Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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These past four wins have been nothing short of huge. With today’s win, the Dodgers will be no worse then one game ahead of the Phillies and one game back of the Padres. If they get some help, the Dodgers are tied for the NL West and two games ahead of the Phillies with only three left to play.
And what an odd series it was. Colorado had lost some of it’s hitters mystique this year but that wasn’t apparant in this series. On Tuesday, the Dodgers ran up the score on the Rockies to the tune of eleven runs on seventeen hits. Nomar Garicaparra and Marlon Anderson both homered and Russ Martin drove in four runs in the 11-4 rout. Greg Maddux evened his record to 14-14 with six solid innings.
Yesterday’s game was the closest of the three. Down 4-1, the Dodgers scored two in the sixth to cut the lead to a single run, then they scored three in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead that would hold. Wilson Betemit homered and J.D. Drew drove in two runs with a triple in that sixth inning. Derek Lowe was only okay in six innings of work but he did enough to pick up win number 16.
Today’s game was bizarre. The Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and Brad Penny left the game with a bad back. The Dodgers then scored eight unanswered and looked comfortably in front to make it 8-3 but the Rockies scored seven in the fourth to make it 10-8. The Dodgers then scored nine unanswered runs and that lead held with the final being 19-11. James Looney tied a franchise record with nine RBIs and he went yard twice. Kenny Lofton and Marlon Anderson also went deep. Chad Billingsley was bombed and he saw his ERA go from 3.34 to 3.84 in a hurry.
The Dodgers close out the regular season with three against the Giants. Man is this some drama.
One week. Six games. That’s all the Dodgers have left in the 2006 season and they find themselves a game back in the loss column to the Phillies for the Wild Card spot and two games back in the loss column to the Padres. You figure if the Dodgers want to have a chance to have the post season, they can go no worse then 4-2 and that’s with some help so they’ve definitely backed themselves into a wall.
Derek Lowe was phenomonal on Friday. He threw seven shutout innings and the offense did just enough to pick up the win. J.D. Drew hit a solo homerun and Marlon Anderson doubled home Russ Martin for the only two runs of the game.
Yesterday was the loss. Brad Penny of all people got knocked around and Elmer Dessens got roughed up out of the pen. J.D. Drew went three for three with an RBI and Nomar Garciaparra had a double and two RBIs in the 9-3 loss.
Today’s game was huge. With the score tied at 1-1, Garciparra hit a game winning walk off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win. Hong-Chih Kup was awesome and he gave up one unearned run on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Takashi Saito picked up the win in relief and Jon Broxton struck out the side in the eighth inning.
The Phillies swept the Marlins and the Padres swept the Pirates so fortunately the Dodgers were able to keep up. Both teams will get rid of that half game tomorrow because they both play and the Dodgers have the day off. Hopefully this will be a heck of a week to be a Dodgers’ fan.
Man, things can change in a hurry. The Dodgers were on top of the world after that come back win on Monday and now just four days later, they find themselves playing for their playoff life. The Padres took back the NL West lead, al beit by a half game, and the Philadelphia Phillies have been playing well and they’re just a half game back for the Wild Card. So you have three teams fighting for two playoff spots.
Hong-Chih Kuo struck out eight in only 5 1/3 innings but he also gave up five runs as he dropped to 1-5 on Tuesday. Bret Tomko was also knocked around for four runs in the blowout loss to the Pirates. Rafael Furcal and Marlon Anderson both homered and Anderson drove in three runs.
Wednesday was more of the same just a bit closer. Greg Maddux and Aaron Sele each gave up three runs and J.D. Drew hit homerun number 18 in the 6-4 loss.
Finally the Dodgers picked up a game yesterday. Chad Billingsley pitched five solid innings and he improved to 6-4. Olmedo Saenz drove in two runs in the 5-2 win.
Next up is a weekend series against the Diamondbacks. It’s time to win folks.
Wow. Let me say it again. Wow.
For those of you who listened or watched yesterday’s game between the Dodgers and Padres, you witnessed history. Not only did the Dodgers hit back to back to back to back homeruns in the ninth inning to tie the game after being down 9-5, but Nomar Garciparra then hits a two run walk off homerun to win the game in the bottom of the tenth. Truly amazing, and when you add on the fact that this game had major playoff implications late in the year, it definitely makes for a fantastic story.
In all, the Dodgers hit seven homeruns yesterday. Marlon Anderson was five for five with two of those homeruns and he scored three times. Aaron Sele ended up picking up the win even after gave up the go ahead run to the Padres in the tenth inning.
This capped off a series that had been somewhat disappointing. The Dodgers won on Friday but then dropped the next two, including a blow out on Saturday. Greg Maddux threw a gem for that win on Friday and man is it good that we’ll have him for the playoffs.
So the Dodgers lead the Padres by a half game. And just in time, next up is three against the Pirates. Two of three is pretty much a neccesity here, although a sweep would be even better.
If there’s good news, it’s that the Dodgers have a 2 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card. And that should be three games assuming the Braves hold on and beat the Phillies. It’s going to be tight but you can pick your poison. It’s either the Cardinals or the Mets in the first round and neither will be an easy series.
Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly. The Cubs made six errors yet still managed to win. Derek Lowe was bounced after five innings and Rafael Furcal went yard in the 9-8 extra inning loss.
Brad Penny was on fire yesterday. He threw seven shutout innings and improved to 16-8 on the season. He should get some votes but that 4.04 ERA will probably preclude him from being taken too seriously for the Cy Young. Furcal homered again and he scored three times in the 6-0 win.
This afternoon’s game was as tough as Tuesday’s loss. J.D Drew hit a three run shot in the sixth to give the Dodgers a three run lead but four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the Cubs won the game. Bret Tomko took the loss in relief and Marlon Anderson hit a two run shot.
It all comes down to a huge four game series with the Padres this weekend. This is what it’s all about.
The Dodgers magic number is now 19. Assuming the Padres hold on, the Dodgers lead will be a game and a half. The good news is, the Wild Card mix has sort of tapered off so the Dodgers should still have a four game lead for a playoff spot (again, assuming the Padres win). That’s not great, but with only three weeks left, it’s a solid lead.
The Dodgers didn’t get off to a good start on Thursday. Tom Glavine and the Mets pen completely shut down the Dodgers and held them to seven hits. In the meantime, Brad Penny was knocked around and he gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal both had two hits in the 7-0 loss.
Hong-Chih Kuo returned the favor on Friday. He threw six shutout innings and the three relievers closed out the game to complete the shutout. It was Kuo’s first career win. Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra both homered in the 5-0 win.
Yesterday was the only close game of the series. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth only to see Greg Maddux give up two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Both team’s bullpen took over and neither team scored the rest of the way. Maddux took the loss and Kenny Lofton and J.D Drew drove in the two runs for the Dodgers in the 3-2 loss.
The Dodgers blew out the Mets again today. Nomar Garciappar homered and drove in four runs in the 9-1 win. Kenny Lofton drove in three runs and Furcal and Russ Martin each scored two runs. Rookie Eric Stults threw six solid innings and he won his first career game. Mark Hendrickson threw a solid inning but he’s not coming out of the pen.
The Dodgers have three against the Cubs but then they play a huge three game series against the Padres next weekend. Big week.
Bad timing. The Padres have caught fire and the Dodgers have begun to struggle again. There’s no way the Dodgers can go into one of those extended skids like they’ve done before. At least not if they want to make the playoffs.
Greg Maddux lost his first game since donning the Dodger Blue on Monday. He gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. J.D. Drew drove in two runs and Kenny Lofton had two hits and two runs in the 6-3 loss.
Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly. The Dodgers were held to four hits and they made three errors in an 8-0 blowout. Mark Hendrickson lasted only four innings and he dropped to 1-7. Rafael Furcal picked up two hits.
Derek Lowe really picked up the Dodgers yesterday. He gave up one run (unearned) on only three hits in eight innings of work to end the losing streak. The game winner came on Matt Kemp’s RBI single in the seventh inning.
Next up is four against the Mets. The Padres are red hot so the Dodgers are going to have to take some games against the best team in the National League.
The NL West is still the closest division race in baseball. Three games seperate the Dodgers and the Padres and only one game seperates the Padres and Phillies for the Wild Card. There’s no time to let up now.
Friday’s game included a nice outing by Derek Lowe. It’s never easy pitching in Colorado and Lowe pitched five solid innings and picked up the win. Wilson Betemit hit a homerun and he drove in two runs and Rafael Furcal had two hits and two RBIs in the 6-3 win.
Saturday’s game was the first of two blowouts. Nomar Garciaparra hit a homerun and he drove in six runs. J.D. Drew also homered and he scored three times in the 14-5 win. Brad Penny picked up win numbr 15 despite a mediocre outing, but always, we’ll take it.
Sunday was another blowout, unfortunately, it was the Dodgers who were on the receiving end. Aaron Sele was roughed up and three different relievers all gave up runs as well. Marlon Anderson homered and both he and Toby Hall both drove in two runs in the 12-5 loss.
Next up is three against the Brewers, who are pretty much out of it. They’ll be playing some young kids with something to prove though, so it’s imperative the Dodgers win at least two of three.
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