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October 17, 2006

Dodgers Look to Move On After Laying an Egg in the NLDS

by @ 2:18 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Man, this playoffs were a drag.  I know, eight teams get in and only one team makes it all the way but to go out looking as bad as we did was pretty disappointing.  And now the Mets and Cardinals are limping their way through the NLCS and I know the Dodgers could be doing just as well against the Cardinals then the Mets are.

Now it’s time to move on though, and this story at MLB.com is a pretty good read on how the front office is already moving forward.

Also, this is very cool.  It’s an online journal of Chin-Lung Hu’s experiences at the Arizona Fall League.

October 1, 2006

Dodgers Settle for Wild Card Despite Seven Straight Wins

by @ 5:28 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

At least the Dodgers have some nice momentum heading into their NLDS against the New York Mets.  Their head to head record against the Padres cost them home field but at least they’re in the dance.  It looked very spotty last week but the Dodgers pulled it out and in winning fashion no less.

The Dodgers scored four runs in each of the three wins over the Giants, which goes to show you that they got some good pitching.  On Friday, the Dodgers were down until the ninth when Olmedo Saenz and Russ Martin had RBI singles to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win.  Hong Chih Kuo pitched five solid innings and Jon Broxton picked up the win despite getting only one batter out.  Takashi Saito picked up the save.

Yesterday, the Dodgers doubled up the Giants 4-2.  Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win and both Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew drove in two runs in the win.  Kenny Lofton went three for five with two runs to help out.

Today the Dodgers won but they didn’t need it.  Eric Stults got the start as the Dodgers seemed to put their B team out on the field.  Chad Billingsley got the win with an inning of relief.  Ramon Martinez drove in two runs and Toby Hall had two hits in the 4-3 win.

Next up is the Mets in the playoffs.  The Dodgers and Mets are the odd series out and they won’t start up until Wednesday.  Good luck Dodgers.

September 28, 2006

Dodgers Sweep Rockies to Stay on Top of the Wild Card Chase

by @ 5:28 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

These past four wins have been nothing short of huge.  With today’s win, the Dodgers will be no worse then one game ahead of the Phillies and one game back of the Padres.  If they get some help, the Dodgers are tied for the NL West and two games ahead of the Phillies with only three left to play.

And what an odd series it was.  Colorado had lost some of it’s hitters mystique this year but that wasn’t apparant in this series.  On Tuesday, the Dodgers ran up the score on the Rockies to the tune of eleven runs on seventeen hits.  Nomar Garicaparra and Marlon Anderson both homered and Russ Martin drove in four runs in the 11-4 rout.  Greg Maddux evened his record to 14-14 with six solid innings.

Yesterday’s game was the closest of the three.  Down 4-1, the Dodgers scored two in the sixth to cut the lead to a single run, then they scored three in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead that would hold.  Wilson Betemit homered and J.D. Drew drove in two runs with a triple in that sixth inning.  Derek Lowe was only okay in six innings of work but he did enough to pick up win number 16.

Today’s game was bizarre.  The Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and Brad Penny left the game with a bad back.  The Dodgers then scored eight unanswered and looked comfortably in front to make it 8-3 but the Rockies scored seven in the fourth to make it 10-8.  The Dodgers then scored nine unanswered runs and that lead held with the final being 19-11.  James Looney tied a franchise record with nine RBIs and he went yard twice.  Kenny Lofton and Marlon Anderson also went deep.  Chad Billingsley was bombed and he saw his ERA go from 3.34 to 3.84 in a hurry.

The Dodgers close out the regular season with three against the Giants.  Man is this some drama.

September 24, 2006

Dodgers Series Win Isn’t Enough to Keep Wild Card Lead

by @ 4:03 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

One week. Six games.  That’s all the Dodgers have left in the 2006 season and they find themselves a game back in the loss column to the Phillies for the Wild Card spot and two games back in the loss column to the Padres.  You figure if the Dodgers want to have a chance to have the post season, they can go no worse then 4-2 and that’s with some help so they’ve definitely backed themselves into a wall.

Derek Lowe was phenomonal on Friday.  He threw seven shutout innings and the offense did just enough to pick up the win.  J.D. Drew hit a solo homerun and Marlon Anderson doubled home Russ Martin for the only two runs of the game.

Yesterday was the loss.  Brad Penny of all people got knocked around and Elmer Dessens got roughed up out of the pen.  J.D. Drew went three for three with an RBI and Nomar Garciaparra had a double and two RBIs in the 9-3 loss.

Today’s game was huge.  With the score tied at 1-1, Garciparra hit a game winning walk off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win.  Hong-Chih Kup was awesome and he gave up one unearned run on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.  Takashi Saito picked up the win in relief and Jon Broxton struck out the side in the eighth inning.

The Phillies swept the Marlins and the Padres swept the Pirates so fortunately the Dodgers were able to keep up.  Both teams will get rid of that half game tomorrow because they both play and the Dodgers have the day off.  Hopefully this will be a heck of a week to be a Dodgers’ fan.

September 22, 2006

Dodgers Struggle Against Pirates, Fall Near Tie For Wild Card

by @ 2:32 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Man, things can change in a hurry.  The Dodgers were on top of the world after that come back win on Monday and now just four days later, they find themselves playing for their playoff life.  The Padres took back the NL West lead, al beit by a half game, and the Philadelphia Phillies have been playing well and they’re just a half game back for the Wild Card.  So you have three teams fighting for two playoff spots.

Hong-Chih Kuo struck out eight in only 5 1/3 innings but he also gave up five runs as he dropped to 1-5 on Tuesday.  Bret Tomko was also knocked around for four runs in the blowout loss to the Pirates.  Rafael Furcal and Marlon Anderson both homered and Anderson drove in three runs.

Wednesday was more of the same just a bit closer.  Greg Maddux and Aaron Sele each gave up three runs and J.D. Drew hit homerun number 18 in the 6-4 loss. 

Finally the Dodgers picked up a game yesterday.  Chad Billingsley pitched five solid innings and he improved to 6-4.  Olmedo Saenz drove in two runs in the 5-2 win.

Next up is a weekend series against the Diamondbacks.  It’s time to win folks.

September 19, 2006

Dodgers Salvage Split After Historic Game Last Night

by @ 9:58 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Wow.  Let me say it again.  Wow.

For those of you who listened or watched yesterday’s game between the Dodgers and Padres, you witnessed history.  Not only did the Dodgers hit back to back to back to back homeruns in the ninth inning to tie the game after being down 9-5, but Nomar Garciparra then hits a two run walk off homerun to win the game in the bottom of the tenth. Truly amazing, and when you add on the fact that this game had major playoff implications late in the year, it definitely makes for a fantastic story.

In all, the Dodgers hit seven homeruns yesterday.  Marlon Anderson was five for five with two of those homeruns and he scored three times.  Aaron Sele ended up picking up the win even after gave up the go ahead run to the Padres in the tenth inning.

This capped off a series that had been somewhat disappointing.  The Dodgers won on Friday but then dropped the next two, including a blow out on Saturday.  Greg Maddux threw a gem for that win on Friday and man is it good that we’ll have him for the playoffs.

So the Dodgers lead the Padres by a half game.  And just in time, next up is three against the Pirates.  Two of three is pretty much a neccesity here, although a sweep would be even better.

September 14, 2006

Dodgers Just One win Ahead of Padres After Series Loss to Cubs

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

If there’s good news, it’s that the Dodgers have a 2 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card.  And that should be three games assuming the Braves hold on and beat the Phillies.  It’s going to be tight but you can pick your poison.  It’s either the Cardinals or the Mets in the first round and neither will be an easy series.

Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly.  The Cubs made six errors yet still managed to win.  Derek Lowe was bounced after five innings and Rafael Furcal went yard in the 9-8 extra inning loss.

Brad Penny was on fire yesterday.  He threw seven shutout innings and improved to 16-8 on the season.  He should get some votes but that 4.04 ERA will probably preclude him from being taken too seriously for the Cy Young.  Furcal homered again and he scored three times in the 6-0 win.

This afternoon’s game was as tough as Tuesday’s loss.  J.D Drew hit a three run shot in the sixth to give the Dodgers a three run lead but four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the Cubs won the game.  Bret Tomko took the loss in relief and Marlon Anderson hit a two run shot.

It all comes down to a huge four game series with the Padres this weekend.  This is what it’s all about.

September 10, 2006

Dodgers Split Series With NL Best Mets

by @ 5:16 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Dodgers magic number is now 19.  Assuming the Padres hold on, the Dodgers lead will be a game and a half.  The good news is, the Wild Card mix has sort of tapered off so the Dodgers should still have a four game lead for a playoff spot (again, assuming the Padres win).  That’s not great, but with only three weeks left, it’s a solid lead.

The Dodgers didn’t get off to a good start on Thursday.  Tom Glavine and the Mets pen completely shut down the Dodgers and held them to seven hits.  In the meantime, Brad Penny was knocked around and he gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal both had two hits in the 7-0 loss.

Hong-Chih Kuo returned the favor on Friday.  He threw six shutout innings and the three relievers closed out the game to complete the shutout.  It was Kuo’s first career win.  Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra both homered in the 5-0 win.

Yesterday was the only close game of the series.  The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth only to see Greg Maddux give up two runs in the bottom half of the sixth.  Both team’s bullpen took over and neither team scored the rest of the way.  Maddux took the loss and Kenny Lofton and J.D Drew drove in the two runs for the Dodgers in the 3-2 loss.

The Dodgers blew out the Mets again today.  Nomar Garciappar homered and drove in four runs in the 9-1 win.  Kenny Lofton drove in three runs and Furcal and Russ Martin each scored two runs.  Rookie Eric Stults threw six solid innings and he won his first career game.  Mark Hendrickson threw a solid inning but he’s not coming out of the pen. 

The Dodgers have three against the Cubs but then they play a huge three game series against the Padres next weekend.  Big week.

September 7, 2006

Dodgers NL West Slips to One Game After Series Loss to Brewers

by @ 2:26 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Bad timing.  The Padres have caught fire and the Dodgers have begun to struggle again.  There’s no way the Dodgers can go into one of those extended skids like they’ve done before.  At least not if they want to make the playoffs.

Greg Maddux lost his first game since donning the Dodger Blue on Monday.  He gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.  J.D. Drew drove in two runs and Kenny Lofton had two hits and two runs in the 6-3 loss.

Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly.  The Dodgers were held to four hits and they made three errors in an 8-0 blowout.  Mark Hendrickson lasted only four innings and he dropped to 1-7.  Rafael Furcal picked up two hits.

Derek Lowe really picked up the Dodgers yesterday.  He gave up one run (unearned) on only three hits in eight innings of work to end the losing streak.  The game winner came on Matt Kemp’s RBI single in the seventh inning.

Next up is four against the Mets.  The Padres are red hot so the Dodgers are going to have to take some games against the best team in the National League.

September 4, 2006

Dodgers Keep Three Game Lead in NL West With Series Win Over Rockies

by @ 11:31 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The NL West is still the closest division race in baseball.  Three games seperate the Dodgers and the Padres and only one game seperates the Padres and Phillies for the Wild Card.  There’s no time to let up now.

Friday’s game included a nice outing by Derek Lowe.  It’s never easy pitching in Colorado and Lowe pitched five solid innings and picked up the win.  Wilson Betemit hit a homerun and he drove in two runs and Rafael Furcal had two hits and two RBIs in the 6-3 win.

Saturday’s game was the first of two blowouts.  Nomar Garciaparra hit a homerun and he drove in six runs.  J.D. Drew also homered and he scored three times in the 14-5 win.  Brad Penny picked up win numbr 15 despite a mediocre outing, but always, we’ll take it.

Sunday was another blowout, unfortunately, it was the Dodgers who were on the receiving end.  Aaron Sele was roughed up and three different relievers all gave up runs as well.  Marlon Anderson homered and both he and Toby Hall both drove in two runs in the 12-5 loss.

Next up is three against the Brewers, who are pretty much out of it.  They’ll be playing some young kids with something to prove though, so it’s imperative the Dodgers win at least two of three.

August 31, 2006

Dodgers Sweep Reds, NL West Lead Back to Three Games

by @ 2:32 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The Dodgers are back in “can’t lose” mode.  The Wild Card leading Reds came to town and left with three losses.  Not too shabby and it’s nice to see the Dodgers back on track.  What a wild ride this season’s been.

The pen almost cost the Dodgers on Monday.  Brad Penny left the game with a 4-1 lead and the Dodgers added two more to make it 6-1.  Then Elmer Dessens and Bret Tomko gave up four runs in the eighth to make the game very, very close.  Russ Martin homered and drove in two runs and Jason Repko had three hits and two RBIs in the 6-5 win.

Tuesday’s game was very, very long.  The Dodgers tied the game in the sixth inning on Rafael Furcal’s RBI single.  Ten innings later, Ramon Martinez put the game away with a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixteenth.  Give some major props to the pen.  They combined for ten shutout innings and Derek Lowe pitched the final three.  He improved to 12-8.

Greg Maddux notched win number 330 yeserday in the Dodgers blowout win.  Wilson Betemit, Olmedo Saenz and Rafael Furcal all hit solo homeruns in the 7-3 win.  Furcal finished the game with three hits.

Next up is three against the Rockies, who are in that ten team Wild Card race.  It’d be nice if the Dodgers could pad that lead a little more.

August 28, 2006

Dodgers Bounce Back With Series Win Over Diamondbacks

by @ 4:19 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

This was big.  After losing three straight to the Padres, the Dodgers lead in the NL West was reduced to a single game.  Fortunately the Dodgers got it going and the Padres lost two of three this weekend so the lead is now two games.

The Dodgers lost their fourth straight game on Friday.  The Dodgers had a 7-5 lead heading into the sixth but a run that inning and another one in the eighth sent the game into extra frames.  Each team scored in the eleventh but the Diamondbacks finally put the game away when Orlando Hudson hit a two run shot in the bottom of the fifteenth.

Greg Maddux was only okay in the start.  Jon Broxton and Takashi Saito both blew saves and Aaron Sele took the loss.  J.D. Drew homered twice and drove in four runs and Russ Martin hit his seventh of the season.

Saturday’s gave was scary because Derek Lowe was hit by a comebacker and left in the fourth.  Fortunately he’s okay.  Jeff Kent had the big hit in this one.  His solo homerun in the top of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie.  Nomar Garciapara drove in two runs in the 4-3 win.

Chad Billingsley got the job done yesterday.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and he improved to 5-3 on the season.  In 14 starts, he has a 3.02 ERA.  He’s still having some command problems (50 walks vs. 53 strikeouts) but he’s getting the job done.  Wilson Betemit hit a two run homerun and Rafael Furcal had two hits and two RBIs.

Next up is three against the Reds.  The Reds are fighting for their lives in the Wild Card mix so they have something to play for. 

August 24, 2006

Dodgers Lose Three Straight to Second Place Padres

by @ 4:24 am. Filed under 2006 Season

What a time to hit the skids.  The Dodgers rolled into San Diego the hottest team in baseball and then left with three losses.  So now the nice, comfortable four game lead we had is down to one.

The Dodgers never could get there bats going.  I’m not sure if Petco or just an across the lineup slump, but four runs in three games isn’t going to cut it.  Jeff Kent was our offense on Monday.  He drove in two runs in the fourth inning with a single and the Dodgers were blanked the rest of the way.  Chad Billinglsey had a nice start go to waste and Elmer Dessens took the loss.

Tuesday we ran into a resurgant Jake Peavy.  He held the Dodgers scoreless and while Mark Hendrickson was just as good, he gave up a single run to take the loss.  Julio Lugo had three of the Dodgers five hits.

The Padres finished us off yesterday with a blow out.  It’s not good that our ace, Brad Penny, has been getting roughed up.  He was tagged for three runs in the first and lasted only four frames.  Wilson Betemit hit a solo homerun and Andre Ethier tripled home a run in the 7-2 loss.

Next up is three against the struggling Diamondbacks.  Hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of their losing streak and not only bury them, but maybe pick up a game or two on the Padres.

August 21, 2006

Dodgers Pad NL West Lead With Series Win Over Giants

by @ 2:55 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The Dodgers are now eight games over .500 and four games up in the NL West, both of which are season highs.  Things are looking up, but there’s no doubt that the Dodgers have been playing perfect baseball the last few weeks.  They can’t let up now though.

The one blemish to the series happened on Friday.  The Dodgers ran into Jason Schmidt and Brad Penny was off of his game.  Penny gave up six runs in six innings and after an RBI ground out by Nomar Garciaparra, the Dodgers didn’t score again until the eighth inning.  By then, it was pretty much over with.

For a while, the Dodgers had the best offense in baseball and they showed why on Saturday.  They pummelled the Giants and had ten runs up on the board by the end of the second inning.  J.D. Drew drove in three runs and Nomar and Rafael Furcal each scored three times.  Andre Ethier also had a very good game. He had four hits and three RBIs.  Greg Maddux didn’t have his best stuff in the 13-7 win, but he picked up the win regardless.

The Dodgers made it two straight yesterday.  J.D. Drew put the Dodgers on the board early with a two run shot in the first and the Giants didn’t score on Derek Lowe until the ninth inning.  Lowe improved to 11-8 and Nomar also homered in the 5-2 win.

This is a huge week.  Three against the Padres then three against the Diamondbacks, the two teams that sit four games behind us.  If we can win both of these series, it would go a long way towards the Dodgers locking up the NL West.

August 16, 2006

Dodgers Latest Winning Streak Ends in Blowout Loss to Marlins

by @ 4:53 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

What a weird series.  The Dodgers had been simply on fire and after winning eleven straight, they lost a game and got right back to winning.  They won six more in a row, including the first two in their series against the Marlins.  Today though, it’s almost like the Dodgers made up for all the winning and lost three times in the same game because they were simply rocked by the Marlins in the finale.

It’s nice having Nomar Garciaparra back.  He came through huge on Monday.  Nomar homered and drove in three runs and Julio Lugo scored twice.  Derek Lowe had a nice start in the 4-2 win.  He gave up a single run on four hits and two walks through seven innings of work.

Yesterday was more of the same.  Chad Billinglsey was awesome.  He struck out nine in seven shutout innings and gave up only three hits.  He combined with Jon Broxton and Aaron Sele to shutout the Marlins 4-0.  Kenny Lofton had two hits, a run and an RBI in the win.

Then today happened.  Mark Hendrickson was done without completing three innings.  The pen didn’t fare much better.  By the end of the game, the Dodgers arms had given up 15 runs on sixteen hits and five walks.  Just Plain Ugly.  Jeff Kent doubled twice and drove in three runs and J.D. Drew scored twice.

The Padres and Diamondbacks play tonight but at this point in time, the Dodgers have a nice three game lead.  Next up is three at San Francisco before heading to San Diego for a big series next week.

August 14, 2006

Dodgers Continue Hot Streak, Sweep Giants in Weekend Series

by @ 4:38 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Dodgers just can’t lose.  Three more wins this weekend, including a dramatic pitchers dual on ESPN.  With the wins, the Dodgers now site a game and a half ahead of the Padres.  They’re also a game ahead of the Reds if the Wild Card comes back into play.

Mark Hendrickson threw seven quality innings on Friday but left the game tied 2-2.  Julio Lugo hit a sac. fly in the bottom of the eighth to win it though.  Bret Tomko picked up the win and Jon Broxton earned the save.  Jeff Kent hit homerun number 11 in the 3-2 win.

Saturday’s game was the highest scoring one run game of the series.  Brad Penny improved to 13-5 with six mediocre innings while the pen got the job done.  The difference was Wilson Betemit’s two run homerun in the fifth that broke a 4-4 tie.  James Looney had two hits and two runs in the 6-5 win.

Yesterday we saw a battle of the ages.  The Giant’s ace Jason Schmidt went up against the venerable Greg Maddux and neither disappointed.  Both starters threw eight shutout innings before they both came out and let the relievers finish things up.  Russ Martin finally broke the tie in the bottom of the tenth with a walk off homerun to end it.  Final was 1-0 in ten drama filled innings.

Next up is three against the Marlins, who are kind of clinging to a Wild Card chance.  Hopefully the Dodgers will ruin those chances with a series win.

August 11, 2006

Dodgers Winning Streak Ends at Eleven Yet They Still Move Into First Place In NL West

by @ 5:03 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Three out of four isn’t too bad.  Not only did the Dodgers beat down a division rival, but they also leaped over the San Diego Padres.  The net result is a half game lead in the NL West, which is the ultimate goal.

Jeff Kent came back on Monday and he made an immediate impact.  He went two for five with three RBIs and a homerun.  Kenny Lofton also had a good game with three hits in the 7-2 win.  Brad Penny improved to 12-5 and he gave up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts over eight innings.

The Dodgers made it eleven in a row on Tuesday.  Greg Maddux pitched six solid innings but he left the game down 2-1.  Fortunately the Dodgers scored three unanswered runs and won it 4-2.  Wilson Betemit had a big day.  He had three hits, a run, an RBI and a stolen base.

The winning streak came to an end on Wednesday.  Derek Lowe threw a solid game but he was outdueled by Jeff Francis.  The game was tied until the ninth inning when Lowe was tagged for two runs.  The only run for the Dodgers came on Lowe’s sac. fly.

Fortunately the Dodgers got back on track yesterday.  Kenny Lofton came through with a walk off RBi single to win it for the Dodgers.  Lofton finished the game with three hits and two RBIs and Rafael Furcal had two hits and two runs.  Chad Billingsley walked six in five innings but only gave up one run and Takashi Saito picked up the win despite blowing the save in the top of the ninth.

The Dodgers stick in the NL West and this weekend is a three game set against the Giants.  The Dodgers just have to keep on winning and the rest will take care of itself.

August 6, 2006

Dodgers Win Ninth Straight Game, Now One Game Back of Wild Card Lead

by @ 5:03 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

On the one hand, this winning streak is awesome.  On the other, you have to be upset that the Dodgers didn’t play .500 ball during that one stretch right after the break.  If they had, they’d have the division firmly in hand, much less the Wild Card.

Derek Lowe was very sharp on Friday.  He gave up only a single run on five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Kenny Lofton and Wilson Betemit homered and Lofton had three hits in the 6-2 win.

Yesterday was a good old fashioned blow out.  By the sixth inning, the Dodgers had ten runs on the board.  Rafael Furcal drove in three runs and Andre Ethier had three hits, one run and two RBIs in the 10-2 win.  Chad Billingsley threw well and coasted to an easy win.  He gave up one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.  He’s now 3-3.

Today, the Dodgers actually had to come back.  Down 3-1, the Dodgers scored six runs in the seventh inning to bust the game open.  Toby Hall had two hits and two RBIs and Furcal had two hits and two runs in the 7-3 win.  Mark Hendrickson finally picked up his first win as a Dodger.  He improved to 1-4 and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.

Next up is four at home against the Rockies.  The Rockies sit a game and half back of the Dodgers so a series win would be a nice way to bury at least one team.  As it stands, the Dodgers are two back of the Padres in the NL West and one back of the Reds for the wild card.

August 4, 2006

Dodgers Win Sixth Straight Game, Move Closer to Wild Card Lead

by @ 4:41 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

What a weird year.  No win one, lose one for this team.  It’s either five plus game losing streaks or five plus game winning streaks.  Regardless, this was a huge series and the Dodgers came out on top with a sweep.  In the process, the Dodgers now sit only two games back of the Wild Card lead, which is now a tie between the Reds and Diamondbacks.

Tuesday’s game was a blow out.  The Dodgers scored four runs in the third inning, and the Reds eventually tied it.  Then the Dodgers opened the game up with five more in the seventh.  Rafael Furcal had three hits and four RBIs in the 10-4 win.  Loney had three hits and Wilson Betemit hit his tenth homerun of the season.  Aaron Sele improved to 7-4 and he gave up four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings.

Wednesday’s game was a lot tighter, but the Dodgers had the lead for most of the game.  Four runs in the third gave them all they needed in the 5-3 win although the Reds did make things interesting.  Brad Penny had a nice outing.  He improved to 11-5 and he gave up two runs on only three hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings.

Yesterday was Greg Maddux’s debut, and boy did he shine.  He threw six no hit innings before a rain dela pushed him out of the game.  Three relievers, including my favorite Jon Broxton, closed out the game with three shutout innings.  Olmedo Saenz homered and drove in two runs in the 3-0 win.

Next up is a three game series with the Marlins, who trail the Dodgers by only two games.  This feels like our last chance to make a big push here.  Over time, you’ll see teams dropping off and the Dodgers have to make sure they’re one of them.

July 31, 2006

Dodgers Pick up Julio Lugo and Greg Maddux in Seperate Trades

by @ 5:45 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Man, this better pay off.  The Dodgers shipped Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedrozza for Julio Lugo.  Guzman was definitely a keeper so that’s what makes this trade very risky.  And with Rafael Furcal, it’s hard to say exactly how Lugo is going to fit in.

While I’m not really happy with that trade, Cesar Izturis for Greg Maddux is a deal I like.  Maddux has struggled since a nice start in April but hopefully a change of scenery will do him good.  Izturis is a slappy and I won’t miss him too much.

July 30, 2006

Dodgers Show Signs of Life, Sweep Nationals

by @ 5:42 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

I’m glad that horrible stretch is over.  And with rumors of the Dodgers possibly trading for Miguel Tejada, we could have some help on the way.  Even with the three wins this weekend, the Dodgers have an up hill battle though.

Friday was a beatdown.  The Dodgers had their 13 runs by the sixth inning and Chad Billingsley had a very nice start.  He gave up a single run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts in six innings.  J.D. Drew hit a grand slam and Russell Martin had three hits and three runs.

Russ Martin’s two run double in the seventh was the difference in yesterday’s game.  Martin finished the game with four RBIs, including two on his fifth homerun of the season.  Olmedo Saenz scored two runs in the 7-5 win and Derek Lowe improved to 8-7 with five mediocre innings.

The Dodgers came from behind to top the Nationals this afternoon.  Down 3-2, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a solo homerun in the seventh to tie the game up.  Then Cesar Izturis doubled home a run in the eighth to give the Dodgers the lead.  Jon Broxton picked up the win and he’s now 2-0 while Takashi Saito picked up his ninth save of the season.  Newcomer Wilson Betemit had three hits in his Dodger debut today.

Next up is a big three game set against the Wild Card leading Reds.  There’s no better way to make up ground then to beat the leader, so this is obviously a huge series.  The Dodgers are still in the NL West cellar, but they’re only five games out and could jump to third with a good series.  The Dodgers trail the Reds by five games for the wild card and have only three games in front of them (with the Brewers tied with the Dodgers).

July 29, 2006

Dodgers Trade Danys Baez and Willy Aybar to Braves for Wilson Betemit

by @ 5:25 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

I like this trade.  Danys Baez hasn’t throw well in quite some time, and while I like Willy Aybar’s patience, Wilson Betemit will give the Dodgers one more solid option in the infield.  Betemit has nine homeruns in 199 RBIs.

July 27, 2006

Dodgers Drop Eighth Straight Game After Sweep by San Diego

by @ 2:11 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Eight straight losses.  What a horrible collapse by the Dodgers.  While they might have been playing above their heads to move into the top spot in the Wild Card prior to the break, this stretch has really done them in.  They now trail nine teams and are 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card, and they’re dead last, 7 1/2 games back, in the NL West.  To throw more crap on the shit pile, Nomar Garciaparra is now hurt.

Monday’s loss may have been the most disappointing.  The Dodgers came back from three down to tie it in the eighth only to lose it in the eleventh.  Andre Ethier was on fire and he went four for four with two homeruns and three RBIs.  Carrara took the loss and he dropped to 0-1.  Derek Lowe was okay in the start.

Tuesday’s game was close until the Padres opened it up in the ninth inning with three runs.  Mark Hendrickson dropped to 0-4, but Danys Baez should get an assist in there because his three run ninth put the game out of reach.  Kenny Lofton homered for the first time this season and Rickey Ledee had two hits and a run.

Our ace got knocked around yesterday and Jake Peavy made us look bad to complete the sweep.  Penny gave up six runs on nine hits through five innings and he’s now 10-5.  Rafael Furcal went three for four with a homerun in the 10-3 loss.

Next up is three games against the Nationals.  I’d be relieved, but they’ve been hot but they’re less then two games behind us.  Sigh.

July 26, 2006

Dodgers Trade Odalis Perez and Minor Leaguers for Elmer Dessens

by @ 2:33 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Odalis Perez has been horrible this year, so this wasn’t too big of a surprise.  Dessens has been less horrible, so it’s nice to get another arm before the trade deadline.  Sounds like Dessens will work out of the pen and spot start for now so he’ll basically just fill Perez’s spot, hopefully doing better then the whiner did.

July 25, 2006

Bill Mueller Possibly Out for Season

by @ 2:23 am. Filed under 2006 Season

This was disappointing to read, if not completely surprising.  The Baseball Injury Report at the Hardball Times talked about how Bill Mueller’s arthritic knees will probably cost him the rest of the season.  Mueller was hitting the ball well in his short stint with the team and it would have been nice to have him down the stretch.  Guess not.

July 24, 2006

Clayton Kerkshaw Lights Up Gulf Coast League

by @ 9:16 am. Filed under 2006 Season

There’s no doubt that the Dodgers know how to draft, and this year the Dodgers had the number seven pick.  Clayton Kerkshaw was their pick, and as Kevin Goldstein talks about in his latest column, Kerkshaw has been very good in his stint for the Gulf Coast League.  He’s eighteen years old and has 21 strikeouts. vs. one walk in 16 innings, and the one walk was to the second hitter he faced.   The Dodgers may be struggling now, but I like their prospects over the next five years.

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July 23, 2006

Dodgers Lose Ugly in Sweep By Cardinals

by @ 6:10 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

1-10.  That’s the Dodgers record since the All Star break.  And during that streak, the Dodgers went from the wild card leader to five games back.  Just as worse, the Dodgers are tied for last in a tight NL West.  The Dodgers also have had their best offense in a while, and all they could manage was two runs in three games against the Cardinals.

Brad Penny threw a really nice game on Friday, but he got no run support.  The Dodgers managed six hits and four walks, but nobody crossed the plate in the 2-0 loss.

Yesterday, we lost to Jeff Weaver of all people.  Nomar Garciaparra singled home a run in first and that’s all the Dodgers managed the entire game.  In the meantime, Aaron Sele gave up two homeruns and dropped to 6-4 on the season. 

This afternoon, the Dodgers lost 6-1 again.  The only run was scored in the ninth on Russ Adams RBI double.  Chad Billingsley was roughed up through five innings and he’s now 1-3. 

The losing streak has to end and this would be the perfect time to do it.  Next up is a three game series over the first place Padres.  There’s no better way to pick up games then to beat the division leader.

July 21, 2006

Dodgers Continue to Struggle, Lose Three Against Diamondbacks

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

This is probably the worst possible time to slump.  Heading into the break, the Dodgers were in the lead for the Wild Card.  Since then, three teams have passed them for the Wild Card and the Dodgers now sit in fourth place in the ever changing NL West.

Aaron Sele was knocked around on Monday, as was reliever Beimel.  Three runs usually won’t do the trick either.

Our lone win came on Tuesday.  A great start by Chad Billinglsey gave us the edge in this game.  He threw seven shutout innings and struck out four.  Kenny Lofton had two hits and two runs and Nomar Garciaparra had a triple, a single, a run and an RBI. 

Wednesday game was the ugliest.  The Dodgers got shut out on six hits and Derek Lowe got knocked around.  Yesterday wasn’t too much better as the Dodgers ran into Cy Young candidate Brandon Webb.  The Mark Hendrickson deal keeps looking bad because he’s now 0-3.

Next up is a three game set against the Cardinals.  Fortunately it’s at home because the Cardinals have been very good in their new park.  With the wild card race being so tight, every game is important.  And someone has to pick up the slack, because Jeff Kent is on the shelf again.

July 16, 2006

Dodgers Drop Four Straight, Swepth by Cardinals

by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The timing on this one couldn’t have been worse.  The Dodgers were in the drivers seat for the Wild Card and they drop four straight. The closest team to the Dodgers before the break, the Reds, then win four straight.  The end result of all this is, we’re now 2 1/2 back of the Reds for the wild card and we’re 2 1/2 back of the Padres in the NL West (tied with the Giants).

Thursday’s game was the first of two one run games in the series.  Nomar Garciapara got the Dodgers going with a two run shot in the third but that’s all they’d score.  Jim Edmonds tagged Giovanni Carrara in the seventh with a two run shot to tie it up and then neither team scored until the fourteenth inning when Albert Pujols took Odalis Perez deep to win it.  Chad Billinglsey threw five shutout innings but the one knock was he walked five.

On Friday, Chris Carpenter completely shut down the Dodgers.  Two singles were all the Dodgers managed and Nomar Garciparra’s 22 game hitting streak came to an end.  Derek Lowe took the loss and he dropped to 7-6 on the season.

Yesterday was the second one run extra inning game of the series.  Mark Hendrickson’s best start as a Dodger went to waste when Danys Baez gave up an RBI single to Scott Rolen in the tenth to finish the game up.  The Dodgers scored their only run in the first inning on J.D. Drew’s RBI double.

I think today, the Dodgers just wanted to get out of town.  Brad Penny was awful and he gave up six runs in five innings.  Odalis Perez was even worse in mop up time and he gave up five runs in two innings.  Olmedo Saenz went three for four with a homerun and two runs and Kenny Lofton was three for three.

Next up for the Dodgers is a very important four game series against the Diamondbacks.  After that horrible stretch, the Diamondbacks are now back in the mix and they trail the Dodgers by only a half game.  Three of four would be nice and would give us at least some cushion over all the teams trying to catch up to them in a tight NL wild card race.

July 9, 2006

Dodgers Split Series With Giants, Lead in Wild Card Heading Into Break

by @ 6:11 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It wasn’t perfect, but we did get two wins.  And while the Padres have now won five straight and they’ve pushed themselves out to a two game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers are now on top of the consolation prize.  They lead three teams in the Wild Card race, and in my opinion, a playoff spot is a playoff spot.

On Thursday, the Dodgers went down 5-0 early.  They then clawed their way back into the game with some solid pen work but came up a run short.  Mark Hendrickson took the loss and he’s now 0-2.  Kenny Lofton had two hits and he scored two runs in the 5-4 loss.  Nomar Garciapara extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the third inning.

Neither team’s start got the job done in Friday’s game.  In fact either the Giants or the Dodgers scored in every inning except for the fourth inning.  By the end of seven, the game was tied 6-6 when Nomar came up huge.  In the eighth inning, Nomar hit a two run shot to give the Dodgers the lead.  Nomar finished the game with three RBIs and two runs and J.D. Drew doubled twice and scored two runs.  Danys Baez got the win and Takashi Saito picked up his seventh save.

Yesterday started out as a Giants blowout and the only thing that stopped it from being so was a late inning flurry by the Dodgers bats.  Derek Lowe didn’t even last five innings and he gave up seven runs.  Toby Hall drove in three runs and Ramon Martinez had three hits and two runs.

Today, Aaron Sele continued to amaze.  He pitched six solid innings and he improved to 6-2 and he outdueled Jason Schmidt.  The final was 3-1 and Nomar singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

Next up will be a four game series in St. Louis after the break.  The Cards were having a rough time but they’re turning things around.  Hopefully we can knock them back down a peg.

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