Saturday, August 25, 2012

Post-Game 127 Thread: The A-Gon-y and the Ecstasy

DODGERS 8, MARLINS 2

So, make way. A roll of drums and a blare of bugles. Coming up with runners at first and third, and a standing welcome-to-Dodger-Stadium ovation for Adrian Gonzalez.
—Vin Scully

Adrian Gonzalez justified the fanfare, smacking a frozen-rope home run just inside the right-field foul pole on Josh Johnson's second pitch to him. Before the Marlins had recorded an out, the Dodgers were leading 4-1.

Although Gonzalez went hitless for the rest of the night, going 1 for 5, the rest of the Dodgers followed his lead. They collected 16 hits, and Andre Ethier went 4 for 4 with a double and a homer, setting the L.A. Dodger record with ten straight hits in the process.

Mark Ellis, leading off in place of a sore-backed Shane Victorino, went 3 for 4 with a homer of his own. Cochito Cruz went for 2 for 5 with two RBIs, one of them scoring another new guy, Nick Punto.

Oh, and did we mention Clayton Kershaw pitched tonight, and was brilliant? He struck out eight over eight innings, allowing two earned on only three hits.

The Giants lost to the Barves this afternoon, putting the Dodgers two back. Welcome to the Adrian Gonzalez Era!

photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

38 comments:

Franklin Stubbs said...

Whoohoo!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Back to two games. Can't worry about what the Giants are doing, just keep winning,

Franklin Stubbs said...

We're tied with St. louis for the 2nd WC, too.

Orel said...

This past week has been a roller-coaster ride.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Indeed it has.

Franklin Stubbs said...

A microcosm of the entire season.

Ñeeebs said...

Just got back from Cancun. Anything new happening with the Dodgers?

Orel said...

WE GOT PUNTO

Dusty Baker said...

Can I score some ecstasy in this thread?

Orel said...

I'm good on ecstasy for today.

Ñeeebs said...

In Spanish, Punto means Period.

Dusty Baker said...

Lyons wonders how someone shown in the stadium wearing a Gonzalez - 23 jersey was able to get one so soon. Hey, white boy Lyons: there are a number of people named Gonzalez at any given time in DS who may be sporting their own last name over a famous Dodger's number. *sigh*

Dusty Baker said...

Lyons re Josh Johnson: "He didn't have his good stuff today."

Orel said...

Gonzalez still has the Mickey shirt! Beckett still with the tucked-in polo!

Orel said...

Punto is a jokester!

Orel said...

Molly Knight on the field.

Orel said...

"As you know I am a world champion, and I'd like to do it again." —Nick Punto

Orel said...

CLOSE-UP: Dylan Hernandez asks a tough question.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think I just peed a little.

Dusty Baker said...

Did Dylan ask what the attendance was?

Dusty Baker said...

Mrs Dusty just noted how great it was for an AL power hitter to be moving to the NL, rather than the other way around. Obviously A Gon played most of his time in the NL, but still...good point.

Ñeeebs said...

I remember another AL power hitter moving to the NL, also wearing 23 for the Dodgers.

Paul said...

Did Simmers make fun of everyone's name?

Paul said...

I remember a lot of hair and a Ismael Valdes ass kicking when I see #23.

Dusty Baker said...

MDIL: I'm tired.
Mrs. Dusty: I'm tiiiired.
Dusty: I'm tired too.

[tipping point where we all almost decided to go our own ways and prepare for bed)

Mrs. Dusty: But we haven't even watched Quick Pitch yet!
==
If I weren't already married to her, I'd marry her.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"Okay, next question"
"WHY DO YOU SUCK?"
"T.J., we told you, you can only speak when called on."
"HEY, CHICKEN BOY, WHY DO YOU SUCK THIS YEAR?!?!"

Dusty Baker said...

Dylan seemed angry in his line of questioning, I thought. I'm liking him less and less.

Orel said...

73% of Quick Pitch viewers think Ned Colletti got the best of the deal.

Dusty Baker said...

Here's TJ's sub-headline for tomorrow's so-called newspaper:

"Dodgers have added a lot of star power in the last month, and a sense of fun is starting to return to Dodger Stadium. But the fan experience remains second-rate."

Really, man? On a day like this, that's all you can come up with? You sir are a supreme asshole.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

I voted like 9,723 times.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's hilarious because Simers' only real complaint is that he's too fat for the seats in Loge.

Dusty Baker said...

Keep tearing him up on tha twitters, Marla.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

VIN IS COMING BACK, AND SOSG GETS A PLUG!!!

lat.ms/NulpIO

Hideo Nomo said...

God damn, this was a TREMENDOUS day.

Orel said...

It has, has it not?

NPUT

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 9:29p: Olivia Munn, on a waterbed

#threehourslatewithjoke

Orel said...

Uh, Colonel Mustard in the conservatory?

Steve Sax said...

Hey, man, whatever works for you.