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Anatomy Of An Extra Inning Game

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Inning One: All right, time for some exciting Dodger baseball!

Inning 10: Whoo! Great game and we get some free baseball on top of that.

Inning 11: Man, this game is tense, but the bullpen has been awesome.

Alternatively: Take a nap

Inning 13: Heh, these guys are so hapless that they can't a hit off Rudy Seanez.

Alternatively: Wake up from nap Good Lord, this game is still going on?

Inning 15: Christ, can't anyone get a hit off Justin-Freaking-Hampson!

Inning 16: You know what, I don't care if the Padres win, just let this game be over.

Inning 17: Okay Chad, you have runners on first and second. Do not, under any circumstance, allow a single. Lose the game for all I care, just don't give up a single.

Thank God that's over.

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The Dodgers' bullpen yesterday:

Joe Beimel - 1.0 IP, 0 Runs
Jonathan Broxton - 1.2 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Walk
Chin-Hui Tsao - 2.0 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Strikeout
Rudy Seanez - 2.0 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Strikeouts
Takashi Saito - 2.0 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Strikeouts
Chad Billingsley - 2.0 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Walk, 4 Strikeouts

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As Dodger Thoughts commentator D4P pointed out yesterday, Juan Pierre is on pace to hit .282, steal 93 bases, and score 136 runs. If he did that, how many people, most likely including our G.M., would consider this season a rousing success? Meanwhile, I'd be busy calling for his immediate release since he had an on base percentage of .299, a .330 slugging percentage, the noodliest arm you ever saw, and seriously, have you seen this guy play defense? Me thinks Juan Pierre arguments aren't going to be settled any time soon, since he's doing exactly what both sides of the debate expected him to do.