baker said...

SD just went up 2-1.

KKKKKKKK for Old rELYable.

MR. F said...

The windmill at work...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aren't the Suns the team that usually puts up 120 points while the opponent still has 100?

NicJ said...

@DB, occasionally you'll see it. I think there are too many guys on the team who either dont understand it or dont want to run it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blogger died again.

Steve Sax said...

Terrible GBA alert!

Stop with the introduction, you narcissistic piece of crap voice!

Steve Sax said...

Ha ha she can't hold key

karina said...

@Paul the Astros catcher tonight used to play with my team in winter baseball. He was traded for a young prospect who had taken 3 or 4 at bats in Venezuela.

Prospect got hurt in the first at-bat he took in the Minor Leagues. Everyone complained, we were outraged in a J.D Drew and Andruw Jones kind of way.

Prospect was healed by the start of winter baseball and he turned out to be last season's Rookie of the year and MVP.

We all had to swallow words but we're glad to do so.

Paul said...

GBA singer looks like she has been partying with Bowa.

Mr. Customer said...

How we doin'?

NicJ said...

anyone hear about Clipper Darrell's bring lebron to the clippers parade?

Josh S. said...

GBA has an intro?

Josh S. said...

Damn. I was hoping Ely would go at least one more, but at least the walkless streak will live on.

NicJ said...

I think the Sons forgot to pay the rent again.

David said...

That was another great game for Ely.

David said...

Martin's hitting streak likely on the line here...

Steve Sax said...

Martin's hit streak extends to 12!

Steve Sax said...

Anyone there?

Dusty Baker said...

@Nic

Yeah, it doesn't lend itself to today's, er, more self-indulged players.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Mr. C. Now I need to cancel that missing Customer report I just filled out.

Steve Sax said...

Betsy, now that I'm watching on tv, I'm realizing it looks cold and awful Wandy out there.

David said...

Yeah! The streak is alive!

Dusty Baker said...

What was that pre-GBA shite? Did she make up two new stanzas?

She should have sung the Eric Clapton lyrics from tonight's GT.

Steve Sax said...

Nice catch by Berkman, I must say

--Ed Grimsley

Paul said...

@Karina

When it comes to Dodger success stories I love being wrong.

Steve Sax said...

Man, we had better start paying our blogger bills...

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Blogger, work with us!

Dusty Baker said...

Amazing Kemp snag! Even Colletti is cheering somewhere.

Steve Sax said...

Humberto Quintero is robbed by Kemp in center

suck it, kemp haters!

Free rbnlaw said...

Odelay, all.

Things seem to be looking good for Mr. Ely tonight, yes?

Steve Sax said...

Oh no, it's curious George to pitch

Dusty Baker said...

Weaver was laughing with Torre when Torre took him out.

Damn I love DreamWeaver.

Steve Sax said...

Blogger, WTF

Steve Sax said...

Ubragg, can't you flip a switch and fix this blogger issue?

Dusty Baker said...

Sons: Did you bounce the Blogger check again?

Or is this a North Korean intelligence hit on the SoSG infrastructure?

Free rbnlaw said...

Breezy comes in to the same game that saw Wandy blow on out.
I'm holding my breath.

A Delino said...

HIDEY HO

David said...

Oh no. It's Sherrill time.

Josh S. said...

Weaver out, Sherrill in. Cue Mrs. S.

NicJ said...

7.90 ERA vs .194 avg

Clash of the titans.

karina said...

I have no confidence in Sherrill

NicJ said...

Titan Breezy wins it.

Free rbnlaw said...

The Strohs are a good team to build confidence in a pitcher.

Free rbnlaw said...

karina with the pessimism.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, I stand corrected. Nice K Sherrill!

Free rbnlaw said...

Strikeout?
Strikeout!!!
Welcome back, Flat Brim Reaper.

Dusty Baker said...

Flat Breezy really rounding into form!

karina said...

See? he shut my mouth.

Dusty Baker said...

This is weird...Blogger just manufactured a pessimistic statement meant to look like it came from Karina. It read:

"I have no confidence in Sherrill"

It's gotta be the North Koreans!

Steve Sax said...

Clear DSB being played, coming out of the commercial break

karina said...

However, it'd be nice some insurance.

NicJ said...

im surprised bowa didnt have manny take three there.

Steve Sax said...

so much for that two-day slump that Manny was in during SD

Manny swung and missed at 22 pitches all last year, according to Vin; in the last two games he had swung and missed 11 times.

Well, he's making contact again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Karina's pessimism clearly yields the opposite effect!

Steve Sax said...

kemp grimaces with discontent

Steve Sax said...

and i'm not talking about big purple furry grimaces

Steve Sax said...

like this grimace

Bad AB, Matty. Ramirez can't move from second; one out.

Steve Sax said...

IBB to FJL

W-E-A-K

Steve Sax said...

Troncoso warming in the 'pen.

NicJ said...

make them pay casey!!

Free rbnlaw said...

Gameday had Manny's double wayyy out there in right-center. Looks like someone's seeing the ball well.

Dusty Baker said...

Man, Delino has some...interesting posts.

Free rbnlaw said...

IBB's on Gameday are fun to watch.

Paul said...

light beard at bat.

NicJ said...

@DB, thats one way to describe them.

Dusty Baker said...

@RB

GameDay was accurate on that Manny hit.

David said...

C'mon Blake, make them pay.

Neeebs said...

35282 paid attendence.

And does Manny smile anymore?

Mr. Customer said...

@db

I've been here and there all night. Had to run to the print shop to get last minute corrections done, unfortunately.

NicJ said...

not what i meant when i said make them pay casey.

David said...

fiddlesticks.

Steve Sax said...

two on, two out--Blake Ks, and it's up to DeWitt

Free rbnlaw said...

One Blake down, on to the next one.

Dusty Baker said...

DeTriple X2!

Steve Sax said...

nice hit DeWitt

LONEY AND RAMIREZ SCORE!

"And maybe tomorrow night, they'll put the right fielder in right field!"--Vin

Pence wasn't even close to that catch.

NicJ said...

yay for errors!!

Dusty Baker said...

"Maybe tomorrow night they'll put the right fielder in right field!" -Vinny re H Pence vs DeWitt

Paul said...

DePull hitter!

Steve Sax said...

Carroll is pissed at getting thrown out at first!

Steve Sax said...

Carly Fiorina has a really bad haircut.

David said...

Mr. Triple.

Steve Sax said...

6-2 going to the ninth sounds a lot better than 4-2

karina said...

@Mr LASF I could play the pessimistic part if it guarantees Dodgers wins.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Double triple?

Free rbnlaw said...

Freaking Gameday skipped right over the triple.

Free rbnlaw said...

Wifey finally went out for a walk; TV is on the game. Nice.

Dusty Baker said...

Fiorina has one of the worst haircuts of all times.

And platforms.

NicJ said...

getting close to that 200

Paul said...

200?

Dusty Baker said...

Per Eric Stephen:

"Blake DeWitt's 2-triple night is the 19th such game in LA Dodger history, and the 28th for Dodgers since 1952"

Paul said...

Damn it!

Free rbnlaw said...

Manny is ALL business.

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