Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Game 137 Thread: Sept 4 vs. Padres, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (12-8, 2.85) vs. Eric Stults (5-2, 2.45).

The Dodgers' last two games have ended in walkoff fashion, so we're all well aware of this "Shredder Punto thing" going on. But I warn you this because tonight is Matt Kemp Replica Jersey night, which means Punto may be hiding behind the turnstiles waiting to pounce unwitting jersey. I'd be on my guard, if I were you, especially if Kemp ends up doing something dramatic tonight.

Stults has never faced the Dodgers, with whom he went 8-10 with a .444 ERA over four years (2006-2009). With the Padres, though, Stults has blossomed, with a 149 ERA+ (Kershaw is at a 133 ERA+ this year). We greeted former Dodger starter Nathan Eovaldi last month with a six-ER outburst that led the way to a 11-4 victory. I have nothing against Stults, but I'm hoping we get on the board early this time, saving us from late-inning dramatics...and the threat of another jersey massacre.

Punto's first target tonight.

And his second target.

And his third.

And his fourth.

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Steve Sax said...

News on Jansen, Guerra, Wall up top. But this is the GT!

Steve Sax said...

Lineup from GameDay:

Mellis 2B
Guy With No Bat Masquerading As Victorino LF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz SS (I think they meant 3B)
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Steve Sax said...

Victorino and Ramirez are batting .500 against Stults (small sample size of 2 and 6 AB, respectively). AGon is 0-for-2 against Stults.

Hideo Nomo said...

Punto waits until fourth to go after Alyssa Milano? What's wrong with him?

Steve Sax said...

Punto is a little challenged on the scoring, if you know what I mean.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Yeah shouldn't Alyssa be first? And second, and probably third?

Steve Sax said...

Depends on if order also correlates with base achieved.

Steve Sax said...

COL 2, @ATL 0, T6

NYM 0, @STL 2, B2

HOU 0, @PIT 1, T2

Orel said...

Karros rockin' the goatee!

Orel said...

So if I have DirecTV, no Lakers games for me?

Orel said...

My chair is pulled up, Vin!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stupid Mets. Stupid Astros.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Great start

Orel said...

Ouch. One pitch, one HR. Pads 1-0.

Orel said...

When did Vincent D'Onofrio retire from acting, anyway?

Orel said...

So Clayton wanted to spot them a run. Okay.

Orel said...

Orioles in first place!

Orel said...

Let's show Stults how much we missed him.

Orel said...

Mark Ellis doesn't hit a HR on the first pitch. Slacker.

Orel said...

But he hits a double on the second pitch. Okay!

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Orel: Cut or trade him!!!

Orel said...

Bunting is back!

Orel said...

Mellis picked off at third. Cut him!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw dammit.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

That would have been the tying run MEllis!!!

Hideo Nomo said...

Mellis wouldn't have been picked off second. Stupid bunt.

Steve Sax said...

Mellis getting picked off third is a nutshot, indeed.

NicJ said...

Soft tossing lefties just carve this lineup up.

NicJ said...

Except for Ethier.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

In other "former Dodger" news, Jamey Carroll ends MLB's longest active homerless streak. He went 3 years without a HR until tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

GONZOOOOOO

Steve Sax said...

Marla keeps obsessing about his favorite type of porn

Steve Sax said...

So Ethier's HR ties it. 1-1

Steve Sax said...

Pirates, Cards up big late

Sf and AZ tied at 1 in the second

karina said...

epale everyone!

one question: aren't the rally monkey and Pujols from another county?

Orel said...

Epale, K!

Orel said...

High strike on the low guy.

Orel said...

Kershaw Ks Cabrera to get out of a jam!

Orel said...

66 pitches over four innings for Kershaw.

Hideo Nomo said...

4-1 Snakes.

Orel said...

AZ 4, SF 1, mid 3!

Orel said...

A-Gon leadoff single!

Orel said...

No DP, Matty.

Orel said...

Man! Looked like Kemp killed that one but it was just a routine fly ball to center.

Orel said...

"Off-speed, the slow freight at sixty-seven." —Vin

NicJ said...

I love how Mark Walter is always in his box clapping and cheering. Way better than old rat-face.

NicJ said...

Marco Scutaro is carrying the Giants to the playoffs.

Orel said...

AZ 4, SF 2, bot 3

Orel said...

Cards win, Barves lose, Bucs about to win.

Orel said...

Hanley SB!

Orel said...

Vin keeps calling Grandal "Grandalf."

Orel said...

Hanley barehands the shot off Kershaw's glove. Nice.

Hideo Nomo said...

Combo breaker.

Orel said...

Kershaw at 79 pitches through five.

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 2, top 4

Orel said...

Cruuuuuuuuuuz

NicJ said...

Say what you will about Hanley's lax effort at times but the dude seems like a really solid clubhouse guy. Just showed him in the dugout helping out Victorino.

Dusty Baker said...

That canned "Go Dodgers, Go!" chant over the loudspeakers has GOT to go. Who thought it was a good idea?

Dusty Baker said...

That was a great camera catch of HanRam and Vic, wasn't it? Love it.

Orel said...

Mellis single makes it 1st & 3rd, 2 out.

Orel said...

Man, Victorino has been especially useless.

Steve Sax said...

Even I want to throw the ball at Victorino's head now.

Orel said...

Kershaw with the eephus? 49 mph?

"Vicente Padilla, where are you? With that soap bubble." —Vin

Orel said...

"That 49 mph whatever-it-was." —Vin

Orel said...

Kershaw Ks Call Me Maybin with a nassssssssssty curve. Man stranded at third.

Dusty Baker said...

That curve was everything that earlier Eephus pitch was not.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

GONZOOOOOOO

Orel said...

A-Gon leadoff double! Why is he always leading off?

Orel said...

Vin: lambchop, wolf, etc.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

KEEEEEEEEEEMP

Orel said...

Kemp single! 1st & 3rd, no out!

Orel said...

NO GIDP PLEASE

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

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

Orel said...

A-Gon dead to rights. Dammit.

Steve Sax said...

What the fuck is up with everyone on third base tonight?!?!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH

Steve Sax said...

If we don't score here, it is the season.

Orel said...

We really know how to squander an opportunity!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

AALDFSAJHFKJHDFKJAH

Steve Sax said...

We suck. This is over.

Orel said...

SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT

Orel said...

'Tis the season!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

You heard Sax. Season over.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 8:45p: I hate the Go Dodgers Go, but I hate the "Everybody clap your hands!" lemming call even more.

Steve Sax said...

Marla, ask Siri if this season is indeed over.

Orel said...

Is that Rick?

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 2, bot 6

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm not allowed to be frivolous.

Orel said...

CRUUUUUUUUUUZ

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

CRUUUUUUUUUUUUZZZZZZ

ZZZ

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Orel said...

Cruz is a badass with the glove too. So awesome.

Orel said...

Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela

Dodgers with 3 straight 200-K seasons: Koufax (1961-66), Drysdale (1962-65), Valenzuela (1984-86), Nomo (1995-97), now Kershaw (2010-2012)

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 3, bot 6

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 5, bot 6

Orel said...

KKKKKKKKK

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm feeling a homer this inning.

Orel said...

Ajellis speed!

Orel said...

All right, it's Adam Kennedy!

Paul said...

San Diego feed just showed George and Michael Bluth in the stands.

Orel said...

BUNT

Steve Sax said...

Kennedy advances the to-be-stranded runner

MR.F said...

Damn, 116 pitches for Kershaw.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh sweet merciful Batman, another runner at third?

Orel said...

Mellis double! Great throw holds Ajellis at third.

Steve Sax said...

Mellis hits a nice one. Not sure why AJEllis couldn't score on that one.

Orel said...

And Ajellis disappears into a quicksand trap at third!

Paul said...

The Vicster.

Steve Sax said...

AJellis should have realized Denorfria wasn't gonna get that

Steve Sax said...

When did the Padres sign Rod Beck?

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least Shane can't GITP.

Paul said...

Hit him,

No get a hit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"AJellis should have realized Denorfria wasn't gonna get that"

Unless the 3B coach is holding him at second.

Orel said...

Joe Torre would call for the squeeze play here.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

SHAAAAAAAAANEEEEEE


ZZZZ

Orel said...

Great baserunning by Vic!

Paul said...

Hit him,

No get a hit.

Steve Sax said...

All right, Shane was pretty good there.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

THAT is how you get out of a run down

Paul said...

Nice One!

MR.F said...

Wow lucky!

Orel said...

Thanks, Thayer!

Steve Sax said...

Marla 9:35p: good point. Maybe Hoffman has taken over Wallach's body?

Steve Sax said...

Now, WE have a friend in the diamond business.

(Fanerman may be the only one to get that.)

Orel said...

Big RBI oppa-tunity for A-Gon.

Paul said...

That pitcher could play a young Wilfred Brimley

Orel said...

RBI fly! 3-1 Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

AGon Sac-s up!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

GONZZZZZZZZZZZOOOOOOOO

ZZZZZ

ZZZ

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Cliff Beefpile said...

That SD pitcher on the bench: "Ooooh I hates them varmints!"

Steve Sax said...

Branded looks really bad.

But Leelee Sobieski is kinda cute, in a young Helen Hunt sort of way.

Steve Sax said...

@Cliff 9:43p: nice.

Orel said...

BOXBURGER

Orel said...

BURGERBOX

Orel said...

robneyer ‏@robneyer

I think my favorite thing in all of baseball might be #dodgers and #sfgiants fighting for division title in September.

Orel said...

Kemp swinging and missing at a lot of junk lately.

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 6, bot 7

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MattyG lives!

Orel said...

BOXBURGER

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

But still no Elymania.

Orel said...

PHEW thought Quentin got all of that.

Orel said...

Buster Posey hit into a DP? Thought that guy could do no wrong.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MattyG dies!

Orel said...

FUCK

Steve Sax said...

Matt Guerrier: not good.

3-3

Steve Sax said...

Matt G sucks.

Orel said...

Sorry, Clayton.

Alex said...

send that fucker back down

#sackup

NicJ said...

Why the hell is he pitching in any kind of critical situation?

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw denied thanks to you, Matt

Alex said...

for real, Orel

Alex said...

agreed, Nic

Steve Sax said...

Matt walks the next guy. YANK HIS ASS DAMMIT

Paul said...

And why is he still pitching!?

Orel said...

All tied up in L.A. and SF right now.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...
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Spank Horst said...

WTF? 3-3? It was 3-1 a couple minutes ago. Stupid bastards.

NicJ said...

The Giants got to call up an endless supply of reliever to cover up a struggling Zito, Lincecum, and Vogelsong. The Dodgers got to call up Guerrier to be a professional batting tee.

Hideo Nomo said...

I was all, hey, no big, solo shot. Then I remembered Headley was on and got pissed.

Orel said...

Me too, Nomo!

Orel said...

A-Gon, Gold Glove! Randy Choate, Frankenstein!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Crap that was close.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stupid head-first slide!

Steve Sax said...

Well done Choate

Orel said...

So I guess the D'backs had the bases loaded and Justin Upton popped up?

Steve Sax said...

@nicJ, to be fair Scutaro has been better than Victorino

NicJ said...

Kubel too, inning over.

Paul said...

DSB playing at phone park.

Paul said...
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Cliff Beefpile said...

Oh fuck you, Arizona.

Orel said...

Glad to see the heart of the order go down quietly.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Luis Cruz is the heart of the order now?

(cries)

Paul said...

Giants first and third no outa.

Orel said...

Well...yeah.

Paul said...

Outs

Orel said...

Ugh. Beli vs. Headley promises to be ugly.

Orel said...

HEY BATTA NO OUTA

Paul said...

The big Zarguski pitching for the D bags.

Orel said...

Belly vs. Headley

Orel said...

Stomach vs. Skull

Paul said...

Zagurski ks Kobe.

One out.

Orel said...

Phew.

Let's get Beli the win.

He said unconvincingly.

Orel said...

Ajellis
Abreu
Mellis

Orel said...

One down. Bobby Time.

Orel said...

Ely's up!

Orel said...

Abreu really fooled there.

Orel said...

Full count.

Orel said...

Abreu walks!

Orel said...

Why no pinch-runner for Abreu?

Paul said...

Giants fail to score!

Orel said...

Sounds like the Giants are about to bust it open.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, like Abreu is going to steal. What are you thinking, Vin?

Orel said...

Giants GIDP!

Paul said...

The Vic.

Orel said...

Dee Gordon should run for — never mind.

Orel said...

Free baseball.

Paul said...

That was a knuckleball off the bat.

Steve Sax said...

Shane is still not good.

Steve Sax said...

Traitor Vic?

Steve Sax said...

I'll have to keep that headline for when he bails on us at season's end

Steve Sax said...

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