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August 31, 2009

Dodgers Take Series Over Reds, 6 Games Up

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The Dodgers lost to the Reds on Friday but came back for a big win Saturday and extra-inning win on Sunday to push their lead to six games in the NL West.

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Chad Billingsley took the loss on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks. He allowed three runs before coming on for the sixth and was lifted after giving up a leadoff solo homerun to Johnny Gomes. Homer Bailey was outstanding for the Reds, shutting out the Dodgers for eight innings while fanning seven. James Loney helped the Dodgers avoid a shutout with a leadoff solo homerun in the ninth. Mark Loretta also got on with a pinch hit in the ninth and scored the Dodgers’ second run.

The offense heated up on Saturday for 11 runs, keyed by a six-run seventh inning. Manny Ramirez got the offense going with a two-run homerun in the first inning. They rallied for two more in the second and after the Reds tied it up in the third, Rafael Furcal drove a go-ahead solo homerun in the fifth. In the seventh the Dodgers posted six runs, including a Juan Pierre two-RBI single and a three-run shot by Matt Kemp, his 20th of the year.

Charlie Hager struggled with his command on the mound, shutting out the Reds for the first two innings but running into trouble in the third. He gave up leadoff solo homerun followed by another two-run shot, and left with one out and ended up being tagged for four total runs. Jeff Weaver came on in relief after more than a week’s rest from the mound, but he held the Reds to 3 1/3 scorless innings as the offense put the Dodgers back in the game. Weaver picked up his sixth win, with Belisario and Mota also combining for three innings.

The Dodgers won the rubber match on Sunday in 12 innings by a score of 3-2.

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Clayton Kershaw had another quality start, with his only mistake being a homerun given up in the second to Darnell McDonald. Otherwise, Kershaw allowed just three other hits while striking out 11 in his seven innings. Kershaw wasn’t able to secure the win, though, picking up the no-decision. Sherrill, Troncoso, Kuo, McDonald, and Broxton all tossed a scoreless inning apiece, with McDonald picking up the win and Broxton getting the save after walking two batters in the bottom of the 12th, but recording all three outs as K’s.

Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on board in the fifth with a solo homerun. Kershaw also knocked in a run that inning to score Casey Blake. Those were the only two runs that the Dodgers could produce off Bronson Arroyo. The Dodgers then loaded the bases in the 12th, and Kemp again came through with a deep sacrifice fly to center to plate Manny Ramirez for the go-ahead run.

The Dodgers also scored in another way on Sunday, acquiring infielder Ronnie Belliard from the Nationals for two minor leaguers. Belliard will join the team today, and a roster move will be announced to make room for him on the team. The Dodgers host the Diamondbacks tonight, with Randy Wolf taking on Doug Davis. Wolf is looking for his fifth straight win and is 2-0 against the Dbacks this year while Davis is 7-11 this season.

August 27, 2009

Padilla Helps Dodgers Get Series Win

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The Dodgers came back from losing the first game of the series to win the last two and move their NL West lead back to four games, while also giving the Rockies their first home loss in two months.

Vincente Padilla, in his first start as a Dodger and his first in three weeks, went five innings, giving up just two runs to pick up the win. He allowed two runs to score in the third to tie the game, but shut the Rockies down for his next two innings. Kuo, Troncoso, and Sherrill worked out of the ‘pen before Broxton picked up the save.

Matt Kemp gave the Dodgers a quick lead with a two-run homerun in the first inning. De La Rosa then shut the offense down until the sixth, when Rafael Furcal knocked in Orlando Hudson with an RBI-single.

The Dodgers continue their road trip to Cincinnati for a weekend series. Chad Billingsley will make the start Friday and take on Homer Bailey. Billingley has a 1.59 ERA against the Reds at their home park, and an even lower overall career against them. Bailey is 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA and has yet to earn in a win this month.

Dodgers Even Up Series, Regain 3-Game Lead

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The offense finally heated up a little in Wednesday’s game at Coors, beating the Rockies 6-1 to gain a full game in the NL West.

It seems to be a broken record saying Randy Wold posted another quality start, but that’s exactly what he did once again. He went 7 1/3, striking out five, and giving up just one run-a two-out solo homerun in the third. Wolf is now 4-0 with an ERA south of 2 in his last four starts. Sherrill finished the eighth in relief and Broxton worked the ninth.

The offense got going in the first with a two-run homerun by Andre Ethier, his first of two jacks on the night. Ethier then led off the fourth with a solo homerun to kick-start a four-run inning, and his three hits on the night would give him a .383 average for the month of August. Three batters later, with two on, James Loney drove his eighth homerun of the season to give the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.

The Dodgers need a win in today’s rubber match to hold a four-game lead over the Rockies. Vicente Padilla will be activated today to make his Dodger debut (he will be replacing Kuroda in the roation for now). He hasn’t started a big league game since the first week of August. He will face Jorge De La Rosa, who is 12-8 with a 4.76 ERA.

August 26, 2009

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After three straight wins against the Cubs to open their four-game weekened series, the Dodgers fell a win short of the sweep and also took a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

Ryan Dempster held the Dodgers to just three hits on Sunday, with the only run coming from a Tony Abreu RBI-single in the second to tie it 1-1. Chad Billingsley had given up a solo homerun in the second, and took the loss after giving up two more runs before leaving after six innings.

The Dodgers had Monday off to rest before a big series with the Rockies, who now trail the Dodgers by only two games in the NL West after their 10th inning win.

Clayton Kershaw put up a quality start for the Dodgers, striking out six in 6 1/3 and making only one mistake, a two-run homerun in the fourth. Belisario gave up a go-ahead solo homerun in the seventh, and Kuo gave up another run in the eighth. The Dodgers tied it with two in the ninth to send it to extras. James McDonald was tagged for the 10th inning loss after giving up a leadoff walk followed by a throwing error by James Loney that allowed the winning run to score.

Andre Ethier put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the first and Casey Blake drove a leadoff solo shot in the fourth. They were then scoreless and down by two heading into the ninth, but rallied to send two runs to touch home. They could’ve gotten more, though, as Russell Martin flied out, leaving the bases loaded and leaving the Dodgers just 2 for 10 with RISP on the night.

August 23, 2009

Dodgers Aim for Four-Game Sweep

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The Dodgers escaped with two more wins as they head into Sunday’s final game of the series, looking for the sweep.

Randy Wolf posted another strong win, allowing just one run on one hit through seven while striking out five. The only hit he gave up was a two-out RBI single in the third. Sherrill and Broxton continued the one-hitter, each tossing a shutout inning, with Broxton picking up his 27th save.

Wolf also helped himself out by driving a two-RBI double in the second, which would prove enough for the win. Wolf now has 11 RBI’s on the season, tying a career-high.

The Dodgers were again able to escape with two runs for the win on Saturday. Charlie Haeger picked up his first win as a Dodger, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings while also striking out seven. Broxton and Sherrill continued the shutout, with Sherrill picking up the save.

The Cubs matched the Dodgers with five hits, but the Dodgers were able to score two runs for the win. Matt Kemp drove a solo shot in the second, and Casey Blake did the same with two outs in the fourth.

The Dodgers look to seal the four-game sweep today, with Chad Billingsley taking on Ryan Dempster.

August 21, 2009

Martin Powers Dodgers to Win With Grand Slam

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The Dodger and Cubs were tied at 2′s since the third, but Russell Martin took charge in the sixth with a grand slam to give the Dodgers a four-run lead in what would become a 7-2 win.

Jeff Weaver was a solid subsitute starter, going 5 1/3, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four. He allowed a solo homerun to Fukudome in the second and another in the fourth for the last Cubs’ run of the night. It was Belisario who was tagged for the win though after finishing the final two outs in the sixth, his sixth straight scoreless appearance. Troncoso and Mota each combined for three shutout innings to add to the bullpen’s success.

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Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal each knocked in a run in the first and second innings before the Cubs tied it up in the third. In the sixth, Manny and Casey Blake had back-to-back singles, and a sacrifice bunt by Orlando Hudson moved them to second and third. James Loney was intentionally walked and made way for Russell Martin, who drove just his second career grand slam to put the Dodgers up by four runs. Furcal, Kemp, Manny, and Blake all had multi-hit games.

Weaver proved effective in filling in for Kuroda, and he may have to continue that subsitute role, as Kuroda was placed on the 15-day DL for last week’s concussion. Infielder Tony Abreu was activated to take the roster spot for the time being.

Randy Wolf looks to put the Dodgers up 2-0 in the series as he takes the mound Friday night after coming out his best outing of the season, taking a one-hit shutout into the eighth. He will face rookie Randy Wells, who is 9-5, with all nine wins coming in his last 11 starts.

August 20, 2009

Cards Score in Ninth for Win

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The Dodgers came up short in the rubber match loss, and now hold the NL West lead by just 3 1/2 games.

Clayton Kershaw didn’t make it out of the third inning, after the Cardinals worked him for 97 pitches, including two runs on five hits with five walks. He left with two on and two out in the fourth, and James McDonald escaped the inning and also sailed through the next two. Belisario and Kuo each tossed a scoreless inning before Broxton came on in search of his 27th save. He gave Pujols a leadoff walk, who stole second after Russell Martin’s throw sailed into the outfield, which allowed Pujols to take third. He then score what would be the winning run on Matt Holliday’s sacfly.

Adam Wainwright had a no-hitter going until Orlando Hudson drove a one-out single in the sixth. The Dodgers finally touched Wainwright for a couple runs in the seventh, when Andre Ethier and Casey Blake each drilled solo homeruns.

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This is the fifth straight series that the Dodgers have dropped to the Cardinals, and now their NL West lead isn’t so comfortable anymore. They stay at home this weekend, opening a four-game series with the Cubs tonight. Jeff Weaver will start in place on Hiroki Kuroda, who is still nursing his concussion after last weekend’s injury. This is Weaver’s seventh start for the Dodgers, his last coming on August 12. He will face Tom Gorzelanny, a lefty who was recently traded from the Pirates to Cubs.

August 19, 2009

Dodgers Snap Home Losing Streak

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Chad Billingsley pitched the Dodgers to the win as they beat the Cards 7-3 to get their first win at home in five games.

Billingsley’s skipped start in the last rotation proved nothing to his performance this game, going six innings, giving up just two runs on three hits to pick up his 12th win. He shut out the Cards until giving up two in the sixth. James McDonald was tagged for one in the seventh and Broxton tossed 1 1/3 innings for his 26th save.

Mitchell Boggs kept the Dodgers scoreless until the fourth, when the Dodgers pounded four straight hits for two runs, including an RBI by Billingsley. The Dodgers followed suit in the fifth with four straight hits again, led off by a triple by Andre Ethier, who ended up just a homerun short of the cycle by the night’s end. Ethier, Orlando Hudson, and Russell Martin all had multi-hit games for the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw looks to seal the win in Wednesday’s rubber match. He will face Adam Wainwright, who has posted Cy Young-like numbers this season, with a 14-7 record and 2.62 ERA.

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August 18, 2009

Dodgers Fall Short in Loss to Cards

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The Dodgers were on a nationwide stage again on Monday Night Baseball, but couldn’t get the bats going against Chris Carpenter, as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-2.

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger made his Dodger debut, and came out shining, retiring the first nine batters he faced. Haeger’s first mistake was a solo homerun to Albert Pujols in the fourth to tie the game. Haeger then gave up a two-run, go-ahead homerun to Rich Ankiel in the seventh. He ended up taking the loss, despite posting his first big-league quality start, with seven innings pitched and three earned runs.

Carpenter shut the Dodgers down for his 13th win, giving up a run in the first and then just one more after that until he left after the eighth. Rafael Furcal scored in the first after a leadoff single, double by Ethier, and sacfly by Casey Blake. James Loney cashed in Matt Kemp in the fifth for the Dodgers’ second run.

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With Hiroki Kuroda missing his next start due to a mild concussion after Saturday’s line drive to the head, Haeger might be called on to take his place in the rotation, and his knuckleballing allows him to pitch as early as Thursday. No word on Thursday’s starter, yet, though Billinglsey will take the mound on Tuesday and will face Mitchell Boggs. Billingsley is pitching on a week’s rest, while Boggs has been bouncing in and out of the fifth starter’s role for the Cardinals, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.78 ERA.

August 16, 2009

Dodgers Lose Series Despite Wolf's Big Win

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The Dodgers dropped the first two games to the Diamondbacks before avoiding the sweep by getting a 9-3 win on Sunday.

Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Friday, being roughed up for four runs in the second inning. He gave up six hits and four walks before leaving with one out in the fourth, though he did rack up nine strikeouts. Dan Haren shut down the Dodgers in his eight innings, allowing just a solo homerun to Matt Kemp in the fifth while fanning eight.

The Dodgers took a second loss on Saturday, but also lost Hiroki Kuroda from the game when he got bulleted by a line drive to the head in the sixth. He gave up just one run and came on for the sixth to face pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal, who knocked Kuroda out with a line-drive back to the mound on a 2-2 pitch. McDonald, Kuo, Sherrill, Broxton, and Troncoso all worked in relief for Kuroda, who was later released from the hospital on Sunday. Broxton game up back-to-back solo homeruns in the ninth to blow the save and send the game to extras. Troncoso loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the 10th and a walk-off single won it for the Dbacks.

The Dodgers scattered three runs in the game, starting with an RBI-single by Brad Ausmus in the second. Furcal scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and Mark Loretta drove in Casey Blake in the sixth with a sacfly.

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Randy Wolf put up a one-man show in Sunday’s winning, striking out ten while also falling just a triple short of the cycle at the plate. He allowed just one hit until the eighth inning, but was tagged for three runs in the eighth, starting with a leadoff homerun to Rusty Ryal. He left with two outs and got the win after fanning 10 and walking none.

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Wolf also went 3 for 4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored. Andre Ethier started off the offense with a three-run homerun in the first. The Dodgers then put up a four-run fourth, with a two-run homerun to both Wolf and Orlando Hudson.

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The Dodgers head back home to open up a series with the Cardinals on Monday. Carpenter has recovered well after missing the first chunk of the season, posting a 12-3 record with a 2.73 ERA. The Dodgers will send Charlie Haegar to the mound for his club debut. The knuckleballer has just 10 big league starts in the past three years.

August 13, 2009

Dodgers Fall Short of Sweep

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Despite a run in the ninth to send the game to extras, the Dodgers took a 2-4 loss after 10 innings to spare the Giants from getting swept at home.

Jeff Weaver put up three scoreless innings in place of Chad Billingsley. He tossed 61 pitches, and managed to escape a bases-loaded, no outs threat in the second. He was lifted after the third for James McDonald, who gave up two runs in the fifth. Kuo, Belisario, Troncoso, and Sherrill all combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing the game to go to extras. It was Guillermo Mota who took the loss after giving up a two-run walk-off shot to Juan Uribe in the 10th.

Cy Younger Tim Lincecum held the Dodgers scoreless until the sixth with an RBI by Rafael Furcal. It would be Furcal in the ninth who would score the tying run. He got on base by hustling to first to get an infield single, though replays should that Uribe’s throw actually reached the bag before Furcal did. Andre Ethier cashed in Furcal later that inning with two outs to send the game to the 10th, but the Dodgers couldn’t put a runner on and took the loss.

The Dodgers finally have a day off after three weeks before heading to Arizona to take on a weekend series with the Diamondbacks. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound on Friday and will face Dan Haren. Former Cy Younger Haren has been struggling of late, surrendering 16 runs in his last 23 innings of work.

August 12, 2009

Two Big Innings Power Dodgers to Win

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The Dodgers belted out all nine runs in just two innings as they beat the Giants for the second straight game of the set.

Randy Wolf had arguably his best outing of the season, going eight innings and giving up just one run on three hits. He threw 70 of his 103 pitches for strikes and picked up his sixth win to even his record at .500.

Joe Martinez kept the Dodgers from touching the plate through the first four innings, but the Dodgers came out for four in the fourth, keyed by a two-RBI double by Andre Ethier to take the lead. Two innings later, Manny Ramirez made it 6-1 with a two-run homerun, one of his two hits of the night. Matt Kemp follow suit with a three-run shot to cap off the scoring.

The Dodgers look to finish the sweep in today’s afternoon game. Jeff Weaver will make the start in place of Chad Billingsley, who has a strained left hamstring, though it is nothing series and he should be back in the rotation by Monday. Weaver is making his sixth start this season and first since July 11. He will face Tim Lincecum, who is 7-1 at home and 3-0 lifetime against the Dodgers, and is two K’s away from the 200 career strikeout milestone.

August 11, 2009

Big Fourth Inning Gives Dodgers Win

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All the Dodgers would need was one offensive inning to give themselves a 4-2 win over the Giants in Monday’s series opener.

Hiroki Kuroda picked up the win to even his record at 5-5. He gave up just a solo homerun in the second and shut the Giants out until he left with one out in the sixth. Kuo, Belisario, and Sherrill all combined for two innings before Broxton came on for the save, though he did give up a solo homerun to Benji Molina in the ninth.

The Dodgers picked up all four runs in the fourth, keyed by a bases-loaded double by Matt Kemp to clear the bases. Mark Loretta then cashed in Kemp with an RBI-single of his own.

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Randy Wolf is looking to even his record back to .500 tonight; he is 6-4 lifetime against the Giants. He will face Joe Martinez, who picked up his first big-league win last week and is facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career.

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August 10, 2009

Dodgers Lose Two to Drop Series

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The Dodgers lost in extras again on Saturday and took the series loss on Sunday as the Braves beat them, 8-2.

Clayton Kershaw was outstanding on Saturday, going seven strong innings, striking out 10, and only allowing three men to reach base, two on hits and one walk. Kawakami was just as good, though, and the game was sent to extra innings after Belisario, Sherrill, and Broxton combined for two scoreless innings. Mota came on and game up a two-run go-ahead homerun, and he ended up taking the loss.

The Dodgers’ bats were just as quiet as the Braves through the first nine frames. Kawakami allowed just four hits, but also walked three, proving less command than his opponent Kershaw. After Mota gave up two in the top of the 10th, Andre Ethier drilled an RBI-double in the bottom half to cut their deficit to one run. Matt Kemp was then robbed of a hit and left Ethier stranded on second to end the game.

The pitching was just as good on Sunday, but again came out in a Dodger loss. Eric Stults made the start, tossing five innings, but took the loss as he gave up three runs on five hits. Jeff Weaver highlighted three perfect innings with two strikeouts. Ramon Troncoso was then rocked in ninth, being tagged for four runs and Mota for the fifth Braves’ run that inning.

Javier Vazquez nearly shut down the Dodger offense, holding them to one run on five hits while fanning seven. Casey Blake accounted for the lone run off Vazquez, a sacfly in the fourth to score Ethier.

The Dodgers continue without a day off to San Fran to take on the Giants. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound on Monday and will face Jonathan Sanchez. Kuroda is coming off his first home win while Sanchez is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA since his no-hitter back in July before the All-Star Break.

August 8, 2009

Bullpen Struggles in 12th-Inning Loss

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The Dodgers matched the Braves with five runs each for the first nine frames, but the Braves rallied for four in the 12th to give the Dodgers a loss.

Chad Billingsley posted another quality start, holding the Braves to two runs on four hits through six innings. Hong-Chih Kuo game on for the seventh and gave up a two-run homerun. The Dodgers had a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth, but Jonathan Broxton blew the save as he allowed a run to score and sent the game to extras. James McDonald held for two innings and then Ramon Troncoso was tagged for the loss as he allowed the go-ahead run to score on an RBI-base hit. Scott Elbert then gave up a three-run homerun to put the game out of reach.

The Dodgers managed to squeeze in five runs off Braves’ starter Jair Jurrjens. Orlando Hudson knocked in a run before Casey Blake drilled a three-run shot in the fifth inning. The Dodgers were then shut down by the Braves’ bullpen after that, with their only real chance at scoring coming in the 11th with runners on second and third and two outs. Andre Ethier was intentionally walked but Tony Abreu, in his first at-bat of the season, grounded out to end the threat.

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Clayton Kershaw will take on Kenshin Kawakami in Saturday’s game.

August 7, 2009

Dodgers Rally in Ninth for Win

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The Dodgers overcame a 4-2 deficit to win against the Braves on Thursday, courtesy of a walk-off homerun by Andre Ethier.

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Randy Wolf picked up another no-decision, going seven innings while giving up four runs. Kuo, Mota, and Elbert all combined for two shutout innings of relief, with Elbert picking up his second win.

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Derek Lowe held the Dodgers to just two runs in his 6 1/3 innings. They scored one in the third and another in the fourth by Orlando Hudson, after he got on base with his 1,000th career hit. Rafael Soriano then came on to close out the ninth for the Braves and put two runners on for Andre Ethier, who belted a three-run walk-off homerun, his fifth walk-off jack of the year, good enough for best in the league.

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Chad Billingsley will take on Jair Jurrjens tonight. Billingsley won last week against the Braves, while Jurrjens took a loss in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers.

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August 6, 2009

Dodgers Drop Finale to Brewers

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The Dodgers took a loss in the series’ rubber match with the Brewers before they head straight into another series today with the Braves.

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Jason Schmidt took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits. He was chased with two outs in the fourth and the bases loaded, and James McDonald came on and allowed two to score, both runs tagged to Schmidt.

The only offense the Dodgers really had was a leadoff solo homerun by Rafael Furcal in the first. Otherwise, Brewers’ starter Braden Looper shut the Dodgers down, as they had just four hits after that homerun.

The Dodgers head right into another home series, with Randy Wolf taking the mound to face Derek Lowe. Lowe beat his former team the Dodgers last Saturday. Wolf took a loss against the Braves last weekend, and remains a winless 0-5 against the Braves since 2004.

August 5, 2009

Dodgers Explode for 17 Runs in Win Over Brewers

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The Dodgers followed up their loss with the Brewers with a 17-4 win on Tuesday.

Hiroki Kuroda was aided by a four run lead after the first, and picked up the win after going six innings. He gave up three runs on nine hits but also notched seven K’s. Kuroda picked up his first win in six starts. Hong-Chih Kuo tossed an inning and then Mota came on for relief. He ran into trouble with two outs in the ninth when he drilled Prince Fielder with a pitch, and was then ejected. After the game, Fielder actually attempted to get into the Dodgers’ clubhouse to confront Mota about the pitch. Both Torre and other Dodger officials didn’t comment any further on the issue.

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The Dodgers scored 17 total runs, the most they have at their home field since the 1979 squad. The offense started with four runs in the first, led by back-to-back singles by Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier. Casey Blake drilled a two-RBI double for the first two Dodger runs. Manny Ramirez then drove a solo shot in the fifth, one of his two hits on the night and one of three RBI’s. The Dodgers then exploded for seven runs in the sixth and then five more in the eighth, including a two-run homerun by Matt Kemp, who ended the night with four hits, three runs, and five RBI’s. Ethier and Martin ended with three hits and two RBIs each, and Mark Loretta knocked in two in his pinch-hit at bat in the sixth.

Jason Schmidt looks to give the Dodgers the series’ win in Wednesday’s rubber match. He will face Braden Looper, who is 9-5 with a 5.03 ERA but has lost his last two starts.

August 4, 2009

Dodgers Fall Short in Ninth Inning Rally

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The Dodgers trailed 6-2 heading into the ninth, but took a loss to the Brewers as they fell one run short of sending the game to extras.

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Kershaw struggled in his second shortest outing of the season, going just four-plus innings. He gave up three runs on four hits, but also couldn’t find the strike zone and walked six. Jeff Weaver then came in for three innings of relief and gave up a three-run homerun in the sixth inning to give the Brewers a 6-1 lead.

Manny Parra held the Dodgers to just two runs through the first eight frames. But Casey Blake led off the ninth with a single and a double by Matt Kemp chased Parra from the Hill. James Loney then drove in two with a ground-rule double off closer Trevor Hoffman. Orlando Hudson then knocked in Loney to cut the Brewers’ lead to one. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Manny Ramirez stepped to the plate, but fell short as he flied out to right to end the game.

Hiroki Kuroda will make the start on Tuesday and will face Yovani Gallardo, who has been a solid man in the Brewers’ rotation, posting a 10-7 record with a 3.13 ERA.

August 3, 2009

Dodgers Win Rubber Match to Take Series Over Braves

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The Dodgers took a loss on Saturday but came back to power a 9-1 win in the rubber match on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Randy Wolf was on the losing end of the stick on Saturday, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits through six, though he did also notch seven K’s. Hong-Chih Kuo also tossed a perfect inning, and has still yet to be scored on in 3 2/3 innings since his return off the DL.

Wolf pitched just as well as Derek Lowe, who also gave up three earned runs and went six innings. Casey Blake and James Loney knocked in a run apiece in the two-run fourth inning to take the lead. After the Braves tied it up, Andre Ethier drove a go-ahead solo homerun in the sixth to knock Lowe out of the game. The Dodgers didn’t put any runners on base after that inning though, and took the loss.

Chad Billingsley had another fantastic outing for his eleventh win of the season. He went five innings, giving up just two hits while fanning nine. He was lifted after five for Elbert, who tossed 2 2/3 scorless innings before allowing the Braves to score their lone run in the eighth.

The Dodgers managed to jump on Braves’ starter Jair Jurrjens, who has otherwise been a solid man in their rotation this season. Jurrjens blanked the Dodgers until the fifth, when they rallied for four runs, keyed by a three- run shot by Matt Kemp. The Dodgers added a run in the sixth before rallying for three more in the eighth, including another two RBIs from Matt Kemp. Ethier and Loney also had three hits like Kemp, with Loney driving in two runs.

The Dodgers head back to LA to open a series with the Brewers. Clayton Kershaw will take the hill and face Manny Parra, who is 5-8 with a 6.50 ERA. Since the beginning of June, Kershaw is 5-0 with a 0.79 ERA.

August 1, 2009

Dodgers End Losing Streak with Two Wins

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The Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Cards on Thursday, followed by a 5-0 win over the Braves on Friday.

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Hiroki Kuroda had a solid outing, spreading out two runs on four hits through six innings. He didn’t earn the decision as the game would head to extras. Mota allowed a run to score in the seventh that tied it up and sent the game to extras. The bullpen was shutout after the seventh though, with Hong-Chih Kuo, James McDonald, and Jonathan Broxton each tossing a hitless inning, with McDonald picking up the win and Broxton the save.

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The Dodgers managed to squeeze just one run in off Kyle Lohse’s six innings. The Dodgers scored two in the seventh and Matt Kemp had the winning RBI’s with a two-run single in the tenth. Rafael Furcal also had two RBIs and Casey Blake notched three hits.

The Dodgers then opened a three-game series at Turner Field with a 5-0 shutout against the Braves on Friday. Jason Schmidt picked up his second win, allowing just one hit through six shutout innings. Sherrill and James McDonald both combined for three hitless innings after Troncoso allowed two leadoff hits in the seventh.

The Dodgers were scoreless until Andre Ethier broke the 0-0 tie with a three-run shot in the fifth, one of his two hits and three of his four RBIs on the night. Furcal, Blake, Martin, and Hudson also all had two hits apiece.

Randy Wolf will take the mound in Saturday’s second game of the series. He will face Derek Lowe, who is 10-7 with a 4.20 ERA.

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