Game 23, 2014

As if there weren’t some interesting prospects there, this may be sufficient reason for a road trip to Albuquerque to see the Isotopes.


Assembly instructions here.

Phillies v. Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

It’s the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA, facing Dodgers right-hander Daren Haren, who is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

The Dodgers defense has been awful, as we’ve all seen. They’ve committed 22 errors in their first 22 games, which won’t cut it.

“I’m assuming, if we’re going to get to where we want to go, it’s not going to be with 10-8 and 7-6 games, it’ll be 4-2 and 3-1 where a mistake can cost a run when they don’t come easily,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You don’t get as much attention for playing solid defense. They don’t say, ‘Bills [Chad Billingsley] really backed up the bases well today.’ But we have to change what we’ve been doing. We need a much better concentrated effort. There are going to be certain physical limitations for certain players, but we can’t afford mental mistakes. We need to be in the right position and communicate. These guys know what to do. We’ve got to make sure we put enough focus on it. I’ve expressed it to them once and will continue to.”

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Isn’t it supposed to end in a vowel?

    • Which?

      • WBBsAs

        Could be mistaken, but I recall Lasorda saying he only ate foods that ended in vowels.

        • Oh. I had never heard that. Well, AlbuquerquE. 😉

  • John_from_Aus

    Just tuned in, it’s 0-0, what a surprise 🙂

  • Haren has been dodging baserunners.

    • John_from_Aus

      just looked at the play by play, we are fortunate it is still 0-0

  • Bob_Hendley

    Finally a leadoff hit and a double to boot!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice Adrian, lets make it count

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uribomb!

  • Woohoo!

  • John_from_Aus

    The poor form of a few years ago seems like a distant memory

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice Dan, cmon Dee

  • RBI

    At the game. Beautiful night. Haren was walking a tightrope, but Uribear helped settle everyone down.

  • John_from_Aus

    need a K or a DP

    • RBI

      Sadly, we got another error instead.

  • RBI

    I may have spoken too soon.

  • 1 error per game.

    • John_from_Aus

      and costly again

  • John_from_Aus

    Just 1 more

  • John_from_Aus

    was it a misfield, a bad throw home or something else?

    • John_from_Aus

      just saw it on gameday

  • John_from_Aus

    Ouch

  • John_from_Aus

    time to get the lead back

  • John_from_Aus

    Donnie’s not happy, (look in live just stopped). Why is he mad?

  • RBI

    Catcher blocked the plate, but it was an easy out so…

    • WBBsAs

      Stupid rule in any event.

  • RBI

    Here we go again.

  • RBI

    Lead-off walks and errors are killin’us.

    • John_from_Aus

      and not converting chances when batting

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice DP

  • John_from_Aus

    Lets try again with our 3-4-5 up

  • John_from_Aus

    tie game!

  • RBI

    Agon!

  • Hooray!

  • WBBsAs

    John, were those Dodger games in Sydney televised all over Australia?

  • RBI

    Dre looks like he needs time in the batting cage or something. Timing way off.

    • John_from_Aus

      I’m surprised Don didn’t have Kemp bat for Haren and then put Withrow in Dre’s spot

  • WBBsAs

    FYI, John: “Outfielder Trent Oeltjen, who had been loaned to los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League, has been returned to the Diamondbacks‘ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page.
    Oeltjen, 31, hit just .139/.273/.250 with a homer in his time with
    Tijuana, is a career .295/.359/.481 hitter in 735 Triple-A games. He’s
    seen big league time with the D’Backs and Dodgers but hasn’t been in the
    Majors since 2011.”

    • John_from_Aus

      thanks, wow, it doesn’t seem like 2011

  • John_from_Aus

    strike 3 to Perez looked way outside on gameday tracking

  • John_from_Aus

    I assumed that Perez batted because he was going to keep pitching (I know we have a short bench, but really)

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, because Mattingly is clueless.

  • Come ON, Wilson!

  • John_from_Aus

    tense

  • RBI

    Wilson is terrible.

  • Well, foo.

  • John_from_Aus

    I don’t remember seeing an IBB after a first pitch strike (did they miss a signal)

  • John_from_Aus

    He should have hit Utley instead 🙂

  • Game over.

    • John_from_Aus

      IMHO, it was over when Perez was sent to the plate to bat. A bit negative I think

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Deja vu from beginning of last year: ineffective offense, horrendous bullpen. . . . Is there a breakdown on losses given to starters vs. relievers?

    • John_from_Aus

      the offence can be effective, they are just a bit inconsistant

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’ll go with that.

    • Of the starters, Ryu has a loss and Maholm has two. The other seven have gone to relievers. Howell and Wilson each have two. Jansen, League and Perez each have one.

    • WBBsAs

      Yet they are in first place, even with the best pitcher in baseball on the sidelines.

  • John_from_Aus

    Night all

  • RBI

    Wilson’s ERA is now 15.75.

  • After that loss I started to mutter “Man, with a payroll of $250 million you clowns oughtta . . .”

    I stopped right there. I could hear the nasty entitled sound of a Yankee fan in my voice.