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May 31, 2008

Park, Martin Lead Dodgers Past Mets

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers snapped their four game losing skid to get back to .500 with a win over the Mets, 9-5.

The Dodger offense went 6 for 9 with RISP, and started off in the first by rallying to take a 3-0 lead. Juan Pierre had a leadoff walk and stole second before James Loney and Russell Martin hit consecutive RBI-doubles followed by an RBI-single by Andre Ethier. The Mets came back to take a 4-3 lead but Martin tied it in the fourth with a solo shot. Martin ended up 4 for 4 with 3 RBI on the night, just a triple short of the cycle. The Mets took the lead again by adding one in the seventh, but a 5-run Dodger eighth lead them to the victory. Pierre started things off with a single and scored off Matt Kemp’s RBI double. Jeff Kent, Loney, and Martin each followed suit with RBI singles. Blake DeWitt also added an RBI single to cap off the inning.

The Dodgers have won both games that Clayton Kershaw has started, but he has two no-decisions in both those starts. Kershaw had a 3-0 lead when he took the mound in the first, but allowed the Mets to close the gap to 3-2 when Luis Castillo hit a two-run shot. Kershaw was pulled in the fourth after loading the bases with two outs and left with being tagged for four runs total. Chan Ho Park came out of the pen and got David Wright to ground out to end the threat. Park then didn’t allow a Mets hit until the seventh which allowed David Wright to score. Park finished for the win with 3 1/3 innings of work. Jonathan Broxton threw a hitless eighth before Saito closed out the ninth to seal the win.

The Dodgers look to go above .500 today and send Chad Billingsley to the mound to go for his fifth win. He will face Mike Pelfrey, who has lost his last six decisions and holds a 5.33 ERA.

Dodgers Lose to Mets In Eleven Innings

by @ 4:08 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 31, 1988 at Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 4  (27-20)

The Dodgers lost a tough one in a game that started out as a pitcher’s duel but end up having it’s share of runs.  Don Sutton gave up two runs in the fifth and that looked like it might be enough as Dwight Gooden shut down the Dodgers.  Then in the ninth, Kirk Gibson belted a clutch solo homer to tie the game and send it into extra frames.  The Dodgers then looked like they’d win it when they scored two runs in the tenth but the Mets answered with two of their own off of Jay Howell.  Then in the bottom of the eleventh, Alejandro Pena gave up a walk off solo homer to Scott Elster for the Dodgers second straight loss.

Kirk Gibson finished the game two for five and he was the only Dodger with two hits.  Steve Sax singled and he drove in one of the Dodgers’ runs.

May 30, 2008

Hopeful Events at Dodger Stadium…

by @ 8:36 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers are in the bid to host the 2013 All-Star Game. On Wednesday, Bud Selig announced that the Angels would host the 2010 ASG at Angel Stadium, so the Dodgers hope to make the game return to the LA area again in 2013. The Dodgers haven’t hosted the ASG since 1980. The Dodger competition to host is fierce, though, as many other National League teams are vying for the bid. 2009′s ASG will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and 2011′s and 2012′s have yet to be determined.

Before the 2013 ASG, though, the Dodgers are also in line to host the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The Dodgers hope that this bid would propel them to win the bid for the 2013 All-Star Game, as 2012 will mark the year of renovations for the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. An official annoucement should be made next month as to what stadium will host next year’s WBC.

Dodgers Lose Fourth Straight, Drop Below .500

by @ 8:25 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers left Chicago after being swept and lost their first to the Mets at Shea, 4-8.

The hype surrounding Torre’s return to New York was lost when the Dodgers took the loss against the Mets. The Dodgers were down 0-6 after the fourth but the Dodgers added four in two innings to close the gap. In the fifth, the Dodgers added three runs with a solo shot by Jeff Kent, who returned to the lineup, followed by a two-run shot by Blake DeWitt. They added one more in the sixth with Loney’s RBI-single to make it a two-run game, but the Mets ran away with the game in the seventh by adding two more of their own.

Brad Penny took the loss to make his career record against the Mets 5-13, 1-10 at Shea. He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits for his sixth loss. The Mets tagged Penny for two runs in the third when David Wright hit a two-run homerun. Penny was then roughed in the fourth for four runs, including another two-run homerun given up to Wright. Hong-Chih Kuo then pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth to allow the offense to catch up to make it 4-6. Scott Proctor and Joe Beimel each gave up a run to give the Mets 8 before Cory Wade pitch a one-hit eighth.

The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound Friday to snap their lose streak and bring the team back to .500. Kershaw will make his second career start after earning the no-decision in his first start by giving up two runs through six against the Cardinals. The Mets will start John Maine, who stands at 5-4 with a 3.41 ERA. The Dodgers faced Maine in LA on May 7 and took the loss after Maine held the Dodgers to one run on four hits in 8 1/3.

Mets Top Dodgers In Series Opener

by @ 3:07 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 30, 1988 at Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Dodgers 2  (27-19)

Tim Leary was roughed up and he fell to 4-4 as the Dodgers dropped their series opener to the Mets.  Leary gave up three runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.  Tim Crews threw two shutout innings to close out the game but the Dodgers weren’t able to mount a come back against Mets starter Ron Darling.

John Shelby was the hitting star and he drove in both Dodgers run.  He went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs.

May 29, 2008

Cubs Complete Sweep of Dodgers

by @ 6:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers took a 1-2 loss Wednesday night to get swept by the Cubs in Chicago. The Dodgers were outscored 8-3 in their three losses against the Cubs.

The Dodgers matched the Cubs with seven hits, but the Dodgers’ one run actually came off a bases-loaded walk to Blake DeWitt in the fourth to score Russell Martin. The offense left 10 runners on base and went 0 for 5 with RISP, but managed a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the ninth.

Derek Lowe pitched a scoreless four-hitter for seven innings with five strikeouts. He left with the lead but earned the no-decision, which makes him winless in his past seven starts. Jonathan Broxton threw a hitless eighth for the hold. Saito came in to close out the ninth with a 1-0 lead but got his third blown save (in eleven chances) when he gave up a run. Saito walked two of his first three batters and loaded the bases when he failed to take first on a groundout throw from James Loney. Geovany Soto then hit a sacfly to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to extra innings. The Dodgers failed to score in the top half and took the loss when the Cubs scored one in the bottom of the tenth with Chan Ho Park on the mound. Park got one out before giving up a double to pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot. Fontenot then came around to score the winning run off an Alfonso Soriano RBI-single. This was Park’s first loss of the season.

The Dodgers leave Chicago after being swept and having lost five of their last six. They head to New York to take on the fourth place Mets. This is Joe Torre’s first trip back to New York, although he will be visiting Shea instead of his former home in the Bronx. The Dodgers send Brad Penny to the mound in the first of a four-game series. He will face Claudio Vargas, who stands at 1-2. Jeff Kent will also be back in tonight’s lineup.

Orel Hershiser Has Another Nice Start In Dodgers Win Over Expos

by @ 3:07 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 29, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Dodgers 2, Expos 1  (27-18)

The Dodgers won their rubber game with the Expos despite racking up just four hits in the contest.  Orel Hershiser didn’t require much help though as he improved to 7-2.  He gave up one run on nine hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game. 

Both of the Dodgers runs came around on solo homers.  Kirk Gibson hit his eighth homer in the first inning and John Shelby ripped his first homer of the season in the fourth inning.

May 28, 2008

Dodgers Look to Avoid Sweep

by @ 7:42 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers take on the Cubs for the final game of the series today at 5:05. They look to get a win after losing four of their last five and to avoid being swept by the Cubs, with the last time the Dodgers were swept by them at Wrigley in May 2001.

Derek Lowe will get the nod and go for his third win, which would be his first since April 23. He will face Carlos Zambrano, who stands at 7-1 on the seaon. Zambrano does more than pitch effectively, though, as he leads all NL pitchers with 11 hits, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored.

Jeff Kent is still nursing a sore back and may miss today’s finale.

The date of return for Jason Schmidt is inching closer and closer. He threw on Monday for Class A Inland Empire, throwing 45 pitches and topping out at 91 MPH. Torre has reported that Schmidt may not be back to 100% health until next season, but is still looking to rejoin the team sometime in early June.

Dodgers Lose Pitchers Duel, Four Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 3:06 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 28, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Expos 2, Dodgers 1  (26-18)

The Dodgers four game winning streak came to an end despite a nice start by Fernando Valenzuela.  He gave up just two runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in nine innings. Jay Howell ran into trouble in the tenth and he took the loss.  He gave up lead off single thenhe slipped on a bunt attempt and threw late to first base.  A single later in the inning drove home the winning run and that dropped Howell’s record to 2-1.

Kirk Gibson doubled twice to bring his season total up to twelve.  Steve Sax went two for four with a walk, a double and a run.

May 27, 2008

Dodgers Take Another 1-3 Loss to Cubs

by @ 6:59 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodger offense continued to struggle while an error allowed the Cubs to score two unearned runs to take their second straight from the Dodgers.

The Dodgers were held to one run on six hits. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when James Loney singled moved to second on Matt Kemp’s walk. Blake DeWitt then singled to score Loney. Andre Ethier also went 2 for 3 to hit safely in seven of his last eight games. The offense left eight men on base, though, including leaving the bases loaded with one out in the eighth.

Hiroki Kuroda left in the seventh with a 1-0 lead and runners on the corners. Jonathan Broxton then came in and allowed Kuroda to be tagged for an unearned run when DeWitt fumbled Mike Fontenot’s grounder to allow the runner at third to score. Aramis Ramirez then singled in Alfonso Soriano. Kosuke Fukodome then doubled to score Fontenot to make it 3-1. Kuroda took his fourth loss and Broxton earned the blown save.

The Dodgers have now dropped four of their last five and drop to 4 games behind the Snakes.

In other news, Andruw Jones underwent his knee surgery today and everything went well as planned. He is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Jeff Kent was also scratched from the lineup just before the game due to back spasms, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.  

Tim Belcher Pitches Dodgers to Fourth Straight Win

by @ 3:05 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 27, 1988 at Olympic Stadium
Dodgers 5, Expos 2  (26-17)

The Dodgers won their fourth straight game behind a solid start by Tim Belcher.  He gave up one run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.  Jesse Orosco threw a shutout inning and he improved to 2-1 while Alejandro Pena gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.

Kirk Gibson had a big day at the plate.  He went three for five with a double and two RBIs.  Dave Anderson went two for three with a run and an RBI.

May 26, 2008

Dodgers Take Back First Place After Big Game By Steve Sax

by @ 6:04 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 26, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 10, Philies 8  (25-17)

The pitching wasn’t there but the Dodgers definitely got it done at the plate to wrap up a three game sweep over the Phillies.  Steve Sax led the way with a big day at the plate.  He doubled, homered twice, drove in four runs and scored three times.  John shelby, Mickey Hatcher and Jeff Hamilton all had a pair of hits, an RBI and two runs a piece.

Don Sutton gave up three runs in six innings but he didn’t get the decision.  Jay Howell closed out the game with two scoreless innings and he improved to 2-0.

The significance about this win was the Dodgers took sole possession of first place.  From here on out, they’d be in first place through the end of the season.

Dodgers Drop First to Cubs

by @ 3:36 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers took a 3-1 loss in Monday’s game at Wrigley to the first place Cubs.

The Dodgers managed 10 hits for the game, but only drove in one run and ended up just 2 for 16 with RISP. The offense had their share of opportunities to take a lead, including having the bases loaded with one out in both the sixth and eighth innings. The lone run came in the fifth when Andre Ethier hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a single, and scored when Juan Pierre singled to second.

Chad Billingsley struck out seven and gave up just two runs but was tagged for the loss, his sixth of the season. He held the Cubs to four hits in his six innings, but one of the four was the difference in the game-a two run shot to Derrek Lee in the first. Chan Ho Park threw an inning and Scot Proctor pitched the eighth and gave up a solo shot to Aramis Ramirez.

The Dodgers will look to steal one back from the Cubs on Tuesday at 4:05. The Cubs send Sean Gallagher to the mound for just his fourth MLB start. He is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in his previous three. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Dodgers and go for his third win of the season. Kuroda’s battery mate will be Danny Ardoin for his MLB debut in place of Russell Martin who needs a rest day and the injured Gary Bennett.

May 25, 2008

Dodgers Avoid Sweep with Ethier’s Walk-Off

by @ 4:48 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers took the final game of the series with the Cardinals today to avoid the sweep with a walk-off RBI-single by Andre Ethier in the bottom of the tenth.

The Cards scored one in the first but the Dodgers answered back with one of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Luis Maza, playing second in place of Jeff Kent, hit a solo homerun. The Dodgers then took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Russell Martin drove an RBI-double to score Ethier from first. The Cards tied it up in the sixth but Martin again gave the Dodgers a one-run lead when he got a two-out RBI-single to score Juan Pierre who had also singled. The Cardinals tied it again in the seventh but the Dodgers came out on top in the tenth with Ethier’s walk off single to score Pierre.

Let’s not let Ethier’s walk-off hit overshadow the outstanding performance of Clayton Kershaw in his MLB debut. He held the Cards to two runs off five hits with seven K’s in six innings. He left after six to get the no-decision, but his outing is good news for the Dodgers who will keep Kershaw in the rotation for his next start on Friday against the Mets. Wade and Beimel threw a few pitches before yielding to Broxton, who got the blow save when he gave up a run in the seventh. Saito pitched two scoreless innings. with a total of five K’s, to get his third win of the season.

The Dodgers leave LA and head out to Chicago for a three game series with the Cubs. Chad Billingsley will go for his fifth win against Ryan Dempster, who stands at 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA. The Memorial Day game will be an early start for the West Coast, 11:20am.

Dodgers Held Scoreless in Loss

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers lost another to the Cardinals on Saturday, 4-0.

The Dodgers were held to eight hits and couldn’t produce a run in the loss. Juan Pierre, batting leadoff, had three hits and Andre Ethier chipped in two. The Dodgers have been held to just one run in their two games with the Cards, coming off a sacfly on Friday.

Brad Penny held the Cards to four hits, but also allowed four runs to take the loss. All four runs came with two outs in the third. Penny ended up going seven innings with five strikeouts, but the Cardinals’ rally in the third handed him his fifth loss to even his record at .500.

The Dodgers took another loss after Saturday’s game by placing Andruw Jones on the DL. He will undergo surgery to repair the torn cartilage in his right knee, and is expected to miss about a month. Terry Tiffee of Triple-A Las Vegas will be brought up to replace Jones, and Nomar has been moved to the 60-day DL to allow the roster changes, which doesn’t make him eligible to return until at least the end of June.

Tim Leary Throws Second Straight Shutout, Dodgers Move Into Tie For First

by @ 3:02 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 25, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 4, Phillies 0  (24-17)

The Dodgers moved into a tie for first place behind a top notch start by Tim Leary.  He gave up a single in the third inning then didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game.  He improved to 4-3 and he gave up two walks while he struck out six.

The Dodgers scored their four runs on a pair of two run blasts.  Mike Scioscia put the Dodgers on the board with a two run homer in the fourth and then Jeff Hamilton belted a two run homer in the seventh inning.

May 24, 2008

Dodgers Drop First to Cardinals

by @ 12:00 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers had their three-game win streak snapped last night by losing to the visiting Cardinals, 2-1.

The lone Dodger run came in the seventh after being down 2-0. Mark Sweeney got the pinch-hit RBI to score Chin-lung Hu. Hu and Russell Martin each had two hits on the night, with the only other Dodger hit coming off the bat of Matt Kemp for a grand total of five. An hour rain delay took place before Andruw Jones was put in to pinch-hit and struck out with the tying run at third in the bottom of the ninth. That left the team with an o for 9 with RISP.

Derek Lowe gave up just two runs but got lacked run support to take his fifth loss. He gave up five hits through seven, with his only mistake being a two-run shot to Ryan Ludwick in the third. In Lowe’s last six starts, he is 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA. Joe Beimel, Scott Proctor, and Cory Wade all combined for two scoreless innings.

The Dodgers and Cards go again today at 7:10. Rafael Furcal is still not activated and may even miss out on the road trip to Chicago and New York for the next couple of series. Jones is still aiding his knee and will not play the outfield. Torre said he will continue to use Jones as a pinch hitter, but he might want to reconsider after Jones left the tying run at third as he struck out to end the game last night.

Brad Penny will go for his sixth win and will face Kyle Lohse. Penny is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in his last three starts and has four losses on the season, which equals his total for all of last year. Lohse is 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

On Sunday, the Dodgers will have 20-year-old rookie Clayton Kershaw starting for his MLB debut. Yhency Brazoban and Esteban Loaiza were both designated for assignment to allow room for Kershaw, who is making his way up from Double-A Jacksonville after being a first-round pick in the 2006 draft.

Orel Hershiser, Pen Help Dodgers Snap Three Game Skid

by @ 3:01 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 24, 1988 at Veterans Stadium
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1  (23-17)

The Dodgers won a twelve inning pitchers duel behind some top notch pitching by Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers pen.  Hershiser didn’t get a decision, but he gave up just one run on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in eight innings.  Alejandro Pena improved to 2-1 with a shutout eleventh and Jesse Orosco threw a perfect twelth to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Dave Anderson belted a solo homerun in the eighth inning to tie the game at one run a piece.  Then Mike Davis singled home Rick Dempsey in the bottom of the twelth to win it for the Dodgers.  Kirk Gibson reached base a team high four times with a single and three walks.  All three passes that Gibson picked up were intentional.

May 23, 2008

Dodgers-Cardinals Preview

by @ 8:16 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers open a three game series with the Cardinals at home beginning tonight at 7:40.

 Tonight’s game will signal the return of Rafael Furcal, who was eligible to be activated from the DL on Wednesday night. Andruw Jones should also be back in the lineup tonight after dealing with a swollen right knee from torn cartilage, which will likely require surgery, possibly before the season ends. Derek Lowe will make the start and look for his third win after coming off his worst outing of the season, giving up seven runs to the Angels for the loss. Lowe is 1-4 lifetime against the Cardinals and has not seen in a win since April 23rd.

The Cardinals, who have been teetering with the Cubs for first place in NL Central, will start Adam Wainwright. He is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

There is also rumor that Clayton Kershaw could be brought up to take the fifth starting spot in the rotation, beginning in the next series against the Cubs. Kershaw was yanked in yesterday’s start after facing just three batters, possibly because they want him on full time’s rest to make a start for the Dodgers on Tuesday. 

May 22, 2008

Kuroda Leads Dodgers to Sweep of Reds

by @ 9:35 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

Hiroki Kuroda earned just his second victory of his MLB career by holding the Reds to two runs and allowing the Dodgers to get a 5-2 win for the sweep.

The Reds scored first with one in the second but the Dodgers answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two. James Loney lead off with a walk, moved to third when Matt Kemp singled, and scored on a wild pitch. Kemp took third from a groundout and scored off a squeeze by Chin-lung Hu. The Reds tied it 2-2 in the fourth but the Dodgers added one to take the lead when Blake DeWitt scored on a pass ball after hitting a single. They added one more in the fifth when Matt Kemp scored after a wild pick-off attempt. Loney capped off the runs in the seventh with a two-out solo shot to right.

Kuroda’s only other win this season came in his MLB debut over a month ago. He then was tagged for three losses in his next eight starts before earning this win. Kuroda went eight innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. The only mistakes Kuroda made was yielding a leadoff double to Adam Dunn in the second for him to come around to score and giving up another run in the fourth off a sacfly. Kuroda’s native Japanese teammate, Takashi Saito, sealed the win for Kuroda by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his ninth save.

The Dodgers are now 8-0 when the starter goes at least seven innings. The Dodgers have an off day today before opening a home series with the Cardinals this weekend.

Dodgers Swept by Mets

by @ 3:01 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 22, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 2  (22-17)

For the first time this season, the Dodgers were handed a three game sweep as the Mets won their third straight game. The score looks a lot closer then this game was because while the Mets scored just five runs, they came in the first two innings.  Fernando Valenzuela was shelled and he fell to 3-5.  He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

John Shelby was the hitting star in the loss.  He went three for five with a double and a run.  Dave Anderson also reached base three times with two singles and a walk.

May 21, 2008

Dodgers Held to Four Hits In Second Straight Loss to Mets

by @ 3:00 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 21, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 4, Dodgers 0  (22-16)

The Dodger slide continued as they dropped their second straight game and it was their fourth loss in their last five games.  It didn’t help that the Dodgers picked up just four hits with John Shelby’s being the only one for extra bases with a double.

Tim Belcher dropped to 3-2 on the season with a rough start.  He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in just five innings.

May 20, 2008

Dodgers Take Two From Reds

by @ 9:38 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

 The Dodgers took two against the Reds to earn themselves a short but sweet two-game win streak. They will head into Wednesday’s game looking for the series sweep.

The Dodgers were already down 4-0 entering the bottom of the third, but the bats came alive to score two in the third to kick start the 6-5 victory in Monday’s game. They were down again entering the fifth, but tied it at 5′s with RBI singles by James Loney, Matt Kemp, and Blake DeWitt. DeWitt then delievered the clutch hit of the game when he hit a slow-rolling but game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to score Russell Martin, who had singled earlier in the inning.

Brad Penny was scored on in all his six innings pitched except for two. He gave up five runs on nine hits but escaped the loss after leaving after six innings with a 5-5 tie. Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton and Saito each threw a scoreless inning to hold the Reds at 5 and allow DeWitt to hit his bloop RBI single to win the first of the series.

The Dodgers also took the second of the series against the Reds, this time being lead by the pitching.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second by rallying for two runs, including and RBI-single by starter Chad Billingsley. They added two more in the seventh when Chin-lung Hu got on and Juan Pierre got an RBI-single to score him. Pierre then scored when Russell Martin beat out a groundout that would’ve been a double play to end the inning.

Chad Billingsley was near perfect for his fourth victory of the season. He went seven innings, giving up just four hits with no runs and seven strikeouts. Jonathan Broxton and Joe Beimel combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Saito closed out the ninth to earn his seventh save.

The Dodgers go for the series sweep on Wednesday with Hiroki Kuroda taking the mound. He has just one win in nine starts, but is coming off his best outing thus far after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Dodgers will face Johnny Cueto, who is 2-4 with a 5.75 ERA. Cueto also had a no-hitter going in his last outing but lost it in the fifth and eventually earned the no-decision.

Dodgers Fall From First After Loss to Mets

by @ 2:59 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 20, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Mets 5, Dodgers 2  (22-15)

The Dodgers fell from first place for the first time since May 1 as Don Sutton was touched up for four runs in 4 1/3 innings.  He gave up the runs on eight hits and three walks and he struck out two and the loss evened his record at 3-3 on the season.

Steve Sax was the hitting star in the loss with three singles, an RBI and a stolen base.  John Shelby also pitched in with two singles, a run, a stolen base and an RBI.

May 19, 2008

Injury Updates

by @ 5:20 pm. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers, who have Brad Penny on the mound tonight against the Reds, will soon see some of their recovered regulars back in the lineup.

Rafael Furcal, much needed atop the lineup to kick-start the offense, should return on Friday’s opener against the Cardinals. He can be activated on Wednesday and will take Thursday’s day off before starting on Friday.

Nomar is still in the middle of his rehab assignment, but has been reporting tightness in his calf, which could set off his date of return. The Dodgers shouldn’t panic, as Blake DeWitt has hit .318 while filling in for Nomar at third.

Jason Schmidt made his second rehab start on Saturday, throwing just 34 pitches but struck on three and hit 93 on the gun. He is scheduled to make at least a few more rehab starts before returning, including one this weekend at Inland Empire. His return will likely place him as the fifth role starter, after Torre has been juggling that spot with Hong-Chih Kuo, Chan Ho Park, and Esteban Loaiza. Loaiza is expected to make a rehab start tonight at Inland Empire and could return with the team after that to take the fifth starter spot before Schmidt returns.

Dodgers Lose Freeway Series

by @ 7:20 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers dropped their last of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium by a score of 10-2.

The offense was held to seven hits and two runs and struck out eleven times. The two runs came in the fourth after already being down 4-0 when Jeff Kent had a 2-RBI single to score Juan Pierre and Russell Martin.

Derek Lowe, pitching on three days rest, could only endure five innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits. The Angel offense exploded in the second for four runs. One run came after Gary Bennet overthrew a ball and then after a James Loney throwing error, and the following three runs came off a Mike Napoli homerun. This gives Lowe his fourth loss; he is winless since April 23. Scott Proctor and Yhency Brazoban came out of the pen, with Proctor giving up a solo homerun and Brazoban yielding two runs.

The Dodgers remain in LA but return to Dodger Stadium to host the Reds tonight for a three-game series, and hope to snap the four-game losing streak they currently hold at home. Brad Penny, who was pushed back from yesterday’s start due to arm stiffness, will start today. Penny is 5-4 on the season, 7-2 lifetime against the Reds, winning his last five starts against them. The Dodgers will face Bronson Arroyo, who is 2-4 with a 6.08 ERA.

Tim Leary Throws Seven Hit Shutout In Dodgers Win

by @ 2:58 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 19, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodger 2, Expos 0  (22-14)

Tim Leary returned the favor today as he shut out the Expos on seven hits to put the Dodgers back in sole possession of first place.  Leary improved to 3-3 and he struck out ten batters and he didn’t allow a single walk.

Mike Marshall was the hitting star in the contest.  He went three for four with a solo homer.  The homerun was his sixth of the season.

May 18, 2008

Dodgers Even Series With Angels

by @ 10:10 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers got just their second win in their last eleven at Angel Stadium by a score of 6-3 to even the series.

The offense started when Andruw Jones walked in the second and Blake DeWitt followed him with a homer. Some controversy followed the homerun call, as Angel manager Mike Scioscia argued a fan came in contact with the ball, but the umpires still ruled it a homerun to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the third when Chin-lung Hu got a leadoff walk followed by Juan Pierre being hit by a pitch. Andre Ethier and Russell Martin each then had RBI-singles to drive them home. The Dodgers added two insurance runs later on, including one in the seventh when Juan Pierre scored from third while Martin was being tagged out in a rundown, and another in the eighth to make it 6-2. The Dodger offense totaled four runs off Angels starter Ervin Santana to hand him his first loss of the season.

Chan Ho Park made his first start in over a year, and gave up just one earned run on three hits through four. Hong-Chih Kuo then came out of the pen to pitch the next four, holding the Angels to just three hits and no runs to earn the win, his third of the season. Satio gave up one in the ninth to give the Angels a total of three runs, but that wasn’t enough to match the six that the Dodger offense put up.

The Dodgers go for the series win today at 12:35. Brad Penny’s start will be held off until tomorrow against the Reds due to some arm stiffness. Instead, Derek Lowe gets the nod on three days rest, but he holds a 3-0 record with a 3.33 ERA on starts with three days rest. Lowe is winless in May in three starts but looks for his third win of the season. The Angels will start Jered Weaver, who is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA. He is coming off one of the best outings of his career, and holds a 2-0 career record against the Dodgers.

Dodgers Lose Despite Another Solid Start by Orel Hershiser

by @ 3:37 am. Filed under 1988 Dodgers, 1988 Dodgers Diary - May

May 18, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Expos 3, Dodgers 0  (21-14)

A solid start by Orel Hershiser went to waste as the Dodgers were shutout for the third time this season.  Hershiser fell to 6-2 and he gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The Dodgers managed just six hits and all six were singles.  Danny Heep reached base three times with two singles and a walk.

May 17, 2008

Angels Continue to Dominate Dodgers

by @ 10:18 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers dropped their ninth of the last ten to the Angels in Anaheim last night in a 4-2 loss.

The only Dodger runs came with two outs in the seventh when James Loney singled and Andre Ethier drove a two-run shot. Loney was the only Dodger to have more than one hit on the night, going 2 for 4. The lack of Dodger offense, getting just five hits, handed Angels start Joe Saunders his AL-leading seventh victory of the season.

Hiroki Kuroda had the Angels scoreless with two outs in the fourth when Kuroda struck out Erick Aybar but an overthrow error by Gary Bennett allowed Casey Kotchman to score from second. Kuroda then gave up two more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh, but one was unearned due to a Russell Martin throwing mistake, after he had made an error in the previous inning. Kuroda was pulled in the seventh and earned his third loss after giving up four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Joe Beimel faced a batter and yielded a hit so Scott Proctor was put in for the remainder of the game, with his only mistake being a walk.

After the game Friday, Joe Torre learned he would not be heading back to his former home of Yankee Stadium to coach the All-Star Team. Torre seems to have no problem with that, as he states he is in a new home with a new team. With his new team comes the current problem of a fifth starter, which has prompted Torre to give Chan Ho Park the nod for today’s game. This will be Park’s first start in over a year, and his first start with the Dodgers since 2001. Torre chose Park over Hong-Chih Kuo, who has been inconsistent in his starts this season, and Minor Leaguer Clayton Kershaw, who still may be unprepared to pitch at the Major League level.

The Dodgers face another tough pitcher today, Ervin Santana, who holds a perfect 6-0 record with a 2.63 ERA. Santana is 2-2 lifetime against the Dodgers, 1-1 last year.

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