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June 27, 2011

Dodgers avoid Angels sweep

by @ 5:58 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for two-runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a one-run deficit as they beat their cross-town rival, Anaheim Angels, to avoid a sweep.  The Dodgers won on Tony Gwynn’s walk-off single that capped of a three-for-five day at the plate.

Both clubs put forth their ace starters as Jared Weaver took the mound for the Angels, while the home team sent out  Clayton Kershaw.   From the very get-go it was clear these two starters came ready to compete against one another as neither allowed a run till the seventh-inning.

Weaver pitched seven-innings allowing one-run on seven hits to maintain a 1.97 ERA through the month of June.  On the other hand, Kershaw pitched a complete game, his third of the season and his second in a row after  he shutout the Detroit Tigers in his last start, 4-0.  Kershaw struck out eleven for the second straight time too.

In the seventh, Erick Aybar led-off the Angels with a double and was soon rewarded by his teammate, Howard Kendrick, whose RBI-single put the first run of the day on the board for the Anaheim.

In the bottom half of the same inning, the Dodgers responded on a Kershaw two-out single that kept the inning alive for lead-off hitter, Tony Gwynn.  Gwynn’s second hit of the day resulted in a RBI-triple to tie the game at 1-all.

Neither team allowed a hit in the eighth as the Angels last hit of the afternoon came with two-outs as Vernon Wells went deep for a solo shot and a 2-1 lead for Anaheim.

With the one-run lead in their grasp, the Angels sent out closer Jordan Walden to earn the save as well as sweep the rival Dodgers.

However, it would not be an easy task as these cross-town rivalries always bring drama to the park.  Both Juan Uribe and Dioner Navarro were walked to open the bottom of the ninth.  Jamey Carroll’s sacrifice bunt advanced both base-runners into scoring position with one-out.  Following the sac-bunt was a sacrifice-fly off Aaron Miles bat to bring in the tying run.

The Dodgers then sent Trent Oeltjen out to second to pinch-run for Navarro and it would pay off as Gwynn’s most important hit of the day drove in Oeltjen for the game winner as the Dodgers bench emptied to dog pile Gwynn.

In other news, Monday afternoon the Los Angeles Dodgers have officially filed for bankruptcy.  To get a full and detailed report on the situation here is a link from the Dodgers homepage Dodgers bankrupt.

June 19, 2011

Dodgers blanked against MLB’s worst, Houston Astros

by @ 11:39 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to find themselves in a little bit of a funk.  The Dodgers currently are on a five-game losing streak which includes a home sweep against the Cincinnati Reds and will soon include a sweep by the Houston Astros if they lose in the series finale with Houston this afternoon.

The problem seems to be on both sides as the offense has not been there enough, scoring just 11-runs in five games while allowing 30-runs; the past three games have seen Dodgers pitchers surrender seven-runs in each match-up.

Last night, the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros, shut-out the Dodgers for the seventh time this season.

With the shut-out, Houston only needed one-run, but managed to score five in the fifth-inning to take complete command of the game from that point forward.  Dodgers starter, Rubby De La Rosa did not even finish the fifth after surrendering five-runs in 4 2/3 innings.  All three of his walks occurred in the fifth and came back to hurt him as the inning progressed.

De La Rosa walked Brett Wallace to begin the fifth and Chris Johnson and Clint Barmes followed with back-to-back singles.  Things seemed to be at their worst with the bases loaded and no-outs, but De La Rosa was able to get the next two batters out on swinging strikeouts.

But, it then went back to bad as De La Rosa walked in a run on a full-count pitch to Michael Bourn, a pitcher’s worst nightmare.  Jason Bourgeois and Jeff Keppinger both hit singles that resulted in another three-runs for Houston and a 4-0 lead.

With Bourgeois now at third, De La Rosa walked the powerful Carlos Lee which loaded the bases once again for Houston.  Even after relief pitcher Mike MacDougal entered the game to replace De La Rosa, a wild-pitch allowed yet another Astros run.  More than less of Houston’s runs were a result of bad pitching by Los Angeles than great offense on this particular day.

Houston added a pair of runs in the eighth-inning to increase their lead, 7-0 on RBI’s by Johnson and Carlos Corporan.

Los Angeles almost prevented the shut-out in the second-inning, but Jason Bourgeois made an amazing throw from right-field to get Rod Barajas out at home and end the inning.

While zeros were put across the board for the Dodgers, they were able to reach base safely ten times which hopefully is a positive scenario for Los Angeles as they move forward this season.  Maybe it will propel a run-parade this afternoon to end the losing skid and prevent back-to-back sweeps against National League Central foes.

June 11, 2011

Dodgers rally too late

by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

DENVER — What appeared to be a shutout, turned into a possible comeback that fell just a run short of tying the game after trailing for over eight-innings.  Already losing 6-0 entering the ninth, the Los Angeles Dodgers seemed to be on the verge of a rally, scoring five-runs before the last out was recorded and a victory for the Colorado Rockies was placed in the books.

The Rockies opened up the offense in the second when Troy Tulowitzki cracked a homerun into left-field for the early 1-0 lead; his first since May 17.

In the fifth however, Colorado blew the game open as they took advantage of many mishaps taking place on the part of Los Angeles fielders as well as their ace starter.  Carlos Gonzalez bunted towards third and reached first before taking second on a throwing error by third baseman Casey Blake.

Chris Nelson followed by with a single of his own that also resulted in him advancing to second on another Los Angeles throwing error, this time by outfielder Trent Oeltjen.  Todd Helton then stepped into the batter’s box, and the veteran delivered with a 2-RBI single into right-field.

With Helton at second and Tulowitzki at first, a wild pitch by Dodgers starter, Chad Billingsley, allowed both runners to advance into scoring position which would prove to be detrimental as Seth Smith’s single would score both men for the 5-0 lead.  Chris Iannetta’s RBI-single completed the fifth-inning romp as the Rockies now held a 6-0 lead behind starter, Jhoulys Chacin, who was in complete command against the Dodgers.

Chacin pitched an amazing eight-innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three-hits on zero runs and fanning nine.  Billingsley, the Dodgers Opening Day starter, had just the opposite effort.  He did not even finish the fifth as he pulled after Iannetta’s RBI-single.  Throwing just 4 2/3 innings with a pitch-count at 79, Billingsley allowed six-runs on thirteen-hits in a game he would soon like to forget.

Nevertheless, with the game seemingly all but over, the Dodgers began to make the hometown Rockies fans a little uncomfortable in their seats as Los Angeles began to pile on some runs.  Matt Kemp got things rolling with his 19th-homerun of the season; a deep one-out solo shot into right.

James Loney singled to left before Juan Uribe flied out to left for the Dodgers second out.  Even with two-outs though, the Rockies would find that the Dodgers were not ready to pack-up for the night.  Dioner Navarro reached first on a throwing error, moving Loney to second.  Tony Gwynn then doubled to left to bring home Loney and advance Navarro to third.

Aaron Miles continued the threat with a 2-RBI single in an inning that continued to see the Rockies lead slip further and further away as the Dodgers tried to roar back from a six-run deficit.  After a fielder’s indifference granted Miles second, pinch-hitter Rod Barajas came up clutch with an RBI-single that extended the inning even more for Los Angeles and now made the difference in the game now stand at just one.

But with too big of a deficit to conquer in three-outs, the Dodgers luck ran out as Trent Oeltjen struck-out for the final out to give Colorado the 6-5 victory.


June 3, 2011

Jimenez Rox Dodgers for 1st win

by @ 7:16 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Better late than never.

It only took till June 2nd and a total of ten starts for Colorado Rockies starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, to finally earn his first win of 2011, a feat he dominated in last year.

In his first victory, Jimenez dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers from the start, getting the complete game shutout on four-hits and seven strikeouts.  In other words, Jimenez finally is beginning to show the dominance he had from last season in his last few starts.

In addition too, not only was Jimenez in control, but he also got some much needed run support to preserve a victory for Colorado and end their previous three-game slide.

Ty Wigginton tripled in the second inning to lead-off for the Rockies and scored on Jose Morales sacrifice fly.  A double by Seth Smith in the third continued to put pressure on Los Angeles as Smith advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and also score on a sacrifice fly.  In the fourth, Todd Helton concluded Colorado’s offense for the night by sending his seventh souvenir of the year into right.

Ubaldo had complete command as a majority of his pitches seemed to result in easy groundballs for the fielders to handle, never allowing the Dodgers a chance in this game.

While Jimenez pitched an amazing nine-innings, the same could not be said of Dodgers starter, Jon Garland, who only lasted till the sixth inning after allowing three-runs on five-hits.  That would be the end of his day, but alas, nothing else would matter as long as Jimenez was on the mound for Colorado, dominating opposing batters for his first win of the season.

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