Saturday, June 26, 2010

Game 74 Thread: June 26 vs. Yank-Mes, 4p

Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 3.06) vs. A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.83).

COMMENTS: It's starting to feel like Groundhog Day with the Dodgers and interleague play, as we carry our 3-10 record into what is thankfully the first of our final two interleague games of the year. Remember, we were in first place on June 11, when we started our second tour of interleague duty, and then dropped back to second as the Angels swept us. We got a respite against Cincinnati while the 28 other teams dueled interleague-style, which got us back to first place. And since then, our next seven interleague games have yielded one dismal win, dropping us back to fourth place in the division. It seems like the AL brings out the worst in the Dodgers--offensive impotence (like last night's game, where we were shutout for the last eight innings), baserunning blunders (in Wednesday's and Thursday's Angels games), and absences from Matt Kemp and Russell Martin (whose 0-fers last night have them batting .257 and .245, respectively).

Someone has got to tell the Dodgers that "interleague" does not mean "exhibition". These games count, and if Erin's transcontinental return to Dodger Stadium (see comments from last night's GameThread) isn't enough to inspire you, we'll have to resort to more destructive means, like punching holes in walls (not that we haven't already tried that (repeatedly)). Until then, I feel like I'm watching the same disastrous day over and over again. Someone run me a bath while I hold this toaster.

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Dusty Baker said...

Furcal 6
Kemp 8
Ethier 9
Ramirez 7
Loney 3
Blake 5
Martin 2
DeWitt 4
Kuroda 1.

Dusty Baker said...

Yankmes:

Jeter SS
Jeter CF
Jeter 1B
Jeter 3B
Jeter 2B
Jeter C
Jeter RF
Jeter LF
Jeter P

Dusty Baker said...

3 RS
Row V
Seats 21-23

Dusty, Mrs Dusty, MDIL

Go Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Nice seats Dusty!

Just had brunch hosting some Bay Area friends who are Yank-Me fans, down here for the game. They're sitting on the first-base side in the Baseline Club.

Dusty, can you hit them with a water balloon from your seat? Bring a funnel and some surgical tubing.

Steve Sax said...

No joke: he'll be wearing a Jeter jersey.

How original.

Spanky said...

I have called upon the Sith for mojo.
The good side of the force has not been working. I've turned to the dark side. Please do not judge me.

MR. F said...

Your hate will make you powerful.

Josh S. said...

Cervelli and his giant helmet are playing today, so at least I'll get some laughs out of the game.

Josh S. said...

Crap. I lost track of time. The game is in 10 minutes?

Josh S. said...

20 til first pitch.

MR. F said...

Yeah.

Paul said...

Oh great headed to the bar to see the game and realized it will be Sox v. Giants. Well still drinking damn it. Great job MLB.

MR. F said...

Why are they showing that game?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kevin Millar is an idiot. What the hell is that, "find an identity?" What is that?

Paul said...

Mr. F.

I am considered No Cal market even though I am 3 hours away.

Steve Sax said...

Sox vs Giants? Can we pray for a nuclear attack?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Johan Santana has looked awful, but he's also an ace. How does that work, exaclty?

MR. F said...

That sucks, Paul.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

McCarver almost said "That does not make Joe horny."

karen said...

Hey Kids!

We're playing the yankmes on national tv

Might be a problem

Spanky said...

Someone should nuke Buck and McCarver. I'm already pissed.

Steve Sax said...

Might?

Karen, did you read the GT. I'm about to drop my toaster.

karen said...

@Spanky Save some of the hate for the evil doer's

MR. F said...

Take one day at a time
Everything else you can leave behind
Only one thing at a time
Anything more really hurts your mind

rbnlaw said...

Wait, more than one game with the Yanks? Really, the Dodger PR dept. should be ashamed.
The lack of publicity is appalling.

As the line in "Tommy Boy" goes, "Who's your favorite team, the Yank-eees?"

karen said...

@Sax I was trying to be charitable

Spanky said...

I remember when I lived in Fresno a couple years ago and all I got were Giant,Sac Queens and Niner games.Hell

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a bad AB for Kuroda, but a fantastic one for Jeter.

NicJ said...

Jeter doesnt chase pitches, only women.

Dusty Baker said...

At the Yard, Vinny!

Sax if I do anything with a funnel, it will involve beer and gravity.

Or possibly a makeshift antenna #ATTFail

NicJ said...

Kemp never backs up the throw.

Josh S. said...

Crap.

I'm going shopping.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why can't Kemp back up a throw? Seriously, that's bush league.

karen said...

Well this is fun so far

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We will be swept in the most hyped series of the decade.

MR. F said...

I'm not trying to forget you
I just like to be alone
Come and give me the space I need
And you may and may and may
Find that we're alright

NicJ said...

Kemp was taught poorly when he came up.

Im looking at you Grady Little.

NicJ said...

that was quick.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well this sucks.

I hate interleague.

MR. F said...

Dear Mr. Kemp:

I mean no offense
To you but grow up
Can't you just grow up?
When are you going to
Give it your own go?
Give it your own go

NicJ said...

just one more game of this interleague garbage.

Dusty Baker said...

Did Honeycutt come out there and I missed it?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm going to be hearing Sterling's call of that homer every time I put on ESPN radio. I really hate Sterling.

NicJ said...

Pedroia out with a broken foot?

that cheers me up a bit.

NicJ said...

well, at the very least we have a full nine innings to make up a three run lead.

prediction, we lose 3-2

Spanky said...

Here we go with the Yankee oogling

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least Burnett's been awful lately.


Thought that likely means he will throw a CGSO.

NicJ said...

the dodgers are hitting .242 in interleague this year?

im actually shocked its that high.

NicJ said...

Buck already with the barbs at the dodgers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hm. It took that long for Buck to start his barbs?

NicJ said...

Burnett gives up hit, Buck says he is pitching confident though.

NicJ said...

Buck is about two minutes from just calling the dodgers assholes.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I really hate you right now, Kemp.

Spanky said...

I think Kemp needs some booty.

MR. F said...

I'm not
Ready
For it
But then ever I could be

NicJ said...

i love how they just gloss over the fact that Jeter is struggling through the worst stretch in his career at the moment and we have been hearing about how much the dodgers hitting sucks for about 5 straight minutes now.

Orel said...

Turn on the TV are we're down 3-0 in the first. Yay!

Spanky said...
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NicJ said...

damn ground rule double.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ground rule double! I'll take it!

Steve Sax said...

Oh, this game is starting well.

For the second time today, the good guys give up the early lead.

Josh S. said...

Yay, but I hate GRDs.

Steve Sax said...

We've been reduced to cheering for ground rule doubles.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Productive out!

NicJ said...

sac fly will work.

Spanky said...

NicJ you are like Nostadamus. 3-2

NicJ said...

jokes on you yankees, our pitching is equally as crappy but at a fraction of the price.

karen said...

So far, I'm liking AJ Burnet

karen said...

Manny almost hung out to dry

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He was out, but I don't care.

Spanky said...

I hope I don't offend anyone but the Dodgers look retarded on the base paths

Fred's Brim said...

Tony Pena did a lot of things from his knees, McCarver

hi, everybody!

NicJ said...

Im pretty sure even the mentally handicapped would be offend by the baserunning as of late, spanky.

NicJ said...

the blue with the slight edge in HOF players!

NicJ said...

that helmet is too much.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why doesn't McCarver just come out and say he thinks the Yankees are better than the Dodgers? There's not much journalistic integrity left for him, he can't lose much.

Fred's Brim said...

Cervelli is having trouble with that bucket he wears on his head. He has to take it off after every pitch

karina said...

Epale,everyone!

@JoshS 3:48 You have to be scared of Cervelli if he bats with men on base, specially if they are in scoring position.

@Mr LASF 4:05 Bills is trying to do that...

NicJ said...

Gardner has three HR?!?

Im gonna take a wild guess as say they were all hit at yankee stadium.

karen said...

Kuroda settling down

karina said...

@Mr F how was the Pavement concert? I'm jealous

karen said...

I hate Reggie Jackson. I've hated him ever since he threw his fat ass hip into the ball during the WS

Spanky said...

Thats a shame

NicJ said...

Bucholz injured now too?

this feels like christmas.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Except all these injuries take place right when they play the Giants.

Fred's Brim said...

good bunt, Hiro

MR. F said...

Ohhh it was really awesome! Thanks for asking. They're a great live band. And the lead singer (Malkmus is his name?) was in good form. The back-up singer guy yelled too much for my taste, but it was alright. I guess at some point they ended up inviting their original drummer, Gary, (who has a reputation for being... sloppy) on-stage with them. They messed up one of the songs when he was playing, but it was okay. Kinda funny actually. Otherwise it was a great show.

karen said...

Is Buck saying the crowd has life because there are yankee fans there??

NicJ said...

the crowd has life because they are celebrating Jeter's b-day.

Fred's Brim said...

Jeter's birthday is everyone's birthday

NicJ said...

maybe try pitching jeter inside from now on.

NicJ said...

two on, no outs and tex up.

ive seen this one already

Fred's Brim said...

I don't pull out, but my couch does

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh where was that throw going?

Josh S. said...

HOORAY FOR LOOKING STUPID ON NATIONAL TV!

karina said...

Why DeError?

karina said...

100!

Steve Sax said...

Dammit DeWitt!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What are the odds that we lose 4-3?

NicJ said...

no errors on DP's

Steve Sax said...

At the Farmers Market. About to get a beer.

Spanky said...

Throwing like Joyce

NicJ said...

regardless of the score, the odds are high we will lose.

NicJ said...

man they are just really working the dodgers over today.

The announcers, not the yankees

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax do any of the farmers sell moonshine? we need some

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Do you think we've been playing sloppy? Tim McCarver thinks we've been playing sloppy. When have we been playing sloppy?

karen said...

How many times is McCarver going to say "wretched"?

Fred's Brim said...

Hiro the victim of more bad fielding. He pitched well in Boston but the fielding there screwed him again

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We had a really bad game Wednesday, and play hasn't exactly been perfect today, but we haven't really been that bad, have we?

Fred's Brim said...

Never forget that Buck and McCarver are Cardinals

karina said...

@Mr F "And the lead singer (Malkmus is his name?)"

Hahahahahahaha, I love Pavement. OMG Gary Young performed!.I also have a huge crush on Stephen Malkmus since I was a teenager.

Btw, you made me smile with your review.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp excluded.

Fred's Brim said...

good job, Matty

NicJ said...

kemp is always excluded

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

McCarver thinks leaving off Strasburg would be an injustice to America.

Having McCarver do baseball on a national stage is already an injustice to America.

NicJ said...

ive heard more nice things said about Strasburg today than the dodgers.

Fred's Brim said...

did you see Stephen Malkmus?

Fred's Brim said...

Dre's gonna have a big day

Josh S. said...

I ask in all seriousness, what the hell was the point of showing that replay of the Angel game? Other than to bury the Dodgers? Can't they just CALL. THE. DAMN. GAME?!

Why not also show the Yanks getting lit up by the D-Backs?

MR. F said...

@karina Oh that's awesome. Yeah I'm not quite a... die hard. That is, I don't know the band members' names.... =(. But they're a really awesome band.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers aren't getting good hits, the Yankees are just playing like shit, I bet.

NicJ said...

Strasburg IS like Lebron.

Tons of hype and hasnt won anything yet.

Steve Sax said...

Let's make this happen now boys

Fred's Brim said...

I hope Strasburg loses a few before the all-star break so we dont have to listen to this crap anymore

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Strasburg does have a win. In fact he has two!

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo, no outs!

Go King James!

MR. F said...

Come on! Liberate that ball!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What are the odds that we don't score anything.

MR. F said...

Nice, FB.

Fred's Brim said...

Free James!
tie game

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tie game!

karina said...

Thank you very much, King James!

New game, ladies and gents!

That's why you always have to believe.

Fred's Brim said...

always believe in the suckitude of AJ Burnett

MR. F said...

Yay

NicJ said...

Warm up Chan Ho!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Buck and Suck are just blaming Burnett for this inning. It's not like the Dodgers did anything to get two runs.

NicJ said...

or Boone Logan, whatever.

Fred's Brim said...

keep taking

NicJ said...

its still a run, AND A LEAD!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I will take the RBI of shame.

Fred's Brim said...

Jeter didnt try to turn the triple play on that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeter likes doing things the hard way, both in baseball and in bed.

karina said...

I'll take that productive DPm, but try better next time, son.

Fred's Brim said...

take 4 pitches

Fred's Brim said...

ok blue, fine, but give Hiro those strikes too

Fred's Brim said...

ok Hiro, let's lock this down

Fred's Brim said...

damn

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF

Thx for pointing out to D Hernandez that he need a new schtick. Seriously...he's turning into Plaschke lite w this schpunt schtick.

karina said...

@Mr F it's ok, I suck when trying to remember musicians' names buy I did have a Pavement phase when I was in high school, but I don't consider myself a die hard either. Besides they are such R.E.M. fanboys and I did love Scott Kannberg foreword to New Adventures in Hi-FI: the Complete R.E.M.

@Fred's Brim that was an awesome cartoon. I hate hipsters.

Fred's Brim said...

nice camerawork, Fox

karina said...

I'm crossing fingers Swisher doesn't score

MR. F said...

One more random Pavement comment for karina.

So I listen to my iPod in my car. I make "playlists" of songs that I'm currently listening to so I don't have to fumble through the iPod while driving. I randomize them to introduce the "random" element of the radio while keeping it to just songs I like.

Anyway, Pavement's set list last night ended (maybe unsurprisingly) with "Summer Babe" and "Here." I got in my car today and the first two songs that pop up happened to be.... "Summer Babe" and "Here." Pretty cool.

Fred's Brim said...

dagnabbit
Hiro unlucky again

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I really don't understand Suck's logic behind letting Burnett bat.

Fred's Brim said...

ok here's your chance to get out of it

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's a jeter of an opportunity for Jeter here.

Fred's Brim said...

stay in on him, Hiro

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, kid!

Dusty Baker said...

Reading comments... God damn I'm mad at mccarver and I haven't even heard a word he's said. What an asshole.

Fred's Brim said...

although Jeter is just setting us up for later torture

Fred's Brim said...

we gotta keep after Burnett if they want to trot him back out there

karen said...

Boy, a Jeter strikeout feels good

MR. F said...

Jeter failed. Has the world exploded yet?

Fred's Brim said...

@DB - once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm sure that this is all part of Jeter's grand scheme to destroy the Dodgers.

rbnlaw said...

Who the fuck is Derek Jeter?

Fred's Brim said...

that'll work. nice work, Raffy!

Fred's Brim said...

shut
the
fuck
up
McCarver

Why do you always have to look at the negative side of things?

karina said...

@Mr F it's ok, I suck when trying to remember musicians' names buy I did have a Pavement phase when I was in high school. Besides they are such R.E.M. fanboys and I did love Scott Kannberg foreword to New Adventures in Hi-FI: the Complete R.E.M.

I think you iPod is very smart.

@Fred's Brim that's a great cartoon, thanks!

rbnlaw said...

We are crushing the ball this inning.

rbnlaw said...

There's that "check up from the neck up" line we love so much.

Has anyone else told McCarver to shut the fuck up?

Fred's Brim said...

great work, Matty

Dre or Manny (or both) are going to abuse this bum coming in

karina said...

Now that we're talking about indie music, does anybody know if Pepsi is using Apples in Stereo's Energy on their ads?

Fred's Brim said...

@rbnlaw, I think I read that somewhere else on here...

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo again!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeez. It hasn't even been four innings and we're approaching the two hour mark. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Joe West wants us all to die.

Fred's Brim said...

Free James!

And Matty is out on the basepaths yet again

karina said...

*sigh*Kemp...you are literally killing me

MR. F said...

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

karina said...

Another King James RBI anyway

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Not much Kemp could do there. If he was sent, he was sent. It's only his fault if he ignored a stop sign.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Karina - You do know what "literally" means, right?

MR. F said...

I can't speak for karina, but everytime Matt Kemp makes an out on the basepaths, I feel seconds being shaved off of my life.

Fred's Brim said...

Casey!

Josh S. said...

THE BEARD IS ALIVE!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That "shaved" the line!

Get it? Huh? Huh? Okay, I'll shut up.

Josh S. said...

This is a poor IBB choice.

Fred's Brim said...

ok Joyce, all we want is a walk or hit

rbnlaw said...

Loney=awesome
Kemp, not so much.

Hey, look what's coming to my hood:
www.anaheimbrew.com

My new favorite place, and it's not even opened yet. Check them on faceplace: Anaheim Brewery.

Josh S. said...

Buck, a man who loves to hear himself talk, is complaining about the length of the game.

Is that irony?

karina said...

Yes, I do. As Mr. F says his baserunning blunders are taking little bits of my soul.

rbnlaw said...

This strategy looks like it might pay off.

Josh S. said...

Or a good choice, I guess.

rbnlaw said...

Damn, jinx didn't work.

rbnlaw said...

Tommy holds a grudge like no other.

rbnlaw said...

199

rbnlaw said...

200

rbnlaw said...

Steve Garvey still hates Reggie.

Fred's Brim said...

I still hate Reggie

Fred's Brim said...

Nice work, Fox. This is going reallllllly well

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