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Dodger beats the Giants, Bonds still at 713

The Dodgers played a solid game tonight, beat the Giants 6-1.

This team has won 6 of their last 7 and they seem to really be coming together. I could not have imagined that rookies would be producing as much as they are at this early in the season, but it just proves how awesome our young guys are. Just a month ago, the following players were playing in AAA Las Vegas – Aaron Sele, Willy Aybar, Russ Martin, and Andre Ethier. They are now playing for the Dodgers and are contributing significantly. Couple that with Garciaparra’s hot hitting and the Dodgers’ willingness to run and play small ball… and you have a team that looks like a definite contender. I’m excited about the rest.

Oh and Bonds didn’t hit 714 against them today. Thank God. Hopefully we can keep him homerless and let that disgrace hit it against some other team. Part of me deep down just knows he is going to hit it off the Dodgers though… he always seems to.

       

       

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  W: B. Penny (3-1, 2.66); L: M. Morris (2-4, 6.20)
HR: SF: P. Feliz (6).

May 12, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 1
Las Vegas 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 X   3 10 1
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W: W. Juarez (3-2, 2.89); L: A. Reyes (1-1, 3.65); SV: L. Carter (2)
HR: LVG: J. Weber (1).

05/12/2006 Final
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Jacksonville
0 1 3 0 0 2 0 0 0   6 11 1
Mobile
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 3
W: D. Muegge (3-4, 4.08); L: S. Thompson (0-3, 5.14)
HR: JAX: A. Zapp (4).

Joel Guzman was 0-for-4 for Las Vegas and is hitting .311 for the season.
James Loney
was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and is hitting .379 for Las Vegas.
Matt Kemp
was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI for Jacksonville. He’s hitting .347 on the season.
Andy LaRoche was 2-for-5 with a double and 1 RBI for Jacksonville. He’s hitting .252 on the season.
Kuo and Lance Carter pitched solid in relief.

In other good news, Gagne is headed to Las Vegas soon…

"The tentative start date for Eric Gagne’s injury rehabilitation
assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas is May 25, but he’s already
absolutely, positively sure that his elbow is fixed.

After throwing off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since
April 7 surgery to remove a nerve in his elbow, Gagne felt well enough
to toss again in the outfield before Thursday’s game."

Click here for the story.

L.A. day off, minor league news…

Well, no Dodger game today. They sit at 10-12, 2 games under 5. Maybe we’ll have better luck against the slumping Padres. Let’s take a look at the minor leaguers:

Report from the farm – Dodger prospects:

April 27, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Colorado Springs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 3
Las Vegas 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 X   7 8 0
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W: E. Stults (2-1, 3.43); L: S. Nin (0-2, 4.43)
HR: None.

Las Vegas
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Valdez  SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .324
Aybar  2B 4 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 .379
Ethier  CF-RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .366
Guzman, J  LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .325
Hull  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Duncan  CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176
Loney  1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Martin, R  C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .310
Young, D  RF-LF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .225
Truby  3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .200
Stults  P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Weber, J a- PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227
Alvarez, N b- PH-LF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429
Eckert  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stults (W, 2-1) 7.0 5 0 0 1 6 0 3.43
Hull 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.82
Eckert 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.94


Joel Guzman
was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI’s. He’s hitting .325  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-3. He’s hitting .366 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 2-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting .310 for Las Vegas.
Willy Aybar was 2-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI. He’s hitting .379 for Las Vegas.

April 27, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0   6 9 1
West Tenn 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0   4 9 2
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W: D. Muegge (2-2, 4.30); L: J. Mathes (2-2, 5.40); SV: M. Alexander (4)
HR: None.

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Jacksonville
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hu  SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Abreu  2B 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .269
Kemp  CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .325
LaRoche  3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 .230
Ruggiano, J  RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .232
Alvarez, C  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Diaz  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alexander  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp  1B 4 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

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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
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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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Nomar makes his Dodger debut

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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)
   

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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.

Dodgers beat the Cubs 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel (4/18/06)

 

 

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HR: None.

Paul’s take on Tuesday night’s (4/18/06) game:

Well last night runs were at a premium for the 5th consecutive game. Carlos Zambrano didn’t seem to have amazing stuff, yet he still only surrendered 1 earned-run in 6 innings of work. He walked 5 and only struck out 3 batters which is suprising for him being such a power pitcher… his average is nearly a strike out an inning. He seemed to struggle a lot with control but the Dodgers failed to capitalize on all the free passes that he was issuing. The Dodgers 1 run rally with 2-outs in the bottom of the ninth inning really took me by suprise as Cubs reliever Will Ohman had retired Jose Cruz Jr. and Rafael Furcal easily and got Kenny Lofton down 0-2 with no runners on. Kenny did a fabulous job of working the count full and fighting off a pitch and eventually drew the base on balls. Having speed on the base path was key at that moment as he stole second and eventually set up J.D. Drew’s second RBI – his game winning RBI single down the right field corner… It’s possible Kenny may have scored on that even if he was on first but, having stolen the base, he was able to easily cruise home and the Dodgers picked up their 7th win of the year.

A few more thoughts I had during the course of the game:

1st inningKent drilled a Zambrano pitch hard to right field and got semi-robbed by a diving Juan Pierre. After he made contact I realized he’s probably suffering no bad ill effects from the Hennessey bean to his helmet a few days earlier.

2nd inning James Loney got drilled in the left leg by a hard Zambrano pitch. Scary… but he walked it off like a trooper and didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects.  Everytime a Dodger gets spiked of beaned of comes up limping I say to myself, "Oh no here we go again…"

5th inning – J.D. Drew’s RBI double… finally. 1-0 lead. This is the first run scored against Zambrano at Dodger Stadium ever! Vin says he had gone 20 2/3 inning with no run. Amazing.
Later Kent strikes out. He looks to be struggling at the plate. His average has dropped to .250

6th inning – What’s up with Juan Pierre wearing his helmet over cap? Why do players still do that? Isn’t that a little league thing? I hate it.

Loney’s rookie error in the 6th could have hurt us… he totally stepped in front of Kent – it would have been a routine play.

Dioner is looking bad defensively behind the plate – base stealers are 15 for 15 against Dodgers. I wonder to myself if Russell Martin would be producing more for the Dodgers right now if he was in the bigs?

Later is Lowe pitching out of a jam.. strikes out Ramirez w/ 1st and 3rd 1 out.. Nice!

In the bottom Dioner flies out again. He’s really looking bad at the plate… he seems to be popping everything up.. always lazy fly balls. I can’t remember the last time I saw him hit a ball hard, for a hit OR and out. He ALWAYS seems to be coming up with runners on and he can’t convert any of them into runs. He goes 0-for-4 for the night with 2 strikeouts and LEAVES 7 MEN ON BASE. Not what I want to see.

7th inning – Kenny Lofton really makes a pitcher work. Its a great asset. He’s made Zambrano throw a ton of pitches and he’s doing the same to Scott Eyre. He ends up flying out but it was a good at bat.

8th inning – Saito looked really good today. He struck out 4 of the 6 batters he faced, retired all 6. That’s nice to have out of the pen.

Dioner keeps coming up when he dodgers need a hit, and keeps failing. Chased BALL 4 in the dirt. Ack!

Some other general thoughts I had were that Rafael Furcal is really nice to have defensively at short stop, and that Lowe pitched a very strong game… he never found himself in that much trouble and did really good not to give up the big inning like he is has struggled with in the past. Looking at his last 2 starts I think that he’s found his groove and hopefully he continues to retire batters as easily as he did on Tuesday night.

Update from the farm – Dodger prospects:

The Las Vegas 51’s (AAA) won 9-5 on Tuesday night vs. the Fresno Grizzlies. The Jacksonville Suns (AA) lost 3-2 to the Carolina Mud Cats.

Joel Guzman was 2-for-4 with a double, home run (3) and 3 (13) RBI’s. He’s hitting .314.
Andre Ethier was 4-for-5 with a double, home run (1) and 2 RBI’s. He’s hitting .452.
Russell Martin was 1-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting .314.
Jonathan Broxton pitched an inning and allowed 1 walk while striking out 1 batter. He still has a 0.00 ERA for the season.
Andy LaRoche was 1-for-4 for the Suns.

4/18 Prospect Batting Totals:  8-for-17, 3 doubles, 2 home runs.