Friday, April 29, 2011

Post-Game 27 Thread: Urinalysis

Urine haters: Juan says hi.

DODGERS 3, PADRES 2

Let's get the usual suspects out of the way: Andre Ethier had an RBI and a double to extend his hit streak to 25 games. He also made a nice diving catch in the seventh. Matt Kemp hit what turned out to be the game-winning home run in the seventh. Oh, and he also made a nice diving catch in the top of the inning.

But here's the unusual suspect: Juan Uribe. He hit a home run to put the Dodgers ahead in the fourth. He also had a double in the seventh, but more impressively, Uribe played great defense at third base, turning a tricky double play in the third and making a nice diving catch in the fourth.

Ted Lilly was solid, allowing five hits and one run over six for the win. But Jonathan Broxton created more ulceritis: K, GO, single, single, single. Men on first and third, one-run lead. Nick Hundley smokes one into left, but Tony Gwynn Jr. saves the day with a diving grab. A lot of diving in the outfield tonight.

"I guess you could say Broxton got a save; he certainly got a scare."

—Vin Scully

photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP

26 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

I was just about to type out that Vin quote.

Broxton. Must. Go.

Neeebs said...

Brox reminds me of my ex girlfriend. There's a reason she became an ex.

Paul said...

And they both will need restraining orders against Neeebs.

Spank said...

The only thing I can think of to help Brox out are visits to the mound after each batter or even every pitch by anyone on the team to keep his head in the game.Whether it's the catcher an infielder or a coach. Don't let the fucker think.

Neeebs said...

Four motley souls om the PG thread.

Paul said...

One trick ponies usually don't learn two tricks. That 98 mph fastball ain't coming back.

Mr. Customer said...

Shouldn't there be someone in the organization capable of recognizing this pattern?

Mr. Customer said...

Also, I'd never have guessed I'd be glad we have Aaron Miles.

Neeebs said...

MC becomes the Fifth Soul.

Neeebs said...

He lost velocity and doesnt have Saito like control. Gagne was done when he lost veolcity. And Brox cant borrow Gagne.s little pick me ups.

Spank said...

Chente did not have the sweat factor with him today.He needs to have that just dipped in an aluminum tub look to pitch right.

Mr. Customer said...

@neeebs

You bring the fifth, I'll bring the soul.

MR.F said...

I'm number six!

MR.F said...

Seriously. Broxton for whatever reason isn't getting it done.

NicJ said...

Duh, Gwynning.

Josh S. said...

I ceded the TV to Mrs. S so she could watch the wedding on the DVR, then I promptly fell asleep. I missed most of the Dodger fun. Glad I missed the Brox heart attack.

Steve Sax said...

Broxton must be stopped. If we cant give him the ball without w two-run lead, why is he the closer?

Steve Sax said...

I've slept on it.

Broxton must go. Hopefully he can find his velocity and then we can bring him back.

Bring on Battletoad as closer!

Dusty Baker said...

You sure didn't get much sleep, Sax.

But you are correct. Brox ain't getting it back. At least while he's here. A change of scenery may help, a-la JMart. But for whatever reason (likely a combination of physical and mental issues) he's lost it as a Dodger closer. Hitters aren't afraid, and they know they are going to get a fastball that is fairly tentatively thrown. If you take the velocity factor away and the unknown pitch type and location away, you got nothin' in a pitcher.

Sorry to have to hate on him, but it is what it is.

Neeebs said...

I wonder what Broxton's WHIP is? Mid twos?

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

It's 2.butter

Josh S. said...

@Neeebs and Dusty:

"Cool" is another acceptable answer.

Dusty Baker said...

Accepted.

Mr. Customer said...

I would have guessed "Miracle"

Neeebs said...

@Josh: Is "it good" an acceptable answer, too?

Neeebs said...

According to ESPN, Broxton has a WHIP of nearly 2. That makes sense, because it seems as though he has let at LEAST two runners on per his usual one inning appearance.

To me, WHIPs and SO are the only correct measure for a closer. Brox has been poor in both categories of late.