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Rafael Furcal - .612 Slugging!
2008-05-03 16:55
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Come on!

  • Clayton Kershaw pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in front of Ned Colletti on Friday.

  • Larry Harnisch's Daily Mirror blog at the Times displays a page from the January 18, 1958 sports section that announced the Coliseum as the Dodgers' first official Los Angeles home.

    Hey, look - Walt Torrence just made a basket with 35 seconds left to lift John Wooden's Bruins over USC. Denny Crum led UCLA with 17 points. And Santa Anita has suspended Valenzuela, and Stanford has a new football coach!

  • Blue Heaven, which has lots of fun stuff on it regularly, passes along a video of Roy Campanella on What's My Line?

    "I know quite a few Japanese players." - Steve Allen.

    The competition: Andruw Jones' hits vs. Chase Utley's homers. Jones leads, 15-12.

    Dodgers at Rockies, 5:05 p.m.

  • Comments (578)
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    2008-05-03 17:00:59
    1.   Marty
    That's quite the design with 4 headlines butting against each other.
    2008-05-03 17:05:16
    2.   bhsportsguy
    Hmmmm Bison on the screen. Good omen.
    2008-05-03 17:07:31
    3.   Linkmeister
    And on Derby Day you didn't take heed of Billy Shoemaker's five wins?
    2008-05-03 17:11:30
    4.   Bluebleeder87
    man, the Dodgers are steaming hot! tizzzz!
    2008-05-03 17:11:34
    5.   Marty
    What happened to Vin?
    2008-05-03 17:13:19
    6.   bhsportsguy
    5 He's okay from where I sit.
    2008-05-03 17:14:02
    7.   Bluebleeder87
    Steve Lyons made a great point yesterday about why HE DOSE NOT want Martin playing 3rd & it's simple really, if Bennett & Martin BOTH get hurt in a game who catches? I don't like the idea of my catcher getting hurt while playing a position he shouldn't be playing to begin with.
    2008-05-03 17:14:09
    8.   Daniel Zappala
    Nothing like coaching the Stanford Indians.
    2008-05-03 17:14:14
    9.   bhsportsguy
    3 Saw that too. Sad story at Churchill Downs today.
    2008-05-03 17:14:27
    10.   Bob Timmermann
    Jack Curtice lasted five years as Stanford's football coach. His teams went 14-36.
    2-8
    3-7
    0-10
    4-6
    5-5
    Big Game record: 2-3
    Overall winning percentage: .280, 2nd worst in Stanford history.

    The Curtice family sent a bottle of champagne to Walt Harris.

    2008-05-03 17:14:36
    11.   Marty
    All I get is stadium noise with no commentary.
    2008-05-03 17:14:51
    12.   Bluebleeder87
    6

    your in Colorado BH?

    2008-05-03 17:15:39
    13.   imperabo
    7 I have mixed feeling about whether it's a good strategy or not, but I'm just enjoying the novelty and Martin's amazing abilities.
    2008-05-03 17:16:39
    14.   bhsportsguy
    12 No, I have it on Direct TV.
    2008-05-03 17:16:42
    15.   Suffering Bruin
    Furcal got on via a dribbler, Pierre bunted in the air over the head of the third baseman... Kemp is the only who has hit the ball hard against De La Rosa. The kid is showing a great offspeed pitch here.
    2008-05-03 17:17:22
    16.   Marty
    Now he's back. I'm on Charter cable
    2008-05-03 17:17:31
    17.   Suffering Bruin
    Well, it was good until that AB. :)
    2008-05-03 17:17:55
    18.   bhsportsguy
    So LaRoche is now considered healthy enough to be off the DL.
    2008-05-03 17:18:24
    19.   Greg Brock
    I hope Cactus Jack does well with the Indians. Tough conference...After all, it has UCLA in it.

    What! It says so right in the article!

    2008-05-03 17:19:12
    20.   MMSMikey
    nice!
    2008-05-03 17:19:23
    21.   Suffering Bruin
    So this would qualify as a good start to the ballgame, no?
    2008-05-03 17:19:29
    22.   Bluebleeder87
    13

    I think it's cool also to watch Martin (the athlete) show of his abilities at a different position's but he's an ALL-STAR catcher playing out of position what IF he gets hurt? I know I wouldn't be to pleased.

    2008-05-03 17:19:38
    23.   bhsportsguy
    James may not be hitting a lot right now but load the bases and he comes up with the big hit.
    2008-05-03 17:20:14
    24.   NorCal-Dodger
    C'mon Andruw.....!!!!!
    2008-05-03 17:20:20
    25.   Bob Timmermann
    Cactus Jack's first game against UCLA as the Indians coach was at the Coliseum in 1958.

    Final score:
    Stanford 21
    UCLA 19

    2008-05-03 17:20:21
    26.   MMSMikey
    33 K's
    2008-05-03 17:21:00
    27.   Suffering Bruin
    Andruw Jones is swinging at his own shadow right now. Sad.
    2008-05-03 17:21:29
    28.   Icaros
    7-8-9 is a black hole. Good thing Loney cleared the bases.
    2008-05-03 17:21:41
    29.   MMSMikey
    this is getting comical with andruw.
    2008-05-03 17:21:43
    30.   Marty
    Does that mean six more weeks of strikeouts?
    2008-05-03 17:21:47
    31.   bhsportsguy
    25 Shouldn't you be closing up shop about now.
    2008-05-03 17:22:22
    32.   Andrew Shimmin
    Stupid Jon, linking a What's My Line? clip, making me spend twenty minutes watching other What's My Line? clips on youtube, distracting me from another big rally.
    2008-05-03 17:23:03
    33.   Bob Timmermann
    31
    C'mon down. You have 35 minutes of some information you can pick up.
    2008-05-03 17:23:09
    34.   Bluebleeder87
    Martin is one of those guys that just doesn't get hurt, call it what you want great bones, great tendons etc.. I don't know but I still don't want him playing out of position but that's just me.
    2008-05-03 17:23:16
    35.   Greg Brock
    27 Get a hit, Crash!

    Shut up, kid!

    2008-05-03 17:23:29
    36.   D4P
    "Juan Pierre singles on a bunt ground ball to left fielder Matt Holliday"...? ? ?
    2008-05-03 17:23:54
    37.   imperabo
    22 I don't see why he would get hurt at third. If anything I think it should reduce his overall fatigue level and reduce his chance of injury through the season.

    This looks like a short term move until La Roche is ready, but it improves the flexiblity of the team long term knowing Russ can do this. My main complaint would be that we're essenially trading Dewitt for Bennett in the lineup.

    2008-05-03 17:24:30
    38.   D4P
    Did You Know:

    Andruw Jones makes roughly $50,000 a day.

    2008-05-03 17:24:55
    39.   bushleague
    good thing loney got that double. jones is a joke. unbelievable.
    2008-05-03 17:25:04
    40.   Andrew Shimmin
    36- Atkins was playing in, the bunt popped over his head.
    2008-05-03 17:26:07
    41.   neuroboy002
    Andruw has sad skills and he is being protected by Bennet. Automatic outs on 7-8-9.
    2008-05-03 17:26:16
    42.   Bluebleeder87
    37

    They don't call it the hot corner for nothing Imperabo.

    2008-05-03 17:26:19
    43.   trainwreck
    We need to spot Loaiza about 4 more runs.
    2008-05-03 17:26:21
    44.   imperabo
    36 The Rockies announcers thought it was intentional. Maybe it was.
    2008-05-03 17:26:50
    45.   gpellamjr
    34 I think Torre is just trying to work out what his lineup should be against LHP. But I think putting Martin at 3B reduces his chance of injury.
    2008-05-03 17:26:55
    46.   Marty
    Considering who our pitcher is, we need another 4 runs at least.
    2008-05-03 17:27:12
    47.   bhsportsguy
    34 I think its fair to say that everyone shares your concern but its not unusual to have your catcher play other positions to keep his bat in the lineup. Bench, Torre, Simmons, Berra, are a few examples.

    And this was something that was done early in their careers.

    I'll be watching how LaRoche does in the next few weeks, if his power picks up and Dewitt should struggle, I think a move could be made.

    2008-05-03 17:27:16
    48.   Bluebleeder87
    40

    It was a mean lucky shot...

    2008-05-03 17:27:23
    49.   imperabo
    42 Russ can slow down time. He's like that squirrel in Over the Hedge.
    2008-05-03 17:27:27
    50.   NorCal-Dodger
    Joe realizes that we need to keep Martin fresh for the Augsut and September run. Playing him at 3rd is ok with me. Plus, he has said that Martin is the back-up at 3rd. I would have Ethier in instead of Jones, but 18M/yr is hard to ignore. I also wish we would've re-signed Liberthal.
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    2008-05-03 17:27:43
    51.   Greg Brock
    37 The Russell Martin at Third Base Marching and Chowder Society is a lonely place.

    Martin would lose a ton of value if he was a 20 home run hitting mediocre third baseman.

    2008-05-03 17:29:38
    52.   imperabo
    51 I'm certainly not arguing he should give up catching. Not for at least 10 years.
    2008-05-03 17:30:12
    53.   Suffering Bruin
    51 Whassup, my man? Are your colleagues sweatin' the budget cuts? $4.8 billion! As my students would say, "Day-Ammmmmm!"

    Seriously, it's sad.

    2008-05-03 17:30:19
    54.   Bluebleeder87
    these Colorado hitters a just licking there chops & loading up with that 81-82 mph fastball from Loaiza.
    2008-05-03 17:31:24
    55.   Suffering Bruin
    It's been an inning... no rule 9 violations, folks. Let's keep our cool.
    2008-05-03 17:31:36
    56.   imperabo
    Is there a position that requires less physical exertion that 3rd? That's a day off for Russ.
    2008-05-03 17:31:42
    57.   trainwreck
    53
    It's not like the children are our future or anything.
    2008-05-03 17:32:06
    58.   gpellamjr
    How much time do Bennett's soft-tosses back to the pitcher add to a game?
    2008-05-03 17:32:39
    59.   Icaros
    57

    Whitney Houston says otherwise.

    2008-05-03 17:33:15
    60.   trainwreck
    59
    Who listens to crackheads?
    2008-05-03 17:33:36
    61.   Greg Brock
    53 I'm just thanking the gods that I'll have a job next year. If I had that job in Torrance, I'd be unemployed. Instead, I'll be teaching AP. Mysterious ways and all that jazz.

    Now will I have paper in my class or printer cartridges? Who knows. We are the brokest of the broke.

    2008-05-03 17:33:40
    62.   Bob Timmermann
    38
    Actually baseball players only get paid while the regular season is going on, which is about 180 days.

    Although I am not sure if you think Andruw Jones should feel some sense of shame for getting paid a very large salary.

    2008-05-03 17:33:53
    63.   LAT
    BH, Hope you didn't follow my Derby pick. What a sad day. Big Brown was awsome and Eights Belles break down was really sad. She ran a great a great race.
    2008-05-03 17:34:09
    64.   gpellamjr
    57 It's not about the children. It's about stickin' it to those whiny teachers!
    2008-05-03 17:34:23
    65.   bushleague
    loaiza: more valuable with the bat than jones. maybe jones shoulda been batting ninth?
    2008-05-03 17:34:37
    66.   Andrew Shimmin
    59- So does Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate.
    2008-05-03 17:35:05
    67.   neuroboy002
    Do any of our current pitchers out number Andruw in hits, extra base hits or RBIs this season?
    2008-05-03 17:35:05
    68.   Icaros
    60

    If a crackhead falls in an alley and no one's there to...

    2008-05-03 17:35:09
    69.   Suffering Bruin
    No one is talking about how much Rafael Furcal makes a day. I wonder...
    2008-05-03 17:35:56
    70.   D4P
    these Colorado hitters a just licking there chops & loading up with that 81-82 mph fastball from Loaiza

    I tend to feel that Loaiza has been very lucky thus far. It's gotta be only a matter of time before he starts getting rocked consistently.

    2008-05-03 17:36:17
    71.   Bluebleeder87
    Mark T.R. Donahue (sp?) must be picking up his guitar & singing the blues right now... specially with Tulo's injury.
    2008-05-03 17:36:23
    72.   gpellamjr
    I forgot to make my prediction in the predictions thread. Here it is:

    The Dodgers go 149-13, because Torre brilliantly moved Martin to 3B.

    2008-05-03 17:37:20
    73.   Suffering Bruin
    68 Funny stuff.

    I remember a drama teacher I was working with and some of the students were making fun of Whitney. The guy in all seriousness said, "C'mon! She's talented, she's done wonderful work and yeah, she uses a little crack every now and again..."

    He couldn't understand why we all burst out laughing.

    2008-05-03 17:37:30
    74.   Bluebleeder87
    70

    That reminds me, you guys think K/Gou will pitching tonight if Loaiza falters.

    2008-05-03 17:37:30
    75.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    61

    I didn't realize we had teachers on board. Good to hear my fellow dodger fans also share my experiences in the classroom too.

    I teach second grade in downtown LA.

    2008-05-03 17:37:49
    76.   Bluebleeder87
    Rather be lucky than good...
    2008-05-03 17:37:49
    77.   LAT
    De La Rosa wishing the other 8 Dodger hitters were named Jones
    2008-05-03 17:37:56
    78.   D4P
    I see that the runner up at the Derby was euthanized on the track.

    But at least we were entertained.

    2008-05-03 17:38:20
    79.   neuroboy002
    63 This might be too ironic but when commenting on the Kentucky Derby, Hilary Clinton endorsed Eights Belles for the win.
    2008-05-03 17:38:22
    80.   NorCal-Dodger
    That's a JP line drive.
    2008-05-03 17:38:23
    81.   Alex41592
    Grand Slam Cycle Alert?
    2008-05-03 17:38:24
    82.   Suffering Bruin
    Juan Pierre has hit the ball safely out of the infield twice in two innings.

    The Dodgers, they be rolling...

    2008-05-03 17:38:24
    83.   Linkmeister
    Hmm. I'm with Marty now; Vinnie's mike must be broken. It's like that NFL game experiment about ten years ago with no announcers.

    I had him when the Dodgers scored their four runs, but not in the bottom half of that inning or since.

    2008-05-03 17:38:26
    84.   Bob Timmermann
    According to Jon's sidebar, Jones makes $14.1 million this year and Furcal makes $13 million. And if it's on the sidebar, it's like it's on tablets. It's gospel.
    2008-05-03 17:38:47
    85.   Woden325
    Jack Corrigan on the KOA broadcast is so irritated at the Rockies he can barely speak. I know how he feels.
    2008-05-03 17:39:16
    86.   imperabo
    I question the Dodgers' strategy of using all their luck up this early in the season.
    2008-05-03 17:40:10
    87.   Suffering Bruin
    84 I used to be on the Griddle tablet. (sob)
    2008-05-03 17:40:44
    88.   Icaros
    84

    I have fifteen...ten, ten Commandments!

    2008-05-03 17:41:21
    89.   Suffering Bruin
    88 Mel Brooks.
    2008-05-03 17:41:41
    90.   Bob Timmermann
    You can get back on the sidebar if you can identify what I was referencing in 84 .
    2008-05-03 17:41:48
    91.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Good to hear we catch the back end of the Mets' rotation.
    2008-05-03 17:42:05
    92.   NorCal-Dodger
    84 Thought he signeda 36M+ contract...so next year we will get better when he makes 22M+
    2008-05-03 17:42:28
    93.   MMSMikey
    wow, kent challenging jason phillips for the slowest man ever.
    2008-05-03 17:42:48
    94.   Suffering Bruin
    90 Well, sure, because I've done so well deciphering your puzzles! :)
    2008-05-03 17:43:08
    95.   Icaros
    89

    When you coming up here?

    2008-05-03 17:43:08
    96.   bhsportsguy
    87 Did you hear that the minor league team in Fresno is having an '80s night and the head karate student from the Cobra Kai, Johnny is going to be there to lead the festivities.
    2008-05-03 17:43:18
    97.   Bob Timmermann
    92
    Andruw Jones
    2008: $9,000,000 plus $5,100,000 signing bonus
    2009: $15,000,000 plus $2,100,000 signing bonus
    2010: $5,000,000 signing bonus
    2008-05-03 17:43:29
    98.   Greg Brock
    The sidebar doesn't say anything about false idols, so I will continue to worship Russell Martin.
    2008-05-03 17:43:41
    99.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    The way the Rockies' bullpen has been, do we see De La Rosa just get pounded for a few more innings?
    2008-05-03 17:44:09
    100.   Suffering Bruin
    93 Not on your life. Jason Phillips was the slowest Dodger of the 21st century. I think if Mike Lieberthal and Jason Phillips raced around the bases three times, Lieberthal would come close to lapping him.
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    2008-05-03 17:44:21
    101.   Bob Timmermann
    Even though a run scored on Kent's ground out, De La Rosa's season ERA dropped from 33.75 to 32.40.
    2008-05-03 17:44:27
    102.   imperabo
    96 Dignity does not exist in Fresno, does it?
    2008-05-03 17:44:31
    103.   bhsportsguy
    Vin getting feisty, Dodgers 6, Rockies nada.
    2008-05-03 17:44:36
    104.   overkill94
    71 He already is if you read his last blog entry
    2008-05-03 17:44:54
    105.   Suffering Bruin
    Clint Barmes looks like he's throwing with a dislocated shoulder.
    2008-05-03 17:45:01
    106.   madmac
    dodgers 6
    rockies nada
    2008-05-03 17:45:05
    107.   NorCal-Dodger
    97 Thanx, Bob, I feel better now.
    2008-05-03 17:45:31
    108.   madmac
    darn you BH :)
    2008-05-03 17:46:00
    109.   Woden325
    99 Probably. Clint Hurdle works in mysterious ways, but even he balks at pulling a starting pitcher after 2 innings.
    2008-05-03 17:46:20
    110.   Suffering Bruin
    97 Does he sign the contract every year to get that signing bonus?

    (crickets)

    Okay, I'll try another one later.

    2008-05-03 17:46:34
    111.   Bob Timmermann
    107
    I want you to be able to properly amortize your anger.

    You know, for accounting purposes.

    2008-05-03 17:46:58
    112.   Chiron Brown
    82 Slappy McBloop
    2008-05-03 17:47:22
    113.   MikeB
    No Vin Scully on Time Warner in South Bay. Wassup?
    2008-05-03 17:47:51
    114.   Suffering Bruin
    95 We're looking at July for our anniversary. Damn right I'm looking you up.
    2008-05-03 17:48:03
    115.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Guys... settle a bet for me... most hits you can get in an inning without scoring a run?

    5 or 6?

    2008-05-03 17:48:59
    116.   Bluebleeder87
    Kent is a liablity at 2nd base these days but he has the bat to more than make up for it so I guess it's o.k.
    2008-05-03 17:49:06
    117.   Marty
    Mike, cable broadcasts seem to be not working. I don't hear him either and neither does the Hawaiian contingent.
    2008-05-03 17:49:11
    118.   Icaros
    114

    Cool.

    2008-05-03 17:49:24
    119.   bhsportsguy
    Fox Sports having issues on cable today. I don't have cable.
    2008-05-03 17:50:05
    120.   Bluebleeder87
    106

    You have to add more spice to it like Vinnie just did.

    NADA!

    2008-05-03 17:50:06
    121.   Suffering Bruin
    115 Three singles to load the bases.

    Single to short left, out at home.

    Repeat the above sentence two more times.

    2008-05-03 17:51:05
    122.   Marty
    Time to get Kuo up.
    2008-05-03 17:51:14
    123.   Suffering Bruin
    This game is not over.
    2008-05-03 17:51:23
    124.   bhsportsguy
    115 6 if the last 3 guys are hit by the batted ball.
    2008-05-03 17:52:03
    125.   Woden325
    Timely hitting, and heads-up base-running? Am I really listening to a Rockies game?
    2008-05-03 17:52:07
    126.   Gen3Blue
    This year is scarily wonderful. I get a choice of Vin or Colo. announcer because DTV caries two feeds(one for HD). Also when I check in a bit late we are usually ahead about 4-0 (remember last year how many times our starters buried us in the the first few innings.) I better stop rapsodizing now because Loiaza is about to do his usual blowup and it could be spectacular.
    2008-05-03 17:52:23
    127.   bhsportsguy
    121 I think you would have force play issues.
    2008-05-03 17:52:24
    128.   madmac
    120 true, true. I'm not Vin for sure.
    2008-05-03 17:53:00
    129.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    We figured it this way.

    single, picked off.
    single, picked off
    single
    single
    single

    .... Now, if any other ball was put in play and an out was recorded would that be a fielders choice and thus, no official hit?

    2008-05-03 17:53:00
    130.   imperabo
    121 Is it a hit if they get the force at home?
    2008-05-03 17:53:31
    131.   Bluebleeder87
    119

    I have Dish & it is periodically blacking out but not enough were I'd be PO'ed or anything.

    2008-05-03 17:53:36
    132.   Suffering Bruin
    126 Yes, it might be early for rhapsodizing... though I likey me some rhapsodizing myself.
    2008-05-03 17:53:40
    133.   NorCal-Dodger
    111 My anger will be adjusted on a daily game basis rate, until Atlanta reposses on Jones's services back again, I will then consider my anger issues foreclosed.
    2008-05-03 17:54:21
    134.   natepurcell
    Loaiza needs to throw harder or he is going to get killed.
    2008-05-03 17:54:28
    135.   Suffering Bruin
    121 Better ask Bob Timmerman. Seriously.
    2008-05-03 17:54:37
    136.   Icaros
    Loaiza is throwing garbage up there. I can hardly watch this.
    2008-05-03 17:54:43
    137.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    124

    Right, the official scorer must rule that the play would have resulted in a hit if the ball had not touched the runner.

    so I guess it is six. Thanks.

    Although, we did not account for this in the bet.

    2008-05-03 17:55:17
    138.   Bob Timmermann
    In the 1958 UCLA-Stanford game at the Coliseum, it was UCLA's homecoming. They drew 39,000. UCLA was a 7 1/2 point favorite, but lost by two points because UCLA opted to go for two after each of its first two touchdowns and failed both times.

    Bill Barnes, Master Strategist!

    2008-05-03 17:55:31
    139.   MikeB
    Can't get through to TW support. Line goes to busy signal immediately.
    Someone call Plaschke. We're being denied our Vin Scully!!!
    2008-05-03 17:55:46
    140.   Icaros
    I can't tell the difference between Loaiza's fastball and Bennett's throw back to the mound.
    2008-05-03 17:56:20
    141.   KG16
    I'm really not down with the Russell Martin at Third Experience.

    Also, watching that beanball replay, Bennett is asking to get hit on his throwing hand on every play.

    2008-05-03 17:56:20
    142.   Dodgers49
    81 Grand Slam Cycle Alert?

    An SF is not an official AB so the Grand Slam Cycle is still alive.

    Unless Bob says otherwise. :-)

    2008-05-03 17:56:24
    143.   68elcamino427
    136
    Loaiza is doing his best to make Schmidt look like an improvement.
    2008-05-03 17:56:43
    144.   Woden325
    Jorge redeems himself.
    2008-05-03 17:56:44
    145.   Bluebleeder87
    The Rox have cut it in half.
    2008-05-03 17:56:52
    146.   Bob Timmermann
    I've always thought six hits was the max, but when I was a wee lad Vin did a commercial for Farmer John that had this question and he said it was SEVEN, but didn't explain how.

    But bhsportsguy has the scenario that I believe is correct.

    2008-05-03 17:57:11
    147.   Suffering Bruin
    Ned? You bringing home someone on the flight back?

    Ned?

    2008-05-03 17:57:11
    148.   Marty
    I really hate Loaiza as a pitcher.
    2008-05-03 17:57:27
    149.   D4P
    Loaiza will do well to get out of this inning with only 3 runs scoring.
    2008-05-03 17:57:47
    150.   Icaros
    143

    Kuo is also an improvement.

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    2008-05-03 17:58:14
    151.   imperabo
    Why are the Rock's announcers excited about a sac fly with no out?
    2008-05-03 17:58:30
    152.   Suffering Bruin
    Was Willy Taveras just described as one of the toughest hitters in the league?
    2008-05-03 17:58:45
    153.   bhsportsguy
    Again, no 5th starter for another 2 weeks.
    2008-05-03 17:59:03
    154.   NorCal-Dodger
    151 Pitcher was batting
    2008-05-03 17:59:06
    155.   Woden325
    151 Haven't had a lot to cheer about lately.
    2008-05-03 17:59:23
    156.   Ken Noe
    Funny, even the Colorado announcers hate the way Bennett throws.
    2008-05-03 17:59:27
    157.   neuroboy002
    If Clayton were pitching, this game would have been over in the first inning. How much of a cushion does Loaiza need to pitch effectively?
    2008-05-03 17:59:57
    158.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    146

    Mr. Timmerman, I enjoy your work. WIth that said you have just presented a puzzle that will haunt the inner recesses of mind until I manage to solve it.

    7!

    2008-05-03 17:59:58
    159.   Icaros
    153

    Sounds good to me.

    2008-05-03 18:00:10
    160.   NorCal-Dodger
    Hopefully Jason Schmidt will be healtly and ready soon.....
    2008-05-03 18:00:11
    161.   Andrew Shimmin
    Jerry Lewis wasn't funny, back then. I knew he wasn't funny now, but I didn't know for sure that he wasn't then, either.
    2008-05-03 18:01:13
    162.   Chiron Brown
    148 But he's the best hitter in the bottom third of our lineup.
    2008-05-03 18:02:13
    163.   Bluebleeder87
    I really hate Loaiza as a pitcher.

    for a minute there I was gonna get upset but then I read "as a pitcher"... ;o)

    2008-05-03 18:02:20
    164.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Loaiza looks like Woody Harrelson's character in King Pin without his hat on.

    I hope he gets Munson'ed.

    2008-05-03 18:03:05
    165.   D4P
    A De La Rosa by any other name would still stink.
    2008-05-03 18:04:59
    166.   Suffering Bruin
    Andruw Jones.

    This is getting sad.

    2008-05-03 18:05:15
    167.   Alice S
    117
    I'm in Hawaii watching the game in HD on the part-time FSNHD channel and can hear Vin just fine
    2008-05-03 18:05:17
    168.   overkill94
    146 Does the 7th hitter die on his way to first base or something?
    2008-05-03 18:05:25
    169.   trainwreck
    Don't worry, this just means Andruw is really due.

    Yeah, that's the ticket.

    2008-05-03 18:05:46
    170.   Icaros
    I just don't understand how he can be this bad.
    2008-05-03 18:06:44
    171.   Bluebleeder87
    I'm conflicted, I feel really bad for Andruw Jones but then I remember his a millionaire & I don't feel bad at all.
    2008-05-03 18:06:51
    172.   MMSMikey
    why dont we just give honeycutt a stick, he can put a better at bat together than jones.
    2008-05-03 18:07:32
    173.   Gen3Blue
    What the heck---Martin is playing third? That was cute but its not really funny now.
    The worst part is that when the offense does this well in the first two innings, they retire for at least four innings.

    Well 6-3 in about 3 minutes. I'm losing my optimism.

    2008-05-03 18:08:37
    174.   trainwreck
    This is not good. We did not get those critical two runs we needed. This lead could be gone soon.
    2008-05-03 18:08:41
    175.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    170

    His balance is completely off. It's a simple case of his WHOLE weight pulling towards third.

    I can't imagine they haven't gone back and looked at film and tried to correct something.

    Maybe he should pull a Bobby Rayburn and wear his old Atlanta jersey underneath.

    2008-05-03 18:08:51
    176.   Linkmeister
    So my mom just turned the game on and yelled "Where's Vinnie?"

    I explained that she should think of this experience as though she were sitting in the stands. She can't remember the last live game she attended, though, so that's not helping much.

    2008-05-03 18:09:59
    177.   Woden325
    173 Martin seems to be a pretty decent third baseman.
    As for Andruw Jones, don't the Dodgers have a hitting coach to fix wonky swings?
    2008-05-03 18:10:03
    178.   D4P
    I'm conflicted, I feel really bad for Andruw Jones but then I remember his a millionaire & I don't feel bad at all

    Remember: Andruw Jones will make roughly $50,000 a day over the course of his contract.

    2008-05-03 18:10:23
    179.   bhsportsguy
    166 The strange thing is that every pitcher, no matter what else he does to any other batter on the Dodgers, attacks Jones the same way, living on the outside part of the plate to get Jones to try and reach out and try to pull the ball.

    Jones must have hit a lot home runs in 2005-2006 to left because all he does is try and pull everything.

    He had that brief period where he just took those pitches and then when he got some walks but apparently that has stopped for a while.

    The only thing left for him to do is to crowd the plate and force pitchers to work the inside of the plate.

    And I'm sure in batting practice, he goes with the pitch and hits the ball to right but he probably feels he needs to homer on every at bat so he overswings and finds himself in bad counts.

    2008-05-03 18:10:36
    180.   nick
    Jones' page at baseball-reference is currently unsponsored, going for $85--maybe a collection and dt sponsorship would get him going?

    before replying, look at those 12 rules at the bottom right.....

    2008-05-03 18:10:54
    181.   underdog
    If it's any consolation, one-time MVP Ryan Howard is also doing really poorly and is getting booed in Philly. Of course, it doesn't take much to get booed in Philly, but he's hearing it. 2ks and weak grounder today vs. Matt Cain, which isn't shameful but the crowd doesn't care. (I was listening to that game for a bit on the way home.)

    Jones seems to fare better in his last at bat or two then he does in his first couple of at bats. Anyone got stats on that? (I can't bear to look at any Andruw Jones stats.)

    Oh and since it was asked, Loiaza needs about a 6 run cushion. Oh wait, he basically had that. 8 runs?

    2008-05-03 18:11:01
    182.   Chiron Brown
    Since Bennett was on base when the inning ended does Russ go out to warm up the pitcher while the catcher gets his gear on?
    2008-05-03 18:11:17
    183.   Linkmeister
    167 Thank you! Mom can now hear Vinnie just fine on channel 1226. Channel 0228 is still announcer-less.
    2008-05-03 18:12:08
    184.   Gen3Blue
    This guy is scared to throw it over.-----For good reason.
    2008-05-03 18:12:10
    185.   MMSMikey
    nice 80 mph fast.
    2008-05-03 18:12:14
    186.   Alex41592
    79-84 MPH meatballs
    2008-05-03 18:12:37
    187.   underdog
    I like seeing "84mph - Fastball" when Loiaza pitches.

    Er, not really.

    Holliday greets him rudely. Told you, 8 runs would make me feel safer.

    When's Schmidt back? When's The Minotaur comin'?

    2008-05-03 18:12:43
    188.   Bluebleeder87
    Slowly but surely... 6-4 now.
    2008-05-03 18:12:49
    189.   Suffering Bruin
    I don't think Holliday saw a better pitch to hit in BP.
    2008-05-03 18:12:59
    190.   nick
    Loiza with what can only be described as a deadly combination of command and velocity...
    2008-05-03 18:13:15
    191.   underdog
    There would definitely be something worrisome about matt Holliday if he didn't hit that flat, fat-ball out.
    2008-05-03 18:13:21
    192.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    182

    It's usually been Delwyn Young doing it.

    2008-05-03 18:13:50
    193.   D4P
    Esteban Loaiza will make roughly $19,178 a day in 2008.
    2008-05-03 18:14:17
    194.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Goodness.

    Please make it stop. Please make it stop.

    2008-05-03 18:14:29
    195.   MMSMikey
    nice hook joe!
    2008-05-03 18:14:36
    196.   underdog
    Waiter! Check please!
    2008-05-03 18:14:36
    197.   Icaros
    Thank you, Joe. No more starts for him.
    2008-05-03 18:14:39
    198.   KG16
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I would be a better pitcher than Loaiza, and my fastball probably tops out at 75, and I don't really have a breaking ball.
    2008-05-03 18:14:44
    199.   Gen3Blue
    Colarado will get about 1.5 runs per inning off Loiaza just as a base line. I guess Joe has to use a fifth starter even though he only has four. Kuo please.
    2008-05-03 18:14:49
    200.   Suffering Bruin
    194 I think Torre heard you.
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    2008-05-03 18:14:53
    201.   JoeyP
    Whats the reason Kuo cant start again?
    2008-05-03 18:15:09
    202.   NorCal-Dodger
    Hopefully BP is over with..
    2008-05-03 18:15:10
    203.   Bluebleeder87
    quick huck from Torre & I DON'T BLAME HIM, nice Torre very nice, now let's see which K/Guo shows up.

    I hope it's the K one.

    2008-05-03 18:15:19
    204.   Woden325
    I wonder if the dugout store will trade in my Tulo jersey for a Garrett Atkins jersey. On the other hand, maybe I'm a jinx, and I should buy a Micah Owings d-backs jersey.
    2008-05-03 18:15:34
    205.   Greg Brock
    Put an L screen out there. Loaiza is a mess.
    2008-05-03 18:15:41
    206.   underdog
    I like the early hook here. Not that it wasn't obvious, but Grady, god bless him, would've left Loiaza in 'til he was crying.
    2008-05-03 18:16:24
    207.   Suffering Bruin
    201 IIRC, the stated reason was he was better suited for the bullpen.
    2008-05-03 18:16:50
    208.   underdog
    204 That's a good idea. let's all buy Brandon Webb or Chris Young jerseys. We can all get behind that one.
    2008-05-03 18:16:50
    209.   bhsportsguy
    201 Because Kuo couldn't get past the 4th inning.
    2008-05-03 18:16:52
    210.   Paul Scott
    I really don't get what Kou has done. He "won" the 5th spot then pitched well there and somehow lost it again.

    Other things I don't like:

    1. second game in a row with Pierre.

    2. second game in a row with martin at 3B.

    I don't understand any of these choices.

    2008-05-03 18:16:59
    211.   Suffering Bruin
    205 Good line.
    2008-05-03 18:16:59
    212.   trainwreck
    I get the feeling the Minotaur will come into existence sooner than expected.
    2008-05-03 18:17:56
    213.   bhsportsguy
    And you all wanted Kuo. Shame on you.
    2008-05-03 18:18:00
    214.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Someone hold me. Please. It hurts so bad.
    2008-05-03 18:18:05
    215.   Suffering Bruin
    What the (rule 1 violation)!
    2008-05-03 18:18:05
    216.   fiddlestick
    Did Loiaza throw a single pitch below the belt?
    2008-05-03 18:18:09
    217.   JoeyP
    Lefties are Hawpe's kryptonite.
    2008-05-03 18:18:16
    218.   natepurcell
    193

    Baseball players get paid a lot, we get it.

    2008-05-03 18:18:20
    219.   Greg Brock
    Oh good, Kuo's here. And he's brought a container of petroleum.
    2008-05-03 18:18:40
    220.   trainwreck
    This game is making me look like a mystic.
    2008-05-03 18:18:42
    221.   Gen3Blue
    Damn, and our offense is commited to do nothing until the seventh.
    2008-05-03 18:18:43
    222.   JoeyP
    Eh Nvm...
    2008-05-03 18:18:43
    223.   Paul Scott
    /cheer. One of the three resolved. Now hopefully it will just stay that way. Two to go.
    2008-05-03 18:18:55
    224.   sie0174
    looks like we are all about to get our wishes granted re: Kershaw.
    2008-05-03 18:19:02
    225.   Suffering Bruin
    Actually, 215 is close enough to a rule 1 violation so my apologies to our host.
    2008-05-03 18:19:06
    226.   underdog
    I'm not really super confident in Kuo as a starter, either, uh -- as the game is now tied, sigh -- but more confident than with Loiaza, that's for sure. I'd be even more confident with someone other than either of them. Like YouKnowWho.

    Sigh. I'm gonna stop watching this game. The good stuff all happened when I was not watching, the bad stuff when I was. It's all my fault!

    2008-05-03 18:19:08
    227.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Kuo must be carrying Gio Carrara's gas can.
    2008-05-03 18:19:21
    228.   Icaros
    219

    Propane.

    2008-05-03 18:19:56
    229.   natepurcell
    224

    I don't want to bring Kershaw up yet.

    2008-05-03 18:20:24
    230.   natepurcell
    Gary Bennett can't even catch fastballs.
    2008-05-03 18:20:29
    231.   underdog
    Well my 10-8 predicted final for this one looks quite possible now, if it isn't perhaps on the low side.
    2008-05-03 18:20:31
    232.   Bluebleeder87
    personally I think that's just a case of your catcher not knowing your pitcher, K/Gou is a strike out pitcher & BENNETT ASKS K/Guo throw off-speed junk, not goot, not good at all.

    Loaiza was throwing PEAKING AT 84MPH K/Gou would look like he was throwing 97mph the way Loaiza was throwing but yet he asks for off-speed stuff. not good, oh well.

    2008-05-03 18:20:42
    233.   Woden325
    I'm going to be angry when our bullpen gives back all these runs, but I must admit that I'm enjoying it now.
    2008-05-03 18:20:51
    234.   JoeyP
    Soon it'll be Schmidt getting lit up in the 5th spot.
    2008-05-03 18:21:05
    235.   bhsportsguy
    They will give Kuo/Loiaza/Schmidt grouping at least until June to see if they can hold it together.
    2008-05-03 18:21:06
    236.   NorCal-Dodger
    Schmidt will get a chance before Kershaw.
    2008-05-03 18:21:23
    237.   Ken Noe
    230 Rockie's crew rags him every chance they get.
    2008-05-03 18:21:36
    238.   madmac
    so any other borderline 5th starter we can throw at these guys
    2008-05-03 18:21:53
    239.   underdog
    The pitch he hit out was an offspeed pitch from Kuo? I wasn't looking. I thought he was just expecting gas and got it. Offspeed would be even dumber.
    2008-05-03 18:22:07
    240.   Bluebleeder87
    It's only the 3RD INNING! woah.
    2008-05-03 18:22:53
    241.   underdog
    Well, that was something good, at least.

    The Rockies were due to break out at some point. You had to figure Loiaza would be one candidate to help them. Hopefully that was it for awhile.

    2008-05-03 18:23:33
    242.   bhsportsguy
    239 Maybe Kuo just made a bad pitch. Geez, so you don't like Bennett so its his fault because Kuo threw a lollipop up there. Talk about bias.
    2008-05-03 18:25:29
    243.   underdog
    242 Uh, I was asking what pitch he threw, didn't even see it. I believe the comments before mine were a bit more frustrated about it. I would've called mostly fastballs to start from Kuo, though, as I agree compared to Loiaza that would seem they'd be hard to catch up with. I actually don't hate on Bennett the same way some do here, though I can't say I'm a huge fan either.
    2008-05-03 18:26:32
    244.   bhsportsguy
    243 Sorry, I think the negativity gets to me at times.
    2008-05-03 18:27:07
    245.   Bluebleeder87
    239

    I think it was a slider or curve & the Rockies hitter just nailed it. I've been wrong on pitch selection (thinking it was one pitch & then realizing it was another) but I think it really was a curve of some kind.

    2008-05-03 18:28:26
    246.   NorCal-Dodger
    Slider at the knees and Hawpe is a good low ball hitter, like most lefties...
    2008-05-03 18:28:33
    247.   underdog
    I hear ya!

    I think I actually defended Bennett once. Not sure what got over me, but I did! Of course I was the founding member of the Free Mike Lieberthal Society, but then the Dodgers misunderstood what I was asking for.

    Uh oh, De La Rosa's settled down.

    2008-05-03 18:28:41
    248.   Suffering Bruin
    243 The pitch was offspeed, 79mph according to my electric television machine. It was low--hardly a hanger--but over the plate. Hawpe looked like he was just dropping the barrel at first but then I saw where the ball landed.
    2008-05-03 18:29:16
    249.   Bluebleeder87
    244

    I hear you BH, like Marty says "Lo que sera sera"...

    2008-05-03 18:29:20
    250.   Ken Noe
    245 Rockies' crew called it "a slider that sailed into the sweet spot."
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    2008-05-03 18:29:40
    251.   Gen3Blue
    Kuo wasn't good as a starter because he has a high ceiling with very good stuff. Stability doesn't do that kind of guy much good. Besides, Loiaza doesn't have the stuff to relieve in tough situations.
    2008-05-03 18:29:59
    252.   Woden325
    OK, Baseball God(s), I've reached the bargaining stage. If the Rockies win tonight, I'll buy a ticket for tomorrow's game.
    2008-05-03 18:30:22
    253.   JoeyP
    244--Anything even remotely critical of the Dodgers gets to you.

    Being on a 7 game win streak is great.

    Losing a 6-0 lead isnt.

    2008-05-03 18:30:31
    254.   nofatmike
    Not to pour more kerosene on the inferno of negativity on here, but does anybody know why LaRoche was pulled after the 1st inning of today's game in AAA?
    2008-05-03 18:31:01
    255.   Greg Brock
    244 It's okay. The death of Eight Belles is hitting us all pretty hard right now.

    P.S. I am not a bad person.

    2008-05-03 18:31:43
    256.   Woden325
    255 If you have to point it out...
    2008-05-03 18:32:11
    257.   Suffering Bruin
    254 Oh, man... tell me it was because he needed to catch a flight to LA. Tell me it wasn't because--

    I won't say it.

    2008-05-03 18:32:26
    258.   68elcamino427
    Bennett is catching the 5th starter spot in order to shield Martin from the mental fatigue that comes from working with any of these guys.
    2008-05-03 18:32:54
    259.   Johnson
    252 I'm sure we'd all prefer to read your comments tomorrow instead!
    2008-05-03 18:33:52
    260.   Gilberto Reyes
    Vinnie just said that the Dodgers could afford to replace any position on the field except Rafael Furcal. I think he forgot about Russ Martin!!! Losing Russ would be a complete disaster.
    2008-05-03 18:33:56
    261.   JoeyP
    Kuo's firing strikes tonight.
    15 strikes
    2 balls.
    2008-05-03 18:34:32
    262.   Woden325
    259 Aw that's nic-- Hey!
    2008-05-03 18:34:41
    263.   JoeyP
    17 of 19.
    2008-05-03 18:36:46
    264.   bhsportsguy
    253 I don't mind people being critical, I think its unfair to single out the catcher when the pitcher has the option to shake off the sign and he also can execute the pitch better.

    I don't think Loiaza pitching is beyond criticism, I'm glad they took him out. But there were reasons why Kuo wasn't starting too. I saw him burn 30+ pitches and walk in a batter in the first inning, in Cincinnati he blew up in the 4th.

    Probably neither is the answer in the long run, all you want is for the combo to get to the 7th.

    2008-05-03 18:37:54
    265.   trainwreck
    I really hate when they say, "Detroit basketball!"
    2008-05-03 18:38:10
    266.   Johnson
    262 Hey Woden, do you follow the Nuggets?
    2008-05-03 18:38:48
    267.   Gilberto Reyes
    Something tells me the Dodgers are not done scoring tonight. Just wait 'till they get to that Rockies 'pen again.
    2008-05-03 18:39:20
    268.   Bluebleeder87
    Judging this inning (us batting) it looks like the baseball gods want us to win it.
    2008-05-03 18:39:38
    269.   Gen3Blue
    Imagine is Kuo had started. It might be 6-3 or 6-2 at this point. And our offense would still be on hold for two innings.
    Kent may break my offense rule, especially with Martin batting.
    2008-05-03 18:39:48
    270.   Woden325
    266 Nope. Fortunately. Nor the Av's or (and this is heresy around here) the Broncos.
    Rockies and Sky Sox are my teams.
    2008-05-03 18:39:54
    271.   trainwreck
    If Woden likes the Broncos, hes got more friends here.
    2008-05-03 18:39:57
    272.   JoeyP
    Walkin' Russell Martin!
    2008-05-03 18:40:34
    273.   trainwreck
    270
    Oh good, never mind.
    2008-05-03 18:40:38
    274.   Greg Brock
    I guess you can still make fun of the Dutch in this day and age.
    2008-05-03 18:40:48
    275.   LAT
    What the . . . I take the dogs for a walk in a laugher only to come back to a tie game. NIce work Estaban.
    2008-05-03 18:41:00
    276.   Gilberto Reyes
    DeLaRosa is losing it again.
    2008-05-03 18:41:06
    277.   Ken Noe
    Bear Grylls is up. Let's hope he didn't boil the water again.
    2008-05-03 18:41:15
    278.   Woden325
    I do half-heartedly root for the CU Buffs, my alma mater.
    2008-05-03 18:41:50
    279.   Johnson
    270 Well, then I suppose my follow-up question wouldn't be very useful.

    I have no idea who the Sky Sox are.

    2008-05-03 18:43:16
    280.   Woden325
    And, thanks to Dodger Thoughts, the Dodgers are fast becoming my 2nd favorite ball club.
    2008-05-03 18:43:25
    281.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    woot.
    2008-05-03 18:43:27
    282.   Gilberto Reyes
    LONEY!!!!
    2008-05-03 18:43:36
    283.   Suffering Bruin
    Loney!
    2008-05-03 18:43:48
    284.   68elcamino427
    #7-Gone!
    2008-05-03 18:43:52
    285.   Chiron Brown
    I love you James.
    2008-05-03 18:43:53
    286.   Bluebleeder87
    264

    I totally hear your point BH but if I had any say in it watching K/Gou for a few years now I'd definitely have him throw his heater first & for most specially knowing how slow Loaiza was throwing.

    2008-05-03 18:43:56
    287.   Gen3Blue
    Thats the swing of Loney
    2008-05-03 18:44:01
    288.   LoneStar7
    Finally getting to see this game, So i take DUIza was terrible?

    and wow as I type that James smacks one out thata baby Lonestar!

    2008-05-03 18:44:09
    289.   trainwreck
    Loneeeeeyyy boooooooommmmbb!!!
    2008-05-03 18:44:18
    290.   KG16
    I think Loney likes hitting in Colorado... that worries me when he finally gets to be a free agent
    2008-05-03 18:44:20
    291.   LeeLacy
    Loney goes yahhd!

    He's put up some gaudy RBI totals at Coors in his brief career.

    2008-05-03 18:44:20
    292.   JoeyP
    Loney likes hitting against De La Rosa apparently.
    2008-05-03 18:44:25
    293.   Woden325
    279 The Rockies' AAA affiliate. Located about 4 miles north-east of me in beautiful Colorado Springs.
    2008-05-03 18:44:25
    294.   LAT
    Big James. Is a laugher again? I'm not going to get carried away again.
    2008-05-03 18:44:26
    295.   LAT
    Big James. Is a laugher again? I'm not going to get carried away again.
    2008-05-03 18:44:32
    296.   oshea2002
    Why throw Loney anything with the trio hitting behind him?
    2008-05-03 18:44:56
    297.   Gilberto Reyes
    Vinnie gives it the ol' "towering fly ball to right" line.
    2008-05-03 18:45:05
    298.   Alex41592
    Wow, Loney is strong! It looked like he missed that and got jammed.
    2008-05-03 18:45:27
    299.   Suffering Bruin
    You're Clint Hurdle. You've got a pitcher making his debut on the mound and it's the sixth inning and he's running up on a hundred pitches.

    Your bullpen is sponsored by Arco.

    It ain't fun to be a manager.

    2008-05-03 18:46:00
    300.   Bluebleeder87
    I thought that ball Loney hit was a flay ball but apparently not...
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    2008-05-03 18:46:22
    301.   Woden325
    This game is playing like a classic Coors Field pitcher's duel. Leads less than 15 runs are not safe.
    2008-05-03 18:46:23
    302.   Bob Timmermann
    Yellow alert from the Bottomley/Whiten Watch System for James Loney.

    The Bottomley/Whiten Watch Force is located in Creve Couer, Missouri.

    2008-05-03 18:46:58
    303.   Gen3Blue
    I mean Loney and Kemp have to respond after seeing these Rockies hit it out of this band box. Got to keep going though.
    2008-05-03 18:47:02
    304.   JoeyP
    Loney's done nothing vs lefties all year. But he killed De La Rose twice.
    That hit probably won the game with Kuo pumping strikes in.
    2008-05-03 18:47:05
    305.   dodgerstang
    Charlie Steiner is the worst. He had that as (I paraphrase) "...and a long fly ball to right field...Hawpe goes back...back...and makes the catch! No, it's gone."

    It's like he can't see the game he's calling. Sure, maybe the play was a little confusing (I don't have it on TV), but I've heard Steiner get home run calls wrong before.

    2008-05-03 18:47:06
    306.   Disabled List
    This is turning to a good old-fashioned Coors Field slugfest straight from the mid-1990s. I think I just saw Eric Karros in the dugout begging Torre to let him pinch hit.
    2008-05-03 18:48:16
    307.   LoneStar7
    Druw gets on hah!
    2008-05-03 18:49:07
    308.   Bluebleeder87
    I don't like how Gary Bennett chews what ever he's chewing!!!
    2008-05-03 18:49:19
    309.   Marty
    The other day Monday said "Line drive, BASE HIT, no double play"
    2008-05-03 18:49:19
    310.   JoeyP
    The Dodgers are undefeated since Nomar went back on the DL.
    2008-05-03 18:49:37
    311.   Gilberto Reyes
    My prediction on final score, 13-9 Dodgers.
    2008-05-03 18:50:05
    312.   Woden325
    For those watching on TV: slow runners or slow umpire?
    2008-05-03 18:50:33
    313.   Bluebleeder87
    305

    LOL'ed it's weird but stuff like that makes me kind of like him even more.

    2008-05-03 18:50:42
    314.   LoneStar7
    I can't wait till russ gets back behind the plate
    2008-05-03 18:50:54
    315.   Alex41592
    I can't be the only one who perks up with Kuo in the box.
    2008-05-03 18:51:10
    316.   Bluebleeder87
    310

    I sense a trend...

    2008-05-03 18:51:51
    317.   Gilberto Reyes
    305 Steiner must be blind or on the sauce. Loney's ball was not even close to being in play.
    2008-05-03 18:52:06
    318.   LAT
    Why does Bennett use that bright red bat? Its like a big sign that says "look at me I suck."
    2008-05-03 18:52:45
    319.   Suffering Bruin
    305 Steiner has three things going against him in every broadcast.

    1) He's gotta work in the advertising. Vin does not--and should--have to do this.

    2) He works with a color commentator. It's a different world working in someone else's commentary. Not better, not necessarily worse--just different.

    3) He's being compared to Vin Scully.

    All that being said (I love talking about baseball broadcasting), his performance has been very uneven since he came to the Dodgers.

    2008-05-03 18:53:06
    320.   LAT
    I was at DS on June 12, 2007.
    2008-05-03 18:53:15
    321.   trainwreck
    ASU has a player named Petey Paramore.
    2008-05-03 18:54:16
    322.   Suffering Bruin
    319 ADDENDUM!

    1) He's gotta work in the advertising. Vin does not--and should not--have to do this.

    2008-05-03 18:54:41
    323.   LoneStar7
    As much as I can't, and don't want to knock on anything Torre's doing at all, I just hope he doesn't get too comfortable with Russ at 3rd and more importantly Bennett behind the plate..
    2008-05-03 18:55:06
    324.   PalmdaleSteve1
    319

    But his daily show on XM is a thing of beauty. I really enjoy how he talks with as Charlie would call them, "Fellow Ink Stained..."

    2008-05-03 18:55:12
    325.   trainwreck
    It seems obvious that Steiner needs Lasik surgery, but he would look even worse without the glasses.
    2008-05-03 18:55:25
    326.   bhsportsguy
    Trying to find out what happened

    LaRoche was scheduled to play tonight in Louisana but he was replaced before he had his first at bat in the second. He did start in the field and participated in a pick off play that ended at 3B.

    2008-05-03 18:56:26
    327.   trainwreck
    ASU has a few funny names. Champagnie, Roling, Rocky Laguna, etc.
    2008-05-03 18:56:48
    328.   LAT
    My 312 was messed up. Was supposed to say: I was at DS on June 12, 2007 and Vin's right I'll always remember that bat flip.
    2008-05-03 18:56:52
    329.   Gilberto Reyes
    318 Why all the venom tonight towards Bennett? He's just a journeyman backup catcher!
    2008-05-03 18:57:15
    330.   bhsportsguy
    326 Sorry, they are in Texas.
    2008-05-03 18:58:00
    331.   bhsportsguy
    327 Everything but a dance/cheerleader team.
    2008-05-03 18:58:36
    332.   LoneStar7
    329 I don't think its as much venom as it is wanting to have better players on the field, and in the normal positions.

    But, that throw back to the mound is still painful..

    2008-05-03 18:58:41
    333.   Bob Timmermann
    Players with 6 RBI today:
    Cristian Guzman
    Augie Ojeda
    James Loney
    2008-05-03 18:58:43
    334.   Bluebleeder87
    I really REALLY hope Andy La Roche is 100% not 90% like Nomar was...
    2008-05-03 18:59:06
    335.   trainwreck
    331
    After seeing the non-blurred picture of that I can say they are not missing much.
    2008-05-03 19:00:06
    336.   Gilberto Reyes
    Great 86 mph slider by Kuo to strike out Atkins!
    2008-05-03 19:00:30
    337.   Bluebleeder87
    That's how you do it... (speed up the batters bat & then break out a nasty one)
    2008-05-03 19:01:31
    338.   bhsportsguy
    335 If you make it to the Rose Bowl this year, you may not see any good QB play but you will see a very nice looking dance team. At least they returned all their starters.
    2008-05-03 19:01:45
    339.   Gilberto Reyes
    Another great slider by Kuo to strike out the side!
    2008-05-03 19:02:08
    340.   Bluebleeder87
    you gotta wonder if Torre isn't thinking hmmm maybe K/Gou can start...
    2008-05-03 19:03:22
    341.   Andrew Shimmin
    Vin announced that LaRoche was called up to Vegas today. Why they didn't think to do that before the game, I don't know.
    2008-05-03 19:03:23
    342.   Bluebleeder87
    that was a great slider, no doubt.
    2008-05-03 19:03:36
    343.   LoneStar7
    338 Ha I read that on BN this morning, great news!
    2008-05-03 19:04:04
    344.   trainwreck
    338
    Yes, it seemed obvious they were going to bring them all back. My neighbor was a UCLA cheerleader. A girl I went to school with since kindergarten and two other girls from my high school just made the Raiderettes.
    2008-05-03 19:04:21
    345.   Icaros
    341

    To or from?

    2008-05-03 19:04:30
    346.   LAT
    Kuo will pitch the rest of the game great. He will be named the starter for the next game we need a 5th starter. He'll stink it up. Loaiza will relieve him, pitch well, be named as the starter and the No. 5 spot roller coaster will roll on.
    2008-05-03 19:05:08
    347.   Ken Noe
    341 Diamond has it up now on his blog--adds that Martin may keep playing 3b against lefties until Nomar returns.

    http://tinyurl.com/6qfplj

    2008-05-03 19:05:56
    348.   trainwreck
    347
    That is just plain stupid.
    2008-05-03 19:06:18
    349.   LoneStar7
    haha woohoo no play, we got our rabbits on board
    2008-05-03 19:06:25
    350.   Bob Timmermann
    I hope that in four years, UCLA will have a team good enough to make the Poinsettia Bowl.

    In my wildest dreams, UCLA plays in the 2010 Rose Bowl because USC is off playing in the BCS game.

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    2008-05-03 19:07:15
    351.   Andrew Shimmin
    The reason I don't like Bennett (I won't presume to speak for everybody else) is that he's bad at baseball, he's a jerk, and he allegedly spends his winters working for the North Korean Discount Nuclear Weapons Emporium.

    Allegedly.

    2008-05-03 19:08:11
    352.   bhsportsguy
    341 LaRoche has been with Vegas for a couple of days on his rehab assignment, I think the difference is that the Dodgers activated LaRoche today, then optioned him to Vegas.

    So LaRoche is no longer on the 25-man roster.

    My point is that LaRoche went out of the Vegas game going on right now after he played in the field in the first inning.

    2008-05-03 19:08:30
    353.   Icaros
    I still don't understand why LaRoche was pulled after playing an inning of defense in Vegas tonight.
    2008-05-03 19:09:56
    354.   Andrew Shimmin
    352- I thought he was still in Jacksonville. My bad.
    2008-05-03 19:09:59
    355.   LoneStar7
    351 and didn't he admit to using, or was suspected of using steroids..
    2008-05-03 19:10:24
    356.   nofatmike
    353 The radio announcers don't seem to be so forthcoming on why he went out.
    2008-05-03 19:10:45
    357.   Gilberto Reyes
    This is the bullpen I have been waiting to see the Dodger bats feast on!!!
    2008-05-03 19:11:33
    358.   trainwreck
    355
    Our policy is that it is fine to do steroids as long as you admit it.
    2008-05-03 19:11:41
    359.   Bob Timmermann
    Bennett was mentioned in the Mitchell Report and fessed up to using PEDs before spring training started.
    2008-05-03 19:12:08
    360.   berkowit28
    341 But LaRoche has already been playing for Las Vegas for about 3 games.
    2008-05-03 19:12:10
    361.   Brian S
    Just put on the game on Prime Ticket in Torrance and we've got sound...but no Vinny...are we in some vortex in the Southbay? What's happening...
    2008-05-03 19:14:37
    362.   jasonungar07
    Just think if we didn't have Hall and Henderickson we could have Navarro instead of Bennett. Oops, we don't have them either.
    2008-05-03 19:14:49
    363.   bigcpa
    Blake DeWitt is 10-26 with 4 BB vs. LHP. I don't get the DeWitt/Bennett platoon at all. Martin is kind of a good catcher too right?
    2008-05-03 19:15:14
    364.   imperabo
    Pierre should just wait til Russ walks him to third.
    2008-05-03 19:16:12
    365.   Woden325
    Thank you Jeff, Yorvie.
    2008-05-03 19:16:33
    366.   Bluebleeder87
    Loney can tie his own record right now...
    2008-05-03 19:17:20
    367.   Marty
    Do the Rockies run much? Maybe Torre thought he could get away with a noodle-arm behind the plate.
    2008-05-03 19:17:21
    368.   whodat807
    I know Pierre isn't popular round these parts, but he sure is a mighty useful player when he's used as a spot starter.

    (And as I say that he gets thrown out at the plate. Nevertheless.)

    2008-05-03 19:17:54
    369.   Bluebleeder87
    evidently Bisons are to quick.
    2008-05-03 19:18:22
    370.   bhsportsguy
    360 He was still on his rehab assignment (and making MLB salary) until being activated and then optioned today.
    2008-05-03 19:18:37
    371.   JoeyP
    The Rockies look like the pre 2007 Rox--the crappy ones.
    2008-05-03 19:19:01
    372.   Gilberto Reyes
    362 It would not be fair to a young player like Navarro to be Martin's backup. Ned did the right thing to move him. Unfortunately, we have nothing to show for it now and Navarro seems to be a legitimate starter.
    2008-05-03 19:19:11
    373.   bhsportsguy
    Loney coming around again.
    2008-05-03 19:19:44
    374.   Woden325
    367 Taveras is speedy. The rest of the lineup is significantly less likely to run.
    2008-05-03 19:19:49
    375.   imperabo
    He's better than Andrew.
    2008-05-03 19:19:59
    376.   Suffering Bruin
    368 It's sad. He's playing well, he's working hard and all I can think of is how this road trip increases his trade value.
    2008-05-03 19:20:01
    377.   Gilberto Reyes
    Outstanding catch by Taveras to end the inning! I can't think of any ML CF that would have even gotten in position to dive for that!
    2008-05-03 19:20:02
    378.   natepurcell
    I think Taveras has roomed Loney of a couple of hits now.
    2008-05-03 19:20:11
    379.   Bob Timmermann
    I think in recent days, Juan Pierre's poll numbers have been trending higher than Andruw Jones's.

    Gary Bennett is in danger of getting meaningful poll numbers. He's kind of like Mike Gravel.

    2008-05-03 19:20:25
    380.   Dave G
    Gah, might've had a James Loney Cycle Red Alert (is that the right term for HR, double, triple?) if not for Taveras there...
    2008-05-03 19:20:56
    381.   Bluebleeder87
    Didn't the Rockies have a great 1-2 putch of a hard throwing righty & a hard throwing lefty?
    2008-05-03 19:21:02
    382.   Woden325
    371 Lat year's NL champs had a slow start too.
    2008-05-03 19:21:41
    383.   trainwreck
    379
    Except without all the anger.

    Gravel/Bennett in 08!

    2008-05-03 19:22:46
    384.   Gilberto Reyes
    367 Bennett is only catching to give Martin a rest from behind the plate, not because the Rockies can't run.
    2008-05-03 19:24:19
    385.   JoeyP
    Kuo's been terrific tonight outside of his 1st pitch to Hawpe.
    2008-05-03 19:24:52
    386.   bhsportsguy
    Last year, the Dodgers scored 10 or more runs 10 times.

    In their first 30 games of 2008, the Dodgers have scored 10 or more runs 6 times.

    2008-05-03 19:27:59
    387.   Bluebleeder87
    Looks like I still have to dust-off some resentment from when the Rockies totally spanked us last year.
    2008-05-03 19:28:33
    388.   Gen3Blue
    If Kou knew he was going to start, he would probably be prepared with his great stuff. I'm not sure how many innings he is good for, having been jerked around a bit.

    I won't feel safe at Coors until we are done.

    2008-05-03 19:28:42
    389.   whodat807
    376 I've thought about that too, admittedly, but I can't see any scenario in which any club would be desperate enough to trade for Pierre with his ridiculous contract. Since he's with us for the long haul, I'm happy to see him shaking off all the criticism and playing as hard and as well as he has been.
    2008-05-03 19:30:03
    390.   Suffering Bruin
    A .167 average means a hit ever six at-bats.

    I don't think I've seen six hits from Andruw all year.

    2008-05-03 19:30:06
    391.   JoeyP
    Pierre's current OPS: .740
    Druw's current OPS: .540
    2008-05-03 19:32:12
    392.   imperabo
    We're outscoring every team in the AL. Behind only the Dbacks and Cubs.
    2008-05-03 19:34:16
    393.   imperabo
    Can't belive the Padres and Rockies are already 9.5 back.
    2008-05-03 19:36:16
    394.   Andrew Shimmin
    Gary Bennett once bet a clubhouse attendant that he couldn't drink a gallon of milk in an hour without puking.

    Bennett spiked the milk with ipecac.

    2008-05-03 19:36:53
    395.   underdog
    391 That's pretty amazing. Hard to imagine that will continue in 2 months, but...

    --

    Re: G Bennett, that's actually one of the things I liked about him was that he came clean on the steroids thing when a lot of other people were basically still lying about it. Of course, I kinda felt like that whole thing was a bit of a witch hunt, while still feel like he did the wrong thing in the first place taking PEDs, but at least he came clean. Could he throw the ball back to the mound when he was taking PEDs?

    This scoring runs thing, it's fun! Keep it up, Blue.

    2008-05-03 19:38:24
    396.   Sam DC
    Jones adds a hit and Utley adds a homer.

    Treading even plays right into his hands Chase!

    2008-05-03 19:42:49
    397.   Gen3Blue
    I really hope Joe knows something about Coors Field. His coaches would have cued him in, woudn't they?
    2008-05-03 19:44:06
    398.   trainwreck
    Oscar De La Hoya is wearing orange gloves. I do not think I have seen that before.
    2008-05-03 19:44:18
    399.   underdog
    I'm disappointed to see that none of the games vs. the Mets this coming week are on ESPN. I'm assuming that means the Red Sox are on instead.
    2008-05-03 19:45:07
    400.   Sam DC
    333 Actually, it appears to be Guzmán, which I had never noticed.
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    2008-05-03 19:45:56
    401.   Bob Timmermann
    400
    You must have been reading La Opinion or the New York Times.
    2008-05-03 19:46:37
    402.   Woden325
    No lead is safe at Coors Field. I hope.
    2008-05-03 19:47:14
    403.   berkowit28
    370 LaRoche ends rehab early and is optioned to give him more time at AAA? And let Wade or someone else stay around longer? And Vin is just misinformed when he says "heading for Vegas"?
    2008-05-03 19:47:29
    404.   Alex41592
    Beimel must have the night off
    2008-05-03 19:47:30
    405.   Sam DC
    Wash Post
    2008-05-03 19:47:43
    406.   trainwreck
    I think even UCLA can hold onto this lead in the 9th.
    2008-05-03 19:47:50
    407.   underdog
    402 Did they sell the humidor on eBay last week while no one was looking?
    2008-05-03 19:47:53
    408.   JoeyP
    A 7th inning Broxton sighting
    2008-05-03 19:48:36
    409.   underdog
    Here comes Babe the Blue Ox!
    2008-05-03 19:49:50
    410.   Bluebleeder87
    it certainly isn't easy at Colorado.
    2008-05-03 19:49:59
    411.   Woden325
    407 shh. It's a secret!
    2008-05-03 19:50:14
    412.   Gen3Blue
    I'm not sure I like this for a return point for the Ox. He will either get K's or Home runs. If there was no one on base that would be OK.
    2008-05-03 19:51:03
    413.   underdog
    Well, that was nice and quick. Baker didn't feel a thing.
    2008-05-03 19:51:16
    414.   Woden325
    399 Cubs/Cards, two Red Sox games and a Yankees game. How the NL Central scored a showing, I'll never know.
    2008-05-03 19:51:21
    415.   Bluebleeder87
    I think Broxton is A-O.K. from his injury.
    2008-05-03 19:52:27
    416.   Bluebleeder87
    I like it that Bennett just requested pure bee-bee's & Broxton concurred.
    2008-05-03 19:52:42
    417.   Louis in SF
    Great to see what Brox just did, but can someone explain to me with the Dodgers having a 5 run lead, left handers coming up, would it not have made some sense to try and stretch Kuo for another inning. He was clearly dominating, and if things got dicey you could still bring in Proctor or Broxton?
    2008-05-03 19:53:01
    418.   JoeyP
    Gonna be a long year if the Rox get nothing out of their middle infielders (Tulo, Barmes, Nix, Baker)...
    2008-05-03 19:53:45
    419.   bhsportsguy
    403 Until this starting staff starts going deeper, Torre will keep a 12 man staff.

    And like myself and others said tonight, LaRoche was pulled from tonight's game in Texas and I'm trying to figure out why.

    2008-05-03 19:54:37
    420.   bhsportsguy
    417 Kuo pitched 2 innings in Florida 2 days ago.
    2008-05-03 19:56:23
    421.   LeeLacy
    Juan-the OBP Machine.

    Maybe my eyes are deceiving me, but his approach at the plate seems to be more sound.

    2008-05-03 19:56:29
    422.   trainwreck
    Bruins win!!
    2008-05-03 19:56:50
    423.   68elcamino427
    Matty!
    2008-05-03 19:57:24
    424.   Bluebleeder87
    Matt Kemp is all sudden kind of on fire...
    2008-05-03 19:57:36
    425.   LeeLacy
    The Bison drills another extra-baser. Great to see him spraying hits to all fields.
    2008-05-03 19:58:15
    426.   Woden325
    Intentional walk to load the bases. This never ever seems to work out right.
    gah! I need more booze.
    2008-05-03 19:58:46
    427.   fanerman
    I just got to check the box score. Loney with a HR. Matt Kemp with another double and a walk.

    The Dodgers offense sure is clicking.

    2008-05-03 19:59:25
    428.   Woden325
    426 Like I said.
    2008-05-03 19:59:41
    429.   Gen3Blue
    417,420 Maybe thats too much work, but also it is too logical to make sense.

    Yooww, Kemp doubles, and from one angle I thought he was Martin, but here comes Martin now. This pitcher must be in trouble.

    2008-05-03 19:59:45
    430.   LeeLacy
    I wouldn't mind seeing Martin draw the walk and give Loney the chance for a 10 RBI night.
    2008-05-03 19:59:45
    431.   Bluebleeder87
    o.k. braking wide open boys!
    2008-05-03 19:59:50
    432.   Bob Timmermann
    422
    The deuce you say!
    2008-05-03 19:59:56
    433.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Loney has a chance to have a really fat night.
    2008-05-03 19:59:58
    434.   madmac
    woohoo!
    2008-05-03 19:59:58
    435.   bhsportsguy
    Loney with another bases-loaded at bat.
    2008-05-03 20:00:00
    436.   fanerman
    Golden God!
    2008-05-03 20:00:19
    437.   Bluebleeder87
    mmm, salami.
    2008-05-03 20:00:26
    438.   LeeLacy
    An RBI single will work as well ...

    The Golden God continues to get it done.

    2008-05-03 20:00:39
    439.   KG16
    Loney's first swing looked like he wanted 10 rbis on the night
    2008-05-03 20:00:51
    440.   Alex41592
    Too much to ask for? But a HR here would set an all time Dodger record.
    2008-05-03 20:02:44
    441.   Who Is Karim Garcia
    Andrew has that Joe Randa smirk.
    2008-05-03 20:02:50
    442.   neuroboy002
    Quick! Any predictions for Andruw??
    2008-05-03 20:02:56
    443.   Bluebleeder87
    Andruw can't get a break.
    2008-05-03 20:03:02
    444.   berkowit28
    Where's Ethier?
    2008-05-03 20:03:08
    445.   Woden325
    Not that I have a lot to cheer about tonight, but I think the cycle alert can be set back to green.
    2008-05-03 20:03:20
    446.   bhsportsguy
    Tough out for Jones.
    2008-05-03 20:03:35
    447.   neuroboy002
    Son-of-a-gun. Useless.
    2008-05-03 20:03:51
    448.   Disabled List
    I just feel bad for Andruw at this point.
    2008-05-03 20:03:54
    449.   LeeLacy
    443 He hit that one on the screws too.

    Too bad.

    2008-05-03 20:04:11
    450.   bhsportsguy
    444 He's getting the day off.
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    2008-05-03 20:04:28
    451.   Bluebleeder87
    442

    we would have loved a granny but the way he's been struggling at least he hit it hard some where

    2008-05-03 20:04:46
    452.   dodgerinlv
    Just think what this lineup would due if Either replaced Jones and Dewitt was back in there.
    2008-05-03 20:05:37
    453.   dodgerinlv
    Jones actually hit it well on that last AB
    2008-05-03 20:07:24
    454.   underdog
    451 - Took me a second to figure out what a "granny" was. Yep, that would've been nice.

    At least he's had a few non-granny-like swings today.

    452 12 runs ain't good enough for ya? ;-)

    2008-05-03 20:08:06
    455.   Woden325
    Jones' bat may be screwed up, but there's nothing wrong with his glove.
    2008-05-03 20:08:42
    456.   Alex41592
    Martin will be behind the plate tomorrow through Tuesday and will get Wednesday completely off. Kent will get tomorrow off.
    2008-05-03 20:12:00
    457.   Gen3Blue
    Imagine if Loney could have driven in some more runs. We wouldn't be in a Breathless cliff-hanger in Coors. Well at least it is exciting. I must be spoiled from winning easy ones.(For a change)
    2008-05-03 20:12:04
    458.   Bluebleeder87
    456

    Were do you get the 411 from?

    2008-05-03 20:13:35
    459.   underdog
    Welp, I'm off to dinner. If the Dodgers blow this one in the 9th, I don't want to see it anyway.
    2008-05-03 20:13:39
    460.   Alex41592
    Dodgers.com

    Torre was non-committal whether Martin would see regular action at third base when opponents start a left-hander, but said Martin will return behind the plate Sunday (when second baseman Jeff Kent will not start) and stay there through Tuesday, getting Wednesday off completely followed by Thursday's team day off.

    As for Martin, any other positions he's got in mind?

    "I'd love to be a shortstop," he said.

    2008-05-03 20:15:33
    461.   Bob Hendley
    Brox brings some order to the situation.
    2008-05-03 20:15:57
    462.   jasonungar07
    372 Is it fair that Ethier sits or Kemp? Or that other young players like DeWitt and Hu are on the roster but Nomar would play over them at 3b?

    Catchers get hurt very easily. Ned loves is depth so it's doubtful it was a fair or not situation. He simply thought Navarro was expendable and was willing to give up a good young catcher for garbage.

    2008-05-03 20:17:11
    463.   Bluebleeder87
    460

    I saw him man the position he's got game believe me.

    2008-05-03 20:17:36
    464.   Bob Hendley
    460 - That's another situation that needs a little order. Andy, please come home.
    2008-05-03 20:18:32
    465.   Bluebleeder87
    462

    He's got veteran bragging rights bro that's all there is to it.

    2008-05-03 20:20:06
    466.   Woden325
    Six run inning time!
    2008-05-03 20:20:40
    467.   Bluebleeder87
    I think there should be a rule were if your closer comes in at coors field EVEN WITH A 6 RUN LEAD it should still count as a save...
    2008-05-03 20:21:16
    468.   nofatmike
    Darn, I've been listening to the Las Vegas feed for 2 hours and they had no word on LaRoche.
    2008-05-03 20:22:14
    469.   Bluebleeder87
    468

    the just wanna tees us bro, I'm on to them...

    2008-05-03 20:23:02
    470.   Bluebleeder87
    Seriously though, I hope he's not hurt.
    2008-05-03 20:24:49
    471.   Gen3Blue
    I feel a Coors something coming. Oh well.
    2008-05-03 20:26:40
    472.   Bluebleeder87
    This umpire wants them right down Broadway man, darn!!
    2008-05-03 20:29:05
    473.   Woden325
    Todd was robbed.
    2008-05-03 20:29:32
    474.   Disabled List
    Pierre caught that??? Really? Pierre?!?
    2008-05-03 20:29:47
    475.   Bob Timmermann
    No one hits the ball over Juan Pierre's head!

    At least tonight.

    2008-05-03 20:29:48
    476.   fanerman
    Nice catch Juan!
    2008-05-03 20:30:38
    477.   LoneStar7
    wow what a grab Juan!
    2008-05-03 20:30:58
    478.   natepurcell
    Great catch Juan.
    2008-05-03 20:31:05
    479.   Bluebleeder87
    Look at Pierre busting a highlight catch, not really but still a good catch, he also made a pretty good throw (on a line all the way from the warning track to Furcal who was pretty far inside)
    2008-05-03 20:31:10
    480.   Alex41592
    Huge catch to say the obvious
    2008-05-03 20:32:16
    481.   Zach the Ripper
    Well done, Juan. Way to cap off a great start and a great overall game by the Dodgers....eh....everyone except Esteban of course.
    2008-05-03 20:32:23
    482.   Woden325
    Aw, c'mon!
    2008-05-03 20:32:34
    483.   LoneStar7
    holy cow, two at the warning track..pretty crazy
    2008-05-03 20:32:48
    484.   natepurcell
    Sammy is getting so lucky.
    2008-05-03 20:32:48
    485.   Icaros
    Thank you, humidor.
    2008-05-03 20:33:14
    486.   Disabled List
    The ball is soaring at Coors tonight.
    2008-05-03 20:33:52
    487.   D4P
    The last team to win two World Series 20 years apart:

    The Yankees in 1978 and 1998.

    Just sayin'.

    2008-05-03 20:34:43
    488.   LoneStar7
    there we are, wow 8 in a row, I keep thinking it can't keep going and it has, whatever happens this has been a pretty special run, especially offensively
    2008-05-03 20:34:47
    489.   natepurcell
    8 in a row!
    2008-05-03 20:35:08
    490.   Woden325
    Well, Baseball God(s), I guess you don't want me driving 50 miles to Denver, paying 6 bucks to the RTD, and buying Rockies tickets.
    Phooey.
    2008-05-03 20:35:25
    491.   nofatmike
    484 I think Broxton needs to be promoted to closer pretty soon.
    2008-05-03 20:35:35
    492.   PDH5204
    Sammy gives Juan a hug!
    2008-05-03 20:36:00
    493.   68elcamino427
    Re-sign Furcal now!

    Another great win for the Dodgers!

    #7 Loney is the Player of the Game!

    2008-05-03 20:36:40
    494.   LeeLacy
    The Lost Weekend in Atlanta now seems oh, so very distant in our past ...
    2008-05-03 20:36:51
    495.   PDH5204
    491 Let's not overreact.
    2008-05-03 20:37:49
    496.   Bob Timmermann
    487
    There haven't been any other teams that have had two World Series wins separated by 20 years without an intervening win.
    2008-05-03 20:38:03
    497.   Gen3Blue
    I would hate to be a pitcher in the Rockies org. That none of their hitters have hit 60 HR is a testiment that they have never had a slugger. What a rubber band box.
    2008-05-03 20:39:08
    498.   D4P
    496
    Looks like we'll be the second...
    2008-05-03 20:39:21
    499.   LoneStar7
    495 agreed, sammy looked filthy in the first game of the series, I think He'll still be there for us..
    2008-05-03 20:40:11
    500.   Woden325
    Well, Dodgers fans, congratulations again. I'll see you tomorrow.
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    2008-05-03 20:42:54
    501.   Bob Timmermann
    497
    Helton hit 49 homers in 2001 and had a 27/22 home/road split.

    In 1997, Walker hit 49 homers and had a 20/29 home/road split.

    2008-05-03 20:43:18
    502.   Bluebleeder87
    488

    You know what, believe it or not, winning streaks like this can make the team real believe...

    I'm just sayin'

    2008-05-03 20:44:22
    503.   Zach the Ripper
    So let me get this straight....we've won 8 in a row at this point.
    And for the next three weeks, Kuroda is considered the lowest quality sp we're gonna throw out there?(aside from a possible spot start from Guo)
    Uh...ok...that sounds like a good plan. Let's do that.
    2008-05-03 20:44:39
    504.   Gen3Blue
    What a Ballpark. Loney totally missed one and it went out by a mile. Off Saito they hit a couple of routine flies that almost went out. God help us in hot weather.
    2008-05-03 20:44:47
    505.   Woden325
    501 Bob, you never cease to amaze me with your ability to round up relevant statistics.
    2008-05-03 20:48:11
    506.   gpellamjr
    505 No, it gets pretty boring after a while.
    2008-05-03 20:49:47
    507.   68elcamino427
    505 506 has it right, the man is a machine.
    2008-05-03 20:50:20
    508.   Bob Timmermann
    505
    Don't forget the boring historical anecdotes!

    But why does the Rockies absence of having a Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds on the roster means that the park is a joke? Philadelphia has a bandbox and there hasn't been a 60-home run season there. Same thing with Cincinnati.

    For the most part, players don't hit 60 home runs in a season.

    2008-05-03 20:51:23
    509.   D4P
    For the most part, players don't hit 60 home runs in a season

    Bats do.

    2008-05-03 20:53:18
    510.   bhsportsguy
    503
    May 4 - Lowe
    May 5-7 - Billingsley, Kuroda, Penny
    May 9-11 - Lowe, Billingsley, Kuroda
    May 13-15 - Penny, Lowe, Billingsley
    May 16-18 - Kuroda, 5th, Penny
    May 19-21 - Lowe, Billingsley, Kuroda
    May 23-25 - Penny, Lowe, Billingsley
    May 26-28 - Kuroda, 5th, Penny
    May 29-June 1 Lowe, Billingsley, Kuroda, 5th
    2008-05-03 20:54:38
    511.   Bob Timmermann
    With the exception of 1999 and 2000, the park factors for Coors Field have gone down or stayed the same ever year.
    2008-05-03 20:55:01
    512.   Zach the Ripper
    So right now we are on pace to go 92-70, based on record alone.
    Could someone maybe extrapolate(sp?) our new pythageron(sp again?) over the full season?
    2008-05-03 20:55:16
    513.   PDH5204
    Going back to the no-Vin broadcast, well, out here in the land of aloha there was apparently some problem with the FSN/PT feed and so all I heard was the stadium sounds and no Vin [or anyone else in his stead].
    2008-05-03 20:56:06
    514.   Zach the Ripper
    510.............Joy!!!!!!!!!
    2008-05-03 20:57:38
    515.   nofatmike
    Well apparently LaRoche was involved with a hard slide by Tomas Perez. He finished the inning, but replaced when his spot came up the next half-inning. Announcers weren't sure if he was really hurt or it was a precaution.
    2008-05-03 20:57:56
    516.   Woden325
    508 I agree. Surely if Coors Field was such a joke, the Rockies would be loaded with 60 HR/season players.
    2008-05-03 20:58:08
    517.   Bluebleeder87
    513

    I've had that happen a few years ago, it's kind of weird, why didn't you turn on you're radio?

    2008-05-03 21:00:03
    518.   68elcamino427
    510
    Nice job. Will that be Schmidt on June 1?

    That could be a schedule that would work for the mystic pitcher as well.

    2008-05-03 21:00:37
    519.   Bluebleeder87
    515

    so in other words, we STILL know nothing yet...

    2008-05-03 21:00:47
    520.   bhsportsguy
    515 As the saying goes, if he didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all.
    2008-05-03 21:01:56
    521.   bhsportsguy
    518 Making your MLB debut against the Mets in Shea may not be how the Dodgers want to handle that.
    2008-05-03 21:03:26
    522.   Zach the Ripper
    For just tonight..is it okay for us Dodger fans to just pretend there are no teams in Arizona? I keep getting stoked on this here winnin' streak....and then I look at the D-Backs and there stupid better record.
    2008-05-03 21:03:54
    523.   Johnson
    512 101-61 based on on our current record plus 132 games at yesterday's Pythagorean. I don't imagine today's scoring changed the Pythagorean much.
    2008-05-03 21:04:01
    524.   bhsportsguy
    Kobe may win the MVP but the Spurs might want to be facing him right now instead of Chris Paul.
    2008-05-03 21:05:14
    525.   Zach the Ripper
    Wow that's bad.....their not there...I meant. I need to post less and drink more.
    2008-05-03 21:05:59
    526.   imperabo
    It's not really Coors Canaveral anymore. And anyway the park was never a "bandbox". It inflated averages more than homers.
    2008-05-03 21:06:47
    527.   Jon Weisman
    As Yakov Smirnov might say, "What an offense!"

    Meanwhile ...

    DeJon Watson visits Great Lakes.

    http://www.mlive.com/saginawnews/sports/index.ssf/2008/05/dodgers_director_dejon_watson.html

    2008-05-03 21:08:28
    528.   Greg Brock
    Okay, there may be a million cool headlines (Murderous astronaut wears diaper, for example), but I don't think anything tops this:

    Man regrows finger using powdered pig bladder

    http://tinyurl.com/4bq7xx

    2008-05-03 21:10:19
    529.   Jon Weisman
    NL Wild Card Standings

    18-12 -.- Chicago
    17-13 1.0 Los Angeles
    15-13 2.0 New York
    16-14 2.0 Milwaukee
    16-14 2.0 Florida
    15-16 3.5 Houston
    14-15 3.5 Atlanta

    2008-05-03 21:11:09
    530.   Gen3Blue
    As much as I seem a pessimist, I am often the idiot optimist. For example as we came out of our win streak from Florida, someone noted we were on a win streak and coming to the top of our rotation, and I eagerly agreed, and then watched a rather shaky Penny followed by Loiaza. We are still winning, so I can't complain, but I have to say the four man rotation may only have the advantage of winning at this point.
    2008-05-03 21:11:38
    531.   underdog
    I have in my hot little hands Criterion's Spartacus DVD, which I haven't seen since I was an undergraduate and my g/f saw it as a kid, so here we go.
    Ustinov: "You smell like a rhinoceros."

    and then I found a used copy of Wages of Fear today too, at Amoeba, so today has been a good day overall if you add the Dodgers to the pile.

    I just hope LaRoche is okay. (Why do I feel like I've typed that before and will type it again?)

    I'm Spartacus!

    Here we go.

    2008-05-03 21:13:58
    532.   Bob Timmermann
    Where is das411 to gloat about Penn State winning the NCAA volleyball championship tonight over Pepperdine?
    2008-05-03 21:17:22
    533.   Bob Timmermann
    Your honor, I would like to stipulate for the court that I am not Spartacus.
    2008-05-03 21:21:56
    534.   underdog
    I am not an animal!
    2008-05-03 21:26:25
    535.   trainwreck
    How did Jannero Pargo become so good?
    2008-05-03 21:28:44
    536.   Icaros
    535

    Two hurricanes before each game.

    2008-05-03 21:36:22
    537.   Marty
    If one is good, two must be better, right?
    2008-05-03 21:39:07
    538.   bhsportsguy
    535 This just means that this series will go at least 6 games.
    2008-05-03 21:43:03
    539.   Bob Timmermann
    538
    But when will the series REALLY start?
    2008-05-03 21:45:14
    540.   Bob Timmermann
    So tonight was the first win in Kuo's career that wasn't against the Mets.

    Not that Kuo had a large number of wins prior to tonight.

    2008-05-03 21:45:48
    541.   BlueCrew Bruin
    496 /498 Didn't the Yanks win it in '96? Or did I misread that exchange?

    {Barricading front door in anticipation of armed men showing up for my daring to question the Bob/D4P tandem} :)

    2008-05-03 21:49:37
    542.   bhsportsguy
    541 Oops.
    2008-05-03 21:51:08
    543.   Bob Timmermann
    541
    I don't mind. I didn't find the statement indicative of anything to begin with.
    2008-05-03 21:55:56
    544.   trainwreck
    Take that Spurs, ya jerks.
    2008-05-03 22:05:24
    545.   Jon Weisman
    Torri Hunter wants to know what's wrong with Andruw Jones.

    http://tinyurl.com/6o4m5j

    2008-05-03 22:06:18
    546.   das411
    532 , a Philly fan gloat about something? We're too busy thinking about trading Chase Utley for Juan Pierre and Derek Lowe, of course.

    ...or we're waaaaaay too busy celebrating our victory over Canada and their referees!

    2008-05-03 22:09:36
    547.   trainwreck
    545
    Yes, that Hunter deal sure is great a month into the season. Too bad it goes on much longer than that.
    2008-05-03 22:18:20
    548.   trainwreck
    Shady teenagers up to no good around my house. Police called and everything.

    Damn, teenagers with their music and baggy pants.

    2008-05-03 22:18:56
    549.   trainwreck
    548
    Just pretend there is no comma there.
    2008-05-03 22:28:34
    550.   Linkmeister
    517 The Dodgers aren't on the radio out here in Hawai'i. The Giants are (when they're not preempted by UH Rainbow baseball).

    We had the full broadcast on HD, but not on regular FS Prime Ticket.

    It meant that I had to pay attention at all times, just as though I were in the stands, rather than read or prepare lamb chops and glance up when Vinnie said something interesting.

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    2008-05-03 22:37:36
    551.   overkill94
    545 I love how Hunter is painted as some Eckstein-like underdog who "somehow" made it to the majors. The guy has a ton of natural talent and he was a freakin' 1st round pick out of high school so becoming a starter at 23 isn't exactly a struggle.
    2008-05-03 22:42:12
    552.   underdog
    551 - underdog no like Eckstein.
    2008-05-03 22:42:28
    553.   Greg Brock
    Nomar, Jones, Pierre, Schmidt. That's a lot of suck for a lot of money.

    I really hope somebody gets to ask McCourt about the best decision he's ever made as owner of the Dodgers. That would be a hoot.

    2008-05-03 22:44:22
    554.   trainwreck
    551
    I think he gets that credit, because he came from a bad neighborhood and his dad was a drug addict.
    2008-05-03 22:48:00
    555.   Louis in SF
    As my sister the veteran journalist would say the Tori Hunter article in the LAT, was a nice big wet kiss! I wonder when the people on this site myself included will start advocating for a platoon of JP and Jones?..Not fully serious, but Kemp's defense has improved and he has become the CF sub not JP.
    2008-05-03 22:50:48
    556.   trainwreck
    I get the feeling Kurt Street will be the new Plaschke. Most UCLA fans already hate him.
    2008-05-03 22:51:02
    557.   trainwreck
    *Streeter
    2008-05-03 23:06:02
    558.   neuroboy002
    553 Decreasing the amount of foul territory on the field so free agent signings like Jones, Pierre and Nomar can have second chances at making better contact.
    2008-05-03 23:08:43
    559.   Sammy Maudlin
    Andruw Jones 34 strikeouts and only 4 RBI closely resembles Billy Ashley's rookie season with the Dodgers. Sandy Koufax career numbers are worse however. He struck out 386 times with only 28 rbi.
    2008-05-03 23:14:34
    560.   jasonungar07
    I gotta say I for one am sad about Jones. He was sorta a guy from a distance I always wish we had, a power hitting defensive wizard in CF! (we got glimpses from Milton)

    I was stoked we got him knowing the risks. I'd hate to give up on him but in over 900abs now were looking pretty, pretty....bad. Fat jokes aside, it seems it is more mental than physical.

    2008-05-03 23:31:46
    561.   nofatmike
    P-E: Andy LaRoche, who entered the spring competing with Nomar Garciaparra for the starting job, needed to be scratched from the Las Vegas lineup after being informed of being optioned and did not play.
    2008-05-03 23:33:41
    562.   trainwreck
    561
    Phew.
    2008-05-03 23:40:03
    563.   Jon Weisman
    560/561 - I'm still trying to decipher why he needed to be scratched afer being assigned to the team he was already with.
    2008-05-03 23:40:23
    564.   underdog
    561 Whew, indeed. Don't quite understand the rules around that. He was optioned, then couldn't play because he was there but wasn't? My head hurts. Just glad Andy doesn't hurt.

    Man, I forgot what an epic running time Spartacus has.

    Whew.

    2008-05-03 23:51:17
    565.   Bob Timmermann
    I'm just guessing, but I think that a player sent to the minors on rehab doesn't count against that team's roster limit. But once LaRoche was optioned to Las Vegas, there needed to be roster space for him.
    2008-05-04 00:01:01
    566.   Bob Timmermann
    On the 51s site, LaRoche's status has changed from "Rehab" to "Active." There are 23 players with that status, which I believe is the AAA limit.
    2008-05-04 00:12:07
    567.   Bob Timmermann
    Actually, there are 24 players on a AAA roster, although it might drop to 23 at some point. On the 51s site, I found an HTML version of the roster that was updated and had 24 active players including LaRoche. There was also a pdf version as of 5/1 and it had 24 players plus one rehab (LaRoche) and one player on the DL (Martinez).
    2008-05-04 00:16:10
    568.   underdog
    567 - My head still hurts.

    But at least, 313 minutes later, Spartacus is finally dead. I think.

    2008-05-04 00:16:35
    569.   underdog
    Er, 3 hrs and 13 minutes, that is. As I said, my head hurts.
    2008-05-04 00:19:49
    570.   Bob Timmermann
    The missing 51 player is Rex Rundgren. He is not on their current roster.
    http://tinyurl.com/3upbzp
    2008-05-04 00:29:00
    571.   nofatmike
    570 I'm holding him hostage until "Bang the Drum All Day" is banned from every radio station, bar, stadium, and nightclub.
    2008-05-04 00:32:16
    572.   trainwreck
    571
    Wow, I never knew what the heck they were saying in that song. Now I do.
    2008-05-04 00:46:01
    573.   nofatmike
    572 Sorry for the letdown.
    2008-05-04 01:11:18
    574.   bhsportsguy
    553 He's answered that question before.

    https://dodgerthoughts.baseballtoaster.com/archives/740691.html

    But I think McCourt's answer would be:
    1. Stadium and Fan Experience improvements, including all new seats, revised parking procedures, expansion of concessions and facilities (a 3-year plan 2008-2010), and the recently announced new improvements by 2012.
    2. Hiring of Ned and Joe (maybe not in that order.)
    3. Franchise returning to putting their own players on the field while still being competitive in free agent market.

    The only way you find out if teams disagree with any of their moves is when they get rid of that player, manager or GM.

    Is Mark Cuban going to admit that the Jason Kidd deal was a bad one, no, Avery Johnson gets canned because he could not make it work.

    In a strange way, despite what fans think, I don't think the money those players make is ever an issue, maybe thats wrong but I think as long as it fits within their budget, they figure its the costs of competing.

    2008-05-04 01:35:55
    575.   trainwreck
    574
    Yeah, I was really disappointed in Mark Cuban. He says he was into stats and all that, but that Jason Kidd deal was just terrible. Harris is already better than Kidd and will be in the future. Was not Avery's fault. That was a really bad trade.
    2008-05-04 07:39:45
    576.   CodyS
    WHY IS LAROCHE STILL IN AAA?
    2008-05-04 07:59:42
    577.   CodyS
    OK, found the 'explanation.'

    "The guys we have now are playing well," manager Joe Torre said. "DeWitt has done a nice job. It's best for LaRoche to play more baseball and get it going a little and play every day."

    Apparently 4 games in AAA counts more than his whole career.

    2008-05-04 08:47:15
    578.   Jon Weisman
    NPUT

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