Saturday, June 05, 2010

Game 56 Thread: June 5 vs. Braves, 7p

Chad Billingsley (6-2, 3.74) vs. Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.78).

COMMENTS: Okay, who else thought the game was over after Atlanta tied it up last night? The Dodgers and the NL East are definitely not two flavors that go great together, so it was nice to see a late-innings victory, even if it did cost Clayton Kershaw a win. (Okay, that was your Post-Game Thread.)

Tonight the Dodgers field another favorable match-up (at least according to Mr. Accu Score, who puts the Dodgers at 57% favourites (Mr. Score is a Brit)), with a somewhat struggling Hanson (5.09 ERA in May) against Chadley, who last time out gave up three HRs and four runs in his first two innings but was mentally strong enough (ahem, critics) to follow that with six scoreless. That was the Balk-Off Game, which totally, certainly, positively probably won't happen again tonight.

Oh yeah, and SoSG Sax will be at tonight's game, Field level, third base side. Post a comment if you're nearby and want to grab a beer!

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Dusty Baker said...

Furcal SS
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Manny LF
Loney 1B
Martin C
Carroll 3B
DeWitt 2B
Billingsley P

Dusty Baker said...

thanks for the "favourite" spelling, BTW.

Josh S. said...

It's weird that the only starter I currently don't have confidence in is Hiro.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly...it's like "Monster Cheerios is pitching - we GOT this" vs. "God only knows how Hiro is going to get out of the first inning."

Of course, we thought the same things re Kid K and Bills up until a few weeks ago. Fortunes change, pitchers find rhythm - that's the way a 162-game season goes. I anticipate his next start closely, though, as it could be something of a bellwether.

NicJ said...

maybe hiro should grow a beard. beards make everyone better.

Dusty Baker said...

I keep trying to tell Mrs Dusty that (about beards) but she don't wanna listen.

Mr. Customer said...

Hiro would look pretty sinister if he sported a fu.

NicJ said...

has anyone seen those "what i do in the offseason" videos they show on dodgervision between innings? They have on on blake dewitt talking about archery and he has a beard that would rival casey blakes.

NicJ said...

Garlands luck may finally be running out.

Dusty Baker said...

Yep - watching Phiwwies starting to put hurt on Pod Rays and Judy Garland.

Orel said...

Nic, now that's an avatar!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm still optimistic about Hiro. He's got the most experience out of anyone in the rotation, and while he has hit a rough spot, I think he can turn it around.

Steve Sax said...

I'm excited to see Bills in person this evening. Post a comment if you're gonna be there; field level third base side!

Steve Sax said...

I'll be wearing shorts and a Dodger t-shirt and flip flops

Dusty Baker said...

Getting weepy watching True Blue Stories: 1965 while readying for the game.

/idiotaddict

Dusty Baker said...

PIT 6-2 Gnats in 6th

Dusty Baker said...

PHI 6-2 Pod Rays in 8th

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So the team from Pennsylvania is beating the team from California.

Whoever they are.

Dusty Baker said...

Pod Rays lose.

Dusty Baker said...

Reed Johnson just said he wanted one of the In Beard We Trust t-shirts.

Josh S. said...

He can't have mine.

Tuesday marks the debut of my "Win for Vin" shirt.

Steve Sax said...

Sax is in the house and representing! Good crowds. More invasive security checks at gates. Open Canter's. Bad cell service.

RKTelliotts3 said...

Sax I noticed that security has been a wee bit tighter the last two games we went to. Made my 9yo empty his pockets and turn around. Must be profiling little blonde kids with glasses again.

Dusty Baker said...

The guy at the beer stand I always go to told me last night that the stadium is on heightened security these days as they were finding that people were trying to bring all kinds of things in. I got yelled at for not emptying my pockets even though I had nothing in them.

Paul said...

They did make me empty my pockets last time but I hadn't shaved in a day so it usually the same as calling for a holy war to security.

Dusty Baker said...

Also Paul and I just look shady.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, and: On the sofa, Vinny!

Paul said...

Speakig of I haven't shaved since Monday. I am not making a statement I am having my bathroom redone.

The signo doesn't seem to mind but that is probably because with all the farm work on the weekends lately I smell too much to be around most of the time anyways.

One down for Chadders!!

Paul said...

We will be in August in the ATL? I hope D Lowe and Padilla square off in a who will melt first game.

Dusty Baker said...

Hey, Heyward didn't strike out. Weird.

Paul said...

Nice Chad.

Dusty Baker said...

I want to go help w farm work some time, Paul. Get my hands dirty. Work up a thirst.

Dusty Baker said...

11 pitches

Dusty Baker said...

Jay Eye In Tee Ess just lost.

Dusty Baker said...

Raffy starts us off!

Dusty Baker said...

Vin said T Hanson often melts down in the 2nd. If Bills does tonight, too, this could cause something cataclysmic to happen in the cosmos.

Dusty Baker said...

Bison GIDP - boo!

Dusty Baker said...

^ That used to be Loney's job.

Paul said...

Anytime dusty. Although as I said the night usually ends with a bottle of whiskey and bottle shooting with the .410. I try to be cultured but when in Rome. I am still a roman. Or something like that.

Damn Kemp!!!

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

You just described my young adulthood in less than a sentence.

Dusty Baker said...

LA Times:

"Porn actor suspected of murder jumps off cliff, dies after daylong standoff with police "

Dusty Baker said...

Speaking of liquid stored in a bottle...*opens some wine*

Dusty Baker said...

Dbags up on Rox 3-0 in 6th.

Dusty Baker said...

I'd take Manny hitting a single or double every AB instead of his power, or what's left of it.

Dusty Baker said...

LOVE how Vinny pronounces O'Flaherty's name with such conviction.

Orel said...

Two-out madness! Of the preferred variety!

Dusty Baker said...

Madness I tell ya!

Dusty Baker said...

Sons of Glenn Hubbard readers are going crazy talking about Tommy Hanson's first-inning meltdown happening an inning early.

Paul said...

I am surprised James layed off the first inside slider. That thing is nasty pitch to a lefty.

Orel said...

Damn. But bodes well for the second.

Dusty Baker said...

McCann still strikes me as better suited to teach algebra II than be a big leaguer.

Orel said...

Tough zone.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Is The Man still hasslin' ya? I feel like playing some F the Police in protest.

Orel said...

Siddown, Gloss!

Dusty Baker said...

That was a strike through and through, Glaus! Not an argument.

He's jonesin' for some Balco cream.

Dusty Baker said...

Y-U-N-E-L? Because we like it.

Mr. Customer said...

Hey, we successfully navigated the innings of peril

Dusty Baker said...

JMart up in dis bish!

Orel said...

Single-DP-single. Of course.

Dusty Baker said...

Well, that didn't last long.

Joyce flared one over the infield for a single, though. That's hitting for power for him.

Orel said...

We can't start winning until Mary Hart puts on some Dodger Blue.

Dusty Baker said...

BILLS!!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

I thought was was going out for a second.

Orel said...

ChadBI!

Dusty Baker said...

Orel-

Are you giving Mary Hart grief? MDIL points out that Hart has been to the Yard the last THREE nights in a row, and said to tell yall not to give her any stick. MDIL also noted that last night Hart was wearing a cute little 50s-style letterman's sweater type thing that was appropriately Dodger-colored.

RKTelliotts3 said...

Must be that thing Bills is growing under his bottom lip. Fear the Beard!

Orel said...

I believe MDIL just got all up in my bish.

Josh S. said...

I think I just saw Sax macking on Mary Hart.

karen said...

Hello everyone.

Just got in from work. Chadley seems to be hanging in there

Paul said...

So The beard might be heading to the DL and Casey Blake with him!!!

What is up with all these pre-game injuries???

Are they in a fight club? Of course we wouldn't know cause they wouldn't talk about it.

karen said...

Bison gets a hold of one!

Orel said...

Hey Karen, you got an avatar!

Mr. Customer said...

I can't tell whether the strike zone is thimble-size, or the pitchers are just a nit erratic.

Paul said...

Manny slides when he wants to slide!!

Orel said...

Shouldn't we have, like, thirty runs by now?

Paul said...

Hansen you get the middle finger on behalf of all us southpaws.

RKTelliotts3 said...

OH! Not the pinkie toe!!

Mr. Customer said...

Left middle finger, I presume.

karen said...

@Orel

It took me long enough, huh!!

Orel said...

Well, you picked a good one.

Paul said...

Yup Mr. C


He had been trying to run in that shit to all the leftis but he doesn't have the control.

His beard is also well kept.

Damn seven hits a couple of BBs and 2 runs.

Steve Sax said...

What will it take for Dodger Stadium to get fans their beers in shorter than 1.5 innings?

2-0 Dodgers. Jillian said yes to her marriage proposal.

Paul said...

Lefties I mean and his beard is too well kept.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S 8:04p: define "macking", in the technical sense

Dusty Baker said...

Sorry for the absence, lads and lasses. Mrs D came back with skirt steak but not marinated skirt steak,. SO I'm having to make up a quick-fire marinade to break down the beef and then throw right on the grill. It's not the worst challenge in the world to face, but alas it's taking me away from my usual masterful insight posted in this space. Surely you will find a way to adjust.

Steve Sax said...

Going on my second inning in the beer line

I need rations. I think I'm dehydrated.

Dusty Baker said...

Macking or mackin'? Huge difference in the street vernacular. From 1993.

Steve Sax said...

Game is still in play but the monitors above theconcession stands have cut over to Geico commercials. Can Frank be that hard up for cash?

Dusty Baker said...

*Hollers into sleeve mic* Can we get someone in there ?? We've got a man down!

Steve Sax said...

Still standing in line. Not sure if Sunday's game has started yet

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax

Padilla is already soaked!

Steve Sax said...

Sorry Heyward

Josh S. said...

My mistake, Sax. I guess you were just asking if she could get you a beer.

Josh S. said...

Heyward's not going to like coming L.A.-ward.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bills looks good early.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

But Manny's been stinking it up.

Josh S. said...

MANNY MAKE HIPPITY-HOPS!

Paul said...

Well these low scoring games are better than the 12-10 contests we had in April. But I am a National League guy or as I call it the justice league.

Dusty Baker said...

Human League?

Keep feeling fascination!

Orel said...

6th inning, meet Chadley. 102 pitches.

Paul said...

Jamey would be in the all star lineup if he was a Philly.

Josh S. said...

Does Sax have a beer yet? Should we text the Dodgers hotline?

Paul said...

De Blah.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Garret Anderson would be in the All Star lineup if he was a Philly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hanson throws 118 pitches. Nobody trusts their bullpen with us.

Paul said...

Uh oh.

Paul said...

Uh oh.

Orel said...

Is the 7th the new 6th?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, this isn't good.

Josh S. said...

"Chief?"
"McClouth!"

Aw, dammit Chad.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw dammit.

Paul said...

Guess we didn't want to set up the DP with Heyward on deck.

Fred's Brim said...

sorry everybody, that's my fault
:/

Dusty Baker said...

When is the last god damned time we had a throw that was even close to getting someone out at the plate?

[Don't tell me any stats I just want to wallow in this thinking]

Josh S. said...

Shit-ass fuck waffles.

Paul said...

Tronnie needs to man up here.

Josh S. said...

Tron still sucks with inherited runners. It's like he doesn't give a shit about his teammates' stats.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre really needs to stop running Tron out every other day.

NicJ said...

Remember when Tracy would constantly leave the starting pitcher in just a few batters too long.

I'm getting flashbacks.

Fred's Brim said...

christ
i never should have tuned in
i'm sorry everybody

Steve Sax said...

Ramon Troncoso sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Er, #DrNealElAttrache

Paul said...

That ball hung up there longer than it took Sax to get a beer.

NicJ said...

Everybody enjoy first place for the next hour or so.

Steve Sax said...

That beer was the downfall for me.

The Jonah Hex trailer didn't help any, either.

karina said...

Epale, everyone!

@Fred's Brim it's my fault, i just tuned in. My dad took us to the ice cream parlor and therefore, i missed Vinny.

Dusty Baker said...

My mother would be ashamed of the things I just said.

Even Neeebs' mom flushed, but barely.

NicJ said...

Hanson In line for the win. Maybe this will teach us to stick with the gameplan. Hanson was at 80+ pitches through 4IP and he still went seven.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think Chad Billingsley could have done this.

Josh S. said...

SAVE US, ELY!!!

Paul said...

Shit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The jinx was the usual suspect: Steiner. Said that the bullpen had twenty-someodd straight scoreless innings.

Dusty Baker said...

I just tried to fit "fuck" in the middle of the word, "inning" and I almost tore my ACL.

Orel said...

Bullpen doesn't have it tonight. Seven runs in the seventh.

NicJ said...

Fun doesn't stop.

karina said...

I can't believe it's just one out.

Prado, why?

karen said...

I'm now stress eating oreo cookies

Not a pretty sight

Josh S. said...

At least Chad can just laugh this off now. If it were close, he could have reason to be pissed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Poor Chad. He gets the loss in an otherwise stellar outing. Just the victim of Torre's infamous hook and Steiner's Steiner-isms.

karina said...

Finally, a double play.

Merlin's pants.

Paul said...

Inning over. Andre is in pain.

karina said...

If you think about it, Bills did everything good on this game.

Orel said...

Raffy single! And the at-least-six-run comeback begins!

karina said...

Lead off single! way to go!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SHOW 'EM NO MERCY!!!

Orel said...

That's funny, Karen.

Paul said...

They will keep throwing that garbage Matt if you keep swinging.

Orel said...

High-schoolers getting TJ surgery? Sign o' the times.

NicJ said...

This is a little late but, this umpires strikezone fuckin blows.

Orel said...

Kemp & Ethier did not get the rousing comeback memo.

Paul said...

I don't know what to say to you Andre. Blame Chuck.

NicJ said...

Orel, I've seen kids in pony league have to have TJ surgery.

Paul said...

Get a run Manny. MSB steps.

Orel said...

Jon Heyman responded to MLASF's tweet!

karina said...

strike?

Orel said...

Nic, what age is Pony League?

Paul said...

Shit. Another stranded lead off guy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Soooooooo....




Ely tomorrow!

NicJ said...

The particular kid I saw was 14. It has alot to do with kids playing all year since travelball leagues started becoming popular.

That and improper throwing mechanics.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wonder how many little leaguers will get surgery once everybody tries to mimic Lincecum's delivery.

Josh S. said...

This team's clutchness is also stuck in line for beer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

IT'S THE HAEBINGER OF DOOM! THIS GAME IS A LOSS!!!

karina said...

It's not over 'till it's over.

Dusty Baker said...

What do you say when you go talk to him? "Boy, did you suck donkey arse"?

Paul said...

DB had TJ surgery. The stress of too many 40s on the UCL.

karina said...

I can't believe neither Kemp or Ethier couldn't reach that ball.

Anyway, people shouldn't boo them. It's not very helpful, given the score, IMHO.

Dusty Baker said...

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Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

You are so close to home w that 40oz comment. *points to nose*

Orel said...

Even Mary Hart has forsaken us!

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

I agree re booing, and I've posted here several times re booing your own players.

Aside from the booing, that play was pathetic. And Kemp didn't even act like he gave a shite. Little League kind of stuff.

Josh S. said...

@DB: Why the face?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

T-Slick's looking pretty good right now.

Paul said...

I think Haeger just pulled his el pollo loco!!! Back to the DL.

karina said...

Thanks, Dre!

So, there are a king, a son and an admiral coming up.

Paul said...

@Dusty

yeah but you are an inspirational comeback story.

Paul said...

Jeff Kent is smirking somewhere. Jeff Kent is still an asshole anywhere.

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF:

Heyman is a fuckin idiot, isn't he?

Steve Sax said...

We're already back at home. What an epic fail. Sigh.

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

Im like Josh Hamilton, but without the jesus crap and the sobriety.

karina said...

@Mr LASF i loved how you stood for your point of view.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - Or the brief relapse at a bar in Arizona.


...Right?

Paul said...

Well. I am close to flipping the iPod on and winding down with a stiff drink.

I forgot to ask, Dusty what kind of vino tonight??

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - Yes. Yes he is.

@Karina - Thank you.

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

Having some (sheepishly) Peachy Canyon Zin that Mrs D snagged while hurriedly shopping for dinner. Have to say it's not god awful. It's fairly bold and holds up well to the slab of skirt steak I just put in a pipe and smoked.

Josh S. said...

Please tell me you got that beer, Sax.

NicJ said...

Seriously, the strikezone blows.

Dusty Baker said...

I once waited in a beer line so long that sales were cut off. And I started an inning and a half early. Dusty had to be led out by a far more serene Mrs Dusty.

FOX years were dark times.

Paul said...

What did I miss on Twitter? ( still think a midget stripper somewhere should sue for naming rights.)

Paul said...

Lot of Braves fans.

Paul said...

Nothing wrong with that Zin in a pinch. Every tried Klinker Brick Zin from Lodi? Good stuff for abou 16 bucks a bottle. They have an old vine zin called Old Ghost for more money. that is sick!! Great label too. I always have one on Halloween night.

Nice hit Blake.

karina said...

Runners at the corners, no outs!

Paul said...

GA new plan: strike three and run!

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

I haven't tried that one but I have had plenty of others from Lodi. I have a good friend who was raised there and so have quaffed my way through the area thanks to him.

David said...

anderson you lucky

Dusty Baker said...

When referring to GA either on base or trying to leg out a third strike passed ball, one must refer to him as a "runner".

Dusty Baker said...

No play!

Dusty Baker said...

Put Saito in!

David said...

well well well, we finally have something going here.

Unfortunately, not scoring more runs in the first few innings is biting us in the butt

Paul said...

Dusty

Apparently talking wine is working.

So yeah Duckhorn is good stuff. Nice pairing!!

Paul said...

Don't do it Kemp.

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