Monday, August 13, 2012

Game 116 Thread: August 13 @ Pirates, 4p

Bring back the pillbox hat already. It's time!
Aaron Harang (7-7, 3.80 ERA) vs. Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.77 ERA)

The Dodgers are in Pittsburgh today for the second leg of their east coast road trip. When we faced the Pirates in April, it was a 3-game sweep, but that was back when the Dodgers were on their season-opening tear. When the Dodgers took their June nosedive, however, they raced past the Bucs on their way down, so we now trail them by 3 games in the loss column.  Barring the ideal outcome of winning the division, in the race for the at a wild card slots this year, a series victory here would be an enormous boon.

The last time we saw Karstens, Capuano out-dueled him for a 3-2 victory (and SoSG Stubbs' inaugural victory of the season), but he draws Harang's spot in the rotation this time around. Judging by his MLB.com profile photo, he appears to have been working on his intimidation factor for just this occasion.

I call this one "The Rocky II"

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Orel said...

So Kent Tekulve isn't starting?

Franklin Stubbs said...

If only!

I'm willing to overlook their years of sporting the vest jersey if they bring back that hat in all of its cylindrical glory.

Orel said...

Pit them against the Padres in their mustard-yellows and you got a game!

Franklin Stubbs said...

The ones with "padres" all lowercase? God, I do love those.

Orel said...

Maybe Peter O'Malley will punk the Padres and make that their regular uniform.

Franklin Stubbs said...

*crosses fingers*

Orel said...

Does he bleed Dodger Blue? We'll find out.

Orel said...

JHJ to DL, Herrera up. Welcome back, Elian!

Steve Sax said...

Sitting on a plane. Just put up a post on the Elian-for-Jerry swap. Yay, in-flight wifi!

Steve Sax said...

What time is this game, anyway? What happened to our headline editor?

Steve Sax said...

I'm going to use the inflight wifi to comment from the air. This could be fun.

Steve Sax said...

YankMes sign Derek Lowe? Booooooooooo

Franklin Stubbs said...

I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what you're talking about, Sax.

Steve Sax said...

@Stubbs: look, you can't keep covering for your summer intern's editorial transgressions. I don't care if she's hot. You gotta draw the line.

Steve Sax said...

(ps, thanks)

Franklin Stubbs said...

*fires self*

Franklin Stubbs said...

Is it baseball time yet?

Steve Sax said...

Ten inutes to show time

That's great as ESPN satellite tv is getting old

Steve Sax said...

And, all they want to plug is YankMes-Rangers

Franklin Stubbs said...

Chuy hates the Yankees.

Steve Sax said...

Too bad the Dodgers don't see J-Mac while in Pittsburgh

Hideo Nomo said...

Karstens' Gameday pic looks like Fire Marshall Bill.

Steve Sax said...

Game on! And Victorino grounds out on the fourth pitch.

Steve Sax said...

The mini-pretzels on this flight are not as good as the mini- sirloin burgers I've eaten once

Steve Sax said...

Ellis called K. Two out.

Steve Sax said...

I think Charley said the Pirates are the best team in the NL at home

Steve Sax said...

Kemp gets a gift double!

Steve Sax said...

Dammit Andre! Fly to left for the third out.

Steve Sax said...

Ok, gotta eat this fine airline food

Orel said...

K

Steve Sax said...

Starling Marte swinging K for out one

Steve Sax said...

Neil Walker foul out to third (AK)

Steve Sax said...

Holy shot, we at playing Kennedy AND Loney? What the fuck?

Steve Sax said...

McCutchen grounds to short.

Scoreless through one.

Orel said...

Harang goes 1-2-3!

Steve Sax said...

I have run out of pepper in th shaker to try and make this meal palatable

Steve Sax said...

In-air alcoholic beverage count: working on #4 (Heineken)

Steve Sax said...

Hanley K, denying FJL the opportunity for a GIDP

Spank Horst said...

I seriously fucking hate Loney.

Spank Horst said...

Are you having the kosher meal,Saxy?

Orel said...

Dodgers go 1-2-3-4-5-6!

Steve Sax said...

Kirsten's with three Ks through two innings. Given this lineup, why am I not surprised?

Steve Sax said...

I just heard the radio commercial for the mystery dodger, and I couldn't tell what his name was as it was mumbled.

Steve Sax said...

@Spank: not tonight. All gluten-free for me, baby

Steve Sax said...

Lead off single for the Pirates

Orel said...

Harang induces GIDP!

Steve Sax said...

Gaby Sanchez GIDP!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel: nice use of the word "induces" right there

Steve Sax said...

Sanchez induces Orel's use of "induces"!

Steve Sax said...

Kennedy blows the play!

Steve Sax said...

Monday says it was the wrong call, but what the hell does he know

Orel said...

OB/GYN induces labor!

Orel said...

Lyons said it was the wrong call too.

Orel said...

Shake it off, Kerrang!

Orel said...

Scoreless after two.

Steve Sax said...

Harang gets out of it. 0-0 through two full innings.

Steve Sax said...

Drink #4 down. Going for another.

Orel said...

Ajellis leadoff double!

Steve Sax said...

I don't get this robotic CA Lottery Scratchers commercial. "Now you're wearing fancy pants"? What the fuck does that mean?

MR.F said...

Wotcher, y'all.

Orel said...

Don't stop 'til you get enough, Sax!

Steve Sax said...

Last I checked, winning the CA lottery does not result in a change in wardrobe.

Orel said...

Wotcher, Herr F!

Steve Sax said...

Charley called that lead off double like it was a root canal

Steve Sax said...

Shit, Charley, show some fucking excitement on the call (except for the warning track fly balls you mistakenly call like a HR)

Steve Sax said...

What's up fanermannnnnnnn

How is smonk?

Orel said...

Harang bunt: SUCCESSFUL

Orel said...

Sax, be sure to give your flight attendant a hug.

Steve Sax said...

Harang with a good bunt. Get him home, Shane!

Orel said...

All we need is a sac fly, Shanetorino.

Orel said...

Even better! RBI-double!

Steve Sax said...

Victorinooooooooo RBI 2B, hitting streak grows to seven games!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 4:45p: define "hug" please

Steve Sax said...

Miller lite for drink #5

Orel said...

@Sax, 4:49p: describe your flight attendant, please

MR.F said...

Smonk is chillaxin

Steve Sax said...

Charley getting off on using the word "confluence" here.

Monongahela and Allegheny. We get it.

Calm down.

karina said...

epale everyone!

Steve Sax said...

Well that's royally fucked up. If I plug my iPad into the AC jack here on flight, I get a buzzing sound over my noise-canceling headphones. I have to listen without the noise-canceling function.

I know, I'm not trying to be Marie Antoinette here, but this is still lame.

Orel said...

Maybe Rick induced Charley to use "confluence."

Steve Sax said...

Epale karina! Less than one month until you're out here, right?

Orel said...

EPALEKARINA

Orel said...

The latest SoSG softball team member is in the house!

Steve Sax said...

Mr F, we're you able to get that "suntan lotion" off of Smonk?

Orel said...

KEMPBI! 2-0 Dodgers!

Orel said...

I'm conflating a lot of words today.

MR.F said...

2-0!

Steve Sax said...

Go get 'em, Kemp! RBI single

Orel said...

Damn you, Mr. Jones.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp with 47 RBI on the year.

2-0 LA

MR.F said...

Neither I, nor Smonk, think that the sun tan lotion is a problem.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier robbed, Kemp doubled up at first. Boooo

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 4:51p: you are trying to get me in trouble. Not biting.

And not biting the flight attendant, either.

Steve Sax said...

Yet.

karina said...

@Sax one month and two days for LA! however in a month from today, i should be having some fun in Miami :)

Orel said...

Lyons tweeting during the game. Don't tell Nomo.

Steve Sax said...

@fanerman: got it. It's all natural, I'm sure.

In all seriousness, I'm still cracking up that you brought smonk with you to the Dodgers@Giants game. Nice.

Steve Sax said...

@karina 5:02p: let me recommend the Fontainebleu. Good times, great nightlife. Nice pools too

Orel said...

Harang playing with fire. Two on, two out.

Orel said...

Yup. Tie game.

Franklin Stubbs said...

That wasn't good.

Steve Sax said...

Fucking A. With two out, Pirates score and Ellis throws wild.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Gotta commute. I predict the game will not be tied when I return.

Make of it what you will.

Steve Sax said...

2-2 thanks to Mellis' error

Steve Sax said...

Just saw the Garrett Jones highlight, that was indeed a pretty good catch

Steve Sax said...

Here comes Loney for a go-ahead HR

Steve Sax said...

Oh, Rick Monday is now saying that Mellis made an error because FJl was standing in the way. Innnnnnteresting.

Steve Sax said...

Loney with a groundout. What a surprise!

Steve Sax said...

Stubbster with the commute!

AK with the weak pop out!

Charley saying momentum has shifted to the home team!

Sax with thousands of miles left to fly!

Exclamation points used with reckless abandon!

Steve Sax said...

I'm watching ESPN preseason football. BORRRRRRRRINNNNGGGG

Steve Sax said...

The raiders are playing the game on a baseball field. How positively 1970s.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Block

Steve Sax said...

Just crossing into Kansas right now

Steve Sax said...

Michael McKendry sounds like a musician. He gets a walk anyway. One out, B4

Steve Sax said...

Rob Ryan of the Cowboys has some serious Jesus hair going on

Steve Sax said...

Marla, what's up with the block?

Steve Sax said...

My iPad is charging so slowly, I'm wondering if it's worth this buzzing sound

Steve Sax said...

I've got the punch top Lite beer can for #6. I don't see any meaningful difference in the pour speed.

#gimmick

Steve Sax said...

Why is Harang laboring here?

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

All you need are some cans with good isolation sax, "noise canceling" is generally a bad idea in headphones. Sennheiser HD-25 II are supposed to be really good. Or you can pick up some Ultrasones like i have for a bit less.

lol i could never even get the top punched, too much trouble!

Steve Sax said...

Two out,bottom 4. 2-2

Steve Sax said...

Dallas and Oakland, scoreless in preseason ballet

Steve Sax said...

Loney leaps, gets the third out.

2-2 through four.

Steve Sax said...

Harang at 77 pitches, Karstens at 62

Steve Sax said...

Harang with a one-out single!

MR.F said...

Harang = extra lead-off hitter!

Spank Horst said...

Matt Leinart Rocks!

Steve Sax said...

If I've looked all over the world

Steve Sax said...

And there's every type of girl

Orel said...

Victorino 2-run HR! 4-2 Dodgers!

karina said...

it's hard to root for Victorino, but I'll take it

Steve Sax said...

But your empty eyes seem to pass me by

Steve Sax said...

And I'm commenting to myself

Hideo Nomo said...

SHANE-O-JACK!

Steve Sax said...

SHANE! Now WE have a friend in the home run business!

(that's for you, fanerman)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I like Shane.

MR.F said...

Victorino!

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers lead 4-2. Sax needs another beer

Steve Sax said...

The Petros commercials for mr pink ginseng drink scare me. I don't want someone yelling at me to shrink a goddamn ginseng drink.

Dusty Baker said...

Checking in from Denver.

How's my boyfriend doing? OH! Nice.

Steve Sax said...

I am going through a decent amount of turbulence for this flight

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: I don't get it

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: Rox hosting Brewers right now. Arent you going? I expect you to represent!

Harang has a nice fifth. 4-2 LA through five

Spank Horst said...

Vicky!

Steve Sax said...

@Mr. f: no Shane company love?

Steve Sax said...

@Spank, that's a pretty funny avatar

Steve Sax said...

Ethier up. Show me show me show me

(with all due respect to the Cure)

Dusty Baker said...

@sax

Spanky thinks I have a crush on Crown Vic.

He may be right.

Orel said...

James Loney always looks so depressed after he flies out. It's like he's Short-Term Memory Man.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Yeah my brother and I are here for a couple of games. Not going tonight but going tomorrow night and for the Wednesday day game.

Steve Sax said...

Just for the sake of argument, I'm wondering: how hard would it be to tamper with a airplane lavatory smoke detector? I mean, I'm not a smoker, but if I was desperate, wouldn't there be an internet site that told me how t do this so I could get some puffs in?

Steve Sax said...

Loney fly out, then AK ground out to first? No way. What a fucking surprise!

Steve Sax said...

IT'S SEATTLE'S BEST COFFEE AT CHEVRON EXTRA MILE!!!

HOLY SHIT!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Charley has to make the Three Dog Night reference about Bark in the Park. Calm down, Charley.

Orel said...

GIDP #2 induced!

Orel said...

One day Matt Kemp will be induced into the Hall of Fame.

Steve Sax said...

GIDP for Sanchez again!

Hideo Nomo said...

Saxy and I are brothers in radio ad hatred.

Steve Sax said...

I had no idea Leinart was on the Raiders. I find that funny.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

I alway wondered why they cared so much about the tampering part and not the subsequent action (e.g., illegally smoking on a flight). Is it because they couldn't outlaw smoking outright, so they had to criminalize the operationalization of attempting to circumvent smoking detection methods?

Cause sometimes I just want to tamper, even if I'm not a smoker.

ps- I am a cigar smoker and I'm going to have a nice one tonight.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 5:47: I'm cool with Vic now. It took a while, but I've embraced him.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 5:48p, have a great time @Coors Field! Remember that it isn't a successful trip unless you get into a fight with Dinger.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Wait, you're hugging on my man?

Steve Sax said...

@nomo 5:56p: I have two words for you.

Orel said...

Now batting...Juan Uribe!

Steve Sax said...

@nomo, continued: ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS

Dusty Baker said...

As you know Sax, MDIL is obsessed with Dinger while I hate him. I'm walking a tedious line here.

Orel said...

Ks on four pitches.

Steve Sax said...

@dusty 5:58: totally agree. I'm not a smoker at all, but I kinda want to tamper just for the rush

Orel said...

ANKLEBITER SPONDYLITIS

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: MDIL might not be a fan, but I have to think that mrs. dusty is a fan of Dinger.

So to speak.

Hideo Nomo said...

It could be ME!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel: what abut Ankylwinning Spondylitis? Any love for that disease?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Lack of tie correctly called.

Orel said...

ANKIELRICK SPONDYLITIS?

Steve Sax said...

Dallas-Oakland, still scoreless with 5:30 left in the first half.

Preseason football fever. Dont really catch it. Because they aren't, either.

Orel said...

Good job, Stubbs!

Steve Sax said...

Radi show segues back in with Like a G6. Nice.

Steve Sax said...

By the way, Juan Uribe came and went before I could even mock his fat ass. Even for mockery, he is worthless.

Steve Sax said...

^Radio

Franklin Stubbs said...

That's why I get paid the big bucks, Orel.

Steve Sax said...

I do t think these two "NFL" teams have gotten out of the area where the A's baseball diamond is

Steve Sax said...

Guy next to me is typing on his iPad for Facebook entries

Don't fuck with me man, I'm wicked fast at iPad typing

Dusty Baker said...

No MDIL loves Dinger, Mrs Dusty is neutral to understanding of him.

I on the other hand want to smear that stupid purple Late Cretaceous Period fucker.

Steve Sax said...

Not as fast as Erin could type, however.

Steve Sax said...

I do miss Erin.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: if Diner had been just a bit earlier on his Cretaceous period, would she have been ok?

I mean, Mrs. dusty is known for her punctuality.

Steve Sax said...

I havea bad feeling about guerra here

karina said...

Guys, if any of you understand any Spanish, please follow @JaimeJarrinHOF and @PepeYniguez on twiter (though Pepe tweets in English too)

karina said...

*twitter

karina said...

Choate got a Gold Glove play there!

Hideo Nomo said...

Just as you sent that, Jaime tweeted in English...to bash Dylan Hernandez.

Franklin Stubbs said...

That's gotta be a sign.

Steve Sax said...

Great call by Donnie to pull Guerra there.

Why can't Guerra get the third out anymore?

karina said...

@Nomo just saw that: HILARIOUS!

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes, what did Jaime say? I like Dylan

karina said...

though he wrote a wrong apostrophe, don't tell Dusty!

Steve Sax said...

This cowboys - raiders "game" is going to end the half scoreless

#nflYawn

karina said...

"A warm welcome to LA Time's Jim Peltz. No bat writer takes more vacations than Dylan Hernandez."

-Sr Jarrin

karina said...

200!

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