Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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April 30, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2 (13-7)
Fernando Valenzuela gave the Dodgers eight innings but he gave up five runs by the fifth inning as he dropped to 2-3 on the season. He gave up six hits and six walks with four strikeouts.
Pedro Guerrero and Mike Marshall were the only Dodgers to reach base twice. They both singled, drew walks and scored runs.
The Dodgers have their second of the series tonight with the Marlins at 4:10pm.
Chad Billingsley is still looking for his first win of the season. In his last outing against the Dbacks, he struck out a career-high 12 in six full innings, but that was overshadowed by the loss after giving up five runs. The Dodgers will face LHP Scott Olsen, who is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA. Billingsley is 2-0 against the Marlins while Olsen is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA against the Dodgers.
Reliever Jonathan Broxton was sidelined on Tuesday for a strained back muscle. Though Proctor, Beimel, and Saito all came out of the pen for four shutout innings in last night’s win, Broxton is a key asset to pen, and should be available in the next few days.
Jason Schmidt threw his second simulated game on Tuesday, which puts him on pace for a rehab assignment as early as the end of this weekend. He is scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday.
The Dodgers continue their longest winning streak of the season by beating the Marlins last night, 7-6.
The winning run was from an RBI single by Jeff Kent in the ninth with two outs to score Andre Ethier. Ethier had walked with one out in the ninth, and was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored on the night. Kent ended up 2 for 5 with 3 RBI. Matt Kemp was also 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. The offense built a 6-1 lead by the end of third, led by back-to-back 2-RBI singles by Kemp and Kent in the second, but were pretty much shut down until Kent’s go-ahead hit in the ninth.
Starter Derek Lowe had a five run lead going into the second. He let that slip away by giving up six runs, though three were unearned due to a James Loney error in the fifth. Lowe left after five with a 6-6 tie for the no decision. Scott Proctor, Joe Beimel, and Saito all came out of the pen to go four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. Beimel earned the win and Saito the save, just his third of the season after blowing two of his last four save opportunities.
The win moves the Dodgers back to the .500 mark, 5 1/2 games behind the Dbacks in first.
April 29, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4 (13-6)
Orel Hershiser had his worst start of the season but it was still good enough to push his record to an impressive 5-0. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in eight frames. Jay Howell got the final three outs of the game and he earned his second save of the season.
Kirk Gibson hit his second homer of the year. The two run shot in the seventh inning gave the Dodgers some nice insurance. He also drew a walk and he finished with two runs. Mike Scioscia doubled twice and drove in two runs in the win.
The Dodgers begin a six game roadtrip starting with the Marlins on Tuesday night at 4:10pm. The Marlins have been somewhat of a surprise so far this season, with a 15-10 record atop the NL East.
The Dodgers look to extend their three game win streak and improve their road record, which stands at 3-8. They will send Derek Lowe to the mound, proving he should be healthy after leaving with tightness in his right elbow in his last outing. Lowe is 5-4 lifetime against the Marlins but was a winless 0-2 last season against them.
The Marlins have LHP Andrew Miller starting, who is 1-2 with a 7.94 ERA in his first year with Florida after being traded from the Tigers in the off season.
April 28, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Cubs 5, Dodgers 1 (12-6)
The Dodgers couldn’t capitalize on three Cubs errors and they managed just five hits as they lost just their second series of the season. Mike Davis singled and scored the only run in the sixth inning and he was also the only Dodger to reach base twice with a single and a walk.
Tim Belcher took the loss and while he did strike out eight in 5 1/3 innings, he gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. The Cubs did most of their damage in the top of the sixth when they put four runs on the board.
The Dodgers completed their sweep of the Rockies in the bottom of the tenth inning off James Loney’s walkoff RBI single. Loney had bases loaded and grounded a single between first and second to score Rafael Furcal to win 3-2.
The Dodgers scored first with 2 runs in the fourth from RBI singles. Esteban Loaiza had the first, scoring Blake DeWitt, who had tripled. Furcal also had an RBI single to score the second run, and ended up 2 for 4 on the night. Jeff Kent had the day off to rest, which gave Chin-lung Hu the start, who went 1 for 3 with a run scored. The offense was then mostly quieted until the 10th when they rallied off Manny Corpas to give him the loss and the Dodgers a win.
Loaiza had a 2-0 lead going into the fifth, but allowed Jeff Baker and Willy Taveras to score off an RBI double and RBI single. Loaiza was pulled after the fifth, giving up those two runs with five hits, but not so bad, considering it is his first start since April 7th after being shuffled between the bullpen and fifth starter role. Rookie Cory Wade then came in to pitch two innings, retiring six of the seven batters he faced. Jonathan Broxton and Saito eached pitched an inning. Joe Beimel pitched out of a jam, with runners on second and third with one out in the tenth, to earn the win.
This gives the Dodgers their first series sweep of the season as well as their first 3-game win streak.
The Dodgers were losing 2-0 going into the bottom of the first, but ended up sending 13 men to the plate, with ten scoring off Rockies starter Mark Redman, to lead the game to a final of 11-3.
The Dodgers rallied in the first, starting off with a Juan Pierre single and then him soon scoring on a sacfly by Matt Kemp. The big hit was a grand slam by Kemp to deep center, which gave him a career high 5 RBI for the inning and night. Blake DeWitt, who was just recalled from Triple A after Nomar was sent back to the DL, went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. Starter Brad Penny even got in on the hit frenzy, going 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Penny’s only mistake was the two-run shot he gave up to Garrett Atkins in the first. He did give up an RBI single in the sixth, but still went seven strong giving up only four hits. He also had two strikeouts to record his 1,000th of his career. Scott Proctor came in to pitch the final two innings, giving up just one hit.
The Dodgers look to sweep the Rockies today at 1:10pm. Esteban Loaiza will make the start after Hong-Chih Kuo took over his starter position for two games. Loaiza is 1-2 but has only started once this season. The Rockies will start LHP Jeff Francis, who is 0-2 this season but was 3-0 last year against the Dodgers.
April 27, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 4, Cubs 0 (12-5)
The venerable Don Sutton and Alejandro Pena combined to shut out the Cubs on six hits in the Dodgers’ 12th win of the season. Sutton threw six scoreless frames and he gave up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Alejandro Pena closed out the game with three scoreless innings in which he gave up two hits and struck out three. Pena earned his second save of the season while Sutton picked up his first win.
Pedro Guerrero went three for four and he drove in a run. Kirk Gibson singled twice and he drove in one.
April 26, 1988 at Dodger stadium
Cubs 7, Dodgers 3 (11-5)
The Dodgers three game winning streak came to an end in what was a sloppy game by the Dodgers. Four errors resulted in five unearned runs as a solid outing by Tim Leary went to waste. He did give up all seven runs but only two of them were earned and he gave them up on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
Pedro Guerrero went three for four with two RBIs. Danny Heep was the only other Dodger with more then one with his pair of singles.
The Dodgers look to win two straight for a series win against the Rockies tonight at 7:10. Both teams are tied for third at 10-13, seven games behind first place Arizona.
Brad Penny will start, looking for his fourth win of the season. He is 12-2 lifetime against the Rockies. The Rockies will throw LHP Mark Redman, who is 2-1 this season.
Andruw Jones will likely be out of the lineup after leaving yesterday’s game in the fifth, where he fouled a pitch off of his calf. Blake DeWitt will also be called up to replace Nomar, who is expected to rejoin the DL today.
Quote of the Game- Joe Torre, on yesterday’s win:
“I’d like to look back on this night and this was the start of something special.”
Let’s hope so, Joe.
A pass ball by Gary Bennett, who took over for Russell Martin, came to score in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 7-7 before Martin had a sacfly in the bottom of the 13th to score Matt Kemp.
Martin got on base six times in the game, with four walks and two hits, and of course, the game winning RBI. Martin replaced Nomar at third in the ninth when he strained his left calf muscle, which unfortunately means he will likely be headed back to the DL. This could mean recalling Blake DeWitt from Triple A Las Vegas, who was just sent down there a few days ago.
Other hot bats of the night: Matt Kemp went 2 for 4, Jeff Kent went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Juan Pierre was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI.
Start Kuroda went six full innings, giving up five runs and nine hits. Cory Wade and Jonathan Broxton each pitched an inning for the hold. Saito pitched two innings, but got the blown save when a runner scored from a passed ball in the ninth. Chan Ho Park got his first win of the season, pitching the last three innings, holding the Rockies to only two hits.
The Dodgers will face the Rockies for the first time this season, opening up a three game series tonight at home at 7:40.
The Dodgers, Rockies, and Giants have all been teetering between the second, third, and fourth place spots in the NL West, so this series is key for the Dodgers to make some ground to place themselves above the Rockies and closer to the first place Dbacks.
Tonight’s matchup is Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez. Both are 1-2 on the season.
Blake DeWitt was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday to end his replacement for Nomar at third base. In his 18 day run, DeWitt batted .255 with 5 RBI and one error on defense. The roster move made room for right handed reliever Cory Wade from Double-A Jacksonville. Wade made his MLB debut last night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout.
Tony Abreu has joined the team in LA, but has not and will not be activiated for at least another couple weeks, after a Minor League rehab assignment to prove he his healthy.
The first place Dbacks and their starter Edgar Gonzalez beat the Dodgers last night, 6-4.
The Dodgers did manage to score three runs off seven his in Gonzalez’s seven innings of work. The Dodgers tied it up 1-1 in the first off Jeff Kent’s RBI double, who was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI for the night. He drove in Nomar for the first run, who went 2 for 4. The Dbacks again took a 3-1 lead in the second. The Dodgers rallied in the fourth to score two more runs to tie the game, an RBI single by James Loney and sacfly by Andre Ethier. They could’ve taken the lead but instead left two men on as Billingsley grounded out. Another chance failed in the sixth with bases loaded and one out, but Matt Kemp struck out and then pinch hitter Matt Sweeney flied out to end the inning. They finish the night going 2 for 8 with RISP, leaving seven men on base, though the 3-4-5 hitters did go a combined 6 for 11 with 3 runs scored.
Starter Billingsley remains winless after this game, giving up five runs and six hits through six innings. He did have a career-high 12 strikeouts, but the damage was already done to hand him the loss.
Tidbit of the night: Jeff Kent and Joe Torre were both ejected in the ninth after arguing about a play from the top of the eighth, where a Dbacks runner was called safe after the ump said Kent was taken off the bag on the throw. The runner eventually scored.
April 24, 1988 at Candlestick Park
Dodgers 4, Giants 0 (11-4)
Fernando Valenzuela and Jay Howell combined to shut out the Giants in the Dodgers third straight win. Valenzuela picked up the win and he improved to 2-2. He gave up five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Howell got the final four Giants out (two by strikeout) and he picked up his first save of the season.
Mike Scioscia was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four and he drove in three runs. Kirk Gibson doubled and scored while Danny Heep had a single, a double and a run.
The Dodgers close their short series with the Dbacks on Thursday at 7:10pm.
Chad Billingsley will again look for his first win of the season, facing RHP Edgar Gonzalez, who is also winless in three starts. In his last start in Atlanta, Billingsley was strong in his first four with nine strikeouts, but was roughed up in the fifth and took the loss. If Billingsley is able to command control when in a jam, and if he receives decent run support, he should be able to get his first win of the season and a series sweep for the Dodgers.
Andy LaRoche began his minor league rehab assignment today at Double-A Jacksonville. The rehab assignment will likely keep him on schedule to return in mid-May.
Jason Schmidt had his first bullpen session earlier this week, throwing 48 pitches from the mound. A few more bullpen sessions will hopefully allow Schmidt to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the coming weeks.
The Dodgers beat Dan Haren and the Dbacks tonight, 8-3.
The offense handed Haren his first loss of the season by scoring 6 runs on 9 hits off him. They added 2 more runs in the 8th off Yusmeiro Petit. The offense rallied to take the lead in the first and never looked back, ending with a total of 13 hits. James Loney and Chin-lung Hu both had two hits and two RBIs. Matt Kemp also added two hits with one double. Andre Ethier, playing left, was 2 for 4 with three runs scored. The birthday boy Andruw Jones added one hit while batting in the two hole. Interesting to note: all 8 runs scored tonight came with 2 outs.
Derek Lowe had to leave after the fifth due to elbow soreness, but only giving up one run on three hits was enough to earn him the win. This moves his record to 2-1 with an impressive 2.45 ERA. Park, Beimel, and Broxton all came out to relief before Saito closed in out in the ninth for his second save of the season.
This moves the Dodgers into a second-place NL West tie with the Rockies, who both stand 6 games behind the Dbacks in first.
April 23, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 10, Giants 3 (10-4)
The Dodgers won their tenth game and they did it by running up the score on the Giants by putting ten runs on the board. Mike Marshall hit his first homer of the season and it was a grand slam in the ninth inning. Alfredo Griffin pitched in with a single, a triple and three RBIs. Mike Scioscia had a team high three hits in the game as well as a team high three runs.
Orel Hershiser continued his impressive April and he improved to 4-0. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings. Tim Belcher struck out six in just two innings but he was tagged for two runs while Jay Howell pitched a shutout ninth to close the game out.
The Dodgers host the first place DBacks tonight for another short two game series.
It will be another challenge for the Dodger offense as they face Dan Haren, who is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this season. The Dodgers lost against Haren back on April 7 in Arizona, where he allowed just one earned run over six innings.
The Dodgers will have Derek Lowe pitch to look for his second win. Lowe has started strong with a 2.59 ERA, but his record doesn’t reflect that because of a lack of run support. In his last start in Atlanta, he was charged with the loss after giving up three earned runs. Lowe looks to improve his career record against Arizona, which stands at 3-6.
The website just kicked off it’s 1988 Dodgers diary a few weeks ago and I was happy to find that we’re not the only one’s celebrating. MLB, along with A&E, have put together the Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Series Collector’s Edition and the highlight of the set is you get full coverage of all five World Series games. You not only get to see the stage being set for Kirk Gibson’s historic homerun off of Dennis Eckersley in game one, but you also get full games of the other four games as well. You get to see Orel Hershiser’s game two three hit shutout as well as the game five clincher.
If that wasn’t enough, you also get game’s four and seven of the NLCS. Game seven was another shutout by Hershiser while game four has what I’ve callen Kirk Gibson’s forgotten homerun. The Mets were up two games to one and the Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth of game four on a Mike Scioscia homer to send the game into extra frames and then Kirk Gibson belted a solo homer in the twelth to win it for the Dodgers. Without game four of the NLCS, there might not have been a World Series game one homer.
You also get all the bells and whistles. Interviews and more interviews, including some right after the game one homer by Gibby. You also get the award presentations as well as some additional game highlights, like when Orel Hershiser broke Don Drysdale’s consecutive scoreless innings record.
There’s just a ton of good stuff in here and if you’re a Dodgers fan, you should run out and buy this set so you can relive the Dodgers post season glory.
The Dodgers lost today, 8-1, to split the series in Cincinnati.
Starter Hong-Chih Kuo was roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning to give him his first loss of the season. Scott Proctor finished the fourth before Esteban Loaiza came in to pitch three innings while giving up two more runs. Jonathan Broxton also came out the pen for the eighth and gave up one run.
The offense seemed to repeat the trend that they had going in Atlanta all weekend-only scoring one run for the losses. For starters, Andruw Jones was out of the lineup, supposedly because of bad allergies and feeling under the weather. Hopefully this day off will help that along with his slump of a .159 average. The box score doesn’t show much for the offense: just five hits and one run, which is overshadowed by the Reds’ 15 hits and 8 runs.. Rafael Furcal had two of those hits and the RBI in the third to take a 1-0 lead, but the Reds tied it in the bottom of the inning before rallying in the fourth to steal the lead for good.
The loss puts the Dodgers at 1-4 for the road trip. The offense could only produce one run in each loss while going just 2 for 29 with RISP in those losses. The Dodgers will return to LA with an 8-12 record and tying last place position in the NL West.
The Dodgers look to make it two straight against the Reds tonight at 4:10pm PT.
Hong-Chih Kuo will look for his first win in his third start of the season, after replacing Esteban Loaiza as the fifth starter. They will face RHP Edinson Volquez, who is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA this season.
Torre may keep the same lineup for today’s game, with Russell Martin in the two slot and Andruw Jones down in the eighth spot.
With a win today, and a Colorado and San Diego loss, the Dodgers could move up to be tied for second in the NL West with the Rockies.
The Dodgers beat the Reds today in Cincinnati in the first of a short two game series.
Brad Penny got the win after throwing six strong innings, giving up one run on six hits with four strikeouts. He moves to a 7-2 record against the Reds, with a perfect 5-0 while pitching at the Great American Ball Park. Chan Ho Park pitched the remaining three innings, and still earned the save after giving up two runs off homers in the seventh and ninth innings.
The offense exploded for a total of 15 hits and 9 runs. Nomar, batting in the three slot, belted his first homer of the season, and ended up with 3 RBI for the night. James Loney also had a 3-RBI night. Rafael Furcal homered and went 2 for 5. Even Penny got in on the offensive action with a single and sacrifice. Andruw Jones was moved down to bat eighth and ended up 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
It took the Dodgers just two innings to equal their run total from the entire weekend in Atlanta (3).
The Dodgers continue their road trip by heading to Cincinnati to face the Reds on Monday at 4:10pm PT.
The Dodgers will try and recover from a 3 game losing streak after being swept in Atlanta. The Reds are 8-11 on the season, winning just 2 of their last 9. Brad Penny will look for his third win of the season, and has a good shot considering his 6-0 career record against the Reds. The Dodgers will face Matt Belisle, who is just coming off the DL to make his first start of the year.
The Dodgers have fallen to 7-11 on the season, which is enough to place them last in the NL West. But, it is only April, and as much as these projections are based only on math and number probability, it gives us fans a glimmer of hope….
So, according to this, only 80 more wins ’til we tie for first place!
The Braves again held the Dodgers to just one run in today’s game to hand the team their third straight loss and series sweep. The Braves pitching held the Dodgers to just three runs over the three game series, probably because they went only 1 for 22 with RISP over the three games.
The lone run came off of Russell Martin’s fourth inning homer. The team could only muster 5 hits for the game while getting dealt 9 strikeouts, 8 by Braves starter Jair Jurrjens.
Hiroki Kuroda went six strong innings, giving up just two runs. Scott Proctor came out of the pen in the seventh and ended up giving up four more runs in the eighth. Kuroda was still tagged for the loss, though, as he had a lack of run support when he left after the sixth.
Nomar and Jeff Kent were both given the day off to rest. Nomar is just 1 for 10 after coming back from the DL, and Torre has decided to allow DeWitt to play here and there before giving Nomar the everyday third base job back.
The Dodgers lost their second straight on Saturday to Atlanta, 4-1.
Chad Billingsley was charged with the loss, now 0-3 on the season, giving up four runs on six hits over five innings, with all four runs scored in the fifth. He did have an impressive nine strikeouts, though. Esteban Loaiza then came out of the pen after Joe Beimel to pitch two full innings, giving up just one hit.
Andruw Jones, playing at the stadium which he called home for his entire career until this season, hit his first homerun as a Dodger in the second inning. That was the only run the Dodgers could come up with, though, as Braves starter Chuck James held the Dodgers to just four hits over his five innings.
The Dodgers lost their first game of the series with the Braves last night.
Starter Derek Lowe didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits. Lowe gave up one homerun to Chipper Jones in the fifth, who later homered again off Chan Ho Park in the seventh.
The offense couldn’t get their bats going against Braves starter Jeff Bennett. The only run scored was batted in Juan Pierre who came in to pinch-hit. Andruw Jones went 1 for 3 with 2 strikeouts in his first time back at Turner Field in a Dodgers uniform.
The Dodgers and Braves play an afternoon game at 1pm today, with Chad Billingsley facing Chuck James. Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the season.
The Dodgers begin a six game road trip tonight in Atlanta at 4:30 PT.
This will be Andruw Jones’ first time being in the visitors dugout at Turner Field. Rafael Furcal also played in Atlanta with Jones from 2000-2005, and is on a hot streak to show off to his former team.
The Dodger will throw Derek Lowe, who has a 1.80 ERA so far this season. He will face RHP Jeff Bennett who will make just his second start of the season after being used out of the bullpen for a few games.
The Dodgers won 2 of 3 at Turner Field last year, 4 of 7 overall against the Braves.
April 18, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 6, Padres 0 (9-4)
Tim Leary was awesome in his start as he dealt a three hit shutout against the Padres. He walked just two hitters and he struck out eleven in an impressive start.
Steve Sax singled twice and drove in two runs in the win. Leary helped out his own cause with a single and a pair of RBIs while John Shelby singled, drew a walk and scored twice.
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