Nomar wins it in grand fasion (cheesy baseball  headline)

April 24, 2006

 

 

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  W: T. Saito (2-0, 0.90); L: B. Lidge (0-1, 6.75); SV: D. Baez (6)
HR: LAD: J. Drew (4), N. Garciaparra (1). HOU: L. Berkman (7).

LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .215
Lofton, CF 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .233
Drew, RF 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 .338
1-Repko, PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Kent, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .200
Garciaparra, 1B 3 1 1 4 1 0 0 .429
Mueller, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .323
Cruz, LF-RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .270
Navarro, C 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .222
Lowe, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Ledee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Saito, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Saenz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Carter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Baez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 6 6 6 5 7 9

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe 7.0 4 1 1 2 4 0 3.77
Saito (W, 2-0) 1.0 1 1 1 0 3 1 0.90
Carter 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.87
Baez (S, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Well, the computers are down at work this morning so I have a lot of time to kill. How about that Dodger game last night? Nomar Garciaparra officially arrived as a Dodger with his game-winning one out grand slam in the top of the 9th inning last night. Brad Lidge was torched for 4 ER is his 0.2 innings of work and the Dodgers got a very strong outing from Derrek Lowe.

After nearly a month into the season the Dodgers stand at .500 with a 10-10 record. Considering all the injuries they’ve already gone through and the pitching problems earlier in the season, I think they’re settling down and we may see them start to find a winning groove (I’m hoping at least). The bats are starting to come together at the right times and players who joined the team late due to injury seem to be finally finding their groove (Lofton, Nomar). Brad Penny has been one of the pitching bright spots for the Dodgers, and tonight he gets another chance. I think we need Penny to continue to pitch as a #1 guy and Lowe being right there with him would be great. They say you need two really good starting pitchers to have a shot at going deep in the playoffs, and I think the Dodgers may have that. Hopefully Penny and Lowe stay healthy and the key will be avoiding injuries… we can only watch and see.

James Loney got his first start for the Las Vegas 51’s last night and went hitless. Hopefully he’ll continue to develop and mature so that he can be a more solid player when he gets his next chance to join the club. Let’s check out the stats for the minor league games:

Update from the farm – Dodger prospects:

April 24, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 8 1
Las Vegas 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 X   6 12 1
wrap | box | log | gameday
W: A. Sele (3-0, 2.92); L: S. Komine (1-1, 3.80)
HR: LVG: W. Aybar (6).

Aaron Sele has been pitching very well for the 51’s as of late and last night he went 7 2/3 strong innings giving up no runs while striking out 7 and walking 2. His ERA is down to 2.92 as he continues to prove that he belongs in the bigs.

Joel Guzman was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .316  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-4 with a walk. He’s hitting .373 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .296 for Las Vegas.
Willy Aybar was 2-for-5 with a home run and a double, 3 RBI. He’s hitting .375 for Las Vegas.

Las Vegas
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Aybar  3B 5 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 .375
Valdez  SS 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Ethier  RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .373
Guzman, J  LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .316
Loney  1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Martin, R  C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .296
Young, D  DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Weber, J  CF 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .227
Garcia  2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Sele  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Beimel  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hull  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Las Vegas
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sele (W, 3-0) 7.2 7 0 0 2 7 0 2.92
Beimel (H, 3) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.42
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Dodgers trade Cody Ross to Reds

The Dodgers just announced that they traded Cody Ross to the Reds for a player to be named. Oh how I love the "Player to be named later". He is such an awesome pitcher!!

But seriously, we’ll keep you updated on who this player is and any other info on this trade. I’m sure this will work out good for Cody… the Reds seem to have wanted him and now maybe he’ll get the chance he deserves.

Link: Los Angeles Dodgers : News : Los Angeles Dodgers News.

Dodgers win rubber game

       

       

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  W: B. Tomko (2-1, 4.70); L: R. Ortiz (0-3, 6.91); SV: D. Baez (5)
HR: LAD: J. Drew (3).

Today was a much needed victory for the Dodgers, at least in my opinion. They played a solid game all around and took the series from Arizona… a series that I’m sure the Dodgers felt they should take. I’m tired tonight so I’m just going to run down today’s stats…


Report from the farm – Dodger Prospects:

Final Sun. 4/23  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Sacramento 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
Las Vegas 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 X   4 6 0


Joel Guzman
was 1-for-4 with 1 RBI. He’s hitting .315  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI’s and 2 walks. He’s hitting .381 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .294 for Las Vegas.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning for his 4th save. He gave up 2 hits but struck out the side  and still holds a 0.00 ERA for the season in 8 games and 9 IP. Solid stuff!

Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Birmingham 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0   5 7 2
Jacksonville 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2   6 11 1


Andy LaRoche
was 1-for-4 with 1 RBI. He’s hitting .242 for Jacksonville.
Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and 3 RBI. He’s hitting .319 for Jacksonville.

Nomar makes his Dodger debut

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Arizona 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   5 13 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0   4 8 0

Winning pitcher – Miguel Batista (2-0)
   

Losing pitcher –  Jae Seo (0-2)
   

SV –  Jose Valverde (3)
       

CrashWell, Nomar finally made his Dodger debut tonight and he did not disappoint. He was probably the best looking Dodger out there offensively and was hitting everything hard. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and could have easily been 3-for-4 with an RBI if his hard hit ball got past the pitcher in the first inning.

It was a poor day for Dodger starting pitching, and a pretty solid day from the bullpen. I know Hamulack has a lot of detractors but he pitched 2 scoreless innings only giving up one hit. Saito and Kuo also pitched an inning each of scoreless ball. L.A. mounted a pretty decent comeback effort but couldn’t get that elusive 5th run, and the D-Backs did a solid job of pitching in the 8th and 9th inning.

Update from the farm – Dodger prospects:

Chad Billingsley was impressive again for Las Vegas tonight. He pitched 5 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 6. He allowed 2 walks and didn’t get a decision. The 51’s ended up losing the game 6-2 to Sacramento. Jacksonville (AA) beat Birmingham 2-1.

Joel Guzman was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. He’s hitting .319  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 0-for-5 with 3 strike outs. He’s hitting .377 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 3-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .312 for Las Vegas.
Andy LaRoche was 0-for-4 with 1 RBI. He’s hitting .241 for Jacksonville.
Matt Kemp was 1-for-4. He’s hitting .309 for Jacksonville.

Izzy In, or Out? – Los Angeles Times

Steve Henson of the Los Angeles Times writes today about Cesar Izturis‘ possible upcoming move from shortstop to the outfield when he returns from the disabled list in the upcoming weeks. The article talks about the Dodgers’ plan to move Izturis to the outfield and questions whether or not Cesar would be willing to make that move. Cesar himself questions the possibility.

He does have a tough decision. He’s an all-star, gold glove winning short stop, but he admits that he hasn’t even thought of the possibility of replacing Rafael Furcal at the SS position.
"It’s never crossed my mind that I would take his job," he said. "He’s there now."

Ned Colletti is quoted as saying, "We aren’t saying that as long as you are with the Dodgers, this is
your role. We’re saying that at this point in time, with this team, if
your arm is healthy, it might make sense."

A show down may be imminent, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Link: Izzy In, or Out? – Los Angeles Times.

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Dodgers day off, Derrek Lee hurt bad

Nothing doing much today as the Dodger have a day off. Nomar is playing in Las Vegas as I write this. Maybe a day off for the Dodgers to dwell on that horrible loss last night will help them get back on track.Leehurt

In other news Derrek Lee is going to miss 8-10 weeks and be in a cast for maybe 6 weeks from that collision with Furcal last night. Ouch… that will hurt the Cubs big time. Super unfortunate thing to happen to their superstar first basemen.

Link: ESPN.com – MLB – Cubs ready to place Lee on DL with broken wrist.


Report from the farm:

Final Thurs. 4/20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Las Vegas 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0   6 13 0
Fresno 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 9 0


Nomar Garciaparra
started his rehab assignment tonight in Las Vegas and got 3 at bats as expected. He did pretty well, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He will play again tomorrow and is expected to play the full game.

Joel Guzman was 2-for-5. He’s hitting .317  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 2-for-5 with a triple. He’s hitting .431 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 0-for-3 with 2 walks, 1 RBI, and a run scored. He’s hitting .262 for Las Vegas.
Jonathan Broxton pitched 2 more solid innings. He didn’t allow a run or a hit, walked one and struck out two. He earned his 3rd save of the season and still hasn’t given up a run all season.

Final Thurs. 4/20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0   5 7 2
Carolina 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0   4 9 3


Andy LaRoche
was 0-for-4 and is hitting .235 Jacksonville.
Matt Kemp was 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, and walk. He’s hitting .295 for Jacksonville.

4/20 Prospect Batting Totals:  5-for-22, triple, double, 2 RBI.

Garciaparra in Vegas, Izturis on the comeback  track

So Nomar Garciaparra is in Las Vegas to complete a 2-day rehab assignment. He is expected to join the major league club on Saturday. He is expected to get 3 at bats in tonight’s game and play a full game on Friday. Maybe he can give Joel Guzman some tips on how not to get injured.

You can follow the game live at 7:05pm.

Izturis on the way back:

"Cesar Izturis said his surgically
repaired right elbow has shown some improvement recently, but he wants
to get 10 consecutive days of infield throws in before setting a
timetable for a return to the field.

"I think (the pain) was because of the cold weather, at least that’s what the doctors are telling me," Izturis said.

Izturis is expected to continue his rehab in the minor leagues before returning."

Link: LA Daily News – Sports.