Thursday, July 22, 2010

Game 96 Thread: July 22 vs. Mets, 7p

Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 3.74) vs. Hisanori Takahashi (7-4, 4.69).

COMMENTS: Coupla interesting parallels going tonight. We have two large-market teams with similar underachieving records (Dodgers 50-45, Mets 49-46). We have two Japanese starters: one former Carp and one former Giant. Yomiuri Giants, that is. Did you know Yomiuri's mascot is an orange rabbit in the shape of their YG logo? This fella is known as the Giabbit.

Anyhoo, only one team is coming off a 14-inning lossha ha! — followed by an undoubtedly emotional plane ride into town. AccuScore gives the home team a whopping 70% chance of winning tonight. What could go wrong?

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Dusty Baker said...

Furcal 6
Carroll 7
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Blake 5
Loney 3
Belliard 4
Martin 2
Kuroda 1

rbnlaw said...

Here we go!

Josh S. said...

I think Disney once made a movie about the bottom third of that batting order.

Dusty Baker said...

Actually I think it goes back further than that, Josh. The bottom third of that lineup was represented in the famous Disney film that featured a cartoon mouse whistling a tune as he blissfully steered a steamboat down an imaginary river.

Dusty Baker said...

Here we go.

Mr. Customer said...

Answer sent!

rbnlaw said...

Looks like Despair has been dropped in favor of Cautiously Optimistic.

Realm of Possibility is available if needed.

Manny is still fucked.

Mr. Customer said...

Ennui will be available to pinch-hit, though.

Neeebs said...

At the yard tonight. Mixed emotions.

Taking baby neeebs so at least daddy/daughter will have a good time.

Betsy said...

Aww Belly again? Didn't we try that enough times already?

Spanky said...

Repair should not be available to pitch tonight under any circumstance.

Steve Sax said...

Padres lost 8-0 to the Braves

Steve Sax said...

We've got our MSB batting second?

Dusty Baker said...

N is for Neville who died of ennui.

MR. F said...

From Dodger Thoughts:
"Torre also said that Hong-Chih Kuo has been "lobbying" to pitch on back-to-back days, which helps explain why, for better or worse, he warmed up Wednesday. That being said, Kuo might be rested tonight, but Jonathan Broxton is available. "

Please rest Kuo!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ed Price mentioned the possibility of a J-Mac+others for B.J. Upton trade.

Spanky said...

Is Blogger on crack mode or is everyone on Holiday

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holiday.

Mr. Customer said...

Crack mode, reporting in.

Spanky said...

I want a crack holiday!

Betsy said...

I second the crack holiday!

Mr. Customer said...

Kemp coming around?

Betsy said...

yay ! maybe kemp wants a crack holiday too?

Spanky said...

finally Kemp

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp!

Spanky said...

@ Betsy

The more the merrier

Spanky said...

Theo Ratliff and Matt Barnes

New Lakers

Josh S. said...

Crack is whack.

Say nope to dope and ugh to drugs.

Josh S. said...

Er, wack?

Josh S. said...

Hiro: 32 pitches through 3.

Josh S. said...

Hiro makes contact!

Betsy said...

wow slow night at this watering hole

Mr. Customer said...

Everyone must be emotionally drained.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin nailed Reyes.

Mr. Customer said...

Russ with the cannon tonight!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thanks to two perfect throws by Martin, Kuroda has retired the Mets in order so far.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

I need a win tonight.

NicJ said...

i can see the offense is still sucking.

NicJ said...

didnt this guy shut us down in NY too?

Spanky said...

Why we can't we hit this fool. Gameday says he's topping out at 89. Who is he,Maddux

Steve Sax said...

Sorry guys, I'm a little jetlagged so I'm going to sleep now. Please just close up the bar when you're done and don't thrash the joint.

I don't think the 1-0 lead will hold up.

karina said...

It will be enough, Sax.

Take a well deserved rest, I'll clean all the mess.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Too late, Sax.

Dusty Baker said...

Epale, you SOBs!

And hi, Karina!

Dusty Baker said...

I show up right when Sax leaves the bar to us.

*rubs hands, goes straight for the Oban*

Mr. Customer said...

Seems pert subdued, Sax. We'll see if we can't find some more runs before this is done.

Dusty Baker said...

And hi Betsy!

Josh S. said...

I want to believe Huron can strike Chris Carter out.

Mr. Customer said...

Pretty subdued, that is.

Josh S. said...

^Hiro. Stupid autocorrect.

Mr. Customer said...

Mr. C politely requests a double play.

karina said...

Thole is an amazing hitter, a natural,

I hope I've just jinxed him.

Mr. Customer said...

Chris Carter couldn't hit Huron if he fell out of a boat, Josh.

Mr. Customer said...

I will also accept a K.

rbnlaw said...

Tenuous Grip has just been acquired for tonight's game.

Falling Production already batting 7th.

Mr. Customer said...

Racho Clearthepitcheriendo escaped!

Mr. Customer said...

@rbn

Squeaky Bum Time warming in the 'pen.

Cc: Dusty.

Spanky said...

at least we didn't give up no run s

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A real 1B would have hit that for a homer.

Dusty Baker said...

I need some more space between the amount of runs we have been credited and the amount of runs that our opposition has obtained.

Dusty Baker said...

Neeebs is at the game. Did he say where he was sitting?

Spanky said...

fucking belli2 can't even move the runner up, Turd

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A real 1B would have stolen that base.

Spanky said...

Neeebs is behind the plate with a face full of dodger dog.

Mr. Customer said...

Really dislike a CS before a walk.

Steve Sax said...

I'm waking up here to say that Martin just hung Loney out to dry. a "hit and run" means you gotta swing, Russell.

NicJ said...

Only two damn hits.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If we weren't winning I'd be concerned with this lack of offense.

Well, moreso.

Dusty Baker said...

Happy Bobbleslam Anniversary, everyone!

Mr. Customer said...

No shit?

Seems like way more than a year, frankly.

Dusty Baker said...

I knew it was around this date, but Vin just mentioned it in his b/t innings vignette.

Let's get back to this one...

The Double D said...

DD and DD jr are at the game. Lots of decent pitching and mediocre swinging. Look for my report soon. DD jr did not like garlic fries...now considering a paternity test.

Paul said...

NY feed talking about a Flaming Menudo sighting at the Ravine?

Rival band The Sexual Camels will not be happy about this buzz.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The bobbleslam feels like a taunt now, mocking me for ever believing Manny could be anything more than an injury-prone, money-sucking leech.

Mr. Customer said...

Wright could injure someone flinging that giant brain bucket like that.

Paul said...

If you look closely Manny had his eyes closed when he hit that slam.

Paul said...

Great catch.

Spanky said...

Damn

Paul said...

MVP Jamie up.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, Vinny...you didn't just go "Angel in the outfield" pun, did you?

NicJ said...

this must be what it was like watching giants games last year.

No offense.

Dusty Baker said...

DD- You need to put that kid in a time out for not liking garlic fries.

NicJ said...

Still only 2 hits.

karina said...

@Josh S 7:50 PM http://tinyurl.com/2bp6qqz

I love Keith Haring forever and ever.

Paul said...

I think DD jr has good instincts. Garlic fries can attract Giants fans.

NicJ said...

The Mets left fielder is named chris carter?

Spooky.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Hell yeah on the Keith Haring. Loved his stuff.

RIP

Spanky said...

someone needs to give Jobu some rum to wake up bats

Mr. Customer said...

Blake bringing the leather!

Paul said...

Spanky has Wright's helmet on.

Dusty Baker said...

I want to have your beard children, Casey Blake!

NicJ said...

dewitt would have caught that.

maybe

Mr. Customer said...

Or it's just Grienke wearing a normal one.

Cc: db again. Gotta stop stealing your thunder...

Paul said...

This ump's zone is made for Kuroda.

NicJ said...

WHo the hell is this Ass thole?

Mr. Customer said...

@nicj

If I've Thole you once, I've Thole you a hundred times...

Dusty Baker said...

I'm with ya, Mr. C!

Dusty Baker said...

*Mute*

Mr. Customer said...

Runs, now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BISONIC BOOM!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Ooh. That was a bit creepy.

NicJ said...

finally another hit...

Yes, i am ungrateful.

Spanky said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KEMPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

epale everybody!

And Matty sends one out!!!
nice timinf if I do say so myself!

Dusty Baker said...

Up out dis bish!

Spanky said...

Bout fucking time mang

Fred's Brim said...

Lackey with a no-hitter going up in Seattle

no-hitter
no-hitter
no-hitter

Fred's Brim said...

HA and there goes the no-no!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lackey lost the no-no before your post, FB, so your jinx did not work.

Josh S. said...

I like it when the ball goes over the fence.

Fred's Brim said...

Beard don't like this dude

Fred's Brim said...

oh well

Steve Sax said...

Holy cow a Kemp HR. I must be dreaming

Fred's Brim said...

Ronnie's good for an add-on homer

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

High socks cannot disguise your complete ineptitude, Belly2.

NicJ said...

as tonight's official scorekeeper of the thread i will credit FB with the JInx.

FB - Jinx (2)

Mr. Customer said...

Wow. The Ms are really, really bad. They scoff at our recent losing streak.

Spanky said...

Bench Belli2

NicJ said...

FB - JInx 3 (Belliard pop up in the 7th, called HR)

NicJ said...

Beli2 is getting dangerously close to hitting below the Anderson Line.

NicJ said...

kuo again?! they made him warm up yesterday!!

Fred's Brim said...

hmmm i am doing too well with this jinx thing. maybe i should leave before our pen is in

NicJ said...

Quick FB, say something about the stability of our ownership!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is Torre having flashbacks to his Yankee days and hallucinating Kuo as Joba, because that's what I think is happening.

Spanky said...

I think Torre has Alzheimers. His arm is hanging by a thread Dipshit

Fred's Brim said...

Frank's gonna end up as owner when it's all said and done and, as a newly-single but cash-poor man, will bring an endless string of cougars to sit in his box for cheap date nights

Josh S. said...

Well, Elmer throws off my "only Asians allowed to pitch tonight" theory for why Kuo was warming.

Fred's Brim said...

*stands and claps for Hiro*

NicJ said...

Kemp gave Kuroda San a bow.

Fred's Brim said...

uhoh GAARP is up, which guarantees a loss

NicJ said...

Elmer looks japanese to me.

NicJ said...

GAARP losses only happen when he does something productive so there is a good chance we can still win.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday doesn't even have GAARP's average up. You know you're bad when computers see the futility of expressing how bad you are.

Fred's Brim said...

GAARP really busted it down the line there. Great leadership...

Josh S. said...

Stupid GAARP thought he hit into a DP so he didn't "hustle."

NicJ said...

mmmmm i dont know if moving the runner over accidently counts as being productive.

Spanky said...

Nice fucking hustle GAARP. We love ya

You...You..GAARP

Fred's Brim said...

@Nic does that count as "getting the runner over" or "nearly hit into double play"?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@FB - remember, you can never assume the double play.

Fred's Brim said...

haha Nic you beat me to it

Fred's Brim said...

@MLASF tell that to GAARP

NicJ said...

I thought it was funny that the dodgers are holding on to GAARP to mentor and for veteran leadership.

All my angel friend fans used to complain about him being lazy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I would, but that would be on the bottom of the long list of things I'd like to tell to GAARP.

NicJ said...

stupid fools mess with the MSB.

Josh S. said...

So, uh, why no Broxton?

NicJ said...

im hoping to score about six runs in this inning so we can just throw some chump out there to clean up the ninth.

we are chock full of chumps.

Fred's Brim said...

hehe nice, MLASF!

Josh S. said...

Didn't Jackie Robinson work for Chock Full O' Chumps?

NicJ said...

@Josh, no he retired so he didnt have to go work for them. He went to work at some coffee place instead.

Dusty Baker said...

FB should be credited with that no-hitter jinx.

@Sax 9.18 - I planted that dream.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good lord, they're batting to Andre?

Josh S. said...

I think I've said this before, but MSTI and Chad Moriyama are totally the Statler and Waldorf of Twitter during a game.

Paul said...

Come on Andre.

NicJ said...

Hopefully Dre went to AAMCO and got his clutch fixed.

Fred's Brim said...

wait for it, Dre. he's gonna give it to you

Josh S. said...

HONK HONK

(Nic said AAMCO.)

Fred's Brim said...

and that was it...
I hope he gives you another

Josh S. said...

KCAL fail.

NicJ said...

whats wrong with kcal? mines fine.

Dre on the other hand is not fine.

Fred's Brim said...

HLACK coming in...

is it OK to be nervous?

Paul said...

Damn it Andre. Trade the bum to Boston.

Mr. Customer said...

Oh Dre.

You are one streaky mofo.

Spanky said...

Repair Time!

Pray for his arm

Fred's Brim said...

wow

Paul said...

Pancho Kuo looks good.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What elbow trouble?

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

I think I've said this before, but MSTI and Chad Moriyama: unfollow. I can't take it.

Josh S. said...

It was my cable. It froze during Dre's at-bat and came back during the break. My internet's still out.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon kid, throw those good strikes

Fred's Brim said...

crud

Paul said...

Uh Kuo.

The Double D said...

And now the DD is back home. That little guy can only party so long.

So much better listening to Vin than those 790AM dudes

The Double D said...

I felt the breeze from here

Mr. Customer said...

Excellent.

Spanky said...

Wilt is alive

The Double D said...

The One Met who got to Third Base.

Tee Hee

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey wait a minute, I thought we had Disappointment? Why is he on deck for the Mets?

Paul said...

One more
and we make fiesta!!

NicJ said...

stop fouling off pitches!!

glass elbow!!

The Double D said...

Have yet to open my Manny action figure. Don't tell DD Jr that I took it from him

Spanky said...

Up and in Kuo

Josh S. said...

Kuoser!

Dusty Baker said...

You're jam right!

The Double D said...

Blech

Fred's Brim said...

YESSIR!
2-0
2-0
2 in a row!

NicJ said...

so who is going to drive in our two runs tomorrow?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for wins!

Paul said...

Back to back shut outs.

Spanky said...

Good Pitching Man

Dusty Baker said...

My blood pressure has been dropping steadily since this time yesterday evening.

NicJ said...

i had almost forgotten that you can have winning streaks too.

Josh S. said...

If we can head into SD trailing by 4 or fewer, I will be a happy man.

The Double D said...

They gave Kemp's figure out for free as some kind of four person family pack deal. My attempts to acquire one with a party of two were alas unsuccessful.

Think Kemp had something to prove tonight - nobody likes to come free with hot dogs.

Fred's Brim said...

mine too, Steamboat Willie

Spanky said...

We gained a game

Mr. Customer said...

Ah yeah. That's the good stuff!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So for the last two games, the starters have 17 innings, 0 ER, 10 hits, 3 BB, and 7 K. Not bad.

Josh S. said...

DD: Did Little D have his own ticket? I ask because they denied Little S a poster on ESB night because he was lap-sitting.

Dusty Baker said...

Lap dance, lap dan........oh, wait, you meant something else.

NicJ said...

if you want to go back a little further you can say 17+ IP* scoreless.


*Kershaw pitched to one batter in the 7th

hehe

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