Sunday, August 26, 2012

Game 128 Thread: August 26 vs. Marlins, 1p

Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.65) vs. Mark Buehrle (11-11, 3.69).

Greetings, thrill-seekers! If you like traveling from lows to highs in very short periods of time, following the 2012 Dodgers is the ride for you. Fresh off a gut-punch sweep at the hands of the Giants, the Dodgers are now in a position to sweep the Marlins and regain their mojo.

While the pitching of late has been strong, the story has been the hot bats. You heard me. The Dodgers have scored 19 runs in their last two games, and the pinch-me-I'm-dreaming heart of the order of Kemp-Gonzalez-Ramirez-Ethier is just leaving the station. Permanecer sentados por favor!

UPDATE: Via @yvonnecarrasco:

Fernando Valenzuela meets with Adrian Gonzalez. Seems Gonzalez always has a knack for wearing just the right shirt.

UPDATE: A clearer shot:

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Dusty Baker said...

Keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, kids!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I'm leaving you boys on the heals of the biggest trade in MLB history, and after the reassuring news that Vin will be back in 2013. Wow, what a week!

I'm taking off on a week long family vacation. See you boys and girls in seven days.

Suck it Simers!

Go Blue!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Be safe out there, DBT, and have a great vacay!

Paul said...

Thinking about making the roadtrip to the game on Thursday.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Please don't give up runs in the first inning, guys.

Hideo Nomo said...

I'm with ya, Stubbs, but, well, uh, Harang.

Spank Horst said...

I just found out Loney is ghost and we gots AGon.





(cries)
(cries)
(cries)
(cries)

Kick some ass motherfuckers!

Eugenio's Streak said...

I have very mixed emotions. Next weekend, I will get to see the game up close and personal. But only because I will be sitting in "He who shall not ever be mentioned again's" MVP seats that he still owns. I will find out on Tuesday is HE is going to be there....

Alex said...

¡A HUEVO, CABRONES!

officially my new ringtone

Dusty Baker said...

Victorino LF
Punto 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Treanor C
Harang P

Orel said...

Post updated with A-Gon T-shirt goodness.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think I just peed a little.

Hideo Nomo said...

If 4-3 ends up being the final score of Loney's first game in Boston, it would be cosmically appropriate.

Hideo Nomo said...

You should get that checked, Marla.

Hideo Nomo said...

Ah well, nevermind.

Orel said...

That seems to be happening to you a lot lately, Marla.

Hideo Nomo said...

RBI single for James, just as I mock him.

Orel said...

Nick Cafardo ‏@nickcafardo

Loney knocks in tying run with single up middle

Orel said...

DAMMIT DAMMIT

Dusty Baker said...

Harang better sack up and play like he's worthy of this team.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That Colon stuff may have affected my prostate.

Dusty Baker said...

Are you sure you don't have anklebiting spideyosis, Marla?

Franklin Stubbs said...

The Kamenetzkys are pimping the Vin Scully Repository, too? Who made it "hug a Son day" and didn't tell us?

Orel said...

Kamenetzky Brothers ‏@ESPNLandOLakers

Dodger fans should check out this collection of Vin's on-air stories transcribed by @sosgsosg. AK http://bit.ly/Ogr2MW

Orel said...

DAMMIT

Dusty Baker said...

On the barstool, Vinny!!!

Franklin Stubbs said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

Hideo Nomo said...

It's also "Everybody Scoops Orel Day."

Orel said...

It's also — DAMMIT

Dusty Baker said...

We should probably clean up a little bit aroud here if all these people are going to be showing up.

Dusty Baker said...

I thought it was Everybody Spoons Orel Day. I was off by a week, I guess.

Hideo Nomo said...

Just saw the video of Loney's hit. It was a dribbler that probably would have been a comebacker if the pitcher were right-handed.

Orel said...

Vin said "fanny"!

Hideo Nomo said...

Fanny!

Hideo Nomo said...

DAMMIT

Hideo Nomo said...

That was nuts!

Orel said...

"The throw, meanwhile, hits him right where he sits, and Ruggiano steals his eleventh base, with an ouch." —Vin

Dusty Baker said...

Parmigiano'd him right in the Reggiano.

Orel said...

MSB is back!

Franklin Stubbs said...

That was close!

Hideo Nomo said...

I love how Vin refuses to stop saying Devil Rays.

Jason said...

Epale y'all

Hideo Nomo said...

GONZO

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

R(U)NS

Jason said...

Imagine if Buehrle pitched for Boston or New York. ESPN would go bankrupt without the ad revenue from their semi-weekly 4 hour marathons.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Love the double-steal

Hideo Nomo said...

Vin can personally remember a hitting streak from 1938.

How awesome is that?

Franklin Stubbs said...

AWO for the other guys. I approve.

Orel said...

Epale, Jaso!

Hideo Nomo said...

So, someone explain to someone like me, who is sometimes dumb about the machinations of baseball, how Sands can still be playing for the Topes.

Dusty Baker said...

Learn how to slide, Treanor!

Jason said...

Gnomes, Sands must not have cleared waivers so he remains the Dodgers' property until after the World Series. Might as well give the 'Topes the best shot at the AAA playoffs, right?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Because he didn't clear waivers. The Red Sox can't acquiire him for real until the waiver period ends.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Same story for Rubby, but I doubt they'll take chances with his new elbow.

Franklin Stubbs said...

DAMMIT

Dusty Baker said...

Sands didn't clear waivers, so to protect him from another team swooping in, we have to keep him with the acknowledment that he is one of the PTBNL. Red Sox could request that he be benched, but haven't done so.

Franklin Stubbs said...

But yes, they're technically PTBNL.

Franklin Stubbs said...

DAMMIT x2

Hideo Nomo said...

And now I feel smrt. Thanks, guys.

Franklin Stubbs said...

DAMM...

Oh, never mind.

karina said...

is it wrong to want that Vinny bobblehead and make an shrine around it?

Franklin Stubbs said...

We saw it on blogger night, K. It's magnificent.

Dusty Baker said...

It's so right, Karina.

Jason said...

Punto is out AJ Ellis-ing AJ Ellis

karina said...

*a shrine

karina said...

epale everyone!

Hideo Nomo said...

TWITTER DAMMIT

Franklin Stubbs said...

Ye gods, the Angels are boned, aren't they?

*barely contained glee*

Franklin Stubbs said...

I'd like another run or eight with Harang out there.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Were the cows worth it, Carlos?

Franklin Stubbs said...

As I was saying.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh hey, I just remembered that Hanley Ramirez was traded for Josh Beckett.

Franklin Stubbs said...

At least we'll clear Harang.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I don't see Buehrle going all the way today.

Hideo Nomo said...

Haranged.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Crap.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Now would be a great time to prove how offensively improved we are.

NicJ said...

FOr the first time in a long time we are down two runs and im pretty sure we can make that up.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Runs please.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's the return of GOB!

Dusty Baker said...

1.000 OBP for Punto

Two men on for Matty to use.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Punto will carry us to victory!

Fred's Brim said...

PUNTO

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Rancho Hanleyendo.

Fred's Brim said...

Randy St Claire would be a great porn name

Dusty Baker said...

Is that a pacifier around Hanley's neck?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH

Franklin Stubbs said...

Got to get at least one back, Dre...

Franklin Stubbs said...

Damnation.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

AAARRRGGGGHHH

Dusty Baker said...

We really need to make some trades for power hitters. This noffense is annoying.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Bring the bullpen, then.

NicJ said...

On the bright side we should get at least 3 innings of the MIA 'pen.

NicJ said...

On the other hand the Marlins still get to hit off Harang.

Franklin Stubbs said...

*Cowers before mighty Stanton*

Fred's Brim said...

wow - great catch
wow - bad pitching

Fred's Brim said...

Cmon, Brandon, keep it low

Dusty Baker said...

Justice League made Stanton look silly.

Dusty Baker said...

Treanor's throws have been terrible today. Can we get a top level catcher with an insane contract off waivers before the 7th inning?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Don't fuck it up now.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Bullet dodged.

Orel said...

URIBE!

karina said...

time to win my love back, Victorino

Orel said...

I think Uribe will steal third here.

Orel said...

shit

Dusty Baker said...

1-10 with RISP.

Trade for Loney!

Fred's Brim said...

this is all my fault. I need to stop watching these games

Orel said...

Punto vacuum!

Fred's Brim said...

cmon, Jamey, you can get out of this

Fred's Brim said...

nice work to get the one.
you've gotten the hard out, now finish this

Steve Sax said...

Sax is here! Just in time!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Jamey!
Let's get some runs with the hosses coming up!

Fred's Brim said...

good timing, Saxy. Somebody needs to balance out the hitting jinx I put on this team

Orel said...

Bison walks.

Fred's Brim said...

nice start, Matty!

Orel said...

Gonzalez singles! 1st & 3rd, no out!

Dusty Baker said...

I was hoping for a rally-killing two-run HR from A Gon, but I'll take it. First and third, nobody out. HanRam needs something here.

Fred's Brim said...

AG keeps us going with the single to right!
Can Hanley or Dre get their days started?

Dusty Baker said...

Hanley is just swinging at everything, wildly. We have Urine for that.

Fred's Brim said...

take your time, Hanley

Orel said...

Ugh, Hanley.

Fred's Brim said...

dammit
don't complain about strike 3 when you gave them the first two

Orel said...

Ethier RBI! 3-2 Fish!

Dusty Baker said...

E makes it 3-2. We can still do this.

Franklin Stubbs said...

E!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

(RUNS)

Fred's Brim said...

Dre!

Steve Sax said...

Orel, you're a minute ahead of me here in the Old World, so keep 'em coming!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Cochito vs. Gaudin, 2 on, 1 out. This can work.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Was looking at SoSG webmetrics a minute ago and saw your hit from (undisclosed location in the Old World). We need to increase our readership there. From, like, 1 temporary reader to at least more than 0 permanent readers.

Orel said...

I hear Old-World Wi-Fi is the best.

Orel said...

I can't even begin to describe this to you, Sax.

Orel said...

Cruz high pop up along the first-base line. Ethier interferes with Lee. One out. A-Gon tagged out trying to go to third, but umps are discussing whether the play is dead, as Vinny is suggesting.

Steve Sax said...

What the fuck, Andre?

Orel said...

Oh, and the catcher dropped the pop fly.

Steve Sax said...

Steiner and Monday are totally confused

Orel said...

Ethier sent back to first. Mattingly already on the field. Ozzie coming out now.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax re Steiner and Monday confused

Are they also watching the game?

Orel said...

Cruz is back to hit.

Dusty Baker said...

Can't they just call "do over" like in sand lot play?

Orel said...

Ethier is out. Adrian stays at 2nd, two out. Cruz back up to bat.

Orel said...

1-2 count on Cruz.

Orel said...

Inning over.

Franklin Stubbs said...

It's all for naught, anyway.

Dusty Baker said...

Just throw at Stanton already.

Dusty Baker said...

Just throw at Dobbs already.

Orel said...

Dusty misses Vicente Padilla.

Orel said...

Dobble

Orel said...

How sweet is it that Adrian Gonzalez plays awesome defense as well?

Dusty Baker said...

Make Brantley think he's being IBB then throw at him!

Orel said...

Nice framing, Treanor.

Dusty Baker said...

Throw at the side of Kearns' head like G Carrara did!

Steve Sax said...

Belli worries the fuck out of me.

Dusty Baker said...

Where was that last pitch? Looked like a strike to me.

Steve Sax said...

Belli gone, Choate in. Come on, Belli.

Orel said...

Dammit, Hanley!

Steve Sax said...

What. The fuck. Hanley.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 3:50p: nice

Steve Sax said...

I want to punch the Nissan Grease-pimping singers in the faces

Steve Sax said...

@dusty 3:45p: the problem with enlisting permanent SoSG readers here is that there are no permanent employees here

Orel said...

Got him, Tolleson!

Steve Sax said...

Nice job Tolleson

Steve Sax said...

Goddamn, I'm so late, I may as well be on a tin can and string here

Steve Sax said...

I will say this, though: I'm on a rooftop balcony underneath the moon and stars drinking a nice crianza and listening to the Dodgers. Unfortunately, it's Charley and Rick and not Vin, but you can't have everything.

I'm stoked.

Here comes the comeback.

Steve Sax said...

Not so good there, AJ

Steve Sax said...

What the hell happened to everyone? Did my lack of bathing clear out the SoSG bar?

Dusty Baker said...

Great setup, Sax. Makes the painful bullpen antics easier to handle.

Dusty Baker said...

I got bored of commenting after watching the 347th pitching change.

Orel said...

I occasionally enjoy a nice credenza myself.

Orel said...

Vic legs it out! 1st & 2nd, one out!

Orel said...

Punto Ks. Kemp next.

Orel said...

Pitching change.

Orel said...

Moe Szyslak in for the Marlins.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, let's get to this Sleastak.

Orel said...

Steve C-Shack

Orel said...

Snakes lost, by the way.

Steve Sax said...

Im hoping we aren't the land of the lost here

Orel said...

Kemp with the plate discipline! Rancho Ardiendo for Adrian Gonzalez!

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho Gonzaliendo!

No pressure.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp walks.

Rancho Ardiendo!

Steve Sax said...

Jeez, no pressure here Adrian

Orel said...

Adrian in a quick 0-2 hole.

Steve Sax said...

GameDay called that first called strike abut ten miles out of the strike zone

Orel said...

Damn, sooooo close.

Steve Sax said...

AGon leads the majors with RISP, batting .398

Dusty Baker said...

How in living fuck was that first pitch to Gonzo a strike? It was outside by a country mile!

Steve Sax said...

Fuck.

Orel said...

Reyes HR. 5-2 Marlins.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

It was a god damn ball. I saw it, pronounced it easily a ball, then looked away. When A Gon fouled the next pitch and Vin said it was 0-2, I thought Vin had had a brain fart. That's how not even close it was. And no one complained!

Dusty Baker said...

This fucking Tolleson kid is a minor leaguer, and not even a AAA guy. Send him the fuck down to Great Lakes.

Orel said...

Lee Hr. 6-2 Marlins.

Steve Sax said...

Well, that's not very good, Shawn.

Dusty Baker said...

Actually send Tolleson down to LLWS.

Steve Sax said...

Suddenly this crianza isn't very good anymore.

Orel said...

Only a two-run deficit vintage?

Dusty Baker said...

This pitcher isn't Enik because he isn't wearing a vest.

Orel said...

Never fear, AK is here.

Dusty Baker said...

Adam Kennedy will save us all!

Dusty Baker said...

I blame Fred's Brim.

Dusty Baker said...

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