Friday, April 29, 2011

Game 27 Thread: April 29 vs. Padres, 7p

Thirty straight hours without Dodgers baseball is enough to send any Dodgers addict into withdrawal.

Ted Lilly (1-2, 5.13) vs. Clayton Richard (1-1, 3.95).

The Dodgers' mediocre 13-13 record has us luckily tied for second place in the NL West (4.5 GB), and it's clear who has brought us here even to this level: Andre Ethier (who clubbed a game-winning HR Wednesday to give us the win in Florida) and Matt Kemp (whose stratospheric .378 BA, which has finally dropped below Ethier's, has actually been trending downward each day since April 17 when it was .464). Without these two players, we'd be in the cellar. And now that we've had a day off to take a breather and think about it, it's time for the rest of you guys with lumber to step the hell up.

It's only a six-game homestand, including the sub-.500 Padres and Cubs. Surely we can go better than a breakeven 3-3 this go-round, right?

186 comments:

Steve Sax said...

No loud noises today, ladies and gentlemen. No loud noises.

MR.F said...

yay dodgers yay

Steve Sax said...

That's the kind of witty banter we have come to expect here at SoSG< Mr. F!

Steve Sax said...

Alex Avila (DET, double) becomes badge #47 in Sax's mlb.com badge case! Boom!

Steve Sax said...

three straight XBH against Lincecum in the bottom of the second for the Nationals. 2-0 Washington, with one out and a RISP for Alex Cora...

Steve Sax said...

Alex Cora and his .147 average grounds out (but advances the runner to third); two out

MR.F said...

It looks like it's just Sax and my witty banter here.

NicJ said...

Today's Lineup:

Loney sits.

Yay!

karina said...

Epale everyone!

I've won 4 badges today Avila (DET,double)-it's good for my fantasy team,too-,Lind (TOR,single),Bautista (TOR,HR) and Rollins (PHI,stolen base).

karina said...

@Sax are you avoiding Phillies and Jints games so you don't get badges from those teams?

MR.F said...

Wotcher, Karina!

karina said...

another badge: Francisco (PHI,single)

karina said...

Trumbo (Angels,HR) is welcome on my case.YAY!

Steve Sax said...

@karina, thanks for the headsup

I already had TOR Bautista, but I apparently missed PHI Rollins and TOR Lind...

...you know when you click on "badges" and sometimes the Badges windown that flies in from the right is blank? Well I think you don't get badges awarded then (even if the rest of GameDay is working fine)...good tip to know.

Steve Sax said...

@karina 5:12p: no, i'm not avoiding them. If the Dodgers were playing either one you'd get the opponent's badges anyway.

I have written mlb.com to ask them about that, and a bunch of other questions. No response yet...

Steve Sax said...

more importantly, it's 3-0 nationals over the giants in the 6th

Steve Sax said...

karina, how many badges do you have now?

I bet you're leading all of venezuela

Steve Sax said...

i am stuck in an airport right now and it's painful. at least i'm hogging the wifi like a drug addict

Steve Sax said...

mr f, where are you right now?

Steve Sax said...

dammit, adobe flash player just crashed

had to refresh all windows for GameDay

Steve Sax said...

Russ Mitchell called up, to replace Casey Blake (15-day DL).

Steve Sax said...

two out in the top of the sixth, with a man on second for Aubrey Huff (vs. Jason Marquis)

Spank said...

Carroll
Sands 1B
Ethier
Kemp
Urine
Thames
Barajas
Miles
Lilly

Steve Sax said...

I will also say that, if I didn't have this connecting flight to catch tonight, I would be in a cab right now trying to make a MLB game...

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

Loney must be sitting because it's a lefty on the mound?

Yeah, that's it.

Steve Sax said...

huff Ks on a foul tip

3-0 Nats, going to the bottom of the sixth in Washington

MR.F said...

I'm still at work, Sax. I ducked out of work somewhat early the last couple days so I need to stay a bit, even though its Friday.

But I'm still fighting off the after effects of a stomach flu so I'm unable to eat anything or do anything fun, so it's not a big deal.

Steve Sax said...

does anyone know, is the saturday NYT crossword harder than the friday?

I can usually do monday through wednesday, but thursday i'm beat.

Steve Sax said...

@Spank, thanks for the lineup

@Mr F, hope you get released from prison soon

karina said...

@Sax I don't have that much badges *blushes* I only have 22 because in the beginning I wasn't opening tabs for every Gameday *blushes* and I seem to get the blank badges column a lot *blushes* but certainly, I'm hooked on badges now. Let's see if I can lead the country after the season is over...do you think they'll gonna award badges in the postseason?

karina said...

@Sax sorry you're not in a cab catching a MLB game

@Mr F get well soon!

Steve Sax said...

Nats go down in order. Werth is only batting .226!

3-0 Wash

Steve Sax said...

karina, the sight of you blushing is adorable

MR.F said...

It's a terrible prison!

I've been craving In-N-Out for SOOO long. I drove up from Socal this past weekend (while having the stomach flu) and couldn't stop at In-N-Out, a driving tradition. So so disappointed =(.

Steve Sax said...

NYT review of Disney's Prom, which released today:

"Some moviegoers and critics will probably dismiss "Prom" as just another predictable offering from the Disney forumla factory. Which is precisely what it is."

That's innovation!

Steve Sax said...

I thought there were in n out's in NoCal, right?

Neeebs said...

@MF: If you want, I'll have two DD InO Burgers for your this weekend. Will that help?

Steve Sax said...

dammit, gotta pull up stakes and catch my plane, boys and girls.

see you later

GO DODGERS!

MR.F said...

There are!

But if one has to stop for gas and food on a drive between Socal and Norcal, why stop at anywhere else besides In-N-Out?

karina said...

@Sax 5:42 *blushes*

well, I gotta run, I'm going to my friend's welcome party

GO DODGERS! be optimistic!

Central Valley Fan said...

True Story, city of Berkley voted to block In N Out from coming into their town because of the religious undertones. i.e. the bible verses under the cups! That whole bay is off....

Steve Sax said...

@Mr F: So you don't have a frequent visitor card at Harris Ranch?

MR.F said...

Nah. I'm actually not a huge steak fan...

Also, it takes too long to stop there, and I dunno. Is Harris Ranch really that great? When I've stopped there, I wasn't thaaat impressed.

Spank said...

@ Mr.F- I had In n Out the other day and it was delish.

Spank said...

@ Saxy re:lineup

No problem,holmes

Steve Sax said...

Nah, I'm with you. Harris Ranch is a tourist trap. bit I'm usually so hell-bent on hauling ass up there that I will be fine with Carls Jr (Buttonwillow, I think?). No Jack in the Crack, however.

I used to have to do the 152 west through Gilroy a lot. Now my route--with a different destination in NoCal, to be fair--is straight up past the A's stadium.

Steve Sax said...

@Spank: Holmes?

Right back at you, Watson

MR.F said...

Lucky, Spank! Seriously, when I'm better, I'm getting me some In-N-Out.

@Sax,
The other great appeal of In-N-Out on cross-state drives is, from Whittier to the East Bay, Kettleman City (ie, the city of In-N-Out) is exactly halfway there. 3 hours each way. It's the perfect place to stop, go to the bathroom, refill gas, and have some food.

Steve Sax said...

Ah, that's where I usually stop, too. Kettleman City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.

Feel better.

Maybe this will help: Final in Washington DC, Nats win 3-0

karen said...

Hello Everyone!!

We're off the road and home to Vin! Can't wait for the game:)

Spank said...

Did someone call me Emily Watson?

Spank said...

Hey Karen! I'm fiending for some Vin myself.

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

Spank said...

hateHateHATE

karen said...

Hi Spanky--I agree about Vinny. I always realize just how spoiled I am when we go on the road.

karen said...

Good throw by Rodney!!

Spank said...

Nice unconventional double play

Spank said...

Score some runs.Let's start the weekend out right.

Spank said...

Ackbar with a double!! Let's do this.

Spank said...

T-Bone(John Shelby)

Spank said...

1-0 L.A.

karen said...

That was a nice view of Dre with his pants down around his knees. :)

Spank said...

@ Karen

Damn,I missed it.Stupid E-Mail.

Spank said...

I think Dusty got lost underneath his sofa cushions.

Spank said...

dutch painter

Spank said...

nice catch Dre

karen said...

RISP and we get Teddy boy out of the way for the 3rd.

Paul said...

Where is the party?

karen said...

Epale, Paul!!

Josh S. said...

Epale all!

Busy schedule has kept me away from this place more than I'd like and it's bumming me out a bit.

Nice to see a lead, though.

karen said...

Lilly has given up a hit to each lead-off hitter. Not looking real promising.

Paul said...

Lead double. Blah.

Epale Karen!

karen said...

Epale, Josh! Hope you can hang out tonite.

Mr. Customer said...

Hey kids!

Looks like all the late bloomers are trickling in.

Spank said...

May have been my eyes but it looked like Lilly balked on that pitch

Josh S. said...

I don't know about you, Mr. C, but there's no trickling in my bloomers.

karen said...

Hello Mr.C!

I know it's early but Teddy is making me nervous.

Josh S. said...

Fuck these non-balk balks.

Spank said...

I am Spankrodamus

Mr. Customer said...

Crap.

Josh S. said...

Time between pitches: 75 years.

Paul said...

That at bat was long and disappointing.

Mr. Customer said...

@josh

It's not late yet. Don't be overconfident.

Spank said...

shite

Spank said...

I don't think Urine meant to do thatr.

Paul said...

Much like Mr. C's lakehouse 2 screenplay.

Paul said...

Let's go Jamie.

Paul said...

Well this is going fast.

Spank said...

Dodger attendance is reaching Florida Marlin championship season levels

Josh S. said...

Sands moves to first and starts hitting like Loney.

Spank said...

T-Bone

*takes a drink of booze

Spank said...

If the U.S. ever runs out of oil it can always tap into Ethiers hair reserves

Mr. Customer said...

@Paul

It's true. I couldn't bear to cut the Bryan Adams musical montage, though.

Mr. Customer said...

Teddy is not exactly mowing them down.

Spank said...

Was that a guy in a blonde wig in the stands?

Spank said...

nice play Urine

Spank said...

Get your shit together Lilly. Quick

Spank said...

Lilly always looks fucking confused on the mound.

karen said...

I like Ted Lilly because he'll throw at the opposing batter when their pitcher hits one of ours, but he makes me a freaking wreck the way he pitchs the game.

karen said...

100

Mr. Customer said...

That is satisfactory.

karen said...

Juanny goes yard!!

Spank said...

URINE!

Spank said...

hedley

Paul said...

Two out magic?

Spank said...

Good job guys.nice hustle

Spank said...

Oh well. Top of the lineup next inning.

karen said...

Finally we get a lead-off hitter out.

Spank said...

Send this dude down already.

Mr. Customer said...

Dre!!!!

Spank said...

Stupid fucking Sands.Could have scored on that

karen said...

All right Andre!! 25 straight. You. Are. The. Man. Baby!!

Josh S. said...

25-alive!!!!

Spank said...

Dre Day!

MR.F said...

Wotcher everybody! (again)

Now settled in and locked in.

Spank said...

Lilly is settling down.

karen said...

Hi Mr.F!! Are you feeling any better??

MR.F said...

For the most part. But I'm still on a bland diet. Tomorrow I will experiment with real food. For now I'm keeping it light.

Spank said...

Mitchell is worse than Lilly at the plate.

Spank said...

If the theme to Car Wash Mitchell's at bat song,He is my favorite Dodger of all-time.

Steve Sax said...

Just touched down...looks like we are holding on barely.

Spank said...

Come on Ackbar. Break the game open.

Steve Sax said...

Come on ackbar

Spank said...

Damn.

MR.F said...

=/

Orel said...

The Bison roams center field!

Spank said...

Matt Kemp with the glove!!!

Orel said...

Ethier roams right field!

MR.F said...

Andre Ethier with the glove!

Spank said...

Dre Day with the glove!!

Mr. Customer said...

Remember when our outfield defense was crappy?

karen said...

Guh-rear has some defense behind him. Luckily.

Spank said...

hedley

MR.F said...

D'oh.

MR.F said...

Phew.

Steve Sax said...

Nice K Guerrier!

Spank said...

Sorry lady. The key you are singing in is too low for you. Plus you are asian not black.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hey, we're winning!

Steve Sax said...

I'm two hours ahead boys and girls (not actual time, just time zones). Listening to Charley on the iPhone.

Spank said...

Chicago? Des Moines.

Orel said...

Bison!

Steve Sax said...

Bench Ethier

Spank said...

Kemp!!!!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Um. Wow!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Not bad, Kemp!

MR.F said...

Wow the Urine is flowing.

Spank said...

Nice hit Urine.

Steve Sax said...

Ah, so that was the Kemp context

I'm +2 time zones but -10 mins on the radio feed

Spank said...

CHENTE!!!

(cries)

Spank said...

Come on Chente.you sweaty bastard.pitch right fool

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

UJTD

Orel said...

Padres with more DPs than...never mind.

Spank said...

HaHa! Yeeeah.

Spank said...

OOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOO. Brox is warming up.

Orel said...

To the backstop, Alice!

Spank said...

^OHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Spank said...

That was fucking hilarious with the song and the eyes in the background

#Ackbar

Spank said...

Is that Jerry Buss in a Dodger jacket behind homeplate?

Spank said...

I need another beer for this Broxton endeavor.

karen said...

JB coming in. Has he had a 1-2-3 inning yet this year?

Spank said...

I don't think he has had one yet, Karen.

Spank said...

one more out brox.do it

Mr. Customer said...

No 1-2-3, but not exactly crushed.

Spank said...

Keep your head in the game Brox.

karen said...

Still no 1-2-3.

Come on Brox. Get the job done.

Mr. Customer said...

Le sigh.

It's still nit easy.

MR.F said...

Broxton continues to suck.

Spank said...

Fuck. Nailbiting time.

Mr. Customer said...

^not, that is

karen said...

Shit. I can't take this Broxton crap.

I hope you made your drink a strong one, Spanky

Spank said...

fastball up and in

Mr. Customer said...

Fuck me in the armpit!

Why are you fucking around!?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Balls.

Spank said...

Can you believe this bullshit? Come on Brox.

Orel said...

OMFG!

Mr. Customer said...

Christ, that's too fucking close.

Paul said...

Tony!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Le sigh of relief.

Spank said...

You badd ass motherfucker Gwynn

YEEEEAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Steve Sax said...

I am so sick of brox

karen said...

TGJ the play of the game!!

We barely make party!!

Mr. Customer said...

That shit needs to be addressed.

Spank said...

We make heartattack party!

Paul said...

Broxton needs to come out of the bullpen to a Bryan Adams montage.

Orel said...

PGT up!

Spank said...

Jeff Van Gundy