Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Game 59 Thread: June 8 vs. Cards, 7p

Hiroki Kuroda (5-4, 3.63) vs. Chris Carpenter (7-1, 2.76).

COMMENTS: Yesterday was nice, but let's face it: It ain't happening again tonight. Still, success is possible, even against St. Louis' best.

"With a career 2.20 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers and a perfect 5-0 record when facing L.A., Carpenter appears primed for another dominant outing," says MLB.com. (Uh, make that regular-season starts.) So how can the Dodgers avoid fulfilling this prophesy?

With the exception of Blake DeWitt's home run, the Dodgers nickel-and-dimed their way to victory last night, and they'll have to do the same tonight to have a chance at winning. Carpenter's 2.79 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (fourth in the NL) means a lot of worm-killers, but his .269 BABIP also means some of those grounders might find a hole. Let's hope.

Also, this will serve as your Game Thread for Lakers @ Celtics (6 p.m. PT on ABC). Go Purple & Gold!

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Furcal
Kemp
Ethier
Ramirez
Loney
Blake
DeWitt
Martin
Kuroda

Dusty Baker said...

We get Casey back! And I'll be wearing my Blake shirt as well. I knew I picked the right shirt today.

MR. F said...

I've been cursing out friends who "tease" me by saying "go celtics." The Lakers MUST win tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

If the Lakers don't win tonight I'm breaking down every last god damned wall at MLASF's crib.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tch, yeah, like I have any walls left.

Josh S. said...

Holy crap! The TV mics are picking up about a billion cameras going off when Strasburg delivers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MLB.com is airing the game live for free. Pretty awesome!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Er, they're actually only showing him pitch. Everything else is blacked out.

Josh S. said...

MLASF: Whole game is free on them iPhone thingies.

I guess those noises aren't camera shutters. Just a weird noise.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Unfortunately, I don't have an iPhone. I should really look into one though.

TheArtistFormallyKnownAsSpanky said...

iAM surprised espn aint all over this game. they have been hyping strasburg all freakin' year

Josh S. said...

Now that I think about it, I may have previously mentioned the weird ticky-ticky noise when pitches are delivered at Nats Park.

Anyone know what that is?

Mr. Customer said...

Damn, the Washington game has already started and I totally missed the choir of angels.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Hola peeps.
I've been reading from afar and wishing I could contribute. Hopefully, the snark content hasn't suffered in my absence.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

Is it some sort of sound almost like the sound of someone shuffling a deck of cards?

Dusty Baker said...

RB:

Snark factor has dropped, sobriety level increased. Help!

Neeebs said...

Who was the guy who predicted Delwyn Young would hit a Dinger against Strassburg?

You were correct. Two run shot

Dusty Baker said...

Josh called it, no?

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Dammit, DB! I'm only one man.
I'll try my best.

Neeebs said...

I couldn't remember if it was Josh, Nic, or MLSF

Josh S. said...

It was meeeeeee!

Holy shit! I gotta go buy Lotto.

Josh S. said...

Yeah Dusty, that's the sound exactly.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Eh. That Strassberg kid will never make it big.

11 K's through 6.

TheArtistFormallyKnownAsSpanky said...

I am not going to lie. Feeling a bit anxious bout the lakes

Betsy said...

@DB we'll be twins!

Dusty Baker said...

Strasburg is sittin some bitches down.

KKKKKKKKKKKKK

Dusty Baker said...

Sister Betsy!

Mr. Customer said...

Work is toast. Time to gird my liver for the evening. Fortunately, festivities will be held at a location that will show the game.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

Josh, are you studying under the guide of Nostry?

MR. F said...

Epale karina!

MR. F said...

I will either have a heart attack or cry myself to sleep if the Lakers lose.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh man. I missed the whole first half. Stupid alarm clock. Oh well. At least we're winning.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

*Quarter, not half.

karen said...

Hello everyone!

Maybe it's an east/west thing but I HATE the Celtics. We have to win this one

Mr. Customer said...

To much excitement. We killed Twitter.

Mr. Customer said...

Anyone* catch the Spain - Poland friendly today? I'd say they got healthy.

*By anyone, I mean Dusty or Rbnlaw

Fred's Brim said...

howdy! how is everyone tonight? Anybody feel like winning a series tonight?

Fred's Brim said...

Padres getting their own taste of a hard park to score in

well, Elmer Dessens just came in for the Mets so that may no longer be true

Fred's Brim said...

Elmer strands MSB at second, on to the bottom of the 11th

Fred's Brim said...

wow that traveled pretty far

Fred's Brim said...

ahh there's the beard - i feel better now

Fred's Brim said...

Ike Davis hammers one and the Mets beat the Padres. We've got another chance at first.

Of course that means we'll lose tonight, especially with the Lakers winning

Fred's Brim said...

and what the hell has gotten into Randy Winn? GAARP, are you watching?

Fred's Brim said...

Koki with the big K of Pujols

Josh S. said...

@Dusty and Nic: I'll be up in the reserve at the top of the 4th to say hey. I have my Win for Vin shirt on.

Fred's Brim said...

looks like Chevy Chase, Christian Slater and Ted Williams are in the Mary Hart seats tonight

Fred's Brim said...

looks like it'll be just me and whoever can get mobile service at the stadium tonight

Fred's Brim said...

Holliday pops out to first after a long battle at the plate - Nice work, Koki!

MR. F said...

Sorry FB. So nervous with the Lakers.

karen said...

@FB...I'm here too, just freaking out over the Lakers

Fred's Brim said...

it's OK Mr F - concentrate on the Lakers. They'll get at least one game in Boston.

Fred's Brim said...

hmm Raffy Ks on a pitch he could barely see

Fred's Brim said...

thanks for dressing up, Rajon

Fred's Brim said...

Matty with patience! He draws a 1-out walk, Dre coming up

Fred's Brim said...

@karen - no problem - stay focused!

Fred's Brim said...

Matty steals second after Manny nearly gets hit

karen said...

That was a scary pitch that Manny just took

karina said...

@Mr C you're breaking my heart. It's like the only soccer fans in here are you, Dusty and Rbnlaw.

Or is it a Premier League fans thing?

Fred's Brim said...

ooof Manny can't handle the curveball

MR. F said...

Seemed like an easy inning.

Fred's Brim said...

another good inning from Koki!

Fred's Brim said...

wow only 5 pitches for that inning for Koki

Fred's Brim said...

damn - Casey hit a slicing poke to right but Ludwick caught up with it

Fred's Brim said...

and Blakey D with the soft liner for the third out

karina said...

@Fred's Brim it seems like everyone is either watching the Lakers game or at Chavez Ravine.

I have a good feeling about this game, you?

Fred's Brim said...

ooof, Ray

there have been some fugly shots tonight by some good shooters

MR. F said...

I hope so karina. We're still being no hit.

karina said...

@Mr C didn't get to watch the game but I don't like baseball scores on soccer games. I'm all about defensive soccer, IMHO.

Josh S. said...

Man, the crowd is depressingly light for a bobble night.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Josh - I wonder why.

NO, COVER GARNETT!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Hi karina! lucky them to be in the stadium tonight!

I feel pretty good about things too, especially since Hiro seems to have found his control, well up until that walk anyway

MR. F said...

D'oh. A walk.

Fred's Brim said...

eff you Randy Winn! you were never this good!

Fred's Brim said...

ugh and here comes Pujols

Fred's Brim said...

wow Russ almost got Winn leaking off first

karina said...

@Mr F yeah, it's a no hit. Don't you think no hits, shutouts and perfectos are too common lately?

It'd suck if the Dodgers got NO HIT, right?

Fred's Brim said...

keep taking pitches, guys

MR. F said...

Yup karina. I can't believe we're being NO HIT. There have just been way too many NO HITTERS lately. Come on guys. Break up the NO HITTER!

Fred's Brim said...

I saw Jerry West once - he was walking around this tiny town in Italy with his wife

karina said...

NO HITS are so last week, Mr F

Fred's Brim said...

No NO-NO!
Raffy with a poke to center

karen said...

YAY!!! Did you really think you were going to come into our house and no hit us, you dumb bastard!

MR. F said...

Yay! Now let's score some runs!

Fred's Brim said...

and Matty grounds out to end the inning

karina said...

Our jinx was a magnificent piece of group work

Fred's Brim said...

we have to keep being patient vs Carpenter. It looks like the only pitch he's getting over consistently is that curve and he seems to save that for Manny

karen said...

Great catch Matty!

MR. F said...

Laker game is too close for comfort...

Fred's Brim said...

woah! I though that was way gone

and Matt almost overran it, but makes the catch. i'll take it!

Fred's Brim said...

that pitch was supposed to be way in but Koki left it over the plate a little

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Koki!

karen said...

Kobe playing great game but celtics are way to close

Fred's Brim said...

Doris Burke's voice is deeper than Jeff Van Gundy's

karen said...

Pierce with 5 fouls YAY!

Fred's Brim said...

run, Dre, run!

Fred's Brim said...

Andre takes a chance on Manny's chopper and makes it to 3rd

ok now GET HIM HOME!

karina said...

If Kuroda stays on his usual self and Dre starts hitting the way he did before the freak pinky accident...

karen said...

Breaking out the Ben and Jerry's

Fred's Brim said...

Dammit James - that was a worthless at bat

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Casey!

karina said...

Dre got to third, they'll score in the next inning!

Fred's Brim said...

dammit Casey was so close

Fred's Brim said...

that's what James needed to do

MR. F said...

GAHHHH

Fred's Brim said...

Dumb shot by Rasheed

Fred's Brim said...

wow great stop by Blake!

Fred's Brim said...

Matt Williams can go to hell. He might be my least favorite Giant of all time. Joe Morgan is close, but he's not really a Giant

Fred's Brim said...

great inning Koki! 3 grounders and some nice plays to get them

Fred's Brim said...

@karina - what's your prediction for this inning?

Fred's Brim said...

Cs blow their second chance at tying or taking the lead. how many more will they get?

Fred's Brim said...

cmon guys, take picthes!

karina said...

my son! lead off single!

karina said...

Nice bunt, Hiro

karina said...

My mistake, my son didn't hit a lead off double.

@Fred's Brim I just say what my heart desires, I'm not Josh

karen said...

Dear God,
I don't usualy bug you with this kind of stuff, but if you could, help the Lakers kick some celtic butt. Amen

Fred's Brim said...

Hiro finally gets Winn

karina said...

KKKKKuroda!

Fred's Brim said...

when is Pujols going to get us?

Fred's Brim said...

thank you, Kerwin

Fred's Brim said...

wow another K for Koki!

Fred's Brim said...

OK it's time for some runs

Fred's Brim said...

2 wrongs make a right?

MR. F said...

karen,
I said that prayer, too.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim do you really want Pujols to understand Dodgers pitching?

Fred's Brim said...

Vin is talking about a non-proposal during the kiss cam. The guy apparently stood up to propose and the girl got up and ran up the aisle!

Paul said...

How we doing? Lakers have me hyperventilating. D Fish!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Dre with another double!!

Cmon Manny! Make him pay!

karen said...

Lakers up by 7 with 48 secs to go

Fred's Brim said...

cripes Manny, take a pitch

it's up to you FJL

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How can you not love Fish?

Fred's Brim said...

sheesh that's no good

Fred's Brim said...

Fish, which is my favorite dish

Fred's Brim said...

stupid replays - this is wack

MR. F said...

Clutch foul?!

Fred's Brim said...

@karina - i don't want Pujols to ever figure us out, but I am scared that he will

Fred's Brim said...

nice play, Raffy

MR. F said...

Clutch SASHA!!!! Hit those free throws!

Paul said...

I can breathe again.

Fred's Brim said...

haha who are those idiots with the Frank Caliendo hats on behind the announcers?

karen said...

LAKERS WIN!! LAKERS WIN!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Vin developing a man-crush on Ryan Ludwick

Ludwick then gets a hit with 1 out

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I just switched to the Dodger game, where Vin gave me a warm welcome right on cue. I love Vin.

Fred's Brim said...

damn the Lakers win, which means we lose this game

Fred's Brim said...

crap - My Dog Skip singles up the middle, 1st and 3rd with 1 out, late arriving Dodger fans to blame if the Cards score this inning

Fred's Brim said...

Yes! thats a great time for a double play!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That last "her" really hit a bad note.

Steve Sax said...

Boom GIDP!

I'd be feeling good, only the Lakers won, and the Dodgers tend to lose when that happens

karina said...

@Fred's Brim "that suggests that what you fear most of all... is fear itself. This is very wise"

Bonus points if someone recognizes this sentence. My money's on Mr F

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Karina - It's obviously FDR.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm just joking. I googled it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm surprised the crowd didn't learn about the Laker score sooner.

Paul said...

Did they wait to announce the Lakers score to warm up the crowd?

Fred's Brim said...

Run, Blake, Run!

Paul said...

De extra bases!!

Paul said...

Russ hitting .229 with RISP. He is due!!!

Fred's Brim said...

man that curve is tough

Paul said...

2-2. Work it to 3-2. Then attack.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How do baseball players develop an addiction to chaw anyway? I hardly see anyone chewing any more.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DeWitt with the Non-Commit.

Fred's Brim said...

damn - that wasn't even close

Paul said...

Man that wasn't even close.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh joy, GAARP is up.

Paul said...

Exactly FB.

Well my gameplan fr Russ worked.

Josh S. said...

Tonight does not belong to Blake DeWitt.

Fred's Brim said...

GAARP puts a bow on this disappointing inning

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That probably could've scored DeWitt from third.


Just saying.

Paul said...

GA no track power.

Fred's Brim said...

@Paul - it all seemed to be working, and I would have sent him too, but a great throw and not so speedy running did him in

Paul said...

But the night does belong to Lovers.

Josh S. said...

Dodgers are 2-0 in games where Dusty and I have a chat at the Ravine. So, we should be good tonight.

Paul said...

Kip enters the game to his favorite group the Jackson 5.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why won't Ryan get rid of the pornstache?

Fred's Brim said...

HCK in to protect our 0-0 lead

Paul said...

Kuo I mean.

Fred's Brim said...

OK we got Carpenter out

karina said...

@Mr LASF wrong google answer

karina said...

@Steve Sax isn't it a nice night to break a jinx?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No, I mean I know what the real answer is. I was just joking by saying FDR.

Paul said...

It is going to take some time for Carpenter to get over not getting the W.

Fred's Brim said...

that was a strike 2 pitches ago, blue

Fred's Brim said...

dammit ump, that's your hit there

Paul said...

It think the dodgers have only just begun to get their offense going now that Carpenter is out.

Fred's Brim said...

Top of the lineup up. Can we get something going?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

She said yes!

Paul said...

It was only yesterday the Dodgers scored 12.

Fred's Brim said...

damn you ludwick

Neeebs said...

Have no fear, Neeebs is here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh great, now I have fear. Thanks a lot, Neeebs.

Fred's Brim said...

wow Dre was really tricked on that one

Paul said...

Neeebs!! Bringing the heat!!

Neeebs said...

Fear not the bat of Manny.

Fred's Brim said...

alright Dre!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre's getting his groove back!

karen said...

C'mon Manny you're due to do something Manny like

Neeebs said...

Manny: Res Ipsa Loquitor

Paul said...

Manny needs a clutch AB to for Neeebs. You ow him at least that Manny.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny certainly does not deserve that fanfare.

Paul said...

Manny is a fertile octogenarian.

Fred's Brim said...

no double plays

Neeebs said...

New pitcher, different result.

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