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Dodgers Rally For 4-Runs & Sweep D’Backs

July 6, 2017

Chris Taylor delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning, as the Dodgers rallied for four runs in the 9th in beat the D’Backs 5-4 on Thursday night at the Ravine.  The win completed a three-game sweep over Arizona.

The rally began in the 9th inning against D’Backs closer Fernando Rodney.  Yasiel Puig singled to right field, then Joc Pederson pinch hit for Trayce Thompson and walked.  Another walk to Cody Bellinger loaded the bases with nobody out.  That brought Logan Forsythe to the plate, who was also walked, which scored Puig to make it 4-2.

A single by Corey Seager scored Pederson and Bellinger, which tied the game.  The D’Backs brought in T.J. McFarland to face Taylor, who hit a line drive to left field, which scored Forsythe.  Left fielder Ray Fuentes took a desperate stab at trying to catch the ball, but it eluded him.

Rodney (3-3) took the loss.  Jake Lamb homered twice for Arizona, including a go-ahead solo shot in the 8th.

Josh Fields (4-0) got the win after pitching the 9th inning and allowing a run-scoring balk.

Both starters pitched very well.  Rich Hill went seven innings for the Dodgers, allowing just one run on two hits and striking out nine batters.

Robbie was equally good for Arizona.  He went six innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out 13 Dodgers.

With the win, the Dodgers have opened up a 5.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West, with just three games before the break.

The Dodgers will now open up a 3-game set with the Royals on Friday night at the Ravine.  Kenta Maeda (6-4, 4.76 ERA)  moves from the bullpen back to the rotation and gets the start.  Jason Hammel (4-7, 5.08 ERA) gets the ball for KC.

Wood Leads Dodgers Over D’Backs

July 5, 2017

Alex Wood pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 10-0 on the season, as the Dodgers blanked the D’Backs 1-0 on Wednesday night at the Ravine.

Wood gave up just three hits, struck out ten, and walked two during an efficient 85-pitch performance.

The only run of the game came on an RBI double from Yasmani Grandal in the 2nd inning, which scored Chris Taylor from 1st base.  That came off of D’Backs starter Zack Godley.

Wood became the first Dodgers starter to reach 10-0 since Don Newcombe in 1955.  He was well aware of how important the game was.

“I don’t know how often you get two teams that are 50-plus wins before the All-Star break playing against each other, especially in the same division,” Wood said. “It felt a little bit bigger tonight. Tensions were a little bit higher, especially in a 1-0 ballgame.”

Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th for his 20th save of the season.  Brandon Drury reached base on a two-out single, but Jansen struck out Chris Herrmann to end the game.

Godley fell to 3-3 on the season.  He gave up one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.

The Dodgers got just one hit after the 2nd inning.  It was a double from Corey Seager in the 8th inning.

Since Clayton Kershaw is slated to start Sunday’s game against Kansas City, Wood is a strong candidate to pitch in the All-Star game next week as a replacement for the Dodger ace.

The win also moved the Dodgers 4.5 games ahead of the D’Backs in the NL West, further extending LA’s first place lead.

The Dodgers will go up for the sweep on Thursday night at the Ravine.  Rich Hill (5-4, 4.00 ERA) goes for the Boys in Blue.  Robbie Ray (8-4, 3.06 ERA) will be on the mound for Arizona.

Kershaw & Dodgers Get Split With Halos

June 29, 2017

Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters and Joc Pederson hit a three-run home run as the Dodgers defeated the Angels 6-2 on Thursday night at the Big A.  The victory salvaged a split of the four-game series between the cross-town rivals.

Kershaw became the first 12-game winner in the majors this season, improving his record to 12-2.  He gave up just one unearned run over seven innings.

The Dodgers also got solo home runs from Yasiel Puig and Chase Utley in the fifth inning.  Pederson’s sixth-inning home run came off of J.C. Ramirez (7-6), who took the loss.

The Dodgers have hit 50 home runs in the month of June.  That breaks the franchise record for home runs in a month, which was set in 1953.

Both teams exchanged runs early on.  Utley delivered a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning, scoring Logan Forsythe.  Albert Pujols reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop, which allowed Cameron Maybin to score in the 4th.

Kole Calhoun came up with an RBI single in the 8th inning off of Luis Avilan, which was all the scoring for the Halos.

Kenley Jansen recorded the final four outs for his 18th save of the season, but their was drama in the 8th inning.

Brandon Morrow hit Yunel Escobar with a fastball in the shoulder, which resulted in both benches and bullpens clearing.  No fights occurred, but Escobar was furious with Morrow, who was his former teammate in Toronto.  That also loaded the bases for the Angels with one out.

Morrow then struck out Luis Valbuena, then Jansen came in to retire Martin Maldonado, who flied out to center.

The Dodgers improved their record to 53-28 and have taken a 2.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West.  The D’Backs will be visiting Dodger Stadium next week.  The Angels are 42-41 and one game out of the last AL Wild Card spot.

The Dodgers now travel to San Diego to take on the Padres for a 3-game weekend series. Alex Wood(8-0, 1.86 ERA) goes for the Dodgers on Friday.  Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.42 ERA) is on the mound for the Padres.

Meanwhile, the Angels will host the Mariners for a three-game set at the Big A.  Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos.  Sam Gaviglio (3-2, 3.38 ERA) goes for the Mariners.


Angels Beat Dodgers on Throwing Error

June 28, 2017

Ben Revere scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning after a throwing error by Yasmani Grandal, and the Angels got by the Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night at the Big A.

With one out in the 9th, Revere reached on an error by second baseman Chris Taylor.  He would advance to second base on a wild pitch by Pedro Baez (2-1).  Moments later, Cameron Maybin struck out swinging, but the ball got past Grandal, who raced to pick it up to try and throw out Maybin at 1st base.  However, Grandal’s throw sailed over the head of 1st baseman Chase Utley’s head, and into right field.  That allowed Revere to come home from second base for the walk-off game winner.

“That’s the game of baseball, I guess?” Revere said.  “It’s a good thing we’ve got the speed here to cause havoc on the base paths.”

In the Dodger half of the 9th inning, it looked like Grandal was going to be one of the game’s hero. He drilled a solo home run to center field that tied the game 2-2, off of Cam Bedrosian.  Bedrosian (2-0) got credit for the win.

The Boys in Blue were trailing 2-1 in the 8th inning when Trayce Thompson hit his first home run of the season, a solo blast off of Keynan Middleton, which put the Dodgers on the board.

The Halos took a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Andrelton Simmons in the 6th inning, coming with Kole Calhoun aboard.

Those were the only two runs of the game given up by Hyun-Jin Ryu.  He pitched 5 2/3 innings, scattering two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking one.

Alex Meyer pitched even better for the Angels.  He threw six shutout innings, yielding just one hit, striking out four, while walking five.

The series finale goes down on Thursday night at the Big A.  Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.47 ERA) will try to help the Dodgers salvage a split of their four-game set.  JC Ramirez (7-5, 4.38 ERA) will get the ball for the Halos.


Dodgers Shut Down Angels 4-0

July 27, 2017

Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer and Kenta Maeda threw a career-high seven shutout innings, as the Dodgers shutout the Angels 4-0 on Tuesday night at the Ravine.

Maeda gave up just four hits, struck out six batters, and did not walk anybody.  He improved his record to 6-3 on the season.

All four Dodger runs came in the 6th inning.  Chase Utley lead off with a double against Jesse Chavez, then Logan Forsythe walked.  After Chris Taylor flied out to center, Utley tagged up and moved to third base.  That prompted Angels’ skipper Mike Scioscia to bring in reliever Jose Alvarez to face rookie-sensation Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger then drilled a 1-0 pitch to left center for an RBI single, which scored Utley.  Austin Barnes was up next, and his ground out to first moved Forsythe to third and Bellinger to second.  That set the stage for Pederson, who ripped an 0-1 pitch over the center field wall for his 7th home run of the season.  That gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, and was the only offense either team would produce on the night.

Since returning from the DL on June 13, Pederson is hitting .319 with five home runs.

Brandon Morrow pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers.  He gave up only one hit while making an efficient 16 pitches.

Jesse Chavez (5-8) took the loss but pitched well.  He pitched 5 1/3 innings, and was charged with 2 runs while giving up just two hits.  He struck out five and walked four.

Both teams rested a number of everyday players.  The Angels rested Albert Pujols and Cameron Maybin.  The Dodgers sat Yasmani Grandal, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, and Justin Turner.

Game 3 of the series shifts to the Big A on Wednesday night.  Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.30 ERA) gets the ball for the Boys in Blue.  The Halos will counter with Alex Meyer (3-4, 4.20 ERA).

Halos Snap Dodger Win Streak

June 26, 2017

Yunel Escobar drove in a two runs and Ricky Nolasco pitched into the 7th inning, as the Angels surprised the Dodgers 4-0 on Monday night at the Ravine.  The Halos snapped the Dodgers 10-game win streak.

Nolasco went 6 2/3 innings, and picked up his first win in two months, improving to 3-9 on the season.  The former Dodger gave up five hits, struck out five, and walked two.  He left the game after getting hit with a line drive off the bat of Enrique Hernandez.

Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton, and David Hernandez continued the shutout over the final two plus innings.

Escobar delivered a two-run single in the 3rd inning off of Rich Hill, which scored Cameron Mabyin and Kole Calhoun.

Danny Espinosa added a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning that scored Andrelton Simmons.  Martin Maldonado capped the scoring with a solo home run off of Sergio Romo in the 9th.

Hill went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  His record dropped to 4-4 on the season. He struck out seven and walked two after making 99 pitches.

The shutout also meant that the Dodgers ended a streak of 17 consecutive games with at least one home run.  That tied the longest stretch since the team moved to Los Angels prior to the 1958 season.

The Angels won for the fourth time in the last five games, and moved two games over .500 at 41-39.

Game 2 of the series goes down tomorrow night at the Ravine.  Kenta Maeda (5-3, 4.62 ERA) gets the ball for the Boys in Blue.  Jesse Chavez (5-7, 5.15 ERA) takes the mound for the Halos.

Dodgers Rally To Sweep Rockies

June 25, 2017

The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the 7th inning and Cody Bellinger hit two more homers, as LA beat the Rockies 12-6 on Sunday afternoon.  The win gave the Dodgers a three-game sweep of their weekend series at Chavez Ravine.

Kenley Jansen recorded his 2nd career five-out save, as well as an RBI double in the 8th inning to put the cap on another big offensive day for LA.

The Boys in Blue have now won 10 in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.  They also continue to hit the ball out of the park, connecting on at least one home run in each their last 17 games.

Trailing 6-4, the Dodgers rallied against Rockies’ reliever Jake McGee in the 7th.  Justin Turner singled with one out and Logan Forsythe doubled with two outs.   Adam Ottavino came in to pitch for the Rockies from there.  After an Austin Barnes walk loaded the bases, Ottavino threw a pair of wild pitches that scored three Dodger runs to give them the lead.  The first wild pitch allowed Justin Turner to come home, while the second scored both Forsythe and Barnes.

The Dodgers exploded for four more runs in the 8th.  Two of them came off of two more wild pitches by Ottavino (1-2), who took the loss.  Bellinger added a 2-run homer for his NL leading 24th of the season, and 2nd of the game.  Bellinger now has 6 multi-home run games on the season, which is a Dodger rookie record.  Jansen’s run-scoring double was the final blow in the 8th.  A total of four of the Dodger runs coming courtesy of wild pitches.

The Rockies built a 5-0 lead against Dodgers’ starter Brandon McCarthy by the 3rd inning.  McCarthy issued a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds.  After a pair of wild pitches to Raimel Tapia, Reynolds advanced to 3rd.  Tapia walked and Reynolds would score on a third wild pitch.  Ian Desmond reached on an infield single, allowing Tapia to get to 3rd.  Then an errant throw by Yasmani Grandal trying to catch Demond stealing allowed Tapia to score.  An RBI single from Tony Wolters later in the inning made it 3-0.  The Rockies would get two more in the 3rd on an RBI single from Reynolds, and an RBI fielder’s choice from Tapia.

That was all for McCarthy.  He lasted just 3 innings, giving up five runs (four of them earned) on four hits.  He struck out two and walked two, but was victimized by the three wild pitches and a pair of fielding errors.

The Dodgers got four runs back in the bottom half of the third.  After a Chris Taylor leadoff double, Kike Hernandez connected on his 8th homer of the season.  That’s a career-high for Hernandez.  Then a Justin Turner double set the stage for Bellinger, who ripped his 23rd homer of the season, and first of the game.

Rockies’ starter Tyler Anderson didn’t last long either.  He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits.  He departed after just 55 pitches, leaving with a knee injury after an extensive discussion with the training staff.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the 5th inning after a single from Joc Pederson and a pair of walks to Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner.  With two outs, Cody Bellinger had a chance to give the Dodgers the lead, but flied out deep to left field to end the threat.

The Rockies would add another run to make it 6-4 in the 5th.  Desmond produced an RBI single to center against Ross Stripling, which scored Nolan Arenado.

Pedro Baez (2-0) got credit for the win after pitching a scoreless 7th.  The only bad news for the Dodgers was that Kenley Jansen gave up his first walk of the season after 32 innings.  The game was the longest nine-inning game in Dodger Stadium history, lasting 4 hours and 19 minutes.

The Dodgers will now open a four-game series with the Angels beginning Monday night at the Ravine.  The first two games of the series will be at Dodger Stadium while the next two will be at the Big A.  Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73 ERA) gets the ball in game 1 for the Boys in Blue.  The Halos will counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA).

Dodgers Make it Nine In A Row

June 24, 2017

Clayton Kershaw pitched six strong innings and Joc Pederson hit another home run as the Dodgers shutout the Rockies 4-0 on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.

Kershaw improved his record to 11-2 on the season, giving up just four hits, striking out eight, and walking one.  He lowered his ERA to 2.47.

Brandon Morrow, Pedro Baez, and Sergio Romo combined for three shutout innings out of the Dodger pen to finish things off.  They gave up just one hit over that stretch.

All the Dodger offense came in the 2nd and 3rd inning.  Kike Hernandez start things off with an RBI single in the 2nd.  Pederson’s homer made it 2-0.  Grandal delivered an RBI single that scored Justin Turner from 1st base after an error from right fielder Raimel Tapia.  The Dodgers would load the bases later in the inning, and Kershaw drew a walk to force in a run.

Tyler Chatwood (6-8) got the start for the Rockies and took the loss.  He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on three hits.  He walked eight and struck out three.

The Dodgers have won nine in a row and 15 of their last 16 games.  They are the first team in the NL to reach the 50-win mark this season.

Pederson’s solo blast made it 16 games in a row that the Dodgers have hit a home run.  It’s the first time the Dodgers have reach that mark since 1960.

Corey Seager sat this one out for the Dodgers after injuring his hamstring on Friday night.  LA is hoping to avoid putting him on the DL, but he is expected to miss 3-4 starts.

The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon.  Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87 ERA) is on the hill for The Boys In Blue.  Tyler Anderson (3-5, 5.75 ERA) gets the start for the Rockies.

Dodgers Handle Rockies

June 23, 2017

Alex Wood pitched another six solid innings to improve to 8-0 on the season, as the Dodgers beat up the Rockies 6-1 on Friday night at the Ravine.

Wood allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out seven batters.  He walked just two in his 98-pitch outing.

“We’re really rolling right now,” Wood said.  “It’s going to be tough for anyone to come in here right now.”

Wood did not allow a hit after the 2nd inning.  He retired the last ten batters he faced while lowering his ERA to 1.86.

Yasiel Puig his a solo homer off of Rockies’ starter Kyle Freeland in the 4th inning.  That gave LA home runs in 15 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in club history.  Their record is 24 from the 1977 season.

The Dodgers did most of their damage during the first two innings.  Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly and Corey Seager’s RBI single gave the Dodgers their first two runs.  Justin Turner delivered a run-scoring single, and Bellinger added an RBI double in the 2nd, and it was 4-1 LA.

The only bad news for LA was that Seager left the game after scoring in the second inning with a right hamstring injury.  The Dodgers are hoping it was just a cramp, however, skipper Dave Roberts said Seager was unlikely to play on Saturday.

The Rockies only run of the game came on an RBI double from Tom Murphy in the 1st inning.  Left-fielder Franklin Gutierrez reacted slowly trying to cut off Murphy’s hit, allowing the ball to roll by him for the double, which scored Raimel Tapia from first base.

Freeland (8-5) took the loss after giving up 5 runs on 10 hits on the night.  He pitched six innings and made 110 pitches.

The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 15 games, and have opened up a 2.5 game lead on the Rockies and D’Backs in the NL West.

The Dodgers and Rockies will do it again on Saturday night at the Ravine.  Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61 ERA) is on the mound for LA. The Rockies counter with Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08 ERA).

Dodgers Sweep Mets

June 22, 2017

The Dodgers hit three more home runs on Thursday night, defeating the Mets 6-3 at Chavez Ravine.  The win completed a four-game sweep over New York.

Justin Turner, Kike Hernandez, and Joc Pederson all hit homers.  Pederson’s homer was the go-ahead blow in the 7th inning.

The Dodgers hit a club-record 15 homers in the series.   It was also the most the Mets have allowed in a four-game series.

Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Mets, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

The Dodgers have won seven consecutive games and 13 of their last 14. Kenley Jansen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 16th save. It was his sixth four-out save of the season.

Pedro Baez (1-0) got credit for the win.  He had just his third career plate appearance, and drew a bases-loaded walk that gave LA a 5-3 lead.

LA improved to 48-26 on the season, the best record in the NL, and 1.5 games ahead of Arizona and Colorado in the NL West.

The Dodgers will now host the Rockies for a big 3-game series at the Ravine beginning Friday night. Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90 ERA) will be on the mound for LA.  Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to go for Colorado.