• http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I think it’s safe to say, with no sarcasm, that A.J. Ellis is going to strike out every at-bat he has with a runner on base today.  That’s just the kind of day I’m having. 

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

       Easily solved. Ensure that he never comes up with anyone on base.

      • KT

        the 1st time worked for a double then scored a run

    • Anonymous

       mebbe not!

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      haha. I’m happy that AJ did great today. I always am. i stated my opinion and you wanted to make it an argument. 

  • bcmaiden

    Have we been officially saved by an “El Caballo” veto?

    • Anonymous

      MLBTR so says… I feel relieved.

      • bcmaiden

        Thank God. Just what we needed…another old, fat, past his prime, powerless, defensive liability.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if it’s healthy that I’m rooting for the Dodgers to get shut out again. Because it would be really weird. 

    While this lineup isn’t great, it’s not like it’s the 1972 Rangers either.

    • KT

      sorry not happening 1-1

  • Anonymous

    I guess the SVS experiment is officially over.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe he’s on hold for a pending trade for…. something…

    • Anonymous

      Why?

    • Anonymous

      I’m appalled at how bad he’s looked since this most recent callup. At least Sands plays the game right.

  • Jack Dawkins

    I am curious how trade blame will go looking forward.  Will Ned take the heat, or is he seen now just as Kastens puppet?

    • Anonymous

      Any blame for the trade not happening ought to be on Lee, no?

      • Jack Dawkins

        I am speakign in general.  Already we saw a lot of dissent about this trade on here.  But the fingerpointing seemed rather vague it seemed to me, as far as pointign at a dodger decision maker.

        • Anonymous

          Well, to answer your question, I’m sure Kasten and Colletti both are major decision-makers in any deals.  Anyone else’s role, we just don’t know.

          • Jack Dawkins

            Yes I agree.  Im just curious how going forward in time, with other deals that seem to be unfavorable on here, where the ire of the commentators will focus.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe there will be deals with favorable feedback.

  • Anonymous

    Tonight is the Gee-Whiz game.  :)

  • KT

    Nice move Clayton

    • Anonymous

      you got eyes?

      • KT

        ESPN…YES I Do!!

  • Anonymous

    Wright owns us.  

    DP please!

    • KT

      shoud have been one Craig…Adam can’t handle a slow hit ball

  • KT

    Giving extra out (generous scoring Ellis would have had it)…won’t get it done

  • bcmaiden

    Holy crud. MEllis gets that ball and probable DP. I hate Kennedy/Hairston @2nd.

  • Anonymous

    Pitching coach time.

  • Anonymous

    Crazy Mets on the base paths.

  • bcmaiden

    Not even Kid K can save this team. Only hope is to pitch shutouts. 

    • Anonymous

      Shutouts also tough to get when the second baseman looks like a 50 year old playing D.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Well that could’ve been worse. Could’ve been better, too.  Kersh has one inning a game like that lately, one inning where he’s off. Hopefully that’s it!

    Meanwhile, this made me chuckle:
    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Dodgers pulled out of Lee talks earlier today. Deal off.Not

    Buster Olney ‏@TrippingOlney: THE DODGERS HAVE PULLED OUT

  • bcmaiden

    New Dee nickname = 0 and 2

  • KT

    off his shoe tops…Come on Dee

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    AJ doing what AJ does, get on base. :)

  • KT

    Nice AJ
     
    Come on Bobby

  • Anonymous

    AJ, future All Star!

  • bcmaiden

    Lookie there…an XBH…with no one on…why Dee why.

  • Anonymous

    Abreu showing his age now

    • bcmaiden

      Yes, the honeymoon is over. 

    • KT

      He should be a bench guy…not a regular like they way we have had to use him

  • KT

    Rivera swinging at the ball in the lefthanded batters box

  • KT

    TIE Game!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Dodgers may explode for a run!!!

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Guys… guys….! What just happened? Why is there someone crossing the plate… does that count? Someone explain.  Someone hold me!

    • KT

      do you need explaining or were you kidding?

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        I was being very facetious btw, KT. Just wasn’t accustomed to Dodgers scoring, thought I was tripping. 

  • Anonymous

    Boom!

  • bcmaiden

    Be still my heart…A RUN…thank you Juan RBI Rivera

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhhhh……the importance of the RBI.

  • Anonymous

    We scored a run miracles do happen!
    And Kennedy ruins the party, as expected. 

  • bcmaiden

    Go away Kennedy, PLEASE. 

    • Anonymous

      I really hope when Ellis returns Kennedy goes away forever.

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        The important thing is just that Ellis is coming back. That means full time Ellis, hopefully, which stabilizes second. Then Hairston fills in for him and plays more third (along with Herrera). WHich means less Uribe as well.  So there’s a positive domino effect about to happen.  Kennedy already really doesn’t play that much, frankly, but he’ll play even less soon, even if he’s still on the roster. If Sellers were healthy I’d rather have him in that role, though. 

        • bcmaiden

          Hairston hasn’t played 3rd since he told Donnie he was more comfortable @2nd, so why would he going forward. 

          • Anonymous

            I’m sure Hairston would be more receptive once the choice is third or pinch hitting.

  • KT

    Way to get the balls your supposed to Clayton…Twice

  • KT

    Good inning Clayton…1-2-3

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Yay, an easy inning for Kid k!

  • Anonymous

    At least Loney doesn’t pretend to be a hitter anymore, first pitch swinging for an easy groundball out.

  • bcmaiden

    Don’t walk Uribe. You may help the team. 

  • KT

    I think the trade deadline should be pushed back to the 10th of August because of the extra wild card now implemented

  • bcmaiden

    No, Kersh. You can’t BB the pitcher to lead off the inning. Come on. 

  • KT

    Come on DP

    • Anonymous

      I thought you weren’t allowed to anticipate a DP?

      • KT

        we need to put anyone else at SS because his head isn’t in the game anymore

        • Anonymous

          Head may be too much in the game, actually.   Lotta presure on the kid.

          • Anonymous

            Dee made errors at roughly the same rate in A ball, double A, and triple A. I don’t think pressure or rookie whatever is the issue. Maybe his arm just isn’t strong enough to make accurate throws from short.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps, though not evident to me as regards arm strength, as I recall him cutting down some runners at the plate with relays. 

          • Anonymous

            Gordon played AAA?

  • KT

    Damm Dee

  • Anonymous

    Dee Gordon ANOTHER ERROR.

  • bcmaiden

    I’ve seen enough of Dee. Easy DP blown. Get a SS and send him down. 

    • KT

      the runner wasn’t even in the picture

  • Anonymous

    And the boos are well deserved ESPN crew, very well deserved.

  • KT

    Take him out

  • Anonymous

    This team can do nothing right, BOO!

  • Anonymous

    Embarrassing

    • bcmaiden

      I knew this team would be an embarrassment on national TV.

  • bcmaiden

    Wow, get this kid outta’ here. 

  • KT

    These errors definitely hurting Kershaw…pitch count 56 and climbing

  • Anonymous

    E6 Gordons at bat is going to be hilarious to watch and listen to.

    • Anonymous

      Hard for me to feel glee in a situation like this.

    • Anonymous

      And ESPN showed the lowlights instead of letting us hear the crowds reaction, darn.

  • bcmaiden

    Camera on Ned priceless. Call up Luis Cruz, make a roster move. We have nothing, absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for Dee
    I like him a lot
    This is what happens when your roster has no depth
    Kennedy, Hairston, Sellers, There is no other legit SS on the roster
    Ned knew that coming into spring training
    Dee just needs some time, but there’s nobody to spell him
    -
    James Loney HAS to make that pick at 1B
    Long time “Rule of Thumb” for 1B – “If it’s below your head, you absolutely have to catch it”
    I think his hitting is beginning to affect his fielding
    He’s actually looking ‘human’ over there at 1B
     

    • bcmaiden

      You seriously can’t put this on James. Dee rushes, throws sidearm, or bounces the ball to 1st. Neither play required quick throws of any kind. His body and feet have time to set and throw. He’s been doing this all year too. 

      • Anonymous

         Sadly, two negatives only make a positive in math.

      • Anonymous

         Hi bc
        I  was referring to the second ball from Dee, not the double play ball

    • Anonymous

      Yes, James seems out of it.  While he might normally make that play, he also tried too hard to sell the out and neglected the runner going home.

      • Anonymous

         That’s exactly what Donny said

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t Sellers qualify as legit SS? He would be playing if not for injury I think.

      • Anonymous

         I like the kid from Marina HS as much as anybody else, but he’s in no way my starting SS if I’m a GM
        -backup SS/2B, pinch runner
        IMHO

  • Anonymous

    Frank Burke, John Traub…Maybe this is the talent in the system we need to discuss bringing up before we work on the infield

  • KT

    Dee doesn’t run anymore…if he does then they have to make a much harder play at 1st

    • bcmaiden

      Right. The few times he’s been on base lately, he doesnt try to steal. So, that begs the question, What good is he?

      • KT

        BC calm down…nobody is perfect…Could you do better at SS?

        • Anonymous

           Unlike bcmaiden is actually Luis Cruz, not that relevant

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    So frustrating. With Dee, I try to remember how raw he was when they drafted him though. Hadn’t played that much organized baseball and then went pretty quickly through the system. I think there’s a reason Dodgers are still patient with him but there’s also a good argument for him going back to AAA to straighten himself out for a bit.   Not sure what ese to suggest, since I know Corey Seager isn’t ready. ;)

    Uribe at SS, Hairston at 3rd? Not too exciting either. Trading for a superior 3rd baseman gives them more flexibiility to try stuff like that at SS though.

    • KT

      UD you are right…I haven’t given up on Dee but he needs tutelage (bunting, throwing to 1st) probably in AAA would be better

  • Anonymous

    Loney GIDP…………………..

  • KT

    Dee still talking to himself

  • KT

    way to get on Juan

    • KT

      Way to get on Tony
       
      Come on Clayton get it done

  • Anonymous

    How could the dodgers take the bat out of Kershaw’s hand when he might be one of the few who might get a hit????

  • Anonymous

    Did you see Kershaw actually seeing the ball in, and watching it hit the bat?
    Maury would be proud

  • KT

    dee both of those pitches off your shoe tops

  • Anonymous

    Dee can “totally redeem himself”

  • KT

    way to come through Dee
     
    now take second

  • Anonymous

    Small ball?

    • Anonymous

      Has to be, we can’t play long ball ;)

  • KT

    TAKE Second DEE

  • Anonymous

    squeeze

  • KT

    Good job AJ!!

  • Anonymous

    or, a  sac fly will work nicely

  • Anonymous

    A bonanza :)

  • Anonymous

    We’ve matched last weeks run total* in 5 innings. 
    *Not sure if true, but seems like it.

  • Anonymous

    something tells me the dodgers will win this game on this Sunday evening
     

  • Anonymous

    did you hear that sonic boom?
    oh, it was just Dee Gordon flyin’ past 2B

    • Anonymous

      A good throw would’ve gotten him.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s ironic that our second run came about with Dee reaching 1st due to an error

  • Anonymous

    Stop reminding us ESPN announcers. If only Dee could manage to hit 300 and all those stolen bases… :(

  • Anonymous

    now we start all over again, dare I say like it’s 0-0

  • KT

     Did you guys see how the Gnats won today

  • Anonymous

    They just flashed the replay of the final play of Giants’ game
    What a gift from the Reds’ RF
    Wasn’t it like the third or fourth game in that series?
    he  should  know where he’s at  in the field

  • Anonymous

    ps- i may sound like  a jerk, but I’m not
    I just believe in accountability
    these are big boys making lots of money
    anything I could say here on DT is tame compared with what our boys  hear in SF
    I comment on DT  as if I was in the dugout
    Guys bag on each other, plain and simple
    Most of it  is  good -natured
    I love to hear Tommy Lasorda’s profanity-filled rants
    to me, that is sports through and through
    it’s so fun
    being out there with the boys, using foul language, errrrr embellishments  :-)
    maybe some of you don’t agree
    that’s fine with me
    we all have our own ways of  expressing ourselves
    _________________
    sorry for the spacing issues
    using my wife’s laptop
    trying to post from a different computer and not use periods
    gotta get us a win
    PS2 – ballplayers are superstitious , and that part of me will never leave  :-)
     

  • KT

    way to get on Juan

  • KT

    Nice hit Adam

  • KT

    Come on James you can do it

  • KT

    James with a defensive swing like Dee

    • KT

      YES BGJ!!

  • Anonymous

    We are leading!?!
     Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? 

    • Anonymous

      Shhhh, don’t tell anyone ;)

    • Anonymous

      Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality

  • Anonymous

    a tough conundrum for James here – gotta line it into the SS just right to get that DP.

  • Anonymous

    How low have we sunk when I’m happy our first baseman hit a slow grounder to second.

    * because that couldve happened.

  • KT

    good inning Clayton

    • Anonymous

      I’m pleased for him that he left with a lead, he deserves it

  • KT

    Kershaw @116 pitches…I think they bat for him here

  • Anonymous

    Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:15pm

    Luis Cruz, SS

    A.J. Ellis, C
    Josh Fields, 3B
    Matt Kemp, CF

    Andre Ethier, RF
    Juan Rivera, 1B

    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF

    Adam Kennedy, 2B

    Clayton Kershaw, P

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeKjooT2oH4

  • KT

    Nice hit Dee

    • KT

      Way to finally awaken Dee

      • KT

        We have created a Monster…way to go Dee

        • Anonymous

          What happened, did Dee steal 2nd then 3rd?

          • KT

            yes …his 1st game with 3 steals this year as per ESPN announcers

          • Anonymous

            Thanks

  • KT

    We need this insurance run
     
    Nice eye Bobby
     
    Come on Juan make him pitch to you

  • Anonymous

    Lumps, you say?
    _
    I just know, as I’ve said before, that they’ll all  be worth it with Dee Gordon
    _
    Did you see that SB?  He was flippin’ flyin’ !!!!
    You cannot teach that
    When you collect a grouping of  such talented baseball players on a single field, I believe that the most intimidating thing is  to see an opposing player do something that you couldn’t do in 1000 years, and Dee has that kind of athleticism and speed

  • KT

    So close juan

  • Anonymous

     players will always try to shrug it off, but they know well when they come  up against another player that they cannot physically deal with
    _
    Now, we just need a few more of said players  with varying talents

  • KT

    Ball hit back to the pitcher for an easy DP but the catcher dropped the ball 2 runs score

  • Anonymous

    Breaks are going our way!

  • KT

    Nice SAC Adam 7-3

  • Anonymous

    it’s an error fest!

  • KT

    Come on James break the slump now

    • KT

      YES!!!
       
      Double and RBI Juan scoring from 1st
       
      Hitting is contagious

  • Anonymous

    MORE RUNS! What is going on here?

  • peter drysdale

    Glad to see Dee playing so well offensively since the two errors. I wish we’d had some of these runs earlier this week

    • KT

      Me too but just as long as the dam breaks and the hits keep on coming…I don’t care about the past

      • peter drysdale

         Exactly. It’s just crazy that everyone went into a slump at the same time. At least guys will be coming back soon

  • Anonymous

    For the first time in a long time there are smiles on Dodger fans faces while watching the game.

    • Anonymous

       sell-out and espn too…

      but the baseball gods only enhance their cruelty with their setups in these moments of kindness

      • peter drysdale

         Heck of a lot of empty seats for a sell-out. Everybody wanted Hello Kitty I guess

  • peter drysdale

    Still can’t hit home runs. LOL Doesn’t matter as long as we can string hits together, tho

  • KT

    Uribe with 2 walks tonight will wonders never cease

    • Anonymous

       His ring year with the Gs just so happened to be the year his obp was >60 over his average… funny how that works

  • KT

    Come on tony your turn to hit

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Welp, it was bound to happen eventually guys. ;) Also: June ended.  

    Also, I would to propose a trade with the Mets: A Coffey and Lindblom type relievers for Daniel Murphy.  Please hire me as your assistant GM now.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    55,000+ in attendance. I know it’s Hello Kitty day but still a pretty nice turnout given how bad they’ve been playing.

    • Anonymous

      Hello Kitty for team mascot!

  • KT

    Good inning Belli

  • KT

    Sue Falsone looking at Dee after he tried to beat the hit back to the mound

    • KT

      Hamstring…He pulled up lame two steps before the bag

      • Anonymous

        I hope he is OK, we need his speed

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Belisario retires the side in order. Belisario has allowed just 11 H (11-83, .133) and has allowed just 3 R with 17Ks in 25.1 IP. (via Dodgers twitter feed)
    Nails, man, he is nails. 

  • KT

    good to see Dee on the rail instead of on the table…maybe it was nothing

  • KT

    BALLGAME!!!!

  • Anonymous

    interesting that Herrera went straight to SS and not to 3rd with Uribe shifting over

  • peter drysdale

    FINALLY!!!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Anonymous

    beli and Jasen lights out, 10 pitches and 12 respectively