Sunday, April 21, 2013

Game 18 Thread: April 21 @ Orioles, 10:35a

Chad Billingsley (1-0, 3.00) Stephen Fife (0-0, -.--) vs. Jake Arrieta (1-0, 5.40).

We sit six back of the NL West-leading Rockies. That's a greater gap than what the Mets, Cubs, or Mariners have in their respective divisions.

And let's be clear: we're barely halfway through April, and the season already looks precariously lost.

While I try to get over how beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards could have turned into the Dodgers' own house of horrors, I have to wonder how short a Rope Don Mattingly is on, I Confess. But it's no Easy Virtue watching our team skid Downhill like this. This season has been one for The Birds. At least we've got Psycho and Eric Collins calling this game, I suppose.

The Sons of Steve Garvey aren't taking this lying down, however. We've sent our own Son, Dusty Baker, to Baltimore on assignment, in order to lift our team's spirits (and hopefully kick Ronald Belisario in the nuts). Get to work, Dusty!

UPDATE 7:57a: Edited to reflect Billingsley's move to the DL.

149 comments:

Paul said...

Bills has been scratched. We almost have a full rotation on the DL now.

Paul said...

Fife to start. Feels like August.

Hideo Nomo said...

I retweeted your awesome Ely joke, then remembered he's getting Tommy John.

DEPRESSING.

Hideo Nomo said...

I hope Dusty checks the Twitters before he goes to the ballpark. I wouldn't want to be around him if he gets this news from the starting lineups.

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes: Dusty may end up taking the Fife and looking for his drum

Paul said...

Please put Kershaw in bubble wrap.

Fred's Brim said...

Why did Bills avoid the surgery again? Should have just done it last summer and gotten it over with

BJ Killeen said...

Looks as if the Dodgers will be watching the playoffs from their "Rear Window." (Sorry, couldn't resist the AH add-on).

Paul said...

My initial thought as well FB.

goodchild27 said...

Hey Dusty, ig you're at camden yards, I'm in section 50, row 15 - 3rd base dugout side. I'd love to buy you a beer to wallow over with ya

Steve Sax said...

@goodchild, didja see the photos?

goodchild27 said...

I just did! I feel like I'm contributing. Which, after this weekend, is the best I'm gonna feel I suppse.
When my friend and I booked this trip late last year, I thought we'd maybe get ro see kershaw/greinke/ryu and get to watch a potent offense match up with a good AL offense. But as we learned in Fight Club, a plan is just a list of things that will go wrong ...
Beautiful park, though, and EVERYONE here is so nice its a little unsettling. Good food, great sight lines, reasonably priced beer. I'm a fan of Camden.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Dodgers call up Fife on the same day the BoSox call up Allen Webster.

Advantage BoSox.

Fucken shit... What can possibly go wrong next

karina said...

Epale everyone!

Orel said...

Why am I watching this game? The season's already over.

Orel said...

Epale, Karina!

Orel said...

Arrieta: K, K, soft grounder

Fife: bloop single

Orel said...

WP moves the runner to second.

Franklin Stubbs said...

That was expected.

Orel said...

Orioles score their first run with one out.

Orel said...

Plunks Jones. Donnie starting to sweat.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

C'mon Fife you're our last hope! Faith in Fife!

Orel said...

RA for the birds.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I give my self 3 innings before I ragequit on this game.

Orel said...

That may be two innings too much, Stubbs.

Orel said...

Fife is all over the place.

Orel said...

Meanwhile, the Rockies have won eight straight.

karina said...

it ain't over 'till it's over, folks. Also, it's only April!

Orel said...

Ha! Fife Ks Wieters with a 91 mph fastball. "Got away with one," says Lyons.

Orel said...

Karina with the dose of optimism!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Over.

Orel said...

3-0. Game over

karina said...

anytime I see HanRam, my heart breaks :(

Hideo Nomo said...

At least Dusty will get to see Jake Arrieta's perfect game.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I can't watch this anymore. I'm out.

Orel said...

But Fife just got two straight outs!

Orel said...

1-2-3 inning! Here comes the comeback!

Orel said...

A.J. walks. Perfecto no more.

Orel said...

A.J. takes third on Skip's blooper! THAT'S GREAT HUSTLE

Orel said...

A.J. WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS SHIT.

Orel said...

Steal home, A.J.!

karina said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO!

Orel said...

Crawdaddy works the walk! RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

Mellis sac! MEANINGLESS RUN #1

karina said...

not a shutout anymore, baby steps

Orel said...

AGon works the walk! RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

How will Kemp strand them this time? Already two out so he can't hit into a DP.

Orel said...

Who had "strike three swinging at a high strike"? Step o up!

Orel said...

Adam Jones bomb. Take that, DBT!

Orel said...

^^ "high fastball"

Orel said...

Why am I watching this game?

goodchild27 said...

I am seriously debating leaving this mess early to ensure getting home to NYC in time for Game of Thrones. That's a game I know I won't be disappointed in.

karina said...

@Orel because you are a hardcore fan

Orel said...

Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela 8m

RT @bobtimmermann: Adam Jones had a much more effective reply to an HBP than Carlos Quentin.

Orel said...

You'll see more carnage on the field, goodchild.

Orel said...

Smart on Lyons not to jump to conclusions re: Adam Jones patting his arm while crossing home plate.

Orel said...

@karina: They are testing that.

Orel said...

usty Baker ‏@dustybkrdodgr 52s

Representin #Dodgers at Camden Yards today! Great yard and great fans.

Orel said...

Great job, usty!

Orel said...

Sellers HBP...exactly where Fife plunked Jones.

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO! And Kemp isn't up!

Orel said...

Two more walks and Matty can hit into a triple play.

Orel said...

Mellis 2-RBI single! 4-3 O's!

Orel said...

"Just the Dodgers' second hit of the year with the bases loaded." —Eric Collins

Orel said...

Leave him in, Buck!

Orel said...

Wow! AGon's tailing fly ball clanks off McLouth's glove! Tie game!

Orel said...

Matty go-ahead RBI single! What in blazes is going on here?

karina said...

we're winning, we're winning!

Orel said...

Savor the feeling!

Orel said...

1,200 followers on Twitter! Thanks, Gnomes!

Paul said...

Release the hounds!!

Orel said...

C'mon, JHJ. Hurt your old team.

Orel said...

Pop foul out. Yikes.

Orel said...

Dodgers just remembered they're the Dodgers.

Paul said...

Now they are starting to look like Dodgers.

Paul said...

Can we have a few more free passes please?

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO. Again!

Orel said...

We just need a few more HBPs here.

Paul said...

What was that ump?

Hideo Nomo said...

We hit 1200? Sweet!

Alex said...

what the fuck, blue?

#CheckYerEyes

BJ Killeen said...

At a car show. Can't believe we are missing this game. Figures.

BJ Killeen said...

At a car show. Can't believe we are missing this game. Figures.

karina said...

wow, they scored FOUR runs. When I meet Stubbs, gonna give him a hard time for not having faith on this team

Paul said...

Lead off walk no bueno.

Orel said...

Fife: "A lead? Ugh, I don't want it, take it back!"

Paul said...

Nice double play.

Orel said...

But no! UJTD!

Orel said...

@BJ: Don't worry, there's plenty of time for disappointment.

Orel said...

Bill Shaikin ‏@BillShaikin 1m

DH Albert Pujols on injured left foot: "I'm dying. It's hurting real bad." http://lat.ms/XYzxoJ #Angels

Hideo Nomo said...

AW COME ON DONNIE!!!

Hideo Nomo said...

Wins are dumb, but he could have gotten one more out.

Steve Sax said...

Why is mattingly pulling fife after 4.2? With the lead? Boooooooooo

Mattingly is really starting to piss me off. If we lose this, I'm going apeshit

Steve Sax said...

@karina 12:31p: have you met Stubbs before?

Orel said...

Tribute to Jackie.

Orel said...

C'mon, Adam. Don't help my fantasy team here.

Orel said...

Inning over. Dodgers still lead. Fans bewildered.

Hideo Nomo said...

Better pile on some runs. 5 bullpen innings is some scary shit.

karina said...

@Sax that's true, when we played softball! when do we play again?

karina said...

100!

Orel said...

Lakers already down 9 in the 1st quarter.

Orel said...

Uh oh. Guerrier.

Orel said...

Main page updated with a greeting from Dusty.

Orel said...

Ryan Flare-T up.

Steve Sax said...

Did I just see it was Spurs 24 Lakers 15, end 1st?

Brutal.

Orel said...

Walks Flare-T. No 1-2-3 for Guerrier.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Guerrier

Hideo Nomo said...

Also, I can't count for shit.

Orel said...

Another broken-bat flare single for Matty. We'll take it.

Orel said...

Now Ethier can't hit lefties or righties.

Orel said...

Another foul pop-up for JHJ. He's a true Dodger now.

Orel said...

Kemp SB!

Paul said...

What a throw.

Orel said...

...which leads to an A.J. Ellis RBI-single!

Paul said...

Great slide by Kemp. All around fun play at the plate.

MR.F said...

Manufacturation!!!!!!

Orel said...

Perfect slide by Matty.

Orel said...

1-2-3 for Paco!

Orel said...

Lakers down by 10 with :35 left in the first half.

Orel said...

Don't Strop Believin'

Orel said...

I like how Mr. F popped into this thread with one word.

Orel said...

Brevity is, like, totally the soul of, like, wit.

Orel said...

Great defense by Marquellis!

Orel said...

So if Jansen gets through this inning, League in the 9th? Great.

Orel said...

At least he'll be well rested.

Steve Sax said...

6-4 Dodgers going to the ninth

Orel said...

AGon leadoff single. Let's get some freakin' Geico here, boys.

Orel said...

Matty singles! 3 for 5 today!

Orel said...

Meanwhile, Dre continues to flail.

MR.F said...

Matt is locking in!

Orel said...

Let's see if JHJ can make it three consecutive foul outs.

Steve Sax said...

Ethier, a whopping 0-for-5 on the day

Orel said...

Sac fly! 7-4 Dodgers!

Orel said...

Dodgers have scored 13 runs in three games in Baltimore. Beating their average.

Orel said...

OK League, best-case save scenario here. Don't fuck it up.

Orel said...

One pitch, one out.

Orel said...

One-out single.

Paul said...

Double play?

Orel said...

Two out. Man on first.

Orel said...

GEWINNT

Alex said...

We make get off the schneid party!

BJ Killeen said...

Finally.

Orel said...

exhale

Orel said...

Take that, schneid!

Neeebs said...

Guerrier gets the win, to improve to 2-0.

How ridiculous of a stat is that?

Steve Sax said...

Holy shit, we won.

MR.F said...

WE MAKE PARTY!!!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

PGT up!

Dusty Baker said...

@goodchild27

I wish I would have seen this post earlier! Glad you got to take the game in, too. I was on 1B side about 5 rows behind the Os dugout. I could see the healthy Dodgers contingent across the way along the 3B side.