Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Preseason Game 2 Thread: March 6 vs. Giants, 12n

(Dammit, I'm not sure why this didn't post at 9a as intended. My bad. -Sax)

Bless that Franklin Stubbster. The SoSG one, that is.

It's been a cold, dark offseason for Sax here, really not wanting to engage in reading most Dodgers news given the oppressive shadow of Frank McCourt, his long protracted separation from the Dodgers' organization, and his grubby little fingers all over the parking lots of Chavez Ravine. I read great news about Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp--even potential 2012 batting champion James Loney--and I'm still finding it hard to get fired up for the 2012 season.

That is, until Senor Stubbs here launched yesterday's Game Thread.

Game Threads are back! Game Threads are back! Suddenly, there was something else to do at work (besides work, that is)! There was joy in Mudville! There were even happy thoughts listening to Charley and Rick calling the game on my new mlb.com At Bat app (only $15 for multiple devices this year, finally). Okay, so I got frustrated at Steiner / Monday again when I couldn't tell what was happening in the game itself, but still. It was something. It was the start.

It was hope. A New Hope, if you will.

The Dodgers took yesterday's game against the White Sox 6-4 and now sit squarely at top of the Cactus League standings (actually, they're up there with five other undefeated teams, two of which whom have two wins under their belts. But who's counting?). And today, the Dodgers take on the hated Giants. Baked Zito vs. Ted Lilly (who may also be baked, as far as I know)!

It's on, boys!

78 comments:

Franklin Stubbs said...

Is it time to hateHateHATE yet?

Steve Sax said...

Yes!

And I will be listening to this one on Gameday...

Steve Sax said...

Except, my nPower League One team is playing at the same time! Curse you, scheduling gods!

Spank said...

FUCK THE GNATS!!

hateHateHATE

Jason said...

And Lilly's no-homer streak is over.

Steve Sax said...

Not good, my L1 team is down 1-nil after 21'

Spank said...

Bean the mofo!

Steve Sax said...

Two batters, two XBH off of Lilly

Yeah, this is going great.

Hideo Nomo said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Steve Sax said...

1-0 Giants with a man on second and none out in the first

burriss hit his ball past "a diving Juan uribe". I think I felt the aftershocks here in LA

Steve Sax said...

We got an out!!!!!

Jason said...

Lilly still hasn't gotten a swing and a miss. Everything has been foul tipped.

Jason said...

That homerless streak lasted 2 whole batters.

Spank said...

BOOOOOO Lilly!

Jason said...

A swing and a miss!

Steve Sax said...

Jason: actually, Ted Lilly gave up a HR to the first batter,...

...and he just gave up another HR.

3-0 Giants, and we only have one out in the first.

Steve Sax said...

Luckily, we've got Kuroda as our #2, right?

Right?

Jason said...

Lilly gets out of the first with only a slash-line-against of .500/.571/1.667!

Jason said...

@Sax - I caught that. The first homerless streak lasted 0 batters. The second, 2 batters.

Jason said...

Oops...

Gordon - 6
Elly - 4
Kemp - 8
Rivera - 7
Ethier - 9
Sands - 3
Urine - 5
May - 2
Other Jr. - DH

Jason said...

Dee singles to first. Damn.

Jason said...

Mark Ellis was assigned Carroll's jersey number to confuse us.

Steve Sax said...

Lilly has a 27.00 ERA

Steve Sax said...

Lineup: GEKRE SUMO

And Kemp Ks swinging.

Jason said...

preseason Zito > preseason Lilly

Steve Sax said...

@Jason: oh, I get it. So how long is Lilly's current homerless streak?

Steve Sax said...

WTF is up with the Dow today

Greece, you'd better do the right thing and ratify this damn debt accord

Rivera, just try to get some timing please in your swing

Dodgers down by 3, and the Cactus League Championship hopes start evaporating.

Steve Sax said...

Wait, were the Dodgers on AM 570 last year? I forget...

Radio ad says "new home of the dodgers". Huh?

Jason said...

@Sax - 5 currently, but barely.

Steve Sax said...

Lead off single off of Lilly

But Lilly's a gamer, so we've got that.

Steve Sax said...

By the way, Charley miscalled the second Giants HR in the first; a first he sounded like it was a lazy pop to Rivera

Hideo Nomo said...

Can't tell if you're serious with the 570 question.

Anyone else looking at the Gameday layout on At Bat? Is that the actual Camelback outfield view? Or "Generic stadium?"

Jason said...

He also miscalled the flyout to left in the 2nd. That ball was caught about a foot in front of the wall but Charley made it sound like yet another lazy pop up.

Jason said...

Uribe and Sands both look stiff and, possibly, hungover out there today. Uribe at least has the excuse that he is Juan Uribe but what's Jerry's excuse?

Steve Sax said...

Off the glove of Uribe, scoring another Giants run

"Difficult for Uribe to reach across the body", says Monday.

NO SHIT

Hideo Nomo said...

Put a turkey leg between third and short.

No, wait...then Pablo Sandwich will get more triples.

Steve Sax said...

@nomo: I've got a post on the at bat stadium going up shortly

I hope

Meanwhile, I am serious about am570. It is seriously all a blur. Werent we on am570 last year?

Jason said...

There is a big blue ball right behind the mount. Did they start making team-colored rosin bags?

Jason said...

^ Er... mound. That may be the Freudian slip of the season.

Steve Sax said...

5-0 Giants through 1.5

At least we've established that Ted Lilly is awful. And so is Uribe.

Steve Sax said...

@jason: +1

Jason said...

'Dre bomb

Steve Sax said...

Aha, AM570 IS new. Ok, I'm not going crazy.

Steve Sax said...

Charley called the Ethier ball correctly!

Fans cheering!

Yay!

Jason said...

Dre's home run trip around the bases can best be described as a prance.

Franklin Stubbs said...

We were on 790, the Lakers were on 570 the previous year.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, Lilly went through a who,e inning there without giving up a HR

Steve Sax said...

Urine with a hit!

Hideo Nomo said...

Audio is not ludicrously behind Gameday.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Lakers were last on 570 in 2009.

Hideo Nomo said...

I haven't been listening closely. Anyone keeping a "Lookin' to hook on" count?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Gameday says Jamey Wright has pitched to three batters, but he's only thrown three pitches. Damn Spring Training glitches.

Hideo Nomo said...

"Treanor is an excellent defensive catcher...and he throws the ball away."

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"Treanor is an excellent defensive catcher"

When did this happen?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Mellis double!

Franklin Stubbs said...

All catchers who can't hit for shit are "excellent defensive catchers", and "Ability to call a good game" is inversely proportional to OPS.

Jason said...

Holy crap! A Belly appearance!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

No help for Mellis?

Jason said...

I think Charlie just stroked out trying to say "Emmanuel Burriss." It came out "Er-my-el Briss."

Cliff Beefpile said...

Haven't been able to watch the game today, but I have just enough time to stop by and say, FUCK THE GIANTS! BEAT F'RISCO!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The offense is in midseason form, I see.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I thought they scrapped poor Tron for parts.

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Hideo Nomo said...

It's all part of a diabolical plan to convince Gnat fans that Melky is some kind of savior.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I don't think anyone should take anything named "Melky" seriously.

Hideo Nomo said...

We have a Lance Zawadzki?

Hideo Nomo said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Franklin Stubbs said...

Ahhh, spring training.

A win is a win, but a loss doesn't count.

Jason said...

I do love this, from the box score:

Fielding
E: Fields (1, fielding)

Steve Sax said...

@Jason, it's good to have you back my friend...

Dusty Baker said...

Lilly looked great today!



(pre-cries)

Dusty Baker said...

Wait, Urine got a hit today? Or he got hit?

Steve Sax said...

Ted Lilly looked like Ted Mosby out there

Dusty Baker said...

He looked like Ted Knight.

Jason said...

I was thinking Ted Theodore Logan.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Which one was Keanu? I don't remember...

Jason said...

Keanu was not Bill S. Preston, Esq.

Jason said...
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