Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Game 6 Thread: April 6 @ Rockies, 12n

Chad Billingsley (1-0, 4.50) vs. Jason Hammel (0-0, -.--)

The Dodgers have one more chance in this series to wake up and realize they're in Coors Field--where offense lives, right? Not for the Dodgers, whose five scattered hits yesterday almost matched the Rockies' hit output, except the Rockies knew either how to mash (two solo HR) or how to make a leadoff double register a run. The Dodgers didn't have many opportunities, but still managed to go 0-for-4 with RISP.

But it's a new day, with a new day game, and our big-contract and big-thigh pitcher Billingsley on the mound. Oh, and Casey "Beard" Blake makes his 2011 debut, coming off the DL two days early! So who says the more hirsute Dodgers can't goatee off offensively today against Hammel? Heck, even in a close shave of a game, where Rafael Furcal mustache home and stubble across the plate with the winning run, I'd be satisfied. After all, a win would preserve our season-long streak of non-losing series, before we whiskers-selves off to San Diego for the weekend series.

photo by Jeff Gross / Getty Images North America

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Fred's Brim said...

I hope Jason Hammel pitches like Cole Hamels did yesterday

Josh S. said...

When I simmed this game yesterday on The Show, we won 4-3 in 12 innings. Marcus Thames had a two-run home run.

Josh S. said...

I still can't figure out how to configure the rosters, though.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S: Based on your intel, Mattingly chooses to start Gibbons in left.

Josh S. said...

I played the first 5 innings before simming the rest. Chadley had a no-hitter through 4.1, but The Beard had 3 Ks and 2 errors. EERILY REALISTIC.

Mr. Doctor said...

When I simmed this on my copy of MLB Slugfest 2003, we won 23-17.

Josh S. said...

Dammit. Forgot to change the avatar again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I anticipate a victory.

Steve Sax said...

GameThread Comment High Scores, 2011

364 (opening day)
213 (yesterday)

We can beat this, guys. Day game, all of us at our desks during lunch...come on!

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S 9:18a: I'll take the over on Es, the under on Ks

Josh S. said...

Furcal 6
Blake 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Uribe 4
Paul 7
Barajas 2
Billingsley 1

Steve Sax said...

There's your Thames 2-run HR right there, Josh S

Steve Sax said...

Can't believe no one is picking up the hair-themed puns in this GT.

Do I have toupee you guys as incentive?

Fred's Brim said...

Why does Yahoo run a feature on Matt Kemp after he goes 0-4 and we lose?

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax I am an heir to a huge pumpkin fortune

Steve Sax said...

@FB: shouldn't you call it a Great Pumpkin fortune?

Jason said...

@Sax 9:46 - Sorry, I was too busy trying to come up with an excuse to sneak out of the office to get a buzz on. My boss is giving me the brush off so far. He is way too clipper this morning and thinks we can all work barber than ever.

Also, I'm still in the office from last night's game thread.

(cries)

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax eh, it's ok, I wouldn't call it great

Fred's Brim said...

but the pumpkins are huge

Steve Sax said...

@Jason: nice work.

Re: the all-nighter: seriously? Isn't your product out yet?

Steve Sax said...

I don't know about you guys but I'm enjoying the Scooby-Doo morning.

Now, I'm scheming.

MR.F said...

Wotcher, everybody!

Mr. Doctor said...

Speaking of hair, I heard Jamie McCourt has gone "full brazilian"!

Fred's Brim said...

mmm roast beef sandwich

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax what's the story on "Scooby Doo"? I have seen it here a few times but missed the original SOSG reference

Jason said...

@Sax - Yes, the main product is out and apparently everyone under the age of 10 has already gotten their hands on one (I'm sure Merritt's was just off-camera). What should be the good parts launch over the next few months. Plus, Mariners opening day is Friday so I have to get the mobile ordering system we run up and running. Good times!

I really wish I kept a 'stache of whiskey at my desk for weeks like these.

Josh S. said...

@FB: When multiple posts go up on SoSG within a small timeframe, we commenters tend to pop in and out of each one, trying to figure out where most people are "hanging out." Someone (Mr. C? Dusty?) once remarked that the phenomenon is very similar to when the Scooby gang would run in and out of different doors while chasing/being chased by the monster of the week.

Mr. Doctor said...

Such a n00b question FB! :P

Jk, I was wondering the same!

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S, you are the historian of SoSG. I may have to use this for a Glossary post--thank you.

BTW, Josh, did you ever finish the full end-to-end read?

Josh S. said...

@Sax: I got as far as early to mid- '09, I think. I had started at a downtime at work, and then I just couldn't see it though.

Fred's Brim said...

I knew there was an awesome answer to this - thanks, Josh!

This calls for an avatar change

Fred's Brim said...

Willawaw ANGRY!

Mr. Doctor said...

Gotta watch out for those damn owl men!

http://cdn.static.ovimg.com/episode/129284.jpg

Fred's Brim said...

SKRAWK!

Mr. Doctor said...

Anyone going to watch the Champion League matches in a few minutes? I'll be tuning into the Chelsea v ManU game. Pretty convenient that my two favorite teams are blue!

Mr. Doctor said...

Here is a stream if anyone is interested about the soccer game.

http://www.streamhub.tv/ch/V4.php

Orel said...

I had to google "Wotcher!"

karen said...

Epale Everyone!

Vinny was right, the weather looks cold and gloomy. Hope we get this one in.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

Josh S. said...

Wotchale!

karina said...

@Orel did you see this:

"An English colloquial greeting that perplexed thousands of Americans upon reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Tonks uses it as a greeting, obviously requesting a sexual favor that will take place in the 6th book.
"Wotcher, Harry!"

it is pronounced "watch-uh"

according to urban dictionary

Orel said...

Epale, K-Ladies!

Orel said...

Thanks, Karina! Love the new avatar.

karina said...

@Josh love it! how do we pronounce it so it sounds more anglophile?

Steve Sax said...

that's funny, the mlb.com GameDay field looks like only slight clouds

Orel said...

That's what happens when you play the game in the Matrix.

Steve Sax said...

Juan Pierre is a potential badge for the CWS game (if he triples)

Steve Sax said...

LA Dodgers potential badges for today's game

Uribe double
Loney double
Kemp HR

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 12:03p: that's why I took the Go Blue! pill

MR.F said...

I am so down with "Wotchale"!!

Fred's Brim said...

Wotchale Karina and Mr F!

Steve Sax said...

Snakes up 2-0 on the Cubbies after three innings

karina said...

@Orel thanks Orel! it is the most recent photo I have wearing a Dodgers hat. We were scouting locations that day :)

Fred's Brim said...

The Willawaw's favorite food is Dinger meat, and he is verrrry hungry

Steve Sax said...

Rockies potential badges for today's game:

Helton double
Fowler single
Tulo HR

Orel said...

add'l badge: bean Dinger

Fred's Brim said...

In the Herman Miller, Vin!

Steve Sax said...

55 comments before first pitch, I like it

Orel said...

Karina, is scouting locations like scouting baseball players?

Steve Sax said...

It's pretty sweet how the "Field View" icon at the bottom of the mlb.com GameDay screen also will change to display men on base at the time. Nice touch, mlb.com.

Fred's Brim said...

What is Casey supposed to do when he's not bunting?

karen said...

We'll take it, Casey

Orel said...

DAMMIT ANDRE

Fred's Brim said...

The Willawaw doesn't like that

Steve Sax said...

you hit Blake in his first AB this year? You PUNK-ASS

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you're ahead of my feed.

Oh, DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

Andre GIDP

Josh S. said...

If the Dodgers get shut out again, do we win "stinking badges" for the whole team?

Spank said...

Wotchale,holmes.You almost sat on my sombrero.

Spank said...

Dive for it Dre.DIVE!

Steve Sax said...

I'm not exactly sure how this badge thing works, but I "own" two badges, none of which are Dodgers

Erin said...

There are a couple of good things about my life right now:

1. My job as a content creator for a website publishing group is completely a "work from home" position.

2. I own two computers. I am working on the laptop. On the desktop, I have MLB.tv up and running.


That's it. Not good? That double by the Rockies.

Steve Sax said...

Smith with a long one-out double. Greaaaat.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, I just picked up an Aramis Ramirez badge from the Cubs game (HR)!

Steve Sax said...

Even better, the Cubs have tied the Snakes at 2

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh

why can't we do that?

Spank said...

Crapola

karen said...

Crap

Steve Sax said...

SHIT, back-do-back doubles and we're down 1-0 already

Josh S. said...

Well, fart.

Josh S. said...

After a 3-1 start, we're barreling quickly toward .500.

Josh S. said...

Not a single ball in the zone to TODD HELTON?

Steve Sax said...

Helton walk. Billinglsey's at 20+ pitches already and he's not out of the first

Spank said...

Not good.

Fred's Brim said...

Willawaw no likey

karen said...

C'mon Bills! Knock this shit off

Steve Sax said...

and it's 2-0. yay.

Orel said...

The opening homestand honeymoon is ending quite quickly.

karina said...

Guys, I'm worried about how pessimistic most of you are :(

MR.F said...

I'm not a huge fan of accountants.

(no offense to anyone here who is an accountant)

Steve Sax said...

did vin just lose track of the outs there?

Erin said...

I think Vin was confused about the number of outs there. He was talking about all the runners advancing, even while the music played and the graphics indicated commercial. He saved it nicely, though.

Loney Fan said...

Thank God that's over. Now we just need to score a run or two in the top of the second to give Bills some encouragement to help him settle down.

Josh S. said...

Come on, Blue! Win us some BADGES~!

Erin said...

Exactly, Sax.

Steve Sax said...

matt has come out swinging

so have we, with 94 comments after one inning

Steve Sax said...

shit Matt, that pitch was way out of the zone

Steve Sax said...

Loney's gonna mash right here

Erin said...

There we go!

Orel said...

Look what happens when Loney Fan shows up!

Erin said...

Nice call, Sax!

Fred's Brim said...

King James is alive!

karen said...

KING JAMES CONNECTS!!!

Orel said...

Nice call, Sax!

Jason said...

I did not see that coming.

FJL, your Dodger leader in home runs, ladies and gentlemen!

Steve Sax said...

I CALLED IT!!!!!

Erin said...

Wow. My naked eye says Uribe was safe.

Orel said...

Troy "Jeter" Tulowitzki

Loney Fan said...

Suck it doubters.

Orel said...

Tell your eye to put some clothes on, Erin!

Paul said...

pessimism!!!!!

Erin said...

I still think he looked safe in the replay.

karina said...

That's the King James I know and love :)

nice call, Sax!

Steve Sax said...

Vin almost missed the call on that Tulo out, too. Maybe it's the altitude at Coors Field.

Or maybe they're keeping Vin in the humidor between innings.

Spank said...

Loney?

Steve Sax said...

@Erin, please don't use "naked" and "Uribe" in the same sentence again, especially over lunch hour...

2-1 after 1.5 innings

Paul said...

Well we did score.

karina said...

how can I suppose to get anything done if there's a Dodgers game and Star Wars IV: A New Hope is on tv?

karen said...

I'm with Erin. He was safe.

Steve Sax said...

@LoneyFan, I like the avatar. Is that the same woman as your last avatar (which I also liked)?

karina said...

@Spank always the tone of the surprise when it comes about King James' power

Steve Sax said...

McDonald's Iced Coffee guy, totally unflustered by the exploding copier on the radio. Man, how suave is he?

Steve Sax said...

@karina: Obi-Wan dies (hope I didn't spoil anything)

Orel said...

Kemp Kannon!

Spank said...

That is one of the longest singles I have ever seen.

Steve Sax said...

ha ha, no HR for you Iannetta

MeanieBreanie said...

Epale Y'all

Steve Sax said...

Hammel at 20 pitches through two; Bills at 33 pitches through four outs

Steve Sax said...

@MB! Your barstool is waiting!

We've got a full bar today guys. This round is on me!

Josh S. said...

Loney is now tied for the lead in home runs amongst NL first basemen.

(Small sample sizes rule.)

Spank said...

@ Karina

haha! I diss because I care.

Steve Sax said...

47 degrees out there and overcast. yikes.

MeanieBreanie said...

@Sax - Thanks for saving me a stool. MB is taking it easy today. She is trying to get over one helluva hangover.

Steve Sax said...

fowler K

Steve Sax said...

@MB: Hair of the dog, milady.

Spank said...

Boooooooooo! Wait.

Hooray!!!!!

karen said...

Nice comeback from a 3-0 count

MeanieBreanie said...

@Saxy, yes it would help but I just can't go there right now :(

karina said...

@Sax NO WAY! I just witnessed how Han Solo shot Greedo

Steve Sax said...

Bills! down 3-0 in the count he comes back to get the K on Seth Smith. Nicely done, Your Royal Thighness.

karina said...

@Meanie epale sister!

karen said...

Epale MB!!

Alex Cora said...

Hey all! Get to watch this game and listen to the sweet sounds of Vin calling the game. Don't want to already start thinking about him leaving the mic.

Steve Sax said...

Through two innings, 2-1 Rox, and 140 comments

Steve Sax said...

fuck, it's that stupid iced coffee guy again

MeanieBreanie said...

@Karen, Karina - epale my sweet sisters. It's been way too long!

Spank said...

Sounds like MB needs some Menudo quick. And not the flaming kind.

Steve Sax said...

Fukudome badge in the house!

(However the D'backs are up 5-2 on the Cubs after five)

Orel said...

BAJAJAS!

Spank said...

GONE!!!!!!

Loney Fan said...

@Sax - The pictures used to be of my wife at various Dodger games. While de-Jimbo-ing I couldn't find any of the previous pictures. This picture is of a close friend who passed away in November and his fiancée. I thought I would try it out.

Steve Sax said...

AC, quit hogging the tv screen and let the rest of us in the bar see

Alex Cora said...

WOOHOO!!! RB with the HR!!! I know none of you will believe it, but I actually thought he was going to hit it out when he came to the plate.

Orel said...

Epale, MB!

Steve Sax said...

BARAJAS HR! TIE GAME

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hey, the game is tied!

Loney Fan said...

Cora and Sax, precognitive HRs!

Josh S. said...

BARAJOFFENSE!

MeanieBreanie said...

Epale Orel - drink of choice today?
@Spank - this girl does not do menudo. You're determined to push me over the edge ;~))

Steve Sax said...

@LoneyFan: Oh man, that is tragic about your friend. Sorry to hear it.

Also sorry to hear we lost your great avatar...

Alex Cora said...

Sorry, my big fat head and gut are in the way. I'll move to the right - man this barstool is small.

Alex Cora said...

COLE Hamel is losing it.

Josh S. said...

You know what was dope about Loney's homer? It wasn't a wall scraper. It was about 10 rows up.

Loney Fan said...

Thanks Sax. The avatar is sure to come back soon.

Alex Cora said...

BEARD MODE!!!

Alex Cora said...

SEND HIM WALLY!!!!

Steve Sax said...

COme on Blake, give us a 4-2 lead

Erin said...

Well, well. Blake with a triple?

Spank said...

BEARD TIME!!!!

Alex Cora said...

God I can't wait to yell that at Wallach this year.

Jason said...

The Beard with a .750 slugging percentage.

Steve Sax said...

i'll take the triple, though. DODGERS LEAD 3-2

Paul said...

Our first baseman and third baseman are getting extra base hits and our lead off man is drawing walks!!

I like this!!

MeanieBreanie said...

Whoo hoo, things are looking good!

Steve Sax said...

Blake batting 1.000 this year

Jason said...

It's an offensive explosion!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Beard is back, bitches!

Spank said...

Is this the Dodgers?

Alex Cora said...

Another run! Bloop single by Andre.

Mr. Customer said...

Dio mio, you guys have been busy.

Steve Sax said...

Blake with a 4.000 OPS

Steve Sax said...

Ethier singles home Blake! 4-2

karen said...

I'm loving Hammel about now.

C'mon Matty!

Jason said...

^ Uh, Beard slugging 3.000 this year. I have been awake for 31 hours, the last 29 of which have been spent in my cubicle. Math is not a strong suit at the moment.

Alex Cora said...

Look who's on the mound APODACA!!!

Orel said...

Just green tea for now, MB. Gonna be a long day.

Orel said...

Apodaca?

Alex Cora said...

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Mr. Customer said...

Epale, y'all!

Orel said...

Jason, may I suggest some green tea?

karina said...

for somewhat reason Depeche Mode's "just can't get enough" is stuck on my mind

Spank said...

Take a bird bath,Jason.

Orel said...

Epale, Mr. C! Wotcher! Apodaca!

MeanieBreanie said...

Hey Mr. C, welcome to the melee!

Alex Cora said...

Kemp with a walk!?! Holy crap.

Josh S. said...

A lead? Inconceivable!

Erin said...

What's the opposite of a home run, Loney?

Spank said...

That's the Loney I've grown to love.

Steve Sax said...

dammit James. Oh well, at least we're in the lead.

Orel said...

200

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