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Pretty cool photo shoot going on out on the field right now. Several of our players are taking photographs with kids from the Department of Children & Family Services and they’ll be featured in the Team Photo calendar that we’ll give away on Oct. 3. Each of these kids can be adopted and from what I understand, when the Chargers did this last year, each of the kids found a home. Needless to say, it hasn’t been tough wrangling up guys to take part in this.

Just ran into Nomar, too, wearing green. Looks kind of funny, but he’s back off the DL and I’d imagine we’ll see him at some point this series.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Martin, C

Kershaw, P

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I like the lineup overall! Kemp is up at 6th, although I wouldn’t mind seeing Ferk at 7th, and move everyone else up a notch

So did they call-up Mitch Jones? Or are we playing a man down tonight?

Martin’s finally batting where he should, but unless JP goes 2 for 4 with a walk, I want to kknow why he never needs a day off.

Hi-ya Peru!!

Catch y’all later.

Hey enchanted! See ya tonight for the game hopefully!

JP will have plenty of days off when Manny is back in a month… right now he doesn’t need one.. and besides we currently have no backup outfielders.

Josh, hope you didn’t hurt Nomar when you ran into him. You know how fragile he is.

And now heavy hitting Sammy Sosa bites the dust. Hope he heard the HOF door banging shut.
With all these leaks (Alex and now Sosa), they really need to publish the list of all 100 or so guys that took special advantage of the rest of the players.

Heard Bud Selig on the Dan Patrick radio program this morning. Bud defended MLB’s drug policies and touted that MLB was the only sports league that went outside the organization to look into the steroid problem (The Mitchell Report). Bud said his own staff was against doing so. So according to Mr. Selig everything is just fine now. He did not elaborate on what took so long to get a policy in effect nor did he mention or suggest that it was attention from Congress that pushed MLB to finally address the issue.

Messagebear ~ don’t you have a feeling they are going to release one name at a time, say every two months, just to keep us talking about who might be on the list? I’m with you and wish they would just put all of them out there.

lbirken – now that was funny…. a couple of hours ago I looked at my bobblehead collection and noticed my Nomar bobblehead had a chip in it… I laughed and said he needed to go on the DL now…

Anyone else think it would be cool if the Think Blue sign were to say Mannywood on July 16 when they get home from their roadtrip???

Nacho, I think Nomar’s bobblehead came that way to maintain authenticity. Seriously, I liked Nomar and it is too bad his body could not hold up better.

And no, I don’t think the Dodgers should change the sign to Mannywood although I did see a letter to the sports pages in the L.A. Times a while back that suggested Mannydid would be more appropriate.

Thinking about Kersh being on the mound tonight. We can’t stand another 2 or 3 inning performance, and it seems to me that even when Kersh is throwing strikes, he’s had difficulty in finishing off the batter thus running up his pitch count. I’m wondering how many times Ausmus has caught Kersh instead of Martin. Wondering if Ausmus might not have a better read on some of these hitters and may not call a better game for Kersh than Martin has done. Not picking on Martin here, and it might not make any difference at all, but if it hasn’t been tried, it may be worth matching up Kersh with the more experienced guy behind the plate for a change.

Not sure if the catcher would make a difference for Kershaw but at least he has done better in Dodger Stadium than on the road. He still has to have confidence in his abilities and learn to control his emotions while on the mound. I still think he as a lot of upside but in reality the Dodgers have few options other than to be patient with him.

At least McDonald finally pitched a gem of a game back in ABQ a few days ago. Went like 7 innings with I believe 13K’s, and more importantly only 1BB. If he can get straightened out, it would sure be a great boon to us later in the season.

If the Dodgers don’t sweep these As, The gnats, who did, will be quite motivated and I can hear the noise from the Gray Area already.

One game at a time Mr. Koufax, one game at a time.

Looks like Mitch Jones has been called up, he is listed on the roster now.. I assume he is scheduled to be a pinch hitter. I wouldn’t want to see him playing in the outfield.. his fielding is rather weak.

No word yet on the 40 man roster move.. I would assume it would be either placing Schmidt or Kuo on the 60 day DL.

Man I must be dreaming did I really see Kemp batting 6 and Martin batting 8.

Please let Howard, Rollins and Victorino be on that list.

As far as I’m concerned, we can put BOTH Schmidt and Kuo on the 60 day or permanent day DL. Let’s make room, so we can keep an extra pinch hitter with some power around. That means that Loretta can go on DL or whatever also.

Will Ohman was assigned to the Inland Empire 66ers, so that must be the corresponding move to bring up Mitch Jones.

Please tell me Mitch’s defense can’t be any worse than JPs. If it was my world would be shattered.

Great seeing Joe on the Tonight Show. Now lets get down to business of winning a few more game so we can get to BLUE OCTOBER. GO DODGERS. The KID will be on target tonight. Now lets get some offense for the kid to work with.

It’s almost time for Dodger Baseball…………GO DODGERS!!!!

Yeah you gotta to love Miller and Karros talk **** against the Giants offense.

OK, Kersh – here’s the game plan:
I want you to give them a fast one on the inside of the plate to back them up, then a fast one on the outside, then a sneaky curve low down in the zone; then wipe them up with a high fast one.
Keep doing that the first time around, and then change the sequence of the inside/outside the second time around.

Let’s make them 1-8 with a sweep.

Oh oh I knew that were going to do that.

Damn no Nomar tonight.

Ouch 1.6 runs of support at home I didn’t want to here that one.

1-0 Angels

Oh man Kershaw just k’s a 408 career homeruns guy in Giambi but still thrown 22 pitches

Let’s get this win for Torre so he can tied with Sparky.

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Why is Juan Pierre still leading off?

And when is someone gonna teach this kid how to pitch? His future’s bright, but honestly he should be learning his craft at the minor league level right now.

Don’t forget he just 21 years old and never went to college. Did we say the same thing with Koufax was slumping for year and finally put everything together?

Don’t forget though Shad they HAD to keep Koufax on the big league roster. They’ve got the luxury of sending Kersh back down to develop his skills.

Our four inning pitcher has managed to keep them off the scoreboard so far. If he can’t manage to do that for another two innings, I’ll punch him a ticket for ABQ or maybe even the Chattanooga choo choo.

Good evening all!
With Kershaw’s pitch count this high after two, he’ll be lucky to go five at this rate.

Well I didn’t know since I was only born in 1978.

I wish I could’ve seen Koufax pitch.

Why does it seem like Kershaw is throwing a slider? He shouldn’t try new pitches in games when he can’t even get his fastball over. I really think he needs to be sent down.

Maybe Brad should had caught him instead of Martin.

I made a mention of that before. Has Ausmus ever been given the chance to catch and call the game for Kersh?

God damn they just shown that homerun off of Dessens

If nothing else Kersh needs to be sent down to learn to manage his pitch counts better by throwing strikes in an atmosphere where if he gets lit up for getting the ball over the plate its no big deal. Once he learns to throw strikes, then he can hone his pitches within the strike zone. I don’t expect a 21 year old to be any better than he is now, but he shouldn’t be learning basic skills in the bigs.

Kersh has thrown way too many pitches……second game in a row. Not good at all. Not only that, we aren’t giving him much rest in between innings. What’s the hurry?!

Didn’t Ausmus catch his 6-7 inning no-hitter?

That was a good inning, Kersh. I guess maybe you don’t want to use those tickets, eh?

Nice inning, now let’s see if he can keep it up.
Maybe he settled down.

Shocking. Martin pulled the ball to third.

Yes he has that was his last win on May 17 when he allowed 1 run and 1 hits. He had a no hitter throught 8 with Cody Ross broke it up.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_ylt=Alz_yQpaupKmezIQUbgxnmCFCLcF?gid=290517128

Actually it wasn’t his last win and in that game the last time Mota given up runs in a game so of course it been along time ago.

At least Kersh made him pitch.

oops that through.

Well the good news is that the Angels leading 5-0. Napoli with a 3 runs homerun and they doing it without Hunter.

I’m being confident. This time through the lineup we will get some runs.

Yeah Kershaw is throwing a slider. The first pitch to Hanahan was a slider and it was nasty. If he can get that and his Change Up working he’ll be deadly. Of course strikes would be nice too.

Kersh does much better when he trusts his stuff and doesn’t try and be so fine.

Jeez let Mitch Jones have a couple ABs. JPs turned back into Slappy McWorthless.

In other news 2 more hits for Young making his batting average to .365 while Pierre average going down and man is just sicking me to see him doing good with the Pirates.

You know, none of these three ******* are hitting right now, why does JoJo insist on batting them 1-2-3???

Has Braden broken a sweat yet?

Braden is suffering from an upset stomach and he is still killing us!

Braden tosses as soft as Zito bear. They should be all over the guy.

At least the Angels are up 7-0.

I want to see a 20-0 wins.

Kid’s turned it around. Might even get a 6th inning out of him. Now let’s try and get a baserunner or two.

hahahahaha Grady really?

I’m glad that in spite of Kersh not being sharp and Braden being sharp, we’re not in a hole. Let’s get a couple boys!!!!

At least Casey is making him work……12 pitches.

Damn Loney you should had made him work more like Blke did.

Nice job on making him work Blake.

Very good AB by BLake, we need more like that, to tire Braden out.

We’re Happy Kempers – WTG Matt.

woo-hoo!!!

Wow! Russ got bailed out!!

Damn Martin first pitch swing lucky the A’s messed up that play.

Help yourself Kersh!

Come Kershaw let see a flip bat grand slam.

Damn

Now why in hell wouldn’t you bat for Kershaw there? You’re going to lift him out after the 6th anyway. You finally have Braden pitching… You’ve got a power righthander who’s pretty hot right now that you just called up….

Joe is an idiot.

Pffffffffft!!! (The sound of flatulence)

Come on Dodgers we actually pick up game on everyone in our division.

It’s good to see the no-hitter out of the way it makes the game more relaxing.

I’d like to punch a ticket for Martin to Toronto, or Timbuktu, or anywhere, just out of my sight. Of course, he may eventually tire out the third baseman just like on that last one.

Joe is an IDIOT, enchanted.

hahahah love see that Dodgers killer Holliday k’s. He probably wanted one more inning out of him.

To bad for that 2 outs double.

Do I see some negativity, Enchanted? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait, Joe’s an idiot? Thats news to me

Hey vl4 oh oh here Nomar

Hey vl4 oh oh here Nomar

And, you were right, Enchanted. Kershaw is gone!!!!

WTF booing Nomar you gotta to be kidding me?

Wow just wow. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. Are you serious Joe?

I’m gonna have a friggin’ aneurysm. You don’t pinch hit for Kershaw with the bases loaded and he doesn’t even make it out of the freaking next inning???!!!???

KERSH pitched his game.
That’s how he pitches.

I think Kershaw could had got outta of it with that ibb and seeing how he did pulled Kershaw maybe you should had PH for him.

And, some people wonder why we complain!

Where’s that damn farting cat when you need it???

Here kitty kitty kitty.

Whew!

:)))))))))))

Got out of that one with no harm done. Good job!

JoJo got by with a one cheek sneak!!! LOL!!!!

LMAO, Jhall!!!!

Damn Wally, that one made me laugh out loud!!!

Is it July 3rd yet?

I’ll volunteer!

Slappy being Slappy.

Can we have Pierre shot now???

LOL Beav!!! How’ya doin my brother? Would have liked to see a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and Kersh coming out anyway. You called it!!! Another goof by JoJo!!!

NICE GOIN’ BELLY BABY. Another nice job.

This is strange. I responded to you, Enchanted and mine came out ahead of yours!

Goof hell, it was another brain fart.

It should be noted that Orlando Cabrera is hitting .232 this year and Joe walks him.

Yeah, Casey!

WTG BLAKE!!!
Fear the beard!!!

LMFTO Beav!!! I’m still laughing about that comment last night. Absolutely classic!!!!

Now the one hitter is gone.

We’re starting to time warp again Tru – been noticing it yesterday and today.

Well my brother. And yourself?

Casey comes through!!!

Love those 2 out rally

Great Beav!! Thanks!!! Is Nelly at the game?

WTG LONEY!!!
Sweeeeeeeeeet!

BLAKES in the clutch AGAIN.

Yeah, James!!

Hey Tru – isn’t Nells at the Giant game tonight?

Love those 2 out rally

Way to go Casey and Loney!!!
Doing great Beav, thanks!!!!

You know, we’re not only time warping, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to post also.

the one and the LONEY.

Hey Sparky!! Yep, my posts are coming back as errors and then showing up later!! Oh well, let’s do the time warp again. Starring our Beav as the sweet transvestite!!!!!

We let him have that inning.

Hello Trumom!!! How’ya doin’?!!! Is Nelly at the game tonight?

Enchanted ~ Nells sure is at the game! And, she is loving it!!!

Correction:
We let him have it that inning.

I imagine by now Tru she’s busted out her Dodger gear!! LMAO!!

I’m doing great Jhall. Nelly is wearing her Dodger Blue at AT&T! LOL

Good for her Tru!!!! Let’s go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beli is doing a good job!

C’mon bullpen!!! Sure wish I could enjoy a grilled Dodger Dog right now!!!

I love Dodger Dogs, Jhall!

Well they goes the Rockies 11 games winning streak and nice job Belisario.

Another great inning by BELISARIO and he shut them down right after we got our two runs. That’s the way to do it.

Want to see 83 Welcome to the team Jones damn he have Repko number.

I say we give Ellis a few starts.

Absolutely fantastic that Nelly gets to watch a G’Nat beatdown. LOL!!!!

Me too Tru!!!!

A Dodger Dog would taste great! Just the mention of one makes me salivate. Then again, an In & Out Double Double would be great too. None in Texas to speak of. The closest Fatburger is 280 miles away in San Antonio.
Whatburger sucks!!! :(

That’s ok Mitch you get them next time.

Nice ovation for Jones. Way to go Dodger fans!!!

Irregardless of Jones striking out, what in 50+ years of playing and managing baseball has taught you to PH your power hitter with nobody on?

Vl4, I volunteer to have a Dodger Dog for you during the game a week from Saturday.

This won’t be JONE’S only AB.

Hi’Ya VL4!!!
Beav, I think Phew needs a couple of games off. His act has been looking very tired the past 2-3 weeks!!!!!

Jhall ~ Nelly has to be cheering on the inside but can’t let is show too much or it might be a long ride home! LOL

Have one for me also Sparky, please.
Makes you wonder doesn’t it Beav!!!?

Sparkleplenty ~ I’ll have one with you! Perhaps two!

LOL Tru!!! Much longer ride home for her G’Nat fan family!!!

LET’S GO TRONCO

I know we aren’t supposed to be negative but, Juan sucks!

Thanks sparkle! As bad as I’m ‘Jonesing’ fo a Dodger Dog right now, I would be tempted to eat several! lol

Nelly/Mom is pretty tactful, that’s where Beav and Myself get it from!! LMTO!!!!

Sounds like a plan! Two Dodger Dogs it is!

Let us recap Juan’s last 16 games:

14 for 67 (.209)
4 walks (.254 OBP)
1 Double (.224 slugging pct.)
7 runs scored
1 RBI

De-lightful to see him lead-off every single game.

Damn Troncoso how can you throw that pitch?

You are right, Jhall! Her husband had the nerve to put a Fathead Giants decal on the car we are taking to the tour. So, we decided to put a “sucks” Fathead under it!!!!

LOL Tru!!! Yep, right now Phew could suck a golf ball thru a garden hose!!!!!

Thanks Sparky!!! Yummmmm!!!!

Nelly/Mom may be tactful but I’m NOT!!!!!!

Wally, that is certainly an interesting picture you paint :)

Nice pitching Troncoso.

CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!

CRAP!!!
How could he give up a dinger to a has been like Giambi? :(

GREAT play by the ODog!

RATS!!!®. Un-freaking-acceptable!!!™. What a crock of s**t!!!!

Oh well. Another no decision for Kershaw…….

Damn you screw you Vinny and I love you but you just had to jinxed him.

LMAO, vl4!!!

Well sooner or later Troncoso had to give up a HR.

Ramon is getting lit up :(

These games are the reason why im 21 and have a receding hairline.

Well the way we’re hitting last last one was the ballgame.

I hope they can scratch out another come from behind win here.

Total bulls**t!!!! :((F)

Kershaw Dominates and gets pulled after an IBB…Troncoso gets two guys on allows a home run and gets to stay in to allow another home run. Joe Torre is the reason I drink.

Rant and Rave: 6th inning, bases loaded and kershaw stays in, supposedly to pitch on with a tie game, and no runs for the D-boys, then he has to be replaced with two outs in the next inning, to have this lead to EL Tronco’s BLIP.

Troscoso is only human and he’s done a fine job for the Dodgers.

aeversw ~ and, people wonder why we are negative!

They better do it this inning, because between Martin and Furcal there ain’t ****.

Furcal did a slap bunt

Let’s get’em back guys!!!! Still got some time.

Time to put Furcal back in the lead off spot with his 9 game hitting streak

Agreed brooklynfan. He’d been lights out this season till he got lit up tonight. I just hope he shakes this rough outing off, and comes back strong again.

There one come on Loney

Casey is just amazing . . . .

WTG BLAKE!!!
We KNOW drama as Dodger fans!

Way to go Casey!!!!

let me clarify: My comment was a managing decision. Understand, I think, but questio it, and there goes hindsight,,,,,,,,,,,, and Blake is doing fine tonight

NICE GOING CASEY, glad we got this guy.

Park one Loney, I need me some Johnny says tonight!!!!

Ok, Dre – GO GET ‘EM!!!

Urgh let get the sac fly are a double don’t want to stranded runners on base.

Bases LOADED. Something’s gotta give.
Come on Dre!!!

Tie this game Andre!!! Anything less is unacceptable.

This is excruciating.

Come on Vinny it was Bradley/Perez for Ethier?

Tie this game Andre!!! Anything less is unacceptable.

Good job breaking that up Kemp.

That was awesome! Matt’s learning how to run the bases very well. So proud of him!!!!

Don’t stand on the track when the express is coming. WTG Bison for breaking up the DP!

Good job Andre!!!! C’mon Marty!!!!

Way to go guys!!! We will defend our house!!!!

Tough that Blake didn’t score on Kemp’s hit.

Martin’s funk continues.

Good wood on the ball for ETHIER and nice play by KEMP.

New game anyway.

C’mon, give Brox a win for his birthday.

Now why wouldn’t you double switch and bring in Ausmus to bat 9th. What if you need Brox to go 2?

It time to give the bday boy a win.

Brox is still down 4-5 mph on his fastball – just like his past two games.

Big Jon is probably dragging from Jet lag with his velocity down. Charlie said his baby boy still weighed in over 7 pounds coming into the world 5 weeks early. Just imagine how much more he would have tipped the scales at full term.

You know Torre not going to take Martin out and bs I have a bad feeling if Mota come in. He hasn’t given up a run since May 17 but I know Vinny going to jinxed him.

You know Torre not going to take Martin out and bs I have a bad feeling if Mota come in. He hasn’t given up a run since May 17 but I know Vinny going to jinxed hi,

I think the gun is bad…It had kershaw at 88 and 90 all night.

no enchanted. Pierre is worth 44 million. Thanks again Ned…Mota time…game over.

PIERRE IS WORTHLESS!!!!!

Should had double switch when Wade came in.

Gameday was clocking Kersh at 94. That’d three games in a row Brox hasn’t even hit 95.

And now because you didn’t double switch, we’re down to Mota, Weaver, and Leach. There was no way a PH, JP and Ferk were going to get a run.

JoJo: Magician no. Idiot Yes.

Mota has been pitching well.

LMFAO enchanted!

Who was that man in Mota’s uniform???

MLB.TV did be a favor, it didn’t let me watch Giambi bat in the 10th inning.

I agree enchanted you need Broxton to pitch 2 innings and I’m surprise Torre didn’t double switch with Wade even though he’s having a tough time but won’t give up on Wade just yet.

Thanks Cabrera! You gotta love it!

Isn’t Cabrera a former gold glove winner? Thanks for the gift.

CRAP!

The boys are catching some breaks… (pause while umps conference) but not others :(
Good call – Loney was out.

Damn

AWESOME!!!
WTG MATT!!!

MATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WAY TO GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice way to end it!

WERE WALKING OFF EVERYBODY.

That was one great comeback. They could have folded after the DP, but Matt came through again. God, I love this team!!!

BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISON!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Nelly’s ride home from SF just got a little quieter!!!

Tronco should be buying the steaks tonight!!!!!

Wow Just totally Wow. Shots around!

That was going to be a tough loss to swallow. OUTSTANDING® comback boys. I really didn’t think you had it in you the way you were swinging the sticks. Thanks for making me eat crow.

I would dearly love a blowout win or two. These close games are too hard on me.

Good nite all – sweet Dodger dreams!

Goodnight Sparkle. Have a great day tomorrow!

Think I’m going to hit it too. Nite everyone.

Agreed Beav!!! I like a roller coaster ride but not every night. But, if that is the way it is going to be, I’m in, bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’re the man Kemp.

G’Nite Sparky, Beav, and all you great Dodger fans. Thanks for the conversation. Think I’ll hit it myself.
Escelsior ITD’ers!!!!!!!!!!!

Night ALL! Kuroda a go go tomorrow!

Just a note for Nelly before I rack it. Super sweet win tonight. Missed you here but extremely happy you got to see a G’nat beat down and come home to a Dodger win. All the best to you Mom!!!! Goodnight, God Bless, and hope you have a great tomorrow!!!

The victory was Joe Torre’s 2,194th as a big league manager during the regular season, tying Sparky Anderson for fifth place all-time. Torre, whose loss total is 36 fewer than Anderson’s, has won six pennants and four World Series titles.

Good evening all.
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Nice win!!
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I hope everybody is doing great!!!!!
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Below is just a link for a hit charting on Russ. I hope it works because it’s interesting. I would think that Don would be going over this with Russ.
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It shows the Ground outs & fly outs at Dodger Stadium for Russ.
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Most of his fly outs are to CF or RF. & most of his ground outs are to the left side of the IF.
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http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/stats/individual_player_hitting_chart.jsp?c_id=la&playerID=431145&statType=1

You have to click on the ground outs & fly outs. It’s pretty neat.
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Take care all…

Junie, I have some white paint for that FatHead.

I was yelling at the TV tonight over Torre’s stupid calls tonight, but am I alone about him having Loney bunting? He has a grand total of one in his career (in ’08) and is leading the team in RBIs. Why ask someone to do something he’s not good at in a game-winning situation?

Tough game for Troncoso tonight. He was due. He’s been money for us so far this year.

Funny collie, I was running stats on Martin’s hit location myself tonight:

2009
Pulled 20 for 47 (.426) (29% of atbats)
Up the middle 24 for 90 (.267) (55%)
Opposite field 6 for 27 (.222) (16%)

2008
Pulled 65 for 132 (.492) (28%)
Up the middle 68 for 265 (.257) (56%)
Opposite field 22 for 73 (.301) (16%)

2007 (best season)
Pulled 48 for 103 (.466) (23%)
Up the middle 79 for 274 (.288) (60%)
Opposite field 31 for 74 (.419) (16%)

2006 (rookie)
Pulled 32 for 69 (.464) (19%)
Up the middle 61 for 223 (.274) (62%)
Opposite field 23 for 65 (.354) (18%)

So it looks like he’s pulling the ball a just little more often, but that’s his best batting average. The real difference seems to be not that he’s not going the other way, but he was better at it.

G’night all!

Great win tonight.
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I have been away from this site checking out the LA Times from April 1958 via a link from my public library. It is a trip to look at the Know Your Dodgers daily features which display a photo and some stats for each member of the team.
I was also reading some articles from that time and found it very interesting. For example, after Drysdale was shelled in a game in which he only lasted three innings, Walt Alston was still supportive declaring that he was just going through a typical spring dead arm period.

Good Early Morning ITD readers and writers!!!!! I believe I was the only one wearing Dodger Blue las night at AT&T Park. We had good seats and we had a mixture of Giants fans and Angels fans, and everyone was very respectful of all of us. The best part about the game I saw was watching the Angels pitcher. It was O’Sullivan’s first day pitching for the big club, pitching at AT&T Park where it was Irish Heritage Night. It was almost like the night was meant for him, name and all. He did a fantastic job, and we heard on the way home that this was just a spot start, and he would be going back down tomorrow as the original SP was scratched the day before. The Giants simply sucked last night, from pitching to defense to hitting, and it was kind of joyful to watch. The Gnats fans already have it in their head that when Sanchez takes the mound, it’s an automatic loss, plus two major errors at first base early in the game cost them some early runs,and the mistakes were little league mistakes………………it’s called catching the ball. Anyhow, I was very good, and anytime someone said something about my Dodger Blue, I just thought about those flags on the other side of the ballpark, where the Dodgers one is sitting way up top in our division.

As far as our Dodgers, we were being caught up on the game during the gnats post-game show. My phone had let me know Andre had batted in the tying run and then Dave Fleming let the radio people know Matt had the walk off single.

All in all, it was a fantastic night of baseball…………….the Dodgers won and the Giants lost.

jhall and enchanted – thanks for the thoughts throughout the thread. It was a nice and quiet drive home. It could have been that everyone was tired, or it could have been that the Giants had just gotten their butts kicked for the 2nd night in a row and then listen had to listen their own Giants radio guy tell them the Dodgers just won the game out in Los Angeles.

dodgereric and tru – something has got to be done about that Giants logo on the back of my husband’s car. It just can’t happen :)))))

Glad you had a great time Nells!!! I suspected the car ride got that much quieter after Kemp’s hit.

Watching the video clip and celebration afterwards, does anyone have such exuberance and the glee of a little boy as Kemp? This kid ever grows into himself there’s no telling how good he could be.

And was that Slappy I saw getting up from the bottom of the dogpile? Good for him. That’s as much joy as I’ve ever seen him show. However, Slappywatch 2009 last 16 games:
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14 for 68 (.206)
4 walks (.250 OBP)
1 Double (.221 slugging pct.)
7 runs scored
1 RBI

Hey Joe, next lefthander we see, why not give Mitch Jones a start? At the very least move JP back down to 8 or 9. He’s hardly setting the table and his repeated slappy outs are killing the offense that much further.

Good Morning ITDland ~ another exciting win last night. but, I’m asking along with Enchanted…….please, Dodgers, give us a blowout win or two! These walk-off games are very hard on this old lady! LOL
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Have a great game tonight, Dodger Blue!!!!

Walk-off games are the best! WOOOHOOOO….GO KEMP1
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Yup last night’s game was soooo exciting. But I must confess, I fell asleep during the 8th inning and woke up to my husband screaming “DODGERS WON”, I open my eyes and I had no idea who was at the bottom on the Blue Mountain, but I just saw Ethier bobbling somebody. GREAT 10 innings.
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KEEP WINNING! I LOVE L.A……WE LOVE IT!

ENCHANTED – That was a great video clip of KEMP…just watching his face light up and start running towards his team mate and pretending to DODGE them. They were all like kids…LOVE IT! And GARCIAPARRA probably felt JOY seeing this. He still loves the DODGERS!

Junie, we are not – repeat – NOT taking any vehicle with Gnat logos into the Dodger Stadium parking lot. We can:

1) Leave the car outside the Park and squish into the truck.
2) Scrape it off.
3) Dismantle and remove any and all body part(s) with the logo.
4) Leave that THING in Temecula and take our truck and Mustang to the game.

LMAO!!!!! Dodgereric – It’s just one of those window-clingy things and comes off easy. Oh, it’s coming off alright!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! I already told them when I saw it. Heck with getting into Dodger Stadium, this can’t even be parked in front of the Monson household – LMAO!!!!!!!!!! I will just leave the drive way, stop at the closest gas station and take it off. It really is just yuck to even look at it!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

NELLY I would just put a Dodger Sticker over it!

Or Get a permanent RED SHARPIE and draw a big DON’T symbol on it…circle with a slash

Well, the sticker is a possibility and we also had thought about putting the word “suck” underneath it, but Dodger fans are more classy than that for the most part. Part of this is an on-going practical joke thing they have going down at the academy. One of the coaches is a Dodgers fan and my husband is a Giants fan. Well, the coach has a Dodger neon sign in his office, along with a whole bunch of other Dodger stuff………………..some I gave him. Anyhow, my husband gets a Giants neon light and asks Tim to hang it up when he gets a chance. What does Tim do? He puts the sign above the bathroom door. So, that has started this whole practical joke thing, and this is part of it I am sure.

enchanted – the car ride home was quiet just based on the Giants getting stomped into the ground by the Halos. If the Dodgers had lost, there might have been a little more talking it up. The funny thing is they make comments about our fans showing up late and leaving early…………….same thing there. Now, most of us were freezing our butt off because it was cold and extremely windy, but those native fans should be used to it and dress accordingly. We had to keep walking around the Ballpark to keep warm it was so damn cold. Plus, the seats are really squishy…………….no leg room and unless you are a size 2-6 like my daughter, the seats weren’t too comfy. However, the look over the bay is pretty spectacular, and seeing the Dodger Flag raised on top of all the other NL West teams was pretty fun to look at.

You know it is possible to go there with a Giants sticker and come back decked out in Dodger Blue. Now, that would be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NELLY that is funny…I thought he was going to put in the trash can. I have relatives in Fresno and they are big Giants Fans. Well for her wedding she chose black and orange….yeah nasty but it was her wedding. She even had the reception there at the stadium in Fresno (chachenzzzkiiiiie…sorry don’t know the spelling, but it was a really cute stadium). Well all the brides made wore an orange dress with a black belt (cute dresses). Well during the reception she introduced the bridesmaids and groomsmen and said that she manage to get a bunch of Dodgers Fan dress up in Giants colors. So what do we do. She had a whole scrapbooking table with cameras…so we did a bunch of ‘THINK BLUE’ Pages for her with our pictures. And she does have them in her album….it’s all for fun and we still love each other!

Angels are playing pretty good ball of late, so they ought to be able to take another game from the Gnats. I hope they cool off for the weekend though.

That’s classic with the sign Nells. Was it above the mens or ladies?

Good morning ITD boys and girls!
Can’t stay too long, but I had to see how my friends are doing! Was at last night’s game! Wow, what an ending! They better be careful; we Dodger fans are getting quite used to these walk-off games! And I’ve been to two this year!

Messagebear – I’ve thought that before many times about Ausmus catching Kersh more often. I remember that oh-so-very-close no hitter he threw against the Fish. I REALLY think that that would be a great move. But again, we are talking about Joe actually writing up his lineup card whenever Kersh pitches…

Oh, and Nelly, no Giant stickers on your car on our ITD tour day!!!

Hoping JMac can help out after the all-star break. Got named PCL Pitcher of the Week. Stats look promising:
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James McDonald 1 0 3.26 6 6 0 0 0 30.1 21 11 11 2 0 14 40 1.15 0 0

Rose – One my son and husband pulled on Tim is they put MY Dodger street sign that sits in Tim’s office next to the toilet so it appears it is in the toilet and took a picture of it. So, this is going to be a long season of going back and forth I believe.

enchanted – it’s a restroom for both,but it looked really good up there.

CP – My first thought when I saw it was “I am not taking that into Dodger Stadium” and my second thought was “On top of Dodger Stadium, I can’t drive up to Eric’s in this car. It will be gone somehow someway before the tour.

Good morning ITD!
Echanted: Yes, that would have been a tough loss to take. I was worry there for a while with the no-hitter the kid was having. This team takes me thru a roller coaster of ups and downs.
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It was so good to be back at the stadium last night. I had missed 3 home games because of my last trip to N.H. Having free parking was very nice! I missed the boys and my Top Deck family. Awesome walk-off! I love watching the post game interview on the big screen. I love that about 90% of us gave Nomah a nice welcome and also we were all rooting like crazy for Mitch Jones to get a hit. We gave him a nice round of applause for his effort. He must have been a little nervous. I think because of the free parking we had a nice crowd for a Tuesday night with no giveaway.
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Well, let’s do it again tonight with Hero on the mound!
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Hey so how many are coming to the ITD tour/game? Who is traveling the longest?
Emma

Anyone watching the Parade?

Boy, they keep having those Christmas parades earlier and earlier every year…

Hoping there another one around that time with the Dodgers soon lol.

God afternoon everyone
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I had an enjoyable time at AT&T Park, although that Orange and Black is hard to look at.
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I just looked at the highlights of yesterday’s game, WAY TO GO DODGERS!!!!!
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LETS GET A WIN AGAIN TONIGHT BOY’S!!!!!!
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Enjoy your day and enjoy the game tonight everyone…..
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GO DODGERS!!!!!!
BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!!!!

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I see the Angels is leading 4-3 glad to see Hunter playing.

I can’t believe that guy Matt Palmer always seem to get lucky when the Angels come back and there win in his starts.

there=they

Hey D4! Always good to read you!

“Maybe Brad should had caught him [Kershaw] instead of Martin.
By shad15 on June 16, 2009 7:49 PM”

“I made a mention of that before. Has Ausmus ever been given the chance to catch and call the game for Kersh?
By messagebear@msn.com on June 16, 2009 7:50 PM”

Wonder no more:

Ausmus caught Kershaw’s game on 5/17 against the Marlins in Florida. 7IP, 1 ER, 4BBs, 9Ks. We won, 12-5. It’s the only one that he’s caught for the kid, at least as a starter. He’s caught Billz 3 times, Wolf twice, McDonald, Stultz, Weaver and Milton once each. By the way, we’re 7 – 3 in Ausmus’ starts, pretty close to our current .662 winning %. At least as close as you can get in 10 games.

Let’s go Fuentes shut it down and don’t know why you so average the Giants in your career with a 3.80 ERA and allowed 44 hits in 45 innings.

Urgh hate when I don’t even make sense half of the goosh darm time.

darm=damn

The Giants got swept.

I just mention that on the other thread Eric and don’t forget the no hitter through 8 innings when Ross broke it up with a homerun.

I was just looking around the last time Mota has allowed some runs and that was the same game that Ausmus caught Kershaw.

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