Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Game 138 Thread: Sept 5 vs. Padres, 7p

Aaron Harang (9-8, 3.76) vs. Clayton Richard (12-12, 3.74).

The Dodgers are all tied up in this three-game series with the Padres, going into tonight's rubber match; and, we face a pitcher with an equal W-L record, while throwing up (literally?) an (almost) equal W-L record pitcher of our own. Yep, it's all Even Stevens around these parts.

Except, just like Shia LaBeouf's career, a closer look shows that we're careening into our death spiral pretty quickly here. First, a walk off win (our second in a row) made us a serial killer. This gave way to a a series of maddeningly bad plays (in last night's game) which prolonged the agony. Wedged in between those bad plays was some pretty piss-poor veteran performances, I might add.

So will tonight be a final flop, still 4.5 GB the Giants with only 25 to go (Cardinals lost today, putting us 1.0 GB the WC going into tonight's game)? Well, I suppose it could be worse. But let's finish this homestand with a win, okay guys?

(And enjoy your Hello Kitty tote bag, peeps!)

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Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

STEVEN RODRIGUEZ IS THE FUTURE OF THIS ORGANIZATION

Franklin Stubbs said...

My feelings about this horrific/glorious season remain delightful unresolved.

Franklin Stubbs said...

^delightfully

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

^^ unresolved indeed

Anybody going to the yard tonight? I'll be there somewhere in the field section, the seats with the shitty wi-fi

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Will the GT also double as an NFL smack thread?

Hideo Nomo said...

SMACK

Hideo Nomo said...

Hey, it's a rematch of our first loss of the season!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh dear god, the NFL is back?

Franklin Stubbs said...

(Don't make eye contact)

Orel said...

Thanks for everything, Chad.

Chad Beardingsley said...

@ Sax re. GT write-up: "... we face a pitcher with an equal W-L record, throwing up ..."

Some time during the the mid-'70s, Padre announcer Jerry Coleman pointed out that reliever Rich Folkers was doing just that in the Pads' pen.

@ Orel at 5:47 p.m.

Sure. What'd I do?

Steve Sax said...

Whoops, forgot the word "while" there. Edited.

karina said...

epale everyone!

i know there will be a way that the Dodgers go into postseason. Besides, I wanna go to a postseason game at the Ravine THIS YEAR :D

Orel said...

You're on the 60-day DL, Chad! And if you get Tommy John surgery, you won't be back for 2013.

Orel said...

WIN FOR KARINA

Orel said...

Rob Ryan and Journey: a match made in heaven.

Chad Beardingsley said...

@ Orel at 6:19 p.m.

I am? How'd I get there -- hoisting a few too many martinis each night?

Hideo Nomo said...

Weird. Chad was more smiley and lively in his interview about his shutdown than I've ever seen him.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Dallas has the worst o-line ever.

Hideo Nomo said...

PACO!!!!

Hideo Nomo said...

Carl's Jr.'s new Memphis Barbecue Boner, uh, er, Burger.

Dusty Baker said...

Greetings, Pussy

Dusty Baker said...

I need a platelet-rich margarita injection.

Orel said...

What do we have to do to get a scoreless first inning here?

Orel said...

Cabrera leadoff single.

Hideo Nomo said...

T'row strikes, dummeh!

Orel said...

Harang off to another great start.

Hideo Nomo said...

@Orel 7:09 Not start Harang?

Orel said...

Did Hello Kitty curse the mound?

Orel said...

Would have said that before Kershaw's first yesterday, Nomo.

Hideo Nomo said...

I really, really don't want SoSG Fest to end up being a funeral for the season.

Orel said...

2-RBI triple for Headley.

Hideo Nomo said...

WTF, Kemp?

Orel said...

For a catcher, A.J. Eliis isn't great at catching balls.

Hideo Nomo said...

Also, WTF, Hanley?

Hideo Nomo said...

Quentin suffers from the same fatface affliction as Berkman.

karina said...

miss Kuroda...

Franklin Stubbs said...

What is with us and the first inning?

Hideo Nomo said...

Harang no pitch good.

Orel said...

I can't even muster up any anger at the opposing team scoring in the first.

Hideo Nomo said...

Cruz almost pulled off a DP that would have given him legend status.

Orel said...

RBI dribbler. What a joke.

Hideo Nomo said...

I think you can muster anger now.

Franklin Stubbs said...

You guys.

The defensive circus is embarrassing.

karina said...

miss my son tonight, too

Orel said...

And to think this is supposed to be the relaxing part of my day.

Hideo Nomo said...

No strikes + No defense = WORLD SERIES!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yeah, I'm not going to watch this.

Let me know if anything important happens.

Orel said...

Harang can go hose himself.

Hideo Nomo said...

Snakes up 1-0, but I can't get excited at the moment.

Franklin Stubbs said...

What the Giants do is irrelevant. If we can't beat the Pads, we're fucked.

NicJ said...

We Can make up a three run defecit. Unfortunately the pads will have scored 6 by then.

Orel said...

As I recall, Clayton Richard owns us.

NicJ said...

The Pads have been one of the better teams in the NL West post ASB.

Orel said...

Padres: bloop, dribble, three runs.

Dodgers: HIT HARD! Caught at track.

Orel said...

Victorino singles.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Nic, that's true enough.

What I mean to say is that we're the ones trailing SF, Atlanta, and St. Louis. We can't just hope for them all to lose if we're going to have a chance.

Orel said...

Shit, Kemp is seriously wrong.

Hideo Nomo said...

WE SUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

NicJ said...

Yeah, While the Dodgers are in striking distance to make the playoffs they really haven't played well since, when June?

Steve Sax said...

I feel like the team didn't get the memo that we are in a pennant race here

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Dodgers have no heart!

NicJ said...

Maybe we should just shut the whole team down for TJ surgery.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Funny, if they played this season in reverse order and we had this record, I'd unequivocally claim it to be a success. It's the "improve-roster-play-worse" dynamic that gets me all riled up.

NicJ said...

Stupid Romo is lighting up my fantasy team.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I can't tell you how good it feels not to play Fantasy Football.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Stubbs - But without a team, you can't come up with a team name like Oberon Jaworski or some shit.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Sure I can, Marla! About the same number of people will be amused by the reference, too!

Orel said...

I hope Cabrera breaks a leg with all that running toward second.

Orel said...

Harang is terrible. Just throwing it up there.

Orel said...

End 2. Harang at 900 pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Code of Hammurabi Gould.

Hey, that's a good one, I'm keeping that.

NicJ said...

I get more upset when we lose Kershaw's starts. I guess I just expect to lose Harrang games.

Orel said...

Score!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What is this no-out, run-scoring shit?

Orel said...

The Harang Games — good book?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Death of a Salesmanning?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It took you five minutes to come up with that?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Hey, I'm just getting warmed up here!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I imagined you would be in your basement library, combing through obscure texts from Late Antiquity.

Orel said...

Killjoy.

Bill Shaikin ‏@BillShaikin

Luis Cruz with RISP and 0 or 1 out: .600; with RISP and 2 out: .148. #dodgers

Orel said...

Harang bunts into a DP. Beautiful.

Franklin Stubbs said...

@Marla

What, like the Dead Sea Sproles, or something?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Timaeus Tebow

Orel said...

Harang will never go 1-2-3 again.

Orel said...

single
single
single

SCORE

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Yeah!

NicJ said...

Did Kemp start using Loney's bats when he left?

Steve Sax said...

What the fuck is everyone doing getting picked off at third?

STOP THE MADNESS

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

IBB Hanley to get the lefty to face Andre? What could go wrong?!

Orel said...

IBBing the bases loaded never works. Except when the other team does it to us.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH

NicJ said...

Stupid Shaikin.

Orel said...

See? It worked.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

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

NicJ said...

I think Kemp needs to sit out the next one. An extended rest might help, looks awful out there.

Orel said...

AZ 2, SF 0, top 5

Orel said...

We should start a REST KEMP campaign.

Orel said...

Still no 1-2-3, but Harang has three scoreless innings in a row. CELEBRATE

Orel said...

HOLIDAY

Orel said...

Man, the Dodgers can really clear a GT out.

Orel said...

This is the most depressing game ever.

Paul said...

UNFREE MATT KEMP.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

block

Orel said...

Victorio saves two runs.

Paul said...

UNFREE MATT KEMP!

Steve Sax said...

Nice catch by Shane...but he looks pretty slow out there

Orel said...

Victorino bounces it off Richard's glove for a single.

Steve Sax said...

AGon 2-run HR right here, I'm calling it

Franklin Stubbs said...

Well, he was upgrading Abreu, so the bar on mobility is not awfully high.

Steve Sax said...

Don't get picked off Shane. Or my prediction can't come true

Orel said...

A-Gon singles. DON'T PRESS, MATTY

Steve Sax said...

Speaking of mobility at the bar, SoSG Fest III is this weekend!!!

Steve Sax said...

That was the weakest HR swing ever, AGon.

I'll take it

Franklin Stubbs said...

MAKE ME BELIEVE, KEMP!

Orel said...

Barely misses the DP.

Steve Sax said...

Watch us not score, yet again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ugh.

Steve Sax said...

If hanley GIDPs I'm running into my backyard naked

Orel said...

TIE GAME

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Huzzah!

NicJ said...

Hanley the Manly!!

Steve Sax said...

Hanley keeps me from disrobing!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Sax's neighbors are safe!

Steve Sax said...

3-0 AZ, top 7

Dallas beats NYG

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Cruz is up, again with two out.

NicJ said...

I can't even remember the last time we knocked a pitcher out before the 5th.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh really, a pitching change for Luis Cruz?

Orel said...

Can't believe Harang lasted longer than Richard.

Orel said...

One pitch, one out.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Well, that was anti-climactic.

Franklin Stubbs said...

We are rally-phobic, but I won't throw it back.

Steve Sax said...

I am not convinced we want to win this game.

Orel said...

AZ 4, SF 0, top 7

NicJ said...

Is hits per runs scored a stat? We have to be last in that.

Orel said...

Kennedy in for Cruz. Hmmm.

Orel said...

AZ 6, SF 0, top 7

Orel said...

Nick Cafardo ‏@nickcafardo

James Loney may not be as good as Adrian Gionzalez, but not far behind. Excellent diving play on Ackley's inning-ending grounder in 6th.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Pfft. Nick Cafardo. More like Nick Ca-fart-o! Amiright!?

Orel said...

Tolleson with the 1-2-3!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Frankly, I'd be happy if James turned out OK. It just wasn't going to happen here.

In any other sense than defense, though, Cafardo has lost his damn mind.

Orel said...

Why does it feel like we're losing?

NicJ said...

I'm sure Loney will have a few good months then revert to suck. Remember JMart's first half season with the Yanks?

Hideo Nomo said...

A lot of media praise being heaped on Loney lately, most of which I feel is more to undermine the trade than anything else.

NicJ said...

Scutaro breaks up the no hitter, of course.

Orel said...

That would be awesome if Loney gets a long-term deal out of this.

Steve Sax said...

Adam Kennedy
Still Making Career Off Of 3-HR Postseason Game A Decade Ago

Orel said...

AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
AMARISTA
OH OH
AMARISTA

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They don't watch much Dodger baseball in Boston, I'm guessing.

NicJ said...

Here come the Giants.

Orel said...

Hard to believe A.J. had two CS the other day.

Franklin Stubbs said...

This has a flavor distinctly like last night's game.

Orel said...

Brandon Boat?

Hideo Nomo said...

At least they're not making us wait til the 11th before falling apart.

NicJ said...

So we are just leaving Tolleson out there to die?

Orel said...

Padres take the lead. All those wasted opportunities will come back to haunt us.

Steve Sax said...

We really don't want to win this game.

Orel said...

C'mon Tolleson, limit the damage.

Orel said...

GIDP!

Orel said...

Nine outs to win it.

Paul said...

They can't be expected to score again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

One run is manageable.

Paul said...

I'll wait for the movie called Slip in the Slider.

Orel said...

BOXBURGER

Orel said...

I'm just going to sit here and yell last names.

Steve Sax said...

I'll take a boxberger with a side of chili fries

Paul said...

Brad Boxberger is my hotel checkin alias.

Paul said...

Setting up the double play?

Orel said...

Four-pitch walk to A-Gon. DON'T PRESS, MATTY

Franklin Stubbs said...

They have that movie on loop at the Econolodge in Chowchilla, Paul.








...or so I'm told

Paul said...

Fuck!!!!

Orel said...

FUCK YOU CAMERON MAYBIN

NicJ said...

Yeah, thats about right.

Steve Sax said...

Well, that royally sucked right there.

Orel said...

Makes it look so easy. Fucker.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, this is not going well.

Paul said...

Matt looks off. Did his bird's head fall off?

Orel said...

Guess that was the game right there.

Orel said...

And Hanley backwards K. Nut punch.

NicJ said...

Hanley gets caught looking a ton.

Steve Sax said...

We suck. Kemp robbed of a HR, and Hanley just stands there like a Beltran for a called strike three.

Orel said...

At least we have Cruz coming up next inning — oh, wait.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ethier, PH, Ajellis. We got this.

(cries)

Orel said...

Beckett vs. Lincecum Friday. Should be...fun.

Orel said...

So can Ethier hit lefties, or is he totally helpless against them? We've seen both.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh good, Rivera. He'll save us.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME, BUD BLACK?!?! YOU REALIZE THAT RIVERA SUCKS AGAINST EVERYONE, RIGHT!?!?

NicJ said...

Seems to hold his own against Starting LHP, LOOGYs not so much.

Orel said...

Oh, it's Abreu.

Orel said...

IS THAT RICK?

Steve Sax said...

Bobby Abreu pulls a Hanley

Steve Sax said...

Giants down b y four in the bottom of the ninth

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Sax is in a salty mood tonight.

Steve Sax said...

This team has used all of its luck up. We are toast

Steve Sax said...

FUUUUUUUCKK

Orel said...

Just like yesterday: no hits in last four innings.

Steve Sax said...

You think this is salty? Just wait until SoSG Fest III

Orel said...

Welcome to the Dark Side, Sax!

Steve Sax said...

I want to put my head in a hello kitty tote bag

Steve Sax said...

Padres about to score three in the ninth

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