Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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The Dodgers played almost two games today as they topped the Padres 5-4 in seventeen innings. Derek Lowe was knocked around for four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Fortunately, six relievers combined for 10 2/3 shutout innings of one-hit ball in a complete shut down from the seventh inning on. Chad Billingsley picked up the win and he struck out four in two shutout innings.
The came winner was an RBI double by Brady Clark. Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez each went yard in the win and Nomar Garciaparra went three for eight in the win. Juan Pierre finished with two hits, a walk, two stolen bases and a run.
So the Dodgers are back in first place and they have company, although it’s no longer the Giants. After a three game turnaround because of a Diamondbacks sweep over the Giants, the D-backs flipped from fourth to first and the Giants now have gone from first to fourth. And just in time because the Dodgers have a three game series Diamondbacks in a battle for first place. This’ll be a good one and it’ll be Randy Wolf against Brandon Webb in the opener.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but then Bret Tomko gave up three runs as he took the loss. The 3-2 scored would sit there until the final as neither scored a run the rest of the way. Tomko gave up three runs on six hits with a strikeout in 6 1/3 innings.
Juan Pierre had a nice game with three hits, two runs and a stolen base. Jeff Kent also got it done with two hits and he drove in both Dodgers bases in the 3-2 loss.
Derek Lowe throws this afternoon and the Dodgers hitters face a struggling David Wells in the finale. I like our chances in this one.
A four game losing streak was enough but it came down to the final frame as the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Padres. Nomar Garciaparra and Russ Martin both doubled home two runs in that pivotal ninth inning and they came off one of the premiere closers in baseball in Trevor Hoffman.
A pretty good start by Mark Hendrickson was almost wasted. He pitched five innings and gave up just one run while the Chad Billingsley bullpen experiment continues to flounder because he gave up three runs in two innings of relief. Rudy Seanez and Takashi Saito threw a shutout frame each to close the game and Seanez picked up the win while Saito saved it.
Nomar was a perfect four for four and he drove in two. Rafael Furcal finished with a hit and two runs while Juan Pierre singled, drove in a run and stole base in the 6-5 win.
The Giants lost as well, so the Dodgers are back in sole possession of first place. It’ll be Bret Tomko throwing against Greg Maddux in tonight’s game.
This one kind of hurt. Just when the Dodgers were rolling, they catch a red hot Giants team and drop all three games. Like the other two games in the series, the Dodgers offense was held in check and put up only four runs and their pitching was just bad enough to lose it.
Brad Penny had a pretty mediocre starting meaning it was probably his worst start of the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings. Joe Beimel was also hit hard and he gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings. In fact it was Beimel who took the loss.
At the plate, Andre Ethier hit his third homerun of the season and he finished with two RBIs. Rafael Furcal went two for five and he drove in one in the 5-4 loss.
So the Dodgers are now tied with the Giants at the top with the Padres on game back. The Dodgers can take care of the Padres this weekend because they travel to San Diego for three against the Padres this weekend. Hopefully the Dodgers win at least two of three and then the Diamondbacks take care of the Giants.
Randy Wolf gave up five runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings last night and the loss drops him to 3-2 on the season. Most of the damage was done in the first inning when he gave up four runs, three of which came on a Barry Bonds homerun.
Rafael Furcal was the hitting star in the 6-4 loss. He went two for five with a run and an RBI. Russ Martin had two hits including a double and he drove in one run.
So the Dodgers have to win tonight to avoid a sweep. Brad Penny takes the mound and he’s pitched as well as anyone in the National League and the Dodgers’ hitters will go up aganst Russ Ortiz. I like our chances in this one.
This was just one of those games. The pitching was only okay and the hitting was just okay and the Giants just happened to be a bit better. Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and an RBI while Russ Martin went two for four with a run in the 5-3 loss.
Derek Lowe took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks with four strikouts in seven innings. Joe Beimel was also touched up for a run and Chin-hui Tsao pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball to close out the game.
So the Dodgers now sit just a game ahead of the Padres and the Giants are right behind them at two games back. Randy Wolf will try to get it done for the Dodgers tonight and the Dodgers will hopefully rough up Noah Lowry.
Bret Tomko took it on the chin today in the Dodgers 7-5 loss to the Pirates. He gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The loss pushes him to 0-1 on the season.
Olmedo Saenz had a big game at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun, a double and three runs. Juan Pierre went two for five with a run.
So now it’s just time to start another winning streak. As the Padres and the Diamondbacks beat up on each other, the Dodgers will be playing the now streaking and third place Giants. We won’t have to face Matt Cain though and he’s been their best pitcher this year. Derek Lowe will take on Matt Morris in the opener on Tuesday.
The Dodgers got it done yet again and while they needed ten innings, a win is a win. Wilson Valdez scored on a passed ball in the ninth to knot the game up at 3-3 and then Russ Martin hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth to win it.
Brad Penny may have had his worst start of the season, but the bar was set pretty high with his fantastic start. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work. Jon Broxton threw a shutout tenth and he picked up his first win of the season.
Jeff Kent continued to hit well and he went three for five with a run and an RBI. Luis Gonzalez singled, drew two walks and he scored twice in the 7-3 win.
Bret Tomko throws this afternoon as the Dodgers go for the sweep. Regardless, the Dodgers will finish the week in first place and that’s definitely a good thing.
The Dodgers won 10-2 last night and not only did Randy Wolf have a solid start, but he helped out his own cause with some nice hitting. He improved to 3-1 and he gave up one run on six hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in six solid innings. He also went two for three with two RBIs.
Juan Pierre seems to be hitting out of his slump and he had three hits, three runs and two stolen bases. Jeff Kent went two for four with a run and an RBI while Luis Gonzalez had to hits and two RBIs. Andre Ethier was the lone Dodger to go yard in the game.
Tonight’s game has the red hot Brad Penny taking the mound. He’ll throw against a solid young Pirates starter in Ian Snell.
The Dodgers picked up the last game of their two game series with the Rockies and in the process, they remained in first place. Mark Hendrickson got it done with 5 2/3 solid innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and he picked up his first win of the season.
Jeff Kent had a huge day at the plate in the 8-1 win. He went three for four with two runs and two RBIs. Juan Pierre had two hits, a run and an RBI.
The Dodger stand at 11-5 and the Pirates roll into town. The Pirates aren’t as horrible as they usually and they have some solid young pitching so there could be some low scoring games in this one. Regardless, I like our chances.
Derek Lowe fell to 2-2 on the season with a pretty poor start against the Rockies. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work. Chin-hiu Tsao made his appearance of the season and he threw a solid inning and a third while Rudy Seanez gave up two runs in his two relief innings.
The Dodgers didn’t get much offense in this one. Derek Lowe drove in one of the runs himself with a sac. fly and Brady Clark singled home Andre Ethier for the only two runs. Juan Pierre and Clark were the only Dodgers with two hits.
The finale is this afternoon. Chad Billingsley gets his first start of the season and hopefully he takes full advantage of his new spot in the rotation by winning the game. The Dodgers hitters will face Aaron Cook, who’s actually put together a decent season for a Rockies pitcher.
The Dodgers took care of the Diamondbacks and they extended their lead to a game and a half after the two game sweep. Jeff Kent and Juan Pierre were the hitting stars. Kent went three for four with an RBI while Pierre had two hits, three runs and an RBI.
Bret Tomko threw five fair innings but he didn’t get a decision. Chad Billingsley threw two shutout innings and he picked up his first win of the season and Takashi Saito got it done in the ninth and he picked up his sixth save.
The Dodgers go for win number eleven tonight as they head to Colorado for two with the Rockies. Derek Lowe will get the start tonight and then Chad Billingsley will throw in place of Jason Schmidt tomorrow afternoon in the finale.
Brad Penny is off to a great start and he improved to 3-0 yesterday with some more solid pitching in the matchup with the Diamondbacks. He gave up just one run on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven innings of work. Joe Beimel and Chad Billingsley each threw an inning of scoreless relief to close the game out in the 5-1 win.
Juan Pierre had two hits and two runs along with a stolen base. Nomar Garciaparra homered and drove in two runs. The finale is tonight with Brett Tomko taking the mound. With the Padres losing, a win tonight would give the Dodgers a nice little cushion in the division. A very nice start for the Dodger blue.
The Dodgers won the rubber game yesterday against the Padres on Jackie Robinson Day and they now stand in sole possession of second place, just a half game back of Arizona. They did it by hammering Padres number two starter Chris Young. Andre Ethier had a huge game. He went three for five with a homerun, four RBIs, and two runs. Russ Martin also had a good game and he went three for four with two RBIs and three runs in the 9-3 win.
Randy Wolf threw six solid innings and he picked up his second win of the season. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Takashi Saito closed things out with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Next up is a two game set against Diamondbacks. Brad Penny gets the start and lets hope he keeps up his hot April. If the Dodgers can take both, they’ll have first place and that should be more then enough motivation.
This was a beat down as Jason Schmidt took it on the chin. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in just two innings of work. The pen did a nice job with Mark Hendrickson giving up just one run in five innings but the deficit was too much to come back from.
There wasn’t much from the offense as Jake Peavy pretty much shut things down. Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and Russ Martin singled, scored a run and drove in one in the 7-2 loss.
Tonight is Jackie Robinson day and the Dodgers will be on prime time (at least on the east coast) as they play in the rubber game on ESPN. Randy Wolf gets the start and he’ll take on Chris Young.
The Dodgers took a leg up in their three game series against the Padres with a 9-1 blowout win. Luis Gonzalez hit his third homerun of the season and Rafael Furcal made his season debut with a solid game at the plate. He went two for five with two RBIs and a run.
Derek Lowe threw a nice game and he improved to 2-1. He gave up just a single run on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings. Rudy Seanez struck out two as he closed out the game with a shutout ninth.
Tonight will be the funnest pitching matchup to watch. Jason Schmidt will go head to head with Jake Peavy.
Brad Penny and the Dodgers pen held the Rockies to just two hits in a shutout win. Penny gave up two hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Takashi Saito struck out two in a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Nomar Garciaparra had two doubles, two RBIs and a run while Luis Gonzalez singled twice. Juan Pierre singled, scored and stole a base while Jeff Kent singled and scored a run in the 3-0 win.
The Dodgers get a day off today before the Padres roll into town for a big three game series. Derek Lowe will face David Wells in the series opener and on Saturday we’ll get Jake Peavy against Jason Schmidt in what should be a great pitching matchup.
The Dodgers got some good pitching and they needed it because the bats didn’t do much for them. Bret Tomko threw six shutout innings but he left without a decision because Chad Billingsley gave up the tying run in the seventh. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Russ Martin drove in a run with sac. fly for the game winner. Joe Beimel picked up the win and Takashi Saito struck out two in the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Nomar Garciaparra singled home the other run in the first inning in the 2-1 win. The six Dodgers hits were racked up by just three players as Nomar, Martin and Juan Pierre all had two hits a piece.
The Dodgers can pick up the series win tonight in the third and final game of the series. Brad Penny gets the start for the Dodgers.
Jason Schmidt took it on the chin yesterday in the Dodgers 6-3 loss to the Rockies. He lasted just four innings and he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts. Rudy Seanez and Joe Beimel were also tagged for runs in the loss.
Jason Schmidt tried to help out his own cause with a solo homerun but that was only one of the three Dodger runs. Bret Tomko gets his first start of the season tonight and he’ll face Rodrigo Lopez.
This was a solid pitchers duel until the Dodgers exploded for four runs in the sixth and then three more in the seventh as Barry Zito was chased out of the game. Randy Wolf evened his record to 1-1 with a nice start. He gave up a single run on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work. Chad Billingsley was hit hard in two innings of relief though.
The old man, Luis Gonzalez, got it done for the Dodgers. He homered twice and drove in four runs in a nice game. Matt Kemp and Wilson Valdez each had three hits and two RBIs.
So after starting 0-2, the Dodgers have now won four straight. Today is their home opener as the Rockies come into town. Jason Schmidt will face Jeff Francis in what should be a good pitching matchup this afternoon.
Now this is the Derek Lowe we all know and love. He combined with Jon Broxton and Takashi Saito for a one hitter as the Dodgers won their third straight game. Lowe went seven innings and he gave up just the one run on four hits and two walks with a single strikeouts.
Jeff Kent drove in two runs to account for most of the Dodgers offense. Wilson Valdez had three hits and Juan Pierre stole what’s hopefully his first of many bases this year.
Randy Wolf goes tomorrow and he’ll face Barry Zito in an afternoon game. Four straight would be nice.
It was one of those weird, high hit total pitchers duel. The Giants and Dodgers combined for 20 hits yet scored just three times in a 2-1 Dodgers win. It helped that each side hit into three double plays.
Brad Penny gave up ten of those hits but he gave up just one run with a walk and one strikeout. Takashi Saito got into trouble to the ninth but he picked up his second save of the season.
Jeff Kent singled, walked and drove in a run while Nomar Garciaparra went two for four with a run. Derek Lowe will hopefully make up for a rough first start this afternoon.
The Dodgers picked up their first win last night but man was it scary. They took a 5-1 lead into the eighth before the Brewers started scoring. They got to within a single run but Takashi Saito finally slammed the door shut and the Dodgers escaped. Jason Schmidt looked very sharp in his five innings of work. He gave up just a single run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Rudy Seanez gave up two runs and Saito gave up one. Despite the poor outing by Saito, he picked up his first save of the season.
At the plate, Olmedo Saenz had a pinch hit two run double while Juan Pierre and Luis Gonzalez each had two hits and a run. Wilson Betemit finished the game with three walks and a run in the 5-4 win.
Next stop is San Francisco to take on the Giants in a three game series. Brad Penny gets his first start of the season and he’ll go up against Noah Lowry.
The Dodgers lost for the second straight time yesterday and this time they blew a one run lead. Russ Martin and Nomar Garciapiara each doubled in a run in the third inning and then they took another lead in the fifth when Martin hit his first homerun of the season. Unfortunately it looked like Randy Wolf pitched on inning to many because in the bottom of the sixth, Kevin Mench took him deep for two run shot that would end up being the winning run.
Wolf gave up the four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings of work. At the plate, Martin had the big game and he went three for five with a homerun, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Jason Schmidt throws for the Dodgers today and he’ll hopefully help us avoid the sweep.
This loss was a little humbling. I knew the Dodgers offense would be pretty spotty and I knew Ben Sheets was a great pitcher, but two hits? The only reason the Dodgers scored was because Jeff Kent went yard in the second inning. The only other hit of the game for the Dodgers was a double by Brady Clark in the 7-1 loss.
On the pitching side, Derek Lowe was knocked around for six runs on eight hits and five walks. He did have four strikeouts but that was an ugly start. Mark Hendrickson threw three solid innings and he gave up a single run while Rudy Seanez pithed a scoreless ninth.
Randy Wolf makes his Dodger debut tomorrow against the Brewers Chris Capuano. Hopefully the bats will be on track tomorrow.
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