Monday, August 29, 2011

Game 133 Thread: August 29 vs. Padres, 7p

Padres reliever Anthony Bass in Arizona yesterday.

Clayton Kershaw (16-5, 2.51) vs. Mat Latos (6-12, 3.74).

The Battle for Last Place starts tonight, with the Dodgers 12.0 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, and the Padres 15.0 games behind. The Padres will need a sweep to escape sole occupancy of the NL West basement, with Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw (I love typing that) standing in their way. But Padres starter Mat Latos has thrown five straight QualityStart™s, so don't expect a shootout.

Sax's note: If all goes well, I should be covering the game today from the press box. Give a shout out if you're at the Stadium tonight.

photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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Steve Sax said...

I'm here.

Neeebs said...

My former high school classmate,, Lorri Bernson, is throwing out the first pitch tonight. Lorri is legally blind. She is an inspiration to many, and she probably has better control than HCK.

Spank Horst said...

Right on,Neeebs.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

If Sax is in the press box, then...where am I?

Steve Sax said...

Phoenix?

Steve Sax said...

Or should I say, Jean Grey?

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

DAMMIT

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Soon as my wife and kid pick me up I'll be field side, isle 7 I think. Go blue!

Steve Sax said...

@DBT, can't buy you a beer unfortunately tonight...

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Ah shucks, that's cool, maybe the wife will be nice and treat me to a $13 Dos XX

Steve Sax said...

@DBT if you get here before 7 I may be able to see you

Steve Sax said...

Just had my first beer so I'm happy

Alex Cora said...

Sax. Say hi to all the beat reporters.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

BREAKING LAKER NEWS

EVERYONE SIT DOWN NOW

PREPARE YOURSELVES








Ron Artest will be on Dancing with the Stars.

(cries)

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

DBT in da house

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Don Drysdale's daughter just NAILED the National Anthem. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

Drew Drysdale, ladies and gentlemen

Steve Sax said...

@DBT, post coordinates please

Red 5 standing by

Josh S. said...

Watching my kid build with Duplo, Vinny!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Fld 7 row E seat 7

Steve Sax said...

Just put up a post re: Mattingly's pre-game comments.

Josh S. said...

Kershaw has some wicked shag comin' out the back of his cap.

Steve Sax said...

Guzman was like 10 miles ahead of that pitch (strike)

Steve Sax said...

Guzman's fouling off a shitload of pitches here

Steve Sax said...

Kemp gets a walk.

Ken Levine just said hi to me. I'm pretty stoked.

Steve Sax said...

DBT: Got it, will try to get down there later in the game

Have a couple of friends to visit.

Alex Cora said...

Sax. Can you hear vin through the wall?

Steve Sax said...

Damn, Kemp was so far going on that one, it was a complete robbery. SB 35 for Kemp

Steve Sax said...

Walk to Rivera. Let's do this, Andre.

Alex Cora said...

Kemp was at second before the ball left the fathers hand.

Steve Sax said...

Nice fan response for Ethier here. Maybe because it's RISP? Maybe because he's good looking? Maybe because they sympathize about his knee?

Steve Sax said...

@AC, All I can hear is Levine and Josh Suchon having a conversation. Which is totally cool and everything, no big deal.

Steve Sax said...

Single and RBI for Andre.

I appreciate Rivera going for home but oh well.

Spank Horst said...

Break out the Pampers.

Alex Cora said...

Andre really kneeded that hit.

Josh S. said...

Sure looked line Rivera could have scored.

Or at least not just stood there.

Alex Cora said...

Was everyone in the joint cheering for Andre?

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. E-5, Miles. Not enough on the throw.

Steve Sax said...

@AC, seemed to me like the support for Andre there was more than I thought. On the other hand, if they had booed him I think it would have been curtains for Ethier here, so maybe it was to be expected.

Steve Sax said...

Andre drops the ball but gets credit for the putout anyway.

Steve Sax said...

One out, John Forsythe up and trying to make a dynasty

Alex Cora said...

Sax it was a pun. " joint" = knee

Steve Sax said...

nice double play. very difficult as it was slowly hit to short

Steve Sax said...

D'backs up 1-0 on the Rox, in AZ, B3

Giants and Cubs scoreless in SF, B2 2 out

Steve Sax said...

Forgive me for missing the medical humor there, AC...L

Steve Sax said...

Miles hit it right on the button to the O-Dog

Steve Sax said...

Big guy with very, very, very big red backpack just entered the dugout club in the fourth row to the right of home plate (from my vantage point; first base side).

I don't think that backpack fits the size dimensions of Dodger Stadium.

Class warfare! Let them eat cake!

Steve Sax said...

Barajas becomes Latos' first K. Clayton only has one so far, himself.

Steve Sax said...

Cunningham drops one into short right for a leadoff single

Steve Sax said...

1-6-3 double play, executed perfectly. Nice reflexes from Minotaur, and great coverage on the turn by Sellers

Steve Sax said...

That's the second DP Clayton has gotten in three innings. Pretty sweet.

Steve Sax said...

Nice grab by Carroll, too bad he couldn't throw on line to nail Latos.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw does not look as strong tonight though there have only been two hits and he has no walks (though only one K so far)

Steve Sax said...

Shot right to Miles, who catches it on the fly for the third out.

Steve Sax said...

If the Dodgers win tonight it would clinch the club's first winning month of the season.

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers have scored more runs in the third inning than any other inning, throughout this season

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers have not lost a game with Sellers batting leadoff (3-0)

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers have not lost a game with Rivera batting cleanup (5-0)

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers have not lost a game with Ethier batting fifth (4-0)

Josh S. said...

The Star Wars Night shirt is seriously weak.

Josh S. said...

Joe Block has hacked Sax's account.

Steve Sax said...

Loney bomb. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

BOOM, Dodgers up 3-0

Steve Sax said...

You knew it when he hit it. Wow.

Josh S. said...

Non-Rockie Loney Homer!!!

Steve Sax said...

Ninth HR of the year, on a 1-0 count.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp looked really badly fooled there for the second out.

Steve Sax said...

they're just playing who let the dogs out as the walkup song for o-dog

since when does the visiting team get walkup songs?

Spank Horst said...

Too late,1B. I'm done your bullshit.

Steve Sax said...

Loney has driven in a run in six straight games.

Last Dodger to drive in a run in six straight games was also Loney, in late April - early May

Steve Sax said...

nice pop out to Loney for our #2

Steve Sax said...

3-1 thanks to the Hundley RBI double

Steve Sax said...

Four-pitch walk to Forsythe. Not good.

Dusty Baker said...

Finally off work, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

Why is Ken Levine in tha heezy?

Steve Sax said...

Assorted boos this time for the Ethier introduction. Interesting.

Steve Sax said...

I don't know if they have turned up the loudspeaker or if it's just my position behind the plate, but it's loud as shit up here when they're playing (dodgers') walk-up music.

Steve Sax said...

Great try out there in RF but that was quite a shot from Ethier anyway. Leadoff double into the right-field corner.

Dusty Baker said...

Dre almost got all of that one.

Steve Sax said...

That's why you hit the ball to the right side.

Miles advances Ethier to third. One out.

Josh S. said...

Knee seems OK to me.

Steve Sax said...

Scoring fly ball from Barajas.

How refreshing it is to see Ethier not thrown out at home!

Steve Sax said...

4-1 Dodgers, even though we've only got four hits to the Padres' three

Dusty Baker said...

It looks like Dre is wincing after running on that knee, but he's also a whiny little bitch who is trying to save face for popping off like he did.

Dusty Baker said...

1 one but

I'll take it!

Steve Sax said...

That's disappointing, no one to cover first base. Venable reaches on an infield hit.

Dusty Baker said...

^ 1 run

Steve Sax said...

D'backs threatening, two on and none out B6

Steve Sax said...

BIG DP started by a headsup Loney. Well done.

Dusty Baker said...

DP!

And we turned a double play!

Steve Sax said...

Third DP of the game for the Padres and it's only the fifth inning.

Steve Sax said...

D'backs up 1-0 in the sixth

Giants down 1-0 after 5

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Real life is in front of the FOX Sports West feed tonight. You have time to type what happened before I'm seeing it. And I'm "live" on Tivo not lagging.

Or you are REALLY prescient.

Steve Sax said...

another fine play by Sellers. Really rooting for him at this point, esp after talking with his father pre-game

Dusty Baker said...

Love Sellers. Think he could be what DeWitt never ended up being for us.

Josh S. said...

Just pre-ordered the Star Wars blu-rays. I need a shower to wash off the shame of being George's bitch.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Loney with a loooooooong double

Dusty Baker said...

Are you seeing this, Karina???

#JLo

Alex Cora said...

Loney owns Latos.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

100

Dusty Baker said...

Shame, Josh, shame.

(orders said Blu-Rays)

Steve Sax said...

IBBing Kemp. Lots of booing.

Dusty Baker said...

5-nil Dbags in the 6th.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 8:33p, let's test this out in the Rivera AB.

1-0 count.

Steve Sax said...

1-1

Dusty Baker said...

That booing may have been Dusty Baker's Toothpick calling for more booooooze.

Alex Cora said...

Sellers or Dee, who do you see?

Steve Sax said...

Diamondvision: Rivera became the first Dodger to home in his first AB with the club since Ronnie Belliard on 8/31/09

1-2 count

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, that's a 2-1 count

Alex Cora said...

Playing SS next year.

Dusty Baker said...

Paying close attn now, Sax.

Steve Sax said...

Bad swing there for strike 2

deuces wild with 2 on

Dusty Baker said...

Just swung

Steve Sax said...

Ground out for Rivera

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

I feel good about this game.

Steve Sax said...

I hope the free hot dogs are here by now

Dusty Baker said...

Sax you had time to type that by the time I refreshed. Big lag.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

I could go for a hot dog right now. Good thing Sax and I are the same person.

Dusty Baker said...

@Assassin

I'll start cc'ing you on my snide digs at your/Sax's lame campaign to inflate beer prices at DS.

Steve Sax said...

that was only his second K all night

Dusty Baker said...

Up jumped Uncle Charlie

Steve Sax said...

wow that was almost hit at kershaw

Steve Sax said...

i guess it was hit at kershaw. i mean, it almost HIT kershaw

Steve Sax said...

big swing for Hundley

Dusty Baker said...

Kid is a bit off tonight. He's still a monster. (dry humps Kershaw)

Steve Sax said...

0-2 count to Hundley

Fernie V said...

How about Loney with 47 rbi's to ethier (my virgina is hurt) 52 rbi's

Steve Sax said...

playable fly ball there, Kemp calls off Sellers (who slips, but gets out of the way)

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

@DBT, I don't know if I can get down there today, I can't find a time to get out of this press room

Dusty Baker said...

@FV

Ethier has a sprained medial collateral vagina (MCV).

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Are you on deadline or something?

Steve Sax said...

Single off of Hudson's glove for Ethier, who is now 3-for-3.

Dammit Miles almost had that

Steve Sax said...

beachball just dropped from the upper deck in front of the press box.

grrrrr

Steve Sax said...

way inside on barajas

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

I bet Ken Gurnick started batting it around.

Spank Horst said...

My porn name is Charlie Twatts.

Dusty Baker said...

5-nil CUbbies

Steve Sax said...

Aaron Cunningham is getting a lot of work out there in RF tonight

Steve Sax said...

Carroll up with Ethier still stuck at first

Steve Sax said...

Why hasn't Ethier stolen yet?

Steve Sax said...

0-1 count

Steve Sax said...

1-1 count

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

Ethier won't run unless Mattingly's after him with the whip.

Steve Sax said...

2-1

Steve Sax said...

gotta send ethier here

Dusty Baker said...

Joyce DeWitt 3-run HR.

Steve Sax said...

nope, they didn't 3-1 count

Steve Sax said...

they're not going to pitch to carroll in the 8 hole

Steve Sax said...

ethier laving on that pitch, carroll fouls

Steve Sax said...

NOW ethier will be running on anything

Steve Sax said...

At the height of this press box, DiamondVision's mug of Jamey Carroll's wide eyes is SCARING THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ME

Carroll called K

Steve Sax said...

showing the trailer for Contagion. Looks like a real feel-good movie! Bring the kids!

Steve Sax said...

tomorrow night: pre-game performance from the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's Beatles Love. Cool.

Fernie V said...

@DB his MCV must not be acting up 3 for 3 tonight.

Steve Sax said...

This Ikegami camera to my left is HUGE. Canon HJ40x14B IASD-V lens. 40x Tele. Criminy.

Steve Sax said...

4-1 Dodgers

D-backs blow it open, up 5-0 in T8 in AZ
Cubs blow it open to 6-0

Orlando Zepeda said...

watching the Gnats on tv, cant stop smiling

Steve Sax said...

on to the stretch!

Dusty Baker said...

God damn you know I love you, Vinny.

But: WE FUCKING KNOW MAX VENABLE PLAYED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.

I feel better now. Still love you Vinny.

ps- WE FUCKING KNOW THAT KYLE BLANKS IS BIG

Dusty Baker said...

6-0 Cubbies

Steve Sax said...

Interesting. The people in the press box don't really sing along with TMOTTB.

Fernie V said...

@sax is that the same camera they use for Spank porno movies?

Dusty Baker said...

Wait, if I enjoy a night of intimate conversation with Tommy Lasorda, per that commercial, is that implying that I'd get to sleep with him?

Steve Sax said...

"phiten" is a sponsor. Does that rhyme with "sighting" or "bitten"?

Fernie V said...

Downloading new red hot chicken peppers album.

Dusty Baker said...

That's the kind of camera they use to make cartoon bear porn, for sure.

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

Phiten is pronounced FIE-ten.

Steve Sax said...

If Kershaw can win tonight, he would be the first Dodger hurler with 17 wins since...

Steve Sax said...

Chan Ho Park (2000)

Steve Sax said...

Latos only lasted 99 pitches

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw reaches off of Bartlett's misplay!

Steve Sax said...

They're giving Kershaw the base hit, which bums out Billingsley

Dusty Baker said...

Kid K makes his case for team pitchers batting champion.

Steve Sax said...

Sellers wiht a big whiff there

Dusty Baker said...

DAMMIT!

Steve Sax said...

sellers fly to center 1 out

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

We'll reach 200 posts with 70% coming from Sax.

Steve Sax said...

FJL hitting .412 on the homestand

almost flied to left there

Steve Sax said...

this date in dodger history, aug 29 2993, piazza hits his 26th and 27th HR, setting a Dodger rookie record for HR in a season

Steve Sax said...

outside, ball 1

Dusty Baker said...

0% coming from Lasorda

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

JESUS CHRIST THE DODGERS CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE

Steve Sax said...

I just timed it, I am about 30 seconds ahead of mlb.com gameday

Steve Sax said...

@DB: Who is Lasorda?

Ball 2

Steve Sax said...

cute blonde in the dugout club, sighting

Loney must be distracted as I am, as he whiffs

Steve Sax said...

here comes a double switch

Dusty Baker said...

Loney strikes out. He sucks. Trade him!

Steve Sax said...

manny mota on diamondvision

Dusty Baker said...

Sax speaking from the future.

Can you send a Terminator to take out SF closer Brian Wilson before he becomes a dominant closer for a hated rival?

Steve Sax said...

Fucking wave has started.

Thankfully the Dodger press box does not partcipate.

Steve Sax said...

free hot dogs are here

gotta hop

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

Sax is so in the zone that he can't even respond to our comments.

That or he's ignoring me.

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

Missed that Kemp AB, but at least I have a FREE HOT DOG

Steve Sax said...

Dance Cam is on.

Josh Suchon is not moving with the beat.

Steve Sax said...

In fact, no one in this press box is moving to the beat.

Dusty Baker said...

I almost think Blogger is broken because our comments and Saxes are on such different wavelengths.

Dusty Baker said...

^ Sax's

Dusty Baker said...

199

Mr. LA Assassins Czar said...

BOOOOOOOOOO

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