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June 30, 2009

Lucky 13th Inning for Ethier, Dodgers

by @ 10:08 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers and Rockies took it into the 13th inning on Monday, and it ended with a walk-off two-run shot by Andre Ethier.

Randy Wolf and Ubaldo Jimenez had just about equal numbers the entire way. Wolf gave up just four hits, with his only mistake being a two-run homerun in the fifth inning, though the Dodgers would tie it up in the bottom half. He left after six and again didn’t factor into the decision. Belisario, Troncoso, Broxton, Weaver, Leach, Mota, and McDonald all tossed an inning apiece out of the bullpen, with McDonald picking up the win after throwing a perfect 13th with two K’s.

The Dodgers answered the Rockies’ two runs in the fifth with a pair of their own in the bottom half, courtesy of a two-RBI hit by Wolf. The Dodgers were then quited until Ethier drove a two-run walk-off shot in the 13th for the Dodgers’ ninth walk-off win of the year.

Chad Billingsley will shoot for his 10th win tonight and will face Jason Marquis, who is also in search of his 10th win and is 4-1 against the Dodgers in 10 career outings.

June 28, 2009

Dodgers Drop Final Two Games to Mariners

by @ 5:24 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers took a 1-5 loss on Saturday and 2-4 loss on Sunday for their second straight series loss.

Eric Milton suffered the loss on Saturday, giving up four runs on seven hits through five. McDonald and Mota tossed a few scoreless innings before Leach gave up a solo homerun in the ninth for the Mariners fifth run.

Felix Hernandez held the Dodgers to one run and four hits through his eight innings, while striking out nine. The Dodgers managed to score a run in the third, though it was off an error.

The offense didn’t fare much better on Sunday, with Garrett Olson holding the Dodgers to two runs. Matt Kemp drove a solo shot in the fifth and Andre Ethier drove in a run that same inning.

Hiroki Kuroda suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits before leaving in the seventh inning.

The Dodgers have now lost two straight series, but it is the first time this season to have two consecutive series losses. The Dodgers will host the Rockies on Monday, with Randy Wolf facing Ubaldo Jimenez. This will be the Dodgers’ final home series before embarking on a 14-day road trip, followed by the All-Star break. It will also be their final series without Manny Ramirez, for he is eligible to return on Friday.

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June 27, 2009

Dodgers Win First Game Against Mariners, 8-2

by @ 9:07 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw evened his record at 5-5 while the Dodgers beat the Mariners, 8-2, in the first game of the series.

Kershaw pitched a perfect first three innings before giving up a run in the fourth. He gave up another in the sixth and left with a 7-2 lead after six, tallying eight K’s for the night. Mota tossed two perfect innings out of the ‘pen and Belisario relieved the ninth.

The offense was almost a one-man show, with Andre Ethier belting three homeruns, accouting for six of the Dodgers eight runs. This was Ethier’s fifth multi-homerun game this season, good enough for first in both leagues. He blasted a three-run shot in the second to put the Dodgers on board, another two-run shot in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth. Casey Blake also went yard with a solo homerun in the fourth.

Eric Milton will make the start on Saturday and face Felix Hernandez. Milton is coming off the DL after three weeks to make the start and Hernandez is 7-3 with a 2.74 ERA.

June 26, 2009

Dodgers Lose Rubber Match in Extras

by @ 7:10 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After taking the first game of the series against the White Sox, the Dodgers lost the second and lost the series in extra innings in Thursday’s 5-6 loss.

The Dodgers gave Chad Billingsley a 4-0 lead by the fifth, but Billingsley gave up two in the fifth and three go-ahead runs in the sixth, courtesy of a three-run shot by A.J. Pierzynski. The Dodgers tied it back up in the seventh and Billingsley left with the no decision. Belisario and Leach relieved before Troncoso had a perfect two innings. Jeff Weaver took the loss, though, when loading the bases with no outs in the 13th inning and giving up a hit to Scott Podsednik.

The Dodgers jumped out for three runs in the fourth and added another in the fifth. The Sox came back to take the lead but a run in the seventh tied it up to send the game to extras. The Dodgers were then held hitless over the next six innings. Orlando Hudson went 3 for 6 with 2 RBI and Loretta also had a pair of hits and 2 RBI.

This was the first series loss for the Dodgers in over a month. They now head back to LA to take on the Mariners in the three-game weekend series. Clayton Kershaw will face Jason Vargas, who is 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

June 25, 2009

White Sox Top Dodgers with 6 Homers

by @ 12:12 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The White Sox came back to take the second game of the series with a 10-6 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Randy Wolf was able to earn a decision, but it came with a loss after he gave up five runs on seven hits. Wolf gave up a solo homerun in the first followed by another two-run shot in the third to allow the Sox to tie it at 3-3. Wolf left the next inning after giving up another one-out, two-run homerun. Cory Wade was then rocked in the fifth inning, giving up four runs, including two homeruns. James McDonald gave up a solo shot in the fifth before settling down for the next two innings.

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The Dodgers answered Aramis Ramirez’s first-inning homerun with three runs in the second. They didn’t add another until the seventh and Matt Kemp drove a three-run shot in the eighth to make it look like a decent loss.

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The Dodgers are now taking on the Sox in the rubber match, with Chad Billingsley facing Clayton Richard.

June 24, 2009

Kuroda Nails First Win Since Opening Day

by @ 8:45 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Hiroki Kuroda was one out away from a complete game in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the White Sox. He gave up a solo shot in the second, but the Dodgers had already given him a 3-0 cushion by then. Kuroda gave up just one other hit besides the homerun until the ninth. He left after giving up another run and totaled nine K’s on the night. Jonathan Broxton struck out the last batter for his one-out 18th save.

The Dodgers jumped out for a run in the first and James Loney made it 3-0 with a two-run jack in the second. John Danks held the Dodgers scoreless until he left after seven. Casey Blake also chipped in with two RBI and Mitch Jones had two hits and a run at the DH nine-hole.

Randy Wolf will make the start in the second game of the series and will face Gavin Floyd. Wolf still holds a 3-2 record, courtesy of 10 no decisions this season. Floyd is 4-5 but has a 1.58 ERA in his last six outings.

June 21, 2009

Dodgers Win Freeway Series

by @ 8:53 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After a late-inning comeback by the Angels on Friday night, the Dodgers took the last two games for the series win over cross-town rival Angels.

Chad Billingsley held the Angels to four runs (three earned) on Friday, with three of the runs coming in the sixth inning to allow the Angels to tie it up. Mota ended up taking the loss after giving up a solo go-ahead run in the eighth.

The Dodgers were able to score four runs off Joe Saunders, including a solo shot by Loney in the fourth and a two-run shot by Furcal in the fifth.

Saturday night was a match-up of the Weaver brothers, the first time Jeff and Jered have faced each other in their careers. Jeff ended up taking the win for the Dodgers, and Jered the loss. Jeff went six innings, holding the Angels to two runs while striking out four. The Dodgers touched Jered for six runs on ten hits before chasing him in the sixth inning. Ethier went 1 for 4 with two RBI, Martin had a solo homerun, one of his three hits on the night.

The Dodgers were on stage in front of the entire baseball nation again on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, and got the 5-3 win to seal the rubber match of the series.

Clayton Kershaw pitched one of his best games of the season, shutting out the Angels through seven while striking out five. He threw 63 of his 107 pitches for strikes, and gave way to Troncoso for the eighth, who was tagged for one run. Jonathan Broxton made it interesting in the ninth, giving up three hits and a walk for two runs, but ironically ended up picking up his 17th save of the season.

John Lackey held the Dodgers scoreless until the fifth to make it 1-0. They scored another in the seventh and James Loney smashed a two-run homerun in the eighth to make it 4-0. Juan Pierre went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Furcal, Blake, Ethier, and Kemp also had two hits apiece.

The Dodgers have Monday off to travel to Chicago for a matchup with the White Sox for another interleague series. Hiroki Kuroda will face John Danks, who is 5-5 and 1-0 in one career start against the Dodgers. Kuroda is still looking for his first win since Opening Day.

June 19, 2009

Dodgers Take Series with Rubber Match Win

by @ 6:41 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

All three games of the series were won by one run, and the Dodgers came out on top with a 3-2 win over the A’s on Thursday for the win.

Randy Wolf had another solid outing in which he did not earn the decision, his 10th no decision in 15 starts this year. He went six strong, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out three. Cory Wade yielded the tying run in the seventh but after the Dodgers came back in the bottom half Leach, Belisario, and Troncoso came out of the bullpen with Leach taking the win and Troncoso earning his fourth save with only two pitches in the ninth.

The Dodger offense answered back to each of the A’s runs with a run of their own in the bottom halves of the innings. After the A’s scored one in the third, Orlando Hudson answered back with a two-out solo homerun. The Dodgers took the lead on an RBI-single by Juan Pierre in the fifth. The A’s came back in the seventh, but Mark Loretta drove in the winning run with an RBI-single in the seventh to snap an 0 for 15 slump as a pinch hitter.

The Dodgers continue with interleague play, heading across town in the Freeway Series with the Angels. Chad Billingsley will get the start on Friday and will face lefty Joe Saunders. Billingsley is looking to send his win total to double-digits while Saunders is 7-4 but winless in his last three starts.

June 18, 2009

Dodgers Lose to Even Up Series

by @ 10:05 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

It was the same 5-4 score, but a different outcome as the A’s came out on top for the win.

Hiroki Kuroda remains winless since Opening Day, spreading five earned runs over six innings for his second loss of the season.

The Dodgers were able to capitalize on three A’s errors, but they only managed one earned run on the night. Cahill shut out the Dodgers until the fifth, despite having the bases loaded in the first, when Orlando Hudson drove an RBI-single. The Dodgers also scored three more in the sixth and seventh innings off errors. The leadoff man got on in the ninth inning but Andrew Bailey got three out in a row to end the threat.

Randy Wolf will take the mound in Thursday’s rubber match and will face Vin Mazzaro. Wolf remains winless in seven starts at home this season (though only one loss), while Mazzaro is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA.

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June 17, 2009

Dodgers Win in Extras

by @ 1:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers are now 6-1 in extra-inning games as they beat the A’s 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw pitched a phenomenal 5 2/3 innings, shutting out the A’s notching eight K’s. Ramon Troncoso was tagged for all four A’s runs, coming in the eighth inning. Mota picked up his third win, pitching a perfect 10th inning.

The Dodgers were quiet at the plate until the sixth inning when Casey Blake and James Loney both drove RBI-doubles. The A’s took a two-run lead in the eighth but the Dodgers answered back in the bottom half to tie it up, with another RBI-hit by Blake and a fielder’s choice RBI for Andre Ethier. Matt Kemp was the hero in the 10th, driving in the winning run with two outs.

Hiroki Kuroda will take the hill tonight and will face Trevor Cahill. Kuroda is making his first career outing against the A’s and the young Cahill is 3-5 with a 4.17 ERA.

June 14, 2009

Dodgers Take Final Two to Win Series

by @ 7:18 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After a loss on Friday, the Dodgers followed up with a 3-1 win on Saturday and a win in Sunday’s rubber match.

Randy Wolf tossed a shutout five innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four. He had to be lifted after the almost two-hour rain delay, and again didn’t factor into the decision. Cory Wade ended up taking the win, though he did give up a homerun in the sixth for the Rangers only run on the night. Broxton also picked up his 15th save.

The Dodgers didn’t knock in a run until the sixth, but it was Matt Kemp’s two-run, go-ahead blast in the seventh that was the difference in the game.

The offense heated up even more on Sunday, beginning in the first with a sac fly by Casey Blake. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom half but Blake again delivered with a three-run shot in the third, hitting in the cleanup spot. James Loney and Brad Ausmus added RBI-singles for a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.

Chad Billingsley picked up his ninth win, holding the Rangers to three runs–two earned–through seven innings. Troncoso tossed an inning before Billingsley got the save.

The Dodgers have Monday off before heading to Oakland on Tuesday to take on the A’s. Clayton Kershaw will take on lefty Dallas Braden, who is 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA and has never faced the Dodgers.

June 13, 2009

Dodgers Shut Out by Rangers

by @ 8:50 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

In the first game of a three-game interleague series, the Dodgers fell to the Rangers 0-6.

Hiroki Kuroda took the loss in just his third start since coming off the DL. He fared well through the first five innings, giving up just a pair of runs in the third. He then lost his rhythm in the sixth, giving up a leadoff solo homerun and then two more runs before leaving with one out.

Vicente Padilla shut out the Dodgers for his five innings, allowing just four hits. The Dodgers managed just eight runs at the plate. The only chance at a comeback was in the fifth, down by two runs, with runners on second and third with one out. Andre Ethier drilled a liner but first baseman Chris Davis made the catch to end the rally threat.

Randy Wolf will make the start tonight, facing Scott Feldman, who has only one loss in nine starts this season.

June 11, 2009

Dodgers Take Loss to Split Series

by @ 7:52 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodger offense couldn’t heat up against Kevin Correia as the Dodgers take a 1-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

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Clayton Kershaw took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits before leaving in just the third inning. The Dodger bullpen then combined to shut the Padres out the rest of the night, with Weaver pitching 2 1/3 innings with one hit, Cory Wade pitching two perfect innings, and Belisario and Troncoso a hitless inning apiece.

The only offense to speak of was an Andre Ethier RBI-single in the first to score Juan Pierre and make it 2-1. Correia and the Padres bullpen shut out the Dodgers after the first, with the Dodgers managing just six hits on the night.

The Dodgers have another off day before heading to Texas for a three-game interleague series with the Rangers, who are–at a suprise to the baseball world–at first in their division, 3 1/2 games above the Angels. Hiroki Kuroda will make the start on Friday, looking to set his record at 2-1 in his first career start against the Rangers. He will face Vicente Padilla, who is 4-3 with a 5.22 ERA.

June 10, 2009

Four Homeruns Propel Dodgers to Win

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The Dodgers drove a season-high four homeruns, two by Andre Ethier, in a 6-4 win over the Padres.

Chad Billingsley picked up his eighth win, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He allowed the Padres to rally for two in the first, but the Dodger offense answered back and Billingsley gave up just one run after that. Leach, Belisario, and Troncoso also held the Padres out of the bullpen and Jonathan Broxton picked up his fourteenth save, though gave up a run in the ninth.

After the Padres scored two in the first, Ethier answered back in the bottom half with his first homerun of the night. The Dodgers tied it with a run in the second and Ethier drove his second homerun in the third for the go-ahead run, while also raising his June BA to .419. Matt Kemp and Orlando Hudson each hit solo homeruns in the fifth, and Furcal knocked in an insurance run in the eighth.

Clayton Kershaw will look to give the Dodgers a two-game sweep with a win. He will face Kevin Correia, who is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA. Kershaw looks to even his record at .500; he is 2-0 witha 2.70 ERA in five career starts against the Padres.

Draft Update:

In the Dodgers’ first pick (36th overall), they selected LHP/CF Aaron Miller of Baylor. They went on to pick outfielder Blake Smith of Cal, RHP Garrett Gould out of high school, and RHP Brett Wallach of Orange Coast College.

June 8, 2009

Dodgers Lose Fourth Game to Split Series

by @ 8:17 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers and Phillies had their Sunday night matchup on ESPN, but the Dodgers faltered in a 2-7 loss to end up splitting the series.

Randy Wolf struggled in the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits before being lifted in the seventh. He gave up just one run through the first four frames, but then gave up two go-ahead runs in the fifth before giving up two homeruns in the seventh. Wolf took just his second loss of the season, his first in 11 consecutive starts. Travis Schilchting then came on for the eighth, giving up a solo homerun as he faced his first batter ever in the big leagues. 

The Dodgers couldn’t produce much offense against Antonio Bastardo, the rookie making just his second start in the big leagues. Matt Kemp drove in a run in the fourth to tie it up, but the Dodgers left runners on the corners after having one out that same inning. Kemp also drove in a run in the sixth when a run scored on his double-play groundout.

The Dodgers have Monday off, their first off day since May 21. They will have a chance to rest up before opening a home series against the Padres. Chad Billingsley will get the nod for Tuesday and will face Chris Young.

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June 6, 2009

Dodgers Follow Thursday’s Loss with Two Wins Over Phillies

by @ 4:51 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

On Friday, the Dodgers sealed the win in walk-off fashion to even up the series.

Jamie Moyer held the Dodgers to just two runs on four hits through seven innings. Heading into the ninth, the Dodgers were down by one run with two outs. Casey Blake drove a single, James Loney walked, and Russell Martin got on base from an error to load them for Andre Ethier, who drove a two-run double to give the Dodgers the walk-off win.

Eric Milton picked up the no-decision, giving up three runs on eight hits before being lifted with one out in the fifth. Mota, Leach and Troncoso all combined to shut the Phils out before Broxton earned his sixth win, with all three outs in the ninth for strikeouts.

Andre Ethier delivered again for the Dodgers on Saturday. He drove a solo homerun in the fourth, and a solo homerun by Furcal in the ninth sent the game to extras. Ethier then drilled his second homerun of the night in the 12th to give the Dodgers the win.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched phenomenally, shutting out the Phillies through six while allowing just two hits and striking out five.  Belisario gave the go-ahead couple of runs in the seventh, but Troncoso, Broxton, and Wade all shut out the Phillies at the plate after that. Cory Wade had to hitless innings for the win.

Randy Wolf will take the mound on Sunday and face Antonio Bastardo, who is making just his second big-league start.

June 5, 2009

Hamels, Phillies Shut Out Dodgers

by @ 10:12 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

It was a match up of first place teams, and the Phillies came out on top as they beat the Dodgers 3-0 in the first game of the set.

Clayton Kershaw took the loss, though he held the Phillies to two runs on four hits with five K’s through 5 1/3 innings. Four relievers then got work out of the bullpen, with Cory Wade giving up the Phillies third run.

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Cole Hamels was lights-out for the Phillies, tossing a complete game shutout with no walks and striking out five. He scattered just five hits throughout the nine frames.

Eric Milton will get the start tonight and will face veteran Jamie Moyer. Milton is 2-0 and Moyer is 4-5 and is coming off his best outing of the season, a one-run, six-inning outing for his 250th career win against the Nationals.

June 4, 2009

Dodgers Take Series with 1-0 Win

by @ 8:21 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

All the Dodgers would need was one run on Wednesday night to beat the Diamondbacks in the rubber match of the three-game series for their fourth shutout of the year.

Chad Billingsley had one of his best outings of the season, shutting out the Dbacks through six while allowing just four hits and striking out nine. After the Dodgers put up a run in the bottom of the sixth, Belisario and Troncoso each tossed a shutout inning before Broxton closed it out for the save.

James Loney and Casey Blake carried the offense again, with Loney drilling a leadoff triple in the sixth and scoring in Blake’s sacrifice fly. Jon Garland had held the Dodgers to just three hits in the previous five innings.

The Dodgers open a four-game series tonight with the defending world champion Phillies. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound and face Cole Hamels. Kershaw looks to put the Phillies’ six-game win streak to a halt, with Hamels coming off his worst outing of the season–a six-run, six-inning loss to the Nationals.

June 3, 2009

Dodgers Come From Behind for 6-5 Win

by @ 8:09 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After being held to one run through seven by Dan Haren, the Dodgers put up five runs in the eighth to give themselves a win and even up the series. 

Randy Wolf had a shaky outing, giving up a run in the first and then a grand slam in the second to Justin Upton to give the Dbacks a 5-0 lead. He settled down after that, shutting out the Dback offense for the next four frames. Jeff Weaver picked up his third win after tossing two innings, and Jonathan Broxton sealed the save with a 1-2-3 ninth, including two strikeouts.

The Dodgers were held to just two hits off Haren through seven, and Haren himself put up more–three–hits off Wolf. Andre Ethier drove a solo homerun in the second after the Dbacks already had a 5-0 lead. The Dodgers then came from behind to rally in the eighth, with James Loney tying the game with a two-out bases-clearing double, and coming around to score the go-ahead run on Casey Blake’s RBI-single. 

Chad Billingsley will take the mound in tonight’s rubber match and will face Jon Garland, who is making his career debut at Dodger Stadium.

June 2, 2009

Dodgers Drop First to Dbacks

by @ 6:51 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After the Dodgers split a four-game series at Wrigley against the Cubs over the weekend,  they came home to LA and took a close 2-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, but remain a MLB-best 35-18.

Hiroki Kuroda made his first start after spending two months on the DL–his first start since Opening Day. He took the loss but had a decent outing, allowing only three hits, two runs, while striking out six through five innings. Cory Wade tossed two shutout innings and Leach gave up a run in the eighth, which would prove to be the game-winner as the Dodgers would go on to score two in the ninth, one short of tying it to send the game to extras. The Dodgers’ staff also put up a club-record five wild pitches, including three by Cory Wade in the seventh inning alone.

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Billy Buckner shut the Dodgers out for six innings, fanning five while allowing just four hits. The Dodgers made an attempt from a come-from-behind win in the ninth against Tony Pena: Rafael Furcal had an RBI-single to score Andre Ethier and an RBI-single by Juan Pierre, his last of three hits on the night. The Dodgers had runners on the corners with two outs, but Mark Loretta flied out to end the game.

Randy Wolf will get the start tonight and will team up with Brad Ausmus against Dan Haren.

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