September 26, 2011 |
At one point during the Dodgers' 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday, a fan at Petco Park shouted at Matt Kemp . "Braun got two hits!" the fan alerted him. "Braun got two hits!" The fan was referring to Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, whom Kemp is pursuing in the race for the National League batting title. "I just started laughing," Kemp said. "Shoot, he's actually one of my favorite players. " Kemp's triple-crown ambitions took a significant hit on this day, as Braun raised his average to .333 while Kemp was one for five, dropping his to .325.
July 23, 2011 |
The malaise that is this Dodgers season reached its 100th game Saturday night and appeared set to take further hold after only a half inning. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had given up two singles, two doubles and three runs to the Washington Nationals before many fans had found their seats at Dodger Stadium. But on this night, the Dodgers and Lilly -- who slugged a two-run double and had three runs batted in overall to help his cause -- declined to go quietly and made a game of it. Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has struggled at the plate since returning from the disabled list July 3, hit a walk-off double against Washington reliever Ryan Mattheus to score Trent Oeltjen in the bottom of the ninth inning and give the Dodgers a 7-6 win. That was "was a huge hit for him," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.
June 25, 2011 |
The so-called Four Corners Trip has been a two-week joyride for the Angels. The baseball equivalent of the four-corners offense continues to be a season-long struggle for the Dodgers. The Dodgers' offense stalled again Saturday at Dodger Stadium during a 6-1 loss to the Angels, moving the ball around without much purpose during a third consecutive defeat. Of course, it's hard to muster much of an attack when your offensive sparkplug is out for half the game. Center fielder Matt Kemp was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning after arguing a borderline called third strike from the dugout.
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.
March 27, 2012 |
He was talking about James Loney, and how much the Dodgers need for him to be the hitter he was in the second half. You know, the usual. But then Don Mattingly strayed ever so slightly, broadening his expectations, and that's when his comment to Orange County columnist Mark Whicker got interesting. "The guy we had at the end is the guy we are going to need,” Mattingly said. "But then we needAndre [Ethier] to be healthy, we need Juan to be a run producer, more of a 80-90 RBI guy. We're going to need all that for us to be in it.” At first I thought: "He's actually expecting Juan Uribe to hit up to 90 runs batted in?"
June 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver The Jerry Sands Project has been put on hold. Still appearing clueless as to what they should do in left field, the Dodgers sent their top hitting prospect back to the minor leagues and promoted Australian outfielder Trent Oeltjen from triple-A Albuquerque. Of the situation in left field, Manager Don Mattingly said, "It hasn't really panned out. " In the Dodgers' 63 games through Wednesday, their left fielders had hit .216 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in. They have started six players at the position.