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  • Originally posted by mojorisin71
    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    Pittsburgh 6, Los Angeles 4 at Dodger Stadium

    W - Shawn Chacon (2-2)
    L - Greg Maddux (4-3)
    S - Salomon Torres (10)

    PIT 6 runs, 12 hits, 1 error
    LA 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 error

    HR - JD Drew, LA (18), Jose Bautista, PIT (15)

    Dodgers' record - 79-73 (2nd in NL West)

    QUICKIE RECAP: This was the perfect time to get back to first, as Edgar Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks dominated the Padres down south, but the Dodgers ran into an old nemesis at the Ravine and this time, they just couldn't hit him. Shawn Chacon made his first appearance at Dodger Stadium in two years, and he looked anything but the pitcher that would repeatedly get shelled on the mound. What made the loss harder to take was that he beat a future Hall-of-Famer. Chacon went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, with the last two coming on a JD Drew pinch-hit two-run jack. The Dodgers mounted a threat against John Grabow, but reliever Matt Capps got Nomar to pop out to Xavier Nady to end the threat. And that was it for the Dodgers. Greg Maddux lasted only five innings and he gave up three runs, but he wasn't the only ineffective Dodger hurler. Aaron Sele allowed an RBI single to local hero Jack Wilson (he grew up about 20 minutes from where I did) and Russell Martin's throwing error on a double steal set up another Pirate run, and Nady hit a ground-rule double to finish the scoring. In the ninth, LA faced their favorite pitcher Salomon Torres (I still remember the last game of the 1993 season), but thirteen years later, he was finally able to shut them down. Russell Martin, Sr. played the national anthem on his sax, but in the end, the Dodgers were singing the blues. And somewhere in the visiting dugout, Jim Tracy finally showed some emotion.
    Uhhhh, am I missing something?

    Why are you posting a game recap from last week?
    "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

    "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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    • Thursday, September 21, 2006

      Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 2 at Dodger Stadium

      W - Chad Billingsley (6-4)
      L - Shane Youman (0-2)
      S - Takashi Saito (20)

      LA 5 runs, 6 hits, 1 error
      PIT 2 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

      HR - Olmedo Saenz, LA (11)

      Dodgers' record - 80-73 (2nd in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: This was a historic night in Dodger history. Not because they got to the 80-win mark. And it wasn't because they avoided an embarrassing three-game sweep at the hands of the Pirates and Jim Tracy. It was the Dodgers' record-setting attendance night, breaking the 24-year-old team record. A friend of mine had tickets to the game and suggested I go with him, but unfortunately I had work to do. Aside from Chad Billingsley's 5-inning, 2-run performance and Olmedo Saenz's scheduled home run against the Pirates, all I missed was a free ticket to an assorted selection of home games in 2007. Sure, they were all going to be non-divisional games against non-noteworthy opponents, but I did miss out on a chance to save $6 for the top deck seats and only spend gas money. Either way, this game almost went the way of the typical Dodger defeat: clutch hitting by the opposition and the pitcher helping his own cause. Shane Youman made his second career start, and had he made it out of the fifth inning, it could have almost matched Billingsley's numbers. JD Drew had a bases-loaded walk and Marlon Anderson executed a perfect suicide squeeze in the eighth inning, but what really got the fans crazy was Ryan Doumit arguing balls and strikes in the top of the eighth. With the Padres beating the DBacks and the Phillies not playing, the Dodgers were all alone at the top of the wild card standings. And given Saenz's numbers against the Bucs, why didn't Little start him every game of the series? After all, his predecessor did it. And that was about the only thing that I could defend Tracy for.
      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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      • I got a little behind in the recaps. That's all.
        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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        • Originally posted by bhss89
          Uhhhh, am I missing something?

          Why are you posting a game recap from last week?
          Jim Morrison of Ventura County by way of Paris posts recaps of every game of the season for us. Sometimes he gets backed up and can't post them until awhile after the fact, but they are very informative and highly appreciated nonetheless.

          Thanks for these recaps, Mojo - they rock.

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          • Friday, September 22, 2006

            Los Angeles 2, Arizona 0 at Dodger Stadium

            W - Derek Lowe (15-8)
            L - Claudio Vargas (11-10)
            S - Takashi Saito (21)

            LA 2 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors
            ARI 0 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors

            HR - JD Drew, LA (19)

            Dodgers' record - 81-73 (2nd in NL West)

            QUICKIE RECAP: One of the things I'll never get about baseball is how the worst teams can thoroughly dominate the Dodgers but they get owned by their next opponent. Such is the case with the Pirates, who were two outs shy of getting no-hit by former Princeton student Chris Young. LA finished a 3-6 stretch against the three worst teams in the NL's worst division, but somehow the Padres make the Bucs look like a cellar-dweller. 110 miles north on the 5, the Dodgers welcomed the DBacks. At this time last year, it was impossible to do so, since Arizona won 8 out of 9 games at the Ravine. This time, the Diamondbacks were 1-5 in Los Angeles, and with Derek Lowe's 7-inning 5-hit performance, they fell to 1-6. JD Drew broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a home run, and Russell Martin and Marlon ("Merlin," according to Vin) Anderson hit back-to-back doubles to cap the scoring. Claudio Vargas allowed both runs in 6 2/3 innings in what MLB officially recognized as a "quality start." Meanwhile, all eyes were on Young, who allowed a two-run home run to Joe Randa to lose the no-hitter and the shutout. Either way, the Dodgers still kept pace with San Diego. And Jim Tracy looked like Jim Tracy again. Good riddance.
            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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            • Saturday, September 23, 2006

              Arizona 9, Los Angeles 3 at Dodger Stadium

              W - Miguel Batista (11-7)
              L - Brad Penny (16-9)

              ARI 9 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors
              LA 3 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors

              HR - Carlos Quentin, ARI (8)

              Dodgers' record - 81-74 (2nd in NL West)

              QUICKIE RECAP: Whoever said that Brad Penny was the Dodgers' ace must have put something in the Gatorade tank in the Dodger dugout. Sure, he became the first Dodger since the immortal Darren Dreifort to strike out four batters in one inning, but in between those K's was an RBI double off Conor Jackson's bat and a Carlos Quentin home run, erasing the 3-0 lead the Dodgers had handed him. Miguel Batista continued his mastery of Dodger pitching, going eight innings and allowing those three runs and getting almost every Dodger hitter to swing at the first pitch. Penny went five innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, but the bullpen killed off any chance of a Dodger comeback (not that it would have happened given Batista's pitching). Elmer Dessens allowed three runs in the ninth inning as Arizona pounded the Dodgers' staff for 17 hits. It boggles the mind seeing that the Snakes only scored nine runs. The Padres beat the Pirates and the Phillies beat the Marlins to send the Dodgers ½ game out of a playoff spot. This could be considered a classic choke, but the Dodgers were only 4 games ahead with a month to play. Nevertheless, the inevitable is closer to happening...
              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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              • Sunday, September 24, 2006

                Los Angeles 5, Arizona 1 at Dodger Stadium

                W - Takashi Saito (6-2)
                L - Luis Vizcaíno (4-6)

                LA 5 runs, 7 hits, 1 error
                ARI 1 run, 5 hits, 1 error

                HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (19)

                Dodgers' record - 82-74 (2nd in NL West)

                QUICKIE RECAP: Those who attended Fan Appreciation Day at Dodger Stadium saw a lot of historical events. LA had drawn a total of 3,758,545 fans for the 2006 season, breaking the old record of 3,608,881 (a difference of 149,664 for all you statheads). Hong-Chih Kuo belted his first career hit, a double off Livan Hernandez in the fifth inning. And for those who stayed all nine innings (or six, depending on when they got to their seats), they were treated to Nomar's second walk-off HR in six days, a grand slam off Luis Vizcaíno. This was the second game-winning home run he had surrendered to the Dodgers this season, with the first being a solo shot to Jeff Kent back in August. The Dodgers didn't lose ground to the Padres and Phillies, who each swept their weekend series. With six games remaining on the road, the Dodgers figure they'll have to win out and hope for some help in the unlikely form of the Nationals and these very same Diamondbacks.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                • Tuesday, September 26, 2006

                  Los Angeles 11, Colorado 4 at Coors Field

                  W - Greg Maddux (5-3)
                  L - Jason Jennings (9-13)

                  LA 11 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors
                  COL 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

                  HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (20), Marlon Anderson, LA (6), Garrett Atkins, COL (28), Brad Hawpe, COL (21)

                  Dodgers' record - 83-74 (2nd in NL West)

                  QUICKIE RECAP: Before the Dodgers took the field, they had already received some good news: the Phillies had lost their makeup game against the red-hot Astros, dropping them into a tie for the wild card spot. The bad news was that the Padres had come from behind to beat the slumping Cardinals to take a two-game lead in the division. Then the Dodgers faced the Colorado Rockies, a team they had beaten 12 out of 16 times. And before Greg Maddux took the mound, they had already spotted him a 3-0 lead. Maddux made the most of it, going six strong innings and allowing only a home run to former UCLA star Garrett Atkins, an RBI groundout to Dodger killer Matt Holliday, and an RBI single to Dodger killer extraordinaire Brad Hawpe. Nomar hit a 2-run home run and finished with 3 RBIs. Russell Martin had a bases-loaded stand-up triple and finished with 4 RBIs. Marlon Anderson went 3-for-5 with a home run, surpassing his total with the Nationals this season, as the Dodgers pounded Jason Jennings for nine hits and six runs in five innings, and they also showed no mercy to former Dodger Tom Martin (where is Paul Shuey these days?). Brett Tomko threw two scoreless innings and Eric Stults surrendered a solo shot to Hawpe. Maddux improved to 6-2 career at Coors, and 12-5 overall against Colorado. The Phillies lost to the Nationals, and the Dodgers found themselves one full game ahead Philadelphia for the wild card. The Padres, however, have the Cardinals' number, so at this point, the division is all but out of the question.
                  SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                  "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                  • Wednesday, September 27, 2006

                    Los Angeles 6, Colorado 4 at Coors Field

                    W - Derek Lowe (16-8)
                    L - Aaron Cook (9-15)
                    S - Takashi Saito (22)

                    LA 6 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
                    COL 4 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors

                    HR - Wilson Betemit, LA (9)

                    Dodgers' record - 84-74 (2nd in NL West)

                    QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Wilson Better Meat's 9th homer as a Dodger, matching his total in four months with the Braves, but Derek Lowe suddenly looked shaky in the fourth and fifth innings. Todd Helton singled home a run and Brad Hawpe grounded into a run-scoring double play in the 4th, and in the 5th, Garrett Atkins doubled home Jeff Salazar and Matt Holliday singled him home. In the 6th, Los Angeles got two runs back when JD Drew tripled home two runs, and Andre Ethier of all people tied the game with an RBI single in the seventh. Lowe was limited to 90 pitches, but he got shelled for 10 hits and four runs in six innings. Little had previously said that he would use both Greg Maddux and Lowe in the final series against the Giants at AT&T. Takashi Saito pitched the ninth to get his 22nd save, a Dodger rookie record, but this game was noted for two things. Los Angeles beating Colorado for the 14th time in 18 meetings and JD Drew getting his career-high 95th RBI. So this is the JD Drew that was sold to us in December of 2004?
                    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                    • Thursday, September 28, 2006

                      Los Angeles 19, Colorado 11 at Coors Field

                      W - Mark Hendrickson (2-7)
                      L - Ray King (1-4)

                      LA 19 runs, 17 hits, 1 error
                      COL 11 runs, 16 hits, 1 error

                      HR - Marlon Anderson, LA (7), Kenny Lofton, LA (3), James Loney, LA (2,3), Matt Holliday, COL (33)

                      Dodgers' record - 85-74 (2nd in NL West)

                      QUICKIE RECAP: This was not a baseball game. This was a football game played a few blocks from INVESCO Field at Mile High (the place where the Denver Broncos play). The game had a total of 16 people serving batting practice, and it got to the point where a position player might have taken the mound. Brad Penny allowed a three-run home run to Matt Holliday in the first, but the Dodgers came back against Byung-Hyun Kim in the second when James Loney hit his first career grand slam. Penny was unable to answer the bell for the second inning due to a "back problem," but word around the LA area is that Little was tired of him getting shelled every start. Chad Billingsley figured to stop the Rockies, and the Dodgers even added four more runs to their lead, but in the fourth inning, things fell apart. The Rockies hit five consecutive singles and a walk, capped by a Vinny Castilla two-run single to give the Rockies a 10-8 lead. But the 2006 Rockies suddenly reverted to the Rockies of old, as Ramon Ramirez and former Dodger Mike Venafro gave up RBI singles to Loney and Wilson Betemit to tie the game. In the sixth, Ray King gave up back-to-back home runs to Kenny Lofton and Marlon Anderson, and the Dodgers never looked back. Jason Repko added two more runs in the eighth, but the real story of the day was Loney going 4-for-5 and nine RBIs. Entering the game, he had 8 RBIs in 45 games and in four at-bats, he more than doubled his career total, becoming the first-ever LA Dodger to do so. Gil Hodges did it 56 years ago, but that was with Brooklyn, and we here like to keep their histories separate. As I type this, San Diego has a 7-0 lead against Miguel Batista and the Diamondbacks, and the Phillies and Nationals haven't started to play yet, despite the game being scheduled four hours ago. With potential tiebreakers being played on Monday and maybe Tuesday, the PHI/WAS game has to be played today. Which means a sleepless night. It should benefit the Dodgers, but they have a tendency to not take advantage of these opportunities.
                      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                      • Originally posted by Elvis
                        Jim Morrison of Ventura County by way of Paris posts recaps of every game of the season for us. Sometimes he gets backed up and can't post them until awhile after the fact, but they are very informative and highly appreciated nonetheless.

                        Thanks for these recaps, Mojo - they rock.
                        Thanks. I'm finally caught up. If only I worked as hard with my research...
                        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                        • I can't believe that Little would bench Penny after one inning of work. Its funny to remember Penny barking about being taken out in the 7th (or whatever inning it was) earlier in the season.

                          Getting yanked now after the 1st is some nasty karma coming around to kick him in the ass. Maybe yesterday's humiliation will light a fire under him. The team will need him to be at his best if they make the playoffs.

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                          • Originally posted by GnomeR
                            I can't believe that Little would bench Penny after one inning of work. Its funny to remember Penny barking about being taken out in the 7th (or whatever inning it was) earlier in the season.

                            Getting yanked now after the 1st is some nasty karma coming around to kick him in the ass. Maybe yesterday's humiliation will light a fire under him. The team will need him to be at his best if they make the playoffs.
                            He took him out because of back stiffness. But Penny hasn't pitched too well recently which is a concern if they make the playoffs.

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                            • I can't believe Loney had 9 RBI yesterday. That was a huge win, and nice job by the Nationals beating the Phillies. Unfortunately the Phillies won tonight so this is a big game right now.

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                              • A day after scoring 19 runs off 17 hits, we can only manage 2 hits and no runs off Cy Young Lowry.
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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