Friday, June 04, 2010

Game 55 Thread: June 4 vs. Braves, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.95) vs. Kenshin Kawakami (0-7, 4.66).

COMMENTS: Is it premature to call Clayton Kershaw a stopper? Because of the seven games this season the Dodgers have won when he's started, six have come after a loss. Of course, yesterday's defeat to the streaking Braves wasn't too much of a surprise, given that the Dodgers had swept the last-place D'backs by a series score of 7-4.

Don't let Kawakami's 0-7 record fool you. "In his past three starts, the right-hander has completed 18 2/3 innings with a 2.41 ERA," MLB.com tells us, and with Manny off-kilter, Ethier still trying to find his rhythm and everybody but Jamey Carroll swinging toothpicks, Kawakami might feel right as rain against this poorly made-up offense.

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Furcal 6
Kemp 8
Ethier 9
Ramirez 7
Loney 3
Belliard 5
Martin 2
Carroll 4
Kershaw 1

Steve Sax said...

Kawa kawa kawa kawa kawakami-leon

You come and go, you come and go

Josh S. said...

Merge to become Klayshon Kershawakami!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Sax that's an 80s song. It's 70s night at the Yard.

DiamondVision has old TV frame graphic (like w knobs and stuf - I expect to hear my deceased father's voice any minute to boom out and say "god dammit son!" which will be my cue to hit the side of the TV so the tube will refocus).

Shockingly celly reception is bad. It's easier to Tweet than post here unfortunately. @dustybkrdodgr

karina said...

@Steve Sax aren't you afraid of the terrible power of 80's songs on GTs?

Josh S. said...

3-2 Phila on the 9th. Brad Lidge's back is pitching, so look for the Padres to win.

Josh S. said...

That should read "Phils in."

karina said...

So, the Minotaur starts with a strike.

game on tv, folks!

karina said...

Venezuelans, no problem! good Kershaw!

Josh S. said...

Russell pulls a Jim Joyce on Clay's first 123 first inning.

Josh S. said...

4-out first. Minotaur looks good, though.

karina said...

KKKershaw!

karina said...

Dre RBI sac fly! baby steps and i'll take it!

Josh S. said...

After 4 straight gems from our opponents, it's nice to see a pitcher that can't find the plate.

Josh S. said...

Is Blogger broken or is it just you and me in here, karina?

karen said...

We're ahead in the first!

karina said...

Intentional walk for Loney and then Belliard doubles.When strategy doesn't work...

karina said...

Strangely, blogger is working fine to me tonight.

I guess this game thread is a 3 people party.

karina said...

By the way, I forgot

Epale, everyone! (big hello for you karen)

Josh S. said...

Karina, time for a chat with your son.

David said...

Kershaw got through the first inning unscathed. Is that possible?

David said...

darn it Ross get out already

Mr. Customer said...

Hey everybody!

DP here and start the 3rd with the pitcher, Kid K!

karen said...

C'mon Kid settle down.

Epale back at you Karina!

Mr. Customer said...

...and sorry I'm late.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

RIP Wizard.

Go Dodgers!

Go get 'em Admiral Ackbar!

karen said...

There goes our little MSB again!!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

"We have no choice, General Calrissian! Our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude!"

Mr. Customer said...

RIP Wiz Wooden.

David said...

Ouch. That hurt.

karen said...

Oops--spoke to soon

karina said...

NEVER ever the first or the last out of an inning can be at third base.

David said...

If Carroll can hit for average, that's fine by me, even if he has no power

Mr. Customer said...

Raffy!

karina said...

Thanks, Furcal

Josh S. said...

Carroll is obsessed with getting erased from the basepaths.

karina said...

@Josh my son needs to stir some things a little bit

NicJ said...

Hopefully that first to home sprint didn't tire clay out.

David said...

4-run lead, our ace on the mound...I'm feeling good.

NicJ said...

Hope the offense isn't done for the night. Kershaws fighting it today.

NicJ said...

I think I much rather prefer Clayton struggling in the first and cruising for the rest rather than the viceversa we are getting tonight.

karen said...

Oh Manny...What's wrong with you??

NicJ said...

Manny looks terrible. He has been swinging at junk.

Steve Sax said...

RIP, Coach Wooden.

karina said...

@Josh Martin's lead off double! he listens!

Paul said...

RIP Wooden.

Great tribute by Vinny. I am going to take a moment to really appreciate Vinny right now. He is the best and I am glad I can appreciate it to the point of I am actually living in a nostalgic bliss.

Dusty Baker said...

Album covers bt innings. Dre on Saturday Night Fever w Dodger cap.

Van Morrison and Ramones among others featured.

karen said...

Karina's son leads off with a double and we leave him there.

Paul said...

We play bad defense and crappy situational hitting. How are we above .500?

Josh S. said...

Kersh is handling the heart of their order pretty well.

David said...

That's a start, Manny

Paul said...

Paul fact: Bobby Cox grew 10 minutes down the road from my family's ranch and we both picked grapes as our first job.

David said...

Kershaw and Kawakami have been virtually identical in pitch count for the past 3 innings.

NicJ said...

well, we better hold them to just 2 runs.

Paul said...

However no truth to the rumor I had an illegal keger on his family's property.

Paul said...

Kershaw looked like he was rushing his delivery a bit.

NicJ said...

Kershaw making up for all the walks he hasnt given up in the past few weeks.

Paul said...

Fuck a walk and a leadoff bunt. Bad juju

Paul said...

Russ!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Stay on target.

Mr. Customer said...

Nice.

Josh S. said...

The Dodgers did not appreciate Paul criticizing their defense.

NicJ said...

that has to be frustrating.

Paul said...

Let's see if they can get some clutch hits to really shut me up.

NicJ said...

when did Jmart stop taking pitches? he has been quite the free swinger lately.

David said...

who's pinch-hitting for Kershaw?

David said...

Wow!

Paul said...

I am writing in Carroll on the all-star ballot. Don't judge me the fuckin Phils fans are voting in Lenny Dykstra.

NicJ said...

you can keep talking, paul.

Paul said...

You guys can't hit a bullseye on a womp rat!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

They just had Vinny on DodgerVision doing a live tribute to J Wooden. Crowd rose and gave standing O. Lasting memory.

David said...

Kershaw strikes out Heyward for the 4th time.

Josh S. said...

One golden sombrero for the rook, courtesy of Mr. Clayton Kershaw.

NicJ said...

0-2, put him away, clay!

Paul said...

Come Give him the Kershlash!!

NicJ said...

when i said put him away i didnt mean walk him.

NicJ said...

stupid pirates, cant hold a four run lead against the giants.

NicJ said...

stupid pirates, cant hold a four run lead against the giants.

Paul said...

Status: Krap.

NicJ said...

no win for kershaw.

possibly no win for dodgers.

karen said...

Oh CRAP

NicJ said...

I really cant be too mad at Kuo, Clayton had an 0-2 count to Glaus and lost him.

NicJ said...

no QS for clay either.

Paul said...

Is that Greg Brady?

Mr. Customer said...

Too bad AZ did leave their pen for the Braves

karen said...

Greg Brady singing GBA

NicJ said...

whats with the playoff beard on barry williams

Mr. Customer said...

Yup (Greg Brady)

Paul said...

Thanks Karen for the confirmation.

Paul said...

Kemp gets schooled again.

NicJ said...

kawakami might get his win yet, our offense has little to say about it.

Fred's Brim said...

anybody else feeling a schneid coming on? we gotta battle out of it and soon

Mr. Customer said...

Attaway Dre

Paul said...

Guess who's back? Back again. Dre is back. Tell a friend.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Free James. Battle this lefty

Josh S. said...

Hello again Dre's swing. How I've missed you.

Steiner jinxed Kuo, btw.

Fred's Brim said...

yessir!

Paul said...

Bells are ringing in the Village square for the Dodgers on the run!

Josh S. said...

Free James Lefty!

Fred's Brim said...

way to take a pitch!

NicJ said...

Loney aint no phony.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, we're winning!

karen said...

YES!!(think Marv Albert)

Josh S. said...

Reed has clearly become a disciple of The Beard.

Paul said...

James Lefty is from Jersey.

Fred's Brim said...

@Josh - what did Charley say?
"Kuo has never, ever given up a game tying double in the 7th inning when he's gotten 2 strikes on an Atlanta shortstop... and here's the pitch..."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@FB - That is exactly what he said, minus the part about the double.

NicJ said...

Torre has been using Kuo a lot in split innings lately.

Dusty Baker said...

O Flaherty didn't get a single pitch over the plate when he warmed up & he bounced 2 pitches. #Loney #Dodgers

Fred's Brim said...

woop! generous strike zone!

Dusty Baker said...

Greg Brady sang Nat Anthem too.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy, McLouth has just been awful this year.

Paul said...

Does anyone else see the guy with the really bad hair/tupee two rows behind home plate with What I assume is a call girl?

Fred's Brim said...

State Farm, AFLAC, Hartford runs, please!

Fred's Brim said...

oooh I want that Dodgertown shirt!

Paul said...

Did someone say they are having a free, James Loney t shirt night as oppose to "free James loney"

Paul said...

GA is up.

Paul said...

Seriously GA your hitting .155 and you swing at that 2-0 pitch???

Fred's Brim said...

ok lets finish this off

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wonder what would happen if I called DodgerTalk to complain about GA? Would they brush me off, citing his walkoff, or would they concede the merits of my argument?

Josh S. said...

@FB: Something along the lines of "Kuo has just been LIGHTS OUT. Simply electric!"

NicJ said...

how about we make this a nice 123 innings.

Paul said...

MLASF

you would have to call in really drunk and suggest the Dodgers sign Ken Griffey Jr at the end of your call to fit in.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I was thinking more along the lines of saying we should trade GA for Jason Heyward and prospects.

Fred's Brim said...

get up - it wasnt that close

Fred's Brim said...

that was a nasty one to get Prado

Josh S. said...

On Twitter, I told Dylan Hernandez to hit Torre every night about GA's presence on the team. He ignored me. (On Twitter, at least.)

Fred's Brim said...

uhoh - i was hoping it wouldn't come to this

Paul said...

Or you could say trade Jamey Carroll for a starting pitcher.

One more out and We. Make. Party!!!

NicJ said...

im happy Kershaw struck out Heyward 4 times tonight, but that worries me about this at bat.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You have to admit, those strums of Iron Man after each out are just awesome.

NicJ said...

Platinum Sombrero!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We win! Take that, San Diego!

Fred's Brim said...

WOOOP!
Good win!

Paul said...

Done!!!!

Josh S. said...

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!

Mr. Customer said...

NOW we make party!

Mr. Customer said...

Damn, Brox was brutal on them tonight.

karina said...

I can't believe Heyward struck out 5 times tonight

NicJ said...

He may be great, but he still is a rookie.

NicJ said...

rox blow save, all tied up in AZ

NicJ said...

and now they lose, dbacks win.

Mr. Customer said...

And it's all over in AZ. Big fat choke for the Rox

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rockies lose! Suck it, Rosenthal!

Josh S. said...

I loved Vin's comment about Heyward doing battle with Clay and Brox for at least the next decade.

Paul said...

Anyone know the status of the beard?

Josh S. said...

Steve Hartman on KTLA: "Braves come into town tonight winners of 9 straight."

*facepalm*

Mr. Customer said...

What, exactly, is wrong with Steve Hartman, anyway?

Mr. Customer said...

Behaviorally, I mean.

Dusty Baker said...

Blogger working?

Or are my comments just utterly inane and being ignored?

Or both?

Josh S. said...

Dusty, to me it looks like that's your only comment since 9:45.

Mr. Customer said...

Wow,

I don't see any of the wit and wisdom of DB after 9:45. That can't be right...

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, that shit ain't right.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

You get the Vin tribute transcript? If not I have it on Tivo and can work on it.

Dusty Baker said...

Torre visited w Wooden earlier this week, per DodgersLive postgame show. Wow.

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

Dodgers website:

"LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake missed his second game and underwent an MRI exam on his sore lower back on Friday, but he believes the injury is relatively minor.
"No, I'm not worried," said Blake. "I think it will be a couple of days. Either it'll be a lot better in 48 to 72 hours, or it might be a lot slower. We should know a lot in the next day or so."

Blake said he had not yet received results of the MRI, but doctors were encouraged that he had no leg symptoms, which often is a sign of a disk problem.

"But it's also something you can't really play through, because it can get worse," he said.

Blake said he felt a grabbing after fielding a ground ball and preparing to throw during infield drills before Thursday night's game. He said he's never had a serious back injury.

Meanwhile, reliever Jeff Weaver said he was taken out of Thursday night's game after warming up on the mound because the skin had separated beneath the corner of his middle fingernail while warming up on Wednesday and Dodgers manager Joe Torre didn't like the way Weaver was warming up.

"It's something I could pitch with, but it's very tender and kind of burns a bit when I throw," said Weaver. "I was fine, but obviously they didn't like what they saw in warmups. I feel I can deal with things other people can't. I had no problems going out there throwing. If I have a chance to not pick up a ball, it's something that will heal quickly.""

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think there's a Son on staff tonight. Sax is out, Orel's been away, Delino's trying to be coaxed off a greased-up lightpole by Philly PD.

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet!

I'm drinking all their liquor.

Dusty Baker said...

I just found some of AC's porn!

Paul said...

No Parents???? Who is brining over the Keg?

Dusty Baker said...

Whoa.....AC...whatever you're into, I guess.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Cohibas! Super nice!

Paul said...

Don't worry if they come home early party at the moon tower guys.

Mr. Customer said...

I call shotgun for joyriding in the Garveymobile!

Dusty Baker said...

The good stuff's in the closet
I swear Sax wouldn't mind
We'll just shoot the lock off
I do it all the time

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think I'm losing my balance - whoa!!

(riiiiiiiippp)

Well, there goes Orel's Van Gogh.

Dusty Baker said...

*makes beer-a-mid with empty milwaukee's best cans*

Paul said...

Wow Delino actually has Macho Man Randy Savage kidnapped in the basement!

Paul said...

Man judging by the bar contents someone really likes sour apple martinis.

Dusty Baker said...

sour apple martinis? bet that was left over from Pedro.

Paul said...

Maybe they just pour a bit out in his memory.....

Dusty Baker said...

*to all the fallen homiez*

Dusty Baker said...

Anyone have a beer funnel?

Mr. Customer said...

Uh, what should I use to get a mixture of motor oil, grape soda, and nutella out of upholstery?

Mr. Customer said...

Hypothetically speaking.

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr C

A pair of pliers and a blowtorch, of course!

Paul said...

Mr. C,

bleach it out.

I just puked a little in that Glass Vase....I am good get me another one!

Dusty Baker said...

Oh SHIT! Everyone be quiet...the phone is ringing.

Paul said...

Meanwhile Neeebs sleeps soundly in his room upstairs...

Dusty Baker said...

Let's go write dirty words and embarrassing images on Neeebs.

Paul said...

Okay who got the dog high???

Orel said...

Can't we leave you guys alone for even a couple of hours?

Orel said...

@DB "You get the Vin tribute transcript? If not I have it on Tivo and can work on it."

Where he quoted Shakespeare? I got it, thanks.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

*looks downward, sheepishly...shuffles from one foot to another*

*hopes Orel doesn't look through ashtray*

Mr. Customer said...

For the record, Orel, I was not the one who emptied the bong water in the fish tank...

...first.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr C, I kid you not, but I was JUST ABOUT to type a post about bongwater.

Mr. Customer said...

*psst, it was Dusty.*

Orel said...

Nooooo...THE GUPPIES!

Mr. Customer said...

Hmmm. What is the is the rule for writing something said sotto voce, anyway?

Dusty Baker said...

(sotto voce)

Script style.

Paul said...

See guys I told you they would be home before FB could bring over the kegs and women.

Change of plans. Party at the moon tower.

Mr. Customer said...

Good to know, and now I have another excuse to write sotto voce.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm pretty sure I'm grounded until the Royals have their next winning season, so I'll just go to my room.

Paul said...

Mr. C.

I'll sneek you out later. No one is home at the McCovey residence. We can tp the house!!!

Dusty Baker said...

I'm still awake and ready for a TP run. Or we can go yard farming in Delino's on jeep he keeps around back.

Dusty Baker said...

I think Mr C passed out.

Dusty Baker said...

200...bottles of beer on the wall.

Paul said...

Okay Dusty.

Just let's take out the Wings 8-track when Mr. C gets in the Chevelle.

Dusty Baker said...

KKKKKKKK tonight for the Kid, no?

He seemed to really have his stuff tonight where he hadn't in the last couple of outings. Didn't get the W but solid.

And 5 were against the J-Hey Kid. More like J-K kid tonight. Of course, he'll hit 5 grand slams off Bills tomorrow now that I say that.

Dusty Baker said...

Don't look now...I'm 7-1 in games attended this season.

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