Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers used a base-loaded ninth-inning to take game one of a three game series over the Florida Marlins.
The game was tied at 2-all in the eighth. Hanley Ramirez walked to lead-off the inning for the Marlins, advancing to third on Gaby Sanchez’s line-drive single. Immediately following Sanchez, Greg Dobbs stepped into the box and made the walk to Ramirez pay with his second RBI-single of the night to tie the game.
The game would remain tied until the ninth-inning. Dodgers third basemen, Casey Blake, would single to lead-off the bottom of the ninth. Andre Ethier would also single in the inning advancing Blake to third with still nobody out. Marlins relief pitcher, Clay Hensley though could not get a Dodger out as he proceeded to walk Matt Kemp for a bases-loaded no-out scenario.
Dioner Navarro would pinch-hit and be a Dodgers hero for the night. His single up the middle propelled Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory in walk-off fashion.
The Dodgers big-guns are starting to look and play good ball; all contributing in a positive way for this win. James Loney and Ethier both slammed solo homeruns in the second and sixth-inning respectively.
For Florida, it was Dobbs doing all the work, bringing home Ramirez twice for the Marlins only runs of the night in both the sixth and eighth. Ramirez reached base twice on walks that led to runs. In the sixth he was able to advance to second on Logan Morrison’s single and took third on a double-play ball by Gaby Sanchez.
Rubby De La Rosa was awarded the win courtesy of Navarro’s pinch-hit game-winning single in the ninth. The Dodgers may now have a chance for the NL West if they can continue to find ways to win games and get on an 8-2 or 9-1 streak. I do not see Arizona keeping pace with San Francisco and the loss of Buster Posey will hurt the Giants come games in late-August and the month of September.
CHICAGO — Interleague Play is already off to a great start. It took 93-years for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to play a series since the 1918 World Series. And the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to win in dramatic fashion against the Chicago White Sox to start their Interleague Play and hopefully propel them back into the NL West race.
The Dodgers, who had lost five of their last six, entered U.S. Cellular hoping to change things quickly before falling further behind the San Francisco Giants. Things seemed to be on the upswing as Matt Kemp sent a two-run shot for an early 2-0 lead. But, with one-out remaining in the ninth, it seemed as if the Dodgers would have to wait another day to start a winning streak.
Russell Mitchell was the Dodgers last hope going up against White Sox closer, Sergio Santos. Entering this point in the game, Mitchell was batting sub-.100 and only playing due to an injury Aaron Miles was suffering. Since being named the closer for Chicago, Santos has been virtually un-hittable; he had not allowed a run or blown save till his encounter with Mitchell.
However, all good things must eventually come to an end, and that they did for Santos who blew his first save and surrendered his first run as a closer on just one pitch to Mitchell. Mitchell sent a fastball that just stayed fair into the outfield bullpen for a game-tying homerun.
Los Angeles, then determined not to let this game get away from them, poured on three additional runs in extras for a 6-4 victory in Chicago. With two men on base, Juan Castro’s single scored Jamey Carroll and advanced Kemp to third base. James Loney then followed with a double to right that increased the Dodgers lead as Kemp scored. Another RBI-single, this time by Jay Gibbons, gave the Dodgers a more comfortable cushion to work with, leading 6-3.
The White Sox though looked to make an already enjoyable Interleague opener last just a bit longer. Chicago hit back-to-back singles in the tenth, and the powerful Adam Dunn came to the plate with one-out. Dunn was brought to Chicago in the off-season for this particular situation; bring home runs late in games. Hoping for a game-tying homerun, the White Sox “faithful” would have to settle for an RBI-groundout.
Los Angeles though, would escape the threat on Paul Konerko’s groundout on their way to a 6-4 win. The Dodgers play two more times in Chicago, sending the ex-White Sox World Series pitcher Jon Garland to the mound Saturday, before visiting last-place Houston.
LOS ANGELES — After a one-hit loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks the previous day, the Los Angeles Dodgers offense was MIA for a second consecutive game as the Dodgers lost to Arizona again, falling 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
Arizona’s starter, Ian Kennedy, continued his success as he four-hit the Dodgers over six-innings and struck out eight. Since the St. Louis debacle, Kennedy has posted an impressive 1.50 ERA with an even forty-strikeouts in six starts with a 4-1 record.
Arizona would only need to two-runs for the victory, but, gave Kennedy plenty of run support as the Diamondbacks scored four runs in the second inning off Dodgers starter, Ted Lilly.
After Lilly walked Stephen Drew to start the second, the Diamondbacks unleashed back-to-back jacks to the fans in left field to take an early, commanding, 3-0 lead. It continued to get worse for Lilly too, who then hit Miguel Montero. Montero advanced to second on Gerardo Parra’s bunt-single and advanced once again to third on Ian Kennedy’s sacrifice bunt. Chris Young then hit a deep fly-ball that allowed Montero to trot in for the fourth run of the inning.
Los Angeles struggled again to get its big bats going as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and James Loney went 1-for-11; same batters went 2-for-10 in Arizona’s one-hit victory.
The Dodgers got on the board soon afterwards, scoring their only run in the third inning off Kennedy. Jamey Carroll doubled to lead-off the third and scored immediately on Aaron Miles’s line-drive single to right field.
J.J. Putz came in for another save opportunity; his second in less than a twenty-four hour period and got the save for his ninth of the season. Putz has yet to blow a save this season.
NEW YORK– Just one day after Andre Ethier’s hit streak was snapped, he came back the following day with a two-run homerun to prevent Los Angeles from being swept by the New York Mets and help end a four-game losing streak Sunday afternoon.
Starter, Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles was also valuable towards the Dodgers 4-2 victory over the Mets. Kershaw struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one run to cross home.
In the other dugout, the Mets R.A. Dickey was beat up by ten Dodgers hits over the course of seven innings. Worse though for Dickey was the fact he was responsible for all four of Los Angeles runs.
Ronny Paulino put the Mets on the board in the first with his RBI-single. Justin Turner scored after being issued a one-out walk and moved to second on another free-pass from Kershaw in the opening frame. Despite the walks, Kershaw settled down the rest of the day as he did not allow an extra-base hit during his entire outing.
Kershaw scored the Dodgers first run when he was allowed first-base after being hit by a pitch to lead-off the third. After a pitch got passed Paulino and Kershaw took second, Jamey Carroll’s ground-out put Kershaw at third with one-out. Aaron Miles did not let a golden opportunity slip away as he singled to right and Clayton Kershaw scored to tie the game 1-1.
After back-to-back one-out singles by James Loney and Jerry Sands, Rod Barajas fielder’s choice single scored Loney to give L.A. the 2-1 advantage, which was doubled in the seventh off Ethier’s two-run shot to right.
New York managed to give Vicente Padilla some trouble in the ninth as Daniel Murphy singled on a line-drive and scored on Jose Reyes ensuing triple to keep a late-inning threat alive. Padilla though retired the next two batters for the save and end Los Angeles current skid.
LOS ANGELES– In the series opener against the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers Andre Ethier kept his hitting streak intact Friday night at Dodger Stadium. His only hit of the night came in the fifth inning on a two-out double to right.
Starters Ted Lilly of Los Angeles and Clayton Richard of San Diego were phenomenal in their starts despite both having short outings. Lilly earned the win, proving he can win close, tight games as he pitched six innings of one-run ball. Richard on the other hand had to suffer the loss even though he pitched a flawless 5 2/3 innings.
Jamey Carroll led off the Dodgers first with a double and scored two batters later on Andre Ethier’s RBI groundout.
Chase Headley though tied things up for the Padres in the third inning. He doubled to left to lead off the inning and got a free pass to third on Lilly’s balk. Nick Hundley followed with an RBI single to left, tying the game 1-all.
Los Angeles proceeded to get the rest of their runs with the long ball; two solo shots on separate occasions. Juan Uribe got the first one in the fourth and Matt Kemp hit the eventual game-winning run out of the park to center-field too.
San Diego’s second run came in the ninth inning off closer Jonathan Broxton who still seems a little shaky in late game situations. With two-outs, Broxton allowed Will Venable to single and end up at second minutes later on a fielder’s indifference. Orlando Hudson cut the Dodgers lead to one with an RBI-single of his own. Headley kept a blown-save a possibility by singling to right and increasing the threat with Hudson standing at third. However, Broxton was able to get Hundley to line-out for the final out and earn his sixth save.
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