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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2012 |
Like extremes? Packed into one day? By a single club? Then Friday afternoon was your kind of preseason day, the Dodgers managing to be both offensively inept and save-some-of-that powerful, all on the same little spring day. It came courtesy of split-squad games, the Dodgers crushing the White Sox, 17-4, while in a charity game played in Tucson to raise funds for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, going meekly, 2-0, to the...
June 5, 2012 |
If these Dodgers are a wonder team, as Vin Scully has suggested, Elian Herrera is emerging as the team's most unexpected wonder boy. Herrera had spent almost nine years bouncing around in the minor leagues. He wasn't even close to being considered a top prospect. Most team followers probably had never heard of him. He was as close to a no-name as you can imagine. And now he's just shy of being a sensation, never more so than Tuesday when he shattered a Cliff Lee shutout and helped the Dodgers overcome what was building as a nightmarish eighth inning, with a two-run double that propelled them to an improbable 2-1 victory in Philadelphia.
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.
April 19, 2012 |
With ownership of the Dodgers set to change hands on April 30, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball is working to learn more about the sale but is not trying to stop it. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale last week, despite complaints from MLB attorney Thomas Lauria that the league had not gotten a fair opportunity to review the transaction. Attorneys from MLB and Guggenheim Baseball, the new ownership group led by financier Mark Walter and fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team President Stan Kasten , have met with the court-appointed mediator this week in an effort to resolve the league's concerns.
April 14, 2012 |
Juan Rivera is comfortable. On most days, he hits fifth behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier . When the Dodgers face a left-hander, he hits fourth between Kemp and the left-handed-hitting Ethier. "I have protection," Rivera said. "I have men on base. " He's doing the most with his opportunities. In the Dodgers' first eight games, the soft-spoken Rivera drove in four runs and hit .500 with men in scoring position. He was hitting .286 but hadn't hit a home run. "You drive in a lot of guys with singles," Manager Don Mattingly said.