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Los Angeles Dodgers (64-29) - The team returned from the break to sweep another series.  Puig hit two home runs in game one including the game-winning three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning.  Reliever Fields (5-0) was the winning pitcher.  Wood (11-0) cruised to a win in game two behind the four-hit cycle by Bellinger with his 26th home run.  Hill (6-4) continued his hot streak in game three.  Jansen saved two of the three games to give him 23 on the season.  This team has the best record in baseball and possibly the best in Dodger history.  [JAM 7/16/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-29) - Kershaw (14-2) pitched a complete to game to lead another series sweep and give the team the best record in the majors at the All-Star break.  [JAM 7/9/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (58-29) - The Dodger offense staged a miraculous, four-run, ninth-inning rally to sweep Arizona at home and increase their division lead to 5.5 games.  Kershaw (13-2), Jansen (20 saves), Bellinger (24 home runs), Seager (.300 batting average) and Turner (.380 batting average) have been named to the All-Star team.  Wood (10-0) may replace Kershaw on the team if Kershaw pitches on Sunday.  [JAM 7/7/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-28) - The team split four games with the Angels to finish the first half of the season with the best record in the National League.  Angel Manager Scioscia and his pitching staff limited the Dodgers to six runs on 13 hits in the first three games.  Maeda (6-3) pitched seven shutout innings to win game two.  Kershaw (12-2) won the fourth games behind home runs by Puig (14), Utley (5) and Pederson (8).  The team broke a franchise record with 50 home runs in a single month.  [JAM 6/30/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-26) -  The team increased its winning streak to ten games and their first place lead to 2.5 games by sweeping Colorado behind Wood (8-0), Kershaw (11-2) and Baez (2-0) in relief of wild McCarthy.  Bellinger hit two more home runs in game three to increase his league-leading total to 24.  Turner raised his batting average to .393. [JAM 6/25/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-26) - The Dodgers swept a four-game series at home, outscoring the Mets 36-11 and regaining first place in the NL West.  The team hit 15 home runs in the series: Bellinger (20, 21, 22), Seager (10, 11, 12 - all in game two), Grandal (7,8,9), Turner (4,5), Puig (13), Taylor (9), Hernandez (7) and Pederson (5).  This offensive explosion eased the burden of the pitching staff.  Starters Kershaw (10-2), McCarthy (6-3) and Hill (4-3) recorded easy victories and Baez (1-0) won the fourth game in relief of Ryu.  Jansen had his 16th save in his only appearance in the final game.  The bullpen now seems to be well-rested for second-place Rockies for the weekend series being started by Wood, McCarthy and Kershaw. [JAM 6/23/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26) - The team won five of six games on a road trip to Ohio but failed to gain ground on Colorado and Arizona in the division race.  Led by Bellinger with four more home runs to give him 19 for the season, the offense scored 39 runs to deliver victories to Kershaw (9-2), Wood (7-0), Ryu (3-6), Maeda (5-3) and Fields (3-0).  Hill (3-3) was wild again, taking the only loss on the trip.  Turner continued a season-long hot pace, raising his batting average to .385 with a 14-game hitting streak.  [JAM 6/18/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (39-25) - Seager hit a grand slam home run in the six-run eighth inning to complete a sweep of Cincinnati and get within 1.5 games of Colorado.  This series allowed the team to break a four-game streak in which the offense scored only five runs.  Kershaw (8-2) pitched seven solid innings to salvage one game from Washington.  Bellinger hit three home runs in the Cincinnati series to give him 15 for his rookie season. [JAM 6/11/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (34-22) - The team clobbered St. Louis in the first two of a four-game series (Hill 2-2 and Morrow 1-0) to move into first place but then only split the series as the offense collapsed.  They regained first place in the first game (12 innings) with Milwaukee in spite of the third game of an ineffective offense that averaged just one run per game.  Kershaw pitched seven brilliant innings with 14 strikeouts but was only saved from a loss by a ninth-inning home run by Grandal.  Baez, Dayton and Jansen (3-0) combined for five shutout innings and 12 more strikeouts so that Bellinger's 12th home run in the 12th inning ended the short losing streak.  With Wood, Turner and Pederson on the disabled list, the team has two more tough games in Milwaukee and then a three-game series at home against the powerful Nationals.  These next five game will be an early test for the strength of the team against quality opponents.

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-20) - The Dodgers swept the Cubs to move into second place.  Wood (6-0) and McCarthy (5-1) pitched shutouts with saves by Ryu (4 innings) and Stripling (3 innings) and then Fields (2-0) relieved Kershaw in the fifth inning as four hitters hit home runs: Bellinger (10), Puig (9), Hernandez (4) and Barnes (2).  After a 7-2 homestand, the team goes to St. Louis for four games. [JAM 5/28/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-20) - The Dodgers somehow managed to win a tough but unusual series with St. Louis.  Kershaw was excellent in game one pitching nine innings to reduce his ERA to 2.01 but a wild pitch in the ninth inning spoiled his shutoff and sent the game to extra innings.  Four Dodger relievers pitched scoreless innings with Fields (1-0) getting the victory after Forsythe doubled in the winning run in the 13th.  Hill (1-2) was extremely wild in game two and the offense fizzled.  Game three started the same way with Maeda (4-2) allowing three quick runs in the first inning.  But, the offense came alive led by Utley's first home run of the season.  Ryu came in to pitch four shutout innings to gain his first save in his first relief appearance.  The team in still juggling six starting pitchers and some egos are being tested.  [JAM 5/26/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-19) - The team scored 26 runs against bad Miami pitching to win the series.  They should have swept the four games if not for an awful performance by Urias(0-2) who was immediately sent back to Oklahoma City.  Ryu (2-5), Wood (5-0) and McCarthy (4-1) were winning pitchers.  Grandal, Seager and Bellinger continued their hot hitting.  Gonzalez had three hits and three RBIs in game four to lead the offense.  [JAM 5/21/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-18) - Kershaw (7-2) led the team with seven shutout innings to avoid being swept by Giants.  The offense finally showed some life as Grandal (20), Puig (22) and Bellinger (20) delivered hits and two-out RBIs.  [JAM 5/17/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-16) - The team split four games in Colorado.  Kershaw (6-2) and Wood (4-0) were brilliant.  Ryu (1-5) and Urias (0-1) were not.  Many runs were scored.  [JAM 5/15/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-14) - The team swept the Pirates and the homestand winning five consecutive game.  Wood (3-0), Jansen (2-0) and Maeda (3-2) were the winning pitchers.  There is a lot of confidence in the dugout as rookie Bellinger has led the offense with six home runs in twelve games.  The pitching staff lowered its major-league leading ERA to 3.20. [JAM 5/11/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-14) - Kershaw (5-2) pitched seven shutout innings to become the first five-game winner in the National League and rookie phenom Bellinger hit a grand slam home run to cruise to the second consecutive victory over the lowly Padres. [JAM 5/6/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-14) - On the day that Gonzalez went on the disabled list for the first time in his career, his replacement (Bellinger) lead the offense that crushed the Padres.  Bellinger had his second two-home-run game of the season and four rbis to solidify his position on the active roster.  Toles drove in the tying and go-ahead runs after key pinch hits in the seventh inning by Taylor and Gutierrez.  The bullpen rescued Maeda in the sixth inning with Romo (1-1) getting his first Dodger victory and Fields getting his first Dodger save.  Avilan and Baez also blanked the Padres in the longest major league game of the season with 23 strikeouts, 9 walks, 2 wild pitches, 1 hit batter and 341 pitches thrown by 11 pitchers.  [JAM 5/6/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-13) - The team evened the home series against the Giants when the offense, led by Puig and rookie Bellinger erased the Giants 4-0 lead and scored 13 runs.  Wood (2-0) had one shaky inning but held on for the win.  With the rookie in the mix, the team again has too many outfielders (Toles, Gutierrez, Hernandez) with Pederson and Ethier coming back from the disabled list.  Van Slyke was sent to the minors to keep the hot-hitting Bellinger on the active roster.  The Dodgers also have the luxury off too many starting pitchers.  The current rotation is Kershaw, Wood, Urias, McCarthy and Maeda with Hill, Ryu and Kazmir getting ready to return from the disabled list.  The team is now two games out of first place after their April slump. [JAM 5/3/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-12) - After splitting four games with the Giants, the offense came alive at home to sweep the Phillies.  The highlight of the series was the ninth-inning rally in game two to erase a three-run deficit.  Puig, Bellinger and Turner hit home runs to tie the score and then Gonzalez drove in the winning run.  Turner was 7-9 in the series to raise his batting average to .404.  Toles and Bellinger hit two home runs each in the series; Taylor hit his second home run of the season.  Maeda (2-2), Dayton (1-0) and Ryu (1-4) were the winning pitchers.  Jansen (1-0) won the fourth game of the Giant series and saved two games of the Philadelphia series to give him seven saves for the season. [JAM 5/1/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11) - The team split two, low-scoring games against the rival Giants.  Turner was picked off second base in the ninth inning of game one with two outs.  But Kershaw (4-1) led the team back in game two with seven solid innings.  The offense will need to produce more runs for the team to winning any more games in the series. [JAM 4/25/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) - The offense returned in Arizona but Wood, Maeda and the bullpen were bombed for 24 in the first two games of the series.  Order was finally restored by McCarthy (3-0) in game three.  Grandal capped a six-run inning with his third home run of the season to avoid a road sweep. [JAM 4/23/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-8) - With the best pitching staff in the major leagues, the team has struggled to win games because of an inconsistent offense and key injuries to Forsythe, Gutierrez, Segedin and Turner.  Their ace, Kershaw (3-1) managed to end a three-game losing streak with just enough offense from Van Slyke (first home run since June 2016) and a rare three-run rally that included an Arizona error on Kershaw's sacrifice bunt.  [JAM 4/21/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5) -  The team came home from a tough road trip and immediately scored 15 runs on 24 hits in the first two games against Arizona.  Kershaw (2-1) cruised through eight shutout innings and Toles hit his third home run.  In the second game, Wood (1-0) earned the victory with 3+ shutout innings and Puig led the offense with a three-run home run in the eighth inning, his fourth home run of the year to lead the team.  Four Dodger hitters: Turner (.359), Seager (.333), Puig (.333) and Forsythe (.310) are among the league batting leaders.  The team is now just one-half game behind the first-place Colorado Rockies.  [JAM 4/15/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-4) - McCarthy (2-0) and three relievers shut out the Cubs with a cold wind blowing in Chicago.  Toles hit his second home run of the season to lead off the game and Utley the second run in the ninth inning with an aggressive run from first to home on an overthrow.  [JAM 4/13/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - The offense finally broke through against a left-handed starter to give a win to Maeda (1-1) against the Rockies on a cold and windy day in Denver.  Seager hit his second home run of the season.  [JAM 4/9/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) - Puig hit two more home rugs to provide the lead for McCarthy (1-0).  The team outscored the Padres 27-10 in the series even though they were shut out in game 2.  The first-place Dodgers will now go on the road to play Colorado and Chicago. [JAM 4/6/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) - Hill (1-0) and three relievers (Romo, Wood, Jansen) held the Padres to one run to mitigate the effects of the awful performance of the offense against the first left-handed starter of the season in game 2.  Gonzalez doubled in the first run Puig hit his first home run of the season to lead the offense in game 3 of the opening four-game series.  [JAM 4/6/2017]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - For the second year in a row, the Dodgers humiliated the San Diego Padres on opening day with a high-scoring victory (14-3).  Pederson hit a grand slam home run.  Seager hit a three-run home run.  And, Grandal hit home runs from both sides of the plate.  Kershaw (1-0) cruised to his win as every batter in the lineup had at least one hit, scored at least one run, and all are hitting .333 or better.  After tip-toeing through spring training, the team is healthy and ready for another division title.  [JAM 4/3/2017]

Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games. [JAM 11/3/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-4) - The offense rolled over to the Cubs in the final NLCS with the worst performance of the season.  No runner reached second base and all four base runners were cut down by pick-off or double play.  A major league record was tied as zero runners were left on base after 27 plate appearances.  Kershaw (1-1) again ended the playoff season for the team with his worst pitching outing of the season. [JAM 10/23/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) - The team came back from a 2-1 deficit to win this series in a miraculous manner.  Kershaw (1-0) won game one but Hill (0-1) and Maeda (0-1) could not hold early leads in games two and three.  So, Kershaw came back on short rest in game to pitch 6-2/3 innings and left the game with the bases loaded and a 5-2 lead.  Baez and Avilan gave up three runs before Blanton (1-0) closed the inning and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.  In the bottom of the eighth with two outs, Toles walked and singles by Ethier and Utley scored the winning run.  For the fifth game, the team traveled back to Washington to face their best starter.  Hill pitched 2-2/3 innings and left the game trailing 1-0.  Rookie Urias (1-0) pitched two shutout innings to keep the game close while the offense was shut out for six innings.  In the top of the seventh inning, Pederson tied the score with a home run, then Ruiz drove in a run and Turner tripled home two.  With a 4-1 lead Manager Roberts called in Dayton who quickly allowed a two-run home run that cut the lead to 4-3.  Then, in the first surprise move, Roberts brought in Jansen who had already saved games one and four.  Jansen pitched 2-1/3 innings without allowing a run.  With one out in the ninth, Jansen walked two batters and removed for (second surprise) Kershaw who retired the final two batters to save the game.  Although the team was outhit and mostly outpitched in the series, they managed to squeak out three one-run wins to capture the division series.  Next opponent - Chicago Cubs.  [JAM 10/13/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71) - Acting very much like a team that is looking forward to the post-season, the Dodgers rolled over for the Giants in SF allowing them to qualify for the wild-card game against the Mets.  The challenge for this team will be to somehow regroup on October 7 for the playoff series against Washington.  [JAM 10/2/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-68) - The team used second-line pitchers and all of the bench players in the three-game series with San Diego in an attempt to determine the final few players on the playoff roster.  Toles (.317 batting average) and Urias (3.39 ERA) have certainly made the team.  Culberson (.302 average), Wood (2 more scoreless innings) and Anderson (1-2) with his victory in game three, have made their case for roster positions.  The team will now travel to SF; return all of the regulars to the lineup; and try to eliminate the Giants from their wild-card spot.  Gonzalez and Turner both drove in their 90th runs of the season in brief appearances.  Gonzalez (18), Pederson (25) and Utley (13 & 14) hit home runs in San Diego. [JAM 9/30/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66) - The Dodgers swept Colorado to win their fourth consecutive division title on the last home game for Vin Scully who is retiring after 67 years.  The first three games were not close but the clinching fourth game was the result of the 26th home run by Seager with two out in the ninth to tie; and the first home run by Charlie Culberson with two out in the tenth for the walk-off win.  Kershaw (12-3) pitched seven scoreless innings to win game three.  Grandal hit two home runs including a grand slam to give him 27 for season and produce the winning runs in game one.  With six games to play, the team will prepare to meet Washington in the first round of the playoffs. [JAM 9/25/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (86-66) - In the most important series of the season, the team won the first and third games to increase their lead over the Giants to six games with ten games to play.  Down 1-0 in the ninth inning of game one, the first four batters (Toles, Seager, Turner and Gonzalez) had base hits to steal a game from the Giant bullpen and hand it to Blanton (6-2).  With Maeda (16-9) starting game three, the offense scored five first-inning runs and never trailed after that inning.  Puig blasted his 11th home run and made two spectacular fielding plays.  Seager continue his bid for Rookie-of-the-year with six hits in twelve at bats during the series. [JAM 9/21/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (84-65) - The offense struggled and barely split four games with the hapless Diamondbacks.  It seemed that Manager Roberts could have won the final game of the series when leading 9-7 late in the game, but instead he decided to save all of his top relievers for the three-game series with the Giants.  With 13 games to play, the Dodgers lead the Giants by 5 games for the division title. [JAM 9/18/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (82-63) - The team split a difficult six games during their last trip to the East Coast.  Kershaw (11-3) returned from the disabled list to lose his first start against Miami but then shutout the Yankees for five innings in the getaway game.  Andre Ethier also returned from his spring-training injury but had less success, leaving eight runners on base during eight weak plate appearances.  The team struggled to score runs but the offense rallied just enough to win three games.  Hill (3-0) pitched seven perfect innings against Miami but was pulled by Manager Roberts who feared the return of blisters that have plague Hill during the season.  Turner's clutch double in the ninth inning of the final game with New York made the trip to Arizona much happier for the entire team.  Home runs by Turner (26 & 27), Pederson (21 & 22), Seager (25), Grandal (25) and Puig (10) lifted the team to a five-game lead over the Giants for the division title.  [JAM 9/15/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-60) - The Dodgers swept the three game series with Arizona after five Dodgers hit home runs against former Dodger, Zack Greinke.  Gonzalez (17), Turner (25), Pederson (20), Seager (24) and Grandal (24) homered in the fourth and fifth innings of game one.  Seager had seven hits in the series to raise his batting average to .318.  Puig continued his hot hitting with his ninth home run in game three.  Winning pitchers were all rookies: Maeda (14-8), Stripling (4-6) and Stewart (1-2).  Relievers allowed one run in 10-2/3 innings.  Jansen saved games two and three to give him 43 saves for the season.  [JAM 9/8/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) - Yasiel Puig returned from his minor-league demotion to lead the team to victory in the series finale with San Diego.  Puig had three hits in two games including his 8th home run of the season.  Grandal hit home runs in each of the series wins to give him 23 for the season.  Hill (2-0) won his second straight start for the Dodgers and has not allowed a run in 12 innings.  Rookie Jose Deleon (1-0) pitched well enough in game three to record his first win in his first major league appearance.  As the season enters the final four weeks, the team has extended their first-place lead over the Giants to three games.  [JAM 9/4/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-59) - A funny thing happened on the way to being swept and humiliated by the Colorado Rockies: the team erupted for eight runs in the last two innings to steal the third game of the series.  Rookie Andrew Toles hit a grand slam home run with two out in the ninth inning to win the game and raise his batting average to .397.  The performance by Toles (who hit .800 with 5 RBIs) may have saved the season as the team flew home with a 1.5-game lead in the division.  The hapless Dodger offense had been outscored 23-3 before the 8-run outburst.  Josh Reddick finally recorded his first RBI for the Dodgers after 57 runners left on base in 93 plate appearances.  Reddick raised his National League batting average to .161.  In the ninth inning of game three, Grandal (single), Reddick (single) and Pederson (walk) extended the inning with two outs for Toles.  [JAM 9/1/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-57) - Kenley Jansen blew the save in the 9th inning of game one with the Cubs but then saved games two and three to give him 39 saves for the season.  The bullpen failed in game one but rookie pitching by Urias (5-2) and Brock (five shutout innings) allowed the team to win the series in spite of scoring only 4 runs on 10 hits in the last two game.  Seager (23) and Gonzalez (16) homered in the series.  [JAM 8/28/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (71-56) - The team won a crucial series with the Giants to extend their first place lead to two games.  However, their vulnerability to mediocre left-handed pitching may haunt them through the end of the season.  With only six hits and one run (Turner's 24th home run) in the last two games of the series, the team may have begun a serious hitting slump.  Excellent pitching by newcomer Rich Hill (1-0) and the entire bullpen made the difference.  Their only season-long starter, Maeda improved his record to 13-7.  Based on the Dodgers poor history against lefty starters, the team is certain to see Giant starters Bumgarner and Moore in four more games this year, and every team in the league will be scheduling lefties against them.  It is hoped that veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz can add some right-handed punch.  Otherwise, the burden will be on veterans Turner and Kendrick to carry the offense.  With 35 games to go, this often-injured team needs to find a way to win 20 of those games to clinch a playoff spot. [JAM 8/26/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-55) - The team barely won a seven-game road trip against the also-ran lineups of Philadelphia and Cincinnati.  The injury-riddled pitching staff allowed 41 runs in seven games with only Rookie Urias (4-2) providing a good start.  Fortunately, the offense scored 51 runs behind the hot hitting of Gonzalez (4 home runs to give him 15, and 14 RBIs), Seager (14 hits and his 22nd home run), Utley (three home runs to give him 11) and Grandal with three more home runs to give him 21.  The team hit 16 home runs including the second grand slam of the season by Utley and seven in the 18-9 finale.  Maeda (12-7) and Kazmir (10-6) each won a start against Philadelphia.  The pitching staff is ragged but the offense is flying high as the team comes home to face the second-place Giants in a crucial series.   [JAM 8/22/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-52) - In spite of terrible starts by McCarthy and Brett Anderson (0-1), and another emergency start by Stripling (3-4), the offensive managed to salvage one game in the series with Philadelphia and remain one game behind the Giants.  The offense, led by Pederson (6-12, 17th & 18th home runs), had 36 hits in three games but were outscored 23-12.  Urias (3-2) and the bullpen rescued McCarthy who was sent back to the disabled list.  Newcomer Reddick is now 8-45 (.178) with zero RBIs and 28 runners left on base.  [JAM 8/15/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (64-50) - The Dodgers moved into a tie for first place after winning two games behind an offense that scored nine runs in each game.  Starters Urias (2-2) and Maeda (11-7) pitched well enough to get victories.  But in game three, the bullpen could not hold the lead for Kazmir (9-6) who had pitched six shutout innings.  Home runs by Seager (20,21), Grandal (17,18), Turner (21), Utley (8) and Kendrick (7) led the offensive explosion against the hapless Philadelphia pitching staff.  In spite of being only one game out of first place, the team is struggling to put nine healthy players on the field.  Van Slyke joined the record-breaking disabled list, and starters McCarthy, Hill and Brett Anderson are trying to recover from injuries.  Kershaw is not expected to return until September.  Ryu is not expected to return until 2017.  [JAM 8/11/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) - After a terrible first game against the knuckleball pitcher, the team came back to win the series against Boston.  Rookies Stripling (3-3) and Dayton pitched seven innings of shutout baseball after starter Hill went back on the disabled list.  McCarthy was wild in game three but the offense erupted for eight runs led by the 4 RBIs from rookie Segedin and home runs by Turner (20), Gonzalez (10) and Hernandez (6).  Jansen saved both games with six straight strikeouts to give him 34 saves for the season.  This could be the transition point of the season as the Giants lost another series and now lead the Dodgers by only one game. [JAM 8/7/2016]

Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to get 3,000 hits with a triple against the Colorado Rockies.  He completed this feat in spite of the fact that he had already played nine seasons in Japan with 1,278 hits before he signed with Seattle to play in 2001.  His total of 4,278 hits is more than the major league record of 4,256 by Pete Rose.  [JAM 8/7/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-48) - As two more pitchers were added to the disabled list (Liberatore & Coleman), the team managed to win only the finale of the short road trip behind the excellent pitching of Maeda (10-7).  At the 2/3 point of the season, the team is on a pace for 90 wins and probably a wild card spot.  They come home to play Boston with only three uninjured starters (Maeda, Kazmir & McCarthy) and four reliable relievers (Jansen, Blanton, Baez & Howell).  The offense did not score enough runs to win a series in Colorado.  Seager, Turner and Grandal are carrying the team as Gonzalez continues his season-long power outage and newcomer Reddick (0-8 with 4 LOBs) has not yet proven to be a viable replacement for Puig who has been banished from the team for disciplinary reasons.  Manager Roberts has been an excellent juggler of player personnel but his skills will tested during the home stretch.  [JAM 8/5/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46) - The team staged two offensive come-backs against Arizona to record a winning record in the short homestand.  Seager (8-21 & 18th home run), Pederson (3 home runs to give him 16 and 7 RBIs) and Grandal (14th & 15th home runs) led the offense.  After the bullpen blew a 3-0 lead and gave up 7 runs in the 7th inning of the first game with AZ, the offense came back with 6 runs for the win.  In the final game of the homestand, the offense came back from a 3-0 deficit to score 14 runs.  Puig returned to the lineup with 3 hits and 2 RBIs.  The Giant lead was cut to 2 games.  [JAM 7/31/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-44) - On a long, hot road trip, the team veterans led the way to a winning trip in spite of two extra inning losses after blown saves by Jansen.  Winning series against the tough Washington and St. Louis teams, the Dodgers reduced the Giants lead to three games as SF lost 7 of 8 games.  Justin Turner continued his hot hitting with five more home runs to give him 18, and 14 more RBIs to give him 58 on the season.  Kendrick and Gonzalez had two home runs each.  Rookie Taylor and Gonzalez had grand slams in the first and last game of the trip, respectively.  Veteran pitchers Kazmir (9-3) and Maeda (9-7) won two start each in the absence of Kershaw and the bullpen added 40 more innings of quality relief.  [JAM 7/24/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-40) - The homestand started with four straight wins and ended with three wins but the team had to rebound from three difficult losses in between including a 14-inning marathon.  Grandal led the offense with five home runs to give him 12 for the season.  Grandal's 5-5 game with three home runs ended the short losing streak.  Gonzalez had 15 hits and nine RBIs that included his seventh home run in the final game.  Utley had six hits in the 14-inning loss.  With newcomer Norris (1-0) winning the home-opener, McCarthy (2-0) returning for two starts and Ryu (0-1) returning for one start, the bullpen rescued the pitching staff by allowing only eight earned runs in 46 innings.  Blanton (4-2), Baez (2-2), Jansen (4 saves, 27 total), Liberatore, Howell, Avilan and Frias pitched 32+ innings without allowing a run.  Kazmir (7-3) and Maeda (8-6) won a start each while Hatcher (5-4) lost the 14-inning game.  Turner hit two more home runs to give him 13, Kendrick (4) and Puig (7) also hit home runs during the ten-game stretch.  At the All-Star break, the team leads the Wild Card race but trails the Giants by six games in the NL West.  Seager Jansen and injured Kershaw were named to the All-Star team.  [JAM 7/10/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-37) - In spite of losing Kershaw (11-2), Pederson and Hernandez to injuries, the team won three games on the road trip on excellent pitching performances by Kazmir (6-3), Maeda (7-5) and Urias (1-2).  The offense delivered timely home runs by Seager (17), Thompson (12), Turner (11), Grandal (7) and Puig (6).  Seager and Turner continued to lead the offense with 18 hits and 10 RBIs on the trip.  Puig also had a good offensive trip with 8 hits in 24 at bats.  Rookie pitchers Tepesch (0-1) and Stewart (1) were blasted in their emergency starts as the team management struggled to fill the starting rotation.  At the halfway point, the team in 5.5 games behind the Giants but in position for a wild-card spot.  [JAM 6/30/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33) - The homestand started with a disappointing loss after the team had come back from two three-run deficits.  Baez (1-2) could not hold the tie but returned to win game two with Milwaukee as Turner drove in all three runs to lead the team to the first of six straight wins.  Turner hit four home runs at home to give him ten for the season and led the offense with nine RBIs.  The offense erupted for ten runs in game three including a six-run third inning that bailed-out another poor pitching performance by minor-league bound Bolsinger.  Jansen (3-2) saved his 20th and 21st games and won game three on an eighth-inning home run by Hernandez (5) and a walk-off walk to Grandal, who continued his heroics in game six with a three-run home run, his sixth.  Kershaw (11-1) won game five on home runs by Pederson (13) and Turner.  Finally, Puig was the hero of game seven with his walk-off single that turned into two runs when the Washington center-fielder gave his best matador imitation allowing the ball to roll to the wall as Kendrick and Puig rounded the bases.  The bullpen continued to sparkle as Baez, Jansen, Coleman (1-1) and Hatcher (5-3) won five games during the homestand.  The offense added 11 home runs with Seager (16) and Thompson (11) joining the fun.  In spite of the six wins, the team remained 5.5 games behind the Giants but in the lead for a wild-card playoff spot.  [JAM 6/23/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-32) - Joc Pederson (11) hit three home runs to lead the offense and Kershaw (10-1) won two more games as the team salvaged three games of the short road trip.  Turner hit his fifth home run of the season to give Kershaw the margin of victory in the first Giant game.  Jansen (2-2) lost the second game to the Giants after Gonzalez had hit sixth home run in the top of the inning for the lead.  Jansen saved all three wins to give him 19 for the season.  Maeda (6-4) won the second game of the Arizona series on home runs by Pederson, Turner (6) and Utley (5).  Scott Van Slyke hit his first home of the season to score all three runs in the final game of the road trip.  Urias (0-2) lost the third game of the Giant series and Bolsinger (1-4) lost the opening game of the Arizona series.  With nine home runs on the trip, the Dodger offense has started to show some life.  [JAM 6/15/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-29) - Corey Seager (14) hit five home runs to lead the team to a sweep of the three-game series with Atlanta but the homestand ended on a sour note as Colorado pitchers limited the Dodger offense to five runs and one victory as Thompson (10) hit his second home run in the short homestand with two outs in the ninth inning.  Seager and Thompson were the only consistent hitters in the last six games but Grandal (5), Turner (4) and Hernandez (4) also homered in the winning games.  Kershaw (8-1) struggled but did not allow a run in six innings.  Maeda (5-4) and Kazmir (5-3) also pitched well in the Atlanta series.  Jansen (2-1) won game two in relief of Urias and four other relievers.  Bolsinger (1-3) and Maeda took losses in the Colorado games when the offense failed.  [JAM 6/10/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-27) - The team managed to win three games on this road trip in spite of a .209 batting average and two poor starts by rookie Julio Urias (0-1).  Chase Utley watched a fast ball go behind his back and then hit two home runs, to give him 4 for the season, including a grand slam and 9 RBIs on the trip.  Kershaw, Maeda (4-3) and Kazmir pitched well but Wood (1-4), Baez (0-1) and Bolsinger (1-2) took losses in games with very little support from the offense.  Blanton (3-2) and Liberattore won in relief as the bullpen allowed just 5 runs in 20 innings.  Seager (9 & 10), Gonzalez (5), Thompson (8), and Kendrick (2) hit home runs for an offense that scored only 3 runs in the three losses in Chicago.  The team's will need to wake up soon as the season is already one-third gonr.  [JAM 6/2/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23) -  After two horrible games in San Diego with Jansen (1-1) getting his first blown save and Tsao (0-1) walking over the game-ending run, the team came back from 0-4 to win a 17-inning game and start a four-game winning streak.  Howell and Stripling (2-3) each pitched three innings in relief as Puig drove in the game-winning runs.  Kershaw (7-1) started the three-game home sweep with his third shutout, lowering his ERA to the major league-leading 1.48.  Bolsinger (1-1) and Kazmir (4-3) pitched well enough to stifle the hapless Cincinnati Reds.  Puig led the offense with his 5th home run, 7 hits and 5 RBIs in spite of two base-running blunders.  Turner had two home runs to give him three for the season.  Thompson (7), Grandal (4) and Kendrick (1) also hit home runs as the offense showed some signs of improvement.  After 20 games in 20 consecutive days, the Dodgers fell to second place, 4.5 games behind the Giants and will start a difficult road trip to New York and Chicago.  Rookie Julio Urias will make his first major league start against the Mets.  [JAM 5/26/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (21-21) - Except for another gem by Kershaw (6-1), the team played poorly in the "Freeway Series" against the Angels.  Starters Maeda (3-3), Bolsinger (0-1) and Stripling (1-3) failed to complete the fifth inning.  The relievers allowed nine earned runs in their 15 innings.  Roommates Seager (7), Thompson (2,6) and Pederson (2,8) led the offense with five home runs and nine RBIs but the veterans struggled.  Gonzalez was injured and missed the last 3+ games.  Turner, Hernandez and Grandal hit 4-29 with zero RBIs and 19 runners left on base.  For some reason, Manager Roberts took Utley out of game three with the bases loaded and no outs.  Hernandez (strikeout) and Turner (double play) left all three runners on base and confirmed the manager's opinion that the team could not stage a comeback rally.  With the Giants on a winning streak, the Dodgers are settling for mediocrity with the faint belief that somebody can come back from the injured list to spark some optimism in the dugout.  Dodger fans must hope that this is the low point of the season.  [JAM 5/20/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-18) - The team won four of seven games against strong opponents (Mets, Cardinals) with Corey Seager leading the offense with four home runs to give him six for the season.  Kershaw (5-1) pitched his second three-hit shutout of the year.  Other winning pitchers were Kazmir (3-3), Stripling (1-2) and Jansen (1-0) getting his first win of the season and two more saves to give him 13.  The offense continued to struggle at times but showed signs of improvement with 11 home runs at home.  Thomson 2 (4), Grandal 2 (3), Gonzalez (4), Puig (4) and Utley (2) hit home runs.  Wood had two quality starts but did not have decisions.  Losses were by Maeda (3-2), Kazmir and Howell (1-1).  The bullpen pitched over 20 consecutive scoreless innings until Blanton allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh game of the homestand.  [JAM 5/16/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-15) - The team completed their third consecutive winning road series to move back into first place in the Western Division.  Joc Pederson led the offense with three home runs in five games to give him six for the season.  The offense improved their batting average over 100 points above the previous homestand giving victories to Kershaw (4-1), Kazmir (2-2) and Hatcher (3-3) in relief of Stripling who allowed only one hit in six innings.  Wood (1-3) lost in Atlanta and Blanton (2-2) lost in Toronto.  Other home runs were by Puig (3), Thompson (2) and Turner (1).  [JAM 5/8/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) - When Adrian Gonzalez goes into a hitting slump, the whole team goes with him.  Gonzalez was 0-20 during the homestand with 14 runners left on base - the worst slump in his LA history.  The team hit just .165 and scored 12 runs in 7 games.  If not for the heroics of Clayton Kershaw in game 7, the losing streak would still be alive.  Kershaw (3-1) lost the second game of the series with Miami but rebounded to shut out the Padres on three hits to end the losing streak.  And, Kershaw drove in the only run of the game with a single in the third inning.  Other losing pitchers were Stripling (0-2), Kazmir (1-2), Maeda (3-1) and Hatcher (2-3).  There were only two Dodger home runs in the seven games by Grandal (1) and Utley (1).  [JAM 5/2/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) - Thanks to an amazing, five-run, ninth-inning rally, the team increased their first place lead.  The Dodgers led 7-1 and then trailed 7-10 after Colorado rallied for five in the bottom of the eighth inning.  The team also struggled to score runs in Atlanta but managed to win two of three because of excellent relief pitching.  Jansen saved all four games giving him nine for nine on the season with no runs allowed.  Wood (1-2) lost game one against Atlanta but pitched well with no decision against Colorado.  Blanton (2-1) won two games in relief.  Hatcher (2-2) won in Atlanta and lost in Colorado.  The best pitching performance of the road trip was by "rookie" Maeda (3-0) who lowered his ERA to 0.36.  Gonzalez continued his hot hitting with ten hits and seven RBIs on the trip raising his totals to 26 and 15, respectively with a batting average of .351.  Home runs on the road trip were by Gonzalez 2 (3), Seager (2), Ellis (1) and Pederson (3).  [JAM 4/24/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-5) - In spite of losing the home opener, the team won the three-game series against the Diamondbacks and the Giants.  The bullpen returned to form, pitching 14 consecutive scoreless innings after Hatcher (1-1) lost the opener.  Jansen saved three more games.  Starters Wood (1-1), Kershaw (2-0) and Maeda (2-0) were winners.  Howell (1-0) was the winner in relief of Stripling.  Kazmir (1-1) made his second consecutive poor performance against the Giants to raise his ERA to 6.43.  Maeda (0.47 ERA) has allowed just one run in three starts.  Puig is among the NL top ten hitters with a .356 average.  Home runs in the series were by Kike Hernandez (2), Pederson (2), Gonzalez (1) and Corey Seager (1).  Both of the home runs by Hernandez and a two-run double came against the Giants ace, Madison Bumgarner.  [JAM 4/18/2016]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - After an almost-perfect opening road series when the team shut out the Padres 25-0, the bullpen failed to hold leads in three of four games with the Giants.  Adrian Gonzalez led the offense with a .429 batting average as the hitters batted .288 with home runs by Yasiel Puig (1), Joc Pederson (1) and Kenta Maeda (1).  Winning pitchers were Clayton Kershaw (1-0), Scott Kazmir (1-0), Maeda (1-0) and Chris Hatcher (1-0).  Rookie Ross Stripley pitched 7-1/3 innings of a no-hitter in his first major-league appearance before being pulled after 100 pitches.  Hatcher blew the save and Joe Blanton (0-1) lost the game.  Alex Wood (0-1) lost game one with the Giants when Yimi Garcia failed to hold the lead.  Reliever Louis Coleman (0-1) lost the final game of the series after Kazmir blew a 5-run lead.  Kenley Jansen saved the only two games that he pitched on the road trip. [JAM 4/10/2016]

Kansas City Royals (4-1) - defeated the New York Mets.  [JAM 11/2/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3) - The Dodgers were again eliminated in the first round.  Look for Don Mattingly and the entire coaching staff to be fired before the 2016 season starts.  The infield is probably set for 2016 but the outfield and pitching staff are not.  The team will certainly say goodbye to Rollins but may also lose Greinke and Ethier.  [JAM 10/16/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) - The Dodgers finished the regular season with a sweep of San Diego.  Greinke (19-3) finished the season with a major-league-leading 1.66 ERA and Kershaw finished the season with a major-league-leading 301 strikeouts.  The team will start the playoffs at home against the New York Mets on October 9.  [JAM 10/4/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (89-70) - Clayton Kershaw (16-7) pitched a one-hit shutout against the rival Giants to clinch the NL West title and save the Dodger season after the difficult 12-inning loss for Garcia (3-5) in game one.  Manager Mattingly trotted out the subs in game three to give the loss to Bolsinger (6-6).  Anderson (10-9) won game four saved by Jansen (35th) when the Giants were not trying very hard.  Hernandez, Turner, Ruggiano, Ellis, Seager and Ethier had key hits to deliver runs for the game-two victory.  [JAM 10/1/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (87-68) - In the worst performance of the season, starters Bolsinger (6-5), Anderson and Wood (4-5) allowed 21 runs in 13+ innings to Colorado and the offense sputtered.  Reliever Garcia (3-4) allowed the game-winning home run in game two to a left-handed slugger while Manager Mattingly failed to bring in left-handed pitcher Howell from the bullpen.  The team must now win one of four games in San Francisco to qualify for the playoffs.  [JAM 9/27/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (87-65) - After a dismal four-game losing streak when pitching and offense were struggling, the team rallied to win the last two games of the homestand to reduce the magic number to four before the Giants are eliminated.  Greinke (18-3) won the first game of the Pittsburgh series but was unable to start the third game of the Arizona series.  Frias and five relievers held Arizona to one run until Utley and rookie Seager provided the winning margin for Hatcher (3-5) in game three.  Kershaw (15-7) was pulled after five innings in game four before the Dodgers had scored a run.  However, Kendrick drove in two runs and Heisey hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to rescue the series and the 5-5 homestand.  [JAM 9/24/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (84-61) - Wood (4-4) came back with a solid eight-inning, one-hit performance against Colorado to rescue the team after an exhausting 16-inning loss.  Wood was supported by a team of substitutes (as the manager rested the regulars for the Pittsburgh series) who managed to score two runs, one on the 6th home run of the season by Ellis.  Latos (0-3) was again ineffective allowing the 16th inning home run for his last appearance as a Dodger.  Kershaw (14-6) continued his brilliance in game one.  [JAM 9/18/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (82-60) - Wood (3-4) was clobbered for eight runs in less than two innings in game one but the offense came alive in game two to even the series.  Howell (6-1) recorded the key out on one pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.  Rookie Seager contributed four hits including his first major-league home run. The team won the series behind the brilliant, eight shutout innings by Greinke (17-3) in game three as he lowered his major-league leading ERA to 1.61.  With 20 games remaining, the Dodgers lead the Giants by 7.5 games for the division title.  [JAM 9/14/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (80-59) - Greinke (16-3) and Kershaw (13-6) defeated the Angels with Jansen getting two save to run his season total to 31.  However, the team did not have a starting pitcher for game three that was eventually lost in the 8th inning on a run charged against Avilan (0-1).  The team increased their lead over the Giants to 8.5 games. [JAM 9/10/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-58) - After a tough loss in game one, secondary starters Bolsinger (6-3), Wood (3-3) and Anderson (9-8) recorded excellent starts and the offense carried the team to three more victories.  [JAM 9/7/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-57) - The Dodgers battled the Giants for 14 innings in game one with Gonazalez hitting the bases loaded game winner.  Hatcher (2-5) was the last of seven pitchers in the game, throwing three tough innings for the win.  Greinke (15-3) and Kershaw (12-6) dominated the Giants hitters to complete the sweep and move the team 6.5 games ahead of the second-place Giants.  [JAM 9/7/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-57) - After two excellent offensive comebacks, the team again fell flat in game three against the Cubs getting zero hits for the second time in ten days.  In spite of erratic offensive performances, the Dodgers start the last month of the season with a 3.5-game lead over the Giants. [JAM 8/31/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-56) - After five horrible losses against Oakland and Houston, the team managed to rescue the road trip by sweeping the last three from Cincinnati behind the pitching of Wood (2-2), Anderson (8-8) and Greinke (14-3).  The offense hit into five double plays in game three and scored the only run of the game on one of the bases-loaded double plays.  Jansen closed games one and two but was not available for the finale.  Jim Johnson with his 20+ ERA barely recorded his first Dodger save in spite of two long fly balls to center field. [JAM 8/28/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-51) - After a terrible performance behind Latos (0-2), the team rallied to win to win the final three games of the series vs. Cincinnati.  Greinke (13-2) hit his second home run of the year for the winning margin in game four.  Wood (1-1) and Anderson (7-7) were the winning starters in games two and three.  Home runs in the series were hit by Pederson (22 & 23), Gonzalez (23 & 24), Hernandez (6), Turner (14) and Puig (10).  [JAM 8/16/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (64-50) - Greinke (12-2) and Kershaw (10-6) led shutouts to break the longest losing streak of the season (4).  Puig drove in all five runs in game two with a home run and a triple.  Crawford and Ethier provided the offense in game three.  Anderson (6-7) was bombed in game one with the only scoring coming on Crawford's three-run, ninth-inning home run.  In spite of the losing streak, Dodgers remain in first place, 3.5 games ahead of the Giants.  [JAM 8/13/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) - The team limped through Pennsylvania losing three leads to the Pirates at the end.  Anderson (6-6) and Greinke (11-2) defeated Philadelphia but newcomers Wood (0-1), Latos (0-1) and Johnson (0-2) took losses.  Johnson's ERA with the Dodgers in four appearances is 29.45.  In spite of the horrible road trip, the team still leads the division by three games over the Giants who lost four straight to the Cubs.  [JAM 8/9/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-45) - Andre Ethier hit two home runs in game three including the 10th inning game-winner to give the team a series sweep over the Angels.  Baez (4-2) was the winning pitcher in relief.  Superstars Greinke (10-2) and Kershaw (9-6) dominated the Angels in the first two games.  Home runs in the series were by Kendrick (8 & 9), Guerrero (11), Grandal (15) and Ethier (11 & 12).  The Dodgers continue to lead the National League with 131 home runs in 105 games.  [JAM 8/2/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (57-45) - The Dodger offense came alive in the seventh inning of the second game of short series with last-place Oakland.  The team scored five runs after two out led by the hitting of Gonzalez and Puig.  Baez (3-2) was the winning pitcher in relief.  Anderson (5-6) pitched well in game one but received no runs from the offense.  [JAM 7/30/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-44) - The team finished 5-5 on the road trip after losing the last two to the Mets.  Liberatore (2-2) and Tsao (1-1) lost the first two games with Atlanta but Bolsinger (5-3) pitched seven strong innings to win the third game of the series.  Kershaw (8-6) shutout the Mets in game one of the four game series and then rookie Ian Thomas (1-1) pitched five excellent innings as a replacement for Greinke who went back to LA on paternity leave.  Rookie Zach Lee (0-1) was totally ineffective in game three.  Greinke came back for game two and allowed two runs in seven innings to end his 45-inning scoreless streak.  Nicasio (1-3) lost the game in the bottom of the 9th after the offense had rallied to tie the game in the top of the inning.  Rollins hit three home runs in the series with the Mets to give him 11 on the season, becoming the seventh Dodger to hit at least ten.  [JAM 7/26/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-40) - Kershaw (7-6) and Greinke (9-2) pitched 16 scoreless innings to win the series after the first game was due to faulty lighting.  Gonzalez hit two home run in game one to give him 20 for the season but the bullpen could not hold the lead giving a ninth-inning loss to Baez (2-2).  The offense had 15 hits in game three with cleanup hitter Ethier breaking open the game with a bases-loaded single and raising his batting average to .287.  [JAM 7/19/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-39) - The offense came from behind in two of the games with Milwaukee to win the series.  Ethier hit a two-out, pinch-single in the seventh inning of game one to tie the score, and then scored the winning run one a double by Pederson.  Tsao (1-0) pitched his first inning in eight years and won in relief of Bolsinger.  Gonzalez hit his 18th home run in the eighth inning of game three to score the tying and winning runs for reliever Baez (2-1) after seven solid innings by starter Anderson.  Jansen saved both games to give 16 saves and reduce his ERA to 1.66.  Rookie Beachy (0-1) lost game two in his first major league start.  At the All-Star break, the team leads the second-place Giants by 4.5 games.  Greinke, Kershaw, Grandal, Gonzalez and Pederson were named to the National League All-Star team.  [JAM 7/12/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-38) - After a difficult series with the Mets, the team easily won 3 of 4 vs. the last-place Phillies behind back-to-back shutouts by Kershaw (6-6) and Greinke (8-2).  Greinke also won the second game against the Mets and Howell (4-1) won the first game with the Phillies relief.  Greinke increased his consecutive scoreless streak to 36 innings and lowered his ERA to 1.39.  Howell ERA is a microscopic 0.36.  The Dodgers remain in first place with a 5.5 game lead over the Giants.  Home runs during the homestand were by Gonzalez (14, 15, 16), Grandal (13, 14), Rollins (8), Ellis (1) and Puig (4).  [JAM 7/9/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-35) - The team completed a difficult ten-game road trip with a 6-4 record by winning the series against Arizona.  The bullpen suffered the worst meltdown of the year in game one as six relievers allowed ten earned runs in four innings to erase the 4-0 lead of starter Bolsinger who became ill.  Baez (1-1) was the losing pitcher.  However, the bullpen and the offense returned to win games two and three.  Peralta (2-1) won game two as Grandal and Kendrick led the comeback victory.  Anderson (5-4) pitched seven solid innings in game three.  Jansen saved both games to give him 13 saves with a 1.53 ERA.  [JAM 7/2/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) - Kershaw (5-6) again lost in spite of pitching well but, the team won the series against Miami behind the pitching of Anderson (4-4) and Greinke (6-2) who lowered his ERA to 1.58.  Gonzalez had six hits in the series to raise his batting average to .302.  [JAM 6/29/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33) - After Kershaw (5-5) and Greinke failed to win as the offense scored only two runs in 19 innings, the bullpen pitched eight more scoreless innings to split the series with the Cubs and preserve wins for Howell (3-1) and Frias (5-5).  Hernandez (3), Pederson (19), Turner (10) and Gonzalez (13) had home runs in the series. [JAM 6/26/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (39-31) - The team barely held onto first place by clobbering the Giants in final game of the series after barely winning the fourth of the series with Texas on a ninth-inning balk.  Anderson (3-4) defeated the Giants and Jansen (2-0) won the game against Texas in relief of Greinke.  Home runs during the week were by Turner (5, 10), Van Slyke (3), Pederson (18), Grandal (2, 10) and Gonzalez (12).  [JAM 6/21/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-26) - Runs were few as usual in San Diego but the Dodgers managed to win the series as game three went into the 12th inning.  Pederson saved the game with a spectacular catch in the ninth inning.  Gonzalez delivered the game-winning hit with a base-loaded, two-out single.  Jansen saved his 9th game giving the victory to rookie Ravin (2-0).  Garcia (3-2) spoiled Kershaw's excellent performance in game one by interfering with a pop fly and then allowing a go-ahead home run in the bizarre seventh inning.  However, Dodger bats came back to win the game in the eighth inning.  Greinke (5-2) pitched a complete game two but was supported only by the seventh home run by Grandal.  Ethier tripled and hit his ninth home run in game three.  The team now has 81 home runs in 63 games to lead the league.  [JAM 6/14/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) - Puig and Kendrick returned to the lineup to awaken and sweep Arizona.  Puig is now 9-15 since returning from a leg injury, and Kendrick had five RBIs in the series to sink the Diamondbacks.  Bolsinger (4-1), Liberatore (2-1) and Jansen (1-0) were the winning pitchers.  Jansen won in spite of allowing his first run in nine appearances.  Home runs in the series were hit by Rollins (7), Ethier (8), Kendrick (6), Puig (3) and Grandal (6).  [JAM 6/11/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-25) - The offense continue to struggle through series with Atlanta (2-1), St. Louis (2-5) and Colorado (2-2).  Kershaw (5-3) returned to form to win three of six during the period and Puig finally returned to the lineup adding three hits in seven at bats during the last two games of the St. Louis series.  Jansen has not allowed a run in seven appearances but his health is still a concern for the rest of the season.  Although the team clings to first place in the division, the sluggish offense must break free of the hitting that started in early May.  [JAM 6/8/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-17) - The offense entered one of the worst scoring slumps in the history of the team with only nine runs scored in the last eight games.  In spite of the anemic offense, the pitching staff won three of the games with two excellent starts by Bolsinger (3-0) and one by Greinke (5-1).  Jansen returned with three saves and one hold in four appearances.  However, Grandal went on the disabled list with a concussion.  Although the offense was almost nonexistent in the series with Colorado (2-2), San Francisco (0-3 all shutouts), and San Diego (2-1), the team remained in first place, two games ahead of the Giants.  [JAM 5/24/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11) - The bullpen failed to hold two leads in the series with Miami but Van Slyke rescued them in game one with a three-run, walk-off home run.  Game two saw the team have the biggest offensive explosion of the season with eleven runs on 21 hits led by Ethier's five hits and fifth home run.  Howell (2-1) pitched to one batter to get the win in game one.  Rookie Bolsinger (1-0) pitched his second excellent start for his first major league win.  Liberatore (0-1) allowed two hits in the first negative outing of his season in game three.  [JAM 5/14/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-10) - In a series shortened by rain and snow, the Dodgers escaped with two wins over Colorado.  Anderson (2-1) won the five-inning game in a downpour as the team barely survived a close call at the plate in the bottom of the 5th inning.  In the third game after a rainout of game two, Kershaw again failed to win as he suffered a five-run inning.  The offense again roared to the rescue as Gozalez doubled twice and had four RBIs.  Turner's pinch-hit home run put the team ahead to stay when relievers Baez (1-0), Liberatore and Garcia pitched scoreless relief.  [JAM 5/10/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-10) - In spite of nine more home runs by the offense, the Dodgers just split the four games in Milwaukee.  Grandal continued his hot streak with four hits, two home runs and eight RBIs in the final game.  Joc Pederson (9) had three home runs in the series to tie Gonzalez for the league lead.  Kershaw was unable to hold a three-run lead in game one and Hatcher (0-3) blew the save and the lead in the 8th inning.  Greinke (5-0) was the losing-streak stopper again in game two as he led the team to an easy victory with home runs by Turner (4), Rollins (3) and Gonzalez (9).  Minor-leaguers Josh Wieland (0-1) allowed five first-inning runs in game three and the offense never recovered.  Frias (3-0) was the happy recipient of the 14 runs in game four.  The Dodgers take a four-game lead into Colorado as the road trip continues.  [JAM 5/9/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-8) - The Dodgers swept the series with Arizona in dramatic fashion as Yasmani Grandal hit a home run in the 13th inning for the only run of the game.  J.P. Howell (1-1) had saved the game with a great tag at home plate in the top of the inning.  The Dodgers also shutout AZ in the first game with Frias (2-0) and three relievers allowed five hits while Ethier, Turner and Pederson hit home runs.  Rookie Pederson hit his sixth home run in game two to tie the game and start the rally that gave the win to Nicasio (1-1) who pitched three scoreless relief innings.  Turner hit his second home run of the series in the first inning.  Relief pitching has been the biggest difference since 2014 as Dodger relievers threw 14+ scoreless innings in the sweep.  [JAM 5/3/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-8) - First-inning home runs by new-leadoff-hitter Pederson, new-cleanup-hitter Gonzalez, and fourth-outfielder Ethier led the team to an easy win and series victory over the last-place Giants.  Greinke (4-0) was not as sharp as usual but received a four-run lead and the bullpen was great again as Liberatore, Hatcher and Garcia pitched scoreless relief innings.  This lineup was much more productive than the all-righty team that scored only one run for Kershaw (1-2) in the previous game.  [JAM 4/30/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) - I attended the first game of the home series with the Giants with my son, Evan.  The offense was hitting line drives all over the field but did not score until the third inning when they posted four runs against eventual losing pitcher, Lincecum.  However, starter Brett Anderson ran out of gas in the fifth inning when the Giants scored three runs to get close.  Once again the bullpen came to the rescue with Frias (1-0), Liberatore, Garcia and Hatcher pitching scoreless innings.  Pederson and Turner added late-inning home runs to provide a comfortable five-run lead and take some of the sting off the sweep in San Francisco when the Dodger offense scored only two runs per game in the frigid north.  In spite of a 2-4 road trip, the Dodgers retained first place in the division as the Giants remained in last place.  [JAM 4/28/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) - The team cruised into first place after their second consecutive home sweep increasing the winning streak to seven.  The offense scored 20 runs on 33 hits handing victories to starters Kershaw (1-1), Greinke (2-0) and McCarthy (2-0).  Although Crawford and Puig were missing from the lineup for most of the series, Ethier and Van Slyke performed well as veteran substitutes.  The bullpen did not allow a run in the series.  [JAM 4/20/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3) - Guerrero, Kendrick, Gonzalez, Ethier and Van Slyke made huge offensive contributions as the Dodgers swept the series with Seattle.  The first two games were come-from-behind thrillers as Guerrero and Kendrick delivered walk-off hits.  Gonzalez "lowered" his major-league-leading average to .528 with five hits in the series.  Guerrero, as substitute third-baseman and pinch hitter, had his second home run and four RBIs giving him 8 RBIs in 12 at bats.  Ethier was 4-8 with a home run but is still considered to be the fourth outfielder.  Garcia (2-0) won the first two games in relief and Anderson (1-0) pitched five solid innings in game three.  The bullpen allowed one run in 12 innings.  [JAM 4/16/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-3) - Zack Greinke (1-0) restored order with seven scoreless innings to salvage one game in the series with Arizona.  The offense came alive scoring seven runs on 16 hits including home runs by Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero.  However, the bullpen allowed four runs in the ninth inning as substitute closer Chris Hatcher failed again to retire the final out.  Peralta came in to get the third out and his second save.  [JAM 4/12/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) - Adrian Gonzalez carried the team to its first home series win with three consecutive solo home runs and a run-scoring single.  Gonzalez raised his batting average to .769 as he now leads the major leagues in hits, home runs, runs batted in and average.  He became the first player in baseball history to hit five home runs in the first three games of a season.  Newcomer Brandon McCarthy (1-0) pitched five strong innings but allowed a home run and two doubles in the sixth.  Four relievers recorded the final twelve outs without another run scoring.  Joel Peralta got the ninth-inning save,  [JAM 4/9/2015]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - The Dodgers had a great home opener against the Padres as several new players led the way.  Don Mattingly's ill-advised shift against former Dodger star Matt Kemp allowed the Padres to take a first-inning 1-0 lead against unlucky Clayton Kershaw.  Adrian Gonzalez tied the score in the fourth inning with the first home run of the season.  The team took a 2-1 lead in the same inning on a sun-triple by Howie Kendrick and a double to right-center by Carl Crawford.  However, a poor fielding decision by Juan Uribe allowed the Padres to retake the lead in the fifth inning as Kemp's double drove in two more runs.  Kershaw left the game trailing 3-2 after six innings and 99 pitches.  Consecutive doubles by Gonzalez tied the score in the seventh inning setting the stage for a dramatic, two-out, full-count, three-run home run but the new shortstop, Jimmy Rollins.  Three members of the new bullpen - rookie Yimi Garcia, veteran Joel Peralta (1-0) and temporary closer Chris Hatcher (save) each pitched a shutout inning to the delight of the sellout croud of 53,000+.  [JAM 4/7/2015]

San Francisco Giants (4-3) - defeated Kansas City in the Wild Card World Series. [JAM 10/30/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-3) - Kershaw (0-2) and the Dodgers collapsed against a smarter team (Cardinals) for the second year in a row.  [JAM 10/7/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68) - In a meaningless series, the Dodgers swept the Colorado Rockies to end the season with a five-game winning streak.  Elbert (1-0), Frias (1-1) and Greinke (17-8) were the winning pitchers.  Gonzalez hit two home runs in the series to increase his season total to 27 with a major league-leading 116 RBIs.  Kemp hit his 25th home run in the third game to finish with 89 RBIs.  The Dodgers will now face the St. Louis Cardinals at home on October 3 for the first round of the playoffs.  [JAM 9/28/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-68) - The Dodgers clinched the National League Western Division title by winning two of three games over the Giants.  Kershaw (21-3) pitched eight strong innings and Puig hit his 16th home run to break the tie in game three.  After a difficult 13-inning loss in game one when the offense failed to deliver in four walk-off innings, Greinke (16-8) pitched eight strong innings and Jansen recorded his 44th save in game two backed by two home runs by Turner and the 24th home run by Kemp.  Correia (2-4) increased his team-leading ERA to 8.03 by allowing three runs in the 13th inning of game one.  [JAM 9/25/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (89-67) - The offense exploded for 37 runs on 53 hits in the four-games series with the Cubs in Chicago.  The team should have swept the series except that relievers Howell and Wilson (2-4) blew a five-run lead in the late innings of the third game.  Six relievers combined to win game four with Perez (1-3) getting the victory.  Greinke and Kershaw (20-3) were fairly ineffective in games one and two pitching only five innings each.  Rodriguez (1-0) was the winner in game one in relief of Greinke as the offense rallied from a four-run deficit.  Ellis (2), Gonzalez (2), Kemp (2) and Puig hit home runs.  Puig had nine hits and scored nine runs in the series.  Gonzalez is the major league leader with 112 RBIs.  Since the Padres swept a three-game series with the Giants, the Dodgers' magic number has been reduced to three with a three-game series starting tomorrow at home.  [JAM 9/21/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (86-66) - In a wild offensive battle, the Dodgers lost the series with Colorado as starters Hernandez, Haren (13-11) and Frias (0-1) were bombed.  Fortunately, the Dodger offense provided an 8-run rally to save game one for reliever Wright (5-4).  [JAM 9/18/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (85-64) - After an embarrassing 9-0 loss in game one, the Dodgers roared back to give the rival Giants the worst loss in their history after Greinke (15-8) and three relievers shut out the Giants 17-0 with 24 hits..  Kershaw (19-3) pitched eight innings in game three to win the series with Jansen getting his 42nd save.  Ryu (14-7) pitched only one inning in game one and reinjured his shoulder.  Uribe, Greinke and Van Slyke hit home runs in game two.  Kemp hit his 20th home in game three to produce the winning margin.  This victory reduced the magic number to 11 to clinch the division title.  [JAM 9/14/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (83-63) - The team won this series with San Diego in spite of a horrible performance by Hernandez (2-3).  Kershaw (18-3) and Haren (13-10) pitched like the veterans they are.  Crawford had nine hits in the series.  [JAM 9/12/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-62) - The team swept three games from Arizona to increase the division lead to 3-1/2 games.  Gonzalez hit two three-run home runs in consecutive innings in game three to give him 22 home runs and 100 RBIs for the season.  Kemp hit two home runs in the series to give him 19 for the season.  Haren (12-10) allowed one run in six for the victory in game one.  Jansen saved the first two games to give him 41 for the season.  Wilson (2-3) was the winner in relief of Ryu in game two.  Greinke (14-8) won game three when the team rallied from a 2-0 deficit.  [JAM 9/10/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-62) - The team lost two of three to the Nationals but the result should have been much better if not for the horrendous decisions by Manager Don Mattingly in game three.  Hernandez (2-2) lost game one and Kershaw (17-3) breezed to victory in game two.  In game three, Mattingly made the following mistakes: 1. He removed rookie Frias from the game after on 77 pitches when he had a three-hit shutout.  This left three innings for the shaky bullpen after the two-run home run by Turner; 2. He removed Ramirez from the game in the 8th inning for Rojas who was then removed for a pinch hitter in the 9th inning.  After the game was tied in 9th because of an error, the Ramirez/Rojas changes left the team with Ramirez' bat for six innings, and with Turner at shortstop where he botched a double-play ball and then made the error in the 14th inning that allowed the winning runs to score; 3.  He brought Jansen in to relieve in the 8th inning of a day game after he had pitched the 9th inning of the previous night game.  Jansen had lost 4 MPH on his fastball and was bombed for the three runs that set up the extra innings; 4.  In the 10th inning Mattingly failed to use a pinch runner for Ellis after he walked with one out, and again failed to pinch run for Ellis after Gordon singled him to second.  A pinch hitter was finally used after Puig singled and Ellis moved one base again to third.  By then it was too late as the next two batters struck out; 5.  In the 11th inning Mattingly allowed rookie Pederson to bat against the left handed pitcher after Crawford and Turner led off with singles.  This killed the rally and the inning because after the bunt, pinch hitter Kemp was walked to load the bases leaving weak hitters Butera and Gordon to end the inning without scoring; 6.  Although 25 players were used in the game, Mattingly kept the team's best pinch hitter (Van Slyke) on the bench for the entire game.  Mattingly has made poor decisions all season evidenced by this game and by the fact that this first-place has only had one come-from behind win all season when trailing after seven innings.  The Dodgers lead the Giants by two games.  It should be 12.  [JAM 9/4/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (77-60) - For some reason, the offense goes to sleep in games against the Padres in San Diego.  They scored just three runs in two extra inning games to ruin excellent starts by Haren and Greinke.  Correia (2-2) lost in the 12th inning of game one and Wright (4-4) lost in the 10th inning of game two.  Gordon was 0-11 with ten LOBs in the two games.  The offense finally came alive in game three for seven runs with Uribe and Ryu (14-6) back in the lineup.  [JAM 8/31/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-58) - With most of their starters on the disabled list, Arizona was no match for the Dodgers in this short series.  Hernandez (2-1) was not sharp but completed six innings and allowed only three runs.  The offense struck for nine runs on 14 hits including the 16th home run for Kemp.  Kershaw (16-3) continued his Cy Young defense allowing one unearned run in eight innings in game two.  Jansen recorded his 38th save.  [JAM 8/29/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-58) - The offense came back for impressive victories in the first two games but the performance by Correia (2-1) in game three showed that the team needs Ryu to return as soon as possible.  Haren (11-10) pitched seven excellent innings in game one and Greinke (13-8) returned to win game two.  Gonzalez was the hitting star of the series with five hits and six RBIs.  [JAM 8/24/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-57) - After trailing in every game, the team came back to win two of three.  Game three was the first time this season that the team had come back to win when trailing after seven innings.  Crawford was the hitting star of game one with three hits and three RBIs.  Correia (2-0) was the winner of game one.  Kershaw (15-3) pitched eight innings to win game three.  Jansen saved both games to give him 36.  The offense was absent in game two that was lost by Hernandez (1-1).  [JAM 8/22/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-56) - With four starters (Ramirez, Uribe, Beckett & Ryu) on the disabled list, the Dodgers were no match for the strong lineup of the Brewers.  Greinke pitched five shutout innings but was removed before the sixth inning.  The shutout continued until the 8th inning when Wright (4-3) was clobbered for five earned runs.  Kershaw (14-3) threw his sixth complete game of the year but suffered from a lack of offense support in game two.  In game three, Haren (10-10) lasted only three innings to complete the worst homestand beginning of the season.  [JAM 8/19/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-53) - If not for the bases-loaded, ninth-inning, double-play ball hit by Kemp, the team could have recorded another sweep of the Braves.  The offense had 44 hits in four games handing victories to Haren (10-9) and newcomers Correia (1-0) and Hernandez (1-0).  Injured Ryu (13-6) was the only loser in a game that should have been won.  Gonzalez had three RBIs in the fourth game to raise his league-leading total to 83.  With 39 games to game the Dodgers have the best record in the National League and lead the Giants by 5-1/2 games.  [JAM 8/14/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-52) - With Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list, the offense was sluggish in the first two games of the series handing losses to League (2-3) in relief (on unearned runs) of newcomer Carlos Hernandez and Zack Greinke (12-8) in spite of the 15th and 16th home runs by Gonzalez.  Turner botched a double-play ball and then made two errors in the seventh inning of game 1.  However, with Kershaw (14-2), the offense came alive for five runs on 14 hits.  [JAM 8/10/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-50) - The offense produced a dismal performance for Greinke (12-7) in game one of this home-and-home four-game series with the Angels.  But then, the entire team came out fighting to win the series by sweeping the final three games.  Kershaw struggled but departed after seven innings with a one-run lead in game two.  Wilson lost the lead but after Jansen (2-3) struck out the side in the ninth, Uribe, Ellis and Ethier scratched for the game-winning run.  Haren (9-9) pitched his best game of the season in game three and then Ryu (13-5) cruised to a 7-0 win in game four.  [JAM 8/8/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (63-49) - After sweeping the Giants and Braves, the pitching staff performed poorly in two of the the three games with the last-place Cubs.  Haren (8-9) and Beckett (6-6) gave the team a reason to worry about the back portion of the starting rotation.  Ryu pitched well in game two but the plucky Cubs took the game to the 12th inning before Ramirez ended the game with his 12th home run.  Kemp hit two home runs in the series to give him 5 in the last 6 games and 13 for the season.  [JAM 8/3/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-47) - The team extended its streak to a season-high six after their second consecutive sweep.  In game one, the offense erased a two-run deficit and steam-rolled the Braves led by Kemp's pair or two-run home runs.  The bullpen pitched 4-2/3 scoreless innings to rescue Beckett after his 4+ shaky innings.  League (2-2) was the winning pitcher.  In game two, Kemp again drove in the winning run in the ninth inning after Jansen blew the save for Greinke.  Howell (3-3) was the winner after another excellent relief appearance.  Puig was the offensive star of game three with his 13th home run.  Kershaw (13-2) held on to the complete-game victory with the tying and go-ahead runs on base with two outs. [JAM 8/3/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47) - The Dodgers dominated the rival Giants as they swept a three-game series in San Francisco.  Starters Greinke (12-6), Kershaw (12-2) and Ryu (12-5) led the team to a 17-4 lead in runs.  Puig had three triples and a double in game one.  Gonzalez had three hits in game two.  And, Gordon scored from third base on a strikeout in game three.  Dodger fielders played errorless ball and Jansen struck out the side for his 30th save in the final inning of the series.  The Dodgers cruised into first place and gave notice that they are the best team in the National League.  [JAM 7/29/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-47) - Ryu (11-5) pitched seven strong innings in game one but starters Beckett and Haren (8-8) were bombed in the final two games of the series.  Four relievers allowed eight runs in game two with Maholm (1-5) getting the loss.  Gonzalez had four RBIs in the series to increase his total to 65, one below the league lead.  Puig and Ramirez were unavailable for the games after being hit by pitches in the Cardinal series.  [JAM 7/23/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-45) - The poor offense handed losses to Haren (8-7) and Greinke (11-6) in the first two games.  Then, they scored just enough runs to give Howell (2-3) the win in relief of Kershaw and Wilson.  Gonzalez drove in the winning run in the ninth inning after Ramirez was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game.  Jansen retired the side in the ninth inning for his 28th save.  [JAM 7/20/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43) - The team scored only seven runs in the four-game series but fortunately they were playing the weak-hitting San Diego Padres who also scored seven runs.  Kershaw (11-2) had his shutout streak ended at 41 innings but pitched a complete game victory and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.78 in game one.  Van Slyke and Gonzalez had the key RBI hits.  Although Haren (8-6) again pitched poorly, Maholm, Ryu (10-5) and relievers Howell, League and Jansen (1-3, 27 saves) combined for consecutive 1-0 shutout to give the Dodgers the best record in the National League at the All-Star break.  In game three, Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a double and scored four batters later on the walk-off scoring fly ball by Ellis.  Puig drove in the only run in the sixth inning of game four.  [JAM 7/13/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-42) - After scoring five runs in the first inning, the Dodger offense collapsed, scoring only one run in 17 innings in this short series in Detroit.  The run came from the first major league home run by Miguel Rojas.  Ryu (9-5) lost the five-run lead in the second inning of game one and then the next three relievers were just as bad as Detroit scored 14 runs on 20 hits.  Greinke (11-5) pitched well but lacked support as the middle of the lineup (Ramirez-Gonzalez-Kemp) was 0-11 with seven runners left on base.  [JAM 7/9/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-40) - In spite of a meltdown by Haren (8-5) in game three, the team won the series behind the excellent pitching of Greinke (11-4), Kershaw (10-2) and Beckett (6-5).  Kershaw now has 36 consecutive scoreless innings and was named to the All-Star Team with Greinke, Puig and Gordon.  The offense was spotty in the series but scored 27 runs to win three of the four games with high-scoring Colorado.  [JAM 7/7/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-39) - After another 1-0 game behind one-hit pitching of Haren (8-4) and pinch single by rookie Robinson, the team fell out of first place with two poor performances in games two and three.  Beckett (5-5) was bombed for 5 runs in 5 innings in game two.  Then, Manager Mattingly replaced Gonzalez, Puig, Ramirez and Uribe with three rookies and Van Slyke.  In spite of some very shaky infield play the team took a 3-2 lead behind Ryu only to lose the game because of a terrible relief appearance by Wilson (1-3).  [JAM 7/2/2014] 

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-37) - By winning this four-game series with St. Louis, the team moved into a first-place tie with the Giants.  Three Dodger pitchers shut out the Cardinals in game one as Turner drove in the only run on an eighth-inning pinch single with Wilson (1-2) getting the win.  Although Ryu (9-4) lost game two, the offense scored 15 runs in the last two games behind the excellent pitching of Kershaw (9-2) and Greinke (10-4).  [JAM 7/2/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-36) - The team continued to win on the road as the pitching staff carried them in the absence of Ramirez, Uribe, Crawford and much of the offense.  Greinke (9-4) lost game one when the offense could not score until the 8th inning but then a shutout by Kershaw (8-2) and Jansen (23 saves) even the series setting the stage for a cliff-hanger in game three.  Haren could not hold an early lead but four relievers held Kansas City scoreless until Ellis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 8th inning.  Gordon continued his bid for the all-star team with his league leading 40th stolen base and four hits that included his league-leading 9th triple.  Wright (3-2) was the winning pitcher with two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.  This win moved the team to three games behind the Giants who had once led by 9-1/2 games. [JAM 6/27/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) - After a terrible collapse in the ninth inning of game one, Kenley Jansen (0-3) came back to save games two and three for Beckett (5-4) and Ryu (9-3).  The team has now won five straight series and have won 11 of 15 games to pull within four games of the Giants.  [JAM 6/22/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-34) - Clayton Kershaw (7-2) completed the sweep of Colorado with one of the most amazing no-hitters in baseball history.  Kershaw struck out 15 batters and walked none as he faced 28 batters.  The only blemish on the game was the seventh-inning throwing error by shortstop Ramirez.  As the Giants continued their losing streak, the Dodgers pulled within four games of first place.  Kershaw's gem was his first no-hitter and the second of the year for the team.  Ryu (8-3) and Greinke (9-3) led the team to victory in the first two games of the series.  The offense scored 18 runs in the series to support the pitching staff.  [JAM 6/19/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-34) - Kershaw (6-2) and Haren (7-4) led the team to another series win over Arizona.  Haren was also the hitting star of game two with a bases-loaded double.  Kemp (game one) and Gordon (game two) each had two-run home runs in the series.  Pitching, offense and defense all failed in game three handing a loss to Beckett (4-4).  [JAM 6/15/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-33) - After two dominating victories in Cincinnati, the offense returned to its bad form scoring only one run in 18 innings for a disappointing split of the road series.  Haren (6-4) and Beckett (4-3) were the winners; Ryu (7-3) and Greinke (8-3) were the losers.  [JAM 6/13/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (33-31) - The offense showed signs of life in this series but the team should have swept the series as three batters stranded Kemp on third bases after a leadoff triple allowing the Rockies to win in the tenth innings.  Ryu (7-2) and Kershaw (5-2) were winners but Perez lost game two in relief.  The third game was shortened to six innings by rain after Ramirez hit his 10th home run and rookies Romak and Rojas recorded their first hits and RBIs, all in the sixth inning.  [JAM 6/8/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-30) - The offense was shut down by White Sox pitchers who allowed just 14 hits in the three games.  The team was fortunate to win the first game for Kershaw (4-2) on five unearned runs.  Haren (5-4) and Beckett (3-3) were not as lucky as the offense could manage only one run in each game.  [JAM 6/6/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-27) = Except for one outburst led by Ramirez, the Dodgers were outclassed by the Pirates, as they lost three of the four games in the series.  Ramirez had two home runs for a season-total of nine, and two singles to lead the onslaught in game three behind Ryu (6-2).  Reliever League (1-2), starters Beckett (3-2) and Greinke (8-2) added losses to their records in spite of earned run averages below 3.00.  Turner hit his third home run of the season in game four.  [JAM 6/6/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-25) - Starters Ryu (5-2) and Greinke (8-1) led the team to series victories against Cincinnati but the offense failed to support Kershaw (3-2) in game three.  Ryu pitched seven perfect innings but allowed three hits in the eighth inning that were all turned into runs by another ineffective relief appearance by Wilson.  Jansen came to the rescue with his 15th and 16th saves.  Ethier drove in the first four runs in game two with a home run and triple as he took over center field from Kemp.  Kershaw allowed three runs but the offense came back with two runs including the 11th home run by Puig.  However, in the eighth inning, manager Mattingly made a terrible decision after a leadoff single by Gordon.  The manager had Ethier bunt as Gordon was easily stealing second base effectively wasting Ethier's at bat.  Then, Gordon was only able to go to third base on the long fly ball by Puig and the game was lost when it should have been tied. [JAM 5/29/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24) - Josh Beckett (3-1) lifted the team spirits by throwing the 11th no-hitter in the 57-year history of the LA Dodgers.  With Uribe, Kemp and Ramirez missing from the lineup, the team won its second consecutive Eastern road series.  Kershaw (3-1) bounced back from his terrible previous start with six shutout innings in game one.  Haren (5-3) had little support from the offense or defense in game two.  Puig had seven more hits in the series to raise his batting average to .349.  And rookie Erisbel Arrebarrena added three hits and spotless defense at shortstop.  The bullpen showed much improvement, allowing no runs in five relief innings in Philadelphia.  [JAM 5/25/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23) - The team won the first two games of the series with the Mets behind Beckett (2-1) and Ryu (4-2).  However, poor fielding by Kemp and Turner resulted in two unearned that were the difference in the game when reliever Perez (0-2) failed to hold the tie.  Gonzalez had two home runs in the series giving him 12 and Puig hit his 10th continuing his hot streak.  [JAM 5/25/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-22) - After an excellent shutout performance by Greinke (7-1), the entire team seemed to be stunned when Kershaw (2-1) allowed seven earned runs in the second inning of the second game.  Puig extended his hitting streak to 16 and hit his 8th and 9th home runs in the first two games.  Van Slyke hit his 4th home run in game one.  Crawford hit his third home run in game two.  The lethargy continue as the offense failed to support Haren (5-2) in game three expect for home runs by Ramirez (6th) and Gonzalez (10th).  Kemp hit into a double play with two on base in the sixth inning and then popped out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.  [JAM 5/18/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-20) - The offense came alive to score 13 runs in the first two games behind the excellent pitching of Haren (5-1) and Beckett (1-1).  However, Gordon's second-inning error open the floodgates to the first of two six-run innings.  Maholm (1-4) was gone in the fourth inning as Mattingly threw in the towel.  On a positive note, Puig increased his hitting streak to 14 games and raised his batting average to .324 during the series with 7 home runs and a team-leading 31 RBIs.  [JAM 5/15/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-19) - In an important four-game series with the first-place Giants, the Dodger offense failed to perform in the first two games giving losses to reliever Howell (1-2) and starter Maholm (1-3).  Game three was going the same way until Gordon led the way with a seventh-inning, two-out, RBI double.  Greinke (6-1) pitched seven solid innings.  The offense continued to hit but not score in the final game.  Puig, Ramirez and Gonzalez gave Kershaw a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning but the Dodgers' "ace" served up a two-run home run in the seventh inning on an 0-2 hanging curve.  Ramirez tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning with a two-run line drive home run.  However, Jansen (0-2) loaded the bases with no outs in the tenth inning and three runs scored before the dust settled.  As the team nears the firsast quarter of the season, there are more negatives than positives.  Gordon and Puig have hit well at the top of the lineup but the 3-6 hitters have been inconsistent.  Uribe had a great start but may now be headed for the disabled list with a hamstring injury.  The catchers have failed to produce much with Ellis being disabled for 30 games.  The defense has been poor, leading the league in errors.  Ramirez has not fielded well enough at shortstop to earn the long-term contract he wants.  Although the starting pitchers have performed as expected, the relievers have been terrible.  If Manager Mattingly cannot find reliable pitchers for innings 7-9, the Dodgers may not be much better than .500 for the season. [JAM 5/11/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (19-16) - The team completed the most difficult road trip of the season with a 5-4 record.  They scored two runs in the first inning of game 3 with consecutive single but then the offense went flat to be be shut out for the last eight innings to hand the loss to Haren.  The first game was also disappointing as five DC relief pitchers shut out the Dodgers after a three-hour rain delay.  However, the highlight of the road trip was the return of Kershaw (2-0) who pitched seven shutout innings and was supported by eight runs from the offense.  The first five batters in the lineup had 12 hits and catcher Butera added a two-run home run.  [JAM 5/8/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) - With an exhausted bullpen, the team arrived in Miami at 6 a.m. on the morning of the first game of the series.  The offense failed to score until the eighth inning handing the loss to starter Beckett (0-1).  After a good night's rest, the offense came back strong in game with nine runs on 16 hits including a three-run home run by Puig and the game-winning home run by Crawford in the 11th inning.  League (1-1) pitched two shutout innings after Wilson and Perez had blown the five-run lead.  For the second time in four games, Dodger management had to pull a starting pitcher from the minor leagues to sub for Kershaw and Ryu who are on the disabled list.  The offense scrambled to tied the game in the ninth inning on a run-scoring, pinch-hit double by Ethier but reliever Wright (2-2) was unable to carry the game into extra innings. [JAM 5/4/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-12) - The first game in Minnesota was snowed out and then the Dodgers managed to sweep the three-game series including eight hours of a double header in frigid weather.  Puig had eight consecutive hits in the middle of the series to raise his batting average to .309.  The offense rolled to 15 runs on 27 hits in the first two games behind Greinke (5-0) and Haren (4-0).  The third game dragged on for five hours and 12 innings while the team stranded 16 runners.  The league-leading ninth home run by Gonzalez tied the game in the seventh inning.  Then, after three shutout innings by Wright (2-1), Van Slyke and Butera hit home runs in the top of the 12th allowing Jansen to barely saved his 11th game in the bottom of the twelfth. [JAM 5/2/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-12) - The offensive slump of the Dodgers continued for two of the three games.  Reliever Howell threw a wild pitch during an intentional walk allowing the winning run to score giving the loss to Wright (1-1).  Howell allowed two more runs after the wild pitch that prevented the ninth-inning home run by Gonzalez from being a game-winner.  In game two, the offense scored six runs for Maholm (1-2) on 12 hits including the league-leading 8th home run by Gonzalez.  The homestand ended on a sour note when Dodger hitters were dominated by  a Colorado pitcher with an ERA of 5.23.  Ryu (3-2) was ineffective for only the second time this season. [JAM 4/29/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-10) - The Phillies outhit and outpitched the Dodgers in this series.  The team could only win game three behind the excellent pitching of Greinke (4-0) and a pair of two-out rbis by Puig.  Maholm (0-2) allowed four earned as the team suffered their first shutout of the season.  Crawford's eighth-inning error handed the loss in game two to reliever Howell (1-2).  The final game of the series featured a complete breakdown by reliever Wilson (0-2) who allowed four runs on four hits during a terrible ninth inning.  [JAM 4/29/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) - The batting slump continued in the first game of the series with Arizona.  Chris Perez (0-1) lost the game in the 12th inning after Withrow had allowed a tie-breaking run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch during an intentional walk.  Uribe tied the game with his ninth inning home run.  The offense finally came alive in the last two games of the series as Ethier and Puig hit three-run home runs.  Starter Haren (3-0) won game one.  Reliever Wright (1-1) won the third game when Crawford's triple and Puig's home run broke the scoreless tie.  [JAM 4/21/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6) - The offense collapsed during the three-game series in San Francisco scoring only five runs.  League (0-1) lost game one in the 12th inning after Beckett and three relievers pitched a shutout for eight innings.  Howell (1-1) lost game two in relief after Maholm allowed just one run in six innings.  The team salvaged game three of the series behind the seven-inning shutout pitching of Ryu (3-1).  [JAM 4/21/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4) - Adrian Gonzalez had three home runs and ten RBIs in the three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.  Kemp and Uribe also hit home runs in the third game as the team scored 22 runs in the Arizona series.  Ryu (2-1), Greinke (3-0) and Haren (2-0) were the starters and winning pitchers in the series.  [JAM 4/13/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-4) - Kenley Jansen (0-1) blew the lead in game one and lost game two after a ninth-inning rally had erased the Detroit lead gained at the expense of Josh Beckett who lasted just four innings.  Carl Crawford's two-out, tenth-inning double provided the winning margin for J.P. Howell (1-0) in game one.  Gordon, Crawford and Uribe each had five hits in the short series but Dodgers sluggers could not take advantage of it.  Kemp was hitless with five strikeouts and Puig made just one pinch-hitting appearance without success.  [JAM 4/11/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) - The Dodgers were fortunate to start the season against poor teams like Arizona and San Diego after an unorthodox Spring schedule that sent them to Australia and back.  They ran into a buzzsaw in this series against the well-prepared Giant team.  The Giant hitters rocked Ryu (1-1) for eight runs in two innings, and then easily defeated Kershaw's replacement, Paul Maholm (0-1) for five runs in five innings.  However, regular starter Greinke (2-0) restored order with five shutout innings before allowing two home runs in the sixth of the final game of the series.  Dodger power hitters Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each hit two home runs for an easy victory in the third game to avoid an embarrassing sweep at home.  [JAM 4/6/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1) - The Dodgers won the road series with San Diego but it could easily have been a sweep.  The meltdown by Brian Wilson (0-1) in the 8th inning of game one ruined an excellent seven-inning shutout performance by Ryu.  The offense was also to blame as 3-4-5 hitters Ramirez, Gonzalez and Ethier had only four hits between them through the first four games.  Although Yasiel Puig continues to receive criticism from the manager, coaches, broadcasters, players et al., his first-inning home run in game two lifted the team to victory behind Zack Greinke (1-0) and four relievers.  In game three, the middle of the lineup provided some support for Dan Haren (1-0) and the bullpen delivered zeroes for the second game in a row.  Clayton Kershaw is lost for the month of April but Matt Kemp will return on Friday to wake up the stodgy offense (we hope.)  [JAM 4/3/2014]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-0) - Scott Van Slyke provided power for game one with a double and a home run.  For delivering all of the offense in support of Clayton Kershaw (1-0), Van Slyke was rewarded with a spot on the bench for game two.  Fortunately, the Dodger bats came alive behind an excellent five-inning performance by Hyun Jin Ryu (1-0) in game two.  Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe each had three hits in the 13-hit offense.  The team built a 7-0 lead that allowed manager Mattingly to trot out six relievers who relinquished five runs before Jansen finally struck out the last batter.  Andre Ethier had an RBI in each game and Adrian Gonzalez became the first player of the 2014 season to have a stolen base.  [JAM 3/23/2014]

Boston Red Sox - defeated St. Louis Cardinals four games to two. [JAM 10/30/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-5) - Kershaw (1-2) could not control his curve ball and could not get a strike call from the umpire when he needed it.  End of season. [JAM 10/18/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-4) - Greinke (1-1) worked out of two jams and then Dodger sluggers hit four solo home runs (Gonzalez, Crawford, A.J. Ellis and Gonzalez again).  Jansen gave up four hits in the ninth inning to make the game close but struck out the side for the win. [JAM 10/16/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-4) - Nolasco (0-1) allowed three quick runs in the third inning.  The Dodger offense answered with two runs in the fourth inning on RBI hits by Puig and A.J. Ellis but Schumaker ended the rally with an easy double-play ball.  The offense rolled over for the final five innings and Ramirez was unable to finish the game.  The team now must rely on Greinke to avoid elimination.  [JAM 10/15/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - Ryu (1-0) pitched seven shutout innings and the offense finally showed some life with RBI hits by Gonzalez, Puig and Ramirez.  Although Ramirez is playing with a cracked rib, his presence in the lineup was a big boost for the team. [JAM 10/14/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-3) - With Punto and Schumaker in the lineup instead of Ramirez and Ethier, the Dodger offense was no match for St. Louis pitching.  By not scoring a single run, the team spoiled an excellent two-hit performance by Kershaw (1-1).  [JAM 10/12/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) - In a pitching duel that saw 13 pitchers take the mound, the Cardinals finally nudged over a run in the 13th inning after Withrow (0-1) walked the tying run to second and Jansen surrendered the game-winning hit to Carlos Beltran.  Uribe had given the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with his clutch two-out, bases-loaded single in the third inning.  Greinke pitched eight solid innings but gave up a two-out single to the pitcher and walked the leadoff hitter to allow Beltran to hit a double off the wall that was barely missed by returning center-fielder, Ethier.  The Dodgers missed numerous chances to take the lead after the third inning mainly because their best hitter Ramirez was walked three times and hit once.  Mattingly took Gonzalez out of the game in the eighth inning leaving Michael Young to follow Ramirez.  The Dodgers played a flawless game through 12 innings except for third-inning lapses.  This series will probably be low-scoring all the way as the best pitching staffs in baseball show their stuff. [JAM 10/11/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) - I went to this game with my son, Evan.  Juan Uribe hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning after Manager Mattingly asked him to bunt twice leaving him with just one swing and the bottom of the lineup to follow.  Crawford hit two home runs giving the team an early lead but they lost the lead in the fourth inning as an error by Gonzalez gave the Braves two unearned runs.  The game was tied through six innings when Mattingly took Kershaw out of the game after only 91 pitches.  Reliever Belisario immediately surrendered the go-ahead run on a triple and a single.  Relievers Howell and Wilson (1-0) restored order to set up the eighth inning.  Puig opened with a double ahead of the home run by Uribe.  Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth inning for the save.  Mattingly made two late-inning blunders but Howell, Wilson, Puig, Uribe and Jansen saved him again. [JAM 10/7/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) - Ryu was wild and he made two mental fielding errors as he allowed four runs in three innings.  However, Capuano (1-0) came in to pitch three scoreless innings as the offense exploded for ten runs in the second through fourth innings.  Crawford and Uribe hit home runs.  Ramirez and Puig each had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two as the team cruised to the series lead. [JAM 10/6/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) - Dodger batters outhit the Braves 10 to 6 but they also hit into three double plays (M. Ellis, Schumaker & Crawford), left seven runners on base and watched Gordon being thrown out at second base on a questionable call by the second-base umpire.  Hanley Ramirez drove in all three runs with two doubles and a home run but he had no help from the rest of the lineup.  Greinke (0-1) pitched well but suffered the loss because of the lack of clutch hitting. [JAM 10/4/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - The team was running on all cylinders behind Kershaw (1-0) as they scored six early runs mostly on clutch two-out hits.  Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, A.J. Ellis had two doubles and Puig had two singles and raced to the first run while also playing an excellent right field.  The Dodgers took the home-field advantage from the Braves and ensured two games in LA if they need them. [JAM 10/3/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) - After scoring runs for Kershaw (16-9), the offense scored just one run in the last two games against the last place Rockies giving losses to Greinke (15-4) and Ryu (14-8).  The pitching staff is in good shape but the offense may not be ready to score runs for them in the playoffs.  Without Kemp and Ethier, the team is expecting Puig, Ramirez and Gonzalez to produce their runs.  I hope that the ending of game number 162 is not a harbinger for things to come.  With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Schumaker (the new center fielder) struck out.  [JAM 9/29/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-68) - The Dodgers continued their lackluster play in September.  After a tough one-run victory in game one, Mattingly again killed the team's momentum by putting four starters on the bench in game two.  Ryu (14-7) was great in game on behind home runs by Puig (19) and Kemp (6).  Nolasco (8-3) and Rodriguez (3-4) took losses in games that saw the offense outhit the Giants but failed to deliver the clutch hits. [JAM 9/26/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66) - Without a starter in the lineup, the Dodgers failed to score a run to support a good pitching effort by Volquez (0-2). Then, seven Dodger pitchers shut down the Padres for 18 innings to win the series.  Kershaw (15-9) won game two and reduced his ERA to a major-leading 1.88.  Howell (4-1) won game three in relief of starter Greinke who pitch five excellent shutout innings. [JAM 9/22/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (88-65) - The Dodgers became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot in spite of some questionable lineup decisions by Manager Mattingly.  In the first game, an excellent two-hit pitching performance by Ryu (13-7) was spoiled by a punchless lineup without Ramirez, Kemp, Crawford or Ethier.  Kemp was finally called to the plate with two on and two out in the ninth inning but he struck out in his first at bat in two months.  Ramirez and Kemp returned to the lineup in game three to lead the team to a victory behind Greinke (15-3).  Kemp had four consecutive hits.  Gonzalez (21) and Uribe (12) hit home runs.  For game three, Mattingly decided to rest healthy Kershaw and sent Fife (4-4) to the mound where he allowed four runs in two & one-third innings.  The offense rallied to tie the game but the first-base umpire made a terrible call at the plate.  However, Bellisario came in to allow five earned runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.  Game four got off to a poor start as Nolasco allowed six runs in the third inning.  But, the offense came back again with two home runs by Ramirez (20) and the game-winning home run by A.J. Ellis (8) giving the victory to reliever Howell (3-1).  Jansen saved his 26th game.  This team will always be remembered for their incredible winning streak that started on June 22 when they were in last place with a 30-42 record.  The Dodgers then won 42 of 50 and 58 of 81 to win the division. [JAM 9/19/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (86-63) - After an excellent victory in game one capped by the ninth-inning RBI single by Gonzalez, the team was clearly outplayed by the Giants in the last three games of the series with Dodger starters Ethier, Crawford, Ramirez and Puig sitting on the bench with minor injuries.  Brian Wilson (2-1) won the first game in relief.  Kershaw (14-9) failed to hold a two-run game two.  Nolasco (8-2) could not complete the second inning of game three after allowing seven runs.  Volquez lost a two-run lead in game four and then Rodriguez (3-3) allowed the game-winning run.  The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs but Puig grounded sharply to shortstop to end the game.  As the team travel to Arizona for a four-game series, their magic number remains stuck at four. [JAM 9/15/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (85-60) - The Dodgers won an important series with Arizona to increase their lead to 12 games.  Nolasco (8-1) was excellent in game one and Dodger hitters hit six home runs including three by Juan Uribe.  Scott Van Slyke homered in the 11th inning of game two giving the victory to reliever Withrow (3-0).  Ryu (13-6) allowed three runs in the first two innings of game three as the Dodger offense slipped back into its low-scoring mode from last week.  [JAM 9/15/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (83-59) - The offense collapsed in three one-run games against Cincinnati.  They scored only one run after the fourth inning in the series.  Ramirez and Puig drove in the seven runs that were scored.  Greinke and Kershaw pitched well but relievers Howell (2-1), Wilson (1-1) and Belisario (5-7) took the losses.  The team still leads the NL West by 11 games but they need to regain their offensive punch in the last three weeks of the season to be a factor in the playoffs.  [JAM 9/8/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (83-56) - The magic number was reduced to 12 as the team won the first two games of the series with Colorado.  Kershaw (14-8) and Nolasco (7-1) pitched well enough to win with 17 runs of offensive support.  Ethier had a home run and two doubles in game one.  Nick Punto had four hits in game but the team needed the ninth-inning error by the Rockies for the winning margin.  Manager Mattingly gave away game three by "resting" five starters and using substitute pitcher Volquez (0-1) to start and lose the game by allowing four runs in the first three innings. [JAM 9/4/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-55) - With another series sweep, the team improved its record to 51-13 since June 22 and increased its lead to 11.5 games over Arizona.  Ryu (13-5) was the easy winner of game one behind a 13-hit attack that included two home runs by Gonzalez and four hits by Puig.  Brian Wilson (1-0) won game two in relief of Capuano who allowed just one run in seven innings.  Greinke (14-3) allowed two hits in the series finale with Puig hitting the game-winning home run in the sixth inning.  Jansen saved the last two games giving him 24 for the season as he struck out five more batters to increase his major-league strikeout lead for relievers to 100.  The Dodger pitching staff now has the lowest ERA (3.17) in the major leagues.  Ryu, Gozalez, Puig and Jansen were all snubbed for the all-star game by Giant Manager Bochy whose team has fallen 20 games behind the Dodgers.  Bochy's all-star team with four Giants on it did not score a run against the American League all-stars in June. [JAM 9/1/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-55) - Greinke (13-3) and Nolasco (6-1) each pitched eight shutout innings but the offense did not support Kershaw (13-8).  Ramirez hit home runs in each win giving him 15 for the season and a .343 average.  Puig hit his 13th home run in game one and had five hits in the series to raise his average to .346.  Ethier hit his tenth home run in game three. [JAM 8/28/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-54) - The offense continued to struggle against Red Sox pitching, scoring just five runs on eleven hits in the series.  They salvaged the first game on a home run by Ramirez, eight shutout innings by Nolasco (5-1) and the 22nd save by Kenley Jansen.  Pitchers Ryu (12-5) and Capuano (4-7) were hit early by the Red Sox while the slumping hitters produced very little offense.  Although the team still leads Arizona by 9.5 games, a better performance will be required for playoff success. [JAM 8/25/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-52) - After a weak offensive performance in game one for Ryu (12-4), Puig came off the bench in game two to break a tie with his 12th home run.  Withrow (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief.  Greinke (12-3) and Kershaw (13-7) dominated the Marlins in the last two games of the series.  With these victories, the team increased their first-place lead to 9.5 games over Arizona. [JAM 8/22/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-51) - The Phillies ended the Dodger ten-game winning streak as Manager Mattingly kept four starters on the bench for the third game of the series and then brought League (6-4) into the ninth inning after Paco Rodriguez had struck out the first batter.  League loaded the bases and lost as Ramirez booted a ground ball.  Greinke (11-3) and Kershaw (12-7) led shutouts in the first two games.

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-50) - In dramatic fashion, the team won another series.  Ethier hit a pinch-hit, ninth-inning home run to tie the game and then Gonzalez doubled in Puig who had stretched an infield single into a double in the 12th inning.  Paco Rodriguez (3-2) was the last of five relievers who pitched seven more scoreless innings.  Starters Nolasco (4-1) and Ryu (12-3) won the first two games as the offense came from behind in each of the three games.  This winning streak (40 of 48) is the longest in modern major league history. [JAM 8/14/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-50) - I attended the first game of this series with my son, Evan who had purchased the tickets as a Father's Day present.  The Dodgers looked tired and four starters were resting.  The subs made several errors and missed scoring opportunities while the Rays scored six runs behind their pitching ace.  We were sitting next to a guy wearing Dodger shorts and a Dodger jersey with the name "Stewart" on it.  In the 7th inning with two men on base, Stewart put on his rally cap and started telling everyone in our section that we were going to win this game.  The old guy next to him also put on his rally cap.  The team scored one run to make it 1-6.  In the 8th inning, Stewart did his dance for the dance cam and started yelling for everyone to make more noise..  The team scored two more runs to make it 3-6.  In the 9th inning everyone in the stadium was standing and Stewart was high-fiving and high-tenning everyone around him after each hit.  With the score at 5-6, Stewart called the exact spot for the Gonzalez double that tied the game.  Just before the game-winning error, the message board announced that the fireworks show had been cancelled.  Nobody left the stadium after the 7th inning.  Stewart is still there.  Belisario (5-6) pitched a great ninth inning after Marmol had let the first two batters reach base.  Greinke (10-3) pitched 6+ shutout innings in game two and the bullpen (Howell & Withrow) completed the shutout.  Schumaker had four hits and Gonzalez hit his 16th home run.  Kershaw (11-7) allowed one earned run in eight innings and drove in the first two runs to complete the sweep.  The team is now 37-8 since June 22. [JAM 8/11/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (64-50) - The hottest team in baseball continued their road dominance with a series wins against the hard-hitting Cardinals.  Dodger pitchers allowed just seven earned runs in the series to lower the team ERA to 3.37.  Kershaw (10-7) was the hard-luck loser of game two.  Greinke (9-3), Nolasco (3-1) and Ryu (11-3) were the winning pitchers.  A.J. Ellis capped the 7-1 road trip with a three-run homer in the fifth inning of game four.  The offense produced 22 runs in the series without Hanley Ramirez or Matt Kemp. [JAM 8/8/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49) - The first-place Dodgers increased their lead to 5.5 games with another series sweep and increased their road winning streak to 14 games.  Great pitching and just enough hitting allowed them to dominate the Cubs with the final 23 scoreless innings.  Winning pitchers were Nolasco (2-1), Ryu (10-3), Capuano (4-6) and Fife (4-3).  However, Puig, Ramirez and Ethier suffered injuries during the series. [JAM 8/4/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (57-49) - The Dodgers split a short series with the Yankees as the excellent ending of game one was followed by a terrible ending in game two.  Mark Ellis hit a two-out single in the ninth inning of game one to score Ethier and give the win to Jansen (4-3).  In game two, Manager Mattingly removed Kershaw from the game after eight scoreless innings.  Belisario (4-6) walked the first batter he faced who eventually scored the winning run.  The game could have gone into extra innings but the third base umpire failed to call the third strike on a check-swing by the batter who drove in the run on the next pitch.  [JAM 8/1/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48) - Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hit an 11th inning, two-out home run for the only run in the fourth game of a tough series with Cincinnati.  Brandon League (6-3) pitched two innings to cap the 11-inning shutout by five Dodger pitchers.  After Greinke (8-3) allowed four runs in the first-game loss, Kershaw (10-6) and Ryu (9-3) held the Reds to one run each in games one and two.  The 11th home run by Ramirez provided the difference in game two and the second home run of the season by Schumaker put the team ahead to stay in game three.  With 26 wins in their last 32 games and nine of ten since the all-star game, the Dodgers have moved 2.5 games ahead of second-place Arizona and ten games ahead of the defending-champion (last place) Giants. [JAM 7/28/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47) - With two come-from-behind victories, the team completed a sweep of the six-game road trip.  Ryu (8-3) was supported runs in game one.  In game two, the offense rebounded from a five-run deficit and in game three Puig scored from first base on a two-out, two-strike single by Ethier with help from the Toronto center fielder.  Then, the offense exploded for five runs in the 10th inning led by home runs by Mark Ellis and Puig.  League (5-3) won both games in relief with Jansen pitching the last inning in each game.  A.J. Ellis had four hits and 5 RBIs in game one.  Andre Ethier had eight hits and Yasiel Puig had six hits in the series.  Dodger sluggers hit seven home runs against Toronto pitching. [JAM 7/24/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (50-47) - With great pitching and clutch hitting, the team swept the Nationals on the road to move within one-half game of first-place Arizona.  Ethier hit a ninth-inning home run to win game one for Belisario (4-5).  Doubles by Gonzalez and Ramirez broke a tenth-inning tie to give Withrow (1-0) his first major league win.  Jansen saved games one and two to give him 11 for the season.  Kemp returned from the disabled list with a single, double and home run to lead a 15-hit blow-out in game three.  Kershaw (9-6) pitched seven solid innings for an easy victory. [JAM 7/21/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-47) - With several key players missing from the lineup, the offense went back into a slump scoring only two runs in the last three game.  Fortunately, Greinke (8-2) pitched a shutout in game three to allow the four-game split.  Capuano (3-6) pitched 6+ shutout innings in game one when the offense was still working.  Kershaw (8-6) and Nolasco (1-1) were victims of the anemic offense.  [JAM 7/14/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-45) - With a sweep of the first-place Diamondbacks, the Dodgers completed a 7-2 road trip and returned to .500 after an amazing 15-3 run.  The team now trails Arizona by just 1.5 games.  Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis continued their clutch hitting including back-to-back 14th-inning home runs.  Ellis had tied the game in the ninth inning with a two-out single.  Six relievers pitched nine shutout innings with Jansen (3-3) getting the victory.  The Dodgers dominated the first two games behind excellent pitching by Greinke (7-2) and newcomer Ricky Nolasco (1-0). [JAM 7/11/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-45) - A.J. Ellis hit a ninth-inning, two-out, bases-loaded double in game three to power the team to their fourth consecutive series victory.  Kershaw (8-5) allowed one run in eight inning.  Ryu was the winner in game one as the offensive again scored ten runs on ten hits.  Three infield errors in the second inning of game two prevented a possible sweep of the Giants.  Fife (3-3) was the unlucky starting pitcher.  Kershaw was the only Dodger named to the All-Star Game but Puig and Gonzalez have a chance to make the team with the final fan vote. Puig (.409) and Ramirez (.410) have led the offense to its current second place standing with a three-game series coming against first-place Arizona. [JAM 7/7/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-44) - The offense scored 23 runs on 44 hits to win the series with Colorado and briefly move into second place before falling back in game three.  Gonzalez led the way with three home runs, seven hits and five RBIs.  Kemp showed some life in his bat with two home runs to double his season total.  Kershaw (7-5) pitched a four-hit shutout in game one to give the bullpen a needed rest.  Greinke (6-2) pitched well enough to win game two.  Capuano (2-6) lost game three as the offense failed to take advantage early scoring opportunities.  By winning ten of twelve games while the rest of the division faltered, the Dodgers are now in a position to claim a playoff spot.  With Carl Crawford returning, all of the offensive positions are at full strength.  The big question now is whether there is enough pitching for the second-half race.  [JAM 7/5/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-43) - Finally playing like their payroll, the team won six of seven games on the short homestand to pull within four games of first place at the halfway mark.  Continuing his stunning rookie performance, Puig had seven more hits to raise his batting average to .436 with 44 hits in his first major league month.  Ramirez had five more RBIs and raised his batting average to .387 in the three games he started.  Puig and Ramirez are the key players who were missing from the Dodger lineup during the first two months of the season.  Winning pitchers were Greinke (5-2), Jansen (2-3) and Fife (3-2).  Capuano (2-5) was the losing pitcher in the team's only loss of the last nine games.  A.J. Ellis saved game three with a ninth-inning single after two outfield errors had allowed the Phillies to tie the score in the top of the inning.  In an amazing change of fortune, the Dodgers won three out of four games in spite of being outscored 24-17 and outhit 52-32.  [JAM 6/30/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-42) - The Dodgers swept the Giants to increase their longest winning streak of the season to five.  At this stage of the season, the Dodgers certainly have a stronger lineup than the defending champs.  With Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp returning to the lineup, the Dodgers put five straight excellent hitters to bat in a row.  Yasiel Puig had six hits in the series to raise his batting average to .435.  Manager Mattingly almost blew game two by bringing struggling reliever League into the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead.  After four straight hits, the Giants had the tying run on second with no outs.  Rookie Paco Rodriguez came in to get his first major league save.  As Kemp ended the inning with a game-saving catch in center field.  Winning pitchers were Rodriguez (2-2), Fife (2-2) and Kershaw (6-5).  [JAM 6/26/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-42) - After two more awful games, the Dodgers finally combined some great pitching with some power hitting to split the series with San Diego.  Greinke (3-1) pitched eight solid innings in game three and Capuano pitched five shutout innings to give him eleven straight scoreless innings pitched after returning from the disabled list.  League (3-3) retired one batter in the eighth inning to qualify for the victory in game four.  Gonzalez and Ramirez hit solo home runs in each game.  Rookie all-star candidate Yasiel Puig hit his sixth home run in game one and had four hits in 16 at bats to lower his batting average to .425.  Guerrier (2-3) and Kershaw (5-5) were the losing pitchers in the first two games while Dodger fielders made four errors to increase their league-leading error count to 56.  As the long, long Dodger summer begins, the team is solidly planted in last place with only a glimmer of hope for a playoff position. [JAM 6/23/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-40) - The Dodgers continued to spin their wheels by splitting a double-header with the Yankees although Dodger hitters outhit the Yankees 22-11.  Ryu (6-3) was the loser of game one because of four errors and a general lack of clutch hitting.  Capuano (2-4) and two relievers pitched a three-hit shutout in the night game.  Hanley Ramirez led the offense with six hits including a home run.  Phenom Puig had four more hits including his fifth home run.  [JAM 6/19/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39) - Yasiel Puig had six more hits in 13 at bats to keep his batting average at .479 but the team again lost a three-game series.  Andre Ethier showed some life in his bat with six hits and three RBIs in the series. Peter Moylan (1-0) was the winner in the second that was won in the 11th inning on an RBI single by Uribe.  Fife (1-2) and Greinke (3-2) were the losing pitchers in games one and three, respectively.  [JAM 6/16/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-37) - The team lost this series to the Diamondbacks but showed some fight in game two after Ian Kennedy threw at the heads of rookie Puig and pitcher Greinke.  Former closer League (2-3) blew a ninth-inning lead in game one but new closer Jansen easily saved game two for Guerrier (2-2).  Manager Mattingly kept superstar Puig out of the third-game lineup with a "shoulder injury" but brought him in as a sub in the 11th inning.  Puig then showed that his shoulder was fine with a throw from right field and a line-drive single in the 12th inning after Belisario (3-5) had lost the game in the top of the inning.  Mattingly's decision to hold Puig out of the starting lineup probably cost the team another loss.  The manager's decisions have been consistently awful this season.  The benevolent owners may keep Mattingly through the season but he will certainly be canned for his last-place performance with a lineup full of highly-paid stars.  [JAM 6/13/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-35) - Rookie Puig continued his spectacular offensive and defensive play with eight more hits, raising his average to .464, in the four-game series including two home runs and some great throws from right field.  His grand slam home run iced game one and his home run in game two provided the winning margin.  However, there is little he can do from the leadoff spot when the followers have been quiet except for Skip Schumaker who now has a 15-game hitting streak.  Starting Pitchers Greinke (3-1) and Ryu were excellent but rookies Fife (1-1) and Magill (0-2) suffered from the lack of offensive support typical of this team.  Reliever League (2-2) was the winner of game two.  [JAM 6/10/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-33) - Future superstar Yasiel Puig was finally recalled from AA after Carl Crawford joined Matt Kemp on the disabled list.  Puig immediately made his present felt with five hits including two home runs in game.  He also contributed a ninth inning defensive play to save game one.  Rookie Fife (1-0) and reliever Howell (2-0) were the winning pitchers.  However, the offense again failed Kershaw (5-4) in game three.  Manager Mattingly continues to tinker with the batting lineup 58 games into the season.  No player on this team has a secure spot on the card. [JAM 6/6/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-32) - With three more starters (A.J. Ellis, Crawford and Ryu) unavailable for the series, the Dodgers were no match for the power-hitting Rockies.  They managed to win game one with a 10th inning rally after League (1-2) failed to save the game for Kershaw.  Guerrier (1-2) lost game two in relief after Belisario failed to save the game for Greinke.  Rookie Magill (0-1) gave up four home runs as a last-minute sub for Ryu.  [JAM 6/5/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-30) - The team played two excellent games at home against the Angels but then the offense fizzled for the two games in Anaheim.  In game one, Dodger bats rallied from a 6-1 deficit to win 8-7 giving the win to Belisario (3-4) in relief.  Gonzalez led the way with four hits to raise his average to .337.  The offense clicked in spite of a dismal performance by Kemp with a groundout and four straight strikeouts leaving three runners on base.  Ryu (6-2) was the master of game two pitching a two-hit shutout.  The lackluster offense ruined fine starts by Capuano (1-4) and Lilly (0-2) as Kemp was placed on the disabled list with strained hamstring. [JAM 5/30/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-28) - Adrian Gonzalez drove in six of the eight Dodger runs but it was not nearly enough to defeat the St. Louis offense that scored 15 runs in the series.  The Dodgers were lucky to escape with one victory in the series as Paco Rodriguez (1-2) received his first victory in relief after Belisario failed to save the game for Ted Lilly returning from the disabled list.  Matt Kemp was 0-7 in the series with six runners left on base.  He was benched in game three but came into the game in the eighth inning to hit into a double play.  Kemp now has left 99 runners on base for the season, more than two per game with just 17 RBIs in 48 games.  Starters Capuano (1-3) and Kershaw (5-3) were losing pitchers. [JAM 5/26/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (19-26) - With good pitching by Kershaw (5-2) and Ryu (5-2) the team won the series but could easily have won the other game with any kind of timely hitting. Fourteen runners were stranded on base in game two with Kemp leaving seven.  The offense finally found itself in the last games with nine runs on 12 hits.  Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run of the season and Scott Van Slyke had two doubles.  Greinke (2-1) pitched OK for four innings of game two but did not retire a batter in the fifth. [JAM 5/22/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25) - The bullpen blew three leads ruining excellent starts by Ryu, Capuano and Magill.  However, the offense provided little support scoring just 8 runs on only 15 hits in the series.  In addition, the defense committed 5 errors.  Rodriguez (0-2) lost the first game.  Jansen (1-3) lost the other two.  [JAM 5/19/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-22) - After a terrible team performance in game one, the pitching staff took charge of the last two games of the series, allowing only one run.  Kershaw (4-2) was one pitch short of a shutout in game two as he reduced his ERA to 1.40.  Jansen saved the game with a strikeout.  Zack Greinke (2-1) returned from the disabled list to give the staff a boost as first-game loser Beckett (0-5) took his place on the DL.  Errors by pitchers Beckett and Javy Guerra accounted for three unearned runs in the first game.  The offense floundered again scoring just seven runs in the series.  Washington's young star, Bryce Harper ran full-speed into the right-field wall in the fifth inning of game one and was not available except for a ninth-inning pinch-hit appearance in game three against Brandon League who got Harper to hit a groundout as League saved his 9th game of the season.  [JAM 5/15/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-21) - The team broke an 8-game losing streak as the offense came alive for 12 runs and 25 hits.  Andre Ethier led the offense in game two with four hits and three runs scored.  Rookie Scott Van Slyke hit a home run and an RBI single in game three.  Winning pitcher were Ryu (4-2) and Capuano (1-2).  Belisario (2-4) lost game one after rookie Magill failed to hold the 3-0 lead from the first-inning home run by Gonzalez.  [Jam 5/12/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-20) - The losing streak in now seven as Paul Goldschmidt ruined Dodger pitching with four home runs and nine RBIs.  The Dodger offense managed just seven runs in the series.  The team has scored more than three runs in only twelve games this season.  Crawford played two fly balls poorly in game one in innings that led to six runs in game one and the defense .  Losing pitchers were Capuano (0-2), League (0-2) and Jansen (1-1).  Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston were added to the disabled list.  Gonzalez and Crawford are also injured and unable to play full time.  [JAM 5/8/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-17) - The team somehow managed to lose each game in this series to the Giants by one run.  At the end, all of the Dodger players seemed to be lethargic.  The general manager must replace manager Mattingly before the season is lost.  Kershaw took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of game one but he scored the only run as ten Dodger batters left 31 runners on base and they lost the game although they outhit the Giants 11 to 4.  Game two saw rookie Magill allow five runs in two innings but the offense rallied for a seven-run fifth inning and still lost as the bullpen faltered.  The umpire was calling close pitches as strikes on the Dodgers but not the Giants in game three.  Then, Dodger line drives were caught as Giant bloopers fell in for hits.  Still, the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning as their only clutch hitter Gonzalez came off the bench to drive in two runs but fell a run short.  The Dodgers got the minimum result in this series as they clearly outhit their rival.  Losing pitchers were Belisario (2-3), League (0-1) and Ryu (3-2). [JAM 5/5/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-14) - Colorado hitters blasted Dodgers pitching for 21 runs and 36 hits.  The only bright spot for the Dodger pitching was the performance of rookie Ryu (3-1).  Starters Lilly (0-1) and Beckett (0-4) were terrible completing just seven innings between them.  Dodger relievers were forced to pitch 20 innings in the series.  Hanley Ramirez returned with five hits in two starts with a home run in his bobblehead game but his fielding does not appear to have reached the major-league level.  Gonzalez hit his third home run in game three but was robbed of another three-run homer that could have saved game three.  Clearly, the Rockies were the better team in this series.  [JAM 5/1/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12) - Kershaw (3-2) led the team to series win with eight shutout innings.  Crawford provided all of the runs with two solo home runs giving him three in the series with Milwaukee and four for the season.  The offense came alive in game one for seven runs to hand the win to Belisaro (2-2) in relief.  However, the bullpen failed to hold the lead in game two after an excellent performance by rookie starter Matt Magill.  Guerrier (1-1) and Rodriguez allowed four runs in the 7th and 8th innings.  Ethier hit his third home run in the loss. [JAM 4/28/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11) - The team should have swept this series except that some poor fielding and pitching decisions in the 9th and 10th innings of game two gave one game to the Mets.  Mattingly removed Ethier from the game but kept Crawford in left field.  Crawford failed to catch the lead-off fly ball that hit his glove.  Then, League served a first-pitch fastball to Mets all-star David Wright with two outs in the ninth.  Wright tied the game and then Mattingly brought in rookie Josh Wall (0-1 with 15.75 ERA) to lose the game in the tenth.  Matt Kemp continued his improved hitting with his first home run and five hits in the series.  Relievers Belisario (1-2) and Jansen (1-0) were the winning pitchers in games one and three, respectively. [JAM 4/25/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10) - Mark Ellis delivered a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning of game three to ignite the rally that salvaged one game in the series in Baltimore and ended a terrible six-game losing streak.  J.P. Howell (1-0) struck out the final batter in the inning for the victory.  Stephen Fife was the emergency starter replacing Billingsley who joins Greinke and Capuano on the disabled list.  Matt Kemp showed some life with six singles in the series.  The first two games were really ugly as the pitching staff failed to hold early leads.  Andre Ethier hit a first-game, first-inning three-run home run for the early lead but was then hitless for the rest of the series.  Paco Rodriguez (0-1) and Josh Beckett (0-3) were the losing pitchers.  [JAM 4/22/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-8) - In the worst home series in memory, the team was swept by the lowly Padres who are certain to be the doormat of the NL West.  The very expensive offense is now averaging 2.6 runs per game, a rate better than only one major league team (Miami).  If this extremely poor performance continues for very long, Manager Mattingly and Batting Coach McGwire are likely to lose their jobs.  [JAM 4/17/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5) - The highly-paid Dodger offense again failed to score any runs in two of the three games with Arizona.  Beckett (0-2) pitched his best game in a Dodger uniform but lost when the only run scored in the ninth inning.  Ryu (2-1) salvaged the second game of the series with an excellent pitching performance and his first three major league hits.  Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run in game two and raised his batting average to .409 with six hits in the series. [JAM 4/14/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3) - The team lost pitcher Zack Greinke in game three when Carlos Quentin charged the mound and broke Greinke's collar bone.  Quentin was suspended for eight games.  Greinke will miss at least two months of play.  The Dodgers recovered to win game three after an eighth inning home run by Juan Uribe.  Reliever Matt Guerrier (1-0) threw one pitch in the seventh inning for the win.  After the bullpen surrendered six runs in game one, Chad Billingsley (1-0) pitched a great game in his appearance of the year with home runs by Carl Crawford and A,J, Ellis.  Ronald Belisario (0-1) was the losing pitcher in game one. [JAM 4/11/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) - Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates for helping the Dodgers to barely emerge from the season-opening hitting slump.  Starting pitchers Zack Greinke (1-0), Clayton Kershaw (2-0) and Hyun Jin Ryu (1-1) easily kept the Pirates quiet as the Dodgers scored just enough runs to sweep the series.  Adrian Gonzalez raised his average to .400 with three hits and four RBIs in the final game.  Matt Kemp had two doubles in the series to end hit hitless streak.  Newcomer Carl Crawford has been a pleasant surprise with nine hits and a .450 average in the first six games.  Andre Ethier and Justin Sellers hit home runs. [JAM 4/7/2013]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2) - After a great opening day with Clayton Kershaw (1-0) pitching a shutout and hitting the game-winning home run, the Dodger bats completely collapsed and rolled over for Giant pitching.  Matt Kemp led the futility going 0-10 with eleven runners left on base.  Where are those multi-million-dollar bats? [JAM 4/3/2013]

San Francisco Giants (4-0) - The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games.  The Tigers are the worst team to represent the American League in memory.  They hit .159 as a team and individual batters left 45 runners on base.  The Dodger decision to pass on Prince Fielder is looking good now.  Fielder hit .071 and left nine runners on base.  The Giant pitchers are good but they are not that good. [JAM 10/29/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (86-76) - The team started strong and finished strong in the last two weeks but the middle of the season was unacceptable.  Manager Mattingly must take responsibility for the poor hitting performances in June through August.  He showed little confidence in the hitters often asking them to bunt or take pitches after a rally was started.  This was illustrated again when A.J. Ellis was asked to bunt with no outs and a runner at first in the ninth inning of game 161.  Ellis failed killing the innings and so did the team.  [JAM 10/5/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (84-75) - The offense outscored Colorado 18-1 to sweep the series but still trail St. Louis by two games for the last playoff spot.  Matt Kemp is back in form hitting three homers in the series to raise his total to 23.  Victorino, Abreu, Cruz and A.J. Ellis also hit home runs.  Winning pitchers were Kershaw (13-9), Blanton (2-4) and Beckett (2-3). [JAM 9/30/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-75) - After a disappointing first-game, 2-1 loss, the offense came alive to score eight runs in each of the last two road games.  With, six games remaining, the team trails St. Louis by three games for the final wild card position.  [JAM 9/28/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-74) - Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs in the third game to lead the team to a series win over the Reds and barely stayed in contention for the last wild-card spot.  Belisario (8-1) and Tolleson (3-1) were winners in relief as manager Mattingly continued to lose confidence in his starters.  Kershaw pitched a strong five innings coming back from a brief injury and war ready for more.  Rookie Fife (0-2) was the unlucky loser as the offense failed to score a run in game two and could not get a runner to second base. [JAM 9/23/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (77-73) - Matt Kemp hit his first home run in September to save game two after Beckett and the relievers blew a six-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.  However, the anemic offense scored just one run in each of the other two games to fall three games behind St. Louis in the wild card race. [JAM 9/21/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-71) - The Dodgers split four games with the Cardinals to stay in the wild-card race.  However, a huge opportunity was wasted in the 10th inning of game four when Victorino failed to score the winning run from third base with one out.  Kemp also failed in the inning with two outs and the bases loaded.  Manager Mattingly ran out of pitchers and therefore sent career minor-leaguer John Ely (0-2) to the mound for another awful performance.  After a tough loss by rookie Paco Rodriguez (0-1) in game one, Luis Cruz led the team from behind in games 2 and 3 with a three-run homer and a clutch, two-out, ninth-inning double, respectively.  Relievers Tolleson (2-1) and Belisario (6-1) were winners.  Andre Ethier hit two home runs in the series to take the team lead at 19.  [JAM 9/16/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-69) - The offensive collapse continued as the team scored just two run on nine hits in the short series with Arizona.  Kershaw (12-9) and Harang (9-9) were the unfortunate losing pitchers. [JAM 9/13/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-67) - Again, the offense was not ready to perform in an important series.  A triple by Adrian Gonzalez and a double by Hanley Ramirez allowing the team to salvage one game in a series when they scored only five runs.  The responsibility for this lackluster performance falls squarely on the shoulders of manager Don Mattingly.  [JAM 9/10/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-65) - It makes no sense that the Padres would have a better bullpen at this stage of the season but that seems to be the case.  Dodger rookies John Ely (0-1) and Shawn Tolleson (1-1) failed to keep the weak-hitting Padres from scoring as the solid Dodger lineup was held scoreless in the last four innings of each game.  Matt Kemp missed a game-winning home run by inches in the 7th inning of game three with a high drive to dead center field.  Brandon League (1-1) won game one with two innings of extra-inning relief as Adrian Gonzalez delivered the game-winning double in the bottom of the 11th inning with two outs. [JAM 9/6/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-63) - With a ninth-inning 2 RBI-double by Adrian Gonzalez, the team split the four-game series with Arizona.  Reliever Belisario (4-1) was the winning pitcher after a scoreless ninth inning.  Andre Ethier's 15th home run was the difference for game three.  Josh Beckett (1-1) allowed just one run in 6+ innings for the win.  Kershaw (12-8) lost game one as the offense failed to score.  In game two, Matt Guerrier (0-2) allowed an 11th-inning home run from the first batter he faced since April to lose a game where the offense rallied from a 3-0 deficit.  The Dodgers could easily have won game one if Ethier had seen and caught a two-out fly ball in the second inning, or if started Harang could have retired the opposing pitcher in the 5th inning.  The series split dropped the Dodgers 4-1/2 games behind the Giants in the division.  Their best chance for a playoff may be as one of the wild card teams.  They currently trail St. Louis by 1/2 game for the final playoff spot. [JAM 9/2/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-61) - After three terrible games, the offensive came alive with ten runs capped by a grand slam home run by A.J. Ellis.  However, the bullpen almost blew the game, allowing seven runs in the eighth inning to make it close.  Joe Blanton (1-3) had his best start in a Dodger uniform.  Josh Beckett (0-1) pitched well in his first Dodger start but had no support.  Capuano (11-10) was the second-game loser. [JAM 8/29/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-59) - Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in his first at bat with the team to lead the victory in game 2 after a nine-player trade with Boston.  James Loney and four minor-leaguers went to Boston.  Kershaw (12-7) pitched eight innings and allowed just three hits for the win.  Jamie Wright (5-3) won game one in relief of injured Chad Billingsley.  The team failed to sweep the Marlins as Dodger hitters left 16 runners on based; Ramirez left eight runners and made an error in his worst game of the year.  Harang (9-8) allowed two home runs and took the loss. [JAM 8/26/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-58) - The team returned home and immediately fell into a horrible batting slump at the worst possible time.  At one point, Kemp and Ethier combined for just two hits in 46 at bats.  They now have three more losses than the first-place Giants.  The Dodgers will need to have an excellent month of September to qualify for a playoff position.  [JAM 8/23/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-55) - The team completed an excellent road trip winning tough series against Pittsburgh, Miami and Atlanta.  Billingsley (10-9) won his sixth straight game by pitching seven shutout innings in game three.  After the bullpen failed to hold the lead for Capuano and reliever League (0-1) lost game one, Harang (9-7) won game two behind four home runs by Ramirez (2), Loney and Cruz.  Luis Cruz also hit a home run in game three and was 13-29 with 7 RBIs in the ten-game trip.  Hanley Ramirez was 17-43 with 14 RBIs in the ten games.  Ethier hit his 12th home run in game one. [JAM 8/19/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-54) - The Dodgers moved back into first place with excellent starting pitching by Harang (8-7), Kershaw (10-6) and Billingsley (9-9).  Howvere, Blanton (0-2) allowed eight runs in less than five innings of the fourth game.  So far, Blanton has not been the answer as replacement for Ted Lilly.  The offense continued to shine as the team scored 31 runs in the four-game series. [JAM 8/16/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-53) - Chris Capuano (11-8) pitched a two-hit shutout through eight innings to give the team a road series victory.  Kershaw (10-6) won game one with offensive help from Kemp, Ramirez and Rivera.  Blanton (0-1) blew a two-run lead in the fifth inning of game two. [JAM 8/12/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-52) - Matt Kemp blasted a first-inning, three-run home run to end a scoring drought that had lasted for 18 innings as the offense scored just one run for losing pitchers Capuano (10-8) and Harang (7-7).  Billingsley (8-9) was not sharp but he benefitted from a six-run offense to win his fourth straight game.  [JAM 8/9/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-50) - The Dodgers got back into the pennant race by sweeping the hapless Cubs at home.  Billingsley (7-9) pitched seven excellent innings for his third straight win and A.J. Ellis hit two home runs (9th & 10th)  to lead the offense in game one.  Matt Kemp hit his 16th home run in the fourth inning of game two to give the win to Kershaw (9-6).  Game three saw six lead lead changes with Hanley Ramirez delivering the two-out, walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning.  Although Jansen (5-3) blew the save by allowing a ninth inning home run, he received the win when the offense rebounded in the bottom of the inning. [JAM 8/7/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-50) - New lineup - same result.  Arizona batters clobbered Dodger pitchers with six home runs and 19 runs as the Dodger offense scored just four runs and never led in the series.  In spite of  the addition of all-stars Ramirez and Victorino, the team performed poorly at home after an excellent road trip. [JAM 8/1/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-47) - The team swept the Giants to move back into a tie for first place.  Newcomer Hanley Ramirez hit a huge tenth-inning home run to win game one for reliever Tolleson (1-0).  Matt Kemp hit his 15th home run, two doubles and a single to lead the offense as Billingsley (6-9) and Guerra shut out the Giants.  Kershaw (8-6) pitched a complete-game shutout in game three to complete the sweep and 20 consecutive shutout inning against the Giants in San Francisco. [JAM 7/29/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47) - After Billingsley (5-9) pitched the team to their fifth win in a row, the Cardinal offense overwhelmed the Dodger pitching staff in the final three games played in 100+ degree weather.  Kershaw (7-6) and Capuano (10-6) were battered in games two and three, respectively.  Harang pitched well in game three and newly-acquired Hanley Ramirez led the offense with a triple and RBI single.  However, the offense sputtered in the last six innings with Wright (4-3) taking the loss in the 12th inning. [JAM 7/29/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (52-44) - The offense came alive scoring 23 runs against a poor pitching staff on the Mets.  Jansen saved the first two games for Harang (7-5) and Capuano (10-5).  Rookie Josh Wall (1-0) was the winner in game 3 in his first major league appearance as Matt Treaner singled with the bases loanded and two outs in the 12th inning.  Cruz and Kennedy drove in three more runs in the inning to clinch the win. [JAM 7/22/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-44) - After two more dismal games, Matt Kemp hit his 13th home run in the 12th inning to salvage the final game.  Kemp had also singled to tie the game in the 9th inning.  Kershaw pitched eight solid innings with the fifth reliever, Wright (4-2) getting the win.  Eovaldi (1-6) and Belisario (3-1) were losers in the first two games as the offense fizzled, scoring just two runs in each game. [JAM 7/18/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-42) - Kemp and Ethier returned and were ready to play but the rest of the team was not.  With seven errors in the last two games, the team managed to lose this series to an awful San Diego team.  Ethier was 5-11 with a home run and five RBIs.  Kemp was 5-9 but manager Don Mattingly decided to rest him after only two games.  Kershaw (7-5) won the first game with excellent pitching relief.  The team was one strike from winning game two when reliever Kenley Jansen (4-3) fell asleep and allowed two runners to steal home.  Game three was close until five errors by bench players allowed six unearned runs to score.  Capuano (9-5) pitched 6+ innings without allowing an earned run but was the unlucky losing pitchers.  Manager Mattingly needs to play his starters in their proper positions as much as possible.  If he cannot do this, his extremely weak bench will find ways to lose more games and prevent a playoff spot for a team that showed so much promise in April and May.  [JAM 7/15/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-40) - The team barely held the division lead as they limped into the all-star break with three straight losses.  Eovaldi (1-5) won his first game of the year but anemic hitting made sure that Kershaw (6-5), Billingsley (4-9) and Capuano (9-4) took the losses.  The only positive note for the team at this stage is that Kemp and Ethier are due back in the lineup after the all-star game. [JAM 7/8/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (46-37) - After losing four consecutive series, the team won the last two games with the Reds with great pitching by starters Capuano and Harang (6-5), and relievers Lindblom, Elbert (1-1), Belisario (2 holds) and Jansen (2 saves).  Rookie Luis Cruz added a spark to the offense.  Billingsley (4-8) failed to hold a two-run lead in the first game.  Mark Ellis returned from the disabled list but was replaced by Ethier.  Dee Gordon left game three with a hand injury. [JAM 7/4/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-36) - After the worst offensive slump in the team's history, they rallied for eight runs with the help of three errors by the Mets to salvage the fourth game for Kershaw (6-4).  Dee Gordon rebounded from two early errors to lead the offense with two hits, an RBI and three stolen bases.  James Loney broke an 0-28 streak with an eighth inning double.  Capuano (9-3), Harang (5-5) and Eovaldi (0-5) were the unfortunate losers in the first three games.  [JAM 7/1/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-33) - The Dodger offense just completed the worst performance in the 55-year history of the team.  The third consecutive shutout left them tied for first place with the Giants as Ethier suffered an injury.  At this rate, the time will not win another game until Matt Kemp returns after the all-star game.  Laziest bats were held by Herrera 0-11 5 LOB, Uribe 0-7 6 LOB, Abreu 0-7 3 LOB and Loney 0-3 5 LOB.  Tony Gwynn also left 8 runners on base.  Losing pitchers were Eovaldi (0-4), Kershaw (5-4) and Billingsley (4-7).  This is certainly the low point of a season that had such a promising start. [JAM 6/27/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-30) - Billingsley (4-6) failed to hold a five-run lead in game one and Lindblom (2-2) was ineffective in relief in game three as the team lost another series to the Angels.  Capuano (9-2) pitched well in the middle game.  Dee Gordon led the offense with four hits, two stolen bases, two runs and one RBI. [JAM 6/25/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-28) - Continuing the team batting slump that began against the White Sox, the team scored just two runs on eight hits in three games against a poor Oakland team.  If the offense continues to flounder, the Dodgers will fall out of first place before Matt Kemp returns in July.  Losing pitchers were Harang (5-4), Eovaldi (0-3) and Lindblom (2-1). [JAM 6/21/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-25) - The team won two of three tough one-run games against the White Sox as the offense rallies furiously from deficits in each game.  Belisario (3-0) was the winning pitcher in both games as Tony Gwynn Jr. scored both winning run - first on a wild pitch and then on a clutch two-out hit by Gordon in the tenth inning.  Billingsley (4-5) was the tough-luck loser in game two on an unearned tie-breaking run. [JAM 6/17/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-24) - Jansen (4-2) lost two tough games in the ninth inning.  In game 3, Uribe, Gwynn and Abreu fail to score the runner from third to tie the game.  Juan Rivera was the hero of game 2 with a dramatic three-run homer after Ethier had tied the score.  Wright (3-2) was the winning pitcher. [JAM 6/14/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (39-22) - Andre Ethier hit a grand slam home run to raise his league-leading total to 52 and to lead the team to a series win.  Chad Billingsley (4-4) pitched seven innings to win game three.  Rookie Nathan Eovaldi pitched six shutout innings in game one but his effort was overshadowed by the no-hitter by six Seattle pitchers.  Scott Elbert (0-1) allowed the only run of the game.  Jerry Hairston drove in five runs with a single, double and home run to lead the the team back in game two.  Hairston raised his batting average to .366.  Clayton Kershaw (5-3) struck out 12 batters in seven innings for the game-two victory. [JAM 6/10/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-21) - History was made as the Dodgers swept the powerful Phillies in their home park by coming from tied or behind in each game.  Rookies and veteran substitutes took turns delivering clutch hits.  Elian Herrera drove in the winning runs in late innings of the first two games.  Dee Gordon delivered the key hit in game three, and sixth & ninth inning rallies erased the early 3-0 lead in game 4.  Winning pitchers were Belisario (1-0), Billingsley (3-4), Capuano (8-2) and Harang (5-3).  Kenley Jansen saved the first three games to give him 9 saves for the year.  [JAM 6/7/2012] 

Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21) - Still reeling from the loss of leader Matt Kemp, the all-sub lineup was drubbed by the Rockies 13-3.  Capuano (7-2) was the losing pitcher.  However, the team rebounded to win game two behind Harang (4-3).  Rookie Eovaldi (0-2) pitched well but was supported by only three hits that included the sixth home run by A.J. Ellis. [JAM 6/7/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-19) - The offense absolutely collapsed as the team reached a low point of the season dropping four straight games to the Brewers and scoring just eight runs for four losing starters: Harang (3-3), Eovaldi (0-1), Kershaw (4-3) and Billingsley (2-4).  The losses were complicated by the return of Matt Kemp to the disabled list after five at bats, and starter Ted Lilly who had had a great start to his season.  It will be difficult for the team to split the remaining 36 games before the All-Star break. [JAM 6/1/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-15) - After failing to support Kershaw (4-2) in game one, the offense returned to win the series giving victories to Jansen (4-0) and Capuano (7-1).  A.J. Ellis broke the tie in game one in the ninth inning with his fifth home run.  Jerry Hairston led the attack in game three with five hits to raise his average to .381.  Matt Treanor put the team ahead to stay with his second home run in the fourth inning. [JAM 5/27/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-14) - With a lineup consisting mainly of recent minor leaguers and subs, the Dodgers managed to win two of the games in Arizona.  Capuano (6-1) allowed only one run in six innings in game 1.  The young offense staged a wild comeback from 6-1 and 7-6 deficits in game two with rookie Ivan DeJesus delivering the ninth-inning, two-out, game-winning double.  Lindblom (2-0) was the winner in relief.  The team's six-game winning streak ended in game 3 when Lilly (5-1) had his worst start of the season allowing 8 runs in less than 4 innings.  [JAM 5/24/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-13) - Rookie Scott Van Slyke hit his first major league home run to give the team a series sweep over the powerful Cardinals and to give reliever Guerra (2-3) the win.  A.J. Ellis walked with the bases loaded to give Jansen (3-0) the win in game one.  In between, Kershaw (4-1) pitched a 6-hit shutout.  The team, playing without five regulars, scored six runs in each game.  Mark Ellis suffered a leg in game one and will be out of the lineup for at least six weeks. [JAM 5/20/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-13) - Capuano (5-1) lost his first game of the year as manager Don Mattingly rested all of the regulars except Ethier.  The game one lineup scored just two runs.  With the starting team back in place for game two, the offense score eight runs for Harang (3-2). [JAM 5/19/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (24-12) - With Kemp, Rivera, Uribe and Hairston on the disabled list, the team was lucky to split a two-game series with the Diamondbacks.  Kershaw (3-1) pitched seven shutout innings but Billingsley (2-3) was wild and ineffective, walking in one run and allowing five straight hits to strat the fifth inning.  The pitching staff will need to carry the team for the next 10-15 games until Kemp returns. [JAM 5/16/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-11) - The Dodgers completed a sweep of the Rockies with a combination of good pitching and timely hitting.  Starters Capuano (5-0), Harang (2-2) and Lilly (5-0) were the winners with six earned runs allowed in 21+ innings.  Ethier, Mark Ellis and Uribe homered in the first game.  Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a clutch two-out ninth inning pinch hit to win game two.  The offense scored six runs in the fifth inning of game three to reverse a 4-2 deficit.  Abreu doubled with the bases loaded and A.J. Ellis hit a three-run homer.  Matt Kemp was hitless in the series and removed from game three after aggravating his leg injury. [JAM 5/14/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-11) - The Giants were outgunned but manager Don Mattingly failed to sweep the three-game series by calling for two late-inning bunts that killed rallies and gave Kershaw (2-1) his first loss.  Lilly (4-0) lowered his ERA to 1.41 as the offense took advantage of a weak Giant defense in game one.  Wright (2-1) won in relief of the shaky Billingsley in game three.  Tony Gwynn's three-run triple turned the tide of the game.  [JAM 5/10/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-10) - Guerra blew the save in game 3 and then Wright (1-2) walked over the winning run in the eleventh inning.  After Billingsley (2-2) lost game one, Capuano (4-0) pitched seven scoreless innings.  The team left Chicago with Kemp, Hairston and Uribe injured.  Bobby Abreu was added to the roster.  He had one double in seven at bats.  Rivera had three hits and his second home run to give the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead in game 3. [JAM 5/6/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-8) - The pitchers had a difficult time allowing 20 runs in hitter-friendly Coors Field.  However, Javy Guerra saved game 2 for Ted Lilly (3-0) with a ninth inning strikeout with the tying run on third base.  Harang (1-2) lost game one Wright (1-1) lost game 3 in the ninth inning after the offense twice rallied in the 8th and 9th innings.  Gordon hit his first home run and A.J. Ellis hit his 2nd in game 2.  Kemp hit his 12th home run in game 1.  Ethier hit his 6th home run in game 2 and had 3 RBIs to raise his league leading total to 27. [JAM 5/2/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-6) - The team bounced back behind excellent pitching performances by Kershaw (2-0), Billingsley and Capuano (3-0).  The offense made a great comeback to tie the second game in the ninth inning.  Kemp hit his 11th home run to lead the 10th inning and give the win to Jamie Wright (1-0).  The sweep of the Nationals puts the first place Dodgers four games ahead of the second place Giants. [JAM 4/29/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-6) - In a difficult series with a strong Atlanta team, Javy Guerra (1-3) lost the last two games in 9th inning relief.  After Kemp hit his 10th home run to give the team a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning of game 3, Guerra was hit in the face by a line drive and then allowed three run-scoring hits for the loss.  The offense exploded for 15 hits in game one for Capuano (2-0) with Juan Uribe leading the way with four singles and three RBIs. [JAM 4/28/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-4) - Lily (2-0) and Kershaw (1-0) dominated the Astros to easily win the first game but Billingsley (2-1) in the third as the hitters were shut out 12-0 for the first time this season.  Kemp hit his 8th and 9th home runs.  Loney hit his first. [JAM 4/28/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-3) - In a tough three-games series with the Brewers, the Dodgers salvaged just the third game won by starter Aaron Harang (1-1).  After Andre Ethier put them ahead in the ninth inning of game one with his fourth home run, Guerra (1-1) was unable to hold the lead.  Game two was tied in the tenth inning when the Brewer scored the winning run on a disputed pop fly sacrifice.  The slow-motion replay showed the runner out at the plate.  Matt Guerrier (0-1) was the unlucky losing pitcher.  Matt Kemp's seventh home run was the difference in game 3 as Guerra saved his sixth game.  Kemp and Ethier raised their league-leading RBI totals to 18 each.  Kemp was 4-12 to drop his average to .451. [JAM 4/20/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-1) - The team completed a sweep of the six-game homestand with three more wins over the Padres.  Ted Lilly (1-0) won his first start and relievers Jansen (2-0) and Guerra (1-0) benefitted from late-inning victories.  Matt Kemp continued his torrid hitting with four more home runs to give him six on the season.  Kemp had 10 RBIs in the series and raised his league-leading average to .457.  Andre Ethier added his third homer and five RBIs.  Kemp and Ethier lead the majors with 15 and 14 RBIs, respectively. [JAM 4/20/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-1) - Dodger pitchers allowed just four runs to sweep the Pirates.  Andre Ethier hit his second home run in the 8th inning of game one to give the win to Kenley Jansen (1-0) in relief of Kershaw.  Starters Chad Billingsley (2-0) and Chris Capuano (1-0) won games 2 and 3.  Closer Javy Guerra saved all three games to give him five saves in five tries. [JAM 4/12/2012]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) - Led by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier with eight RBIs each, the Dodgers dominated the Padres in the series but showed weakness in the bullpen in games three and four.  Kemp had two home runs and a double; Ethier had a homer, triple and two doubles in the series.  Chad Billingsley (1-0) and Clayton Kershaw did not allow runs in their starts.  Josh Lindblom (1-0) and Todd Coffey (1-0) won in relief.  Aaron Harang (0-1) lost game four as the offense started slowly.  James Loney did not have a hit in the series.  Juan Uribe had one single in ten at bats. [JAM 4/8/2012]

St. Louis Cardinals (4-3) - The NL wild-card champs defeated the Texas Rangers to win the 2011 World Series. [JAM 10/28/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (82-79) - As a sour reminder of the first half of the season, the Dodger bullpen crashed and burned, allowing two grand slams and eleven runs in the ninth innings of the last two games.  In spite of this, the team won the last game of the season after blowing a five-run lead in the penultimate game.  Eveland (3-2) won the first game with 5+ shutout innings.  After saving his 21st game, Guerra (2-2) was the victim of the first slam.  Lilly (12-14) pitched seven shutout innings by Jansen had to be called to relieve Troncoso for his fifth save.  Matt Kemp hit two home runs in the series to give him the National League lead in home runs (39), RBIs (126), Runs (115) and Total Bases (352).  The Dodgers played like a playoff team in the second half after having a miserable first half.  The free agents: Uribe, Thames and Garland absolutely collapsed; the bullpen was decimated when Broxton, Padilla and Kuo went on the disable list; and injuries to veterans Furcal, Blake & Ethier, and the poor start by Loney caused the offense to fizzle.  To his credit, manager Mattingly rebuilt the bullpen with rookie Guerra as closer supported by Jansen, Elbert and McDougal.  A trade for Juan Rivers (46 RBIs in 62 games) and the addition of rookies Gordon and Sands promoted some optimism for 2012.  The Dodger management needs to re-sign key players like Kemp & Ethier, and add at least one starter and another bat at third base or first base. [JAM 9/28/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (80-78) - Clayton Kershaw (21-5) finished the season with 248 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.28 to lead the National League in all major pitching categories, and is the favorite to win the Cy Young award for 2011.  Barajas hit his 16th home run to seal the lead.  [JAM 9/25/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-77) - The Dodgers dashed the playoff hopes of the Giants by winning this final home series.  Kershaw (20-5) outdueled Lincecum for the third consecutive time as he won his fifth start of the years against the rivals.  Kemp hit two home runs and eight total hits in the series to increase his triple crown number to .326 average, 36 home runs and 118 RBIs.  Kuroda (13-16) pitched a solid seven innings to win game three.  The Giants jumped on Eveland (2-2) for five runs in four innings in game two.  [JAM 9/22/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-76) - After a terrible game one (that I attended), the team came back to win three straight games from the Pirates.  Eveland (2-1) let the opposing pitcher hit a three-run homer in the second inning of game one and the offense never recovered.  Kuroda (12-16), Lilly (10-14) and Billingsley (11-10) pitched well enough to win.  The team scored 15 runs in game four as Loney had five hits and Kemp hit his 34th home run. [JAM 9/18/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-75) - The offense struggled in the series with Arizona winning just one of three to break their winning streak.  Lilly (9-14) was removed from game one with the scored tied in the sixth inning.  Relievers allowed six more runs to score.  The team rallied for four runs in the first inning of game two but never scored again and lost in the tenth inning when Guerra (2-1) walked in the winning run as he pitched two innings of relief for the first time.  Kershaw (19-5) pitched a one-hitter for five innings but was ejected when he hit a batter in the sixth inning.  Relievers Lindblom, Eovaldi and Jansen barely held the lead.  Kemp hit his 33rd home run in game one and had an RBI in each game to give him 110, second in the NL. [JAM 9/14/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-73) - The team won their seventh consecutive series but failed to sweep the Giants in SF as Kuroda (11-16) and relievers were wild.  Kershaw (18-5) won a great pitching duel with Lincecum to take the NL ERA lead at 2.35.  Eveland (2-0) pitched seven shutout innings in his second Dodgers start.  The Dodgers briefly returned to .500 before losing game three. [JAM 9/11/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-72) - In rainy Washington DC, Kuroda (11-15) was bombed for four home runs in the first games but the team fought back to win the next two games of the series.  Game four was cancelled.  Ethier, Barajas, Rivera and Gwynn were the batting heroes.  Jansen (2-1) and MacDougal (3-1) were the winning pitchers in relief. [JAM 9/8/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-71) - An infield error by Miles in the seventh inning allowed Atlanta to get back in the game after Kemp had hit his 32nd home run with RBIs to raise his total to 105.  The loss ended a six-game winning streak and kept Kershaw for his 18th win.  Hawksworth (2-5) was unable to get the final out in the ninth inning.  The Dodgers won the first two games of the series with a great comeback from a 5-0 deficit and a tenth inning win as rookie Gordon raced around the bases.  Relievers Kuo (1-2) and MacDougal (2-1) were winners as Guerra saved both games. [JAM 9/4/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-70) - In his first appearance of the year, Dana Eveland (1-0) allowed just one run in eight innings.  The offense scored six runs and took a five-run lead to the ninth inning.  Relievers Hawksworth and Jansen struggled but Jansen finished the game after three runs had scored. [JAM 9/1/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-70) - Kershaw (17-5) pitched his fifth complete game and starters Kuroda (11-14) and Lilly (9-13) completed the sweep over San Diego to win their 8th of nine games.  Ethier returned from his embarrassing sports story with seven hits in the series including the grand slam home run that capped the 8-run second inning in game two.  Barajas hit his 15th home run in game three for the victory margin. Guerra saved the last two games to give him 12 of 13 on the season. [JAM 8/31/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-70) - The team won the series with Colorado but had their 5-game winning streak ended by the 5-run first inning in game three.  With Ethier benched for his newspaper comments, replacement Oeltjen got a late start on a pop fly to allow three runs to score off Eovaldi (1-2).  Lilly (8-13) was the beneficiary of the 6-run seventh inning in game one.  The offense fought back from an 0-4 deficit in game two and capped the win in the 11th inning with Kemp's league-leading 31st home run.  McDougal (1-1) won the game in relief. [JAM 8/28/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-69) - After being blanked for eight innings, the team took advantage of a ninth inning pitching change in the first game.  Miles tripled in the tying run and scored the winning run to give the win to Guerrier (4-3).  Then, offense exploded for 22 runs to sweep the series.  Home runs were hit by Barajas (2), Kemp, Miles, Rivera and Ellis.  Loney was 7-13 in the three games.  Kershaw (16-5) and Kuroda (10-14) were the winners in games two and three. [JAM 8/24/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (57-69) - Kuroda (9-14) pitched six innings and the offense scored eight runs for him in the first game.  However, the usually-reliable Guerra blew his first save of the year in the 12th inning of the second game after Miles and Oeltjen had homered for the lead in the top of the inning.  The home run by Oeltjen was inside-the-park.  Hawkworth (2-4) was the losing pitcher in the 13th inning.  Billingsley (10-10) allowed two home runs to lose the final game in spite of four hits and a home run by Loney. [JAM 8/21/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-67) - After scoring just two runs in the first three games, the offense found a way to avoid the sweep by scoring five runs for Kershaw (15-5) in the final game of the series with Milwaukee.  Lilly (7-13), Kuo (0-2) and Eovaldi (1-1) were the unlucky victims of the anemic offense.  Loney made five outs in his first two at bats in game one and had zero hits in the series leaving seven runners on base.  Kershaw pitched eight shutout innings and struck out six to increase his league-leading total to 199. [JAM 8/18/2011]

Minnesota Twins - Jim Thome hit two home runs to give him ten for the season and 600 for his great, 21-year career. [JAM 8/15/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-64) - The home team swept the hapless Houston Astros allowing just one run in three games.  Starters Eovaldi, Kershaw (14-5) and Kuroda (8-14) were in fine form.  Reliever Lindblom (1-0) was the winner in the first game as Matt Kemp drove in the only run in the tenth inning.  Kemp had home runs in the last two games to give him 28 for the season, tied for the league lead.  Rookie Sellers hit his first major league home run in game three. [JAM 8/14/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (52-64) - Billingsley blew a six-run lead in a series that showed why the Dodgers are certainly not a playoff team.  Four errors and several other poor plays handed three games to the Phillies.  Kemp left nine runners on base in the first two games then had just one RBI with four hits in the third game.  Ethier also left nine runners on base in the series.  Kuroda (7-14) and Lilly (7-12) were victims of poor play in the first two games.  Hawksworth (2-3) failed to hold the lead that was mostly blown by Billingsley.  [JAM 8/10/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (52-61) - Kershaw (13-5) made two bad pitches but that was enough to allow four runs and to keep the team from a sweep in Arizona.  Billingsley (10-9) and rookie Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) were winning pitchers in the first two game.  The offense exploded for six runs in the third inning of the first game and came back in each of the last two games.  Barajas had five hits and five RBIs plus his tenth home run in the series.  Ethier was 6-13 and Loney hit his fifth home run of the season.  Guerra saved his tenth consecutive game and Elbert saved his second.  The team moved into third place, ten games behind SF. [JAM 8/7/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (50-60) - The team won another series from the Padres although they only scored seven runs.  Kemp continued his hot streak with two RBIs in the first two games that included the only run of game two.  Kershaw (13-4) received six of the seven runs and Kuroda (7-13), who refused to be traded, pitched seven great innings of the team shutout.  However, the offense completely ran out of gas in game three giving Lilly (7-11) the loss.  Ethier left four runners on base by striking out three times leaving no runners for Kemp to advance. [JAM 8/3/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-59) - After scoring nine runs for Lilly (7-10), the team was sluggish in the last two games and lost the series to Arizona.  Billingsley (9-9) took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning but totally lost control walking five batters and leaving with the loaded to cleared on a double by the first batter faced by reliever Guerrier.  Kemp had two home runs and seven RBIs in the series to take the NL lead in RBIs at 82.  De La Rosa (4-5) was ineffective through four innings and was placed on the disabled list after the game.  Ethier had eight hits in the series to break out of a long slump.  [JAM 7/31/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-57) - The offense scored runs for De La Rosa (4-4) and Kershaw (12-4) was lucky that Colorado outfielders made two poor plays in the only scoring inning of the second game.  However, Kuroda (6-13) again had no support.  The team won two of three in spite of scoring just two earned runs in the last two games. [JAM 7/27/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-56) - After again failing to score runs for Kuroda (6-12), the offense got going to come back from a 2-6 deficit in game two with Furcal delivering the game-winning double in the ninth inning.  Guerra (2-0) won game two and saved game three.  Billingsley (9-8) pitched six shutout innings after twice loading the bases in the first inning.  The young Washington team made three errors and several other poor fielding plays in the series.  [JAM 7/24/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-55) - The anemic offense continued during the road trip scoring just four runs in SF.  However, Kershaw (11-4) and Guerra completed a shutout to avoid the sweep.  Navarro homered for the only run in game 3.  Billingsley (8-8) and Kuo (0-1) were the losing pitchers in the first two games.  With the team sinking into last place, GM Coletti will start to trade players. [JAM 7/20/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-53) - After a five-game winning streak, the Dodger offense returned to form and scored just three runs to lose the series with Arizona.  Kershaw (10-4) was supported in game one but Kuroda (6-11) and Lilly (6-10) were not as lucky.  Kemp hit two more home runs to give him 24 on the season but Ethier was 0-12 in his homecoming series.  Manager Mattingly is still struggling to find anyone who can produce in the five through eight positions. [JAM 7/18/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (41-51) - Dodger pitchers held the hapless Padres to one run in three games for their first sweep of the year.  Billingsley (8-7), Hawksworth (2-2) and Lilly (6-9) were winning pitchers.  The Dodger staff completed 29 scoreless innings before one run scored in the final game.  Dodger relievers have pitched nine scoreless innings in the last four games in which the staff ERA was 0.25.  Guerra saved two of the three games, loading the bases in game one and putting two men on base in game three before blanking the Padres.  The Dodger offense scored just six runs on 12 hits in the series.  Furcal drove in the winning run in the eighth inning of game one.  After being held hitless for 8-2/3 innings in game two, Uribe doubled and Navarro delivered the walk-off hit.  All-star Ethier hit two home runs in the third game.  [JAM 7/10/2011]

New York Yankees - Derek Jeter hit a home run to give him 3,000 hits.  Jeter became the 28th hitter to reach the milestone. [JAM 7/9/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-51) - All-star Kemp ignited a five-run sixth inning with a two-run double, and all-star Kershaw (9-4) pitched eight shutout innings to avoid a sweep by the Mets.  Kershaw took the major league strikeout lead with 148.  In the first three games, De La Rosa (3-4), Lilly (5-9) and Kuroda (6-10) were losing pitchers as the offense scored only five runs.  After the fourth game, Ethier was name as the third Dodger all-star replacing an injured player. [JAM 7/7/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-48) - Kuroda (6-9) pitched great in the first game as the team shut out the Angels.  However, the offense returned to form scoring  just one run in games two and three.  Kershaw (8-4) and Billingsley (7-7) took the losses.  Matt Kemp was elected to the starting lineup for the All-Star Game.  Clayton Kershaw was selected for the all-star pitching staff.  Andre Ethier, batting .322, was snubbed.  [JAM 7/3/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (36-46) - The last place Dodgers followed their best game in many years with two awful games and lost another series.  Billingsley (7-6) and three relievers shut the Twins as the offense scored 15 runs on 25 hits setting some all-time single-game team records.  However, the team returned to its normal, lackluster performances in games two and three.  Lilly (5-8) pitched poorly buy rookie De La Rosa (3-3) was the hard-luck loser of a 1-0 game. Rookie Oeltjen was perfect (5-5 plus two walks and a SF) in the series with his first major league home run but manager Mattingly put him back on the bench after game one. [JAM 6/29/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-44) - Tony Gwynn Jr. delivered an RBI triple to tie the game, and then an RBI double with two out in the ninth inning to avoid a series sweep by the cross-town Angels.  Kershaw (8-3) pitched his second consecutive complete game, striking out eleven to take the league lead.  De La Rosa (3-2) and Kuroda (5-9) were losers in the first two games in which the team was thoroughly outplayed.  Kemp hit his 21st home run in the first game to lead the National League. [JAM 6/26/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (34-42) - Dodger pitchers struck out 35 Detroit batters in three games but gave up four home runs in the third game that prevented a sweep.  Kershaw (7-3) pitched an excellent two-hit shutout in the first game.  Billingsley (6-6) pitched well for five innings in the second game but needed four Dodgers relievers to finish the game for him.  Lilly (5-7) allowed six of the seven runs in the third game but the Dodger offense rallied and fell short as Navarro's long fly ball was caught with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.  The fifteen runs and 31 hits by the offense against a very good AL pitching staff gave Dodger fans hope that the recent hitting slump has ended. [JAM 6/22/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-41) - The offense continued its scoring slump with just four runs in the series against the Astros with the worst record in baseball.  Lilly (5-6) was the first game loser.  De La Rosa (3-1) pitched four shutout innings but then allowed five runs when he lost control in the second game.  The team failed to score a run in spite of ten hits.  Navarro homered in the eighth inning for the only run of the third game.  Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings but Guerrier (3-3) got the win for retiring thre batters in the top of the eighth inning.  Guerra saved the game, his second. [JAM 6/19/2011] 

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-39) - After showing signs of life during the ten-game road trip, the Dodger offense came home and scored just eight runs and were swept by the Reds in three games.  Kuroda (5-8) and Kershaw pitched well.  Billingsley (5-6) was bombed again.  Reliever Hawksworth (1-2) took the loss in the middle game.  Rookie Gordon contained his good play at shortstop and had five hits in the series.  [JAM 6/16/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-36) - The team split the series in Colorado that saw 93 runs scored as both bullpens collapsed.  Kemp hit three home runs to give him the league lead with 20.  Loney hit a grand slam in game four.  Elbert (0-1) and Macdougal could not hold a four-run lead for Kershaw in the first game.  The Dodgers five-run rally with two out in the ninth fell one short after Billingsley (5-5) was bombed in the fifth inning.  The offense exploded for 21 runs and 35 hits in the last two games of the series handing victories to starters Lilly (5-5) and De La Rosa (3-0). [JAM 6/14/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-34) - Dodger hitters were stopped by two Phillies left-handers but won the middle game.  Kemp hit his 17th home run to lead the league.  Rookie De La Rosa (2-0) was the winning pitcher.  Lilly (4-5) and Kuroda (5-7) pitched well but had no offensive support.  Rookie Dee Gordon hit singles in his first three major league at bats.  Ethier and Kemp raised their batting averages to .328 and .323, respectively. [JAM 6/8/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-32) - The offense scored 20 runs in the last two games of the series after Kuroda (5-6) lost a close 2-1 game.  Reliever Guerra (1-0) won the second game when the team scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning.  Billingsley (5-4) was the beneficiary of the nine-run output in the third game in which he added three RBIs and raised his batting average to .304.  Kemp hit three more home runs to increase his total to 16. [JAM 6/5/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-31) - After scoring 15 runs in the first two games, the team was held scoreless against a pitcher with a good fastball.  Billingsley (4-4) pitched seven strong innings in spite of allowing eleven hits.  Lilly (4-4) followed with six innings.  Both allowed just one run.  Garland (1-5) allowed three early runs and got no support from the feeble offense.  Kemp (13), Blake (3) and Loney (3) hit home runs in the first two games. [JAM 6/1/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (24-30) - The team finally won a series.  Navarro hit a clutch bases loaded single in the first game giving rookie De La Rosa (1-0) his first win.  However, the offense was absent again in the third game getting just six hits against five relief pitchers for the starterless Marlins.  Kuroda (5-5) did not have his good stuff.  In the final game, Kershaw (6-3) pitched a two-hit shutout and breezed through the game with eight runs and 17 hits including two of his own.  Ethier (6-10), Furcal (5-13) and Gibbons (3-6) let the charge. [JAM 5/29/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-29) - Dodgers lost another road series against the worst team in the league.  Jansen (1-1) allowed three runs in the ninth inning of the first game with two outs and two strikes on three batters in a row.  Billingsley (3-4) was staked to a 5-0 lead in the second game after the grand slam by Sands but barely held the lead as rookie relievers De La Rosa and Guerra pitched scoreless innings.  The offense did not make any noise other than Kemp's 12th home run.  Guerrier (2-3) lost the game in the ninth.  Kemp hit two homers in the series to tie for the league lead.  Slumping Ethier sat on the bench for the series but did get an RBI single in the first game to give Kershaw a lead before the Jansen meltdown. [JAM 5/25/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (21-27) - Although rookies Mitchell and Sands hit their first home runs of the season, the team played poorly in the last two games of this series with the White Sox.  Mitchell's homer with two out in the ninth inning tied the game and set the stage for a rare tenth-inning rally giving the victory to Jansen (1-0).  Starters Garland (1-4) and Kuroda (5-4) were the losing pitchers.  Uribe, Ethier and Barajas joined the crowd on the injured list.  Ethier has just one hit in the last nine games.  He removed from the third game in the middle of a defensive inning after failing to catch two fly balls. [JAM 5/22/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-25) - The team staged late-inning comebacks in both games against the Giants but failed to win either.  In game one, Mattingly ran out of relief pitchers and kept Cormier (0-1) on the mound into the ninth inning to allow the winning home run.  Dodgers were shutout through eight innings in the second game but scored a run in the ninth and loaded the bases.  Carroll's line drive to right field was caught on a desperate dive by the right fielder.  Billingsley (2-4) was the losing pitchers.  The offense is still struggling.  Ethier is now 0-21. [JAM 5/19/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-23) - Kuroda (5-3) ended a terrible three-game team losing streak while the offense continued to struggle.  Kemp hit his 8th home run in the first inning to end the 0-21 Ethier-Kemp hitting slump.  After being rained out in Chicago, Garland (1-3) was the unlucky victim of the feeble offense in the first of two games with the Brewers. [JAM 5/17/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (19-22) - The offense collapsed scoring just one run in the last two games.  After Kershaw (5-3) struck out eleven in seven shutout innings, the bullpen barely held the lead in the first game.  Billingsley (2-3) pitched a great one-hitter in eight innings of the second game but lost because on a single unearned run.  Lilly (3-4) allowed two home runs in the final game of the series and that was more than enough to lose the game.  Dodger management should be concerned about this anemic offense that needs more than the return of Furcal and Blake. [JAM 5/15/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-20) - The team won the road series with Pittsburgh after rain caused cancellation of the fourth game.  After Billingsley (2-2) was the hard-luck loser in the first game of the series, Lilly (3-3) won the second game with support by the offense - ten runs on 15 hits led by Kemp's seventh home run.  Kuroda (4-3) pitched seven shutout innings and relievers Guerrier (6th hold) and Padilla (3rd save) completed the shutout.  A clutch double (#7) by rookie Sands in the sixth inning completed the scoring. [JAM 5/13/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-19) - Ethier hit his fourth home to salvage the last game of the series.  His home run came one game after his hitting streak was ended at 30 games.  Kershaw (4-3) was the winner allowing one run in 6+ innings.  Kuroda (3-3) and MacDougal (0-1) were the losing pitchers in the first two games while the offense scored five runs. [JAM 5/8/2011]

  Los Angeles Dodgers (15-17) - The offense collapsed scoring just two runs in the last two games of the series with the Cubs.  With Furcal and Blake on the disabled list and injured Ethier and Uribe joining them, the team has very little support for Kemp.  Kershaw (3-3) pitched well in the first game but Lilly (2-3) was bombed for three homers in game three.  Billingsley allowed only one run in seven innings but Broxton (1-2) failed to find the plate and walked two in the ninth inning.  Ethier continued his hitting streak (29) in the first two games but sat on the bench with an injured elbow for game three.

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-15) - The team scored just five runs against the worst offense in the major leagues.  Lilly (2-2) won the first game as Broxton barely recorded his sixth save thanks to a game-saving catch by Gwynn.  Guerrier (2-2) and Garland (1-2) took the losses.  Ethier increased his hitting streak to 27. [JAM 5/1/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) - Ethier hit his third home run of the season in the 10th inning to salvage one of the three-game series with Florida.  Padilla replaced Broxton as closer getting his first save and giving the win to Guerrier (2-1).  The Dodgers held a 4-3 lead in the first game of the series when Broxton (1-1)  gave up a walk and a single before Carroll's error allowed the tying run and the next batter singled for the game-winner.  Kershaw (2-3) allowed four runs in six innings of the second game.  Ethier extended his hitting streak to 24.  Barajas (5) hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning of the final game to set the stage for Ethier's shot. [JAM 4/27/2011]

 Los Angeles Dodgers (12-11) - The team scored 27 runs in a three-game series with the Cubs but Guerrier (1-1) allowed five runs in the eighth inning of the second game to spoil the sweep.  Billingsley (2-1) and Kuroda (3-2) were the winning pitchers.  Ethier hit in all three games to extend his streak to 21.  Uribe (2), Thames (2), Barajas (4), Blake (2) and Kemp (6) hit home runs.  Kemp had five hits to keep his average at .402.  The team hit .316 in the series. [JAM 4/24/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10) - The Dodgers took three of the four-game series as Kemp again hit a walk-off homer in the 12th inning of game four.  Kershaw pitched well but gave away the lead in the 9th.  Matt Guerrier (1-0), who has not allowed a run in 10+ innings, was the winner.  Jon Garland (1-1) pitched a complete game to win game three.  Lilly (1-2) won the first game of the series.  Kuroda (2-2) pitched well for 6+ innings in game 2 but relievers Jansen and Troncoso allowed eight runs in the terrible ninth inning.  Ethier extended his hitting streak to 18 with seven hits in the series including two doubles and his second homer.  Kemp is first in the league with a .411 average.  Ethier is third at .385.  Uribe drove in five runs in the series. [JAM 4/21/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-9) - Matt Kemp hit his third home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to prevent a Cardinal sweep.  St. Louis hitters dominated Dodger pitchers for three games with Kuroda (2-1), Lilly (0-3) and Kershaw (2-2) taking the losses.  Billingsley pitched a shutout for eight innings but Broxton (1-0) was the winning pitcher in the fourth game of the series.  Andre Ethier opened the ninth with a double to extend his hitting streak to 14.  With three more hits, Kemp raised his major league leading average to .474.  Ethier and Kemp continued to lead the team with 16 of the 34 hits in the series. [JAM 4/17/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-6) - Kershaw (2-1) and the Dodger offense were impressive in the first game of the road series in San Francisco but Billingsley and Lilly (0-2) failed to hold leads in the last two games.  Reliever Hawksworth (1-1) took the loss in game two.  Kemp entered game three as the major league's leading hitter with a .472 average but dropped to .425 with an 0-4 game including two strikeouts.  Barajas had two home runs in the series. [JAM 4/13/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-4) - John Ely (0-1) allowed four runs in six innings and the offense generated just four hits. [JAM 4/10/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) - The team won a double-header as a rain-suspended game was completed with two runs in the 11th inning giving the victory to Hawksworth (1-0).  Kuroda (2-0) pitched a shutout through 8-2/3.  Broxton saved both games giving him five saves on the season.  Kemp and Ethier continued their hot hitting.  Kemp went 6 for 9 raising his average to .429.  Ethier hit his first home run and had four hits raising his average to .367. [JAM 4/9/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-3) - Billingsley (1-1) was rocked for five runs in three innings.  Loney and Barajas had solo home runs.  With no outs and two on in the ninth, Furcal was robbed of an extra base hit that would have tied the score.  [JAM 4/6/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) - The Dodger offense was stifled by excellent fielding by the Rockies infield.  Kershaw (1-1) allowed six hits including two home runs in six innings. [JAM 4/5/2011}

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) - Marcus Thames tripled to drive in the first of four runs in the seventh inning to win the four-game series from the Giants.  Hiroki Kuroda (1-0) pitched seven innings for the win.  Broxton allowed a homer but saved his third game. [JAM 4/3/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) - With four starters on the bench, the Dodger offense could never generate a rally against Giant pitchers.  Ted Lilly (0-1) had a balk in the fourth inning that led to three runs that changed the game.  [JAM 4/2/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-0) - Matt Kemp was again the offensive leader with two hits and excellent base-running.  The team staged a sixth inning rally to overcome a two-run deficit.  Chad Billingsley (1-0) allowed a three-run homer but completed six innings for the win.  Newcomers Blake Hawksworth and Matt Guerrier each pitched a scoreless inning and Jon Broxton closed it for his second save. [JAM 4/1/2011]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - Clayton Kershaw (1-0) pitched seven excellent innings on opening day and the offense generated just enough runs (two) to win the game.  James Loney's clutch double drove in the second run scoring Matt Kemp who also scored the first run.  Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a scoreless eighth and Jon Broxton got the save although he allowed a home run in the ninth. [JAM 3/31/2011]

San Francisco Giants (4-1) - The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in five games.  This was the first World Series championship for the Giants since they moved to California in 1958. [JAM 11/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (80-82) - At last, this awful season is done.  Kemp hit his 28th homer and he homered in the last five games.  Ethier had two more hits and finished the season with six straight hits.  Lilly (7-4) pitched well again.  Kuo saved his 12th game and finished with a terrific 1.20 ERA. [JAM 10/3/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-82) - Kemp hit his 27th home run and Ethier had four hits.  Where were you guys in August?  Billingsley (12-11) struck out nine batters in seven plus innings. [JAM 10/2/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-82) - So Joe Torre lets Brad Ausmus manage for a day but will not let him use Kershaw.  The team probably would have won the game with five runs and Kershaw pitching.  Ely (4-10) not so much. [JAM 10/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (78-81) - Now that the games don't matter, Kemp has started to deliver some key hits.  He hit a grand slam home run to lead the team to a sweep of the Rockies.  He also struck out twice to raise his all-time Dodger record to 168.  Troncoso (2-3) was the first of five relievers who held the opponents to one run in 4+ innings.  [JAM 9/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (77-81) - Casey Blake hit two home runs and Kemp & Loney hit one to help score enough runs to help five pitchers hold the lead.  Belisario (3-1) was the winning pitcher in relief of Kuroda.  The Dodgers scored nine runs for the first time since August 12, a game that was lost 10-9. [JAM 9/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-81) - Lilly (6-4) pitched eight solid innings and Kuo (1.26 ERA) saved it in the ninth.  Blake had three hits and two RBIs to provide the offense. [JAM 9/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-81) - This game was a reminder of how bad this season has been for the Dodgers.  After Belisario retired the first batter in the eighth inning with a three-run lead, manager Torre took him out of the game and allowed Sherrill (7.08 ERA) and Broxton (5-6) to lose the game.  Billingsley had been excellent for seven innings allowing just one run and striking out 13.  Barajas hit a homer in the eighth inning.  Loney drove in the first two runs with his 41st double. [JAM 9/26/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-80) - With one starter in the lineup, Torre got one run and one hit through eight innings.  Starting pitcher Ely (4-9) ran out of gas in the sixth inning. [JAM 9/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-79) - Kershaw (13-10) pitched a shutout for eight innings and struck out nine.  Jansen pitched the ninth inning for the save.  The team scored three runs on triples by rookie Oeltjen and Ethier, and Reed Johnson's home run.  [JAM 9/24/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-79) - Ethier drove in Furcal twice and scored the third run to give Kuroda (11-13) a well-deserved win.  Kuo struck out the side in the ninth inning for his tenth save. [JAM 9/23/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-79) - Ted Lilly (5-4) won his first five starts for the Dodgers but now has lost four in a row.  Once, the Dodger offenses has learned that you usually cannot win a game with just three hits.  [JAM 9/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-78) - The Dodgers have really rolled over for the Padres since the all-star break.  Billingsley (11-11) never had a chance to win.  Ethier and Kemp each left four runners on base.  Kemp now has struck out 157 times. [JAM 9/21/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-77) - Ellis hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning.  Kemp set up the run with a clutch single.  Kemp also tied the game in the ninth inning with a clutch RBI-double and hit his 23rd home run.  Ethier hit his 23rd homer in the first inning.  Dodger relievers recovered from a shaky start by Kershaw.  Sherrill (2-2) got the win with his 11th inning strikeout with the bases loaded.  Kuo pitched two more scoreless inning.  In an otherwise dismal season, Kuo is certainly the team MVP with a 1.31 ERA. [JAM 9/19/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-77) - The Rockies had no problem with rookie Ely (4-8) scoring six runs in five innings.  Then, they scored six more against the ineffective Weaver.  Fielding a weak-hitting team, the Dodgers had nine hits through eight innings but failed to score.  Theriot left five runners on base.  When the game was our of reach (12-0), rookie Mitchell hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning.  Kemp extended his strikeout record to 156. [JAM 9/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-76) - Catcher Ellis and Gibbons led the offense with three hits each.  However, Blake and Kemp left the bases loaded in the seventh inning and then the game was lost.  Kuroda (10-13) was not sharp allowing five runs in six innings.  Kemp struck out in the ninth inning with the tying runs on base.  Kemp now has 155 strikeouts for the season.   [JAM 9/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-75) - Lilly (5-3) was bombed.  Kemp broke his own Dodger record for strikeouts. [JAM 9/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-74) - Billingsley (11-10) and Jansen gave the Giants two runs on wild pitches.  Ethier's two-out, ninth inning home run was the only whimper of the very weak offense.  [JAM 9/15/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-73) - Clayton Kershaw (12-10) spoiled the Giant's party with a four-hit shutout and he needed to do that because the Dodger "zero" scored just one run on an error after a hit batter and two walks.  Kemp's second inning single was their only hit.  [JAM 9/14/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (71-73) - After a terrible sub start by Monasterios, the team tied the score in the fourth inning thanks the fifth home run by Gibbons (aka "The Dodger Offense").  However, four Dodger relievers could not hold the tie with Troncoso (1-3) getting the loss.  [JAM 9/12/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (71-72) - The team scored three runs in the ninth inning on a sacrifice bunt by A.J. Ellis.  After Joe Torre was ejected in the first inning, the Dodgers scored six runs for the first time since August 27.  Blake hit his 15th home run.  Jansen (1-0) won his first major league game as one of four pitchers to relieve Ely.  [JAM 9/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-72) - Gibbons hit a home run in the 11th inning to end the losing streak.  He also made one good catch but missed two others in left field.  Dotel (1-1) pitched the last two innings for the win. [JAM 9/10/2010].

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-72) - Ethier hit his 21st home run in the first inning and then the offense shut down again.  Four minor-leaguers in the lineup did not help.  Torre has really quit trying.  Lilly (5-2) was today's sacrificial pitcher. [JAM 9/9/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-71) - In a thoroughly awful performance offensively and defensively, the team failed to score again.  Billingsley (11-9). [JAM 9/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-70) - One run is not enough.  Kershaw (11-10).  14 Ks including three by Ethier.  This team just cannot wait until the season is done. [JAM 9/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-69) - Weak-hitting Dodgers ended the ten-games losing streak for the Padres.  Padilla (6-5) lost. [JAM 9/6/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-68) - The hapless Dodgers were shut out for the 15th time this season.  Kemp and Ethier each struck out three times.  Kuroda (10-12) deserved better from this crappy offense. [JAM 9/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-67) - Broxton (5-5) blew it again. [JAM 9/4/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-66) - Billingsley (11-8) pitched eight innings allowing just two hits and two unearned runs, and drove in the winning runs.  Barajas hit his fourth homer as a Dodger driving in the first two runs.  Kuo saved his eighth game. [JAM 9/3/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-66) - While Manny Ramirez and three other ex-Dodgers were leading the White Sox to victory, the Dodgers managed just one hit in seven innings.  Although the team finally did score a run in the eighth, that inning was marred by another base-running blunder by Kemp who could only get to second base when Loney hit the scoreboard.  Since Kemp kept Loney from a double, the next grounder led to a double-play that killed the inning.  Kershaw (11-9) was the unlucky starting pitcher. [JAM 9/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-65) - Monasterios (3-5) and Tronscoso each allowed three-run homers by the third inning to put the team in a deep hole.  Loney hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning to make it close. [JAM 8/31/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-64) - Hiroki Kuroda (10-11) pitched a no-hitter through seven innings and allowed just one hit in the eighth inning.  Barajas hit a home run in his first home game as a Dodger.  Kuroda also had his first hit of the year. [JAM 8/30/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-64) - The Dodgers matched the Rockies with 13 hits but scored only half as many runs.  Ethier struck out four times and left eight runners on base.  Loney also left eight runners on base.  Podsednik and Kemp had three hits each but neither hit with runners in scoring position.  Maybe Joe Torre will find a spot in the lineup for Ramirez tomorrow.  Lilly (5-1) suffered his first loss.  [JAM 8/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-63) - With Ramirez on the bench again, the Dodgers could only eke out a single run against some really mediocre pitchers until Barajas hit the home run with two outs in the ninth inning.  Billingsley (10-8) walked five and had zero strikeouts.  Reliever Belisario was worse.  It was just a matter of time before the Rockies scored. [JAM 8/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-62) - Ethier finally broke through to tie the game in the eighth inning and then Blake hit a grand-slam homer.  The team has now won four games in a row on the road.  Kershaw pitched great again but Broxton (5-4) got the win in relief. [JAM 8/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-62) - Six Dodger pitchers combined for a two-hitter to complete the three-game sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee.  Belisario (2-1) pitched to one batter to vulch the win from Monasterios.  Podsednik drove in the tie-breaking run.  Blake drove in two more in the sixth inning with his 13th home run to provide a comfortable lead.  Podsednik and Ausmus had three singles each. [JAM 8/26/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-62) - The team won two games in a row for the first time since August 10.  Kuroda (9-11) finally got another win.  Ethier hit his 20th home run.  Ramirez had two doubles and two walks.  His second double drove in the winning run.  Loney drove in two runs with a double.  Kemp had a sacrifice fly and his running catch in the ninth inning saved the game.  Three relievers (Belisario, Sherrill & Dotel) combined to pitch the ninth with Dotel getting his first Dodger save.  This was definitely a team victory. [JAM 8/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (64-62) - Newcomer Rod Barajas from Norwalk, California hit two doubles and a three-run home run to lead the team to victory.  Lilly (5-0) won his fifth consecutive start.  Kemp hit his 22nd homer. [JAM 8/24/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (63-62) - For the 44th time this season, the Dodger offense scored two runs or less.  Starting pitcher Kershaw (11-8) deserved better.  Rookie catcher A.J. Ellis had three hits. In spite of the loss, there was some good news in Dodgertown: Vin Scully will return in 2011. [JAM 8/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (63-61) - With Manny Ramirez back in the lineup, the team hit four homers and scored eight runs.  Where has that been?  Kemp (20), Ethier (19), Theriot (1) and Gibbons (2) joined the parade,  Billingsley (10-7) enjoyed the offensive support and Broxton saved his first game in many moons. [JAM 8/21/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-61) - Hits, hits, hits.  I wish our team could hit.  Manny, where are you?  Monasterios (3-4) was today's loser.  Batters had four singles and one double scattered here and there. [JAM 8/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-60) - Ted Lilly (4-0) won his fourth straight game with a two-hit shutout.  Reed Johnson hit a two-run homer for the only runs in the game.  Torre wisely allowed the starter to finish the game this time. [JAM 8/19/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-60) - Dotel (0-1) delivered another horrible relief appearance walking three with three wild pitches.  Once again the Dodgers showed how shallow the bullpen is.  The tying run was thrown out at the plate with two out in the bottom of the tenth.  Torre called a disastrous squeeze play on a 3-2 pitch that killed the second inning rally.  Matt Kemp has struck out 128 times this season and the worst part of it is that he looks like he just doesn't care.  Every pitcher in the league knows that Kemp will go fishing for the outside curve in the dirt.  [JAM 8/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-59) - Four Dodger pitchers shut out the Rockies on six hits with starter Kershaw (11-7) getting the victory.  Podsednik and Loney each drove in two runs in the five-run fifth inning. [JAM 8/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-59) - Dodger relievers blew another lead in the ninth inning.  This time it was Kuo (3-2) and Dotel who spoiled another excellent start by Billingsley.  Ethier had two hits and made two great catches in right field. [JAM 8/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-58) - With Juan Castro batting seventh in the lineup, Torre did not expect to score many runs in this game.  It was basically a forfeit as many of the Sunday games are.  Padilla (6-4) deserved a better lineup. [JAM 8/15/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-57) - The Dodgers scored just two run on twelve singles but great pitching gave them the win.  Kuo saved the game for Lilly (3-0).  Podsednik had three hits to raise his average to .313. [JAM 8/14/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-57) - This dysfunctional team did not come close to scoring a run in Atlanta.  Kuroda (8-11) allowed just one run but it was one too many for the punchless Dodgers. [JAM 8/13/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-56) - In another unbelievable finish, The Dodger bullpen blew a seven-run lead in the last two innings.  Broxton (4-4) allowed four runs without recording an out in the ninth inning.  The collapse spoiled a good game by Kemp who had been benched for two games.  Kemp had three hits, four RBIs and his 19th home run. [JAM 8/12/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-55) - Billingsley (9-7) held the Phillies to two run but no support again.  Theriot, Ethier, Loney and Carroll left runners in scoring position. [JAM 8/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-54) - Padilla (6-3) was the beneficiary of an 18-hit attack.  Newcomer Jay Gibbons had three hits including a three-run homer to raise his average to .800.  Blake hit his 12th home run and had four RBIs.  Ethier had four hits.  [JAM 8/10/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (58-54) - Ted Lilly (2-0) pitched six innings to win his second Dodger start.  Carroll led the offense with three hits and two RBIs.  Bench players had eight of the team's ten hits. [JAM 8/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (57-54) - Loney lined a hit with the bases loaded in the tenth inning for the win.  Broxton (4-3) pitched two excellent innings.  [JAM 8/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-54) - Kershaw (10-7) served up two consecutive three-run home runs to Adam Dunn, the league's leading home run hitter.  The weak Dodger offense could not respond to a 6-0 deficit.  Ethier hit his 18th homer in the fourth inning. [JAM 8/6/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-53) - Billingsley (9-6) had one bad inning.  Without Ramirez, Martin and Furcal, the offense did not deliver a single clutch hit.  Loney left five runners on base. [JAM 8/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-52) - Padilla (5-2) pitched a two-hit shutout as the offense broke out of its very long slump.  Ethier had three hits including his 17th home run. [JAM 8/4/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-52) - Russell Martin doubled in the winning runs in the second inning but failed to score the third run by not sliding into home and injured by the tag.  Ted Lilly (1-0) allowed just two hits in seven innings, retiring 20 in a row in his Dodger debut.  Kuo and Broxton closed the win. [JAM 8/3/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-52) - The Dodger offense had five hits in a row but failed to score a run.  Kuroda (8-10) pitched OK but had terrible luck in the five-run fourth.  Weaver was awful again allowing five runs in two innings to put the game out of reach.  Kemp had five hits including his 18th HR but was caught off base twice. The team now has its second six-game losing streak after the all-star break. [JAM 8/2/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-51) - No runs.  No win.  At this stage of the season, the Dodgers are the worst-hitting team in the National League.  Another good effort by Kershaw (10-6) was wasted by the non-existing offense.  In his first game with the Cubs, Blake DeWitt had three hits just one less than the entire Dodger team.  Slumping Matt Kemp left four runners on base. [JAM 8/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-50) - Manager Torre gave Billingsley a quick hook in the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead and then Broxton (3-3) served up the game winning home run in the eighth.  Blake hit his eleventh homer for the only Dodger run.  GM Coletti made some trades with Chicago and Pittsburgh for some mediocre players but it is too little too late.  The Dodger season is over.  I hope by some miracle that I am wrong about this. [JAM 7/31/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-49) - Manager Torre tried to win a game with relievers Monasterios (3-3) and Weaver against the best pitcher in the league, and he failed miserably.  An excellent game by Furcal (homer, double, single, two walks) was wasted as the other hitters stranded 21 baserunners.  The return of Ramirez cannot come too soon.  The late ninth inning fell one run short.  [JAM 7/30/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-48) - The slump continues.  The Dodgers had just three hits including Loney's eighth home run.  Four Dodger pitchers held the Padres to a tie for eight innings but Sherrill (1-2) lost it in the ninth. [JAM 7/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-47) - I hate these team batting slumps! Kuroda (8-9) pitched well but the second-line relievers Weaver, Taschner and Schlichting let a close 2-1 game get away. [JAM 7/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-46) - Dodger pitchers completed their fourth shutout in the last six games to support a weak offense.  Billingsley (9-5), Kuo and Broxton allowed just five hits with ten strikeouts.  Flu-stricken Ethier came off the bench to drive in two runs in the seventh inning. [JAM 7/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-46) - Kershaw (10-5) and rookie Jansen shut out the Mets.  Martin drove in the only run in the eighth inning as the anemic offense continued to struggle with only four hits. [JAM 7/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (52-46) - James Loney hit his seventh home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the team its third win in ten games since the break.  The team has scored only 24 runs in those games.  Nine Dodger pitchers held the Mets to two runs with George Sherrill (1-1) getting his first win of the year.  [JAM 7/24/2010]

Los Angeles Dodger (51-46) - Padilla (4-3) pitched the third consecutive excellent team start allowing just one earned run in seven innings but the offense continued its post-all-star-break slump.  Torre's decision to start three left-handed hitters against the left-handed pitcher did not work very well.  Ethier, Loney and DeWitt were 0-9 against the starter contributing nothing to the offense.  After Padilla was removed for a pinch hitter, four Dodger relievers allowed four runs on only one hit in the eighth inning to ruin a close game.  At this stage of the season, Torre has no bench and no bullpen other than Kuo and Broxton.  Upper management seems to be satisfied to limp through the season without attempting to improve the team. [JAM 7/23/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-45) - Kuroda (8-8) pitched a five-hit shutout for eight innings but manager Torre would not allow him to complete the game.  Kuo pitched the ninth inning for a save.  Matt Kemp drove in both runs with a double and his 17th home run. [JAM 7/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (50-45) - With Don Mattingly managing instead of Joe Torre, Chad Billingsley (8-5) pitched a five-hit shutout to end the losing streak.  It was the first complete game by a Dodger pitcher this year.  Casey Blake drove in both Dodger runs.  [JAM 7/21/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-45) - With a rookie umpire making some very strange decisions, the Dodgers lost a manager, a coach and two pitchers.  Subbing for ejected Torre, acting-manager Mattingly was charged with two trips to the mound for hesitating during the discussion.  Broxton (3-2) was not allowed to finish the game and then Sherrill threw another terrible pitch the allow the winning runs to score in the ninth inning.  This was the third four-run lead blown by the team in less than a month.  When things are going bad, it seems that no lead is safe.  And still, the Dodger front office shows no signs of providing pitching help to this struggling team. [JAM 7/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-44) - With the utility infielder (Carroll) playing left field, a tired old player (Blake) batting clean-up and minor-leaguer James McDonald (0-1) pitching, the Dodgers were no match for an average major league team.  Furcal, Kemp and Martin had three hits each but they were spread out through the lineup preventing rallies of any sort.  Slumping all-star Ethier came to bat with six runners on base but could not drive in any of them.  With this awful post-break, five-game losing streak, the team is stuck in fourth place in a very weak division.  Will the front office ever make any moves to strengthen the team?  Not likely. [JAM 7/19/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-43) - Padilla pitched a one-hit shutout for six innings and drove in the first run but Torre pulled him for a pinch hitter in the seventh.  Then, three Dodger relievers blew a four-run lead with Broxton (3-1) getting the loss after the home plate umpire failed to call strike three on a batter with two outs in the ninth.  This was absolutely the worst possible road series with the whole team playing poorly. [JAM 7/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-42) - With Ramirez out of the lineup, the Dodger offense is very poor.  Paul and Loney both killed rallies with weak double-play grounders.  Kuroda (7-8) pitched well but not pitcher can win without runs.  The St. Louis pitchers and humidity make the Dodgers look like minor-leaguers. [JAM 7/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-41) - Billingsley (7-5) was worse than Kershaw allowing seven runs on ten hits.  The offense is really at a disadvantage when the young starters put the team in a hole in the first inning.  And, it appears that the Dodger front office has no plans to help the team by trading for an established pitcher.  Manny Ramirez may have injured his leg again making this one of the worst road series of the season. [JAM 7/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-40) - Kershaw (9-5) was wild allowing five runs and eight hits in less than five innings.  The offense was flat.  Ethier had a homer and a single to retake the NL batting lead. [JAM 7/15/2010]

National League (1-0) -  Brian McCann doubled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to give the NL its first win in 13 years.  Matt Capps (1-0) was the winning pitcher.  Marlon Byrd made a game-saving throw to Furcal in the ninth inning.  Ethier had one hit and played well in center and right fields.  Furcal walked in his only plate appearance.  Kuo made a throwing error but did not allow an unearned run.  Broxton saved the game in the ninth inning. [JAM 7/13/2010] 

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-39) - Padilla (4-2) pitched a two-hit shutout for eight innings.  Loney hit a three-run homer in the first inning for all the runs that were needed.  The team is in second place, two games behind San Diego at the all-star break.  Ethier (starter), Broxton, Furcal and Kuo were selected as all-stars for the game in Anaheim. Furcal and Ethier are the first and third leading batters by average.  Loney is hitting .309 with 63 RBIs (two behind leaders Howard & Wright) [JAM 7/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-39) - Ely (4-7) had bad luck and was tagged for six earned runs in the second and third innings.  Ethier drove in two more runs and raised his average to .324 but with only four starters in the lineup, the offense was no match for the Cub pitchers. [JAM 7/10/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-38) - Martin hit a three-run homer in the second inning and the team held the lead in spite of some late-inning runs off relievers Sherrill, Miller and Broxton.  Billingsley (7-4) pitched well for seven innings.  Ethier had three more hits to raise his average to .322. [JAM 7/9/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-38) - Rafael hit the gane-winning home run and had three hits to raise his average to .339.  At this point in the season, Furcal is the best player not named to the all-star team.  Kershaw (9-4) struck out 12 and allowed just two runs in eight innings.  Broxton saved his 19th game. [JAM 7/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (46-38) - Kuroda (7-7) had one bad inning but the offense could not score a run on just six hits. [JAM 7/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (46-37) - Padilla (3-2) took a shutout into the seventh inning and Kemp (16), Ethier (14) and Blake (9) hit homers.  Furcal (.336) continued his hot hitting with two hits and three RBIs.  [JAM 7/6/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-37) - Torre waited too long to remove Ely (4-6) who had nothing allowing six runs and nine hits.  Weaver and Belisario pitched great in relief and the offense rallied but fell one run short.  Furcal hit his fifth home run. [JAM 7/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-36) - Kuo (3-1) struck out six of seven batters he faced in relief of Billingsley who allowed just one run and struck out eight.  Broxton saved his 17th game with two more strikeouts.  Kemp broke the tie in the eighth inning with his 15th home run. [JAM 7/4/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-36) - The offense scored 14 runs on 15 hits and six errors by Arizona.  Furcal (4), Kemp (14) and Ethier (13) hit home runs.  Every starter scored at least one run.  Kershaw (8-4) struck out eight batters in six innings and relievers Schlichting and Broxton struck out four more. [JAM 7/3/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-36) - Kuroda (7-6) allowed six runs in less than two innings and the bullpen allowed six more.  The offense scored five runs on 12 hits but it was not nearly enough to overcome the awful pitching performances. [JAM 7/2/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-35) - Furcal (.333) had four hits with a homer and Kemp had three hits with a homer (13) to lead the team to a sweep of the series with the Giants.  Padilla (2-2) allowed just three hits in seven innings. [JAM 6/30/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) - Loney again had the clutch hits for three RBIs.  Ely (4-4) pitched seven good innings for the win. Furcal had three hits to raise his average to .321.  Ramirez singled to raise his average to .322 but was injured at second base.  [JAM 6/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (41-35) - With Broxton unavailable, Kuo saved the game for Weaver (5-1).  Billingsley pitched well in his return from the disabled list but manager Torre took him out after six innings with the score tied.  Casey Blake hit his 8th homer in the eighth inning to break the tie.  Ramirez continued his hot hitting with three more hits to raise his average to .319. [JAM 6/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-35) - Broxton blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning and then Sherrill served up the game-winning home run in the tenth.  The relievers spoiled another good performance by Kershaw with Troncoso (1-2) taking the loss.  Loney could have easily thrown out the tying run in the ninth but he tried for a first-to-home double play but made a poor throw to the plate. Manager Torre took Ramirez out of the game with the score at 6-2 so he was not available to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. His sub (Anderson) flew out and then was thrown out of the game for arguing about strike two.  [JAM 6/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-34) - The inconsistent offense found a pitcher they liked and recovered from a 3-0 deficit.  Loney had four RBIs to lead the nine-run attack.  Kuroda (7-5) was the beneficiary of the run barrage although he allowed four runs in five innings. [JAM 6/26/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (39-34) - The offense is gone again.  Ethier and Kemp struck out three times each.  Ramirez had two hits and drove in the only run.  Padilla (1-2) pitched well allowing just two run in seven innings but had no support. [JAM 6/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (39-33) - The team ended a horrible six-game losing streak by scoring ten runs on 15 hits.  However, Broxton had to save the game in the ninth inning because the previous six pitchers had allowed six runs on 12 hits.  Weaver (4-1) got the victory for not pitching as bad as the others.  Blake and Carroll had three hits each as eight starters drove in runs. [JAM 6/24/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33) - In an unbelievable ninth inning, both Kemp and Martin were picked off second base and the Dodgers failed to score the tying run in spite of two hits, a walk and an Angel error.  The Angels scored two runs on errors by Furcal to spoil an excellent performance by rookie Ely (3-4).  However, the second run scored after the first-base umpire made a huge mistake.  The Dodgers had absolutely no luck in this game but they should not have expected to win with an anemic offense, with poor base-running, that scored only one run. [JAM 6/23/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-32) - Manager Torre took Kershaw (7-4) out of a tie game and reliever Belisario blew it again.  Other than Kuo and Broxton, the Dodger bullpen is just awful.  Ethier and Loney had clutch RBI singles in the third inning.  Kemp hit his 12th homer in the third. [JAM 6/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-31) - Argh!  The Dodgers were swept in a three-game series in Boston.  Kuroda (6-5) pitched well but the offense fizzled.  Ramirez had two of the four hits in the game and five hits in the series to raise his average to .304. [JAM 6/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-30) - Ramirez hit his eighth home run in his return to Boston and the Dodgers rallied in the seventh inning to tie the score.  However, Broxton threw one bad pitch in the ninth inning to allow the winning single giving Belisario (1-1) the loss.  Anderson had three more hits in a rare start to raise his season average to .194. [JAM 6/19/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-29) - Monasterios (3-2) and Troncoso were terrible allowing ten runs in four innings and neither pitcher could get anyone out in the seven-run fifth inning.  Anderson hit a ninth inning homer. [JAM 6/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-28) - With Ramirez, Furcal and Martin out of the lineup, the offense was punchless.  Losing pitcher Ely (3-4) drove in the only run but also allowed three home runs.  Casey Blake had three hits. [JAM 6/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (38-27) - Kershaw (7-3) pitched seven excellent innings allowing just one run.  Loney doubled with the bases loaded for the first two runs.  Ethier hit his 12th home run with two men on base to put the game away.  Ramirez added his seventh home run in the ninth inning. [JAM 6/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-27) - The Dodgers blasted out 12 runs on 19 hits.  Ramirez had two RBI singles and a two-run homer.  Furcal had five hits and Loney had four hits including three doubles.  Four pitchers shut out the Reds on eight singles.  Starter Kuroda (6-4) pitched five innings for the win. [JAM 6/15/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (36-27) - Former Dodger Mike Scioscia, who should have been the Dodger manager, swept old Joe Torre who seems to be guessing most of the time.  The Angel hitters looked like the adults playing against the Dodgers young pitching staff in the series.  Monasterios (3-1) took his first loss after allowing four runs in less than three innings.  Ramirez and Loney made the game close with three hits each. [JAM 6/13/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (36-26) - With Ramirez on the bench, the Dodger bats were quiet for the second game against the Angels scoring just two runs on a double by Martin.  John Ely (3-3) pitched five innings and was tagged for the loss. [JAM 6/12/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (36-25) - Billingsley (6-4) allowed the opposing pitcher to start three rallies and score three runs.  This was a very poor pitching performance against a player who never bats.  Loney hit his fifth home run of the year.  [JAM 6/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (36-24) - Ramirez hit his fifth home run and DeWitt had a clutch hit for two RBIs each.  James Loney had four hits.  Kershaw (6-3) gave up a three-run homer but Belisario and Broxton (16 saves) held the game for him.  Dodgers swept the series with the Cardinals. [JAM 6/9/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-24) - Manny Ramirez doubled in the eighth inning to score the only run in the game.  Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings and Kuo (2-1) and Broxton finished the game.  Broxton recorded his 15th save and lowered his ERA to 0.99 when he struck out Albert Pujols to end the game.  Ethier had three hits to raise his league-leading batting average to .360. [JAM 6/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (34-24) - Blake DeWitt hit his first home run of the year and drove in five runs to lead the 12-run offense.  Monasterios (3-0) pitched six innings and won easily. [JAM 6/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (33-24) - Rookie catcher A.J. Ellis delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th inning.  Furcal hit his first home run of the year.  Pitchers Miller, Kuo, Weaver, Broxton and Belisario (1-0) pitched six innings of scoreless relief with Belisario getting the win for pitching the last two innings. [JAM 6/6/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-24) - Billingsley (6-3) pitched six shutout innings but left the game leading 2-1 after facing three batters in the seventh innings.  Relievers Troncoso and Bellisario allowed six more runs in the inning on four hits.  It makes one wonder why manager Torre would allow Billingsley to hit in the sixth inning and then use the quick hook in the next inning. [JAM 6/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-23) - Loney hit a clutch single in the seventh inning to regain the lead after Kuo (1-1) allowed two runs to score spoiling an excellent performance by Kershaw.  Broxton saved (14th consecutive) the game for Kuo.  Every Dodger starter had a hit in the game.  Furcal tripled in a run and scored two. [JAM 6/4/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-23) - The Dodger team hitting slump in June continues.  They had one rally in the game in the eighth inning to make the game close.  Kuroda (5-4) was not sharp.  Ethier had his first extra-base hit (double) since returning from the disabled list. [JAM 6/3/2010)

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-22) - The Dodgers won back-to-back 1-0 games as Garret Anderson singled in the 14th inning with two outs.  Dodger pitchers shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks for 31 consecutive innings.  Rookie Travis Schlichting (1-0) pitched the last for innings in his first game of the year for the victory. [JAM 6/2/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-22) - Matt Kemp broke a scoreless tie in the tenth inning with a walk-off homer, his 11th of the year.  Ely, Belisario, Kuo and Weaver (3-1) pitched the shutout allowing just four hits. [JAM 6/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-22) - After James Loney was picked off at second base with none out, the Arizona pitcher balked with two out and Casey Blake on third to allow the winning run.  The Dodgers had tied the score in the eighth inning on two errors by the second baseman.  Billingsley pitched eight innings but had allowed four runs on three home runs in the first two innings.  Broxton (3-0) pitched the ninth inning for the win.  Ramirez hit his fourth homer.  Kemp had three hits.  [JAM 5/31/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-22) - Jon Broxton saved his 13th consecutive game in spite of an error by Blake in the ninth inning.  Kid Kershaw (5-3) pitched five innings for the win.  Kemp and Loney made great defensive plays to save several runs.  Troncoso, Kuo and Belisario set up the save with one shutout inning each.  [JAM 5/30/2010]

Philadelphia Phillies (28-20) - Roy Halladay (7-3) pitched the second perfect game of the season with 11 strikeouts.  This was only the 20th perfect game in the 125-year history of the game. [JAM 5/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-22) - Kuroda (5-3) was wild allowing seven runs on ten hits.  The offense was asleep again until a late three-run rally in the seventh inning.  Furcal led the offense with three hits by made a key error that allowed three runs to score. [JAM 5/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-21) - Manny Ramirez hit his third home run of the year in the sixth inning to complete a come-from-behind victory.  Broxton slammed the door in the ninth for his 12th consecutive save.  Monasterios (2-0) pitched five innings for the win benefitting from the four-run sixth.  Kemp hit his tenth homer.  Furcal and Martin had key RBIs in the sixth inning rally. [JAM 5/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-21) - Xavier Paul misplayed two balls in right field in the eighth inning allowing the only run.  John Ely (3-2) pitched great for seven innings but was tagged for the loss as the Dodger offense is absent again.  Torre kept Furcal and Ramirez on the bench until the ninth inning. [JAM 5/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-20) - The offense woke up and scored eight runs for Billingsley (6-2).  Relievers Belisario and Kuo struggled but Broxton came in to record five outs for his 11th save.  Kemp had a key two-run double, Loney had three hits and Blake hit his seventh home run. [JAM 5/26/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-20) - Rafael Furcal, in his first game back from the disabled list, made two errors to allow two of the three runs to score.  Kershaw (4-3) allowed just one unearned run in six innings but the offense was zero.  [JAM 5/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-19) - Kuroda (5-2) allowed three runs in the first inning and the Dodger offense could not recover.  Xavier Paul drove in two runs in the fifth inning but pinch hitter Ramirez grounded out with the bases loaded in the sixth.  [JAM 5/23/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-18) - Rookie Ely (3-1) continues to be a solid major league pitcher.  Casey Blake had three more hits including his sixth home run, and made a game-saving play in the ninth inning.  Matt Kemp hit his ninth homer.  Jon Broxton had a rough ninth inning but still saved his tenth consecutive game with a strikeout with runners at second and third. [JAM 5/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (24-18) - The Dodgers moved into a tie for first place with their 11th win in 12 games.  Billingsley (5-2) has become a reliable seven-inning pitcher.  Broxton saved his ninth with three strikeouts.  Reed Johnson led the offense with three hits.  The team was able to win easily with only three starters in the opening lineup.  [JAM 5/21/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-18) - Kershaw (4-2) won his third straight and Broxton save his eighth game.  Super-sub Carroll had two hits and two RBSs to lead the offense.  Martin has now hit in 15 straight games. [JAM 5/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-18) - Ortiz (1-2) and Troncoso were rocked for eight runs in four innings.  The team really needs a reliable fifth starter and Ortiz is not the guy.  Without Ramirez, Ethier and Furcal, the Dodgers has no chance of overcoming a 5-run lead.  Martin extended his hitting streak to 14.  Casey Blake had three more hits including his fifth home run. [JAM 5/19/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-17) - Casey Blake broke out of his hitting slump with three hits including his fourth home run as the Dodgers won their ninth game in a row.  Kuroda (5-1) pitched six good innings and the bullpen "O" boys (Belisario, Kuo and Troncoso) pitched three more shutout innings.  Ramirez, Loney and Blake had two RBIs each.  Martin hit in his 13th consecutive.  With Ethier joining Furcal on the disabled list, Dodger pitching has allowed less than four runs in each game of the streak. [JAM 5/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (21-17) - The streak is now at eight.  Rookie John Ely (2-1) pitched another excellent game.  Blake Dewitt had two triples.  Ramirez, Kemp and Blake added doubles for a solid team victory with Andre Ethier on the bench with a broken finger. [JAM 5/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (20-17) - With five starters on the bench, the Dodgers scored just one run on two hits but it was enough for their seventh consecutive win.  Chad Billingsley (4-2) allowed just 4 hits in 7+ innings.  Ku and Broxton (seventh save) finished the game.  Russell Martin drove in the only run with his hit in the 11th straight game. [JAM 5/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (19-17) - Without Ethier in the lineup, the Dodgers easily won their sixth in a row and second straight over the first-place Padres.  Clayton Kershaw (3-2) was sharp again allowing just three hits in seven innings.  James Loney hit his fourth home run and Garret Anderson, Jamey Carroll and Russell Martin added clutch RBIs. [JAM 5/15/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (18-17) - Matt Kemp hit his eighth home run for the game winner in the seventh inning.  Jeff Weaver (2-1) got the vulch.  The major league's leading hitter, Andre Ethier had two more hits to raise his average to .392.  Broxton saved his fifth game with a perfect ninth inning. Dodgers have their longest winning streak (5) of the season. [JAM 5/14/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-17) - Manny Ramirez hit a bases-loaded double for the winning margin.  Andre Ethier hit his 11th homer in the fourth inning and was walked intentionally before Manny's double.  Kuroda (4-1) pitched 7+ innings for the win with nine strikeouts.  Broxton struck out three in the ninth for his fourth save.[JAM 5/12/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-17) - With a good starting pitcher, John Ely (1-1), Dodgers pounded out 17 hits for 13 runs, seven in the 13-batter eighth inning.  Jame Loney had four hits.  Martin had a three-run homer, his fourth.  Five batters (Martin, Ethier, Ramirez, Belliard and Carroll) had two hits. [JAM 5/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-17) - The first seven Dodger batters scored seven runs on eleven hits.  Ethier raised his league leading batting average to .393 with three more hits.  He now has 34 RBIs in 30 games.  Billingsley (3-2) pitched well for five innings and the bullpen was solid again.  [JAM 5/10/2010]

Oakland Athletics (17-15) - Dallas Braden (4-2) pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history against Tampa Bay.

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-17) - In the toughest game of the year to date, Kid Kershaw (2-2) escaped a first-inning jam and then out-dueled the Rockies phenom (Ubaldo Jimenez), pitching a two-hit shutout for eight innings with nine strikeouts. Kershaw's performance was significant considering the dismal Dodger pitching of the previous day.  The Dodgers scored a third-inning run on Blake DeWitt's double and Jamey Carroll's single.  Russell Martin added an insurance run in the eighth inning with his third homer of the season.  Broxton posted his third save. [JAM 5/9/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-17) - Other than Joe Torre, does anybody in Southern California believe that Charlies Haeger (0-4) is a major league pitcher?  He cannot throw the knuckler for strikes and his other pitches are only good for batting practice.  In this loss, Haeger faced five batters and they all scored.  He threw only eight strikes in the inning; the last one being a triple to clear the bases.  Ethier had three more hits to raise his league-leading batting average to .394.  The poor pitching performance marred the return of Manny Ramirez from the disabled list.  He had one single in four at bats. [JAM 5/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-16) - In a game with five lead changes in the first six innings, relievers Sherrill, Weaver (1-1), Troncoso and Broxton (save #2) did not allow an earned run after Kuroda struggled for 5+ innings.  Ethier continued his hot hitting with a double, single and two RBIs.  Matt Kemp tripled in the winning run. [JAM 5/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-16) - Andre Ethier hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to save the win for Torre and Broxton.  The Dodgers were leading 3-0 when Torre failed to bat for rookie pitcher John Ely with the bases loaded in the sixth.  One hit in the sixth inning could have iced the game for the Dodgers.  Without the big lead, the Brewers tied the game against Broxton (2-0) who blew the save but got the win.  Ely pitched a great six innings but tired in the seventh after failing to hit.  Belisario and Kuo set up the ninth for Broxton.  Triple-crown leader, Ethier increased his number to 10 HRs,  30 RBIs and a .371 batting average. [JAM 5/6/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (11-16) - Billingsley (2-2) was rocked for four runs in the first inning.  The Dodger offense closed the gap to 4-3 with twelve singles but relievers Belisario and Troncoso gave away the game by allowing five runs in the eighth inning. [JAM 5/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (11-15) - Torre kept Kershaw (1-2) in the game until seven runs had scored in the second.  James Loney hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning but it was much too late.  Four Dodger pitchers allowed 15 hits to a team that had not scored more than two runs since April 28. [JAM 5/4/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (11-14) - Andre Ethier hit two more home runs to tie the league-lead at nine, and Blake DeWitt had four hits in a 16-hit attack.  Ace Kuroda (3-1) pitched eight more solid innings allowing just one run. [JAM 5/2/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-14) - The Dodgers found a new starting pitcher today.  Carlos Monasterios pitched four innings and allowed just one run.  The manager took him out to save his arm after 73 pitches.  Ramon Ortiz (1-1) was the winner after pitching three innings.  Does that make any sense?  Ethier (homer #7 & two doubles) and Loney (two doubles) provided the power for the second consecutive game.  The team won two straight for the first time since April 16. [JAM 5/1/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-14) - The losing streak has finally ended.  Ethier (6) and Loney (1) hit early homers to give the team the lead and Billingsley (2-1) held it for six innings.  Relievers Belisario, Sherrill and Broxton (second save; 0.00 ERA) did their jobs. [JAM 4/30/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-14) - The futility continues.  Without Ramirez, the team is 1-6 scoring just 15 runs in seven games.  Kershaw (1-1) pitched well again but had no support.  Slugger Jamie Carroll left five runners on base, four in scoring position.  Strangely, Manager Torre had five left-handed bats in the lineup facing a left-handed starter.  Bad guess, Joe. [JAM 4/29/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-13) - The Dodgers completed a dismal 2-7 road trip and will limp home with their confidence at a low point.  Rookie pitcher John Ely (0-1) was not the answer allowing five runs in six innings.  Russell Martin hit his second home run of the season. [JAM 4/28/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-12) - Kuroda (2-1) and Haeger (0-3) took losses as the team again played poorly in a double-header in New York.  Furcal joins Ramirez, Weaver and Padilla on the injured list.  [JAM 4/27/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10) - The team wasted a good performance by Billingsley (1-1).  Blake, Belliard and Anderson stranded 12 runners on base. [JAM 4/25/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-9) - For the first time this year, a victory belongs to the bullpen.  Although Kershaw pitched well for six innings, six relievers fought for seven innings without allowing an earned run.  Carlos Monasterios (1-0) finished the last three innings for the win.  Casey Blake hit two home runs to keep the team in the game as the rest of the offense continued to struggle without its leader.  Russell Martin's clutch single in the 13th was the game winner. [JAM 4/24/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-9) - With Manny on the disabled list, and Blake & Martin on the bench, the punchless Dodgers rolled over for another second-division team.  Haeger (0-2) took the loss after a forgettable performance that included two deep bombs by Adam Dunn. [JAM 4/23/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-8) - Blake Dewitt made a bad throw and Matt Kemp missed a fly ball to set up the decisive four-run seventh inning.  Relievers Hong-Chih Kuo (0-1) and Ronald Belisario were ineffective.  Kuo took the loss in his first appearance of the season.  Ethier (5) and Anderson (1) hit homers.  Dodger pitchers have allowed nine or more runs in five of the fifteen games. [JAM 4/22/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-7) - Kemp (7) and Ethier (4) led an 18-hit attack with home runs to give Hiroki Kuroda (2-0) an easy win.  Furcal, Ethier, Ramirez and Loney each had three hits.  The team now has a major-league-leading batting average of .313.  [JAM 4/21/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-7) - Billingsley again blew a big lead by allowing seven hits and seven runs in three innings with a big error on the easiest possible play.  The Dodger offense, led by Kemp's sixth homer run, roared back to tie the game in the eighth inning.  However, Troncoso (1-1) lost the game in the bottom of the inning.  This was a very sloppy game with two errors and a bonehead play by Blake DeWitt, but the pitchers deserve the blame because nine runs should be enough for a win. [JAM 4/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-6) - After keeping him on the bench for 16 innings as the team scored zero, manager Torre finally allowed Ramirez to pinch hit in the eighth inning and win the game with his second home run of the season.  Big Jon Broxton saved the game for Ramon Troncoso (1-0).  Kershaw pitched seven excellent innings allowing just one run but had to leave the game before Manny did his thing. [JAM 4/18/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-6) - With four starters on the bench and wild knuckler Haeger (0-1) pitching, the Dodgers were no match for the best pitcher (Tim Lincecum) in the league. [JAM 4/17/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-5) - Andre Ethier hit home runs in the first and second innings with the second being a grand slam.  Matt Kemp also homered in the first inning, his fourth in consecutive games and fifth of the year.  Padilla (1-1) pitched well enough for seven innings.  However, unacceptable relievers (Russ Ortiz and Troncoso) allowed five runs to make it a close game.  It appears that the team has just one effective relief pitcher (Broxton) this year.  His arm will be dragging by September.  Team average is now .320.  Team ERA is now 5.62. [JAM 4/16/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-5) - Andre Ethier delivered the game-winning, tenth-inning hit as the offense twice recovered from poor pitching performances.  Matt Kemp homered in his third consecutive game giving him four HRs on the season.  Jon Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect tenth inning.  The team had 13 more hits to keep their major-league-leading average at .316.  However, the team ERA of 5.29 makes every game a struggle. [JAM 4/15/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-5) - The manager allowed Chad Billingsley to blow two leads and then took Ramirez out of the game in the ninth inning leaving Jamie Carroll as the clean-up hitter in extra innings.  Torre's poor substitution decisions have contributed to a losing record for a team with 6.5 runs scored per game and a .316 average.  This is cause for concern since the team has yet to play a real contender.  Russ Ortiz (0-1) took the loss in the 11th inning.  Ramirez, Furcal, Ethier and Martin had three hits each.  Matt Kemp hit his third home run. [JAM 4/14/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-4) - Powered by four home runs - Ramirez (1), Blake (1), Kemp (2) and Ethier (1) - the Dodger offense was impressive in the home opener.  Kid Kershaw (1) was sharper but still allowed five walks and two runs in 5+ innings.  Ramon Ortiz had another poor relief outing allowing three runs in less than one inning, making him the obvious candidate for an Albuquerque assignment when Kuo or Belisario is ready to return. [JAM 4/13/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-4) - Did Manny Ramirez really need four days of rest in the first eight days of the season?  Without Manny in the lineup, the Dodgers fell a run short to complete a very disappointing road trip.  Knuckle-baller Charlie Haeger struck out 12 batters but allowed four runs in six innings.  Jeff Weaver (0-1)took the loss.  Belliard has three hits again but he will be back on the bench for opening day in Los Angeles.  Kemp, Loney and Johnson each had two hits. [JAM 4/11/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3) - Manager Joe Torre left closer Broxton in the bullpen and watched as George Sherrill (0-1) blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning.  Andre Ethier had given the team a lead in the eighth inning with a pinch single and Matt Kemp had hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning.  Dodger hitters delivered again but starter Padilla was bombed in the fifth inning for the second straight game.  Torre made very poor decisions in the game including a botched squeeze play with the bases loaded in the second inning.  A better manager would have won this game. [JAM 4/10/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2) - Hiroki Kuroda (1-0) pitched eight solid innings allowing only one unearned run.  Scoreless through six innings, doubles by Ramirez and Blake, and a clutch single by DeWitt set up a four-run seventh inning.  Furcal had two doubles and Loney also had a double to give the team a league-leading 16 doubles in four games. [JAM 4/9/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2) - Playing with five subs, the team pounded 16 hits for the first win of the season.  Rafael Belliard led the way with a double-triple-home run and four RBIs.  Reed Johnson and James Loney also had three hits each.  Starter Chad Billingsley (1-0) pitched five shutout innings with seven strikeouts to stake his claim as ace of the staff.  [JAM 4/8/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2) - With a runner on third and no outs in the ninth inning, Furcal, Kemp, Ethier and Ramirez failed to get the ball out of the infield.  Blake Dewitt booted an easy grounder in the tenth inning.  Then, reliever Ramon Ortiz (0-1) gave up two walks and a single for the loss.  With no clutch hitting or pitching in the first two games, Dodgers are starting very slowly. [JAM 4/7/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers (0-1) - Pitching is the big question mark for the team this year.  Vicente Padilla (0-1) was wild and hittable.  The Dodger hitters pounded out twelve hits and were robbed of several more by good Pirate fielders.  Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp had two RBIs each.  The team may have the best hitting lineup in the National League but it appears that they will struggle to make the playoffs unless they find some leaders on the pitching staff. [JAM 4/5/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers - The team starts Spring Training today and the once-great Eric Gagne has rejoined the organization by signing a minor league contract.  Gagne set the major league record for consecutive saves in the 2002 to 2004 seasons with 84. [JAM 2/20/2010]

Los Angeles Dodgers - The National League announced this month that Matt Kemp and Orlando Hudson won gold gloves for 2009.  Also, Kemp and Andre Ethier won silver slugger awards.  For all of us who were screaming that Matt Kemp should have been on the all-star team, we now have proof that he was the best hitter and fielder at his position.  Mr. Kemp should have been the starting center fielder on the team.  The voters are idiots. [JAM 11/18/2009]

New York Yankees (4-2) - The Yankees defeated the Phillies in six games. [JAM 11/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-4) - The baseball season is over for the Dodgers.  Manager Joe Torre was unable to find a pitcher to stop the Phillies.  Vicente Padilla (0-1) lost his first National League game of the season.  Ethier, Loney and Hudson hit home runs in the loss. [JAM 10/21/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - Jon Broxton (0-1) allowed a two-out, ninth-inning double to spoil a well-played game by the team.  The Dodgers must now win game five to bring the series back to Los Angeles.  Randy Wolf pitched well for 5+ innings and four relievers held the Phillies hitless until the game winner.  Matt Kemp hit a home run.  James Loney, Russell Martin and Casey Blake all had clutch two-out RBI hits to give the team a lead through eight innings.  This was the toughest loss of the year. [JAM 10/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) - Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) was wild and hittable allowing six runs in less than two innings.  Manager Joe Torre was guessing that Kuroda would be ready for the Phillies but he was very wrong. [JAM 10/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1) - The Dodger offense squeaked home two runs in the eighth inning after being shut down for seven innings by ex-Dodger Pedro Martinez.  Vicente Padilla pitched 7+ excellent innings.  Ex-Dodger Chan Ho Park got the loss.  Hong-Chih Kuo (1-0) got the win in relief.  Big Jon Broxton got the big save.  Jim Thome had a clutch pinch hit to set up the winning run on a based-loaded walk to Andre Ethier. [JAM 10/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) - Manager Joe Torre left Kershaw (0-1) in the game for five big runs in the fifth inning.  Why was Scott Elbert warming in the bullpen?  The Dodger offense could never get even after the fifth inning in spite of 14 hits.  James Loney and Manny Ramirez hit home runs.  Loney and Andre Ethier each had three hits.  [JAM 10/15/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-0) - The Dodgers swept the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs as Vicente Padilla (1-0) pitched seven shutout innings and Andre Ethier hit a big two-run homer in the third inning.  Ethier and Manny Ramirez each had three hits in the 12-hit attack. [JAM 10/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-0) - Cardinal outfielder Matt Holliday dropped a fly ball with two outs in the ninth inning and then the Dodgers staged a huge two-out rally with a game-tying hit by Ronnie Belliard and a game-winning pinch hit by Mark Loretta.  Clayton Kershaw pitched 6+ excellent innings.  George Sherrill (1-0) was the winner in relief with the help of two great outfield catches by Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp.  Andre Ethier hit a home run to tie the game in the fourth inning. [JAM 10/8/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - Matt Kemp blasted a two-run homer to center field on the first playoff pitch he saw to give the team a first-inning lead.  Starter Randy Wolf was shaky but five Dodger relievers shut down the Cardinals.  Jeff Weaver (1-0) cut off the fourth-inning rally for the victory.  Rafael Furcal led the 12-hit attack with a triple and two singles. [JAM 10/7/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) - With substitutes playing the entire game, the team scored four runs in the first inning and defeated the Rockies again.  Six Dodgers pitchers struck out 17 batters.  Vicente Padilla (4-0) pitched five excellent innings for the victory.  M12 had three hits. [JAM 10/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (94-67) - The Dodgers clinched the National League Western Division title and the home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs with a big five-run seventh inning.  Clayton Kershaw struck out ten Rockies and allowed just three hits for six innings.  Hong-Chih Kuo (2-0), George Sherrill and Jon Broxton each pitched a perfect inning in relief.  In the seventh inning Casey Blake singled to left-center and took second on an error.  James Loney bunted Furcal to third.  Ronnie Belliard came off the bench and singled sharply to first for the first run.  After Russell Martin walked, Mark Loretta hit a pinch-double to right-center to score the second run.  Rafael Furcal was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Juan Pierre blooped a single to left field for the third run.  Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to left field for the fourth run and then Manny Ramirez broke his slump with a single to right field to complete the five-run inning. [JAM 10/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-67) - Dodger batters continue to be mired in a horrendous slump with a five-game losing streak, longest of the season.  Randy Wolf (11-7) was wild in the first inning and got the loss.  Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake each struck out four times.  Russell Martin hit a home run. [JAM 10/2/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-66) - Jon Garland (3-2) lost. [JAM 9/30/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-65) - Chad Billingsley (12-11) was wild in the sixth inning again and the offense was flat at the end of a long road trip. [JAM 9/29/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-64) - With four starters on the bench, including Manny Ramirez for the second day, the Dodgers rolled over for the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates.  Former Dodger, Andy LaRoche had two home runs, two doubles and a single.  Hiroki Kuroda (8-7) was bombed for seven runs.  The magic number is still one. [JAM 9/28/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-63) - Jon Broxton (7-2) blew a three-run lead to keep the Dodgers from clinching the division title. [JAM 9/27/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (93-62) - The Dodgers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a come-from-behind victory.  Randy Wolf pitched well but Manager Joe Torre would not let him finish the seventh inning.  The manager brought in two left-handed pitchers against right-handed hitters and they blew the save for Wolf.  The eighth inning rally was capped by a bases-loaded, pinch-hit, two-run single by Jim Thome after two bases-loaded walks.  Ronnie Belliard added another run in the ninth inning with his fifth home run as a Dodger.  George Sherrill (1-0) blew the save but received the win after the eighth inning rally. [JAM 9/26/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (92-62) - Jon Garland (2-1) did not allow an earned run for six innings but Dodger errors by Blake DeWitt and James Loney allowed three runs to score.  DeWitt had two doubles and Brad Ausmus had two singles to lead a very weak Dodger offense against five Pirate pitchers. [JAM 9/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (92-61) - Jonathan Broxton saved his 36th game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.  Matt Kemp (single-triple-HR) and Rafael Furcal (single-double-double-HR) led the offense.  Ramon Troncoso (5-4) was the winning pitcher in relief.  The magic number is reduced to 5 with 9 to play. [JAM 9/24/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-61) - Chad Billingsley looked like an ace for five innings but hung a curve ball with two out and two on in the sixth.  The Dodgers tied the score on errors in the ninth but James McDonald (5-5) lost the game in the bottom of the ninth. [JAM 9/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-60) - The Dodgers out-classed the worst team in the league with 14 runs on 15 hits.  Rafael Furcal led the way with four hits and four RBIs.  Hiroki Kuroda (8-6) won again allowing just two unearned runs in six innings. [JAM 9/22/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (90-60) - The Dodgers won two of three games from the Giants to crush their playoff hopes.  Vicente Padilla and Chad Billingsley were not effective in the first game as Ramon Troncoso (4-4) took the loss,  but Jon Garland (3-0) and Randy Wolf (11-6) pitched excellent games.  Ronnie Belliard hit a grand slam in the first inning of the second game and had a two-run single in the third game.  Andre Ethier hit his 31st home run against the SF ace in the series finale.  Manny Ramirez had a double and home run to keep the Dodgers in the first game until the tie was broken in the sixth inning.  The Dodger magic number is 8 with 12 games to go. [JAM 9/21/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (88-59) - Matt Kemp blasted his 24th home run to give Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) the victory with five starters on the bench.  Jon Broxton saved his 35th game.  Ronnie Belliard had three hits including an eighth inning home run.  Magic number is 11 with 15 games to go. [JAM 9/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (87-59) - Andre Ethier hit his 30th home run in the 13th inning for his sixth walk-off hit of the year.  Matt Kemp had hit a clutch two-out single to tie the game in the ninth inning.  Although Ronald Belisario (4-3) had allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th after Casey Blake's throwing error, he received the victory.  [JAM 9/15/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (86-59) - Andre Ethier hit his 29th home run in the fifth inning to dead center to break the tie.  Jon Garland (2-0) pitched well enough to win.  Orlando had three hits and two RBIs.  The magic number is reduced to 14. [JAM 9/14/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (85-59) - With Manny Ramirez on the bench, the team had no punch against former-Dodger, Brad Penny.  Chad Billingsley (12-10) pitched poorly again.  Russell homered for the second consecutive game for the Dodger runs. [JAM 9/13/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (85-58) - Vicente Padilla (3-0) allowed just three hits and no earned runs in six innings.  Russell Martin hit a huge three-run homer for all the runs the team needed.  James Loney also hit a home run in the ninth inning. [JAM 9/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (84-58) - The Dodger offense broke out of its hitting slump with ten runs on 13 hits.  Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) allowed three hits through eight innings for the win.  Ethier, Kemp, Loney, Blake and Martin each had two hits.  Loney and Blake had three RBIs each.  [JAM 9/11/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (83-58) - Ramon Troncoso (4-3) made a two-base throwing error and then walked in the winning run in the ninth inning.  Manny Ramirez and James Loney hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning for a brief lead but the Dodger offense was weak again.  [JAM 9/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (83-57) - The Dodgers anemic offense hit into five double plays and Chad Billingsley was wild again through seven innings.  However, they tied the game and took the lead on a two-out rally in the eighth inning.  James McDonald (5-4) got the win.  Jon Broxton saved his 34th game. [JAM 9/8/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (82-57) - Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Ronnie Belliard hit early home runs to lead the team to an easy victory.  Vicente Padilla (2-0) pitched six innings for the victory.  After Ramirez was ejected for throwing equipment, Juan Pierre came into the game and had two hits, two stolen bases and one RBI.  The magic number is reduced to 21. [JAM 9/7/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-57) - Manager Joe Torre decided to start Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) who was just off the disabled list after his beaning.  Kuroda was wild and not ready to start a game allowing four runs in five innings.  Torre also decided to put Juan Pierre in center field and put the team's top hitter, Matt Kemp on the bench.  The first three batters were ineffective through five innings causing Manny Ramirez to become a leadoff hitter in the second, fourth and sixth innings.  Ramirez never did bat with a runner on base.  Andre Ethier doubled in two runs in the seventh inning but it was two late as the lowly Padres won the three-game series with only ten runs. [JAM 9/6/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-56) - Randy Wolf (10-6) was in command of this game as the offense finally scored some runs.  Andre Ethier had a home run and double to give him 90 RBIs.  James Loney had two run scoring singles.  Rafael Furcal scored three runs.  James McDonald allowed three consecutive hits in the ninth inning but Jon Broxton came in to save his 32nd game. [JAM 9/5/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (80-56) - The Dodger hitting slump continues.  The team has not scored more than four runs in the last six games.  Kid Kershaw (8-8) allowed one earned run and received the loss.  Jim Thome had a pinch-hit single in his Dodger debut. [JAM 9/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (80-55) - Jon Garland (1-0) had a shaky start against his former team but pitched well allowing just two runs in seven innings.  Jon Broxton saved his 31st game.  Manny Ramirez hit his 16th home run.  Newcomer Ronnie Belliard drove in the other three runs.  Casey Blake had three hits to break out of his slump.  The Dodgers are the first National League team to win 80 games. [JAM 9/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-55) - It seems that Chad Billingsley (12-9) lately has at least one bad inning per start.  In this game he allowed four runs in the fifth inning after pitching four perfect innings.  The Dodger offense did not support him.  Andre Ethier had three hits and was robbed of the fourth in the eighth inning rally.  Manny Ramirez drove in his 50th run in the eighth inning with a single up the middle. [JAM 9/2/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-54) - The Dodgers were 2-1 while I was out of town.  Ronald Belisario (3-3) won one game in relief of Scott Elbert who blew the save for Vicente Padilla.  James McDonald (4-4) won one game and lost one in relief.  Matt Kemp hit home runs in each game.  Andre Ethier saved the last game with a great catch against the wall in the eighth inning. [JAM 9/2/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (77-53) - Jeff Weaver (6-4) came into the game in the third inning to save the day for the Dodgers.  Manny Ramirez, Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp and Orlando Hudson hit home runs.  Juan Pierre had three hits. [JAM 8/29/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-53) - Chad Billingsley (12-8) did not pitch very well and the hitters did not hit.  James Loney hit a ninth inning home run but Manny Ramirez struck out looking with the bases loaded. [JAM 8/28/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-52) - Newcomer Vicente Padilla (1-0) pitched five innings for the win.  Matt Kemp hit a huge two-run home run in the first inning.  Jon Broxton slammed the door in the ninth inning with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.  The magic number is reduced to 31. [JAM 8/27/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (75-52) - Andre Either hit his 26th and 27th home runs and James Loney broke out of his slump with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.  Randy Wolf (9-6) allowed just one run through seven innings for the win.  [JAM 8/26/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-52) - Manager Joe Torre put rookie James McDonald (3-3) into the game in the tenth inning leaving veterans Broxton, Mota and Sherrill on the bench.  Kid Kershaw pitched well but made one bad pitch in the fourth inning.  Manny Ramirez tied the game in the ninth inning with a clutch two-out, two-strike hit.  Casey Blake hit his 16th home run.  Andre Ethier had three hits.  James Loney was oh-for-five with two strikeouts and five men left on base. [JAM 8/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-51) - Dodger hitters had just three hits to give Chad Billingsley (12-7) the loss.  Tony Abreu drove in the only run. [JAM 8/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (74-50) - Pitchers Charlie Haeger (1-1), Jon Broxton and George Sherrill shut out the Cubs on five hits.  Matt Kemp and Casey Blake hit home runs for Dodger scores. [JAM 8/22/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (73-50) - Randy Wolf (8-6) allowed one hit through seven innings and drove in both Dodger runs.  Broxton saved his 27th.  Manny Ramirez was robbed of a home run to center field in the ninth inning.  Matt Kemp had two hits and a stolen base. [JAM 8/21/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50) - Russell Martin hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning to put the team ahead to stay.  Ronald Belisario (2-3) got Jeff Weaver out of a jam in the top of the sixth.  Weaver had struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the third inning.  Manny Ramirez had three hits in the win. [JAM 8/20/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (71-50) - Russell Martin's throwing error set up the winning run and gave Jon Broxton (7-1) his first loss of the year.  Ethier and Blake hit home runs to tie the game in the seventh inning/ [JAM 8/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (71-49) - Chad (Cleaver) Billingsley (12-6) was the beneficiary of 14 Dodger hits.  Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson led the way with three hits each.  Jon Broxton finished the game to get his 26th save. [JAM 8/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-49) - Charlie Haeger (0-1) allowed only three runs in seven innings in his first game for the Dodgers but the team could only get five hits against the Cardinal pitchers. [JAM 8/17/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (70-48) - Randy ("Ace") Wolf (7-6) pitched a one-hit shutout for seven innings and hit a single, double and home run for three RBIs.  Andre Ethier had four hits including the three-run homer in the first inning that set the tone of the game.  Orlando Hudson had a two-run home run in the four-run fourth inning for an insurmountable lead.  The magic number is 40. [JAM 8/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-48) - Hiroki Kuroda pitched five shutout innings but was struck by a line drive to the head in the sixth and had to leave the game on a stretcher.  Broxton blew the save in the ninth and Troncoso (4-2) lost the game in the tenth. [JAM 8/15/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-47) - Kid Kershaw (8-7) had one bad inning and the Dodger offense did not respond.  Matt Kemp hit his 17th home run for the only run and had a double in the ninth.  Manny Ramirez had three hits and was robbed of the fourth. [JAM 8/14/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-46) - Guillermo Mota (3-4) allowed the game-winning home run in the tenth inning.  Andre Ethier had tied the game in the ninth inning on his second hit.  The Dodgers used seven relief pitchers to keep the league's best pitcher (Lincecum) from winning. [JAM 8/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-45) - Randy Wolf (6-6) pitched eight solid innings.  Manny Ramirez had a double, home run and three RBIs.  Matt Kemp had a three-run home run.  Andre Ethier had two doubles, a single and two RBIs.  James Loney broke out of his slump with two singles and an RBI.  The magic number is 43. [JAM 8/11/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-45) - Matt Kemp doubled in three runs and scored the fourth for all the runs the team needed in the fourth inning.  Hiroki Kuroda (5-5) pitched well for the win and Big Jon saved his 25th.  Manny Ramirez and Mark Loretta had two hits each.  Juan Castro made a great play in the ninth inning to end the game. [JAM 8/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-45) - With 50 games to go, the Dodgers are a tired team holding on to a 5-1/2-game lead.  The pitching staff is ragged and the hitters have been sluggish.  Minor-leaguer Eric Stults (4-3) got the start and the loss.  Stults was pitching because the Dodgers still do not have a fifth starter.  Manny Ramirez had three hits. [JAM 8/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-44) - Kid ("Ace") Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings and struck out ten but the Dodger offense did not score a run for him.  Mota (3-3) lost the game in the tenth inning. Brad Ausmus, playing for Martin, struck out three times leaving five runners on base. [JAM 8/8/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-43) - Manager Joe Torre took Manny Ramirez out of the close game in the ninth inning.  So, when the Braves tied the game, the Dodgers were left without punch in the third slot.  Pinch hitters Loretta and Abreu failed to deliver from the third slot in extra innings.  Casey Blake had given the team a three-run lead in the fifth inning with his 13th home run.  Billingley pitched well but left the game with an injury in the seventh inning.  Jon Broxton blew the save in the ninth inning.  Ramon Troncoso (4-1) took the loss in the 12th inning. [JAM 8/7/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (67-42) - Andre Ethier hit another walk-off home run with Pierre and Furcal on base.  The homer was Dre's 23rd for the team lead.  Manny Ramirez had two hits and an RBI and was waiting on deck with no outs in the ninth.  Randy Wolf was outpitched by Derek Lowe again.  Scott Elbert (2-0) got the win for retiring one batter in the top of the ninth. [JAM 8/6/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-42) - With Manny Ramirez on the bench for some reason, the Dodger offense was very flat scoring only one run on Rafael Furcal's leadoff homer.  Jason Schmidt (2-2) could not finish the fourth inning. [JAM 8/5/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-41) - The Dodger offense is back in full gear with 17 runs on 18 hits.  Matt Kemp led the way with a home run, double, two singles and five RBIs.  Manny Ramirez hit a home run and double for three RBIs.  Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) pitched six innings for the win. [JAM 8/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-41) - Manny Ramirez flied to right field with the bases loaded and two out to end the Dodgers comeback from a 6-1 deficit.  Kid Kershaw     (8-6) was very wild, walking four consecutive batters in the fourth inning.  Loney and Hudson had two RBIs each. [JAM 8/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-40) - The Dodgers were 3-2 while I was out of town.  The team should have also won the third game of the St. Louis series as Jon Broxton broke the hitter's bat on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth but the blooper dropped in to tie the score.  The Cardinals won the game in the 15th inning.  Matt Kemp was the batting hero of the final game of each series with eight RBIs.  Andre Ethier hit two home runs in Atlanta to give him 22 for the season.  Dre's four RBIs in the opener decided the first game in Atlanta.  Pitchers McDonald (3-2), Schmidt (2-1) and Billingsley (11-6) were winners.  Jason Schmidt pitched his best game in three years allowing one hit and no runs in six innings.  Schmidt also hit a pinch single and scored a run in the final game of the road trip.  Jeff Weaver (5-4) and Randy Wolf (5-6) were the tough-luck losers in St. Louis and Atlanta. [JAM 8/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-38) - Chad Billingsley (10-6) was great for five innings but totally lost it in the sixth inning.  Manager Joe Torre left Billingsley to hang out to dry on the mound for six earned runs.   Although the Dodgers have a better record, they have seemed to be inferior to St. Louis in this series. [JAM 7/28/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-37) - Dodger batters hit into four double-plays to kill rallies and spoil a good pitching performance by Randy Wolf (5-5). [JAM 7/27/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-36) - Jason Schmidt (1-1) and Jeff Weaver were bombed for eight runs.  Russell Martin hit a home run in the sixth inning.  James Loney had three hits and three RBIs to make it close at the end. [JAM 7/26/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-35) - Casey Blake drove in the winning run with a two-out, base-loaded, bloop single in the ninth inning.  Big Jon Broxton (7-0) got the win for a perfect ninth inning.  Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson had three hits each.  Rafael Furcal scored the winning run after a bunt single. [JAM 7/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-35) - Kid Kershaw pitched well but relievers McDonald (2-2), Leach and Troncoso were ineffective.  Andre Ethier led the offense with three hits and two RBIs. [JAM 7/24/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-34) - Manny Ramirez hit a pinch-hit, grand-slam home run (21st in his career) in the sixth inning on the only pitch he saw.  Chad Billingsley (10-5) allowed two runs in sixth inning.  Andre Ethier hit his 20th home run in the first inning. [JAM 7/22/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (60-34) - Randy Wolf (5-4) allowed two hits through seven innings as the offense pounded out 12 runs.  Ramirez drove in the first two runs with a triple.  Kemp and Furcal hit home runs.  Furcal and Loney had three hits each. [JAM 7/21/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-34) - Jason Schmidt (1-0) pitched in the major leagues for the first time in over two years.  The first four batters got hits for three runs but then Schmidt completed five innings for the win.  The Dodger offense responded with four runs in the bottom of the first and then Ramirez and Ethier hit home runs.  Jon Broxton saved his 23rd game.  Russell Martin had three hits. [JAM 7/20/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (58-34) - Matt Kemp hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning and scored all four runs.  Jon Broxton saved the game for Ramon Troncoso (4-0).  Brad Ausmus drove in the first two runs with two doubles.  Kemp and Andre Ethier had three hits each. [JAM 7/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (57-34) - That was better.  Clayton (Kid) Kershaw (8-5) is the new ace of the Dodger staff.  He pitched seven shutout innings for the win.  Big Jon Broxton struck out the side with the bases loaded for his 21st save.  Orlando Hudson had three hits.  Matt Kemp drove in two runs. [JAM 7/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-34) - Chad Billingsley (9-5) put the team in a deep hole with his worst performance of the year. [JAM 7/17/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-33) - The Dodger offense was flat after the break.  Andre Ethier ended two rallys with weak grounders keeping Manny Ramirez from batting with runners on base.  Randy Wolf (4-4) pitched well for six innings.  Orlando Hudson had three hits. [JAM 7/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (56-32) - The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at the all-star break.  Orlando Hudson hit two home runs, one from each side of the plate.  Brad Ausmus hit his first home run of the season.  Manny Ramirez had two doubles and a single to raise his batting average to .355.  Clayton (Kid) Kershaw (7-5) allowed just one hit through six innings.  Ramon Troncoso recorded his fifth save of the year. [JAM 7/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-32) - Dodger fielders allowed two unearned runs in the first inning and Jeff Weaver (5-3) allowed two more in the fourth.  Home runs by Furcal and Ethier made the game close in the fifth inning but the Dodgers could not score on Brewer relievers.  [JAM 7/11/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-31) - The Dodgers hit five home runs capped by Matt Kemp's grand slam in the tenth inning.  Kemp also made a great behind-the-back catch to end the game in the bottom of the tenth when the Brewers were threatening.  Billingsley could not hold the lead in the sixth inning.  Ramon Troncoso (3-0) won the game in relief.  Jon Broxton had another rocky outing, allowing two runs and three hits before Kemp ended the game.  Ramirez, Ethier, Loney and Martin had home runs in the 13-hit attack. [JAM 7/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-31) - Randy Wolf (4-3) finally won his fourth game as the Dodger offense scored eight runs in the first four innings and then cruised to an easy victory over the hapless Mets.  Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp had three hits each. [JAM 7/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-31) - Hiroki Kuroda (3-5) was rocked for five runs and eight hits in four plus innings.  Manny Ramirez hit his eighth home run in the ninth inning to make it close.  Matt Kemp had three more hits. [JAM 7/8/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-30) - Manny Ramirez drove in three runs but dysfunctional umpire John Hirschbeck called him out twice on pitches that were way outside.  That umpire is not impartial.  In spite of Hirschbeck, the Dodger nine easily defeated the Mets nine-plus-one.  Kid Kershaw (6-5) struck out seven batters in six innings as the best team in baseball shut out New York. [JAM 7/7/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (52-30) - All-Star Chad Billingsley allowed two hits through eight innings but all-star Jon Broxton blew a four-run lead in the ninth.  James Loney's thirteenth inning homer and Jeff Weaver's (5-2) three shutout innings saved the day.  Ethier and Blake also hit home runs.  Orlando Hudson was also named as an all-star while sitting on the bench for the second game.  Manager Joe Torre made some strange decisions today but the Dodger players found a way to win the game anyway. [JAM 7/5/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-30) - Randy Wolf allowed one run and struck out eight through six innings but reliever Ronald Belisario (1-3) allowed three runs in the seventh and then Juan Castro's error allowed three more runs in the eighth.  Manny Ramirez blasted a first inning home run and was robbed of two more hits before Joe Torre took him out of the game early again. [JAM 7/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (51-29) - Manny Ramirez was 0-3 with a walk in his return but he broke up a double play in the first inning that led to five runs and the win.  Rafael Furcal had four hits.  Russell Martin and Matt Kemp had two RBIs each.  Hiroki Kuroda (3-4) pitch 5+ innings.  Broxton got the save (20). [JAM 7/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (50-29) - The Dodgers were 2-3 while I was out of town and they were lucky to win two games since they scored only eight runs in the five games.  The offense is in a terrible slump but the pitching has been terrific.  Relievers Belisario, Troncoso and Broxton have saved the team in recent weeks and all three should be all-stars. Manny Ramirez will return tomorrow to get the offense back on track. [JAM 7/2/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-26) - Andre Ethier blasted three home runs for six RBIs and led the Dodgers to end a two-game losing streak.  Kid Kershaw (5-5) allowed only five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings.  Matt Kemp also had three hits and ran a double into a triple. [JAM 6/26/2009]

Albuquerque Isotopes (37-36) - Scott Elbert (1-0) pitched a six-inning, one-hit shutout in a rain-shortened game.  Manny Ramirez did not play because the field was wet. [JAM 6/26/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-26) - Jeff Weaver (4-2) allowed a run in the 13th inning.  Chad Billingsley was ineffective for the first six innings.  The Dodger offense collapsed without a hit for the last six innings of the game.  Orlando Hudson had three hits and two RBIs in the loss. [JAM 6/25/2009]

Albuquerque Isotopes (36-36) - Nashville scored five unearned runs in the 15th inning.  Dwayne Polok (2-4) took the loss.  Manny Ramirez played five innings with a walk and groundout.  The Isotopes could have used Manny in some of the other ten innings. [JAM 6/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-25) - The Chicago White Sox bombed starter Randy Wolf (3-3) and relievers Silly Beard Wade and James McDonald for six home runs in five innings.  Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to cut the lead to three runs. [JAM 6/24/2009]

Albuquerque Isotopes (36-35) - Manny Ramirez was 0-2 in his first rehab game since his suspension.  Blake Dewitt drove in the only run.  Giancarlo Alvarado (5-5) pitched seven scoreless innings. [JAM 6/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-24) - Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) pitched eight solid innings and struck out nine batters.  Jon Broxton struck out the last batter in the ninth inning for his 18th save.  James Loney hit his third home run in four games to provide the offense.  Casey Blake added a two-run single in the eighth. [JAM 6/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (46-24) - Kid Kershaw (4-5) pitched seven shutout innings and Jon Broxton saved his 17th game.  Juan Pierre had three hits and James Loney hit a two-run homer.  The Dodgers won the three-game series with the Angels in Anaheim. [JAM 6/21/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (45-24) - Jeff Weaver (4-1) out-dueled his brother Jared for the victory.  Russell Martin had three hits including his first home run of the season.  Dodger pitchers Weaver, Belisario, Troncoso and Broxton struck out eleven Angels. [JAM 6/20/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-24) - Chad Billingsley was staked to a 4-1 lead through five inning but allowed three runs in the sixth and departed the game ties.  Guillermo Mota (3-2) allowed the game-winning homer in the eighth.  Loney and Furcal hit home runs to give the Dodgers the early lead.  Orlando Hudson had three hits. [JAM 6/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-23) - Mark Loretta broke the tie in the seventh inning with his league-leading ninth pinch hit of the season.  Randy Wolf allowed only one run in six innings but Brent Leach (2-0) was the winning pitcher after throwing just two pitches to end the seventh inning.  Ramon Troncoso closed the game with his fourth save.  Orlando Hudson hit his fifth home run. [JAM 6/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-23) - The Dodgers missed several early scoring opportunities and Kuroda (1-3) was not impressive.  Andre Ethier had two hits and two RBIs but left the bases loaded in the first inning when the Oakland starter was wild.  [JAM 6/17/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-22) - Matt Kemp drove in the winning run in the tenth inning with his third hit.  Kid Kershaw pitched 5-2/3 innings of shutout baseball with eight strikeouts but Ramon Troncoso blew the lead in the eighth inning.  Dodger hitters rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie it.  Guillermo Mota (3-1) received the win after Wade and Broxton kept Oakland from scoring.  Casey Blake had two clutch RBI hits in the game.  [JAM 6/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-22) - Casey Blake hit his tenth home run in the third inning with two runners on base.  Chad Billingsley (9-3) pitched seven solid innings.  Troncoso and Broxton (16 saves) finished the game. [JAM 6/14/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (41-22) - Matt Kemp hit his eighth home run in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to a victory in a game delayed by over 100 minutes by a lighting failure.  Randy Wolf pitched five shutout innings but could not return after the delay.  Cory Wade (2-3) received the win and Jon Broxton saved his 15th game. [JAM 6/13/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-22) - The Dodger offense was non-existent in Texas.  James Loney left five runners on base in his first two at bats.  Hiroki Kuroda (1-2) allowed five runs on eight hits in 5+ innings. [JAM 6/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (40-21) - The Dodgers were 9-6 while we were on our RV vacation.  Also, they have had a 19-13 record since Manny Ramirez was suspended.  There are 18 games remaining before manager Joe Torre must make a difficult decision regarding four excellent outfielders (Ramirez, Ethier, Kemp and Pierre) and only three spots in the lineup. [JAM 6/11/2009]

San Francisco Giants (26-25) - Randy Johnson won his 300th game today at the age of 45.  Johnson, who is a class act in any uniform, allowed only two hits in six innings for the win.  He may be the last major league pitcher to ever reach this milestone.  Johnson is noted for his love and respect for the game.  He is also a huge fan with a large collection of historical baseball items. [JAM 6/4/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-15) - Playing without Furcal and Ethier, Dodger hitters blasted 19 hits for 16 runs.  All strating position players had hits and scored runs.  Seven players had at least two hits.  Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Juan Castro had three hits.  Orlando Hudson stretched his hitting streak to 15.  Jeff Weaver (3-1) vulched the win from Eric Stults who could not complete the fifth.  Will Ohman stopped the Rockie rally in the sixth inning.  [JAM 5/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-15) - Rookie Jamie Hoffmann hit his first major league home run but Chad Billingsley (6-2) could not hold the lead.  Relief pitchers Wade, Leach and Troncoso allowed five more runs to negate eighth and ninth inning rallies by Dodger hitters.  Hot-hitting Casey Blake had three more hits batting clean-up.  Orlando Hudson increased his hitting streak to 14. [JAM 5/24/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-14) - Juan Pierre took ball four with the bases loaded in the tenth inning.  Big Jon Broxton (5-0) got the win with two shutout innings.  Casey Blake's third hit set up the winning run. [JAM 5/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-14) - Cory (no more silly beard) Wade (0-3) was ineffective in the eighth inning allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.  Angel's center fielder, Torii Hunter made two great catches against the wall robbing the Dodgers of at least three runs.  Russell Martin scored the only Dodger run after a double but also left seven runners on base in his other at bats. [JAM 5/22/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-13) - Russell Martin drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete the three-game sweep of the Mets.  Rookie Brent Leach (1-0) won his first major league game and Jon Broxton saved his eleventh.  Orlando Hudson scored the winning run and extended his hitting streak to eleven.  Hudson and Juan (Bass Fiddle) Pierre had two hits.  Pierre is now hitting .405 as the replacement for Manny Ramirez.  [JAM 5/20/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-13) - Casey Blake hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning with two runners on base for the lead.  Chad Billingsley (6-1) won the game with relief from Leach, Belisario, Wade and Broxton (ten saves).  Blake and Billingsley had two hits in the game. [JAM 5/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (27-13) - The New York Mets made five fielding errors and one very big base-running error.  First-baseman Jeremy Reed threw wildly to home with the bases loaded in the eleventh inning.  Met reserve Ryan Church missed third base in the top of the eleventh to erase the go-ahead run.  Ramon Troncoso (1-0) pitched the last two innings for the win.  Randy Wolf was excellent for seven innings but Cory (Silly Beard) Wade could not save it for him.  The Dodgers had only five hits in the game: Furcal 2, Hudson 2 and Loney 1 - all singles. [JAM 5/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-13) Clayton (Kid) Kershaw allowed no hits for seven innings.  Kershaw left the game in the eighth after Cody Ross doubled.  Juan Pierre continued his hot hitting with three hits and three RBIs.  Mark Loretta also had three hits and three RBIs in the laugher. [JAM 5/17/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-13) - Jeff Weaver (2-1) was ineffective in relief of Eric Milton.  It was the first Dodgers start for Milton who allowed two runs in four innings.  Juan Pierre had three hits including a triple and scored all three Dodgers runs. [JAM 5/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-12) - The Dodgers overcame a 3-0 deficit to spoil the first game in the newly-named Landshark Stadium of the Florida.  Juan Pierre broke the 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning.  Jeff Weaver (2-0) received the pitching victory and Jon Broxton saved his ninth game of the season.  Casey Blake and Xavier Paul had back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.  Blake, Pierre, Hudson and Loney each had two hits. [JAM 5/15/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (24-12) - Russell Martin and Matt Kemp doubled home two runs in the tenth inning.  Jon Broxton (4-0) blew the save for Chad Billingsley in the ninth inning but got the vulch that was saved by Ramon Troncoso in the bottom of the tenth.  James Loney hit his second home run in less than 24 hours.  Martin and Kemp each had three hits as the Dodgers won the series from the World Champion Phillies. [JAM 5/14/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (23-12) - James Loney had four RBIs on three hits including his first home run of the season to lead the 14-hit attack.  Randy Wolf (2-1) pitched six solid innings for the win.  Pierre, Furcal, Hudson, Kemp and Blake also had two hits.  Casey Blake hit his seventh home in the ninth inning. [JAM 5/13/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-12) - The Dodgers were flat on the first game of the road trip.  Kid Kershaw (1-3) allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings.  Orlando Hudson had three hits to raise his average to .343. [JAM 5/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11) - Guillermo Mota (2-1) allowed a run in the 12th inning and two in the 13th as the Giants won the three-game series.  Casey Blake hit his sixth home run.  Blake and Juan Pierre each had three hits in the loss. [JAM 5/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-10) - Eric Stults (4-1) pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the team to an easy win over the Giants.  Bench players Juan Pierre and Juan Castro had six hits and five RBIs to lead the offensive.  Matt Kemp saved the shutout with several excellent catches in center field. [JAM 5/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (21-10) - The Dodgers were 4-2 while I was on vacation.  They set a major league record with 13 consecutive home wins to start the season, then lost Manny Ramirez [see Opinions - Sports] and then lost two games.  Russell Martin had eight hits and Matt Kemp had six RBIs (including a grand slam HR) in the six games.  Billingsley (5-1), Stults (3-1), Kershaw (1-2) and Weaver (1-0) got the wins.  Billingsley and Wade (0-2) were the losing pitchers.  Relievers Broxton (8 saves) and Belisario did not allow any earned runs.  Six relievers allowed 10 earned runs on Friday, failing to hold a five-run lead for Randy Wolf. [JAM 5/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-8) - Andre Ethier slammed the ball over the right fielder's head with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the tenth inning.  Four Dodger pitchers held the Padres to three hits.  Guillermo Mota (2-0) escaped a tenth inning jam for the win.  Russell Martin had three hits.  The Dodgers are 9-0 at home. [JAM 5/2/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-8) - Kid Kershaw and Jake Peavy dueled to a 0-0 tie.  The Dodgers scored the only run on a two-out, bases-loaded, 3-2 count walk to Russell Martin from former Dodger, Duaner Sanchez.  Jon Broxton (3-0) got the win for pitching a perfect ninth inning. [JAM 5/1/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-8) - In his first appearance of the year, Jeff Weaver pitched four shutout innings in relief of James McDonald who walked four batters in the second inning.  Relievers Will Ohman and Ronald Belisario (1-2) lost the lead but the hitters rallied in the seventh and eighth innings.  Hudson and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the third inning.  Six Dodgers had two hits.  Jon Broxton recorded his seventh save by striking out the side.  The vulch was the first major league win for Belisario. [JAM 4/30/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-8) - Giant pitcher Tim Lincicum was very good and Dodger pitcher Eric Stults (2-1) was not.  Dodgers staged a rally in the eighth that fell short.  Hudson and Pierre each had two hits in the loss. [JAM 4/29/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-7) - Chad Billingsley pitched seven excellent innings but Jon Broxton (2-0) walked two in the eighth for the vulch.  Manny Ramirez kept the team in the game with three doubles and two walks.  Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp delivered ninth inning RBIs to ice the game. [JAM 4/28/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-7) - On a cold and windy day in San Francisco, Matt Kemp made three poor fielding plays in the first inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.  The Dodgers finally rallied for four runs in the seventh on Casey Blake's two-run homer and RBI singles by Hudson and Ramirez.  However, reliever Ronald Belisario (0-2) could not hold the lead. [JAM 4/27/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-6) - Manager Joe Torre rested three starters and took the punch out of the lineup.  Kid Kershaw (0-2) was bombed for nine runs in four plus innings.  James Loney has three hits and three RBIs in the loss. [JAM 4/26/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-5) - Reliever Ramon Troncoso pitched four shutout innings to save the first major league win for James McDonald (1-1).  The Dodgers jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning with five consecutive two-out hits.  Hudson now has an 11-game hitting streak.  Russell Martin had two hits and four RBIs after resting on Friday.  [JAM 4/25/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-5) - Reserve catcher Brad Ausmus drove in the winning run in the ninth inning and Jon Broxton posted his sixth save.  Hong-Chih Kuo (1-0) was ineffective but took the vulch from Ronald Belisario who pitched two hitless innings in relief of Eric Stults.  Orlando Hudson hit in his tenth straight game.  Mark Loretta had a clutch RBI pinch hit in the eighth.  Furcal, Ramirez, Ethier, Loney and Ausmus had two hits each. [JAM 4/24/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (11-5) - Chad Billingsley (4-0) and Jon Broxton (5 saves) shut out the Astros on four hits.  Ramirez and Blake drove in the runs. [JAM 4/23/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-5) - Dodger hitters exploded for three home runs (Ramirez, Ethier and Blake) in the sixth inning but reliever Ronald Belisario (0-1) could not hold the lead for Randy Wolf.  The winning run scored after a wild pitch during an intentional walk in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Andre Ethier had three hits in the loss to Houston. [JAM 4/22/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-4) - Kid Kershaw (0-1) was ragged, allowing six runs in four innings.  Manny Ramirez blasted his 530th home run to deep center in the seventh inning.  Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 14 with a triple and a single.  However, the ninth inning rally fell short as Loney and Martin left the bases loaded and the Houston Astros ended the Dodger eight-game winning streak. [JAM 4/21/2009] 

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-3) - I like this team.  Matt Kemp saved at least two runs with a great catch in the top of the fifth when the game was close.  Then he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth and a solo HR in the eighth.  The Dodgers pummeled five Rockie pitchers for 14 runs on 19 hits.  The team batting average is now .302.  Rookie James McDonald pitched four scoreless innings but tired in the fifth.  Rookie Scott Elbert (1-0) pitched two innings plus for the vulch.  Seven Dodgers starters had at least two hits in the game.  Orlando Hudson was 3-4 to raise his team-leading average to .385, two points higher than Kemp who was 3-5. [JAM 4/19/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) - Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier each slugged two home runs to lead the team to an easy 9-5 victory.  Chad Billingsley (3-0) pitched six strong innings.  Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak. [JAM 4/18/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-3) - Big Jon Broxton saved the game for Guillermo Mota (1-0) and rescued Hong-Chih Kuo who loaded the bases in the eighth.  Broxton struck out four of five batters.  Dodgers came from behind with a four-run rally in the seventh inning capped by Mark Loretta's game winner.  Furcal, Ramirez and Loretta had two hits each.  Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to eleven. [JAM 4/17/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3) - Dodgers outscored the Giants 23-7 to sweep the three-game series.  Eric Stults (2-0) pitched five innings for the win.  Rafael Furcal opened the game with his first home run of the season.  Matt Kemp has a ten-game hitting streak.  Doug Mientkiewicz ("M12") drove in two runs with a pinch double in the sixth inning but left the game with a separated shoulder. [JAM 4/16/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3) - Clayton Kershaw allowed only one hit and struck out 13 in seven innings but relievers Kuo and Belisario gave up three runs in the eighth inning.  James Loney had three RBIs without a hit with one SF and two bases-loaded walks including the ninth inning game-winner.  Jon Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning after Matt Kemp tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a clutch two-out single.  Hudson had three more hits.  Casey Blake hit his third home run of the season, [JAM 4/15/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) - Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle in the Dodgers 11-1 rout of the San Francisco Giants.  It was the first Los Angeles Dodger cycle since the one by Wes Parker on May 7, 1970 in New York.  Andre Ethier had two home runs and four RBIs in the game.  Chad Billingsley (2-0) allowed one run in seven innings.  The Dodgers chased future hall-of-famer Randy Johnson with six runs in the fourth inning.  A Dodger Stadium attendance (57,099) record was set for the home opener as Vin Scully threw out the first ball. [JAM 4/13/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) - Randy Wolf (1-1) allowed only two hits through seven innings and relievers Kuo and Broxton (3rd save) held the lead.  James Loney and Matt Kemp had clutch RBIs in the 3-1 win.  [JAM 4/12/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-3) - I love this game!  Eric Stults (1-0) pitched 5+ strong inning as the replacement for Disabled Kuroda.  Orlando Hudson homered and doubled driving in three runs and scoring two.  Four other Dodgers had doubles in the first laugher of the year as LA outscored Arizona, 11-2. [JAM 4/11/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3) - Rookie pitcher James McDonald (0-1) was not ready for prime time.  After a third inning home run by Arizona Diamondback outfielder Chris Young, McDonald completely lost his control, walking three and hitting another.  Five runs scored before manager Joe Torre could get another pitcher ready.  Casey Blake hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Manny Ramirez drove in a run with his second hit in the eighth to make it close but the Diamondbacks scored three more in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away.  Brad Ausmus had two hits in his first Dodger start. [JAM 4/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers - Placed Hiroki Kuroda on the disabled list. [JAM 4/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2) - This was a crushing loss for the Dodgers as relievers Ohman and Wade (0-1) were bombed in the eighth inning for three runs, and hitters Ramirez, Ethier and Martin failed to score Hudson from third in the ninth after his lead-off triple.  Clayton Kershaw struggled through five innings but was leading 3-1 after Matt Kemp's two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth.  Ronald Belisario pitched two more shutoff innings to carry the lead to the eighth.  Kemp, Hudson and Ethier each had two hits in the game. [JAM 4/9/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) - Manny Ramirez singled for an rbi in the first inning and doubled two home and scored the third in the seventh inning as the Dodgers defeated San Diego 5-2 and gave Chad Billingsley (1-0) his first win of the year after walking three straight in the fifth and leaving with game tied in the sixth.  Wade and Kuo again held the lead for Broxton to get save number two.  Casey Blake hit his first home run of the year in the second inning.  Furcal, Hudson, Ramirez and Loney each had two hits in the ten-hit win. [JAM 4/8/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) - Randy Wolf (0-1) pitched five good innings but was obviously tired in the sixth.  Manager Joe Torre waited too long to replace him as the winning runs scored in the 2-4 loss.  Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin had doubles in the fourth inning rally.  Matt Kemp had two hits.  Guillermo Mota, Will Ohman and Ronald Belisario pitched well in relief of Wolf. [JAM 4/7/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) - Led by the bats of James Loney (three hits, two rbis), Matt Kemp (hr) and Andre Ethier (two hits, one rbi), the Dodgers defeated nemesis Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres 4-1.  Hiroki Kuroda (1-0) and three relievers held the Padres to five hits.  Big Jon Broxton recorded his first save with two strikeouts and a popup.  Matt Kemp made the key defensive play in the sixth inning when the Padres loaded the bases and chased Kuroda.  Cory Wade and Hong-Chih Kuo held the lead for Broxton. [JAM 4/6/2009]

Atlanta Braves - Former Dodger pitcher Derek Lowe opened the 2009 baseball season by pitching eight shutout innings for the wrong team.  Lowe led the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the World-Champion Philadelphia Phillies.  Former Dodger Jayson Werth drove in the only run for the Phillies in the ninth inning. [JAM 4/5/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers - The Dodgers defeated the Angels of Anaheim 6-2 behind the pitching of Randy Wolf and six relievers.  Andre Ethier and Casey Blake hit home runs in the only spring game between cross-town rivals.  Both teams are favored to win division titles four days before season-opening games. [JAM 4/2/2009]

Milwaukee Brewers - Eric Gagne was released by the Brewers on March 8.  The former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher has been plagued with injuries since 2005.  Gagne was the best pitcher in baseball for three years (2002-2004) when he saved 152 games for the Dodgers including the major league record of 84 consecutive saves.  During the period, Gagne allowed only 49 earned runs in 224 games (1.80 ERA) and struck out 365 of 926 batters faced in 247 innings allowing a batting average of 0.169. [JAM 3/10/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers - Manny Ramirez agrees to a two-year contract.  Dodger season is saved.  Juan (Banjo) Pierre looks for a comfortable spot on the bench. In 2008, Ramirez hit .396 with 53 RBIs in 53 games. [JAM 3/3/2009]

Los Angeles Dodgers - Orlando Hudson was signed today to replace the gap at second base from the retirement of Jeff Kent.  Hudson is good for about 80 runs and 70 RBIs in a full season.  He averaged .294 in the last three seasons for Arizona.  This move places Mark Loretta on the bench and probably sends Blake Dewitt to Las Vegas.  One gap still remains with Juan (Banjo) Pierre hoping to roam left field in 2009.  The Dodgers really need the big bat of Manny Ramirez to offset the patchwork pitching staff.  The Dodgers desperately need Ramirez who drove in 53 runs in 53 games to save the 2008 season.  In 50+ years, I have not seen such a hitting performance by a player in a Dodger uniform.  Give Manny what he wants!  He will be the best player in the National League and he deserves to be paid for it.  [JAM 2/20/2009]