June 25, 2012 |
Andre Ethier started to hit his way out of his season-worst slump over the last three days in Anaheim, going six for 11 with two runs, two doubles and two walks in the series against the Angels. Ethier entered the series hitting .171 this month. "I don't think I'm quite back where I want to be, but, at the same time, it's just going up there and focusing what each individual at-bat calls for you to do," Ethier said. In particular, he was referring to how teams are pitching him differently with Matt Kemp out of the lineup.
July 7, 2012 |
Here's a pattern the Dodgers want to avoid: Jumping out in front only for their starting pitcher to give it all back. It looked familiar Saturday when another early lead came and went for the Dodgers in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers took the early lead, only to watch the Diamondbacks come from behind. The best news for the Dodgers came before the game even started, when they learned the Giants had already lost. Despite losing to the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers maintained their half-game lead in the National League West.
July 30, 2012 |
Brandon League is coming, but who's going? The Dodgers announced their trade for the veteran right-handed reliever after Monday's game, but not how they would make room for him on their roster. They don't have to make the actual move until League arrives Tuesday. History says one reason for delaying the corresponding move on the eve of the nonwaiver trading deadline is the Dodgers are still working on another trade. A current reliever could be part of still another deal prior to Tuesday's 1 p.m. trade deadline.
June 1, 2012 |
It's an official spiral now, and not just because the losses are piling up, though they certainly are. Now it's the way the Dodgers are losing, which Friday night meant simply giving a game away. The Dodgers committed four errors in suffering their fifth consecutive defeat, this one an unsightly 13-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Until this skid, the Dodgers had not lost more than two consecutive games all season. But they're injury-riddled and playing youngsters and guys out of position, and coupled with an early-morning arrival to Denver, the Dodgers were a world away from sharp.
July 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Josh Wall is expected to be sent back to triple-A Albuquerque on Monday when the Dodgers activate starter Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list. Wall had been wondering whether he would pitch in a game before then. He was called up to the major leagues for the first time on July 14, but the closest he came was warming up a couple times. Until Sunday. With the score tied. In the 11th inning. Wall earned a victory in his major league debut, as he pitched a scoreless 11th inning and the Dodgers scored five times in the top of the 12th to beat the New York Mets, 8-3. "Pretty cool, pretty amazing experience," Wall said.
June 21, 2012 |
OAKLAND - Josh Lindblom sat silently in front of his locker in the cramped Dodgers' clubhouse with his shoulders slumped and his head down. The reliever had just surrendered a three-run, walk-off home run to the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, giving Oakland a 4-1 win and a sweep of the three-game interleague series at the Oakland Coliseum. But it was the Dodgers' batters who slumped badly again Thursday afternoon as the team suffered its fifth loss in seven games. Key lapses on bunt plays in the ninth inning also hurt.
September 29, 2012 |
Andre Ethier smiled when asked about how Manager Don Mattingly hinted he might be turned into a platoon player next season. "Luckily, there are a lot of righties," Ethier said. Ethier entered Friday batting .214 against left-handers and .325 against right-handers. "Sometimes you hit, sometimes you don't," he said. The previous day, Mattingly sounded mystified when he talked about Ethier's problems hitting left-handed pitching. The manager went as far to suggest the Dodgers might consider having Ethier split time in right field with a right-handed hitter who would face left-handed pitchers.
June 11, 2012 |
There was a little too much of the veteran star and way too much of the rookie sensation for the Dodgers on Monday night. The Angels used another big night from outfield wunderkind Mike Trout and a game-winning hit from Albert Pujols to edge the Dodgers, 3-2, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,559. For the Dodgers, it was their fifth consecutive home loss. For the Angels, it was their 10th consecutive road victory. Trout homered and singled in the Angels' second run. Then with the scored tied, 2-2, he walked in the ninth inning, stole second base and scored on Pujols' single off Kenley Jansen.
July 15, 2012 |
At one point Jerry Hairston Jr. looked as if he might be the Dodgers' hero Sunday. That is, until he was the goat. After Hairston had singled in the go-ahead run, the third baseman's two throwing errors on similar plays led to a three-run seventh inning that helped lift the San Diego Padres to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers. "It's going to happen," Hairston said. Third base is "probably the toughest position on the field. They don't call it the hot corner for nothing. " The Dodgers committed five errors, the most by the club for a game since 1995.
April 29, 2012 |
Among the 3,257 things lost in the Dodgers' dramatic 4-3 victory over the Nationals Saturday night: -- Chad Billingsley rebounded from his only bad start, to pitch seven superb innings. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 2.64. --Jerry Hairston Jr. is proving to be so special as a utility player, he's actually become a quasi-starter. He scored the first run Saturday, is batting .289 and is able to play at least three different positions.