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Make Hay While the Sun Shines
2007-09-14 18:43
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Countdown to 81 wins: just four more.

Tonight's game:

Gameday

Retro Gameday

Comments (801)
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2007-09-14 19:06:30
1.   Bob Timmermann
Phillies now 1/2 game up on the Dodgers pending outcome of this game and 1 game behind the Padres in the wild card.
2007-09-14 19:07:15
2.   Andrew Shimmin
Bob ruins TC's good luck streak of first game posts. I hope he's proud of himself.
2007-09-14 19:07:45
3.   Eric Stephen
It's 90s retro night at Petco Park. I was at 80s retro night in June versus the Red Sox, and it was pretty cool to see David Ortiz's picture on the scoreboard photoshopped to make him look like Mr. T. Plus, the Padres had the white, brown and yellow on while the Red Sox had the cool 1986-style plain "BOSTON" across the front of their jerseys.

Khalil Greene looked like Spicoli. I'm unsure if any photo editing software was used.

2007-09-14 19:08:44
4.   Bob Timmermann
Proud? I'm beaming! I'm as proud as Andrew will be after Byrnsie homers and then throws out Jeff Kent trying to score while falling over on his follow through.
2007-09-14 19:12:19
5.   Bluebleeder87
Don Suttons son just said his favorite team was the '78 Yanks!! WHAT! I just googled Don Sutton & his Dad was pitching for the Dodgers, that's just uncalled for man.
2007-09-14 19:14:33
6.   Eric Stephen
Bob, I never pictured you as the type to use the term "Byrnsie".

Random DBacks fan: "You gotta do it for Short Chris Young, and Upton, and Jackson, and Webb, and Byrnsie....well, not so much Byrnsie."

2007-09-14 19:15:46
7.   Eric Stephen
5 Sounds like some deep-rooted family issues! :)

Maybe Daron took Garvey's side in "The Fight".

2007-09-14 19:15:51
8.   Bluebleeder87
3

I just googled the image, to funny.

2007-09-14 19:20:15
9.   Bob Timmermann
6
Sometimes I call him "Kooky"
2007-09-14 19:20:20
10.   JT Dutch
... I certainly hope this "Countdown to 81 wins" thing is for some sort of reverse-psychology mojo.
2007-09-14 19:22:56
11.   GoBears
10. Naw, it's just takin' it one game at a time, man. First things first.

Does anyone have that March or April list of predictions on how many games the team would win?

2007-09-14 19:24:40
12.   Gen3Blue
Man, I got LATed big time. I composed a big post and was totally "deked".
I've noticed my post's are getting wordier lately, It must be a defense against the D's being in a tight spot.
2007-09-14 19:25:24
13.   Eric Stephen
10 I tallied them at one time, but my hard drive crashed between now and then. If I remember, the average was something like 87 wins. I'll see if I can find the file.
2007-09-14 19:26:33
14.   paranoidandroid
What does LAT'd mean? Not to be ignorant, but I can't figure it out.

Late Arrival Time?

2007-09-14 19:29:19
15.   Wilbert Robinson
Giants have bases loaded 1 out against the Abominable Chris Young
2007-09-14 19:30:12
16.   Bob Timmermann
LAT = Lying about temperament

Gen3Blue meant to say that he's really happy.

2007-09-14 19:31:36
17.   Bob Timmermann
1-0 Gints now.
2007-09-14 19:33:09
18.   sporky
Zito has an RBI!
2007-09-14 19:33:15
19.   Wilbert Robinson
wow Zito got an RBI single
2007-09-14 19:38:13
20.   Gen3Blue
14 if no comes up with a definition of LATed for you, I will try, but I've just begun to perhaps gleen the meaning so I'd rather wait.
By the way deke is a good word I learned watching hockey. I play this word game somewhat like Scrabble and trying to come up with four letter words of this form C_C_
where C is a consonant deke is on of a few that useds two e's. Like cede and very few others.
Fortunately it was there in the Official Scrabble Dictionairy, a wonderfully liberal compendium.
2007-09-14 19:39:10
21.   Gen3Blue
16 Downright ecstatic.
2007-09-14 19:40:06
22.   Bluebleeder87
2-0 Giants now, yes.
2007-09-14 19:41:41
23.   Bob Timmermann
Someone should tell Vin that the Mets haven't won 10 of 12 against the Phillies. They had won 10 of 12 overall, but they've now lost five straight to the Phillies.
2007-09-14 19:42:11
24.   paranoidandroid
Bonifacio is leading off?

There is more to life for him after that Amy Fisher incident afterall.

2007-09-14 19:43:18
25.   MollyKnight
Oh my god.
2007-09-14 19:43:25
26.   Bob Timmermann
24
Hey, I learned not to make fun of Bonifacio earlier in the week.
2007-09-14 19:43:31
27.   Bluebleeder87
Pierre just got his pocked picked, not a good start.
2007-09-14 19:43:40
28.   Andrew Shimmin
Urge to kill rising, rising. . .
2007-09-14 19:44:24
29.   Wilbert Robinson
if Zito wins this game I will buy a box of granola and start taking yoga classes. I swear.
2007-09-14 19:45:07
30.   Bob Timmermann
Eric Byrnes could be a catalyst, but I think Justin Upton is more of a reagent.
2007-09-14 19:45:45
31.   Bluebleeder87
I hope Ned gets a good look at how the D-Backs are doing it, I really do.
2007-09-14 19:45:52
32.   Gen3Blue
14 Droid, I think it describes the feeling you get at DT when you notice the last four posts were your own; the you back up a few posts and see Jon's "new post up top". It must have happened early on to poster LAT.
I could be wrong.
2007-09-14 19:46:05
33.   Wilbert Robinson
woo Zito gets out of a bases loaded jam still 2-0
2007-09-14 19:46:52
34.   Bob Timmermann
32
Nope, you're right. I was just being difficult and/or funny and/or unfunny.
2007-09-14 19:49:40
35.   Gen3Blue
34 I thought it was funny!
2007-09-14 19:49:50
36.   Eric Stephen
10 I counted 51 total predictions (not counting Eric Enders, who predicted wild card but didn't put a win total). Only two people (Marty and Hythloday) predicted an under .500 record.

The total winning percentage of predictions was .550, an average record of roughly 89-73.

2007-09-14 19:50:13
37.   Frip
I'm not in the mood for this, I'm really not.
2007-09-14 19:51:03
38.   Andrew Shimmin
Penny makes Pierre's sad throw irrelevant. So, hooray!
2007-09-14 19:51:06
39.   Eric Stephen
I'm not happy about having to listen to Daron Sutton and Mark Grace instead of Vin.
2007-09-14 19:51:50
40.   Bob Timmermann
Which of the Three True Outcomes will Reynolds deliver?
2007-09-14 19:52:31
41.   sporky
Penny is not helping my ulcer.
2007-09-14 19:52:43
42.   Gen3Blue
Oh my Lord how did we get to this point.
2007-09-14 19:53:12
43.   JT Dutch
... Wow, Penny is throwing gas.
2007-09-14 19:53:42
44.   Eric Stephen
Mark Grace is so sold on the idea of momentum, I thought he was Stu Lantz for a minute there.
2007-09-14 19:54:02
45.   eusmus
He swung.
2007-09-14 19:54:13
46.   Bob Timmermann
41
Brad Penny is a source of h. pylori?
2007-09-14 19:54:33
47.   sporky
He walked.
2007-09-14 19:54:57
48.   sporky
46 - That would be B. tomko.
2007-09-14 19:54:58
49.   natepurcell
how do you throw 4 straight balls with fastballs?
2007-09-14 19:55:42
50.   paranoidandroid
Brad is going to get out of this with only one run.

We're going to light up Davis tonight.

The Giants will win.

Gotta Believe my friends.

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2007-09-14 19:56:10
51.   MollyKnight
oh, eff.
2007-09-14 19:56:51
52.   fanerman
eff? Did he allow another run?
2007-09-14 19:57:09
53.   Eric Stephen
{50] I like that idea. Another reason the Dodgers will win: we have James Loney; the Shimminites do not.
2007-09-14 19:58:03
54.   MollyKnight
44. hahaha.

In sadder news, I'm not happy that the MLB Extra Innings has the DBack announcers instead of Vinny. I shudder to think of the "LETSGETSOMERUNS!!!!" yelp that I know is coming in the sixth inning.

2007-09-14 19:58:28
55.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseball in DC!
2007-09-14 19:59:16
56.   NorCal-Dodger
50 Before any of your predictions come true..Penny needs to get out of the 1st inning and keep his pitch count under 40.
2007-09-14 19:59:17
57.   Bluebleeder87
throw an OFF SPITCH Penny & get it over with!!
2007-09-14 19:59:25
58.   Eric Stephen
54 Just wait until the 7th or 8th inning if Brandon Lyon comes in, they will pipe in the sound of a lion roar if he strikes someone out! Get it, Lyon=lion??? Argh!
2007-09-14 19:59:44
59.   natepurcell
now watch Davis throw a 10 pitch inning.
2007-09-14 20:00:02
60.   fanerman
55 Is it enslaved/imprisoned or without charge/cost?
2007-09-14 20:00:15
61.   Bluebleeder87
I meant off speed pitch.
2007-09-14 20:00:36
62.   Eric Stephen
I've seen Brad Penny do a lot of things on the mound, but that reaction after the 3rd out was some kind of awesome. Kind of like he has channeled his aggression to use for good instead of evil.
2007-09-14 20:00:40
63.   paranoidandroid
And now it is OUR turn!

Kemp with two long ones tonight my friends. And Martin with one.

Penny with 30 plus pitches so far. We need to put up some crooked numbers.

2007-09-14 20:00:50
64.   Paul Scott
All things considered, not bad.
2007-09-14 20:01:03
65.   Bluebleeder87
Penny wasn't pitching there he was throwing, bad inning for him.
2007-09-14 20:01:10
66.   JT Dutch
... Well, Penny didn't get a lot of luck in that inning -- two groundballs, two walks, two K's and a popup. Normally, that doesn't lead to a run.
2007-09-14 20:01:34
67.   Bob Timmermann
I actually find the DBacks announcers the third least annoying in the division.

1. Dodgers
2. Giants
3. DBacks
4. Rockies
5. Space for rent
6. Padres

2007-09-14 20:01:42
68.   paranoidandroid
56 Done. Do not doubt the power of Thom Yorke.
2007-09-14 20:02:09
70.   Bluebleeder87
I feel like we gotta be patient with this Davis fellow & then wack 'em when he throws strikes.
2007-09-14 20:02:21
71.   Bob Timmermann
60
You may choose which ever meaning you prefer.
2007-09-14 20:02:41
72.   sporky
I feel the need to sacrifice a goat to the gods for this one.
2007-09-14 20:02:42
73.   immouch
i know it's old news, but looking at a lineup with nomar in the freaking middle of it - this year, right now - is... underwhelming. how does that happen?
2007-09-14 20:02:53
74.   natepurcell
62

it reminded of when the tigers were in LA last year and Bondo was on the mound. He gave up a homerun to jeff kent and just let out this primal roar like a caged beast.

it was sexy.

2007-09-14 20:03:07
75.   Disabled List
What an inning for the D-backs. Two nothing hits, an HBP and a walk. Doesn't even matter that they only got one run. With all those patient at-bats, they made Penny throw 36 pitches, which increases their chances of seeing Roberto Hernandez in the middle innings.

If only the Dodgers could put together an inning like that once in a while.

2007-09-14 20:03:55
76.   King of the Hobos
74 Sexy?
2007-09-14 20:04:17
77.   Bluebleeder87
Nomar batting 5th? Wow, Grady!!!!!

& to top it all off, he even says HE KNOWS Nomar isn't 100%, wow, just wow. [shaking head]

2007-09-14 20:04:43
79.   Bluebleeder87
hey if anything I hope Nomar proves us wrong tonight.
2007-09-14 20:04:46
80.   sporky
76 - Just like David Wells.
2007-09-14 20:04:56
81.   Wilbert Robinson
I predict Davis doesn't make it out of the first and Nomar hits a home run. Also the Padres will find a way to lose twice tonight.
2007-09-14 20:05:04
82.   immouch
of course it's a fair ball
2007-09-14 20:05:06
83.   Disabled List
Nice out, Pierre.

I have never heard Vin speak with such thinly veiled disgust about a player as he does with JP.

2007-09-14 20:05:10
84.   Icaros
I heart J-Lo.
2007-09-14 20:05:28
85.   Bluebleeder87
Loney has takin over Golden God duties apparently!!
2007-09-14 20:05:31
86.   JT Dutch
... James is unconscious. Everything is dropping in for him.
2007-09-14 20:05:32
87.   ucladodger
that Loney guy is good. Too bad he played half of the year in AAA.
2007-09-14 20:05:35
88.   natepurcell
nice. he's good for a "non prospect".

ok im sorry.

2007-09-14 20:05:39
89.   NorCal-Dodger
Who calls the play for JP to sacrifice?..Slap and run would be nice.
2007-09-14 20:05:41
90.   Sam in SC
loney rocks
2007-09-14 20:05:43
91.   Bob Timmermann
That makes Davis's ERA against the Dodgers 0.29!
2007-09-14 20:05:43
92.   Paul Scott
You know, even with Pierre batting, I still hate the sacrifice bunt.
2007-09-14 20:05:56
93.   fanerman
James Loney is sexy.
2007-09-14 20:06:19
94.   Exick
Wow, who's this Loney kid? He's pretty good.
2007-09-14 20:08:06
95.   fanerman
83 What did Vin say? Has Vin mentioned disgust with JP before?
2007-09-14 20:08:32
96.   Disabled List
Why does Kent have such a tiny bat? Seriously, his bat is like, 18 inches long, or something.

I really shouldn't be making observations like this. I'll stop typing now.

2007-09-14 20:08:32
97.   Bluebleeder87
DT'ers are probably tipsy today with all this sexy talk.
2007-09-14 20:08:34
98.   JT Dutch
... Kent got back-doored.
2007-09-14 20:09:05
99.   Bluebleeder87
O.K. Nomar prove us wrong!
2007-09-14 20:09:22
100.   Bob Timmermann
Florida and Colorado are 5-5 in the 7th.
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2007-09-14 20:09:26
101.   Icaros
Still waiting for Doug Davis to turn back into the pitcher my JV team blasted in 1991.
2007-09-14 20:09:28
102.   Eric Stephen
Mark Wegner has one of those delayed strike call motions that is either really cool or really annoying. I can't decide, but I'm leaning toward cool.
2007-09-14 20:10:29
103.   Bluebleeder87
anybody know how many pitches Davis made?
2007-09-14 20:10:39
104.   natepurcell
97

Nope, I'm sober....and doing homework. on a friday night.

I'm awesome.

2007-09-14 20:10:52
105.   Paul Scott
Nice of Nomar to drive that ball at his ankles. Guess that's his sweet spot.
2007-09-14 20:11:13
106.   NorCal-Dodger
103 14
2007-09-14 20:11:19
107.   Paul Scott
Davis made 14 pitches.
2007-09-14 20:11:26
108.   Bluebleeder87
101

serious, Icaros??

2007-09-14 20:11:29
109.   Gen3Blue
Someone today was talking about some of our coaches perhaps leaving. From the average opening of most of our games since the AS break, either most of our pitchers should go, or the pitching coach. Most nights the D's pitchers don't seem ready to pitch in the first two innings.
2007-09-14 20:11:42
110.   Eric Stephen
67 Bob, I'd rank the NL West announcers, in order of annoyance:

1) Rockies
2) D-Backs
3) Padres (dislike radio more than TV)
4) Dodgers (non Vin)
5) Giants

2007-09-14 20:11:47
111.   sporky
Too bad Nomar can't golf it like Soriano.
2007-09-14 20:11:57
112.   Bob Timmermann
Red Sox trying to get a 2-inning save out of Papelbon tonight.

I think Gagne is officially marked "For emergency use only"

2007-09-14 20:12:23
113.   Bluebleeder87
106

Mmm! (I thought it was more)

2007-09-14 20:12:35
114.   Frip
I love Vin, but I'd like to hear a psychiatrist explain why he feels the need to fill up every millisecond of time with words.

Is it some fear of silence?
A unconscious compulsion?
A personality disorder?
Or just a broadcasting style he believes in?

2007-09-14 20:12:56
115.   Jon Weisman
I missed the top of the first. Was Penny all over the place?
2007-09-14 20:13:55
116.   Bob Timmermann
114
Perhaps you are confusing Vin Scully with some other announcer.

Remember that in the first three innings, it's a simulcast.

2007-09-14 20:14:30
117.   fanerman
114 Really? I've always thought that Vin was the best at letting the actions speak for themselves far better than other broadcasters/broadcasting teams.
2007-09-14 20:14:38
118.   Bob Timmermann
Papelbon instead turned in a no-out blown save, which may soon turn into a loss.
2007-09-14 20:14:52
119.   natepurcell
Penny doesn't look like he is going to last long tonight.

Roberrrrrrto! is on his way.

2007-09-14 20:14:52
120.   Eric Stephen
114 That is simply not true. Vin is silent more than any other current broadcaster, if not ever!!
2007-09-14 20:15:23
121.   fanerman
118 I can't watch that game anymore. It's too much.
2007-09-14 20:15:31
122.   Bob Timmermann
And the Yankees hang up a 6 in the 8th and it's 8-7 Yankees.

And there are still no outs.

2007-09-14 20:15:37
123.   Bluebleeder87
109

It was me, I really feel management has to address the bad running BY ALL PLAYERS it just doesn't look right when everybody looks like little leaguers, know what I mean?

ps I'm exaggerating to make a point by the way.

2007-09-14 20:15:45
124.   BlueCrew Bruin
Penny better get it together quick or this is gonna be an ugly game.
2007-09-14 20:16:00
125.   fanerman
117 is missing a comma.
2007-09-14 20:16:26
126.   Icaros
108

Yep. I wasn't playing that day, but I did face him in a JC summer school exhibition game a couple years later and managed a Juan Pierre single off him.

The coach admonished him for wasting a curve on a hitter like me. Ouch.

2007-09-14 20:16:44
127.   Gen3Blue
67 I'm not sure they are no. three innocent, but it may be Penny enhancing their annoyingness.
2007-09-14 20:17:11
128.   Eric Stephen
Thank you Chris Snyder!
2007-09-14 20:17:33
129.   Wilbert Robinson
florida has just gone ahead of the rockies
2007-09-14 20:18:39
130.   Exick
hahaha, dummy.
2007-09-14 20:18:58
131.   Bluebleeder87
123 one more point on that, In my opinion running mistakes are simply inexcusable, but that's just me, coach use to make my little league team run 3 times around the park if we made bad running errors.
2007-09-14 20:19:20
132.   King of the Hobos
2 run Kouz homer, tied game in San Diego
2007-09-14 20:19:37
133.   Bluebleeder87
126

That's a cool story man!

2007-09-14 20:21:05
134.   Exick
131.
The question is, did your coach make himself run when his base coaching caused the screw up? That seems to be the case with the Dodgers. It's a combination of bad running decisions and bad coaching.
2007-09-14 20:21:34
135.   Eric Stephen
115 Jon, Penny was wild in the first. Of the 7 batters, four had at least 6-pitch PAs.

One walk, one HBP (on what would have been ball 4), and another 3 ball count. Lots and lots of fastballs.

And a celebratory primal scream to end the inning after two strikeouts!

2007-09-14 20:22:11
136.   Frip
Yea, you all all right, I just THINK Vin talks alot. It's me, it's not Vin. I obviously suffer from some kind of perceptive disorder. He's actually the silent type.
2007-09-14 20:22:56
137.   Bluebleeder87
134

Hopefully spring training will take care of that, seriously it's been bad for 2 years already, I really hope they address it in SP.

2007-09-14 20:23:46
138.   Icaros
133

My other one is that I struck out an 18-year-old shortstop from Vacaville named Jermaine Dye on a changeup in the dirt.

He was batting left-handed (working on switch-hitting), but it still counts.

Sorry to those of you who've already heard my minor claims to fame. I'll stop mentioning it when they retire.

2007-09-14 20:24:06
139.   Eric Stephen
I forgot the Loney OPS update! He's at .913 on the season and .910 career after the first inning double.

Kemp, with his single, is at .891 season and .831 career.

2007-09-14 20:26:32
140.   Eric Stephen
136 What the frip are you talking about? :)

I think you are not factoring in the fact that Vin works alone. He may talk more individually than other announcers, but he talks less than the combined efforts of most all 2+ announcing teams.

2007-09-14 20:27:35
141.   Exick
136.
There's a one word answer to your original question: radio.
2007-09-14 20:28:44
142.   immouch
pop quiz: anybody seen a faster big man than kemp? maybe a young dave winfield? going way back, maybe pre-pubescent dave kingman?
2007-09-14 20:28:44
143.   Gen3Blue
Nice job by Kemp keeping the pitcher guessing and working a hard second on top of a hard first. This could matter down the road, if Penny can settle in.
2007-09-14 20:30:38
144.   Gen3Blue
If Penny can strike people out, this will add a whole other way of getting people out from the last two games.
2007-09-14 20:31:06
145.   Bluebleeder87
138

My only claim to fame is that I played along side a guy that played professionally in Mexico , one that played for the Dodgers low A team San Bernandino & other that played or was drafted by the phillies I'm not exactly sure about the last one though.

2007-09-14 20:31:16
146.   Eric Stephen
Loney has 3 hits in each of his last 3 games (plus one tonight). The only LA Dodger to ever have a longer streak of 3 hit games is Ted Sizemore, who had five straight in August 1970.

Loney's streak is one of 22 3-gamers in LA Dodger history.

http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/B4BH

2007-09-14 20:31:20
147.   Frip
140 You can't say a person "talks less than...", when the person in question NEVER stops talking.

That's all I'll say on it. Vin has style and class, and that's good enough for me in this day and age.

2007-09-14 20:31:25
148.   immouch
sparky anderson could sublet his eyebrows.
2007-09-14 20:32:52
149.   sporky
148 - lol!

The d'backs' GameDay photos are all muy unflattering.

2007-09-14 20:34:44
150.   Gen3Blue
I once sat beside an X- Dodger pitcher(marginal) on a flight to Santa Barbara.
I'm going to the Encyc. to see If I can remember. He was a man of color with a colorful name.
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2007-09-14 20:35:20
151.   nofatmike
142 I wish I could say Bo Jackson but he was half-the-athelete he was by the time I became interested in pro sports.
2007-09-14 20:35:47
152.   Gen3Blue
What is Sparky doing here. Guest of T. Lasorda?
2007-09-14 20:35:56
153.   sporky
Question: Do a lot of fly balls mean Penny is hittable, or unhittable?
2007-09-14 20:36:49
154.   sporky
153 - fly = foul
2007-09-14 20:36:58
155.   Icaros
145

There's still time. Rickey Henderson could join that Sunday league you're playing in if the Mets ever let him go as base coach.

2007-09-14 20:37:08
156.   Eric Stephen
151 I'd say Bo Jackson was a baseball big man faster than Kemp.
2007-09-14 20:37:36
157.   NorCal-Dodger
Penny is throwing hard...calm down and start pitching!
2007-09-14 20:38:50
158.   MollyKnight
Where's our Loney OPS ticker?
2007-09-14 20:39:34
159.   immouch
156 - ah, excellent call. i forgot about bo. definitely faster.
2007-09-14 20:39:42
160.   Frip
What a wonderful shot of Sparky and Tommy that was. Classic. They looked sharp as heck. (Though Tommy should tell his pal to sit up straight.)
2007-09-14 20:39:43
161.   Eric Stephen
158 see 139

Currently, Loney is at .913 season and .910 career.

2007-09-14 20:41:56
162.   MollyKnight
After the Phillies win, there is now an 18.7% chance the Dodgers will make the playoffs.
2007-09-14 20:42:45
163.   Icaros
How about Brian Jordan?
2007-09-14 20:44:24
164.   Eric Stephen
163 Jordan is probably a good Kemp Komp. I'd pick Kemp in a race though.
2007-09-14 20:45:54
165.   Eric Stephen
Loney OPS tracker: .910 season, .907 career.

Bad OPS tracker:
Furcal - .688
Pierre - .679
Nomar - .678

2007-09-14 20:46:56
166.   Icaros
165

First to .700 wins!

2007-09-14 20:47:05
167.   immouch
163/4: i think jordan is a great comp. tricky call, however, because he'd played a couple years in the nfl when he came into baseball.
2007-09-14 20:48:19
168.   Bluebleeder87
man, I just can't stand Doug Davis pitching style, specially cause the Dodger hitters are all of a sudden falling to his bait! UGH!
2007-09-14 20:49:18
169.   ucladodger
Amazing play by Raffyt o make that even close.
2007-09-14 20:49:41
170.   Eric Stephen
Wow, that was a tremendous play by Furcal. No way it should have been that close! Nice stretch by Loney too.
2007-09-14 20:49:50
171.   Frip
Matt Jones, former Arkansas quarterback, now Jaguars tight end. 6'6" / 238. 4.3 in the 40.
2007-09-14 20:50:47
172.   LAT
JD Drew lead off single of Rivera bottom 9
2007-09-14 20:52:01
173.   Eric Stephen
166 If JP gets to .700, we will make the playoffs!
2007-09-14 20:52:50
174.   Eric Stephen
Horrid throw by Martin leads to a run.
2007-09-14 20:52:52
175.   NorCal-Dodger
We'll be lucky if Penny makes it to the 6th.
2007-09-14 20:53:54
176.   immouch
171... hmmm. not disagreeing, but i'm thinking baseball players. also, i'm thinking vin doesn't talk too much.
2007-09-14 20:55:44
177.   LAT
Game Over. Drew still on 1B.
2007-09-14 20:55:47
178.   Eric Stephen
Good try by Loney to steal a DP.
2007-09-14 20:56:02
179.   Paul Scott
It seems fairly clear he will be over 100 pitches before the end of the 5th.
2007-09-14 20:57:42
180.   Eric Stephen
179 He's only at 89 with a 1-2 count, 2 outs on Bonafacio.
2007-09-14 20:58:18
181.   Eric Enders
The DBacks announcers have noted that Dave Hansen, who is the hitting coach for their AA Mobile team, has joined Arizona's big league coaching staff for the rest of the month.

So one of our biggest rivals has both Kirk Gibson and Dave Hansen as coaches. How did we let this happen?

2007-09-14 20:58:18
182.   Eric Stephen
179 ,180 ...and I just realized it's the 4th!
2007-09-14 20:59:47
183.   Ricardo
What´s the pitch count for Penny? 90?
2007-09-14 20:59:59
184.   Frip
176 I agree, and kinda disagree with myself. I don't see how Matt Jones can run a 4.3, if Ladanian Thomlinson runs a 4.38. But when I lived in Arkansas that's what the Arkansas Gazette said. Perhaps just a back woods tale that made it to print.
2007-09-14 21:00:13
185.   Eric Stephen
Wild pitch gives the Giants a 3-2 lead in the 7th.
2007-09-14 21:00:31
186.   Wilbert Robinson
Giants just took the lead
2007-09-14 21:00:39
187.   MollyKnight
YESSSSSSS!!!! 3-2 Giants!!
2007-09-14 21:00:40
188.   NorCal-Dodger
181 Managment decided that Little, Jauss, Honeycutt, Murray/Mueller, Donnelly, Duncan were better options?
2007-09-14 21:00:43
189.   Paul Scott
180 yeah, so he has to finish the fifth in less than 10 pitches. Seems pretty unlikely. Even on form (and he's not tonight), Penny is a 4 pitch/batter. I'd expect him at 105-110 by the end of the fifth.
2007-09-14 21:00:48
190.   immouch
did kent just kiss his own bat?
2007-09-14 21:02:37
191.   Bluebleeder87
Good start, thank you Mr. Kent for being patient against this Davis guy.
2007-09-14 21:03:57
192.   MollyKnight
omg. Kent went from first to third on a single.
2007-09-14 21:04:39
193.   Frip
Good for Kent, even though he looks like he's running through Jell-O.
2007-09-14 21:04:47
194.   sporky
YES!!!
2007-09-14 21:04:55
195.   Eric Stephen
Alright Nomar! He was 1 for his last 15 before that single.

Nomar retakes the OPS lead over Pierre, .681 to .679.

2007-09-14 21:04:57
196.   NorCal-Dodger
192 You just got to appreciate the aggressiveness of a wily veteran!
2007-09-14 21:05:35
197.   Eric Stephen
With all this Loney & Kemp talk lately, Russell must have felt forgotten.

No more.

2007-09-14 21:06:23
198.   Gen3Blue
Penny is finally getting his peripherals up,
it would be even nicer if he could win the game. That means we have to get to this Davis, and checking game day makes me wonder even more why he appears like more than an average pitcher to the D's .
What cheering-what happened, did Kent and Nomar get a hit is the same inning.

That would merit champaign. But just get into the bullpen before the 7 will make me happy.

2007-09-14 21:06:31
199.   Exick
Rooting for the Giants feels icky.
2007-09-14 21:07:14
200.   Icaros
Way to lay off the garbage, Matt.
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2007-09-14 21:07:23
201.   ucladodger
Wow, Davis didnt really come close to a strike there. Make him pay, andre.
2007-09-14 21:07:31
202.   MollyKnight
Doug Davis is officially in trouble
This place is officially loud.

Mark Grace officially likes to use the word officially.

2007-09-14 21:07:32
203.   Jon Weisman
Let's knock this guy out!!!
2007-09-14 21:07:38
204.   Bluebleeder87
I love it that we've wiped the smerk out of Doug Davis face, his game day photo doesn't deserve me as much.
2007-09-14 21:08:02
205.   Frip
199 Funny :)
2007-09-14 21:08:19
206.   Wilbert Robinson
do you PH for Penny?
2007-09-14 21:08:25
207.   Ricardo
Let´s go Andre!
2007-09-14 21:08:34
208.   Exick
Dammit!
2007-09-14 21:08:40
209.   Bob Timmermann
I just checked. Doug Davis is not sitting on my computer.
2007-09-14 21:08:41
210.   ucladodger
un-fricken-real. Typical Dodger lucl.
2007-09-14 21:08:42
211.   Wilbert Robinson
if ethier K's
2007-09-14 21:08:43
212.   Eric Stephen
Aw, nuts.
2007-09-14 21:09:01
213.   Wilbert Robinson
or if that happens
2007-09-14 21:09:03
214.   BlueCrew Bruin
RULE 1!!!
2007-09-14 21:09:20
215.   Exick
206.
If you want him to firebomb your car after the game.
2007-09-14 21:09:26
216.   Eric Stephen
Time for a DT-day like Penny double.
2007-09-14 21:09:46
217.   ucladodger
210

meant luck. Thats such a huge out right there. C'mon Brad, help yourself.

2007-09-14 21:10:26
218.   MollyKnight
I hate that Ethier made that out. Now we have Penny, and, barring 6-4-3, Furcal.
2007-09-14 21:10:31
219.   Eric Stephen
1st & 3rd, 1 out in the 7th for the Padres.
2007-09-14 21:10:34
220.   MollyKnight
I hate that Ethier made that out. Now we have Penny, and, barring 6-4-3, Furcal.
2007-09-14 21:10:42
221.   Gen3Blue
My sweet Lord. Penny has 90pitches already?
That must be wrong.
They are going to bat Penny and pull him next inning. I can't believe it, even thow he is an OK batter for a pitcher, the percentages say he makes an out.
2007-09-14 21:10:44
222.   Paul Scott
This is an emotional mistake. Penny won;t go more than 1 more inning. Win and Cy Yong be damned. Sweeney should be hitting here.
2007-09-14 21:11:22
223.   Eric Stephen
218 ,220 The double post to avoid the double play. Nice.
2007-09-14 21:11:45
224.   immouch
crummy swings notwithstanding, this is the kinda pitcher penny could whack.
2007-09-14 21:12:49
225.   Bluebleeder87
202

I don't know but I think he's pretty funny.

2007-09-14 21:13:10
226.   Eric Stephen
Grady, if anything, is protective of his starters to earn a win (or not earn a loss). That's why Penny is batting. Plus, there is only 1 out, not 2.
2007-09-14 21:13:45
227.   immouch
wonder if davis grew that weird beard thing in honor of the dirt path between the mound and home plate in arizona?
2007-09-14 21:13:52
228.   King of the Hobos
Mike Cameron caught looking with men on the corners and 2 outs to end the seventh in San Diego.
2007-09-14 21:14:08
229.   BlueCrew Bruin
222 I agree. This is a guy that came into the game with a zero ERA against us. Gotta take advantage of the bases loaded situation, especially when you have twice as many pitchers available now that it's September.
2007-09-14 21:14:33
230.   MollyKnight
:(
2007-09-14 21:14:49
231.   Gen3Blue
This is discusseding.
2007-09-14 21:15:03
232.   Exick
FIRST PITCH SWINGING!? FIRST PITCH SWINGING!? FIRST PITCH SWINGING!?
2007-09-14 21:15:05
233.   Eric Stephen
Time to see the postmortem being written by Tony Jackson after not scoring with bases juiced and no outs.
2007-09-14 21:15:10
234.   fanerman
Come on Raffy!
2007-09-14 21:15:12
235.   Paul Scott
Well, let's hope we don't have to regret Grady wasting that inning.
2007-09-14 21:15:20
236.   sporky
Ugh. Penny had a better AB than that.
2007-09-14 21:15:20
237.   ucladodger
Furcal is really not helpinf offensivley.
2007-09-14 21:15:32
238.   BlueCrew Bruin
Maddenning.
2007-09-14 21:15:39
239.   Wilbert Robinson
Maybe Penny will end pitching a complete game on 15 pitches.
2007-09-14 21:15:39
240.   Bluebleeder87
well at least we tide it up & made Doug Davis make a boat load of pitches.
2007-09-14 21:15:59
241.   Frip
I wonder if it's just the nature of being a fan to think your team has bad luck. Or if we really do.
2007-09-14 21:16:14
242.   NorCal-Dodger
I hate it when we fill up the bases!
2007-09-14 21:16:20
243.   Bluebleeder87
237

I'm telling you he's been pretty bad this year, he'll be better in '08.

2007-09-14 21:16:37
244.   MollyKnight
In related news, Cameron struck out looking with runners on first and third to end the 7th, and keep the score at 3-2.
2007-09-14 21:17:32
245.   Eric Stephen
243 I'm on board with that, Bluebleeder. Let's just keep Furcal away from Repko!
2007-09-14 21:17:39
246.   Paul Scott
240 Davis is at 64 pitches after 4 innings. Assuming we don't take him out with runs, we won't be making him exit the game on pitches before the 7th.
2007-09-14 21:17:47
247.   MollyKnight
228- Didn't see your post. Too busy sticking pins into my Furcal bobblehead doll.
2007-09-14 21:18:45
248.   sporky
I hate that I'm actually wishing for another Bonds HR.
2007-09-14 21:18:49
249.   Exick
I'm not really upset about not scoring more than 1 in that inning. The Ethier at-bat was the one that got away, so to speak. That was a good rip and would have been enough to score 2 if it gets through. Penny had a nice at-bat, but for some reason just stared at strike 3. I'm just mad Rafael swung at the first pitch.
2007-09-14 21:18:51
250.   Gen3Blue
At least if Penny puts anyone on, its his butt on the line so he can't look at the dugout.

Bob, I don't know if two teams can be more annoying than these announcers.

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2007-09-14 21:19:40
252.   BlueCrew Bruin
Strategery aside, and as much as I like Grady's even-keel personality, I wonder sometimes if having a Lasorda in the dugout to drop some F bombs would help motivate these guys to stop swinging at the first pitch when they have a pitcher on the ropes.
2007-09-14 21:19:43
253.   Jon Weisman
Paul, by the way, good to have you drop by again.
2007-09-14 21:21:40
255.   BlueCrew Bruin
I hate baseball sometimes.
2007-09-14 21:21:54
256.   ucladodger
i hate baseball. Ethier kills the ball- out, takes away two runs. Jackson's two out bloop shot leads to two runs. Such crap.
2007-09-14 21:22:05
258.   Ricardo
That´s so frustrating.
2007-09-14 21:22:13
259.   nick
let the second-guessing begin...
2007-09-14 21:22:23
260.   Nagman
I swear the Channel 9 score graphic had the 4 up there before the ball hit the bleachers.
2007-09-14 21:22:25
261.   BlueCrew Bruin
256 Well at least I'm not alone. :)
2007-09-14 21:22:30
262.   Frip
I've had a really really bad day already, I don't need this.

(That's right, it's all about me.)

2007-09-14 21:22:34
263.   CarlosDeC
Tony Jackson must be dying in the pressbox. Another basesloaded nobody out situation, with no much to show for it. Still feeling good about this game, we are going home with a win tonight i have a feeling!
2007-09-14 21:22:45
264.   Bluebleeder87
damn, that hurt, let's try to get 'em back boys.
2007-09-14 21:23:31
266.   Eric Stephen
Down by two runs? No worries. James Loney will bat at least twice more this fine evening.
2007-09-14 21:24:07
267.   King of the Hobos
254 Tendinitis in his right knee, DL'd.
2007-09-14 21:24:30
268.   Icaros
I would like to submit my vote of "no" on the D-backs announcers.
2007-09-14 21:24:34
269.   Paul Scott
253 Thanks. Nice of you (and D4P) to say so. Though it appears I may be bad luck.
2007-09-14 21:25:06
271.   Eric Stephen
256 The homer had a little more to do with the 2 runs than the bloop shot. :)
2007-09-14 21:25:44
272.   Bluebleeder87
I swear if Pierre swings at this...
2007-09-14 21:26:25
273.   Bluebleeder87
Nice start...
2007-09-14 21:26:28
274.   Eric Stephen
268 Is the question, "Will they be given the antidote to the poison with which they've just been injected?"
2007-09-14 21:26:30
275.   BlueCrew Bruin
On the bright side, there's a rabbit loose and a monster at the plate!
2007-09-14 21:26:34
276.   Icaros
Isn't a walk to JP the new Grabowski Principle?
2007-09-14 21:26:45
277.   King of the Hobos
Holliday homered to get the Rockies within one run in the ninth. Hawpe up at the plate as the their last hope.
2007-09-14 21:26:46
278.   Ricardo
266. Yes, you are right. The Dodgers are not going to lose in Lasorda´s 80th anniversary!
2007-09-14 21:27:15
280.   immouch
i know that with tommy there's probably as much dark bs as light bs and that, in any case, there's a lot of bs. but i still think the world will be a little less interesting when he's gone.
2007-09-14 21:27:15
281.   Eric Stephen
Upon further review, Doug Davis's pitching motion and rhythm (or lack thereof) is really annoying.
2007-09-14 21:28:02
284.   King of the Hobos
All over in Colorado, 7-6 Marlins win.
2007-09-14 21:28:30
285.   Eric Stephen
Loney OPS AccuTracker™:

.913 season, .910 career

2007-09-14 21:28:32
286.   ucladodger
just insane, this Loney character.
2007-09-14 21:28:34
288.   MollyKnight
OPS ticker time!!
2007-09-14 21:28:43
289.   Bluebleeder87
I officially think Loney is insane, WOWZERS!!
2007-09-14 21:29:10
290.   BlueCrew Bruin
Alright, let's get back in this thing!
2007-09-14 21:29:19
291.   Eric Stephen
Speaking of fast, that was pretty amazing of Pierre to jump straight up and out of the way of Loney's single, then still make it to third base easily.
2007-09-14 21:29:32
292.   immouch
this davis guy has made some amazing pitches to kent.
2007-09-14 21:29:38
293.   Wilbert Robinson
quick somebody check our record when Pierre walks in a game
2007-09-14 21:29:40
294.   ucladodger
271

Ya, but its more fun to blame bad luck than bad Penny. And I have to blame someone.

2007-09-14 21:30:13
295.   Eric Stephen
Aw, man. Now Martin's HR only ties it. Oh well!
2007-09-14 21:30:17
296.   nick
has DT yet considered the inevitable J-Lo nickname? not esoteric enough?
2007-09-14 21:30:48
297.   ucladodger
oh my word...
2007-09-14 21:30:52
298.   Jon Weisman
Un
2007-09-14 21:30:52
299.   BlueCrew Bruin
WooHooooo!!!
2007-09-14 21:30:56
300.   King of the Hobos
Maybe Nomar is feeling better.
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2007-09-14 21:30:58
301.   Exick
Eric "Nostradamus" Stephen?
2007-09-14 21:30:59
302.   MollyKnight
Improbable!!
2007-09-14 21:31:04
303.   Jon Weisman
be
2007-09-14 21:31:08
304.   Bluebleeder87
Dear Nomar,

I'm sorry for talking smack

sincerly, Bluebleeder!!!!!!

2007-09-14 21:31:13
305.   Eric Stephen
295 I swear, I meant to type Nomar!!! I was thinking Martin though.
2007-09-14 21:31:13
306.   NorCal-Dodger
NOMAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-14 21:31:15
307.   regfairfield
How dare Grady not pull out ace in the fourth.

How dare he.

2007-09-14 21:31:16
308.   Wilbert Robinson
WOW~!!!!!
2007-09-14 21:31:18
309.   Jon Weisman
liev
2007-09-14 21:31:18
310.   Icaros
It is the new Grabowski Principle! It is!
2007-09-14 21:31:25
311.   nick
Nomar!?!?!?!?
2007-09-14 21:31:32
313.   immouch
ok. i admit it. i'm an idiot. a happy idiot, but an idiot.
2007-09-14 21:31:33
314.   Jon Weisman
a
2007-09-14 21:31:37
315.   jasonungar07
I cannot belive, what I just SAW.......
2007-09-14 21:31:40
316.   Paul Scott
Wow. He hit one out. Been a long long while. Should secure his OPS above Pierre for the season.
2007-09-14 21:31:44
317.   Jon Weisman
ble
2007-09-14 21:31:45
318.   Exick
Hey, look at that. Some good luck.
2007-09-14 21:31:45
319.   Ricardo
Pierre walks and Nomar homers in the same inning! We are going to win this game!
2007-09-14 21:31:56
320.   Jon Weisman
!
2007-09-14 21:32:16
321.   Wilbert Robinson
Pierre walks and Nomar homers in the same inning?!!!?!
2007-09-14 21:33:06
323.   Eric Stephen
293 12-14 in the 26 games Pierre has walked.
2007-09-14 21:33:13
324.   MollyKnight
Marlins beat the Rockies. Playoff chances raised 0.6 per cent!
2007-09-14 21:33:14
325.   regfairfield
Wouldn't have bet on that.
2007-09-14 21:33:25
326.   nick
the fairly implausible has happened!
2007-09-14 21:33:48
327.   Exick
WOOOOOHOOOOO!
2007-09-14 21:33:50
328.   BlueCrew Bruin
BISON!!
2007-09-14 21:34:07
329.   nick
Bison!!!
2007-09-14 21:34:10
330.   immouch
HAAAAAAA
2007-09-14 21:34:15
332.   Bluebleeder87
WOO! I hope Russel drinks plenty of water after that, wow.
2007-09-14 21:34:23
333.   Wilbert Robinson
I am really happy
2007-09-14 21:34:24
334.   Ricardo
The Bison!
2007-09-14 21:34:24
335.   ucladodger
baller
2007-09-14 21:34:32
336.   Reiichi
If Penny comes in to pitch the 6th, anything can happen. Please score more runs!
2007-09-14 21:34:37
337.   BlueCrew Bruin
I think Penny is staying in. He just grabbed a helmet.
2007-09-14 21:34:42
338.   Jon Weisman
I thought for sure they'd IBB Ethier here.
2007-09-14 21:34:44
339.   Exick
Grady, for the love of all that is holy and good in this world, don't put Penny back out there.
2007-09-14 21:34:53
340.   imperabo
Kemp hesitates out of the box and still makes it to third easily.
2007-09-14 21:34:57
341.   sporky
Amen to the last 20 comments.

WOOHOO!

2007-09-14 21:35:07
342.   Paul Scott
303 Come on Andrew. It was not that simple. 90 pitches through 4 innings. Very unlikely he would be pitching the 6th. Expanded roster, so no real concern about the BP being used up.

I am not saying any manger would have done it, especially with a guy trying to rack up accounting credits for a Cy Young bid, but if you wanted to win the game more than give penny a chance at some stats, pulling him there was the right move.

2007-09-14 21:35:18
343.   immouch
i'm thrilled arizona isn't taking this game seriously enough to change pitchers when it's obviously needed...
2007-09-14 21:35:49
344.   Eric Stephen
Kemp OPS AccuTracker™:

.906 season, .841 career

2007-09-14 21:35:50
345.   Jon Weisman
Did this game start on time? We're looking at two hours for five innings if it did.
2007-09-14 21:35:52
346.   Wilbert Robinson
yes I can't believe no walk
2007-09-14 21:36:11
348.   Im So Blue
Would you rather have Hendrickson (who is up in the bullpen)?
2007-09-14 21:36:18
349.   ucladodger
340

I wonder if they'll give Matt a triple. Even with the throw going home, Matt was basically at thrid when the ball got to the infield.

2007-09-14 21:36:31
350.   Wilbert Robinson
yup started at 10:40
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2007-09-14 21:36:32
351.   CarlosDeC
I have to say, I turned off the game and am just refreshing the blog. MUCH less stressful.
2007-09-14 21:36:50
352.   King of the Hobos
So we're going to counter Arizona's junkballing lefty with our junkballing lefty. I'd much prefer Meloan or Hull in the 6th, but hope Lurch can pitch well.
2007-09-14 21:37:03
353.   nick
103 pitches, he can't let Penny bat here can he?
2007-09-14 21:37:08
354.   regfairfield
342 Fair enough, I think it's a debatable point, but calling Grady an idiot for not pulling him seems a bit harsh.

I think the big question is how much of the bullpen do you trust, and I don't think Grady trusts anyone outside of Broxton and Saito.

2007-09-14 21:37:35
355.   Bluebleeder87
don't look now but I think Hendy is warming up in the pen.
2007-09-14 21:37:45
356.   LeeLacy
Grady can platoon Gonzo and Ethier all he wants. But there's no way, barring an injury, he should sit Kemp again this season.
2007-09-14 21:37:55
357.   Gagne55
Looks like a pretty happy crowd here tonight.
2007-09-14 21:37:59
358.   ucladodger
atta boy Andre!
2007-09-14 21:38:22
359.   BlueCrew Bruin
LaRoche sighting.
2007-09-14 21:38:24
360.   Eric Stephen
Ethier singles his seasonal OPS back to .800!
2007-09-14 21:38:26
361.   MollyKnight
No worries, Hendrickson is warming in the bullpen.
2007-09-14 21:38:31
362.   Exick
Not walking Ethier was dumb.

LaRoche hitting for Penny. Whew.

2007-09-14 21:38:33
363.   Wilbert Robinson
woo! happy!
2007-09-14 21:38:34
364.   jtrichey
Hey Sutton, you are correct sir. 5-4 is not going to be the final score. Punk!
2007-09-14 21:38:46
365.   fanerman
Bison Strength AND Speed!
2007-09-14 21:38:48
366.   Wilbert Robinson
laroche!
2007-09-14 21:39:04
367.   immouch
just when i was gonna sue grady for malpractice he does the right thing...
2007-09-14 21:39:04
368.   Eric Stephen
And here comes Dandy Andy.

What better time for a first major league HR!

2007-09-14 21:39:05
370.   Ricardo
Come on Andy!
2007-09-14 21:39:10
371.   BlueCrew Bruin
Wow. I know he made the last out and all but how does Melvin take his 30 home run guy out here?
2007-09-14 21:39:15
372.   Wilbert Robinson
I can't stop exclaiming!
2007-09-14 21:39:24
373.   Eric Stephen
369 Did you?
2007-09-14 21:39:31
374.   King of the Hobos
Does Laroche survive the pitching change? I'm guessing no.
2007-09-14 21:39:32
375.   GMac In The 909
20/20 aside, Arizona looks so bad not walking Ethier there.

We'll take it!

2007-09-14 21:39:53
376.   Wilbert Robinson
369 ouch beaten by miliseconds
2007-09-14 21:40:16
378.   Eric Stephen
Giants tack on an esurance™ run. 4-2 top 9.
2007-09-14 21:40:26
379.   ucladodger
Klesko single puts SF up 4-2.
2007-09-14 21:40:47
380.   ucladodger
378

oo, beat me.

2007-09-14 21:41:00
381.   BlueCrew Bruin
378 Awesome. Go Giants! {head explodes}
2007-09-14 21:41:08
382.   Gagne55
342 It seems like Penny has lately been pulled at times when it would be most beneficial to his W/L record and not the teams.
2007-09-14 21:41:47
383.   Icaros
Andy is merely bait.
2007-09-14 21:41:55
384.   GMac In The 909
382 This time, all things are equal.
2007-09-14 21:41:57
385.   Jon Weisman
I think not walking Ethier was as big a mistake as a manager has made tonight. And well-played by Grady to get Sweeney in there against a righty.
2007-09-14 21:42:19
386.   Eric Stephen
LaRoche was playing the role of Dave Anderson this evening.
2007-09-14 21:42:29
387.   LAT
Did they burn Andy by trotting him out there?
2007-09-14 21:42:31
388.   Gen3Blue
I was hoping you got that ! in Jon.

But there is a tradgedy here.

Your primary question of the last few days is unanswered. But if Loney and Kemp had 550 abs apiece the season would look very different. How much of a tradgedy this will be is unknown at this point.

But what is the effect of holding back your young players? I think this week may answer.

2007-09-14 21:42:39
389.   MollyKnight
Last ups for the Padres. Hairston, Bard, and the pitcher's spot due.
2007-09-14 21:43:02
390.   King of the Hobos
Would Arizona have taken the bait if we sent Valdez up there instead of Laroche?
2007-09-14 21:43:32
391.   imperabo
Why would walking Ethier be a good idea when Penny was coming out anyway? I don't get it.
2007-09-14 21:43:50
392.   Paul Scott
354 I did not call him an idiot. I'd agree that would be harsh. I just said it was an emotional mistake.

And I do agree on the BP comment, though with it expanded I think we have some decent options (which do not include Hendrickson). The thing is, Davis was completely shelled that inning. 2 walks, 2 singles and a hard hit LD that was unluckily positioned. Sweeney had a very decent shot there of breaking the game open and letting the bullpen have a small cushion.

Anyway, it worked out. having "worked out" is not my standard for smart decisions, but with 16 games left, I'll take it.

2007-09-14 21:43:54
393.   King of the Hobos
387 Gameday says yes.
2007-09-14 21:44:23
394.   Gagne55
389 Looks like three softies.
2007-09-14 21:44:33
395.   Bluebleeder87
Cruz can't find the strike zone...
2007-09-14 21:45:04
396.   Jon Weisman
It is now 2-1 to Furcal. The next pitch will be the 200th of the game, in the fifth inning.
2007-09-14 21:45:50
397.   Gen3Blue
The announcer's ask who is going to make that elusive 3rd out. Here comes Furcal.
Unfortunately he is a guarantee at this point.
2007-09-14 21:45:51
398.   regfairfield
392 I was referring to Herm. This was something of a snapping for getting very sick of his "I'm smarter than everyone in the organization" act. (Yeah, yeah, pot, kettle, black) I'll let myself out now.
2007-09-14 21:45:58
399.   Jon Weisman
Oh - and we just had 100 comments in exactly 15 minutes.
2007-09-14 21:46:13
400.   sporky
Wow, someone in the stands is wearing a Pierre jersey.
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2007-09-14 21:46:25
401.   LAT
4-3 in Sd
2007-09-14 21:46:26
402.   Eric Stephen
396 Way to jinxily end the inning, Jon! :)
2007-09-14 21:46:33
403.   MollyKnight
Randy Winn just failed to make the catch in left. Hairston homered. 4-3 Giants.
2007-09-14 21:46:37
404.   immouch
388 it's a great question. don't know if it's knowable. plus it makes me want beer.
2007-09-14 21:46:43
405.   Bob Timmermann
399
And none of them by me.

I was busy.

2007-09-14 21:46:48
406.   Wilbert Robinson
377. indeed it is
2007-09-14 21:46:53
407.   ucladodger
4-3 sf
2007-09-14 21:46:53
408.   ucladodger
4-3 sf
2007-09-14 21:46:55
409.   Jon Weisman
Of course, I guess we've got nothing on the A's-Texas. 10-9 in the sixth.
2007-09-14 21:47:25
410.   LAT
394. Not so soft
2007-09-14 21:47:29
411.   MollyKnight
I mean, Winn was standing at the fence and timed the jump to catch it and it went off the webbing of his glove.
2007-09-14 21:47:34
412.   Gen3Blue
Penny should be allowed to go to 150 pitches, with his style.
2007-09-14 21:47:54
413.   ucladodger
403

Wow, Winn could have made that catch. went right off of his glove.

2007-09-14 21:48:03
414.   Eric Stephen
I like the am/pm "too much good stuff" commercial where the two guys get a female roommate. The goofy look on the 2nd guy's face gets me every time!

And yes I will be watching Big Bang Theory with high hopes!

2007-09-14 21:48:31
415.   Jon Weisman
So, who is going to bail out Brad Hennessey?
2007-09-14 21:48:54
416.   Bluebleeder87
Wow, someone in the stands is wearing a Pierre jersey.

Kudos Sporky for catching that, wow.

2007-09-14 21:49:19
417.   Bob Timmermann
The Rangers and A's are at 264 combined pitches in the 6th.
2007-09-14 21:49:30
418.   MollyKnight
And Bard walked.
2007-09-14 21:49:42
419.   LAT
Hennesey just walked next batter. Giants giving it away.
2007-09-14 21:49:54
420.   King of the Hobos
The Giants really need to figure out that Brian Wilson is their closer.
2007-09-14 21:50:04
421.   Bob Timmermann
Old friend Brady Clark pinch running.
2007-09-14 21:50:23
422.   Eric Stephen
Beimel has faced only 2 batters in the last week. I bet Grady will alternate righty/lefty with Proctor/Beimel in the 7th.
2007-09-14 21:50:32
423.   Bob Timmermann
420
The problem is that Eugene Landy isn't the pitching coach.
2007-09-14 21:50:43
424.   LAT
415. Chico's Bail Bonds
2007-09-14 21:50:43
425.   Jon Weisman
421 - That's a step down from Rob Bowen.
2007-09-14 21:50:55
426.   Eric Stephen
422 Assuming Lurch gets through the 6th.
2007-09-14 21:51:08
427.   Bluebleeder87
Hendy is gonna have me on edge during his pitching stint right now.
2007-09-14 21:51:20
428.   MollyKnight
Sac bunt. Tying run at second. One out.
2007-09-14 21:51:33
429.   Icaros
420

I always thought Carl was the better singer, though.

2007-09-14 21:52:13
430.   King of the Hobos
Seanez? Where's Hull/Meloan?
2007-09-14 21:52:22
431.   Jon Weisman
Grady can be as aggressive as he likes when it comes to the middle relief, as far as I'm concerned.
2007-09-14 21:52:25
432.   GMac In The 909
415 Here comes the answer.
2007-09-14 21:52:30
433.   BlueCrew Bruin
Wow, Grady not messing around. Unfortunatly, it's Seanez in to save the day.
2007-09-14 21:52:33
434.   Paul Scott
S.D. giving back the gift with small-ball. Sac-bunt. 1 out, Clark on second.

LOOGY out to face Giles.

2007-09-14 21:52:47
435.   Eric Stephen
Carlos Quentin to play the role of Andy LaRoche this evening?
2007-09-14 21:52:53
436.   King of the Hobos
415 Apparently Steve Kline.
2007-09-14 21:54:08
437.   Nagman
432 I bet that's the first time Kline has been called The Answer.
2007-09-14 21:54:16
438.   Eric Stephen
The best part about the Dodger 5th inning wasn't that they scored four runs. It was that Loney will now bat 2nd in the 6th! :)
2007-09-14 21:54:40
439.   Wilbert Robinson
the padres announcer just called steve kline "old reliable"
2007-09-14 21:54:49
440.   Eric Stephen
Wow, that was close by Giles!!!
2007-09-14 21:54:53
441.   Jon Weisman
Seanez threw 24 pitches Tuesday and 19 Wednesday.

I am rooting against the Stanford batter. Mark it.

2007-09-14 21:55:02
442.   Nagman
Simultaneous scares. Giles sends one to the wall, Rudy gives up one that hooks foul.
2007-09-14 21:55:08
443.   nick
Giles ALMOST homers--Pads announcers sure it was gone; caught at the wall--2 outs...
2007-09-14 21:55:11
444.   MollyKnight
Oh man. Near homer in SD. Caught at the wall. 2 outs.
2007-09-14 21:55:14
445.   Exick
On walking Ethier:
Penny was in the on-deck circle. That was bait set by the Dodgers. Arizona didn't take it, obviously. But even pitching to a pinch-hitter is better than taking your chances with Ethier. Remember, Ethier jumped all over a pitch in his previous at-bat that would have scored 2 if not for a great stab by the 1st baseman.
2007-09-14 21:55:17
446.   immouch
i'm not positive, but i think saenez has pitched more innings this year than in any of his 826 other seasons.
2007-09-14 21:55:20
447.   ucladodger
wow, i thought Giles got it. 2 outs
2007-09-14 21:55:25
448.   Wilbert Robinson
Padres announcer pulled a major Steiner on that one
2007-09-14 21:56:00
449.   GMac In The 909
Do it, Kline!!!
2007-09-14 21:56:14
450.   Paul Scott
Giles flys out. 1 to go.
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2007-09-14 21:56:16
451.   MollyKnight
Padres tie it up. Gawd.
2007-09-14 21:56:25
452.   Disabled List
The Red Sox-Yankees game tonight went 4 hours, 43 minutes, two minutes short of the all-time record for a nine-inning game.

We've still got a ways to go.

2007-09-14 21:56:31
453.   Eric Stephen
Tie game in SD.
2007-09-14 21:56:36
454.   Bob Timmermann
There's no stopping the World Series Hero™
2007-09-14 21:56:54
455.   GMac In The 909
Well, that is a bummer.
2007-09-14 21:57:19
456.   ucladodger
I hate the Padres, i hate the Giants.
2007-09-14 21:57:26
457.   Gen3Blue
Seems like an interesting Idea, this guy pitching. Penny had a couple more good innings in him darn it all.!
2007-09-14 21:57:26
458.   Paul Scott
But sadly, Kline was allowed to pitch to Blum. Who doubled in Clark. 4-4.
2007-09-14 21:57:27
459.   LogikReader
re: Padres game

So close!

Player of the Game is going to be Petco Park.

2007-09-14 21:57:40
460.   kngoworld
So much going on at the same time. Is this what Mr. Timmermann was talking about, when explaining we should enjoy september baseball?
2007-09-14 21:57:47
461.   Eric Stephen
"That Dan Giese" coming in for the Giants with World Series Hero on 2nd.
2007-09-14 21:57:48
462.   Paul B
Brad Hennessey is the worst.
2007-09-14 21:58:00
463.   Bob Timmermann
Blum had never gotten a hit against Kline before.
2007-09-14 21:58:08
464.   GMac In The 909
Kline is dead to me.
2007-09-14 21:58:21
465.   BlueCrew Bruin
I hate teams from "San" cities.
2007-09-14 21:58:27
466.   Eric Stephen
454 I'm not the only one trademark™ happy tonight!
2007-09-14 21:58:28
467.   JT Dutch
... Padres tie the game. Giants, as usual, tanking games that affect the Dodgers. How sad.
2007-09-14 21:58:34
468.   LogikReader
The game is about 2:20 in. Remember it didn't start until 7:40 pm
2007-09-14 21:58:44
469.   Bob Timmermann
460
It's a rich stew tonight.
2007-09-14 21:58:59
470.   Jon Weisman
452 - Funny, I'm more interested in the time of that game than who won it.
2007-09-14 21:59:19
471.   LAT
462 It was Steve Kline. And he was lucky not to gove up a walk off HR to the previous batter.
2007-09-14 21:59:59
472.   Jon Weisman
Bummed about the Giants, but happy to have survived the Hendrickson/Seanez inning.
2007-09-14 22:00:24
473.   immouch
nothing like a man with artificial hair and 4 inches of pancake makeup uttering the phrase "exquisite fashion."
2007-09-14 22:00:29
474.   CarlosDeC
unbelievable catch. wow.
2007-09-14 22:00:55
475.   MollyKnight
Wow!!!!Incredible over the shoulder catch for the Giants CF. Smashed into the wall and held on!!! YESSS!!
2007-09-14 22:00:55
476.   nick
& now an unbelievable game saving catch by Davis in center for the Giants!
2007-09-14 22:00:56
477.   Paul B
Holy cow. Rajai Davis saves the day!
2007-09-14 22:01:10
478.   Wilbert Robinson
wow another warning track shot
2007-09-14 22:01:26
479.   Bob Timmermann
Rajai Davis's thievery is in accordance with Federal Equal Opportunity Regulations. You can find these in CFR 48.
2007-09-14 22:01:37
480.   Bluebleeder87
If anything I hope the Pads pen gets over worked, if anything!
2007-09-14 22:01:40
481.   LAT
Great over the shoulder catch at the wall by Raja Davis to end the inning. Definitly a web gem
2007-09-14 22:02:07
482.   kngoworld
469 ...but what about DC fans?
2007-09-14 22:02:15
483.   immouch
if this baseball thing doesn't work out for loney he could make money playing poker... he never, ever, smiles or frowns or, i dunno... anything.... kinda cool, actually.
2007-09-14 22:02:19
484.   GMac In The 909
475 Vin made it sound like a deep can o' corn. Where's Charlie when you need him?
2007-09-14 22:02:27
485.   sporky
Vin, ever the diplomat: "somewhat surprising HR by Nomar"
2007-09-14 22:02:45
486.   Jon Weisman
Davis made a good catch against the Dodgers on Sunday.

I believe the Atlanta Braves general manager is leading off the 10th inning for the Giants.

2007-09-14 22:03:26
487.   Bob Timmermann
Bronx Banter appears to be petering out around 854 comments. They might have gotten over 1000, but I imagine a lot of commenters gave up when it was 7-2 Red Sox.
2007-09-14 22:03:31
488.   MollyKnight
483-Except for when he's optioned to Triple A.
2007-09-14 22:03:42
489.   Icaros
I hate Dave Littlefield.
2007-09-14 22:03:51
490.   Eric Stephen
Loney OPS AccuTracker™:

.910 season, .908 career.

Still one more chance to get closer to Ted Sizemore!

2007-09-14 22:04:37
491.   Bob Timmermann
The Padres are on their third reliever. Brocail went one inning. Bell went one inning. Hoffman is in now.
2007-09-14 22:04:52
492.   Disabled List
470 I gotta say, it was a terrific game. I think the Yankees are, unbelievably, being somewhat overlooked as far as title contenders go this year.
2007-09-14 22:04:54
493.   King of the Hobos
486 No, that's Schierholtz. Braves GM is Schuerholz.
2007-09-14 22:05:23
494.   natepurcell
if this baseball thing doesn't work out for loney he could make money playing poker... he never, ever, smiles or frowns or, i dunno... anything.... kinda cool, actually.

he already does but he goes by the name of Phill Ivey.

2007-09-14 22:05:41
495.   LogikReader
how do you do the "tm" thing?
2007-09-14 22:05:46
496.   Jon Weisman
487 - Hmm. DT has nearly 900 since 9 a.m.
2007-09-14 22:06:02
497.   immouch
488 oh. right. well, i don't recall seeing it. just kinda heard about it later.... but on the field he's pretty deadpan.
2007-09-14 22:06:43
498.   Bob Timmermann
495
Step 1: Buy a Mac.
Step 2: Hit "Option" + 2
2007-09-14 22:06:53
499.   Eric Stephen
Dodgers are very reactionary tonight. Only score if scored upon.
2007-09-14 22:07:04
500.   Nagman
Seeing Trevor Hoffman in the retro Padre pinstripe uniform is cool.
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2007-09-14 22:07:30
501.   Jon Weisman
493 - Way to step on my joke :)
2007-09-14 22:07:30
502.   Disabled List
495 Copy-and-paste it from one of Eric's posts.
2007-09-14 22:07:37
503.   GMac In The 909
495 Lots of paperwork.
2007-09-14 22:08:18
504.   Bob Timmermann
499
The Dodgers should make a lot of ad buys for laxatives in swing states then.
2007-09-14 22:08:34
505.   ucladodger
i really dont have a good feeling about the bottom of the 10th is the padre game.
2007-09-14 22:09:05
506.   LogikReader
Great Giants Promo: Watch them lose again... and again.... and again!
2007-09-14 22:09:32
507.   immouch
498 ™™™™... that's cool. thanks.
2007-09-14 22:09:38
508.   Eric Stephen
504 Assuming Lumber Liquidators hasn't already bought said ad time.
2007-09-14 22:09:53
509.   Nagman
505 I'm not liking the top of the 7th in the Dodger game.
2007-09-14 22:10:34
510.   King of the Hobos
501 No problem. But if you're lucky, you could see the the real Braves GM play for the Braves, assuming Jr ever learns to hit. 2007 minor league ABs of .600 OPS, I have a feeling he should probably follow in his father's footsteps fairly soon.
2007-09-14 22:10:34
511.   Paul Scott
Seanez really got squeezed there. Or so it looked to me.
2007-09-14 22:10:43
512.   LogikReader
Any reason why Beimel isn't in?
2007-09-14 22:10:45
513.   LAT
506 except when playing the Dodgers
2007-09-14 22:11:01
514.   Eric Stephen
Spicoli® walk off.
2007-09-14 22:11:05
515.   Exick
For those of you who want to skip step 1 of Bob's instructions, you can just type ™ for this symbol ™
2007-09-14 22:11:27
516.   kngoworld
498 507

Step 1 was way too easy for you.

2007-09-14 22:11:38
517.   jtrichey
Giants Suck!
2007-09-14 22:11:48
518.   GMac In The 909
I hate the Giants.
2007-09-14 22:12:00
519.   BlueCrew Bruin
Why on earth is Seanez still in there?
2007-09-14 22:12:39
520.   King of the Hobos
The Padres announcer would have looked really foolish if that wasn't a homer. I'm not sure I've ever heard a home run call like that.
2007-09-14 22:12:53
521.   Frip
Is that white haired guy behind home plate the dude who married Barbara Striesand?
2007-09-14 22:13:07
522.   ucladodger
The Giants royally screwed that game up. In the last week, they've done everything pssible to kill our playoff chances.
2007-09-14 22:13:25
523.   Eric Stephen
519 Because he knows karate and MMA and gave Grady the stink eye.
2007-09-14 22:13:45
524.   GMac In The 909
522 How is that different than any other day?
2007-09-14 22:13:46
525.   JT Dutch
... Great job, Giants. Maybe next time, you can tank it in regulation.
2007-09-14 22:14:11
526.   Icaros
We have so many pitchers. No need to try and squeeze two out of Seanez. Seems like that never works out.
2007-09-14 22:14:24
527.   Bob Timmermann
522
I think we fail to take into account that the Giants haven't gotten into last place in the division because they've been unlucky.

They're not very good.

2007-09-14 22:14:37
528.   LogikReader
Dump Button was a little late there, KCAL :)
2007-09-14 22:14:47
529.   Bluebleeder87
That was pretty comical how Byrnes jumpes up like 4 feet or so.
2007-09-14 22:15:08
530.   Bob Timmermann
Ronnie Belliard never got his yellow alert, but we can reissue it for Daric Barton.
2007-09-14 22:15:09
531.   GMac In The 909
The mute button is being used a lot tonight in the KCAL production truck.

Fertilizer, he says!

2007-09-14 22:15:13
532.   LAT
I have a Steve Kline feeling bout Seanez staying in there
2007-09-14 22:15:17
533.   Eric Stephen
520 Wow, I just listened to the Padre call and it was simply just screaming. Absolutely awful.
2007-09-14 22:16:09
534.   Frip
Vin sees Byrnes as his rascally little grandson.
2007-09-14 22:16:13
535.   immouch
you know, in his 7 or 8 years in the bigs eric byrnes has had 1.5 good seasons, essentially. maybe 2 if you squeeze in a few weeks with the a's or somebody. anyway, now, every time he makes out he acts like he usually hits 900 foot homers... i hate that.
2007-09-14 22:16:14
536.   BlueCrew Bruin
227 And yet the Dodgers still managed to be worse in 2 out of 3 games last series. Aggravating.
2007-09-14 22:16:23
537.   Eric Stephen
530 Daric Barton must think he's James Loney!
2007-09-14 22:16:46
538.   LogikReader
I think I'm just going to stop worrying about the Giants now. It seems like an uphill battle for them, even with Tomko tomorrow.

DT is really slow tonight; is it just my connection?

2007-09-14 22:17:20
539.   Bob Timmermann
Barton will probably need the Rangers to tie the game to get another swing however.
2007-09-14 22:17:45
540.   ucladodger
522

Obviously, but they beat us 2/3 when we should have swept. Even though we havded them both games, they still won the games.

2007-09-14 22:18:56
541.   Bluebleeder87
54K @ Dodger Stadium is not surprising with the magnitude/importance of tonights game.
2007-09-14 22:19:11
542.   Eric Stephen
Wow, nice outing by Seanez. Feels like we dodged a bullet, but whatever works!
2007-09-14 22:19:32
543.   Icaros
That was a nice little game of Russian Roulette.
2007-09-14 22:19:47
544.   Eric Stephen
519 That's why! :)

{Whew!)

2007-09-14 22:19:47
545.   CarlosDeC
Wow that was close, never fails. These games are NEVER easy. it is always going to come to the last out.
2007-09-14 22:19:55
546.   JT Dutch
522

... Replace "day" with "year" and your statement is pretty much on the money as well.

2007-09-14 22:19:56
547.   Ricardo
Nice job, Rudy!
2007-09-14 22:19:56
548.   Exick
Phew. Seanez gets through. Now someone fluff the cushion on his rocking chair so he can sit down.
2007-09-14 22:20:08
549.   LogikReader
Man that was close.

I'm also dangerously close to being like those Sacramento Kings fans who complained about every little thing that happened already in the 2002 WCF.

2007-09-14 22:20:28
550.   Eric Stephen
543 Mao!
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2007-09-14 22:21:21
551.   GMac In The 909
541 And I thought Dodgers fans didn't show up to important games ...
2007-09-14 22:21:45
552.   Frip
535 Funny and I agree in spririt, but Byrnes IS hitting for some good power this year.

I don't think I've seen the fans this drunk all year.

2007-09-14 22:22:10
553.   BlueCrew Bruin
544 Ah, crow. Happy to be eating it. :)
2007-09-14 22:22:29
554.   Bob Timmermann
551
I don't think that's ever been the case. Dodger fans show up for anything.

We just don't stay around long.

Because you know, L.A. isn't much of a sports town. We don't have an NFL team after all.

2007-09-14 22:23:14
555.   Eric Stephen
DBacks postgame guy just gave the SD results, and said "Khalil Greene. You gotta be kidding me. The little guy with the walk off."

Umm, Greene has 15, 15, 15, and 22 HR in the last 4 years. It's kind of what he does.

2007-09-14 22:23:22
556.   Jon Weisman
Alert! Alert!
2007-09-14 22:23:29
557.   BlueCrew Bruin
Nice game by Nomar. Did Byrnes do the Chad Curtis?
2007-09-14 22:23:29
558.   LogikReader
Guess who doesn't show up for important games: Padre Fans. That game they just won wasn't even a sellout.... on a Friday... in the heat of a pennant race!

Nomar doubles! What year is this?

2007-09-14 22:23:33
559.   GMac In The 909
Yellow alert for Nomar?
2007-09-14 22:23:39
560.   Bob Timmermann
Yellow alert! Yellow alert!
2007-09-14 22:23:39
561.   JT Dutch
... Wow. Nomar is really stuffing the crow into our faces tonight. Eat up, gentlemen and ladies.
2007-09-14 22:23:43
562.   Eric Stephen
Ha! That was a classic Byrnsie throw. What a showoff tool.
2007-09-14 22:24:16
563.   Jon Weisman
Tonight shows that Nomar can still get around on a slow curve.
2007-09-14 22:24:45
564.   GMac In The 909
554 In the SCIAC, they taught us to show up early and stay late.
2007-09-14 22:24:47
565.   Exick
Ah, Russ just missed it.
2007-09-14 22:24:50
566.   Eric Stephen
This crow tastes almost as good as Scott Tenerman's tears!
2007-09-14 22:25:23
567.   Bluebleeder87
man, I really thought that was gonna be a four bagger™ wishful thinking on my part I guess.
2007-09-14 22:25:32
568.   Eric Stephen
Kemp needs a hit to push his career SLG to .500.
2007-09-14 22:25:39
569.   Frip
I want to say Nomaaa!!!! But I'm just not ready yet.
2007-09-14 22:25:43
570.   Jon Weisman
Vin called Kemp's extra-base hit a double. Gameday has it as a triple. Watching on TV, I thought it was a double + advance on the throw, but maybe he would have had a triple anyway.
2007-09-14 22:25:55
571.   Bob Timmermann
Nomar has not hit a triple this year. He hit two triples last year and both were in Arizona.
2007-09-14 22:26:20
572.   LAT
Nomar has locked up 3B for the rest of the weekend. If he keeps hitting like this I'm good with that.
2007-09-14 22:26:58
573.   LogikReader
By the way, I hope one day, when the Padres and Dbacks play each other, I'll get to watch both the Dbacks and the Padres broadcasts at the same time.

It'd be like one set of broadcasters out-embarrassing the other.

2007-09-14 22:27:21
574.   Eric Stephen
Kemp OPS AccuTracker™:

.902 season, .839 career

Career SLG: .498

2007-09-14 22:27:21
575.   Bob Timmermann
572
Jon, that's your cue.
2007-09-14 22:28:03
576.   ucladodger
thats a agreat AB. 2 of the strikes were consistenly called balls the entire game.
2007-09-14 22:28:28
577.   Eric Stephen
570 It looked like Kemp was halfway to third at least as the ball came into the infield.
2007-09-14 22:28:42
578.   Xeifrank
Win expectancy calculator has our win probability currently at 88%.
vr, Xei
2007-09-14 22:29:37
579.   King of the Hobos
First names revealed in the Pirates GM search and they weren't White/Ng. Mets vice president Tony Bernazard and Toronto Director of Player Personnel Tony LaCava interviewed today.

Mike Rizzo may be the next interviewed, and Chris Antonelli and Rick Hahn have both declined. I have not seen either White's or Ng's name in the Pittsburgh papers.

2007-09-14 22:29:58
580.   LogikReader
REVENGE OF THE ETHIER!!!&trade
2007-09-14 22:29:58
581.   JT Dutch
... Attaboy, Andre.
2007-09-14 22:29:58
582.   Exick
Hell yes, Andre.
2007-09-14 22:30:17
583.   Bluebleeder87
bone head Nipper is getting hit ON HIS CURVE, good for us!
2007-09-14 22:30:22
584.   nick
Nomar's gotta have more upside™ than Hillenbrand....

Dre!

2007-09-14 22:30:39
585.   LAT
Nice AB by Ethier. I feel better about having another run. Still 88%?
2007-09-14 22:30:44
586.   GMac In The 909
572 If Ethier keeps hitting like this, he'll be on the bench tomorrow and Sunday.
2007-09-14 22:31:35
587.   Exick
586.
I can't decide whether to laugh or cry.
2007-09-14 22:32:15
588.   Bluebleeder87
Nomar - over matched by the heat but then gets a curve & hits a screamer

Ethier - over matched by the heater as well then gets a curve & hits a screamer as well.

2007-09-14 22:32:20
589.   Xeifrank
585. 93% after Ethier's hit.
vr, Xei
2007-09-14 22:32:39
590.   Icaros
If I was a D-Backs announcer, I'd feel like this run gives the Dodgers a hot momentum injection.
2007-09-14 22:32:39
591.   Icaros
If I was a D-Backs announcer, I'd feel like this run gives the Dodgers a hot momentum injection.
2007-09-14 22:32:53
592.   Icaros
No way!
2007-09-14 22:33:01
593.   Eric Stephen
Byrnes ate the poisoned peanut!
2007-09-14 22:33:05
594.   natepurcell
why can't the Giants do anything right?
2007-09-14 22:33:17
595.   GMac In The 909
587 Exactly. I find comfort in blaming Grady.
2007-09-14 22:33:40
596.   Gen3Blue
Is the nose up? I see we got another run>
2007-09-14 22:33:43
597.   Eric Stephen
Hey, it's the Other Guy™ in the Heart & Soul® trade of 2004.
2007-09-14 22:33:49
598.   Bluebleeder87
I should have put Ethier missed the fastball, he was more on it than Nomar, my bad.
2007-09-14 22:34:34
599.   Gen3Blue
No-sorry I saw the G and I thought it was Nomar.
2007-09-14 22:35:00
600.   jujibee
So how nice is it knowing that we can start Martin 2nd in the lineup followed by
Loney
Kemp,
Ethier

That's 2-6 nice OBP nice OPS numbers with a lot of growth potential. For the L/r R/l people that's R-L-R-L

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2007-09-14 22:35:07
601.   Bob Timmermann
Murph? Do you think the guy goes by Murph? The only person entitled to be called Murph should be managing a 76 station.

I miss Richard X. Slattery to this day.

2007-09-14 22:35:20
602.   Icaros
593

Didn't Byrnes see Red Dawn? Now he's swallowed the homing device and the Wolverines are doomed.

2007-09-14 22:35:27
603.   LAT
That away to show your old team they made a mistake not re-signing you.
2007-09-14 22:36:21
604.   Exick
So Loney will get one more shot at making this his 4th 3-game hit in a row.
2007-09-14 22:36:49
605.   GMac In The 909
597 I had forgotten the Dodgers received a LOOGY™ in the Lo Duca's Gone?® trades of '04.
2007-09-14 22:37:07
606.   JT Dutch
601

... Exactly what I thought. Go with the Spirit™, indeed.

2007-09-14 22:37:07
607.   Eric Stephen
601 I used to think Slattery and Jerry Dunphy were the same person. I'm not 100% sure they're not.
2007-09-14 22:37:10
608.   BlueCrew Bruin
Has Broxton been overworked this week?
2007-09-14 22:37:30
609.   Bluebleeder87
I hope Grady plans on using Saito more often in 4 out situations, meaning hopefully he gets some 8th inning appearances, seriously man, it's CRUNCHTIME!
2007-09-14 22:37:55
610.   GMac In The 909
601 Fill 'er up?
2007-09-14 22:38:04
611.   Eric Stephen
Broxton getting a Night of Rest© tonight.
2007-09-14 22:38:34
612.   ucladodger
how is that not a strike coming from a left, but a strike against Kemp from a righty?
2007-09-14 22:38:40
613.   Exick
Uh, where exactly was that 0-2 pitch, blue? Good grief.
2007-09-14 22:39:01
614.   LAT
609 let's see if that's necessary before we order it up
2007-09-14 22:39:22
615.   Bluebleeder87
608

Saito hasn't, I really hope the Dodgers use him for 4 outs more often.

2007-09-14 22:39:32
616.   Eric Stephen
Broxton has worked the last two games.
2007-09-14 22:40:48
617.   GMac In The 909
Is Meloan having back problems too?
2007-09-14 22:40:59
618.   Bob Timmermann
Jerry Dunphy never appeared on "CPO Sharkey", one of America's most underrated sitcoms.

Or perhaps one that nobody remembers.

2007-09-14 22:41:23
619.   Exick
3-2 pitch called a strike 3 was in the same location as the 0-2 pitch called inside.
2007-09-14 22:41:34
620.   Bluebleeder87
614

no, I know, I mean just saying for really close games, if the occasion calls for it.

2007-09-14 22:41:37
621.   Eric Stephen
617 He's having "back into game action" problems.
2007-09-14 22:42:05
622.   LogikReader
http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp#20070914

Just reviewed the Greene Walk off

ugh

2007-09-14 22:42:47
623.   sporky
Hopefully Tomko brings his stuff tomorrow.
2007-09-14 22:43:01
624.   GMac In The 909
621 So it's a Grady flareup, eh?
2007-09-14 22:43:02
625.   Jon Weisman
618 - I edited a Don Rickles bylined story for Variety this week.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117971880.html

2007-09-14 22:43:42
626.   NorCal-Dodger
I'm really hating the Giants even more now....
2007-09-14 22:44:07
627.   GMac In The 909
Order up!
2007-09-14 22:44:08
628.   BlueCrew Bruin
There you go, Bluebleeder. :)
2007-09-14 22:44:27
629.   Eric Stephen
Bluebleeder = genius
2007-09-14 22:44:28
630.   JT Dutch
... Wow. Saito in the 8th with a three run lead. This type of hysteria is just comical.
2007-09-14 22:44:56
631.   CarlosDeC
Saito?!? I know this is an important game, but really why do we need him for 5 outs! we are up 3.
2007-09-14 22:44:58
632.   Frip
That Japanese riff was cool of Vin, but he shouldn't have given us warning.
2007-09-14 22:45:06
633.   NorCal-Dodger
Vin....pretty passable Japanese...
2007-09-14 22:45:06
634.   NorCal-Dodger
Vin....pretty passable Japanese...
2007-09-14 22:45:21
635.   Eric Stephen
625 Did Rickles insult you as you did so? :)
2007-09-14 22:45:45
636.   Bluebleeder87
Stop 'em Saito!™
2007-09-14 22:46:05
637.   Linkmeister
This score is a pleasant surprise, since last I saw it was 4-2 DBacks.

And now a five-out save attempt by Saito-san, huh?

2007-09-14 22:46:31
638.   Lexinthedena
Vin is supercool like Tim Roth.
2007-09-14 22:46:44
639.   JT Dutch
1-6-4-3 DP!!!
2007-09-14 22:46:49
640.   Eric Stephen
I love catchers running!
2007-09-14 22:46:49
641.   Exick
haha, well I think Saito can handle one extra pitch.
2007-09-14 22:47:03
642.   Bluebleeder87
just what the Doctor ordered®
2007-09-14 22:47:06
643.   Icaros
Perfect outcome.
2007-09-14 22:47:06
644.   LAT
Sweet!!! Bleeder for Manager!!!
2007-09-14 22:47:08
645.   BlueCrew Bruin
Ah, the good ol' 1-6-4-3 DP.
2007-09-14 22:47:11
646.   LogikReader
That barely counts as half an at bat for Sammy. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice&trade
2007-09-14 22:47:17
647.   Reiichi
I'm sure Saito can pitch 5 outs. It's just like pitching 3, only with one extra pitch.
2007-09-14 22:47:23
648.   CarlosDeC
i guess that is why!! whoo!
2007-09-14 22:47:27
649.   JT Dutch
... And more importantly, only one pitch thrown in the 8th.
2007-09-14 22:47:29
650.   LogikReader
make that, batter, not at bat
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2007-09-14 22:47:36
651.   Ricardo
What a play by Loney!
2007-09-14 22:48:07
652.   KG16
Two outs on one pitch, I think that'll work for a five-out save situation
2007-09-14 22:48:10
653.   GMac In The 909
I wish I could add an ® after the GMac
2007-09-14 22:48:12
654.   Eric Stephen
With Broxton unavailable tonight, I have no problem going with Saito for 5 outs tonight. In the unlikely event Saito can't go tomorrow, I'm more than fine with Broxton closing Saturday, recent struggles be damned.
2007-09-14 22:48:21
655.   Frip
Rickles, one of the still funny, not yet dead guys.
2007-09-14 22:48:57
656.   silverwidow
Saito might be the best pitcher in the WORLD and that is no exaggeration.
2007-09-14 22:48:58
657.   Linkmeister
Did Saito really get that DP on the first pitch he threw, as Gameday sez?
2007-09-14 22:49:01
658.   Bluebleeder87
I could have done with out the "tone" of the D-Backs announcers, when Saito got the DP.
2007-09-14 22:49:15
659.   KG16
so, what have I missed tonight? I was playing a card tournament at Hawaiian Gardens, and yes, I did make a little money.
2007-09-14 22:49:21
660.   Jon Weisman
635 - :)
2007-09-14 22:50:30
661.   LogikReader
I'll just put a bow on this "Me vs Matt Vasgergian/Darron Sutton" saga:

Message to either one: Act like you've been there before.

2007-09-14 22:50:35
662.   CarlosDeC
oh man. This games needs to end soon. It is nearly 2am over here on the east coast. I am loosing steam.
2007-09-14 22:51:56
663.   JT Dutch
654

... I just think it sends a message to the other guys in the bullpen: "You guys can't pitch when it REALLY counts." And, I don't think that's a healthy message to send, especially in light of the fact that when Broxton was brought in with a 5-run lead in Diego, he blew the game in two of his next three outings.

2007-09-14 22:52:13
664.   Eric Stephen
661 Vasgersian didn't work tonight's Padre game. He's on NFL duty for Fox. It was Steve Quis this evening.
2007-09-14 22:52:20
665.   Icaros
Wow. Two walks.
2007-09-14 22:52:50
666.   Ricardo
662.It is nearly 3 a.m. in Brazil. :)
2007-09-14 22:52:56
667.   Bluebleeder87
the Dead see is gonna part® Juan Pierre has walked twice in one game!
2007-09-14 22:53:00
668.   Frip
662 Go drink a Slush Puppy. It'll give you a short pick-me-up, without keeping you up all night like coffee.
2007-09-14 22:53:40
669.   LeeLacy
Are you kidding me? Two walks in one game for Pierre?
2007-09-14 22:54:09
670.   Reddog
I had the weirdest thought watching Nomar tonight.

He has looked so pathetic, so weak, for so long, and tonight he belts a home run, he's lining the ball, he's running faster. Seeing him tonite is like night and day compared to how he's looked for months.

The thought I had was that he felt desperate to be the ballplayer he used to be, like in the first three months of 2006,
and so he started taking some type of performance-enhancing substance the last couple days.

I'm sure my thought is wrong, but that is what came to me watching him tonight.

2007-09-14 22:54:23
671.   Exick
Wow. Missed the tag.
2007-09-14 22:54:23
672.   Eric Stephen
Wowie wow wow!
2007-09-14 22:54:25
673.   eusmus
... OK
2007-09-14 22:54:35
674.   GMac In The 909
The baseball gods™ love the Dodgers tonight.
2007-09-14 22:54:48
675.   LogikReader
664

Holy hat! You are correct. Boy if you don't pay attention it's hard to tell the difference.

2007-09-14 22:54:52
676.   NorCal-Dodger
663 - I think it just mean, tonight game is as close as a must win game as their is, if that is the case, you bring in your bread and butter.
2007-09-14 22:54:56
677.   Exick
On the replay, what a fantastically beautiful slide by Pierre.
2007-09-14 22:55:21
678.   Bluebleeder87
663

It really only took ONE AUDITION shot for Jonathan Meloan, really.

2007-09-14 22:55:22
679.   imperabo
Gamer
2007-09-14 22:55:37
680.   Reiichi
oh man that was hilarious when pierre ran and the pitcher was practically staring at him the whole time.
2007-09-14 22:55:57
681.   CarlosDeC
JP is actually a half decent player when he walks a couple of times a game. too bad he never does it.
2007-09-14 22:56:06
682.   Eric Stephen
Loney OPS AccuTracker™:

.907 season, .906 career

Ted Sizemore just uncorked a bottle of Dom.

2007-09-14 22:56:18
683.   GMac In The 909
670 Sounds like Lattimer™ in the movie, "The Program"
2007-09-14 22:56:19
684.   Ricardo
677. Yes it was.He moved his hands like a hockey player moves the puck for a goal.
2007-09-14 22:56:27
685.   scooplew
This marks the second game this year in which Pierre has walked twice, equalling last year's total.
2007-09-14 22:57:00
686.   LAT
That should be an E more than a SB
2007-09-14 22:57:01
687.   Bluebleeder87
Hull pitched like a CHAMP the other day too!! I don't get it©
2007-09-14 22:57:06
688.   underdog
Hi! Everything in a nutshell for short attention spans:

Stupid Giants.

Grady definitely had a gingko biloba booster before today's game because he's actually made all the right moves.

What a double play.

Lastly, go see Eastern Promises. Great script, great everything. A few very squirmy scenes, but it's Cronenberg.

Whee!

2007-09-14 22:58:16
689.   KG16
Look at all the love for Pierre, this is a bit strange...
2007-09-14 22:58:43
690.   Bob Timmermann
If the Rockies had won tonight (which they didn't) and the Dodgers were to hold on, the Giants would have been eliminated from the playoffs.
2007-09-14 22:58:49
691.   Wilbert Robinson
If the D's hold on they will be 13-13 when Pierre walks in a game. 2-0 when he walks twice.
2007-09-14 22:59:06
692.   Frip
Pierre was almost an idiot there. Truly hilarious.
2007-09-14 22:59:11
693.   KG16
690 - so, we should also be hating the Rockies tonight?
2007-09-14 22:59:16
694.   sporky
688 - Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen were on NPR today, and their energy levels rival Grady's.

Can't wait to see it.

2007-09-14 23:01:05
695.   Eric Stephen
Pierre is creeping up on Furcal in SLG. The up to the minute® numbers:

Furcal: .351494
Pierre: .351485

2007-09-14 23:01:29
696.   Bob Timmermann
693
Hold off on any hatred until I triple check my math, but the Giants still have a theoretical chance of making the playoffs.

There would be tiebreaker games involved.

If the Dodgers were to hold on in the ninth, the Giants could be eliminated with a Dodgers win tomorrow afternoon.

2007-09-14 23:02:33
697.   GMac In The 909
696 Would it be a five-way tie, by chance?
2007-09-14 23:03:10
698.   KG16
Hypothetically, if the Dodgers sweep this series and the Padres sweep the Giants, where does that leave the Dodgers?

Two and a half back of Arizona for the division and 1.5 the Padres for the wild card? Am I doing the math right?

And three more with the D'backs, right? This could be a very fun finish...

2007-09-14 23:03:34
699.   NorCal-Dodger
696 Oh what the heck, "Hate them now, or Hate them later?"
2007-09-14 23:04:03
700.   KG16
696 - well, if it's always better when the Dodgers are responsible for eliminating the Giants, so I suppose I could hold off on the hatred
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2007-09-14 23:04:22
701.   JT Dutch
... Juan got a great jump on that ball. He's had a fine game.
2007-09-14 23:04:23
702.   KG16
696 - well, if it's always better when the Dodgers are responsible for eliminating the Giants, so I suppose I could hold off on the hatred
2007-09-14 23:04:26
703.   Eric Stephen
Saito doing a Donnelly impression on the mound!
2007-09-14 23:04:28
704.   KG16
696 - well, if it's always better when the Dodgers are responsible for eliminating the Giants, so I suppose I could hold off on the hatred
2007-09-14 23:04:38
705.   underdog
694 Mellow yes, but the movie's great. Viggo has one unforgettable scene, the best buck naked fight scene ever. Everyone in it is good. Armin Mueller Stahl could get an Oscar nomination.

Let's go Sammy! Just two more.

2007-09-14 23:04:40
706.   Bob Timmermann
697
It would have to involve at least three teams in the NL West.
2007-09-14 23:04:46
707.   GMac In The 909
699 Or just hate them all the time™
2007-09-14 23:04:47
708.   jtrichey
Saito nearly tore his rotator cuff signalling Pierre to come in hard for that pop fly.
2007-09-14 23:06:23
709.   KG16
700/702/704 - sorry for the triple post, and remove the "if"
2007-09-14 23:07:39
710.   Bluebleeder87
Stop 'em Saito® needs a DP here.
2007-09-14 23:07:57
711.   Frip
696 No one's every going to hate you. You remind me of some of those kids in school that seemed to walk around with an un-hateable force field around them.
2007-09-14 23:08:33
712.   GMac In The 909
Why is it whenever I listen to Vin talk aboot Arizona's talented kids™ it sounds like he is talking up the Dodger youngsters©?
2007-09-14 23:09:32
713.   Exick
Apparently tonight's home plate umpire has no plans after the game.
2007-09-14 23:10:23
714.   Eric Stephen
I don't think Saito is available tomorrow now.
2007-09-14 23:10:36
715.   Bob Timmermann
711
Oh I have enemies. Trust me. They're all out to get me. I see them everywhere.

I don't even trust my cat.

2007-09-14 23:11:14
716.   Bluebleeder87
Saito says express™ to the D-Backs rook.
2007-09-14 23:11:21
717.   Gen3Blue
Sammy got sqeezed worse than anybody should. That wouldn't be Bruce"the continent"Freoming behind the plate, would it.
2007-09-14 23:11:32
718.   Exick
That's ok. Lowe is throwing a no-no tomorrow.
2007-09-14 23:12:28
719.   LAT
Byrnes may be the only guy in baseball who owns Sammy
2007-09-14 23:12:34
720.   Bob Timmermann
717
Froemming is at third base.
2007-09-14 23:12:40
721.   GMac In The 909
One© more strike!
2007-09-14 23:12:49
722.   Jon Weisman
Vin is now taken amusing stories that happened to other ballplayers and saying that Eric Byrnes might just do the same thing.

One day, Vin will watch "The Office" and he'll think, I bet Eric Byrnes would write a good episode of that.

2007-09-14 23:13:02
723.   Bluebleeder87
718

a complete game would work wonders also, exick

2007-09-14 23:14:16
724.   BlueCrew Bruin
Game.
2007-09-14 23:14:20
725.   GMac In The 909
722 As long as it involves triplets.
2007-09-14 23:14:34
726.   jtrichey
Dodgers Win! c with the partial circle thingy around it
2007-09-14 23:14:58
727.   Eric Stephen
Kent timed the jump right!!

To quote The South Bay's© favorite teacher, "We Win!"™

2007-09-14 23:15:05
728.   bleedingblue
Countdown to 81 wins: just three more.
2007-09-14 23:15:06
729.   Bluebleeder87
Stop 'em Saito!™©®
2007-09-14 23:16:04
730.   Gen3Blue
Sammy smile. What a week. I will never get any sleep. Of course I'm so revved I can't just go to sleep. Oh well, live with it.
2007-09-14 23:16:19
731.   sporky
705 - I heard about that scene!

Even after 13 years, the Shawshank Redemption score seems to be very popular (especially in other movies' trailers).

2007-09-14 23:16:19
732.   Exick
723.
I shoot for the stars, man.
2007-09-14 23:18:07
733.   Gen3Blue
Good for SF. They are finally being good for something.
2007-09-14 23:18:51
734.   Frip
727 That dude is a teacher?
2007-09-14 23:19:09
735.   GMac In The 909
These guys -- ™©® -- were the players of the game. Not Nomar.
2007-09-14 23:19:23
736.   das411
WOW, does anybody else think the call of Khalil Greene's walk-off HR up at mlb.com right now is as over-the-top as their wearing the '90s unis was cool?

And how 'bout those Dodgers??

2007-09-14 23:20:32
737.   underdog
We win!

Okay, what's with the copyright-html overload here. Did I miss something? Knock it off or your mom and I will withhold all TV for the rest of the weekend!

Watching the rest of the USA women's world cup game now, even though I saw some of it this morning.

night all!

2007-09-14 23:21:24
738.   nick
Bob T, Juan P, Nomah and option-2 share potg honors....
2007-09-14 23:21:50
739.   Eric Stephen
734 Yeah, I met him at DT Day. He looks just like the guy holding the sign at the beginning of Cheers.
2007-09-14 23:24:29
740.   Eric Stephen
Sportscenter just gave credit to Russell Martin for "scoring all the way from first" on Kemp's hit, which was a triple.
2007-09-14 23:25:44
741.   KG16
740 - well, you know, sometimes on a triple, guys only go from first to third...
2007-09-14 23:30:03
742.   Jon Weisman
According to the Register, Russell Martin will probably sit Sunday.
2007-09-14 23:35:22
743.   Gen3Blue
Well whoopee. We one!
or won! that too! or two!
2007-09-14 23:35:37
744.   NorCal-Dodger
742 Grady wants to save him, 2 days off, so he can catch both games of the doubleheader in CO.
2007-09-14 23:36:19
745.   NorCal-Dodger
742 That way, Russell can get 2 days off and catch both games of the doubleheader!
2007-09-14 23:37:08
746.   sporky
744 - That'll be brutal. My guess is he'll catch for Billingsley (day), Lieberthal for Wells (night), and back to Martin the next day.
2007-09-14 23:44:52
747.   King of the Hobos
Diamond Leung says that Seanez will pitch again next season. If he's cheap, I could see Ned being interested.
2007-09-14 23:47:59
748.   Eric Enders
He's Rudy Seanez, so he's cheap pretty much by definition. Still, I hope Colletti passes. At best, give him another NRI. Hopefully Ned sticks to his M.O. of inviting non-roster relievers like Tsao, Saito, Matt White, etc., and just seeing who sticks.
2007-09-14 23:51:03
749.   Dodgers49
Despite being in a pennant race the Dodgers drew only 4,000 fans tonight. Fortunately, another 50,000 showed up to collect Tommy Lasorda bobblehead dolls. :-)
2007-09-14 23:56:25
750.   Gen3Blue
I wouldn't mind Seanez. And I'm suprised.
I'm just afraid the year we didn't play Loney and Kemp is going to turn into the year we didn't play Hu and Laroche in 2008.
Also play Abreu and Young. Or imagine what a small market team might give us in pitching for a couple of free position players like Abreu and Young.
If only Colletti knew how to trade: it could be amazing. As it is we should keep them all.
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2007-09-15 00:09:11
751.   KG16
Pierre, Nomar, Kent for Joba
2007-09-15 00:11:59
752.   dzzrtRatt
I got off the plane from Baltimore tonight in time to hear the four-run rally, including Nomar's home run. According to Rick Monday, Steve Yeager fixed Nomar's swing.

Well, LaRoche is moving up. He's a decoy (TM) now.

2007-09-15 00:12:05
753.   bhsportsguy
As someone who roots for Nomar, nice game.
2007-09-15 00:24:29
754.   dzzrtRatt
If we keep winning and fall short of the Wild Card, I'll be 1980 happy, because 1981 will arrive soon. Just keep playing Loney, Kemp and Ethier, keep Pierre away from the dark side, keep Penny, Billingsley and Wells pitching well, Saito of course, contributions from Kent and some of the other PVLs from time to time, give LaRoche and Abreu a couple more starts, lose Shea Hillenbrand's luggage with Shea in it... it could be a fun two weeks no matter what the outcome is.
2007-09-15 00:29:55
755.   Eric Enders
754 "lose Shea Hillenbrand's luggage with Shea in it..."

That appears to have already happened, actually, which is fine with me.

2007-09-15 00:30:22
756.   bhsportsguy
According to the LA Times, Nomar will be in the lineup tomorrow (or today as the case may be)
2007-09-15 00:34:29
757.   Eric Enders
As long as he keeps reeling off yellow alerts, Nomar can stay in the lineup as long as he wants. Depending on how hurt LaRoche is, Nomar may even genuinely be our best option there.
2007-09-15 03:37:39
758.   Andrew Shimmin
Eric Byrnes would write the awesomeist The Office spec script ever!
2007-09-15 07:32:10
759.   Bob Timmermann
I know there have been many comments in this thread, but has it been noted that the 9/16 game between the Dodgers and DBacks will be started by a pair of Mexican pitchers.

I doubt Little and Melvin were thinking of that, but I found it interesting.

2007-09-15 07:45:10
760.   jtrichey
759 That's good. If memory serves me correctly we seem to hammer whichever Gonzalez the DBacks throw at us.
2007-09-15 07:59:08
761.   Bob Timmermann
760
That may be the case, but I was looking at the coincidence between the Mexican pitchers and September 16.
2007-09-15 08:00:49
762.   Gen3Blue
Morning. Did a duel of Mexican pitchers vs. the Snakes never occur during the Fernando or Valdes era? Wow, I forget how young the D-backs franchise is. Maybe 1998.

Looking at video of Kemps triple, he looks stunned that he hit it fair, then remembers to run, and it looks like he still would have beat a throw to third easily. Kemp among the young group really hasn't played much baseball and I get the impression of a young man realizing, "I can do this stuff and I'm good at it too." What a great story.

2007-09-15 08:09:26
763.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers win last night increased their playoff chances by just 1.6% last night according to Prospectus. The Padres went up over 5%.

The Phillies went up 4.2% which has to be a factor of them playing Washington seven more times.

2007-09-15 08:37:06
764.   D4P
That may be the case, but I was looking at the coincidence between the Mexican pitchers and September 16

The plot thickens: September 16 is my wedding anniversary.

But I'm not Mexican.

2007-09-15 08:42:29
765.   D4P
The Dodgers's opposing pitcher today:

3.97 K/9
1.15 K/BB
1.56 WHIP
1 HR/6.08 innings
$7 million/year

How do these people keep their jobs?

2007-09-15 08:44:35
766.   Marty
Just woke up after getting home late last night from Denmark. I was in the air or in an airport for 24 hours. That is a young man's game. Sounds like I missed some good games.
2007-09-15 08:56:03
767.   Gen3Blue
766 A young mans game indeed. The last time I spent 12 hours in that way I felt like I'd been flogged around the fleet.
2007-09-15 09:05:50
768.   Marty
I had to make 3 hops after starting with a 3 hour train ride to Copenhagen. Then it was Copenhagen to London to Chicago to L.A. I was convinced I was going to be staying the night in Chicago, because at some point they changed my flight to L.A. to one that only gave me 30 minutes to clear customs. But they delayed it an hour, perhaps because it was only 1/3 full. So, I left my hotel in Aarhus at 6:30 a.m. Friday and hit L.A. at 11:45 p.m. Friday.
2007-09-15 09:07:06
769.   Gagne55
I thought Livan Hernandez was Cuban. Isn't he El Duque's brother?
2007-09-15 09:15:50
770.   Bob Timmermann
Livan Hernandez is indeed from Cuba. But he's pitching today, September 15.
2007-09-15 09:21:03
771.   D4P
But he's pitching today

If you want to call it that

2007-09-15 09:25:26
772.   Bob Timmermann
771
But please, no grito today!
2007-09-15 09:28:13
773.   D4P
Big boys don't grito.
2007-09-15 09:43:18
774.   Bluebleeder87
Interleague schedule: Although the Dodgers' 2008 schedule remains highly subject to change and thus is a tightly guarded secret around Chavez Ravine, the Daily News has learned that the club is tentatively scheduled to host nine interleague games against the Angels, Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox and will play six road games at the Angels and Detroit.

Little peace from the Daily News, man, we got some cheap teams coming to Dodger Stadium in '08, Detroit is pretty good though, so that's cool.

2007-09-15 09:44:48
775.   Bluebleeder87
768

Sounds exhausting Marty, must have been a nice adventure though.

2007-09-15 09:54:46
776.   Bob Timmermann
774
So the Dodgers will play two division champions and a second place team?

The only breather should be against the White Sox.

With those 15 games, I predict that if the Dodgers went 7-8 next year against the AL, they would be doing well.

2007-09-15 09:56:50
777.   Disabled List
765 Don't taunt the baseball gods like that. You've just increased the probability that Livan throws a shutout against us today.

774 Those are hardly cheap teams. That's nine games against playoff teams, and three more against an AL power (Detroit). Meanwhile, I'll bet the Padres get to pound on the Rangers and Royals, or some other bottom-feeders. I hate interleague play.

Not that I particularly want to play the Yankees, but since 2008 is the final season for Yankee Stadium, it would've been nice if the schedule-makers could've given the Dodgers one last series in the Bronx, just for nostalgia's sake.

2007-09-15 09:57:51
778.   KG16
774/776 - depended on how things play out this year, the Dodgers could be playing the last three AL champions (and two of the last three world champions). Geez, I hate interleague play.
2007-09-15 09:59:05
779.   KG16
777 - well, if everything works out right, the Dodgers will get to close Yankee Stadium next October
2007-09-15 10:07:48
780.   bigcpa
I've got my 2 tix avail for today in Loge 138 plus parking. I'm in the south bay.
2007-09-15 10:07:54
781.   hernari
ITD
Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Loney, 1B

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Abreu, 2B

Lowe, P

2007-09-15 10:08:57
782.   Bob Timmermann
I hear that Marty went to Denmark just to get babyback ribs.
2007-09-15 10:15:52
783.   Disabled List
Abreu for Kent, fine. Maybe the Dodgers are trying to sandbag that vesting clause in Jeff's contract.

And Kemp only had two hits last night, and one was only a triple. So I can understand why he's riding the pine today.

2007-09-15 10:20:08
784.   Bob Timmermann
Phillies 1, Mets 0 in the top of the 1st.
2007-09-15 10:20:30
785.   KG16
781 - 7 of 8 for Grady again. With Gonzo batting clean up I hope he has a career OPS of 2.500 against Livan in something like 125 PAs. My guess is it's something like .750 in 15 PAs. But then again, Kemp doesn't have any PAs against Livan, so that makes sense.
2007-09-15 10:24:32
786.   Bob Timmermann
Hernandez has almost no platoon split.
2007-09-15 10:25:26
787.   Bob Timmermann
Gonzalez has a career OPS of .957 against Hernandez. This year he's 2 for 13, but both hits were home runs.
2007-09-15 10:26:25
788.   fanerman
How kind of Grady to give The Bison the day off after such hard work he put in yesterday. I bet he could use the rest.
2007-09-15 10:27:13
789.   fanerman
Russell catching a day game after a night game? Position players don't play day games after night games. But I guess most players aren't Golden Gods.
2007-09-15 10:27:14
790.   KG16
785 - ok, just looked it up, in 58 PAs against Livan, Gonzo is .300/.397/.560. 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 5 Ks.
2007-09-15 10:30:41
791.   KG16
787 - according to BR, Gonzo is 1-4 this year with no homeruns against Livan this year.

Nomar on the other hand is career .071/.278/.078 in 18 career PAs against Livan

2007-09-15 10:33:18
792.   Bob Timmermann
Martin is supposed to have Sunday off and then catch both games of the doubleheader Tuesday.
2007-09-15 10:34:22
793.   Bob Timmermann
So isn't Wisconsin supposed to be good? They barely beat UNLV last week and they're tied with The Citadel at halftime in Madison.
2007-09-15 10:37:37
794.   KG16
793 - someone on ESPN just made a comment that there isn't anyone in the Big 10 worthy of playing in the Rose Bowl... though I'm guessing Ohio State and Penn State may have somethign to say about that
2007-09-15 10:37:37
795.   Bob Timmermann
Breaking news: Danys Baez will miss the rest of the year for Baltimore with an elbow problem.
2007-09-15 10:39:07
796.   Bob Timmermann
794
The Big Ten picked a bad year to try to market its own network.
2007-09-15 10:43:12
797.   KG16
796 - they must be hoping for a good year in basketball...
2007-09-15 10:49:35
798.   Bob Timmermann
797
Time for another exciting season of Indiana basketball.

What's the over/under on Kelvin Sampson recruiting violations?

2007-09-15 10:51:42
799.   Bob Timmermann
Mets tie it up on a bases-loaded HBP by Milledge. Still one out in the 2nd.
2007-09-15 10:51:56
800.   Gagne55
792 That better be a rule 7 violation.
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2007-09-15 10:54:02
801.   Bob Timmermann
Mets settle for one run. 1-1 going to the third at the Hillenbrand.
2007-09-15 11:01:50
802.   Linkmeister
I had a thought about ESPN's unending discussion of Notre Dame (Pax, Bob!) v. Michigan.

http://www.linkmeister.com/blog/archives/002546.html

2007-09-15 11:03:11
803.   Eric Enders
802 "How kind of Grady to give The Bison the day off after such hard work he put in yesterday. I bet he could use the rest."

The future looks bright and all, but sometimes I just yearn for the days when the Dodgers knew who the best players were and played them. These days being a Dodger fan is akin to repeatedly banging your head against a brick wall.

2007-09-15 11:10:59
804.   Bob Timmermann
2-1 Mets in the third.
2007-09-15 11:17:23
805.   Bob Timmermann
802
Notre Dame could go 6-6 and they'd still get considered for a BCS bowl.

OK, only a slight exaggeration.

2007-09-15 11:18:34
806.   Bob Timmermann
A Lo Duca RBI single makes it 3-1.
2007-09-15 11:19:30
807.   overkill94
Admit it Bob, you crack a smile every time Jimmy Clausen gets sacked, don't you
2007-09-15 11:23:37
808.   madmac
806 only if the Dodgers had a clutchie catcher like that
2007-09-15 11:25:34
809.   Bob Timmermann
807
Since I've only seen Young Mr. Clausen play in high school, I don't think I've ever seen him sacked.
2007-09-15 11:26:58
810.   D4P
809
He never got sacked in high school...?
2007-09-15 11:27:49
811.   Bob Timmermann
From an AP story on Bill Belichick:

But Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green was among those doubting the sincerity of Belichick's apology, comparing the coach to the megalomaniacal Marine played by Jack Nicholson in the movie "A Few Good Men."

"Belichick is sitting there, and you know he is getting peeved that he is even in there — the audacity to bring him in and question him," Green said, laughing. "The visual I have is that eventually Belichick kind of snapped and said, 'You're darn right I (did).'"

I find that image somewhat funny.

2007-09-15 11:30:10
812.   Bob Timmermann
810
I'm sure he did, but probably not very often. Clausen's high school team, Oaks Christian High, tended to play pretty low-level opponents and usually won games by 40-50 points.

When Clausen made his first official recruiting trip to Notre Dame, he and teammate Marc Tyler (who is at USC), just left at halftime of a game. And that was planned.

Oaks Christian was playing in Fillmore that night, so it's not like they were particularly close to an airport.

2007-09-15 11:30:13
813.   D4P
811
I'm very happy about this whole thing.
2007-09-15 11:32:00
814.   overkill94
809 You don't have a TV?
2007-09-15 11:36:41
815.   Bob Timmermann
814
I've never been home to see a Notre Dame game on TV. And I'm not home today.

I will wait until October 6.

2007-09-15 11:44:43
816.   Eric Enders
814 The answer to that can be found in this thread-
https://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/778098.html
2007-09-15 11:50:32
817.   D4P
816
6 in that thread was impressively prophetic.
2007-09-15 11:54:34
818.   Jon Weisman
Game thread is open.

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