Monday, June 25, 2012

Game 74 Thread: June 25 @ Giants, 7.15p

Nathan Eovaldi (0-3, 2.35) vs. Barry Zito (5-5, 4.35).

Barry Zito is the bomb.

There was obviously a lot of pressure on this poor troubled soul when Zito signed his seven-year, $126M deal with the Giants back in 2007. And despite his 48-66 record to date, he has come through huge this year for the Giants, catalyzed by a shutout victory in his first start of the 2012 season. In between relaxing meditation sessions by the Golden Gate bridge with only a guitar as his companion, Zito has powered his way to a 5-5 record, blemished but a tad by his last three starts and their accompanying collective 10.60 ERA.

But fear not, true believers. Even when his gargantuan contract expires in 2014 (assuming the Giants pick up his one-year option, of course!), Zito will be just fine setting up shop on a corner of the Tenderloin district, strumming some of his self-penned tunes for tips.

Zito goes up against a Dodger pitcher who has had some flashes of brilliance this year (MLB.com has a video touting his promise). However, Eovaldi not only sports a winless record of his own; he hasn't pitched in a game all season in which the Dodgers won (they are 0-5 in his five starts). The Dodgers come into AT&T Park with a scant three-game lead in the NL West, having lost consecutive series to Oakland and the Angels on the road. The Dodgers have scored only 13 runs in their last six games.

Zito, this one's in the bag, man! What could possibly go wrong?

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Paul said...

My son has that hair style after waking up
from his nap.

Orel said...

@PONealFSWest: "On a bus with a hall of fame announcer, a man who saved the American Flag, a lefty who threw a no-hitter and @SteveLyons12."

Hideo Nomo said...

Zito and Eovaldi!
A guy who (usually) gives up a bunch of runs vs. a guy who gets no run support!
Irresistible force meets immovable object!
Humidifier and de-humidifier in the same room!
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have high hopes.

NicJ said...

@Nomo, lets just hope its not one of our players hamstrings.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Uribe's hammy, I could part with that.

Orel said...

This is a very Rat Pack-y GT:

"Something's Gotta Give," Sammy Davis Jr.

"High Hopes," Frank Sinatra

Orel said...

Or was that your point, Marla?

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes 4:29p: "Humidifier and de-humidifier in the same room!"

I just snarfed my water on that one. +1

Steve Sax said...

@Stubbs 4:44p: Uribe's ham sandwich, Uribe won't part with that

Steve Sax said...

Arizona up 1-0 on The Wristbands, B3.

Hideo Nomo said...

@Sax: My inspiration.

Hideo Nomo said...

Gordon SS
Herrera LF
Ethier RF
Rivera 1B
Hairston 2B
Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Gwynn CF
Eovaldi P

Hideo Nomo said...

HUGE G HERE

Hideo Nomo said...

Youk grounded out to second in his first AB. Psh, we have loads of guys that can do THAT.

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes 6:26p: Yeah, but Youkilis took four pitches. That's three more than Loney did at any of his ABs yesterday.

Steve Sax said...

Youk grounds to short in his first AB; grounds to second in his second AB.

Steve Sax said...

Meanwhile, Toronto 9, Boston 5 (T7)

Steve Sax said...

CWS: Arizona 1, S Carolina 0 (B6)

Steve Sax said...

Battleship: It's a miss (F4)

Steve Sax said...

Okay, boys and girls, see you on the other side

Steve Sax said...

Far East Movement: Like A (G6)

Spank said...

Gorgeous GT pic.

*blushes*

Paul said...

If Zito starts to miss early it is a good sign.

Paul said...

Nice walk Dee!

Hideo Nomo said...

Crap in a hat.

Paul said...

Balls.

Steve Sax said...

AZ and South Carolina, tied at 1 in the eighth

Steve Sax said...

If Gordon had stolen second earlier, that GIDP wouldn't have happened

Steve Sax said...

Why is Herrera getting batting tips from FJL?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Dreaaaamy!

Paul said...

Giants station showe some hipster catch a foul ball and let the young kid next to see it before grabbing it back. Classy.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Herrera has come back down to earth, that's for sure.

Paul said...

Le sigh.

Paul said...

They had some guy on the local station up here named Beto from ESPN LA suggest the Dodgers trade Evoldi for a "Front line starter". I almost crashed in my car.

Orel said...

Theriot is the rare ex-Dodger on the Giants. Of course he singles.

Franklin Stubbs said...

(Circus Music)

Hideo Nomo said...

BLOOPED TO DEATH.

Hideo Nomo said...

Gwynn should play shallow. He has the speed to run down a deep fly, but he looks like a doof on anything hit in front of him.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh, you goddamn morons.

Hideo Nomo said...

Game over.

Orel said...

1-0 Giants and the seats aren't even warm yet.

NicJ said...

We're fucked.

NicJ said...

What else is on tonight?

Paul said...

This isnt happening. I must be watching late 2010 reruns.

Hideo Nomo said...

See y'all tomorrow.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Fuck this noise.

karina said...

bean Panda!

Orel said...

fuckity fuck fuck

Orel said...

Karina's advocating violence! This is promising.

Orel said...

4-0 Giants, two out in the first.

Hideo Nomo said...

WELP, SOMETHING GAVE.

NicJ said...

Well if the umpire has a strikezone this small all night I doubt Zito is going to hold this lead.

karina said...

@Orel becoming Giants batting practice brings out the worst of me

Paul said...

This would be the start that Evoldi gives up 7 and the Dodgers give him 6 runs of support.

Paul said...

Gotta get done here Ellis. Uribe on deck.

Paul said...

I think the book is out on AJ. Throw him strikes early.

Paul said...

A walk would be good. But see above.

Orel said...

Barry Zito seems like a nice guy. Always makes his visitors feel at home.

NicJ said...

I think I hate Uribe more now than I ever did when he was a giant.

Paul said...

Yup. God sit that fat bastard from now on.

karina said...

the night when I get Vin on tv

Franklin Stubbs said...

I think I should have stuck with my sabbatical until the ASB, methinks.

NicJ said...

All of our bloops are getting caught

Orel said...

MY GOD WE SUCK

Paul said...

This is annoying.

NicJ said...

That "how is this team winning" stuff is coming back at us.

Paul said...

Maybe we can have a seance and Mr. C can tell us about the good old days.

karina said...

aren't you gonna do something about this, Mattingly?

Paul said...

K I will now find entertainment in the national news networks. This game is just too depressing.

Hideo Nomo said...

There was a player in the dugout I didn't recognize. Kinda looked like Will Ferrell. (He may have been a trainer. Not a Treanor.)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Wow, this is not going well.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

EOVALDI SUCK LOOK AT ERA HAR HAR HAR WHY COME JOSH MACCIELLO NOT OWNER?

NicJ said...

Whatever happened to 'Maciello?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"Whatever happened to 'Maciello?"

Looking at his Twitter feed, I'd say he had a nervous breakdown.

NicJ said...

The ad behind home plate says "grab some meat, meat".

Are they aiming at a certain SF demographic?

Stutterers...

Fred's Brim said...

what the goddamn fuck?

NicJ said...

Owning fake gold mines must be stressful work.

NicJ said...

We've got 6 outs to at least get Zito out before he can win

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Jesus Colorado, he's a fan of LeBron AND the Yankees?

What's his favorite football team, the Steelers or the Cowboys?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

^Referring to Macciello

MR.F said...

Wow. We're getting pwn3d.

NicJ said...

Given his age I'd say cowboys.

Steelers are more of a new school frontrunner team.

Orel said...

What a load of shit tonight's game is. Makes our "hot start" seem like a mirage.

Orel said...

Going for 200 comments of misery. Nothing else to play for.

Orel said...

Vin with the rare story interrupted by a commercial.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

200 seems like a long-shot at this rate.

Orel said...

Eovaldi handles the hot shot!

Orel said...

200 comments will happen, my friend.

NicJ said...

That Vin Scully ashtray story made this game worth it.

Orel said...

After all, this will be a four-hour game.

Orel said...

1-2-3!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Theriot has scored twice? But I hate that guy.

Orel said...

"Eight in a row retired by Eovaldi, but the horse is way down the road." —Vin

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Is Dee really the only batter with a hit? I has a sad.

Orel said...

With our bats as punchless as they are, it makes you wonder how much Kemp can help when he returns.

Orel said...

Zito is going for the CG one-hitter.

Spank said...

God Damn!

Orel said...

I bet Ned is furious he didn't sign Melky Cabrera.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ned does not get mad. He gets veterans.

Orel said...

I wonder what gem @Dodgers will come up with after this game.

Orel said...

Eovaldi is the sacrificial lamb tonight.

Orel said...

Nice, Marla.

Orel said...

For a guy who can't hit, Gordon doesn't throw very well.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Gameday stand-in does not accurately depict Tubbo's physique.

Orel said...

Fucking Sandoval.

Orel said...

Nice throw by Andre.

Orel said...

I didn't start Sandoval tonight. You're welcome, Spank.

Orel said...

Now it's just BP. 8-0 Giants.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Let's talk about something less painful.

Who will win the Bachelorette?

Orel said...

WHY AM I WATCHING THIS GAME

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Subway sponsored replay of a fat ass hustling double. Nice

Orel said...

"We haven't heard the chant 'Beat L.A.' Maybe it's because it's too easy." —Vin

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think it'll be Brian, but Mark is bit of a wild card.

Orel said...

If you ignore the first two innings, Eovaldi has only given up one run!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I just wish Brian wasn't such an asshole to the other contestants.

Orel said...

How do the bachelors fight to win, Marla? Steel-cage match?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"How do the bachelors fight to win...?"

Mainly by not going on the show in the first place.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Ok, I'm out. Is dance moms on? Those crazy bitches have more fight than the dodgers.

Orel said...

I did not know Bill Russell's nickname was "Ropes."

Orel said...

Really? Zito headhunts Gordon because he stole a base down seven?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm out.

Orel said...

Barry Zito is one-hitting us.

Orel said...

Wow. Zito plunks Ethier ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD.

NicJ said...

I wouldn't mind a melee

Orel said...

Okay, shoulder. Andre still looked pissed!

Orel said...

Warm up your beanball, Jamey!

Paul said...

Can we have the PGT?

Orel said...

"For Nathan Eovaldi, pretty much of a disastrous education tonight." —Vin

Orel said...

WHO ARE WE GOING TO HIT

Orel said...

Too depressed to write a PGT.

NicJ said...

Should hit Zito.

Orel said...

Is it impolitic to hit the opposing pitcher?

Orel said...

Nice play by Hairston.

Orel said...

HIT BLANCO

Orel said...

HIT THIS DUDE, WHOEVER HE IS

Orel said...

OKAY, HE FLIED OUT. HIT THIS NEXT GUY

Orel said...

RIGHT IN THE MELK CAN

Orel said...

I'm kind of upset Donnie hasn't ordered retaliation here.

Orel said...

VW is advertising the sound their car doors make?

Orel said...

"Buy a VW. Our cars make noise!"

Orel said...

I picture Marla eating bon-bons and watching "The Bachelorette."

Orel said...

60 more comments!

NicJ said...

Weird feature to highlight, thats for sure.

Hideo Nomo said...

WAIT TIL TOMORROW AND HIT POSEY, JUST BECAUSE.

NicJ said...

finally a bloop falls.

Orel said...

Finally, a bloop drops for us! Maybe we can parlay it into nine runs.

NicJ said...

Totally forgot Posey wasn't playing tonight.

(sad trombone)

Orel said...

Two in a row! Just in time for Uribe to hit into a triple play!

QuadSevens said...

I'm just lurking over here and enjoying this entertaining game thread.

Carry on.

Orel said...

HIT POSEY WHILE HE'S SITTING IN THE DUGOUT

Orel said...

Yessir, Q7!

Orel said...

Uribe didn't hit into a double play! Extra cookies for him!

Orel said...

Uribe and Loney are practically the same player right now. All swing, no pop.

Orel said...

Although you could fit three Loneys into one Uribe.

Orel said...

Does Zito have any Ks tonight?

NicJ said...

but Loney has a glove! and he is a nice guy!


(cries)

Orel said...

I mean, Barry Fucking Zito is beating us. This is beyond the pale.

NicJ said...

This is actually the situation where Loney does something productive.

Orel said...

Loney is nice to baseballs because he doesn't hit them very hard.

Orel said...

Wow, Loney didn't swing at the curve in the dirt. Is he okay?

Orel said...

Zito at 108 pitches.

Orel said...

See? Softly lifted to center.

Steve Sax said...

Well, this isn't the series opener I had expected.

Orel said...

I wonder if Vin is thinking, I put off retirement for this?

Orel said...

We get the series opener we deserve.

Apparently we've been pretty bad lately.

Hideo Nomo said...

FUCK BLOOPS I WANT A HOME RUN.

Orel said...

@Dodgers: "At the end of 6, @Dodgers in an 8-0 hole. Hairston, @AJEllis17 and Uribe due up in the 7th."

Talk about a pointless tweet.

Hideo Nomo said...

I DON'T WANT BANANAS. I WANT TO WATCH A MOVIE.

Orel said...

BLOOPS ARE ALL YER GETTIN AND YOU'LL LIKE IT YOUNG MAN

Paul said...

But I thought it was all the AL teams fault!!

Orel said...

GODDAMMIT WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HIT A GIANT FUCKER

Orel said...

Seriously. Zito buzzes Gordon and plunks Andre and there's no payback? Bullshit.

NicJ said...

Are Lopes and Kemp having a rap battle?

Paul said...

K let's hit Panda in the stomach.

Orel said...

The only way this game could be more perfect is if Kemp strained his hamstring sitting in the dugout.

Orel said...

MY '98 OLDSMOBILE

Paul said...

Well he was buzzing them with 70mph breaking pitches.

QuadSevens said...

During games like this one I picture Vin with a bottle of Jack like Bob Uecker in Major League.

Orel said...

Sandoval has a 2.417 OPS tonight.

Orel said...

Vin strikes me more as a white wine kind of guy.

Paul said...

Proper retaliation would be to sign Jamie Moyer to hit a Giant.

Orel said...

I can see why they call Brandon Belt "Baby Giraffe." Because it looks like he screws giraffes.

Orel said...

We could get Moyer to throw one into Sandoval's stomach. Space-time continuum would be destroyed.

NicJ said...

Do you think Vin has ever eaten a hamburger?

well, besides at the World's Fair.

Orel said...

Nic just zinged Vin!

Orel said...

WHAT IS THE UMP DOING ON HIS ASS

Orel said...

Nice play by Hairston.

Paul said...

Fuck how many stupid hats can be in this crowd.

Orel said...

Flannery, you kiss-ass.

Orel said...

AT&T Park is fucking stupid hat central.

Orel said...

"THAT'S how you walk the tightrope, son." —Jamey Wright, to Nathan Eovaldi

Paul said...

It looks like a Disneyland crowd on acid.

Orel said...

"And remember, if ever you're not satisfied with one of our tires, please feel free to go fuck yourself."

QuadSevens said...

I'm having a watermelon Four Loko tonight and it tastes like a white Zinfandel. Makes the game more bearable.

Orel said...

Who the hell is George Kontos?

Orel said...

Dee with the seeing-eye single with his team down 8-0! CLUTCH

Orel said...

Tonight's a drinking game.

NicJ said...

Lot of hard hit outs tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah! We knocked Zito out of the game! Take that you sucky Giants

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