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  • #76
    Starters are looking solid now, even Seo pitched well.

    Too bad Danny "Look - I can thow a fastball" Baez prevented us from a Gint sweep
    Last edited by Elvis; 05-14-2006, 04:58 PM.

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    • #77
      Tuesday, May 9, 2006

      Los Angeles 12, Houston 7 at Dodger Stadium

      W - Takashi Saito (3-2)
      L - Dan Wheeler (0-2)

      LA 12 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors
      HOU 7 runs, 14 hits, 2 errors

      HR - JD Drew, LA (7), Nomar Garciaparra, LA (3), Jeff Kent, LA (2), Morgan Ensberg, HOU (10), Jason Lane, HOU (8), Adam Everett, HOU (2)

      Dodgers' record - 16-17 (T-4th in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers' offense suddenly exploded after the disastrous series against the DBacks and Padres, but it looks like they'll have to make do without Jason Repko, who busted his ankle trying to rob Morgan Ensberg of a HR in the 1st inning. Andy Pettitte, who one-hit the Dodgers the last time he faced LA, was less than stellar this time around as Dodger Stadium turned into a West Coast replica of Minute Maid Park, as Pettitte gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. Jae Seo was worse, allowing as many runs in 3 2/3 innings. Franquelis Osoria, Jonathan Broxton, and Takashi Saito pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball, and the Dodgers pounded Mike Gallo, Dan Wheeler, and Dave Borkowski for six rung in the 8th, capped by Jeff Kent's 2-run shot, his first HR since April 14. Joe Beimel allowed his first run of the season in the 9th, but the gap was too big to lose, as evidenced by the Padres' resurgence at PETCO.
      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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      • #78
        Wednesday, May 10, 2006

        Los Angeles 9, Houston 6 at Dodger Stadium

        W - Brett Tomko (4-1)
        L - Taylor Buchholz (2-2)

        LA 9 runs, 13 hits, 1 error
        HOU 6 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors

        HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (4), Jeff Kent, LA (3), Rafael Furcal, LA (2), Lance Berkman, HOU (12)

        Dodgers' record - 17-17 (4th in NL West)

        QUICKIE RECAP: After the Padres' disaster at PETCO, the Dodgers slid into a 5-game funk. Now they're out of it, as the Dodger offense has suddenly woken up, and after much bashing and slamming, the Dodgers made it back to .500 as they pounded Taylor Buchholz for 12 hits and 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings (his ERA stood at 3.82 after the outing) and Jeff Kent raised his average almost 40 points since the start of the Brewers series, going 2-for-3 with a HR for the second straight game. Brett Tomko one-hit the Astros for 6 innings, but that damn bullpen almost blew a 9-0 lead, as Tim Hamulack gave up three runs in the 7th and Franquelis Osoria gave up three more in the 9th. The Dodger offense made Danys Baez a winner twice against the Brewers, but how long can it bail the bullpen out?
        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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        • #79
          Thursday, May 11, 2006

          Houston 4, Los Angeles 2 at Dodger Stadium

          W - Wandy Rodriguez (5-1)
          L - Derek Lowe (1-2)
          S - Dan Wheeler (1)

          HOU 4 runs, 6 hits, 0 error
          LA 2 runs, 6 hits, 3 errors

          HR - Jeff Kent, LA (4)

          Dodgers' record - 17-18 (T-4th in NL West)

          QUICKIE RECAP: One can say that the Dodgers missed a chance to get back over .500 since the start of the Pirates series last month, but when you're up against a pitcher with one of the highest run supports in the league, it's kinda difficult to do when you've used up your run quota in the previous five games. Wandy Rodriguez took a shutout into the 7th inning as he stopped the Dodgers' winning streak, despite Brad Lidge's meltdown in the 9th, as he was pulled from the game with the bases loaded and one out. Derek Lowe allowed 2 unearned runs in 7 innings, but other than Lidge, LA couldn't get to the Astros' pitching, as Dan Wheeler needed just two pitches to end all hopes for a Dodger comeback. Nevertheless, the Dodgers were five games below .500 one week prior to this game and now they're hovering around .500. We're just waiting for another bullpen collapse.
          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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          • #80
            Friday, May 12, 2006

            Los Angeles 6, San Francisco 1 at AT&T Park

            W - Brad Penny (3-1)
            L - Matt Morris (2-4)

            LA 6 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors
            SF 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors

            HR - Pedro Feliz, SF (6)

            Dodgers' record - 18-18 (4th in NL West)

            QUICKIE RECAP: I figured that Bonds' 714th (and possibly 715th) would come against the Dodgers this weekend, as his 500th, 71st, 72nd, and 73rd all came against the Dodgers at Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T. Enter Brad Penny, who had Bonds batting .385 against him with 3 HRs, and the stage was set for history. And in the end, Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk, as Penny two-hit the Giants and Joe Beimel (a pleasant surprise in the pen) and Takashi Saito held down the fort and LA won for the sixth time in seven games. All eyes were on Bonds, of course, but in the 8th, he was caught in a potential baserunning blunder, as Bonds popped up to Jeff Kent with Mark Sweeney at first, but Kent dropped the ball. Kent threw to second for the force, and almost doubled up Bonds, who made a half-hearted attempt to run it out. Bonds has said that with Moises Alou on the DL, he'll play every game for the Giants. Which isn't necessarily a good thing, as the 8th inning pointed out.
            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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            • #81
              Saturday, May 13, 2006

              San Francisco 6, Los Angeles 5 at AT&T Park

              W - Armando Benitez (2-0)
              L - Danys Baez (2-2)

              SF 6 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors
              LA 5 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

              HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (5), Jeff Kent, LA (5)

              Dodgers' record - 18-19 (T-4th in NL West)

              QUICKIE RECAP: FIVE seems to be an unlucky number for the Dodgers. They had a FIVE-run lead against the Padres at PETCO before San Diego scored FIVE runs in the 9th inning. That game started a FIVE-game losing streak. And the Dodgers had scored FIVE runs before the 9th inning before Danys Baez took the mound, wasting a seven-inning outing for Aaron Sele and the chance to give Noah Lowry his first career loss against the Dodgers. Steve Finley, who was the key player in another memorable comeback in a Dodgers/Giants game led off the 9th with a double, Pedro Feliz reached on an error, and Ray Durham flied out to right. Lance Niekro singled Finley home, Todd Greene doubled Feliz home, and Dan Ortmeier singled Niekro home to tie the game. After an intentional pass to Randy Winn, Omar Vizquel hit a sac fly to end the game. Baez is no Gagne (who is?), but he's blown five games already and it's only May.

              SIDE NOTE: It's also been FIVE games since Bonds hit #713, and more importantly, the Dodgers have won FIVE World Series since moving to the West Coast.
              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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              • #82
                Sunday, May 14, 2006

                Los Angeles 6, San Francisco 3 at AT&T Park

                W - Odalis Perez (4-1)
                L - Steve Kline (1-1)
                S - Joe Beimel (1)

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

                HR - Jeff Kent, LA (6), Ray Durham, SF (2)

                Dodgers' record - 19-19 (4th in NL West)

                QUICKIE RECAP: The matchup seemed to be one-sided. Jae Seo vs Jason Schmidt. And amazingly, it turned out to be a pitcher's duel, as both starters pitched three-hit ball for 6 and 7 innings, respectively, and Odalis Perez made his first-ever appearance out of the pen for the Dodgers (he had some bullpen stints in Atlanta), but it was not without the typical Dodger bullpen letdown, as he allowed a game-tying RBI single to Mike Matheny. Then the Dodgers broke it open against Steve Kline in the 8th, as former Giant Ramon Martinez walked and advanced to second on a single by Rafael Furcal. Former Giant Kenny Lofton then laid down a bunt towards third base, as Kline attempted to get the force at 3rd, but the ball went past Omar Vizquel, and two runs scored. Joe Beimel pitched two innings of relief despite allowing a HR to Ray Durham in the 9th, and he retired Bonds all three times he faced him during the series. Surprisingly enough, Bonds 714th didn't come against the Dodgers as expected, and now he'll take the Barry Bonds Media Tour to Houston and back to the Bay Area across the Bay Bridge to Oakland next weekend. Next up: the second-place Rockies at Coors. Ouch.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                • #83
                  HR - Jeff Kent, LA (6)


                  kent's 5th in his last 6 games.
                  "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by west coast orange and black
                    HR - Jeff Kent, LA (6)


                    kent's 5th in his last 6 games.

                    Perfect timing for heading to Coors Field

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                    • #85
                      Monday, May 15, 2006

                      Los Angeles 5, Colorado 4 at Coors Field

                      W - Brett Tomko (5-1)
                      L - Ramon Ramirez (2-1)
                      S - Takashi Saito (1)

                      LA 5 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
                      COL 4 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors

                      HR - Jose Cruz, Jr., LA (2), Matt Holliday, COL (11), Brad Hawpe, COL (9)

                      Dodgers' record - 20-19 (4th in NL West)

                      QUICKIE RECAP: Fresh off the series win at AT&T/SBC/Pac Bell, the Dodgers went to Coors Field to take on the third-place Rockies (they were in second place at gametime). They went up against Josh Fogg, who has surrendered 11 HR to the current Dodger lineup, but he didn't pitch like his old self in Pittsburgh. Granted, he threw more balls than strikes, but he only allowed 4 hits and two runs in 6 innings. Reliever Ramon Ramirez came in and allowed a leadoff walk to opposing pitcher Brett Tomko and a single to Rafael Furcal. Nomar hit a single to right, scoring Tomko on a headfirst slide to snap a 2-2 tie. JD Drew hit a 2-run double to finish off the Rockies. Tomko, the Dodgers' #5 pitcher, went 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs and retiring 15 of his last 16 batters. Takashi Saito pitched two innings of relief, and despite allowing Matt Holliday's 11th HR in the 9th, he picked up his first ML save. Grady Little has said that he'll use both Danys Baez and Saito as closers while Gagne is on the DL, but as of this point, which Dodger fan would openly admit to preferring Baez closing out games?
                      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                      • #86
                        Tuesday, May 16, 2006

                        Colorado 5, Los Angeles 1 at Coors Field

                        W - Byung-Hyun Kim (2-1)
                        L - Derek Lowe (1-3)

                        COL 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
                        LA 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors

                        HR - Brad Hawpe, COL (10)

                        Dodgers' record - 20-20 (T-4th in NL West)

                        QUICKIE RECAP: Byung-Hyun Kim issued three walks, throws two wild pitches, and allows one hit in the first inning alone, and how many runs do the Dodgers score? One, as Brad Hawpe continued his mastery of the Dodgers, throwing out Kenny Lofton at the plate to stifle any attack the Dodger offense could have mounted. After the wild first inning, Kim only allowed three more hits as he, Jose Mesa, and Scott Dohmann shut down the Dodgers. Derek Lowe allowed 9 hits and 5 runs over 6 innings, as he tied Hong-Chih Kuo for the team lead in losses. Of Hawpe's 22 career HR, seven have come against the Dodgers. And he is 6-for-8 career against Lowe, including two HR. So why did Lowe even pitch to him, especially at Coors?
                        Last edited by mojorisin71; 05-20-2006, 12:30 PM.
                        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                        • #87
                          Wednesday, May 17, 2006

                          Los Angeles 3, Colorado 2 at Coors Field

                          W - Brad Penny (4-1)
                          L - Jason Jennings (2-4)
                          S - Danys Baez (9)

                          LA 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 error
                          COL 2 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

                          HR - None

                          Dodgers' record - 21-20 (T-4th in NL West)

                          QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers won their second consecutive road series, this time in the tough confines of Coors Field. Brad Penny threw six innings, allowing only six hits and 1 run, and in all nine of his starts, he's allowed less than three runs. Nomar hit a 2-run single, and that was all the offense the Dodgers needed. Even Danys Baez got into the act, getting a five-out save to seal the Dodgers' 9th win in their last 12 since the five-game losing streak. Next up: the Angels, who will send Jeff Weaver tomorrow night. Last year, Jose Lima and his 8.16 ERA threw a two-hit shutout against the Dodgers. So it wouldn't be a surprise if Weaver shuts down the Dodgers.
                          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                          • #88
                            Friday, May 19, 2006

                            Los Angeles 16, Los Angeles of Anaheim 3 at Dodger Stadium

                            W - Aaron Sele (2-0)
                            L - Jeff Weaver (1-7)

                            LA 16 runs, 25 hits, 1 error
                            LA of ANA 3 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors

                            HR - Andre Ethier, LA (2), Vladimir Guerrero, LA of ANA, (11)

                            Dodgers' record - 22-20 (4th in NL West)

                            QUICKIE RECAP: There were a lot of people who were upset at the Dodgers letting Jeff Weaver go after posting his first career winning season in 2005. Entering the game, he was 1-6 with a 7.40 ERA, and in his 4 2/3 innings of work, he gave up 11 hits and 4 runs, yet he managed to lower his ERA to 7.30. Aaron Sele, who pitched for the Angels for three seasons, was shaky in the first two innings, giving up five hits, including Vladimir Guerrero's 11th HR in the first, but he did escape a second-and-third, no-out jam in the second. From then on, the Dodgers chipped away at the deficit before exploding in the sixth inning. LA sent 15 men to the plate and had nine hits, and when Willy Aybar grounded out to end the sixth, he left the bases loaded. Jeff Kent was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Aybar hit a 2-run double, Andre Ethier, Russ Martin, and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz each had RBI singles, and Rafael Furcal hit a 2-run triple to make the score 12-2. Nomar had an RBI single to finish the scoring. Ethier hit his second career HR in the seventh off Brendan Donnelly, but the scoring wasn't done there. Aybar had an RBI single in the 8th, and Ethier hit a sac fly to make the score 16-2. Lance Carter, recently brought up from Vegas, allowed an RBI groundout to Edgardo Alfonzo (batting .100 [5-for-50]), but even he didn't blow a 14-run lead.

                            At the end of the day, Ethier went 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI, Furcal, Nomar, and Martin all had three hits, and every Dodger starting position player had at least two hits each. The Dodgers pounded out a team-record 25 hits in beating the Angels. And amazingly, we're still in 4th place, 1½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks.

                            SIDE NOTE: Milton Bradley is on the 15-day DL, and Antonio Perez is batting .040 in Oakland. So who won the deal?
                            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                            • #89
                              Saturday, May 20, 2006

                              Los Angeles 8, Los Angeles of Anaheim 4 at Dodger Stadium

                              W - Joe Beimel (1-0)
                              L - Scot Shields (1-3)

                              LA 8 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
                              LA of ANA 4 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors

                              HR - JD Drew, LA (8), Willy Aybar, LA (1), Dallas McPherson, LA of ANA (1)

                              Dodgers' record - 23-20 (T-3rd in NL West)

                              QUICKIE RECAP: For the second straight day, an Angel hit a HR to give LA of Anaheim an early lead. And for the second straight day, the Dodgers chipped away at the lead and eventually burst the floodgates open, as LA scored seven times in their final three ABs and the Dodgers assured themselves of another series win. Dallas McPherson hit a 2-run HR in the first off Brett Tomko, who had an unusually bad outing. Willy Aybar hit a game-tying 3-run jack in the 6th off Kevin Gregg, who aside from that pitch, shut down the Dodgers, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs. Scot Shields came in to pitch the seventh and allowed a pinch-hit go-ahead HR from JD Drew, and they would score four more runs. The Angels dropped to nine games below .500, and it looks vaguely familiar (the Dodgers were sinking quickly at this time last year).
                              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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                              • #90
                                Sunday, May 21, 2006

                                Los Angeles 7, Los Angeles of Anaheim 0 at Dodger Stadium

                                W - Derek Lowe (2-3)
                                L - Ervin Santana (4-2)

                                LA 7 runs, 10 hits, 1 error
                                LA of ANA 0 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors

                                HR - Andre Ethier, LA (3)

                                Dodgers' record - 24-20 (3rd in NL West)

                                QUICKIE RECAP: 31-7. That was the aggregate score for the 3-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Angels were also outhit 45-24. And they made a winner out of Derek Lowe, who had his best outing of the season, throwing 7 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits and Andre Ethier's HR off Ervin "Don't call me Johan" Santana was all the scoring the Dodgers would need. Jonathan Broxton came in and allowed one hit over two innings, and the Dodgers swept the Freeway Series in LA County. Ethier finished 7-for-13 in the series, which begs the question: What if he had stayed in Oakland?
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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