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  • Saturday, July 1, 2006

    Los Angeles of Anaheim 9, Los Angeles 2 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

    W - Kelvim Escobar (6-9)
    L - Mark Hendrickson (0-1)

    LA of ANA 9 runs, 13 hits, 1 error
    LA 2 runs, 10 hits, 3 errors

    HR - Mike Napoli, LA of ANA (9,10)

    Dodgers' record - 41-39 (T-2nd in NL West)

    QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers finally lost a game to the Angels this year after going 1-5 against them last year, including a 3-game sweep in Orange County. But during the Twins series, the Dodgers traded away Jae Seo and Dioner Navarro (who all of a sudden isn't worth anything anymore) for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. And Hendrickson was thrown into the fire, starting his first game as a Dodger against an Angel team that was starving for runs or any offense, for that matter. It was a debut he'd rather forget, as he gave up 5 runs (only one was earned) after only three innings, and he struggled to get outs in the 5 innings of work he had. Garret Anderson had another milestone against the Dodgers this year (in 2005, he had his 1000th career RBI), getting his 2000th career hit, a single in the sixth inning, as the Angels pounded the Dodgers for 13 hits, and the 3 errors they committed gave us a glimpse of last year. Mike Napoli homered twice and Kelvim Escobar snapped a seven-game losing streak. The only good thing was that Friday night's win clinched the Freeway Series for the Dodgers.
    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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    • Sunday, July 2, 2006

      Los Angeles of Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 0 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

      W - John Lackey (6-5)
      L - Chad Billingsley (0-2)

      LA of ANA 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors
      LA 0 runs, 5 hits, 2 errors

      HR - Vladimir Guerrero, LA of ANA (17)

      Dodgers' record - 41-40 (4th in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: The last two games of the 2006 Freeway Series looked a lot like all six games of the 2005 Freeway Series; bad offense, horrible pitching, and rookie mistakes. When Odalis Perez and Jae Seo (who is no longer a Dodger) started throwing batting practice during actual games, Dodger fans left and right were calling for Billingsley to be brought up. Rookie pitchers seldom save rotations, unless you're Francisco Liriano. After a great performance against the Padres, Billingsley fell back to earth. Orlando Cabrera (another example of the Wrong Brother Syndrome) hit a double in the third, and one out later, he advanced to third. Then he made a mad dash home and scored easily without a throw. It was the Angels' first straight steal of home in nine years (Tony Phillips, anyone?) and even more importantly, it exposed a flaw in the Dodger rotation. John Lackey continued his mastery of the Dodgers, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing only 4 hits, but the scariest moment of the game came when plate umpire Derryl Cousins was hit in the elbow by a Scot Shields pitch and had to be taken off the field. Sure, the Dodgers won the Freeway Series for the first time in six years. But if things go like this in the second half of the season, can we expect another meltdown like last year?
      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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      • Monday, July 3, 2006

        Los Angeles 10, Arizona 4 at Dodger Stadium

        W - Derek Lowe (7-4)
        L - Juan Cruz (3-4)

        LA 10 runs, 15 hits, 1 error
        ARI 4 runs, 11 hits, 3 errors

        HR - None

        Dodgers' record - 42-40 (T-3rd in NL West)

        QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers ended a 1-5 roadtrip and went back up the 5 to Dodger Stadium to face an old foe, the Diamondbacks. I guess the Dodgers should be glad that Arizona traded away Brad Halsey for Juan Cruz (as you all know, Halsey broke JD Drew's wrist at last year's pre-All Star DBacks/Dodgers series). Cruz lasted only three innings, as he got tagged for seven hits and four runs, but as Vin Scully said, it was a precautionary matter, as he had been activated off the DL only hours before the game. Andre Ethier went 4-for-5 against his hometown team, and every Dodger starter minus Derek Lowe had at least a hit, but the real story of the night was Nomar getting beaned three times. I don't know what kind of history Nomar has against Arizona (maybe it was that three-game sweep in 2002), but Arizona really wanted Nomar out of the game. My sister noted that Randy Choate was a former Yankee and he might have wanted to bring the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry to the West. In any case, Rafael Furcal batted seventh against a team that has struggled mightily in pitching. I guess this is what the doctor ordered; a division rival to erase a losing streak.
        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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        • Tuesday, July 4, 2006

          Los Angeles 11, Arizona 3 at Dodger Stadium

          W - Aaron Sele (5-2)
          L - Enrique Gonzalez (2-2)

          LA 11 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
          ARI 3 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

          HR - Orlando Hudson, ARI (6)

          Dodgers' record - 43-40 (T-1st in NL West)

          QUICKIE RECAP: As fellow forumer GiantsAllTheWay16 put it, last year's division race was to see who was the best of the worst. This year is very different, as the Dodgers took advantage of a Padres loss to the Phillies and the Rockies beat the Giants and at the end of the Fourth of July, Los Angeles, Colorado, and San Diego were all at the top of the division. The DBacks did everything they could to prevent that from happening, as Orlando Hudson showed off his bat, hitting a HR to the RF Pavilion before the fans had even sat down. Rookie Enrique Gonzalez helped his own cause in the second, lining an RBI single down the middle, but in the third inning, the Dodgers batted around, capped by Kenny Lofton and Cesar Izturis' 2-run singles. Andre Ethier went 1-for-3 with 4 RBIs, but the story of the night was the HBPs in the box score. JD Drew was hit below the knee against Brandon Medders, and in the ninth, Danys Baez silenced his critics (at least for that game only) by beaning Shawn Green in the hip in the 9th. Luis Gonzalez reacted angrily in an expletive-filled tirade, but as the guys from Dodger Blues eloquently put it, maybe he should have focused all that anger in his bat.
          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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          • Wednesday, July 5, 2006

            Los Angeles 5, Arizona 4 at Dodger Stadium

            W - Brad Penny (10-2)
            L - Claudio Vargas (7-5)
            S - Takashi Saito (6)

            LA 5 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
            ARI 4 runs, 10 hits, 1 error

            HR - Andre Ethier, LA (6), Orlando Hudson, ARI (7)

            Dodgers' record - 44-40 (T-1st in NL West)

            QUICKIE RECAP: Another day, another logjam in the West. The Dodgers, behind Brad Penny's arm, proceeded to sweep the DBacks at Dodger Stadium, something that they haven't done since 2004, and the win was more remarkable, given that Arizona went 8-1 in Los Angeles last year. Penny went 7 innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits, and Takashi Saito almost had a meltdown in the 9th, as he loaded the bases and Dodger killer Chad Tracy almost unloaded them, but Saito struck out Conor Jackson to end the game. Penny found out before the game that he would be an All-Star, so naturally we expected him to either not play at all or embarrass himself. (Thankfully, we were proved wrong)
            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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            • Thursday, July 6, 2006

              San Francisco 5, Los Angeles 4 at Dodger Stadium

              W - Brad Hennessey (4-1)
              L - Mark Hendrickson (0-2)
              S - Armando Benitez (9)

              SF 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
              LA 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

              HR - None

              Dodgers' record - 44-41 (3rd in NL West)

              QUICKIE RECAP: What is it with Colletti and the Devil Rays? First it was the Jackson/Tiffany-for-Baez/Carter deal (you be the judge on Baez; my opinion is somewhere in this thread). Then it's the Seo/Navarro-for-Hendrickson/Hall deal (Colletti must loves things coming in twos). Hall was a light-hitting backup catcher in Tampa, and Hendrickson probably had a better future in the NBA. For the second straight start, he gave up 5 early runs, and although the Dodgers did their "best" to catch up, they couldn't quite figure out Brad Hennessey, who won an excellent pitching duel against Jae Seo back in April. The first four batters against Hendrickson reached base, and three of them scored. Matt Cain didn't pitch the way Giant fans hoped he would (he was pulled in the 4th with the bases loaded and no out), but he was lucky that Hennessey bailed him out, as the Dodgers failed to score. He pitched three innings of one-hit relief and Armando Benitez closed the game, which is a rarity at Dodger Stadium. LA had plenty of chances to draw even or pull ahead, and the "mighty" Giants staff shut them out. This had to have been an anomaly.
              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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              • Friday, July 7, 2006

                Los Angeles 9, San Francisco 7 at Dodger Stadium

                W - Danys Baez (5-4)
                L - Jeremy Accardo (1-3)
                S - Takashi Saito (7)

                LA 9 runs, 15 hits, 2 errors
                SF 7 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

                HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (11), Barry Bonds, SF (12), Ray Durham, SF (11)

                Dodgers' record - 45-41 (2nd in NL West)

                QUICKIE RECAP: Chad Billingsley is definitely not going to save the rotation. In his last start, he allowed a runner to steal home without a throw. And in this start, he gave up Barry Bonds' 720th. This time around, he had the Dodger offense bail him out. Giovanni Carrara came in with the bases loaded and one out with the game tied and got two quick outs. The game see-sawed back and forth, but it took Nomar's 2-run blast off Jeremy Accardo in the 8th to seal the deal. This was a wild game in which no one's ERA was safe, yet Danys Baez somehow managed to get the win. Takashi Saito allowed an RBI single to Bonds in the 9th, but still managed to strike out Pedro Feliz on three pitches to get his seventh save. Eric Gagné was hospitalized with two herniated discs in his back. Thankfully, his replacement has done just fine.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                • Saturday, July 8, 2006

                  San Francisco 11, Los Angeles 7 at Dodger Stadium

                  W - Noah Lowry (4-5)
                  L - Derek Lowe (7-5)
                  S - Armando Benitez (10)

                  SF 11 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
                  LA 7 runs, 16 hits, 0 errors

                  HR - Olmedo Saenz, LA (7), Ray Durham, SF (12), Moises Alou, SF (10), Noah Lowry, SF (1)

                  Dodgers' record - 45-42 (2nd in NL West)

                  QUICKIE RECAP: How do you get 16 hits and still lose? The answer: LOB. I don't know the numbers, but the Dodgers have to be at the top in runners left on base. And they also have a nasty habit of allowing HRs to the opposing pitcher (they did it three times last year). Derek Lowe got hammered for 8 hits and 7 runs in 4 2/3 innings, one of which came off Noah Lowry's first career HR. The first five batters reached base against Lowe in the first, and that kinda told us what kind of game we'd expect. Lowry didn't have a great outing himself (9 hits and 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings), but he did last enough to get the win. The Dodgers fought back, capped by Olmedo Saenz's 2-run shot off Brian Wilson to make the score 8-7, but Steve Finley continued the Curse of the Former Dodger with a 2-run triple in the 9th to put the game out of reach. The only good thing was that Toby Hall had three hits and an RBI; his firsts as a Dodger. Eat that, Colletti haters.
                  SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                  "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                  • Sunday, July 9, 2006

                    Los Angeles 3, San Francisco 1 at Dodger Stadium

                    W - Aaron Sele (6-2)
                    L - Jason Schmidt (6-5)
                    S - Takashi Saito (8)

                    LA 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors
                    SF 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors

                    HR - None

                    Dodgers' record - 46-42 (2nd in NL West)

                    QUICKIE RECAP: Grady Little should juggle the rotation to make sure that Aaron Sele pitches only at Dodger Stadium. In his career, he is 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA at Chavez Ravine, and to keep that perfect streak, he had to beat Dodger killer Jason Schmidt. Sele allowed 4 hits and one run in 6 innings to match his win total from last year (and 10 fewer losses). Schmidt allowed 7 hits and all three Dodger runs in six innings (which would qualify as a "quality start"), and the fans at the Ravine were treated to a rare pitching duel and a relief appearance by All-Star starter Brad Penny. Jeff Kent hasn't played since last week due to a strained muscle in his left side, but hopefully he'll have the All-Star break to heal until the brutal 4-game set against the Cards at the new Busch Stadium. Chad Billingsley will go tomorrow, which is tantamount to sending the lamb out to the slaughter.
                    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                    • swept by the Cardinals 4 games. The Dodgers are a horrible team right now. They're still only 2½ games back, but would have no chance in the playoffs against the Cardinals or Mets.

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                      • They have crashed and appear to be about to burn
                        "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                        No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                        • I can't believe they actually won a game last night.

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                          • All we need is some quality starts like Bilingsly had last night - his first since being called up. Let's hope this starts a trend.

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                            • The post AS game form is no longer a slide, it is a free fall!!! 1-6 is pitiful!!
                              "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                              No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                              • Thursday, July 13, 2006

                                St. Louis 3, Los Angeles 2 in 14 innings at Busch Stadium

                                W - Braden Looper (5-1)
                                L - Odalis Perez (4-4)

                                STL 3 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
                                LA 2 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors

                                HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (12), Albert Pujols, STL (30), Jim Edmonds, STL (11)

                                Dodgers' record - 46-43 (2nd in NL West)

                                QUICKIE RECAP: Things could be worse. We could have the Braves' bullpen. Or the Padres' offense. The fact that the Dodgers' pen is awful, but not that awful statistically is a scary thing. Giovanni Carrara wasted a decent performance by rookie Chad Billingsley, who went 5 innings and allowed 6 hits and 5 walks and no runs. Carrara came in and allowed a game-tying 2-run shot to Dodger killer Jim Edmonds, and from then on, I knew the Cards were going to win it. The game dragged on for six more innings, and when Odalis Perez replaced Takashi Saito, the game was as good as over, as Albert Pujols, who came in batting .692 with 4 HR against Perez, hit one deep to left field to end it. Afterwards, Perez criticized the Dodgers, who were treating him "like trash." When you are being paid $8M a year and put up a 4-4 record and a 6.79 ERA, how can you not be treated like trash? The sad part is that no one wants him. Maybe we can DFA him and trade him for a class-A guy à la Jeff Weaver.
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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