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 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
Dodgers Stay Hot & Beat Mets
June 21, 2017
Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer and Yasmani Grandal hit a pair of homers as the Dodgers crushed the Mets 8-2 on Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine.
Rich Hill (4-3) got the win after pitching five strong innings. Hill gave up just one run on four hits, while striking out eight Mets. His 98-pitch performance was one of his best of the season.
The Dodgers have won six in a row, and twelve of their last thirteen games. They also moved into 1st place by .5 games over Colorado, who lost to Arizona.
Puig’s 4th inning homer came off of Tyler Pill. When Puig rounded first base, he angered Mets 1st baseman Wilmer Flores, The two exchanged words, and Puig looked back at him while heading toward second base, continuing the verbal exchange.
“I don’t think he knows what having respect for the game is,” Flores said. “We’re playing horrible right now. He disrespected us.”
Hill’s only blemish was a leadoff solo homer by Curtis Granderson. The Mets loaded the based on the 4th inning with nobody out, but Hill struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam.
The Dodgers have hit 12 home runs in the first three games of this four-game series. They’ve also outscored the Mets 30-8 over that three-game stretch.
Pill (0-3) yielded six runs and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six in his third career start.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep tomorrow night at the Ravine. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.35 ERA) will be on the mound for LA looking for his 2nd straight win. Steve Matz (1-1, 3.21 ERA) makes this third start of the season for New York.
Corey Seager Hits 3 Homers In Dodger Win
June 20, 2017
Corey Seager hit three homers as the Dodgers defeated the Mets 12-0 on Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine.
It was the second time in Seager’s career that he’s hit three homers in a game. The Dodgers hit five home runs against the Mets on Tuesday night.
Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal also hit homers for the Boys in Blue. Bellinger now leads the NL with 22 homers. He has 10 homers in his last 10 games. Seager finished the night with 6 RBI.
“We’re having a great time,” Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said. “As much as we’re excited for Cody, we’re playing very good baseball and ready to go tomorrow.”
Brandon McCarthy started for LA, improving to 6-3 on the season. He pitched six shutout innings, allowing just four hits. Brock Stewart earned his first career save with three hitless innings.
“Hitting is contagious,” Seager said. “Everyone’s starting to roll. When one guy starts going — a guy like Bellinger comes in — everyone’s excited, everyone wants to get on base, everyone wants to be the guy.”
Rookie Robert Gsellman (5-5) gave up four homers and eight runs over 4 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 games, but still trail the 1st place Rockies by .5 games in the NL West. LA also has the best run differential in baseball at +114.
The Dodgers and Mets will go at it again tomorrow at the Ravine. Rich Hill (3-3, 5.14 ERA) will try to rebound from last week’s poor start for LA. Tyler Pill (0-2, 3.75 ERA) gets his third career start for the Mets.
Bellinger With 2 More Homers vs NY
June 19, 2017
Cody Bellinger hit two homers and Clayton Kershaw became the MLB’s first 10-game winner this season as the Dodgers defeated the Mets 10-6 on Monday night at Chavez Ravine.
Bellinger connected on a three-run homer in the 1st inning, and a solo blast in the 2nd, which opened up a 7-0 lead for the Dodgers. He had four RBI on the night.
The Dodgers rookie now has 21 homers in his first 51 games, which is the best mark of all-time in the first 51 games for any MLB player. He now leads the league in home runs.
Justin Turner had an RBI single in the 1st inning inning, and had a solo blast in the 2nd inning. Turner and Bellinger’s 2nd inning long balls were back-to-back. Turner had four hits and four RBI.
Kershaw improved to 10-2 on the season, but had an unusually rough outing. He gave up six runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four home runs on the night.
The Mets got two home runs from Jose Reyes, and one from Jay Bruce and Gavin Cecchini.
The Dodgers would add two more runs in the 7th inning on an RBI single from Chase Utley, and a solo homer from Chris Taylor.
Grant Dayton and Chris Hatcher pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits over that stretch.
Zack Wheeler (3-5) took the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits. He lasted just two innings, allowing the three homers to Bellinger and Turner.
The Dodgers and Mets will be back at it on Tuesday night at the Ravine. Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.14 ERA) will be on the mound for LA. Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) goes for New York.
Dodgers Hold Off Reds For Sweep
June 18, 2017
Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner homered as the Dodgers held on to beat the Reds 8-7 on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The win gave LA a 3-game sweep over Cincinnati.
Kenta Maeda (5-3) got the win after pitching five strong innings, and driving in two runs. Kike Hernandez also made a game-saving catch in the 8th inning to help LA get the win.
The victory was the Dodgers’ ninth in the last ten games. It also completed a six game road trip in which they went 5-1 against the Indians and Reds.
“It got a little close for us,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “Our bullpen has been lights out all year. They put some good at-bats against us. Like I’ve said, that’s a very good offensive club. To get out of here with three (wins) is huge.”
Maeda, in his first appearance since June 9 and first start since June 4, allowed just three hits and one run in five innings.
Kenley Jansen came in to record the last three outs for his fifteenth save of the season.
The Reds rallied for six runs against the Dodger bullpen, including three home runs by Scooter Gennett, Adam Duvall, and Eugenio Suarez. They came against Grant Dayton, Josh Fields, and Pedro Baez.
Bronson Arroyo took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the season. He gave up five runs on seven hits in just three innings of work.
The Dodgers now return home to begin a four-game series with the Mets beginning Monday night at Chavez Ravine. Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23 ERA) gets the ball for LA. Zack Wheeler (3-4, 4.48 ERA) goes for New York.
Dodgers Power Past Reds
Yasiel Puig hit a pair of homers, as the Dodgers the Reds 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American ballpark.
Cody Bellinger hit his 19th homer of the season as well, and Joc Pederson also homered for the 2nd straight day.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6) got the win after pitching 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 8 hits.
Bellinger had three hits and three RBI. He also tied Gary Sanchez for the most homers in a major league players first 49 games.
”The offense today was the star – team offense,” manager Dave Roberts said. ”It’s an offense that’s relentless and pretty constant at putting pressure on you.”
Asher Wojciechowski (1-1) took the loss after yielding six runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Reds have lost eight straight games, and seven straight to LA.
Pete Rose unveiled a bronze sculpture of his headfirst slide in front of Great American Ball Park before the game. That was the only enjoyable part of the night for the Reds’ fans.
Justin Turner had the day off. He has hit safely in 12 straight games. Logan Forsythe started at 3rd base.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Kenta Maeda (4-3, 4.95 ERA) will be on the hill for the Boys In Blue. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 7.01 ERA) goes for the Reds.
Seager’s Heroics Help Dodgers Top Reds
June 10, 2017
Corey Seager delivered a walk-off RBI double, scoring Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the 9th inning, as the Dodgers got by the Reds 5-4 on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.
Seager hit a ball to left field which caused outfielder Scooter Gennett to dive for the ball and miss it. The ball bounced up against the fence, which allowed Puig to score easily and win the game for LA.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless 9th inning to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The Dodgers built a 4-0 and 4-1 before giving it all back to the Reds. Josh Fields came into the game to relieve Alex Wood in the 6th inning. He came into the game with two on and two out.
Devin Mesoraco greeted Fields with a 3-run homer, tying the game at 4-4. It was his 5th long ball of the season.
The Dodgers built a 3-0 lead against Reds’ starter Asher Wojciechowski in the 1st inning. Seager drove in Chase Utley with an RBI double, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzales. Cody Bellinger drilled his 13th homer of the season to cap the 1st inning rally.
Former Dodger Jose Peraza got the Reds on the board in the 3rd inning with an RBI single. That snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak by Wood.
Wood went 5 2/3 innings, and was charged with 3 runs on 5 hits. He struck out seven, but did not factor into the decision.
Wojciechowski gave up four runs on 6 hits and 5 innings of work. Drew Soren (1-2) took the loss after allowing two one out singles in the 9th.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at the Ravine. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-6, 4.08 ERA) will be on the mound for LA. Tim Adleman (4-2, 4.42 ERA).
Dodgers Beat Up Reds 7-2
June 9, 2017
Justin Turner came off the disabled list and hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, as the Dodgers dominated the Reds 7-2 on Friday night at Chavez Ravine.
Enrique Hernandez had a solo shot and Franklin Gutierrez added a 2-run single, as the Boys in Blue won their 2nd straight game.
“It just feels good to be back in there,” Turner said. “I used Cody Bellinger’s bat. There must be home runs in it.”
The Dodgers got 5 solid innings from Rich Hill, who improved to 3-2 on the season. He allowed just 1 run on 2 hits.
Kenta Maeda pitched the final four innings for LA out of the bullpen. He retired his first nine Reds until Joey Votto led off the ninth with his 17th home run. Maeda allowed three hits, all in the ninth, did not walk a batter and struck out six. He was credited the save.
Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzales, and Yasmani Grandal were all held out of the starting lineup for rest. Puig came into the game in the 6th inning, and batted twice, but was 0-2.
Alex Wood (6-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to come off the DL Saturday and take his 23 1/3- scoreless-inning streak against the Reds. Asher Wojciechowski (1-0, 4.50 ERA), is scheduled to make his third start of the season for Cincinnati.
Kershaw Bests Strasberg & Dodgers Win
June 7, 2017
Yasmani Grandal came through with an RBI double in the 6th inning, and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Stephen Strasberg with seven strong innings, as the Dodgers edged the Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Chavez Ravine.
Kershaw improved to 8-2 on the season, allowing just three hits while striking out nine batters. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the 2nd inning.
Pedro Baez came recorded the first two outs of the 8th inning, then Kenley Jansen recorded the final four outs of the game for his 10th save in 10 opportunities.
Strasberg was brilliant as well, despite falling to 7-2. He allowed three hits while striking out eight Dodgers in six innings of work. However, LA finally broke through against him in that 6th inning.
With two outs, Corey Seager hit a solo homer 422-feet over the center field wall. The next batter was Adrian Gonzales, who appeared to strikeout, but was able to reach 1st base safely on a pass ball. He would advance to 2nd on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Grandal to bring him home with a double into the left center field gap.
The Nationals had a great chance to tie the game in the 8th inning, but the Dodgers escaped with the lead.
Trea Turner lead off the inning with a triple. Ryan Raburn struck out, then Baez snagged a ball hit off the bat off Bryce Harper, catching Turner in a rundown. Jansen came in to retire Zimmerman on another comebacker.
In the 9th, Jansen worked around a lead off single from Daniel Murphy, who later stole 2nd base, to end the Nationals final threat.
Jansen is having a remarkable start to the season. He has now appeared in 23 games this season, pitching 24 1/3 innings. He has an ERA of 1.11, a WHIP of 0.66, 42 strikeouts, and has not walked a batter.
The Dodgers will now have an off day, then begin a 3-game set on Friday night against the Reds at the Ravine. Rich Hill (2-2, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for LA. Amir Garrett (3-4, 7.17 ERA) will go for Cincy.
Nationals Edge Dodgers 2-1
June 6, 2017
Max Scherzer pitched 7 strong innings to improve his record to 7-3, as the Nationals defeated the Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine.
Scherzer allowed just one run on three hits while striking out 14 Dodgers, during a spectacular 105-pitch performance.
Oliver Perez pitched a scoreless 8th inning, while Koda Glover recorded his 8th save of the season after pitching the 9th inning.
Glover allowed a one out single to Chris Taylor, who stole 2nd after Logan Forsythe flied out. However, Yasiel Puig struck out swinging to end the game.
Puig and Glover exchanged words after the final out, but the war or words was quickly broken up by their teammates, some of whom poured out of the dugout.
Brandon McCarthy (5-3) took the loss despite pitching well. He also went 7 innings in an efficient 87-pitch effort. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 2. Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, and Chris Hatcher combined to pitch the final two shutout innings, allowing just one hit in that stretch.
The Nationals two runs came on a pair of sac flys. Bryce Harper had one in the 1st inning to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead, and Daniel Murphy would add another in the 4th for the decisive run.
The Dodgers’ only run came on an RBI single from Adrian Gonzales in the 1st inning. That scored, Chase Utley, but it was only one of four hits on the night for LA.
The Boys In Blue left 7 men on base, and were just 1-10 with runners in scoring position on the evening.
The Dodgers will try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday afternoon in what will be a star-studded pitching matchup at the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) gets the ball for LA, while the Nationals counter with Stephen Strasberg (7-1, 2.91 ERA).
Nationals Double Up Dodgers 4-2
June 5, 2017
Anthony Rendon homered and Bryce Harper had an RBI single for his first hit in 16 at-bats, as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 4-2 on Monday night at Chavez Ravine.
The loss snapped a 5-game win streak the Dodgers had against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium. It was also the 2nd straight loss for the Boys in Blue.
Gio Gonzales improved to 5-1 on the season, pitching 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Gonzales walked 2 and struck out 5 in a 107-pitch performance.
Oliver Perez recorded the final out of the game for his 3rd career save. Perez struck out Yasmani Grandal with a man aboard to end the Dodgers’ final threat.
The Dodgers scored both their runs in the sixth. Chris Taylor doubled in one and Franklin Gutierrez had an RBI groundout.
Hyun-jin Ryu started for LA, falling to 2-6. He went a season-high seven innings, but allowed four runs and seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Rendon’s solo shot in the 2nd gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Matt Wieters delivered a 2-run single in the 4th, followed by Harper’s run-scoring single in the 5th.
The Dodgers and Nationals will do it again Tuesday night at the Ravine. Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 3.38 ERA) will try to get LA back in the win column. Max Scherzer (6-3, 2.56 ERA) will go for the Nats.
Brewers Shutout Dodgers 3-0
June 4, 2017
Zach Davies pitched a 3-hit shutout into the 7th inning, improving his record to 6-3, as the Brewers blanked the Dodgers 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. The win helped Milwaukee avert a 3-game sweep.
The Brewers got solo home runs from Eric Thames and Domingo Santana. Eric Sogard delivered an RBI single as well.
Kenta Maeda lasted only 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. He fell to 4-3 on the season, throwing 92 pitches, striking 7 and walking 3.
The Dodgers didn’t get a runner to second until Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Bellinger opened the seventh with singles that chased Davies. However, Yasmani Grandal bounced into a double play and Austin Barnes flied out.
Corey Knebel struck out the side around a walk for his fifth save.
The Dodgers return home to open a 3-game series on Monday with the Nationals. LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (2-5) taking the hill for LA. Gio Gonzales (4-1, 3.03 ERA) goes for the Nats.
Taylor’s Slam Leads Dodgers Over Brewers
June 3, 2017
Chris Taylor delivered the go-ahead grand slam home run in the 9th inning, as the Dodgers outlasted the Brewers 10-8 on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.
Taylor drilled a 2-2 pitch over the center field wall off of Carlos Torres with one out, capping a 5-run 9th inning for LA.
The Dodgers trailed 8-4 in the 8th inning, but Yasiel Puig hit into a run-scoring force out to get within three runs of the Brewers. With one out in the 9th, Corey Seager walked, then Yasmani Grandal reached on a throwing error by Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who threw to second base to try and get Seager but hit him in the back instead.
Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes walked, then Cody Bellinger followed with another walk that forced in a run. That set the stage for Taylor, who homered off the batters’ eye behind the center-field fence.
Brandon Morrow (2-0) got credit for the win after striking out the side in the 8th inning. Kenley Jansen allowed a one out single in the 9th inning, but came away unscathed for his 9th save in 9 opportunities.
Dodgers’ starter Rich Hill needed 97 pitches to get through four innings, allowing three runs — two earned — three hits and four walks.
Matt Garza started for the Brewers, giving up two runs – one earned, on three hits in four innings of work. He left the game with a bruised chest after colliding with Aguilar after Cody Bellinger’s grounder in the 4th. He remained in the game, but the Brewers pinch-hit for him in the bottom half of the inning. Torres (2-4) took the loss after giving up all 5 runs in the 9th inning.
The Brewers got solo homers from Aguilar and Hernan Perez, as well as a grand slam from Travis Shaw which helped them build the 8-4 lead.
The win improved the Dodgers to 35-22 on the season, and kept them .5 games in front of the Rockies for 1st place in the NL West.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park. Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.21 ERA) gets the ball for the Blue Crew, while the Brewers counter with Zach Davies (5-3, 5.18 ERA).
Dodgers Outlast Brewers In Extras
June 2, 2017
Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead solo homer in the 12th inning and the Dodger pitchers tied a major league record with 26 strikeouts, as they defeated the Brewers 2-1 in extra innings on Friday night at Miller Park.
Clayton Kershaw pitched 7 strong innings for LA, giving up just 1 run on two hits, and striking out 14 batters. The only run he gave up was a solo blast to Domingo Santana. The Brewers held that 1-0 lead until the 9th inning.
That’s when Yasmani Grandal delivered a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1. With one out, he hit a 3-1 pitch into the right field stands off of Corey Knebel.
Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, and Kenley Jansen combine to pitch the rest of the way for LA, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 12 more Brewers combined.
Jansen (3-0) got the win after pitching the final two innings. He avoided trouble in the bottom of the 12th after Jonathan Villar hustled to 2nd base for a one out double. He would later steal 3rd base, but Orlando Arcia struck out and Travis Shaw popped out to Corey Seager to end the game.
Neftali Feliz (1-5) took the loss after giving up the home run to Bellinger in the 12th. The homer was also the 12th of the season for Bellinger, which is as many home runs as his father hit in 311 career at-bats. Bellinger now has 135 career at-bats.
Jimmy Nelson started for Milwaukee and pitched well. He threw 8 shutout innings, giving up just 5 hits and striking out 11 Dodgers. He did not walk anybody and threw 101 pitches.
The Dodgers are Brewers will go at it again tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park. Rich Hill (2-2, 4.09 ERA) goes to the mound for the boys in blue. Matt Garza (2-2, 3.98 ERA) will be on the hill for the brew crew.
Cardinals Beat Dodgers 2-0
June 1, 2017
Adam Wainwright hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and pitched 6 shutout innings, as the Cardinals blanked the Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers and Cardinals split their four game series.
With 2 outs in the 2nd inning, Wainwright drilled a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall. It came with Paul DeJong standing on 2nd base, after singling earlier in the inning, then advancing to 2nd on a groundout.
Wainwright improved to 6-3, allowing just four Dodger hits. He has not allowed a run in his last 16 1/3 innings.
Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh pitched an inning each to complete a five-hitter. Oh threw a one-hit ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
The Dodgers managed to get two on with just one out in both the 4th and 5th inning. However, they could not capitalize against Wainwright.
Brandon McCarthy (5-2) took the loss. He gave up just the two runs on on seven hits. He was removed from the game after four innings, leaving with a blister.
Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal were ejected in the ninth by plate umpire Marty Foster. Each of them struck out, then Austin Barnes popped out to end the game. Gonzales was ejected after yelling from the dugout.
“Once he threw me out, I might as well go out there and let him have a little more,” Gonzalez said. “The funniest thing is he told Dave (Roberts) afterwards that he’s been calling pitches off the plate all game, so he wasn’t going to change.”
The Dodgers will now head to Milwaukee for a 3-game set with the Brewers beginning Friday. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.37) will be on the mound for LA. The Brew Crew will counter with Jimmy Nelson (3-3, 3.83 ERA).
Cardinals Edge Dodgers 2-1
May 31, 2017
Dexter Fowler hit the go-ahead solo home run in the 8th inning off of Ross Striping, as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. The Cards win snapped the Dodgers six-game win streak.
Fowler’s home run came on a 2-0 pitch with 2 outs in the 8th. The ball was drilled 429 feet into the right field stands.
Dodgers lefty Hyun–Jin Ryu made one of his best starts of the season, allowing just one run in six innings in his return to the rotation.
“He did have a really good look in his eye,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Ryu. “The change was really good. He was throwing a little cutter in on right-handers and the fastball played up and it was as much velocity as we’ve seen this year from Hyun-Jin.”
The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead against Ryu on an RBI double by Paul DeJong in the 2nd inning. However, LA tied it up on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzales, scoring Corey Seager.
Carlos Martinez (4-4) got the win after allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine, in eight innings of work. Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Brandon McCarthy (5-1, 3.28 ERA) will start for the Dodgers in Thursday’s series finale at 10:45 a.m. PT. He’ll go up against Adam Wainwright (5-3, 4.20 ERA) of St. Louis.
Dodgers Move Into 1st Place
May 30, 2017
Chase Utley had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle, as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 9-4 and moved into 1st place in the NL West. It was LA’s 6th straight win.
Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor combined to reach base 8 times, combining for four runs, and LA got another great effort from their bullpen.
The Dodger bullpen utilized six relievers, giving up just 1 run in 5 innings of work. Brandon Morrow (1-0) got credit for the win after pitching a scoreless 5th inning.
Kenta Maeda allowed 3 runs in the first inning, but settled down after that. He made it through four innings, giving up those 3 runs on 4 hits. He departed after 82 pitches.
After falling behind 3-0, the Dodgers got four runs in the 4rd inning . Adrian Gonzales delivered a sacrifice fly, Utley had an RBI double, and Kike Hernandez came through with a 2-run single. The Dodgers got a pair of bases loaded walks and an RBI fielder’s choice from Forsythe in the 5th to make it 7-3.
Yadier Molina hit a solo homer in the 8th inning for the Cardinals. Molina had 3 RBI, and his solo blast off Chris Hatcher broker the Dodger bullpen’s scoreless innings streak of 24 2/3 innings.
Michael Wacha (2-3) took the loss, pitching just three innings, and throwing 77 pitches. He was charged with 4 runs (3 of them earned) on 5 hits.
Game 3 of the series will be on Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.28 ERA) gets the start for LA after Alex Wood was placed on the DL. The Cardinals counter with Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.32 ERA).
Dodgers Hit 3 Homers Against Cards
May 29, 2017
Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe all hit home runs, as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 5-1 on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Rich Hill (2-2) rebounded from a poor start against the Cardinals last week by pitching 5 strong innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 2 hits. He struck out 4, walked 2, while throwing 86 pitches and picking up the win.
“We’re starting to hit the ball out of the ballpark,” skipper Dave Roberts said. “To see Logan get a homer, obviously Cody’s been doing it. Chase really quality at-bats and starting to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but I think if you look at our lineup, there’s guys that are really grinding that aren’t swinging the way we’re capable of.”
The Dodgers have now won 5 in a row, and with the Rockies’ loss Monday, LA is just .5 games out of 1st place in the NL West.
Mike Leake (5-3) took the loss. He entered the game leading the majors with a 1.91 ERA, but allowed a season-high four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers got a pair of runs in the 3rd inning on Utley’s solo blast, and an RBI single from Corey Seager, which scored Yasiel Puig. Utley has hit 3 home runs in his last 5 games, while hitting .461 and driving in 6 runs in that stretch.
Bellinger’s solo shot in the 4th inning made it 3-0. it was his ninth home run in May, tying Joc Pederson and James Loney for the Dodgers rookie record for home runs in a month. The Dodger rookie also leads the club with 11 homers and 29 RBI.
The Cards’ only run of the game came on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning by Jedd Gyorko, scoring Tommy Pham.
The Dodgers would add a sacrifice fly in the 7th from Yasiel Puig, followed by Logan Forsythe’s first homer as a Dodger.
Brandon Morrow pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth in his season debut for the Dodgers after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers and Cardinals will do it again at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.08 ERA) will face St. Louis for the 2nd straight start. The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha (2-2, 3.66 ERA) to the mound.
Dodgers Complete Sweep Over Cubs
May 28, 2017
Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez drilled 3-run homers, as the Dodgers hammered the Cubs 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at the Ravine. LA completed a 3-game weekend sweep over the Cubs.
The game figured to be a pitching duel with Clayton Kershaw going up against Jon Lester, but neither pitcher was on their game. Kershaw did not factor into the decision after giving up 4 runs on 11 hits, unable to get out of the 5th inning. Lester (3-3) took the loss after going just 3 1/3 innings, and giving up 6 runs on 7 hits.
After trailing 1-0 on a home run by Wilson Contreras, Bellinger’s 3-run homer in the 2nd gave the Dodgers the lead, then Hernandez 4th homer of the year made it 6-1.
Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo went deep off Kershaw to make it 6-4, however, the Dodgers would extend the lead in the 5th. Austin Barnes connected on a solo homer off of Mike Montgomery, then in the 7th, Yasiel Puig delivered a 2-run shot off Hector Rondon to make it 9-4.
The Cubs were outscored 18-4 in the series, losing the first two games by scores of 4-0 and 5-0.
Josh Field (2-0) got credit for the win. Fields, Sergio Romo, Adam Liberatore, and Kenley Jansen provided 4+ innings of shutout relief, in which they did not even allow a hit.
The Dodgers have won 9 of 11 overall and 11 of 13 at home. LA remains a 1.5 games behind the 1st place Rockies in the NL West.
It’s on to St. Louis now for the Dodgers, where they’ll begin a four game series starting Monday. Rich Hill (1-2, 4.76 ERA) will try to get back in the win column after a rough outing last week for LA. The Cardinals will go with Mike Leake (5-2, 1.91 ERA), who stifled the Dodgers last week.
Dodgers Shutout Cubs Again
May 27, 2017
Chase Utley drove in 3 runs and Chris Taylor belted a 2-run shot, as the Dodgers shut down the Cubs 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Ravine.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 6 shutout innings, yielding just 2 hits. He improved his record to 5-1 on the season, with two of those wins coming against the Cubs.
Ross Stripling came out of the bullpen to give the Dodgers 3 innings of shutout relief. He allowed just 1 hit. He recorded his 2nd professional save. His first since 2013 when he was in Double-A.
Utley gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning with an RBI single that scored Kike Hernandez with two outs.
LA would pad their lead in the 4th on Taylor’s 2-run shot to left off John Lackey.
Later in the inning, Utley came through again with a 2-run single that scored Yasmani Grandal and Hernandez.
“We know what Chase can do, and that it would be just a matter of time before he got out of whatever he was in,” said Grandal. ”He’s been really good for like 40 years, right? It was nice to see the back-to-back homers (on Thursday and Friday night) and now these hits today.”
Lackey (4-5) was done after 5 innings. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 5.
McCarthy had pain in his knee and left the game to have his knee examined after departing in the 5th.
Chicago has been shut out in three consecutive road games and held scoreless in four of its last six games away from Wrigley Field, scoring five runs in that span.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at the Ravine. Both teams will throw their aces. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.01 ERA) for the Dodgers and Jon Lester (3-2, 3.19 ERA) goes for the Cubs.
Wood & Dodgers Cruise Past Cubs
May 26, 2017
Alex Wood threw 5 more shutout innings while improving his record to 6-0, as the Dodgers blanked the Cubs 4-0 on Friday night at the Ravine.
Wood allowed 2 hits while striking out 8 and walking 2. He extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 25 1/3, longest in the majors this season.
“I definitely feel confident now,” Wood said. “The consistency of my stuff has been there and that’s where my confidence is coming from.”
Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher combined to throw four hitless innings after Wood departed.
Chase Utley connected on a solo homer off of Jake Arrieta in the 3rd inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal doubled in Corey Seager in the 4th, and Adrian Gonzales drilled a 2-run shot to center in the 6th.
Arrieta (5-4) took the loss, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 1. He departed after 6 innings and 95 pitches.
“I thought it was somewhat of a victory getting Wood out after five,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He started out hot. His numbers were high, but then all of a sudden his velocity came back down. But their bullpen was that good.”
Game 2 of the series will be on Saturday night. Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 3.76 ERA) is on the hill for the boys in blue, while the Cubs go with John Lackey (4-4, 4.82 ERA).
Maeda & Ryu Duo Beat Cards
May 25, 2017
The Dodgers are finding all kinds of creative ways to use their abundance of starting pitching. On Thursday night they got 5 strong innings from Kenta Maeda and another 4 solid innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu to beat the Cardinals 7-3. The Dodgers took two out of three from the Cardinals during their 3-game set.
Maeda (4-2) picked up the win after giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 2, while throwing 78 pitches. Maeda also delivered a 2-run single during a 3-run 4th inning that saw the Dodgers take the lead for good, after the Cardinals had jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Ryu was convinced by skipper Dave Roberts to come out of the bullpen. He reluctantly agreed, but pitched very well in his first stint. He allowed just 2 hits while pitching 4 shutout innings. That effort earned him his 1st career save.
The Cards got 3 in the 1st inning after Jedd Gyorko hit a 2-run double, followed by a Yadier Molina RBI single.
Michal Wacha (2-2) took the loss after giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. He lasted only 4 innings before giving way to the St. Louis bullpen.
LA began their comeback in the 2nd inning when Chase Utley connected on a solo homer to right center field. Yasiel Puig added an RBI single in the 4th, followed by Maeda’s 2 RBI.
A wild pitch from Brett Cecil in the 5th allowed another Dodger run, making it 5-3. Adrian Gonzales and Chris Taylor would each provide an RBI double later on, which rounded out the scoring.
Up next for the Dodgers will be a 3-game weekend set with the Cubs at the Ravine beginning Friday night. Alex Wood (5-0, 1.88 ERA) gets the ball for the boys in blue, while the Cubs counter with Jake Arrieta (5-3, 4.80 ERA).
Cards Beat Up Dodgers
Mike Leake gave up 1 run in 8 innings of work, as the Cardinals hammered the Dodgers 6-1 at Chavez Ravine on Wednesday night.
Leake (5-2) got the win after allowing just four hits, striking out five, while not walking a batter. He has a National League-leading 1.91 ERA.
“He’s got a lot of movement on his ball,” Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger said. “He was hitting his spots. He has been effective all year, and he has got a good thing going. We just didn’t execute well tonight.”
Jedd Gyorkoa had three hits and scored a run in the 2-run second inning that gave the Cards the lead for good.
Rich Hill (1-2) took the loss in four innings of work. He gave up 5 runs on 4 hits. He walked 7 and struck out 4, while throwing 82 pitches.
“It was a bad outing. It was terrible,” Hill said. “I accept full responsibility for that. I just gave them the game. That is unacceptable.”
Kolten Wong delivered a 2-run single in the 2nd inning to give the Cardinals a quick 2-0 lead. Gyorko added another 2-run single in the 5th, aided by a throwing error from Bellinger. Yadier Molina would add a sac fly, and then connect on a solo homer in the 7th to make it 6-0.
The only Dodger run of the game came on a sacrifice fly by Bellinger in the 7th inning. LA couldn’t get much going offensively.
Chris Taylor started in center field for the Dodgers, replacing the injured Joc Pederson. Pederson collided with Yasiel Puig the night before, and is being monitored for concussion symptoms.
The Dodgers and Cardinals will be back at it on Thursday night in the rubber game of their 3 game set. Kenta Maeda (3-2, 5.03 ERA) will be on the mound for LA, while Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.74 ERA) gets the ball for St. Louis.
Forsythe’s Heroics In 13th Help Dodgers Win
May 23, 2017
Logan Forsythe delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 13th inning, as the Dodgers outlasted the Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine.
With two outs in the 13th, Kike Hernandez walked, setting the stage for Forsythe. The Dodger 2nd baseman drove a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner, which bounced off the wall, allowing Hernandez to come all the way around to score the winning run from 1st base.
The game was a great duel between Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn, resulting in a 1-1 draw between both sides after 9 innings. Neither pitcher received a decision.
Kershaw pitched 9 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits. However, he took a 1-0 lead into the 9th inning when Randal Grichuk lead-off with a single to center. Grichuk advanced to second on a groundout from Tommy Pham, then scored on a wild pitch that Kershaw uncorked. That was Kershaw’s only blemish in an otherwise brilliant performance.
The Dodgers’ ace threw 104 pitches. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out 10. It was the 53rd time that he has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.
The Dodgers’ only other run of the game came on a solo homer from Yasmani Grandal in the 1st inning. That was one of only two hits that Lynn would allow on the night. It just so happened that one of them went 418 feet.
Grandal has at least one extra-base hit in 10 of his last 13 games. In one of those 3 games without, he had 1 at-bat as a pinch-hitter. The homer was his 5th of the season.
Lynn was equally as brilliant as Kershaw. The Cardinals’ ace went 8 innings, giving up just the 1 run on 2 hits. He struck out 10 Dodgers and walked 2, while making 123 pitches.
With Kenley Jansen pitching the 10th inning, he retired the side in order, however, a scary moment occurred on the final out of the inning. Yadier Molina hit a fly ball to deep right, which was chased down by both Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. Puig caught the ball but collided with Pederson, who took an elbow to the head. Pederson also slid into the wall, cutting his forehead and then leaving the game after that. He was replaced by Kike Hernandez. Puig stayed in the game, despite grimacing and grabbing his side after the collision.
Forsythe’s heroics came on the night he returned to the lineup for the boys in blue after missing the last 30 games with a toe injury. He started at 3rd in place of the injured Justin Turner, who was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury. Forsythe batted lead-off and struck out 4 times and walked once before coming through in the 13th. Yasiel Puig also returned to the lineup and started in right field after sitting out for two games with a back injury. He was hitless in five at-bats.
Game 2 of the series will be on Wednesday night at the Ravine. Rich Hill (1-1; 2.77 ERA) goes to the mound for LA, while Mike Leake (4-2; 2.03 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals.
Gonzales Leads Dodgers Over Marlins
May 21, 2017
Adrian Gonzales had 3 hits and drove in 3 runs, as the Dodgers defeated the Marlins 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine. LA took 3 out of 4 from Miami during their weekend series.
Brandon McCarthy retired the first 14 batters he faced, and allowed just 1 run in 6 innings of work to improve his record to 4-1 on the season. He attributed his success to finally being healthy.
“A lot of it is just focus and getting reset after two years of being up and down and all over the place,” McCarthy said. “I had a healthy offseason where I could focus on myself and pitching again instead of just focusing on my arm. I kind of brought back the me that I would like to be. I’ll just try to hold that through the season.”
Yasmani Grandal added three hits, including a pair of doubles for the boys in blue. Joc Pederson had a solo homer in the 4th as well.
Vance Worley (0-1) made his Marlins debut but took the loss. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings of work.
The Dodgers grabbed a 3-0 lead by the 4th inning after a 2-run double from Gonzales and Pederson’s homer.
Gonzalez was 1 for 8 in his first two games back but was back on track on Sunday. “That’s what I pride myself in,” he said of driving in runs. “It’s not like I’m putting more responsibility. It’s just what I try to do.”
Former Dodger A.J. Ellis put the Marlins on the board in the 5th with an RBI single.
However, Gonzales’ countered with an RBI single just half an inning later to make it 4-1. Brett Eibner had a pinch-hit 2-run single in the 6th, and that was all the offense the Dodgers needed.
The Marlins managed to get a couple of runs in the 8th and 9th inning off of Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen. Justin Bour hit a solo blast off of Jansen.
Yasiel Puig was held out of the line with a back injury for the second straight day. He pinch hit in the eighth and struck out.
The Dodgers will be back in action on Tuesday night against the Cardinals, in the first game of a 3-game set. Clayton Kershaw (7-2; 2.15 ERA) will try to keep LA rolling while the Cardinals will go with Lance Lynn (4-2; 2.78 ERA).
Marlins Rough Up Urias & Dodgers
May 20, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton had 3 doubles and 3 RBI, as the Marlins took down the Dodgers 10-6 on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.
It was a rough start for Dodger pitcher Julio Urias (0-2), who gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work. He took the loss, while walking 3 batters, and throwing only 71 pitches.
J.T. Riddle also had 3 hits for Miami, including a homer and 4 runs batted in. The Marlins came into the game losers of 10 of their last 11 games.
Dan Straily (2-3) picked up the win and gave the Dodgers a lot of trouble in the early going. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. He struck out 8 batters, and walked 3.
The Dodgers did not generate a hit off of Straily until the 5th inning, when Kike Hernandez connected on a solo homer with two outs in the 5th. At that point the Dodgers trailed 10-1.
LA would try to rally over the next two innings. An RBI double from Yasmani Grandal in the 6th, along with home runs from Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger in the 7th got the Dodgers within 4 runs. However, that’s as close as they would come.
Even the Dodger bullpen, which is usually reliable, gave up 3 runs in an extended 7+ innings of work on the night.
Bellinger became the fastest Dodger to hit 9 home runs in franchise history. It took the rookie just 24 games. His teammate Yasiel Puig took 44 games to hit 9 home runs in 2013.
Puig was held out of the lineup on Saturday as a precautionary measure after tweaking his side during an at-bat on Friday.
The Dodgers will try to make it 3 out of 4 against the Marlins in the series finale on Sunday at the Ravine. Brandon McCarthy (3-1; 4.15 ERA) will be on the mound for LA, while the Marlins go with Vance Worley, who will be making his Marlins debut after being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.
Alex Wood and Dodgers Beat Up Marlins
May 19, 2017
Alex Wood pitched 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and improved to 5-0, as the Dodgers defeated the Marlins 7-2 on Friday night at the Ravine. The game also included a bench-clearing incident between both sides in the 9th inning. Dodgers’ reliever Ross Stripling and bench coach Bob Geren, along with Marlins manager Don Mattingly were all ejected.
The benches cleared when Stripling threw a pitch behind Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s back. That appeared to be retaliation for an 8th inning incident in which Marlins’ reliever AJ Ramos hit Brett Eibner with a pitch. Ramos insisted afterward that the pitch just got away from him.
“If they have a problem with it, they can see me before the game, after the game, whenever they want to see me,” Ramos said. “It doesn’t have to be at the game.”
That 8th inning also featured a 2-run homer from Cody Bellinger. Chris Taylor connected on a solo homer in the 3rd, and Eibner, a 2-run shot in the 4th.
Bellinger’s eighth home run came in just his 23rd major league game, becoming the fastest Dodgers players to reach that mark.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig left the game in the five innings with lower back tightness.
Wood gave up just 6 hits in his 7+ innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 4. It was his 3rd straight start without allowing a run.
The Dodgers and Marlins will do it again on Saturday night at the Ravine. Julio Urias will be on the mound for LA, while Miami counters with Dan Straily.
Dodgers Lose Turner But Beat Marlins
May 18, 2017
Yasiel Puig hit a 2-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his 2nd win of the season as the Dodgers defeated the Marlins 7-2 on Tuesday night at the Ravine. The win came with some bad news for LA, which lost 3rd baseman Justin Turner to a hamstring injury.
Ryu (2-5) pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3, walked 1, and departed after throwing 79 pitches. Kenley Jansen recorded the last four outs of the game for his 8th save of the season.
With the score tied 1-1 in the 2nd, Puig connected on an 0-1 pitch, driving it into the left center field pavilion, with Joc Pederson aboard. Chase Utley would add an RBI single, making it 4-1 Dodgers.
The Marlins only offense came courtesy of a pair of solo home runs. Justin Bour hit one in the 2nd and Christian Yelich in the 3rd.
Adrian Gonzales came off the disabled listed and delivered and RBI single in the 3rd inning, scoring Turner.
Edinson Volquez (0-6) took the loss for Miami. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings of work.
Turner was injured in the 7th inning trying to score on a single by Yasmani Grandal. He was thrown out and came up limping on the play.
The Dodgers would add two more in the 8th inning on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley, and a bases loaded walk by Chris Taylor, who came into the game for Turner.
Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, and Josh Fields pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. They did not allow a hit.
Game 2 of the series will be on Friday night at the Ravine. Alex Wood (4-0, 2.27 ERA) goes for the Dodgers, while the Marlins counter with Justin Nicolino (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Tempers Are Hot But Kershaw Is Cool
May 17, 2017
Clayton Kershaw pitched 7 shutout innings on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park, and the Dodgers avoided getting swept with a 6-1 victory. The game featured a heated exchange between Yasmani Grandal and Johnny Cueto, resulting in both benches emptying in the 3rd inning.
Kershaw (7-2) allowed just 3 hits while throwing 89 pitches. It was his 9th career scoreless start against San Francisco,. The Dodgers snapped a 3-game losing skid, while their ace struck out five and walked none for his seventh win of the season, and third straight.
LA started quickly with a 2-run double from Grandal in the 1st inning. While the Dodger catcher was standing at 2nd base, he and Cueto exchanged words.
In the 3rd, Chase Utley and Corey Seager started things off with back-to-back singles. Justin Turner sacrificed to move Utley and Seager into scoring position. After Cody Bellinger lined out, Grandal came to the plate. On a 1-0 pitch, Cueto tried to pitch up and in to Grandal, but the ball sailed to the backstop. Utley scored on the play with Seager moving to 3rd, and it was 3-0 LA. However, the drama continued just after Grandal flied out to end the inning.
While Grandal was running back to the dugout and Cueto was coming off the mound, both continued their heated exchange. That prompted both benches to clear, although no physical altercation occurred between either side. Later, Cueto reveled that he was upset that Grandal was relaying signs to hitters when he was on base after his 1st inning double.
Afterwards, Turner explained that stealing signs happens all the time. “Their guys try to get pitches, the Rockies try to get pitches, every team does it,” he said.
Despite Cueto’s anger, the Dodgers apparently didn’t know what the Giants’ signs were. “We didn’t actually have the pitches,” Turner said. “We had no idea what his cadence was.”
LA would add to the lead in the 6th, when Yasiel Puig came through with a 2-run single, scoring Turner and Cody Bellinger.
In the 7th, Bellinger joined the party, driving in Seager with an RBI double. That made it 6-0, which was plenty of run support for Kershaw.
Kershaw improved to 20-9 in his career against the Giants with a 1.62 ERA. He is now tied for the MLB lead in wins with 7.
Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Despite giving up a solo homer to Eduardo Nunez in the 9th, former Giant Sergio Romo recorded the final 3 outs of the game to secure the victory.
The Dodgers now leave San Francisco trailing the 1st place Rockies by 2.5 games in the NL West. Up next will be a four-game series with the Miami Marlins beginning Thursday night at Chavez Ravine. Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5; 4.99 ERA) goes to the mound for LA, while the Edinson Volquez gets the ball for the Marlins.
Giants Take Down Dodgers Again
May 16, 2017
Brandon Crawford singled in the 6th inning, scoring Brandon Belt, and the Giants defeated the Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
Brandon Belt also homered for the 4th time in 6 games, and San Francisco won their 5th straight game. After a brutal 9-game trip, Giants are now 5-1 on this homestand.
Rich Hill returned from the disabled list to pitch 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits. He struck out 6 and didn’t walk any. Belt hit his 8th homer of the season off of Hill to lead off the 4th inning.
The Dodgers tied the game at 1-1 in the 6th inning on a home run by Chris Taylor. Taylor crushed a 2-0 pitch into the centerfield bleachers, his 4th off the season. It came off of Giants Starter Ty Blach.
Belt lead off the 6th inning with a single against Dodger reliever Luis Avilan. He advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, then scored on Crawford’s single to right-center, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead.
Blach (1-2) picked up his first win of the season. He went 7 strong innings, giving up only the home run to Taylor, and allowing five hits.
Derek Law pitched the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Hunter Strickland allowed a pair of hits, but pitched the seventh inning unscathed for the Giants.
Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were given the day off by Dave Roberts. However, Bellinger entered the game in the 6th inning, playing left field. He lined out in his only at bat. Seager pinch-hit in the 8th inning, grounding into a double-play.
The Dodgers will try to avoid getting swept on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park. The boys in blue will look to their ace, Clayton Kershaw (6-2; 2.43 ERA) to stop the bleeding. The Giants will go with Johnny Cueto (4-2; 4.15 ERA).
Giants Continue Giving Dodgers Trouble
May 15, 2017
Brandon McCarthy came off the disabled list on Tuesday for the Dodgers, but he endured a rough start as the Giants defeated LA 8-4 at AT&T Park on Monday night.
McCarthy (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits. That included a four-run fourth inning, when McCarthy allowed a 2-run infield single by Eduardo Nunez, and lost track of a base runner.
With the score tied 1-1 and runners on second and third, Nunez hit a broken-bat grounder up the middle, which Corey Seager fielded. Buster Posey scored from third on the play, but Brandon Crawford appeared in trouble when he didn’t stop at third and Seager hurried the ball to McCarthy on the mound.
However with his back to the plate, McCarthy didn’t see Crawford caught between third and home and instead focused on Nunez, who took a wide turn around first and didn’t stop. McCarthy had to wait to throw to second until Seager got back there and Nunez slid in safely, while Crawford easily scored the third run of the inning. Crawford began the inning with an RBI double as well.
Nunez then stole third when McCarthy failed to keep him close and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Giants would go on to add two more runs in the 7th inning on a solo blast from Buster Posey, off of Grant Dayton, and then an RBI double from Nunez.
The Dodger offense came very early and very late. Yasmani Grandal knocked in an RBI double to give LA a 1-0 lead, but the Dodgers wouldn’t score again until the 9th inning, when they were already down 8-1. Chris Taylor had an RBI double and Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single, but the rally wasn’t nearly enough.
LA lost for the 5th time in 8 games against the Giants this season. Matt Cain (3-1) picked up his 2nd win of the season against the Dodgers. He gave up only 1 run on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Cain also became the 12th Giants pitcher to reach the 2,000-innings mark with the franchise.
Game 2 of the series will be on Tuesday night at AT&T Park. Rich Hill (1-1) is set to come off the DL because of a blister to make the start for the Dodgers against Ty Blach (0-2).
Rockies Outlast Dodgers 9-6
May 14, 2017
Pat Valaika hit a pair of home runs and had four RBI, as the Rockies took down the Dodgers 9-6 on Sunday night at Coors Field. The win resulted in a split of the four-game series between the NL West division rivals.
Antonio Senzatela (6-1) got the win despite allowing four runs in five innings, which was his shortest outing of the season. The Rockies’ rookie right-hander is tied for MLB lead in wins. It was also a very emotional day for Sanzatela, pitching on Mother’s Day, as his mother died of breast cancer last July. He used a pink bat to raise awareness about the disease.
Nolan Arenado also went deep, as the Rockies extended their NL West lead to 1.5 games over the 2nd place Dodgers.
The Dodgers got home runs from Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig. They also led 4-3 in the 4th before Valaika’s first homer of the game put the Rockies ahead. It was a 2-run shot that cleared the center field wall off of Julio Urias.
Uris (0-1) only lasted 4 innings, and took the loss He gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, while making only 68 pitches.
After Arenado’s 2-run homer in the 5th, the Rockies lead 7-4. The Dodgers attempted to rally in the 8th. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each had RBI singles, pulling LA within 7-6. However, it was Valaika’s 2nd homer of the game, another 2-run shot, which put the game out of reach.
Greg Holland struck out the side in the 9th inning, earning the Rockies’ closer his 16th save of the season.
The Dodgers will now travel to San Francisco to open a 3-game set with the Giants at AT&T Park on Monday. 4 of the Giants’ 15 wins this season have come against the Dodgers. Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA) is on the mound for LA in game 1, while the Giants give the ball to Matt Cain (2-1, 4.54 ERA).
Dodgers Blank Rockies
Alex Wood threw 6 innings of shutout baseball at Coors Field on Saturday night, as the Dodgers shutdown the Rockies 4-0 and moved closer to 1st place.
Wood (4-0) gave up just 5 hits, struck out 10 batters, and walked 1 while throwing 88 pitches.
“You have enough bad ones here, eventually you’re able to have a good one,” said Wood, who also had a squeeze bunt that scored Austin Barnes to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning.
Earlier in the inning, Barnes delievered an RBI double that scored Kike Hernandez.
LA got some additional offense from Brett Eibner, who hit his 1st homer of the season in the 5th inning, and Justin Turner, who had an RBI double in the 7th.
Tyler Anderson (2-4) took the loss for Colorado after allowing 3 runs in a little more than 5 innings of work.
Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief after Wood departed.
Skipper Dave Roberts took no chances and made sure Jansen finished the game. “By the book, it was a non-save situation but here in Denver, it’s almost like four runs is a save,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers will try to take over 1st place with a victory Sunday against Colorado. Julio Urias (0-0; 1.06 ERA) goes for LA, while the Rockies counter with Antonio Senzatela (5-1: 2.86 ERA).
Kershaw & Dodgers Win in Colorado
May 12, 2017
The Dodgers needed a win and Clayton Kershaw came through like he has many times before. The Dodgers’ ace pitched 7 strong innings, and Cody Bellinger hit his team-leading 7th homer of the season as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 6-2 at Coors Field on Friday night.
Kershaw (6-2) allowed just two runs on seven hits, but managed to pitch his way out of trouble repeatedly. He was also supported by three double plays turned by the Dodgers’ defense.
When the Dodgers score 4 or more runs, Kershaw is a lifetime 89-0. He’s also 20-6 in his career versus the Rockies, surpassing the win total of left-hander Randy Johnson.
LA got 5 runs in the 2nd inning, highlighted by a 2-run triple by Chase Utley. Joc Pederson followed with an RBI double, then Corey Seager delivered a 2-run double.
The Rockies would get a couple of runs back in the 3rd and 4th off of Kershaw. DJ LeMahiedu hit an RBI single, then Carlos Gonzales added a run-scoring single of his own.
Rockies’ starter Tyler Chatwood (3-5) took the loss, giving up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings. He left after 85 pitches.
The 5 runs were all the offense that Kershaw would need. Bellinger’s solo homer in the 8th would add some extra insurance. The victory pulled the Dodgers within 1.5 games of the 1st place Rockies.
The Dodgers used Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen out of the bullpen to shutdown the Rockies after Kershaw departed after 7. Baez and Avilan combined to strike out the side in the 8th inning.
The Dodgers and Rockies will play game three of their four game set on Saturday night. Alex Wood (3-0, 2.73 ERA) will get the start for LA, while Colorado will go with Tyler Anderson (2-3, 6.69 ERA).
Rockies Outlast Dodgers
May 11, 2017
The Rockies jumped out to a big lead on Thursday night at Coors Field, then held on to beat the Dodgers 10-7.
Colorado jumped out to a 10-0 lead, highlighted by 2-run doubles from Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado. Both of them had two doubles on the night.
Carlos Gonzales snapped out out his slump with 2 hits and 3 runs batted in as well, as the Dodgers had their 5-game win streak snapped.
The Dodgers tried to rally, scoring 7 straight runs, but it was too little too late. Jeff Hoffman (1-0) picked up the win, allowing 3 runs over 5 1/3 innings after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5) came off the DL and had a rough start. He took the loss, allowing ten runs, five of them earned, and walked six over four innings. His re-instatement sent Kenta Maeda to the DL with a hamstring injury.
Greg Holland picked up his 15th save of the season for the Rockies. Holland struck out Yasiel Puig with Cody Bellinger standing on 3rd base to end the game.
“It is Coors Field and anything can happen,” said Cody Bellinger. “Even though we were down 10-0 we were like listen you know where we’re playing. So we never gave up and we made it close.”
The Dodgers and Rockies will be back at it on Friday. Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.40 ERA) will try to put LA back in the win column, while the Rockies will go with Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.74 ERA).
Bellinger & Dodgers Keep Rolling
May 10, 2017
Cody Bellinger continued his offensive onslaught, and the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Pirates with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night at the Ravine.
Bellinger connected on a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, which was his 6th long ball on the season. That was part of a 3-run first inning after Chase Utley delivered an RBI single later on in the 1st, which scored Yasmani Grandal.
Kenta Maeda (3-2) got the win after pitching a career-high 8 1/3 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 5 and did not walk anybody. He made 104 pitches.
Utley added to the lead in the 4th inning, knocking in Chris Taylor with an RBI double. Utley started at 1st base after Bellinger was moved back to left field due to the season-ending knee injury to Andrew Toles.
Chad Kuhl (1-3) took the loss for the Bucs. He went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 6th inning, and ultimately was buried by the two-out rally the Dodgers put together in the 1st inning.
Yasmani Grandal made it 5-0 in the 8th inning with an RBI double, scoring Corey Seager. Grandal was 3-3 on the night, with a walk and a run scored.
Grant Dayton came in to record the final two outs of the game for the Dodgers. He came into the game after Francisco Cervelli broke the shutout with a 2-run homer in the 9th of of Maeda.
With the sweep, the Dodgers have now won 5 straight games and improved their record 20-14. They lead the NL in run differential. LA is now 1.5 games back of 1st place Colorado in the NL West.
Speaking of the Rockies, the Dodgers will open a four-game series against Colorado beginning Thursday evening at Coors Field. Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-4; 4.05 ERA) will get the ball for LA in game 1, while the Rockies go with Tyler Anderson (2-3; 6.69 ERA).
Dodgers Lose Toles To Torn ACL
May 10, 2017
The Dodgers learned on Wednesday that outfielder Andrew Toles will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Toles was injured in the 7th inning on Tuesday night after lunging for a ball hit by Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, which ended up breaking up Julio Urias’ no hit bid.
Toles slid on the warning track but jammed his right knee in the process. He was removed from the game, yet managed to walk off the field.
“It’s disappointing,” Toles, on crutches, said outside the clubhouse. “I was swinging it pretty good, feeling good, playing pretty good defense, and it all kind of came to a halt.”
Toles was just getting hot too. In the past 11 games he hit .375 with a 1.005 OPS, 2 homers, 3 doubles and 7 RBIs. He was tied for second on the team with five home runs.
The Dodgers will now move Cody Bellinger to left field. They recalled 1st baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke, along with outfielder Brett Eibner. LA also placed reliever Adam Liberatore on the 10-day DL with a groin injury.
Barnes Heroics Help Dodgers Beat Bucs
May 9, 2017
Austin Barnes drilled a walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning, and the Dodgers defeated the Pirates 4-3 in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine.
Barnes was used as a pinch-hitter with 1 out in the 10th, and Ross Stripling was used as a pinch-runner as well, scoring on the play.
Kenley Jansen (2-0) got the win after pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Julio Urias started for LA, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning until Andrew McCutchen doubled to lead off the 7th inning. The 6 1/3 innings were a career-high for Urias, who allowed a run on two hits, two walks, with five strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches.
The Pirates took a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning when John Jaso connected on a pinch-hit home run off of reliever Pedro Baez. However, the Dodgers would tie he game in the 9th inning when Cody Bellinger delivered a run-scoring single, which brought home Corey Seager. LA nearly won the game at that point, but Jody Mercer turned a spectacular double play. Mercer scooped up the ball while keeping his foot on the bag after pitcher Tony Watson bounced a ball wide of second base.
After breaking up the no-hitter, the Pirates scored two in the 7th inning to tie the game at 2-2. Francisco Cervelli doubled in McCutchen, which put the Pirates on the board. Max Moroff followed with an RBI single, which scored Cervelli. That was Moroff’s first major league hit and first career RBI.
Yasmani Grandal gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning with a 2-run blast to center field off of ivan Nova. The ball landed int the center field bleachers, and was Grandal’s 4th homer of the season.
Nova pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up only those 2 runs on 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2. Daniel Hudson (0-2) took the loss for the Bucs, after giving up the game-winning hit to Barnes.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Wednesday night at the Ravine. Kenta Maeda (2-2; 5.81 ERA) is on the mound for LA, while the Pirates give the ball to Chad Kuhl (1-2; 5.54 ERA).
Dodgers Roll 12-1 Against Pirates
May 8, 2017
Chris Taylor hit a a grand slam during a 6-run first inning, and the Dodgers crushed the Pirates 12-1 on Monday night at Chavez Ravine.
Yasiel Puig also homered in the 1st inning, and Alex Wood (3-0) pitched a 2-hit shutout in 5 innings of work. Wood struck out 11 Pirates and walked only 1.
“I’ve got to continue to be consistent,” Wood said. “I’m just going to build off that, and get ready for the next one.”
The Dodgers jumped all over Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams (1-2). Williams lasted just 3 innings, giving up 8 runs (6 earned), on 7 hits. He was filling in for Jameson Taillon, who had surgery on Monday for suspected testicular cancer.
It was Taylor’s first inning blast that put LA in the drivers seat. “That really set the tone,” outfielder Joc Pederson said. “We built off that the rest of the game.”
Taylor and Pederson had three hits apiece. Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, and Enrique Hernandez each drove in a pair of runs.
Ross Stripling pitched 3 innings of relief, giving up 1 run on 3 hits for LA. Adam Liberatore pitched a scoreless 9th.
LA put Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list after he dislocated his nonthrowing shoulder in the weight room last week. That resulted in Liberatore getting called up, and Wood getting the start, which the team announced early Monday afternoon.
The Dodgers will try to keep it rolling tomorrow night in game 2. Julio Urias (0-0; 0.84 ERA) will get the start for the boys in blue, while the Bucs will give the ball to Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.14 ERA).
Bellinger Hits Grand Slam In Dodgers Win
May 6, 2017
Cody Bellinger hit his 1st career grand slam, as the Dodgers routed the Padres 10-2 on Saturday night at Petco Park.
Bellinger was 2-4 on the evening, with 5 runs batted in. Clayton Kershaw (5-2) pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 5 hits, striking out 9 Padres along the way.
The game was scoreless until the 4th when Bellinger got things started with an RBI single that scored Justin Turner. The Dodgers would tack on two more in the inning on a pass ball from Padres’ catcher Austin Hedges, scoring Franklin Gutierrez, and then an RBI single from Yasiel Puig, which scored Bellinger.
Kike Hernandez made it 5-0 in the 5th inning with a 2-run double, scoring Justin Turner and Chris Taylor.
That was all for Padres’ starter Clayton Richard (2-4). He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits on the night.
The Friars only offense of the night came on a solo homer by Ryan Schimpf, his 8th of the season, which came off of Kershaw in the 8th. They would also add an unearned run in the 9th inning on a fielding error by Justin Turner.
Bellinger is now hitting .357 for the Dodgers. In the first two games of this series, he’s 5-9 with 3 homers, 9 RBI, and 4 runs.
Chris Taylor walked three times and scored twice. He is one of just five MLB players this season with at least 30 plate appearance whose OBP and OPS are greater than .470 and 1.07 respectively.
The only bad news for LA was the amount of exertion Kershaw and Kenley Jansen put forth for a 10-2 rout. Kershaw threw 118 pitches, and Jansen threw 33. Skipper Dave Roberts said that Kershaw would likely get an extra day of rest before pitching again, while Jansen indicated that he likely would not be available tomorrow.
The Dodgers improved to 17-14 on the season, and remain two games back of 1st place Colorado in the NL West. The Dodgers are scheduled to go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, but Roberts was told it is “unlikely” they’ll be able to get the game in based on the weather forecast. The scheduled starters are Brandon McCarthy (3-0; 3.10 ERA) for the Dodgers, and Trevor Cahill (2-2; 3.60 ERA).
Bellinger Still Hot As Dodgers Top Padres
May 5, 2017
Dodger rookie Cody Bellinger had his 2nd two-homer game in the last 7 days, and the Dodgers beat up the Padres 8-2 on Friday night at Petco Park.
Bellinger started at 1st base after the Dodgers put Adrian Gonzales on the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year career. Bellinger delivered a solo homer in the 4th inning, and a 3-run homer in the 9th, which highlighted LA’s victory.
“I’ve said it before, him going on the DL, you never want to see it,” Bellinger said. “He’s been awesome to me. He’s been a guy that I looked up to growing up and he’s kind of taken me under his wing. A healthy Adrian is a scary Adrian for opposing pitchers.”
Kenta Maeda got the start for the Dodgers. He went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 8. Sergio Romo (1-1) got credit for the win after getting the final two outs of the 6th with the based loaded. Josh Fields threw 1 1/3 innings for his first save of the season. Maeda and 5 relievers combined on four-hitter.
After Bellinger put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the 4th, the Padres tied it in their half of the 4th after Cory Spangenberg came through with a leadoff double, which was the Friars first hit of the night off Maeda. Yangervis Solarte walked and Ryan Schimpf delivered an RBI single, knotting the game at 1-1. Solarte was thrown out by Yasiel Puig on the play.
San Diego actually took a 2-1 lead in the 5th inning after Manuel Margot had a sacrifice fly, which was an unearned run. The Padres took advantage of a Bellinger throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Jhoulys Chacin just before Margot’s sac fly.
Chacin allowed just one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jose Torres (1-2) took the loss for San Diego after allowing a 2-run double by Andrew Toles in the 7th inning, which put the Dodgers back in front 3-2.
LA would add to the lead in the 8th inning on an infield single from Chris Taylor, which scored Puig. Yasmani Grandal made it 4-2 in the 9th, which another infield single, scoring Corey Seager. Then it was Bellinger delivering the big 3-run blow to make it 8-2.
Even after Gonzales is healthy enough to return, the veteran 1st baseman feels that there still could be a place for Bellinger. “If he keeps playing well, obviously there should be a spot in the lineup for him,” Gonzalez said.
The Dodgers and Padres will be back at it on Saturday evening at Petco Park. It will be a pair of Clayton’s going at it. LA will give the ball to their ace, Clayton Kershaw (4-2; 2.61 ERA), while the Padres go with Clayton Richard (2-3; 4.29 ERA).
Giants Get 3 In 11th To Beat Dodgers
May 3, 2017
Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez each had an RBI single in the 11th, and Hunter Pence added a sac fly, as the Giants defeated the Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine. San Francisco won two of the three games in the series.
The Giants got a very strong start from Jeff Samardzija, who pitched 8 strong innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 11. He did not walk a batter.
Steven Okert (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings to get credit for the win. Mark Melancon earned his 6th save of the season after pitching in the 11th.
Grant Dayton (1-1) took the loss for LA, after giving up the 3 runs to the Giants in the 11th inning. Julio Urias started for the Dodgers and pitched well. He went 5 innings, giving up only 4 hits, and shutting out the San Francisco. Urias threw 88 pitches and did not factor in the decision.
The Dodgers only run of the game came on an RBI single from Chris Taylor in the bottom of the 6th inning, which scored Yasiel Puig.
However, the Giants tied the score in the 8th inning against Ross Stripling. Buster Posey had an RBI groundout to 2nd base, which scored Hunter Pence.
Before the game, Los Angeles inducted longtime broadcaster Vin Scully into the team’s ring of honor. Rather than retire a number for Scully, the Dodgers hung a sign with a microphone and Scully’s name.
The Dodgers now head to San Diego for a weekend series with the Padres. Kenta Maeda (2-2; 6.58 ERA) will get the start for LA on Friday. Jhoulys Chacin (3-3; 5.82 ERA) will be on the mound for the Padres.
Dodgers’ Offense Comes Alive Against Giants
May 2, 2017
Yasiel Puig drove in four runs and Cody Bellinger delivered a 3-run triple as the Dodgers hammered the Giants 13-5 at the Ravine on Tuesday night.
Puig went 2-5 with 3 hits and scored 2 runs to go along with his 4 RBI. Bellinger had 2 hits, 2 runs that went with his 3 RBI. Franklin Gutierrez hit his 1st homer of the season, and the Dodgers rallied from a 4-run deficit to win for the 5th time in 6 tries.
Alex Wood (2-0) got the win for the Dodgers, pitching 5 innings, yielding 5 runs (4 of them earned) on 7 hits. He struck out 8 and walked 1. He threw 82 pitches in the first three innings, but fought through it to get the victory.
Matt Moore (1-4) took the loss for the Giants. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings, giving up 9 runs on 6 hits.
The Dodgers fell behind 2-0 in the 1st inning after Moore hit a 2-run single to right center with the bases loaded. Brandon Belt connected on a 2-run double to right in the 2nd, and it was 4-0.
Gutierrez got the Dodgers on the board with his solo blast in the 2nd, and Bellinger’s triple tied the game at 4-4. Alex Wood helped his own cause with an RBI single, and then Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly to right, which capped a 6-run rally for LA.
San Francisco got 1 back in the 3rd on an RBI single by Joe Panic. However, the Dodgers would blitz the Giants for four more runs in the 4th, and another four in the 6th, capped off by an RBI single from Adrian Gonzales.
LA is now 15-13 on the season, and they are 2 games back of 1st place in the NL West.
The rubber game of the three game set will be on Wednesday night at the Ravine. Julio Urias (0-0; 1.59 ERA) will be on the mound for LA, and Jeff Samardzija (0-4; 6.32 ERA)
Giants Get By Dodgers
May 1, 2017
The Dodgers usually don’t lose when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound, but the unusual happened on Monday at Chavez Ravine. The Giants beat Kershaw and the Dodgers 4-3.
Hunter Pence and Buster Posey hit home runs off of Kershaw, and Johnny Cueto went 7 strong innings to improve his record to 4-2 on the season.
Kershaw did not look as invincible as he usually does on this night. The Dodger ace pitched 6 innings, giving up four runs (three of them earned) on eight hits, striking out five, and yielding a pair of home runs.
The Giants didn’t waste much time getting on the board in this one. With one out in the 1st inning, Christian Arroyo singled, then Hunter Pence hit a 2-run shot to left, and it was 2-0 San Francisco.
The Dodgers got one back in their half of the 1st inning on an RBI groundout from Yasmani Grandal. They had a chance for more, but Adrian Gonzales struck out, which stranded Corey Seager at 2nd base.
Kershaw would help his own cause in the bottom of the 2nd inning, delivering an RBI single that scored Cody Bellinger, which tied the game 2-2. Bellinger led off the inning with a ground rule double.
In the 3rd, the Giants got to Kershaw again, with Buster Posey smacking a 2-run homer to left field, giving San Francisco a 3-2 lead.
Arroyo added to the lead in the 5th, delivering a run scoring single that scored Gorkys Hernandez.
Chris Taylor pinch-hit in the 7th inning, and got the Dodgers a little bit closer with an RBI single that scored Bellinger. Taylor is now hitting .607 since he was recalled from the minor leagues. However, the Dodgers would not get any closer than 4-3.
Over the course of Cueto’s 7 innings, he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits , striking out 6 and walking 1. Derek law recorded the final out of the game, earning him his 1st save of the season.
Justin Turner went 0-4, which ended his 16-game hit streak. He lined out twice. The loss also snapped the Dodgers four game winning streak.
Pence came into the game batting just .100 in his career against Kershaw, without a home run. The Giants also entered the game with a season-low 16 home runs, prior to hitting a pair against the Dodger ace.
The Dodgers will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday night at the Ravine. Alex Wood (1-0; 2.29 ERA) gets the start for LA, while the Giants will send Matt More to the hill (1-3; 4.80 ERA).
Ryu and Dodgers Sweep Phillies
April 30, 2017
Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his first win of the season, and Andrew Toles hit a 3-run homer, as the Dodgers defeated the Phillies 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Ravine. The win completed a 3-game sweep over Philadelphia.
Ryu (1-4) pitched 5 1/3rd innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 9 Phillies. He walked 3, and lowered his ERA to 4.05, after a rough start to the season. Ryu threw 93 pitches before being pulled with 1 out in the 6th. Sergio Romo came in at that point, and he would strike out the next two batters to end the inning.
Luis Avilan and Pedro Baez each threw scoreless innings, and the Dodgers gave the ball to Grant Dayton in the 9th. Dayton gave up a 2-out, 2-run homer to Odubel Herrera, but Kenley Jansen came in after that to earn his 7th save by striking out Cesar Hernandez.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis, which scored Hernandez. Hernandez opened up the game with a triple, after Yasiel Puig had deep fly ball pop out of this glove. After Galvis run-scoring single, Daniel Nava walked to put two on with no outs, but Ryu struck out Maikel Franco, then got Aaron Altherr to fly out. The final out of the inning came when Michael Saunders struck out. Ryu cruised through the next four innings, needing only 56 pitches, after throwing 24 in the 1st. He allowed just 1 hit over that stretch.
Justin Turner extended his hit streak to 16 games with an RBI single in the 1st inning, which tied the game 1-1. One inning later, Chris Taylor hit a solo homer to left center giving the Dodgers the lead. The Dodgers would maintain that lead until the 6th, when Toles extended the lead to 5-1 with his 3-run bomb.
Nick Pivetta (0-1) took the loss for the Phillies. He allowed two runs and nine hits in five innings of work in his major league debut.
Turner and Yasmani Grandal had three hits apiece. Turner raised his batting average to .404 on the season.
The Dodgers continue their homestand on Monday night, when they open a 3-game series with the San Francisco Giants. The first game of the series will feature Clayton Kershaw (4-1; 2.29 ERA) on the mound for the Dodgers, while Johnny Cueto (3-1; 5.10 ERA) will get the ball for the Giants.
Dodgers 4-Run Rally in 9th Beats Philly
April 29, 2017
The Dodgers went wild in the 9th inning against the Phillies on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine. LA hit back-to-back-to-back homers in a 4-run comeback to defeat Philadelphia 6-5 in walk-off fashion.
The Dodgers trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning. Yasiel Puig led off with a solo blast to left center field. The next batter was Cody Bellinger, who crushed his 2nd homer of the game, this one off the right field foul pole, and suddenly it was 5-4.
That’s when skipper Dave Roberts sent Justin Turner to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Two pitches later, Turner went deep to left field, tying the game at 5-5. The homer also extended the Dodger 3rd baseman’s hit streak to 15 consecutive games.
“You always want to get the tying run to the plate, so that’s why I put Turner in and he responded,” Roberts said.
There was still nobody out in the inning after that. After Chris Taylor struck out, Austin Barnes singled to center. That promted the Nationals to replace Joely Rodriguez with reliever Hector Neris. Neris got Andrew Toles to fly out to left, but Corey Seager singled to left after that, so the Dodgers had runners at 1st and 2nd with 2 outs.
Adrian Gonzales then came to the plate and drilled a ball that bounced off of 3rd baseman Maikel Franco’s glove, and rolled into left field. That scored Barnes with the winning run from 2nd base.
“It had that topspin on the second hop and that makes it really tough for infielders,” Gonzales said.
The improbable victory moved the Dodgers one game over .500 at 13-12. It was also the first time the Dodgers hit 3 straight home runs since August 18, 2012.
Grant Dayton (1-0) pitched a scoreless 9th inning for the win. Brandon McCarthy got the start for LA. He went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 3 an walking 1. He threw 86 pitches, but did not factor in the decision thanks to the 9th inning rally.
Neris (0-1) took the loss. Zach Eflin started for Philly and pitched well. He went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, and striking out 4.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at the Ravine. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-4; 4.64 ERA) will be on the mound for LA, while the Phillies will start rookie Nick Pivetta, making his major-league debut.
Maeda Sharp In Dodgers Win Over Phillies
April 28, 2017
Kenta Maeda put together his best start in a while for the Dodgers, pitching 7 strong innings on Friday night, as the Dodgers beat the Phillies at the Ravine.
Maeda (2-2) had not gone past the 6th inning in any of this previous four starts this season. However, he struck out a season-high eight and limited Philadelphia to five hits, a walk and two runs as Los Angeles snapped the Phillies’ six-game winning streak.
“It was a great day for me,” Maeda said through a translator. “I’ve had a string of bad outings and I felt the pressure going into the game. I knew I had to pitch well or something could happen. We have a lot of great pitchers.”
The only two runs of the game Maeda allowed came on a 3rd inning 2-run double from Freddy Galvez. That extended his hit streak to 10 straight games. The Dodgers tied the game at 2-2 after a wild pitch that scored Andrew Toles in the 3rd inning, followed by a Kike Hernandez RBI double in the 4th.
A Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly in the 5th, and then a Justin Turner RBI double in the 6th extended the lead to 5-2. Turner extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games — the longest active hitting streak in the majors — with a first-inning single. He had 3 hits on the night.
Jerad Eickhoff (0-2) took the loss, and gave up nine hits and five runs. The Phillies managed to get a run on a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning off the Dodgers bullpen but they wouldn’t get any closer.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the 9th inning for his 6th save of the season.
The Dodgers learned after the game that they might be getting 3 injures players back next week: 2nd baseman Logan Forsythe, center fielder Joc Pederson, and left fielder Franklin Gutierrez. Outfielder Andre Ethier won’t be back until June at the earliest.
The Dodgers and Phillies will be back at it tomorrow night at the Ravine. Brandon McCarthy (3-0; 2.25 ERA) will get the start for LA, and the Phillies will send Zach Eflin (0-0; 1.50 ERA) to the hill.
Dodgers Beat Giants In 10
April 27, 2017
The Dodgers exploded for 4 runs in the 10th inning on Thursday afternoon at AT&T park and defeated the Giants 4-1. LA split their four games series with San Francisco, with each team winning two games each.
Julio Urias made his 2017 debut, allowing just 1 run in 5 2/3 innings for LA, despite receiving a no-decision. Urias allowed four hits, walked four and struck out four.
Kenley Jansen (1-0) got credit for the victory. He pitched the 9th inning, and struck out the side.
“I felt good, I felt confident,” Urias said. “I felt like what I did last year was able to help me build confidence for this year.”
Giants starter Matt Moore allowed one run and two hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out eight. Corey Gearrin (0-1) took the loss for San Francisco.
The Dodgers got off to a strong start on a solo homer from Corey Seager in the 1st inning. However, the Giants would tie things up in the 6th inning when Christian Arroyo delivered an RBI single that scored Brandon Belt, which tied the game at 1-1.
After losing to the Giants in 10 innings on Wednesday night, the Dodgers turned the tables less than 24 hours later in the 10th inning Thursday afternoon. Andrew Toles drove in pinch-runner Ross Stripling with the bases-loaded, which broke the tie. Kike Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly, and after an intentional walk to Corey Seager, Justin Turner delivered an RBI single. Chris Taylor capped the rally with a based-loaded walk.
The Dodgers return home on Friday to begin a 3-game set with the Phillies. Kenta Maeda will be on the hill for LA (1-2; 8.05 ERA), while the Phillies will go with Jerad Eickhoff (0-1; 2.55 ERA).
Giants Rally To Beat Dodgers
May 30th, 2013
For about a week now, all I’ve heard is how upset Matt Kemp is that he is being booed by Dodger fans. I’ve also heard Dodger fans being criticized for how terrible they are for not being supportive of their star player. I’m here to tell you that as a fan, you have every damn right to boo your brains out with the way he is playing!
We’ve played two months of the season, and Kemp has 2 home runs, and 17 runs batted in. That means he is on pace for exactly 6 home runs and 54 runs batted in for the entire season! He’s already struck out 60 times in 51 games. The Dodgers have no chance of succeeding with their best player playing like dog shit, and everyone knows this.
As a paying customer, it is my every right to let my voice be heard. That means sending a message to Matt Kemp and the Dodger organization that he needs to play better, and that is done by booing. How many times does Kemp expect to come up to the plate with runners in scoring position and strikeout while the fans continue to support him? Each and every one of Kemp’s at bats is getting as painful to watch as a kick in the balls for Dodger fans.
Professional athletes need to treat boos as motivation to pull their heads out and start performing. This isn’t personal for Kemp, or any other athlete that is getting booed. Everyone knows that Matt Kemp is a great guy, and he’s doing everything he can. It also has nothing to do with the fact Kemp is making $20 million a year either. It’s clear that he isn’t physically or mentally prepared to play ball right now, and Don Mattingly and Ned Colletti need to sit him down until he’s ready.
Nobody expects Matt Kemp to be at his best all the time. Every player is going to have good days and bad days. However, every fan expects him to perform far better than he has. Kemp said “I’m taking a beating from the fans”, and that it’s “shocking”. Dude, you’re taking a beating every time you’re in the batters box. The fans aren’t against you Matt, but we all expect you to perform better, and you need to know that. We aren’t spending our hard earned money to see you strikeout 4 times a night. Get it together Kemp, and tell your friend Andre Ethier to do the same, or else the fans voice will continue to be heard.
Basebrawl: Greinke Loses Composure
April 12th, 2013
Zach Greinke is a moron in disguise. In Thursday night’s game against the Padres at Petco Park, Greinke hit San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch, causing Quentin to charge the mound and slam into the Dodgers $147 million pitcher. Quentin wrestled Greinke to the ground, igniting a bench clearing brawl, and when it was all over Greinke was left with a broken collar bone.
Everyone seems to believe Greinke when he says “I never hit him on purpose.” Everyone also seems convinced that in a 2-1 game, and on 3-2 pitch, Greinke would never intentionally throw at somebody. Everyone is also forgetting that’s the perfect time for Greinke to send a message to Quentin.
These two players have a “well documented” history according to Quentin. Quentin has been hit 3 times in 31 appearances against Greinke. Even though Quentin has led the majors in being hit by pitches the last two seasons, Greinke has hit Quentin more than any other player he’s faced. Quentin was hit by Greinke in 2008, and 2009, while he was playing for the White Sox, and Greinke with the Royals. Quentin nearly charged the mound back in 2009 before the umpire stepped in, but Quentin threatened to take action against Greinke if it occurred again.
Greinke was well aware of this history, and had many reasons to take aim at Quentin. In the first inning of the game Thursday night, Padres starter Jason Marquis threw a pitch that nearly hit Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in the head. This action could have easily given Greinke more incentive to target Quentin at a much more inconspicuous point in the game. Greinke also had the chance to diffuse the situation with Quentin immediately after hitting him, as the Padres outfielder walked towards the mound before running at him. Only after Greinke uttered something to Quentin, did he drop his bat and charge the mound. Quentin himself even admitted that had Greinke not uttered whatever he did, he might not have charged the mound.
Was it worth it Zach? Now you’re on the shelf for the next eight weeks, and immature decisions like that are already putting your $147 million price tag in question. Even if Greinke’s intention was to defend Kemp, he certainly could have picked another player on the Padres to throw at other than one he had history with. He probably could have also elected not to slam into a player shoulder to shoulder, when the player is 40 pounds heavier than him.
For all the pitchers that have hit Quentin, he has never reacted in the same way he reacted to Greinke. It’s no coincidence Greinke has hit Quentin three times. Whatever personal vendetta Greinke felt the need to satisfy, it was selfish, immature, and may end up costing the Dodgers in their chase for this year’s NL West title.