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Cherie and Bo Go to a Ballgame
2008-06-27 15:14
by Jon Weisman

The thaw is complete. Free shuttle service from Union Station to Dodger Stadium will start after the All-Star Break and continue through the end of the season, now that the Los Angeles City Council has approved the $70,000 expense, reports Bill Shaikin of the Times.

Buses will begin rolling 90 minutes before game time. I asked Shaikin how often they would come by – here's his reply: "They're planning to use five buses in rotation, for what they believe will be an 18-minute ride. So, in theory, you shouldn't have to wait more than a few minutes for the next bus. In reality, I imagine it will depend on how many people show up and how quickly they can be loaded and unloaded, and no one will know that until the service starts."

Whether the shuttle will continue in coming seasons depends on whether (in the eyes of the powers that be) usage justifies the funding.

If I were guessing, I'd say the biggest problem would come at the end of the game, when everyone wants to use the shuttle at once, as opposed to the beginning, when people arrive in staggered fashion. I suppose some will leave the game early to get in line for the shuttle, but as we saw at the Coliseum game in March, that doesn't guarantee you a timely ride.

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Angels at Dodgers, 7:40 p.m.

Comments (379)
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2008-06-27 15:30:08
1.   Howard Fox
so I guess the real questions are what will the shuttle cost, and how much lost parking revenue will there be...
2008-06-27 15:30:34
2.   Howard Fox
and yes, I can read, but nothing is free
2008-06-27 15:30:57
3.   Robert Fiore
Here's a tip from someone who used to ride the bus to the stadium in the '80s: At the end of the game, walk down to Sunset and catch a regular bus there. It's downhill. You just paid at least ten dollars to watch Juan Pierre; what's another $1.25 against an hour of your life?
2008-06-27 15:33:06
4.   Jon Weisman
2 - Well, did you read the $70,000 part?
2008-06-27 15:33:59
5.   Eric Enders
I prefer to think of it as me paying $20 to watch Russell Martin and getting a $10 refund for having to watch Juan Pierre.
2008-06-27 15:35:46
6.   Howard Fox
4 so they'll get us by raising our taxes to pay for it, at the very least
2008-06-27 15:39:25
7.   Jon Weisman
6 - Yes, and I know these things add up, and this money could go elsewhere, but $70,000 divided by x million taxpayers doesn't seem significant to me. Not to open this up to a political discussion or anything.

But yes, you're right. Nothing is truly free except the things that are truly free.

2008-06-27 15:39:48
8.   Eric Enders
I find it difficult to believe that a city the size of Los Angeles has to up the tax rate to cover a $70,000 expense.

I'm guessing it could be budgeted somewhere.

2008-06-27 15:40:31
9.   Marty
Cool. I've been trying to leave my car at home at least twice a week. Perhaps this will motivate me to buy some tickets.
2008-06-27 15:43:28
10.   underdog
Use it or lose it people!

This is great. Now one could conceivably take the train (amtrak or metrolink) or the subway and connect to Dodger Stadium, which is awesome.

Imagine on how much traffic this could conceivably cut down at Dodger Stadium, and in the area, and cut down on pollution. If you ask me this is a bargain.

PS: I had to rack my brain for the Cherie and Bo reference and then - ah hah! Inge, Bus Stop!

2008-06-27 15:49:20
12.   silverwidow
Ethier will play tonight because he homered off Saunders before, right?
2008-06-27 15:49:35
13.   Howard Fox
9 or you could do what I did, I bought a SmartCar
2008-06-27 15:49:42
14.   Jon Weisman
11 - Okay, as far as I'm concerned, we are violating rule 5 of the site here. And rule 6 as well.
2008-06-27 15:58:28
15.   Howard Fox
14 I don't even know what a hyperbole is...
2008-06-27 16:02:25
16.   Gilberto Reyes
Carlos Delgado had 9 RBI's in todays game against the Yankees. Andruw Jones has 7 RBI in 2008 after 133 AB in 43 games.
2008-06-27 16:03:23
17.   DXMachina
10 - It took me a second to figure it out, too. The one time I've seen Bus Stop, a very young Tim Daly played Bo.
2008-06-27 16:03:48
18.   LogikReader
This is terrific! I'm going to make sure everyone knows about this. At last! We get a free passage to the game. Now is there not a special "bus lane" into the Dodger Stadium parking lot?

Its so easy to just take a red line ride to Union Station, board the shuttle and then use it again to go back. Where would the shuttle drop everyone off? I'm hoping it's somewhere behind the Pavilion. That sounds like a good spot, equal distance to every entrance.

2008-06-27 16:04:04
19.   Howard Fox
yes, but Andruw has faced much tougher competition this year than Delgado
2008-06-27 16:05:10
20.   DXMachina
16 - Mets fans will still boo Delgado for every out he makes in the second game tonight.
2008-06-27 16:05:39
21.   evenatriple
I took the shuttle once when it was available a few years ago on Friday nights. There was a substantial initial wait before it left, but we had our own lanes blocked out along Sunset and moved very quickly especially given the gridlock for the other lanes (possibly because a lane was taken away for the DS shuttle). Coming back was no problem, I think because I ran like the wind to get to the bus stop as soon as the game ended. But after seeing the long long lines to get a bus after the Coliseum game, my faith in the team's ability to manage this properly is limited.
2008-06-27 16:05:54
22.   DaDoughboy
I almost forgot we still had him for a minute.
2008-06-27 16:06:45
23.   Howard Fox
18 yes, it sounds great...I looked up the connections from Moorpark, and I can take the train in and arrive about 1-1/2 hrs before the game and catch the bus to the stadium, then after the game, catch the next train at 6 am to go home...
2008-06-27 16:07:39
24.   LogikReader
Councilman Bill Rosendahl wondered during a committee hearing why the Dodgers would not pick up any of the cost.

Good ol' Frank, squeezing every penny.

Of course that may mean the Dodgers aren't in control of the shuttle itself. Was that also the case for 21 ?

2008-06-27 16:08:20
25.   Howard Fox
21 its kind of like the team's ability to handle the parking lot after the game...from our Lot K, there is a different exit every game, so you never know where to park your car for easy exit...
2008-06-27 16:13:34
26.   DaDoughboy
I'm in Simi as well.., I don't think the train/bus system was planned to benefit anybody north of Burbank.
2008-06-27 16:14:43
27.   underdog
23/26 - There's always day games, people.

Or you can sofa-surf at a fellow DT-ers house. ;-)

2008-06-27 16:16:33
28.   Howard Fox
27 that is a great idea, and I can donate my season tickets for all the night games to the Dodger Dream Foundation
2008-06-27 16:16:41
29.   evenatriple
24 As I recall, it was certainly not a standard MTA bus, which would lead me to guess that the Dodgers rented them. It was, I think the ticket was $5, plus the $5 it cost me to park at Union Station. That parking cost is, by the way, a great bargain if you are taking Amtrak to San Diego for the day. Anyhow, my problem coming from the Westside is that it took me far longer to drive to Union Station, park, and then take the shuttle than it would have taken me simply to go directly to DS. I did it just for the experience, and having done it once, I never did it again. However, I live very near the coming terminus of the Expo line, so in theory I can take public transit to the 2011 World Series at DS. You are all entitled to your own views about which is more likely: the MTA finishing the Expo line as promised by the end of 2010, or the Dodgers making the Series in 2011.
2008-06-27 16:17:01
30.   bhsportsguy
24 There are probably sound legal reasons why the Dodgers would not want to pick up any costs let alone the general practice that other municipalities provide public transportation and also the fact that the Dodgers are probably one of the higher grossing sales tax providers in the region.

I know he's not popular but there should be lines on what the Dodgers are responsible for and what the City of LA is responsible for and this is one that the Dodgers and the City need to work on but it is clearly a public service, not a Dodger service.

2008-06-27 16:18:19
31.   bhsportsguy
30 I wrote this even before reading the article so I want to make sure you know this is my opinion.
2008-06-27 16:18:33
32.   underdog
28 So it doesn't really work for you, is what you're saying? Just want to make sure I'm understanding this properly... :-P
2008-06-27 16:23:12
33.   Howard Fox
32 that just about sizes it up
2008-06-27 16:24:18
34.   scareduck
29 - BTW, love your nick!
2008-06-27 16:40:59
35.   scareduck
34 - but -- are you ok?
2008-06-27 16:44:19
36.   Jon Weisman
Tonight's lineup:
Pierre, LF
Kemp, CF
Martin, C
Kent, 2B
Loney, 1B
LaRoche, 3b
Young, rf
Berroa, ss
Park, p
2008-06-27 16:46:42
37.   Eric Enders
Could be worse.
2008-06-27 16:47:09
38.   Howard Fox
yeah, Pierre could be in CF
2008-06-27 16:53:06
39.   silverwidow
If only Pierre and Berroa could be replaced...
2008-06-27 16:55:24
40.   Jon Weisman
Padres sign Tomko. Again.

2008-06-27 16:58:38
41.   Eric Enders
Is there some sort of permanent fund to which Dodger fans can contribute to ensure that the Padres sign Tomko every year?
2008-06-27 17:00:12
42.   Jon Weisman
41 - They seem self-sufficient in that respect.
2008-06-27 17:13:33
43.   natepurcell
Would we all do Pierre + Hu + cash for 2 months of Dunn?
2008-06-27 17:14:21
44.   underdog
Indeed. 37 meet 40 .
2008-06-27 17:15:07
45.   Eric Enders
43 Yes.
2008-06-27 17:16:26
46.   Jon Weisman
Random note: Tommy John made his major league debut at age 20, and went 0-2 in six games (three starts). His ERA+ was 164. The next year, he was 2-9, 92 ERA+. That would be his worst ERA+ until he was 41.

2008-06-27 17:17:02
47.   underdog
But the Reds won't, so there you go.

And as a Reds fan pointed out on another site, they already have a cheaper version of Pierre in Norris Hopper.

2008-06-27 17:22:08
48.   natepurcell
You know who is showing a lot of power in the minors so far? Jaime Ortiz. He just hit his 10th homerun of the year in around 180 ABs. He isn't making enough contact yet but he is still fairly young at 19 years old. He could be someone to watch next year.
2008-06-27 17:22:24
49.   Vaudeville Villain

Heck yes. I'm not a big Hu fan, though, so take that for what it's worth.

Brett Tomko leads a charmed life. It's amazing somebody can suck for so long, and still be given a job every year.

2008-06-27 17:22:26
50.   Eric Enders
It may surprise you to know that Brett Tomko during his career has ranked among the league leaders in 11 different categories.

However, of these 11:
- One is a hitting category (sacrifices).
- Four are playing time categories (games started, innings pitched, batters faced, complete games).
- Five are negative pitching categories (hits allowed, HR allowed, earned runs allowed, losses, wild pitches).

Only one is a positive pitching category. In 2004 he tied for 9th in the NL with one shutout. Woo!

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2008-06-27 17:23:25
51.   CanuckDodger
Who may be the next big Dodger prospect you have never heard of? Try this name on for size: Bladimir Franco. He was one of a handful of Dominicans Logan White signed last summer for chump change while other clubs were spending a lot more money on the more-in-demand foreign amateurs. Now Big Bad Blad, a 17-year-old shortstop, is leading the Dominican Summer League in homers with 5. And that is only in 21 games and 73 AB's. When Hanley Ramirez was the same age in the same league, he hit 5 HR's, but that was for the whole season, in 54 games and 197 AB's. Ramirez's line that year was .345/.397/.533, and Franco's right now is .315/.405/.616, so a better walk rate and more power from Franco. But what's the bad news? There has to be bad news, and it is that while Ramirez only had 22 strikeouts in 197 AB's, Franco already has 26 in 73 AB's. In my opinion, Ramirez's far superior contact ability at a young age gave him a solid foundation to build on, and his power obviously developed later. Franco's superior power at the same age is exciting, but a swing-for-the-fences approach combined with a penchant for whiffing could prove to be a fatal flaw as Franco ages, a sign that he is going to be more Joel Guzman that Hanley Ramirez. We'll see what happens.
2008-06-27 17:23:39
52.   Eric Enders
47 And they already have a poor man's Hu in Paul Janish.
2008-06-27 17:27:02
53.   underdog
"Ah well. It is what it is, as Juan Pierre says." -- Troy from WV
2008-06-27 17:27:55
54.   silverwidow
I wonder how much 2.5 years of Zack Greinke would cost?
2008-06-27 17:28:01
55.   Eric Enders
51 Thanks, very informative. I hope he makes it to the majors, for the jokes if nothing else. ("He's a blad, blad man...")

What was the name of that shortstop we had who was leading the GCL in homers at one point last year? He was a free swinger from the Dominican too.

2008-06-27 17:29:04
56.   Eric Enders
Answering my own question: Yosanddy Garcia. He's 1-for-13 combined this year between Great Lakes and Ogden.
2008-06-27 17:29:46
57.   underdog
I don't know what's sadder, that he sat there and babbled into a webcam about Joe Beimel for 7 minutes, or that I watched most of it. (Most, not all.) Probably a tie.


51 Ya got me, I definitely had not heard of him at all. Sounds like one to watch, whether he becomes Hanley or Joel..

2008-06-27 17:31:30
58.   underdog
"Yosanddy and Blad" would be an awesome duo to have in the field for LA someday.

Either that or the name of a film screening at your local international film festival.

2008-06-27 17:31:55
59.   Eric Enders
Projected to 580 plate appearances, Yosanddy Garcia's line last year would have been .252/.338/.488, with 32 homers, 104 RBI, 64 walks and 160 strikeouts.
2008-06-27 17:32:25
60.   silverwidow
Blad and Kyle Russell would make an awesome power combo.
2008-06-27 17:34:11
61.   CanuckDodger
55 -- Yosanddy Garcia only played 2B last year in the GCL, but was signed as a SS a couple years earlier. His 8 homers were two short of the league leader's total. Garcia was 19 and his final line was .252/.338/.488.
2008-06-27 17:40:09
62.   Eric Enders
Apparently this year Yosanddy lost his double-D's. He's now called Yossandy on
2008-06-27 17:47:41
63.   CanuckDodger
Did anybody see, at BP, the discussion today about Sabathia possibly being traded? It was in the form of a dialogue between Will Carroll and Kevin Goldstein. When Carroll asked what the Dodgers have that could interest the Indians, Goldstein mentioned the names of LaRoche, Santana, Adkins, Johnson ,and McDonald, but then he added, "All of that said, talking to some people in the game, I got the feeling that the Dodgers are not going to trade young talent this year." That is somewhat reassuring. Anyway, Will Carroll went on record with the opinion that Sabathia and Prince Fielder are "not fat." After reading that, I wouldn't trust Carroll if he said the sky is blue.
2008-06-27 17:49:26
64.   underdog
That is reassuring. I still don't understand why the Dodgers keep being mentioned regarding Sabathia? Do we need pitching? I must not have gotten the memo about their need for pitching.

I guess they're planning on losing Lowe, and maybe getting rid of Penny? And then I still don't see that as their biggest need, but hrm.

2008-06-27 17:54:31
65.   natepurcell
What is more reassuring is that people have stopped asking for the Loneys, Billingsleys of the team, having realized that they are not prospects anymore.

I wouldn't have a problem trading Adkins or players of that ilk.

2008-06-27 17:54:36
66.   Eric Enders
I like Sabathia. I like him enough to sign him as a free agent (especially if we finish with a bottom-15 record this year). But not enough to trade Kershaw, Kemp, or whoever for him.
2008-06-27 17:57:37
67.   CanuckDodger
65 -- Goldstein didn't say that the Indians wouldn't ASK for our young non-prospects. He was talking about what prospects different teams have that could interest the Indians, in his opinion.
2008-06-27 18:00:27
68.   underdog
Update from Diamond's blog:

>>Rafael Furcal, Andruw Jones and possibly Nomar Garciaparra are scheduled to begin rehabilitation assignments for Class AAA Las Vegas on Monday. Furcal and Garciaparra could return before the All-Star break, and Jones could soon follow after the break. {that'll be a fun few days in Vegas - ed.}

Hiroki Kuroda and Brad Penny had their scheduled simulations games Saturday scrapped. Both will instead throw bullpen sessions because Penny is still feeling something in his shoulder and Kruoda's neck is still bothering him.

Scott Proctor will be shut down from throwing for 10 days, but the MRI exam he underwent revealed no structural damage in his shoulder.<<

2008-06-27 18:01:41
69.   underdog
If anyone needed some time off after being overused the previous few years it'd probably be Proctor.


Okay, outta here. Will be catching game late in the archives. Go Dodgers!

2008-06-27 18:06:05
70.   Eric Enders
68 So which is higher now, the Dodgers' payroll or the Las Vegas payroll?
2008-06-27 18:07:32
71.   Bob Timmermann
My camera had a suffiently wide angle lens to get both Sabathia and Dunn in the same frame.
2008-06-27 18:08:26
72.   jasonungar07
If Furcal and Nomar come back where is Nomar gonna play for those 4 days until he gets hurt again?

And I guess that's it, Ethier and DeWitt can't hit lefties?

2008-06-27 18:27:27
73.   JoeyP
At some point during the season, Ethier became a platoon player with Pee-Wee. And Pierre became an everyday player.
2008-06-27 18:29:16
74.   Alex41592
72 - Well, Ethier really hasn't done anything this season against lefties. OPS of .500. Only one HR, however that HR was against Saunders. I don't know what has happened to Ethier. His whole life he was taught to hit left handed pitching and this season he's been awful. LaRoche should get as many starts as possible. DeWitt has left the door open and now he's in a platoon.
2008-06-27 18:42:30
75.   Marty
Yesterday's game is on now. It's not any better re-heated.
2008-06-27 18:42:52
76.   Alex41592
Our leadoff hitter hasn't had a walk in three weeks. An OBP of .296 in the leadoff spot. Steiner seems to only remember when Pierre was batting in the second spot where he has an OBP of .512. Hence a 'very solid season'. When in reality he's in the middle of his worst season ever.

Delwyn Young continues to look very good batting left handed. But his starts come against left handers. His defense is average at best. I would actually take Pierre over Young in the field and just deal with the horrible arm.

With that said, I would start Pierre against lefties, Ethier everyday and Young against righties. I believe JoeyP wrote the same thing a week ago. Now, I'm off to the game.

2008-06-27 18:43:58
77.   Eric Enders
Baez just homered for Ogden.
2008-06-27 18:49:44
78.   68elcamino427
I went to the game yesterday. It's a throw away game that I attribute to the preceding all night celebration for the Stults complete game shutout.
2008-06-27 18:51:42
79.   overkill94
Arizona about to become a .500 1st place team. Has any division ever finished with all teams under .500? I know the NL West almost did it a few years ago (2005?) when the Padres were 2 over, but I'm guessing that was the closest ever.
2008-06-27 18:55:47
80.   Eric Enders
The AL West did in 1994. All the teams were not only under .500, but far under. Of course, they never got to finish the season.
2008-06-27 19:11:50
81.   overkill94
Man, this place sure becomes a ghost town on Friday nights. When I get back from picking up my delicious chicken parmesian sandwich there better be some action around here!
2008-06-27 19:16:23
82.   jasonungar07
if it were me i'd never start Pierre again.
2008-06-27 19:31:22
83.   Gagne55
80 And that was the first year of the current format, too. The strike may have saved the wildcard.
2008-06-27 19:32:18
84.   Sam in SC
I am alive again!

I heard vin say, "it's tiiime for dodger baseball".

2008-06-27 19:38:15
85.   Jon Weisman
This will be the game chat thread.
2008-06-27 19:41:32
86.   68elcamino427
Chan Ho first pitch strike!
2008-06-27 19:45:56
87.   Gagne55
Was the "infield single to shortstop" a play Berroa should have made?
2008-06-27 19:47:37
88.   Gagne55
ESPN's picture of Berroa has him wearing a KC hat.
2008-06-27 19:50:32
89.   68elcamino427
I'm eager to see how Furcal fares for Las Vegas next week. Jones too.
2008-06-27 19:51:11
90.   MonkeyBlue
double play! defense and pitchers best friend!
2008-06-27 19:51:18
91.   thinkblue88
Nice DP their to get out of the inning by Park.
2008-06-27 19:54:11
92.   thinkblue88
Wow, even the Angel announcers realize Pierre is not a good lead off man, mention how Pierre hasn't walked in 17 games.
2008-06-27 19:54:35
93.   Gagne55
89 No love for Nomar?
2008-06-27 19:56:14
94.   Gagne55
92 Did Rex Hudler spin that as a positive? like "Pierre is aggressive; he's always ready to take a cut and try to get a hit"?
2008-06-27 19:56:37
95.   MonkeyBlue
Is it me or Bison has been caught looking on strikeouts?
2008-06-27 19:57:14
96.   68elcamino427
Actually, I really like Nomar. It's his body that just won't cooperate:)
2008-06-27 19:57:18
97.   Bluebleeder87
Chan Ho Park's body language specially on breaking pitches doesn't look good... I know he's had back shoulder tightness recently so maybe it's just a matter of his shoulder needing more time to loosen up, veremos.
2008-06-27 19:57:44
98.   Bluebleeder87
Wow, that was a deep fly, YIKES!!


2008-06-27 19:57:46
99.   thinkblue88
Yes!!! GOLDEN GOD!!!
2008-06-27 19:57:56
100.   MonkeyBlue
WOOOO MARTIN!!!!!!!!!!! Please people need to vote for the guy for AS starter!
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2008-06-27 19:58:01
101.   68elcamino427
Martin Home Run to the bullpen!
2008-06-27 19:58:43
102.   Bluebleeder87
I think that thing left the stadium no guys? it certenly left the bullpen part of the stadium.
2008-06-27 19:59:21
103.   thinkblue88
That was a bomb. Haha, Russell even had a little bat flip their, he knew it right away.
2008-06-27 19:59:29
104.   Gagne55
102 So was it as deep as Sabathia's?
2008-06-27 19:59:57
105.   68elcamino427
That ball was crushed!
2008-06-27 20:01:25
106.   Bluebleeder87
yes, but they just said it was 425 only?

I think Sebathia's had a little more distance.

2008-06-27 20:02:11
107.   68elcamino427
427 foot home run - Vin
2008-06-27 20:03:17
108.   regfairfield
Sabathia's was 440.
2008-06-27 20:09:59
109.   Gagne55
Excellent. Another shut out inning from Chan Ho.
2008-06-27 20:11:00
110.   jasonungar07
Chan Ho is the best story of the year for us. It don't get that much play.
2008-06-27 20:13:54
111.   68elcamino427
Chan Ho is this years come back kid. He is overcoming some serious health problems.
I'm proud for him.
2008-06-27 20:13:57
112.   regfairfield
Torre will eventually figure Delwyn is much better against righties, right?
2008-06-27 20:14:55
113.   Bluebleeder87
XieFranks machine is needed for our win % with an early lead.
2008-06-27 20:17:03
114.   MonkeyBlue
Angel useless as always.
2008-06-27 20:17:23
115.   Indiana Jon
110 I think Kuo is the story of the year more than Chan Ho.
2008-06-27 20:17:32
116.   Bluebleeder87
I just don't get the mind set of upper management having some one like Berroa playing short stop for us, I just don't sorry.
2008-06-27 20:20:00
117.   Gagne55
116 I think it has to do with Hu not hitting as he was expected to and everyone else getting hurt and Ramon Martinez not being brought back.
2008-06-27 20:20:10
118.   Bluebleeder87
Angel Berroa is a dead end as far as the future goes, like Kershaw I think it would have benefited the Dodgers LONG TERM plans if Hu would have been playing instead of Berroa.
2008-06-27 20:21:08
119.   Gagne55
Plus he's Harold Reynold's man.
2008-06-27 20:22:22
120.   regfairfield
117 Agreed that no one could expect plan E at short to get hurt, but any career minor leaguer with a solid glove would have been a better choice than Berroa.
2008-06-27 20:22:45
121.   68elcamino427
Park is looking good in the early going.
2008-06-27 20:22:46
122.   Gagne55
Not that I disagree. Berroa was the worst starting player in MLB the last few years.
2008-06-27 20:24:16
123.   CanuckDodger
112 -- In the game comments on your blog, you said tonight that Young "blows" against left-handed pitching. Yet coming into tonight's game Young was hitting better against lefties than against righties, .286/.355/.500, and of course those stats are even better after tonight's walk.
2008-06-27 20:24:51
124.   Bluebleeder87
I don't wanna get cocky but it sure feels good having a lead against the Halos for a change.
2008-06-27 20:25:16
125.   68elcamino427
How many pitches for Park so far?
2008-06-27 20:27:16
126.   Gagne55
120 Yeah, Maza should prolly be starting, but it there isn't really much difference between the assorted fodder.
2008-06-27 20:27:28
127.   regfairfield
123 His minor league stats over the last couple years show much less in a bigger sample size. Plus I'm more likely to use more questionable language there.

If you posted that there, I'd greatly appreciate it.

2008-06-27 20:28:25
128.   Gagne55
The rabbit is loose!
2008-06-27 20:29:05
129.   regfairfield
126 Sadly, that's probably true. Maza really doesn't have the arm for short though.
2008-06-27 20:29:49
130.   Bluebleeder87

good stuff Canuck, thanks.

2008-06-27 20:32:04
131.   68elcamino427
Saunders at 55 pitches.
2008-06-27 20:33:08
132.   Bluebleeder87

Maza (dough in english) is part of the ingredients they use for noodle making, so you do the math.

if you don't believe me look it up!

2008-06-27 20:33:10
133.   Gagne55
129 Looking over the Dodgers organizational stats over at baseball-reference, the only other guys who might contribute something at short are Sergio Garcia- a natural secondbaseman and Ivan DeJesus and I question whether his OBP would translate well due to his complete lack of power.
2008-06-27 20:33:19
134.   Jon Weisman
127 - I agree - as much as I like the comments here, it's only right to respond to someone's blog posts at their blog. Or, comment at both places.
2008-06-27 20:34:31
135.   Jon Weisman
134 - That being said, I can't find the original post you guys are talking about.
2008-06-27 20:35:56
136.   MonkeyBlue
Wow, I thought they got Pierre right there.
2008-06-27 20:36:08
137.   68elcamino427
Double steal again!
2008-06-27 20:36:43
138.   JoeyP
Berroa's OPS may end up being worse than Hu's by the time he's put in the junk pile.
2008-06-27 20:36:43
139.   regfairfield
133 We don't have the right guy, but I'm sure there's some Wilson Valdez clone that could be had for nothing.
2008-06-27 20:36:52
140.   nick
Vin loves Pierre--any other player, either team, he would've said "out at 3rd"
2008-06-27 20:37:17
141.   Icaros
Pierre was out by a mile there.
2008-06-27 20:37:29
142.   MonkeyBlue
Might as well walk Kent and hope for a DP for Loney.
2008-06-27 20:37:32
143.   Bluebleeder87
out of curiasity I checked to see who plays in Albuquerque & it's a florida Marlins affiliate.
2008-06-27 20:38:13
144.   MonkeyBlue
Wow! did Kent chased that ball.
2008-06-27 20:38:30
145.   regfairfield
135 It's in the game thread where I'm talking to myself.
2008-06-27 20:38:45
146.   Icaros
Nice pitch selection, Jeff.
2008-06-27 20:40:06
147.   MC Safety
Ultra advanced approach from Kent right there. Talk about selfish. I hate that man.
2008-06-27 20:41:01
148.   MonkeyBlue
I love Mikey look when the ump didn't call a strike right there.
2008-06-27 20:41:17
149.   68elcamino427
Crazy Eyes shows a good eye there.
2008-06-27 20:41:24
150.   Gagne55
LaRoche with a chance to bust this one wide open!
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2008-06-27 20:41:58
151.   thinkblue88
2008-06-27 20:41:59
152.   JoeyP
LaRoche do something good please.
2008-06-27 20:42:00
153.   MonkeyBlue
2008-06-27 20:42:56
154.   Icaros
On what planet does bunting there make even a remote amount of sense? Torre is a joke. I'm sorry.
2008-06-27 20:42:56
155.   overkill94
A bases loaded, two-out bunt? Seriously?
2008-06-27 20:43:22
156.   MC Safety
2008-06-27 20:43:29
157.   Gagne55
batter's interference woth catcher?
2008-06-27 20:43:34
158.   JoeyP
If he really did try to bunt, send him back to AA.

Dumbest play of the season.

2008-06-27 20:44:13
159.   regfairfield
I really hope that wasn't Torre's call.
2008-06-27 20:44:23
160.   Gagne55
Bunt? with two out and bases loaded? really?
2008-06-27 20:44:57
161.   thinkblue88
For sure, that is something that will be talked about during post game interviews, wow.
2008-06-27 20:45:28
162.   MC Safety
I don't care if Robb Quinlan was standing in shallow left field. That was a massive blunder. Being a Dodger fan sucks.
2008-06-27 20:45:38
163.   68elcamino427
If Andy still has one foot in the box should he still be ruled out? Replay showed one foot in when he came into contact with the ball. Replay showed that Pierre was out by that much so it evens out.
2008-06-27 20:46:34
164.   JoeyP
It couldnt have come from Torre.
A play like that should revoke LaRoche's fan favorite satus.
2008-06-27 20:46:34
165.   Gagne55
In positive news, Saunder's is at 70 pitches after 3 ... too bad the Angel's have a crazy deep crazy good bullpen. Well, it's up to Chan Ho.
2008-06-27 20:46:46
166.   Icaros
If Torre didn't call that, LaRoche should not have been allowed back on the field.

Either way, Mr. Awesome Manager is responsible.

2008-06-27 20:46:47
167.   underdog
Anything for a run, I guess.

Btw, great Doctor Who tonight. Part I is on right now, then the new part 2.

2008-06-27 20:47:15
168.   nick
I swear, if you had a team that all year NEVER TRIED TO DO ANYTHING CLEVER, you'd gain 2-3 games in the standings.
2008-06-27 20:47:33
169.   underdog
What the heck has gotten into Chan Ho Park? He's, like, good this season. (So far. /jinx proof)
2008-06-27 20:47:41
170.   Bluebleeder87
in all fairness I think that was La Roche's call but I don't know.
2008-06-27 20:48:18
171.   68elcamino427
Park at 51 pitches
2008-06-27 20:48:35
172.   MonkeyBlue
That a slow infield hit.
2008-06-27 20:48:46
173.   Bluebleeder87
It will look like a bullet line drive tomorrow Senor Vlady.
2008-06-27 20:48:54
174.   sporky
I'm at a bar and just saw Andy attempt to bunt. I howled and frightened half the patrons.

Hopefully I won't have to borrow my friend's BlackBerry again.

2008-06-27 20:49:35
175.   Gagne55
Was that one of Guerrero's hits on a ball at his ankles? Gamecast shows it to be just that.
2008-06-27 20:51:16
176.   MonkeyBlue
Another shut out inning for Mr. Park.
2008-06-27 20:51:17
177.   68elcamino427
A swinging bunt with a bat going 110 mph.
2008-06-27 20:51:40
178.   sporky
Torii Hunter looks like a comely Janet Jackson.

/returns Black Berry

2008-06-27 20:52:19
179.   Bluebleeder87
I'll be more impressed if he hits one Oscar Robles style, one bounce of the dirt.
2008-06-27 20:53:17
180.   underdog
Nick, crazy doubleheader today eh? What the heck. I guess a split is adequate.
2008-06-27 20:55:30
181.   underdog
178 Hopefully that friend isn't also your Chad-doubting co-worker, too.


Man, Russell skied that homer (I just saw the replay, missed that inning). Yesterday he also basically tried to hit one out, skied one deep but it died at the warning track in the daytime air.

2008-06-27 20:55:50
182.   68elcamino427
Chan Ho is doing everything right tonight.
2008-06-27 20:56:41
183.   Gagne55
Good job by Park of getting the now a flair by Pierre nets a run.
2008-06-27 20:57:16
184.   whodat807
Chan Ho's even dropping sac bunts well tonight
2008-06-27 20:57:55
185.   Jon Weisman
Man, you guys. How many of you even looked at where the infield was before you made your comments on LaRoche's bunt?

At any rate, God forbid a young player make one bad decision. Bench him? Send him back to AA? Yeah, that's a sensible punishment.

2008-06-27 20:58:27
186.   Gagne55
Well that went fast. An eight pitch inning despite a lead off hit. And suddenly a six inning night looks very possible form Saunders.
2008-06-27 20:59:48
187.   Indiana Jon
It may have been a bad decision, but had it not hit him it would have been a run with Pierre on third. I love Andy. He can keep on making mistakes and he's still my third baseman.
2008-06-27 20:59:56
188.   Icaros
It doesn't really matter where the infielders are playing when there's a force at every base, including home.
2008-06-27 21:00:02
189.   68elcamino427
Jon's right, that play works and Andy's a gutsy genius.
2008-06-27 21:01:39
190.   overkill94
185 I don't care where the infielders are, that's a really dumb play unless it's a very skilled bunter up there (I'm talking Norris Hopper good). I don't think he should be benched or demoted, but that's still one of the dumber decisions you'll see by a player all year (assuming it was his decision).
2008-06-27 21:01:40
191.   thinkblue88
Nice play by Kent!
2008-06-27 21:02:06
192.   MonkeyBlue
holy crap! nice play for Old Man Kent.
2008-06-27 21:02:31
193.   scareduck
2008-06-27 21:02:39
194.   overkill94
189 Nope, it would be akin to Shaq shooting a three and somehow making it - obviously you're happy with the outcome, but you still consider the decision to be terrible.
2008-06-27 21:02:39
195.   68elcamino427
Nice play by Kent. That was a highlight play for Kent.
2008-06-27 21:03:11
196.   underdog
185 - I was afraid to say about the same thing for fear of being eviscerated. I think the idea that someone with LaRoche's potential power to be bunting seems like an opportunity wasted but it also seemed like as good a space as you could get for a squeeze play. I dunno, I didn't feel like throwing myself off a cliff about it at any rate.
2008-06-27 21:03:23
197.   sporky
My friend thinks I'm kind of pathetic, so I'm to hand it over when he gets an e-mail.

Go CHP! Somewhere, Papa Sporky is squeeing.

2008-06-27 21:04:09
198.   underdog
That was a fab play by Kent. Seriously, is this some sci-fi parallel universe where imposters are playing Park and now Kent?
2008-06-27 21:04:15
199.   Kayaker7
Sorry to be the Negative Nellie, but am I wrong to think that a better fielding second baseman makes that look a bit more routine?
2008-06-27 21:05:16
200.   Jon Weisman
I'm not saying it was a good play, but some of the reaction was over the top.
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2008-06-27 21:05:49
201.   68elcamino427
Obviously, it was poor judgement by a young player trying too hard to make something happen. My point was that if he had been sucessful in his attempt that no one here would have complained too much about the play.
2008-06-27 21:05:56
202.   Bluebleeder87
ah the learning curves of a young talented ball player, like 187 he's still my 3rd baseman as well, this stuff can only help him, he'll make a mental note & only get better from it, no biggie.

with his power he should be aiming for the fences. I see Icaros point.

2008-06-27 21:05:58
203.   dzzrtRatt
Park outpitching Saunders so far. Wow.

His career is a morality play. Take the big money, sink into purgatory. After the money runs out, rediscover his talent.

And then demand the big money, again.

2008-06-27 21:06:25
204.   Icaros

A squeeze play with two outs? They just have to throw to first, or any base. It's not like they had the Barry Bonds shift on LaRoche.

2008-06-27 21:07:40
205.   underdog
I still remember what Park said about changing his release points in the off season this year and finding it helped him greatly. I hope that's it and it's not just all smoke and mirrors, but it seems pretty legit. So far. (/more jinxproofing)
2008-06-27 21:07:44
206.   Indiana Jon
194 What evidence do you have to show that Laroche is one of the worst bunters in the league? Matter of fact, does anyone really know whether he is a good bunter or not?
2008-06-27 21:07:48
207.   68elcamino427
Bison rakes with a nice swing.
2008-06-27 21:07:58
208.   dzzrtRatt
Based on the Kemp bunt story from last week, I suspect it was Torre pulling the same thing on LaRoche.

Must every play be the highest percentage play?

2008-06-27 21:08:04
209.   scareduck
197 - Go CHP! Somewhere, Papa Sporky is squeeing.

That comment alone made this thread worthwhile.

2008-06-27 21:08:55
210.   scareduck
203 - well, good luck with that.
2008-06-27 21:09:26
211.   Jon Weisman
204 - If it's bunted at third base, with Pierre running from third and two out, the only play will be to first base. And if it's a good bunt with the third baseman back, there's going to be no play.
2008-06-27 21:09:49
212.   whodat807
203 Morality play? What exactly is wrong with taking a 64 million dollar contract? I mean, sure, he was a massive disappointment, but are you saying it's his fault someone was stupid enough to offer it to him?
2008-06-27 21:11:09
213.   nick
180 yeah, my biggest worry is that Ponson will get too much rope as a result of tonight's performance....I keep waiting for all our young arms to start fortifying our big league bullpen.
2008-06-27 21:11:42
214.   JoeyP
Martin has such good Abs..
2008-06-27 21:11:48
215.   underdog
204 Yah, actually I thought there were two on, not three on. I didn't think it was a great idea either way; that makes it a worse idea, but I still don't think it's worth falling on a sword about. Falling on a Nerf sword, maybe.
2008-06-27 21:12:17
216.   Bluebleeder87
oh yes, we're in business, now lets capitalize.
2008-06-27 21:12:42
217.   Jon Weisman
Speaking of bad decisions: Aybar had no chance to get Kemp at second base. He was looking at second base as Kemp was arriving, and still threw it there. And badly.
2008-06-27 21:12:43
218.   68elcamino427
The Bison makes people nervous when he is on the basepaths. Watch out!
2008-06-27 21:12:51
219.   underdog
That was so dumb for Aybar to try to get Kemp at 2nd, really dumb. And we'll take it.
2008-06-27 21:12:56
220.   Bluebleeder87

I was just gonna say that JoeyP. He worked it all the way to 3 & 2.

2008-06-27 21:12:57
221.   MonkeyBlue
Come on get at least 2 runs!
2008-06-27 21:13:31
222.   68elcamino427
The Old Man follows the plan! Good Job!
2008-06-27 21:13:32
223.   nick
nice to hear Vin praise Kemp for his baserunning there...
2008-06-27 21:13:35
224.   scareduck
2008-06-27 21:14:10
225.   sporky
209 The squeeing is hereditary!

God, this team may by spectacularly mediocre, but I still love it to pieces.

2008-06-27 21:14:19
226.   Icaros

Not if it isn't bunted perfectly. All they need is a force at home, and Pierre isn't really as super fast as advertised.

I'll take Andy's patience and power over those odds any day.

2008-06-27 21:15:05
227.   MonkeyBlue
Wooo! clutch hitting!
2008-06-27 21:15:05
228.   JoeyP
Vlad should have thrown to 3b.
2008-06-27 21:15:29
229.   Bluebleeder87
Ron Rynecki looks a little like Tracy to me.
2008-06-27 21:15:33
230.   68elcamino427
Loney cashes it in!
2008-06-27 21:17:14
231.   JoeyP
Tough game for Andy.
2008-06-27 21:18:42
232.   underdog
Weird, we're beating the Angels 3-0. Weird, I don't know how to feel or think. I feel all... oogly inside.

213 Yah, and frankly there should only be enough rope for Ponson to, you know, do what he'll inevitably do.

2008-06-27 21:18:55
233.   overkill94
206 I didn't say he's a bad bunter. I'm just saying that the odds of it working are akin to Shaq making a three-pointer (though a bit exaggerated). It's hard enough to bunt for a hit normally, but factoring in the fact that there was a force at home makes it a very low percentage play. Like I said earlier, I would only advocate it for the absolute best bunters in the league (no, Pierre doesn't count).
2008-06-27 21:19:00
234.   68elcamino427
Park now at 73 pitches
2008-06-27 21:19:07
235.   whodat807
228 Had Vlad thrown to 3b, wouldn't Kemp have scored?
2008-06-27 21:19:52
236.   Bluebleeder87

I guess Park just needed to loosen up his shoulder a little more, or maybe I was halosinating

2008-06-27 21:20:28
237.   Jon Weisman
226 - If the third baseman has to run a mile, Pierre is still fast enough to beat him even if it's not a perfect bunt. But can we just agree to disagree? I have never said it was a good choice. I never said I wouldn't want Andy to swing away. All I'm saying is that there's a rationale for it, and the reaction to it was too much.
2008-06-27 21:21:46
238.   Icaros
Anyway, I'll drop it. Andy is one of my favorites, and I just want him to do well.

I also want Juan Pierre to get trapped in Sam the Butcher's meat locker with his older brother Greg.

2008-06-27 21:21:49
239.   Bluebleeder87
are we paying Cha Ho park minimum wage? man, what a steel for us. woo!!
2008-06-27 21:21:58
240.   JoeyP
235--Kemp would have scored anyway. He's the fastest player on the Dodgers.

Keeping Martin from getting to 3b was the safer play.

Park is mowing them down!

2008-06-27 21:22:29
241.   MonkeyBlue
What the heck????
2008-06-27 21:22:47
242.   scareduck
Kent gets an error?
2008-06-27 21:22:59
243.   68elcamino427
Vin is concerned that Chan Ho is starting to run out of gas.
2008-06-27 21:23:03
244.   scareduck
E4. Yup.
2008-06-27 21:23:05
245.   underdog
What the...? Sloppy guys, sloppy.
2008-06-27 21:23:40
246.   Bluebleeder87
Oh no! I don't trust the Borg!!
2008-06-27 21:24:13
247.   Indiana Jon
233 I took that Shaq comment to mean that you thought he was a horrible bunter. I know I would probably consider Shaq to be the worst three point shooter in the NBA (well, maybe Ben Wallace). I think he had a little higher odds than Shaq would have had. His dad was a big league pitcher, so there may be an above average chance that he's actually a good bunter.
2008-06-27 21:25:29
248.   whodat807
Man, I know Chan Ho's in a bit of trouble here, but seeing the close up on his face as he winds up, it's giving me all sorts of nostalgia. Loved the Piazza/Karros/Mondesi/Park/Martinez Dodgers.
2008-06-27 21:25:31
249.   MonkeyBlue
Nice K for Channing! let see him escape out of this inning.
2008-06-27 21:25:36
250.   underdog
All the other NL Worst teams have lost or are losing.
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2008-06-27 21:25:42
251.   overkill94
Chan Ho is my homeboy
2008-06-27 21:26:42
252.   underdog
249 That made me want to see Ryan Stiles' "fabulous" Carol Channing impression.

Anyway, as you were.

2008-06-27 21:27:13
253.   MonkeyBlue
Ball 4??? Vin?
2008-06-27 21:27:16
254.   Bluebleeder87
ball 4 Vinnie!??? he only has 1 ball

it's 1-2.

2008-06-27 21:28:29
255.   68elcamino427
Tonight's performance by Park compares well with Stults' last game.
2008-06-27 21:28:41
256.   MonkeyBlue
YEAH BOY!!!! I love you Mr. Park!
2008-06-27 21:28:46
257.   Bluebleeder87
wow. I'm lovin' this gutsy performance by Mr. Park.
2008-06-27 21:29:31
258.   Icaros
Great game for Park. At 90 pitches, do you let him hit this inning?
2008-06-27 21:29:44
259.   whodat807
What a performance by Chan Ho. He sure has shown a knack of pitching out of jams this year.
2008-06-27 21:29:45
260.   Bluebleeder87

In my opinion it doesn't, Park throws way harder than Stults.

2008-06-27 21:30:26
261.   dzzrtRatt
212 I'm not saying he "should" not have taken the money. But as so often happens, Park's performance took a dive after he did, and now that the contract's over, he's sharp again. Just seems to happen a lot, and I'm just observing that the universe seems to be sending a message.
2008-06-27 21:30:27
262.   sporky
CHP is making an old man very, very happy.
2008-06-27 21:31:05
263.   underdog
6 shutout innings for CHP. Most impressive. For their next trick they'll be bringing back Darren Dreifort and Ramon Martinez I.
2008-06-27 21:31:16
264.   scareduck
Justin Speier up.

5-0 game, comin' up.

2008-06-27 21:32:38
265.   68elcamino427
And unless he finds some magic beans he never will:)
2008-06-27 21:32:49
266.   Icaros
This ump has a large box.
2008-06-27 21:33:00
267.   underdog
This ump has a rather large, floating strike zone in my opinion. Pee Wee get jobbed.
2008-06-27 21:33:29
268.   MonkeyBlue
Double for Angel??? I don't believe it!
2008-06-27 21:33:59
269.   68elcamino427
Berroa get a hit! Start up the band!
2008-06-27 21:34:11
270.   Bluebleeder87
Go ice up that arm Park, good job...
2008-06-27 21:34:15
271.   underdog
A double for Berroa. Could that foretell that something other than a strikeout is in the cards for Sweeney?
2008-06-27 21:34:33
272.   sporky
Mark could be at .100 soon.
2008-06-27 21:34:46
273.   Icaros
What if Berroa and Sweeney got back-to-back hits?
2008-06-27 21:35:26
274.   MonkeyBlue
273. Pigs will fly.
2008-06-27 21:35:34
275.   scareduck
Automatic out Sweeney.
2008-06-27 21:35:57
276.   Bluebleeder87
It's getting to a point were you just feel bad for Sweeney.
2008-06-27 21:35:58
277.   whodat807
Think Chan Ho has earned a future in starting beyond Penny's stay on the DL? He's looked pretty good in every one of his starts.
2008-06-27 21:36:00
278.   underdog
And the answer is...



2008-06-27 21:36:01
279.   Gagne55
The point of using a pinch hitter is to improve the chances of getting a hit. Using Sweeny in such a role is almost as bad as using Jason Grabowski as a pinch hitter.
2008-06-27 21:36:15
280.   Icaros
This needs to stop. Really.
2008-06-27 21:36:27
281.   scareduck
272 - for some reason, I want to meet your dad now.
2008-06-27 21:36:47
282.   underdog
What's the opposite of "Squeee"?
2008-06-27 21:37:04
283.   underdog
Answer: "Sweeee."
2008-06-27 21:37:10
284.   scareduck
That was enjoyable.
2008-06-27 21:37:41
285.   Jon Weisman
That K/wild pitch bounced off the shin guard.
2008-06-27 21:37:45
286.   68elcamino427
Pierre comes through with a lucky play. Safe on a strike out.
2008-06-27 21:39:21
287.   blutomania
Why in the world does Kemp swing at so many first pitches?
2008-06-27 21:39:29
288.   Bob Timmermann
Charlie Steiner says that the most famous K/WP was Mickey Owen in the 1941 World Series.

Charlie needs to look at the boxscore of that game sometime.

2008-06-27 21:39:59
289.   tjdub
C'mon we're all perversely looking forward to watching Sweeney pinch hit on Sunday. After another strikeout tomorrow we'll get to marvel at that rare non-pitcher double-digit BA. If he somehow manages to get a hit we'll have to wait two more weeks (and Torre will think he's earned those two weeks).
2008-06-27 21:40:00
290.   sporky
I'm getting the stink-eye from some drunk Angels fans.
2008-06-27 21:40:37
291.   Bluebleeder87
man, look at that line 6 IP 4 HITS (3 SINGLES) 0 BB, 7 K's.

I'd say that's earning your keep.

2008-06-27 21:41:07
292.   Bluebleeder87
I'd have a small rope on Folkenborg.
2008-06-27 21:41:23
293.   Jon Weisman
Kuo has thrown 11 pitches this week.
2008-06-27 21:42:10
294.   Jon Weisman
287 - Almost every day here someone complains that Kemp takes too many first pitches.
2008-06-27 21:42:32
295.   68elcamino427
The new Proctor checks in.
2008-06-27 21:42:36
296.   Icaros

Perhaps it is the result of anxiety.

2008-06-27 21:42:57
297.   MonkeyBlue
Cyyyyy-Borg! 10x upgrade Dr. No Good Proctor.
2008-06-27 21:42:57
298.   blutomania
2008-06-27 21:43:14
299.   Bluebleeder87
Nice inning actually, right on.
2008-06-27 21:43:17
300.   sporky
Go Proctwo!
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2008-06-27 21:43:43
301.   underdog
Falkenborg has been very impressive both in Vegas and so far in LA this year. What's gotten into him? Maybe he's possessed in the same way that CHP is.
2008-06-27 21:43:46
302.   Indiana Jon
293 I guess that's one way of staying healthy.
2008-06-27 21:44:56
303.   Bluebleeder87

Kemp we all just get along???

2008-06-27 21:45:17
304.   68elcamino427
Falkenborg was the only bright spot in yesterday's game. He looks like he wants to win!
2008-06-27 21:45:17
305.   Icaros

I think at some point you're going to have to wonder whether the gnome is somehow involved.

2008-06-27 21:46:17
306.   underdog
We will be assimilated!
2008-06-27 21:46:41
307.   thinkblue88
I <3 G.G.
2008-06-27 21:46:46
308.   LeeLacy
A 6-pitch inning--all strikes.

Nice efficiency.

2008-06-27 21:47:07
309.   68elcamino427
Martin is so good. Man is he good.
2008-06-27 21:47:32
310.   Bob Timmermann
According to Steiner, "Joe Torre has found himself a new play toy in the bullpen in Brian Falkenborg."
2008-06-27 21:48:05
311.   68elcamino427
There we go. Good job Old Man.
2008-06-27 21:48:55
312.   Bluebleeder87
Rob hit it right on the nose with Spier...
2008-06-27 21:48:57
313.   sporky
281 He's just like me, only taller, wider and older.
2008-06-27 21:49:42
314.   Gagne55
304 I remember an extra inning game in Pittsburgh back in '04 when he did just that.
2008-06-27 21:50:15
315.   scareduck
290 - you're in the stadium?
2008-06-27 21:50:58
316.   Gagne55
310 That one could go with the quotes on Dodgerblues
2008-06-27 21:51:06
317.   underdog
Be nice for Andy do something positive here.
2008-06-27 21:52:08
318.   MonkeyBlue
Come Torre! double steal with the old man!
2008-06-27 21:52:36
319.   underdog
C'mon, bunt for a hit, I double dog dare ya! :-)
2008-06-27 21:53:24
320.   underdog
Darnit, he gave it a ride, too.
2008-06-27 21:53:44
321.   scareduck
313 - not to mention that Y chromosome thingy.
2008-06-27 21:54:01
322.   sporky
315 Bar in Orange County.
2008-06-27 21:54:02
323.   Bluebleeder87
I like how we match up against the Angels in this series.

Billz tomorrow & Lowe on sunday.

2008-06-27 21:54:41
324.   68elcamino427
Ethier does it again.
2008-06-27 21:54:46
325.   thinkblue88
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 3.5!!!!!!!! YESS!!
2008-06-27 21:54:54
326.   scareduck
Damn, I was wrong. 6-0 Dodgers.
2008-06-27 21:54:55
327.   Jon Weisman
A three-run HR!
2008-06-27 21:54:57
328.   MonkeyBlue
Ethier!!!!!!!!!!! GONE!!!!! BABY GONE!!!!
2008-06-27 21:54:59
329.   Bluebleeder87
Woah, half way of the bleacher action by both Russell & Ethier, good job man!
2008-06-27 21:55:13
330.   underdog
2008-06-27 21:55:45
331.   Jon Weisman
323 - Lackey's pitching Sunday.
2008-06-27 21:55:56
332.   Bluebleeder87
I'm happy for Ethier he needed a little boost like that.
2008-06-27 21:56:19
333.   scareduck
330 - next thing you know we'll be confusing you with a Arkansas fan.
2008-06-27 21:57:20
334.   68elcamino427
Andre Ethier hits a bomb half way up the bleachers and the Dodgers lead it six to nothing - Vin
2008-06-27 21:57:25
335.   Icaros
Now Kuo might get to pitch!
2008-06-27 21:59:25
336.   sporky
330 I've created a monster.
2008-06-27 21:59:41
337.   Bluebleeder87
man that's just wrong 99mph bro! wow.
2008-06-27 21:59:58
338.   68elcamino427
Broxton - 99 mph on the inside corner.
2008-06-27 22:00:06
339.   scareduck
99 MPH on that last pitch to Quinlan. WOW.
2008-06-27 22:00:59
340.   underdog
333 Or Ned Beatty in Deliverance, but let's not go there. ;-)

I meant to say "Squee-thier!"

2008-06-27 22:01:41
341.   68elcamino427
Sssssssssssttt. That's what is sounds like. You can't see it.
2008-06-27 22:03:15
342.   nofatmike
340 "Or Ned Beatty in Deliverance, but let's not go there."

I thought that too coincidentally.

2008-06-27 22:03:45
343.   sporky
Was Broxton's slider at 91?
2008-06-27 22:04:58
344.   underdog
Wicked pitch to throw after all the 97 mph stuff.
2008-06-27 22:05:45
345.   scareduck
343 - probably.
2008-06-27 22:05:57
346.   Bluebleeder87
no way your gonna catch up with ESPECIALLY with that swing Mathew.
2008-06-27 22:06:35
347.   scareduck
Brox hit 100 MPH on that foul.
2008-06-27 22:06:42
348.   Bluebleeder87
Broxton just touched triple digits.
2008-06-27 22:09:22
349.   ryu
Looking at MLB standings at Yahoo Sports, 13 of the 16 teams in the N.L. are on a losing streak (of one game or more). That is just crazy.

The only three NL teams on winning streaks are all in the East: Florida, Atlanta, and Washington.

2008-06-27 22:09:54
350.   68elcamino427
The Big Man mows 'em down.
Think he could close when he grows up?

98-100-99 mph in the last at bat - my goodness.

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2008-06-27 22:11:24
351.   Bluebleeder87
I wonder if Saito is gonna call it a career at the end of the '08 season
2008-06-27 22:12:12
352.   underdog
350/351 - Yes, to both. I think Broxton will be our closer next year.
2008-06-27 22:12:28
353.   Jon Weisman
Stults pinch-hitting!
2008-06-27 22:12:39
354.   scareduck
Bonus runs!
2008-06-27 22:13:01
355.   Bluebleeder87
Stults batting for Brox? I actually wanna see Broxton get a hold of one, Sabathia style!
2008-06-27 22:13:25
356.   underdog
I love it, Stults, our Owings, is PH-ing for Broxton. And probably will do better than Sweeney.
2008-06-27 22:14:22
357.   Bluebleeder87
Torre did what Lasorda use to do but it didn't work tonight.
2008-06-27 22:14:38
358.   underdog
Or maybe he won't fare any better than Sweeney Todd. But less shame in it.
2008-06-27 22:14:39
359.   sporky
Aww - I think he took more pitches than Sweeney, though.
2008-06-27 22:15:09
360.   Bob Timmermann
Seattle beat San Diego 5-2 and stranded 18 runners on base.

They were the first team to leave that many runners on base in a nine-inning game since the Braves did against the Dodgers back on June 23, 1986.

2008-06-27 22:15:46
361.   68elcamino427
Mark is being prepared for his new assignment as the organization's roving pinch hitting instructor.
2008-06-27 22:16:57
362.   Bluebleeder87
I hope Kuo isn't used in a throw away situatiion.
2008-06-27 22:17:41
363.   underdog
Probably just as well. I'd hate for the Dodgers to score more runs and blow their allotment for the next few days.
2008-06-27 22:18:28
364.   underdog
362 - Well, he does need the work, though.
2008-06-27 22:19:25
365.   Bluebleeder87
Saito must need some work to come in in this situation.
2008-06-27 22:20:15
366.   underdog
I guess Saito needs work, too; in for the un-save.
2008-06-27 22:21:25
367.   68elcamino427
Sammy looks pretty good tonight.
2008-06-27 22:22:19
368.   underdog
5 strikeouts in a row for the Dodgers, 6 outta 7. Nice.
2008-06-27 22:23:11
369.   Bluebleeder87
Anderson is thinking outside, I'd throw him something on the inside corner.
2008-06-27 22:24:14
370.   Bluebleeder87
well that worked also, man, Saito has such great control, I really hope he still has something in the thank & WANTS to comeback next year.
2008-06-27 22:24:26
371.   underdog
6 in a row!
Game over.
We win!

That was sweet.

2008-06-27 22:25:10
372.   68elcamino427
And seven out of the last eight Angels batters strike out to end the game. The last six outs strike outs!
Park with seven strikeouts.


2008-06-27 22:25:25
373.   Gagne55
Saito strikes out the side!
Dodgers win!
Dodgers now have more runs scored than allowed!
2008-06-27 22:25:31
374.   natepurcell
I think a lot of us were wrong about Chan Ho this offseason...
2008-06-27 22:25:43
375.   underdog
Oh and 2.5 games out of first place. Which is ridiculous. But we'll take it. Very satisfying to beat the Angels. Now lets do it again tomorrow night.
2008-06-27 22:26:56
376.   underdog
374 - Just about everyone, I'm sure. I'm telling ya, it's that change he made to his release point, it's made a world of difference. Now his decrease in velocity doesn't matter as much - and he's still had better velocity than I'd expected. And control. It's been a treat.
2008-06-27 22:27:30
377.   underdog
Highlights coming up on SportsCenter, too, btw.

Night all!

2008-06-27 22:27:44
378.   scareduck
360 - Ohio or not, you are my hero, Bob.
2008-06-27 22:28:19
379.   Jon Weisman
2008-06-27 22:29:21
380.   natepurcell

Being finally fully healthy certainly helps too I think.

Either way, hopefully he can keep it up.

BTW, when did Brian the Falken Cyborg start throwing 96mph gas?....HUH?!?!?

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