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It's Time for More Music and Les Walrond
2006-09-20 15:50
by Jon Weisman

The starting pitcher for the Cubs today at Philadelphia: Les Walrond, 29 years old, 18 2/3 career innings, 18 earned runs allowed. Perhaps his average of eight strikeouts per nine innings will win out.

* * *

Cubs at Phillies, 4:05 p.m.

Diamondbacks at Padres, 7:05 p.m.

Pirates at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

Comments (487)
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2006-09-20 15:56:20
1.   Bob Timmermann
If you're relying on Les Walrond to help your playoff chances, you might as well just pack up the kit and go home.
2006-09-20 16:02:11
2.   OaklandAs
Another nice outing for Jae Seo in the Devil Rays win this afternoon. He has now given up 2 ER or less in 7 of his last 8 starts, but hasn't been credited with a single win during that time.
2006-09-20 16:03:01
3.   Jon Weisman
I'm relying on Les Walrond to help our playoff chances no more than I rely on Les Nessman for anything more than the Hog Report.
2006-09-20 16:06:39
4.   dzzrtRatt
What is wrong with the Debbil Rays? I'm not expecting them to compete with the Yankees, but why can't they even reach mediocrity? They seem to have enough good players.'s year after year. You'd think there would be an outlier season somewhere in there where they were in the hunt for at least a month or two.
2006-09-20 16:12:30
5.   Xeifrank
Is Tomko starting tonight? :)
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 16:13:39
6.   underdog
3 Good ol' Nessman and his hog futures reports, "because that's what people are interested in"; He won the coveted Silver Sow Award for hog reporting.
2006-09-20 16:14:01
7.   underdog
5 I'm hoping they don't even let him in the ballpark.
2006-09-20 16:19:33
8.   Jon Weisman
Two on, one out for Ryan Howard. But the first out was a strikeout!
2006-09-20 16:21:32
9.   Jon Weisman
Two strikeouts!

Les Walrond is the major leagues' most exciting pitcher!

2006-09-20 16:22:47
10.   caseybarker
2006-09-20 16:24:06
11.   Jon Weisman
And Walrond strikes out the side!
2006-09-20 16:33:23
12.   underdog
... and his orchestra.
2006-09-20 16:35:57
13.   Bob Timmermann
All Walrond needs to do is get the game to the 7th inning with a lead and Howry and Dempster are money in the bank!

Someone's bank. I'm unsure in to which account it's been deposited.

2006-09-20 16:39:10
14.   dzzrtRatt
So I looked up this Walrond guy too. Lots of really encouraging things. He was a 13th round pick of the Cardinals. He's had two double-digit win seasons! Just not in the majors.

And for rotisserie players, dig this comparison:

Fantasy Comparison:
Johan Santana 1666
Francisco Rodriguez 1518
Joe Nathan 1458.5
Jonathan Papelbon 1448.5
Les Walrond -8

2006-09-20 16:42:04
15.   Xeifrank
Philly Thoughts:
Come for the comments, stay for the cheese steak sandwiches. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 16:45:10
16.   Bob Timmermann
Followed up by complimentary angioplasties or quadruple bypasses.
2006-09-20 16:46:30
17.   Jon Weisman
Oh - I got new cholesterol results yesterday! The bad is under 200 for the second year in a row! Unfortunately, not enough under 200 that I can start eating more hamburgers.
2006-09-20 16:47:14
18.   Jon Weisman
Five Ks for Walrond in two innings - plus a K at the plate for himself.
2006-09-20 16:49:27
19.   Bob Timmermann
Cholesterol, where your health demands that you be below the Mendoza line!
2006-09-20 16:53:43
20.   Xeifrank
Brett Myers is doing well so far. Where is Hermann when you need him? vr, Xei
2006-09-20 16:58:13
21.   Bob Timmermann
Walrond is on an 18 K pace.
2006-09-20 16:59:28
22.   Bob Timmermann
Aramis Ramirez breaks the spell!
2006-09-20 17:01:15
23.   Bob Timmermann
Walrond is also on pace to throw 171 pitches in 9 innings.
2006-09-20 17:07:20
24.   gibsonhobbs88
We need to take care of ourselves first. Go Maddux. We desperately need Maddux to go deep into the game due to our "gan can to the fire middle relief" of late. Looking forward to the game tonight in person, could be my last of the regular season. Russ's dad to play the National Anthem, maybe if they win, it will be our new good luck charm to use like the Lakers had Jeffrey Osborne in the 80's.
2006-09-20 17:08:23
25.   Bob Timmermann
Scott Moore for some minor elective office!

How about "County Central Committee"?

2006-09-20 17:14:58
26.   Bob Timmermann
Les has gone Billingsley on us! He can't find the strike zone.
2006-09-20 17:17:16
27.   Jim Hitchcock

Man, how I've missed Bob's one liners.

2006-09-20 17:17:57
28.   Bob Timmermann
Les Walrond is no longer my hero.
2006-09-20 17:20:44
29.   underdog
Russ Martin's Dad for some political office too! I love that guy.
2006-09-20 17:21:37
30.   Bob Timmermann
Now it's time for:

Les Walrond, After the Music.

2006-09-20 17:30:19
31.   Xeifrank
Tonight's score...
Pirates: 4
Dodgers: 8
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 17:42:23
32.   Sam DC
(rather OT)

I'm fairly confident the probability of that is zero. :)

LOL (and a point well made)

2006-09-20 17:50:02
33.   bigcpa
Haven't seen this posted here- we're Drew-less...

Furcal, SS
Lofton, CF
Nomar, 1B
Kent, 2B
Anderson, RF
Lugo, 3B
Ethier, LF
Martin, C
Maddux, P

2006-09-20 17:57:57
34.   dzzrtRatt
I don't know what the stats show, but Lofton looks more tired to me than Drew.
2006-09-20 17:58:48
35.   ddger
If Lugo has to be in the starting lineup, he should be batting 8th.
2006-09-20 17:59:59
36.   ddger
It seems that we are really stumbling toward the finish line while the Padres and Phillies are really coming on strong.
2006-09-20 18:03:25
37.   Telemachos
36 As of today, we are stumbling.... but if there's anything we've learned about the '06 Dodgers, it's that they could turn on a dime and win the next 6-8 games.
2006-09-20 18:04:57
38.   StolenMonkey86
Runs allowed by Chacon in his starts as a Pirate:


2006-09-20 18:08:35
39.   dzzrtRatt
36 I'm a little disappointed that we aren't getting more from Loney and Kemp and/or that Little isn't using them more. Our old guys are carrying the whole load, and they're looking weary. And where's Repko? And isn't Delwyn Young on the roster now?
2006-09-20 18:09:52
40.   regfairfield
34 Drew has been playing really well with the exception of last night.
2006-09-20 18:14:44
41.   Telemachos
39 I think it's pretty clear that Little is riding his veterans as much as he feels he can... while trying to get the hot bats into the lineup. Kemp hasn't shown much since he came back up (admittedly he hasn't had a lot of opportunities), and my guess is Little doesn't feel inclined to experiment right now (for better or worse).

I do think it'd make sense to give Lofton a chance to rest -- he hasn't been doing particularly well lately and his positive contributions are essentially on the offensive side of things only.

2006-09-20 18:22:36
42.   Bob Timmermann
I think Marlin Anderson batting 5th will be known as a "plateau".
2006-09-20 18:26:25
43.   Greg Brock
Despite the justified Padres hatred, the Cubs will have played no small role in the events of the past two weeks, including this evening.

Everybody loves the Cubs, eh? Not this guy over here right now.

2006-09-20 18:28:04
44.   Bob Timmermann
I believe the love of the Cubs is not that great outside of Chicagoland.
2006-09-20 18:29:19
45.   GMac In The 909
The Cubs suck.
2006-09-20 18:31:55
46.   Bob Timmermann
Productive out for the Cubs makes it 6-2 Phillies in the 8th! Keep hope alive!
2006-09-20 18:41:08
47.   overkill94
The Phillies are doing to the Cubs what we were supposed to do - dominate them...they suck.

I said it at the time and I stick by it, those two losses against the Cubs would be the primary culprit if we end up missing the playoffs.

2006-09-20 18:42:06
48.   Bob Timmermann
You do know that the Cubs beat the Phillies 11-6 in the first game of the series.
2006-09-20 18:46:50
49.   overkill94
48 Irrelevant!
2006-09-20 18:53:38
50.   GMac In The 909
47 I think that 10-6 loss last night to the Pirates might have something to do with trips to Cancun as well.
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2006-09-20 18:53:53
51.   caseybarker
38 so 7 tonight.
2006-09-20 19:00:30
52.   NPB
That lineup is insane. Little went senile right around September 1. We could still win, of course, but isn't a manager supposed to optimize talent?
2006-09-20 19:01:54
53.   Bob Timmermann
So nobody else wants to join the Les Walrond Marching and Chowder Society?
2006-09-20 19:02:44
54.   Uncle Miltie
Politics aside, this is one of the best campaign ads I've seen in a while (I'm sure Sam has seen it)
2006-09-20 19:03:46
55.   Bob Timmermann
Les Walrond hates puppies.
2006-09-20 19:04:23
56.   Bob Timmermann
In Spanish "Les Walrond" translates as "Robinson Checo".
2006-09-20 19:07:27
57.   overkill94
52 What's wrong with the line-up?
2006-09-20 19:11:15
58.   Bob Timmermann
Wells retires the DBacks on 8 pitches in the 1st. Edgar Gonzalez, the lesser E. Gonzalez, on Arizona toes the slab for the Copper State Nine.
2006-09-20 19:12:00
59.   PDH5204
52 Why insane? Furcal is 4-10 against Chacon. Lofton is 2-2. Nomar is 2-2. Kent is 9 for 25[?], with an OBP over .400. Lugo is 3 for 7, with a walk. On the down side, the recent Hercules is 1 for 8. Ethier and Martin have not otherwise faced Chacon.

I am otherwise hoping the Marlins hold on tonight against the Mets. They've got 6 left with the Phils, and so long as their mathematically alive, well, you get the point. It's bases loaded Mets, bottom nine, two outs, in a 6-3 game.

2006-09-20 19:12:56
60.   overkill94
An early lead would go a long way toward giving me some peace of mind.
2006-09-20 19:14:05
61.   Greg S
Am I missing something or is the SD game not on DTV Extra Innings? Is the SD game EVER on DTV Extra Innings? Seems rare.
2006-09-20 19:14:37
62.   Bob Timmermann
It would make sense for Kent to have a lot of ABs against Chacon since they were both in the NL West for several seasons.
2006-09-20 19:15:23
63.   Bob Timmermann
San Diego, Philadelphia, and Toronto do not have their own broadcasts on EI. They only appear if the visiting team is showing the game.
2006-09-20 19:18:01
64.   PDH5204
Update: The Marlins hold on! With a Marlin win tomorrow, and a Phillies loss, followed a Marlins series sweep...As Bob said, Keep hope alive...
2006-09-20 19:19:19
65.   Big Game
is it just me or have the dodger outfielders been tossing a lot more balls in to the stands the last few weeks? i really noticed it the other night and it seems like something new...
2006-09-20 19:19:47
66.   Bob Timmermann
The bigger thing is that the Marlins and Phillies are fairly close in talent, so each game should be a tossup. Josh Johnson is out for the season however.
2006-09-20 19:21:26
67.   Dodger Hill
Ethier is hitting in front of Martin why?
2006-09-20 19:23:18
68.   Gen3Blue
67 Lord knows. But its probably the same reason Lugo is.
2006-09-20 19:24:38
69.   Dodger Hill
68. Good God, I just saw where Lugo is hitting. Is there no mercy?
2006-09-20 19:26:02
70.   Dodger Hill
D-Backs score!!!
2006-09-20 19:26:08
71.   Greg S
63. Interesting. But isn't Arizona televising the game?
And one other question... why did I pay for EI?
2006-09-20 19:27:26
72.   Gen3Blue
69 Just be glad he's not hitting third, like the other night.
It's true.
2006-09-20 19:29:10
73.   Bob Timmermann
Overall, I prefer EI because I would rather watch a baseball game on a TV than a computer monitor.

The DBacks probably didn't contract for late season road games because they didn't think they would still be in it.

2006-09-20 19:35:42
74.   Big Game
josh bard hr to tie it in SD.
2006-09-20 19:35:47
75.   Andrew Shimmin
Chacon is clearly cheating.
2006-09-20 19:40:56
76.   Greg S
What is Ethier wearing around his neck? looks more like a mini hula-hoop than a necklace. Hope it is not a collar.
2006-09-20 19:41:24
77.   overkill94
Ethier's bat still looks slow. Not sure if we have enough time to be patient with him during the home stretch.
2006-09-20 19:44:08
78.   overkill94
I don't particularly like this Bautista character
2006-09-20 19:44:37
79.   Greg S
Well good. Because it seems like we refuse to score until the other team does.
2006-09-20 19:47:23
80.   Sam DC
Oh fer cryin' out loud. Number 8 hitter no less.
2006-09-20 19:48:11
81.   Travis
Bob, no Griddle post yet about the Mets clinching HFA throughout the NL playoffs with the Cardinals loss?
2006-09-20 19:48:24
82.   Bob Timmermann
The Cardinals have lost and the Mets have clinched homefield advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
2006-09-20 19:49:15
83.   overkill94
2006-09-20 19:49:19
84.   Bob Timmermann
Those were simulposts.

HFA doesn't get its own post.

2006-09-20 19:49:52
85.   GMac In The 909
The Pirates are that damn good.
2006-09-20 19:50:38
86.   Sam DC
80 Well, it's not really more stifying when the team's best hitter does it to you either.
2006-09-20 19:50:43
87.   Bob Timmermann
Eric Byrnes for Satrap!
2006-09-20 19:51:11
88.   Travis
84 I'm just exacting my revenge for you beating me by 1 second this afternoon on the listed-pitchers-must-face-one-batter rule
2006-09-20 19:51:25
89.   overkill94
On the bright side, DT favorite Eric Byrnes somehow knocked in guys who were on 1st and 2nd with a single to make it 3-1.
2006-09-20 19:52:46
90.   Greg S
Vinny telling stories about Paul Waner.

I don't remember Rex Huddler ever doing that.

2006-09-20 19:53:19
91.   Sam DC
Old gunslingers just never get any rest, do they bob.
2006-09-20 19:55:56
92.   Bob Timmermann
I feel like John Wayne in "The Shootist."
2006-09-20 19:56:35
93.   underdog
I'm enjoying the Russell Martin family slideshow on the TV-cast. (Sincerely. It's fun to see pics of him as a toddler and of his mom.) It's even more fun to see Russ take a walk.
2006-09-20 19:56:38
94.   fanerman
89 - Booyrnes! Booyrnes!
2006-09-20 19:57:14
95.   Bob Timmermann
Or maybe I'm more like Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven."
2006-09-20 19:59:21
96.   overkill94
92 Better than John Wayne in The Conqueror.
2006-09-20 19:59:23
97.   Greg S
Uh oh. We don't really want Maddux running the bases. Remember last time that happened? He could come out in the 4th.
2006-09-20 19:59:37
98.   underdog
I didn't enjoy that caught stealing quite as much.

But I did enjoy the badly timed single by Maddux. Such is life with the Dodgers.

94 Heh. "Are you saying 'Boo' or 'Boo-urns'?
Moleman: "I was saying 'Boo-urns!'

2006-09-20 20:00:25
99.   underdog
Jeez. The Dodgers sure are making some half-assed swings.
2006-09-20 20:01:20
100.   overkill94
I have a good feeling about Lofton's at-bat right here.
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2006-09-20 20:01:43
101.   natepurcell
hahah maddux just stole 2nd.
2006-09-20 20:01:53
102.   overkill94
Awww, poor Kenny doesn't have the power that he used to
2006-09-20 20:04:34
103.   StolenMonkey86
Maddux and Lugo have the Dodgers' only two hits?

They're doing about as well as I am against the boss guy in act two of Launch Base Zone.

2006-09-20 20:06:09
104.   overkill94
94 Can't let a good Simpsons reference go unnoticed. I'm not going to attempt to give the full quote, however. I'm not that well-versed in Simpsons lore.
2006-09-20 20:08:45
105.   overkill94
Can't say I'm happy about giving up a 2-out walk to bring up a guy that's all of a sudden really hot.
2006-09-20 20:09:38
106.   JoeyP
When Mark Teahen went down, Bautista was the first 3rd basemen i picked up and of course I cut him after his first two really bad weeks. Now this series he starts to hit....
2006-09-20 20:11:13
107.   StolenMonkey86
well the good news is I just beat it
2006-09-20 20:12:39
108.   Bob Timmermann
2 on, none out for the Padres with Bard at the plate.
2006-09-20 20:14:18
109.   Bob Timmermann
The immortal Bard goes down on three straight pitches.
2006-09-20 20:14:29
110.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Vin gives us closure to the Polo Grounds/window story he told the other night.
2006-09-20 20:15:40
111.   Bob Timmermann
And Cameron is up for one pitch and hits into a DP.

Tight collar tonight in the NL West.

2006-09-20 20:16:20
112.   Gagne55
The Dodgers beat the Pirates like a drum last time they came to town. What happened?
2006-09-20 20:16:36
113.   overkill94
Don't tell me our offense has decided to go on vacation again.
2006-09-20 20:16:50
114.   Gagne55
111 But can the Blue come back?
2006-09-20 20:17:02
115.   MSarg29
we are making chacon look like bob gibson.
2006-09-20 20:17:31
116.   underdog
Why is Shawn Chacon Sandy Koufax tonight? Sheesh. This is really frustrating.
2006-09-20 20:17:54
117.   Bob Timmermann
Well, if the lighting is bad, I suppose.
2006-09-20 20:18:30
118.   PlayTwo
It is bad luck to let someone where Maury Wills' number. It should be retired.
2006-09-20 20:19:13
119.   MSarg29
117 - thats good
2006-09-20 20:19:19
120.   Bob Timmermann
C'mon Bob Gibson or Sandy Koufax? Make up your mind on your analogies or I will take this matter to the Bilateral Commission for the Determination of Analogies which is held in a place like Lisbon.
2006-09-20 20:19:21
121.   underdog
Heh, Gibson, Koufax, Marichal, whoever he is, he's not Shawn Chacon. Jim Tracy must be paying them all secret bonuses for every game they beat the Dodgers.
2006-09-20 20:20:40
122.   JoeyP
I wonder why Chacon is swinging on 3-1?
2006-09-20 20:21:30
123.   underdog
I'm so bored and frustrated by this game that I'm going to take a quick break to give you all a sleeper movie recommendation: Duck Season. A small, very likable Mexican movie about the day in the life of some teens. Sounds slight but it's great.

Okay, now back to this regularly scheduled dud of a game.

2006-09-20 20:21:35
124.   Bob Timmermann
Because he's a pitcher and not a very good or knowledgeable hitter.
2006-09-20 20:21:38
125.   Gagne55
Gibson is a right handed black starting pitcher. Chacon is a right handed black starting pitcher. Therefore Chacon is Gibson.
2006-09-20 20:22:16
126.   Gagne55
124 which is why the coach should have given him the take sign
2006-09-20 20:22:37
127.   Bob Timmermann
The Padres have activated Ryan Klesko for tonight's game.

If the Dodgers are lucky, he will get into the game.

2006-09-20 20:24:41
128.   Bob Timmermann
It's not like take signs are always heeded.
2006-09-20 20:24:51
129.   Gagne55
Looks like San Deigo will lose. First place is available. sigh
2006-09-20 20:25:05
130.   overkill94
Argh argh argh
2006-09-20 20:25:12
131.   MSarg29
It feels like this game will be out of reach if they score again. Of course after what we saw on Monday thats ridiculous.
2006-09-20 20:26:09
132.   JoeyP
Maddux is the same pitcher every game.
Either the balls find gloves, or they dont.

Tonite, they havent.

2006-09-20 20:26:19
133.   underdog
The Dodgers need to give up one more run so we can all get excited about the 9th inning. :-/
2006-09-20 20:28:22
134.   overkill94
Was that Sele warming up in the pen? He'd be my choice to replace Maddux in the 6th (assuming he takes himself) and have him pitch 2 innings as long as he's effective. Whether we go to Broxton/Saito in the 8th will depend on if we score some runs. Otherwise, throw some darts and hope someone will get lucky for an inning.
2006-09-20 20:28:47
135.   Gen3Blue
So the D's seem helpless against this guy Chacon. Maddox got a hit off him though.
2006-09-20 20:28:48
136.   overkill94
takes himself out that should say in the parentheses
2006-09-20 20:30:00
137.   scooplew
118 If Wills gets into the Hall of Fame, where he deserves to be, the Dodgers will finally retire his number.
2006-09-20 20:30:39
138.   JoeyP
Chacon wasnt horrible last season for the Yankees.

But generally in the NL West, he's been really bad. I remember when he was the Rockies closer. Those were good times.

2006-09-20 20:31:40
139.   overkill94
Way to get the rally started, Andre!
2006-09-20 20:33:26
140.   Gen3Blue
Really, I didn't think Chacon was this like totally dominating guy. Maybe he's having a good night, but I think its the D's pitching effect.
2006-09-20 20:33:29
141.   MSarg29
maybe thats the break we need.
2006-09-20 20:33:40
142.   overkill94
Way to keep it going, Bautista!
2006-09-20 20:33:58
143.   StolenMonkey86
Thank you Jose Bautista.

I have to believe have someone hit for Maddux here

2006-09-20 20:34:27
144.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Good move pinch-hitting for Maddux.
2006-09-20 20:34:30
145.   overkill94
Way to score that run, Olney!
2006-09-20 20:34:39
146.   StolenMonkey86
Betemit in to hit, 2 runners in scoring position, 1 out
2006-09-20 20:35:52
147.   overkill94
Yahoo, Furcal!
2006-09-20 20:36:00
148.   StolenMonkey86
Furcal says the rally's not over
2006-09-20 20:36:22
149.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2006-09-20 20:36:30
150.   Bob Timmermann
Bases loaded 1 out for the DBacks in the 6th.

Pitcher Gonzalez up.

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2006-09-20 20:36:59
151.   overkill94
Nice bunt, seems like one Lofton would usually beat out. I don't think he's quite running at Kenny speed these days.
2006-09-20 20:37:04
152.   underdog
Hah hah. That was the sloppiest entry into 3rd base I've ever seen. But I'll take it.
2006-09-20 20:37:05
153.   StolenMonkey86
why did he bunt?


2006-09-20 20:37:16
154.   Sam DC
2 home runs for Dontrelle?
2006-09-20 20:37:27
155.   Bob Timmermann
Gonzalez whiffs and now it's the fielding Chris Young up.
2006-09-20 20:37:48
156.   Johnny Nucleo
Lofton out on the first pitch.
2006-09-20 20:37:52
157.   overkill94
TD? Thirty-nine-million Dollars?
2006-09-20 20:37:57
158.   Bob Timmermann
I guess both Chris Youngs field.
2006-09-20 20:38:11
159.   Johnny Nucleo
Lofton out on the first pitch.

I've got deja vu.

2006-09-20 20:38:22
160.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
53 triples, most since 1970 (67)
2006-09-20 20:38:27
161.   JoeyP
Cuz he's an idiot.
If Shawn Chacon is on the hill, dont bunt.
2006-09-20 20:38:31
162.   underdog
I think that would have made sense for the Kenny of a few years ago, not a bad idea at all. But now, I dunno...
2006-09-20 20:39:07
163.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
157 - Just another triple for the Dodgers.
2006-09-20 20:39:17
164.   Bob Timmermann
Young whiffs and the DBacks fail to score. 3-1 going to the bottom of the 6th.
2006-09-20 20:39:57
165.   Greg S
153 To get a hit, knock in the run and help us win I believe.
2006-09-20 20:40:33
166.   underdog
Btw, what does JATFTD stand for?
Just as That Furcal tripled for the Dodgers?
2006-09-20 20:40:52
167.   StolenMonkey86
154 - Bob, when's the last time a pitcher homered twice in a game?
2006-09-20 20:40:55
168.   Brendan
did Vin say Koufax threw 200 pitches in a game in 1958?
2006-09-20 20:41:18
169.   StolenMonkey86
166 - see 163
2006-09-20 20:41:28
170.   underdog
I was hoping for Good Sele but so far it's Bad Sele.
2006-09-20 20:42:08
171.   Bob Timmermann
Leadoff double for Giles in the 6th in S.D.
2006-09-20 20:42:20
172.   underdog
Ah, thanks. Sorry, I typed that before the other one showed up. Damn slow wireless connection!
2006-09-20 20:42:39
173.   Greg S
167 Dreifort?
2006-09-20 20:42:49
174.   JoeyP
That a bad inning for Jose Bautista.
Wonder if Jimbo will pull him.
2006-09-20 20:43:37
175.   Bob Timmermann
The AP story says Randy Wolf hit 2 HRs on 8/11/2004 against Colorado.
2006-09-20 20:44:13
176.   underdog
He would pull him if he still had Mike Edwards waiting in the wings.
2006-09-20 20:44:48
177.   Bob Timmermann
And yes, the Phillies won the day Wolf hit two home runs.

They eked out a 15-4 win at Coors Field.

2006-09-20 20:44:50
178.   underdog
Rats, if Nomar had just gotten a little less under that one.
2006-09-20 20:45:17
179.   Bob Timmermann
Make that at CBP.
2006-09-20 20:46:21
180.   JoeyP
I find it amazing that Furcal, Kent, Drew, and Anderson are all OPS'ing over 1.000 for September, and yet the team is under .500 record wise.
2006-09-20 20:46:48
181.   Bob Timmermann
Two outs for the Padres. Giles at third, Bard at bat.
2006-09-20 20:47:20
182.   Bob Timmermann
Bard grounded out. 3-1 DBacks going to the top of the 7th.
2006-09-20 20:48:49
183.   Greg S
And the starting pitching has been decent too. I think the answer lies between the foul pole and the left field Pavilion.
2006-09-20 20:50:31
184.   scooplew
177 Bob: Do you know if a pitcher has ever hit three homers in a game?
2006-09-20 20:50:35
185.   Brendan

i forgot i have a dvr. sandy made over 200 pitches in a 13 inning game in 1961. 9-20-61. mother of pearl that is ton of pitches

2006-09-20 20:50:43
186.   Bob Timmermann
Those are some pretty rough fans...
2006-09-20 20:50:43
187.   Greg S
So is Chacon like Gibson, Koufax or Maddux?
2006-09-20 20:51:10
188.   Xeifrank
You can now make it 10 out of the last 11 games that a pitcher other than the starter, Broxton or Saito has pitched. Probably another 1+ inning until the billy goat gruff let's us cross the bridge. So far, sosele good. vr, Xei
ps - hit n run with maddux and martin wasn't the greatest move.
2006-09-20 20:51:16
189.   StolenMonkey86
183 - You think it's the beach balls?
2006-09-20 20:51:41
190.   Greg S

A little to your right.

2006-09-20 20:51:45
191.   Johnny Nucleo
184 - Babe Ruth?
2006-09-20 20:51:56
192.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
In SD, Gonzo reaches first on a blown call.
And that knocks Wells out of the box.
2006-09-20 20:52:13
193.   underdog
Just because I'm still bored and frustrated, a random Dodger player callback:

Shawn Hillegas.

Thank you.

2006-09-20 20:53:48
194.   Bob Timmermann
Guy Hecker in 1886 and Jim Tobin in 1942.
2006-09-20 20:53:55
195.   Greg S
192 Hey Gold Star- you're in Arizona... are you watching the game on Fox Sports AZ?
2006-09-20 20:55:14
196.   underdog
How was that not a strike? Sheesh.
2006-09-20 20:55:38
197.   Bob Timmermann
Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a game just twice and the first time wasn't until 1930.
2006-09-20 20:56:24
198.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
195 - No, Channel 3.
2006-09-20 20:56:48
199.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
D-Backs tally another run. 4-1, top 7.
2006-09-20 20:57:28
200.   underdog
Oh man, that was close. Great throw by Russ to make that as close as it was, Duffy got a great jump. 96% success rate for Duffy, wow.

And ARGH. Curses.

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2006-09-20 20:57:32
201.   Greg Brock
The Pittsburgh Pirates. You have got to be kidding me.
2006-09-20 20:58:09
202.   Travis
197 Unless you count the two times he did it in the World Series.
2006-09-20 20:58:47
203.   StolenMonkey86
2006-09-20 20:58:58
204.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Blum drops a pop-up to load the bases.
2006-09-20 20:59:15
205.   StolenMonkey86
hey, if you knock over a Capri Sun, very little of it, if any, will spill out
2006-09-20 20:59:25
206.   fanerman
201 - The fact that it's the Pirates makes it that much more frustrating... still time for a comeback.
2006-09-20 20:59:40
207.   underdog
Wow, that was a great play by Lugo to stop that ball, I thought he had it in his glove for a second. That was a shot.
2006-09-20 21:00:08
208.   Big Game
Did that break Luog's hand? He was gingerly putting that glove on.
2006-09-20 21:00:53
209.   bhsportsguy
There are no easy games when you are in a race last year, the Indians were heading to the playoffs when they lost 2 to the Devil Rays during the last week of the season.
2006-09-20 21:00:56
210.   Big Game
Lugo. Luog sounds like he would be an Unfrozen Caveman Thirdbaseman.
2006-09-20 21:01:03
211.   Bob Timmermann
Guy Hecker's three home run game in 1886 was the only one of its kind in the American Association and the fourth one ever in the majors.
2006-09-20 21:01:08
212.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Bases-loaded walk for a 5-1 lead.
2006-09-20 21:02:09
213.   Xeifrank
Crossing the bridge from Maddux to Broxton/Saito is just like crossing the bridge on the river kwai. I still think we need better pitchers pitching these higher leverage (latter innings, close score) innings. Start Beimel, Tomko or Sele etc..., then bring the starter in. Boom Boom! Sound of a dead horse getting beat up pretty bad. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:02:25
214.   Greg Brock
Time to go down to Home Depot and buy myself another pain brush.
2006-09-20 21:02:51
215.   MSarg29
this is just maddening
2006-09-20 21:03:02
216.   overkill94
193 I have a baseball signed by Hillegas, Dreifort, and Chan Ho. It can safely be called the Baseball of Broken Dreams.

I think Russ was a little too nonchalant on that throw. Gotta keep the usual rhythm on any throw on a stolen base.

2006-09-20 21:03:15
217.   Bob Timmermann
You mean that William Holden has dynamited the bridge, but Alec Guinness doesn't want it blown up because he's become obsessed with building it?
2006-09-20 21:03:23
218.   StolenMonkey86
Good K
2006-09-20 21:03:25
219.   Dodger Hill
Can I start weeping now?
2006-09-20 21:03:35
220.   Big Game
Oh, good lord. And no new Project Runway on tonight? My evening is doomed.
2006-09-20 21:03:36
221.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2006-09-20 21:04:10
222.   MSarg29
we cant get a competent outing from our pen
2006-09-20 21:04:43
223.   joekings
222 - That throw to third wasn't Sele's fault.
2006-09-20 21:04:52
224.   StolenMonkey86
now what happened?

Gameday is stuck on Bay swinging for strike 3

2006-09-20 21:04:57
225.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
On top of this, I'm being eaten alive by a mosquito I can't see.
2006-09-20 21:05:26
226.   Gen3Blue
Who the hell is playing third and why?
Although I know the D's look like a very .500ish team I look ahead because they have a few young pitchers who will get better and Kemp,Laroche,Loney, Ethier,Furcal, and Martin. Wht a team we will have.
2006-09-20 21:05:27
227.   StolenMonkey86
2006-09-20 21:05:48
228.   NPB
Grady really has no idea what he's doing. He just doesn't. Why leave Sele in that long? Why?
2006-09-20 21:06:14
229.   Xeifrank
major bullpen implosion in high leverage inning alert! vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:06:22
230.   Bob Timmermann
After watching the Toyota Tundra commercial more times than I care to consider, I wonder just what sort of person would volunteer to help Thomas "the guy who is relandscaping his yard."

Even without the following call from Erica, I just don't see why anyone would want to help Thomas. He sounds like a jerk.

2006-09-20 21:06:28
231.   StolenMonkey86
226 - Lugo. Maybe he's a mob boss
2006-09-20 21:06:37
232.   D4P
And no new Project Runway on tonight? My evening is doomed.

Tonight's episode of Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic is, well, a classic. 1985 Roller Derby "action" between the T-birds and Outlaws, with lots of airtime for Mrs. (er, Ms.) Georgia Haas.


2006-09-20 21:06:59
233.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
8-1 D-Backs on a Callaspo triple.
2006-09-20 21:07:26
234.   MSarg29
223 - no but the run and the runners on base were his fault
2006-09-20 21:07:53
235.   Bob Timmermann
Alberto Callaspo for Pope!
2006-09-20 21:08:50
236.   Xeifrank
Bob, are you going to do a preview (or live blog) of the big Oaks Christian / St Bonaventure game friday night. Tickets sold out before the season started and are going for $81 on ebay last check. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:08:51
237.   StolenMonkey86
the good news is we're still within half a game of the Padres, and Webb is on the hill tomorrow
2006-09-20 21:09:34
238.   Greg Brock
Shane Youman has never had a single pun made on his last name.

Not one...ever.

2006-09-20 21:09:40
239.   overkill94
Is it too late to call up Mark Alexander (is that his first name)?
2006-09-20 21:09:51
240.   fanerman
2006-09-20 21:10:11
241.   Xeifrank
If the Phillies catch the Dodgers in the standings tonight who does Bob give the checkered jersey to? vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:10:25
242.   Bob Timmermann
I will say this:

Go St. Bonaventure!

But I don't cover high school football anymore.

2006-09-20 21:11:03
243.   Big Game
233. Time to put on some Harry Belafonte. Almost.
2006-09-20 21:11:09
244.   JoeyP
It'd be nice if the team could move Maddux to the bullpen for the final 2 weeks and have him pitch everyday the 5th/6th/7th innings.
2006-09-20 21:11:11
245.   Bob Timmermann

There is a duplicate set of checkered jerseys. They've been handed out before.

My sidebar turns into a typographical nightmare however.

2006-09-20 21:11:29
246.   Xeifrank
This will very likely be another game that was close in the latter half of the game and our two best pitchers never got used in a high leverage inning. boom! boom!
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:12:52
247.   bhsportsguy
The problem is that if you look the next 4 games, you maybe get 7 from Lowe but who knows what you get from Chad, Penny and Kuo.

If you knew that these guys could get you deep then you can manage differently and if Martin makes an adequate throw, then its only a one run inning.

But also, when you only score 1 run in 6 against Snell and only 2 (both unearned) against Chacon, you can't really complain about the pitching.

2006-09-20 21:13:22
248.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
235 - Considering current events, Mr. Callaspo might not like how you phrased that praise.
2006-09-20 21:13:33
249.   Xeifrank
242. I know you don't cover them anymore for the tv station, but you could just post something about the game, a link to some stories about it and then about how much you hate 19 year old high school quarterbacks. This game deserves the high profile that only the Griddle can offer.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:14:26
250.   bhsportsguy
Dodgers won the series against the Phils 4-3, so in a tie "technically" the Dodgers would be ahead but they do play a tie breaker game so it does not really matter.
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2006-09-20 21:15:19
251.   overkill94
A 2-run homer would be a nice little comeback gesture going into the last 2 innings, come on DJ!
2006-09-20 21:15:44
252.   bhsportsguy
Penny and Maddux have been less than inspiring this week.
2006-09-20 21:15:52
253.   Xeifrank
250. I think the first tie-breaker is which team has the tallest player. The second tie-breaker is which team has the most obnoxious fans. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:16:48
254.   Bob Timmermann
Vin did not remember the GIDP guys right. No one has hit into five DPs in one game. Goose Goslin and Joe Torre both did it four times.
2006-09-20 21:17:09
255.   Greg Brock
Keep hope alive.
2006-09-20 21:17:19
256.   lakerican
247 ... and you're forgetting 3 hits to Chacon, yikes!
2006-09-20 21:17:21
257.   overkill94
251 DJ gets mad when I use his initials in the right way and hits the ball quite hard
2006-09-20 21:17:23
258.   joekings
Once again we will get close but the bullpen's ineptitude will not let us win the game.
2006-09-20 21:17:32
259.   Xeifrank
251. You rang!!
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:17:33
260.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
That helps!
2006-09-20 21:17:55
261.   lakerican
Well, Five Hits and two more runs...
2006-09-20 21:18:19
262.   Dodger Hill
Oh, the Dodgers needed that
2006-09-20 21:18:22
263.   JoeyP
There's the Jimbo we know and love.
Leaving the pitcher in just 1 batter too soon.

Drew's in a zone.

2006-09-20 21:18:26
264.   Xeifrank
Too bad we rested our best hitter in such a huge game. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:18:58
265.   Greg S
230 No matter how this season ends, when it ends I truly look forward to a long break from hearing the words "milk shake" and "yard" in the same sentence or any reference to a "furious tiki god".
2006-09-20 21:18:59
266.   Gen3Blue
231 He must be. He looks like he's never played third, and we know he doesn't hit.
239 Mark it is, I think. But nobody new is going to get an inning or an AB with this regime. You know, I didn't desert this management even in the 1 for fouteen streak.
But suddenly they have showed their unwillingness to play our youngsters for next year, and also some plain lunacy. I am scared they will give up our youngsters for more hopeless vets at this point, which I didn't feel before.
2006-09-20 21:19:28
267.   Xeifrank
Atleast Drew will be well rested for tomorrow's game. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:20:49
268.   overkill94
265 At least they're not showing that Taylor Hicks commercial anymore.

"I know what I want! I get what I neeed!"
...(useless car talk)...
"and that's what's to me, possibilities!"

2006-09-20 21:21:25
269.   Xeifrank
Ok, the 8th becomes high leverage once again with Drew's HR. Down by 2, does Little bring Broxton in? He has to. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:21:29
270.   Sam DC
Well fine, but did he enjoy hitting that one?
2006-09-20 21:21:35
271.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Oooh, my ankle itches.
Stupid mosquito.
2006-09-20 21:21:46
272.   overkill94
266 It's a pennant race, no time to take chances with kids who haven't been there before. It's not like he's sitting Martin in favor of Hall or anything.
2006-09-20 21:22:01
273.   JoeyP
Saenz is 1-10 in September.
He's overdue.
2006-09-20 21:22:36
274.   Xeifrank
I wish Gameday showed who is warming up in the bullpen. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:22:42
275.   dzzrtRatt
265 Whoever is responsible for the Carls' Jr. ad campaign should be fed to a cow.
2006-09-20 21:23:05
276.   JoeyP
272. He benched Drew in one of the biggest games of the year. If thats not 'taking a chance', I'm not sure what is.

Little clearly takes chances.
He takes many many chances.

2006-09-20 21:23:16
277.   bhsportsguy
As Vinny says if he throws the Tomato a fastball....
2006-09-20 21:23:53
278.   bhsportsguy
You knew he wouldn't throw a fastball to Olmedo.
2006-09-20 21:24:06
279.   Uncle Miltie
Nomar's gonna blow it
2006-09-20 21:24:14
280.   Xeifrank
276. Little is like the guy sitting next to you at the blackjack table in Vegas who splits two 10s. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:24:17
281.   dzzrtRatt
Nomar please don't swing at the first pitch unless it's fat.
2006-09-20 21:24:22
282.   fanerman
Drew and Kent have been playing pretty well of late.
2006-09-20 21:24:25
283.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Oooh, a Repko sighting.
2006-09-20 21:24:49
284.   bhsportsguy
276 But Joey doesn't like guys who play by the book either.
2006-09-20 21:25:25
285.   we are infinite
I actually have hope that Nomar will score somebody here. Why? God knows.
2006-09-20 21:25:41
286.   Greg S
279/280. Wow.
2006-09-20 21:26:17
287.   Bob Timmermann
Matt Capps, one blown save short of the NL lead!
2006-09-20 21:26:26
288.   scooplew
177 Bob: Do you know if a pitcher has ever hit three homers in a game?
2006-09-20 21:26:44
289.   overkill94
276 Grady seems to sit guys when he sees something out of the ordinary. Drew looked completely lost at the bat last night, so Grady probably thought he needed to sit down and clear his head a bit. Who knows, maybe sitting back and watching for the first 6 innings helped Drew. With how much rest he'd been getting all year, having him play the last 7 games in a row might have prompted Grady to use last night's performance as an excuse to give him a breather.
2006-09-20 21:27:17
290.   overkill94
That 2nd pitch to Nomar was quite outside
2006-09-20 21:27:28
291.   Bob Timmermann

You mean you didn't like my earlier answers of Guy Hecker and Jim Tobin?

2006-09-20 21:28:10
292.   Greg Brock
2006-09-20 21:28:45
293.   dzzrtRatt
Well...there's always a chance Tracy will bring in Salomen Torres.
2006-09-20 21:28:52
294.   Xeifrank
Please for the sake of my big toe, bring Broxton in!! vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:29:00
295.   JoeyP
Nomar not clutch.
2006-09-20 21:29:25
296.   MSarg29
289 - good observation
2006-09-20 21:29:52
297.   Greg S
295. I'm going to go ahead and believe you're being sarcastic.
2006-09-20 21:30:01
298.   bhsportsguy
286 I think everyone has a short fuse now when it comes to managerial decisions.

To be fair for the first 5 months of the season, there was much, much, much, much more displeasure aimed at Ned and/or McCourt than Grady.

2006-09-20 21:30:40
299.   scooplew
291 I missed it. I was eating a late dinner. I'll go back.
2006-09-20 21:31:02
300.   Bob Timmermann
Cue "Colonel Bogey's March"
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2006-09-20 21:31:04
301.   JoeyP
289. So Little places more emphasis on 1 bad game, than like the 25 good games that Drew has played?

If you're gonna give Drew a rest, give him a rest tomorrow against a LHP that he's never faced before.

Against Shawn Chacon?

Thats terrible managing by Little.

2006-09-20 21:31:19
302.   Uncle Miltie
289- Nomar is having a terrible month (sub .700 OPS). Drew has been one of the Dodgers best hitters this month (1.000+ OPS). Nomar has played almost every game this month when he hasn't been injured. I can't remember the last time Loney got a start.
2006-09-20 21:31:58
303.   Xeifrank
298. These are higher leverage games. The closer you get to the end of the season the more important each game is in playoff expectancy. Managerial blunders, bullpen implosions etc... are all magnified and rightly so.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:32:19
304.   bhsportsguy
BTW, David Wells has not won a game since his big acquisition but he still has two more chances.
2006-09-20 21:32:26
305.   StolenMonkey86
it was a timely pinch hit, though, and he gets another shot
2006-09-20 21:32:29
306.   overkill94
Hopefully The Bull is back after a brief stint as The Bum
2006-09-20 21:32:52
307.   Xeifrank
301. Ditto what he said. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:33:26
308.   Johnny Nucleo
So far, this is vintage Beef. Keep it up, kid.
2006-09-20 21:34:04
309.   bhsportsguy
304 To be fair, the Padres did win the first game he pitched but they look like they lose their third game that he has started since they are down 8-1.
2006-09-20 21:34:16
310.   Dodger Hill
If Tomko enters this game at any point I'm going to commit hari-kari with a butter knife
2006-09-20 21:34:17
311.   JoeyP
302. Nomar's been terrible for the last 2.5 months. July, August, and September he's been awful.
2006-09-20 21:34:39
312.   fanerman
I don't think it's fair to say "that's a bad managerial move" by Little when we don't know all the circumstances that prompted his decision. That said, unless he had a really good reason, benching Drew and playing Nomar is not helping our chances.
2006-09-20 21:34:53
313.   Greg S
298. I think everyone is still tired from Monday night and perhaps a nap is in order. A whole lot of negativity around here that seems truly bizarre (especially when aimed at anybody other than the bullpen).
2006-09-20 21:34:56
314.   Benaiah
I thought that Broxton was going to get some time off?
2006-09-20 21:35:03
315.   Bob Timmermann
But the Padres have gotten a lot of momentum from acquiring David Wells.

That's because if you're at the top of a hill and you're in a go-kart with David Wells in it, it will win the race more often than not.

2006-09-20 21:35:38
316.   StolenMonkey86
311 - I'd say 2 months, because he had a hit streak going up to the all-star game
2006-09-20 21:35:40
317.   overkill94
Drew has shown a nice power spike in September, but has also struck out 16 times in 52 at-bats.
2006-09-20 21:36:26
318.   Xeifrank
The last three games for Dodger pitching.
6th inning: given up 4 runs
7th inning: given up 3 runs
8th inning: given up 6 runs.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:36:52
319.   Benaiah
What exactly happened on Martin's error? I just came back and saw the gameday, but obviously I don't know the details.
2006-09-20 21:38:11
320.   Greg S
315 Unless you're pulled over for DUI.
2006-09-20 21:38:19
321.   Bob Timmermann
The last three days, it's been one team's good day in the Andy Ashby Division.

Monday - Dodgers get miracle win over Padres. Phillies get clobbered by Cubs. Edge DODGERS
Tuesday - Padres go back into first with win while Dodgers lose and Phillies creep up closer. Edge PADRES
Wednesday - Phillies get good pitching from Myers and win while Dodgers and Padres see their old aces struggle. Edge PHILLIES

2006-09-20 21:38:50
322.   overkill94
319 He had an easy caught stealing at third on a hit-and-run but threw wide, allowing not only the run to score, but the inning to continue.
2006-09-20 21:38:52
323.   scooplew
311 Doesn't Monday night's homer make up for a few things?
2006-09-20 21:38:59
324.   Bob Timmermann
Your typical wild throw on a stolen base attempt.
2006-09-20 21:39:07
325.   dzzrtRatt
Hey, is Broxton wearing Gagne's sweaty old hat?
2006-09-20 21:39:55
326.   scooplew
321 So, we are due on Thursday.
2006-09-20 21:40:14
327.   JoeyP
A whole lot of negativity around here

Just a wild guess but losing to the Pirates might have something to do with that...

2006-09-20 21:40:38
328.   Bob Timmermann
And I'll be there to see it in person!
2006-09-20 21:40:40
329.   Benaiah
Nice to see Broxton return to form after a very bad weekend plus monday (3 day weekend, holiday weekend?).
2006-09-20 21:41:53
330.   bhsportsguy
328 Bob is just going for the free ticket give away for next year.
2006-09-20 21:42:00
331.   dzzrtRatt
The Godfather is due.
2006-09-20 21:42:28
332.   Xeifrank
16 pitches and batting 4th this inning. Looks like Broxton is out of the game. If we are still trailing heading into the 9th, I sure hope we see Saito instead of a [scary noun].
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:44:06
333.   Greg S
327 I guess I just wish that that wouldn't change the regular DTers analysis of the team and of the manager. I've come to understand that is not how it works.
2006-09-20 21:44:08
334.   Xeifrank
Grady gave Marlon the kiss of death by batting him 5th and benching Drew (see HR in 7th inning) for him. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:44:25
335.   MSarg29
would be nice if Lugo could do something here.
2006-09-20 21:44:57
336.   overkill94
Come on rook!
2006-09-20 21:45:22
337.   Xeifrank
I want to change my blackjack analogy of Grady. Instead of the guy who splits a pair of tens, he is more like the guy who bets red at the roulette table because red has come up the last 5 times in a row. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:45:41
338.   Bob Timmermann

These words apply to DT commenters also:

Small sample size.

Consider the individual number of commenters to the number of comments.

2006-09-20 21:45:48
339.   JoeyP
Wow, Delwyn Young in a non-garbage time plate appearance.
2006-09-20 21:46:05
340.   overkill94
Torres has been positively lights out since becoming their closer, he is way overdue for a meltdown.
2006-09-20 21:46:16
341.   Xeifrank
Hey, is this Delmon Young's brother? (just kidding!!!) vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:47:31
342.   StolenMonkey86
Didn't Young hit better vs right-handers in the minors this year?
2006-09-20 21:47:50
343.   bhsportsguy
Oakland keeps hope alive that they clinch their title at home, magic number is 5.
2006-09-20 21:47:59
344.   scooplew
I hope it's the Salomon Torres of about a dozen years ago...
2006-09-20 21:48:49
345.   Benaiah
Wow, Loney comes in as a pinch hitter for the pinch hitter. At least Delwyn got some excercise walking to and from the dugout.
2006-09-20 21:49:03
346.   overkill94
Wouldn't it be quite the feel-good story to have Martin hit a three-run homer for the win on the same day his dad plays the national anthem?
2006-09-20 21:49:21
347.   overkill94
Ball four Loney!
2006-09-20 21:50:08
348.   Greg Brock
Hit the weight room Loney.
2006-09-20 21:50:23
349.   overkill94
Come on flag, give us a little help here
2006-09-20 21:50:26
350.   Greg S
Is there anybody here didn't yell just now?
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2006-09-20 21:50:32
351.   JoeyP
I'm a little surprised Delwyn Young got the call before Matt Kemp.
2006-09-20 21:50:39
352.   Benaiah
Was that as close to a home run as it looked on Gameday?
2006-09-20 21:50:49
353.   Bob Timmermann
Vin is asking me if I'm old enough to remember 1993?

Man, I am old....

2006-09-20 21:50:53
354.   Xeifrank
That would've been a HR in my backyard.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:51:17
355.   Bob Timmermann
It was more likely to hit the top of the wall.
2006-09-20 21:51:49
356.   Bob Timmermann
By 1993, I was already fully vested in a pension plan.

And I didn't even know what that meant at the time!

2006-09-20 21:51:51
357.   scooplew
You know the dream where you can never make it to the crest of the hill to see what's on the other side? That is what these last two games have been like.
2006-09-20 21:52:18
358.   Xeifrank
352. One giant step from the wall.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:52:28
359.   Bob Timmermann
Rudy Seanez is pitching for the Padres.
He still hasn't gotten anybody out.
2006-09-20 21:52:34
360.   bhsportsguy
351 That was a nice piece of hitting, didn't try to pull it, just hit the tailing fastball to left center.
2006-09-20 21:52:56
361.   xaphor
Delwyn Young, professional bait.

Oh... so... close Loney.

2006-09-20 21:52:59
362.   Johnny Nucleo
Except for one, brief shining moment, it seems like forever since we've had a lead.
2006-09-20 21:53:40
363.   Xeifrank
360. Yes, except he did swing at ball four a pitch earlier. Other than that.... :)
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:53:40
364.   Bob Timmermann
Have you ever talked to my buddy Sisyphus? We used to hang out together, but then he fell in with that French existentialist crowd and became quite insufferable.
2006-09-20 21:53:45
365.   overkill94
359 Not since about '97 it seems
2006-09-20 21:54:02
366.   Greg Brock
357 It's still better than the dream with Estelle Getty, the giant dragon made of marmalade, and the tennis shoe that eats your soul.


2006-09-20 21:54:22
367.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers led throughout the game Friday.
2006-09-20 21:54:32
368.   bhsportsguy
No matter what, the Dodgers could be all alone in a playoff spot if they win tommorrow.

Philly is off, they play on Monday against Clemens in Philly.

2006-09-20 21:54:58
369.   Xeifrank
How do you say, "just throw strikes" in japanese? vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:55:03
370.   Bob Timmermann
You had that one too?
2006-09-20 21:55:17
371.   overkill94
Well, we've finally been blessed with our two best relievers pitching in close games that we're losing. Hopefully we can win a laugher tomorrow and give them a rest.
2006-09-20 21:55:50
372.   bhsportsguy
363 That is just rookie nerves.
2006-09-20 21:56:17
373.   overkill94
368 That's not fair giving them so many days off in a row
2006-09-20 21:56:22
374.   Greg Brock
370 Every night, it seems.
2006-09-20 21:56:37
375.   Xeifrank
371. Too bad the billy goat gruff ate Sele up trying to bridge the gap to Broxton/Saito.
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 21:57:56
376.   Greg S
371. Our best pitchers pitched in a game we were losing on Monday too. They helped us to some very exciting moments.
2006-09-20 21:58:17
377.   overkill94
So Martin, Drew, Furcal, and Repko in the 9th? Couldn't ask for much more I suppose, besides Repko.
2006-09-20 21:58:28
378.   JoeyP
Aw....denied the chance to see that grizzled vet Joe Randa.
2006-09-20 21:58:40
379.   bhsportsguy
At least Broxton and Saito pitched two effective innings, they needed that after Monday.
2006-09-20 21:58:54
380.   Bob Timmermann
Both games will be starting the bottom of the 9th at the same time.

You know who I wish was pitching?

Les Walrond.

2006-09-20 21:59:39
381.   JoeyP
If it gets to Repko, he's not going to bat unless he's bunting.

Its probably Martin/Drew/Furcal/Kemp

2006-09-20 21:59:50
382.   bhsportsguy
377 Hopefully Repko will be up bunting to move Furcal to third after he doubles in two.
2006-09-20 22:00:18
383.   bhsportsguy
381 That is just too scary.
2006-09-20 22:00:23
384.   xaphor
364. What are your feelings on killing an Arab?

Since Grady's expose on how Saito shall be used, has he in fact, been used in such situation?

2006-09-20 22:01:06
385.   overkill94
Right now I'm doing something I haven't done in a long time - a rally cap.
2006-09-20 22:02:00
386.   overkill94
I said MELT DOWN Torres!
2006-09-20 22:03:12
387.   overkill94
Tying run at the plate. You've been carrying us for a while now Furcal, don't stop now!
2006-09-20 22:03:19
388.   JoeyP
Furcal needs to get on, then Matt Kemp home run to win the game.
2006-09-20 22:03:31
389.   bhsportsguy
Well it does not appear Repko could be in a bunting situation.
2006-09-20 22:03:33
390.   Greg Brock
Somebody needs to tell Salomon Torres that he is Salomon Torres.
2006-09-20 22:03:56
391.   bhsportsguy
388 He did it.
2006-09-20 22:03:56
392.   overkill94
Winning run at the plate, but who shall it be?
2006-09-20 22:04:25
393.   bhsportsguy
388 Way too scary now.
2006-09-20 22:04:26
394.   JoeyP
Time for Kemp.
2006-09-20 22:04:41
395.   overkill94
Oh man, do we have room for another folklore moment in the span of three days?
2006-09-20 22:04:42
396.   StolenMonkey86
Little was saving Kemp . . .
2006-09-20 22:05:22
397.   Greg S
395. I'd be willing to make room.
2006-09-20 22:05:51
398.   Greg Brock
I don't need Matt Kemp right now. I need the Bison.
2006-09-20 22:05:51
399.   bhsportsguy
Okay Matt, just look for your pitch.
2006-09-20 22:05:55
400.   scooplew
364 -- I mythed that one.
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2006-09-20 22:06:08
401.   DeucesAreWild
Rally caps!
2006-09-20 22:06:41
402.   Bob Timmermann
I'm thinking one word now.


I had a weird day.

2006-09-20 22:07:17
403.   bhsportsguy
Matt has swung at 3 balls
2006-09-20 22:07:19
404.   DeucesAreWild
something tells me Kemp isn't taking a pitch.
2006-09-20 22:07:47
405.   StolenMonkey86
good eye
2006-09-20 22:08:20
406.   joekings
he didn't throw him one strike.
2006-09-20 22:08:48
407.   bhsportsguy
That might have broke over the plate. But again that is what rookies do.
2006-09-20 22:08:56
408.   JoeyP
Ok that didnt work.
Need either Nomar or Kent to be clutch.
2006-09-20 22:09:21
409.   Blue in SF
IMO, you gotta leave Repko in there for that at bat
2006-09-20 22:09:29
410.   scooplew
Over-anxious rookie.
2006-09-20 22:09:38
411.   joekings
2006-09-20 22:09:40
412.   CeyHey
who did kemp hit for
2006-09-20 22:09:40
413.   Uncle Miltie
I am praying that Kent gets a chance to hit here
2006-09-20 22:10:02
414.   joekings
412- Repko
2006-09-20 22:10:20
415.   bhsportsguy
Guess not, because that 3rd pitch was the same pitch that Matt swung at.
2006-09-20 22:10:47
416.   Bob Timmermann
Ballgame in San Diego.
2006-09-20 22:10:59
417.   xaphor
402. And I thought Casey was a masculine name.

The Dodgers are going to raise Jon, me, and quite a few others, over the Mendoza line before the end of the season.

2006-09-20 22:11:06
418.   bhsportsguy
Good Kent has been on it and he is hitless so far..........
2006-09-20 22:11:20
419.   JoeyP
Torres has to be getting tired.
He's thrown alot of pitches.

Jeff Kent's due.

2006-09-20 22:11:22
420.   MSarg29
good eye
2006-09-20 22:11:22
421.   StolenMonkey86
413 - God says, let's go mustache
2006-09-20 22:11:29
422.   Uncle Miltie
Good at bat by Nomar.

Yes, I'm cheering for Kent here.

2006-09-20 22:11:41
423.   Big Game
He's leaving him in?!?!
2006-09-20 22:13:16
424.   Bob Timmermann
Torres is the best pitcher left for Pittsburgh.
2006-09-20 22:13:55
425.   DeucesAreWild
the deuces are wild -- good omen.
2006-09-20 22:14:07
426.   MSarg29
ooh that was a hanger
2006-09-20 22:14:18
427.   Uncle Miltie
Come on Salomon, pitch like it's 1993!
2006-09-20 22:14:34
428.   joekings
2006-09-20 22:14:45
429.   Greg Brock
I could understand yesterdays lost, all things considered.

This one hurts. A lot.

2006-09-20 22:14:49
430.   Andrew Shimmin
So, so brutal. Oof.
2006-09-20 22:15:07
431.   Big Game
424. I suppose you are correct.
2006-09-20 22:15:12
432.   xaphor
The mighty Kent strikes out.
2006-09-20 22:15:17
433.   Uncle Miltie
Guess not. Now I'm forced to watch super troopers with my friends.
2006-09-20 22:15:17
434.   JoeyP
Cue Uncle Miltie
2006-09-20 22:15:23
435.   Xeifrank
as Jeff Kent would say, "it's only one game."
vr, Xei
2006-09-20 22:15:23
436.   scooplew
2006-09-20 22:16:09
437.   fanerman
Well, you don't win the lotto twice in 3 days.

Though against the Pirates, you shouldn't have to.

2006-09-20 22:16:16
438.   MSarg29
this does hurt. stop the pain brush
2006-09-20 22:16:18
439.   scooplew
One night of ecstasy. Two nights of torture.
2006-09-20 22:16:23
440.   Big Game
Im gonna go watch that Barry Goldwater documentary and drown my sorrows in Shiner Bock.
2006-09-20 22:16:41
441.   JoeyP
as Jeff Kent would say, "it's only one game."

Or, "Its just baseball. I dont even like playing"

2006-09-20 22:16:46
442.   Johnny Nucleo
37 pitches for Torres. Man. We had him on the ropes.
2006-09-20 22:17:37
443.   NPB
Blame it on the 7th inning. Sometimes you don't get the key hit with the bases loaded. But you can always pull a struggling reliever when his arm's breaking down.
2006-09-20 22:18:11
444.   Gen3Blue
Boy I hate to say it, but we have been outmanaged by Tracy this series.
2006-09-20 22:19:30
445.   Xeifrank
If only we had started Biemel until his turn to bat came up. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 22:19:46
446.   overkill94
Another brutal loss due to a short starting pitcher outing, sub-par middle relief, and weak hitting against a mediocre starting pitcher. We need to jump out to an early lead tomorrow and give the bullpen some rest in preparation for the series against the D-Backs.
2006-09-20 22:19:51
447.   JoeyP
But at least Drew got to rest for half the game. Thats the most important thing.
2006-09-20 22:20:18
448.   D4P
"Or, "Its just baseball. I dont even like playing"

Or, "I made over $58,000 tonight. What do I care?"

2006-09-20 22:20:39
449.   fanerman
Well, time to take the rally cap off. I really had it on.
2006-09-20 22:20:51
450.   Bob Timmermann
I take my personal 6-3 in person record to tomorrow's tilt!
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2006-09-20 22:21:22
451.   bhsportsguy
To be fair, if Martin makes the throw, its only 4-2. Whether or not Chacon is still in the game to pitch to Drew, we don't know.
2006-09-20 22:21:27
452.   overkill94
440 I'm going with Red River and rum and cokes (they work a lot quicker than beer). After suffering through that bottom of the 9th, I needed a strong drink, win or lose.
2006-09-20 22:21:56
453.   Xeifrank
JD Drew OPS'd 3.50 for the game. Too bad he only had two plate appearances. Grady's night at the roulette table didn't go so well. Atleast the drinks are free. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 22:22:41
454.   overkill94
449 I blame it on my roommate, who knocked mine off before Kemp's at-bat. I was able to get it back on, but I think the effect was lost.
2006-09-20 22:22:43
455.   Gen3Blue
I couldn't sleep if I didn't hear what Kevin Kennedy had to say.
2006-09-20 22:23:38
456.   bhsportsguy
Chad has to throw strikes because until he does, teams will take pitches.

The Dodgers have now lost 3 series to under .500 teams this month, they split the two series they played against over .500 teams this month.

2006-09-20 22:24:25
457.   Johnny Nucleo
443 Grittle's definitely one to let his pitchers try to find their own way out of a jam. It's had some rough consequences lately: Sele tonight, and Tomko last night. Good to see Broxton and Saito with their act together tonight though. I hope Lofton doesn't start tomorrow.
2006-09-20 22:25:12
458.   Bluebleeder87
Matt Kemp absolutley has NO CLUE on how to approach an at bat PERIOD!! i'll leave my thoughts on how Grady manages a team to my self. i'm not talking about today but about other games.

ps Matt is only 21 so i'm still hope full with him.

2006-09-20 22:26:33
459.   StolenMonkey86
The Pirates have now won 5 in a row.
2006-09-20 22:27:14
460.   Xeifrank
Kemp looks as lost as Guzman did. I'm not sure how Kemp did so well on his initial call-up. He has probably moved to the top of the "Rookies to be traded" queue. vr, Xei
2006-09-20 22:27:52
461.   underdog
Well, poop.

Since other people are mentioning what they're going to now watch to get over the pain of this one, I'm going to watch part of The 40 Yr Old Virgin again just to make me feel better about my life.

Tomorrow's another day. I hope.

Poor Delwyn Young btw, finally gets big chance at the plate, only to get called back.

2006-09-20 22:28:37
462.   xaphor
442. It was the old rope a dope. Can we avoid the sweep tomorrow at the match being billed as The Guillotine at The Ravine?
2006-09-20 22:30:07
463.   underdog
You guys are being a little hard on Kemp. Torres was throwing some filthy stuff in there. He is absolutely not in danger of being traded, either. I wish, like everyone, that he'd hit a home run in there, but there was some wicked breaking pitches that were pretty near the strike zone. He def. has to learn to hit the offspeed stuff because that's all he's going to see until then. But I'm not all that worried. A frustrating night again, but gotta move on.

night folks!

2006-09-20 22:30:36
464.   Bluebleeder87

i'm with you underdog, i'll watch 40 year old virgin as well. this team/game just breaks your heart some times.

2006-09-20 22:30:39
465.   JoeyP
Martin appears to be the only Dodger rookie to not have hit a wall this year. Pretty cool considering he plays catcher.

Ethier/Kemp have definitely struggled, although its gotta be tough on Kemp to expect him to be a good pinch hitter. If he never plays, I dont expect him to hit well when he's in there.

2006-09-20 22:31:31
466.   Flax
455 - I couldn't sleep if I didn't hear what Kevin Kennedy had to say.

Gen3Blue - What did Kennedy say? Thanks.

2006-09-20 22:31:44
467.   StolenMonkey86
The Pirates are 25-21 since August 1, actually.

The Dodgers have been 29-18.

2006-09-20 22:31:59
468.   Bluebleeder87

don't even try that with me buddy, Kempy swang at some horrible pitches PERIOD!! he should take a page out of Russell or Ethier.

2006-09-20 22:36:51
469.   Bluebleeder87

i see you're point about Kemp, i really think he's gonna be a good one givin the chance.

2006-09-20 22:37:23
470.   fanerman
468 - Russell and Ethier are made out of pieces of paper? Just kidding.
2006-09-20 22:39:04
471.   Bluebleeder87


2006-09-20 23:03:21
472.   PDH5204
450 Just make sure that you're cheering for the Marlins as well. As for me, well, like young Henry, I too will be making the Big Tall Wish tomorrow night. In the morning I'll be putting out word that a certain major league club is looking for a lifelike robot who throws like Koufax to pitch middle relief.
2006-09-20 23:05:58
473.   thinkingblue

No, he swung at a slider that started at the knees, and ended up near the dirt (Kemp still hasn't figured out that if a breaking ball starts at the knees, it won't be a strike), and struck out on a pitch that could have been called low, or inside.

2006-09-20 23:32:49
474.   confucius
356 And I was eleven.
2006-09-21 07:01:04
475.   Sam DC
This is so perfect --
2006-09-21 07:10:35
476.   Sam DC
You know, well 475 is funny, looking at it again, it's not really that funny. So, while certainly clickworthy, not "perfect."
2006-09-21 07:15:39
477.   Sam DC
unabashedly nerdly viewers of a certain age beware, nostalgic timewaster afoot.

unabashedly nerdly viewers of younger age, marvel at the fact that this was once a tremendously addictive success.

2006-09-21 07:24:22
478.   Vishal
there's a really funny retrospective of The Game on hardball times, including quotes from both DT and ducksnorts, and a retracing of the Moods of Bob from that night:

2006-09-21 07:42:22
479.   Bob Timmermann
I clicked on that! I want my life back!
2006-09-21 07:43:26
480.   Gen3Blue
466 Flax
Sorry for the late reply but I actually did get to sleep because I was being sarcastic.
Now I find I can't remember but it was mostly happy drivel.
2006-09-21 08:08:28
481.   goblue1
Is this unreasonable? As a rule- if a relief pitcher gives up 3 base runners in the same inning- pull him. I don't think that's a bad rule, Grittle needs a little guidance here- and I think that's fair. Thoughts? There seems to be some sort of "let him get out of the inning" thinking going on. I understand that for your starter in the 4th inning, but guys from the pen? MAYBE your closer. How many more games are we going to watch slip away when questionable relief pitchers are left on the mound till the game gets away. Well, maximum 10 I guess.
2006-09-21 08:16:40
482.   dianagramr

ooohh .... I remember that ... and yes, I did waste more than a few minutes in that world from time to time!

(Diane the nerd)

2006-09-21 08:49:35
483.   Bob Timmermann
I liked the Hardball Times article because it featured me and when it all comes down to it, it's just about me.
2006-09-21 08:52:35
484.   dianagramr

and Cat Stevens immortalized you in "Tea for the Timmermann"

(insert groan here)

2006-09-21 09:38:59
485.   Bluebleeder87

Bob's ego must be on an alltime high at the moment.

2006-09-21 09:41:17
486.   Bob Timmermann
Please send all my media inquiries to my press agent.
2006-09-21 09:49:59
487.   Jon Weisman
New post up top.

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