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My Cupholder Runneth Over
2006-04-05 17:08
by Jon Weisman

Something I forgot to mention from Opening Day: The enormous bottle of bottled water the Dodgers force you to buy (if you want to buy water, that is) does not fit in the newly installed seat cupholders. That's the case, at least, on the Loge Level.

I'm not complaining about the cupholder - I just wish they sold two sizes of water.

* * *

Tonight's Game

Tonight's Weather

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Update: The Sandy Alomar, Jr. Personal Catcher (TM) is not working as advertised - Alomar's 2 for 2 performance notwithstanding. Odalis Perez apparently had some technical difficulties with it.

Update 2: I'll have the right side of the menu, please. Second baseman Jeff Kent and first baseman Olmedo Saenz left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after each grimaced on awkward plays in the top of the fourth.

Update 3: Vin says that Kent has a bruised tricep from being hit by a pitch, and Saenz has a troubled back from a collision on an infielder roller with Alomar. They are listed as day to day. Translation: "IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"

Update 4: Dodger Thoughts reader Gold Star for Robot Boy passed along the news that the Dodgers released Dave Roberts tradee Henri Stanley, according to Baseball America.

Comments (433)
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2006-04-05 17:12:35
1.   Bob Timmermann
I'll be in the RF pavilion thanks to coachjpark.

I'll be the guy in the Team South Africa cap. I hope that those colors don't start a ruckus.

2006-04-05 17:15:53
2.   Jon Weisman
If there's a home run to right field tonight, the DT crowd needs to distinguish itself somehow.
2006-04-05 17:17:35
3.   Jacob L
You gotta be real, real thirsty to buy water at the Stadium. How much is that setting you back? You can bring it from home as long as the seal isn't broken.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can find hot chocolate or coffee with a seal on it. That weather for this evening not-looka-so-good.

2006-04-05 17:17:59
4.   Bob Timmermann
I will hold up my scorebook indicating that Jeff Francouer went deep.
2006-04-05 17:18:44
5.   Blu2
I expect a 'Choi chant' at least...
2006-04-05 17:19:09
6.   Bob Timmermann
Looking at the weather forecast, I will be wearing a jacket. My blue Gore-tex raincoat. That sucker is impervious to water.
2006-04-05 17:19:50
7.   Gen3Blue
From here (net) it looks like the weather will let this game in. I was really worried about this whole series. Whats the weather look like to you guys on the W. coast.
2006-04-05 17:20:24
8.   Jacob L
Its not just the water, Bob. Have you been outside this afternoon? There's some Chicago-style wind out there.

Layers, my friend.

2006-04-05 17:24:30
9.   Mr Customer
1. Bob, just save your Nederlander gear for the away games, you'll be just fine.
2006-04-05 17:27:17
10.   Bob Timmermann
I've been outside today in Downtown. It's not that bad.

I'm going home for another layer too.

I'm not getting out my November prep football game in the High Desert gear yet. Nothing is more fun than a nice brisk night at Edwards AFB in the rain.

2006-04-05 17:29:22
11.   Daniel Zappala
Jeff Weaver has thrown 90 pitches, given up 4 runs in 6 innings, and the Angels bring him out for the 7th in a 4-2 game because ... ?

The only thing I can fill in to make sense is: because the Angels want his arm to fall off by the All-Star break so they can bring up his brother Jered.

2006-04-05 17:31:34
12.   Jon Weisman
The Miracle Mile was like a wind tunnel today.

3 - Sure, blame the victim :)

2006-04-05 17:32:15
13.   Jacob L
11 - because they don't read Dodger Thoughts.

10 Sometimes I think my corner in downtown (7 & Fig) is a wind tunnel.

2006-04-05 17:33:14
14.   Bob Timmermann
Sadly, I left behind my ski mask at my brother's home in Michigan. I bought that before I headed up to Edwards AFB. I went to a Sports Chalet and bought one. I paid cash. I told the clerk I didn't want the receipt and I didn't need a bag for it.

I guess I don't look like a criminal.

2006-04-05 18:00:37
15.   Andrew Shimmin
Bannister loses his magic touch in NY. He had a no hitter going through five. Now he's allowed a double, a HBP (his second), and an HR to Nick Johnson. He'd better hope he gets pulled soon; if he bats again he's going to get hit in the head, with all the chin music he's playing.
2006-04-05 18:06:35
16.   bigcpa
I bring a pre-chilled 24oz. Arrowhead sport bottle which fits nicely in the new cupholders. As I discovered last May, at Petco they have a 20oz. limit on bottled water with an exception for pregnant women.

Thumbs up to the new section numbering system, at least on the Loge level. Should help cut down on the aimless wandering. They eliminated the B,B,D,D row numbering as well. For some reason there is no row Q. Is this another 1962 throwback?

2006-04-05 18:14:35
17.   Uncle Miltie
Here's what I wrote on the other thread:
"It seems to me that the Nationals no longer want Ryan Church around, ever since he suffered the toe injury last year. Why don't the Nationals just trade him?
-- Vince, A, Denver

I think the Nationals want Church to be part of the organization. In fact, Church's No. 1 fan is general manager Jim Bowden. However, many in the organization have heard enough of Church's excuses, especially when it comes to his body.

For example, Church said he was run down during Spring Training. People in the organization were stunned when they found out about that particular statement. The organization is hoping that Church will get mentally tougher in the Minor Leagues.

I also don't see the Nationals trading Church unless they get something phenomenal in return."

Sounds like JD Drew...we'll take him.

How do these trades sound
Izturis (all star, gold glover) and Tomko for Livan Hernandez and Ryan Church
Izturis for Scott Baker or Jason Kubel

Any other ideas?

2006-04-05 18:19:39
18.   Marty
I am a block away from the 2nd street tunnel. That generates a lot of wind almost every day.
2006-04-05 18:19:51
19.   Vishal
How do these trades sound


2006-04-05 18:21:31
20.   Vishal
aw, juan "clutch" encarnacion just grounded out with the bases loaded in the 8th inning of a tie ballgame. he's batting 2nd for tony la russa.
2006-04-05 18:22:36
21.   Steve
Now there's a guy that makes Repko actually look like Willie Mays.

11 -- did you post this before or after Weaver got predictably hammered in the seventh?

2006-04-05 18:23:07
22.   Uncle Miltie
Anything is possible with Jim Bowden at the helm
2006-04-05 18:35:58
23.   Uncle Miltie
21- I guess you really like my Repko/Mays comparison form a while ago. Here are a few more:
Repko- .281/.384 8 HR 5 steals
Edmonds- .270/.344
Hunter- .309/.380 9 HR 10 steals
A. Jones- .265/.443 5 HR
Damon- .313/.368 6 HR
Ty Cobb (yes Ty Cobb!) .288/.300 1 HR 2 steals
Tris Speaker .262/.276 3 steals
Duke Snider .297/.450 5 HR 4 steals
Max Carey (at 24, the same age as Repko was last year) .313/.347 1 HR

All the players on the list were either all stars or are in the hall fame, except Repko (not yet).

2006-04-05 18:37:45
24.   Vishal
[23] i bet the list of crappy rookies who weren't all-stars or HOFers is a little bit longer.
2006-04-05 18:38:52
25.   natepurcell
i wish the nationals had some decent arms in their system.

i like everts, but hes still coming back from TJ.

2006-04-05 18:38:55
26.   Vishal
2006-04-05 18:40:10
27.   Uncle Miltie
24- I think you are undervaluing Repko's makeup and hustle. The guy is a true gamer and grinder. A real dirt player (to quote Steve Phillips).
2006-04-05 18:41:10
28.   D4P
Would it be outrageous to predict that Scrapko will outperform Beltran this season?
2006-04-05 18:44:50
29.   overkill94
28 Hey, anything's possible...except that.

Anybody notice pseudo-old friend Brian Meadows put up this load today?

1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 ER, 0 K

for a sterling 43.20 ERA after his first appearance. I smell a DFA!

2006-04-05 18:46:48
30.   Uncle Miltie
28- in terms of raw statistics, probably not (this year), but Repko's leadership would bridge the gap. And with the help of Kenny Lofton, Repko will eventually become a CL (Championship Leader).
2006-04-05 18:47:09
31.   trainwreck
Hope you guys fun at the game tonight.

I love our 1-5 right now.

2006-04-05 18:47:17
32.   D4P
Our cries have been heard!

7 Repko
8 Alomar

2006-04-05 18:47:33
33.   Andrew Shimmin
Red Alert! Jason Phillips is playing 1B for Toronto right now! He's looking mighty silky.
2006-04-05 18:48:41
34.   trainwreck
Alomar has played too much already.
2006-04-05 18:50:24
35.   Andrew Shimmin
Looking at the GameCast for TOR/MIN, looks like Phillips pinch hit for Lyle Overbay. Unless Overbay has had a massive heart attack, I don't understand this move.
2006-04-05 18:51:58
36.   Uncle Miltie
Who has been our best clutch hitter this year? Take a wild guess.

Repko .625/.667/.875 1.542

2006-04-05 18:52:21
37.   natepurcell
re 35


2006-04-05 18:53:59
38.   D4P

Beltran .000/.250/.000 .250

2006-04-05 18:55:19
39.   Andrew Shimmin
Yeah, Liriano was pitching; but I think it's the score that led to it. Isn't the team that's up 9 supposed to be the one that pulls it's starters?
2006-04-05 18:56:11
40.   Andrew Shimmin
Ew. Sorry about the extra apostrophe.
2006-04-05 18:57:23
41.   Uncle Miltie
Did you know that Repko leads the league in batting average and is tied for first with a few players in OBP. He's 5th in the league in OPS.
2006-04-05 19:03:26
42.   natepurcell
chipper out with strained adominal muscle.
2006-04-05 19:04:11
43.   ninjavshippo
aren't we going a bit overboard for a player who batted .221 last year and had 80Ks in 276 ABs last year?

though i do love that arm...

2006-04-05 19:05:39
44.   natepurcell
uncle miltie isnt being serious so no need to worry.
2006-04-05 19:05:50
45.   dzzrtRatt
It might just be that Grady Little has put Repko in a position to succeed.
2006-04-05 19:09:00
46.   EricNus
Anybody else struggling with the sound on
2006-04-05 19:10:36
47.   EricNus
Nevermind. There's Vinny.
2006-04-05 19:12:15
48.   overkill94
Odalis is going to need to keep batters off-balanced all year if he wants to continue his alternating good/bad year streak alive. Call it the Kevin Millwood corollary.
2006-04-05 19:13:07
49.   Steve
Good times. Good times.
2006-04-05 19:13:34
50.   sanchez101
... or it might be only two games into the season. At this time last year jose valentin and ceasar izturis started off real well.
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2006-04-05 19:14:37
51.   natepurcell
lol thats his first stolen base of his career. argh.
2006-04-05 19:14:45
52.   ninjavshippo
i wonder if the Braves go to a RHP out of the bullpen if we might see a late inning Loney appearance at 1B again?
2006-04-05 19:16:30
53.   sanchez101
andruw does his best beltre impression
2006-04-05 19:17:07
54.   Andrew Shimmin
That's my favorite moment of the season, so far. Maybe Repko could teach Andruw Jones not to swing at that crap.
2006-04-05 19:19:12
55.   trainwreck
No Loney in the lineup takes away my excitement.
2006-04-05 19:21:52
56.   Nate Maxwell
Sweet. Horacio is in midseason form.
2006-04-05 19:21:53
57.   MSarg29
Cruz scalded that.
2006-04-05 19:21:57
58.   ninjavshippo
what is it about cruz in dodger blue that makes him a competent hitter?
2006-04-05 19:23:54
59.   overkill94
58 Maybe his hooey about his back finally feeling good once he got traded to the Red Sox wasn't hooey at all. Then again, it's only the third day of the season.
2006-04-05 19:24:25
60.   MSarg29
cheap but I'll take it.
2006-04-05 19:26:01
61.   natepurcell
the tomato needs redemption from his 3k performance on monday.
2006-04-05 19:26:30
62.   ninjavshippo
gotta like that speed at the top of the order... score from second, 1st to 3rd. you'd think we'd have had more speed in the lineup (other than Dave Roberts) considering DS' dimensions...
2006-04-05 19:27:17
63.   natepurcell
ah that was close. sac fly works.
2006-04-05 19:27:26
64.   Marty
Now that's an Ersty.
2006-04-05 19:27:48
65.   Steve
That looked like tee-ball. He missed it by...that much.
2006-04-05 19:28:25
66.   Marty
Check that, it's an Olney. Erstads are with one out.
2006-04-05 19:29:10
67.   natepurcell
the "nickel and dime" dodgers
2006-04-05 19:29:47
68.   overkill94
Sac flies are olneys? I thought it only counted for ground balls.
2006-04-05 19:30:12
69.   Steve
Though of course, against a pitcher who deserves to be nickeled and dimed.
2006-04-05 19:30:12
70.   natepurcell
repko should top this off with a homerun. it would be quite fitting.
2006-04-05 19:30:22
71.   Marty
Can we face this pitcher every game?
2006-04-05 19:30:34
72.   Steve
But that's a quarter, with five cents change.
2006-04-05 19:30:35
73.   MSarg29
Jeez Alomar smoked that. Wow.
2006-04-05 19:31:27
74.   overkill94
Maybe there's something magical about Grittle as a manager that his teams' offenses are dynamite? Who needs power when you can single the heck out of another team.
2006-04-05 19:31:49
75.   Marty
Olneys are productive outs. Erstads are Olneys with one out. Bonus points if it's a ground ball.
2006-04-05 19:33:12
77.   overkill94
Alright everybody, off the Repko bandwagon, no pushing!
2006-04-05 19:34:03
78.   MSarg29
damn, we could of broken it open.
2006-04-05 19:34:13
79.   fawnkyj
Well 4 runs in the inning! I can't wai to mash on the Giants this year.
2006-04-05 19:34:31
80.   natepurcell
theres always the next inning guys.
2006-04-05 19:35:28
81.   Nate Maxwell
71 Yes. We'll trade him to you and he can be your batting practice pitcher. All we ask is a couple of bats or a catcher's mitt or something.
2006-04-05 19:37:22
82.   ninjavshippo
29 pitches in that inning for ramirez. mike remlinger here we come..
2006-04-05 19:37:43
83.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
76 - The Dodgers have scored 19 runs in 19 innings, and they remind you of the 2003 team? The squad that averaged 3.5 runs a game?
2006-04-05 19:39:21
84.   sanchez101
76. i've said it before and i'll say it again, that makes no sense whatsoever.
2006-04-05 19:39:42
85.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Sweet stop for the 6-4 force. But Kent is lucky he wasn't dumped there.
2006-04-05 19:40:14
87.   natepurcell
the two chipmunk look-a-likes showing some camaraderie
2006-04-05 19:41:19
88.   overkill94
83 He's a troll that keeps rehashing quotes that oldbear has said in the past. I'm surprised he isn't banned yet.
2006-04-05 19:41:43
89.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Its just 2 games and 1 inning.
Oh, the irony!
2006-04-05 19:42:25
90.   MSarg29
the Braves could of had a big inning there.
2006-04-05 19:42:46
91.   Marty
My audio on Prime Ticket is cutting in and out. Anybody else noticing that?
2006-04-05 19:44:16
92.   fawnkyj
Apparently nobody told them they were washed up.
2006-04-05 19:46:14
93.   fawnkyj
Woohoo Furcal!
2006-04-05 19:46:29
94.   natepurcell
did you see that!!??!! the helmet flew off. now thats gritty.
2006-04-05 19:46:36
95.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Maybe this is the year the Braves' postseason run ends.
2006-04-05 19:46:45
96.   sanchez101
88. I agree, its probably best to just ignore him.
2006-04-05 19:47:44
97.   Nick Iyengar
Is someone warming up for Atlanta?
2006-04-05 19:47:57
98.   D4P
We swing here 3-0.
2006-04-05 19:48:02
99.   natepurcell
re 95

doubt it. they always find a way.

2006-04-05 19:48:20
100.   Marty
We got the run, but Cruz swung at ball 5.
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2006-04-05 19:48:22
101.   Nate Maxwell
Here's the part where Thomson comes in and shows everyone that there is basically no reason for him to be in the pen and Ramirez to be in the rotation.
2006-04-05 19:48:29
102.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
BB+SB+E2+SF = a run!
2006-04-05 19:48:41
103.   capdodger
Both the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches were up and out of the zone. Take what the man gives you!!!
2006-04-05 19:48:46
104.   overkill94
Ball doesn't seem to be carrying as well tonight, I thought both Cruz and Saenz's fly outs were gone.
2006-04-05 19:48:48
105.   natepurcell

furcal didnt...

2006-04-05 19:49:10
106.   regfairfield
99 Realizing Horacio Ramirez is the 9th best pitcher in their organization is a start.
2006-04-05 19:49:31
107.   sanchez101
Does it seem like Horiaco really gets knocked around whenever he comes to LA, i seem to remember a start of his last season where he stunk it up with his family in stands just like tonite. Maybe he should stop bringing the fam to the ballpark.
2006-04-05 19:49:57
108.   natepurcell
i think when cruz got knocked out, he had some SWAGGER in him and was determined to hit the ball out of the ballpark.
2006-04-05 19:50:42
109.   fawnkyj
I think Cruz swung at those bad pitches because of the chinmusic. He wanted to hurt the ball.
2006-04-05 19:51:44
110.   Nate Maxwell
106 Indeed. At some point Bobby's just got accept the fact that Horacio's lefthandedness is completely outweighed by the fact that he can't pitch.
2006-04-05 19:52:06
111.   D4P
The Gameday photo of the Brewers' Derrick Turnbow is comical.
2006-04-05 19:52:18
112.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
TBS announcers declaring Izturis "was not pleased" about the request he learn to play the outfield.
2006-04-05 19:52:31
113.   D4P
Jim Tracy is now 0-3 with the Pirates.
2006-04-05 19:53:08
114.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
111 - Good gravy, that is amusing.
2006-04-05 19:53:44
115.   Nate Maxwell
Well that wasn't such a bad inning. From terrible to sort of mediocre. That's an improvement.
2006-04-05 19:55:07
116.   overkill94
For you fantasy owners out there, Papelbon got the save for the Red Sox tonight. I'm not sure if it's because they're not pitching Foulke back-to-back or days or if they just realized that Foulke sucks now, but it's something to pay attention to.
2006-04-05 19:55:20
117.   regfairfield
113 And he's only playing two inferior players. (Albeit Burnitz is managements fault.)
2006-04-05 19:56:34
118.   Nate Maxwell
Aha! Ramirez is just miscast. We should make him into a pinchhitter or maybe trade him to an AL team to be a DH.
2006-04-05 19:57:36
119.   confucius
104. Oh man, when cruz went up to get that 3-1 pitch I thought it was halfway up the pavillion. It barely made it to the warning track.
2006-04-05 19:57:49
120.   MartinBillingsley31
Perez is getting lucky, he's not looking very good.
2006-04-05 19:58:44
121.   confucius
113. Music to my ears.
2006-04-05 20:00:11
122.   natepurcell
i thought that diaz ball was gone. ball definately isnt carrying well.
2006-04-05 20:00:17
123.   Steve
113 -- You may think I didn't notice that.
2006-04-05 20:00:44
124.   regfairfield
Oh wait, forgot Duffy over McLouth. Three inferior players.
2006-04-05 20:00:44
125.   D4P
Perez isn't very good. No way he's a #3 starter.
2006-04-05 20:01:12
126.   Nate Maxwell
Odalis is looking very Ramirez-esque right now.
2006-04-05 20:01:31
127.   fawnkyj
Awww come on OP. You say you want run support and when you get some, you give them right back.
2006-04-05 20:03:01
128.   regfairfield
125 Hey, look at those 2002 and 2004 numbers. The man has a quality strikeout to walk ratio.

Now lets all pray he can get back to that.

2006-04-05 20:03:01
129.   D4P
No chance of that.
2006-04-05 20:03:57
130.   D4P
Francoeur with the clutch Ersty.
2006-04-05 20:04:36
131.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2006-04-05 20:04:52
132.   fawnkyj
Jezz are you kidding me OP?!?!?!
2006-04-05 20:05:09
133.   MSarg29
good job Odalis.
2006-04-05 20:05:41
134.   Nate Maxwell
Ok, Horacio, it's back to square one. If you go out there and hold down the fort a little, I'll take it all back. Well, maybe not all of it.
2006-04-05 20:05:49
135.   Steve
The key to Perez is to realize that he avoids the strike zone like Bill Plaschke avoids multi-sentence paragraphs and common sense. Once you sit on him and wait, he's Carlos Perez.
2006-04-05 20:06:03
136.   MartinBillingsley31
I look at our rotation this way:
Penny is a #2 or 3
Lowe is a #2 or 3
Perez is a #4
Tomko well nevermind
Seo is a mystery to me

And as i type perez's luck just ran out.

2006-04-05 20:06:40
137.   Nick Iyengar
Might just be me, but it seems like Odalis is a mental case. One thing goes wrong, and he's liable to have a meltdown.
2006-04-05 20:07:22
138.   trainwreck
I guess somone forgot to tell Odalis it is an even year.
2006-04-05 20:08:34
139.   regfairfield
Compare his ERA to Barry Zito's, and Odalis looks pretty good. It's only one start.
2006-04-05 20:08:44
140.   Uncle Miltie
What the _____. Odalis just gave back up 5 run lead!
2006-04-05 20:09:35
141.   confucius
136. That seems pretty accurate. I don't know what Derek Lowe is though.
2006-04-05 20:10:41
142.   overkill94
How did Alomar get thrown out at second on that hit???
2006-04-05 20:10:51
143.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Sandy Alomar Jr. can be run down from behind by a glacier.
2006-04-05 20:11:07
144.   Steve
Nice scrappy rally-killer there. Good field awareness on the best arm in the National League.
2006-04-05 20:11:32
145.   Nate Maxwell
Don't run on Francouer, Sandy Alomar. Just a bad idea all the way around.
2006-04-05 20:11:49
146.   overkill94
Wow, Repko is definitely back in my doghouse now.
2006-04-05 20:11:57
147.   Steve
What a difference a day makes
Twenty Four little hours
What a difference a day makes
And the difference is....
2006-04-05 20:12:01
148.   MSarg29
Repko returning to being Repko I guess.
2006-04-05 20:12:12
149.   D4P
Ja(y)son's back.
2006-04-05 20:12:15
150.   jasonungar05
I wont hate u as much if u get a hit, Odalis
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2006-04-05 20:13:01
151.   Gen3Blue
Why are they batting a batting practice pitcher.
2006-04-05 20:13:37
152.   regfairfield
What the heck did Repko do? It has to be more than pop up. (I'm stuck on Gameday.)
2006-04-05 20:14:00
153.   D4P
Grady Little chooses Jiffy-Lube.
2006-04-05 20:14:37
154.   Steve
151 -- When they carried 12 pitchers for precisely this purpose (or whatever purpose they came up with)
2006-04-05 20:14:59
155.   capdodger
That was a lousy inning. Bad baserunning. Bad AB by Scrappy. No runs. Hey, at least the lineup turned over.
2006-04-05 20:15:40
156.   overkill94
Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and...crap
2006-04-05 20:15:58
157.   capdodger
152 - Fouled out to the first baseman in front of the braves dugout on a high "fast"ball.
2006-04-05 20:17:19
158.   Steve
Our first look at Lance Carter coming up, while Bobby Cox hits and runs with Todd Pratt on first and the pitcher up
2006-04-05 20:18:40
159.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
One bunt.
Two men down.
2006-04-05 20:18:44
160.   Steve
Good veteran communication there on the surprise bunt.
2006-04-05 20:18:53
161.   MSarg29
poetry in motion huh?
2006-04-05 20:19:12
162.   overkill94
Olmedo's gotta back down on that one, Sandy's going forward and had already called him off.
2006-04-05 20:19:45
163.   sanchez101
Nice job, I thought veterans like Saenz and Alomar get their jobs by avoiding plays like that.
2006-04-05 20:20:15
164.   MSarg29
and now Ramirez leaves with an injury..which hurts us more than the Braves.
2006-04-05 20:21:12
165.   overkill94
3+ IP for the peanut, good thing Seo was able to go three innings last night.
2006-04-05 20:22:06
166.   Steve
Hey, thanks for letting Odalis hit in the bottom of the inning, Tracy.
2006-04-05 20:22:28
167.   Curtis Lowe
Little pulls Peanut for Carter.

I dont know whether to sing praises or roll in the mud.

2006-04-05 20:22:47
168.   capdodger
166 - Tracy would have left Odalis in here.
2006-04-05 20:23:03
169.   Gen3Blue
Why would you bat Perez with a man on third and a cripple piching and then take him out in the next inning--don't tell me --I know.
2006-04-05 20:23:52
170.   capdodger
166,168 - It's not that uncommon to let the pitcher hit for himself in the bottom of the 3rd, either.
2006-04-05 20:25:15
171.   Uncle Miltie
So he takes out Perez, but leaves in Lowe to get hammered? I hope the real Lance Carter doesn't show up this inning.
2006-04-05 20:26:09
172.   King of the Hobos
171 Unfortunately, the real Lance Carter showed up
2006-04-05 20:26:10
173.   overkill94
Isn't it strange how the team has pulled a 180 since the spring? It seemed no one could get a hit but the pitching was dynamite, now it's vice-versa.
2006-04-05 20:26:12
174.   MartinBillingsley31
Carter and brazoban = our worst relievers.
2006-04-05 20:26:13
175.   Steve
170 -- No, no, it's really not. But neither are stupid managers.
2006-04-05 20:26:16
176.   MSarg29
this is awful
2006-04-05 20:26:20
177.   D4P
Clever walk by Carter sets up force play at every base.
2006-04-05 20:26:44
178.   Steve
Lance Carter had a great spring training.
2006-04-05 20:27:23
179.   Telemachos
Hmm, this is rapidly approaching a trainwreck.

I go into Ralph's with the Dodgers leading 5-1. I return home to discover it's 5-5 and the bases are loaded with no out.


Edit: 6-5.

2006-04-05 20:30:12
180.   Steve
If I were Lance Carter, and I had Lance Carter's "stuff," I would walk Andruw Jones too.
2006-04-05 20:30:36
181.   D4P
The All-Star is struggling a bit tonight.
2006-04-05 20:30:40
182.   capdodger
Grabowski's Principle, please report to Chavez Ravine
2006-04-05 20:32:47
183.   Uncle Miltie
People need to stop dissing the all star. He was an integral part of the Devil Rays deal.
2006-04-05 20:32:48
184.   King of the Hobos
Ramirez is gone, and Atlanta's bullpen isn't exactly good. This could be a 21-20 game when it's over
2006-04-05 20:33:00
185.   MartinBillingsley31
Average starting pitching needs above average relievers, so grady inserts carter.
2006-04-05 20:33:19
186.   MSarg29
8 straight runs. Nauseating.

Carter pours gasoline on the fire. Impressive.

2006-04-05 20:35:38
187.   Jon Weisman
On a serious note, what does this mean for the Perez-Alomar personal catcher experiment?
2006-04-05 20:36:01
188.   Curtis Lowe
If you have a Tecate whilst watching the game it's actualy quite comical.
2006-04-05 20:36:27
189.   scareduck
Where's a good bus to come in and run over the mound when you need one, that's what I say.
2006-04-05 20:36:43
190.   Steve
At least Edwin Jackson isn't around any more to frustrate or disappoint us.
2006-04-05 20:36:48
191.   D4P
Good point, Jon. It was all Alomar's fault.
2006-04-05 20:37:13
192.   Curtis Lowe
187- Alomar has alot of heart. Peanut has a fragile heart. Together they create a skippy heart.
2006-04-05 20:37:20
193.   scareduck
187 - Grittle is notoriously patient. Expect it to continue until the Dodgers have lost 20+ games because of it.
2006-04-05 20:37:34
194.   Gen3Blue
I was amazed by how dead Perez' arm lookedin the second, it actually made the op. pither look wicked in comparison. But I'm thinking, what do I know, you can't tell much on TV. Amazing
2006-04-05 20:38:13
195.   scareduck
188 - Tecate? Pacifico!
2006-04-05 20:38:43
196.   Curtis Lowe
"Odalis had technical difficulties with Alomar."


2006-04-05 20:39:04
197.   Curtis Lowe
195- On sale at the supermarket.
2006-04-05 20:39:30
198.   scareduck
Oh sweet Christ are they still doing that Gophercam garbage? And Vinny -- God bless him, but he's just wrong here -- had the temerity to talk about how far off the ball was. No way the gopher can tell.
2006-04-05 20:42:01
199.   Gen3Blue
173 Very true. for some reason I had a premonition of this, but Penny's performance sort of lulled me. Is starting piching suspect?
2006-04-05 20:42:17
200.   King of the Hobos
Great, Lucille II is on deck for Kent. Things are not looking good
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2006-04-05 20:42:30
201.   MSarg29
mentioned Kent not on deck...he looked awkward sliding into second earlier.
2006-04-05 20:42:42
202.   scareduck
Is J.D. Doo anything like doggy doo?
2006-04-05 20:43:07
203.   jasonungar05
oh great, ramon is pinch hintting for Kent as Drew K's

is LOST on yet? + 20 minuets to record

2006-04-05 20:43:13
204.   natepurcell
little conceeding the game. bringing in lucille II
2006-04-05 20:43:22
205.   scareduck
Great... Kent hits the DL. Welcome to your 2005 Dodgers!
2006-04-05 20:43:38
206.   Gen3Blue
O great --Kents out--hit by pitch!
2006-04-05 20:44:33
207.   Steve
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.
2006-04-05 20:44:56
208.   D4P
At least we can be happy that it took 2.5 games for Grittle to put Lucille in there.
2006-04-05 20:45:14
209.   DaveP
did I hear correctly that Saenz may be hurt, as well?
2006-04-05 20:45:20
210.   King of the Hobos
Now Saenz is out of the game. I'm hoping it's because Loney is the better defender and a right hander is on the mound, we don't need to lose Saenz and Kent
2006-04-05 20:45:42
211.   Uncle Miltie
Call up Aybar! Hopefully, Alomar is next.
2006-04-05 20:46:11
212.   scareduck
209 - that's what Vinny said, Saenz "may" have hurt himself fielding that bunt.
2006-04-05 20:46:46
213.   oldbear
Kent was laughing on the bench about something...

Maybe he just decided to take the nite off.

2006-04-05 20:48:16
214.   natepurcell
at least loney will get some ABs now.
2006-04-05 20:48:46
215.   King of the Hobos
Let's hope Furcal doesn't get injured, because we'd be forced to play Navarro, Ledee, or Ross at SS (or 2B with Martinez moving).
2006-04-05 20:49:13
216.   oldbear
On a serious note, what does this mean for the Perez-Alomar personal catcher experiment?

I'm just relieved that it is a 'personal' catcher experiment.

I thought Grits was playing Alomar just to play him.

Is Sandy Jr going to get 40% of the at bats this year?

Not good. Unless the 1-4 plan on hitting .600 the rest of the year.

2006-04-05 20:49:45
217.   natepurcell
carters ERA down to 4.5!

half way to all star level!

2006-04-05 20:50:19
218.   Brendan
If Kent and Saenz get hurt by barely making contact with other players or the ground it is going to be a lonnng season. we are going to have Jacksonville 2005 in LA this year. those were both old guy injuries, getting hurt for no apparent reason.
2006-04-05 20:50:54
219.   scareduck
213 — probably thinking about motocross.
2006-04-05 20:52:45
220.   DaveP
that loud cheering you may have just heard was a group of Las Vegas 51s gathered together watching the game in Vegas tonight. It won't be long before 1/3 of those guys are called up if the Dodgers keep dropping like flies tonight.
2006-04-05 20:52:56
221.   Brendan
kent looked like he tweaked something with his arm/elbow/wrist and saenz something with his leg/knee. both were taken out because of injury but not sure if just a precaution/twinge.
2006-04-05 20:53:00
222.   Uncle Miltie
217- if he gets it down to 4 and we trade him to Kansas City AND he becomes their closer than he can probably make the all star team yet again. He's such a great competitor.
2006-04-05 20:53:17
223.   scareduck
Ba Loney.
2006-04-05 20:54:07
224.   scareduck
218 — did you hear the sound of shattering viscera?
2006-04-05 20:54:19
225.   D4P
That's "Bologna"
2006-04-05 20:54:41
226.   Uncle Miltie
2006-04-05 20:55:02
227.   scareduck
207 — can someone explain who Lucille is?
2006-04-05 20:57:03
228.   Uncle Miltie
Thata boy Sandy!
2006-04-05 20:57:53
229.   scareduck
Is it just me, or does Vinny look tireder than ever?
2006-04-05 20:59:23
230.   King of the Hobos
Nice play by Carter. Maybe he was an all star for his glove
2006-04-05 20:59:25
231.   scareduck
Maybe they should try Carter at short if Furcal goes on the DL.
2006-04-05 20:59:48
232.   Curtis Lowe
229- Chill. There are somethings best left unsaid.
2006-04-05 20:59:59
233.   Uncle Miltie
229- he's had to watch Carter pitch and Alomar attempt to play defense.
2006-04-05 21:00:16
234.   Steve
Lucille is Ramon Martinez II, so named for Liza's character on Arrested Development, the irrepressible Lucille II.
2006-04-05 21:00:16
235.   Jon Weisman
Nice fielding by Carter.

229 - I think most of us look more tired as we get older.

2006-04-05 21:02:30
236.   capdodger
Ugg... the way this game is going, that Jack Daniels spot gave me an idea.
2006-04-05 21:02:45
237.   scareduck
Whether you like Jack Daniels mixed, straight, or on the rocks, there's only one way to drink it: just before you get on the mound.
2006-04-05 21:03:10
238.   Brendan

Not over my shrieks, no

2006-04-05 21:03:13
239.   D4P
Steve and Ms. Minnelli are on a first-name basis.
2006-04-05 21:06:24
240.   King of the Hobos
Sanez and Kent are day-to-day, with tomorrow to rest
2006-04-05 21:06:24
241.   scareduck
Does anybody else find it strange that the Dodgers are letting Grady Little do radio spots before we know whether we want to tar and feather him? Isn't it sort of presumptuous?

Kent's got a bruised tricep, but the news is worse for Saenz, who hurt his back. Both are day-to-day.

2006-04-05 21:07:40
242.   Jon Weisman
In case you missed it, Vin's injury update is up top.
2006-04-05 21:08:45
243.   capdodger
237 - Ah, yes. The Derek Lowe endorsement deal.
2006-04-05 21:08:54
244.   scareduck
Does anybody else think it's presumptuous of the Dodgers to let Grady Little do ad spots before we know whether we want to tar and feather him?
2006-04-05 21:09:35
245.   D4P
I am disinclined to pronounce "Diaz" as "Die-azz."
2006-04-05 21:11:14
246.   Steve
I'm going to start calling Perez "David Gest"
2006-04-05 21:11:58
247.   scareduck
244 - but I repeat myself. Slow server, I guess.
2006-04-05 21:13:38
248.   natepurcell
francouer has looked horrible to start the year. he better start being more selective.
2006-04-05 21:14:53
249.   scareduck
"Come Play In Our Park"
-- Dodger Stadium slogan

Apparently they're planning on converting the outfield to a sandbox, since the Dodgers aren't catching much there that the Braves are hitting.

2006-04-05 21:15:47
250.   King of the Hobos
Repko actually played a deep fly ball well. Too bad Furcal dropped the ball
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2006-04-05 21:16:04
251.   natepurcell
nice throw by repko.
2006-04-05 21:16:15
252.   Steve
Dropping the ball saved the umpire from blowing the call. Even he likes Repko's arm too much.
2006-04-05 21:16:22
253.   scareduck
248 - word is he may never get there.

Almost a great play at second.

2006-04-05 21:17:54
254.   scareduck
Loney makes a nice play on that bouncing chopper.
2006-04-05 21:18:50
255.   Uncle Miltie
248- but everyone says he's the next Vlad...
2006-04-05 21:20:00
256.   overkill94
Thomson's gotta be done right? 3 innings tonight after an inning yesterday? Or was that Monday...

Let's get the bats going again against this suspect pen!

2006-04-05 21:20:58
257.   Gen3Blue
I know Martin should be catching!
2006-04-05 21:23:30
258.   natepurcell
finally, JD drew a walk.

i was worrying when the first one would come.

2006-04-05 21:24:06
259.   Telemachos
Yeah, that JD... such a free-swinger. ;)
2006-04-05 21:25:24
260.   natepurcell
dont take loney out....
2006-04-05 21:26:29
261.   King of the Hobos
260 Who would he be replaced with at 1B? Navarro?
2006-04-05 21:26:38
262.   Gen3Blue
Here you need a guy like Choi!

sorry everyone.

2006-04-05 21:27:59
263.   trainwreck
Loney's going to take Remlinger deep, or at least a Loney HR ie a double.
2006-04-05 21:28:08
264.   Johnson
260 Who would we put in? We've already burned three bench players, so we're down to what, Navarro, Robles and Ross?
2006-04-05 21:29:25
265.   King of the Hobos
264 No Robles, just Navarro and Ross
2006-04-05 21:30:22
266.   Johnson
My 264 - forgot we're carrying 12 pitchers. So no Robles, right?
2006-04-05 21:32:01
267.   natepurcell
good battle for loney.
2006-04-05 21:32:07
268.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Quite an AB for Loney.
2006-04-05 21:32:16
269.   Uncle Miltie
Loney having a Cora-like at bat...
2006-04-05 21:33:17
270.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
That'll do.
2006-04-05 21:33:22
271.   MSarg29
thank you Renteria.
2006-04-05 21:33:29
272.   natepurcell
that lefty slice ate up renteria.
2006-04-05 21:35:14
273.   natepurcell
nickel and dime! nickel and dime!
2006-04-05 21:35:15
274.   Daniel Zappala
Thank goodness for Remlinger.
2006-04-05 21:35:15
275.   Johnson
...and the Braves announcers (yep, only TBS in NorCal) spent a graphic earlier in the game demonstrating that Rentería was no worse than Furcal. Well, I bet Furcal doesn't boot that double play ball by Loney. It's already translated into two runs. Woo!
2006-04-05 21:35:32
276.   Steve
With Andy Marte you get egg roll.
2006-04-05 21:35:54
277.   fawnkyj
Nice Ab by Loney, very poised for a 21year old. Mueller is quickly becoming a favorite of mines.
2006-04-05 21:36:50
278.   Gen3Blue
Gee- so far if we had average pitching we'd look like a dynasty!
2006-04-05 21:37:25
279.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
For those watching TBS: There's something too weird about a Godfather video game.
Although it's probably better than the "My Dinner with Andre" arcade game, as seen in The Simpsons.
2006-04-05 21:37:38
280.   King of the Hobos
Old friend Milton Bradley just tripled to lead off the bottom of the 8th for the A's, who are tied up with the Yankees 4-4
2006-04-05 21:37:40
281.   natepurcell
i would be a lot more confident in our comeback capabilities if we didnt have lucille II in the 4 spot for the remainder of the game.
2006-04-05 21:38:11
282.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2006-04-05 21:38:41
283.   natepurcell
alomar found the fountain of youth!
2006-04-05 21:38:47
284.   Telemachos
Thank God for Renteria and the Braves' pen.
2006-04-05 21:38:53
285.   Steve
Scrappy veteran line drives spend green too. Come on Repko!
2006-04-05 21:39:18
286.   MSarg29
nice little comeback here. Let's see if Repko can have a quality at bat here.
2006-04-05 21:39:46
287.   natepurcell
repko taking one for the time. scrappiness pays off!
2006-04-05 21:40:20
288.   King of the Hobos
Repko HBP on the wrist. Hopefully that doesn't mean we lose another player (even if it's Repko)
2006-04-05 21:41:01
289.   King of the Hobos
Time for Ross to prove his worth, and to make himself look better to potential trade partners
2006-04-05 21:41:09
290.   ROC
Ouch, darn, wait...bring up JtD if Repko is DL'd!
2006-04-05 21:41:12
291.   Vishal
yhency isn't actually batting is he??
2006-04-05 21:41:14
292.   Uncle Miltie
nobody told me the game was on TBS!
2006-04-05 21:41:17
293.   scareduck
Wow. I'm speechless.
2006-04-05 21:41:46
294.   Vishal
okay, good, because that would be a firing offense.
2006-04-05 21:42:12
295.   MSarg29
Cody needs to drive in a run or his stay will be real brief.
2006-04-05 21:42:14
296.   Johnson
What are the odds that Ross takes over in the outfield after Repko's HBP?
2006-04-05 21:42:23
297.   scareduck
Damn near plunked Ross.
2006-04-05 21:42:24
298.   Steve
Don't get out of the way!
2006-04-05 21:42:26
299.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Hey, TBS announcers: Ralph Kiner is from New Mexico!
2006-04-05 21:43:32
300.   Johnson
292 Sorry, Uncle Miltie!
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2006-04-05 21:43:34
301.   MSarg29
awful at bat for ross
2006-04-05 21:44:15
302.   Gen3Blue
Is it normal for teams to lose~20% of their regulars to being hit by pitches, or do many of our opponents have worse pitching than we do. Or worse yet is there purpose in these pitches?
2006-04-05 21:44:29
303.   D4P
So far this year, the Dodgers have 39 hits, 32 of which have been singles.
2006-04-05 21:44:39
304.   Steve
That was further inside than ball 1
2006-04-05 21:45:29
305.   scareduck
So, is Furcal now an F word?
2006-04-05 21:45:36
306.   Gen3Blue
296 Very Good.
2006-04-05 21:45:40
307.   MSarg29
could of used a flyball like that from Ross.
2006-04-05 21:46:23
308.   D4P
Unproductive outs!
2006-04-05 21:47:56
309.   regfairfield
So long as JD Drew has the second lowest batting average on the team at .385, I'm confident in our chances.
2006-04-05 21:48:01
310.   natepurcell
OH MY GOD!!!! OFDSHDSHDS0937943274324395&^&^
2006-04-05 21:48:09
311.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Oh God, no.
2006-04-05 21:48:16
312.   King of the Hobos
Loney looks hurt. This can't be good
2006-04-05 21:48:22
313.   scareduck
Okay, now it's the AA team's turn to come up with a spare first baseman.
2006-04-05 21:48:28
314.   Steve
Get over there, Osoria!
2006-04-05 21:48:33
315.   overkill94
Three up three down for first basemen, is Fred McGriff still available?
2006-04-05 21:48:48
316.   DodgerHobbit
OMG we almost just injured our 3rd 1'st baseman
2006-04-05 21:48:52
317.   MSarg29
know Loney is hurt. It doesnt stop.
2006-04-05 21:48:58
318.   Gen3Blue
Loney's gone.
2006-04-05 21:49:17
319.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Stuck his thumb in it. Ooooh.
2006-04-05 21:49:40
320.   Vishal
i don't want to jinx it, but it looks like the A's are on the verge of blowing the game open.
2006-04-05 21:49:55
321.   overkill94
Woo hoo! The Osoria Special!
2006-04-05 21:50:09
322.   scareduck
Nice 1-6-3 despite the screwup double clutch.
2006-04-05 21:50:11
323.   Vishal
ack, what happened?!??!
2006-04-05 21:50:33
324.   natepurcell
furcal should come in and close for us. he could probably hit 100 on the gun.
2006-04-05 21:51:31
325.   scareduck
Let's hope Vinny's wrong about where it hit Loney -- the wrist is a terrible place to be hit.
2006-04-05 21:52:15
326.   overkill94
Come on Franky, keep those ground balls coming!
2006-04-05 21:52:25
327.   regfairfield
320 Do you not acknowledge the power of Rowdy Kyle Farnsworth?
2006-04-05 21:52:39
328.   natepurcell
now osoria cant find the strike zone.
2006-04-05 21:53:16
329.   MSarg29
Osoria is really working to make our lives more difficult.
2006-04-05 21:53:41
330.   Gen3Blue
Sad commentary-- Going for a snack, I wanted to turn off the sound bfore our new pitcher threw a pitch so I wouldn't have to hear the crack of the bat. I couldn't find the remote, and instantly heard the sharp liner that may disable Loney. Thats the way its going this year.
2006-04-05 21:53:51
331.   natepurcell
everytime little comes to the mound, he looks super pissed off.
2006-04-05 21:54:17
332.   Uncle Miltie
Why didn't you guys tell me it was on TBS!

Oh well. I probably would have watched the Clippers game anyways, since it's so late in the season.

The Braves announcers are saying that it hit Loney on the thumb. It looked like his wrist to me.

The umpire is really squeezing Osoria.

2006-04-05 21:55:26
333.   natepurcell
stop squeezing the zone!
2006-04-05 21:55:37
334.   MSarg29
can Hamaluck possibly be ready?
2006-04-05 21:57:18
335.   overkill94
Osoria's hurrying his motion, he needs to just let it flow like usual.
2006-04-05 21:57:27
336.   scareduck
320 - no jinx, it's Kyle Farnsworth.
2006-04-05 21:58:07
337.   MSarg29
Just an awful job by Osoria. We come back and tie the game and he just it away.
2006-04-05 21:58:22
338.   scareduck
320 - no jinx, it's Kyle Farnsworth.
2006-04-05 21:59:20
339.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Whew. Nice play, Ramon.
2006-04-05 21:59:26
340.   Uncle Miltie
Wow what a play by Lucille
2006-04-05 21:59:31
341.   D4P
I didn't know it was on TBS either...Argh!
2006-04-05 21:59:38
342.   MSarg29
Just an awful job by Osoria. We come back and tie the game and he just it away.
2006-04-05 21:59:55
343.   natepurcell
lol go figure.. furcal comes up limping.
2006-04-05 22:01:32
344.   Uncle Miltie
Wow what a play by Lucille
2006-04-05 22:03:06
345.   natepurcell
repko can come play shortstop now.
2006-04-05 22:03:42
346.   scareduck
Looks like the Big Hurt clears the bases. A's 9, Yankees 4.
2006-04-05 22:03:44
347.   natepurcell
repko can come play shortstop now.
2006-04-05 22:03:53
348.   Vishal
wait a sec... so in this one game, kent, saenz, loney, repko, and now furcal are all hurt?
2006-04-05 22:03:54
349.   D4P
Reader Mike Branom writes in to pass along the news that the Dodgers released Dave Roberts tradee Henri Stanley, according to Baseball America.

Bad trade. Dodgers should have gotten more in return.

2006-04-05 22:04:55
350.   natepurcell
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2006-04-05 22:05:06
351.   Johnson
Repko to SS, Loney to LF, Cruz to RF, JD to CF, Alomar to 1B and Navarro coming in to catch? Is that what we have to do if Furcal can't go? Geez.
2006-04-05 22:05:29
352.   overkill94
Are we creating that much traffic? This site is crawling right now.

Quick hook on Boyer, too bad Reitsma's just as bad.

2006-04-05 22:05:35
353.   Steve
Three games in and it is already clear that while we may live with Grady Little, he is obviously not going to distinguish himself.
2006-04-05 22:06:22
354.   regfairfield
348 God hates the Giants, and Colletti brought that with him.

It's the only way I can explain it. Can we go get Carlos Pena now?

2006-04-05 22:07:03
355.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
But thank God we have a 12-man pitching staff!
2006-04-05 22:07:30
356.   MSarg29
The site is really struggling.
2006-04-05 22:08:33
357.   scareduck
353 - yes, but do you want to fire him yet, Steve?
2006-04-05 22:09:08
358.   Gen3Blue
Wow, in our excitement we've overloaded BB Toaster.

At some point, Ive stopped being stressed and been overwhelmed by the humour of seeing these guys maimed and limping on almost every play. It really is funny in a way that playing this game seems deadly to these guys. My family never could quite understand my uncontrolled laughter over the three stooges and the Pink Panther movies, but this has turned a sad night into entertainment!

2006-04-05 22:09:13
359.   MSarg29
that was a good pitch to hit there for loney.
2006-04-05 22:09:36
360.   overkill94
Is it safe to assume Loney's wrist is killing him, but he's just sucking it up since no one's left?
2006-04-05 22:10:16
361.   scareduck
Crosby pulls a Jeter and gets his man. Too funny.
2006-04-05 22:11:15
362.   Uncle Miltie
How about Bill Mueller to 2B, Martinez at SS, Repko at 3B? I really wouldn't want Repko at SS even though he played there in the minors
2006-04-05 22:11:18
363.   Steve
I'm sure I'll get there eventually. At this point, I'd just like to have a pitching staff that doesn't average giving up 8 runs a game -- something I'm not likely to get regardless of my less than distinguished manager.
2006-04-05 22:11:18
364.   scareduck
360 - that would be the optimistic view. The pessimistic view is that he is overmatched.
2006-04-05 22:12:11
365.   Brendan
Everyone go to the window and scream "We're Not Taking This Anymore"

Nevermind. furcal is ok.

2006-04-05 22:13:02
366.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
I'd just like to have a pitching staff that doesn't average giving up 8 runs a game
I need to check the numbers, but doesn't it seem that around MLB scoring is up - way up - through these first three days?
2006-04-05 22:13:47
367.   scareduck
358 - moreover, aside from Kent and Saenz, most of the injuries are occuring to guys who can take it. I think the Dodgers will be okay.
2006-04-05 22:14:24
368.   scareduck
366 - the hitters are still ahead of the pitchers. Come back in a couple weeks.
2006-04-05 22:14:31
369.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2006-04-05 22:14:54
370.   Gen3Blue
Imagine having a pitcher like Koufax in this Era. It would seem unfair.
2006-04-05 22:16:02
371.   scareduck
Wow, a zero frame. How long have I pined for one!
2006-04-05 22:16:31
372.   capdodger
Wow, in our excitement we've overloaded BB Toaster. Between us and Bronx Banter, yeah...
2006-04-05 22:16:43
373.   Brendan

Seeing Loney scream reminded me of Wes Parker.

2006-04-05 22:17:14
374.   D4P
Sure, Mueller gets hits early in the game, but not when we really need it...
2006-04-05 22:17:35
375.   scareduck
What will I take home? If I'm Furcal, Kent, Saenz, etc., probably an ice pack.
2006-04-05 22:17:54
376.   D4P
Sure, Alomar gets hits early in the game, but not when we really need it...
2006-04-05 22:19:09
377.   D4P
Sure, Repko gets hit by a pitch early in the game, but not when we really need it...
2006-04-05 22:19:24
378.   natepurcell
very demoralizing loss.
2006-04-05 22:19:46
379.   MSarg29
what a crappy loss. Neither of us deserved to win.
2006-04-05 22:20:15
380.   capdodger
Thank $deity that that game is over. Had it gone to extras, they would have been calling up all of the 51's.
2006-04-05 22:20:41
381.   Curtis Lowe
378- Not really. Ed Rapuano is always a prick to the Dodgers. It hink he lost money in 88.
2006-04-05 22:20:48
382.   MSarg29
good night all
2006-04-05 22:20:50
383.   Uncle Miltie
Ok, I guess the real Repko is back.
2006-04-05 22:22:41
384.   MartinBillingsley31
Wrong people got injured today, if kent and furcal go on the DL we have martinez and robles, that's a HUGE DOWNGRADE in production.
If repko gets injured we allways have guzman, which actually would be an upgrade.

Bad luck with injuries, the dodger way.

2006-04-05 22:24:08
385.   Woody
Wait till next year?
2006-04-05 22:24:59
386.   capdodger
381 - I rather like how he tried to give the Bravos an extra run in the 8th. As if runs can be scored on a two-out force play...
2006-04-05 22:27:41
387.   natepurcell
the biggest mistake by little tonight was leaving osoria in too long. 2 outs and langerhans coming up after osoria has just walked the last 2 batters... bring in hamulack.
2006-04-05 22:28:58
388.   Curtis Lowe
386- I had always thought my hunch about ed was just being paranoid but that lameness in the 8th was icing on the cake for my clairvoyance.
2006-04-05 22:30:33
389.   Curtis Lowe
387- Very true but Hamulack was just about 1 minute into warm-ups and could have been really bad. They showed that Honeycutt called the Bullpen to see if he was ready and since he didn't come into the game I assumed he was not.
2006-04-05 22:33:10
390.   natepurcell
and thats the managements fault.

you have two mounds in the bullpen, you should utilize them.

2006-04-05 22:35:14
391.   capdodger
389 - It seems that Grittle was a mite bit bewildered on that one. It's almost as if he wasn't looking at the line up card tacked to the wall behind him.
2006-04-05 22:37:03
392.   MartinBillingsley31
Bottom line is you get better starting pitching and none of this second guessing concerning the bullpen would matter.
I guess i got spoiled by the 2003 starting pitching, since then it has been a disaster.
2006-04-05 22:37:05
393.   Curtis Lowe
390,391- I agree. I forgot about the rest of the inning G Dawg had to prepare.

Oh yeah Grady Little is now G Dawg. Or Little G
whichever you prefer.

2006-04-05 22:38:52
394.   Curtis Lowe
If the starting Pitching stays rocky do we see C Bills sooner than Later?
2006-04-05 22:39:15
395.   Steve
392 is right, but not having guys warmed up has been a problem for, oh, five years now, and it would be nice for some dog to catch that car sooner or later.
2006-04-05 22:40:05
396.   MartinBillingsley31

That's a good question.
I hope so.

2006-04-05 22:42:53
397.   Steve
Wait a minute, am I to understand that Grady Little is claiming he didn't bring in Hamulack because Brian Jordan would have come in to pinch hit? Please tell me that Kevin Kennedy didn't just say that (the volume is very low -- I'm hoping I misheard)
2006-04-05 22:43:40
398.   Curtis Lowe
Personaly, I like Robles mannerisms better than Ramons.
2006-04-05 22:45:54
399.   natepurcell
well everyone come back tomorrow at 4PM PT for suns thoughts. the game is at home so it will be on the webcam.
2006-04-05 22:46:30
400.   natepurcell
Ramon did make a great play on that up the middle grounder. Kent probably couldnt get that.
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2006-04-05 22:47:32
401.   trainwreck
That is right when my class is...maybe I will not go...again.
2006-04-05 22:47:36
402.   Curtis Lowe
400- But he didn't look good doing it.
2006-04-05 22:48:33
403.   natepurcell
That is right when my class is...maybe I will not go...again.

heh, i didnt go opening day.

2006-04-05 22:48:41
404.   capdodger
397 - yeah....That would have happened IFF Bobby Cox thinks Jordan vs. Hamuluck ? is better than Langerhans (who had just come in that inning) vs. Hamuluck. Then who would have pinch hit for the Braves pitcher in the 9th? Not that Brian Jordan is even a better hitter than Ryan Langerhans. I think you may be right, Steve..
2006-04-05 22:49:25
405.   Curtis Lowe
If Kent had been been benched I wonder what the outcome of tonights game would have been. Would he have gotten those key base hts Ramon failed to? Would he have snuffed that ball Ramon put out of its misery?

These and many more questions will be answered in a zone I like to call the night night zone.

2006-04-05 22:50:26
406.   Curtis Lowe
405+had not been benched.
2006-04-05 22:51:48
407.   trainwreck
I went to my morning class at 8 and then skipped rest of classes and flipped through all the games. Plus there was UCLA game.
2006-04-05 22:53:28
408.   Steve
If he really said that, then by all means FGL. If he thinks it is 1995, then he is not of much use to anybody.
2006-04-05 22:53:36
409.   MartinBillingsley31
Today's game is a good example of why a long reliever makes your bullpen better.
And by the way, why didn't grady use seo today?
But anyways getting back to my point, if billingsley can get it together, we can move the worst of the 2 of tomko or perez to the pen as a long reliever, and if they complain then you know you have a selfish player on your hands.
2006-04-05 22:54:13
410.   King of the Hobos
Anhyone know who's expected to start tomorrow? Billingsley, Orenduff, Elbert, and Leach? Looks like our top starting pitching prospects could be out in full force
2006-04-05 22:54:44
411.   oldbear
Whats most demoralizing is that Odalis Perez is probably the Dodgers #2 starter.

Kent should be ok as long as that pitch didnt break any bones.

Saenz tweaked his back. He's old. That will happen. Loney should be playing everyday up here anyways.

Furcal's injury looked pretty bad though. If its serious, bring the Destroyer up and let him play SS.

38 hits
32 singles
1 home run

How long can the team keep scoring runs through hitting singles? Not sure.

2006-04-05 22:55:33
412.   natepurcell
And by the way, why didn't grady use seo today?

he pitched almost 3 innings yesterday.

2006-04-05 22:55:36
413.   oldbear
And by the way, why didn't grady use seo today?

Seo pitched 3 innings yesterday.

2006-04-05 22:56:21
414.   natepurcell
How long can the team keep scoring runs through hitting singles? Not sure.

if they keep getting on base, they will keep scoring runs. OBP is the best correlation for runs scored.

2006-04-05 22:56:21
415.   MartinBillingsley31
I wouldn't get too thrilled about all the runs scored, it is the braves pitching.
2006-04-05 22:57:06
416.   natepurcell
re 410

i would really like VB to update their roster. and i would really like to write an article about the minor league rosters.

2006-04-05 22:57:10
417.   Jon Weisman
409 - Seo pitched three innings yesterday, Carter pitched three innings today. That's pretty much what a long reliever would do.
2006-04-05 22:57:32
418.   MartinBillingsley31
412 413

ooopppsss, i forgot.

2006-04-05 22:57:39
419.   natepurcell
re 415

oh come on we scored like 10 runs off hudson and smoltz.

2006-04-05 23:00:43
420.   oldbear
I'm not sure if Furcal/Cruz/Drew/Kent is really good, or just lucky so far.

Tomko vs Jimmy Rollins on Friday.

2006-04-05 23:03:01
421.   natepurcell
tomko pitching in coors east on friday against a lineup that consists of abreu, burrell, utley, and ryan howard.

im expecting 3 homeruns at least.

2006-04-05 23:04:15
422.   MartinBillingsley31

Its just the rest of the runs were off of nobody pitchers.

2006-04-05 23:06:07
423.   natepurcell
Its just the rest of the runs were off of nobody pitchers.

so? wouldnt you be more worried if we didnt score any runs off those nobody pitchers?

i really cant see how anyone can be dissapointed with the offensive output for the dodgers in this series. if our starters were halfway decent, we would have had a sweep.

2006-04-05 23:07:53
424.   Louis in SF
I don't think you can see too many trends after 3 games, but something that is very important that can be garnered after 3 games, is what happens if Jeff Kent gets injured or just needs a day off. The power/rbi production really goes down. With no power hitting infielder other than Kent, I am not expecting that much pop from Nomar when he returns-the Dodgers, I think will have to find their pop in the outfield and Guzman or Either seem to be the best candidates, unless LaRoche is ready sooner. On those days hopefully we can move Mueller to second. Ironically this dilema was what the Giants faced with Snow at First and Mueller at 3rd-no power except Kent and of course Bonds.
2006-04-05 23:09:23
425.   MartinBillingsley31

But i'm just saying that it wasn't as tho we were up against 3 solid starters(only 2) and a solid bullpen (braves bullpen sucks, excuse my language).

2006-04-05 23:12:21
426.   MartinBillingsley31

what happens if Jeff Kent gets injured or just needs a day off. The power/rbi production really goes down.

Exactly, and add furcal to that with what happened to him today.

2006-04-05 23:31:13
427.   slackfarmer
414 "OBP is the best correlation for runs scored." Actually, OPS has a higher correlation. See
2006-04-05 23:34:18
428.   oldbear
Frank Thomas apparently doesnt need many at bats during spring training to get tuned up.
2006-04-05 23:51:57
429.   coachjpark
Just got back... thanks to DT posters that made it out to the game, including Mr. Bob Timmermann, who was, indeed, wearing his South Africa baseball cap. Bob informed me that the outing to the game was his first in the RF pavilion since 1978...

As for the game itself, the big mistake was not putting the team in position to get Gagne in the game. I called Dodger Talk and said that we should have had Baez out there in the 8th inning with an 8-8 tie, and then throw Gagne out there in the 9th inning with a one-run lead or even in a tie ballgame, especially with the day off tomorrow. It just doesn't make sense to not have your best relief pitcher out there with the game on the line. The same can be said with Torre's Yankees yesterday and his leaving Scott Procter to lose the game rather than Rivera....

Nonetheless, it was a successful outing for me personally. I would say a good 70-80% of my 1000 tickets actually went to use and hopefully I can make this an annual Dodger outing for my clients/prospective clients.... and Dodger Thoughts readers. My Elijah prayers for no rain apparently were heard by the Big Dodger in the Sky.

2006-04-05 23:56:46
430.   das411
Wazzup everybody? Sorry in advance for the hit-and-run post but I was all set to watch 6 ballgames Monday afternoon, this girl I know called, and yadda yadda yadda I have 2000+ comments to catch up on now! :)

Steve et al: I hope you are all thrilled you'll get to see your favorite SS in person! Only 18 more games to catch Joe D...

To all the "Lost" watchers (and I'll try not to give anything away here): have any of you read "Pale Fire" by Nabokov? I strongly suspect whoever wrote tonight's episode is very familiar with that book. If anyone is interested:

I'll catch up with everything I've missed here this weekend sometime, just wanted to check in and say hey, and I love these new Dodgers; they look like the 2003 Red Sox offense combined with the 2005 Dodger pitching!



2006-04-06 00:04:57
431.   jeepseats
We need Billingsley NOW!
2006-04-06 00:23:11
432.   Linkmeister
429 I think Gagne was serving day two of his suspension, so he wasn't an option.
2006-04-06 00:28:08
433.   coachjpark
If I'm not mistaken, he served both games Opening Day and Game #2, no? So he would have been available today.
2006-04-06 00:52:17
434.   Kilgore Trout
Old Friend Update:

According to the same Baseball America link at the top, the Brewers released Jason Romano.

2006-04-06 01:04:39
435.   Andrew Shimmin
433- He didn't play in the first game, but didn't rescind his appeal till after it was over. So, he wasn't eligible for tonight, either. Anyway, there was plenty of bad news tonight without getting our first official look at what Gagne is, post injury.

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