Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Game 77 Thread: June 29 @ Giants, 7p

John Ely (3-5, 3.86) vs. Matt Cain (6-6, 2.72).

COMMENTS: Which way, L.A.? Sunday's Yankees debacle felt like a turning point in the Dodgers' 2010 season — problem is, I can't tell if it's a spark plug or a white flag. (Hold on a sec while I put another quarter in the metaphor generator.) If last night's Bearded Bombadil is any indication, though, the Dodgers may still have some fight in them yet. (Great timing, too, as a visit to the Bay Area without at least a token victory would have been deflating indeed.) If the Dodgers are to take this series tonight — welcome to Elymania, San Francisco! — they'll have to do it without the services of Jonathan Broxton. And since Hong Chih-Kuo closed it out last night, whence the bullpen? Never a dull moment, people!

aniGIF from McCovey Chronicles

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Dusty Baker said...

Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
Manny, LF
Loney, 1B
Blake, 3B
DeWitt, 2B
Johnson, CF
Ely, P

Dusty Baker said...

No Kemp again. Not surprising, but noteworthy.

KempKershaw said...

Furcal SS
Martin C
Ethier RF
Manny LF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
DeWitt 2B
Johnson CF
Ely P

KempKershaw said...

Well then, I've been had.

FUCK JOE TORRE.

Dusty Baker said...

Just read a comment from Kemp:

"I've got a whole half season to turn it around and I'm confident it's going to happen."

Heh...a whole half.

MR. F said...

I am on-track to go to this game...

KempKershaw said...

Not if Torre has his way, apparently.

Josh S. said...

Warren "Buster" Olney.

Josh S. said...

I'm OK with the Kemp benching if:

a)this is the last day
b)it results in Kemp getting his head straight at the plate.

For now, I'm OK with letting our Johnson out and seeing if he can put some balls in play.

Spanky said...

Hopefully Johnson plays hard and not limp around the base paths.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Our Johnson's tough as nails. He can rise to the occasion.

Mr. Customer said...

I feel confident in our Johnson's abilities, but he's not used to seeing this much action.

NicJ said...

Kemp is being benched because he is making Jeff Kent look right. Nobody wants that.

karen said...

I'm sure Johnson is up for an action packed performance

Mr. Customer said...

Still on your 1 week suspension, Josh?

I had threatened the same thing and found that I didn't have that kind of willpower.

Josh S. said...

@Mr. C: I cracked two pitches before the Beard home run. My plan now is to try to avoid watching the whole game from start to finish. I'm losing productivity hours and playtime with the kid when I plop down on the couch for 3+ hours.

Dusty Baker said...

Are we really that surprised to see Johnson? He can hold his own tonight, I'm sure.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh- What is defined as "productivity hours" (besides the Luke time?

Dusty Baker said...

)

NicJ said...

What about reproductivity hours?

Josh S. said...

I'm pretty sure I could come up with a couple clean, renewable energy alternatives if I wasn't spending three hours a day calling Garret Anderson old.

NicJ said...

Both Josh and Kemp and sitting for a lack of production. Both will be available in later innings as a defensive (or offensive) replacement.

Paul said...

Matt Kemp benched. GA still on the team. How is this consistent?

Meanwhile I hope Johnson goes long tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

I think Josh is definitely an offensive replacement.

But that's why we like him!

Paul said...

I liked Johnson in the 2 hole last night.

karina said...

Epale, everyone!

would someone explain to me why do you call Anderson GAAARP?

Steve Sax said...

Losing Josh S to our starting lineup of snark is debilitating. It's much worse than losing Kemp in the starting lineup.

Josh, are you making the analogy with your wife and Rihanna?

Meaniebreanie said...

Karina - per wikipedia

Add the GA for Garrett Anderson to the front and there you have it.

AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is a United States-based non-governmental organization and interest group, started by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. According to its mission statement,[1] it is "a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over ... dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age," which "provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members."

Steve Sax said...

Epale Karina!

AARP is the American Association of Retired Persons or something like that. Basically, we're saying Garret qualifies for the senior discount at Denny's.

Which is where he belongs, btw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've seen GAARP so much that I just say "Garp" in my mind.

Dusty Baker said...

Reading "AARP" and "nonprofit, nonpartisan" in a sentence together just makes me chuckle.

Steve Sax said...

Karina: more info here

Dusty, do you ever meet up with AARP lobbyists? I imagine they might have one or two in DC.

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Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

No, fuck those dirtbag AARP arm twisters.

Josh S. said...

Vow or no vow, I can't resist ripping on the Giants and their oversized Little Rascal starting pitcher.

Josh S. said...

Per Dodger Thoughts:
8) Hong-Chih Kuo and Jonathan Broxton are resting tonight and Ronald Belisario is doubtful. The team will improvise its relief in the late innings.

"OK, you're a...knight, in a...pet store!"

karina said...

@Josh improvise+relief+late innings=instant headache.

But these are the Dodgers, so they'll figure out. RIGHT?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So that leaves Miller, Weaver, Tron (of course), and Sherrill. Fantastic.

NicJ said...

Id go with loney out of the pen and stick belliard at first.

We can have an American League lineup for the later innings.

Josh S. said...

They called Cain "Big Sugar?" How has Pablo not eaten him?

NicJ said...

diabetic.

NicJ said...

pretty empty stadium again.

NicJ said...

furcal just swung at two straight ball four's

Josh S. said...

Must be some bad traffic in Frisco tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Raffy swung at ball 4.

karina said...

@MeanieBreanie @Sax thank you very much!

You guys are brilliant, but harsh, pretty much.

You know how we call in Venezuela any sports professional inefficient on the field: "muerto" (dead).

The Dodgers sure like their graveyards.

Josh S. said...

Joe is benching the wrong guy.

NicJ said...

he cant bench the whole team, someone has to go up there and flail away at the ball.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Okay, I seriously just saw a guy going aisle to aisle selling hot cocoa.

karina said...

@Josh S it's not the traffic, do you know how difficult is to put a trendy outfit of orange and black without looking like a kindergarden teacher in Halloween?

NicJ said...

Manny has a higher BA than Dre.

Didnt see that one coming a month ago.

Josh S. said...

Not diggin' the zone tonight.

Josh S. said...

@karina LOL!

NicJ said...

I think luck might be on our side tonight.

Josh S. said...

Loney!

EdgarFAIL!

NicJ said...

ooops maybe not.

Josh S. said...

Ohhhh shit.

NicJ said...

FUCK!!

NicJ said...

kemps gotta play now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw crap.

Paul said...

Ummmm that isn't how I wanted to free Matt Kemp.

NicJ said...

stupid kemp and his manny voodoo doll.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So what's the worst part of this: losing Manny or putting in Kemp?

Josh S. said...

Pray to Shpunt that Manny's OK.

Paul said...

I can't see the game; did it look bad? Re: Manny?

NicJ said...

@Paul, not really but manny is older so you never know.

Paul said...

Man bring in GAARP instead of Kemp. He will hustle more.

NicJ said...

thanks for that Dewitt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm starting to think that Carroll should be the everyday second baseman.

Paul said...

Kemp gets in on a base running blunder how ironic.

karina said...

what happened to Manny?

NicJ said...

At least carroll would have popped up after a ten pitch at bat.

Paul said...

MLASF

what would MLASF of March say to you about your last statement?

I agree Jaimie has played well.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

HLACK is relegated to watching game-cast on his laptop while the lady watches True Blood. What the shit happened to Manny?

NicJ said...

I have a feeling that bad hitting lineups do well against Ely.

Josh S. said...

For themselves that missed it, Manny overran 2nd and then did a weird, short feet-first slide to get back. Looks like he pulled his hammy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So when does the "Beat LA" chant start this inning?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

BALLS!!!

Paul said...

If Ely can pitch a great game tonight he will reach Greg Maddux status in my book.

Greg Maddux as a Dodger I mean.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Bruins lost the lead in CWS. POOP!

NicJ said...

after this walk.

Josh S. said...

Ruh-roh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Triple play, right here.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

To be fair that was a strike.

NicJ said...

Ely is making up for all those walks he didnt issue in his first few starts.

NicJ said...

nicely set up for a double play.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blegh.

Dusty Baker said...

Dog walked.

Vin sure is hitting the Manny/calf bit a lot in the last 10 minutes, isn't he? Got it , Vinny!

NicJ said...

thats not a double play.

Ely is missing high tonight.

Mr. Customer said...

I can live with the tie for the moment. Let's keep it there.

Josh S. said...

Johnson involved in small ball play.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whoever had in the "Beat LA" pot, you win.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That post got screwed up.

Josh S. said...

Squeeeeeeezed.

Though, Ely is all over the place.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh shit, here comes the HR. #CurseofHoneycutt

Dusty Baker said...

Official Dodgers Tweet:

Manny left the game with an injured right hamstring...he's day to day

Josh S. said...

Aren't we all?

NicJ said...

I want four RBI out of Kemp tonight because i am irrational.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"Down goes Uribe"

Josh S. said...

Oo-REE-bay.

NicJ said...

Ely with a slightly better inning than Cain.

NicJ said...

I guess we will have to check the ABQ game to see if XP is pulled early.

Josh S. said...

Remember last year, when Kemp beat the Astros (I think) by himself? I want that.

NicJ said...

NVM, i guess they had an early game tonight.

NicJ said...

should have made kemp play left field

NicJ said...

Ely's horrible at bats are more fun to watch when he is pitching well.

Josh S. said...

Flbtbtbtbt!

Dusty Baker said...

I was at a game last year when Kemp bunted, stole second, tagged up at second on a routine fly, made third and came home on a throwing error (9/1/09 v Dbags).

That seems like a long time ago.

NicJ said...

umpire even looked a little annoyed that Ely almost walked cain.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Did Ely really go to a full count against Cain?

sigh.

NicJ said...

Cain smoked a line drive to Johnson.

Dusty Baker said...

Johnson one-handed it!

Josh S. said...

Better inning for Ely, but his balls are piling up.

NicJ said...

man that was total BS.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh that was not a swing you bastard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Joe doesn't look particularly thrilled that Kemp is batting.

His crappy swing was proof why.

NicJ said...

Jmart saves kemp from a DP.

NicJ said...

haha, the production crew on Kcal thought Kemp was worth two outs.

NicJ said...

Is it just me or have the home plate umpires been particularly bad lately.

Maybe when you are watching a bad team it colors your view on everything though.

Dusty Baker said...

It's hard to say, Nic. I'm so used to seeing bad World Cup officiating that my benchmark may be skewed.

NicJ said...

As long as the FIFA officials can somehow screw the Oranje into a win against Brazil all will be forgiven.

fat chance.

NicJ said...

No DeHitt
No DeField
No DeRange

NicJ said...

haha, DP.

Dusty Baker said...

Up jumps the devil! #DP

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Double play!

Mr. Customer said...

Back for more DPs, I see.

NicJ said...

why isnt Cain wearing the orange striped socks like Zito?

Uniform shenanigans!

NicJ said...

what the hell was that shit?

Dusty Baker said...

Koufax/Drysdale?

Just answering the txt-in poll thingy.

NicJ said...

Damn Dewitt for fouling out with the bases loaded in the first.

we cant get anything going now.

Dusty Baker said...

Love those folks representin' Brooklyn right behind home plate.

Mr. Customer said...

Ely's back in form.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And now Ely's out of form.

Mr. Customer said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd say walk Renteria to face Cain, but Ely went full to him in the last AB.

Mr. Customer said...

He gave up the first base hit the second I hit send. Fine, see if I compliment you anymore!

Fred's Brim said...

epale everyone! just popping in for a second to see how things are going

I can't believe Paul's comment at 5:42 went unnoticed

sheeeeit - now they got guys on first and third, I better leave

Mr. Customer said...

Ok, all is well.

How 'bout some run support?

Mr. Customer said...

Hey FB,

Oh, it was noticed, but I think we were content to just let it sit there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We were all making Johnson jokes.

That is, I'm sure our Johnson's not that much of a joke.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry I'm late boys. How bad is manny hurt?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hit and run works.

Dusty Baker said...

We're in bidness!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre homer into the water, right here.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax

Day to day, but aren't we all.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nevermind.

At least it was in the direction of the water.

Mr. Customer said...

Party organ says day-to-day, Sax.

Mr. Customer said...

And I mean the other kind of party organ. Not referring to Dusty

Paul said...

That was low!!!

Paul said...

Stay with Matt.

Dusty Baker said...

*scratches head*

Dusty Baker said...

Josh, are you doing anything productive? Discovered a cure for cancer yet? Figured out a way to help out BP?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sigh.

Mr. Customer said...

I hope Kemp's sit-down wasn't about having ABs like that, because it hasn't had much effect.

Paul said...

Matt don't give up on that shit. You have to Fight it off with two strikes.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr C-

That's cool that you're commenting in the GT from your phone while you're standing in line early for that new Twilight movie. You're a real fanboy!

Mr. Customer said...

You would've believe how long the line is down here, dusty.

Mr. Customer said...

LONEY!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

MVP JLO!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LONEY!!!

karina said...

That's King James!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Mr. C - Which do you prefer? The glistening blue eyes of Robert Pattinson, or the rock-hard abs of Taylor Lautner?

I go with the abs.

Mr. Customer said...

Sorry to catch you in the cross-fire, DB, you were only incidental ton the joke since you answered Sax's question first.

Dusty Baker said...

Save me a place, Mr C!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FEAR THE BEARD

Mr. Customer said...

@MLASF

Even though I know it would be funnier if I would identify as either Team Edward or Team Jacob, but I can't bring myself to take the joke any further.

Dusty Baker said...

No I liked being the joke. It just took me awhile to parse out the evolution of the joke.

Dusty Baker said...

Vin to Matt Cain: Did Russ break your concentration?

#PulpFiction

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, UCLA lost.

Dusty Baker said...

It's a little creepy that you know anything about TWILIGHT, Mr. C. I know the name, and that some installment of the movie is coming out soon. I tune the rest out. Mrs Dusty has the other ones here at home to watch (she is development exec in entertainment industry) so I guess I'll have to see them at some point whether i like it or not.

Steve Sax said...

That McDonalds ad is back behind the Giants' home plate, where there's a guy crawling for fries.

They should put Sandoval in the ad as a crawling guy.

Paul said...

We are ahead!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sandoval already crawls...from base to base.

Steve Sax said...

Vin says Rox are up 4-0.

4-1 Dodgers through five.

Dusty Baker said...

Indeed, we have accumulated more runs than our opponent.

Mr. Customer said...

@dusty

In my head -

The first party organ comment was seriously referring to the instantaneous PR tweet that Manny was DTD.

I realized that there have been an awful lot of Johnson comments and I couldn't just leave the ball sitting on the tee like that.

The Double D said...

Have no fear, the Double D is here.

Dusty Baker said...

I was not kidding a few comments ago, BTW. Without doubt I believe FJL (Fuckin' James Loney) is this season's MVP on the team so far.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp, you're in tonight as a gift, after days of being benched.

Why are you 0-for-2 with a K?

Mr. Customer said...

Haven't had the misfortune of seeing any of the Twilight series, so far. Anything I know is by cultural osmosis only.

Josh S. said...

Sorry. I was on bottle duty so I missed a bit of the thread.

Catching up:

-Kemp...Kemp...Kemp...
-Fuck yeah Loney!
-Freddy Sanchez looks like someone tried to clone Jamey Carroll and screwed up.

Mr. Customer said...

Double D preparing to snipe 227, no doubt.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm having to reinforce what I told MDIL last night never to feel sorry for anyone (re G Mota getting let go from Dodgers).

I also reminded her never to split infinitives.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How can nobody be voting for Lee/Felix? I know Cain is good, but Felix is so much better. His better-ness trumps any better-ness that Timmeh holds over Lee, which would be minimal.

Dusty Baker said...

Still haven't been productive and discovered a new element have you, Josh?

Slacker.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Right now I have some bitterness over the lack of acknowledgment for their better-ness.

Dusty Baker said...

Isn't Cain a struggling 6-6 this season or something like that?

Dusty Baker said...

Almost 6-7 now.

Dusty Baker said...

RAF-fucking-FY!!!!

Josh S. said...

Holy crap, Raffy is fast.

Mr. Customer said...

The fact that the M's are really really bad may have something to do with the lack of public enthusiasm.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe I want the Dodgers to trade for Lee. Maybe I just don't like the Jints or the Cards. But dammit, this is an injustice to America! Right, Tim McCarver?

Oh wait, he's in line for Twilight. Nevermind.

Steve Sax said...

I remember when Martin could have scored Raffy from third.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF sniping 200 tonight?

Steve Sax said...

That King Kong commercial was pretty quiet.

Mr. Customer said...

@mlasf

If you want the Dodgers to trade for Lee, wouldn't it be better if he got less public attention, not more?

Steve Sax said...

I gotta go work out, but I will wait to see KFP

Josh S. said...

I've read all four Twilight books. Mrs. S was going nuts over them so I had to see what the fuss was. They're all awful, but I felt compelled to finish them.

The first flick was halfway decent. The second was mind-numbing. (Even she hated it.) I exercised my out clause for the new one.

Steve Sax said...

Vin is bagging on Cain here...

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