Friday, August 31, 2012

Game 133 Thread: August 31 vs. D-bags, 7p

Aaron Harang (9-8, 3.70) vs. Trevor Cahill (9-11, 3.99) (Neither pitcher pictured)

Hey, wow, our starting pitcher is slightly better than the opposing team's starting pitcher based on mostly-outdated pitching metrics! 

As we look to shake off the hangover left after the Dodgers' noffense was unable to produce a single run on the night Vin Scully was honored with both a bobblehead and a celestial sign in the form of a rainbow from the baseball gods, we find ourselves 4.5 games behind the first-place Voldemorts. (editor's note: Deatheaters lost to Cubs earlier today so the lead at game time is down to 4.) In fact, many of us who were in attendance last night feel like we had our very souls sucked out of us, Dementor style, by the embarrassing lack of offensive firepower despite the potential that this lineup holds.

Someone -- anyone -- cast a spell or make our team ingest a potion that helps us break this slump and contend going down the pennant stretch. Let's avoid a Harangover tomorrow, shall we? We're really due, at least once a blue moon.


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Dusty Baker said...

M Ellis 2B
Victorino LF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
AJ Ellis C
Harang P

Ñeeebs said...

Kemp is back.

Now that's a positive sign, eh?

Note to Ethier: WAKE UP

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Homerunus Magnificus (at Dodgers general direction via bat wand)

Dusty Baker said...

Note to Spanky: WAKE UP

Steve Sax said...

Blue moon?

I saw you standing, alone

Fred's Brim said...

I am ready for us to start winning again. Now is the time.

Dusty Baker said...

I am ready to start drinking. Now is the time.

Steve Sax said...

I was ready for someone to pick up my song lyric. Then was the time.

Steve Sax said...

WC comtender St Louis down 6-0 to the Nats in Washington, T5

WC contender ATL down 1-0 to the Phils in ATL, T5

WC contender PIT down 4-0 to the Brewers in MIL, end 1

Steve Sax said...

Cards Nats is the free game of the day on MLB.tv

Hideo Nomo said...

How will we blow this opportunity?

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I've been watching this Nats game. Total Nats domination.

Total Cards hate.

Spank Horst said...

hateHateHATE!

Dusty Baker said...

I love your hate.

Dusty Baker said...

D-bags have beaten us 7 straight times and nine of the last 11?

#Wow

rbnlaw said...

Fuck Gibby.

Not Gibby's Limp.

Booooooze!

Hideo Nomo said...

Luann DeGroot will not stand for Aaron Hill getting plunked.

I never tire of that gag.

Hideo Nomo said...

We DESPERATELY need to do something different with the top of the lineup.

Dusty Baker said...

And the middle, too, Gnomes.

Hideo Nomo said...

Huh. Same start as last night.

Hideo Nomo said...

Slick glovework so far, now hit ball.

Hideo Nomo said...

Spoke too soon.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Go team!

Hideo Nomo said...

Gotta be more specific, Marla, seeing where you live.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That could have gone better.

Hideo Nomo said...

Curse my jinxy ass.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Don't worry, guys. With this lineup, we're sure to get that one back and then some.

(immolates self)

rbnlaw said...

Thanx a pantload, Dre.

#goldglove

Dusty Baker said...

Get one back, Kemp.

Or not, as I type this.

Orel said...

"Just a slow breaking ball that died of exhaustion." —Vin

Orel said...

Andre has looked really uncomfortable at the plate the past two nights.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm uncomfortable when Andre is at the plate.

Hideo Nomo said...

Anyone else notice the uptick in white dudes in business casual at games since Guggenheim bought the team?

Steve Sax said...

When are we going all gangnam style, guys?

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes7:44p: insert RNC joke here

rbnlaw said...

TREVOR CAHILL HAS A NO HITTER GOING.

OH MY gOD!!!!

Jinxjinxjinxjinxjinx

rbnlaw said...

I'm finding it hard to keep up with the inside humor.
But then, I'm in the backyard.

Dusty Baker said...

Stick with us, RBN.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

When are we NOT going Gangnam style?

Perhaps we can all break that dance out at the SoSG Fest?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Let's get some hits!

rbnlaw said...

That's a hit!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

One more, and we'll have hits!

rbnlaw said...

*sticks*

Hideo Nomo said...

I forgot to mention that my brother-in-law bumped into Kershaw in the chip aisle of Target today.

He got flummoxed and didn't know what to say, so he said "You guys gonna start winning?" Clay said, "Yeah, I hope so."

He said Kershaw was really cool and friendly.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

46

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw dammit.

Hideo Nomo said...

How are Andre's 2009 walkoffs related to Hello Kitty?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh sure, you catch that one, Andre.

Orel said...

And that one!

Hideo Nomo said...

Time to stop sucking...now!

Hideo Nomo said...

Okay...now!

Hideo Nomo said...

Any time now.

Dusty Baker said...

Now means now.

Hideo Nomo said...

Uh, next inning will be fine, I guess.

Hideo Nomo said...

Does Clint yell at an empty battery's box in that movie?

Hideo Nomo said...

^ batter's box

Hideo Nomo said...

Hey, we got some retweet love from Dad today!

Hideo Nomo said...

Circling the drain.

Dusty Baker said...

Take Loney out of the lineup and this is what happens.

Hideo Nomo said...

Are we really going to lose 8 straight to the Snakes? Embarrassing.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk6hZZ2d7kI

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet shit-sucking jesus.

Orel said...

This is just embarrassing.

Dusty Baker said...

I blame...our offense.

Hideo Nomo said...

Even if we scratch and claw back to make the postseason, is this team even built to win a series?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Man, we really needed this one too, what with Frisco, Pittsburgh and St. Louis all losing.

Orel said...

Cruz meaningless two-out single!

Dusty Baker said...

Don't read this, Karina.

====
@Nomo

No.

Our SP and relief will not carry us through any stage of the post-season. We can't kid ourselves.

Dusty Baker said...

Did Vin just say "...fat boy Aaron Harang"?

Dusty Baker said...

Great, Tolleson warming up.

Orel said...

"Even if we scratch and claw back to make the postseason, is this team even built to win a series?"

No. And it's actually not the bats — it's the pitching, or lack thereof. One dependable starter, a decimated bullpen. It would be ugly.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh good, Punto is pinch-hitting. Gotta save Rivera for those high-leverage situations.

Hideo Nomo said...

Punto first off the bench? Christ.

Hideo Nomo said...

Yeah, I figured as much. I'd even be OK not making the playoffs this year, but, well, fuck the Giants.

Orel said...

Punto with the MSB-esque headfirst slide into first!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fuck, Punto, did you just slide head-first into the bag again? What the hell?

Dusty Baker said...

Is Punto a MSB?

Orel said...

Because it feels like I'll never ever be able to say this again:

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Hideo Nomo said...

Glad it worked out, but sliding into first is such a bitch move.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

We owe each other DAMMITs, so it's a wash.

Orel said...

Those poor fans actually think they're going to see a scoring play.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I feel like calling up DodgerTalk tonight just so I can bitch about the head-first slide.

Orel said...

@Dusty: I'm just glad someone else feels the way I do.

Dusty Baker said...

Grand slam!!!

Is what did not happen.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

WAHOOO!!!

Orel said...

Why do THOSE fans get to see a scoring play?

Steve Sax said...

MELLIS!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

@Marla

Do it!

Orel said...

Vin just called scoring two runs here a "long shot."

Hideo Nomo said...

STILL LOSING

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Still in it, and the middle of the order comes up in the sixth.

Hideo Nomo said...

OK FINE, BUT STILL HATE VICTORINO

Dusty Baker said...

Tolleson in. This will work out great!

Orel said...

Nice pitch, Pre-Dentistry!

Dusty Baker said...

@Nomo

Do you think your Vin bobble has Ankylosing spondylitis?

Hideo Nomo said...

@Dusty: IT COULD BE ME...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If Andre's drop proves to be the difference, I'm going to have such a massive sad.

Hideo Nomo said...

Don't you doubt my Tollipop.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

A-Gon homer. Calling it. Because why not.

Orel said...

Kemp walks. I think he will try to steal to try to make up for lost time.

Orel said...

Kemp makes up for lost time!

Orel said...

Kemp makes up for lost time! Not a dupe comment!

Orel said...

I think Kemp will try to steal home during the commercial break.

Dusty Baker said...

Doughboy leaves with a 3-2 lead. Dodgers down 3-2 but have Kemp at 3rd.

LONEY IS NOT THE FUTURE OF THIS ORGANIZATION!

Hideo Nomo said...

Dre vs. lefty. Cannot fail.

Orel said...

Ethier quickly in the hole, 0-2.

Hideo Nomo said...

These guys are so damn swing-happy lately.

Dusty Baker said...

Who is this fucking fat fucking piece of nervous shit?

Orel said...

Ethier gets himself off the hook!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm sorry, I passed out for a moment. What happened?

Paul said...

Thank the Big Zargurski!

Dusty Baker said...

@Marla

You wouldn't believe us if we told you.

Orel said...

Nice bobble recovery by Cruz!

Orel said...

Walking Tolleson! Except not!

Steve Sax said...

Opp opp opp

Oppa gangnam style


I wish this would stop autocorrecting "gangnam"

Dusty Baker said...

Sax:

A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

#Gangnam

Hideo Nomo said...

The pitch Kennedy swung at was roughly in the Loge Lounge, according to Gameday.

Steve Sax said...

This is my good, belli

Dusty Baker said...

Even Vlad Guerrero was like, Man, I wouldn't have swung at that one.

Orel said...

I'm glad we battled back so Beli can hand back the lead.

Steve Sax said...

^not good

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice double play.

Orel said...

Wow, a DP that works for us!

Steve Sax said...

Belli gets Kate Upton to GIDP!!!

Steve Sax said...

Bottom eight, tied at 3

Hideo Nomo said...

SCOAR MOAR

Paul said...

This is when we turned around. We are winners things are gonna change for us I can feel it.

#takesshot

Steve Sax said...

Now would be a nice time to take the lead

Dusty Baker said...

Where the hell is Stubbs?

Paul said...

The Vicster. Hit him!!!

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel, Sax

Check your email.

Paul said...

I'll take a single but hit him!

Steve Sax said...

when is the last time Shane did something good?

Steve Sax said...

Not here. Shane, 0-for-4. About the same number of hits here as Crawford.

Orel said...

Now would be a good time to earn that next $20 million, Adrian.

Paul said...

Freaky Friday. Loney is traped in Adrian's body.

Hideo Nomo said...

@Sax: When he let that guy pour beer on him.

Steve Sax said...

AGon, "routine fly ball" to right.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kemp will not hit a home run. Calling it.

Dusty Baker said...

I got Steinered on that A Gon fly. Off the bat it looked good then just died early.

Dusty Baker said...

Things I don't understand:

"Gonzalez, Reynolds pull O's within two of Yanks"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Dammit.

Steve Sax said...

kemp Ks to end the eighth. great.

Paul said...

Matt looks about as pissed as I did today.

Dusty Baker said...

That was a fucking terrible AB by Kemp. What did he want to accomplish; what was his approach and strategy? How was he going to work the count?

Oh, right, it was just "I'm going to stand there and swing wildly at the first few pitches and hope I connect enough to hit it out of the stadium."

Hideo Nomo said...

Gonzalez pulls and yanks Reynolds 'til he Os.

Orel said...

OAK 18, BOS 2, bot 8

Dusty Baker said...

Where is NicJ? Usually when things are this shitty he shows up to fan the flames. I need that.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

CHOCHITOOOOOO

Steve Sax said...

AWESOME DP by Cruz

Orel said...

CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ

Paul said...

Fuckin Cruz. Ballin.

Orel said...

Where would we be without Luis Cruz, making the pro-rated league minimum?

Paul said...

Havin a Sierra Stout. Dark as my dodger soul.

Orel said...

Time to walk off!

Paul said...

I'd like to go retro. 2009 Dre walk off.

Steve Sax said...

Hanley, fucking end this.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier, fucking end this.

Paul said...

Woo hoo come on 2009! Crank up the Artic Monkeys and post on a SOSG gamethread!!

Steve Sax said...

3-0 to Andre.

Paul said...

With Mr. C and Josh.

Orel said...

OAK 20, BOS 2, top 9

Orel said...

Ethier walks!

Steve Sax said...

four-pitch walk to Andre

now steal, Ethier! Steal!

Dusty Baker said...

I was just watching an Annie Cruz DP.

Paul said...

Okay back to 2012.

Steve Sax said...

Loney: 1-for-4 with 4 LOB

Paul said...

K now steal Andre. Pull a Karros!

Orel said...

Is it that damn marine layer again?

Paul said...

Ellis with a swing of a Greek god!! Dont believe in either.

Paul said...

Swinging hard. Getting closer.

Orel said...

We're not winning this game, are we.

Steve Sax said...

shit.

Paul said...

Constipated wins are brutal but win please.

Steve Sax said...

hey, ah, guys?

this would be a nice game to win, ya' know.

Dusty Baker said...

Asshole offense.

I was wanting to stay up drinking watching old X-Files episodes. Now I have to watch extra innings of this game, and stay up later than I intended while drinking and watching old X-Files episodes.

Orel said...

If we lose, here is my PGT:

FUCK SHIT FUCK SHIT FUCK SHIT FUCK SHIT

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What would Mitch Pileggi do?

Paul said...

I remember when #31 had significance. Now I'll just dream that League somehow makes the final out of the Dodgers October run.


Then wake up with a bad hangover.

Dusty Baker said...

That's one of my guiding principles, Marla.

Paul said...

League was an awesome name for a Mariner.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

League reminds me of Miller the Tattooed Lady.

Dusty Baker said...

Nice stuff from League.

Paul said...

Great pitching.

Steve Sax said...

wow, that was a pretty good inning from League. Nice.

Hideo Nomo said...

Struck out the side? Holy shit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh good, Big Game Juan is pinch-hitting.

Paul said...

If Juan Rivera hits a homerun here I'll
Buy Marla a 2012 Dodgers world series ticket.

Hideo Nomo said...

The bullpen has done the Han Solo "You're all clear, kid!" thing four times now, but the offense can't blow this thing and go home.

Paul said...

Wasn't worried. Either way.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

fantastic

Hideo Nomo said...

Bring in Uribe! He's fresh!

Paul said...

@Nomo

Neeebs mom can.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is setting up the Ajellis walk-off perfectly.

Paul said...

Hit the Vicster!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Take all the way, Vic.

Paul said...

Or walk him. But prefer hitting him!

Dusty Baker said...

A Gon has the floor.

Orel said...

Impotent.

Paul said...

Are you in there James??

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