Monday, September 09, 2013

Game 143 Thread: Sept. 9 vs. DBacks, 7p


Ricky Nolasco (7-1, 2.27) vs. Randall Delgado (4-5, 3.69)

Four-game losing streaks suck. There's no sugar coating it. That said, let's focus on some positives:

The Diamondbacks can't catch us head-to-head.
There are only seven games remaining with the DBacks, including tonight. The Dodgers' current lead in the NL West is 11 games. The Magic Number currently stands at 10. While it would have been nice to have a shot to clinch during this series, sweeping it to drop the Magic Number to 4 isn't too shabby. Plus, the DBacks just dropped two of three to the woeful Giants. Oh, and according to their own game notes (sent to us by SoSG regular Dusty Baker's Toothpick), they don't even know who they're facing tonight!

Puig and Hanley can hit baseballs into space.
No arguing that the offense has been asleep for the last four games (and possibly even longer), but Puig and Hanley did take turns obliterating home runs over the weekend. If they can keep that up while everybody else is shaking off the funk, this should be a fun series.

Hello Kitty is good luck.
It's Hello Kitty Mini-Bobblehead Night! As weird as the Dodgers/Sanrio mascot relationship may seem, the team has thrived on Hello Kitty promotion nights. (They may even be undefeated. I researched as far back as 2011 and didn't find a loss.)

And last, but certainly not least...Vincent Edward Scully.
Tonight begins twenty straight games called by Vin on TV. No more Collins and Lyons. No more national broadcasts (at least until October). Just the sweet, sweet storytelling of the master.

The end is in sight, lads. Stay on target!

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97 comments:

Fred's Brim said...

Gotta keep pitching

Fred's Brim said...

that goes for starting pitchers and the bullpen

Hideo Nomo said...

Shake the Etch-a Sketch lineup!

Puig RF
Crawford LF
Ramirez SS
Gonzalez 1B
Ethier CF
Uribe 3B
Mellis 2B
Federowicz C
Nolasco P

Hideo Nomo said...

(Although I think that lineup did OK before.)

BJ Killeen said...

No more Lyons! PTL!!! Vinny, yeah! I won't be able to stay up for the whole game.

I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS MY BLUE BOYS!!!

karen said...

Forgive me all but I must toss in this 2 cents...Congrats Rafa Nadel!! This Dodger girl loves you!!

Steve Sax said...

What the hell happened to our lineup there? Weird shit going on

Steve Sax said...

Atlanta up 5-0 in Miami (bottom 7), but Miami is "threatening"

Steve Sax said...

Orioles up 4-2 on the Yankees (1/2 game behind the O's), T8. Go, Orioles!

karen said...

I would love to know what Mattingly's objective is here. Is it resting our guys and preventing potential injuries or it winning home field advantage? Whatever it is, these line-ups of late suck the fat one.

Hideo Nomo said...

As I mentioned earlier, the Puig, Crawford, Hanley, AGon 1234 was pretty potent when Donnie tried it for two games.

Hideo Nomo said...

Who's resting aside from AJ?

spank said...

i believe this is our playoff line up boys and girls sans FedEx (AJellis). El Don is trying to be cute with the Etch-a Sketch. I don't think he's figured out a proper regular line up.

CC:Torre

karen said...

@Gnomes...I guess you are right for the most part. I prefer CC in the 1 hole and Puig batting 2. I think the rest of my opinion as far as the line-up is highly influenced by the last 4 games and the fact that I am in one pissy assed mood. :(

spank said...

Damn took me five minutes to write that comment. Damn bong.

karen said...

^ cc: Spank

spank said...

think Nadal,karen and all will be well.

Steve Sax said...

@spank: you need a new telegraph machine

karen said...

Thanks Spank. Found out today I have to have surgery on my arm a week from tomorrow and in between that freaking me out and the last few games, my inner bitch is very much in the house tonight!

Hideo Nomo said...

Slick Ricky!

Steve Sax said...

start this damn game please

Hideo Nomo said...

Uh, they did, Sax.

karen said...

Puig to third!! Atta boy, Yasiel!!

Steve Sax said...

Puig leadoff triple!

Hideo Nomo said...

Comebacker triple!

Hideo Nomo said...

Oh good, minor league call-up ump.

Steve Sax said...

I got a feeling we're gonna strand Puig.

Steve Sax said...

Crawford Ks looking, and jaws about it. Hanley pops out to first in foul territory. Two out.

Steve Sax said...

A-Gon Ks. Shit.

Hideo Nomo said...

AGon growing a playoff beard? Dig it!

Steve Sax said...

This is not auguring well. Feels like May again.

Hideo Nomo said...

Fuck a duck.

karen said...

We leave Puig at third. Saxy has the ESP working tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Nice second inning there, Ricky

Steve Sax said...

ANDRE gets back in the swing of things!

1-0 LA

Steve Sax said...

@karen: I may have the ESP working but I don't have the ESPN working tonight

karen said...

Dre goes yard!! My shitty mood is improving already.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe with a back-to-back HR!

2-0 LA

Steve Sax said...

More ESP: I predict Mellis will not hit a HR here.

Steve Sax said...

(though that would be awesome)

karen said...

Well Saxy, whatever voodoo you've got going tonight, focus the bad juju on the Shitbags.

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes: you know, your GT graphic has red over blue. fitting.

Steve Sax said...

Mellis 4-3 grounder

Steve Sax said...

@karen, I haven't asked lately, how are things? you ok?

karen said...

@Saxy...I'm getting better and better as this game goes on. Thanks for asking!! :) :) :)

Steve Sax said...

puig launches it to right, but not far enough.

2-0 through 2.

Steve Sax said...

Gotta run, kiddies. Back soon

karen said...

Beautiful play by Uribe to get Eaton.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Orale, ya'll.

Just in time to see A-Gon hit his 20th of the season!

karen said...

AGone!! One of the things I was feeling bitchy about was Mattingly swapping AGone and HanRam in the 3 and 4 spots. Could this possibly be why he gets the big bucks and I'm relegated to the peanut gallery?? Hmmm....

Cliff Beefpile said...

My guess for tonight's attendance: 51,226

Cliff Beefpile said...

URIBE! Holy shit...4 homeruns. Suck it, Gibby!

karen said...

WOW!! This just keeps getting better and better. Eat shit DirtBags!!

Steve Sax said...

Delgado chased. 5-0 LA

karen said...

Well Gibby...See what happens when you leave the good guys and worm your way over to the dark side?

karen said...

@Cliff B...I love your avatar. Is that your pup??

Cliff Beefpile said...

@Karen: No, he's just one of the pups who showed up at Bark in the Park. Not even my picture either, I think it was on the Dodger website...I just loved the image. :)

karen said...

Cliff...You and me both!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Puig looks like he's running well.

karen said...

Shake it off Ricky, you still have them by the short hairs.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Homeruns for everybody!

karen said...

4 games coming up with the gnats. We all know that they have no other reason to play other then to screw with the Dodgers.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Suck it, Reggie Jackson! Uribe with number three!!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

I can't help but wonder about the etymology of "Marching and Chowder Society."

karen said...

Number 3 for Uribe and a curtain call to boot. I'm finally beginning to believe that he's peeled of the damn gnat jersey he wore under his Dodgers uni.

Dusty Baker said...

I am hammered on Bourbon Street right now, so I must be totally out of my mind to think that Uribe just hit his third HR of the evening. AmIwrong?

BJ Killeen said...

Dreaming Uribe hit 3 hrs. Don't want to wake up

karen said...

@DB...Urright.

Alex said...

golden showers for everyone!

#feastmode
#urib3

Cliff Beefpile said...

Uribe's all over the damn place tonight.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Hiram Bocachica. One of the better names in club history.

Steve Sax said...

7-1! Wow

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: Uribe did indeed get his first career three-HR game tonight. Incredible.

Steve Sax said...

7-1 LA through 6.5. 6.2 IP for Nolasco, great job Ricky!

Steve Sax said...

Crawford, 0-for-4 now

Steve Sax said...

HanRam badly fooled on that change, 1-1

Now 2-1 count

Steve Sax said...

Ramirez works the walk

Steve Sax said...

A-Gon belts a double to center. Second and third with one out.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe coming up with two RISP and two out, and Gibby goes to the pen. Here we go.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Good to see Shawn Green in the house.

Steve Sax said...

Shawn Green is in the house (he threw out the first pitch)

Cliff Beefpile said...

Uribe vs. Heath Bell, the beefiest match-up of the night!

Steve Sax said...

No HR but Uribe actually beat out a 5-3 grounder! RBI, now 8-1

Steve Sax said...

And Beefpile makes the comment too!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Ellis ducks on a pitch that wasn't that close. Afraid of Gibby throwing at him, I'm guessing.

Steve Sax said...

Giants tie the Rockies at 2 in the eighth

Steve Sax said...

Mellis Ks.

8-1 through seven.

Steve Sax said...

Wow this has been a good game.

Steve Sax said...

Keck Medical Center of USC is advertising here alongside Carl's Jr and Chevrolet.

Okay then.

Steve Sax said...

SVS sighting

Steve Sax said...

Puig in scoring position through the WP

Cliff Beefpile said...

He was safe. Got rung up simply for being a jerk. Should have stopped at third, kid.

Steve Sax said...

Ball bobbles in right field but Puig thrown out at the plate for the third out.

Oh well. 8-1 through eight.

Steve Sax said...

Cliff, you're right: Puig was safe at home. Ump missed the call.

Oh well.

Steve Sax said...

Tap Room No 21 Pale Ale: not that good. Don't be fooled by the supermarket sale prices.

karen said...

Magic number down to 8. 6 homers by the Dodgers. Ricky pitches another beauty. 4 game losing streak kaput. Dodgers kick ShitBags ass.

Lots of reasons to make huge party!!

Steve Sax said...

Post-Game Thread UP BABY