Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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While the departure of Grady Little was somewhat a surprise, the hiring of Joe Torre wasn’t and it looks like Torre has now agreed to manage the Dodgers. This is a guy who’s managed in six World Series and won four of them so this is pretty huge. I thought Grady Little did a nice job in his two years with the team including a playoff spot last year but any time you have a chance to get an elite manager like Torre, you have to go for it. Not that Little was fired, in fact we may never know why he stepped down. I wish Grady Little the best of luck in whatever he does and I was glad to see him wear Dodger blue.
It also looks like Don Mattingly, who was spurned by the Yankees in favor of Joe Girardi, will follow Torre to Los Angeles. So it looks like the Dodgers are going to have a top notch coaching staff to go along with a playoff contending roster.
With three weeks to go, the Dodgers still have some winning to do. Since August 15, they’re 14-8 record is tied with the Giants as the best in the entire National League. Unfortunately, they’ve outplayed the Padres by just one game and the Diamondbacks by two so the ground they’ve made up has been minimal. Still with three weeks to go, if the Dodgers can keep up this kind of pace, it should earn them a spot in the playoffs.
Probably the most frustrating part of this season has been the one-two punch of Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre at the top of the lineup every day. Furcal has a .334 OBP and Pierre’s sits at .325 so they’re nobody really setting the table for guys like Jeff Kent and Russ Martin. Oddly, the offense hasn’t been horrible and the Dodgers sit right in the middle with an eighth place in runs scored. Oh, and Juan Pierre leads the National League in outs.
Of course it helps when you have the second best ERA in baseball. Brad Penny should get some Cy Young votes and Derek Lowe and the emerging Chad Billingsley give the Dodgers some depth. And of course there’s the pen, which is top notch. Takashi Saito has been as good of closer as anyone in the league and one of my favorites, Jon Broxton, has really come into his own. Broxton has been the workhorse and with 73 games, only Jon Rauch in Washington has made more appearances. This is a guy who would be closing for several major league clubs.
Of course they have a huge week. They start a three game series on Tuesday against the Padres and then three more against the Diamondbacks. You could be looking at the Dodgers season wrapped up in a week. All six games are at home which will be nice as well. It’ll be their last meeting with the Padres and they still have another series against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have lost two of three against the Mets and the end result is the Dodgers now sit just one game ahead of the second place Padres and they’re tied in the loss column. It’ll be interesting to see what the brain trust does. The Dodgers have a ton of talent down in the minors and they could use that to give them an edge in the final two months. Of course you don’t want to cost the team’s future but there’s no doubt this team needs some hitting. Adding a guy like Adam Dunn to the lineup would be a huge coup but for now it looks like the Dodgers are looking more for pen help like Octavio Dotel then they are a big bat.
Brad Penny didn’t have his best stuff yesterday but he helped the Dodgers end their two game mini-skid to the Mets. Penny is now 12-1 and one of a few guys in line for the Cy Young. Of course he’ll have to keep it up down the stretch but he’ll be one of several guys who will be a key to the Dodgers making the postseason.
Jeff Kent is starting to heat up and he’s belted three homeruns in his past seven games. He also has a nice little five game hitting streak going again and in the month of July, he’s slugged .635. He’s been even better in his eight games since the All Star Break with a .769 slugging.
Russ Martin continues to keep his batting average over .300 and his OPS is still over .850. Martin and Kent have been the big bats but you wonder how long they can both keep it up. They’ll need guys like Rafael Furcal and, gulp, Juan Pierre to provide some punch if the Dodgers want to stay in the lead.
The Dodgers finish up with the Mets this afternoon and then it’s three against the Astros and three against the Rockies. The Rockies have hung in the hunt for the division and it’d be nice to bury them. In the meantime, a tune up series against the Astros is just the thing this team might need.
The last thing you could call the Dodgers season is boring. As expected, they’ve lived and died with their pitching staff and they’ve gotten solid contributions from some expected players (Jeff Kent) as well as some surprising performances like Russ Martin’s. At the end of the day though, they’re just one game (two losses) behind the Padres with a three loss lead over third place Diamondbacks. Even the Rockies at .500 and 5 1/2 games back of the Padres are in it and they’re closing then most other third place teams are in their division.
The team MVP has to go to Russ Martin. To produce like he has, and from a catcher, is nothing short of phenomonal. He should both scored 100 and drive in 100 and 20 homeruns isn’t out of the question. Throw in a 46/34 strikeout to walk ratio and an .865 OPS and it goes to show how good of a first half that Martin has had.
The biggest disappointment, and I’m not surprised here, has been Juan Pierre. Yes, he leads the team with 52 runs and he very well could end up with another 200 hit season but that .649 is low, low low. Even when you factor in the fact that he turned 34 singles in to doubles with stolen bases doesn’t make up for a truly disappointing season.
The top pitcher is Brad Penny, who sports an impressive 10-1 record with a team leading 2.39 ERA. Penny goes out there and gives the Dodgers a chance to win. Prior to getting hit hard on July 5, Penny went five straight starts where he pitched at least seven innings and gave up just one run (he only won three of those games). His walk rate is good and his strikeout rate is good but not great and it all adds up to a potential Cy Young. He just has to avoid the poor second half like he had last year.
Most disappointing pitcher is Jason Schmidt, just because he didn’t earn his keep and he’s been damaged goods. Live and learn here, because I thought this was a big signing and so far it’s a major bust.
It’s Derek Lowe against Matt Cain on Friday night. Saturday’s game is an afternoon one and taking this series is appealing on a couple of different levels. It puts heat on the Padres and we beat our arch-rivals. I liked how the Dodgers players got booed at the All Star Game last night. You have to keep that rivalry alive.
Man, this season continues to look like it’s going to be crazy one. It is the 40th anniversary of the 1967 AL Pennant Race so I guess it’s kind of fitting. Anyway, with three wins in their four game series with the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers sit in a virtual tie with the Padres. In the loss column, they’re a game out but a game ahead of the Diamondbacks. And things get more interesting tonight with a three game series against the Padres kicking off.
What about Luis Gonzalez? While he’s hardly an All Star, he leads the team with ten homeruns and a .301 batting average. And in the past ten games, he’s had two three hit games a pair of two hit games. And he’s doing it while playing every day, which isn’t bad for a guy coming up on 40. The Diamondbacks have to be kicking themselves because it looks like Gonzalez had at least one more season left in the tank.
And then there’s Juan Pierre. Even his .321 slugging percentage is low by his standards and his .625 OPS is the lowest of any regular player in baseball. There’s a couple of guys with a lower OPS, but nobody with more then 234 at bats. Then again, that’s Ronny Paulino and I guess for now he is the starting catcher in Pittsburgh. So the Dodgers definitely got hosed on that signing.
It’ll be Hong-Chih Kuo going up against a tough Chris Young tonight. Tomorrow’s matchup of Brad Penny versus Jake Peavy should be a good one as well.
The Dodgers continued their struggles against their cross town rivals in Anaheim with another series loss. In all, the Dodgers lost five of six to the Angels and I for one am glad to know we won’t have to face that team again (unless it’s in the World Series).
Things started off well enough with a great start by Derek Lowe. Prior to Friday, his season high was six strikeouts and against the Angels he rang up eleven K’s. Lowe has won three of his last four and since a rough start at the end of April, Lowe’s ERA has dropped from 4.62 to 3.08. He’s also been the workhorse on the staff and he leads the team with 102 1/3 innings.
The problem of course has been the offense. Russ Martin leads all starters but he only has a .288 batting average. And only the Nationals have a worse slugging percentage in the National League. A .379 team slugging isn’t going to cut it for too long because you never how long the pitching is going to be able to keep doing what they’ve done so far. They’re third in the majors and second in the National League with a 3.67 ERA.
A big reason for that solid ERA is Brad Penny who’s really come into his own. Relegated to basically a third starter, he’s really thrived and he leads the team with eight wins (only on loss) and he has a 2.18 ERA. He’s given up only two homeruns and he’s been pretty much the model of consistency. Even if you take into account the eight run beating he took on May 18th to the Angels, he’s given up more then three runs in a start just twice and he’s given up just three or more just four times and that’s in fourteen starts. We’re talking Cy Young potential here.
The West contenders have all had a tough stretch and despite winning just five of ten, the Dodgers haven’t lost any ground. The Dodgers sit just two losses back of the first place Padres and they’re tied with the Diamondbacks. As important, the Dodgers play two teams they should be able to handle. This week it’ll be the Blue Jays in Toronto and then it’s off to St. Petersburg to take the always poor Devil Rays. Brad Penny gets the start in the opener and he’ll go up against Dustin McGowan tomorrow.
Man, that series with the Pirates did the trick. The only problem is, while the Dodgers have won seven of their last ten, the Padres have matched them and the Diamondback have topped it with nine wins out of their last ten. Still, the Dodgers broke up a three way tie for first to take a half game lead with their win last night. Derek Lowe took a no hitter into the seventh inning before the wheels fell of the wagon. Four runs later and the Dodgers were barely hanging on but one of my favorite players, Jon Broxton, held on to pick up his first save of the season.
And now it’s the Padres that the Dodgers stop by to visit. This weeks three game series is pretty big and whoever comes out on top will probably have at least a share of first place. Jason Schmidt makes his return tonight and he’ll face Chris Young. While you never want throw a game away, Thursday’s game might be pretty close with Peavy going up against Kuo. So this first game could mean the difference between sereis win and a series loss.
And how about Russ Martin, who could be an early MVP candidate as the best hitter on one of the best team’s in baseball. An .894 OPS from your catcher is pretty impressive but what the Dodgers have to make sure is, that they don’t tire him out. So far though, he’s been catching about every game, which is fine now, but it might not be as good come August.
Jeff Kent hasn’t hit a homerun since May 25th yet he still leads the team with eight. Since that game though, he’s seen his batting average drop from .295 to .259 and he’s only racked up two hits in his last nine games. If the Dodgers are going to have a chance aganst the Padres, they need Kent to step up.
In the preseason, I said Randy Wolf may be the team’s most important pitcher because how he does may parallel how the Dodgers are doing. Well, he’s 7-3 and he has 74 strikeouts in 71 innings. He’s won four in a row and he hasn’t been touched up hard since his last start on May 30 A .176 batting average against left handed hitters will do that and this is the kind of guy who, if he’s throwing well, really frustrates a manager because it makes him think twice about putting even his best left handed bats into the lineup.
Anyway, we’re 57 games in and if you had asked me I’d take 34-23 and a razor thin lead for first, I’d be all over it. With things being so tight, the Dodgers can’t let up though.
I’m sorry about the lack of content here. The Baseball Historians network suffered some internet/hosting problems that took us down for a while. When things came back up last weekend, I was in a position to where I couldn’t write. The good news is, i’m catching on right when the Dodgers are getting hot again so hopefully there will be plenty to write about going forward.
The Dodgers won for the fourth time in five games last night with a 5-4 win over the Cardinals and that gives the Dodgers a nice, three game cushion in the NL West. Rafael Furcal has been red hot and while his three game streak with four hits in a game came to an end last night, he still has a healthy 15 hits in the last five games. During that stretch, he saw his batting average rise from .218 to .295.
Probably the biggest surprise has been Russ Martin. He’s hitting .319 and he has 25 runs and 27 RBIs and that’s some solid production from your catcher. He’s also drawing walks, and he has a nice 22/17 strikeout to walk ratio.
Next up this weekend is a three game set against the Dodgers’ interleague “rivals,” the Angels. Both teams lead their division so it’s a battle of first place teams. Brad Penny gets the start in the opener tomorrow and he’ll take on Ervin Santana. Wins are wins, so it’d be nice to make this the third straight season the Dodgers put in their pocket.
The Dodgers had a nice finish to their series with the Diamondbacks, and like yesterday, they won 2-1. Mark Hendrickson pitched a fine game and he gave up just three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The win pushes Hendrickson’s record to 2-0.
Juan Pierre picked up two more hits and he drove in one of the two runs. Andre Ethier singled, drew a walk and drove in a run in the win.
Next up is three against the Braves. Lets just hope the Dodgers can keep rolling.
The Dodgers played almost two games today as they topped the Padres 5-4 in seventeen innings. Derek Lowe was knocked around for four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Fortunately, six relievers combined for 10 2/3 shutout innings of one-hit ball in a complete shut down from the seventh inning on. Chad Billingsley picked up the win and he struck out four in two shutout innings.
The came winner was an RBI double by Brady Clark. Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez each went yard in the win and Nomar Garciaparra went three for eight in the win. Juan Pierre finished with two hits, a walk, two stolen bases and a run.
So the Dodgers are back in first place and they have company, although it’s no longer the Giants. After a three game turnaround because of a Diamondbacks sweep over the Giants, the D-backs flipped from fourth to first and the Giants now have gone from first to fourth. And just in time because the Dodgers have a three game series Diamondbacks in a battle for first place. This’ll be a good one and it’ll be Randy Wolf against Brandon Webb in the opener.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but then Bret Tomko gave up three runs as he took the loss. The 3-2 scored would sit there until the final as neither scored a run the rest of the way. Tomko gave up three runs on six hits with a strikeout in 6 1/3 innings.
Juan Pierre had a nice game with three hits, two runs and a stolen base. Jeff Kent also got it done with two hits and he drove in both Dodgers bases in the 3-2 loss.
Derek Lowe throws this afternoon and the Dodgers hitters face a struggling David Wells in the finale. I like our chances in this one.
A four game losing streak was enough but it came down to the final frame as the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Padres. Nomar Garciaparra and Russ Martin both doubled home two runs in that pivotal ninth inning and they came off one of the premiere closers in baseball in Trevor Hoffman.
A pretty good start by Mark Hendrickson was almost wasted. He pitched five innings and gave up just one run while the Chad Billingsley bullpen experiment continues to flounder because he gave up three runs in two innings of relief. Rudy Seanez and Takashi Saito threw a shutout frame each to close the game and Seanez picked up the win while Saito saved it.
Nomar was a perfect four for four and he drove in two. Rafael Furcal finished with a hit and two runs while Juan Pierre singled, drove in a run and stole base in the 6-5 win.
The Giants lost as well, so the Dodgers are back in sole possession of first place. It’ll be Bret Tomko throwing against Greg Maddux in tonight’s game.
This one kind of hurt. Just when the Dodgers were rolling, they catch a red hot Giants team and drop all three games. Like the other two games in the series, the Dodgers offense was held in check and put up only four runs and their pitching was just bad enough to lose it.
Brad Penny had a pretty mediocre starting meaning it was probably his worst start of the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings. Joe Beimel was also hit hard and he gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings. In fact it was Beimel who took the loss.
At the plate, Andre Ethier hit his third homerun of the season and he finished with two RBIs. Rafael Furcal went two for five and he drove in one in the 5-4 loss.
So the Dodgers are now tied with the Giants at the top with the Padres on game back. The Dodgers can take care of the Padres this weekend because they travel to San Diego for three against the Padres this weekend. Hopefully the Dodgers win at least two of three and then the Diamondbacks take care of the Giants.
Randy Wolf gave up five runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings last night and the loss drops him to 3-2 on the season. Most of the damage was done in the first inning when he gave up four runs, three of which came on a Barry Bonds homerun.
Rafael Furcal was the hitting star in the 6-4 loss. He went two for five with a run and an RBI. Russ Martin had two hits including a double and he drove in one run.
So the Dodgers have to win tonight to avoid a sweep. Brad Penny takes the mound and he’s pitched as well as anyone in the National League and the Dodgers’ hitters will go up aganst Russ Ortiz. I like our chances in this one.
This was just one of those games. The pitching was only okay and the hitting was just okay and the Giants just happened to be a bit better. Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and an RBI while Russ Martin went two for four with a run in the 5-3 loss.
Derek Lowe took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks with four strikouts in seven innings. Joe Beimel was also touched up for a run and Chin-hui Tsao pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball to close out the game.
So the Dodgers now sit just a game ahead of the Padres and the Giants are right behind them at two games back. Randy Wolf will try to get it done for the Dodgers tonight and the Dodgers will hopefully rough up Noah Lowry.
Bret Tomko took it on the chin today in the Dodgers 7-5 loss to the Pirates. He gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The loss pushes him to 0-1 on the season.
Olmedo Saenz had a big game at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun, a double and three runs. Juan Pierre went two for five with a run.
So now it’s just time to start another winning streak. As the Padres and the Diamondbacks beat up on each other, the Dodgers will be playing the now streaking and third place Giants. We won’t have to face Matt Cain though and he’s been their best pitcher this year. Derek Lowe will take on Matt Morris in the opener on Tuesday.
The Dodgers got it done yet again and while they needed ten innings, a win is a win. Wilson Valdez scored on a passed ball in the ninth to knot the game up at 3-3 and then Russ Martin hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth to win it.
Brad Penny may have had his worst start of the season, but the bar was set pretty high with his fantastic start. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work. Jon Broxton threw a shutout tenth and he picked up his first win of the season.
Jeff Kent continued to hit well and he went three for five with a run and an RBI. Luis Gonzalez singled, drew two walks and he scored twice in the 7-3 win.
Bret Tomko throws this afternoon as the Dodgers go for the sweep. Regardless, the Dodgers will finish the week in first place and that’s definitely a good thing.
The Dodgers won 10-2 last night and not only did Randy Wolf have a solid start, but he helped out his own cause with some nice hitting. He improved to 3-1 and he gave up one run on six hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in six solid innings. He also went two for three with two RBIs.
Juan Pierre seems to be hitting out of his slump and he had three hits, three runs and two stolen bases. Jeff Kent went two for four with a run and an RBI while Luis Gonzalez had to hits and two RBIs. Andre Ethier was the lone Dodger to go yard in the game.
Tonight’s game has the red hot Brad Penny taking the mound. He’ll throw against a solid young Pirates starter in Ian Snell.
The Dodgers picked up the last game of their two game series with the Rockies and in the process, they remained in first place. Mark Hendrickson got it done with 5 2/3 solid innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and he picked up his first win of the season.
Jeff Kent had a huge day at the plate in the 8-1 win. He went three for four with two runs and two RBIs. Juan Pierre had two hits, a run and an RBI.
The Dodger stand at 11-5 and the Pirates roll into town. The Pirates aren’t as horrible as they usually and they have some solid young pitching so there could be some low scoring games in this one. Regardless, I like our chances.
Derek Lowe fell to 2-2 on the season with a pretty poor start against the Rockies. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work. Chin-hiu Tsao made his appearance of the season and he threw a solid inning and a third while Rudy Seanez gave up two runs in his two relief innings.
The Dodgers didn’t get much offense in this one. Derek Lowe drove in one of the runs himself with a sac. fly and Brady Clark singled home Andre Ethier for the only two runs. Juan Pierre and Clark were the only Dodgers with two hits.
The finale is this afternoon. Chad Billingsley gets his first start of the season and hopefully he takes full advantage of his new spot in the rotation by winning the game. The Dodgers hitters will face Aaron Cook, who’s actually put together a decent season for a Rockies pitcher.
The Dodgers took care of the Diamondbacks and they extended their lead to a game and a half after the two game sweep. Jeff Kent and Juan Pierre were the hitting stars. Kent went three for four with an RBI while Pierre had two hits, three runs and an RBI.
Bret Tomko threw five fair innings but he didn’t get a decision. Chad Billingsley threw two shutout innings and he picked up his first win of the season and Takashi Saito got it done in the ninth and he picked up his sixth save.
The Dodgers go for win number eleven tonight as they head to Colorado for two with the Rockies. Derek Lowe will get the start tonight and then Chad Billingsley will throw in place of Jason Schmidt tomorrow afternoon in the finale.
Brad Penny is off to a great start and he improved to 3-0 yesterday with some more solid pitching in the matchup with the Diamondbacks. He gave up just one run on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven innings of work. Joe Beimel and Chad Billingsley each threw an inning of scoreless relief to close the game out in the 5-1 win.
Juan Pierre had two hits and two runs along with a stolen base. Nomar Garciaparra homered and drove in two runs. The finale is tonight with Brett Tomko taking the mound. With the Padres losing, a win tonight would give the Dodgers a nice little cushion in the division. A very nice start for the Dodger blue.
The Dodgers won the rubber game yesterday against the Padres on Jackie Robinson Day and they now stand in sole possession of second place, just a half game back of Arizona. They did it by hammering Padres number two starter Chris Young. Andre Ethier had a huge game. He went three for five with a homerun, four RBIs, and two runs. Russ Martin also had a good game and he went three for four with two RBIs and three runs in the 9-3 win.
Randy Wolf threw six solid innings and he picked up his second win of the season. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Takashi Saito closed things out with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Next up is a two game set against Diamondbacks. Brad Penny gets the start and lets hope he keeps up his hot April. If the Dodgers can take both, they’ll have first place and that should be more then enough motivation.
This was a beat down as Jason Schmidt took it on the chin. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in just two innings of work. The pen did a nice job with Mark Hendrickson giving up just one run in five innings but the deficit was too much to come back from.
There wasn’t much from the offense as Jake Peavy pretty much shut things down. Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and Russ Martin singled, scored a run and drove in one in the 7-2 loss.
Tonight is Jackie Robinson day and the Dodgers will be on prime time (at least on the east coast) as they play in the rubber game on ESPN. Randy Wolf gets the start and he’ll take on Chris Young.
The Dodgers took a leg up in their three game series against the Padres with a 9-1 blowout win. Luis Gonzalez hit his third homerun of the season and Rafael Furcal made his season debut with a solid game at the plate. He went two for five with two RBIs and a run.
Derek Lowe threw a nice game and he improved to 2-1. He gave up just a single run on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings. Rudy Seanez struck out two as he closed out the game with a shutout ninth.
Tonight will be the funnest pitching matchup to watch. Jason Schmidt will go head to head with Jake Peavy.
Brad Penny and the Dodgers pen held the Rockies to just two hits in a shutout win. Penny gave up two hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Takashi Saito struck out two in a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Nomar Garciaparra had two doubles, two RBIs and a run while Luis Gonzalez singled twice. Juan Pierre singled, scored and stole a base while Jeff Kent singled and scored a run in the 3-0 win.
The Dodgers get a day off today before the Padres roll into town for a big three game series. Derek Lowe will face David Wells in the series opener and on Saturday we’ll get Jake Peavy against Jason Schmidt in what should be a great pitching matchup.
The Dodgers got some good pitching and they needed it because the bats didn’t do much for them. Bret Tomko threw six shutout innings but he left without a decision because Chad Billingsley gave up the tying run in the seventh. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Russ Martin drove in a run with sac. fly for the game winner. Joe Beimel picked up the win and Takashi Saito struck out two in the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Nomar Garciaparra singled home the other run in the first inning in the 2-1 win. The six Dodgers hits were racked up by just three players as Nomar, Martin and Juan Pierre all had two hits a piece.
The Dodgers can pick up the series win tonight in the third and final game of the series. Brad Penny gets the start for the Dodgers.
Jason Schmidt took it on the chin yesterday in the Dodgers 6-3 loss to the Rockies. He lasted just four innings and he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts. Rudy Seanez and Joe Beimel were also tagged for runs in the loss.
Jason Schmidt tried to help out his own cause with a solo homerun but that was only one of the three Dodger runs. Bret Tomko gets his first start of the season tonight and he’ll face Rodrigo Lopez.
This was a solid pitchers duel until the Dodgers exploded for four runs in the sixth and then three more in the seventh as Barry Zito was chased out of the game. Randy Wolf evened his record to 1-1 with a nice start. He gave up a single run on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work. Chad Billingsley was hit hard in two innings of relief though.
The old man, Luis Gonzalez, got it done for the Dodgers. He homered twice and drove in four runs in a nice game. Matt Kemp and Wilson Valdez each had three hits and two RBIs.
So after starting 0-2, the Dodgers have now won four straight. Today is their home opener as the Rockies come into town. Jason Schmidt will face Jeff Francis in what should be a good pitching matchup this afternoon.
Now this is the Derek Lowe we all know and love. He combined with Jon Broxton and Takashi Saito for a one hitter as the Dodgers won their third straight game. Lowe went seven innings and he gave up just the one run on four hits and two walks with a single strikeouts.
Jeff Kent drove in two runs to account for most of the Dodgers offense. Wilson Valdez had three hits and Juan Pierre stole what’s hopefully his first of many bases this year.
Randy Wolf goes tomorrow and he’ll face Barry Zito in an afternoon game. Four straight would be nice.
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