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June 30, 2008

Dodgers Put Up 11 Hits But Still Take Loss

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The Dodgers dropped their first to the Astros in Houston and their second straight in a 4-1 loss.

Batting leadoff for the Dodgers, and going 0 for 5 with 4 K’s in his first big league game of the year, was Jason Repko. He was brought up to replace Juan Pierre, who was placed on the 15 day DL for the first time in his career for a sprained ligament in his left knee. The Dodgers managed to belt 11 hits but only scored one run in the first off James Loney’s sacfly to score Andre Ethier, who had doubled. That gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead but it was quickly swept away when the Astros tied it in the bottom half and went on to score three more while Roy Oswalt kept the Dodgers scoreless after the first.

Eric Stults took his first loss of the season, giving up four runs on five hits through 5 1/3. He allowed the Astros to tie it at 1 with a solo shot to Lance Berkman in the first. He then allowed the Astros to rally for three runs in the fourth to take the lead.  Troncoso, Beimel, and Wade all relieved from the ‘pen but their one-hit combined effort wasn’t enough as the Dodgers couldn’t back them with any run support. The offense has put up just two runs in their last three games and has scored one run or none in five of their last seven.

The Dodgers look to get their bats going to tie the series in the second game on Tuesday. They send Clayton Kershaw to face Wandy Rodriguez. Kershaw is still in search of his first MLB win while Wandy is 3-3 with a 2.58 ERA and is 2-1 lifetime against the Dodgers.

June 29, 2008

Another Shutout, but Dodgers Lose This One

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Derek Lowe continued to lack run support and pitched a gem but still took the loss as the Dodgers lose 1-0 and fail to take the series sweep. They did seal the series win though, just their second series win in the past 11.

Angels’ starter John Lackey threw like an ace, allowing just three Dodger hits while striking out nine. The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but the MLB leader in saves, K-Rod, got Loney to ground out to end the threat. Juan Pierre had one of the hits in the sixth but was pulled when he injured his knee while sliding into second on a steal. He will undergo an MRI and may be headed to the DL for the first time in his career. If so, the Dodgers would likely have to make a Triple-A callup and find a new leadoff hitter until Furcal’s return.

Derek Lowe suffered his eighth loss despite giving up just one run through seven. He gave up just five hits and fanned seven but lacked any run support to help him out.

The Dodgers are back to National League play after going 5-10 against the AL by heading to Houston tomorrow to begin a three-game set. Eric Stults will look to improve his perfect record to 3-0 and will face Roy Oswalt. Oswalt is 6-8 with an ERA at almost 5 and is 4-3 lifetime against the Dodgers.

Delwyn Young will likely get the start in place of Pierre on Monday and will bat leadoff until word on Pierre’s MRI comes, which may prompt Torre to bring up an extra outfielder. The injured trio of Andruw Jones, Nomar, and Furcal will all begin rehab starts with Las Vegas on Monday. Jones will rehab to focus on his swing and looks to return for the second half. Furcal and Nomar are looking to return just before the All-Star Break, with the Dodgers in much need of their regular leadoff hitter, especially if Pierre goes on the DL.

Orel Hershiser Throws Two Hit Shutout For Twelfth Win

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 29, 1988 at the Astrodome
Dodgers 2, Astros 0  (44-30)

Orel Hershiser had another nice start and he improved to 12-3 as the Dodgers won the rubber game in the series with the Astros.  He gave up just a pair of hits and a walk with six strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Mike Marshall drove in both Dodgers runs.  He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and then he singled home Kirk Gibson in the eighth inning.

Dodgers Kept Hitless But Get the Win

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Jered Weaver and Jose Arrendondo held the Dodgers hitless through eight but a run in the fifth gave the Dodgers a 1-0 victory and series win.

The run came in the fifth when Matt Kemp got on after Weaver’s fielding error. He stole second and took third when the catcher’s throw sailed into the outfield. Kemp then scored on a sacfly by Blake DeWitt.

Billingsley earns his seventh win in his best start of the season to set his record at .500. He threw seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and fanning seven. Broxton got the hold and Saito allowed a walk and a hit in the ninth before sealing the win with his 12th save.

The Dodgers now sealed the series win, winning just their second Interleague series win in the past three years. They look to sweep the Angels with a possible third consecutive shutout win today. They send Derek Lowe to the mound for the last Interleague game of the year. Lowe looks for his sixth win and looks for run support from the offense, he has just seven runs scored in his seven losses. He will face John Lackey, who has a microscopic ERA of 1.65 and is 5-1 after returning from the DL last month.

June 28, 2008

Dodgers Held to Three Hits, Four Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 5:43 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 28, 1988 at the Astrodome
Astros 4, Dodgers 3  (43-30)

The Dodgers four game winning streak came to an end in a game that saw the Dodgers pick up just three hits.  Mike Marshall hit a solo homer, his ninth long ball of the season, and John Shelby went one for three with a walk and an RBI.

Don Sutton got the start but not the decision.  He gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in five innings.  Brian Holton took the loss and he fell to 3-2 and he gave up a run in two innings of work.

Dodgers Take First in Freeway Series

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The Dodgers put up 6 runs and shut out the Angels as they took the first game at home against their cross-town Interleague rivals.

The Dodger offense kept Angels’ starter Joe Saunders from getting his MLB-leading 12th win. Russell Martin put the Dodgers up in the first with a solo shot, his team-leading eighth of the year. They then added two more in the fifth, one in part to Erick Aybar’s error at short. Andre Ethier blasted a three-run homerun in the seventh to make it 6-0. The homer is Ethier’s second hit in his last 15 AB’s.

Chan Ho Park pitched a gem in just his third start of the year. He threw six shutout innings, giving up just four hits, walking none, and fanning seven. Brian Falkenborg held the seventh with no hits before Jonathan Broxton and Saito combined to strike out the last six Angels batters.

The win puts the Angels just 2 1/2 games behind the Dbacks, who are now at .500. They look to take the series tonight and give the Angels their first road series loss since the weekend of May 9th by sending Chad Billingsley to the mound. Billingsley is looking to even his record at 7-7 and faces Jered Weaver who stands at 7-7. Weaver is 3-0 lifetime against the Dodgers and is coming off a win against the Phillies where he gave up just one run.

June 27, 2008

Shawn Hillegas Throws Six Shutout Innings In Dodgers Fourth Straight Win

by @ 5:42 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 27, 1988 at the Astrodome
Dodgers 4, Astros 0  (43-29)

The Dodgers won their fourth straight game with some solid pitching.  Shawn Hillegas got the start and he improved to 2-0 with six shutout innings while three relievers combined to throw three innings of three hit ball.  Alejandro Pena gave up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings and he picked up his sixth save of the season.

Mike Scioscia put the Dodgers on the board in the fourth inning with a solo homer and he finished two for four.  Steve Sax went two for four with a walk, a stolen base and a run.

June 26, 2008

Dodgers Are Shut Out to Get Series Loss

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Clayton Kershaw is still winless in his career as the Dodgers were shutout by the John Danks and the Sox, 2-0.

The Dodgers totaled just five hits for the game. They also walked four times and left at least one runner on base for the first seven innings, including a runner on third with less than two outs three times in the game. They couldn’t drive any home and take the series loss along with the shutout, their seventh time being shutout for the season.

Clayton Kershaw got his second loss after giving up two runs on six hits and four walks. He was removed after issuing two walks in the fifth and made way for Falkenborg who finished the inning. Cory Wade and Ramon Troncoso each threw two but the offense gave no support as the Dodgers sailed to their fifth loss in the past seven.

The Dodgers now sport an Interleague record of 3-9 as they head into the final series with the Angels this weekend, who lead the AL West. The Dodgers dropped two of three to the Angels in Anaheim back in May. They have home field advantage this time around, but the Angels sport the best road record in all of baseall. Chan Ho Park will take the mound and face lefty Joe Saunders, who leads the AL with 11 wins. Saunders won his start against the Dodgers last month, but will be pitching at Dodger Stadium for the first time. The good news for the Dodgers is that they will only see one of the Angels 1-2 punch hurlers, as Ervin Santana pitched yesterday and will not face the Dodgers this weekend.

John Shelby Drives In Three, Dodgers Sweep Reds

by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 26, 1988 at Riverfront Stadium
Dodgers 9, Reds 6  (42-29)

The Dodgers finished up their sweep over the Reds and won for the eighth time in the last nine games behind some nice hitting.  In all, the Dodgers picked up fifteen hits and drew seven walks in a game that was a lot closer then it should have been.  John Shelby went three for five and he drove in three while Steve Sax drove in three runs with a bases clearing pinch hit double.  Kirk Gibson pitched in and he went three for five with a double and two runs.

Tim Belcher improved to 5-4 despite being the most ineffective of the four Dodgers pitchers used.  He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings.  Brian Holton struck out one in a perfect ninth and he picked up his first save of the season.

Stults Fills In and Throws Complete Game Shutout

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Eric Stults, throwing in place of Brad Penny and Hiroki Kuroda, got his second win in as many starts as he held the Sox to four hits in his complete game shutout while the Dodgers put up five runs of their own.

The Dodgers had just six hits on the nights but managed to get five runs off Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Two came in the first with the help of a Sox error. They made it 5-0 by scoring three in fourth: Blake DeWitt drove a 2-RBI-double and then scored on Stults’ sacfly, his first career RBI.

The offense drove in five runs but the player of the game was Stults. He threw 81 of his 116 pitches for strikes, had 3 K’s, and gave up just four hits and a walk. Torre wanted to take him out after eight but Russell Martin managed to persuade Torre to keep him in, and he sailed to his first complete game shutout and just the second Dodgers complete game shutout of the season.

The Dodgers, now just 3 games behind the Dbacks, go for the series win today. They send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, who is still looking for his first career win. He is 0-1 in six starts with the Dodgers. Lefty John Danks will start for the Sox, who is 4-4 with a 2.80 ERA.

The team will also be without Scott Proctor, who landed himself on the 15-day DL for his elbow. Torre originally told him that he was being optioned to Las Vegas, but his elbow pain sent him to the DL. Brian Falkenborg was activated to take his spot. He has 13 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 32 relief outings with Las Vegas and could give the Dodgers a few solid innings, but he may not be needed if the starters follow Stults’ complete game shuout suit.

June 25, 2008

Dodgers Pen Shuts Down Reds In Another Dodger Win

by @ 5:40 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 25, 1988 at Riverfront Stadium
Dodgers 6, Reds 4  (41-29)

The Dodgers continued their run with their second straight win against the Reds and their seventh win in eight games.  Mike Marshall had a big day at the plate and he went three for five with two RBIs while Hamilton went two for four with a double, two runs and an RBI.

Fernando Valenzuela was shelled and he gave up four runs and got pulled with two outs in the first inning.  Brian Holton got the final batter out in the first and he picked up the win because the Dodgers answered with five in the second inning.  Tim Crews and Alejandro Pena did the bulk of the heavy lifting though and they threw four and 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief respectively.

Buehrle Holds Dodgers to One Run

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The bats couldn’t get going against Sox starter Mark Buehrle as the Dodgers lose the opener, 6-1.

Buehrle held the Dodgers to just six hits in his eight innings. The lone run came in the fifth from Delwyn Young’s solo shot, his first homerun since last September and just the third of his career. Kemp and Loney each had singles to extend their hit streaks, eight for Kemp and 11 for Loney. Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney also gave Buehrle his 1000th strikeout of his career in the eighth.

Derek Lowe went 7 1/3 innings and struck out a season-high eight batters, but was still tagged for the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits. He gave up a pair spread between the first and second innings to give the Nats a 2-0 lead. Over the next five innings, Lowe regained command and gave up just one hit and one walk. He fell apart in the eighth, led by a single followed by AL Player of the Week Jermaine Dye’s two-run shot. Lowe then gave up another single before being pulled. Lowe has just seven TOTAL runs of support in his seven losses this season. Cory Wade then took the mound and gave up an RBI-triple and an RBI-single. Ramon Troncoso then threw the ninth, but the game was already over.

The Dodgers look to tie the series today by sending Eric Stults to the mound. Stults is making his second fill-in start for Penny and Kuroda and his first Interleague start of his career. He gave up just one earned run to get his first win this season last Thursday. He will face Gavin Floyd, who is 8-3.

June 24, 2008

Orel Hershiser Wins Eleventh, Dodgers Continue to Roll

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June 24, 1988 at Riverfront Stadium
Dodgers 5, Reds 3  (40-29)

The venue was different but the result was the same as the Dodgers won for the sixth time in seven games.  Drew Stubbs went two for four with a solo homer and two runs in the win.  Jeff Anderson tripled and he drove in a pair.

Orel Hershiser improved to 11-3.  He gave up three runs on eight hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.  Tim Belcher struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning and he picked up his second save of the season.

Dodgers-White Sox Preview, Updates

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The Dodgers had the day off Monday to prepare for the next 20 days in which they have no days off. The continue their homestand by hosting the first place White Sox of the AL Central.

The Dodgers look to give the Sox their 10th consecutive road loss by sending Derek Lowe to the mound. Lowe is 3-1 in his last four starts and is looking to even his record at 6-6. He will face Mark Buehrle, who stands at 4-6 with a 4.28 ERA.

Hiroki Kuroda should also be activated and ready to pitch on Saturday versus the Angels. He threw a few on Sunday and is scheduled for a bullpen session on Wednesday to test the strength of his shoulder. If Kuroda isn’t ready for Saturday’s start, Chan Ho Park will likely be the fill-in again for him. Brad Penny should also then be available next week after he felt okay throwing a few long tosses. Jason Schmidt’s return is about a month away, he is still rehabbing in the minors but is looking to join the Dodgers after the All-Star break.

June 22, 2008

Dodgers Avoid Sweep with 4-3 Win

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The Dodgers were in danger of being swept by the Indians after being beat in extras for the past two games, but four runs scored in the first held out for a 4-3 win.

The Dodger offense came out striking in the first inning, tagging Indians’ starter Paul Byrd for four runs before he could even record an out. Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp got on with hits before being driven home by James Loney’s 2-RBI-double. Russell Martin then drove a two-run shot to put the Dodgers up 4-0. What looked like batting practice for the Dodgers turned into a one-run game by the third, as the Dodgers were held to just six more hits and no runs after their first inning rally.

Chad Billingsley became the Dodgers first pitcher to reach six wins, as he went five innings and fanned four. He let a 4-0 lead slip to a one-run game in the third and nearly lost the lead in the fifth before Andre Ethier threw out the tying run at the plate. The tired bullpen, off two straight losses, was effective in holding the Indians scoreless. Hong-Chih Kuo, Joe Beimel, and Jonathan Broxton combined with one inning each for the hold. Saito then had a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save.

The Dodgers have Monday off before hosting the White Sox. They stay 3 1/2 under the Dbacks.

Dodgers Drop Series with Saturday’s Loss

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After losing in extras on Friday, the Dodgers dropped their second to the Indians in extras again on Saturday, stretching all the way into the 11th before the Indians exploded for a six-run inning and beat the Dodgers 7-2.

The Dodgers could only score one before it was sent to extras, coming in the sixth to tie it with Matt Kemp’s solo shot. Other than that, the Dodgers were shut out by C.C. Sabathia, who retired the first 11 batters and struck out 10 in his seven innings, with 3 K’s each for Kemp and Delwyn Young. The Dodgers entered the 11th with a 1-1 tie but begin the bottom half with a 7-1 deficit. They added one off James Loney’s RBI-double, but it wasn’t enough to match the Indian’s big six-run inning.

Chan Ho Park was a strong replacement for Hiroki Kuroda, he gave up just one run on three hits. He also fanned nine in his five innings, and his only run given up was to Indians’ starter C.C. Sabathia in the third. The bullpen, lead by Hong-Chih Kuo, Joe Beimel, and Jonathan Broxton, was effective at holding the Indians scoreless through the tenth. Cory Wade then had two men on with one out in the 11th and was lifted for Scott Proctor. Proctor fell apart from the start, giving up three hits and two walks to be tagged for four runs. Wade was still handed the loss, though, for the inherited runner that scored the go-ahead run.

The bullpen gets their second straight loss and the Dodgers fall 1-7 to AL teams this year.

Don Sutton Has Rough Start, Dodgers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

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June 22, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Braves 4, Dodgers 1  (39-29)

The Dodgers five game winning streak came to an end as the offense was held in check.  Dave Anderson’s double was one of the Dodgers four hits and he drove in Jeff Hamilton for the lone Dodger run.

Don Sutton had a rough start and he fell to 3-5.  He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.  Three relievers combined to throw 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief but it wasn’t enough.

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June 21, 2008

Tim Leary Strikes Out Seven In Dodgers Fifth Straight Win

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June 21, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 2, Braves 1  (39-28)

Tim Leary was on the better end of a pitcher’s duel as the Dodgers picked up their fifth straight win.  He improved to 6-5 and he gave up one run on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in the complete game win.

Jeff Hamilton went three for four and he scored one of the Dodgers’ two runs.  Kirk Gibson finished the game two for four.

Dodgers Fall to Indians in 10th

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The Dodgers snapped their three-game win streak with a loss to the Indians at home in the 10th inning on Friday.

The Dodgers were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth after being shut out by Cliff Lee, but they added two in the eighth and two more in the ninth to force extra innings. Jeff Kent was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. The Dodgers tied it at 4 with two runs in the ninth but ended their threat with the bases loaded to have 11 total men on base, 8 of them in scoring position. The Indians scored two in the top of the tenth and the Dodgers couldn’t produce a run in the bottom half to take the loss.

Clayton Kershaw threw five innings, gave up four runs on four hits with 5 K’s. He allowed the Indians to get on top in the third with a two-run homerun, then gave up another in the fourth and sixth innings. Scott Proctor, Ramon Troncoso (who was just called up to replace Kuroda’s roster spot) and Cory Wade held the Indians to two hits and no runs over the next four innings. Saito came in for the tenth and took his third loss of the season when he loaded the bases and allowed two runs to score.

Andruw Jones also took BP before the game and is expected to be back for the second half. Joining him should be Rafael Furcal, who will start a rehab assignment within the next two weeks, and Nomar.

June 20, 2008

Kirk Gibson Helps Hit Dodgers to Fourth Straight Win

by @ 5:35 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 20, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 7, Braves 3  (38-28)

The Dodgers rattled off their fourth straight win and it was Kirk Gibson and John Shelby who got it done at the plate.  Gibson went two for two with a walk, two runs and an RBI.  Shelby went three for four with two RBIs and a run.

Shawn Hillegas picked up the win and he improved to 1-0 and he gave up three runs on ten hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.  Alejandro Pena got the final batter out and he picked up his fifth save of the season.

Dodgers-Indians Preview, Kuroda to DL

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The Dodgers started their roadtrip 1-5 and ended with a 3-0 sweep of the Reds before heading home to LA for an Interleague homestand beginning with the Indians tonight, who are coming off being swept by the Rockies.

Clayton Kershaw will have another chance to earn his first big league victory. He was pulled after four strong, scoreless innings in Detroit on Sunday due to a rain delay. He will face lefty Cliff Lee, who is a stellar 10-1 with a 2.55 ERA. The Dodgers will try and keep Lee from an AL-leading 11 wins.

An MRI exam on Hiroki Kuroda showed tendinitis in his shoulder, which will force him to go on the DL. It is retroactive to his last outing on June 13, so he is eligible to return on June 28. Chan Ho Park will take Kuroda’s place for Saturday’s matchup against C.C. Sabathia. Park looks to have a strong outing after giving up five runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief in Detroit on Sunday in his last outing.

In place of Kuroda, Eric Stults will likely get another start in the rotation, probably on Tuesday against the White Sox. But Torre is expected to make a call-up to fill the roster spot, most likely a reliever.

June 19, 2008

Dodgers Get Sweep with 7-4 Win

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The Dodgers swept the Reds for the second time this season, and they head back to LA this weekend with a three-game win streak.

The Dodgers scored one in the first and never trailed in the 7-4 victory. Jeff Kent started off with a double in the first and scored on Russell Martin’s RBI-double. Two more came in the fourth, including a leadoff solo shot by Matt Kemp, who was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI. They added two more in the fifth when Kemp hit a two-out double and James Loney capped it off for the seventh run in the sixth inning with an RBI-single. Loney continued his hot month of June, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI.

Eric Stults was outstanding in his first start with the Dodgers since September. He went six full scoreless innings before being pulled in the seventh, being tagged for three runs but only one earned. He ended by giving up just six hits and fanning five for his first win of the year. Scott Proctor came in for the seventh but was pulled after giving up a run. Joe Beimel and Jonathan Broxton then combined for a scoreless hold before Saito earned his tenth save of the season.

The Dodgers look to extend their win streak as they head back to home to host an Interleague series with the Indians.

Lowe Pitches Dodgers Past Reds

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Derek Lowe gave up just one run while the offense put up six to win their second straight against the Reds.

The runs started in the first when Juan Pierre singled and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch by Bronson Arroyo. They added another in the second when Andre Ethier singled to score Matt Kemp. Ethier was 3 for 4 on the night. They then added one run in both the fourth and sixth innings, including a solo homerun by James Loney in the fourth, who was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI for the game to move his June BA to .396. The Dodgers capped it off to make it 6-1 in the seventh when Loney had an RBI-double followed by Pierre’s RBI-triple.

Derek Lowe threw six strong to get his fifth win of the season. His only mistake was a solo homerun in the second to give the Mets their only run. He kept them to three hits while fanning six, but was pulled in the sixth after only 85 pitches, because he is on four days rest after his last outing when he threw 121. Hong-Chih Kuo and Cory Wade then kept the Mets scoreless to seal the Dodgers win.

Dodgers Return Favor, Sweep Doubleheader Over Padres

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June 19, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 12, Padres 2  (36-28)

The opening game of the Dodgers second doubleheader in three days went a lot better then the previous doubleheader.  The end result was a blowout win that saw Orel Hershiser pick up his tenth win of the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the complete game win.

Rick Dempsey was one of the hitting stars in the win.  He went two for three with a homerun and three RBIs.  Kirk Gibson went one for one with two walks, a solo homer and two runs.  The long ball was his 14th of the season.

June 19, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 5, Padres 4  (37-28)

It took eleven innings, but the Dodgers walked away with a sweep of their doubleheader over the Padres.  Seven of the nine runs scored by both teams came in the first three innings and then after that, things settled into a solid pitcher’s duel.  Fernando Valenzuela gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings while Tim Crews picked up the win with two innings of shutout relief.

Mike Marshall went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.  Hamilton hit a solo shot and the game winner came on an RBI single by Mr. clutch, Kirk Gibson, in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

June 18, 2008

Tim Belcher Throws 6+ Shutout Innings In Dodgers Win

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June 18, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 3, Padres 0  (35-28)

Tim Belcher and the Dodgers bullpen came to the rescue as the Dodger snapped their three game winning streak.  Belcher improved to 4-4 and he gave up just three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.  Jay Howell threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his eight save of the season.

Kirk Gibson belted homerun number 13 on the season.  John Shelby went two for four with a run while Hamilton went yard with a two run homer.

Fernando Valenzuela Throws Seven Solid Innings In Dodgers Win

by @ 5:27 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 14, 1988 at Fulton County Stadium
Dodgers 5, Braves 4  (33-25)

The Dodgers got a day off and it did them some good as they took care of the Braves in their series opener.  John Shelby belted a two run homer while Mike Marshall went three for five with a run and an RBI.

Fernando Valenzuela improved to 5-5 with a nice start.  He gave up two runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in seven innings.  Jay Howell threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his seventh save of the season.

Penny to DL, Kuroda to Miss Today’s Start

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Hiroki Kuroda was scheduled to pitch today in the second game against Bronson Arroyo, but he was sent back to LA to have an MRI on his right shoulder. Derek Lowe will replace him as the starter, and is still on his usual days’ rest because of Monday’s off day. Lowe is in search of his sixth win, after losing in Detroit over the weekend despite giving up just two runs. Lowe will face his teammate of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, Bronson Arroyo, who is 4-5 this season.

If Kuroda is cleared after the MRI, he should resume his spot in the regular rotation and start on Saturday against the Indians at home.

Brad Penny was also placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday for mild tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder. Lefty Eric Stults was already called up from Las Vegas to make the start in Thursday’s game.

The Dodgers also got more bad news about Rafael Furcal. He still won’t be ready for a rehab start for at least two more weeks, which will set his date of return after the All-Star Break. Nomar will instead take Furcal’s spot at shortstop. Nomar homered in his first rehab game yesterday.

June 17, 2008

Billingsley Helps Dodgers Snap 5-Game Skid

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Chad Billingsley held the Reds to one run in his fifth loss of the season to help the Dodgers get their first win in six games by a score of 3-1.

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The Dodgers put up three runs, which was enough run support to give Billingsley the win. They took the lead in the third on Juan Pierre’s RBI-double. They added another in the fourth to make it 2-0 off Russell Martin’s RBI-double to score Jeff Kent, who was 3 for 4 on the night. Blake DeWitt scored an insurance run in the eighth on Kent’s RBI-double.

Billingsley earned his first victory since May 20th, giving up just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 while fanning nine in his home state of Ohio. He left in the seventh after giving up back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. Joe Beimel then came in and got two groundouts to end the inning, but Billingsley was tagged for a run that scored. Jonathan Broxton held the Reds hitless and scoreless in the eighth before Saito closed out the ninth for his ninth save, his first since May 21st against the Reds at home.

Padres Sweep Dodgers In Doubleheader

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 1988 Dodger Diary - June, 1988 Dodgers

June 17, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Padres 7, Dodgers 4  (34-27)

Tim Leary had a tough time and he took the loss as the Dodgers dropped their first of two against the Padres.  Leary fell to 5-5 and he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings.  Tim Crews was also knocked around and he gave up two runs in his three innings of relief.

Steve Sax went two for four with a walk and a run.  Sax was also the starting point for two double plays.  Hamilton went two for four and he drove in a run.

June 17, 1988 at Dodger Stadium
Padres 4, Dodgers 3  (34-28)

A solid start by Don Sutton went to waste as the Dodgers were swept in their doubleheader with the Padres.  Sutton gave up just two runs (one earned) on four hits and six walks with a strikeout in five innings.  Holton was then bounced for two runs in his two innings of relief and he fell to 2-1 on the season.

John Shelby and Rick Dempsey both went yard with solo shots in the loss.  Shelby finished the game one for two with two walks and two runs.

Dodgers Head to Cincinnati with 5-Game Losing Streak

by @ 10:43 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

The Dodgers continue to the final stop of their nine-game roadtrip to Cincinnati to face the Reds, who are last in the NL Central. The Dodgers look to win their first series since May 19-21 when they swept the Reds at home.

Chad Billingsley will take the mound to face Johnny Cueto, who is 5-6 with a 5.42 ERA. Billingsley hasn’t seen a win since May 20 against the Reds, he is 0-2 in his last four starts. Billingsley and the Dodgers look to snap their losing skid and get a series win before heading back to LA to open a nine-game Interleague homestand.

Brad Penny was given an MRI and no structural damage was found, but that doesn’t mean he will stay off the DL. He will miss his next scheduled start, which is Friday against the Indians, and will instead rest until Friday when he will resume throwing. If Penny stays off the DL and misses just one start, Torre is expected to start Chan Ho Park in place of him. If Penny makes a trip to the DL, Torre will have to make a call-up, likely Eric Stults from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Nomar was also cleared to begin a rehab assignment today. He will be rehabbing at shortstop, which is where he will play when he returns with the Dodgers, in place of Rafael Furcal at short and keeping Blake DeWitt at third.

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