Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Game 37 Thread: May 10 @ Pirates, 4p

Ted Lilly (2-3, 4.93) vs. Kevin Correia (5-2, 2.91).

How 'bout dem apples? Chad Billingsley's pitching was Crisp through seven innings of one-run ball, but just when you thought that the Dodgers might string together wins on consecutive days--for the first time since April 21-22, 15 games ago--everything Crumbled for the Dodgers in a fateful eighth-inning fiasco, marked by two ejections and three straight Jacks (okay, doubles) by the Pirates to ice the game. There will be no Gala to celebrate Bobbing around at four games below .500, and no Liberty from a Dodger fan's misery. In fact, my mother is even beCider self about the team's woes, and admonishes me to expect a Summerfree of happiness, marked by games featuring our Spartan scoring.

Today we throw Lilly out there, who might be a fierce competitor but has pitched more like Granny Smith. If we could only get out of the blocks early, particularly against the lowly Pirates. It would be great to be rotten to the Correia.

Lineup from TBLA: Carroll SS, Miles 2B, Ethier RF, Kemp CF, Urine 3B, IJL 1B, Barajas C, Sands LF, Lilly P

172 comments:

Jason said...

Carroll - SS
Miles - 2B
Ethier - RF
Kemp - CF
Uribe - 3B
Loney - 1B
Barajas - C
Sands - LF
Lilly - P

This lineup looks familiar...

Neeebs said...

I hope they bring us a Gala Performance today.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

We can only hope the Empires don't blow any more calls.

Jason said...

Looks like this will be a Summerfree of happiness for Dodger fans. At least I'll get to enjoy a Golden Delicious beer this evening while waiting to see if Mattingly or Urine once again go Rambo on the umpiring crew and keep the Redstreak alive.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Granny Smith.

I've got nothing.

MR.F said...

Is this good or bad advice to Urine?

"If it's clear and yellow, you've got juice there fellow. If it's tangy and brown, you're in cider town."

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers just sent me a link to an online survey considering a Family Zone. Interesting.

As a father, and someone concerned about bringing kids to a safe and fun environment, I'd pay for this concept.

Josh S. said...

Eels O'Brien just called to say today's pun was a stretch.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S: Woozy Winks asks you to check your spelling.

Jason said...

Loogie O'Brian thinks both of you need a life.

Josh S. said...

DAMMIT.

I knew Reed Richards would be easier to spell.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S, that option would have been fantastic

Josh S. said...

I laid the foundation for a future joke.

Josh S. said...

Damn. I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was this bad:

The Dodgers have scored 5 runs or greater in only 11 of their 36 games. 3 of those games were losses.

#LHWG

Oh, and we're looking UP at the DBacks in the standings.

IT'S ALL I CAN STANDS AND I CAN'T STANDS NO MORE!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

DO NOT DISPARAGE PLASTIC MAN

Neeebs said...

Perfect double play ball by Miles. Really?

Steve Sax said...

hey man, i even had the lineup in the GT itself this time

Steve Sax said...

0-0 after 1 frame, but at least we have a hit...which was wasted

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S. 3:04: wow, you are indeed up to date on FF. I didn't even know that Johnny Storm had died until a couple of weeks ago.

But those new costumes with the hexagons look totally LAME. weak sauce.

MR.F said...

WTF?!?!?!

Johnny Storm died?!

MR.F said...

Loney's OPS is up to 0.520 entering today.

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

Roger Bernadina (WAS, SB) badge in the house!

I didn't even know that guy existed until now.

Steve Sax said...

Aaron Miles, btw, is a GIDP machine.

He even puts Loney to shame.

Josh S. said...

@Sax: I picked up FF 1 and 2 on FCBD. Turns out those costumes can look however the user wants them to, due to some newfangled version of unstable molecules. (For example, Spidey can change his to his red and blues or black suit at will.) They just CHOOSE to look lame.

MR.F said...

What is FCBD?

You guys put my nerd-ism to shame!

(cries)

Josh S. said...

Steve Lyons is a bigger Loney fan than Loney Fan.

Josh S. said...

FCBD=Free Comic Book Day. There was a post about it!

Loney Fan said...

@Josh S. - If you compare me to Steve Lyons again, I am coming after you.

Josh S. said...

Hey! Brandon Wood! Looks like the Pirates have expanded their garbage collection service to all of SoCal.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Steve Lyons is a bigger Loney fan than Loney.

Josh S. said...

Steve Lyons is a bigger Warren Olney fan than Olney Fan.

Josh S. said...

Ba-robbed-jas!

Neeebs said...

Sands-Overhyped?

Discuss.

Josh S. said...

There is absolutely no drama behind our fly balls. They're getting caught every time.

Neeebs said...

Likeable guy, but Mendoza is calling and no HRs at this point??

Josh S. said...

I'm still waiting for the Spankifesto on Sands. Too bad this is a KCAL game, so it can't fuel the fire.

rbnlaw said...

Dodgers playing like Pink Ladies.

Can't get Fuji or Braeburn into a joke. That's what at the core of this.

rbnlaw said...

Typical Dodger story line:
Rookie has great spring, goes to AAA, gets an early call-up, fizzles, is later traded to Pittsburgh or other armpit destination, is later named Jayson Werth. Or Cody Ross.

Or Paul Konerko.

Josh S. said...

Ha! The text question graphic says "PP."

Josh S. said...

In yellow, no less.

Neeebs said...

@RBN

*cries*

MR.F said...

This is a golden opportunity.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S 4:27p: How did Johnny Storm die? I read it was a sacrifice to save Ben Grimm or something like that. Totally weak.

Next you'll tell me Storm will be cast as the lead in Captain America. Oh, wait.

Josh S. said...

Yes! 30% off the merchandise of the guy who just hit into a DP!

Josh S. said...

@Sax: I actually don't know. I heard it was some Negative Zone BS, evoking the end of Wrath of Khan. I decided to start fresh with the #1 issue.

Steve Sax said...

two leadoff singles...hope

ethier GIDP...hope dying--but a man still on third

kemp up...Ks. Hope officially extinguished.

For the whole season

Josh S. said...

Matty and Dre are starting to sink to everyone else's level, officially leaving us with nothing to cheer for.

Steve Sax said...

just to clarify my 4:56 comment: I meant Johnny Storm in the second paragraph. Not Ororo.

Steve Sax said...

breaking news

*** there is more scoring in the orioles / mariners game than in this shitfest ***

now we return you to your regular programming

Steve Sax said...

ryan howard HR, but that badge does NOTHING for me (I already have it)

Steve Sax said...

Jason Bartlett has to be the Padres' badge every fricking game

Jason said...

Sax, doesn't the second Howard badge upgrade you to a silver?

Steve Sax said...

(Just realized I will use Bartlett as a pear-themed thread. Mark your calendars for July 8!)

Steve Sax said...

I'm looking at the GameDay "Due Up" graphic

Urine .214
Loney .226
Barajas .225

All three of which are 0-for-1 in this game.

HOW CAN I GET EXCITED?!?!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Steve Sax: Pinnacle of Optimism

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Huh.

(cries)

Josh S. said...

Yep. That's our season in a nutshell.

He was so slow, it looked like he was running AWAY from second.

Neeebs said...

Anyone else contemplating going to the Steve Garvey Signing May 21 1:00pm. in Woodland Hills (Porky's Sports Cards)?

Neeebs said...

BTW, I LOVE PNC PARK. I wanna go back.

Josh S. said...

Porky's Sports Cards sounds like a scary, scary place.

(Going on name alone.)

Jason said...

Between his mustache and the way he wipes under his nose after each pitch when he bats, Correia's nickname should be "Dirty Sanchez."

Josh S. said...

This is quite the pitcher's drool.

Steve Sax said...

Jerry Sands mania 2011 seems a lot like John Ely mania 2010.

But shorter.

Steve Sax said...

I love primanti sandwiches

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fuck you, Aaron Miles.

Josh S. said...

Here we go again. Table is set, but no one is hungry.

Steve Sax said...

Carroll and Miles with your two-out singles

Why do you torture me so

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Navarro is hungry.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

34 game on-base streak!

Steve Sax said...

holy shit we scored

in play, run(s)

Josh S. said...

Yeah, yeah. Whatever.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe is hungry

Jason said...

Bisonic Boom!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kempy!

Josh S. said...

OK THAT'S MORE FUCKING LIKE IT.

MR.F said...

Wait? What?

Steve Sax said...

Jamey Carroll crossed home plate and didn't know what do to next, it had been so long

Steve Sax said...

Y E A H B I S O N !

Jason said...

Mother f'r, I didn't get the Kemp HR badge for some reason.

Josh S. said...

Uribe is watching his figure...


..in IMAX.

Josh S. said...

@Jason: Neither did I, but I thought it was because I didn't have the tab active. It's not even checked off.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I have no badge as well.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Valiant effort, Jerry.

Jason said...

That was in no way surprising.

Josh S. said...

Un-valiant effort, Jerry.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Why can't we have nice things?

Josh S. said...

Lilly's going to give it all back, isn't he?

Steve Sax said...

of course, Lilly comes out and starts giving the four-run lead right back

Jason said...

It warms my heart to see that big hair on women and jean shorts on men are still in style in Pittsburgh. Of course, this is based on the people sitting in the "Rich Yinzer" seats directly behind the plate.

Steve Sax said...

I didn't get the Kemp badge either, I'm not sure why

I'm not buying the "tab not open" thing, as other badges are popping up for me despite the fact my window looks like a rolodex

Steve Sax said...

Get ott, yinz guys. Quit being so nebby

Jason said...

Wait, I brought up each of those points about Walker last night! Apparently Collins reviews these game threads nightly.

Spank said...

JERRY FUCKING SANDS IS NOT THE FUCKING FUTURE TO THIS FUCKING ORGANIZATION FUCKING PERIOD

But his family are all die-hard old school Dodger fans so lets keep trotting him out there no matter what. Hooray!

*shoots self*

Spank said...

*comes back to life*

p.s.

FUCK THE LAKERS!!

*dies*

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Someone doesn't like Jerry Sands.

MR.F said...

Yay he only gave back 2 runs!

Jason said...

For those that have ever attended a pro sporting event in Pittsburgh, the "Beer here!" guy died yesterday. You would definitely remember him if you ever heard his ridiculously loud call (probably from the opposite side of the mostly empty stadium or arena). He sold soda at Pirates games and beer at Penguins games.

I must have purchased hundreds of Yuenglings and Penn Pilsners from him when I had Penguins season tickets.

Steve Sax said...

@Jason, I thought it was the lemonade guy (as per Yahoo Big League Stew) who passed away?

Steve Sax said...

loney grounds out what a fucking surprise

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

A good throw would have nailed Barajas.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

FUTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION

Steve Sax said...

one out, Barajas double (where was that the other day when he had a double badge, I ask you).

How will Sands possibly GIDP now?

Jason said...

@Sax - I saw him at more hockey games and he sold beer there for the first two periods before switching to cotton candy after last call in the 3rd. So, he will always be "Beer here!" to me.

Steve Sax said...

(opens mouth, eats foot)

Steve Sax said...

@Jason: Beer before cotton candy. I get it.

Steve Sax said...

pulling lilly?

is mattingly aware of who we have in our bullpen? what is he thinking?

Jason said...

Or cotton candy beer.

Jason said...

Tonight's advertised Powerball jackpot: $65,000,000.

2011 Pirates payroll: $42,047,000.

Steve Sax said...

Pop out to first baseman. Yeah, that was a good PH, Gibbons the Monkey Man

Steve Sax said...

that cotton candy beer picture lookos DISGUSTING

Jason said...

Collins briefly confused about why the Pirates didn't turn a double play when there were two outs already.

Spank said...

we are winning. right on

Steve Sax said...

four pitch walk to the prior batter, and Miles gets up there and swings on the first pitch to ground out and end the inning

nice, Miles

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Eric Collins is a terrible judge of when it could be two.

Jason said...

Guerrier replaced Hawksworth's groin.

Steve Sax said...

what the hell is happening in the game

my gameday has crashed my ram

Josh S. said...

Eric Collins is a terrible judge of everything.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The idea of MattG pitching to XP just blew Collins' mind.

Steve Sax said...

Collins: can't judge when it could be two

Steiner: can't judge when it might be a home run

Monday: can't tell the score of the game

Lyons: can't keep his pants on

Steve Sax said...

What was Guerrier doing around hawksworth's groin?

Steve Sax said...

Jeff Francouer just stole third off of Russell Martin (0-for-3)

Josh S. said...

Hee hee.

Steve Sax said...

hey, that's a good time for a strikeout!

Josh S. said...

Ump wanted that inning over.

Jason said...

Hawksworth came up lame after breaking for first on a ground ball to second forcing Mattingly to call in his third pitcher of the game.

And just for the hell of it, fourth.

Jason said...

"He's only faced 50% of the first batters he's faced." - Steve Lyons, re: Michael Crotta

Steve Sax said...

Ethier: In play, no out

Josh S. said...

OK, Dre and Matt got on. Now it's all up to you, other seven useless guys!

Jason said...

Urine!

Josh S. said...

No emo!

MR.F said...

Urine!

Now time for a Patented Loney DP!

Josh S. said...

Those two kids have a higher OPS than Loney.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

So this is what clutch hitting is like.

I like it!

MR.F said...

Can Loney avoid the DP with 1st base open?

Josh S. said...

That WP looks hilarious on Gameday.

MR.F said...

Loney didn't make an out!

Jason said...

That WP also looked hilarious on the TV feed.

Jason said...

Doumit is getting beat up behind the plate this inning.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

we're winning!

Jason said...

Nice rbi rook.

Jason said...

Epale, karina!

MR.F said...

JERRY SANDS HAS A FUTURE IN THIS ORGANIZATION

Jason said...

Guerrier's career line: 2 AB, 1 K, -100 OPS+

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Don't take the bat off your shoulders, MattyG.

Jason said...

Worst. Walk. Ever.

Jason said...

That should be a 130-some-odd point swing in Guerrier's career OPS+.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MattyG's season OPS is better than Loney's.

(cries)

Jason said...

Carroll needs to take strike zone recognition classes from Guerrier.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Jason said...

"That may split the gap" - Collins, as the left fielder picks up the ball that is directly in front of him.

Steve Sax said...

Resop is a poser (backwards)

Jason said...

And with that, it is time for me to head home from the office.

Opposite of epale, everyone!

Orel said...

Re! Sop! Choi!

Steve Sax said...

Ether you suck

(just kidding)

Josh S. said...

Wait, what happened? Why is Guerrier out?

karina said...

it's refreshing to know the Dodgers can score 5 runs in a inning.

Don't spoil my happiness saying it's against a so-so team, please.

Steve Sax said...

Wait, why did Donnie pull Guerrier, with a eight-run lead?

Spank said...

Judging by the comment play by play,i would have thought the Dodgers had scored three runs not ten.

#steiner

MR.F said...

Because Guerrier is a semi-competent reliever and Donnie has 7 runs to burn.

(cries)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Le sigh.

karina said...

*sighs*

Josh S. said...

WASTE OF A ROSTER SPOT.

Josh S. said...

Still hope for that Gwynn stolen base badge, even if it would be bad form.

Spank said...

Almost all starting position players for the Dodgers has had at least one hit today.

Josh S. said...

Mattingly's going to regret taking Kemp out when they tie it in the ninth.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They win!

Jason said...

I make party on the bus!

Josh S. said...

I'll just get take-out party. I don't have the energy to make party.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

KCAL really needs a postgame show. I do not enjoy cutting into Dr. Phil after games.

karina said...

we make party!

MR.F said...

WE MAKE PARTY!!!!!

Orel said...

Belated PGT up!