July 7, 2006 |
Atlanta's relievers had their biggest blowup of the season Thursday night, but Cincinnati's latest closer wound up taking the loss in a matchup of struggling bullpens. Jeff Francoeur's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in Chipper Jones with the winning run as the Braves recovered from a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Reds, 8-7. Francoeur's hit came against Todd Coffey, who followed David Weathers in the closer's role. The Reds' relievers have a 5.
May 4, 2012 |
And now for a slight pause in the celebration over the Dodgers' fast start. Pause, as in to just mention, after Friday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the lowly Cubs in Wrigley Field, the Dodgers have now dropped three of their last four. A mere hiccup during the course of a 162-game season, but considering the Dodgers were an impressive 16-6 leading into this little hitch, it at least raises a weary eyebrow. Playing their first game in front of two of their new owners Mark Walter - who lives in Chicago -- and Stan Kasten, the Dodgers managed just six hits.
April 29, 2012 |
Hours after reiterating that Javy Guerra was his closer despite rough outings recently, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly used Kenley Jansen to finish Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. But that was because Guerra had pitched Saturday night and Jansen was "the freshest arm," Mattingly said. The hard-throwing Jansen walked leadoff batter Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning and fell behind the next batter. Soon Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, although to Mattingly that was not a contradiction, saying that if Jansen were "to walk the house" he needed Guerra ready.
April 24, 2012 |
James Loney wasn't in the lineup Tuesday. A left-hander was on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. "You can't say it's a numbers thing on this one," Loney said, noting he was two for three lifetime against Braves starter Mike Minor . Loney didn't raise his voice. He spoke calmly and even smiled. But the left-handed-hitting first baseman made it clear he doesn't want to be a platoon player. "I want to play every day," Loney said. In the eight games the Dodgers have faced a left-handed starter, Loney has been out of the lineup five times.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols officially arrived in Anaheim on Monday, inspiring warm ovations from Angels fans who aspire to enjoy a season of the power displays and a championship the slugger has proven he can produce. "There's no doubt our fans are excited about how our team's looking," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We understand the expectations, and the tremendous amount of work it takes to get there. "It'll take more than Albert, but Albert's obviously the focal point. … Now, we have the tools to better meet those expectations.
March 21, 2012 |
Forgetting that he simply needs to play every day to continue his development, there's another reason why the Dodgers should not start the season with Jerry Sands on their roster. He's just not ready. Most had Sands penciled in as a reserve outfielder this season with the Dodgers in serious need of a power bat off the bench. Only he's not hitting this spring and looks uncertain at the plate. Maybe they've messed with his swing one time too many. He went 0-for-2 Wednesday in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Padres, and is now hitting .154 for the spring.
March 31, 2012 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw's only solace was that the game didn't count. Kershaw was visibly displeased with how he pitched in an abbreviated start Saturday that counted as his final tuneup for the regular season. "Hopefully, all the bad ones are out of my system," said Kershaw, who will take the ball for the Dodgers in their April 5 opener in San Diego. Pitching the first 32/3 innings of a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kershaw was charged with three runs, six hits and a walk.
April 30, 2012 |
Hey, it was a good month. That finale to April left something to be desired, but even after their 6-2 loss to the Rockies in Denver on Monday night snapped their three-game winning streak, it wasn't like the Dodgers could complain too loudly. They finished April with a record of 16-7, the best in the National League, and with a 3 ½-game lead in the NL West over the Giants. A year ago, they went 13-14 in April. The Dodgers had their chances Monday, but couldn't cash in on an ideal scoring situation in the seventh inning, and were left with a loss to start their six-game trip.
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.
April 13, 2012 |
Then in his second start, Aaron Harang came out of the phone booth and laughed at the mere mortals. It was going to be that kind of night. This was a much different Harang from the right-hander who couldn't get out of the fifth inning in his first start, also against the Padres. This Harang threw fastballs past hitters, dropped 70 mph curves on the corners and froze hitters. After giving up an initial hit to Cameron Maybin to begin the game, Harang went on a strikeout tear Friday, the likes of which the Dodgers have never seen.