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?"
March 14, 2012 |
News flash: This Clayton Kershaw kid of the Dodgers just might have a future. Kershaw appeared ready to start the season Wednesday night in Goodyear, Ariz., shutting out the Reds in his four innings of a 9-1 exhibition victory. Kershaw allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out six. In just his second outing of the spring, he became the first Dodger to throw four innings. In seven innings overall, the reigning National League Cy Young winner has not allowed a run. Meanwhile, despite bringing only three projected starters - Juan Uribe, Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis - to Goodyear, the Dodgers jumped all over Reds starter Homer Bailey.
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.
August 28, 2011 |
Nine batters and 41 pitches later, the Dodgers were down five runs. A game that had just started was essentially over. The Dodgers could never climb out of the first-inning hole Nathan Eovaldi put them in Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium and lost, 7-6, to the Colorado Rockies. With the tying run on second base in the seventh inning, second baseman Jamey Carroll grounded out. The Dodgers' next six batters went down in order, and the team's winning streak was over at five games.
August 20, 2011 |
You had to see it to believe it. But you couldn't see it. The game wasn't televised. So take our word that the events about to be described actually took place. The final result was nothing out of the ordinary: the Dodgers fell to the Colorado Rockies, 7-6, in 13 innings. But this was no ordinary defeat. Aaron Miles, who is listed at 5 feet 8 in the Dodgers media guide, ended a 12th-inning stalemate by sending a ball at least 10 rows up the left-field stands.
August 19, 2011 |
Andre Ethier was out of the lineup because of an infected toe. Tony Gwynn Jr. was leading off. Justin Sellers was batting second, Aaron Miles third. The Dodgers team that took the field Friday night at Coors Field looked like a spring training split squad. "This has kind of been our club, to be honest with you," Manager Don Mattingly said. He broke into a light laugh. But what figured to be the latest lowlight for the downtrodden Dodgers turned out to be a resounding triumph.