Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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The Dodgers now find themselves in a 3-1 hole in the NLCS after the Phillies scored two in ninth to beat the Dodgers 5-4.
Randy Wolf had a decent outing, giving up three runs in 5 1/3. His only real mistake was a two-run homerun to Ryan Howard with two out in the first. He then gave up a run in the sixth and was pulled, still in line for the win. Belisario, Kuo, and Sherill all kept the Phillies scoreless, and Broxton came in the eighth to try and secure a four-out save with a one-run lead. Broxton got two out in the ninth, but Jimmy Rollins ripped a two-RBI double to give the Phillies the walk-off win and Broxton the loss.
The Dodgers were able to score four off Joe Blanton, including a go-ahead solo homerun by Matt Kemp in the fifth. Loney, Martin, and Blake also all had an RBI apiece in the game.
The Dodgers now have a day of rest before heading into a must-win game on Wednesday. Torre has decided to start Vincente Padilla, who is still undefeated while wearing a Dodgers uniform since joining the club in August. He will face Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels.
Hiroki Kuroda made just four outs before being pulled in the second as the Dodgers took a 0-11 shutout loss to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.
Ryan Howard drilled a two-RBI triple in the first for the Phillies’ first runs before Jayson Werth made it 4-0 with a two-run homerun. Kuroda was lifted in the second after allowing back-to-back doubles. Elbert, Billingsley, Troncoso, and Belisario then all worked out of the bullpen, with Billingsley giving up two in the fifth and Belisario a three-run homerun to Shane Victorino in the eighth.
Cliff Lee completely shut out the Dodger offense, striking out ten in his eight-inning shutout. The Dodgers managed just three hits, with two from Manny Ramirez.
The Dodgers are down, but certainly not out. Randy Wolf will make the start in his second postseason career start. He will face Joe Blanton, who pitched out of the bullpen in the NLDS but went 12-8 in 31 starts for the Phillies this year.
The Dodgers followed a 6-8 loss in Game 1 on Thursday with a 2-1 win on Friday before heading to Philly for Games 3, 4, and 5.
Clayton Kershaw couldn’t find his usual groove on Thursday, giving up five runs on four hits before leaving with two outs in the fifth. A three-run homerun by Carlos Ruiz in the fifth sent Kershaw to the clubhouse. Raul Ibanez also knocked a three-run homerun in the eighth off Sherrill to give the Phillies a four-run lead. James Loney got the Dodgers on board first with a solo homerun in the second, and Manny Ramirez cut the Phillies lead to one with a two-run shot in the fifth. The Dodgers added two more in the eighth, but also left two runners stranded that inning.
Vincente Padilla pitched a gem on Friday, holding the Phillies to one run (a Ryan Howard solo shot in the fourth), while notching six K’s before leaving with one out in the eighth. It was Kuo who picked up the win after closing out the eighth, and Broxton picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Pedro Martinez held the Dodgers scoreless through his seventh innings, before Andre Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to tie it. Juan Pierre then scored the go-ahead run after a throwing error by Chase Utley.
During the regular season, the Dodgers went 4-3 against the Phillies, but outscored them by a slim 26-25. Games 1 and 2 will be Thursday and Friday at Dodger Stadium before heading to Philly on Sunday for Game 3.
During the regular season, the Dodgers went 4-3 against the Phillies, but outscored them by a slim 26-25. Games 1 and 2 will be Thursday and Friday at Dodger Stadium before heading to Philly on Sunday for Game 3.
Despite leaving 16 men on base, the Dodgers came out with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Randy Wolf went 3 2/3 innings and earned the no-decision. He ran into trouble in the first, loading the bases with no outs and a run scored when some miscommunication between Matt Kemp and Ronnie Belliard allowed a potential pop-out to turn into a hit. The Dodgers then got a double play to escape the inning. Wolf was pulled with two outs in the fourth after allowing an RBI-double. Jeff Weaver picked up the win after finishing the fourth and fifth innings. Belisario, Kuo, and Sherrill tossed scoreless relief and Broxton gave up a run but picked up the four-out save.
Matt Kemp answered the Cards’ run in the first with a two-run blast. Casey Blake drove in Andre Ethier in the third to give the Dodgers a two-run cushion. Furcal, who went 3 for 4, and Martin each drove in a run in the fifth and sixth innings. The Dodgers and Cards combined for 23 hits and left a MLB playoff-record 30 runners on base.
The Dodgers hope to put themselves up two games before heading to St. Louis this weekend. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound tonight and face Adam Wainwright.
The Dodgers found themselves in danger of losing the NL West race as they took a 3-4 loss on Friday, but came back to win two straight and are now set to move on as NL West champs in the NLDS.
Randy Wolf suffered his first loss in two months, though he held the Rockies to just two runs through five. He didn’t get much offensive support to help him out, with Ubaldo Jimenez holding the Dodgers to one run on two hits. The Dodgers answered the Rockies’ two runs in the seventh with two of their own in the bottom half, including a leadoff solo shot by Russell Martin, but fell short in the loss.
Clayton Kershaw tossed a three-hit shutout on Saturday as the Dodgers clinched the NL West title. He also notched 10 K’s, but couldn’t pick up the win. Hong-Chih Kuo got the win, tossing a perfect seventh. The Dodgers were shut out at the plate until the seventh, where they rallied for five runs. Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp, Manny, Belliard, and Loretta all knocked in a run apiece, with Belliard and Loretta getting pinch-hit RBI’s.
Vincente Padilla picked up the win in Sunday’s rubber match, holding the Rockies to one run on four hits while striking out 10 in just five innings. The Dodgers then used a handful of relievers before Troncoso picked up the save, though he did allow one run in the ninth. At the plate, Doug Mientkiewicz, Juan Pierre, and Hu all had multi-hit games, and Casey Blake knocked in two runs.
The Dodgers end the regular season with a 95-67 record. They are set to face the Cardinals at home in the NLDS on Wednesday. Randy Wolf will make the start for the Dodgers in his playoff debut. He will face Chris Carpenter, who, if he had not started off the season on the DL, would’ve likely been the front-runner for the NL Cy Young award. He had a 17-4 record with a 2.94 ERA this season, with only one of the losses coming since June 30.
The Padres shut out the Dodgers on Wednesday, 5-0, to keep the Dodgers’ Magic Number at 1 to clinch the NL West.
Jon Garland was roughed up in the loss, giving up a run in the first and then a three-run homerun in the third. He left with one out in the fourth and took his second loss as a Dodger. The bullpen shut out the Padres for the remaining frames, but the damage had been done.
Clayton Richard pitched a one-hitter, with Matt Kemp notching the lone hit. The Dodgers have Thursday off before heading into the biggest series of the season, hosting the Rockies for a three-game set. A win on Friday will seal the NL West, but a loss will put them just a game and a half up in the division. Ubaldo Jiminez is set to face Randy Wolf on Friday. The Dodgers look to get the usual consistency from Wolf, who hasn’t loss in two months back on August 1st.
The Dodgers lost their first of a two-game series to the Padres, 1-3, and still sit with their Magic Number at 1 as the Rockies won in extra innings last night.
Chad Billingsley held the Padres to two runs on two hits, but also issued five walks in the loss. Hong-Chih Kuo also gave up a run in the seventh put the Dodgers down by two runs.
The Dodgers were held to four hits and went 0 for 6 for RISP. The only run scored by the Dodgers was in the seventh to avoid the shutout when Orlando Hudson tripled and scored when Andre Ethier got out.
The Dodgers have a chance to seal the West before a day off and then a weekend series with the Rockies. Jon Garland will face Clayton Richard.
The Dodgers took a rough 1-11 loss to lose the series on Monday, and with the Rockies off, they will have to wait at least one more day before they clinch the NL West.
Hiroki Kuroda was rocked for seven runs, though only three were earned. Mark Loretta got a throwing error leading off the second inning, which would turn into a five-run Pirates rally. Kuroda was then lifted after four, but not before giving up a solo shot to Andy LaRoche, who had 6 RBIs for the Pirates today. Mota and James McDonald then each gave up two runs in late innings, including another two-run shot by LaRoche off of McDonald in the eighth.
Zach Duke held the Dodgers to four hits, with the only run being a sacrifice fly by Chin-lung Hu in the ninth to score Orlando Hudson and to avoid the shutout.
The Dodgers head back to the west coast to take on the Padres, and hopefully will clinch the West with either a win tomorrow or a Rockies’ loss. Chad Billingsley will make the start Tuesday and face Cesar Ramos.
The Dodgers pulled off a win on Saturday but a late-inning error on Sunday allowed the Pirates to win and pull ahead in the series, putting the Dodgers’ hopes for a clinch in the West on hold for at least one more day.
The Dodgers rallied for five late-inning runs on Saturday for the win. Maholm held the Dodgers to just three runs through seven, but they came out with a four-run eighth to take the lead. They got help by getting four walks that inning, with Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson each drawing bases-loaded walks to score runs. Jim Thome then put the Dodgers in the lead with a pinch-hit two-run single. Ronnie Belliard also knocked a two-out solo homerun in the ninth. Manny, Belliard, and Loretta each had multi-hit games.
Randy Wolf remains unbeaten still, yet he didn’t earn the win in this one. He gave up just two runs on four hits before being lifted with one out in the seventh. Sherrill came on in relief of Kuo and allowed two runners to score, but still picked up the win.
Clayton Kershaw was only able to go four innings, but he held the Pirates to two runs and left with the game tied. Weaver, Belisario, and Sherrill then held the Pirates scoreless, and Broxton came on in the ninth with a three-run lead. Broxton allowed two leadoff singles, with one eventually scoring on an error by Rafael Furcal. The bases were then loaded and what would have only been a single turned into a bases-clearing, walk-off hit, due to Ethier’s fielding error in right. Three of Broxton’s four runs were earned and he took the loss.
The Dodgers only managed two runs through the first eight innings, but they took the lead with three runs in the ninth before taking the loss. Furcal had a two-RBI hit in the ninth, and Loney and Belliard each went 2 for 4, before Belliard pulled his groin muscle while rounding the bases in the ninth.
The Dodgers have yet another day to clinch the NL West, with Hiroki Kuroda taking on Zach Duke.
The Dodgers’ Magic Number still stands at 1 as they took a 1-3 loss to the Pirates on Friday.
Jon Garland struck out six through six innings, giving up three runs but no earned. Blake DeWitt committing a throwing error in the first that led to the first unearned run, and a fielding error by James Loney in the third led to two more unearned runs. Its unfortunate that Garland got the loss, his first as a Dodger, despite his strong performance.
Not only was Garland tagged for the loss due to errors by the defense, but the offense was also not able to back him up. The only run the Dodgers were able to score off Karstens was an RBI-double in the second inning by Orlando Hudson to plate DeWitt.
The Dodgers hope to clinch their playoff spot on Saturday, with Randy Wolf taking on Paul Maholm. Wolf is still unbeaten in his last eight starts, while Maholm is 8-9 and 0-3 lifetime with a 6.00 ERA against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers beat the Nationals 7-6 in Thursday’s rubber match, cutting their magic number to one before heading to Pittsburgh for a weekend series with the Pirates.
By the time Vincente Padilla took the mound in the first, he already had a nice four-run cushion. He would need it, though, after giving up three runs in the second and another in the fourth before being taken out after five. He totaled six strikeouts and didn’t earn a decision. Ronnie Belisario was rocked in the sixth, giving up two runs on three hits and was unable to make it out of the inning. Troncoso came on with two runners on, but escaped the inning and ended up picking up the win after tossing the seventh. Broxton also tossed a perfect ninth for his 36th save.
The Dodgers came out strong, rallying for four runs in the first, keyed by a three-run shot by Matt Kemp. Blake DeWitt drove in two and Rafael Furcal drove a solo go-ahead homerun in the eighth, one of his four hits on the night.
The Dodgers can clinch today with either a win or a Rockies’ loss. Jon Garland will take on Jeff Karstens tonight. Garland is still a perfect 3-0 since coming over from the Dbacks, while Karstens is a fill-in man for the rotation, so the Dodgers should be able to produce some offense off of him.
Chad Billingsley sailed through five-plus innings, but he gave up a tying homerun in the sixth as the Nationals went on to beat the Dodgers, 5-4.
Billingsley had a perfect game ’til the fourth, and a no-hitter until the sixth innings with two outs. He then yielded two walks before Ryan Zimmerman tied the game with a three-run homerun. Billingsley finished the inning, after nine strikeouts on the night, and didn’t factor into the decision. George Sherrill was tagged for a run in the eighth and after the Dodgers tied it in the ninth, but the Nationals got the walk-off win with a one-out sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Dodgers had spread out three innings by the time the Nats tied it in the sixth, and after the Nationals went ahead 4-3 in the eighth, they had a chance for a comeback in the ninth. The Dodgers managed to load the bases with no outs in the ninth, but only managed to squeeze home one run to tie it rather than take the lead. Furcal, Belliard, and Loney each had two hits on the night.
The Dodgers’ magic number now sits at two, as Vincente Padilla takes on J.D. Martin in Thursday’s rubber match.
The Dodgers were eager to get their bats going after Monday’s off day, plating 14 runs, including a seven-run fourth and a six-run seventh inning.
Hiroki Kuroda had plenty of run support, but he didn’t need much of it, holding the Nationals to two runs (none earned) on four hits while striking out six. A Rafael Furcal fielding error in the third allowed two runs to score, otherwise Kuroda completely shut down the Nats.
Every starting Dodger got on base in this one, with four having multi-hit games. The biggest offense highlight was Furcal, who made up for his error by going 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs. Loney and Blake each also had multi-hit games, and each with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The Dodgers are within a couple games of officially clinching a post-season guarantee. Chad Billingsley will take on Ross Detwiler on Thursday. Billingsley was rocked in his last outing, which was a relief appearance against the Giants last Friday, though he is 3-0 lifetime against the Nationals. Detwiler is a winless 0-6 with a 5.80 ERA, and has spent some time in Triple-A during his struggles this season.
The Dodgers remained five games up as they beat the Giants in Sunday’s rubber match, 6-2.
Wolf picked up another win, going six-plus innings, with his only mistakes being a solo homerun in each the first and sixth innings. Kuo, Sherrill, and Broxton then each tossed a perfect inning apiece, with Sherrill and Broxton notching two K’s each.
Andre Ethier got the offense going with a two-run homerun in the third to put the Dodgers in the lead. Ronnie Belliard made it 4-1 with a two-RBI single in the fourth.
The Dodgers have Monday off before heading to Washington to take on what should be an easy series with the Nationals. Hiroki Kuroda will make the start on Tuesday, facing Livan Hernandez. Kuroda is 2-0 in his last two starts and is facing the Nats for the first time in his career, while Hernandez took a loss in his last outing against the Phillies, though yielded just two earned runs.
The Dodgers followed a 4-8 loss on Friday with a big 12-1 win Saturday to get back to 5 games up in the West.
Vincente Padilla gave up four runs on eight hits through five innings on Friday, but it was Ramon Troncoso who took the loss, giving up two go-ahead runs in the sixth inning. Chad Billingsley also got some work in out of the bullpen, giving up two runs in the eighth. The offense was highlighted by Manny Ramirez, who went 2 for 4 including a two-run homerun. Rafael Furcal also homered in the fifth inning.
On Saturday, the bats got busy earlier with a five-run first inning, keyed by a grand slam by Ronnie Belliard. Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Blake DeWitt all went yard in later innings, tagging fomer Dodger Brad Penny for seven total runs and chasing him in the third inning. Jon Garland picked up the win for the Dodgers, going eight innings, giving up just one run (though unearned) and striking out three.
Randy Wolf will face Tim Lincecum in Sunday’s rubber match.
The Dodgers finished a sweep of the pirates on Wednesday, 3-1, before having a day off and heading into a weekend series with the Giants.
Hiroki Kuroda put up his second quality start since coming off the DL, going six innings, giving up just one run, while striking out seven and walking none. Kuo, Sherrill, and Broxton then each tossed one perfect inning apiece, with Broxton picking up his 35th save.
Kevin Hart shut out the Dodgers through five, but Matt Kemp drove a two-run homerun in the sixth to put the Dodgers up by one. Ronnie Belliard also drove a solo homerun in the eighth for an insurance run, one of his three hits for the day.
The Dodgers remain five games up in the West, and open a three-game series at home with the Giants, who are fighting the Rockies for the NL Wild Card. Vincente Padilla will take on Jonathan Sanchez on Friday. Sanchez is 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA in seven career starts against the Dodgers, while Padilla is still unbeaten in three starts since joining the Dodgers.
The Dodgers won in 13 innings of Tuesday, 5-4, for their 12th walk-off win of the season to move five games up in the West.
Randy Wolf posted a quality start, and still remains unbeaten with the no decision in his last six games. He gave up three runs on five hits, with his only mistake coming in the second by giving up a two-run homerun. He left in line for the loss, but the offense sent it to extras to spare him. Broxton tossed a perfect ninth with three K’s, and James McDonald game out for three shutout innings, with three strikeouts. Belisario picked up the win after giving up an unearned run in the top of the 13th before the Dodgers came back for two.
Zach Duke dominated the Dodgers in his 7 1/3 innings, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits while fanning seven. Matt Kemp plated a run in the ninth to send the game to extras, and Ethier played hero once again for his sixth walk-off hit of the season with a two-run shot with one out in the bottom of the 13th.
Hiroki Kuroda looks to give the Dodgers a sweep today and will face Kevin Hart. Kuroda was solid in his last outing, his first since coming off the DL. Hart is 4-6 this year but 1-5 with a 6.46 ERA since being trade to the Pirates at the deadline.
Jon Garland helped the Dodgers secure a 6-2 win over the Pirates on Monday, giving them a four game lead in the West.
Garland scattered a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, but otherwise proved solid as went six innings to remain unbeaten as a Dodger. Kuo, Sherrill, and Broxton then combined for three perfect innings, each with one strikeout.
The offense was keyed by Orlando Hudson, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Andre Ethier, who jacked a two-run homerun in the fifth for his career-high 29th of the season. Martin and Blake also each had two hits apiece.
The Dodgers have now cut their magic numer to clinch to 11. Randy Wolf will take on Zach Duke. Wolf skipped his previous start but is still unbeaten in his last five, while Duke has struggled of late, and is 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers took the first two games of the series for the win before falling on Sunday as they remain three games up in the West with three weeks left of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda posted eight solid innings on Friday, holding the Giants to two runs on three hits while striking out five. He was backed by three RBIs each by Casey Blake and James Loney, and was given a giant cushion when the offense put up five runs in the seventh inning. Ethier, Kemp, Loney, Blake, and Martin all had multi- hit games.
The offense continued to stay hot on Saturday, posting nine runs, scoring in all but three innings. Russell Martin hit a three-run shot in a four-run fourth inning, and James Loney also drove a two-run shot in the ninth. Vincente Padilla allowed one run (unearned) in a three-hit, six-inning win.
The Dodgers hopes at a sweep were halted by former Dodger Brad Penny, holding the Dodgers to two runs through seven innings. Russell Martin went yard for the second day in a row for the Dodgers’ only two runs, in the seventh inning. The Dodgers were held to just five hits, compared to the Giants’ 15. Chad Billingsley took the loss in this one, giving up three runs on eight hits before leaving after four innings. Jeff Weaver also struggled in relief, tossing a scoreless fifth inning but giving up four in the sixth.
The Dodgers have a chance to pick up some more ground on the Rockies, hosting the MLB-worst Pirates this week. Jon Garland looks to remain unbeaten as a Dodger, taking on Daniel McCutchen, is 0-1 and is making just his third big league start.
The Dodgers came close to getting the series sweep, but fell short as Ramon Troncoso walked home the Dbacks’ winning run in the ninth for the Dodgers 3-4 loss.
Jon Garland made a solid start, going six innings to three runs on six hits. His only real trouble was in the second when he gave up two leadoff back-to-back homeruns. Belisario and Sherrill tossed the seventh and eighth innings, and Troncoso came on for the ninth with a tie game, hoping to extend the game and save Broxton for the extra innings. Troncoso put a runner on second by his own throwing error, who soon moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Troncoso then issued two intentional walks to load the bases with one out. The plan failed, though, as Troncoso worked Mark Reynolds to a full-count but he drew the walk to allow Gerado Parra to score the winning run.
Manny Ramirez drove in a run in the first before driving a solo shot in the fourth. James Loney made it back-to-back shots with his 11th of the year to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers were otherwise dominated by the Dbacks staff, with Dan Haren fanning nine and Juan Gutierrez keepin the Dodgers off base for the last 1 2/3 innings.
Since the Rockies are still on their hot win streak, the Dodgers NL West lead has been cut to 2 1/2 games. The Rockies have a chance to cut the Dodgers lead to two, as the Dodgers have Thursday off and the Rockies close out a series with the Reds. The Dodgers head to San Fran this weekend, with Hiroki Kuroda taking on Matt Cain on Friday.
Billy Buckner held the Dodgers to one run through seven, but they managed to score four in the eighth off the Dbacks’ bullpen for the win to keep themselves 3 1/2 games up in the division.
Chad Billingsley gave up four runs on eight hits through six, and the Dodgers eighth inning rally spared him from the loss. It was James McDonald who picked up the win, tossing a perfect seveneth, striking out all three batters. Kuo tossed an inning before Broxton picked up his 34th save.
Buckner held the Dodgers to one run through seven, coming in the first off an RBI-double by Ethier, before the Dodgers grounded into five total double plays off Buckner. The Dodgers then rallied in the eighth, with all runs scoring with two outs. Juan Pierre grounded into a fielder’s choice (almost a double play) that got Martin out for the second out and Pierre on first. Furcal then singled, one of three hits on the night, and Kemp drove in the first run with an RBI-single. Andre Ethier followed suit with another RBI-single. Manny walked to load the bases for James Loney, who plated the tying run with an RBI-single. Ronnie Belliard then drove in Ethier for the go-ahead run with an RBI-single.
Jon Garland will face former teammate Dan Haren as the Dodgers search for the series sweep.
The Dodgers beat the Dbacks in the first game of the set 7-2.
Padilla put up a quality start for the win, holding the Dbacks to two runs through six innings. His only mistake was a two-run homerun to Chris Young in the fifth. Belisario, Sherrill, and Broxton then all came out of the ‘pen, with Broxton striking out two in a four-out save for his 33rd of the year.
Manny Ramirez led off the Dodgers three-run second inning with a leadoff solo shot. Loney came up next and followed suit for back-to-back jacks to put the Dodgers up 2-0. Martin drove in the third run of the inning, and Ronnie Belliard hit his second homer as a Dodger in the fourth. Juan Pierre later came in for Manny and drove in a run and went 2 for 3.
Chad Billingsley will take on Billy Buckner in Game 2 of the series. Billingsley collapsed after tossing five perfect innings in his last start; he is 7-5 lifetime against Arizona. Recent call-up Buckner took a loss to the Dodgers last week.
The Dodgers were able to avoid the sweep by sandwiching in a win on Saturday before heading to Phoenix to open a set with the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers were shut out on Friday, with Kershaw posting another quality start but taking the loss for a lack of run support. The offense came out on Saturday, though, plating seven runs on nine hits, keyed by a three-run homerun by Andre Ethier. Randy Wolf also picked up the win, the 100th of his career. Hiroki Kuroda finally came off the DL to make the start on Sunday, but took the loss after giving up four runs through five innings. Ethier drove in two in the seventh to put the Dodgers within one run, but they were hitless in the last two innings.
Vicente Padilla will take on Max Scherzer in the first of a three game series. Scherzer is 2-0 in his last two starts, including a 4-1 win against the Dodgers last week.
Jon Garland gave the Dodgers a win on Thursday to give them a series split with the Dbacks.
Garland held his former team to two runs, going seven innings and striking out six. He retired the last 14 batters he faced, and Sherrill and Broxton each tossed an inning, with Broxton getting the save.
Garland got help from Ronnie Belliard and Manny at the plate. Belliard went 2 for 3 and drove in a run in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. Manny also blasted a leadoff solo homerun in the fourth.
The Dodgers now host the Padres for a weekend series, with Clayton Kershaw set to face Wade LeBlanc on Friday. Kershaw is coming off an 11-strikeout no-decision against the Reds, while LeBlanc is 0-1 in three starts this year.
The Dodgers fell to the Dbacks on Wednesday 1-4 as Jon Garland will take the mound on Thursday in his Dodger debut, facing his former team.
Chad Billingsley tossed four perfect innings before being tagged for four runs in the fifth inning, including a two-run homerun. He escaped the inning, being tagged for three earned, and left after six and ended up taking the loss. Elbert and McDonald tossed an inning before Hager also came out of the ‘pen for an inning, moving from the rotation to the reliever’s role.
Max Scherzer held the Dodgers scoreless through seven, with the only run coming off a Manny Ramirez two-out RBI-single in the eighth to plate Juan Pierre.
Garland will face Billy Buckner tonight, looking to avoid a series loss for the Dodgers. Buckner has bounced back and fourth from Triple A this season, making seven big league starts with the Dbacks this year.
The Dodgers came back to score a run in the seventh to beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday to even up the series.
Vicente Padilla gave the Dodgers a decent start, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up just one run while striking out five. Scott Elbert, just called up from Triple-A, relieved Padilla in the sixth, but was only able to record one out while being tagged for two runs. Belisario escaped the inning and tossed the seventh to pick up his third win. Troncoso tossed the eighth and Broxton picked up his 30th save, complete with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers answered the Dbacks’ run in the first with a solo homerun by Matt Kemp, his fourth straight in four days. The Dodgers scored a run each in the second and third, and were tied at 3’s when the Dbacks scored two in the sixth. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh for Andre Ethier, who drew a walk to plate the go-ahead run. Ethier then put up some defense in the eighth, making a leaping catch with a runner at third to end the inning.
Chad Billingsley will make the start on Wednesday and will face Max Scherzer. Billingsley is 1-0 against the Dbacks this season; Scherzer is 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA. Jim Thome is also expected to make his Dodger debut at some point tonight.
Randy Wolf had another strong outing but the bullpen couldn’t hold as the Diamondbacks scored two in the 10th to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.
Wolf struck out seven in six innings, giving up just two runs and earning the no decision, his 14th of the year. Sherrill gave up a solo homerun in the eighth to tie it and send the game to extras. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth, but James McDonald took the loss in the 10th when he gave up a leadoff solo homerun and allowed a second run to score.
Doug Davis wasn’t as solid as Wolf, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two. Ronnie Belliard, in his first at bat as a Dodger, drove a solo homerun in the second inning to put the Dodgers on board. Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp then hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead, with the homer by Kemp being his third in as many days. That was the end of the offense, though, as the Dodgers were kept off base after the seventh inning.
The Dodgers send Vicente Padilla to the mound Tuesday to face Yusimero Petit. Padilla is making his second start for the Dodgers.
The club will also have two new additions to the team tonight, as they traded for Jim Thome and Jon Garland. Thome is coming over from the White Sox, and the Dodgers gave up Minor League infielder Justin Fuller in the trade. Thome has been strictly a DH for the Sox in the past two years, and he will most likely just be used as a lefty power hitter off the bench for the Dodgers, so Loney will not have to worry about giving up any time at first. The Dodgers have yet to name a player to trade for Garland to the Diamondbacks. With the Dbacks this year, Garland is 8-11 with a 4.29 ERA. Garland will give the Dodgers a permanent fifth starter, replacing Hager. He was expected to pitch Thursday with the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers, but now it appears it will be the other way around.
The Dodgers lost to the Reds on Friday but came back for a big win Saturday and extra-inning win on Sunday to push their lead to six games in the NL West.
Chad Billingsley took the loss on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks. He allowed three runs before coming on for the sixth and was lifted after giving up a leadoff solo homerun to Johnny Gomes. Homer Bailey was outstanding for the Reds, shutting out the Dodgers for eight innings while fanning seven. James Loney helped the Dodgers avoid a shutout with a leadoff solo homerun in the ninth. Mark Loretta also got on with a pinch hit in the ninth and scored the Dodgers’ second run.
The offense heated up on Saturday for 11 runs, keyed by a six-run seventh inning. Manny Ramirez got the offense going with a two-run homerun in the first inning. They rallied for two more in the second and after the Reds tied it up in the third, Rafael Furcal drove a go-ahead solo homerun in the fifth. In the seventh the Dodgers posted six runs, including a Juan Pierre two-RBI single and a three-run shot by Matt Kemp, his 20th of the year.
Charlie Hager struggled with his command on the mound, shutting out the Reds for the first two innings but running into trouble in the third. He gave up leadoff solo homerun followed by another two-run shot, and left with one out and ended up being tagged for four total runs. Jeff Weaver came on in relief after more than a week’s rest from the mound, but he held the Reds to 3 1/3 scorless innings as the offense put the Dodgers back in the game. Weaver picked up his sixth win, with Belisario and Mota also combining for three innings.
The Dodgers won the rubber match on Sunday in 12 innings by a score of 3-2.
Clayton Kershaw had another quality start, with his only mistake being a homerun given up in the second to Darnell McDonald. Otherwise, Kershaw allowed just three other hits while striking out 11 in his seven innings. Kershaw wasn’t able to secure the win, though, picking up the no-decision. Sherrill, Troncoso, Kuo, McDonald, and Broxton all tossed a scoreless inning apiece, with McDonald picking up the win and Broxton getting the save after walking two batters in the bottom of the 12th, but recording all three outs as K’s.
Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on board in the fifth with a solo homerun. Kershaw also knocked in a run that inning to score Casey Blake. Those were the only two runs that the Dodgers could produce off Bronson Arroyo. The Dodgers then loaded the bases in the 12th, and Kemp again came through with a deep sacrifice fly to center to plate Manny Ramirez for the go-ahead run.
The Dodgers also scored in another way on Sunday, acquiring infielder Ronnie Belliard from the Nationals for two minor leaguers. Belliard will join the team today, and a roster move will be announced to make room for him on the team. The Dodgers host the Diamondbacks tonight, with Randy Wolf taking on Doug Davis. Wolf is looking for his fifth straight win and is 2-0 against the Dbacks this year while Davis is 7-11 this season.
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