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  • Friday, June 9, 2006

    Los Angeles 3, Colorado 0 at Coors Field

    W - Brad Penny (7-1)
    L - Byung-Hyun Kim (3-4)
    S - Takashi Saito (3)

    LA 3 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
    COL 0 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors

    HR - None

    Dodgers' record - 34-27 (T-1st in NL West)

    QUICKIE RECAP: It took until the 61st game of the season, but then again, it also took a collapse by the DBacks (partially fueled by the Jason Grimsley saga) for the Dodgers to get back to first place. Brad Penny pitched the longest outing by any Dodger starter, going 8 1/3 innings and allowing only five hits, and he also helped his own cause with an RBI single as the Dodgers beat the Rockies for the sixth time in seven meetings this season. Byung-Hyun Kim was the tough-luck loser, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings (it was still called a "quality start.") Penny would have finished the game, but he left with a runner on first and Takashi Saito came in to finish the game, but not before allowing a massive shot by Todd Helton which JD Drew caught all the way to the wall. And Penny didn't mind being pulled two outs from a complete game shutout at Coors Field. Strange.
    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


    • Saturday, June 10, 2006

      Colorado 12, Los Angeles 9 at Coors Field

      W - Jason Jennings (4-6)
      L - Brett Tomko (5-5)
      S - Brian Fuentes (13)

      COL 12 runs, 12 hits, 1 error
      LA 9 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors

      HR - Russell Martin, LA (4), Garrett Atkins, COL (8), Jorge Piedra, COL (1)

      Dodgers' record - 34-28 (T-1st in NL West)

      QUICKIE RECAP: One day after Brad Penny and Takashi Saito combined for a five-hit shutout, Coors Field looked like the Coors Field of old, as both teams battled it out in a classic Colorado slugfest. Brett Tomko continued his slide, losing his fourth consecutive decision, allowing 6 hits and 7 runs in only 3 2/3 innings. But unlike Odalis Perez, he's not complaining about run support. Jason Jennings finally won his first game against the Dodgers, but like the Brazilian win over Croatia today, it wasn't easy, as he gave up three first-inning runs and two more in the third. Recently-recalled Omar Quintanilla hit a two-run triple in the fourth, giving the Rockies the lead. Colorado added four more runs in the sixth off the suddenly ineffective Joe Beimel, but the Dodger offense came back in the seventh, scoring four of their own. The only bright spots in the game were JD Drew (career .377 hitter at Coors), who went 3-for-3 and Russ Martin, who went 3-for-5 and drove in a career-high four runs. Other than that, this game looked eerily similar to the final Mets/Dodgers game in LA last week. Minus the complaining.
      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


      • Sunday, June 10, 2006

        Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5 at Coors Field

        W - Danys Baez (4-3)
        L - Brian Fuentes (1-1)
        S - Takashi Saito (4)

        LA 6 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
        COL 5 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors

        HR - Matt Kemp, LA (5,6), Todd Helton, COL (5)

        Dodgers' record - 35-28 (1st in NL West)

        QUICKIE RECAP: The Dodgers finally got over the hump, breaking a tie with the DBacks atop baseball's worst division in 2005, but it took a ninth-inning comeback off an All-Star closer to seal the deal. Derek Lowe didn't have a great outing (8 hits and 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings), but he did leave the game with a 4-3 lead. Enter Jonathan Broxton, who at this time last week had a sub-1.00 ERA, but on Sunday, he gave up a 2-run HR to Todd Helton in the 8th inning to give the Rockies the lead, but Brian Fuentes couldn't close the game. Olmedo Saenz and Russ Martin hit consecutive doubles to tie the game, and Russ Martin followed with a game-winning RBI single to give the Dodgers sole possession of first place. Lost in the comeback was Matt Kemp's first two-home run game of his young career, and they both came off Dodger killer Aaron Cook. Last year, LA was in first place for a significant portion of the season, and around this time (I think the Dodgers were 33-29), they started their four-month slump en route to a 71-91 finish. However, this team is miles above last year's Los Angeles 51's.

        SIDE NOTE: The LA Times is reporting that Chad Billingsley might be called up to pitch either as soon as the Padres series or this weekend's A's series.
        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


        • Billingsley's debut today against the Padres (no decision):

          5.1 IP
          6 H
          2 R
          2 ER
          2 BB
          3 K

          Plus, 1 for 1 at the plate with 2 RBI's.
          Last edited by UnderPressure; 06-15-2006, 03:52 PM.
          Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

          If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.


          • after losing 2 to the Mets and Padres, we better not lose this series against Oakland. But Tomko is sucking again.


            • Swept by Oakland. The Dodgers are bad baseball team right now. The starting pitching is horrible. Luckily the rest of the division isn't playing very well right now.


              • After the 17-inning marathon, I didn't expect the Dodgers to win this one.
                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                • It's World Cup time, which explains why I'm a week behind in doing these updates. I'll get to as many of the games as possible for the sake of this thread.

                  Tuesday, June 13, 2006

                  San Diego 9, Los Angeles 1 at PETCO Park

                  W - Chan Ho Park (4-3)
                  L - Aaron Sele (3-1)

                  SD 9 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
                  LA 1 run, 8 hits, 2 errors

                  HR - Mike Cameron, SD (3), Eric Young, SD (1)

                  Dodgers' record - 35-29 (T-1st in NL West)

                  QUICKIE RECAP: Forget the Curse of the Bambino. The Curse of the Billy Goat? Weak. The Curse of Billy Penn? Child's play. The Curse from Brooklyn? Didn't work. There is a new curse running amok in baseball, and it's the Curse of the Former Dodger. This curse affects the Dodgers in each and every meaningful game they play in. This time around it was Chan Ho Park who shut down the Dodgers, allowing only three hits and one run in six innings. Former Dodger Eric Young homered in the seventh off a guy we all wish were a former Dodger, Odalis Perez, and Mike Cameron (almost a Dodger) fell a single short of the cycle as the Padres handed Aaron Sele his first loss in the National League, 9-1. Jae Seo didn't help the cause, either, as he allowed Cameron's HR on a 3-0 pitch, and with both Seo and Perez in the bullpen, this looked like a game Grady Little wanted to throw away. After that 5-0 debacle in April, the Padres are unbeaten against the Dodgers. Thanks, Lance Carter (another former Dodger).
                  SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                  "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                  • Wednesday, June 14, 2006

                    San Diego 5, Los Angeles 3 at PETCO Park

                    W - Scott Linebrink (3-2)
                    L - Hong-Chih Kuo (0-4)
                    S - Trevor Hoffman (15)

                    SD 5 runs, 8 hits, 1 error
                    LA 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 error

                    HR - Matt Kemp, LA (7), Willy Aybar, LA (3), Mark Bellhorn, SD (5)

                    Dodgers' record - 35-30 (T-1st in NL West)

                    QUICKIE RECAP: For some reason, the Dodgers find it hard to beat rookie pitchers (unless your name is Dontrelle Willis). John Koronka, Sean Marshall, Fernando Nieve, and now Mike Thompson has been added to the list of inexperienced guys who throw well against the Dodgers. Thompson allowed only three hits in seven innings, and left the game with a 3-2 lead that stood since the second inning. Brad Penny looked to lose only his second game of the season, but he was bailed out by Matt Kemp, who hit his seventh HR in 45 ABs off Scott Linebrink. But in true Dodger fashion, the Dodger bullpen suddenly felt the need to throw fat pitches down the middle, as Adrian Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking double off Hong-Chih Kuo (why does Little put him in tie games?) to send the Padres to their sixth straight win over the Dodgers. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the Padres are still behind them. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, they still have one more game with San Diego.
                    SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                    • Thursday, June 15, 2006

                      Los Angeles 7, San Diego 3 at PETCO Park

                      W - Jonathan Broxton (1-0)
                      L - Brian Sikorski (0-1)

                      LA 7 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
                      SD 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

                      HR - Vinny Castilla, SD (3)

                      Dodgers' record - 36-30 (1st in NL West)

                      QUICKIE RECAP: This was the moment we'd all been waiting for. Chad Billingsley finally got called up from AAA Las Vegas and what a start it was, as he went 5 1/3 innings and only allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. Unfortunately, the rest of the team couldn't do anything, and the 2 runs on the board when he left were as a result of his 2-run single in the 4th. It wasn't until the seventh that the Dodger offense finally awoke when Rafael Furcal hit a go-ahead single and Jeff Kent had a two-run double. Jonathan Broxton notched his second major-league win (his first came in the Dodgers' 71st win last October), despite allowing a solo shot to Dodger killer Vinny Castilla, as the Dodgers snapped their five-game losing streak to San Diego. Yet despite all the close calls and misfortunes, LA is all alone in first place. And that will all end soon.
                      SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                      "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                      • Friday, June 16, 2006

                        Oakland 7, Los Angeles 3 at McAfee Coliseum

                        W - Barry Zito (8-3)
                        L - Brett Tomko (5-6)

                        OAK 7 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
                        LA 3 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors

                        HR - Eric Chavez, OAK (14)

                        Dodgers' record - 36-31 (1st in NL West)

                        QUICKIE RECAP: Last offseason, the Dodgers were pursuing Barry Zito despite his declining strikeout numbers and his declining record. Friday night boosted his stock a lot, as he threw 8 innings and allowed all three Dodger runs as the red-hot A's took Game 1 of the 1988 and 1974 World Series rematch. Local hero Eric Chavez (note: it's NOT pronounced "shuh-VEZ") hit a HR off Brett Tomko, who finally dropped below .500 this season. The story of the day was Milton Bradley missing a chance to further the Curse of the Former Dodger, as he has a bum shoulder and didn't start on Friday. But Adam Melhuse (a strikeout in his only at-bat as a Dodger) went 3-for-5 as the DH, so the curse didn't really go away. Jae Seo, who pitched like Zito against the Dodgers, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, but they came 6 2/3 innings too late. And yet the Dodgers are still in first.
                        SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                        "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                        • we better come back and win this game, can't lose a series at home to the Mariners


                          • Originally posted by DodgerBlue81
                            we better come back and win this game, can't lose a series at home to the Mariners
                            Beltre looks pretty comfortable in his old home digs. Might be just what the doctor ordered for him, he started out pretty slow this season, though his recent move to #2 in the batting lineup seems to have helped too.


                            • Saturday, June 17, 2006

                              Oakland 5, Los Angeles 4 in 17 innings at McAfee Coliseum

                              W - Steve Karsay (1-0)
                              L - Jae Seo (2-4)

                              OAK 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
                              LA 4 runs, 15 hits, 0 errors

                              HR - None

                              Dodgers' record - 36-32 (1st in NL West)

                              QUICKIE RECAP (if it's possible to do so in a 17-inning game): This game should have been over before the 9th. Derek Lowe was on cruise control for 7 innings and then the inevitable Grady Little flashback happened (thanks for the reference, Annie). With the score 3-1 in the 8th, Bobby Kielty walked on four pitches and on the next pitch, Marco Scutaro doubled him home. The wheels fell apart there, as Jason Kendall singled Scutaro to third. Two outs later and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Eric Chavez was intentionally walked and in true Dodger fashion, the next batter, Bobby Crosby, doubled home two runs to make the score 4-3. Danys Baez of all people struck out Jay Payton on three pitches to end the inning. Then it was Huston Street's turn to blow the game, as he allowed a two-out walk and a stolen base to Rafael Furcal, and Kenny Lofton tripled him home to send it to extra innings. A lot of them. And the Dodgers had plenty of chances to end it before the 17th. In the 11th, LA had a runner on 3rd with one out and Brad Halsey induced two popouts to the infield. In the 14th, Olmedo Saenz came on with runners on 2nd and 3rd (people in Oakland still miss those days) and popped out to second. In the 16th, Saenz came on again with runners on 1st and 2nd and grounded into an inning-ending double play. Then Jae Seo came to pitch the 17th and allowed a leadoff hit to Scutaro, a one-out walk to Nick Swisher, and eight consecutive balls to Chavez and Crosby to force in the winning run. Yeah, we can blame the umps for wanting to go home early (the area around the Coliseum is not the kind of place I'd like to be in), but it's easier to blame Seo and his 5.61 ERA.

                              SIDE NOTE: At least Little did the right thing in pulling JD Drew when Halsey pitched the 12th. We all saw what happened last July in that DBacks game...
                              SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                              "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


                              • Sunday, June 18, 2006

                                Oakland 5, Los Angeles 2 at McAfee Coliseum

                                W - Joe Blanton (7-6)
                                L - Aaron Sele (3-2)
                                S - Huston Street (17)

                                OAK 5 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
                                LA 2 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

                                HR - Nomar Garciaparra, LA (8)

                                Dodgers' record - 36-33 (T-1st in NL West)

                                QUICKIE RECAP: As previously stated here, after the 17-inning marathon, it was unlikely that the Dodgers' bats would awaken. And they didn't. Joe Blanton, who somehow didn't fall asleep during the 17-inning game, pitched 8+ innings and Huston Street didn't blow the save this time around as the A's continued their mastery of the post-Lasorda Dodgers with their 4th straight series win over Los Angeles (although 1974 and 1988 are the only series we should care about). Jay Payton and Marco Scutaro each had three hits as Oakland chased former nemesis Aaron Sele after only four innings. Odalis Perez pitched four scoreless innings (yes, you read correctly), lowering his ERA to a hefty 6.33. Which is what his net worth should be after shutting down his O's 45's charity because the Dodgers weren't recognizing him? Maybe the Dodgers should follow the DBacks' example and designate him for assignment. Then we'll see if anyone else is willing to take on his fat contract.
                                SOUVENEZ-VOUS LES EXPOS!!!
                                "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison


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