Sunday, June 06, 2010

Game 57 Thread: June 6 vs. Braves, 1p

John Ely (3-2, 2.54) vs. Tim Hudson (6-1, 2.30).

COMMENTS: What's this, a BABIP reference at Dodgers.com?

The opposition has a .267 batting average on balls put in play [against Ely], the lowest BABIP against any Dodgers starter aside from Carlos Monasterios, who's more of a fill-in anyway. So there could be some luck involved for Ely -- but it hasn't run out yet.

I want to like John Ely so much — and his performance has given us a lot to like — that I'm trying to convince myself that three years of Juan Pierre was worth his arrival in L.A. Everybody loves a rookie sensation story, and while injury concerns and BABIP could be red flags, we might as well enjoy this kid's talent while we can.

And the Dodgers will need plenty of it to salvage a split against Atlanta, as the effective Hudson, who has a career 3.90 ERA against them, looks like he might have his way with the struggling Dodgers offense. Things don't get any easier with the Cardinals coming into town tomorrow. How about a win to prepare for the arrival of Mr. Pujols & Co.?

Elsewhere: When Los Angeles met John Ely (Jon Weisman reveals his romantic side)

P.S.: A separate Lakers Game Thread will go up later today.

170 comments:

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Furcal 6
Carroll 5
Ethier 9
Loney 3
Kemp 8
Anderson 7
DeWitt 4
Ellis 2
Ely 1

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Making the trek from OC to the Ravine today with daughter in tow. Loge 143, row K.
I'll be the guy in the blue cap.

Josh S. said...

That is one wacky lineup.

Josh S. said...

Pods already up 2-0.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Lovely. My first game of the year, and it's senior citizen day in left field.

Orel said...

Watch out for fights!

David said...

Happy Ely day, everybody!

Josh S. said...

Phils/Pods knotted at 5 in the 6th.

Josh S. said...

I will likely be missing most of today's game. Somebody pick up my snark slack.

Orel said...

Quick, activate the Dustysignal!

Dusty Baker said...

I'm here for ya, Josh!

Orel said...

Wow, that worked.

Dusty Baker said...

I felt a disturbance in the SoSG Force.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mmmmmmmm, SoSG force...

Dusty Baker said...

Timmeh exits with the game at 3-3 in the 8th, presumbaly to wash his nasty hair.

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

Also, on the patio some of the time.

Dusty Baker said...

Reporter Jimmy Bramlett just told me that "[Lima Jr]...threw a strike to Manny Ramirez who did the catching honors."

How flippin' cool. What a moment.

Dusty Baker said...

1st pitch strike from Ely. Can we just call them game now?

Orel said...

DeWitt could have had a play on that stop. BABIP rearing its head alreadY?

Orel said...

Two hits by the Braves to start the game. Do we have a bad feeling about this yet?

Dusty Baker said...

I know, Orel. He bobbled it slightly but still had plenty of time to throw it.

Dusty Baker said...

I think I just saw this first inning movie yesterday.

Orel said...

Inning-ending DP!

Dusty Baker said...

Only one out recorded and I'm already having to crack open the cold ones.

Dusty Baker said...

Double play!

I'm still opening that beer, though.

Orel said...

Eyes on the prize!

Dusty Baker said...

Vin w his D-Day lesson for the kids.

Dusty Baker said...

DAMMIT

Frisco just went up a run.

Orel said...

Mission accomplished, Vin. I hadn't realized it was D-Day today.

karen said...

Hi everyone!

I love it that Vinny commemorates D-Day every year

Orel said...

Epale, Karen!

Dusty Baker said...

True story re D-Day remembrances:

I was working as a jr aide at the Clinton White House. Got a call over the weekend from the WH Mil Office saying the President needed to issue a statement on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. I said WTF, why did they wait til the last second - they only had 49 years and 364 days and some hours to plan for such a request. WH Mil Office isn't very humorous.

So there I was late Saturday night writing a message that the President could issue. I was not happy. Luckily I had some help from a colleague and we ended up getting the job done well.

That colleague is now running for Senate in Pennsylvania, and neither one of us ever forgets that D-Day is coming up.

Now let's get back to this one.

Dusty Baker said...

Delwyn Young 2-run bomb in bottom 9th to tie game up w Gnats. 2 outs, 3-2 pitch was taken yard.

Off Brian Wilson, even.

karen said...

Johnny is making me nervous again

Dusty Baker said...

Gnats go back up 6-0.

Pod Rays and Phiwwies are tied at 5 in bottom of ninth with Phiws threatening.

Dusty Baker said...

DeWitt was there by a mile!

#JimJoyce

Orel said...

Nice story, Dusty!

Currently transcribing Vin's D-Day remembrance.

Dusty Baker said...

I really want to whine about the ump screwing us out of a run that inning, but it would seem small compared to the Impefect Game, so I'll pipe down.

Unless we lose by one.

karen said...

@Dusty

I'll whine for both of us

Dusty Baker said...

Frisco just won.

I love calling that city Frisco cause its inhabitants hate that phrase.

Frisco
Frisco
Frisco

karen said...

Ok Matty! See what happens when you hit the ball!

Dusty Baker said...

And the Pod Rays just won.

Frisco
Frisco
Frisco

Dusty Baker said...

Ohman blew a save for Os vs. RedSox

Dusty Baker said...

Everybody's safe!

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, are you still standing in the beer line from last night?

Dusty Baker said...

We're up 2-1!*

*In my book. I'm watching this game under protest.

Dusty Baker said...

This Ellis kid just canNOT hit to save his life.

NicJ said...

Why hold up kemp at third when you know Ellis is up next?

karen said...

That tie didn't last long

NicJ said...

Well. Maybe this is a good sign for the lakers. The teams don't seen to win on the same days.

NicJ said...

I've been waiting for the league to catch up to ely.

Dusty Baker said...

I knew that pitch to McCann was leaving the Yard before it even got half way to the plate.

karen said...

Joe needs to get off his butt about now

Fred's Brim said...

god I hate it when we are playing like this. it feels like we have absolutely no control over anything

Dusty Baker said...

I jsut saw Tron warming up. Hitting the gin now! (Me, not him...but if it would help him...)

karina said...

Epale, everyone!

I guess this is one of those late inning wins.

Dusty Baker said...

"The law firm of Prado and McCann..." - Vin

Heh.

Dusty Baker said...

Epale, Karina!

Dusty Baker said...

Let me catch you up, Karina:

Ely came down to earth
Still no offense
Playing our B team today
RB is at the Yard
I have already switched from beer to gin
Sax may still be in the beer line from last night

karen said...

Epale Karina

You're right, we're going to need some late inning heroics to get this one

Yay! Raffy has started our comeback!

Orel said...

Epale, Karina! Raffy says hello with a solo HR. 4-2 Braves

Dusty Baker said...

And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Orel said...

Omar Baby can't make the play! Safe at first!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, E. Let's tie this one up.

Orel said...

Ethier double! Men @ 2nd & 3rd, 1 out.

Dusty Baker said...

Karina, you brought the rally with you!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre's coming back!

Orel said...

Loney 2-RBI single! Tie game!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray! We're alive!

Dusty Baker said...

"In comes Carroll...in comes Ethier to tie it up." -Vin's singsong call of that play

karen said...

Middle inning heroics will do just fine

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

OT: Will there be some kind of draft thread tomorrow?

karina said...

King James 2 RBI single, still one out!

Orel said...

No throw on Loney's SB!

karen said...

C'mon GAARP we won't have Hudson to kick around much longer

Dusty Baker said...

I was at the next to last game Raffy homered in. It was a leadoff, then the team did nothing else and we lost the game. I sat behind the 3rd-baseline foul pole in what was the worst seat I've ever sat in Dodger Stadium.

Orel said...

"OT: Will there be some kind of draft thread tomorrow?"

What do you guys think? Who wants one?

Dusty Baker said...

Does this tie mean Lakers have less of a chance of winning, Nic? Maybe FanGraphs will plot the chances of both LA teams for us.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker good vibes help!

@Orel Omar Baby, very nice!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I really loathe GAARP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Miller the Tattooed Lady sighting.

Dusty Baker said...

Loney has as many SB as Kemp. Embarrassing for Bison.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker or King James is improving his base running skills

Orel said...

I keep thinking "Omar Baby" to the tune of "Santa Baby." Someone help me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wow. Ellis relegated to sac-bunt status. When does Ausmus return, again?

karina said...

Manny, make him pay!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny really stinks.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Or Kemp has regressed.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker the point is to see the best side!

Dusty Baker said...

The point for me is to see the truth, though. Kemp is way below his norm. It can't be a fact that both are doing well, and Loney is doing well at SB, so logic says that the remaining option is that Kemp is not as good.

One might argue that Kemp can and will do better, and I'll root for him to do so, but as for now he's clearly having a problem with stealing at a point in his career that should be well past the learning stages.

Dusty Baker said...

Loney, on the other hand, is really stepping up his game this season in all aspects.

Orel said...

Video of Jose Lima singing GBA. Has this been an emotional couple of weeks or what?

Dusty Baker said...

Lima Time with GBA from 2004. Moving!

Dusty Baker said...

I just poured out some gin and tonic for Lima.

Dusty Baker said...

Talking about an emotional few weeks...wow:

Former UCLA Bruins @kaj33 & Bill Walton will speak before a moment of silence for John Wooden tonight. http://twitpic.com/1ulu0p

karen said...

Wow, Lima Time really made me tear up.

Dusty Baker said...

Not a dry eye in the Dustyhold.

karina said...

I'm on Gameday and the just the mention of Lima Time...

Dusty Baker said...

DreamWeaver's got this one.

Dusty Baker said...

How did radio handle it, Karina? I'd be interested to know.

Dusty Baker said...

Next Sunday is This is My Town: Fernando Valley.

HO.LY.SHIT.

Steve Sax said...

I can see a monitor but no sound; can one of you guys watching the game tell me what's going on?

Steve Sax said...

Well whatever it was, it flustered the Braves pitcher

Dusty Baker said...

Some odl lady had a hang nail or something that was bothering Hudson. I turned and told MDIl that if something - whatever it was - that small was bugging Hudson, Kemp was surely going to hit the next thrown ball well.

Check.

Chalk one up to Dusty.

NicJ said...

go to hell, melky.

Steve Sax said...

Damn Melky

NicJ said...

how many dodgers are looking up at the clock right now thinking they have laker tickets at 5.

Im guessing Torre and Kemp are going at the very least.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 1:40p: that story is brilliant, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to meeting you again

another crash at the poconos race of big fast cars WHO CARES

NicJ said...

maybe broxton has tickets, too.

Steve Sax said...

This ninth is not starting well for us

Josh S. said...

Back home for an inning of snark. Thanks, Dusty!

I haven't totally caught up, but the game looks like a bit of mess. A winnable mess, though.

As I type that, some dude with no batting gloves hits a double. Dammit.

Dusty Baker said...

Hudson was blinded by the afternoon sunlight twinkling off all our WS trophies.

NicJ said...

Josh S, has anyone ever told you your avatar looks like Dan Quisenberry? Haha.

Dusty Baker said...

Cheers, Sax.

NicJ said...

Ubaldo actually gave up 2ER toaday, and his ERA is still under 1.00

Dusty Baker said...

Say K, Kid!

Josh S. said...

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!

Josh S. said...

This series will not be on his highlight reel if Heyward does win ROTY.

Mr. Customer said...

Hey kids!

Hopefully in won't jinx the double-comeback walk off by showing up for the last inning.

Josh S. said...

Johnson will bang one out here.

NicJ said...

oh come on, they owed us a call from earlier.

Josh S. said...

That was a quick strikeout.

David said...

Broxton now has an utterly ridiculous 13.3/1 K/BB ratio, along with a 13.7 K/9 mark.

Josh S. said...

CRAP.

NicJ said...

seems like its protocol for the offense to go down 123 after a tough fought battle on the defensive end a half inning earlier.

NicJ said...

so our middle infielders HR total just doubled today from 1 to 2.

NicJ said...

nice play by dewitt.

Orel said...

Gregor Samsa?

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, you are hilarious referencing me this GT. I am not in the beer line. A generous man gave me a swiv from his flask and I made it to the front of the line for sustenance.

karina said...

I don't get your kafkian reference, Orel.

NicJ said...

stupid TBS creating a national fanbase for the braves.

Josh S. said...

Belisario is Spanish for "bloom is off the rose."

Orel said...

Karina, Belisario just walked Gregor Blanco.

Steve Sax said...

Frickin a, what is going on here in the tenth

Orel said...

Deuces wild!

Josh S. said...

Phew!

NOW SCORE!

Dusty Baker said...

Belli1! Manned up liked Brox did. Let's get out of here w a win.

Orel said...

Did Cabrera swing at ball four?

karina said...

Orel: i'm not at my quickest today. It's a disgrace he walked him, they were teammates for a while, he should know him better!

NicJ said...

Seeing Troy Glaus made me think of how i really didnt like anyone on the 2002 Angels team. I wanted to find out what darin erstad was doing now so i went to google and typed in "What happened to" and the first entry for the auto-fill's suggestion was "Seal's Face?"

I literally LOL'd

i love google.

Josh S. said...

Walkoffs are still on the DL.

Josh S. said...

Tron is warming. Get this done or we'll be derezzed.

NicJ said...

WOW, that was embarrassing, Loney.

David said...

KKemp

Josh S. said...

This is the 7th game of the homestand and the Dodgers have only once had a lead going into the ninth.

karen said...

Belly is barely passing the smell test

David said...

yeahhhh Chavez

Their bad reliever

Steve Sax said...

About to go out of contact, so it would be nice to win this game quickly...

Orel said...

My browser just took me to joeely.com. I don't think it's a virus.

Orel said...

Laker GT is going up in 15 minutes....

NicJ said...

seems like Ellis has come up in this situation a lot today. Has to get a hit eventually, right?

Josh S. said...

Cather on, catcher up.

And Vin says it as I type it.

Josh S. said...

^catcher

NicJ said...

Hey look at that!!!

Orel said...

WALKOFFELLIS

Josh S. said...

AJ!!!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oy. That took awhile.

Mr. Customer said...

Welcome to the pantheon of unlikely heroes.

Steve Sax said...

That would indeed count as quickly! Thanks AJ!

Split with the Braves!!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Walkoffy goodness!

karina said...

Oh my sweet Lord, Ellis!

David said...

woohoo!

Ellis with a Anderson-like day at the plate, messes up big time in the early innings but drives in the winning run in extras to be the hero!

karen said...

A.J. Ellis comes through with the hit!! Who'd have thought it

Dusty Baker said...

@ 4.44 Sax-

Took care of that for you. You owe me one.

karina said...

First GA, then Ellis, wow

Josh S. said...

I'm just ecstatic Bowa didn't put up the stop sign for once.

Fred's Brim said...

amazing! Feels like we stole a split there

Josh S. said...

It's AJ Ellis, you tool. Not CJ Ellis.

Mr. Customer said...

Yeah, I'm thilled to get the split after yesterday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

PGT up!