September 5, 2012 |
The thing about stretch runs is, you have to get going. Get the wheels moving, the wins tallying up. The Dodgers came home, greeted September and went 3-4 on their homestand after Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Padres before an announced crowd of 50,560. That's hardly the way stretch drives are born, though with the Giants losing the Dodgers did not lose any ground in the National League West, and with the Cardinals losing they did not lose ground in the NL wild-card race. Of course, neither did they gain ground, and the days to do that are dwindling.
September 4, 2012 |
The third time, the magic wasn't to be for the Dodgers. It was there for the taking, almost teasing them, but this time they were unable to come up with the dramatics. After winning their last two games with walk-off hits, the Dodgers again went into extra innings Tuesday, at which point a walk-off was the only way they could win. Only this time it was the Padres who came up big, scoring three times in the 11th inning to earn a 6-3 victory before an announced crowd of 40,619 at Dodger Stadium.
July 28, 2012
Despite homering on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte could be on the move. He's being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo . … The Washington Nationals expect Jayson Werth back next weekend, possibly as early as Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit. He could be a big part of the story line in September and October. … The Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair is a possibility for the Baltimore Orioles as they search for ways to improve at the infield corners.
July 15, 2012 |
"The game is hard enough when you're focused," says Chase Headley, the San Diego Padres' third baseman. "So if you've got something distracting you that can be a real problem. " And Headley easily could be distracted right now because he's among the players repeatedly mentioned as trade candidates ahead of the nonwaiver trade deadline July 31. The teams reportedly eyeing the switch-hitter include the Dodgers, who are wrapping up a three-game series with San Diego at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, because their offensive production at third base has been wanting all season.
April 8, 2012 |
So much for perfection. The Dodgers suffered their first loss of the season Sunday as Aaron Harang had himself a forgettable debut, the Dodgers falling, 8-4, to the Padres as San Diego avoided a four-game sweep. Hey, there's always 161-1. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier continued their hot starts, each with a two-run homer, but otherwise the Dodgers went ever so quietly, particularly against Padres starter Clayton Richard. Richard, coming off shoulder surgery and making his first start since July 4, frustrated the Dodgers throughout the afternoon.
April 30, 2011 |
Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 26 games Saturday night but, unfortunately for the Dodgers, that was one of their few batting highlights of the game. As a result, the San Diego Padres — scoring three times in the eighth inning against normally untouchable reliever Matt Guerrier — defeated the Dodgers, 5-2, at Dodger Stadium, with the Dodgers wasting a strong effort by starter Hiroki Kuroda. "We just didn't seem to be able to get the hits we needed," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.