May 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Houston — Kenley Jansen repeatedly needed to make one pitch. It never came among the 38 he threw. By the time the Dodgers' fill-in closer walked off the mound Monday night during a disastrous ninth inning, he had secured only two outs and the Houston Astros were celebrating a wild, come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park. "We couldn't let him go much further as far as pitches," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "but it was pretty much his game.
March 14, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre has made it clear that Blake DeWitt's play at second base will determine whether the converted third baseman makes the Dodgers' opening day roster. While uncertainties remain about DeWitt's ability to play his new position — he has made one error in five starts — he's making clear that he's advancing as a hitter. DeWitt was two for four in the Dodgers' 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday and hit his first home run of the spring — a three-run shot to center field in the third inning.
June 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia — Chris Reed was second-team all-league as a senior at Reseda Cleveland High. He rarely pitched in his first two years at Stanford. In a conference call Tuesday, the left-hander talked about how he emerged from obscurity to become the Dodgers' top draft pick and the 16th overall pick Monday in Major League Baseball's amateur draft. "It's obviously a dramatic transformation from where I was," Reed said. "I worked hard to get here. " Reed, who became Stanford's closer this year, said he made a conscious decision to rededicate himself to baseball last spring.
August 26, 2010 |
After the Dodgers' Andre Ethier took a called third strike in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo , his frustration didn't subside after he returned to the dugout. While James Loney was at bat, Ethier continued to complain to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson , who then tossed Ethier from the game — Ethier's first ejection of the season. "I thought it was a bad call," said Ethier, who then trotted back out on the field at Miller Park to further complain to Johnson until Manager Joe Torre intercepted him. "The pitch was repeated with the next batter — same exact pitch, I thought an even better pitch — and he called it a ball that time," Ethier said.
April 7, 2009 |
How could that be true? "No way," Russell Martin said. "I don't believe that." How could the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on opening day mark the first loss they've pinned on Jake Peavy in more than five seasons? How could something that felt so casual have taken so long to happen?
September 4, 2010 |
The Dodgers' ambitions of a miracle run to the postseason were dealt a crushing blow on Saturday night — specifically a two-run home run Jonathan Broxton served up to Juan Uribe in the ninth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 5-4 defeat to the San Francisco Giants. Of Broxton's memorable late-game meltdowns, the one Saturday night might have been the most devastating, if only because the Dodgers have 26 games remaining on their regular-season schedule. They trail the free-falling first-place San Diego Padres by eight games in the National League West.
April 14, 2011 |
One aspect of the Dodgers' sputtering offense is full speed ahead. The team entered Thursday tied with San Diego for the most steals in the National League. The Dodgers' 76.5% success rate going into Thursday represented a considerable uptick from last season's 64.8%. Even more significant, they were on pace for 175 steals, nearly double their total of 92 from a year ago. "I've been very satisfied," said first base coach and baserunning instructor Davey Lopes , who is in his first season with the Dodgers as a coach.
December 15, 2010 |
The lack of an established middle-of-the-lineup bat overshadowed another area of uncertainty for the Dodgers: the back end of their bullpen. The Dodgers moved to address the latter priority, reaching an agreement with former Minnesota Twins setup man Matt Guerrier, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The addition will come at a significant cost: $12 million over the next three years. Guerrier, 32, has spent his major league career with the Twins, compiling a 3.38 earned-run average over six-plus seasons.
August 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver — While most of his teammates were still in the clubhouse Sunday morning, James Loney started playing long toss in the outfield at Coors Field. Before long, he was throwing off one of the mounds in the visitors' bullpen. This is what the Dodgers' season had come to. They were so short on usable arms that Manager Don Mattingly warned Loney that he could be called upon to pitch in an emergency. "Let's hope we don't see it today," Mattingly said. Mattingly was spared his nightmare scenario by Chad Billingsley, who couldn't prevent the Dodgers from falling into last place but pitched 7 2/3 innings of the team's 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
May 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Chicago One step forward, three or four steps back. Just as the Dodgers finally got injured shortstop Rafael Furcal back in the lineup, right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas were hurt in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. And that was after infielder Juan Uribe was put on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the Dodgers' heretofore strong starting pitching again failed them, with Hiroki Kuroda giving up six runs, four of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings one day after Jon Garland gave up seven runs in his losing start.