Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Post-Game 26 Thread: Ladies And Gentlemen, Your New Dodgers Closer?

Yes, that's champagne Padilla is spraying. No, Padilla was already that sweaty on his own.

DODGERS 5, FISH 4 (10)

The Dodgers close out their 20-consecutive game marathon with an extra-innings victory in the sweltering heat of Miami (ending the roadtrip 3-3 and the marathon 10-10). But what was truly remarkable about this game? Was it Andre Ethier extending his all-time MLB April consecutive-game streak with his 24th straight game with a hit? Or James Loney going 1-for-4 but still raising his average to .206 (thanks in no small part to his 4-for-4 day yesterday; today, however, he actually plated a run)?

Was it the Dodgers showing some rare backbone by coming back from a 4-0 deficit in the second inning to get three back in the fourth inning (a three-run Rod Barajas HR)? Or Chad Billingsley righting himself after coming off the rails in the second inning (four straight singles, followed by a two-out double that cleared the bases)? Or even Ethier coming back to hit the game-winning homerun, leading off in the 10th?

No, the most remarkable part of today's game was after the Dodgers took the lead in the tenth, and it was not Jonathan Broxton who got the nod--it was Vicente Padilla. And Battletoad got three infield ground outs to end the game without a batter reaching base (admittedly, Ivan DeJesus made a sweet backhand play for the third out, but I'm not giving DeJesus credit after coming up with rancho ardiendo and one out in the eighth, and quickly GIDPing).

Brox out? Battletoad in? Sure, Brox pitched yesterday, but still... At least we've got another day to stew on this tomorrow, an off-day for the Dodgers. Which I'm sure will lead to even more speculation and debate!

UPDATE 7:11p: Here is the video if you want to hear Eric Collins gush over Andre Ethier: "Andre Ethier is a STUD!" is Collins' HR trot call.

17 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers are 3-0 in extra inning games this year

Steve Sax said...

Richie Weeks badge hits the case

MR.F said...

Yay go Ethier an Padilla!

rbnlaw said...

Bad day to be S. Ditty.
Barca 2 Real 0.

Handbags a plenty in that one. 2 reds and a buncha yellow cards.

ManU and Barca in the final for sure.

MR.F said...

Honestly I think with Kuo wild and injured and Kenley wild right now, I'd probably trust Padilla as closer more than anybody else.

karina said...

So far today,I've got: the Weeks (MIL) badge, the Drew Stubbs (CIN) HR badge and the Polanco (PHI) HR badge.

Paul said...

Go Badgers!!!

Mr. Customer said...

I didn't get Stubbs, but I got Chris Young. Already had Polanco from a few days ago.

karina said...

what's the time of the Schieffer conference?

ps got Young too :)

Steve Sax said...

got chris young (AZ) as well. Today, so far, I've badged Weeks, Stubbs, and Gomes. Not sure why I missed Polanco, but that keeps all Phils out of my case.

Now, if mlb.com could just figure out how to organize the badges more intuitively...

karina said...

that's true Sax, the badges are not arranged in an adequate number,but from what you said, we have a moral question: should we seek Phillies and Giants badges?

Steve Sax said...

@karina:

1) I don't understand how the badges are arranged. When you get a new one, why does it pop up where it appears? It's not alphabetical, or chronological, or organized by team. what's up?

2) here's the problem with badges from teams you hate--if you're watching a dodgers-giants game, you could end up "winning" a giants badge even if you don't want it. And as far as I can tell, there's no way to discard it (or trade it away). Unless you keep shutting GameDay down for every half-inning, I don't think you can stop it...

I have thought quite a bit about this, I know.

Steve Sax said...

btw, Miguel Cabrera (DET, double in the first) badge acquired!

Steve Sax said...

Chone Figgins (SEA, single) becomes badge #42 in Sax's case

karina said...

@Sax I have thought about it quite a bit,too.It bothers me big time there's no order. I have to confess I've thought to shut down for half an inning too, but the fact I have a life impedes me to do so :(

For example, tonight I got a JD Drew badge and I want to return it because it makes me feel dirty.

ps you should have got the Brendan Ryan (SEA) badge too,I was late and didn't get the Miguel Cabrera and Chone Figgings badges.

Spank said...

I'll take full credit for the Dodgers victory,Thank you very much.

2011 lineup post record: 1-1

Steve Dittmore said...

@rbnlaw

UEFA/FIFA is rigged. A red to a Barca bench player followed by a red to Pepe (and a yellow to Ramos which knocks him out of next week's match)

Thank goodness Messi's hair didn't get messed up. Little punk.