Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-6 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep and their eighth win in their last ten.
Clayton Kershaw evens his record at .500 with his third win of the season. He went six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, with his only real mistake coming in the fourth with a two-run homerun. The Rockies attempted a come-from-behind rally in the ninth, scoring one run apiece off of Belisario, Ohman, and Broxton.
James Loney led the offense, going 2 for 5 with four RBI. He drove in the Dodgers first run in the first, and later a three-run double in the seventh. Juan Pierre also continues his hot streak, going 3 for 5 with two RBI and keeps his average at .404. Orlando Hudson also had a hit and a run to extend his hit streak to 17 games.
The Dodgers head off to Chicago for four-game series with the Cubs, who have won their last two games after having an eight-game losing streak. Randy Wolf will take on Randy Wells in Thursday’s opener.
Manny Update: Eligible to play in a Dodger uniform on July 3rd, it appears that Manny may be seeing some time in the minors to warm-up before coming up with the Dodgers. The club seems to be set with his replacement, though, with Juan Pierre batting .410 since Manny’s departure. Manny is also currently the fourth leader for NL outfields for the All-Star ballot, and debate flew all over the sports world yesterday as to if Manny should play or if fans should even be voting for him.
Eric Milton picked up his first win since August 2006, holding the Rockies to one run on seven hits through five. Wade, Troncoso, and Leach all combined for four shutout innings to hold the Rockies at one run.
The Dodgers again got on board first with a run in the first inning. Casey Blake, batting cleanup, then drove a bases-clearing double in the fifth to make it 4-0. Juan Pierre tripled and scored in the seventh with Orlando Hudson ripped an RBI-single to extend his hit streak to a career-high 16 games. The Dodgers added two more in the eighth and ended up with 12 hits on the night.
The Dodgers are in good shape to make this a sweep of the Rockies, with Clayton Kershaw taking on Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Dodgers scored all but one of their 16 runs in just two innings as they beat the Rockies on Monday in the first of a three game series at Coors.
Eric Stults shut out the Rockies for the first three frames, and he took the mound in the fourth with a 7-0 cushion. Stults then struggled for command, being tagged for four runs while walking seven before he left with one out in the fifth. He picked up the no-decision, and Jeff Weaver gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Will Ohman picked up his first win of the season, though he walked two and only recorded one out.
Jorge De La Rosa blanked the Dodgers for the first three innings, but the Dodgers rallied to chase him out in the fourth. The Dodgers put up three runs before Juan Pierre cleared the bases with a three-run triple to send De La Rosa to the clubhouse. The Dodgers then put up an eight-run eighth before adding one more in the ninth. All Dodger hitters had at least one hit and score at least one run, with Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Juan Castro all notching three hits.
The Dodgers have now won nine of twelve as they head into another game with the Rockies. Eric Milton will make his second start of the season and will face Aaron Cook, who is 3-1 and coming off his second career shutout.
Recent call-up Jamie Hoffmann, in his big league debut, notched four RBIs and a homerun but the Dodgers took a 10-7 loss to lose the series finale.
The Dodgers gave Chad Billingsley a quick 4-0 lead by the second inning, but Billingsley ended up taking the loss. He gave up two runs in the third and allowed the Angels to pull ahead with a three-run rally in the sixth. The Angels then touched Cory Wade for two runs in the seventh and Leach and Troncoso were tagged for a combined three more runs in the ninth.
The Dodgers four-run second was keyed by Jamie Hoffmann’s three-run blast, his first in the big leagues. The Dodger bats were then quiet until the eighth, scoring two runs, and another in the ninth, but fell a few short of a come-from-behind victory. Pierre, Hudson, Blake, Kemp, and Hoffmann all had multi-hit games.
The Dodgers don’t have much time to dwell on this one, as they have an early afternoon game in Colorado on Monday. Eric Stults will make the start and face Jorge De La Rosa.
The Dodgers came back from a 4-1 deficit to force extra innings and even up the series as they beat the Angels 5-4 in 10 innings.
Randy Wolf shut out the Angels for the first three frames before running into trouble in the fourth and fifth. He allowed four runs, all off homeruns, on ten hits, and left with one out in the seventh. He ended up earning his seventh no-decision of the season before Ronald Belisario finished the seventh and eighth and Broxton picked up the win with two shutout innings.
The Dodgers scored first, with one in the second, but were down 4-1 by the fifth. Russell Martin and James Loney answered back in the bottom of the fifth with RBI-singles to put the Dodgers within one. Casey Blake cashed in an RBI with one of his three hits on the night, coming in the eighth to score Loney to tie the game. Juan Pierre went 0-for-5 for the first time this season, but drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give the Dodgers the win.
The Dodgers will sit Russell Martin, Rafael Furcal, as well as Andre Ethier for Sunday’s game. The back-ups will have to put up some offensive support for Chad Billingsley, who will face Matt Palmer, who is a perfect 5-0 this season.
Both teams were pretty quiet at the plate, but the Angels pulled off a 3-1 win in the first game of the Freeway Series.
In most other situations, Clayton Kershaw would’ve picked up the win for his one-run, four hit performance. He gave up a run in the fourth and was lifted after five with a 1-1 tie. Troncoso, Leach, and Belisario all worked before Cory Wade was roughed up for two in the eighth with a bases-loaded two-run single to Chone Figgins to take the loss.
The Dodgers went just 1 for 14 with RISP and left 11 men on base. The lone run came in the fourth to answer the Angels in the top half, courtesy of an RBI-single by James Loney. Loney, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, and Juan Pierre all had two hits on the night.
Randy Wolf looks to even up the series tonight, facing John Lackey, who is making just his second start back after starting the season on the DL. The Dodgers also placed recent call-up Xavier Paul on the DL and called up Jamie Hoffman, who play back up outfielder to Juan Pierre, who has been replacing Manny Ramirez.
The Dodgers finished off their three-game sweep of the Mets with a 2-1 win on Wednesday night.
Jeff Weaver started and held the Mets to one run through five. He left with a 1-1 tie, and Ramon Troncoso shut out the Mets for the 6th and 7th innings. Belisario started the eighth, and Leach finished it to pick up his first big-league win. Broxton closed out the ninth for his 11th save.
The Dodgers got on board first again, courtesy of a sac fly by Andre Ethier. Livan Hernandez then held the Dodgers scoreless until he left the game after seven and Russell Martin ripped a go-ahead RBI-single in the eighth to break an 0-for-11 skid.
This weekend marks the first of the Interleague Series for Major League Baseball, and the Dodgers host in the Angels in the first Freeway Series of ’09. Clayon Kershaw will take on Jered Weaver on Friday night, with Kershaw looking to stay solid at home, where he has a 0.95 ERA. Weaver is 3-2 this year, and is 3-1 lifetime against the Dodgers.
Casey Blake propelled the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Mets with a go-ahead three-run homerun in the sixth. The Dodgers jumped out for a 1-0 lead in the first and Billingsley doubled in Blake in the fourth.
Billingsley picked up his sixth win after struggling through the second and third innings. He gave up three runs, but fanned seven through 6 1/3 innings. Leach, Belisario and Wade all worked from the bullpen before Jonathan Broxton picked up his 10th save.
Orlando Hudson came out in the seventh after injuring his left shoulder while trying to catch Jose Reyes’ single. It turned out to be only a bruise, and he is listed as day-to-day. Jeff Weaver takes the mound tonight and looks to give the Dodgers a sweep of the Mets. He will face Livan Hernandez, who is 3-1 with a 5.59 ERA.
The Dodgers took advantage of the Mets five total errors, including one in the 11th inning that allowed the Dodgers to win, 3-2.
Randy Wolf had a solid outing, holding the Mets to two runs on six hits before being lifted with two outs in the eighth. He came out when the game was tied and didn’t factor into the decision. Cory Wade, Jonathan Broxton, and Ramon Troncoso all combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings, with Troncoso picking up the win.
The Dodgers jumped on Tim Redding for two runs in the first, with Juan Pierre scoring the first run and Rafael Furcal scoring off James Loney’s sacfly. The Dodgers did go 0 for 11 with RISP, though, and scored 0 runs between the 2nd and 10th innings. Brian Stokes was on the mound for the Mets in the 11th, and the Dodgers took the win after two Mets errors, including a throwing error by first baseman Jeremy Reed, which eventually allowed Mark Loretta to score the winning run.
The Dodgers have now won five of six as they look to get another win against the Mets. Chad Billingsley will take the mound and face John Maine.
Clayton Kershaw pushed his no-hitter past seven innings as the Dodgers beat the Marlins 12-5 to win the series.
Kershaw allowed no hits through seven, though his no-hitter was broken up when former Dodger Cody Ross drove a leadoff double in the eighth inning. He did allow four walks but also struck out nine and was taken out in the eighth, earning his second win of the season. Mota struggled in the ninth, allowing a grand slam to Ross.
The Dodger offense backed Kershaw’s no hitter by giving him a 6-0 lead by the third. Juan Pierre, Mark Loretta, and Juan Castro led the offense: Pierre went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and 2 runs to keep his average at a cool .419, Loretta had the exact same numbers, and Castro went 2 for 4 with four runs scored, including a solo shot in the second.
The Dodgers hold their major-league best record and head home to LA to open a series with the Mets on Monday. Randy Wolf will take on Tim Redding, who is making his first start this season after being sidelined for a strained rotator cuff on his right pitching arm.
The Dodgers suffered a 3-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday to tie up the series. Eric Milton is remains winless, but earned the no-decision after going four innings, giving up two runs and four walks, including walking in a run. Jeff Weaver came out of the ‘pen and took the loss after giving up a go-ahead two-run homerun in the fifth. Leach, Belisario, and Ohman all relieved, with Belisario giving up two more runs.
The Dodgers got on board with a run in the first, scored by Juan Pierre, who went 3 for 5 and scored all of the Dodger runs. Orlando Hudson also chipped in with a hit and two RBIs.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound in today’s rubber match and will face John Koronka.
The Dodgers erased their three-run deficit to tie it in the sixth and went on to beat the Marlins 6-4 on Friday.
Eric Stults had a decent outing, holding the Marlins to three runs through five. He tossed the first three shutout innings before giving up a two-run homerun in the fourth. Jeff Weaver tossed the sixth and ended up picking up the win. Leach, Belisario, and Wade all worked out of the bullpen before Broxton picked up his ninth save.
Chris Volstad shut out the Dodgers through five, but they rallied for three runs in the sixth to tie it up. Casey Blake started the inning with a solo shot, his team-leading eighth of the season. Xavier Paul then made it back-to-back homeruns following Blake for his first big league homer. Juan Pierre put the Dodgers ahead in the seventh with a two-RBI single with the bases loaded.
Recent call-up Eric Milton will get the start on Saturday and will face lefty Andrew Miller.
The Dodgers scored two in the tenth inning on Thursday night to win the rubber match of their series with the Phillies.
Chad Billingsley had probably his best outing of the season thus far, going seven innings with nine K’s and only one run given up. He was unable to get the win, though, when Jonathan Broxton gave up two runs in the ninth, a two-run double to Carlos Ruiz, to send the game to extras. Broxton ended up picking up the win, his fourth of the season. Ramon Troncoso also closed out the bottom of the 10th for his second save.
The Dodgers scored one off an error in the third and James Loney broke the 1-1 tie in the seventh with a solo homerun. Russell Martin drove a two-out RBI-double in the 10th to score Andre Ethier from first for the go-ahead run, and Matt Kemp also added an insurance run with an RBI-double.
Eric Milton was called up from Triple-A on Thursday, and will be taking the rotation spot of Jeff Weaver. Weaver will now be in the bullpen and James McDonald was sent down to Triple-A.
The Dodgers now head to Florida for a weekend series with the Marlins. Eric Stults will take the mound on Friday. Stults is 4-1 and coming off his best start of the season against the Giants, but is 0-1 in two career outings against the Marlins. He will face Chris Volstad, who is 2-2 with a 2.98 ERA. His last outing against the Dodgers was last July in his big leauge debut, tossing 8 2/3 innings while holding the Dodgers to one run.
Randy Wolf dominated his former team, holding the Phillies to one run on three hits through six innings. He notched eight K’s in his six innings of work for his second win of the season. Ramon Troncoso tossed 1 1/3 and Ohman gave up a run in the ninth.
The Phillies had a 1-0 lead in the second but the Dodgers rallie for five runs in fourth, led by a three-run shot by James Loney. Casey Blake added a two-run shot in the ninth to add extra insurance runs for the Dodgers. Pierre, Furcal, Hudson, Loney, Kemp, and Blake all had multi-hit games.
Chad Billingsley can help the Dodgers win the series on Thursday, and will face lefty Cole Hamels. Billingsley suffered his first loss in his last outing, while Hamels is 1-2 but his last win against the Dodgers came in Game 5 of the NLCS.
The Dodgers got on board first but couldn’t hold the lead as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 5-3 in the first game of the series.
Clayton Kershaw was tagged for the loss after giving up four runs through five, including a Phillies three-run rally in the third. The Phillies then added another run in the seventh when Jayson Werth stole home with Belisario on the mound and Martin at the plate, one of four stolen bases for Werth on the night.
The Dodger offense couldn’t produce against former Dodger Chan Ho Park, allowing him his first win as a Philly. Orlando Hudson gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with an RBI-single in the first, one of his three hits on the night. They scored another in the fourth and took the offense in the ninth with a three-run deficit. Mark Loretta drove in James Loney with two-outs, and Juan Pierre stood as the go-ahead run at the plate, but closer Brad Lidge got Pierre to line out to end the threat.
The Dodgers have now lost four of five since losing Manny Ramirez. Randy Wolf looks to even up the series for the Dodgers tonight, and will face veteran lefty Jamie Moyer. Wolf is facing his former team of eight years for the first time since leaving in 2006, while Moyer is coming off a seven-run, 2 2/3 inning loss in his last start.
The Dodgers and Giants had a back-and-forth game, and after each scored a run in the 12th inning, the Giants scored two in the 13th and went on to win the game and take the series.
Jeff Weaver had a decent outing, holding the Giants to three runs through five-plus innings. He left with a one-run lead in the fifth, and Troncoso and Ohman finished off the fifth. Ronald Belisario and Cory Wade combined to give up a run in the eighth that would send the game to extras. The Giants took the lead in the 12th off Mota with a bases-loaded sacfly. The Dodgers tied it up again in the bottom half, but Mota gave up a two-run hit in the 13th to take the loss.
The Dodgers scored four runs off Cy Younger Tim Lincecum. Juan Pierre highlighted the offense with three hits, a run and an RBI. Casey Blake drilled a solo homerun in the 12th off Brian Wilson to send the game to the 13th, but Wilson shutout the Dodgers in that inning to end the game.
The Dodgers end their homestand with a solid 8-3 record. They head to PA to take on the Phillies, with Clayton Kershaw facing former Dodger Chan Ho Park on Tuesday night.
Eric Stults got his fourth win of the season in just his second complete game of his career, shutting out the Giants while holding them to four hits.
Stults had a no-hitter going until Aaron Roward singled with one out in the fifth. Stults allowed just three hits after that, with no walks and five strikeouts. He also lowered his ERA from nearly 5 to 3.58.
The Dodgers gave Stults a 4-0 lead by the second inning. Ethier grounded in a run in the first and the Dodgers rallied for three in the second, including a two-run double by Juan Pierre. Pierre notched another RBI in the Dodgers three-run eighth, following Stults’ RBI-single.
Jeff Weaver can give the Dodgers the series win tomorrow, as he takes the mound to face Tim Lincecum. Lincecum has a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts and is 3-0 lifetime against the Dodgers.
Chad Billingsley suffered his first loss on Friday, giving up three runs on eight hits through seven. He shut out the Giants through five until they scored a run in the sixth. The Dodgers tied it up in the bottom half, but Billingsley gave up two go-ahead runs in the seventh for the loss.
Barry Zito gave up just one run through his six innings. The Dodgers tied it up in the sixth with an RBI by Casey Blake, but went just 1 for 9 with RISP for the game.
The Dodgers are now 0-2 since losing Manny to his suspension. Eric Stults will take the mound on Saturday and looks to even up the series. He will face lefty Jonathan Sanchez.
The Dodgers ended their consecutive home win streak at 13, taking their first loss in LA at the hands of the Nationals.
The Dodger offense gave Randy Wolf a six-run lead by the second inning. Wolf went six strong innings, giving up only one run in the sixth. He struck out five, and was in line for the win after leaving with a five-run lead. The Nationals did nothing but hit against the bullpen, though, beginning with scoring three runs off Ramon Troncoso in the seventh. Cory Wade took the loss after giving up four runs, part of the Nats’ six-run eighth inning.
The Dodgers came out with a six-run first, keyed by a grand slam by Matt Kemp. Jordan Zimmermann then shutout the Dodgers for his next five innings. The Dodgers then scored a run off former Dodger Joe Beimel in the eighth, and added two runs in the ninth for an attempt at a come-from-behind win. Kemp, James Loney, Russell Martin, and Casey Blake all had multi-hit games, with at least one RBI apiece.
Xavier Nady was called up from Triple-A to switch outfield roles with Juan Pierre to replace Manny. He made his big league debut with a pinch-hit at bat in the sixth, but grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Dodgers begin a three-game series at home against the Giants beginning tonight. Chad Billingsley will take the mound tonight, and will need a solid outing after the bullpen was roughed up for nine runs on Thursday. He will face Barry Zito, who is 0-2, including a loss on April 16 at Dodger Stadium, giving up six runs.
The Dodgers pulled off a 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday before getting another 10-3 win over the Nationals on Wednesday.
Jeff Weaver, in his first big league start since September 2007, held the Dbacks to one run on five hits through five. Broxton also picked up his eighth save, closing out the ninth with two K’s.
All the Dodgers would need to win was their three-run first inning, with Ethier and James Loney pitching in with an RBI each.
The Dodgers got a 10-3 win over the Nationals on Wednesday, breaking the modern-day record for most consecutive wins at home to start the season, with 13. Clayton Kershaw picked up his first win this season, holding the Nats to one run on four hits through five. The Nats got their other two runs off Mota, who tossed the seventh and eighth innings.
The Dodgers busted out their offense with a seven-run sixth inning to propel them to the victory. Rafael Furcal led the offense, going 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Hudson, Manny, and Loney each all had two RBI’s.
The Dodgers can get a two-game sweep of the Nats with a win tonight. Randy Wolf will take the mound and face Jordan Zimmermann.
Manny Ramirez violated MLB’s drug policy by taking performance-enhancing drugs, and as a result he will be suspended for 50 games, beginning immediately. Ramirez claimed that the drugs were doctor-prescribed, yet he did not opt to challenge the suspension.
The Dodgers will lose their number three batter for the next 50 games, which may put a quick halt to their perfect 13-0 record at home.
The Dodgers broke the NL record with their 11th consecutive win at home with a 7-2 defeat of the Diamondbacks.
Eric Stults picked up his third win, holding the Dbacks to two runs on five hits through 5 2/3. Belisario, Mota, Wade, and Broxton all worked out of the bullpen to hold the Dbacks scoreless.
The Dodger offense kick-started in the first, with back-to-back solo homeruns by Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier. Matt Kemp chipped in with an RBI, two hits and two runs, and Manny ended the night with three RBIs.
The Dodgers now have the best record in both leagues at 19-8. Jeff Weaver returns to the rotation to make the start Tuesday night. Weaver went four shutout innings in his only outing this year, and will be making his first start since September 2007. He will face Max Scherzer, who is 0-2 but looks to pick up his first big league win against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers completed a sweep of the Padres on Sunday, and tie an NL record for their perfect 10-0 record at home, a feat already accomplished by Joe Torre when he was with the Braves in 1983.
The Dodgers won in extra innings on Saturday, with an RBI-single in the 10th inning by Andre Ethier for the win. The Dodgers had managed to score just one run off Chris Young, with Rafael Furcal driving in Randy Wolf in the third, who had doubled. Ethier then drove in the winning run in the 10th with the bases loaded for the walk-off win.
Randy Wolf gave up a solo homerun to the second batter in the first, but blanked the Padres after that until he was lifted in the sixth. The bullpen then held the Padres scoreless, and Mota picked up the win after pitching the 10th.
The Dodgers completed the four-game sweep with a 7-3 win on Sunday. Chad Billingsley improved to 5-0 with the win, holding the Padres to two runs on four hits through seven, while striking out eight. Will Ohman struggled in the eighth, giving up a run before being replaced by Ramon Troncoso, who finished the eighth and ninth innings with perfection.
The Dodgers kick-started their offense with three runs in the first, with RBI’s by Orlando Hudson, Andre Ethier, and James Loney. They then chased Chad Gaudin in the sixth, tagging him for six runs, including a two-0ut RBI-single by Billingsley. Hudson capped off the scoring with a two-run double for his second hit and third RBI of the day.
The Dodgers continue their homestand all week, first hosting the division-rival Diamondbacks. Eric Stults will face lefty Doug Davis on Monday, looking to improve the Dodgers to 11-0 at home.
Clayton Kershaw shut out the Padres through seven, allowing just four hits while striking out three. Jonathan Broxton ended up getting the win, after pitching a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Jake Peavy allowed just two hits through eight innings, and Russell Martin walked with the bases loaded in the ninth for the Dodgers win.
Despite the win, the Dodgers got other bad news, placing Hong-Chih Kuo on the DL. The Dodgers look to make it three straight wins against the Padres tonight, with Randy Wolf facing Chris Young.
The Dodgers added a win to their now perfect 7-0 record at Dodger Stadium with an 8-5 win over the Padres on Thursday.
James McDonald made the start, but was lifted in the second after giving up three runs. Jeff Weaver was a nice fill-in for four innings, shutting out the Padres while notching four K’s. Will Ohman gave up two go-ahead runs in the seventh and was replaced with Ronald Belisario, who got the win. Cory Wade held the eighth before Broxton notched three strikeouts in his ninth inning save.
The Dodgers scored one in the first and back-to-back homeruns by Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez gave them a 4-1 lead in the third. They tied it up again in the seventh on Mark Loretta’s pinch-hit RBI-single, got the go-ahead run on a Padre misplay and added two insurance runs in the eighth.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound tonight and will face Padres ace Jake Peavy. Kershaw remains winless this season while Peavy is 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA.
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