October 12, 2013 |
It should be clear to the Dodgers by now, the only way they win a game in the National League Championship Series is if their starter throws a shutout. After Zack Greinke struck out 10 and gave up only two runs in eight innings in the opener and lost, Clayton Kershaw pitched even better Saturday in Game 2. And lost. The Cardinals scored an unearned run off Kershaw in the fifth inning and made it hold up for a 1-0 victory Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Kershaw went seven brilliant innings, he and relievers Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell holding the Cardinals to only two hits.
September 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
June 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers talked the talk Saturday. They had won, and they talked about how this victory could launch them on the winning streak that could save their season. "We've said that how many times this year?" catcher A.J. Ellis said. Too many to count, so let the Dodgers simply enjoy their 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers won this game in June the way they drew it up in December, with a dominant start from Zack Greinke and home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.
June 19, 2013 |
And then there was the other side. Not the dark side, the one full of light. Or at least timely hitting, great defense and sterling starting pitching. The team the Dodgers thought they would be. After losing the afternoon game and looking bad in the process, the Dodgers game back with one of their best all-around games of the season in the nightcap. With Chris Capuano coming off the disabled list to throw six scoreless innings, the offense generating 12 hits -- several of the well-timed variety -- the Dodgers stormed past the Yankees, 6-0, in Wednesday's second game.
June 14, 2013 |
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
April 20, 2013 |
Money can't buy you love or, apparently, runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the most expensive team in baseball history, cannot score. Cannot manufacture runs, unveil a power game, rally or do much of anything that actually leads to this strange phenomenon called scoring . The Dodgers were handcuffed Saturday in the second game of their split doubleheader by Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chin, who apparently was really dealing, in a 6-1 loss that left...