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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    Los Angeles 4, Arizona 1 at Chase Field

    W - Chad Billingsley (1-2)
    L - Juan Cruz (3-5)

    LA 4 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
    ARI 1 run, 8 hits, 0 errors

    HR - None

    Dodgers' record - 47-47 (T-2nd in NL West)

    QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers are free-falling, and their first win since the All-Star break was did not go to aces Brad Penny or Derek Lowe (I use the term "ace" very loosely in this case). It went to rookie Chad Billingsley, who pitched the best game of his short career, going 7 scoreless innings to even the series with the "all-of-a-sudden-we-have-a-rivalry-with-Los-Angeles" Diamondbacks, although to be fair, the general sentiment among Arizonans is that California is the root of all evil. Nomar went 2-for-5 with a triple and Willy Aybar, who replaced Jeff Kent when he went on the 15-day DL also had 2 hits. Billingsley showed us a bit of what we hope he will do in the bigs, but he still has control problems. And we can't expect him to pitch out of bases-loaded jams every game.
    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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    • Wednesday, July 19, 2006

      Arizona 8, Los Angeles 0 at Chase Field

      W - Miguel Batista (9-5)
      L - Derek Lowe (7-7)

      ARI 8 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors
      LA 0 runs, 6 hits, 1 error

      HR - Shawn Green, ARI (9), Orlando Hudson, ARI (9)

      Dodgers' record - 47-48 (4th in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: Miguel Batista owns the Dodgers at home, whether it's with Toronto or with Arizona. He pitched a complete game six-hit shutout to further the Dodgers' post-All-Star slide and Shawn Green's HR was all the offense the DBacks needed. Orlando Hudson continued his mastery of Dodger pitching as well, hitting his third HR this season against them, which is an accomplishment, given that he's better known for his glove than for his power. Stephen Drew could very well be added to the "Wrong Brother syndrome," as he went 3-for-4 with a triple and as usual, JD Drew looked unenthusiastic at the plate, going 0-for-4. Someone tell me what DePodesta's reasoning was when he traded away Shawn Green for Dioner Navarro and three minor leaguers. When you traded within a division, you better exploit the other team's farm system. Instead, we used Navarro to get Mark Hendrickson and Toby Hall, who immediately made it clear that he wants out of LA. Nice work, Paul. And people wonder why we were glad he was canned.
      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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      • Thursday, July 20, 2006

        Arizona 5, Los Angeles 2 at Chase Field

        W - Brandon Webb (11-3)
        L - Mark Hendrickson (0-3)
        S - Jorge Julio (11)

        ARI 5 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
        LA 2 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors

        HR - Carlos Quentin, ARI (1)

        Dodgers' record - 47-49 (4th in NL West)

        QUICKIE RECAP: In three prior series against the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers did not have to face Brandon Webb. Well, their lucky streak is over (as if they needed any more bad news). And all Los Angeles could do was send former Sixer Mark Hendrickson to the mound to try to match up with the Arizona ace. Things went well until the second inning when Stephen Drew hit an RBI double and Dodger killer Orlando Hudson hit an RBI single to give Arizona the lead, which they never relinquished. The Dodgers didn't help their cause by grounding into four double plays, either. Perhaps we were expecting too much out of Hendrickson, who had already beaten the DBacks earlier this year? Rookie Carlos Quentin hit his first career HR off the former basketball player, which prompted Luis Gonzalez to announce his future departure from Arizona. Lighten up, Gonzo. It was only a day off. It's not like Bob Melvin is benching you in favor of the rookie.
        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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        • Friday, July 21, 2006

          St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 0 at Dodger Stadium

          W - Jeff Suppan (7-5)
          L - Brad Penny (10-4)
          S - Jason Isringhausen (27)

          STL 2 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors
          LA 0 runs, 6 hits, 1 error

          HR - Chris Duncan, STL (5)

          Dodgers' record - 47-50 (4th in NL West)

          QUICKIE RECAP: If the Dodgers have any shot at the playoffs, they better hope that the Wild Card comes out of the East. Otherwise, they'll have to face off against the Cards in the postseason. That ludicrous statement aside, the Dodgers would be better off playing in the American League just to avoid the Cardinals. Jeff Suppan threw seven shutout innings and Chris Duncan's HR in the fourth inning was all the Cards needed to beat the Dodgers for the fifth straight time this season. Suppan also recorded his 1000th career strikeout against the Dodgers, and the Curse of the Former Dodger returned to Dodger Stadium, this time in the form of Juan Encarnacion, who had a bases-loaded single. Brad Penny went 6 2/3 innings and allowed both runs, which would still qualify as a "quality start." What we need is a quality team.
          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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          • Saturday, July 22, 2006

            St. Louis 6, Los Angeles 1 at Dodger Stadium

            W - Jeff Weaver (1-1)
            L - Aaron Sele (6-4)

            STL 6 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors
            LA 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors

            HR - Albert Pujols, STL (32), Jim Edmonds, STL (15), Chris Duncan, STL (6)

            Dodgers' record - 47-51 (4th in NL West)

            QUICKIE RECAP: When I looked at the pitching matchups for this game, I instinctively thought "this was an easy win." Jeff Weaver had everything going against him: a 3-11 overall record, an ERA over 6.00, a WHIP worse than Odalis Perez, and getting shelled by the Braves the Monday before. Unfortunately one thing alone trumped all these things: the fact that he's a former Dodger. Looking nothing like the pitcher that got slaughtered in Anaheim, he actually pitched into the sixth inning, allowing only a run in the first inning, as Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Chris Duncan cemented their names in the long line of Dodger killers, pounding Aaron Sele and giving him his first career loss at Dodger Stadium. After nine losses in ten games, the Dodgers called a players-only meeting. It came six games too late.
            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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            • Sunday, July 23, 2006

              St. Louis 6, Los Angeles 1 at Dodger Stadium

              W - Jason Marquis (12-7)
              L - Chad Billingsley (1-3)

              STL 6 runs, 8 hits, 1 error
              LA 1 run, 5 hits, 1 error

              HR - Juan Encarnacion, STL (13, 14)

              Dodgers' record - 47-52 (4th in NL West [by percentage points])

              QUICKIE RECAP: This is 2005 all over again. Only it's worse. At least the DePodesta Dodgers won a game against the Cardinals. This time, St. Louis season swept the Dodgers, becoming the second NL team to do so since the team moved to LA (the Bravos won all six games played between them in 1994, but the strike erased the final seven meetings). Jason Marquis pitched 8 shutout innings to cement the Cards' dominance, and Juan Encarnacion hit two HRs to further the Curse of the Former Dodger. In all fairness, Encarnacion was traded for Brad Penny in 2004, but it's painful to see former Dodgers come back to hit the ball when they couldn't do it wearing Blue. The good news: Sandy Alomar was traded to the defending champs, the Chicago White Sox, for a minor leaguer. The fire sale has begun.
              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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              • Monday, July 24, 2006

                San Diego 7, Los Angeles 6 in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium

                W - Doug Brocail (1-0)
                L - Giovanni Carrara (0-1)
                S - Trevor Hoffman (27)

                SD 7 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
                LA 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors

                HR - Andre Ethier, LA (7,8), Mike Cameron, SD (14)

                Dodgers' record - 47-53 (5th in NL West)

                QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers finally found their missing offense after being outscored 57-8 against the Cardinals this year. Trouble is, so did the Padres. Andre Ethier went 4-for-5 with 2 HRs, but aside from Rafael Furcal's two hits, the rest of the team was silenced by Padre pitching, save for a miraculous 8th inning. With runners at the corners, Russ Martin his a long, fly ball towards Terrmel Sledge but he dropped the ball, allowing two runs to score (the scorer somehow ruled it a double). Ricky Ledée had a rare pinch-hit single to tie the game, but in the 11th, Josh Barfield hit a bloop single which landed between Rafael Furcal and Jose Cruz, Jr. for a two-out double, and Josh Bard hit the game-winning single, sending the Dodgers to their sixth extra-inning loss and their 11th loss in 12 games. That players-only meeting did them a lot of good.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                • Tuesday, July 25, 2006

                  San Diego 7, Los Angeles 3 at Dodger Stadium

                  W - Chan Ho Park (7-6)
                  L - Mark Hendrickson (0-4)

                  SD 7 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
                  LA 3 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors

                  HR - Kenny Lofton, LA (1), Mike Cameron, SD (15)

                  Dodgers' record - 47-54 (5th in NL West)

                  QUICKIE RECAP: Chan Ho Park had the best years of his career with the Dodgers. So it seemed natural for him to come back and hurt the Dodgers for the second time this season. He went 6 innings and despite allowing 10 hits, he only allowed three runs. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with three RBI, but the game was determined in the sixth inning, when Toby Hall advanced to second on an RBI groundout, and with two outs, JD Drew lined a single to Mike Cameron, and Hall tried to score, but Cameron made a perfect throw to - who else - Mike Piazza, who tagged out Hall. With plays like that one, we'll gladly grant you your wish to get you out of LA.
                  SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                  "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                  • Wednesday, July 26, 2006

                    San Diego 10, Los Angeles 3 at Dodger Stadium

                    W - Jake Peavy (5-10)
                    L - Brad Penny (10-5)

                    SD 10 runs, 15 hits, 1 error
                    LA 3 runs, 7 hits, 1 error

                    HR - Rafael Furcal, LA (5), Adrian Gonzalez, SD (19), Jake Peavy, SD (2)

                    Dodgers' record - 47-55 (5th in NL West)

                    QUICKIE RECAP: 12 losses in 13 games, which is the worst stretch in LA history. 7½ games out of first place, and they've lost 8 straight. They've been outscored 81-29 in those 13 games. And when the opposing pitcher hits a HR and a double off your ace, you run the risk of becoming the Kansas City Royals. Then again, the Royals swept the Dodgers last year at Kauffman. Jake Peavy pitched 7 innings of 5-hit ball and pounded Brad Penny to get his first win in almost two months. Peavy also had 4 RBIs in the game, which given the current status of Dodger pitching, isn't surprising. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 19th HR of the season to put the finishing touches in the 3-game sweep. In the sixth inning, Penny and Kenny Lofton were seen arguing and pointing fingers at each other in the dugout. When you're the worst team since the All-Star break, you need all the excitement you can get. LA is now 3-8 against the Padres this season, and with 7 games between them, things look to get worse. At the very least, the Dodgers traded away Odalis Perez for Elmer Dessens. Even with the waste disposal, LA still can't win.
                    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                    • Friday, July 28, 2006

                      Los Angeles 13, Washington 1 at Dodger Stadium

                      W - Chad Billingsley (2-3)
                      L - Tony Armas, Jr. (7-6)

                      LA 13 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
                      WAS 1 run, 7 hits, 3 errors

                      HR - JD Drew, LA (10), Andre Ethier, LA (9), Cesar Izturis, LA (1)

                      Dodgers' record - 48-55 (5th in NL West)

                      QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers ended their 8-game slide with a vengeance, scoring 13 runs in one game after scoring 29 in their previous 13. Every starter except for Chad Billingsley had at least one hit, and JD Drew snapped his 42-game homerless drought with a grand slam off Roy Corcoran to move the Dodgers closer to the elusive 50-win mark. Andre Ethier hit his third home run in four games and even Cesar Izturis got into the act, hitting a HR to deep right, his first in exactly one year (listening to Vin Scully fumble with the current date was priceless). Despite the win, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed. Chad Billingsley has both of the Dodger wins since the All-Star break, and before the game, the Dodgers traded away Danys Baez and Willy Aybar for Wilson Betemit, which means that Izturis' days with the club are numbered. And aside from Elmer Dessens, Colletti hasn't addressed the pitching needs. Stay tuned.
                      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                      • Saturday, July 29, 2006

                        Los Angeles 7, Washington 5 at Dodger Stadium

                        W - Derek Lowe (8-7)
                        L - Mike O'Connor (3-7)
                        S - Jonathan Broxton (1)

                        LA 7 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors
                        WAS 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors

                        HR - Rafael Furcal, LA (6), Russ Martin, LA (5), Nick Johnson, WAS (15)

                        Dodgers' record - 49-55 (5th in NL West)

                        QUICKIE RECAP: Stop the presses. The Dodgers' win streak is at two. Derek Lowe won his first game in almost a month, snapping a three-game losing streak, as he outpitched rookie Mike O'Connor and the injury-riddled Nationals, going 5 innings to get the win. Russ Martin homered and drove in four runs, and Rafael Furcal also went yard as the Dodgers broke open the game in the fifth inning to send the Nationals to their second straight loss after winning six straight. The win clinches the series for the first time ever against Washington and the first time against the franchise since May of 2004. Elmer Dessens pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Jonathan Broxton got his first save of the season, exactly one year after he struck out Albert Pujols in his major league debut. After watching Odalis Perez get lit up by the White Sox, it was sweet knowing anything we got for him would be an upgrade.
                        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                        • Sunday, July 30, 2006

                          Los Angeles 4, Washington 3 at Dodger Stadium

                          W - Jonathan Broxton (2-0)
                          L - Jon Rauch (3-2)
                          S - Takashi Saito (9)

                          LA 4 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
                          WAS 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

                          HR - JD Drew, LA (11), Andre Ethier, LA (10), Jose Cruz, Jr., LA (5)

                          Dodgers' record - 50-55 (5th in NL West)

                          QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers completed the sweep of the Nationals, who can't seem to beat anyone other than the Giants, and they did it without Nomar, who was placed on the 15-day DL before the game. Former Angel Ramon Ortiz, who beat the Dodgers at RFK back in May, surrendered three HRs to the Dodgers, one each to JD Drew, Andre Ethier, and Jose Cruz, Jr. But it took a rare hit with runners in scoring position to win the game, as James Loney led off with a double and Cesar Izturis doubled down the right field line to send him home. Although this game proved to be Izturis and Cruz's farewell, this game will most likely be remembered for Mark Hendrickson falling off the mound and being called for a balk, which scored a run. He remains winless in the National League. And in a rare occasion, the Curse of the Former Dodger was dormant on Sunday, as Jonathan Broxton got Daryle Ward to ground into an inning-ending double play in the 8th inning. I guess these things need to take a couple of days off, right?
                          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                          • Tuesday, August 1, 2006

                            Los Angeles 10, Cincinnati 4 at Great American Ballpark

                            W - Aaron Sele (7-4)
                            L - Bill Bray (2-2)

                            LA 10 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors
                            CIN 4 runs, 10 hits, 1 error

                            HR - Wilson Betemit, LA (1), Adam Dunn, CIN (32), David Ross, CIN (13)

                            Dodgers' record - 51-55 (T-3rd in NL West)

                            QUICKIE RECAP: These aren't your April 2006 Dodgers. On July 31, the Dodgers had an off-day (not really, since they made the trip to Cincinnati), and upon arrival, they learned that Ned Colletti had traded fan favorite Cesar Izturis for future HOFer Greg Maddux (somehow the uproar was less than it was for the LoDuca trade), and also traded former top prospect Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza for Julio Lugo. Whether or not the trades will be beneficial to the Dodgers is another story, but the Dodgers took the field with a slightly different look. The Dodgers got to Bronson Arroyo quickly, jumping out for four runs in the third inning when Andre Ethier had an RBI single, Wilson Betemit hit his first HR as a Dodger, and James Loney had an RBI single in the inning. Adam Dunn tied things up with his 32nd HR in the sixth, but in the seventh, the Reds' bullpen faltered with the help of two errors in the inning. Ryan Freel dropped a fly ball from Betemit to load the bases with one out, and then Russ Martin hit the ball to Royce Clayton who stepped on second to retire Betemit, but the throw to first pulled Scott Hatteberg off the bag, extending the inning. Rafael Furcal cleared the bases with a double and for the second straight season, the Dodgers pounded the Reds in their first game at the Great American Ballpark. Aaron Sele, despite earning his first win on the road, got demoted to the bullpen soon after. Are you comfortable with him or Mark Hendrickson?
                            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                            • We're witnessing history so far... LA Dodgers: 2R-7H-0E, Cincinnati: 0R-0H-0E in the middle of the 7th. It's a no-hitter so far! Let's hope this ends the no-no drought...

                              Edit: Guess not.
                              Solair Wright
                              Cardinals and MLB fan
                              Last edited by Solair Wright; 08-03-2006, 08:31 PM.

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                              • I blame Charley Steiner for mentioning it at the end of every half-inning. I made it a point not to look at the box score throughout the game.
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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