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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Horrendouz relief pitching, and poor catching does in the dodgers again

Padres    5  8  0
Dodgers  2  6  1
WP-Gregerson-1-1
LP-Guerrier-2-2
SV-Bell-6
Ethier-26 game hitting streak


the achillies heel of the Dodgers did them in again tonight. horrendouz relief pitching and awful catching.

before that happened it was a close pitching duel through 8. between Stauffer and Kuroda.


it was scoreless until the 4th inning. the Dodgers had to get out of a tough jam in the top half.  with 1 out Ludwick walks, then  Headly singles off of Miles glove. a ground ball advances the runers to second and third. Kuroda being the tough pitcher that he is battles out of it. striking out Hudson on a called third strike.

in the bottom of the inning, Sands grounds out. Ethier bloop singles to right field, extending his hit streak to 26 games! he now has the second highest hit streak of all time, as he chases down Willie Davis for the record. Ethier also tied a record for most hits in the month of april by a dodger witb 40. (Furcal 08, Piazza 96)

Kemp singles Ethier to second.  Uribe draws a walk, and after a coaching visit, Loney hits a Sac fly to left scoring ethier. 1-0 Dodgers. Big Rod strikes out and we move along.

San Diego ties and takes the lead in the 5th. Maybin Doubles to lead off,  Sands made a valiant effort but no cigar. notorious Dodger killer Brad Hawpe, who has the second highest avg at dodger dtadium behind Roberto Clemente, grounds out advancing Maybin to third. Stauffer hits a shallow fly ball to right, Ethier makes a great catch and another strong throw to the plate, that would have got Maybin, had Big Rod not dropped the ball. Maybin wasnt sure if it was caught or not, and had to go back and tag up. he came in sliding as Big Rod dropped a great throw from ethier.

venable follows with a single, and bartlett walks. after a coaching visit, ludwick singles to right, and ethier comes up gunning again throwing out bartless at third.  dont think Ethier only hits, He also fields and throws as well. Dre does it all. its 2-1 San Diego

Kuroda basically retires everyone through 7 innings.  but he came out losing 2-1. Kuroda went 7 allowing 2 runs 5 hits 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.

Stauffer just has the Dodgers number but he couldnt make it out of the 7th.

after uribe grounds out, loney does what he does and weakly grounds out. with 2 outs, Big Rod doubles, as he chug a lugs into second.  Mitchell pinch runs for him, as SD has a mound visit.  Carroll is hit by a pitch, and Greggerson is brought into pitch to Tony Gwynn, pinch hitting for Kuroda. Gwynn who saved the Dodgers last night with the glove, swoops in again this time coming through with the bat, he singles through the hole in right, scoring mitchell, as he takes second on the throw, slapping his hands together emphatically.
tie game!

Miles however grounds out ending the inning.

in the 8th, with Navarro catching and Guerrier pitching, venable leads off with a single, bartlett singles as well. ludwick, San Diego's third hitter, hilariously sacrifices the runners over. yeah the padres are that bad. but the dodger bullpen is worse. after an intentional walk to headly, the infield moved in. Guerrier did his best Octavio Dotel impression by wild pitching in the go ahead run. and of coarse Navarro looked like a lost little puppy behind the plate.  maybin followed by singling through the hole at short, it scored two more runs, Sands came up throwing, but Navarro couldnt hold on to the ball, ala Big Rod, and its 5-2 Padres.
the carnage ended when Hawpe grounded out.
the Dodger bullpen entered today's game with a 5.14 ERA collectivly. yes there that awful

Jansen and Mike Adams pitch scoreless 8th innings, and Padres closer heath Bell comes in to pitch the 9th.

and despite allowing a single to navarro, converts the save. getting Thames to fly out to end it.

The Dodgers lock in their mediocrity as they finish the month of april at 14-14.

rubber game tomorrow at 110. Moseley vs. Garland. GO BLUE!

Tony Gwynn Jr. has a halo round his head-Dodgers-Padres game-2

Dodgers lineup-
Miles4
Sands7
Ethier9
Kemp8
Uribe5
loney3
Barajas2
Carroll6
Kuroda1

Tim Stauffer-0-1 vs. Hiroki Kuroda -3-2

makes me hungry for a klondike bar!

after last nights near scare, thank god the Dodgers had an angel watching out for us in left field. Tony Gwynn's flying catch in left saved the Dodgers bacon, (FYI Broxton eats most of the bacon) and prevented another blown game again from our resident meatballer former all-star closer Jonathon Broxton. once mighty he is now nothing more than a running joke, as he once again gave up three straight hits after retiring the first two batters. thankfully Donnie had put gwynn out there for defensive reasons, and now you know why. it seems like Gwynn preforms better than normal when playing against his former team.

the lineup looks a bit iffy tonight, with Miles leading off playing second, and carroll back down in the 8 spot at short. Loney is back at first base, and Uribe at third.

Andre Ethier looks to break into sole possesion for second place for longest hit streak in Dodgers history. he is up to 25 games now. the only other dodgers with as long or longer hit streaks are, Steve Sax with 25 in 86, Paul Loduca with 25 in 2003, and Willie Davis with a 25 gamer back in 71. and the only loner streak is Willie's 31 gamer accomplished in 1969.


TIm Stauffer makes the start for the padres, he is 0-1 on the season. but has always pitched very well against the Dodgers (3-0 1.48). the Dodgers will counter with Kiroki Kuroda while coming off a good start in chicago has been so so against sd (5-4 4.61)

the Dodgers when scoring first have a record of 11-4, they have outscored their opponents 18-6 in the first inning this year.


finally around the horn, this week in baseball featured an interesting piece, on the First place Cleveland Indians, as they followed around their closer Chris Perez. Perez's star continues to shine, as we watch him prepare for a ballgame, by grabbing some lunch at a pizza place in Kansas City. Perez a quiet down to earth guy, with long dark hair and beard, ala a young Paul Shuey, commented on how he just never knows when he might enter a game, but relishes his role as closer. Perez has a 1.19 ERA since the all-star break last year, and has saved 91% of his team's wins since. aahhhhh yes, thats what a real closer looks like, I think I had almost forgotten. food for thought.

lets keep things rolling tonight. GO BLUE!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Guardian Angel Gwynn Saves Game With Flying Catch

Dodgers 3 11 1
Padres    2  8  1
WP-Lilly (2-2)
LP-Richard (1-2)
S- Broxton (6)*
HR-Uribe (3), Kemp (6)



There's a lot to talk about tonight, but could Broxton have given me more of a heart attack in the 9th inning with 2 outs? I put an asterick by his "save" because it should be awarded to Tony Gwynn Jr. instead for saving his ass with an amazing diving catch to get the last out of the game.

Ted Lilly started off shaky and unimpressive giving up leadoff hits in the first four innings, but finally settled down and ended up getting his second win of the season. It helped that the Padres hit into four double plays over the course of the game.

The Dodgers took the early lead in the bottom of the first when Carroll led of with a double (please keep him leading off Donnie), Sands grounds him over to third, and Ethier's ground ball allows Carroll to score making it 1-0 Dodgers.

In the second Denorfia hits into a DP, and Ethier makes a nice catch in right field.

In the third inning, Headley leads off with a double, Lilly is once again called on a balk, allowing Headley to go to third. Hundley singles, scoring Headley making it tied at 1 run a piece.

In the bottom of the fourth Uribe smashes a solo homerun giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Lilly settles down and has a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Sands walks but then is picked off between 2nd and 3rd in a apparent TOOTBLAN. Andre Ethier then comes up and doubles off of Richard, a tought lefty opponent, extending his record streak to 25 games! He is now tied in second on the all-time Dodger hitting streak list behind Willie Davis who had 31 games.

Lilly goes 1-2-3 in the 6th. Frieri comes in to relieve Richard in the bottom of the 6th and gets Carroll to ground out with the bases loaded to get out of the inning.

Richard goes 5.2 innings, allows 8 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and strikes out 3.

In the 7th, Guerrier comes in to take over from Lilly. Luckily our dynamic duo saves his butt as well, and both make incredible diving catches to save hits from Cantu and Denorfia. Guerrier then walks Hudson who proceeds to steal 2nd and then take third when Big Rod's horrible throw goes right into center field. Headley strikes out to end the inning.

Lilly went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and strikes out 4.

In the bottom of the 7th, Bison comes up and crushes a solo shot making it 3-1 Dodgers.

Vicente Padilla comes in to pitch the 8th....shoulda pitched the 9th instead...but anyways he did have a bit of a shaky time when he gives up a leadoff walk to Hundley, he strikes out the pinch hitter Patterson, then Maybin walks. The double play Gods give us a gift when Bartlett hits into the 4th of the night on a broken bat tiny pop up. Qualls comes in to pitch the 8th for the Pads, and strikes out Miles who actually did have 3 hits tonight. Gwynn strikes out, and that's okay since in the 9th he would be our guardian angel. Carroll singles, but Sands strikes out to end the inning.

This is when my stomach began churning. Broxton comes in to pitch the ninth. He looks okay at first, striking out Ludwick. Cantu grounds out. But then we all know most Broxton meltdowns come on two outs, right? Well well well...Venable proceeds to get a flare single, Hudson then promptly singles him home making it a 1 run game 3-2, then Headley singles so runners are at 1st & 3rd. THREE singles in a row with 2 outs. I'm sorry, Broxton has no business pitching in the 9th inning anymore. Then Nick Hundley basically gets a single to left field in any other situation. Thank the lord Tony Gwynn Jr. was put out in left field, because he dives and catches Hundley's ball saving at least one run and the game.

If Broxton is hurt in someway, we aren't really sure. Yet we are sure that his days as a closer are finished. There's no way you can put him out and have confidence that he can retain a lead in the ninth. No way.

Tomorrow in game two Hiroki Kuroda goes to the mound, and Andre Ethier looks to put himself alone into second place on the Dodger streak list!

Ethier Goes For 25 Straight As Loney Watches From Bench

Padres @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 1


Fans at tonight's game will get the opportunity to witness history as Andre Ethier tries to extend his record hitting streak to 25 games. He already has the longest April streak ever for MLB. He will try to tie Paul Lo Duca's 25 game streak from 2003. Willie Davis holds the Dodgers franchise record for 31 games back in 1969. He will have to face a lefty, Clayton Richard (1-1, 3.95) which Ethier is only 1 for 13 against. He is hitting .441 against righties and .222 against lefties so far this season.

The Padres have had pretty good pitching, but their offense has been hurting recently. The Dodgers won 3 of 6 games on their recent road trip, but the Padres have lost 6 of their last 7 games and are mired in last place in the NL West. Last time the Dodgers played them in San Diego, they won 2 out of 3 in the series. Ted Lilly(1-2, 5.13) is coming off of an underwhelming start at Wrigley field where he gave up 11 hits and couldn't get out of the 5th inning. In 12 games against the Padres in his career, Lilly is 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA.

Casey Blake was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an infection in the bursa sac of his elbow. We're not sure how long he could be out for. Russell Mitchell was called up from AAA.

Lineup:

Carroll 6
Sands 3
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 5
Thames 7
Barajas 2
Miles 4
Lilly 1

There is an exciting change to the lineup this evening, as we find Jerry Sands not only playing first base instead of James Loney but also second in the batting order. Juan Uribe is also returning to the lineup, and will play third base. Thames will play in left.

Let's see if we can pick up a game and break free from .500 mediocrity if only for a brief stint! Go Blue:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today Was A Great Dre

Dodgers 5 8 0
Marlins  4 7 0
WP-Guerrier (2-1)
LP-Sanches (3-1)
S-Padilla (1)
HR- Barajas (5), Ethier (3)

Andre Ethier

1 streak, 2 homers, 1 pinch hit double, and a save win it for the Dodgers in 10 innings Wednesday morning in sunny Florida. The Dodgers avoid an embarrassing sweep, as they pick up a win and head home after 20 long games in a row. Andre Ethier amazingly hits safely in his 24th game in a row, extending his streak and bringing it home in hopes of continuance at Dodger Stadium this Friday.

Billingsley had one rough inning in the second, but settled down nicely afterwards. The bullpen surprisingly did very well today as Hawksworth pitched two scoreless innings, followed by Guerrier, and Padilla who closed it out picking up his first save since 2000.

Both pitchers swapped a 1-2-3 inning in the first.

Bills has a disastrous inning in the bottom of the second when he gives up three singles to Stanton, Dobbs, and Bonificio to load the bases. Hayes hits a huge single off the wall which luckily only manages to score one runner giving the fish a 1-0 lead. Then the pesky leadoff hitter, Coghlin smashes a bases clearing double scoring three runs and making it 4-0.

Both pitchers swapped a 1-2-3 third inning as well.

In the top of the 4th, Ethier singles to center extending his April hitting streak to 24 games. Loney, who has been seen actually hitting of late, singles Ethier to 3rd. Then Big Rod comes up and whallops a much-needed 3-run homerun making it only a 1 run game, 4-3. We could hear Bills sighing in relief from the dugout, and he goes out and pitches a nice fourth and a 1-2-3 5th inning.

Sanchez was on a 85-90 pitch count since he made a lot of pitches in his last two games, and he was relieved by Dunn in the 6th. Sanchez goes 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and strikes out 4.

Bills gets into a jam in the bottom of the 6th when he allows walks to both Stanton and Dobbs. Honeycutt visits the mound, and then they get Dobbs out on a force by Bonificio and Bills strikes out Hayes to get out of it.

Webb comes in to pitch the 7th, and Miles leads off with a single. Ivan de Jesus bunts him over (although it seems almost accidental), and then a balk is called on Webb sending Miles to 3rd. Uribe comes in to pinch hit for Bills and pulls out a clutch double scoring Miles and making it a tied game at 4-4.

Billingsley goes 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and strikes out 3.

Blake Hawksworth comes in and pitches a great 7th & 8th inning going 1-2-3 in both. Bravo Hawk!

The Dodgers cannot score in the 8th or 9th after Ivan de Jesus grounds into a double play in the 8th to end the inning leaving the bases loaded. Nunez pitches the ninth, and sends the Dodgers down 1-2-3.

Guerrier comes in and pitches a shaky bottom of the 9th. We all hold our breath and wait for the meltdown to ensue for surely it will. Dobbs leads of with a single. Bonificio bunts, and Miles can't handle it. Runners are all safe. Hayes bunts the runners over to 2nd & 3rd. Cousins strikes out. Then Buck grounds out, and Guerrier narrowly gets out of it sending the game to extra innings.

Brian Sanches comes in to pitch the 10th for the Marlins, and gives up a solo homerun to Andre Ethier, his 3rd of the year, making it 5-4 Dodgers!

With Broxton watching from the bullpen, Vicente Padilla is called in to pitch the bottom of the 10th. He gets all three batters, Infante, Ramirez, and Sanchez to ground out. Padilla gets his first save in 11 years!

The Dodgers now return to their comfortable .500 mark at 13-13. Tomorrow is an off-day, but we will keep you posted on any news including Blake's condition. It was reported that he has a bad infection in his elbow which resulted in fever and had been to the hospital twice. Hopefully Blake is okay, but it sounds pretty scary. If it is really bad he may miss up to 4-6 weeks.

The Dodgers head home to face the Padres on Friday at 7:10pm. Ted Lilly, who appeared in today's game as a pinch runner, will go to the mound.

Go Blue:)

So Long to Sun Life

Dodgers @ Marlins
9:10 am
Game 3

The Dodgers will play their final game at Sun Life Stadium this morning before we get to visit the Marlins' new digs next year. The new stadium will feature a sliding roof and an aquarium. Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.13) will be weather tested again as he goes from pitching in the cold conditions of Chicago to hot, humid southern Florida. Bills has pitched great in his last two outings, allowing only one earned run in his last two starts. Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 3.55) will be a tough opponent since in his last outing he almost threw the second no-hitter of his career against the Rockies. Dexter Fowler broke up the nine hitless innings when he singled to lead off in the ninth. He still got a 1-hit complete game,
winning 4-1.

Some bad news was tweeted this morning concerning Casey Blake. His elbow is infected, and a fever forced him to the hospital last night. Here's to a speedy recovery, Blaker!

Kuo struggled in a single A rehab game Tuesday night. He is eligible to come off the DL Friday, but that is looking doubtful.

Lineup:

Gwynn 7
Carroll 6
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Barajas 2
Miles 5
De Jesus 4
Billingsley 1

Gwynn gets the start in left field, while Sands gets the morning off. Ethier goes for 24 in a row! Loney had the game of his life yesterday with four hits and a stolen base. I'm sure he'll be back to groundball outs today. At least Miles isn't leading off.

Sit down with your cup of coffee while we enjoy some early morning baseball! Go Blue:)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dodgers flounder in miami again

Dodgers  2  8   1
Marlins    4  6  0
WP-Volstad-2-1
LP-Kershaw-2-3
SV-L.Nunez-7
HR-Sanchez-3
Ethier-23 game hitting streak

the Dodgers drop another game in Miami to the Marlins. this time the bullpen was not the culprit, just the typical suckyness.

other than the reality of Jonathon Broxton's awfulness, the main story was Andre Ethier, looking to break the record for the longest april hitting streak in MLB history. you know I had a really awsome catchy title in my head, but noooooo of coarse the Dodgers lose so I cant use it.

Miles leads off with a single. A passed ball from catcher Buck advances Miles to second.  Carroll's ground ball sends miles to third. and up comes Mr. Hit Streak. Ethier wastes no time roping a double to right field, scoring Miles. 1-0 Dodgers :) Ethier now holds the record for the longest hitting streak in april ever! Kemp and Sands both strikeout and the inning is over.

in the bottom of Second, Gabby Sanchez homers to center. tying up the game.

the game remains tied until the top of the 4th. after a Kemp flyout, Sandman slams a ball to deep left field, that loked certain it would go out, but of coarse it hits off the top of the wall, off the clock of the cafe sign. (go away stupid clock cafe  wall advertisment). next Loney, yes James Loney! singlesSands, to third. Sands would score on a Big Rod sac fly.  Dodgers take the lead 2-1.

what in the world got into Loney today? he went 4 for 4 with a stolen base! was his eyes open or closed during todays at bats?

the fish tie it in the bottom half. after infante sitrkes out, Hanley Ramirez singles. next play Ramirez does a very good Matt Kemp inpersonation. Sanchez hits a routine grounder to third, ramirez was running on the play. Miles takes his sweet ass time recording the out at first, and ramirez just kept going, ala matt Kemp. he was safe at third, as Loney throws the ball in the dirt and Miles is unable to pick it as the ball rolls into foul territory. ramirez scores.

in the 5th innings, Kershaw makes an acrobatic play to throw out Bonifacio on a little dribbler off the mound. Kershaw makes a diving stop, and throws from his stomach. Loney made a very nice pick as he was falling to the ground while keeping his foot on the bag. OUT

that seemed to take some of the wind out of Kershaw's sails. remember he made 120 pitches the last start, and he began to labor.

in the bottom of the 6th, Coghlan leads off with a single. after infante flies out, ramirez singles coghlan to third.
kershaw walks sanchez and the bases are loaded. Mike Stanton hits a line drive single scoring two, giving the fish a two run lead 4-2.
after a coaching visit, kershaw walks Buck. this ends his day, as Donnie brings in Dougie. Dougie does his job by inducing pinch hitter Dobbs to ground into a double play.
from now on when a relief pitcher does his job, we at DBF will give him props. Dougie gets mad DBF props for that one.

Kershaw goes 5.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits 2 walks and 5 SO.
Volstad fared better going 7 allowing 2 runs off 7 hits with 1 walk and 5 SO

the Dodgers go down 123 in the 7th inning.
in the bottom of the 7th, Janses comes into pitch and blows the fish away one by one. setting down the fish 123.

move to the 8th, Randy Choate is brought into pitch to ethier and strikes him out. Hensley is then brought in to finish the inning and retires kemp and sands.

Jansen strikes out the side in the bottom of the 8th. raising the question as to why the hell hes not being used as a closer? we just waste him in games were behind.

Florida closer Leo Nunez comes in for the 9th.  Loney singles again. having his best game of the year.  raising his avg to a blistering .204!
big rod predictably trying to swing for the fences strikes out. next dejesus strikes out. with two outs the dodgers last hope is a pinch hitting appearance from Uribe. no such luck, Uribe grounds into a broken bat force out to end the game.

I was going to talk more about Broxton, but ive changed my mind, I dont want to waste my breath. we all know by now that he is cooked. however I want to say thank you to Broxton, for all the memories and good games. lets all light a candle, for the official end of Broxton's career as a dodger. good luck Broxton.

in other news Kuo is due back on friday most likly, and Uribe maybe getting closer to playing. the Dodgers fall under .500 again at 12-13. you know if we can get the bullpen straightened out, and the infield healthy, we have the makings of a competitive team. I actually believe the infield being hurt is whats really hurting the team, more than the lousy relief pitching. Dejesus and miles seriously weaken the infield defense. Donnie has his hands full. one more piece of news before we sign off for the day, Xavier Paul was claimed off of waivers by the pirates today. too bad. goodbye Xman, were sorry to see you go.

early morning baseball tomorrow at 9AM, as the Dodgers look to salvage another bad road trip. Bills vs. Sanchez in the Dodgers final game at Sun life Stadium. hope to see you then! GO BLUE!

ethier looks to keep streaking in miami

Dodgers Lineup
Miles5
Carroll6
Ethier9
Kemp8
Sands7
Loney1
Barajas2
Dejesus4
Kershaw1


Clayton Kershaw 2-2 vs. Chris Volstad 1-1



IM trying to find something positive to say about the Dodgers today, but its hard too especially after last nights depressing meltdown, that looked like a sequal to last season. jonathon Doughboy Broxton, blew another game, with help from some pretty lousy dodger defense.

Im aware that last night's game is nothing significant for broxton. yes he is the same as hes been all year. HE SUCKS. however it was a personal breaking point for us here at DBF. we have always defended broxton, but we just cant take anymore of these meltdowns anymore. so we are done with him. finished. hes cooked. Ill get more into this during the post game recap, but there really isnt any reason not to rip up his contract and give him his outright release. otherwise I guess he can stay, and we can use him as just another mediocre overweight middle reliever,  who gets the job done maybe 25% of the time. sherrill anyone? uggggh. Ned announced today that Broxton is not the closer anymore, and the dodgers will use a closer by commitee until Broxton has "regained his confidence" or loses 25 pounds. dont count on either happening anytime soon. hey I kid Im sure Broxton is a nice guy, however he sucks right now and we do not want to see him in another 9th inning, although he sucks no matter when you bring him in. Loney needs to go as well. hes not going to "come around" as donnie seems to think. its time to release both of them.

more crappy news as you can see from the lineup above, its basically the same as yesterday, which means that nearly the entire dodger infield is now hurt. apparently Blake's having groin and elbow issues, and is still not playing. Uribe is still out with that sore thigh muscle. I fully expect both to land on the DL in the next day or two, even though the team is reporting them as day to day. they also keep reporting that their both just a day away from returning. yeah right. its been a week now.

so the bullpen is in shambles, the entire infield is hurt, our infield is full of bench players, Loney is hitting like .160, and were back to .500 now. unbelievable.

on a bright note, Andre Ethier looks to extend his hitting streak to 23 games, if he does it will be the longest hitting streak in april in major league history. heres hoping that today is a good DRE :)

Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers up against Chris Volstad for the fish. Kershaw has always pitched well agianst florida 1-0 2.08 15Ks. also Kemp is hitting .357 off Volstad, with a homer, so look for him to mash tonight. lets try and forget about last night and get a win tonight. lets go blue!

Monday, April 25, 2011

2010 Redux: Broxton Blowup #387,497,497,549

Dodgers 4 10 1
Marlins   5  8  0
WP- Sanches (3-0)
LP-Broxton (1-1)
HR- Coghlan 2 (4)

Let me preface this by saying up to this point I have given Jonathan Broxton the benefit of the doubt and haven't jumped on the Broxton hater bandwagon. Until tonight. He clearly is not the same dominating pitcher that he once was. He isn't pitching as hard anymore, and without his once crazy fast fastball, he is merely the shell of a pitcher that he once was when he could blow away anyone in his path. I'm done. For some reason this was the last straw for me. I just can't go on watching these meltdowns as we go down the same way of last year when the bullpen gave up game after game.

Jon Garland had another quality start, which was sadly wasted. He went 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits. 2 runs, 1 walk, and striking out 4. His only mistakes was two bad pitches to Chris Coghlin who had two solo homers in the 3rd and 6th inning. Other than that, he held the fish to only 4 hits, using his new split finger fastball nicely.

In the top of the first, it began as a feel good game when Andre Ethier quickly hit a single to left field. He now shares the record of a 22 game hit streak, the most in April in the MLB, with his former manager Joe Torre.

In the second inning our offense is stalled after Jerry Sands gets a leadoff single. Rod Barajas is called out from catcher's interference when he gets in the way of the Marlin's catcher Buck who was trying to throw out Sands stealing second. Double play, end of inning.

In the fourth the Dodgers get on the board when Carroll singles, Ethier walks, Kemp hits into a double play allowing Carroll to third, and Sands singles in Carroll tieing the game at 1-1. Garland has a 1-2-3 inning striking out Stanton and Dobbs and also goes 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

In the 6th inning Sands picks up his third hit of the game, a double. Coghlan's second homer gives the Marlins a 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers bounce back when Rod Barajas reaches safely on a strikeout when Buck drops the ball. Barajas tweaks himself somehow on his way as he runs like lightning to first and has to come out of the game for a pinch runner, Tony Gwynn Jr. We'll have to see if Barajas will be okay to play tomorrow. This of course happens the same day the Dodgers send down Ellis to AAA. Did I mention that Russell Martin is hitting .328 with 6 homeruns and 16 RBIs? Ivan De Jesus singles, and Garland lays down a bunt to move Gwynn and IDJ to 2nd and 3rd. Ryan Webb comes in to relieve Nolasco, and Miles then grounds out allowing Gwynn to score the tieing run. Carroll then singles in IDJ giving the Dodgers the 3-2 lead.

Nolasco goes 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

In the 8th, Mujica pitches to Kemp who doubles off the wall. Sands grounds Kemp to 3rd. Loney hits a weak ground ball up the middle, and somehow none of the Marlin's infield can catch it and Kemp scores, 4-2 Dodgers. Dioner Navarro comes in to hit for the first time this season and promptly hits into a double play to end the inning. Vicente Padilla comes in to pitch the 8th, and shakily gives up a walk to Cousins to lead it off, a single to Coghlin, and then Infante has a bad bunt, and Padilla makes a good play to get the runner at 3rd. Sanchez then promptly singles in Coghlan making it 4-3 Dodgers. Infante for some unknown reason thinks he can tag up to third on a fly ball by Stanton off of the Bison, and Kemp throws a bullet to Miles at third to get him out by a mile.

The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the 9th when Sanches comes in to pitch.

I really don't want to type this out but okay, for those of you who might have missed it (be glad if you did) Broxton comes in and strikes out Dobbs seemingly with a purpose. Then with two outs of course, he gives up a walk to Bonaficio, a single to Ramirez allowing Bonaficio to go to 3rd. Carroll makes a horrible error, his third in the past two games, on a grounder by Cousins which scores Bonaficio the tieing run. Then Brox walks the dangerous Coghlin to load the bases, and then in true 2010 meltdown fashion gives up a single to Infante which sails over the head of Jerry Sands who misjudges the ball and Ramirez scores the winning run.

There's really not much else to say other than it's pretty clear we need Kuo back in the closer role. Or we need a new closer. Or we need a whole new bullpen.

Sands had a 3 hit game. Ivan De Jesus and Carroll had 2 hits each. Kemp got his 9th outfield assist, which is tops in the NL.

Back to mediocre 12-12. The Dodgers play game two tomorrow afternoon with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

The Dodgers Are Gone Fishin'

Dodgers @ Marlins
4:10 pm
Game 1



Fresh off a series win in Chicago, the Dodgers look to heat things up in Miami as they take on the Florida Marlins for a three game series. This will be the last time the Dodgers play at Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins will get a new stadium next season. Jon Garland (1-1, 4.15) had a great start start last outing, and even has developed a new pitch, a splitter. He will go up against Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.00) who is undefeated yet this season but 0-1 against the Dodgers in his career. 


Everyone will have their eyes on my favorite current player, Andre Ethier, as he goes for a record 22 game hit streak for the month of April. The current record holder for an April hit streak is ironically Joe Torre who hit in 22 in a row back in April 1972 with the Cardinals. Nomar Garciaparra had the last 22 game hitting streak for the Dodgers in 2006. Even more amazing is that Ethier has only gone hitless in one game this season. April 1st vs. the Giants, Dre went 0 for 4. For all the naysayers who feel Ethier should be benched in games in which lefties pitch, he has hit them better so far this season. "There's no reason in the world he shouldn't hit lefties," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. 


Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are some of the hottest hitters in the league. Kemp still leads the league in batting average .402 just above Matt Holliday, and Ethier is 4th at .382. Ethier also is tied for 2nd place in doubles with 8. 


It was announced earlier that J. Thomas Schieffer has been selected by Bud Selig to be the representative from the MLB to tend over the Dodgers. He's the former President of the Texas Rangers. Schieffer was a lawyer specializing in oil and gas and investment management. I read that he served as a Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives for three terms, yet he was also an investor in the Rangers which was headed up by George W. Bush himself.


Lineup:


Miles 5
Carroll 6
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Sands 7
Loney 3
Barajas 2
De Jesus 4
Garland 1


Let's take a gander at this lineup, shall we? We first notice that neither Blake nor Uribe are in there. Uribe hasn't been put on the DL yet, but it makes you wonder. Blake was hit by the pitch yesterday in the back, so he's sitting out. De Jesus will get the start at second base, while our new starting leadoff man Aaron Miles (insert sigh here) will be playing at third. Looks like Donnie put Sands after Kemp and pushed Loney further down which is a smart move.


The Dodgers have also taken Dioner Navarro off the DL, and optioned A.J. Ellis back to AAA. Not much to say about that.


I also would like to plug my other writing gig that I have since I wrote about baseball this week. My weekly column deals with parenting, and this week I talk about handing down the Dodger Blue spirit to my daughter. Check it out on the Patch: 


Take Them Out to the Ballgame


Let's hope for the best Dodger fans. Go Blue:)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kuroda, Ethier, and Dodgers spank Zambrano and cubs like a naughty child

Dodgers  7  11  1
Cubs       3  10  2
WP-Kuroda -3-2
LP-Zambrano-2-1
Ethier-21 game hit streak



depsite a rocky first inning from Kuroda, the Dodgers scored 5 runs in the first inning off of Zambrano, and Kuroda settled down as the Dodgers won the rubber game of the three game series. and now hop on the plane for miami.

in the top of the first the Dodgers score 5 off big z and the lowly cubs.
Miles leads off wit5h a triple down the line. he had three hits today! blake was hit by a pitch in the back. yikes! ethier extends his hit streak to 21 games, when he hits a sharp liner to second that barney wasnt able to come up with, ruled a hit. Bison singles scoring blaker 1-0 dodgers :) next up Sandman doubles to right ethier scores, kemp goes to third. Loney does what he does best, groundout, but this grounder scores kemp from third, 4-0! big rod drives in kemp with a sac fly, 5-0 dodgers!. carroll flies out to end inning.

in the first inning Kuroda was vicitmized by a couple of poor plays behind him. Fukudome leads off with a double off of loney's glove. Barney singles fukudome goes to third. castro reaches on an error by carroll, which I think was mostly due to the old crappy wrigley field infield not being kept up. did you see the holes in the infield? dodger stadium's infield is in pristine condition! the ball taking a wierd hop scoring fukudome.

kuroda strikes out Ramirez. 1 out. pena singles castro scores. bryd strikes out, and after a wild pitch, soriano, strikes out to end the threat.

move to the third inning. kemp doubles, then scores on a loney single 6-2 Dodgers.

after a tough first inning, Kuroda took the cubs lineup put them over his knee and spanked them like a naughty child.

Kuroda didnt allow anything, until the 7th inning. he struck out 7 over 6.2 allowing 9 hits and two earned runs. walking none.

kuroda struck out soto, zambrano, barney, soraino, and pena twice.

the dodgers added one more run in the 6th, when big rod singled,  after carroll flied out, kuroda reaches on an error by castro. miles singles in a run, kuroda taking third. 6-2. blake walks, but ethier flies out.

in the 7th kuroda had to be relived. after soriano lines out, Soto doubles. after colvin pops out, fukudome singles on a liner that kuroda tried to deflect with his shoe. then Barney singles scoring Soto, 7-3.

Macdougal (dougie) comes in and does his job. Dougie gets castro to ground into a fielders choice.

hawksworth comes in for the 8th, and actually does his job pitching a scoreless inning.

Broxton comes in for the 9th and pitches a scoreless 9th as well, the final out coming on a nice play by miles at second.

also not jerry Sands made a good throw from left field, throwing out Ramirez as he strayed too far off the second base bag. sandman has a cannon.

so the dodgers take a series at wrigley :) very good. the Dodgers improve to 12-11, while the cubs fall back below .500. remember the cubs are a team to laugh at and ridicule.

watch Ethier try to extend his hit streak to 22 games! one more will tie the dodger record for longest hit streak in april (garciaparra 2006)
tomorrow garland vs. nalasco in miami at 410PM on kcal, see you tomorrow dodger fans. GO BLUE!

Dodgers-cubs rubber game on getaway day

Dodgers lineup

Miles4
Blake5
Ethier9
Kemp8
Sands7
Loney3
Barajas2
Carroll6
Kuroda1


Hiroki Kuroda 2-2 vs. Carlos Zambrano 2-0


The Dodgers look to take the rubber game of a three games series at wrigly field. this will be the Dodgers last and final game of the season in chicago. immediatly after the game the Dodgers will travel to Miami, for a three game series with the MArlins, before returning home.

Donnie is kind of annoying me here. why is Aaron Miles batting leadoff again? didnt Donnie get the memo that Miles sucks balls? of coarse Uribe is stillout of the lineup. apparently he has a tight thigh muscle. it was originally reported that he would only miss one game, and be back in the lineup today. but this is how all dodger injuires are reported. first its reported that the player is day-today. he will only miss one game, of coarse. he will right?.....then he misses 5 games, after that they release a report saying he will be back in the next days game, and by that day, he is put on the disbaled list. dont be suprised if Uribe is DLd.

however despite the disparaging remarks I made about the Dodger bullpen yesterday, I still have hope they can come through today. Donnie has to start properly using his pitchers though. most of these guys just are not 2 inning guys, there all one and done guys. and with Kuo still hurt, right now there is no set defined roles. Padilla and Jansen should handle set-up duties, and Guerrier and Hawksworth should be one inning a piece for middle relief. Macdougal (dougie) can be long man for the time being. and as far as Lance Cormier goes, once Kuo is back he is gone, and hopefully will go far far far far far away from all of us :)

the dodgers enter today's game with the most dangerous duo in baseball. ethier trying to extend his MLB best 20 game hitting streak is batting .462 in his career off of Zambrano, with Kemp going 3 for 6 against big Z. tony Gwynn has also hit him well (5 for 12) but is not in the lineup today. lets hopethe dodgers can put the freeze on the cubs and get the heck out of their with a W.
game time at 1020AM on PT. Pull up a chair everybody and have a great sunday! GO BLUE!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pathetic Bumpen gives away game to cubs

Dodgers   8  11 2
Cubs      10  16 1
WP-Samardzija-2-0
LP-Guerrier-1-1
SV-Marmol-5
HR-Barajas-4-Blake-2-Kemp-5


looks like the bullpen meltdowns are back, as the Dodger bumpen blew a three run lead in the 8th inning  allowing the cubs to score 5 runs, as the Dodgers lost 10-8

Lilly looked like shit today and pitched like it too. lasting only 4.1 innings allowing 11 hits on 5 runs.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster didnt fare any better either, getting knocked out in the 6th,  allowing 7 runs off of 9 hits walking three. both pitchers were not allowed in the decision.

the Dodgers normally play very good defense, made several crappy plays, and mixed with the terrible relief pitching give away another game.

the bullshit started in the first inning. Castro singles, and tries to leg out a single into a double, but Sands makes a great throw at second to nail Castro. that play would be very important. Barney doubles on a fly ball over Kemp's head.  Byrd singles barney to third. Ramirez drives him home with a sacrifice fly. Baker flies out to end inning.

in the top of the third, the Dodgers tie it. Blake walks, and advances to second on ethier's groudout. Kemp singles blake home. tie game.

in the bottom of the third, Lilly continued to lob over meatballs. with 1 out, castro doubles, when sands drops a fly ball lost in the sun. lilly wild pitches castro to third. byrd then singles scoring castro 2-1 cubs.

then with aramis ramirez batting, the cubs pull a double steal, after all big rod couldnt throw out a runner if his life depends on it. thankfully ramirez strikes out and baker pops out.

move to the 4th. soto leads off with a single, then soriano strikes out. then former dodger reed johnson doubles, scoring soto, somehow the relay throw gets away and was just rolling around, while johnson just kept running all the way to third.  dempster grounds out. then castro singles johnson scores. 4-1
with barney hitting, castro was picked off of first, but the dodgers fuck this up. Loney gets in the way of the base line, and barney has to slide around loney to get back. the umps rule interference, or obstruction on loney and send barney to second.  another run scores on a single from barney its now 5-1.
byrd grounds out to end the inning.

the Dodgers come back in the 5th inning, and it seems there offense is finally starting to wake up. too bad we have a collection of pathetic losers in the bullpen who cant hold leads.

Miles singles, then blake goes boom, for his second homer! its 5-3. after ethier grounds out, bison homers to center, its now 5-4.

Donnie tried to get Lilly through the 5th, but we knew that wasnt gonna happen. after a fly out, baker singles. donnie brings in Macdougal to relieve lilly. thanks ted for another lousy fucking start you pathetic bum.

Dougie proceeds to give us a heart attack and load the bases, but at least he got out of it. more than I can say for the rest of the bullpen losers. soto walks. soriano strikes out. dougie was throwing the heat, but of coarse had trouble throwing strikes. reed johnson walks.
next came one of the worst managerial decisions ive ever seen from cubs manager Mike Quade. with dempster coming up, he allowd him to bat against dougie. on a 3-2 pitch dougie gets him swingin! phew.

in the 6th, the Dodgers explode and score three runs and take the lead.
Big Rod leads off with a windy homerun to center. tie game! after carroll flies out, Gwynn batting for Macdougal triples, as the ball goes to the wall. after miles gorunds out, blake walks, and up comes ethier.
with his hitting streak on the line, ethier makes all the people who say he cant hit lefties look follish as he doubles off of Marshall. driving in both runs, extending his hitting streak to a MLB best 20 games, and the dodgers take the lead 7-5!
Ethier has now tied the longest hitting streak to start a season, and needs just two more games, to tie the longest hit streak in april for a dodger, which is 22 by garciaparra back in 2006.
yes it appeared today was going to be a good DRE.

but then we all remembered the dodger bullpen existed.

lets leave out vicente padilla though, he made his season debut, and pitched a scoreless inning in the 6th. but I guess donnie didnt want to overwork him, and decided to turn the game over to the rest of the losers.

the Dodgers picked up another run, but should have picked up alot more, as a mealy three run lead is nothing for the dodger bumpen. they blow three run leads faster than you can say 'whistling dixie'.
sands singles, steals second, and comes around to score on a Carroll fielders choice

Guerrier pitched a 123 7th inning. but then blew up, in a god awful 8th inning. I couldnt believe this, after a 123 inning in the 7th, Guerrier takes a crap all over himself, and hawksworth couldnt clean it up.

let the hit parade begin! soriano singles, reed johnson reaches base on a bunt single that blake couldnt field.  fukudome walks to load the bases. there are no outs. after a useless honeycutt coaching visit, castro singles to drive in two its now 8-7. barney grounds into a force out, another run scores its tied.
byrd strikes out. two outs. but ramirez singles barney goes to third. hawksworth in to replace Guerrier.  jeff Baker doubles in two more its 10-8.

I dont think I need to explain the rest. Marmol pitches the 9th, blah blah blah dodgers lose, of coarse.

just when the offense finally starts to come around, the bullpen completly meltsdown again. im very aggravated and done for today. I dont know what the dodgers are going to do. the bullpen has allowed like 800 runs this week going back to the st. louis series. Kuo is hurt, broxton is in decline, and the entire bullpen is right handed. not sure what the Dodgers are going to do, but they better have a backup plan.

Kuroda vs Zambrano tomorrow afternoon. if kuroda goes 9 we have a chance. GO BLUE

gooooood morning Dodger blue!-Dodgers/Cubs game-2

Dodgers Lineup
Miles4
Blake5
Ethier9
Kemp8
Sands7
Loney3
Barajas2
Carroll6
Lilly1


Ted Lilly 1-2 vs. Ryan Dempster 1-2


the Dodgers are fresh off of winning three in a row, look to keep their momentum going in wrigley for the second game of the three game series.
Aaron Miles? why? why oh why???? and why sit Uribe when hes finally gotten hot? hes hit two home runs in the last two games, and has had like 6 hits? but he rests today. Big Rod is back in the lineup,  Sandman bats behind Kemp.

apprently according to various sources, former braves executive Stan Kasten, appears to be the front runner, to land the MLB appointed trustee position, to oversee the Dodgers. as you know MLB and the Commissioner's office have taken over the Dodgers finances, and all day-day operations of the club. Frank Mccourt is acused of general shady practices, after not only asking FOX for 200 million dollars in advanced revenue, but also asking for a direct loan to cover payroll. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has said that he still reports to Mccourt but also that he still has authority over all roster moves. we will keep you updated on this story as it progresses.

back to the game today. Ted Lilly will make his first wrigly start of the year, up against Ryan Dempster. the two were close frinds when they were playing together at wrigley. Lilly called Dempster his "brother from another mother" the two were close as Lilly helped Dempster through a tough time as his daughter has been ill with a rare illness. Dempster in his only start against the Dodgers last year pitched 7 shutout innings.

Andre Ethier is about as hot as any hitter in baseball right now. after going 1 for 2 yesterday, ethier now has a MLB best 19 game hitting streak. one more will tie Steve Garvey's 20 gamer back in april of 78 for the longest april streak in Dodgers history. the only other Dodger to have a 20 game hitting streak in april was normar garciaparra who hit in 22 in a row back in april of 2006

Vicente Padilla is back and with the club, and now available to pitch out of the bullpen. we could see the return of the infamous soap bubble today!

the Dodgers took four out of seven from the cubs last year.
ok game time at 10AM! on PT. more day baseball! GO BLUE!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rain & Seagull Delays Don't Faze Dodgers

Dodgers 12 14 2
Cubs       2   8  0
WP- Billingsley (2-1)
LP- Coleman (1-1)
HR- Uribe (2), Thames (2)


On a cold afternoon, the Dodgers pick up their third win in a row with plenty of offense and a nice pitching performance by Chad Billingsley.

The first two innings were pretty routine, but the flurry of Dodger offense came in the third inning off Coleman. Carroll doubles, Blaker singles him over to third, and then Ethier singles to center extending his Major League leading streak to 19 games and scoring Carroll on the play making it 1-0 Dodgers. Uribe, busting out of his slump, singles into center allowing Blake to score and giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Loney walks loading the bases up. Jerry Sands walks with the bases loaded bringing in Ethier, 3-0. A.J. Ellis continues the base hit party, and he singles in both Uribe and Loney giving the Dodgers another two runs, 5-0. Chad Billingsley doesn't want to feel left out, and he promptly singles into left field scoring Sands and giving the Dodgers a commanding 6-0 lead. Yes, they were all singles and walks, but at least they were singles with men on base. 

Coleman only goes 2.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

In the top of the fourth inning Matt Kemp walks, and Uribe homers to left field adding another two runs to the Dodgers lead, 8-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Cubs finally get a hit off Billingsley when Ramirez singles. Pena walks, and Ramirez goes to third on a force out by Byrd. While Soriano is at the plate, Ellis allows a passed ball and Ramirez scores, 8-1. 

In the fifth inning, Ellis for some ridiculous reason decides to try to steal second base after walking in a 8-1 game. Well, he is out by a mile. I stress the fact that neither Ellis nor Big Rod have any reason to attempt to steal a base under most conditions. In the bottom of the inning Carroll commits an error when he can't handle Darwin Barney's (wow what a bad name) ball. 

In the sixth, the Dodgers get three walks in a row to Blake, Ethier, and Kemp to load the bases. Blake scores on a sac fly by Uribe, 9-1. In the bottom of the inning Marlon Byrd triples to left field. Sands has a little trouble fielding the ball when it rolls all the way into the corner by the ivy. Tis ok, it's his first time playing in Wrigley Field. 

In the bottom of the 7th, Billingsley gets into a little trouble. Blake Dewitt, former Dodger now trying to channel some beard power, singles. Fukodome singles. Barney singles allowing Dewitt to score, 9-2. Honeycutt visits the mound to talk to Bills. Castro singles, and Bills trips over him while he's trying to cover first base. Kenley Jansen then comes in to take over and gets the last two outs to end the inning.

Billingsley goes 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

Jansen strikes out the side in the 8th. He's looking better than in his previous games. 

The Dodgers are not done scoring yet, folks! In the 9th, Marcos Mateo comes in to pitch for the Cubbies. Loney uncharacteristically singles, but Sands grounds into a double play. Ellis comes up with his second single. Marcus Thames then proceeds to come in to pinch hit and crushes a 2 run homer giving the Dodgers an astonishing 11-2 lead. More singles ensue with Carroll and Blake both hitting another. Tony Gwynn Jr. feels left out, and singles in Carroll making it 12-2. 

Frighteningly Lance Cormier is called in to pitch the bottom of the ninth. Is a 10 run lead against the Cubs enough for Cormier not to blow it? He gets DeWitt to ground out, gives up a single to Fukodome, strikes out Barney, but then Castro reaches on a Blake brain fart error. Cormier manages to get the last out without allowing a run. 

Let's hope the Dodgers have saved a few signature singles for tomorrow's game. Carroll, Blake, Uribe, and Ellis all had 2 hit games. The Dodgers now are 1 game over .500. Ted Lilly will go up against Ryan Dempster in an early 10:05 morning game tomorrow. 

Go Blue:) 

The Dodgers Visit the Windy City

Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs
11:20 am
Game 1


The Dodgers begin a 6 game road trip in Wrigley Field playing three morning games in Chicago and then going down to Florida to play three games against the Marlins. The weather looks cold and rainy in Chicago. The Dodgers are now back to .500 with a 10-10 record after taking 3 out of 4 games against the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs are also at .500 with 9 games in both their win and loss column.

Chad Billingsley (1-1, 4.91) will go to the mound for the Dodgers, who usually plays very well in day games. Billingsley is coming off of one of his finest performances of his career last time out against the Cardinals pitching 8 scoreless innings but was not involved in the decision. He will go up against Casey Coleman (1-0, 4.22) who got a win against the Rockies his last time out.

Lineup:

Carroll 6
Blake 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 4
Loney 3
Sands 7
Ellis 2
Billingsley 1

Sands gets the start in left, while Ellis will be behind the plate to rest Barajas who played in yesterday's extra inning win.

Vicente Padilla will be with the team after they optioned Ramon Troncoso back down to AAA last night. We may see him for an inning, Bienvenido de vuelta Vicente!

Will Bison smash another one over the fence? Will Andre the Giant go for 19 in a row? Will Sandman get his first big league homer? Will Loney ever break out of his never-ending slump? Stay tuned to the post game wrap to find out!

Go Blue!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bison, Blake, Dodgers jitterbug past braves in extras!

Braves     3  7 0
Dodgers  5 11 0  /12 innings
WP-Guerrier1-0
LP-Martinez0-1
HR-Freeman-3
Uribe-1-Blake-1-Kemp-4




wow, all I have to say is wow! this was one hell of a game.  after Kershaw couldnt get the last out in the 9th, the Dodgers come from behind in the 9th to tie, and win it in the 12th on another walk off home run by Kemp!

on throwback day, The Dodgers and Braves wearing there 1940's Unis. there was a 40's feel at the Ravine. as swing music played over the PA, vinny was enjoying the tunes from his era.

so in theme lets get to the highlights 40's style!

it was an early pitching duel between young Jurrjens and Kershaw.

the Dodgers threatened in the first, Gwynn leads off with a single, steals second after blake strikes out, the ethier walks, Kemp strikes out, Uribe walks to load the bases, but of coarse Loney strikes out. shucks!

in the bottom of the 3rd, the Dodgers threatened again, but came away with nothing. Blake line drive singles to right. ethier singles on a liner that was deflected by freeman at first, but bounced away into foul territory. Blake Bebops his way over to third, and ethier has extended his hitting streak to 18 games! tops in the majors! Kemp flies out, and ethier is caught stealing second on what looked like a busted hit and run play. Uribe flies out to end inning. dag nabbit!

kershaw Picks off Alex Gonzalez in the 4th. neat!

in the top of the 5th with 1 out, Freeman homers putting the braves up 1-0. gee whilakers!

move to the bottom of the 6th, Uribe shows us why he is the bees knees, by homering to deep left, for his first as a dodger. tied at 1. (I had a very wierd premonition he would homer)

bottom of the 7th, Dr. Meatball himself is brought in to pitch to kershaw, and gets him to ground out. Jurrjens was very good pitching 6 strong innings allowing 1 run off 7 hits with 2 walks and 6 Ks.

Linebrink comes in to relieve Sherrill. with 2 outs, Casey Blake shows us why hes peachy Keen by homering to left. giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead!

Kershaw gets the braves to go down 123 in the 8th inning. things are looking very good at this point.

to the top of the 9th we go, with Broxton warming in the Pen, Donnie decides to let Kershaw finish his game. the Dodgers hadnt had back to back complete games since 1998, when Perez and Chan ho Park did it.

Prado flies out, and gonzalez pops out. with 2 outs, it looked certain kershaw would seal the deal. but the braves came back and some Gobbldy gook commenced.
Jones singles. next uggla singles to left, Sands makes the throw to third, and the relay throw to second is just a tad late. next freeman walks to load the bases.
with 2 outs two frickin outs, Mattingly makes a visit to the mound. kershaw assures him he is ok, so Mattingly leaves him in to finish the game. I had mixed feelings about this. Kersh was very tired, but then again the Dodgers bullpen especially Brox has been up and down. I coulld definatly understand this decision, although im sure it will be second guessed. with two strikes on him, former Dodgers David Ross, singles through the hole at shortstop, scoring both heyward and uggla, and the braves take a shocking lead.  those darn creeps!

broxton is brought in and  strikes out Mcclouth for the third out. Kershaw was visibly upset in the dugout. he made 122 pitches. still a terrific outing for Kershaw, Donnie probably should have brought in Broxton, after all that is why you have a bullpen, Kershaw cant do it all.

I thought for sure we were dead in the water, but the Dodgers fought back off of Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. 
Carroll walks to lead off. Miles batting in the 9th spot after a double switch, cant bunt Carroll over, and like the useless piece of shit that he is, fouls out.  Kimbrel wild pitches and Carroll advances to second. Sands who had entered the game earlier, strikes out swinging. we were down to our last out. up comes Blake, who had a great game. with the count 0-2 blake singles through the hole at short, scoring Carroll, as the Dodgers tie it up by the skin of their teeth! (blake gets a reprieve for life after this game!) Carroll lindys in the tying run, and we play on. ethier grounds out as the game heads into extra frames.

Brox pitched the 10th, and Guerrier came in to pitch the 11th and 12th. Kimbrel stayed into to pitch the 10th, and Cristhian Martinez pitched the 11th and 12th for the Braves.

in the 11th the braves threatened with back to back singles from Freeman and Uggla, but Guerrier gets Mcclouth to strike out.

in the bottom of the 11th, Big Rod is hit by a pitch. he is then pinch ran for by Dejesus. Carroll sacrifices Dejesus over to second. Miles hits a low sinking liner to shallow left field. but Matt Young shows us what a fuddy-duddy he is by making a sliding diving catch.

in the bottom of the 12th, with Martinez still pitching, we were getting worried. after all the Dodgers had a plane to catch right after the game, and the deeper the game goes, the deeper into the backend of the bullpen it gets, and the sketchier it gets.

thank goodness Matt Kemp had enough and decided he wanted to get on that plane. after blake grounds out, Ethier doubles to the wall in the right field corner.
with uribe on deck, the braves foolishly decided to pitch to Kemp. its laughable at this point because Kemp really made the braves look stupid. Kemp crushes and I mean crushes a home run to center field, and thats that! the Dodgers win 5-3 in 12 innings. Kemp who had gone 0 for 4 up until that point, Jitterbugged all the way around to greet his teammates at the plate as they celebrated. remember this is coming off of his walk-off on sunday. so kemp hits his second walk-off homerun of the homestand, and the Dodgers will hop on a plane and Zuit suit there way into a frigid chicago.

in other good  news, Troncsucko was optioned back down to AAA to make room on the roster for Vicente Padilla who will join the team in chicago tomorrow.

the Dodgers open up a six game roadtrip with three in wrigly field. tomorrows game time at 1120 AM, bills vs. coleman on PT. see ya tomorrow Dodger fans!

turn back the clock day-Dodgers look to clean Braves Clock

Dodgers lineup
Gwynn7
Blake5
Ethier9
Kemp8
Uribe4
Loney3
Barajas2
Carroll6
Kershaw1


Jair Jurrjens-1-0 vs. Clayton Kershaw 2-2


The Dodgers will be wearing their throwback Uniforms during turn back the clock, and getaway day for the Dodgers. Youngster Jair Jurrjens, fresh off of a win against the mets, will take the mound for Atlanta, the Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw, who has always pitched well against the Braves. Kershaw has held atlanta to a .146 average over 13.2 innings. so lets hope this trend continues.
the Dodgers need a win to not only win 3 out of 4 from atlanta, but to split the 8 game homestand, before heading out to chicago and florida. so lets end the homestand on a good not, shall we boys?

last night was a very good game, and lets take a moment to talk about Andre Ethier who is off to another fanstastic start. ethier with a career high and MLB best 17 game hitting streak this year, looks to extend it against Atlanta. Ethier also hit his 100th career homerun last night, and was 3 for 4 missing the cycle by only a triple.
we should also recognize and give props to Jon Garland, who pitched a magnificent game. Garland went all the way pitching a complete game 4 hitter. the notorious innings eater in his second stint with the Dodgers missed significant time during spring training, plus his first scheduled start because of a strianed oblique muscle. he looked back in form last night, way to go Jon!

of coarse the huge news is the one still playing out, MLB and the Commissioners office has taken over day to day operations of the Dodgers and has taken Frank Mccourt out of office. this is not as big of a deal as some people are making it. as reported yesterday, Frank Mccourt had taken out a personal loan from FOX, asking the cable giant to loan him 30 million dollars to meet payroll, plus another 200 million in an advance. depsite Selig's protests, Mccourt did it anyways, pissing off Selig something awful.
Selig will be appointing a rep to oversee the Dodgers and the announcement should come within the next few days. the appointee will act as Chairman, until the Dodgers are most likly put back up for sale. the appointee will have final say over all trades, signings, roster moves, and day to day operations. this is not a big deal, and a happy day for Dodger fans. most of us have all hated the Mccourts for some time, and this is the first step in removing this scumbag from power. most likly MLB will run the team through the season, and then will put the team up for sale, and hopefully we will have a new better owner come next year. we will keep you informed on this as more news breaks.
there is a game today thought, let me know how much you like or dislike the retro brooklyn 1940's unis. this is also the anniversary of the Dodgers first win back in 1890. game time is in a couple of hours 1210PM.
GO BLUE!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jon Garland Breezes Through 9

Dodgers 6 11 0
Braves    1 4  0
WP- Garland (1-1)
LP-Lowe (2-3)
HR- Ethier (2)


Even though Derek Lowe pitched in familiar territory Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium, it was Jon Garland's night as he had a 108 pitch complete game to give the Dodgers their second win of the series and a birthday present for Don Mattingly who turned the big 50 today.

Lowe's worries came early when the Dodgers started off strong, maybe in frustration from last night's debacle. Casey Blake singled in the first inning, followed by a ground rule double by Andre Ethier. He extends his hitting streak to 17 games, a career high. Uribe, who amazingly had a good night, singled in Blake and Ethier giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Loney also singled in the inning.

In the second, unnaturally beefed up Uggla got a lead off walk only to be cut down by Big Rod in an attempt to steal second. More hitting ensued in the bottom half of the second, as Lowe attempted to quickly pitch. Garland draws a key walk, Blake singles Garland to third, Ethier singles in Garland making it 3-0 Dodgers. Kemp singles to load the bases when he beats out Gonzalez's throw. Uribe then gets his second single of the night to bring in both Blake and Ethier and the Dodgers are up 5-0. Kemp gets a little greedy, and his thrown out trying to steal 3rd.

The Braves would score their only run in the third inning when McLouth leads off with a double, Lowe bunts him to third, and then scores on Prado's sac fly making it 5-1.

Garland has a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth. Lowe is out of the game by the fourth inning, and Cristhian Martinez comes in to pitch the 4th.

Lowe goes 3 innings, allowing 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.

Andre Ethier comes up and wallops a solo hr making it 6-1 Dodgers. This is Andre's 100th career homerun and third hit of the night. He only was shy a triple to hit for the cycle.

Garland cruises through the next few innings. Going 1-2-3 in the 6th, and striking out Heyward three times during the night. Heyward is now 0-13 in the series. In the 8th Uribe gets his third single of the night as well. Donnie lets Garland finish off what he started, and he goes 1-2-3 in the 9th to shut down the Braves and get the complete game. Thank the lord we didn't have to see any of the bullpen tonight.

Garland pitches 9 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

A remarkable turnaround game! Last night was the worst of the worst, and tonight we see awesome starting pitching, Ethier's hitting streak continue along with his 100th career HR AND him nearly hit for the cycle, Big Rod throws out a runner, and Uribe has 3 hits and 4, yes I said 4, RBIs bumping up his average to over .200!

Tomorrow afternoon Clayton Kershaw will go for the series win. With McCourt out, maybe some winning will come in! Good night Dodger fans:)

Bud Selig Announces MLB Takeover of Dodgers

Braves @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 3

News broke this afternoon that Commimissioner Selig will have a MLB representative takeover all aspects of the Dodgers. This comes after owner Frank McCourt secured a $30 million personal loan from Fox to help cover payroll and other costs. McCourt has been accused of using profits from the team  for his own personal extravagant lifestyle. He is currently waged in a heated and costly divorce battle with his wife Jamie.

Selig's statement:


"Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt
today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt's ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days.
"The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided
appropriately in the future."
This will certainly not mean that the Dodgers will be relocated. This is merely the beginning of the process to which the MLB will most likely push McCourt out. It is unclear if McCourt will fight this since he is cash strapped.


As for, ya know, the game tonight...

So last night once I saw deer-in-the-headlights looking Jansen pitching with Ramon Troncoso warming in the bullpen, I decided to call it a night. Well, to my dismay, I read the final score via text from Scott before I headed to bed. I can't say that I didn't see that coming, and I'm awfully glad I missed that atrocious 9th inning. At one point the Dodgers were only down 2-1, but as we know from experience in 2010, the Dodger bullpen can quite easily turn a close game into a landslide loss faster than you can say "Ramon Troncoso Needs to Go!"

Sigh. Well Andre Ethier did extend his hitting streak to a career high 16 games. Tonight he looks to break his personal best and go for 17 straight.

Derek Lowe (2-2, 1.82), whom we should have never given up, is pitching tonight for the Braves so it most likely will be another loss. Jon Garland (0-1, 11.25) will go to the mound for the Dodgers. In his first shaky outing after returning from the DL he gave up a couple of homers and had an unusual balk.

Vicente Padilla is set to be activated on Friday and join the Dodgers on their road trip which begins in Chicago. We need all the help we can get in the bullpen, since Jansen, Troncoso, and Cormier are pretty much unplayable. We also have no left-hander in the pen since Kuo has been sidelined which puts us at a real disadvantage. We all saw what a much needed tool a good lefty out of the pen is last night after Atlanta's Venters blew away the Dodger hitters.

Lineup:

Carroll 6
Blake 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 4
Loney 3
Sands 7
Barajas 2
Garland 1

We will bring you more information about today's news as well as the usual post game recap. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bumpen returns to 2010 form blows game away 10-1

braves    10  14  0
Dodgers   1    5  0
WP-B.Beachy-1-1
LP-Kuroda-2-2
HR-Hinske-1-Prado-2-Uggla-4-Freeman-2


would you believe me if I told you this was a very tight 2-1 game until the top of the 9th? well it was, that is until the braves scored 8 runs off 8 hits in the top of the 9th, off a very lousy dodger bullpen. very aggravating.

of coarse we could not hit rookie pitcher Brandond Beachy. I had never even heard of him until tonight. of coarse he pitches 6 shutout innings holding the Dodgers to 2 hits and 7 strikeouts.

Kuroda also pitched well but he ran out of gas in the 7th inning.  he allowed only 2 runs, both homeruns, off 5 hits walking 3 while King 4.

it was scoreless until the 6th inning.  Kuroda was a bit shaky in the first. prado opens up with a single, after Heyward grounds out, and Jones strikes out, McCann walks, but uggla strikes out to end the inning.

in the bottom of the first the Dodgers threatened but of coarse came away with nothing. with 2 outs, Ethier doubles, to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, tying a career high. doubling off the glove off heyward in deep right field. The braves decided to wisely intentionally walk the bison to pitch to uribe. no suprise he grounds out.

move along to the top of the 5th. Kuroda works himself out of a jam he created. he walks Freeman and gonzalez. then Mclouth grounds into a double play, a high bouncer off the mound kareming towards uribe.
beachy grounds out to end the inning.

in the bottom of the 5th, the Sandman instilled more hope by doubling off the wall in left field. however with Kuroda at the plate he commits a typical rookie mistake. on a grounder to short that was hit in front of him, he tries to advance to third and is thrown out. TOOTBLAN.

Prado leads off the 6th inning with a home run giving atlanta a 1-0 lead.

in the top of the 7th, Freeman leads off with a homer 2-0. dodger pitchers are giving up way too many homers.
after gonzalez strikes out, Mcclouth singles. hawksworth comes in to relieve a tired Kuroda. Conrad signles Mcclouth going to third. prado walks to load the bases, and were all having a heart attack. heyward though grounds into a fielders choice, Loney throwing out Mcclouth at home plate for a force out. Chipper Jones pops out for out number three.

in the bottom of the 7th, with Linebrink now onto pitch for atlanta. uribe gets a lucky single off of the pitchers glove. loney amazingly singles, and a rare moment indeed at dodger stadium, Loney and uribe on base at the same time. we might not see that again this year!

Jerry Sands at bat hits a sharp grounder to third. Chipper Jones makes a terrific play to stop several runs from scoring, diving to his right full extension and throwing out Sands at first. it was a bang bang play. Uribe scores and its 2-1.

Ellis then singles Loney advances to third, and the Dodgers are in business. Atlanta then shows us what real relief pitching looks like brining in the tough high sock wearing lefty Jonny Venters. Venters gets Thames to pathetically whiff on three straight pitches. the carroll walks to load the bases. Blake grounds out :(

in the 8th Macdougal comes in, and more general lousyness from the Dodger bullpen. he Dougie walks Mccann and Uggla. after a Honeycutt what the fuck visit to the mound, freeman grounds into a double play, with Uribe and Carroll almost colliding at second base. just what we needed :) Gonzalez grounds out and were out of it.

after the Dodgers went down 123 in the 8th. the up and down Jansen was brought in, and the batting practice ensued. Mcclouth walks, then Hinske pinch hitting homers. its 4-1.  then Prado walks. another honeycutt visit to the mound. after a fly out, conescutive singles from jones and Mccann and a hook for jansen.
the Dodgers officially forfieted the game by bringing in the awful Ramon Troncsucko. I wont even get into the carnage, but when the inning was over it was 10-1 Braves, and the bullpen looking like shades of last year.

why in the world is tronsucko still on this team? he now has an ERA of 20.25. Jansens ERA is 11.25, and Cormier's ERA is 11.75. this is completly unnaceptable. We are all hoping that all three of them will go away very soon. I believe the Isotopes are short handed, im sure they can use three bums that cant get anyone out.

the Dodgers clearly dont have it this year. a poorly constructed roster, absoltuly no offense except from Ethier and Kemp, lousy bullpen, useless bench, and they dont hit homeruns.
looks like we will have lots of free time again in october. very depressing. im off to bed now. hopefully this game will be nothing more than a bad memory by tomorrow.

Lowe vs. Garland tomorrow. 710 PM on prime ticket. goodnight Dodger fans. GO BLUE!

Mr. Sandman bring me a dream....Dodgers look to put Braves to sleep

Dodgers lineup
Carroll6
Blake5
Ethier9
Kemp8
uribe4
Loney3
Sands7
Ellis2
Kuroda1

Brandon Beachy 0-1 vs. Hiroki Kuroda 2-1



I like this lineup alot better. Carroll back leading off, Aaron Miles NOT in the lineup, and rookie phenom Jerry Sands back in the lineup batting 7th and in left field. last night was a good game for the rookie, and the Dodgers. Sands first major league hit a double, sac fly, and a nice shoestring catch. the Dodgers look to continue to put the braves to sleep. A.J. Ellis catches tonight giving Big Rod a day off.

Pitcher Vicente Padilla is making progress and could be activated for the next road trip. viva los soapbubble!

well get our first look at rookie Brandon Beachy tonight.  I know absolutly nothing about this kid, he gave up five earned runs in a loss to the marlins his first time out.
the Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda. fresh off his worst start of the year, Kuroda looks to get back on track, and hopefully is well rested.
well continue to keep an eye on Jerry Sands as he makes his second start. im very pleased to see him starting. lets hope him and the Dodgers send the braves off to never never land! GO BLUE!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Sands of Time

Dodgers 4 10 0
Braves   2  7  0
WP-Lilly (1-2)
LP-Hudson (2-2)

The last inning was headed toward an old-fashioned Broxton meltdown, but luckily he turned things around and the Dodgers take game one of the four game series vs. the Braves. The story of the night was Jerry Sands dramatic debut. In his first Major League at-bat against Tim Hudson, Sands wallops a double into right field. Later, he would pick up his first RBI as well.

Ted Lilly pitched wonderfully tonight, starting off the night by striking out Prado in the first inning and going 1-2-3. The Dodgers strike early, when Miles singles, Blake walks, and the Bison singles in Miles making it 1-0 Dodgers. Uribe's grounder gets Blake over to 3rd and Kemp to 2nd. Loney, who is feeling the pressure after the Dodgers call up Sands, singles in both Blake and Kemp giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Jerry Sands comes up and hits a double in his first at-bat. The Dodgers send up all 9 batters in the first inning.

Lilly gets out of a bit of a jam in the 2nd innings when McCann singles, Uggla hits into a force play which allows McCann to 2nd base, and Uggla steals 2nd. Freeman walks, but Lilly strikes out Gonzalez.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Uribe singles, they put the hit & run play on and Loney singles Uribe to 3rd, Loney takes 2nd base on a wild pitch by Hudson, and Sands collects his first RBI on a sac fly making it 4-0 Dodgers.

In the fourth, Sands makes a nice catch off a McCann line drive. Uggla singles off of Miles's glove, Gonzalez walks, then Loney makes a great play on a line drive hit by McLouth to save a run.

The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the next 3 subsequent innings.

Moving on to the 7th, Lilly throws the ball behind McLouth in retaliation of Hudson's throw above Sands's head the inning before. The daily warnings are issued by the umpires. Kemp shouts from the dugout in defense of his new teammate, and the game goes on.

Hudson goes 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Asencio comes into relieve Hudson in the bottom of the 7th. Andre Ethier singles, and this extends his hitting streak to 15 games.

Lilly pitches 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

Guerrier comes in to pitch the 8th and shuts down the Braves quickly.

The 9th inning gets sketchy as big boy Broxton comes in. He comes in throwing off-speed pitches which fool nobody. McCann singles, Uggla doubles him to 3rd, Freeman's ground out scores McCann, and the Braves finally score making it 4-1. Brox strikes out Gonzalez, but then McLouth doubles in Uggla making it 4-2. Luckily Brox goes back to what he knows best, heat, and strikes out the pinch hitter Hinske to close out the game. We didn't see a full blown meltdown, but Brox is making me very uneasy and makes me question using him in tight 1 or 2 run games.

Loney and Uribe both surprisingly had 2 hit nights ( 2 flare singles by Uribe). Sands looks to be exciting to watch, and the fans at Dodger stadium even were cheering for him already.

Tomorrow Kuroda goes to the mound. Let's keep on rollin'!

The Bison & The Dodgers Host the Braves

Braves @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 1



Riding high from their walk-off win yesterday afternoon, the Dodgers led by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will take on the Atlanta Braves for the first time this season. Both ball clubs have identical records of 7-9, and both have had issues with offensive output. Ted Lilly (0-2, 6.00 ERA), who has been lackluster this season so far, will head to the mound in hopes of his first win this year. Lilly has been anything but impressive thus far, and in his last outing in San Francisco he allowed two homeruns in a single inning to let the game get away. He will need to keep the fly balls down. Tim Hudson (2-1, 3.48 ERA) will pitch for the Braves. His record is 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA against the Dodgers.

Take note that we may even get to see the king of meatballs himself, George Sherrill, who now dons a Braves unform. Looking at his numbers this year so far it looks like he is in typical form. He has pitched in 4.1 innings and given up 4 hits and 2 earned runs. It looks like Jason Heyward is only hitting .240, but he has 4 homers so far. McCann is leading the team in average with .327, and Derek Lowe is the team's strikeout leader with 19. To compare, Kershaw already has 29 strikeouts, and Billingsley has 24.

After Billingsley's excellent performace yesterday, let's hope Lilly can follow suit. The Rockies are still in first place with a 12-3 record, so it will take some major winnin' to catch up. James "groundball" Loney's average is now .150 and he has only had 9 hits in 60 at-bats. Don Mattingly is waiting for him to come around, but we are all asking the question, how long are we going to wait? Especially since Sands is tearing it up in AAA.

Lineup:

Miles 4
Blake 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 6
Loney 3
Sands 7
Barajas 2
Lilly 1

Ok, we have Jerry Sands starting in left field tonight. Hope for hitting springs eternal. For some unknown reason, Miles is leading off which is never a good idea. Yet without Furcal or Carroll in the lineup, there isn't much choice. Groundball Loney remains at first. Uribe is placed after Kemp in the lineup, so if Atlanta knows what's good for them they'll be walking Kemp tonight.

The Sandman will make his Major League debut. Sands has been hitting .400 down in Albuquerque going 16-40 with 5 homeruns 17 RBIs in 10 games. I'm very happy to see the Dodgers make a move here, and not wait around any longer for Uribe and Loney to "come around."

Let's Stop the Chop!! 

ENTER SANDMAN


I had to get this quick little post in before stac puts up the pre game, but the Dodgers just announced that they have called up OF power hitting phenom Jerry Sands, and desginated Xavier Paul for assignment to create room on the 25 man roster.
clearly the Dodgers have had enough of James "groundball" loney, and the rest of the blackhole lineup after Kemp to come around. Stac will have more later in the pre game. just thought I would say its about damm time! Tonight's game and lineup should be most interesting! GO BLUE!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Walkoffpalooza 2011: Kemp saves the Dodgers

Cardinals 1   4  1
Dodgers   2  7  1
WP-Broxton-1-0
LP-Franklin-0-2
HR-Kemp-3


the Dodgers finally won a game, thanks to the usual cast of characters for the boys in blue. in the 9th inning Matt Kemp hit a huge walkoff home run to center field, after ethier doubled, and Billinsly pitches 8 shutout innings, as the Dodgers finally snap their 5 game losing streak, beating the cardinals 2-1


the cardinals entered the game looking for their first four game sweep at dodger stadium since 1968. they had won the first three games by outscoring the dodgers 29-9.

Chris Carpenter had never lost to the dodgers, and bills was trying to right the ship for the Dodgers.

Bills was overpowering. holding the cards to virtually nothing all day. by the 8th inning bills had only allowed 2 hits. both to holliday.
Bills pitched 8 innings allowing only 2 hits, walking 2 and recording 11 strikeouts. Bills career high is 13 hes done that twice.

Carpenter was also very good going 7 allowing nothing on 5 hits with no walks and 6Ks

the game completly deadlocked, saw the Dodgers only get one man to third base.  in the third, with 2 outs, Ryan "TOOTBLAN" theriot commited an error on a gwynn groundball. Carroll singles him to third. but ethier lines out to Pujols to end the inning.

the cards had nothing until the 9th. Bills just mowed down the vaunted Red bird lineup one by one.  Pujols went 0 for 4, David Freeze struck out  3 times. Rasmus was held to 0 for 4 as well with 3 whiffs. bills also struck out Berkman two times.

unfortunatly the Dodgers fielded the same useless lineup again. despite the best efforts from kemp and ethier, it was no score until the top of the 9th.

loney went 0 for 3 again, and now has the lowest OPS in all of baseball. Uribe had one lucky single, but went 1 for 3. Loney is now hitting .150, with Uribe hitting .154. needless to say, Uribe, Loney, and Miles, need to be immediatly released. dont put it off til later. do it now! notnext month, or next week, not tomorrow, but right this minute, as im writing this.

enough about those three bums, back to the game.

Bills had to fight a jam in the 8th, after ethier's fuck up, but he got out of it, and ethier definatly attoned in the 8th.

in the top of the 8th, Molina hit a high fly ball to right, and ethier lost the ball in the sun. Molina went to second on the error. Ethier asboltuly gets a pass for that one. hes been playing fantastic of late.
after Descalso sacrifices molina to third. Jon Jay pinch hits for carpenter. Bills strikes him out :) then gets theriot to fly out to end the inning. what a terrific pitching performence Bills truly pitched his heart out today!

move to the top of the 9th. Broxton now on to pitch. strikes out Rasmus swinging, and gets Pujols to line out. but Holliday continued to annoy us all by doubling off the wall.  an intentional walk to Berkman brought up David Freeze. and wouldnt you know it? he of coarse bloops one into right field that falls in front of ethier and over Miles head. Holliday scores. 1-0 red birds.
Brox gets Molina to pop out for the last out. lets not start flaming brox, remember, we havent been able to get holliday out the whole series, and freezes hit was a bloop.

in the 9th, it was clear that our only chance was if ethier and Kemp were up. luckily they were leading off.
Trevor Miller came into to pitch to ethier. Ethier with his last chance to extend his MLB leading 13 game hitting streak does just that! ethier lines a double down the line and the Dodgers are in buisness. with Kemp due up followed by Uribe and "groundball" Loney. Larussa brought in the cards closer ryan franklin to pitch to Kemp.

I noticed on MSTI's twitter it said " No pressure, Kemp, but you either hit a walkoff homer here or the Dodgers lose. Just sayin'" I laughed because no statement ever made could be any more true than that one.

not long after Matt Kemp launched a walk off Home run to center field, and was mobbed at the plate by his teammates. and with that our long nightmare is finally over. The Dodgers win a game, and avoid being swept.

with that I will leave you. but before I go, and tomorrows game is Lilly vs. Hudson at 710 on PT, lets commend Chad Billingsly for hell of a game he pitched. lets also thank Kemp and Ethier who have been nothing short of fanstastic. Kemp is destroying NL pitching, and Ethier now has a 14 game hitting streak. the rest of the lineup? well lets not go there today. lets thank the people who should be thanked and deserve credit for the win. thanks to Bills, thanks to Kemp, thanks to Ethier, and well.......thats all.
sleep well tonight Dodger fans! go blue!