Saturday, July 14, 2012

Game 89 Thread: July 14 vs. Padres, 6p

Not a metaphor for our offense

Edinson Volquez, RHP (5-7, 3.52 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang, RHP (6-5, 3.51 ERA)

Tonight the Dodgers look to build on last night's win that didn't quite feel like a win, but still counts that way. With the return of Kemp and Ethier, there is an expectation that the noffense will have enough pop to storm the second half of the season. We'll be waiting anxiously for that to start. Several Sons attended the game last night, and we can report that we didn't see anything revolutionary yet in the offensive department (though some may claim the Sons themselves were offensive).

Aaron Harang gets the start where one would usually expect Chad Billingsley to be going out as the number two pitcher in the rotation. Don Mattingly has explained that this is more of a second-half of the season reset after the break to take advantage of matchups versus certain teams. Not sure if I buy that line of thinking given the many questions swirling around whether Bills can get it together - consistently - and prove he is indeed a go-to guy. Chris Capuano has apparently been slotted into the number four pitcher, though he has been the Dodgers' best this season. We could think too hard about this one, but let's not go losing our heads.

Taking a look to the top of the NL West, Timmeh Lincecum is on the mound for the Gnats today, so we'll be peeking at the scoreboard to see if he continues to see his pitching form retreat like a French soldier. Dodgers currently enjoy a guillotine-thin half-game lead on Gnats, who have the luxury of playing the Astros this stand.

Come on, boys, bring the fireworks tonight.


Liberté, égalité, Dodgers!

Image: 1) Prise de la Bastille by Henri Paul Perrault, 1928 2) SoSG Dusty Baker

83 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Per Dodgers:

Tonight, as part of our pregame ceremony Tommy John will throw out a 1st pitch with Dr. Frank Jobe who 1st performed Tommy John surgery.

Dusty Baker said...

1. Bobby Abreu (L) LF
2. Mark Ellis (R) 2B
3. Matt Kemp (R) CF
4. Andre Ethier (L) RF
5. Juan Rivera (R) 1B
6. Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
7. A.J. Ellis (R) C
8. Luis Cruz (R) SS
9. Aaron Harang (R) P

Hideo Nomo said...

You can't spell lead-off without LF.

Dusty Baker said...

You also can't spell Luftballons without LF.

Dusty Baker said...

Section 55 tonight with the Dustettes. Hit me up if you want to dry hump.

cc: Neeeeeeeeeebs

knapS said...

noventa nueva problemas y los luftballons es todos.

Hideo Nomo said...

That's funny in any language.

Orel said...

"Tonight, as part of our pregame ceremony, Dr. Frank Jobe will perform an on-field Tommy John surgery on one lucky fan in attendance."

Dusty Baker said...

I need Tommy John on my right knee.

Dusty Baker said...

ps- At the Yard, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

Just made sweet, sweet love to Neeebs.

Dusty Baker said...

Then I went back for more and dry humped RBN.

rbnlaw said...

Just ran into Dusty and the Dustettes as we were going into the lodge.
Now off to the free beer tasting in the patio.

No lie. Free beer tasting.

rbnlaw said...

My leg is all tingly.

Ñeeebs said...

Sloppy seconds for you RBN

Orel said...

It's an SoSG softball reunion! I'm getting all misty-eyed here.

Orel said...

Apparently rbn was tasting beer laced with experimental drugs.

Orel said...

Loney would have gotten that!

Orel said...

Wow, the Dodgers defense is sparkling tonight. Kennedy follows a Rivera error by bobbling a possible DP ball.

Orel said...

When did the Padres turn into the 1927 Yankees?

Orel said...

I smell comment streak....

Hideo Nomo said...

At least Fatty can play defense.

Orel said...

DAMMIT

rbnlaw said...

Gawd Kennedy makes an awful smell.

Wait, that might be the garlic fries.

Orel said...

Mark Ellis' bat is back!

Orel said...

Mark Ellis' legs are back! Takes third on Kemp's single.

Orel said...

E-7! Tie game!

Orel said...

1-2-3, easy as A-B-C!

Orel said...

Scoreless in SF, top 3.

Ñeeebs said...

Still looking for the blogger suite. Telling everyone that Im EK. Getting weird looks. Was that last night?

Orel said...

That was fast.

Orel said...

Vin's awfully sanguine about that beachball on the field.

Orel said...

Clayton Dalrymple!

Orel said...

Rarely see Kemp check his swing like that.

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO! Where's Karina?

rbnlaw said...

What is this offense thing the Dodgers are doing?

Ñeeebs said...

I got my eye on you RBN!

Hideo Nomo said...

That was a prett spectacular fail to close out the bottom of the third.

Hideo Nomo said...

^ pretty

rbnlaw said...

Got to the suite and told them I was Neeebs. Had to show ID to get back in the stadium.

Ñeeebs said...

But at Dodger Stadium I'm Ñeeebs.

Hideo Nomo said...

Can we smoosh Uribe and Kennedy into one player that plays good defense and occasionally hits?

Orel said...

Urine + AK = PK

Orel said...

Fuck. Headley 2-run HR ties it up.

Orel said...

Unfuck! Ethier 2-run HR puts us ahead!

Steve Sax said...

I am listening to Charley. Come on, Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Astros aren't scoring at all against the Giants. Down 2-0 in the eighth

Steve Sax said...

Kennedy hit? Whaaaaaaaaat?

Orel said...

If Amarista worked at Starbucks, would he be an Ambarista?

Hideo Nomo said...

You must be this tall to work at Starbucks.

Orel said...

No Starbucks for you, Altuve!

Orel said...

TIM LINCECUM IS BACK

Orel said...

Call Me, Maybin?

Orel said...

Nervous time.

Hideo Nomo said...

It's the battle of the mustacheless beards.

Orel said...

Finally got him!

Orel said...

I'm impressed those Britneys behind home plate are still at the game. They're probably getting paid, of course.

Orel said...

You know what would be great right now? A DP.

Orel said...

Two on, no out has become two on, two out. Bear down, Kenley!

Orel said...

Forsooth, Forsythe!

knapS said...

Snap!

Orel said...

Brad Penny in for the Giants.

Orel said...

I can see Tommy John's pink shirt in that wide shot.

Orel said...

More embarrassing for the home plate umpire or the Dodgers?

Orel said...

Yeah, so fuck that shit.

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

LMAO i love it, pitchers always stop paying attention and take too damn long, nice play Baby Pads.

Steve Sax said...

What the fuck, Jansen?

Steve Sax said...

What the fuck, DodgersKings?

knapS said...

What the fuck was that shit?

Steve Sax said...

I have no idea what happened there but I don't think I wan to watch that highlight.

Hideo Nomo said...

As soon as the ump called out, AJ should have dropped his mask and headed back to the dugout.

knapS said...

Same here,Saxy. I'm watching gameday.

Orel said...

The Britneys are still there!

knapS said...

Of course Loney.

Paul said...

Groooooooooooooooooan.

NicJ said...

This went from a potential sweep to a probable series loss.

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

Did Cruz just have a Pantera intro song?

Orel said...

PGTUP

knapS said...

Damn that sucked.

NicJ said...

Second place here we come.

Steve Sax said...

This went from a slam dunk win to probably losing first place

Paul said...

This went from a victory porter to straight whiskey.

Dusty Baker said...

I want to kick some Giants fan's head in in the parking lot.

But I'm a better sport than that.