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  • Well, they split the road trip. Hopefully they'll have another good homestand. Time to beat the Phillies tomorrow.
    Let's go Dodgers


    • Tuesday, May 30, 2006

      Los Angeles 8, Atlanta 3 at Turner Field

      W - Danys Baez (3-2)
      L - Mike Remlinger (2-3)

      LA 8 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
      ATL 3 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

      HR - Andre Ethier, LA (4), Adam LaRoche, ATL (9)

      Dodgers' record - 30-22 (2nd in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: Aaron Sele and Jorge Sosa (the unluckiest pitcher in baseball today) were locked in a duel into the seventh inning, with each allowing only three runs in at least six innings (Sosa went seven). In the 8th, however, the Dodgers broke the game open with RBI singles by Andre Ethier and Ramon Martinez off Mike Remlinger and Tyler Yates, and the Dodgers added three more in the 9th on RBI doubles by Nomar and Willy Aybar. Danys Baez got the win, but he was saved in the seventh when Marcus Giles led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. Chipper Jones hit one to Martinez, who flipped the ball to Russ Martin, saving a run. The Dodgers won 18 games in a month for the first time since 1993, which is the year LA finished 81-81.
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


      • Wednesday, May 31, 2006

        Atlanta 9, Los Angeles 3 at Turner Field

        W - Tim Hudson (5-3)
        L - Brett Tomko (5-3)

        ATL 9 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
        LA 3 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors

        HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (6), Andruw Jones, ATL (13), Chipper Jones, ATL (5)

        Dodgers' record - 30-23 (2nd in NL West)

        QUICKIE RECAP: On April 30, 2006, before the Dodger collapse at PETCO, Vin Scully mentioned that the Dodgers hadn't swept the Padres in San Diego since 1987. And then the collapse happened. Yesterday in the pregame show, Charley Steiner mentioned that the Dodgers hadn't swept the Bravos in Atlanta since 1988. And then Brett Tomko collapsed. This time, he lasted only three innings, allowing 6 hits and 7 runs (5 earned) as the Braves batted around in the third, and the Dodgers fell into a 7-1 hole before the game was halfway over. Both Chipper and Andruw Jones homered, and catcher Todd Pratt drove in two runs without getting a hit, as the Braves assured the Dodgers that they wouldn't have a winning roadtrip. Odalis Perez pitched three innings against his former team, but like his last appearance, it was to mop up the damage caused by Tomko. With the 1/3 mark approaching us this season, the Dodgers are on pace to win 90 games. And still be in second place, as the DBacks also lost to the Mets in 13 innings, and LA is still half a game behind Arizona in the NL West.

        SIDE NOTE: Eric Gagné was activated from the DL on Tuesday and promptly began serving his 2-game suspension from last year. Apparently, MLB wasn't convinced that he was healthy at the start of the year. In any case, he'll be available for this weekend's series against the Phillies.
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


        • I didn't think we would sweep the Braves on the road. But Tomko was bad again.


          • Tomko and Seo hopefully will not be in the rotation by July.


            • Thursday, June 1, 2006

              Los Angeles 7, Philadelphia 2 at Dodger Stadium

              W - Derek Lowe (4-3)
              L - Gavin Floyd (4-3)

              LA 7 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors
              PHI 2 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

              HR - JD Drew, LA (9), Russ Martin, LA (2), Matt Kemp, LA (1)

              Dodgers' record - 31-23 (2nd in NL West)

              QUICKIE RECAP: The Professor (those who have been around BBF for a while know what I mean) used to provide recaps and analyses after every Phillies/Dodgers game with scathing criticism of both teams. I'll do my best to fill in for him, but I realize I can't match his eloquence and wit. Derek Lowe celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-inning, 5-hit performance, and Jonathan Broxton, Joe Beimel, and Tim Hamulack shut the door on the mighty Phillies offense. Okay, not really, as Hamulack gave the Phillies a shot to get back in the game, allowing two runs in the ninth. Gavin Floyd repeated his performance against the Dodgers in Philadelphia, allowing seven runs in only four innings of work, and it would have been more if it hadn't been for that meddling Willy Aybar, who struck out with the bases loaded in the first. Matt Kemp, recently called up from Vegas, hit his first career HR off the LF foul pole and JD Drew, Philadelphia's favorite son, added a three-run jack in the fourth. And that was it for the Dodger offense, as Brian Sanches and Clay Condrey held the Dodgers to two hits over the last four innings. The Phillies, despite having a worse record than LA, have a better bullpen. Strange.
              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


              • Friday, June 2, 2006

                Philadelphia 8, Los Angeles 6 at Dodger Stadium

                W - Geoff Geary (2-0)
                L - Danys Baez (3-3)
                S - Tom Gordon (16)

                PHI 8 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
                LA 6 runs, 10 hits, 1 error

                HR - Matt Kemp, LA (2), Ryan Howard, PHI (19), Chase Utley, PHI (10)

                Dodgers' record - 31-24 (2nd in NL West)

                QUICKIE RECAP: This thread sums up the general feeling all over the Southland after Friday night's game. Jae Seo wasn't exactly Koufaxian, but he did luck out when the Dodger offense bailed him out in the fifth. Trouble was, he had already left the game after only four innings of work. He looked nothing like the pitcher that threw a 2-hit shutout at Dodger Stadium last year, and if this keeps up, we may have to ask for Duaner Sanchez back (heck, we can do with Steve Schmoll as well). Matt Kemp hit his second HR in as many days, but it wasn't enough, as Danys Baez gave up five runs without getting an out, ballooning his ERA to 3.95. Odalis Perez gave up one hit in his only inning of work and lowered his ERA to 6.05. And yet Grady Little feels more comfortable with Perez pitching out of the pen. Every other Dodger pitcher did not give up any runs, including Eric Gagné, who wasn't exactly stellar, either. In the ninth, he walked David Bell and hit Aaron Rowand, but he got out of the inning, much to the delight of the sellout crowd at the Ravine. Except that Rowand did his damage in the seventh with a go-ahead two-run double.

                SIDE NOTE: Olmedo Saenz and Sandy Alomar ended the Phillies pen's scoreless streak at 20 2/3 innings. We'd like to trade Baez, Perez, and Hamulack for a bag of beachballs, a used bat, and Rheal Cormier.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                • Saturday, June 3, 2006

                  Los Angeles 8, Philadephia 2 at Dodger Stadium

                  W - Brad Penny (6-1)
                  L - Eude Brito (0-1)

                  LA 8 runs, 14 hits, 1 error
                  PHI 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors

                  HR - Matt Kemp, LA (3)

                  Dodgers' record - 32-24 (2nd in NL West)

                  Brad Penny really needs to take out his anger on water coolers more often. He allowed one hit over six innings yesterday and would have lasted longer had the temperature not hit triple digits at Dodger Stadium. Friday night was Ron Cey bobblehead night at the Ravine, but they can't help you keep cool like the shirt we all got yesterday. And from what I noticed the last three games, Dodger fans really hate Bobby Abreu. It's not because he hit a game-winning HR off Tim Hamulack in Philly in April. It's because the guys in the RF Pavilion are in solidarity with all the Abreu haters in Philly. He didn't back up Chase Utley when he dropped a Joel Guzman pop up. He didn't run over to left field to make a superhuman leap to rob Matt Kemp of his third HR in as many days. And he certainly didn't react like Reggie Smith 25 years ago when he jumped into the stands to take on the guys heckling him. Nomar went 3-for-4 and the Dodgers hammered Eude Brito (who can challenge Don Aase for most vowels in a name) for six runs in four innings and they also pounded Clay Condrey as well, as LA doubled his ERA to 2.25. And true to the East Coast criticisms, a lot of people left during the seventh inning stretch. Which is why it only took me 15 minutes to get onto the 5 instead of the usual 30.
                  SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                  "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                  • Tomko is stinking again, and we can't do anything against this Soler. I wanted more than 2 against the Phillies but can't complain too much.


                    • Tonight's game was ************* disgustuing


                      • Clutch Nomar struck out, Kirk Gibson is spinning in his lay-z-boy.

                        (Matt Kemp IS the second coming of Alfonso Soriano)
                        "Never expect anything and you'll always be suprised" - Unknown


                        • Sunday, June 4, 2006

                          Philadelphia 6, Los Angeles 4 at Dodger Stadium

                          W - Geoff Geary (3-0)
                          L - Joe Beimel (2-1)
                          S - Tom Gordon (17)

                          PHI 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors
                          LA 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

                          HR - Russell Martin, LA (3), Chase Utley, PHI (11)

                          Dodgers' record - 32-25 (2nd in NL West)

                          QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers missed a chance to make up ground on the DBacks by having the bullpen blow another game. With the score tied 3-3 in the 8th, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley hit back-to-back doubles, and then Ryan Howard hit a slow roller towards first, which Olmedo Saenz threw home and Utley then crashed into Russ Martin to seal the deal. Recently recalled Hong-Chih Kuo then plunked Shane Victorino with his first pitch in the majors in a month (he swears it wasn't intentional, just like the Hamulack beaning of Bonds) and the game was pretty much over, as the mighty Phillies bullpen closed the door on the Dodger offense, save for a Martin home run off closer Tom Gordon. The Dodgers should have won 3 of four, but with Brett Tomko pitching every five days and Odalis Perez being a starter again, compiling a winning streak is going to be difficult.
                          SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                          "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                          • Monday, June 5, 2006

                            New York 4, Los Angeles 1 at Dodger Stadium

                            W - Alay Soler (1-1)
                            L - Brett Tomko (5-4)
                            S - Chad Bradford (1)

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

                            HR - Willy Aybar, LA (2), Carlos Delgado, NY (16), Jose Reyes, NY (6)

                            Dodgers' record - 32-26 (2nd in NL West)

                            QUICKIE RECAP: Before the parking lot was full at Dodger Stadium, Jose Reyes led off the game with a HR. And before people got to their seats, Carlos Delgado hit a 2-run shot that pretty much finished the scoring for the Mets. Brett Tomko didn't crash and burn this time, as he did go over 5 innings (5 1/3 to be exact), but he also allowed all four Mets runs and was unfortunate enough to have been matched up against Alay Soler, who pitched seven innings and allowed only Willy Aybar's solo shot. Then again, given the Dodgers' luck, Soler was due for his first major league win in or against LA. The outspoken Billy Wagner wasn't too pleased that he didn't warm up in the 9th, but it didn't matter, as Chad Bradford got his first NL save as he took advantage of a Dodger off-day.

                            SIDE NOTE: This was the first losing streak since that 5-gamer at the beginning of May.
                            SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                            "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                            • Tuesday, June 6, 2006

                              Los Angeles 8, New York 5 at Dodger Stadium

                              W - Derek Lowe (5-3)
                              L - Pedro Martinez (5-2)
                              S - Eric Gagné (1)

                              LA 8 runs, 13 hits, 1 error
                              NY 5 run, 8 hits, 2 errors

                              HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (7), Matt Kemp, LA (4)

                              Dodgers' record - 33-26 (2nd in NL West)

                              QUICKIE RECAP: The last time Pedro Martinez pitched at Dodger Stadium, he had a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings before Antonio Perez tripled to break it up and Jayson Werth added the coup de grâce with a 2-run shot to finish Pedro off. But that was last year, and this year the Dodgers reloaded and in the end, the result was the same; another Dodger win against a guy they deemed too small 13 years ago. Nomar hit a 2-run shot to open the scoring, but former Dodger Jose Valentin (the 2005 version of Daryle Ward) tied it with an RBI double in the second. Cliff Floyd busted his ankle rounding third and was taken out of the game for precaution. In the 6th, however, things fell apart, as Valentin reminded us why we let him go; he committed two errors that led to four runs after Matt Kemp hit his 4th HR in 6 games. Jonathan Broxton had an unusually poor outing, giving up three runs without getting an out (almost tripling his ERA), but the story of the night was Eric Gagné's first save in 359 days, despite feeling some pain in his arm. Given that this is his contract year, we might not see him pitch in LA next year. Good luck signing an injury-prone closer.
                              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                              • Wednesday, June 7, 2006

                                New York 9, Los Angeles 7 at Dodger Stadium

                                W - Tom Glavine (9-2)
                                L - Odalis Perez (4-2)
                                S - Billy Wagner (12)

                                NY 9 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors
                                LA 7 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors

                                HR - Jose Cruz, Jr., LA (4), Rafael Furcal, LA (3,4), Lastings Milledge, NY (2)

                                Dodgers' record - 33-27 (2nd in NL West)

                                QUICKIE RECAP: Odalis Perez is notorious for complaining about everything about the Dodger team, particularly run support. On Wednesday, the Dodgers gave him plenty of run support, but it certainly didn't give him the green light to throw batting practice. Making his first start in over a month, Perez failed to take advantage of an off-night by Tom Glavine (who gave up 7 hits and 6 runs in 5 1/3 innings), giving up 11 hits and 7 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Rafael Furcal hit two HRs in the first two innings, but each time, the Mets' offense added to their lead. Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Lastings Milledge hit a 2-run shot to pad New York's lead, but in the 8th, LA had a chance off former Dodger Duaner Sanchez and failed to take advantage. Nomar led off the inning with a line drive to left, but was thrown out by Milledge trying to stretch it into a double. LA scored one run in the frame, but it could have been more, and who knows, LA could have won. But in the end, it didn't matter, as Billy Wagner shut the door on the Dodger offense. LA finished the homestand 3-4 heading into their trip to Coors Field, where no pitcher wants to throw.
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


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