Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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The Nationals were fighting the Marlins for last place in the NL East, and the Dodgers came into town and handed them a couple of games. I know any team can beat any other on any given day, but these untimely losses cost the Dodgers the division lead.
Friday’s game was the first of two 10-4 losses. Bret Tomko dropped to 5-2 on the season and he gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Jose Cruz, Jr. homered in the loss.
Saturday was the one day things went right. Derek Lowe picked up the win and held the Nationals to just a single run, and the bats got just enough done to pick up the 3-1 win. Nomar Garciaparra once again came through in a huge way and his single in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie.
On Sunday, Jae Seo got hammered. He couldn’t make it out of the third inning and he dropped to 2-3. Olmedo Saenz hit a homerun in the game and drove in two runs.
This is a little late, but the Dodgers are in the middle of a three game series with the Braves, and they took game one. As it stands, we’re a 1/2 game back of the D-Backs, so we need to keep on winning.
The Dodgers just keep on winning. They’ve now extended their winning streak to seven games and they stand just a half game back of the also hot Arizona Diamondbacks. They hit the road though, so hopefully that doesn’t cause them to lose their momentum.
On Monday, Jae Seo got the job done on the mound and had one of his better starts of the season. He gave up one unearned run on six hits and a walk in seven innings. J.D. Drew drove in two runs and Jose Cruz, Jr. scored twice in the 6-1 win. Jonathon Broxton continued his phenomonal bullpen work with a perfect eighth inning and he dropped his ERA down to 0.82.
The Dodgers made it six straight on Tuesday. More good pitching, and this time it was Brad Penny who threw five shutout innings. He improved to 5-1 on the season. Kenny Lofton had a big game at the plate. He went three for five with two runs and two RBIs in the 8-1 win.
Aaron Sele converted the third win of the series and the seventh straight win for the Dodgers with some more great pitching. He threw seven shutout innings and gave up three hits. He improved to 3-0 on the season. Broxton shaved his ERA down to 0.69 with two solid innings. He gave up on unearned run and he struck out two. Rafael Furcal went three for five with a run and Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and two runs. Jeff Kent led the way though. He went three for three with two RBIs and a run.
The Nationals are on deck, so hopefully we’ll be able to keep the winning streak going. With the division still really tight, there’s not a lot of room for error, so hopefully our pitching will be able to keep up what they’ve been doing the last week and a half.
And just a quick note, obviously I haven’t kept up with the Don Drysdale diary. I just got far enough behind to where it became much more difficult to catch up, so I’m hoping to try to make some progress on that in the upcoming weeks. I also had a hard time accounting for all of Drysdale’s games so that’s also a work in progress. It was too bad Retrosheet didn’t go one year further back. It would have made things a ton easier.
It was another good week. The Angels came to Chavez Ravine and the Dodgers showed them who rules Los Angeles. The Dodgers have now won four in a row and they find themselves in the middle of the NL West and only one game back of first place.
On Friday, the game was pretty much over by the sixth inning. The Dodgers scored runs in every inning except the first, and they blew the game apart with nine in the sixth inning. Oddly, only one homerun was hit (Andre Ethier). Four Dodgers had three RBis, and Ethier led the way. He went five for five with three RBis and four runs. Aaron Sele picked up the easy win and he improved to 2-0. Final score of the game was 16-3.
Yesterday, we had a nice come from behind win. The Angels jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Willy Aybar tied it up with a three run homerun in the sixth. Then in the seventh, J.D. Drew hit a pinch hit solo homerun to give the Dodgers the lead. We’d add three more in the eighth to make it 8-4, but the two homeruns were the difference makers. Bret Tomko didn’t get a decision and Joe Beimel picked up the win.
Today, it was all pitching. Derek Lowe and Jon Broxton combined for a three hit shutout. Lowe struck out seven batters in his seven innings and he improved to 2-3. On the hitting side, Nomar Garciaparra drove in three runs and Kenny Lofton had three hits and two runs in the 7-0 win.
The Rockies come to town, so with a series win, we’d pass yet another team in the standings. I had given up the Dodgers for dead a few weeks ago, so it’s nice to see this run in May.
The Dodgers survived Barry Bonds, although that appears to be less of a deal then it was in the past. Most importantly, the Dodgers have pushed themselves back up to the .500 mark and they also continue to inch their way up the NL West standings. The downer was yet another injury, as Bill Mueller hit the DL with a bum knee.
Brad Penny got things going for the Dodgers on Friday. He threw five shutout innings and the Dodgers won handily, 6-1. Kenny Lofton drove in three runs and stole his ninth base and Russ Martin scored twice.
Things didn’t go as well for the Dodgers on Saturday. The Dodgers took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Danys Baez was knocked around for four runs in the come from behind win for the Giants. He blew his fifth save of the season and also took his fifth loss. Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent homered in the 6-5 loss and J.D. Drew drove in two runs. a solid start by Aaron Sele went to waste. He gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Yesterday, the Dodgers and Giants were tied heading into the eighth when the Dodgers broke the game open with three runs. Two runs scored on an error and then the two teams matched single runs in the ninth to make it a 6-3 final. Jeff Kent homered again and Jose Cruz, Jr. walked three times. Odalis Perez picked up the relief win and Joe Beimel picked up his first career save after he pitched the final two frames.
The Dodgers travel to Colorado for a three game series beginning today before they host the Angels for a three game series this weekend. This series with the Rockies is pretty big because they’re still roaming near the top of the NL West (one game back of the red hot Padres). Two of three would be nice.
In a division as tight as the NL West, anytime that you can put up a five game winning streak, you’re going to make a push. The Dodgers were at rock bottom before the winning streak and even though they dropped this afternoon’s game, they’re still only three games back (as of about 9 pm). And when you can take two of three against a solid team like the Astros, it’s something build on.
Tuesday’s game was interesing not just because of all of the runs scored, but because of the swings in the game. The Astros scored the first two, then the Dodgers scored the next five. The Astros then scored four in the fourth and took the lead back before the Dodgers tied the game up in the fifth. Then neither team scored for three innings. The Astros went down quietly in the top of the eighth, and then the Dodgers busted out and scored six runs to put the game away.
Jeff Kent drove in four runs and homered and Nomar Garciaparra drove in three. The first four Dodgers in the batting order all scored four runs. Jae Seo only lasted 3 1/3 innings and Takashi Saito picked up the win. Rookie Jonathon Broxton had another solid relief appearance. He pitched an 1 1/3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Yesterday, the Dodgers looked like they were going to run away with the game. They scored nine unanswered runs before the Astros scored three in the seventh and three more in the ninth to make it a 9-6 game. Bret Tomko improved to 4-1 with six innings of one hit ball. It was the bullpen that gave up all of the runs. Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal both homered and drove in three runs.
Today, the Dodgers couldn’t get their bats going and even worse, they made three errors that led to two unearned runs. Derek Lowe took the loss and dropped to 1-2 and Jeff Kent homered in his third straight game. Broxton pitched a shutout ninth and now has a 1.50 ERA in six innings.
The Dodgers travel to San Francisco to play their arch rivals. The two teams are tied for fourth place (okay, last place), so whoever comes out ahead will be ahead of the other, while the loser ends up in the cellar.
It’s nice to finally get back on track, even if it is for just one weekend. The Dodgers are in fourth place, but they’re slowly creeping their way back to .500. And this isn’t the Brewers of a couple of years ago. The Dodgers just took care of business against a solid team.
Friday’s game looked like it might be over early. The Dodgers had a 3-0 lead by the bottom of the fourth inning but then their bats just went away. That 3-0 lead stood going into the top of the seventh before the Brewers finally scored a run. Then in the top of the eighth, the Brewers tied the game up with two more. The score stayed 3-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Rafael Furcal got on with a bunt single and he was moved over to second base on Jose Cruz, Jr.’s bunt. Then Nomar Garciaparra came up huge with a walk off RBI single to end the game.
Yesterday’s game was just as dramatic. This time it was the Brewers who jumped out to 3-1 lead by the the third inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Nomar got the job done again. He cut the lead to 3-2 with an RBI double and he then scored the tying run on J.D. Drew’s ground out. Jose Cruz, Jr. drove home Jeff Kent with a sac fly in the bottom of the eighth and things were looking up for the Dodgers, but the Brewers tied the game up in the top of the ninth off of Danys Baez. The Dodgers weren’t done though. In the bottom of the ninth, Furcal struck out and then Kenny Lofton doubled. Then Nomar came up big again with a single and he had his second straight walk off RBI single of the series.
Today’s game was a blow out. The Dodgers jumped all over Dave Bush and they finished the game with ten runs. Furcal had a big game. He went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Jeff Kent and Olmedo Saenz both drove in two runs and Aaron Sele, throwing in place of Odalis Perez (bereavement leave) threw a nice game.
Next up is a three game series against the Astros. The Dodgers may be two games below .500, but they’re still only four games back of first place. It’d be nice if they could build on this winning streak and maybe finish the three game series closer to .500 then when they started.
Five straight losses. And to make matters worse, we’re now in last place in the NL West. Granted we’re only four games out of first place, but that won’t last much longer if we continue having streaks like this.
On Monday against the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers just couldn’t get ahead. Brad Penny gave up three runs in the bottom of the second and from that point until the end of the game, the score was 3-2. J.D. Drew drove in a run on a ground out and Sandy Alomar, Jr. singled home Nomar Garciaperra to account for the two Dodgers runs.
Tuesday wasn’t much better. This time the Dodgers got the runs, but they couldn’t get the pitching in their 10-8 loss. The Dodgers jumped out to a six run lead, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Diamondbacks exploded for seven runs to open the game up. Odalis Perez was the pitcher who got roughed up J.D. Drew had a monster game. He homered twice and drove in three runs.
A change os scenery didn’t change things. The Dodgers came back home to play the struggling Padres and ended up on the losing side of two games. Wednesday they lost 11-5 and it was the bullpen that got roughed up. Yesterday the Dodgers couldn’t get the bats going and they lost 3-0. The Dodgers managed only two hits and both were singles.
The Milwaukee Brewers roll into town for a weekend series. It’d be nice if the Dodgers could pick themselves out of this slump, but the more I read about them, the more I think they’re just outgunned this year. I hope I’m wrong, but this could be a long season.
I can see the Dodgers playing like this all year. A three game losing streak here, a three game winning streak there, then some stretches where they win some and lose some. The end result will be a winning percentage right around what they have now.
The Dodgers got some good pitching in their two wins this weekend. Jae Seo looks like he’s figured out whatever was wrong with him because he pitched a gem in the series opener. He pitched six two hit innings and struck out four. Tim Hamaluck, Takashi Saito and Danys Baez each threw a no hit inning to finish things out. J.D. Drew had a two run single and Dioneer Navarro drove in a run in the 3-0 win.
The solid pitching continued on Saturday. Bret Tomko gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in seven innings. Saito reduced his ERA down even more to 0.69 with a shutout eighth and Baez picked up his eighth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. Nomar Garciaperra had a two run homerun and Rafael Furcal scored twice.
The Padres needed ten innings, but they avoided the sweep yesterday and man was this a tough one. The Dodgers took a five run lead into the bottom of the ninth and that’s exactly what the Padres scored. Danys Baez no longer has that perfect ERA because he gave up two of those runs and blew his second save of the season. Four of those runs were driven in without hits. Two were walked in and two scored on sac. flies. Then in the bottom of the tenth, Hamuluck walked two and and then gave up an RBI single to Mark Bellhorn to end the game.
Bill Mueller homered and drove in two runs in the 6-5 loss. Nomar went two for three with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.
The Dodgers travel to Phoenix this week for a short two game set with the Diamondbacks. Right now, we’re tied with them with a 12-13 record so hopefully we can head home in sole possession of third place.
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