Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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I’m sorry about the lack of content here. The Baseball Historians network suffered some internet/hosting problems that took us down for a while. When things came back up last weekend, I was in a position to where I couldn’t write. The good news is, i’m catching on right when the Dodgers are getting hot again so hopefully there will be plenty to write about going forward.
The Dodgers won for the fourth time in five games last night with a 5-4 win over the Cardinals and that gives the Dodgers a nice, three game cushion in the NL West. Rafael Furcal has been red hot and while his three game streak with four hits in a game came to an end last night, he still has a healthy 15 hits in the last five games. During that stretch, he saw his batting average rise from .218 to .295.
Probably the biggest surprise has been Russ Martin. He’s hitting .319 and he has 25 runs and 27 RBIs and that’s some solid production from your catcher. He’s also drawing walks, and he has a nice 22/17 strikeout to walk ratio.
Next up this weekend is a three game set against the Dodgers’ interleague “rivals,” the Angels. Both teams lead their division so it’s a battle of first place teams. Brad Penny gets the start in the opener tomorrow and he’ll take on Ervin Santana. Wins are wins, so it’d be nice to make this the third straight season the Dodgers put in their pocket.
May 3, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 14, Pirates 6 (15-8)
The Dodgers had their biggest scoring game to date this season with a fourteen run, sixteen hit attack. Mike Marshall led the way with a pair of homers and he finished with five RBIs and three runs. Pedro Guerrero singled twice, drove in two runs and scored three times.
Tim Belcher improved to 2-1 despite a pretty poor start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
The Dodgers had a nice finish to their series with the Diamondbacks, and like yesterday, they won 2-1. Mark Hendrickson pitched a fine game and he gave up just three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The win pushes Hendrickson’s record to 2-0.
Juan Pierre picked up two more hits and he drove in one of the two runs. Andre Ethier singled, drew a walk and drove in a run in the win.
Next up is three against the Braves. Lets just hope the Dodgers can keep rolling.
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