Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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LOS ANGELES — Ladies and Gentleman, he has done it again.
The Dodgers Matt Kemp had another walk-off hit to give Los Angeles a win in extras. The home run gave Kemp his 100th RBI of the season as Los Angeles used a five-run sixth to eliminate the deficit, going on to win 7-6 against the Colorado Rockies.
Chad Billingsley got roughed up by the Rockies’ bats early, proving that it would indeed by a long afternoon for the Dodgers starter. He pitched just six-innings, but during that span, allowed ten-hits which turned into four-runs, three of which were earned, throwing 123-pitches.
Colorado piled the runs on Billingsley in the third as three batters all reached base safely. Mark Ellis led off with a double, scoring the first run of the day on a Carlos Gonzalez single. The very next batter, Troy Tulowitzki, brought Gonzalez home and himself, sending a two-run bomb into the left-field seats.
The Rockies added another run in the fourth on Gonzalez’s second RBI-single, leading the Dodgers 4-0 through five-innings.
Despite being down four-runs in the sixth, the Dodgers’ actually grabbed a one-run lead, scoring five-runs in the frame.
With one-out and runners at the corners, Matt Kemp stepped up and hit a grounder to the third baseman who threw home, but Colorado catcher, Chris Iannetta, could not handle the throw as a run crossed the plate with runners at the corners again.
Juan Rivera then dropped a hit in front of the right fielder for an RBI, and Matt Kemp took third on a close play that appeared to have Kemp out at third, but another bobble by the Rockies defense allowed Kemp to be safe too.
With runners in scoring position and still just one-out, the Rockies gambled by walking Andre Ethier to apply the force at all bases. However, that worked to their disadvantage as Casey Blake doubled to left center for two RBI’s, tying the game 4-4.
With Blake standing at third, Jamey Carroll hit a grounder into right field that scored Blake, giving the Dodgers’ their first lead of the afternoon, 5-4.
However, Tulowitzki was thinking multi-day, as he sent his second home run of the game to left for a Rockies’ 6-5 lead.
Entering the ninth, hope was still alive as the heart of the Dodgers’ lineup was due up. It did not take long for the fans to be up in their seats again as James Loney hit a game-tying home run to prevent the loss for the time being.
Los Angeles’s bullpen was money in extras, getting three batters to strikeout and three others to groundout in both the tenth and eleventh as they did not allow a hitter to reach base.
Finally, the eleventh approached and so did a couple other things. The first being Kemp at home plate with one-out and no one on base. The other was a 0-2 solo home run for a game winner to give Los Angeles the 7-6 win. It was Kemp’s 31-home run and 100-RBI of the season.
The Dodgers’ look for the sweep in Sunday’s series finale as this will be the final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.
MILWAUKEE — Clayton Kershaw was finally able to put the sizzling Milwaukee Brewers in their place.
Milwaukee (73-52) has been on a tear of opponents since the All-Star break, having won 19 of their last 21 prior to Thursday’s matchup with Los Angeles. The Brewers’ were looking for their seventh straight win to go perfect a 7-0 on their seven-game home stand. Milwaukee also possess the best home record at 47-16, so other teams better keep winning if they want to avoid the Brewers’ having home field advantage in the divisional and championship playoffs; we already know that because of the All-Star game, whom ever wins the NL pennant, they will host the fall classic.
Kershaw (15-5) was phenomenal against a team that would intimidate any young pitcher. He went eight shutout innings in which he allowed just five-hits, lowering his ERA to 2.60.
Brewers’ starter, Marco Estrada, pitched five-innings in a losing effort as his surrendered solo homerun to Rod Barajas in the second-inning gave him the loss.
Milwaukee though struggled mightily offensively because their two big bats were silenced by Kershaw. Both Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder went a combined 1 for 7 in Thursday’s loss to the Dodgers’.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Brewers’ had a great opportunity to tie the game at 1-all or jump ahead of the Dodgers’, but could not do so. Jerry Hairston hit a one-out double, but all Braun and Fielder could do was fly out to end the inning, giving their fans little to cheer for.
After that, Los Angeles scored two-runs apiece in the seventh and eighth en-route to a 5-1 victory over the N.L. Central leading Brewers’.
Barajas hit a two-out double to keep the seventh alive. Jamey Carroll then singled him home and Kershaw reached base on a throwing error by Milwaukee pitcher, Kameron Loe that allowed Carroll to score, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.
In the eighth, the Dodgers’ extended their lead further as both Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp went back-to-back on one-out singles. Juan Rivera’s sacrifice fly scored Ethier and a single by Aaron Miles gave the Dodgers’ their fifth run of the afternoon.
Milwaukee’s offensive must have been expecting a night game because that is when the bats came alive. Braun hit a one-out triple in the ninth, coming home for the Brewers’ lone run on Prince’s sacrifice fly. Casey McGehee followed with a single before Mark Kotsay popped out to end the game that prevented a Brewers’ four-game series sweep.
The Dodgers’ will now fly to Denver to take on the Rockies before having to travel back east to finish their season series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Then they will travel all the way back to the west coast for short six-game home stand.
LOS ANGELES — It took over nine-innings of baseball with zeros all across the outfield scoreboard, but the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to surpass the worst-team in baseball, the Houston Astros.
Matt Kemp, the NL MVP candidate, came through again in the tenth for a walk-off single to send the fans home happy. It was Kemp’s fifth career walk-off.
Through nine-innings of baseball, both teams limited their opponent to just three-hits. The ninth-inning though just about summarizes the season of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers Juan Rivera tripled to start the ninth-inning. In order to apply the force-out effectively, Houston relief pitcher, Fernando Rodriguez, intentionally walked the next two batters following Rivera’s triple.
Most teams around the majors and minors would thrive in this position, but the Dodgers failed, leaving the bases loaded with three opportunities to bring in just one-run for the victory.
Tony Gwynn struck out while both Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles grounded-out to end regulation, sending this one into extras.
However, it did not take long as Casey Blake led-off the home half of the tenth with a double. Andre Either was then intentionally walked to once again have the fore-out rule in effect with Kemp at bat.
With the count 0-2, Kemp hit flair into right-field that just stayed fair to allow Blake to come home for the game-winning run and a Dodgers 1-0 victory over the Astros.
David Carpenter suffered the loss for Houston while the Astros starter, Bud Norris, lasted seven-innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight in the effort.
Nate Eovaldi made his second career start for the Dodgers going six shutout innings while Josh Lindblom got the victory after pitching a perfect tenth.
PHOENIX — A pair of aces went head-to-head Sunday afternoon as Clayton Kershaw went up against the home team’s Ian Kennedy.
Kershaw (13-5) dropped only his second loss in his last ten starts, winning his last five. But two two-run blasts was just enough to give Kershaw his fifth loss of the season despite only allowing five-hits in the effort.
Ian Kennedy (14-3) has now won his last six-starts currently posting a 3.20 ERA after his seven-innings of work Sunday. Kennedy allowed three-runs on six-hits, but his bullpen entered to toss two-innings of perfect baseball as J. J. Putz had a one-two-three inning to earn his 26-save.
Kershaw was out of sync in the very beginning of the game, walking the first batter of game on four straight balls. He then proceeded to throw three more balls to run the count 3-0 before recording his first strike. But Kelly Johnson was not going to be an easy out and it showed as he took Kershaw long for a two-run homerun in the first to go up 2-0.
The Dodgers, James Loney, cut the Diamondbacks lead in half, homering in the fifth. In the sixth, Los Angeles jumped out to a 3-2 lead. Aaron Miles singled with one-out, coming home on Andre Ethier’s RBI-double to tie the game. Juan Rivera then gave the Dodgers a one-run lead with his RBI-single to center before he was thrown out at second to close out the inning.
However, that lead would be short lived as a second two-run homerun saw Arizona reclaim their lead. Cody Ransom hit his first career homerun to propel the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 victory over divisional foe, Los Angeles, in a half-empty stadium.
The Dodgers head back home to take on the best team in the majors, the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series, going up against Roy Halladay in the opener Monday night.
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