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Martin Returns to Third Base
2008-04-25 22:57
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Nomar Garciaparra suffers a strained abdomen in the ninth inning, and with Blake DeWitt now in the minors and Chin-Lung Hu already in the game at second base, Russell Martin returns to play third base, his original professional position.

Martin played 40 games at third base for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers in 2002, then had one more game in 2003 in A ball as he converted to catcher.

On the first pitch with Martin at third base, Gary Bennett didn't get under Takashi Saito's pitch, allowing it past him for a game-tying passed ball.

Earlier in the game, Andruw Jones left the game with a contusion after fouling a ball off himself. If this game were to go enough, people might see Fernando Valenzuela back in the outfield.

Update: After tying a Los Angeles Dodger record by reaching base in his first six plate appearances, Martin wins it in the 13th with a sacrifice fly.

Comments (415)
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2008-04-25 23:04:20
1.   JT Dutch
... Pierre's on. This one might have a happy ending after all.
2008-04-25 23:04:25
2.   Jacob Burch
Weird note #247: two BB for pierre

My first large-thread LAT! Hurrah.

Am I correct in thinking herges is the second player ever to play for call five modern NL west teams?

2008-04-25 23:04:27
3.   JoeyP
Pierre walks.

Now we've seen it all.

2008-04-25 23:04:33
4.   Xeifrank
340. the graph is getting pretty choppy. Looks like a big earthquake just hit.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:04:35
5.   JWilder
Has Fernando ever played in a position other than pitcher for the Dodgers?
2008-04-25 23:04:37
6.   silverwidow
Rotoworld says DeWitt will be up on Saturday.
2008-04-25 23:04:39
7.   scareduck
people might see Fernando Valenzuela back in the outfield.

Mainly because they were starting to get sleep-deprived. It's 11:04.

2008-04-25 23:05:02
8.   Bob Timmermann
Herges and Steve Finley have done it.
2008-04-25 23:05:03
9.   Xeifrank
WE 72% on the Pierre walk. He's stealing right? :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:05:11
10.   nofatmike
With the way the game is going, I almost expected Pierre to homer.
2008-04-25 23:05:15
11.   Woden325
3 No kidding. Since when did JP walk twice in the same game?
2008-04-25 23:05:26
12.   Branch Rickey
Walking the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game is bad. Walking Juan Pierre in that situation should be an automatic demotion to A ball.
2008-04-25 23:05:36
13.   Eric Stephen
Cut off from last thread, to Rob:

334
Except Holliday followed Helton, not Hawpe. Holliday's #'s against Saito, prior to the DP: 1.319 OPS, in 2 more PA (9) than Helton.

2008-04-25 23:05:57
14.   Bob Timmermann
Fernando played first base, left field and right field for the Dodgers.
2008-04-25 23:06:18
15.   scareduck
6 - IIRC the only way that can happen is if the Dodgers disable somebody. That would have to mean Nomar is pretty hurt, or Ramon is.
2008-04-25 23:06:20
16.   JoeyP
Isnt the rule though that DeWitt cant be called up till 10 days have passed?
2008-04-25 23:06:21
17.   Gagne55
2 Him and Finley tie for 1st/2nd.
2008-04-25 23:06:23
18.   Jacob Burch
11 My memory is hazy: 3 BB says the box score.
2008-04-25 23:06:29
19.   bigcpa
I like the call to run & hit. Now you have him steal.
2008-04-25 23:06:31
20.   tjdub
5 First base at the end of a 22 inning game in Houston
2008-04-25 23:06:43
21.   Xeifrank
You gotta send Pierre here.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:06:43
22.   Branch Rickey
5 First base in a 22 inning game in Houston.
2008-04-25 23:06:58
23.   Bob Timmermann
Pierre had two games last year with two walks. The last on 9/14.
2008-04-25 23:07:15
24.   PDH5204
Memo to Joe, if you're going to run Loney, can you please run Pierre. It's the only skill that he has that can really help the team.
2008-04-25 23:07:35
25.   silverwidow
16 Isnt the rule though that DeWitt cant be called up till 10 days have passed?

Not if someone goes on the DL.

2008-04-25 23:07:36
26.   Woden325
It's after midnight here in the Mountain time zone. I hope you appreciate my sacrifice.
2008-04-25 23:07:41
27.   Gagne55
16 Unless a player gets DLed.
2008-04-25 23:07:45
28.   Andrew Shimmin
Pierre doesn't matter, here. Furcal goes long. Book it.
2008-04-25 23:07:59
29.   Bob Timmermann
Pierre has walked thrice in a game once:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/FLO/FLO200305110.shtml
2008-04-25 23:08:00
30.   JT Dutch
14

... I remember Fernando playing 1B in the 20-some-inning game at Houston in 1989. The winning hit was just over his outstretched glove.

Eddie Murray was playing third and Jeff Hamilton was pitching. And Hamilton pitched pretty well; struck out Ken Caminiti as I recall.

2008-04-25 23:08:51
31.   Gagne55
21 What is the win expectency shift between safe vs. out stealing in this situation?
2008-04-25 23:09:06
32.   Woden325
29 That was a rhetorical question, you know.
Still, I'm impressed.
2008-04-25 23:09:07
33.   Bob Timmermann
Eddie Murray played third three times for the Dodgers.
2008-04-25 23:09:17
34.   JWilder
26 2am here. Let's play nine more!
2008-04-25 23:09:50
35.   tjdub
30 - Yep. Fernando had zero hops.
2008-04-25 23:10:16
36.   Frip
I wouldn't mind a 13 inning game on a Friday.
2008-04-25 23:10:37
37.   Branch Rickey
Remember the Davey Lopes days when the board would flash "GO GO GO" and the whole stadium would chant it? That never happens anymore.
2008-04-25 23:10:56
38.   Andrew Shimmin
Stupid wind.
2008-04-25 23:11:06
39.   Woden325
34 You win.
/doffs cap.
2008-04-25 23:11:07
40.   JWilder
Larry Bowa played in that game.

http://tinyurl.com/4ry2pl

2008-04-25 23:11:20
41.   JT Dutch
... Come ON, Matt. Be a hero.
2008-04-25 23:11:33
42.   Xeifrank
Ok, now you've gotta send Furcal.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:12:10
43.   JoeyP
Furcal needs to steal 2b now.
2008-04-25 23:12:21
44.   Xeifrank
31. Sorry, busy watching the game. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:12:24
45.   Gagne55
ESPN's photo of Bennett has him wearing a St. Louis hat.
2008-04-25 23:12:41
46.   jtrichey
One way or another Pierre has to be on 2nd in that situation. Poor job by Huever (Hu, Torre, etc)
2008-04-25 23:12:44
47.   JoeyP
Or not, if Furcal steals 2b, they'll just walk Kemp and face Bennett.
2008-04-25 23:12:52
48.   Bob Hendley
Tuned in to see a normal top of the eigth. Since then things have taken a turn for the really normal: mlb.tv frozen and left to following the game through a series of bizarre comments. Past 1am here in the DF.
2008-04-25 23:13:00
49.   Jacob Burch
42 So much for that
2008-04-25 23:13:04
50.   scareduck
And here we go into extras.

Dear God, I am SOOOO glad I'm not at the stadium for this one.

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2008-04-25 23:13:05
51.   Woden325
Nix, that's my boy!
2008-04-25 23:13:20
52.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseball!
2008-04-25 23:13:21
53.   Xeifrank
Well, they had their chance to send Pierre and unfortunately sent him on the wrong pitch. vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:13:36
54.   Andrew Shimmin
I blame Gary Bennett for all of this. Even for the wind!
2008-04-25 23:13:43
55.   bigcpa
I think Torre got outmanaged there. As Vinny pointed out, the SB would have setup an IBB to face Bennett anyway.
2008-04-25 23:14:01
56.   Xeifrank
WE: 50%
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:14:04
57.   Bob Timmermann
I'm guessing that ToyCannon and bhsportsguy are at the game tonight.

Or else they just hate us.

2008-04-25 23:14:08
58.   JT Dutch
... A leadoff walk to the best base stealer on the team is parlayed into absolutely nothing.
2008-04-25 23:14:25
59.   Gagne55
43 ... or not
2008-04-25 23:14:29
60.   JoeyP
At least Bison leads off the bottom of the 10th.

Beimel pitching the 10th?

2008-04-25 23:14:56
61.   Woden325
55 Torre outmanaged by Hurdle?! Even as a Rockies fan, that looks weird.
2008-04-25 23:15:07
62.   nick
ok, now, will somebody bunt on Martin?
2008-04-25 23:15:39
63.   Jacob Burch
53 Wasn't disagreeing with you--more of a 'best laid plans' note.
2008-04-25 23:15:55
64.   scooplew
Do we have any more position players on the bench?
2008-04-25 23:16:09
65.   Xeifrank
62. No kidding. I thought Tulo would squeeze on him.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:16:12
66.   Indiana Jon
40 I was at that game. I think Bowa got thrown out at home from the outfield during the first day to keep the game going.
2008-04-25 23:16:25
67.   Bob Timmermann
64
I believe Brad Penny will be pinch hitting next inning for the pitcher.
2008-04-25 23:16:30
68.   Eric Stephen
Tonight's box score will read, "[Rockies' pitcher] pitched to 1 batter in the 10th".
2008-04-25 23:16:44
69.   Gagne55
56 I don't think your WEs account for being out of position players and having guys out of position.
2008-04-25 23:16:46
70.   jtrichey
Woden, I'm sure you're a nice guy, but I gotta admit it's a little annoying reading pro-Rockie comments on this board. Yes, that's rude probably, but it is how I feel.
2008-04-25 23:17:05
71.   JT Dutch
... Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
2008-04-25 23:17:22
72.   Jacob Burch
67 Was Sweeney Used?
2008-04-25 23:17:27
73.   Xeifrank
69. Of course it doesn't. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:17:45
74.   Eric Stephen
64
Mark Sweeney raises hand.
2008-04-25 23:18:43
75.   berkowit28
that's about the 12'th great catch by Loney. Unsung hero.
2008-04-25 23:18:45
76.   Woden325
70 I'm sure you're a nice guy, too. I'm sorry if dissenting voice bothers you.
2008-04-25 23:19:09
77.   Bob Timmermann
I just try to forget Mark Sweeney.
2008-04-25 23:19:43
78.   JoeyP
Kemp-Bennett-Sweeney in the 10th.
2008-04-25 23:19:49
79.   Gagne55
67 As do I. Likely Penny, then if the pitchers spot comes up again, Kuo. Then Loaiza will be sent out to pitch until the game is decided either way. Of course a simple run scored in the tenth by either side and we'll never know for sure.
2008-04-25 23:19:54
80.   Andrew Shimmin
Is this the best infield defense of all time, by the way? Loney, Hu, Furry, and Martin?
2008-04-25 23:20:05
81.   Jacob Burch
77 Not a bad policy. I had to miss the middle innings due to dinner, and was convinced gamecast was lying to me--Joe seems to use him early lately.
2008-04-25 23:20:09
82.   Indiana Jon
They need to save Sweeney for when Loney comes in to pitch later.
2008-04-25 23:20:35
83.   jtrichey
76 It's not dissenting, it's just a random woo hoo Nix good job. I'll ignore it from now on.
2008-04-25 23:20:42
84.   Bob Timmermann
For a dissenting voice, Woden325 is not exactly causing trouble.

Most people here get more disturbed arguing amongst themselves about Andruw Jones.

2008-04-25 23:21:20
85.   Eric Stephen
78
I'm telling you, only Kemp bats in the 10th. Believe it.
2008-04-25 23:21:37
86.   Gagne55
79 When I say by either side, that of course excludes both scoring an equal number. So we'll see unless the Dodgers XOR Rockies score.
2008-04-25 23:21:42
87.   Bob Hendley
57 - Perhaps they need to be lured in with a boring historical anecdote.
2008-04-25 23:21:50
88.   tjdub
Penny has to have been sent home right? He's starting tomorrow?
2008-04-25 23:21:58
89.   JoeyP
79--Loazia is going to start sunday according to Torre. It has to be Beimel in the 11th if the game goes that far.
2008-04-25 23:22:10
90.   Eric Stephen
I'm down with Woden325. He likes baseball, so he can't be all that bad!
2008-04-25 23:22:10
91.   Xeifrank
Guo is the best hitter left on the bench.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:22:13
92.   scareduck
70 - I had a similar problem when the wife and I went to Dodger Stadium. The situation was self-correcting: wearing opposition colors (Cubs, in her case) tends to attract jerks, and so it was fun for neither of us.
2008-04-25 23:22:15
93.   jtrichey
84 No, no trouble, and I'm not trying to cause trouble either. Just annoyed to see the go Rockies comments.
2008-04-25 23:22:45
94.   Jon Weisman
Other teams' fans are completely welcome, and I don't want anyone to imply otherwise at all.
2008-04-25 23:23:28
95.   Xeifrank
WE of 64% heading into bottom of 10th.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:23:44
96.   jtrichey
94 understood
2008-04-25 23:24:04
97.   LeeLacy
Kemp--Have mercy on us East Coaster and end this now!
2008-04-25 23:24:55
98.   Frip
This pitcher could have starred on The Waltons.
2008-04-25 23:25:04
99.   JT Dutch
... Not a bad at-bat here for Kemp.
2008-04-25 23:25:11
100.   Andrew Shimmin
I think we should each say something nice about the Rockies, as a demonstration of friendliness. I'll start: Tulowitzki got robbed, last year; when you take defense into account, he was totally more valuable than that slug Braun.
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2008-04-25 23:25:12
101.   Gagne55
97 According to 85, he will.
2008-04-25 23:25:44
102.   Eric Stephen
The last Dodger to get at least 3 hits in a game he didn't start was Mark Grudzielanek in 1999. Kemp is 2-3 tonight.
2008-04-25 23:25:50
103.   Indiana Jon
98 I must be tired. I laughed out loud at that one.
2008-04-25 23:25:55
104.   jtrichey
wow, that looked like such a crushable pitch for Kemp
2008-04-25 23:26:06
105.   JoeyP
Time for Gary Bennett to pull a Lucille II.
2008-04-25 23:26:11
106.   Jacob Burch
Gary B. can be you right coaster's hero.

Right?

2008-04-25 23:26:17
107.   Gagne55
"I think we should each say something nice about the Rockies"

Them Rockies are the reigning NL Champs!

2008-04-25 23:26:29
108.   LeeLacy
Bennett--Have mercy on us East Coasters and end this now!

(Okay, I'm starting to get desperate.)

2008-04-25 23:26:34
109.   Jacob Burch
Mark Sweeney can be your right coaster's hero.

Right?

2008-04-25 23:27:08
110.   Bob Hendley
94 - Its so completely that even Shimmin hasn't worn out his welocme. Notes 80 .
2008-04-25 23:27:11
111.   trainwreck
Does Gary Bennett wants us to make snide remarks about him?
2008-04-25 23:27:20
112.   Woden325
94 Thank you, Jon. (Also Bob and Eric.)
I don't want to make waves. And this has been a fun (if really weird) game.
2008-04-25 23:27:21
113.   Eric Stephen
The dishes will have to wait. Why don't I have a TV in the kitchen?
2008-04-25 23:27:24
114.   PDH5204
Why not bat Kuo here? He's as likely as Sweeney to hit the HR and shouldn't we save Sweeney for a man in scoring position circumstance? I mean, it's not likely our team is king of the two-out rally.
2008-04-25 23:27:34
115.   Gagne55
85 Liar!!!!
2008-04-25 23:27:55
116.   Xeifrank
Here comes the CHP.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:28:20
117.   JoeyP
Loney-Martin-Ethier in the bottom of the 11th. That'll be the best chance at scoring.
2008-04-25 23:28:35
118.   Jacob Burch
Chan Ho -- Adjusted WE just headed towards the basement.
2008-04-25 23:28:58
119.   max power
100 Their uniforms aren't quite as ugly as the Pirates.
2008-04-25 23:28:58
120.   Eric Stephen
115
My predictive powers have proven to be fraudulent. My head is hanging in shame.
2008-04-25 23:29:09
121.   Gagne55
117 if it matters...sigh 116
2008-04-25 23:29:22
122.   Bob Timmermann
Last year's odd positions for Dodger players:

Andy LaRoche - one game in LF
James Loney - one game in RF (that didn't go so well)
Wilson Valdez - two games in CF
Wilson Betemit - one game in RF

In 2005, Norihiro Nakamura played games at second and short.

Adrian Beltre played seven games at short in his Dodgers career.

2008-04-25 23:29:44
123.   LeeLacy
That does it for me.

Hope to wake up tomorrow morning to find out that the Dodgers somehow squeaked it out.

2008-04-25 23:29:55
124.   Andrew Shimmin
DT has a rich tradition of tolerating splitters. Das411 is a Phillies fan. Sam DC is raising his children to root for the Nats.
2008-04-25 23:29:55
125.   Xeifrank
114. Guo might have to pitch?
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:30:10
126.   Eric Stephen
Oh dear, Chan Ho. I hope the Dodgers can score enough in the 11th to at least tie it!
2008-04-25 23:30:32
127.   Gagne55
Chan Ho Park or Saigon Field?
2008-04-25 23:31:09
128.   tjdub
123 Stay. And wake up tomorrow afternoon instead.
2008-04-25 23:31:29
129.   JoeyP
I guess Beimel cant be used 3 days in a row, even though the last 2 days he pitched 1/3 of an inning each time.

Chan Ho's at least facing the worst part of the Rox lineup.

2008-04-25 23:31:31
130.   JWilder
126 ye of such little faith
2008-04-25 23:31:43
131.   Woden325
Maybe we can play 11 more innings?
2008-04-25 23:32:28
132.   trojanmansaki
Nomars injury = Laroche time? or is it too soon?
2008-04-25 23:32:48
133.   JoeyP
Taveras has to bunt it at Martin right?
2008-04-25 23:32:51
134.   Woden325
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, kudos for CHP fielding his position. A lot of pitchers fall down on that job.
2008-04-25 23:33:03
135.   jtrichey
Now I'm the bad guy. Sorry everybody please accept my apology. I really don't care if another team's fan is here posting good stuff.
2008-04-25 23:33:18
136.   Eric Stephen
Park!!! That was Martin's ball.
2008-04-25 23:33:47
137.   PDH5204
125 I'm thinking he comes in, in middle relief for Loaiza on Sunday.
2008-04-25 23:33:52
138.   jtrichey
Park you dork. Martin was right there.
2008-04-25 23:34:11
139.   scooplew
122 Add to odd positions last year: Hendrickson 39 games at pitcher, Tomko 33.
2008-04-25 23:34:22
140.   Indiana Jon
132 Laroche looked perfectly healthy last night. No problems throwing or swinging. I would rather see him than Dewitt back.
2008-04-25 23:34:27
141.   Woden325
134 That was before Park cut off Martin.
135 No hard feelings, honestly.
2008-04-25 23:34:41
142.   scareduck
Taveras injured?
2008-04-25 23:34:45
143.   blutomania
132 Way too early (pun intended)
2008-04-25 23:34:47
144.   Gagne55
135 Hey, I've posted on Bad Altitude many times.
2008-04-25 23:34:54
145.   Bob Hendley
I think we all wanted to see the Golden God field that one.
2008-04-25 23:35:05
146.   Eric Stephen
Taveras now has touched two bases this inning because Martin wasn't allowed to throw him out.
2008-04-25 23:35:30
147.   PDH5204
Okay, our backup C can't field his position, lobs the ball back to the pitcher when he's not throwing it wide, and also can't throw a runner out on a late jump...
2008-04-25 23:35:38
148.   JoeyP
If Taveras tries to steal 3b, at least Martin should be comfortable blocking the bag.
2008-04-25 23:35:45
149.   Jon Weisman
135 - Happily accepted.
2008-04-25 23:35:50
150.   scareduck
I'll try my powers of prediction: Tulo will bang one out.
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2008-04-25 23:36:20
151.   Icaros
I miss Paul Bako.
2008-04-25 23:36:20
152.   Bob Timmermann
Rank the outfielders from best to worst:
Taveras, Pierre, Podsednik

It's a rogues' gallery out there.

2008-04-25 23:36:33
153.   Eric Stephen
Opponents are now hitting a mere .308/.390/.577 against Park.
2008-04-25 23:36:37
154.   scareduck
150 - Well, mine don't work so good, either.
2008-04-25 23:36:37
155.   nick
141 really? brilliant timing!
2008-04-25 23:36:54
156.   Gagne55
150 My powers of prediction: somebody will win... eventually.
2008-04-25 23:37:19
157.   Jacob Burch
152 Someone trade for michael bourne, quick!
2008-04-25 23:37:56
158.   Eric Stephen
I wonder if R.J. Reynolds will be in one of these Dodgers' 50 year anniversary commercials.
2008-04-25 23:37:56
159.   Jon Weisman
Didn't LoDuca win his 6-for-6 game in the bottom of the 11th vs. Colorado?
2008-04-25 23:38:03
160.   JoeyP
If the Dodgers dont score in the bottom of the 11th, they'll lose. Easily the best chance.
2008-04-25 23:38:05
161.   Icaros
153

OPS is overrated.

2008-04-25 23:38:07
162.   Woden325
152 Your guess is as good as mine.
2008-04-25 23:38:13
163.   Bob Timmermann
157
So you're telling me that losing your starting job to Darin Erstad is not a good sign for your career?
2008-04-25 23:38:15
164.   Gagne55
157 Jason Grabowski!!!
2008-04-25 23:38:39
165.   trainwreck
I miss Brent Mayne.
2008-04-25 23:39:10
166.   blutomania
157 Methinks I'd rather have Jason Bourne
2008-04-25 23:39:21
167.   Xeifrank
Bob, if this were Japan would they call the game a tie yet? vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:39:39
168.   scooplew
165 I remember the Mayne.
2008-04-25 23:39:51
169.   JT Dutch
... Come on, Dodgers. The extra innings are keeping me from watching my newly delivered 1988 World Series Collectors DVD set.
2008-04-25 23:39:52
170.   JoeyP
Surprised the Rox arent going to use Fuentes here.
2008-04-25 23:39:54
171.   Woden325
155 Seriously. I typed it, hit enter, and then he fouled up the play. I didn't want to appear sarcastic.
2008-04-25 23:40:17
172.   Bob Timmermann
167
12 innings is the cutoff. The game would have started earlier: 6 or 6:30.
2008-04-25 23:40:23
173.   jtrichey
Bourne didn't lose his job to Erstad, just "tweaked" his groin and was out for a few games.
2008-04-25 23:40:25
174.   Jacob Burch
163 I believe he's been hurt--otherwise my fantasy team is very sad in the SB department.
2008-04-25 23:40:30
175.   Eric Stephen
159
LoDuca scored the winning run in the 11th.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN200105280.shtml

2008-04-25 23:40:47
177.   Xeifrank
I am kind of hoping for a 15 or 16 inning game, so more pitchers get to hit. I still want the Dodgers to win the game of course.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:41:24
178.   Xeifrank
172. Do they still get snack bar tickets if the game ends in a tie?
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:42:25
179.   JoeyP
I'd like to see Martin field a few on defense before the game ends.
2008-04-25 23:42:34
180.   Gagne55
176 As somebody who has posted "Go Blue!" on Bad Altitude, I can't complain.
2008-04-25 23:43:10
181.   Frip
That last pitch to Martin could have been a strike.
2008-04-25 23:43:21
182.   JoeyP
Martin's reach base all 6 times tonight.
2008-04-25 23:43:57
183.   Xeifrank
What are the odds that we have two players with the last name of Buchholz playing in the big leagues at the same time. That must be a 70 or 80 point scrabble name if played well.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:44:26
184.   JT Dutch
176

... I take it you've never had seats next to opposing team's fans at Dodger Stadium. It's not that big of a deal, really.

2008-04-25 23:44:40
185.   JoeyP
And arent related?
2008-04-25 23:44:44
186.   Eric Stephen
Martin is the 18th LA Dodger to reach base 6 times in one game. No one has reached base 7 times.

http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/F2kb

2008-04-25 23:44:45
187.   Xeifrank
You gotta send Martin here. j/k, just thought I had to be consistent.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:44:48
188.   Bob Timmermann
Two unrelated players named Buchholz no less.
2008-04-25 23:45:00
189.   Bob Hendley
176 - I'm Shimmin's nancy.
2008-04-25 23:45:18
190.   Xeifrank
185. Yes. Left that part out.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:45:55
191.   JoeyP
3-0 green light to Ethier?

Not a fan.

2008-04-25 23:46:31
192.   tjdub
191 did you see who's on deck?
2008-04-25 23:46:56
193.   Linkmeister
How long has that schedule widget been over on the right side?
2008-04-25 23:47:29
194.   scareduck
This game isn't getting any Ethier.

Strained left abdomen for Nomar.

2008-04-25 23:47:37
195.   Eric Stephen
For a second, I thought Nomar strained his wife.
2008-04-25 23:48:11
196.   scareduck
193 - a couple days at least.
2008-04-25 23:48:25
197.   berkowit28
No such thing a left abdomen.
2008-04-25 23:48:34
198.   JoeyP
Nomar'll be out for a month with that.
2008-04-25 23:48:39
199.   Eric Stephen
Let's see how many innings can end with a caught stealing!
2008-04-25 23:48:39
200.   jtrichey
It does seem that any 4 hour + game happens on these 7:40 start Friday games. It's nearing 3 here in Indiana, and I am done for the night. (4 hours in should have at least gotten us 14 or 15 innings)
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2008-04-25 23:48:53
201.   Branch Rickey
Abdomen injury for Nomar? I blame Abreu. Clearly he's contagious.
2008-04-25 23:49:21
202.   Gagne55
197 Left side of the abdomen?
2008-04-25 23:49:23
203.   Woden325
Another runner thrown out. Gee willywonkers.
2008-04-25 23:49:30
204.   trainwreck
Maybe we should stop running on Torrealba.
Just a thought.
2008-04-25 23:49:30
205.   blutomania
191 In extra innings? With no players left on the bench. WHy not go for it? You'd rather rely on?

Why wouldn't you be a fan of that?

2008-04-25 23:49:56
206.   tjdub
Rockies announcers reports strained left calf
2008-04-25 23:50:29
207.   Gagne55
Another inning ending with a CS?
2008-04-25 23:50:30
208.   Andrew Shimmin
189- The errant apostrophe task force gets a new member.
2008-04-25 23:50:33
209.   JoeyP
If Chan Ho can get through Helton, Holiday, Atkins, Hawpe---he's awesome.
2008-04-25 23:51:03
210.   Eric Stephen
At least Pierre gets to lead off next inning, his best situation.
2008-04-25 23:51:09
211.   scareduck
Helton OPSing 1.023 against Park.
2008-04-25 23:51:27
212.   Gagne55
160 Well I hope that conjecture is proved false.
2008-04-25 23:51:31
213.   coachjpark
Wow. Just turned on the TV tonight, and Chan Ho's in the game in the 12th! Go Chan Ho! Go Dodgers!
2008-04-25 23:51:35
214.   bigcpa
Sportsline gives you 7 different defensive stats for the catcher and somehow doesn't provide SB/CS. Good think they include Total Chances and DP's.
2008-04-25 23:51:44
215.   Andrew Shimmin
The "When did you fall in love with baseball?" jingle needs work. Starting with a new singer. And a completely different tune.
2008-04-25 23:51:55
216.   Eric Stephen
209
Motion seconded.
2008-04-25 23:51:59
217.   Xeifrank
210. Maybe he can steal first base.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:52:12
218.   Gagne55
209 Or not even have to face Hawpe!
2008-04-25 23:52:15
219.   underdog
I came into this one quite late, and now it IS quite late, but all I can say is I didn't expect the Dodgers could top the surreality of yesterday's game but it appears they may have done.

The 2008 Dodgers, sponsored by the Salvador Dali Collection.

2008-04-25 23:52:48
220.   Woden325
208 Is there a special handshake or something cool like that?
2008-04-25 23:52:58
221.   Jon Weisman
193 - 22 hours.
2008-04-25 23:53:11
222.   underdog
213 Careful - you could be pitching in a few innings.

So how quickly can Blake DeWitt get back up to LA?

2008-04-25 23:53:13
223.   Jacob Burch
I'm semi-curious to see if the raffy play will make sportscenter, but I cannot leave the game. May record one of the 3am ones.
2008-04-25 23:53:15
224.   JoeyP
Were the Rockies the team that Chan Ho Karate Kick'ed in that brawl...?
2008-04-25 23:53:30
225.   Eric Stephen
215
I think it was recorded as a 2 for 1 with "Every kiss begins with Kay".
2008-04-25 23:53:32
226.   Bob Timmermann
Cookie Lavagetto reached base safely seven times for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939. In nine innings. 4 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 walk.

The Dodgers won the game 22-4 against the Phillies.

2008-04-25 23:53:44
227.   underdog
Uh oh. A "very frustrated" Matt Holiday, says Vin. I don't like it.
2008-04-25 23:53:57
228.   Eric Stephen
224
It was the Angel Tim Belcher.
2008-04-25 23:54:01
229.   scareduck
Hawpe OPSing 1.000 against Park.
2008-04-25 23:54:08
230.   Xeifrank
222. 10 days after getting sent down right?
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:54:12
231.   nick
whose throw day is it today?
2008-04-25 23:54:31
232.   coachjpark
222 I might do better. I have a 0.00 in my MSBL 25+ National Whales team in my Sunday league. Twin killing!
2008-04-25 23:54:51
233.   underdog
When does Rick Honeycutt come in to pitch?
2008-04-25 23:54:53
234.   trainwreck
Well this is not looking very good.
2008-04-25 23:55:15
235.   blutomania
I Hawpe this walk pays off.
2008-04-25 23:55:22
236.   trainwreck
Man, Gameday is slow.
2008-04-25 23:55:30
237.   Bob Hendley
213 - You have not missed anything.
2008-04-25 23:55:32
238.   Indiana Jon
211 That's barely above his career OPS.
2008-04-25 23:55:39
239.   Jacob Burch
233 Why isn't Joe out there playing the hot corner is the better question
2008-04-25 23:55:40
240.   JoeyP
Those are some killer DPs the Rockies have hit into tonight.

Both on the 1st pitch too..

2008-04-25 23:55:42
241.   Andrew Shimmin
220- And a badge. But, there's the small matter of the loyalty oath. . .
2008-04-25 23:55:47
242.   Woden325
Maybe dzzrtRatt will get in before the game's over?
2008-04-25 23:55:56
243.   Jon Weisman
I have been asleep for four of the past 42 hours.
2008-04-25 23:56:04
244.   fanerman
Holy GuacaCh-i! Juan Pierre has 3 walks.
2008-04-25 23:56:22
245.   Gagne55
It would be really cool if Hawpe lead the league in reaching on infield errors. It would go well with how his name sounds.
2008-04-25 23:56:30
246.   underdog
Nice DP! One more to go.

I still don't understand why Hu can't play third. Is there some law against it? I mean tonight things got too whacked out, but in general, can't he pitch in at third?

2008-04-25 23:56:54
247.   JT Dutch
... Attaboy Chan Ho!!!!!!!
2008-04-25 23:57:00
248.   coachjpark
Go Park!
2008-04-25 23:57:02
249.   bigcpa
Park induces the Beimel!
2008-04-25 23:57:09
250.   Zak
exhale
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2008-04-25 23:57:25
251.   blutomania
I'm stunned they still have ad inventory to run.
2008-04-25 23:57:33
252.   trainwreck
Well that was unexpected.
2008-04-25 23:57:39
253.   Eric Stephen
Park has lowered his opponent numbers to .309/.406/.564!!! Will he get a win to show for it?
2008-04-25 23:57:54
254.   Jacob Burch
246 If they hadn't benched kent, he likely would have played the corner. It's about as ideal as Martin playing it, from what I understand.
2008-04-25 23:58:05
255.   Xeifrank
246. Then whom plays second base?
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:58:05
256.   NorCal-Dodger
CHP books another inning without a run.
2008-04-25 23:58:14
257.   underdog
Woah. Nice recovery, Chan Ho! I thought fer sure that was a whole mess of trouble.
2008-04-25 23:58:21
258.   Branch Rickey
246 He could but it's hard to cover 2nd and 3rd at the same time.
2008-04-25 23:58:29
259.   Gagne55
Ok, I'm going to bed at the end of the 12th win or more innings. I ain't burning the midnight oil.
2008-04-25 23:58:42
260.   Xeifrank
256. Paunch and Johnny would be proud.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:58:53
261.   Zak
To answer a question from a few days ago, innings like these keep Chan Ho Park's ERA reasonable while throwing his peripherals out of whack.
2008-04-25 23:58:53
262.   underdog
256 Erik Estrada is pitching?
2008-04-25 23:59:09
263.   JoeyP
3 slappies in the bottom of the 12th:

Pierre-Hu-Furcal..

Martin's played 4 innings of defense at 3b, hasnt touched the ball yet..

2008-04-25 23:59:23
264.   Frip
Girls are special things.
2008-04-25 23:59:27
265.   Xeifrank
I'm looking forward to the 15th inning.
vr, Xei
2008-04-25 23:59:49
266.   Woden325
262 give it another inning.
2008-04-25 23:59:55
267.   underdog
258 - I meant in general, not tonight. Vin kept saying yesterday "and Hu can't play third"... Just wondering.
2008-04-25 23:59:57
268.   Bob Hendley
244 - Do I hear 4? We need to keep our CS record intact.
2008-04-26 00:00:20
269.   Bob Timmermann
The leaders in the majors right now in reaching on an error are Cristian Guzman and Jason Bay with 4 each.
2008-04-26 00:00:20
270.   Eric Stephen
I wonder if the combined weight of Pierre, Hu & Furcal make this the lightest (in relative terms) inning in Dodger history.
2008-04-26 00:00:27
271.   Jacob Burch
Slappy indeed
2008-04-26 00:01:16
272.   Andrew Shimmin
If Furcal is a slap hitter, I'm a ballerina.
2008-04-26 00:01:39
273.   underdog
There's the Slappy McPopup we know and love.
2008-04-26 00:01:49
274.   Eric Stephen
272
Et tu tu, Andrew?
2008-04-26 00:02:00
275.   blutomania
Gosh, Bucholtz's delivery is a weird one with those initial small steps.
2008-04-26 00:02:04
276.   Branch Rickey
267 I think he's just not a very good third baseman. But he would certainly play there before Martin if he was avilable.
2008-04-26 00:02:24
277.   underdog
I haven't looked. Has Tony Jackson already posted a blog entry whining about how late it is?
2008-04-26 00:02:41
278.   berkowit28
246 Then Hu would play second? He already came in for Kent, as about six people have said already.
2008-04-26 00:02:43
279.   fanerman
Golden God has really started to shine lately.
2008-04-26 00:02:47
280.   scareduck
Buchholz looks like a serial killer.
2008-04-26 00:03:00
281.   Greg Brock
I left in the ninth inning, sat through a huge accident on the 110, and still made it home to watch the game.

Poor BH is still there :-/

2008-04-26 00:03:45
282.   Bob Timmermann
268
On August 6, 1982, the Dodgers were caught stealing three times in one inning by Bruce Benedict of Atlanta.
2008-04-26 00:03:53
283.   underdog
Hah. Some dude's asleep behind home plate. I wonder if he'll wake up before tomorrow's game.

Sigh. It's up to Raffy. Otherwise someone may need to wake me when this one's over, too.

2008-04-26 00:04:30
284.   Jacob Burch
I very much regret missing the DT day at the stadium. I either go alone or with friends who know (or care) very little of the game.

And here comes lucky 13.

2008-04-26 00:04:31
285.   Gagne55
280 He is. He murders hitters at the plate. 1.88 ERA
2008-04-26 00:04:39
286.   Eric Stephen
277
Doug Padilla is covering the game tonight for the DN. Tony was there "working ahead on other stuff", but I wonder if he just left already.
2008-04-26 00:04:58
287.   Woden325
Is Vin still calling the game?
2008-04-26 00:04:59
288.   trainwreck
So...

How about them 76ers?

2008-04-26 00:05:06
289.   Bob Hendley
276 - What is the sample size on that? Seems to me if he can play ss and 2nd quite well, he can't be all that bad at 3rd.
2008-04-26 00:05:14
290.   Andrew Shimmin
274- Horning in on Bob's bad pun racket? That's pretty edgy.
2008-04-26 00:05:14
291.   scareduck
The wife just went upstairs, and I'm inclined to follow her. Night all.
2008-04-26 00:05:21
292.   Branch Rickey
A hitting Gnome wearing a rally cap. Guess superstitions don't work.
2008-04-26 00:05:26
293.   underdog
278 Once again, I know everyone's tired, but I've also now said twice that I was asking in general, not referring to tonight's game. :-P I think we both need a latte.

Or not. After that strikeout, maybe we should call it a night.

2008-04-26 00:06:04
294.   trainwreck
283
If this was a UCLA basketball game, people would be making a huge deal out of that and want that man banned from the stadium and possibly beaten to death with pillows.
2008-04-26 00:06:04
295.   JoeyP
The Rockies dont deserve to win another one of these long games. Their 22 inning win should last them the whole season.

A Dodger pitcher will bat 3rd in the bottom of the 13th.

2008-04-26 00:06:32
296.   Gagne55
g'night all
2008-04-26 00:06:43
297.   scareduck
Dodgers are gnomeless.
2008-04-26 00:06:45
298.   Xeifrank
This late game is probably working out well for those watching in Hawaii and Guam.
vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:06:52
299.   Eric Stephen
Early today on Diamond Leung's blog, he mentioned Sweeney may start at 1B for a game soon:

"Mark Sweeney is off to a slow start, as he only has one pinch hit in 14 at-bats. So Torre said he and bench coach Bob Schaefer would speak to him about getting him a start sometime likely at first base to give James Loney his first day off"

2008-04-26 00:07:04
300.   Jacob Burch
As hard as this is on the heart (and I said this yesterday), these odd games of out of positions, super-plays and gnomes, Vin truly truly shines.
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2008-04-26 00:07:34
301.   underdog
292 The problem there is it was a double superstition, so it cancelled itself out. They should've known that. Any jinxologist would've told them.

So now we know Park isn't pitching on Sunday. I was hoping for a surprise one game Kershaw call up for that one.

2008-04-26 00:07:42
302.   Jon Weisman
286 comments in the first hour of this thread.
2008-04-26 00:08:03
303.   Xeifrank
I wonder if CHP hits in the 13th?
vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:08:56
304.   underdog
299 - I think they should do that for Delwyn Young. The guy needs a start to keep from getting too rusty. Put him in instead of Pierre in one of those "Kemp or Ethier must sit" games.
2008-04-26 00:09:02
305.   Linkmeister
298 Quite well, thank you, although I'm missing Bill Moyers and his conversaton with Jeremiah Wright.
2008-04-26 00:09:07
306.   Jacob Burch
301 How odd it would be if a nomar injury somehow led to a kershaw start. A far, far stretch, I'm aware, but odd nevertheless.
2008-04-26 00:09:23
307.   Eric Stephen
Chan Ho should bat in the 13th, just to come up to the AB music "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins.

Amazing! Batters now down to .293/.388/.534 against Park.

2008-04-26 00:09:34
308.   Bob Hendley
282 - I sense a lurking Lenn Sakata anecdote.
2008-04-26 00:10:19
309.   bigcpa
6 more outs till the 14th inning stretch! I'm having Petco flashbacks from last Thursday.
2008-04-26 00:10:23
310.   JoeyP
That was a quick inning!
Bison needs to end it, our this game will go on forever.
2008-04-26 00:10:38
311.   Greg Brock
If you're wondering, Joe Torre's bobblehead makes it look like he has an extra chromosome.
2008-04-26 00:10:45
312.   Xeifrank
If there is a base runner on when CHP comes up to bat and Guo is available to pitch, I wouldn't be surprised to see Guo pinch hit for CHP. vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:11:10
313.   Bob Timmermann
308
There were three runners caught stealing, but not all of them were out. Steve Sax and Ken Landreaux were thrown out, but Dusty Baker was safe when Glenn Hubbard dropped the ball on the tag.

The Dodgers still won the game.

2008-04-26 00:11:18
314.   underdog
K, I think this might be my last half inning, even if it continues on past it.

Can't they just call it a draw, give them each a point like they do in soccer?

2008-04-26 00:11:26
315.   Jon Weisman
If this goes to 14, I'm gonna force myself to catnap until the next feeding and catch up on my DVR.
2008-04-26 00:11:33
316.   Eric Stephen
308
But Sekata never faced the Dodgers. He almost did in the 1983 World Series, but the pesky Phillies got in the Dodgers' way.
2008-04-26 00:11:40
317.   fanerman
310 I was watching part of a game the other day with my friend, who isn't a DT reader. And I kept instinctively referring to Matt Kemp as "Bison." I'm not sure if my friend noticed or not.
2008-04-26 00:12:15
318.   JoeyP
5 defensive innings at 3rd base for Russ.
Still no action.
2008-04-26 00:12:16
319.   trainwreck
I guess being a night owl has its advantages.
2008-04-26 00:12:39
320.   Eric Stephen
I'm in this one for the long haul.
2008-04-26 00:13:00
321.   Woden325
314 What do you think this is, an All-Star game?
2008-04-26 00:13:09
322.   Xeifrank
You gotta send Kemp here. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:13:27
323.   Eric Stephen
317
Maybe your friend was an avid Easton user.
2008-04-26 00:13:31
324.   JoeyP
There's a break.
2008-04-26 00:13:47
325.   Branch Rickey
Can Kemp steal 2nd, 3rd and home? He might need to.
2008-04-26 00:13:51
326.   Eric Stephen
321
This time, it counts.
2008-04-26 00:14:00
327.   coachjpark
Chan Ho's a good hitter... let him swing away!
2008-04-26 00:14:25
328.   underdog
Poor Vin's kinda losing it. Maybe he should get a catnap too. Send in a pinch-announcer.
2008-04-26 00:14:31
329.   Eric Stephen
I wish stealing home came back into vogue.
2008-04-26 00:14:45
330.   Andrew Shimmin
I still hate Gary Bennett.
2008-04-26 00:14:50
331.   JT Dutch
... Bennett, of all people, executes beautifully on the run-and-hit.
2008-04-26 00:14:52
332.   coachjpark
Chan Ho walk off hit!!!!! Come on, let's go!!!!
2008-04-26 00:14:57
333.   Eric Stephen
Park deserves this win. Props to him in advance!
2008-04-26 00:15:00
334.   Jon Weisman
Park had some decent swings as a Dodger as I recall.
2008-04-26 00:15:02
335.   Greg Brock
For about five minutes, I kept confusing Len Sekata with Neil Sedaka.

I need to sleep.

2008-04-26 00:15:06
336.   Woden325
Quoth Jeff Kingery on the Rockies broadcast "That's all kinds of trouble." He ain't kidding.
2008-04-26 00:15:19
337.   Eric Stephen
Would be kind of fitting to end on a wild pitch.
2008-04-26 00:15:33
338.   JoeyP
How did Kemp get to 3rd on a ball to left field?
2008-04-26 00:15:34
339.   trainwreck
Gary Bennett, always had faith in that guy.
2008-04-26 00:15:34
340.   Xeifrank
No reason for CHP to bunt. Gotta swing away or squeeze. vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:15:35
341.   bigcpa
No squeeze Joe! Too obvious.
2008-04-26 00:15:41
342.   JT Dutch
... Only sign I'd give to Park is the "don't get injured" sign.
2008-04-26 00:15:45
343.   Bob Timmermann
In the 1989 game against the Astros that went 22 innings, Jeff Hamilton played the first 20 innings at third base.

No one hit a ball to him the whole game.

2008-04-26 00:15:54
344.   underdog
Yay Bennett Surf!

I wanna see Park drive in the winning run.

2008-04-26 00:15:58
345.   Jacob Burch
328 a Vin making a fubble that any announcer makes (13th inning or not) is better than any replacement.

329 Possible walk off heros: Chan Ho Park, Slappy, Hu

2008-04-26 00:16:09
346.   nofatmike
Channel some Dreifort!
2008-04-26 00:16:20
347.   Jacob Burch
ignore the 329 bit.
2008-04-26 00:16:29
348.   underdog
338 - He was running on the pitch.
2008-04-26 00:16:48
349.   Jacob Burch
...and the juan pierre bit. I'm completely lost right now. send in a pitch-commenter.
2008-04-26 00:16:49
350.   JT Dutch
... Well, Russ -- here's your chance to set a Dodger record AND win this thing.
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2008-04-26 00:17:00
351.   Eric Stephen
Can Martin become the first LA Dodger to roll a lucky seven (times on base)?
2008-04-26 00:17:05
352.   Woden325
Intentional walk to load the bases. This never seems to work out well.
2008-04-26 00:17:39
353.   underdog
345 - Oh totally. I'm not coherent right now and I'm 40 years younger.

So it's gonna be up to Russell, our new third baseman.

2008-04-26 00:18:09
354.   Zak
351 I'll settle for a slow grounder to 2nd
2008-04-26 00:18:13
355.   Xeifrank
outfield comes in.
vr, Xei
2008-04-26 00:18:23
356.   Andrew Shimmin
Torre should petition the league to permit Matt Herges to come back into this game.
2008-04-26 00:18:30
357.   JoeyP
Can Martin make it a 7-7 night for him?
2008-04-26 00:18:30
358.   Eric Stephen
We have The Marlon Anderson Game® (aka 4+1). Can we call this The Russell Martin Game© yet?

Or will Russ have so many such games that it's a fruitless effort to classify each one so generically?

2008-04-26 00:18:37
359.   Bob Timmermann
No major leaguer has reached base safely seven times in a game since ...
April 16 when Milton Bradley did so.
2008-04-26 00:18:37
360.   Jacob Burch
353 I made about five mistakes just above, as fate smacks me in the back of the head.

Golden God...

2008-04-26 00:19:09
361.   underdog
Some sort of group hug going on at the pitcher's mound for the Rockies right now. A few prayers were possibly uttered.
2008-04-26 00:19:43
362.   JT Dutch
... Well, all right.
2008-04-26 00:19:47
363.   Greg Brock
We win!
2008-04-26 00:19:50
364.   Zak
Ballgame!
2008-04-26 00:19:57
365.   Woden325
Congratulations. That was a good game.
2008-04-26 00:19:57
366.   Jacob Burch
Enjoy your nap with a win, Jon
2008-04-26 00:20:25
367.   Eric Stephen
Martin, C-3B 4 1 4 2 2
2008-04-26 00:20:27
368.   Linkmeister
Whoopee!
2008-04-26 00:20:36
369.   Bob Hendley
Sweet!
2008-04-26 00:20:56
370.   fanerman
Golden God!!!!
2008-04-26 00:21:04
371.   JoeyP
What a great night from Martin!
2008-04-26 00:21:22
372.   Bob Timmermann
368
And "Battlestar Galactica" hasn't even aired yet for Linkmeister.
2008-04-26 00:21:31
373.   Linkmeister
I ran down the hall to see the TV and my poor injured dog (http://www.linkmeister.com/blog/archives/002873.html) started running after me.

Now I feel guilty.

2008-04-26 00:21:33
374.   fanerman
He can do no wrong!
2008-04-26 00:21:45
375.   underdog
Yesssssssss! Kind of an anticlimatic ending of sorts but I'm stoked nonetheless.

Sorry Woden, but it was fun having ya here.

Take care all, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

2008-04-26 00:21:52
376.   Rob M
Wooo Hoo!

I was in Chinatown at an art event then dinner at Full House, and a bunch of guys wandered in to eat that had obviously been at the game. I checked my phone to see the score and was surprised to see that Saito was pitching in the 9th. Saw the blown save on my phone (and the note that Martin had gone in at 3B), then got home to see the last 3 innings. So freaking glad they pulled it out.

2008-04-26 00:21:59
377.   Linkmeister
I can watch the last half of Moyers.
2008-04-26 00:22:12
378.   Woden325
In the immortal words of Samuel Pepys: "And so to bed."
2008-04-26 00:22:31
379.   Frip
Well, that was fun. Really fun game :)
2008-04-26 00:22:33
380.   scooplew
365 Your gracious comment is appreciated.
2008-04-26 00:22:36
381.   underdog
(A sure sign of sleep deprivation, making random Truman Show references.)

Hasta luego.

And good news, the NFL Draft is later this year so y'all can sleep in.

2008-04-26 00:22:43
382.   Bob Timmermann
I think Russell Martin is the final Cylon.
2008-04-26 00:23:03
383.   bigcpa
Night folks.
2008-04-26 00:23:06
384.   Bob Hendley
Ok you nancys, go to bed.
2008-04-26 00:23:14
385.   Eric Stephen
Dodgers are 12-3 against the Rockies in games started by Brad Penny, tonight's starter.
2008-04-26 00:23:31
386.   Greg Brock
382 No spoilers!
2008-04-26 00:23:35
387.   scooplew
Was there a play at the plate on Martin's sacrifice fly?
2008-04-26 00:23:56
388.   fanerman
I need to chill for a few minutes before I can sleep. That win got the blood flowing again.
2008-04-26 00:24:19
389.   trainwreck
381
I can't wait to be disappointed tomorrow.
2008-04-26 00:25:37
390.   Bob Timmermann
387
No.
2008-04-26 00:25:41
391.   Jacob Burch
387 Throw was made, but nothing close with kemp at third.
2008-04-26 00:28:25
392.   jasonungar07
And Jon can rest..for 20 minuets (if he is lucky)
2008-04-26 00:32:33
393.   scooplew
390 391 Thanks. I "watched" the game on Gameday.
2008-04-26 00:34:03
394.   CanuckDodger
Gameday is frozen with Loney batting. What did Loney do, and what did Martin do?
2008-04-26 00:35:40
395.   trainwreck
394
I believe Loney got intentionally walked and Martin hit a sac fly to right.
2008-04-26 00:38:21
396.   fanerman
Well I think the adrenaline has worn off. I think I will sleep now. Good night everybody.
2008-04-26 00:40:19
397.   Dodgers49
It may just be my imagination but it appeared to me from his first AB tonight that Matt Kemp has shorten his swing. It allowed him to wait a split second longer before committing. He appeared to be an entirely different hitter than the one I watched last night. If that observation is correct it'll be interesting to see if it continues against the two lefties this weekend.
2008-04-26 00:40:26
398.   Louis in SF
Since Nomar's injury is a strained abdolmen, and the Dodgers can't call up DeWitt for ten days, does Tiffe come up or do they bring up both Tiffe and La Roche and let him do his rehab in the majors?
2008-04-26 00:43:15
399.   fanerman
398 I'd personally want to try Hu at 3rd. At least for a game or two.
2008-04-26 00:43:46
400.   Sagehen
398 The question is answered above. DeWitt does not have to stay down for 10 days if he replaces someone placed on the DL.
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2008-04-26 00:45:26
401.   Jacob Burch
Torre switching it up to a calf injury and seems convinced Nomar is DL-bound. Bring up the solution!
2008-04-26 00:46:11
402.   Zak
The most secure job in baseball... backup to Nomar.
2008-04-26 00:51:28
403.   Sagehen
Do you get the feeling that DeWitt is destined to be the Dodger thirdbaseman -- starting this year.
2008-04-26 01:34:30
404.   KG16
I had a bit of a surreal viewing of a surreal game. I left for a club with the Dodgers up a couple of runs (5-3, maybe?). So, I'm at the club and trying to have a good time, but it's mostly dead and the bands that were playing weren't really on their A-games. Then I notice the game is on the one tv in the joint.

And all the sudden I see Martin going into the dugout, and I'm thinking, "Did they boot Martin?" Only to see him playing third. Eventually, there's a group of about 10 people around the tv watching the extra innings (mind you, live band in one room, dj in another). I get talking to a girl who seems to know quite about about the Dodgers (she had the important stats down, ages and marital status). When she mentions that she's got season tickets, I can only ask if she's single. Then she says, "Pierre's a bum." And my only response is, "I'd marry you right now."

She and her two friends left to go see the band and missed the end of the game... I couldn't find them later to tell them what happened.

2008-04-26 01:43:12
405.   bhsportsguy
So I get home (just as the post game show is ending) and I notice that this thread which has headline about Martin playing 3B already had over 400 comments from sometime in the 9th inning through the end of the game.

The good:
1. A very interesting discussion with Greg Brock about the run of presidents between Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. I'll just say two words, James Polk.
2. I got another Torre bobblehead because someone left without it.
3. Russell Martin's last at bat, nice fly ball to right, Hawpe had to field flat footed so that gave the Bison all the time he needed to score.

The Bad:
1. Inability to shut the door with 2 outs for Kuroda.
2. Nomar's range or lack thereof.
3. Andruw not taking himself when he first got hurt.

The weird and wacky:
1. Note to Todd Helton, you are not stealing 3B, why were you picked off.
2. Park and Bennett played big roles tonight.
3. Saito has not been able to smile recently.

2008-04-26 01:49:15
406.   Eric Enders
Although all is happy in our fair city tonight, I wanted to mention something that's been gnawing at me for a while... why does everybody rag on Matt Kemp's baserunning when it's actually James Loney who's the far worse baserunner? You can throw out all those caught stealings -- I assume they were busted hit-and-runs -- but then you have plays like the one where he was picked off even though he wasn't going anywhere, and then the one tonight. That was a horrible baserunning play to get thrown out at home even after Helton had already tagged first base for one out. It cost us at least a run and helped eventually send the game into extra innings.

I'm a huge Loney fan; I just find it curious that one kid gets harped on endlessly for his baserunning while another one who's even worse gets a continual free pass.

2008-04-26 01:52:40
407.   Eric Enders
Also, and if this makes me a bad person so be it, but I can't help but be relieved that we'll be Nomar-free for a while. It'll be nice to have a guy at third base who can actually catch the ball and throw guys out. (I hope that guy will be LaRoche, but I'll take DeWitt too.)

One could argue that none of Colorado's first four runs would have scored tonight if we'd had a real third baseman playing third.

2008-04-26 01:53:09
408.   bhsportsguy
406 I agree, I thought the tagging up to go to second was a bad play too. But I guess the only thing I could say is that Kemp does make some spectacular miscues at that times and I think you just end paying more attention to him so his mistakes are magnified.
2008-04-26 02:21:46
409.   Eric Enders
After his slow start, Martin all of a sudden now boasts a .411 OBP for the season.
2008-04-26 03:12:19
410.   alex 7
Loney may have been going on down contact that play, and wouldn't have had much of a chance to reverse.
2008-04-26 04:00:52
411.   dzzrtRatt
nice. my plane just landed. when I took off, the Rox had just tied it up. relieved to see we got a win. almost makes this 14 hour trip worthwhile.
2008-04-26 05:53:05
412.   D4P
The Giants are in 2nd place.
2008-04-26 07:19:53
413.   Daniel Zappala
DT has a rich tradition of tolerating splitters. Das411 is a Phillies fan. Sam DC is raising his children to root for the Nats.

And I allow my boy to root for Barry Bonds, without giving him any hint of the controversy that surrounds him.

2008-04-26 07:23:50
414.   Daniel Zappala
Not all of us can stay up late. I was up at 6am yesterday, so I went to bed in the 7th, with the Dodgers leading by two, and runners on 2nd and 3rd. It's still fun, though, to read through the play-by-play, and the comments here, to see how things transpired. I didn't even check the Times to see what happened to Nomar -- I knew it would be 'covered' here.

Here's to Dodger Thoughts!

2008-04-26 07:23:53
415.   D4P
And I allow my boy

The other 15 are girls...?

2008-04-26 07:47:07
416.   Jon Weisman
NPUT

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