Sunday, August 11, 2013

Game 117 Thread: August 11 vs. Rays, 5p

Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 1.91) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (10-5, 4.77).

Down 6-0 in the first game of this series with the red-hot Tampa Bay devil-less Rays, I thought this was going to be a rough weekend. But after a magnificent comeback victory Friday, and a big shutout win yesterday, I'm trying to prepare for today's End of Rays.

ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball will feature our *still unsigned* ace, Clayton Kershaw, whose 1.91 ERA leads the majors. Hellickson isn't bad, though this 4.77 ERA is about a run and a quarter north of his lifetime average, making this the worst ERA+ (81) of his four-year career.

Oh, and this afternoon marks the last game for James Loney at Dodger Stadium, possibly forever. Loney has a OPS of .807 this season, better any of the last four and a half years of his Dodger career. I always liked Loney as a Dodger (an early SoSG favorite), but he definitely disappointed after showing flashes of brilliance in his first two Dodger seasons. He never seemed to hit consistently after those years. So it's with mixed feelings that I look at his 10 HR and offensive resurgence this season, his first as a Ray. Loney, no more.

Godspeed, James!

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Steve Sax said...

Mets up 4-1 on the Diamondbacks in the top of the third (in AZ).

Steve Sax said...

Good news: Baltimore @ SF is the MLB.com free game of the day.

Bad news: SF leads 2-0, T4.

Dusty Baker said...

Love the pun, but not sure I could dislike that video any more. Black leather with silver studding, dude has all sorts of angst as expressed by repeated shots of him wringing his hands in various ways like Mrs Dusty does when League comes in to pitch.

Dusty Baker said...

Crawford 7
M Ellis 4
Gonzalez 3
Puig 9
Ethier 8
AJ Ellis 2
Uribe 5
Gordon 6
Kershaw 1

Dusty Baker said...

I did a double-take when at first I thought that said "Goodspeed, James" and was thinking, good speed and Loney have never been synonymous.

Dusty Baker said...

MSB alert: Royals have acquired Jamey Carroll from Twins.

Dusty Baker said...

@kengurnick Matt Kemp is taking fly balls and grounders in the outfield.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Bison sighting!!!

Dusty Baker said...

BAL 4-3 now in 7th over SF.

Dusty Baker said...

Or, 3-2 to be accurate.

Dusty Baker said...

"Angels blow five-run lead in 6-5 loss to Indians"

Dusty Baker said...

Here's a picture of Carroll, the newest Royal.

https://twitter.com/holly_holl/status/366681097637081090/photo/1

Dusty Baker said...

@kengurnick
Judging from batting practice bombs, Hanley Ramirez will be starting sooner than later.

Dusty Baker said...

8-4 Mutts

Dusty Baker said...

@BillShaikin
Brian Wilson: another 1-2-3 inning at AAA. That's 9 up, 9 down in minors. Expected to join #Dodgers in a week or so.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm just going to keep reporting other people's news items in this space.

Dusty Baker said...

6-2 BAL top of the 8th. #FuckSF

BJ Killeen said...

I love Jamey C!!!!!

BJ Killeen said...

Cosy Ross out for the season with a hammy? #lovingsunday

Cliff Beefpile said...

How was Loney received in his first AB at the Stadium? I'm hoping he was at least given some applause. I like the guy, even though he frustrated the hell out of me the last two seasons.

Steve Sax said...

Orioles 10, Giants 2, B9

Steve Sax said...

@Cliff: I think someone said Loney was well-received

Steve Sax said...

Mets 8, D'backs 5, T9

BJ Killeen said...

@cliff they did a big welcome James Loney on the big board and he got applause.

Dusty Baker said...

I missed the beginning of the game when JLo was first introduced. But the rest of the time the crowd didn't boo him to speak of.

Hideo Nomo said...

Mets win. Seven-game lead!

Dusty Baker said...

D'bags fading like a Kid 'n Play haircut.

Hideo Nomo said...

The DBacks are Marty McFly before his parents kissed.

BJ Killeen said...

Lucky 7 games! Cya D'bags

Fred's Brim said...

excellent work, DB and Gnomes

Dusty Baker said...

And we're live on ESPN. Love the view of Chavez Ravine as the broadcast started up. Let's do this!

Dusty Baker said...

Master of the House in the house.

Fred's Brim said...

Orel!

Fred's Brim said...

blahblahshadows

Dusty Baker said...

Hello everybody, and a very pleasant Sunday afternoon to you wherever you may be!

Missing Vinny tonight. Nonetheless, for the record:

On the sofa, Vinny!

Fred's Brim said...

me too!

Dusty Baker said...

Filthy K for Kershaw's first out.

Dusty Baker said...

Love seeing that sea of Blue in the Yard when the camera pans.

Fred's Brim said...

Mrs FB in the heezy as well

Dusty Baker said...

KK to begin the game.

Dusty Baker said...

Hi to Mrs FB. Nice pics of you guys on Facebook.

Fred's Brim said...

Great throw, Dee!

Dusty Baker said...

Hey, a non-strikeout out! This Kershaw guy is trash.

Fred's Brim said...

thanks, DB!

Dusty Baker said...

45

Fred's Brim said...

dang, Crawpappy ripped that but Bouji made a nice play

Dusty Baker said...

Who the hell is this Bourgeois asshole? Capitalist swine.

Fred's Brim said...

Puig guessing on the change there

Dusty Baker said...

Guessing wrong, looking bad.

Steve Sax said...

Rick Monday just said "a player needs to be cognitive that..." Nice

Fred's Brim said...

They were playing a funky beat there in the stadium coming back from commercial, sounded like Joeski Love's Pee Wee Dance

Jason said...

Epale, yinz guys!

Dee not looking terrible this call up.

Fred's Brim said...

J-Bone!

Dusty Baker said...

Whattup, J Dawg!

Dusty Baker said...

Heh, FB and I are always on the same page.

Fred's Brim said...

ugh, I thought I wouldn't have to see Ryan Roberts ever again

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck, no perfect game. I was feelin it.

Dusty Baker said...

In a rarity, my GameDay is ahead of my "real life" on ESPN.

Steve Sax said...

Rays' Ryan Roberts sneaks a walk, but no worries.

Steve Sax said...

Ryan Roberts sucked in Green Lantern

Fred's Brim said...

Lobatón was a short-lived musical genre started by Jesus Colorado. It mostly involved him flicking his earlobes into a vocodered microphone

Jason said...

My Giant fan bartender seems resigned to the new order of things. He's completely given up hope on catching the Dodgers. He's just upset that the Mariners have a better record, which, ha!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Dre!

Steve Sax said...

Lead off single for Ethier

Jason said...

Also: yo DB and FB!

Jason said...

Stop bunting!

Steve Sax said...

@Jason 5:26p: get ott, pittsburghian!

Steve Sax said...

AJellis with a single! First and second, none out

Fred's Brim said...

you jagoffs from Pixburg?

Steve Sax said...

Uribe bunting. Sounds like it was successful, but come on guys. Now Dee is up? And Kershaw?

Prove me wrong Dee

Dusty Baker said...

Way to go, Uribe - got that done. Dodgers with men on 2 and 3 with only one out.

Steve Sax said...

Dee batting .167 with RISP

Steve Sax said...

@FB: don't get nebby on me

Dusty Baker said...

^Not that I wanted you to bunt.

Fred's Brim said...

I agree with helium-sucking Aaron Boone

Steve Sax said...

Dee did not prove me wrong. He still sucks.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe bunting there will be the downfall of...this inning

Steve Sax said...

Or not. Kershaw!

Fred's Brim said...

yuck, Dee

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw 2-RBI single

Take notes, Dee!

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck ya Clay!!!!

Steve Sax said...

SIGN THIS MAN

Fred's Brim said...

Clayton!

Dusty Baker said...

Dodgers won't get Kershaw any run support, so he has to generate it himself.

Fred's Brim said...

fuck this non run-support thing

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers 48-17 this year when scoring first

Fred's Brim said...

mini-dammit

Alex Cora said...

Glad we got some runs. Now I can feel better about watching breaking bad in the middle of the game. I AM THE DANGER!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Carlos

Steve Sax said...

Game advisory

Coaching visit to mound

Dusty Baker said...

That's blasphemy, AC! #GetATivo

Dusty Baker said...

Game advisory

Dusty visit to liquor cabinet to make a gin and tonic

Steve Sax said...

3-0 Dodgers! Mellis!

Dusty Baker said...

MEllis with an RBI double to make it 3-0 Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

DAMMIT!

Fred's Brim said...

MEllis!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

damn that almost went out

Dusty Baker said...

@billplunkettocr
#Dodgers have now scored as many runs this inning (3) as they managed total in Kershaw's previous three starts

Dusty Baker said...

Nice stat from Eric Stephen:

@truebluela
15 unanswered runs since Friday night

Alex Cora said...

@dusty. Yeah I need a DVR. I'm one of those rare households with only ONE Tv and no DVR.

Fred's Brim said...

3 runs, I like it

Fred's Brim said...

@AC I bet Gameday looks terrible on your flip phone

Dusty Baker said...

@AC

You also might think about getting one of them new-fangled telephones; it's really cool because you can "call" friends and relatives and talk to them even though you aren't actually in the same place as they are!

Dusty Baker said...

DAMMIT!

Fred's Brim said...

oh Dee

Fred's Brim said...

hehe sorry, DB

Fred's Brim said...

cut the shit on the sidearm throws, Dee

Dusty Baker said...

Never going to be a perfect game with Dee at SS.

Fred's Brim said...

good recovery, Dee!

Dusty Baker said...

I wanna rock right now.

Dusty Baker said...

AC, Spanky has an Apple II he is looking to sell.

Steve Sax said...

PGT up!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Yaz!

Dusty Baker said...

Puig with a dub!

Fred's Brim said...

hehe nice, saxy

Steve Sax said...

(Not from this game, that is)

Fred's Brim said...

good tag, Yaz

Dusty Baker said...

Nooooow, GameDay is lagging. All is right with the world.

Dusty Baker said...

Guessing Hellickson's time with us isn't long.

Fred's Brim said...

oh man, amazing that Puig didn't try to come home

Fred's Brim said...

Attaboy, AJ!

Dusty Baker said...

4-0 Doyers!!!! Loving me some Blue right now.

Dusty Baker said...

Assuming Clay does his job, we got this.

BJ Killeen said...

Usually I hate ESPN but I'm in VA and the game is on ESPN, but I still hate their announcers. #missinVin

Dusty Baker said...

NSFWH (Not Safe For Wilson Haters)

http://instagram.com/p/c5OZOiQBI_/

Fred's Brim said...

that is crazy how much Clayton's arm twists on that screwbally slider cutter thing

Fred's Brim said...

nice catch, Dre

Dusty Baker said...

Hell yeah, Dre! Nice catch! We didn't forget about you.

BJ Killeen said...

Dre!

Fred's Brim said...

Wilson looks like a cartoon lumberjack

Dusty Baker said...

Hellickson, out!

Dusty Baker said...

Actually I don't like knocking the pitcher out early like this. Means Dodger hitters haven't seen him yet so could cool us off.

Steve Sax said...

Of course, dee Gordon bunts, and gets on--meaning that he will bunt the next 30 times up (and not succeed).

Sigh.

BJ Killeen said...

Dee sucks at everything else but he can run

Cliff Beefpile said...

That was actually a nice play by the pitcher...got a great throw off, except for the fact that it would have gone foul.

Dusty Baker said...

Kid 'n Play beats out a weird bunt/hit thingy to bring up Kid K.

Steve Sax said...

Didn't see the Puig double and score. I'll take it though

Dusty Baker said...

Nice two minute soliloquy about how great the Rays are. They ain't bad, but it sorta doesn't fit given that we're about to sweep them and give them their fifth straight loss on the road.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Man, the Stadium looks packed! For sure we're surpassing 4 million this year.

Cliff Beefpile said...

The Rays don't pass the smell test. They're like the Braves of the AL, destined to be also-rans.

Fred's Brim said...

AG!!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

6-0 Dodgers. Man this is fun.

Steve Sax said...

AGon gets vengeance for Mellis and his lame called K!

Dusty Baker said...

A fuckin Gon! The Blue Train is rollin' boys and girls.

Dusty Baker said...

There were multiple shitty calls on that MEllis AB.

Steve Sax said...

18 unanswered runs for the dodgers this series? Wow

Cliff Beefpile said...

Well shit. There goes the no-hitter.

Fred's Brim said...

wow, Uribe!

BJ Killeen said...

Urine!!

Fred's Brim said...

5.7 on the Richter scale

Cliff Beefpile said...

Nice play by Uribe.

Fred's Brim said...

crud

Fred's Brim said...

Orel has an interesting tie on tonight

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Antoine Jerome

Fred's Brim said...

Uribe gets the emphatic punchout from the first base ump on that double play

Fred's Brim said...

annoying inning

Fred's Brim said...

why did those jerks just leave Tony the Tiger out in the field?

Dusty Baker said...

My final take on DG: Speedy, defense is there but highly-questionable throwing arm that has never developed. And will never learn how to hit. I'm ready to cut bait on this MSB.

Dusty Baker said...

^Repeat

Fred's Brim said...

get it together, Dee

Cliff Beefpile said...

HanRam can't come back soon enough. As mediocre as he is with the glove, I still feel way more comfortable with him at short than Gordon.

BJ Killeen said...

I need my Deeraser. Put in the pretty little pony

BJ Killeen said...

Dee is a reminder of where we were. He's the past

Fred's Brim said...

woop! nice way to erase the mistakes

Dusty Baker said...

HanRam's glove is average but at least he can throw a few feet.

Steve Sax said...

UJTD!

Dusty Baker said...

Hah! Well said, BJ!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Clayton

Steve Sax said...

Another K for kershaw

BJ Killeen said...

Thx D.

Steve Sax said...

PGT up! Also not from this game!

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw can hit the ball farther than Dee Gordon

Dusty Baker said...

One of my biggest sports pet peeves: lame nicknames given to broadcasters by adding "y" or "ie" or "ey" to someone's name. For example, the one we just heard: "Kruky". It doesn't make him any more human or familiar by calling him that. Runner up: "Gardie" for Ron Gardenhire.

Steve Sax said...

In a game where bunting for outs and throwing errors yielded points, Dee Gordon would be king.

Dusty Baker said...

All these PGTs going up and no Mr. F? Weak sauce, Fanerman!

Steve Sax said...

Unfortunately, said game is not baseball.

Fred's Brim said...

holy shit, MELLIS!!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Holy shit. MEllis with the bomb!

Dusty Baker said...

MEllis takes it yard!

Dusty Baker said...

"Scary looking train coming down the tracks now." -Orel re Dodgers

Feelin' you, Blue!

BJ Killeen said...

Get the shovel. The coffin's been lowered on the TB grave

Dusty Baker said...

394 feet on that MEllis blast. Shit went deeper than a Chilean miner.

cc: Neeebs

Dusty Baker said...

One might say MEllis raped Lueke on that blast.

Alex Cora said...

Woohoo. BB was good. Now time for dodger baseball and commenting on this interweb site.

Fred's Brim said...

Puig looks grumpy

Dusty Baker said...

Welcome back, AC!

BJ Killeen said...

Isn't there some rule about posting PGTs after a new GT is up? I'm so con-fuzed!

Dusty Baker said...

@BJ

There should be.

cc: obsessive compulsive Sons

Fred's Brim said...

@AC when does Walter reunite with his son played by Frankie Muniz?

Alex Cora said...

Next episode. Then he kills him.

Fred's Brim said...

nice job, Dee, remember that feeling

Dusty Baker said...

I put a BB filter on my twitter feed. Not because I didn't want to see spoilers, but because I don't watch the show.

Fred's Brim said...

atatboy, Dee. Great inning, Clayton

BJ Killeen said...

I hope kersh can go 9

BJ Killeen said...

Alex: lol

Alex Cora said...

@dusty. Just give it the first 2episodes. Then you are hooked. I didn't start watching when it first came out but found it compelling and did one of those cram all of the episodes off Netflix in two days.

Fred's Brim said...

AT AT Boys

Dusty Baker said...

@AC

Surprisingly I'm open minded about TV shows and always try them out before not liking them. However, I just can't like BB. I watched probably 6 or so and quit. Like that so many people get something out of it, but for me it's tripe. #ToEachHisOwn

Steve Sax said...

@BJ 7:10p: yeah, we are kinda just making up the rules here as we go along. Plus I love it when we scooby-doo it here

Steve Sax said...

FJL sighting!

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