August 20, 2011 |
Add Ted Lilly to the list of ailing Dodgers. A stiff neck forced Lilly to make a premature exit from the Dodgers' 7-6, 12-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field. The extent of the problem is unknown and the Dodgers will wait to see whether Lilly's condition improves in the coming days before deciding whether he will make his next start. "I don't expect to miss it," Lilly said. Lilly went into Saturday with a 1.71 earned-run average this month but literally zero run support.
August 17, 2011 |
Don't adjust anything, this is a recording. The Dodgers again got a respectable outing from their starting pitcher Wednesday, and again barely gave him any run support. So the Dodgers lost. Again. This time the pitcher was Nathan Eovaldi, the 21-year-old making his third big league start, and except for a couple of jams he pitched well in holding the first-place Milwaukee Brewers to two runs in six innings. But Brewers ace and former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (12-4)
August 16, 2011 |
Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley was back in top form Tuesday night, giving up one run in seven innings against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. But Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was just as sharp against the Dodgers' meager offense, which meant Billingsley only had a tie to show for his effort when he left the mound at Miller Park. And when the Dodgers' bullpen faltered in the ninth inning, with reliever Mike MacDougal giving up a walk-off single to Milwaukee pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay, the Brewers edged the Dodgers, 2-1, for their 18th win in their last 20 games.
August 1, 2011 |
Rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa , one of the few pleasant surprises in a turbulent season, became another source of despair for the Dodgers on Monday night. An MRI exam De La Rosa underwent in the afternoon revealed the 22-year-old rookie right-hander had a sprained elbow ligament that could sideline him for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers' medical staff hasn't decided on a course of treatment, but surgery is a possibility, a team spokesman said. Complaining of soreness in his elbow, De La Rosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Dodgers learned of the extent of his injury.
July 19, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco — Hong-Chih Kuo turned his wrist to make the tattoo on the inside of his right forearm visible. The script was hard to make out, but Kuo explained the significance of the words, which were told to him by a late mentor. "For me to believe in myself," Kuo said. Kuo's self-belief continues to be tested. Sidelined earlier this season for more than a month because of an anxiety disorder, the former All-Star reliever is still trying to find himself.
July 11, 2011 |
There are plenty of reasons to remain skeptical about the Dodgers. They are still 10 games under .500. They still haven't demonstrated an ability to score with any kind of consistency. And the three-game sweep they completed Sunday was over the San Diego Padres, who replaced them as the last-place team in the National League West. But after extended their winning streak to a season-long four games with a 4-1 victory over the Padres at Dodger Stadium, Manager Don Mattingly said he wished his team could continue playing rather than head into the All-Star break.
July 10, 2011 |
The Dodgers needed to sweep the San Diego Padres to escape the National League West Division cellar before the All-Star break and are given 1,000 to 1 odds of reaching the World Series. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team has passed some crucial tests in the first half but still have some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: C Starting rotation: C The Dodgers have used seven starters and although four of them — All-Star Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa — have earned-run averages below 4.00, only Kershaw and Billingsley have winning records.
June 25, 2011 |
Hong-Chih Kuo was perfect in his first outing since returning from an anxiety disorder that sidelined him for more than a month. His next two appearances didn't go nearly as well. The Dodgers reliever gave up a three-run homer to Vernon Wells in the eighth inning during the Angels' 6-1 victory Saturday at Dodger Stadium, the second consecutive game in which the left-hander has given up multiple runs. "I couldn't throw the breaking ball where I wanted it," Kuo said, "so I think they kept waiting on the fastballs.
June 21, 2011 |
The Dodgers are on the verge of the unthinkable. They might sweep someone. They might win four consecutive games. The Dodgers moved to within a victory of the two modest but unprecedented milestones Tuesday night, as they beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-1, at Dodger Stadium behind a two-run home run by Andre Ethier and a perfect eighth inning by Hong-Chih Kuo. "I'm excited about winning three in a row," Manager Don Mattingly said....
June 19, 2011 |
With the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead in hopes of ending a five-game losing streak, Manager Don Mattingly turned to 25-year-old reliever Javy Guerra , who has one month of big league experience. Guerra responded by retiring the Houston Astros in order in the ninth inning Sunday to help the Dodgers win, 1-0, and to earn his second save since being called up from double-A Chattanooga and making his major league debut May 15. Guerra said he tried to have "tunnel vision" and "focus on the strike zone" so as not to think about the danger of the Dodgers' losing streak reaching six games if he'd blown the save.