Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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The Dodgers went 4-5 on the road trip, with the final game being a 4-9 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
Tim Lincecum fanned eight Dodgers in the first seven shutout innings. The Dodgers then chased him in the eighth with three runs, the first courtesy of Orlando Hudson’s RBI-double.
Eric Stults didn’t make it out of the third, and was tagged for five runs on seven hits for the loss. He gave up a two-run triple to Bengie Molina to allow the Giants to take a quick 2-0 lead in the first. The Giants then scored two runs each off of Elbert and Mota.
The Dodgers host the Padres for a four-game series beginning tonight, with James McDonald facing Josh Geer.
Chad Billingsley is still without a loss, picking up the no decision after leaving in the eighth with a 3-3 tie. He gave up two runs in the third and was tagged for a third run in the eighth when he left with two men on. Jonathan Broxton allowed one runner to score for his first blown save this season before finishing the inning and picking up the win. Will Ohman pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Manny Ramirez led the offense, going 3 for 3, all doubles, with two runs scored. One double came in the ninth and Andre Ethier drove him in for the go-ahead run. Ethier and Matt Kemp each had two hits, and Ethier had two runs scored.
Eric Stults will face Tim Lincecum tonight in the rubber match. Stults is 2-0, and the Dodgers are 3-0 in games that he starts. Lincecum is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA.
The Dodgers dropped their second straight with a 4-5 loss to the Giants on Monday.
Randy Wolf gave up three runs in the first, but those followed an outfielder miscue by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier that let Edgar Renteria get on base. Kemp then misplayed another fly ball and the Giants had a 3-0 lead by the end of the inning. Wolf left after six, but it was Ronald Belisario who took the loss after giving up two runs in the eighth.
Bary Zito kept the Dodgers scoreless until they chased him in the seventh during their four-run rally. Casey Blake drove a two-run homerun and Manny’s RBI-single put the Dodgers up 4-3.
Chad Billingsley will take the mound today, looking to notch another win on his 4-0 record. He will face Jonathan Sanchez, who is making his first start in 11 days, and is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA.
The Dodgers followed up Friday’s 6-5 win with a 6-5 win on Saturday, but couldn’t get the sweep when the lost 4-10 on Sunday.
James McDonald picked up his first big-league win on Saturday, going five innings and giving up five runs. Ramon Troncoso held the Rockies scoreless for a four-inning shutout save. The offense jumped out for four runs in the first, led by Russell Martin’s two-run single, two of his four RBIs on the night.
Clayton Kershaw couldn’t connect for the sweep on Sunday, taking his first loss after being tagged for nine runs. He gave up four in the third, including a two-run homerun. He then was tagged for all five Rockies’ runs in the fifth, though he left with the bases loaded and two outs.
Marquis held the Dodgers scoreless until the sixth when they scored two. Loney led the offense, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. Juan Pierre and Andre Ethier also had multi-hit games.
The Dodgers continue their road trip to San Francisco, with Randy Wolf taking on Barry Zito on Monday night. Wolf is looking for his second win and Zito is a winless 0-2, despite shuting out the Padres through seven in his last outing.
Back-up catch Brad Ausmus drove in the winning run in the ninth as the Dodgers beat the Rockies in their first game of the series.
Eric Stults had a decent outing, spreading out three runs and seven hits through five. He left with a 3-3 tie, and Ronald Belisario held the Rockies to three runs in his two hitless innings. Hong-Chih Kuo, in his first outing in over a week, gave up two in the eighth but ended up getting the win. Broxton also picked up his sixth save, including two K’s in the ninth.
The Dodgers jumped out for a quick 2-0 lead in the first, including an RBI-single by Manny. Ethier drove in a run in the fifth to tie it before scoring two in the eighth, including an RBI-single by Mark Loretta. Brad Ausmus then drove in the winning run in the ninth with a single.
The Dodgers look to make it three straight today, with James McDonald facing Ubaldo Jimenez, who gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Dodgers this season.
Chad Billingsley tossed a three-hitter as the Dodgers avoided the sweep by taking a 2-0 win from the Astros.
Billingsley improved to a perfect 4-0 while going 7 1/3 and striking out 5. Broxton then picked up his fifth save in finishing the eighth and ninth innings with two strikeouts.
Manny Ramirez drove in Rafael Furcal in the first to put the Dodgers up 1-0, and that would be the only run they would need for the win. Casey Blake added an insurance run with an RBI-double in the seventh. Both Ramirez and Orlando Hudson had multi-hit games.
The Dodgers face the Rockies this weekend after sweeping them once already this season. They head to Coors Field, with Eric Stults facing Aaron Cook. Stults is looking to pick up his third win and Cook is 0-1, including giving up five runs to the Dodgers last week.
The Dodgers scored a go-ahead run in the eighth, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it in the bottom half as the Astros went on to win, 6-5.
Randy Wolf went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out six. He was in line for the win after leaving with a one-run lead, but Ronald Belisario came on in the eighth and gave up a game-tying solo homerun, followed by an RBI-single to Ivan Rodriquez for what would be the Astros winning run.
Roy Oswalt held the Dodgers quiet until they rallied for four runs in the sixth, all off homeruns. Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier opened the inning with the Dodgers’ first back-to-back homeruns of the season, and Casey Blake broke the 2-2 tie with a two-run shot later in the inning. James Loney drove in a go-ahead run in the eighth, but the Astros answered back with two in the bottom half for the win.
The Dodgers send Chad Billingsley to the mound today to avoid the sweep, facing a double-Rodriquez battery with Wandy Rodriquez making the start for the Astros. Billingsley looks to add a win to his perfec 3-0 record while Wandy is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA, including notching a career-high 10 K’s in his last outing.
A three-run first inning kick-started the Dodgers, but they couldn’t hold the lead as they take the 5-8 loss to the Astros.
Clayton Kershaw was pulled in the fifth and took the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits, including a two-run homerun in the third to put the Astros ahead. Mota then gave up one run in an inning and Troncoso and Belisario finished from the pen, with Belisario giving up another run.
Two walks by Russ Ortiz in the first helped the Dodgers get a quick 3-0 lead. They then were blanked until the seventh when Manny drilled a two-run shot. Manny was then up with no outs and two on in the ninth, but came a few feet shy of a homerun to the rightfield corner. Andre Ethier then walked to load the bases, but Loney and Martin both struck out to end the Dodgers’ chance at a comeback.
The Dodgers look to even up the series on Wednesday, with Randy Wolf taking on Roy Oswalt. Oswalt is 0-2 in 2009 and 5-3 lifetime against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers look to extend their win streak to nine with the first game of a three-game series with the Astros in Houston.
Clayton Kershaw is still looking for his first win, or even decision, of the season as he takes on Russ Ortiz. Ortiz is also 0-0 in ’09, and is 8-9 lifetime with a 5.07 ERA in 22 outings against the Dodgers.
Congratulations also to Andre Ethier, who was named NL Player of the Week, batting 9 for 23 with 12 RBI.
The Dodgers got a three game sweep of the Rockies at home, including a 14-2 pounding on Sunday to notch their eighth straight win.
Randy Wolf had a rocky first inning on Friday, allowing the Rockies to get a quick 3-0 lead. For the next five innings, though, he allowed just one hit and picked up a no-decision. Mota got the win, pitching the seventh, and Broxton earned his fourth save, striking out four in 1 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers were blanked for six innings until a four-run seventh propelled them to the win, including Mark Loretta’s go-ahead RBI-single.
Chad Billingsley picked up the win on Saturday, shutting out the Rockies through five until giving up three runs in the sixth. Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier led the offense, each with two homeruns. Ethier’s second one was a lead-off solo shot in the seventh that triggered a four-run inning.
James McDonald was moved out the bullpen to make the start Sunday, holding the Rockies scoreless through 4 1/3. Elbert, just called up from Double A, picked up the win despite giving up two runs in the sixth.
Matt Kemp led the offense in this one with two homeruns, including a grand slam in the fifth. Furcal, Hudson, Manny, Ethier, Martin, and Casey Blake all had multi-hit games.
The Dodgers have Monday off before heading to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros.
Eric Stults picked up the win, spreading five hits and two runs through five innings. James McDonald, Ronald Belisario, and Will Ohman shut out the Giants for the next four innings.
Rafael Furcal got the offense going with a leadoff solo homerun in the first inning. The Giants tied it up in the second but the Dodgers took the lead right back with two runs in the bottom half, with RBIs by Matt Kemp and Casey Blake. The Dodgers then rallied for three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Doug Mientkiewicz was injured sliding into second in the sixth inning, dislocating his shoulder that may send him to the DL. Blake DeWitt or Xavier Paul will likely get the call-up to fill in the utility spot.
The Dodgers look to extend their win streak to six games, hosting the Rockies tonight at 7:10. Randy Wolf will take on lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
Clayton Kershaw notched 13 K’s as he held the Giants to one hit through seven innings, with the hit being a solo homerun to Bengie Molina in the second. He was in line for the win, leading 2-1 after seven, but Hong-Chih Kuo and Ronald Belisario gave up three runs in the eighth to give the Giants the lead. It was Broxton who got the win, tossing a shutout ninth with two K’s.
The Dodgers started and ended their scoring with bases-loaded walks by James Loney. Casey Blake drilled a homerun in the fourth to put the Dodgers up 2-1. They added two in the eighth with a sacfly by Loney and an RBI-single by Matt Kemp. That tied the game up, and singles by Orland Hudson, Manny Ramirez, and a walk to Ethier loaded the bases again for Loney, who walked on a 3-2 pitch for the win.
The Dodgers have now won four straight as they go for the sweep of the Giants tonight at 7:10. Eric Stults will take on Barry Zito, who took a loss in his first start. Stults is 1-0 and continues to fill in for Hiroki Kuroda, who is eligible to come off the DL next Wednesday but will likely remain inactive beyond that.
Ceremonies and celebrations will surround baseball tonight, including the Dodgers’ game against the Giants at 7:10 at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw is set to face Matt Cain. Kershaw earned the no decision in his first start of the year, giving up one run and being pulled after five due to a high pitch count. Cain earned a victory in his first start of the year, giving up one run against the Brewers, but he remains winless in his career against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have also sent Delwyn Young to the Pirates for two players yet to be named.
Chad Billingsley was phenomenal through his seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. Ohman and Mota then each tossed an inning.
Hudson and Andre Ethier led the offense, going a combined 6 for 9 with 6 RBI. Hudson didn’t waste any AB’s, hitting for the cycle in four plate appearances: a single in the first, solo homerun in the third, a double in the fourth and a leadoff triple in the sixth. The Dodgers chased Randy Johnson in the fourth inning with six runs, giving him his first loss at Dodger Stadium in all 11 career starts. Russell Martin also chipped in with two hits and two RBI and Furcal with a hit and two RBI. Juan Castro was also called up and put in a short, as Blake DeWitt was optioned to Triple-A.
The Dodgers have a day off Tuesday before picking the series back up with the Giants on Wednesday night at 7:10.
Randy Wolf held the Dbacks to one run on two hits while striking out five through seven innings. The Dbacks scored their only run in the first after Wolf gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, who came around to score on a sacfly. He then retired 16 straight batters, not giving up a second hit until the last batter he faced in the eighth. Hong-Chih Kuo finished the eighth and Broxton picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Dodgers tied the game 1-1 in the second on a “fourth-out” play: Ethier was on a third and Pierre on second with one out when Wolf lined out to Dan Haren, who threw the ball to second to get Pierre for the third out. But before Pierre was tagged out, Ethier crossed the plate, accounting for the Dodgers’ first run. Loney put the Dodgers ahead in the third with an RBI-single and Matt Kemp doubled in Russell Martin in the ninth for an insurance run.
The Dodgers head to LA for their home opener after going 4-3 on the road this week. Chad Billingsley will get the start and face Giants’ veteran Randy Johnson. Johnson has an unbeaten 7-0 record at Dodger Stadium to match a 2.05 ERA. But Billingsley is also unbeaten against the Giants, 3-0 for his career.
The Dodgers dropped their final game of the series with the Padres and took a loss against the Dbacks Friday night before coming back for an 11-2 win on Saturday to even up the series.
On Thursday, Clayton Kershaw was in line for the win after holding the Padres to one run on two hits with six K’s through five innings. Ronald Belisario then shut out the Padres for two innings. Ohman gave up a run in the eighth and Cory Wade took the loss after giving up two more runs.
Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp each had two hits, with Kemp’s two-RBI single in the sixth putting the Dodgers ahead before the bullpen let it go. Kershaw also helped himself out by going 1 for 2 with a run scored.
The Dodgers headed out to Phoenix on Friday, and James McDonald took the loss after getting rocked for five runs in the third. Ramon Troncoso finished the third and went on through the sixth. Mota also allowed three runs to score in the eighth.
Brad Ausmus knocked in the Dodgers first run in the second. Casey Blake then ripped a two-run homerun in the seventh. Manny Ramirez and Ausmus each had two hits for the night.
The Dodgers’ bats came alive on Saturday to answer back with an 11-2 win over the Dbacks.
Eric Stults made the start, filling in for Hiroki Kuroda, and held the Dbacks to one run on four hits with five K’s for 5 1/3 innings. Belisario, Wade, and Broxton all came out of the ‘pen to finish, with Broxton giving up a run in the ninth.
The Dodgers scored all 11 runs in three innings, beginning with three runs in the fourth. Orlando Hudson started things off in the fourth with a solo homerun. Hudson ended up 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. Russell Martin then got lucky with a two-run double when the ball ripped through third baseman Mark Reynolds’ legs. The Dodgers then had a five-run rally in the sixth, keyed by a two-run double by Ethier. They added three in the eighth on Hudson’s two-run double and Juan Pierre’s RBI-single.
Stults started in place of Kuroda, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique. Randy Wolf will get the start in Sunday’s rubber match, and will face Dan Haren.
Chad Billingsley shut the Padres out through four, but gave up two in the fifth after walking the first three batters to tie the game up. He got through the sixth and was pulled after six when the Dodgers pulled ahead in the seventh. Billingsley picked up the win, holding the Padres to two runs on two hits with four K’s. Cory Wade and Hong-Chih Kuo each tossed a shutout inning before Broxton picked up his second save with a perfect ninth, complete with two strikeouts.
Manny led the offense, giving the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the first to score Rafael Furcal, who had doubled. Casey Blake then made it 2-0 with a solo shot in the second. The Padres tied it up in the fifth but the Dodgers pulled ahead for good in the seventh, including the go-ahead, two-run double by Manny. Furcal, Orlando Hudson, and James Loney each had two hits apiece.
With the win, the Dodgers have avoided a series’ loss, but Clayton Kershaw can give them the series win tonight. He will face Kevin Correia, who went 3-8 with a 6.05 ERA in 2008.
Randy Wolf sailed through the first give innings, giving up just a run in the second and retired eight batters at one point. He ran into trouble in the sixth after taking the mound and allowing three consecutive hits, including a two run go-ahead double. He was pulled and Mota finished off the inning, allowing another run to scrore that was tagged to Randy Wolf. Will Ohman and Ronald Belisario each tossed a shutout inning, but it was Wolf who was handed the loss–failing to lose his first start of the regular season for six straight years.
The Dodgers had trouble against Chris Young, unable to score until putting up two in the fourth, including run by Manny Ramirez after he doubled. Young left after six and the Padres’ bullpen didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings.
The Dodgers face the Padres again tonight, with Chad Billingsley taking on Walter Silva. Silva is making his MLB debut, the 32-year old has spent most of his career with the Mexican Winter League.
The Dodgers put up two in the first and never trailed in their 4-1 win over the Padres.
James Loney drove in two runs with an RBI-single in the first to give the Dodgers a quick 2-0 lead. Andre Ethier chipped in with an RBI-single in the third. Loney ended up 3 for 4 and Ethier 2 for 4. Matt Kemp also drove a solo homerun in the seventh. The Dodgers handed ace Jake Peavy just his second loss to the Dodgers, he moves to a 13-2 lifetime record against them.
Kuroda allowed a run to score in the first after giving up a leadoff double and an RBI-groundout. He then shut out the Padres until he left in the sixth. He took the win after holding the Padres to four hits with two K’s. Cory Wade and Hong-Chih Kuo shut out for 2 1/3 and Jonathan Broxton picked up the save, complete with two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Dodgers also finished their roster before the game, releasing Greg Miller, sending Delwyn Young to the 15-day DL and Claudio Vargas to the 60-day DL. Will Ohman, Ronald Belisario and Doug Mientkiewicz also made the 25-man roster.
The Dodgers continue their series with the Padres on Tuesday, with Randy Wolf facing Chris Young.
James McDonald went four innings, but a three-run third was all the Giants would need to pull off a win. McDonald did have five strikeouts through his four innings. Lindblom also tossed four shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out three.
The Dodgers matched the Giants with eight hits, but could only score one run while leaving 11 men on base. James Loney was the only one with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 with an RBI-single in the third.
The Dodgers have (finally) finalized their 25-man roster. They started by placing Jason Scmidt on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 30. Going to the minors are pitchers Tanyon Sturtze, Josh Lindblom, Brian Mazone, and Eric Threets; and infielders Juan Castro and Luis Maza. That means that Blake DeWitt remains on the roster, and it is assumed that Will Ohman and Ronald Belisario will be added as well.
As Torre & Co. finish the final roster spots, the rest prepare for the first game of the regular season on Monday at 4:05. Hiroki Kuroda will take on Jake Peavy and the Padres at San Diego.
Clayton Kershaw, in his final start before the regular season, shut out the Brewers through three, allowing no hits and striking out four. Eric Stults then gave up three runs, only one earned. But it was Ramon Troncoso who took the loss, with the Brewers scoring two runs off him in the ninth and then two more off Threets.
Andre Ethier got the Dodgers on board in the first with a two-run double. Furcal also knocked in a run in the second with a double, one of his two hits on the night. Mark Loretta drove in the Dodgers’ fourth run in the sixth with an RBI-single.
It’s the last spring game this afternoon, with the Dodgers heading to San Francisco to take on the Giants. James McDonald, the newly named fifth starter, will face Jonathan Sanchez.
Roster moves: Jeff Weaver, who was thought to make the club as a long reliever, has been optioned to Triple-A. Also heading down to Triple-A are Eric Stults, Jason Repko, Xavier Paul and Chin-Lung Hu. Hu’s cut gives Blake DeWitt a better chance of staying on the 25-man roster.
In his last start before the regular season, Chad Billingsley went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits with five K’s, but took the loss. The Dodgers then used pretty much their whole bullpen, sending seven relievers to the mound.
The Dodgers were already down 7-0 before they put any runs on the board. Russell Martin avoided the Dodger shutout by hitting a two-run homerun in the seventh. Matt Kemp also went 2 for 2.
The Dodgers face the Brewers again tonight, with Clayton Kershaw facing Dave Bush.
Randy Wolf went three innings, giving up one unearned run and four hits for his fourth win of the spring. Troncoso, Belisario, Mota, Ohman, and Wade all combined for the next five shutout innings, with Belisario going two with three K’s. Broxton gave up a run in the ninth but got out of the inning with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers touched up Moseley for three runs, two off Casey Blake’s two-run homerun in the second, his fourth of the spring. Ethier also homered in the eighth after tripling in a run in the third. Manny also knocked in a run with an RBI-single in the fifth.
The Dodgers play again at home, facing the Brewers tonight at 7:10. Chad Billingsley will face Yovani Gallardo.
Hiroki Kuroda held the Giants to one run through his three innings, and left with a 2-1 lead. Hong-Chih Kuo then tossed a perfect fourth before Shawn Estes allowed the Giants to tie it up in the fifth. The Giants then bullied Eric Milton, tagging him for eight runs on seven hits in 2 1/3. Milton took the loss and looks as if he will remain a winless 0-3 for spring, numbers that certainly put him out of the fifth starting role.
Madison Bumgarner held the Dodgers scoreless through three, but Doug Mientkiewicz gave the Dodgers a two-run go-ahead homer in the fourth. The Dodgers then rallied for three runs in the seventh, highlighted by Jason Repko’s two-outs, two-RBI single. The Giants took the lead in the bottom half but the Dodgers struck back in the eighth to tie it up, including a two-run blast by Juan Castro.
The Dodgers head back to LA on Thursday for a night game with their cross-town interleague rival Angels. Randy Wolf will make the start and face Dustin Moseley.
The Dodgers have also optioned back-up catcher Danny Ardoin to Triple-A–an inevitable move after the off-season signing of Brad Ausmus.
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