Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Game 78 Thread: June 30 @ Giants, 12.45p

Vicente Padilla (1-2, 5.82) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (6-5, 3.03).

COMMENTS: This rare early afternoon matchup in San Francisco raises a cornucopia of intriguing questions. Like whether the chant of "Beat LA", unoriginal and untrue (given we haven't had a losing record against the Giants since 2005, when we finished 20 games below .500), resonates as loudly in the crisp morning air. Or whether the chardonnay will be chilled in time for the first pitch. Or whether Kung Fu Panda is as potent from the plate with only seven meals in his belly.

What is NOT in question, however, is James Loney's ability to knock in RBIs. He seems to get 'em in bunches — he had three last night — and leads the Dodgers with 51 for the season. Or Matt Kemp's potential to be a force when focused — he had two hits and two fine defensive plays last night. If the Dodgers sweep the Giants today, especially since Manny Ramirez will be sitting with a tweaked hamstring, Loney and/or Kemp will contribute in a major way. You can book it.

In fact, I'll go out on a limb here and predict a 4-2 victory, so we can have deja deja vu vu.

this GT is a joint effort from Sax and Orel. We endorse this GT.

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karina said...

Sneaky Neeebs!

Neeebs said...

@Karina:

I just reviewed the copa mundial thread. I was on an airplane during the Chile/Brazil debacle. That's why I was conspicuously absent from the WC talk.

Josh S. said...

I think Rowand and Padilla are square now.

Neeebs said...

I'm pulling for South America, with my favorites in this order: Uraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay.

Mr. Customer said...

I can live with the solo shot. VP's hopefully got at least another inning in him.

dodgerdoll said...

You can't be a pitcher on this staff unless you give up at least one run.

dodgerdoll said...

Carroll with another double!

Spanky said...

Holy Ackbar! Carroll is on fire

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

Damn, what did Paraguay ever do to you (other than play a really really boring match against Japan)?

dodgerdoll said...

WTF is this pitcher doing?

Spanky said...

Fuck that, you cannot warn both benches after one beanball. Give us a chance to throw one

Mr. Customer said...

@dodgerdoll

Tanking?

Josh S. said...

This is an inning I wish I was seeing instead of just listening to.

karina said...

Neeebs, Sunday was so bad, my father, the die-hard Yankees fan,apologized next morning. He felt asleep in the 7th inning.

"So, the Dodgers won the series, not too bad".When he saw my face and learned about the meltdown, he tried to comfort me: "they can reach the NLCS, blah, blah...besides the Dodgers got Torre, who's better than him?"

I wanted to tell him if it was up to me, I'd gift-wrap Torre and send him back to New York, but I bit my tongue for the first time that day. I can't be mean to my dad, specially after all the anger and disappointment of Sunday's game.

My dear dad is a proof that Yankees fan can be decent.

karina said...

@Neeebs I'll go to the WC thread as soon as I finish what I'm doing.

Spanky said...

this Gnat pitcher is a fucking mess

dodgerdoll said...

Pretty much, he's wilder than an E! reality show.

Neeebs said...

@MC

I still bitter about the Stoessner dynasty.

Josh S. said...

This guy hates bunting. He'll bean you if you set up for it.

karina said...

Would you enjoy a good ol' brawl between the Dodgers and Giants?

Hey Casilla, don't mess with my son!

karina said...

Dodgerdoll is on a roll.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo and no outs!

dodgerdoll said...

Karina, why thank you. only the Giants could find a pitcher that sucks this bad.

Spanky said...

Sergio Romo is from my hometown but my loyalty goes to the dodgers.

Josh S. said...

Ha! I forgot we were still batting. I thought that was a leadoff single by Kemp.

MR. F said...

BISON CONCENTRATION!!!!

dodgerdoll said...

And Martin is down.

Josh S. said...

Kinda pissed at the Rockies right now.

Spanky said...

I've been trying to figure out which dodger is Karina's son for the past week. Now I know it is Martin

karina said...

@dodgerdoll you're displaying wits :)

dodgerdoll said...

Dang your right. Stupid Rockies can never do anything right.

MR. F said...

Martin is down?

Josh S. said...

Martin seemed to hurt his hand, but he's still in there.

dodgerdoll said...

Yeah it was minor.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

Can't argue with the anti-authoritarianism sentiment, though one might say the same thing about other countries on that list.

dodgerdoll said...

@Karina-I try. :D

Mr. Customer said...

GAARP doin' his thing.

dodgerdoll said...

He's the only one I know who could go 0-4 on his birthday.

Neeebs said...

@MC

Don't say the P word. La Chilena would would get angry like only how a South American woman can.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

You'll notice how I politely sidestepped naming names.

Josh S. said...

GAARP should follow Junior's example and retire gracefully.

(Or sleep in the clubhouse during the game. I'm cool with either.)

karina said...

I just saw on the TV, a guy sporting a Dodgers cap with...I don't know how to say it, a prohibition sign across the logo.

Respectfully, if you hate so much the Dodgers, why wearing a cap with the LA logo, even if you modified it? would you see a Red Sox fan with any variation of the Yankees cap?

I think so.

dodgerdoll said...

"Veteran Garrett Anderson who could tell you all about striking out multiple times..."-Vin

Josh S. said...

"The back of an occupied hearse was noisier than the flight after Sunday's game." - Steiner

How much noise does an unoccupied hearse make?

MR. F said...

@karina,
It's like they're not even Giants fans. They're just Dodgers haters. That's pretty dumb to me.

MR. F said...

98 pitches through 7 for Battle Toad. Coming back out in the 8th?

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

"would you see a Red Sox fan with any variation of the Yankees cap?"

Only if they were running outside to light it on fire.

Neeebs said...

;-)

Mr. Customer said...

@MR.F

I'm going to say no with his turn in the order coming up.

dodgerdoll said...

@Josh S.-WTF? Steiner, you continue to baffle.

Steve Sax said...

hey, i'm back from a meeting.

Guess this won't be a 4-2 game.

Josh S. said...

Rick and Charley need a podcast. Then I can not download it.

karina said...

@Neeebs "La Chilena would would get angry like only how a South American woman can"

*clearing my throat". I'm pretty sure I put the face prior of the angry reaction when I read that comment. Know that face, right?

On our defense, we are very loving and warm women. Some of us even have a very high boiling point.

dodgerdoll said...

Furcal's new nickname should be En Fuego.

Steve Sax said...

I just read the OYSTER PUBES comment. Brilliant.

Neeebs said...

@Karina:

I'm blinded by the "face."

And I say that in the most loving way. I love La Chilena. I just don't understand the sangre caliente thing.

Steve Sax said...

Padilla pulls an Ely and goes seven.

Way to go, Battletoad! Nice outing!

Josh S. said...

You know everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle! Your stories have NONE of that. They're not even amusing ACCIDENTALLY! "Honey, I'd like you to meet Charley Steiner, he's got some amusing anecodotes for you. Oh and here's a gun so you can blow your brains out. You'll thank me for it." I could tolerate any insurance seminar. For days I could sit there and listen to them go on and on with a big smile on my face. They'd say, "How can you stand it?" I'd say, "'Cause I've been with Charley Steiner. I can take ANYTHING." You know what they'd say? They'd say, "I know what you mean. The baseball guy. Woah." It's like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. I expect you have a little string on your chest, you know, that I pull out and have to snap back. Except I wouldn't pull it out and snap it back - you would. Agh! Agh! Agh! Agh! And by the way, you know, when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea - have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!

dodgerdoll said...

Here we go...Troncoso on the mound now. Also, Vin said Manny's having an MRI tomorrow.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh, 1:47p you have me cracking up.

karina said...

@Mr F right, I forget that detail

@Mr C hahahahahahahahaha

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S: 2:52p and 2:55p as well.

You are on fire today, a la Carroll

Steve Sax said...

Aaron Rowand's .236 BA / 7 HR / 24 RBI is still a lot worse than our struggling Matt Kemp's .267 BA / 13 HR / 43 RBI.

Steve Sax said...

FJL, GAARP, and Reedy Johnson are all 0-for-4.

Steve Sax said...

GAARP has 3 K though, in going 0-for-4

karina said...

@Steve Sax King James can suck once in a while...

Steve Sax said...

SD is up 13-3, so I don't think we're gaining a game today

Josh S. said...

@Sax: Thank you, sir. Playing the Giants helps me raise my game.

karina said...

@Neeebs awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I can't explain the "sangre caliente" thing, I guess it's in our DNA.

You might not understand it, but you know it's part of the charm :)

Spanky said...

Poor Josh. Steiner's fucking with him

Steve Sax said...

apparently playing the giants helps the dodgers raise their game, too...

karina said...

@Steve Sax a sweep to the Giants is enough for today.

karina said...

@Neeebs you are so sweet!

Josh S. said...

This whole Padres thing is starting to bug me. The schedule makes it seem like they're ducking us.

dodgerdoll said...

Anyone know who's closing today?

Neeebs said...

@Sax:

The glass is half full. We don't lose a game in the standings by simply taking 2/3 against the Giants.

Steve Sax said...

SF still got 9 Ks today. And even if you take out GAARP's three gimmes, that's still six Ks, not bad.

Neeebs said...

@DodgerDoll:

LOL

dodgerdoll said...

you know it.

Neeebs said...

@Karina:

Part of the charm indeed!!!

MR. F said...

Bison Concentration!!!!!

dodgerdoll said...

Loney is 0-4 today too. They shut down the machine.

Steve Sax said...

loney's 0-for-5 now.

someone move his locker away from anderson's, please

Josh S. said...

Belliard tried to do us a favor, apparently.

Steve Sax said...

Belliard tries to do his part to take out GAARP, standing in the on-deck circle.

Oh well.

Josh S. said...

"That was just good luck that Anderson didn't get hit." - Steiner

Depends on who you ask, Chuck.

Steve Sax said...

(in all seriousness, i'm glad even garret anderson wasn't hurt on that one)

dodgerdoll said...

This at bat is taking forever.

MR. F said...

I kinda want GAARP to get a hit on his birthday.

Spanky said...

.182 average Geez!

Steve Sax said...

Fourth strikeout of the day for Garret Anderson, now batting .180

MR. F said...

Well, guess it wasn't to be.

Mr. Customer said...

@MR.F

Am I going to have to give you Dusty's famous speech about not feeling sorry for people? If he gets a (hopefully) meaningless hit here, that's one more roadblock to him going far far away.

Spanky said...

At least GAARP is a gamer

Mr. Customer said...

I see I needn't have worried.

Steve Sax said...

Anderson weighs 225. He hasn't batted his weight since APRIL 14, people.

QuadSevens said...

I'm really enjoying this game thread! We need more day games so that I can be entertained at work.

Spanky said...

Sherrill sighting

Neeebs said...

If you are listening to KABC, Ron Cey just asked me if I know what a conundrum is. Does he?

Steve Sax said...

Give Away G A

dodgerdoll said...

Vin said GAARP is now 0-17.

karina said...

A seven run lead is enough...

Neeebs said...

@Q7:

We're your strolling minstrels on the blog.

dodgerdoll said...

My fists just clenched, Sherill must be pitching.

Mr. Customer said...

@Spanky

Has he had a hit since the Wakefield game? I don't really even count those, as you can catch up to a KB while riding a Rascal.

Steve Sax said...

anyone of you guys hear Steiner burp there at the end of his sentence?

maybe that's just me.

Spanky said...

@ neeebs I never figured Cey as big on words

Josh S. said...

He burps ALL THE TIME. (I missed this one though. I had to change workstations and I didn't bring my headphones.)

Mr. Customer said...

DP?

Josh S. said...

Annnd...Breezy will now be relegated to "Aubrey Huff specialist" for the rest of the season.

QuadSevens said...

I'll have to join in while watching the game from home next time. Gotta fire up the old brick of a laptop and play along from the couch.

Spanky said...

@ Mr.C I do not know. I just consider him out and take a bathroom break

dodgerdoll said...

Come on Sherill, one more out and it's on to Arizona.

Josh S. said...

Posey got a hit in the ninth and Pablo reached second. The universe is collapsing on itself.

Mr. Customer said...

Is it just me, or does Posey look a bit like Jeff Kent?

MR. F said...

GAARP is 0 for his last 17?

@Mr. C...
It's my natural inclination to be empathic. It's something I have to resist...

MR. F said...

Oyster Pubes gets a single.

Mr. Customer said...

Massive Panda baserunning blunder in 3...2...1...

Josh S. said...

There is party to be made!

Mr. Customer said...

Or not, but how 'bout a SWEEP!!!

dodgerdoll said...

And, it's over. Beautifully done.

Spanky said...

It's a SWEEP peeps!

Fred's Brim said...

woop!!
my floors are filthy, anybody got a broom?

Josh S. said...

@Mr. C: Not just you. See my comment at 1:18.

Neeebs said...

Winnnnnnnnnnnnner.

karina said...

@Fred's Brim ask the Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

PGT up!

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh

So you did. Missed that part of the thread stuck in traffic.

Spanky said...

Kemp with the professional interview.

dodgerdoll said...

Sigh, this means I have to go and pack now instead of continuing to procrastinate.

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