Angels-Dodgers Liveblog Extravaganza May 24, 2009
The Dodgers celebrate on the field after Saturday's walk-off walk in the 10th inning. AP Photo/Chris Carlson
So it's the rubber match of the Dodgers (30-14) and the Angels (22-20). The Dodgers have started a new promotion with the Bleacher Beach section in the left field reserve seats. Now if I had been smart, I would have brought a USB cable to share pictures with you, but alas that will have to wait until later.
The pitching match up is Matt Palmer (5-0) for the Angels against the tree trunk legs of Chad Billingsley (6-1). Palmer joins Jered Weaver and Bo Belinsky as the only Angels to win their first five starts. With an ERA of 4.26, Palmer has enjoyed run support from the offense averaging 7.2 runs. Billingsley's 2.51 ERA and 172 ERA+ has made him the bonafide ace of the staff.
Andre Ethier will sit out today's game with a bad toe after getting hit in last night's game. Jamie Hoffman will start in his place. Also Juan Castro will start in place of Rafael Furcal. The lineups are as follows:
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Bobby Abreu RF
- Torii Hunter CF
- Juan Rivera LF
- Kendry Morales 1B
- Mike Napoli C
- Erick Aybar SS
- Robb Quinlan 3B
- Matt Palmer P
- Juan Pierre LF
- Russell Martin C
- Orlando Hudson 2B
- Casey Blake 3B
- James Loney 1B
- Matt Kemp CF
- Jamie Hoffman RF
- Juan Castro SS
- Chad Billingsley P
The clubhouse was awfully quiet during this loss. The only person with a hint of smile was Jamie Hoffman for obvious reasons.
But the Dodgers were in it until the final out. This will be what defines the Dodgers manager Joe Torre hopes.
I'll have audio later when I get home.
Bottom of the 9th inningAnd the game is over!!!! Angels win 10-7.
And Blake hits an RBI double.
The Dodgers are trying to mount a comeback. Hudson hits a double to left center. And this game continues on.
Top of the 9th inningFYI. The longest NL nine-inning game was 4 hours, 27 minutes turned in by the Dodgers at Giants on October 5, 2001. The Dodgers won it 11-10.
This game is now over 3 1/2 hours long, and it feels like it will never end. HELP!!!!!!
Another single, another run.
Oop. Giving up a weakly hit single to Rivera is not the way to make a comeback Dodgers.
Pitching change. Ramon Troncoso for the Dodgers. I wonder why I decide to torture myself by liveblogging these things? By this time of the game I'm dead!
What does Abreu have to do to hit a home run? Sheesh! Well that did go down as a triple.
I think someone talked to Brent Leach about his rosin addiction.
Bottom of the 8th inning.Pierre lined to second. Crisis averted for now.
The bases are loaded after the Angels walked pinch hitter Mark Loretta intentionally. Furcal is at bat, and it is deafening here. Furcal grounded into a fielder's choice. Bases still loaded, two outs.
Jamie Hoffman with an RBI double! What a game this kid is having.
The people in the reserve section above me sounded like they were chanting, "Let's go Giants". I was confused there for a second.
Instead, Loney hit a sac fly. That'll do for now.
If I were the Dodgers I'd run Blake like they did in the 2nd inning. Blake scored from first on a Loney double then.
Casey Blake hits a single to left sending Hudson to third. Dodger fans can feel the rally. Fortunately there are no monkeys around.
Orlando Hudson just singled giving him a 14 game hitting streak, the longest in his career.
Gary Matthews, Jr. now replacing Reggie Willits in center field. Darren Oliver now pitching. I think Scioscia is only doing the double switch because he can.
Bottom of the 8th inningOooh Scioscia was chapped at that force out call. But I have to agree that Aybar did run outside the baseline.
Top of the 8th inningThe announced attendance of the game was 54,122. I say that's a load of bull.
Torii Hunter left the game with tightness in his right leg.
Bottom of the 7th inningBut Pierre came in and hit the first pitch for a double to the right field corner. Should have been a triple if you ask me.
Andre Ethier came in to pinch hit for Cory Wade. He really didn't seem to mind striking out considering his toe.
Top of the 7th inningHoffman just laid out Hudson as Hudson grabbed the pop fly. Rookie mistake.
With Rivera's infield pop up, that ends Wade's day. He just hasn't looked all that comfortable on the rubber. Will Ohman will now come in to turn Morales around.
The Dodgers just intentionally walked Abreu to load the bases to get to Torii Hunter. He promptly hits a 2-RBI single.
You don't normally see a catcher throw to first with a left-handed hitter at the plate. But Martin used Figgins as a shield.
Correction: Chin-Lung Hu was the last Dodger hitter to have his first hit be a homer.
Bottom of the 6th inningHeheh. Jamie Hoffman's intro song is "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol.
Top of the 6th inning11 pitches in that at bat, and all we get is a stinky ground out. Pfft.
And the 10th pitch is coming up....
Erick Aybar is just hacking away out there. Seven pitches so far in this at bat with no balls.
Billingsley struck Napoli out with a 91 mph fastball to restore some order. Just one more out...
Kendry Morales hits a sac fly to give the Angels their first lead.
After a pass ball, Rivera hits an RBI single to left. Just like that the game is tied.
Kemp played Hunter deep and just couldn't get that ball. Hunter gets an RBI single that plates Figgins.
The Angels put on a clinic for that hit-and-run play with a 2-1 count on Abreu with Figgins going.
Bottom of the 5th inningCasey Blake hits one to center, and Hunter catches it seemingly with no problems. End of the inning.
Palmer had three ball counts to the last three batters he face. In come Jason Bulger to the rescue. At best Palmer will get a no-decision, but right now he's in line to lose his first game this season.
After the ump called time, Palmer's pitch hit Martin in the noggin. He apologized, but still.
Second stolen base by Juan Pierre.
Yawns are pervasive here in the box. I actually do feel bad for these guys that do this every day. Probably the people who feel it worst are Angels media. They have to watch that everyday. *shudders*
Top of the 5th inningNote given to us. Jamie Hoffman's homer in the second inning was the first Dodger player since Gary Ingram on May 19, 1994 to hit a homer as their first hit. Ingram's homer came on his first at-bat.
Bottom of the 4th inningStupid marriage proposal. I screwed your guy last night Elyssa Galicia.
I guess the impatience at the plate is infectious. Palmer only threw seven pitches in that inning.
It's been a while since I've heard the Dodger fans applaud a player of the opposing team.
Hunter is back up, and everyone applauded. He's staying in the game. Amazing!
Everyone at Dodger Stadium was cheering the replay of that catch, especially when he lifted his glove to show the umpire that he had the ball despite writhing around in pain.
Amazing catch by Hunter in center field. The ball stayed in his glove but he's hurt.
Top of the 4th inningThis game got real boring real quick despite Kendry Morales' single. Right now I'm picture Souplantation for some reason.
Bottom of the 3rd inningVery uneventful inning. *yawn* And they're playing stupid twee-pop boring bullshit you would expect on the Juno soundtrack. Zzzzzzzzz. Can we play some Slayer? Let's start heshin'!!!!!!
God. Meetings at the mound. The Angels love them a lot.
Top of the 3rd inningSo far the Angels batters are just a smidgen more patient but not by much. Even with the troubles this inning, Billingsley has only thrown 39 pitches.
Chone Figgins' single up the middle gives him his 12th RBI of the season.
It's really funny to watch AL pitchers try to bat. Palmer can't get the bunt down.
Robb Quinlin just hit a double over Pierre's head to score Aybar.
Bottom of the 2nd inningThe Dodgers are 24-7 when they score first and 23-8 when scoring four or more runs.
Torii Hunter had been playing every batter to pull. After Pierre got his single, he's playing Martin straight-away.
I take that back. He took Palmer to left center just inches away from Rivera's glove. And he goes up for a curtain call for his first homer. The crowd is eating it up.
Let's see if my supposed hero of the day yesterday Jamie Hoffman can bring in Loney. After looking at the first swing it's unlikely.
Matt Kemp is getting fooled badly on Palmer's breaking balls. But he makes up for it by hitting a single to left.
The Angels played James Loney to pull the ball to left center. Loney hit a double to right center scoring Casey Blake from first.
Top of the 2nd inningDamn that foul ball was mere feet away from hitting me on my pretty noggin.
After Juan Castro bobbled what turned out to be a single up the middle by Juan Rivera, Matt Kemp bobbled the ball in center field. Kemp made up for it by getting Rivera out trying to advance to second.
Bottom of the 1st inningOrlando Hudson really hates the back line of the batters box. He made sure that line was obliterated.
Juan Pierre was just feet shy of hitting that ball out of the yard. Well 50 feet, but whatever.
Matt Palmer waving at bugs around the pitching mound. He has a faster pace than Scot Shields last night. Uy vey that was horrible.
Top of the 1st inning12 pitches thrown by Billingsley in the first inning. He got the first pitch strike to all three batters. Looking good.
The lovely press box announcer says it's 73 degrees at first pitch. And I'm wearing a hoodie. Go figure.
This is definitely not a sell out crowd. I'll hazard a guess of around 48,000.