June 2012

Dodgers Get Blasted by A’s

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A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy

The Los Angeles Dodgers still elated from that great extra inning come from behind win against the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox, must now focus on the Oakland A’s. After a much deserved day off, the Dodgers continue to face another team from the American League.

On the mound Tuesday night Aaron Harang pitched for Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy for the Oakland A’s who came off of 11 days rest.
McCarthy was so excited to take the mound that he almost hyperventilated, but maintained his composer, even with his shoulder injury.

McCarthy started out sharp as he took care of the first three Dodger batters in the line up in the first inning.
On the other side of the ball Harang began terribly with two on, Seth Smith singled to center, as outfielder Tony Gwynn was unable to make the grab. Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks scored that gave the A’s the quick 2-0 lead. With Smith on third base, slugger Jonny Gomes hit an RBI single to left that scored Smith and the A’s made sure they took matters in their own hands offensively against the best team in baseball.

McCarthy continued to pitch masterfully as the Dodgers offensive remained stagnant throughout the night, blowing opportunity after opportunity to score. The Dodgers made McCarthy look like a Cy Young candidate, which was absolutely mystifying after their great run just 48 hours earlier at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers also maintained their defense by not allowing any further runs by the A’s, but it proved that defense didn’t matter if the team was unable to score runs when called upon.
However in typical Dodger fashion, they had one last chance in the ninth inning. A’s closer Ryan Cook struck out Elian Herrera, and Andre Either made safe to first base thanks to an error made by Coco Crisp. Cook seemed to struggle as he walked Bobby Abreu. With Either and Abreu at second and first base, James Loney presented the tying run. Loney grounded into a double that got Abreu out at second and Loney at first base to end the game.

A’s winning pitcher Brandon McCarthy spoke about his mindset entering the game, “after the first couple innings I kind of got back feeling normal. Early, amped up and kind of short of breath. I don’t know what was going on. That felt kind of weird, but I was ready.”

McCarthy had a great outing, pitched seven strong innings, with two hits on five strikeouts. McCarthy out pitched Dodger starter Aaron Harang who pitched three and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts, and three earned runs.

“Things weren’t right, and they were being patient and fouling off good pitches, racking up my pitch count. Of course the walks didn’t help,” said Aaron Harang.

*Dodgers OF Matt Kemp is scheduled to return after the All-Star break, and Dodger pitcher Ted Lilly is close to throwing again as recovers from shoulder inflammation.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly said he will discuss with Kemp if he’ll play in this year All-Star Game in Kansas City. Kemp is the NL’s leading vote getter with almost 2 million votes by the fans.

Dodgers outlast White Sox

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After dropping two out of the three games to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and had a much needed day off, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to return to their winning ways against the Chicago White Sox.

This was scheduled to be a pitcher’s duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and the White Sox starter Chris Sale. However this game was far from it, with one on base, Adam Dunn arrived at the plate with a .667 lifetime batting average verses Kershaw, and Dunn made Kershaw pay hitting a two run homer deep to right field. 

The Dodgers began to turn on their offense against Chris Sale, after a walk to Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera hit a double deep to center field that scored Gordon.

Kershaw continued to struggle as the innings progressed, and once again continued to keep the White Sox offense sharp by walking Dunn. Thanks to a wild pitch, Dunn advanced to second base. Paul Konerko made him pay by hitting an RBI single that scored Dunn to place distance away from the Dodgers. Fortunately AJ Pierzynski struck out and Kershaw got out of the third inning without any further damage.

The Dodgers offense remained sluggish as the White Sox offense continued to soar, in the fourth inning former Dodger Orlando Hudson reached on an infield single that scored A Ramirez. The disorganization from the Dodgers didn’t stop as Hudson made it second base because of a throwing error by Dee Gordon.
The mistakes, bad pitching, and inconsistant play mounted up for the Dodgers in the fifth inning as Alex Rios slugged a huge home run to left, that gave the White Sox the 5-1 lead.

For some reason many could sense a rally coming from this Dodger team who have made that a reality many times this season. In the sixth inning, the Dodger bats woke up with two on, Juan Uribe doubled to left that allowed Jerry Hairston Jr. to score, and advanced AJ Ellis to third base. Ivan De Jesus who came in to pinch hit for Kershaw, singled to right that scored Ellis and moved Uribe to third base. With runners on the corners, Herrera hit a clutch double to right that scored Uribe and De Jesus. The Dodgers seem to have found their rhythm as Juan Rivera stepped up and hit a big single that scored Herrera and gave the Dodgers the 6-5 lead.

In the eight inning the White Sox were not ready to be counted out as once Alex Rios smacked another home run this time off of reliever Ronald Belisario. Belisario made it out of the inning by getting Hudson to ground out to first base.

The Dodgers remained poised and refused to quit as first baseman James Loney singled to left that put the winning run on board. After Gordon walked, Herrera grounded into a fielder’s choice to shortstop that got Gordon out at second base. With two out, Loney capitalized and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Thornton, that allowed Herrera to move to third. Thornton struck out Bobby Abreu who pinched hit for Belisario to end the inning.

Closer Kensley Jensen put on his best performance as he easily retired batters, and struck out Gordon Beckham for the final out as the Dodgers held on to defeat the White Sox 7-6 in a rocky come from behind win.

Not happy with his performance Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw talked about his performance, “baseball goes in cycles and it has its ups and downs. I mean, this game’s not easy. Just because you had a couple of good starts, this game will continue to humble you. So you’ve just got to keep battling and competing.”

Kershaw finished with five runs, four earned and eight hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. Belisario picked up his second win of the season and Jensen collected his eleventh save on the year.

White Sox slugger Adam Dunn spoke about the Dodger comeback “Usually when we’ve had Sale on the mound, we’re in pretty good shape. But they battled and just beat us.”
Sale finished with five runs, seven hits and a season high four walks in five innings of work. Sale has not allowed more than three runs in any of his previous eleven starts.

A disappointed AJ Pierzynski also commented on Sale’s performance, “you feel good with him on the mound and a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning with the way he’s been throwing, but tonight he just didn’t get it done!”

The Dodgers maintain the league’s best record at 41-25 so far on the season and remain five games ahead of the rival San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

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Dodgers Rally Past Angels in Freeway Series

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Coming off a disappointing loss on Monday night against their neighbors from the south the Los Angeles of Anaheim, the Dodger looked to regroup for Southern California supremacy.
Dodger starter Aaron Harang took the mound to battle against Angels starter Jerome Williams.

Both Harang and Williams pitched superb, it was duel to see who would give up the first score it seemed. However Harang would lose that battle in the third inning, after walking outfielder Torii Hunter, slugger Albert Pujols hit a slicing single to left to load the bases. Harang looked confident to get out of the inning, until a throwing error commited by Adam Kennedy that allowed Kendrys Morales to be safe at first base, that caused Williams to score.

The Dodgers continued to struggle offensively until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Andre Either fresh off his new $85 million dollar, five year extention contract. launched a single deep to right field that advanced AJ Ellis to third base. With runners on the corners, a healthy Juan Rivera hit a single to left that scored Ellis, to tie the game 1-1. Williams ended the inning by with Adam Kennedy who grounded out into a double play that got Rivera out at second base.

The Angels with two on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Harang got Maicer Izturis to fly out to left, and struck out Erick Aybar. Williams hit into a ground field out to second, however thanks to an error committed by Dodger shortstop Dee Gordon, Morales came in to score. Harang maintained his poise and focus, with two out and two on base he managed to strike out Mark Trumbo to end the inning.

Williams continued his superb pitching well into the bottom of the eight inning. Fatigue seems to begin to take it toll on Williams, as the Dodger put together a masterful rally. With second baseman Elian Herrera on first base, Gordon hit into a ground play near first that managed to get Herrera out at second base. The speedy Gordon stole second base. Next up Either, who proved he wasn’t done for the night, hitting a clutch single that scored Gordon and advanced Ellis to third base. Either picked up his 500th career RBI in the process. Once again the Dodgers had runners in scoring position, and with a very energetic crowd behind them, it was time for Juan Rivera to make something happen. Just before Rivera came to the plate Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher visited the mound to make sure Williams was able to continue. Rivera made Williams pay as he connected on his 102nd pitch a three run homer deep to left that gave the Dodgers the huge 5-2.

That would be Williams final pitch for the night as Angels manager Mike Scisocia decided to call up reliever Jordan Walden to the mound.

In the ninth inning, replacing Jamey Wright who pitched a perfect eight inning, would be the faithful closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen struck out both Mike Trout and Torii Hunter. Jansen settled down and focused as he got Pujols to fly out to center, and waited for Tony Gywnn Jr to make a great catch near the wall to end the game.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recorded his tenth save on the year, Jamey Wright picked up the victory (3-2), while Jerome Williams who received the loss fell to (6-4) on the season. Aaron Harang gave up two unearned runs, six hits in seven innings, with five strikeouts and four walks.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued a call that umpire Joe West made calling Dee Gordon safe. According the replay it looked as though the throw from Angels catcher Hank Conger beat Gordon. Of course Scioscia loss the case on his bobblehead night against his former team. “Joe said he was safe. He said he saw his hand get in there,” said Scioscia. “I don’t need to see a replay. I thought he was out.”

Andre Either talked about his clutch hit in the eight inning, “I was focused on the task at hand, having the same good approach and the same good swing. When you focus on that instead of the outcome, good things happen.”

*The Freeway series concludes on Wednesday night, and a special treat to fans before the first pitch members of the Los Angeles Kings will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and showcase the newly acquired Stanley Cup.

Dodgers And Kershaw Take On Phillies

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off a rough road trip in Colorado, looking to turning things around by sending their ace 2011 Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw against the Philadelphia Phillies and Vance Worley. The Dodgers have lost 6 out of their last 7 games, and have lost 9 out of 12 games vs. the Phillies.

The Phillies are one of three teams that Kershaw has not won against in his career as a starter. Kershaw has been on a bit of a slide as he has lost two straight.

Will tonight prove differently for the boys in blue? The Dodgers need to give Kershaw much needed run support.

One bright spot will be the return of Juan Rivera to the Dodgers line up tonight. Andre Either must continue his hitting ways along with AJ Ellis, and Bobby Abreu.

It’s going to be a tough four game series for the Dodgers vs. the Phillies, as they hang on slightly to having the best record in baseball.

 

Harang Stops Dodgers Losing Skid

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All throughout the Los Angeles Dodger clubhouse, relieve can be heard as the Dodgers snap their biggest losing streak of the season.

The Dodgers would not make the mistake of having a slow offensive start this game, as slugger Andre Either hit an RBI single off Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio that scored Tony Gywnn Jr.
In the bottom of the same inning Aaron Harang gave up a triple to Dexter Fowler. With two outs, Michael Cuddyer connected on a double deep to right field that scored Dexter Fowler for the 1-1 tied score.

Gywnn grounded into fielder choice at first base in the second inning, and AJ Ellis made a run for home but was tagged out. After Gywnn stole second base, Elian Herrera singled to center, Dee Gordon and Gywnn both scored. After that, Rockies manager Jim Tracy decided to seek another route and send in reliever Josh Roenicke for Nicasio. 

Harang pitched masterfully the next few inning along with the Dodgers defense stepped up majorly that gave Harang the confidence and support he needed in this anti-pitcher ballpark. In the fourth with the bases loaded, Roenicke walked Either, which scored Gwynn. Fortunately for Roenicke who got Adam Kennedy to fly out to center to end the inning.

The Dodgers were far from done offensively when Rockies reliever Matt Reynolds with two out, gave up a deep home run to Bobby Abreu. That was Abreu’s first home run as Dodger this season. Later on Either doubled to deep right, then Adam Kennedy hit a single to right that scored Either, as the Dodgers continued to dominate 6-1.

Harang had a great outing, and was relieved by Javey Guerra in the bottom of the seventh inning. DJ LeMahieu connected on a single to shallow center, which paved the way for Wilin Rosario who hit a double to deep right center that scored LeMahieu.

The Rockies silenced the Rockies offense, as Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen wrapped up the victory by getting Rosario flying out to left to end the Dodgers losing streak.

Aaron Harang who faced quite a few tense moments, however he was determined and pulled out the victory. Harang pitched 6 strong innings, four hits, on six strikeouts. 

Juan Nicasio  allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Harang talked about this outing as opposed to the last against Milwaukee, ” “I feel like I started the losing streak so I wanted to shut the door and finish it so we could start over fresh.”
“We’ve been getting our hits during the losing streak, we were just able to get some key hits to get some runs there today,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

*Dodgers OF Juan Rivera who had been on the DL, will rejoin the team when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

 

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Dodgers Get Rocked In Colorado

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After getting swept at Dodger Stadium by the Milwaukee Brewers, and receiving disappointing news that their star slugger Matt Kemp would be out atleast a month. The Dodgers are set on a very tough road trip, starting with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field this weekend.

The Dodgers went to war with one of their best and surprising pitchers Chris Capuano to throw against Rockies starter Josh Outman.

Cappuano looked sharp in the first two innings, along with Outman who pitched two strong innings against the Dodgers.

All that changed in the bottom of the second inning, as the Rockies began to capitalize on their offensive opportunities. Capuano walked Wilin Rosario. The Rosario stole second base, with Michael Cuddyer already at third base. Cuddyer stole home thanks to a throwing error by catcher Matt Treanor, that gave the Rockies the early 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers finally got their offense clicking in the fourth inning when Scott Van Slyke hit a double to deep right field. Next Alex Castellanos who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque tripled to deep right center, that scored Van Slyke to place the Dodgers on the scoreboard. With two on base, Outman got Dee Gordon to ground out second base to end the inning.

The Rockies continued their offensive onslaught with Cuddyer already on first, Todd Helton reached on infield single to second, Cuddyer advanced to second, then Cuddyer to third on throwing error by second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. The Dodgers became completely unglued, and the frustration began to build as they were set for a long evening that would not prove to be any better for the boys in blue.

Later in the fifth inning, with two out, Dexter Fowler singled to left field. Capuano remained poised, however that would not matter as Marco Scutaro singled to left, which advanced Fowler to second base. Now with two on, Carlos Gonzalez hit a clutch RBI single to left that allowed Fowler to score and advanced Scutaro to second base.

Rockies reliever Carlos Torres walked Jerry Hairston Jr, and thanks to a wild pitch thrown by Torres, Hairston took second base. Van Slyke singled to center, which moved Hairston to third. With two on, the Dodgers looked to rally, thanks to a huge sacrifice fly by Castellanos that sent Hairston home for the score. Torres settled down and struck out M Treaner and Gordon to end the inning.

One would think that it would be time for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to make a pitcher change in between inning seeing as how Capuano was not getting it done on the mound. But no sign of change as we would later find out the hard way in the sixth inning. With Helton on base after hitting a double to the corner in deep right, Rosario knocked out a 2 run homer deep to right that increased the Rockies lead 6-2.
Finally Mattingly had seen enough, and sent in reliever Jamey Wright for Capuano. The pitching change made no difference, as Fowler was safe at second on throwing error by shortstop Hairston, and DJ LeMahieu scored. The offense didn’t quit when once again Scutaro hit a RBI single to left field that scored Fowler.

The Dodgers made the Rockies continue to look like an offensive juggernaut as reliever Josh Lindblom gave up to back to home runs to Chris Nelson and Cuddyer. Ironically Nelson came in to pinch hit for reliever Matt Belisle who pitched a great inning.

In the ninth inning Rockies closer Esmil Rogers came in to relieve pitcher Belisle, who got Adam Kennedy to fly out to center to end the inning and pick up the victory over the Dodgers 13-2.

This was an absolute terrible outing for the Dodgers who have now lost 5 straight, yet still have the best record in baseball.

Michael Cuddyer talked about the Rockies line-up, “It’s a very deep lineup, one through eight, that can go out there and produce. We’re gaining confidence now.”

“We gave them too many outs, too many extra bases,” Don Mattingly said. “You can’t do that here in this park, you’re going to get burned. It was the sloppiest game that we’ve had, it just didn’t look right. Too many mistakes.”

Josh Outman who entered the rotation left vacant by 49 year old Jamie Moyer was cut by Colorado earlier this week, allowed two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings as a pitching experiment.
Chris Capuano went 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and a season-high seven runs.

After getting swept at Dodger Stadium by the Milwaukee Brewers, and receiving disappointing news that their star slugger Matt Kemp would be out atleast a month. The Dodgers are set on a very tough road trip, starting with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field this weekend.

The Dodgers went to war with one of their best and surprising pitchers Chris Capuano to throw against Rockies starter Josh Outman.

Cappuano looked sharp in the first two innings, along with Outman who pitched two strong innings against the Dodgers.

All that changed in the bottom of the second inning, as the Rockies began to capitalize on their offensive opportunities. Capuano walked Wilin Rosario. The Rosario stole second base, with Michael Cuddyer already at third base. Cuddyer stole home thanks to a throwing error by catcher Matt Treanor, that gave the Rockies the early 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers finally got their offense clicking in the fourth inning when Scott Van Slyke hit a double to deep right field. Next Alex Castellanos who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque tripled to deep right center, that scored Van Slyke to place the Dodgers on the scoreboard. With two on base, Outman got Dee Gordon to ground out second base to end the inning.

The Rockies continued their offensive onslaught with Cuddyer already on first, Todd Helton reached on infield single to second, Cuddyer advanced to second, then Cuddyer to third on throwing error by second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. The Dodgers became completely unglued, and the frustration began to build as they were set for a long evening that would not prove to be any better for the boys in blue.

Later in the fifth inning, with two out, Dexter Fowler singled to left field. Capuano remained poised, however that would not matter as Marco Scutaro singled to left, which advanced Fowler to second base. Now with two on, Carlos Gonzalez hit a clutch RBI single to left that allowed Fowler to score and advanced Scutaro to second base.

Rockies reliever Carlos Torres walked Jerry Hairston Jr, and thanks to a wild pitch thrown by Torres, Hairston took second base. Van Slyke singled to center, which moved Hairston to third. With two on, the Dodgers looked to rally, thanks to a huge sacrifice fly by Castellanos that sent Hairston home for the score. Torres settled down and struck out M Treaner and Gordon to end the inning.

One would think that it would be time for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to make a pitcher change in between inning seeing as how Capuano was not getting it done on the mound. But no sign of change as we would later find out the hard way in the sixth inning. With Helton on base after hitting a double to the corner in deep right, Rosario knocked out a 2 run homer deep to right that increased the Rockies lead 6-2.
Finally Mattingly had seen enough, and sent in reliever Jamey Wright for Capuano. The pitching change made no difference, as Fowler was safe at second on throwing error by shortstop Hairston, and DJ LeMahieu scored. The offense didn’t quit when once again Scutaro hit a RBI single to left field that scored Fowler.

The Dodgers made the Rockies continue to look like an offensive juggernaut as reliever Josh Lindblom gave up to back to home runs to Chris Nelson and Cuddyer. Ironically Nelson came in to pinch hit for reliever Matt Belisle who pitched a great inning.

In the ninth inning Rockies closer Esmil Rogers came in to relieve pitcher Belisle, who got Adam Kennedy to fly out to center to end the inning and pick up the victory over the Dodgers 13-2.

This was an absolute terrible outing for the Dodgers who have now lost 5 straight, yet still have the best record in baseball.

Michael Cuddyer talked about the Rockies line-up, “It’s a very deep lineup, one through eight, that can go out there and produce. We’re gaining confidence now.”

“We gave them too many outs, too many extra bases,” Don Mattingly said. “You can’t do that here in this park, you’re going to get burned. It was the sloppiest game that we’ve had, it just didn’t look right. Too many mistakes.”

Josh Outman who entered the rotation left vacant by 49 year old Jamie Moyer was cut by Colorado earlier this week, allowed two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings as a pitching experiment.
Chris Capuano went 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and a season-high seven runs.

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