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PostPosted: Sat 4/6/19 10:44 am    Post subject: Bums on the Road - April-May, 2019 Reply with quote

The first road trip of the season for the Dodgers coincided with a trip to Colorado for the Rockies' season opener, which L.A. won, 10-5. Even KJ made the trip!
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PostPosted: Sun 4/7/19 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers go for the sweep tonight in Colorado, having won the second game of the series, 7-2, behind Walker Buehler.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/8/19 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First sweep of the season, and the Dodgers have been relentless at scoring runs (yes, it's Coors Field, but many of them were "small ball" runs).

Now it's on to St. Louis!
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PostPosted: Mon 4/8/19 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went out for brunch yesterday and watched our game during that, then watched your game later on, at a BBQ at some friends' home. I heard the ESPN crew mentioning how mad the Dodgers were after the Red Sox dominated them in the World series. It could be they will taking out their frustrations all year long on other teams, though I hope not! Surprised
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PostPosted: Tue 4/9/19 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Dodger fans are taking out their frustrations on Joe Kelly, the hometown boy who was an offseason acquisition but has had a part in all three of the Dodgers' losses in this young season--including last night's opening game in St. Louis.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/9/19 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, clearly this version of the Cardinals is not the same one we saw when the Dodgers scorched through a four-game series in St. Louis last August.

Dodgers suffer their first shutout of the year, and their first two-game losing streak of 2019.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/11/19 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now it's three--with Baseball at Breakfast coming up today!
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PostPosted: Thu 4/11/19 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure hope Kelly figures out what it is that's keeping him from being effective. I understand the bullpen will be deeper when the starters return to the rotation and that can't happen too soon! I also didn't like the problems with RISP coming back to haunt the Dodgers. During the first week of the season they didn't have much trouble with that. Is that supposed to hound them forever?
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PostPosted: Fri 4/12/19 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it too early to call for a Slumpbuster? Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri 4/19/19 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers won the first of a four-game series played in Milwaukee, last night, behind an excellent outing by starting pitcher Julio Urias in what will probably be his last start for some time. With the rotation due to get Ryu and Rich Hill back this week, the "bullpen starts" will be rarer (barring, forbid the thought, another injury to a starter).
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PostPosted: Sat 4/20/19 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another win last night in Milwaukee, then the six-game streak came to an end with an offensive shutdown today. Dodgers can still take three of four with a win tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/22/19 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers ended up taking three of four from Milwaukee, and that gives them the season series with the Brewers. Odd to think of the season series with an NL central team over by April 21!
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PostPosted: Wed 4/24/19 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting a series in Chicago, the Dodgers got off on the wrong foot immediately when Maeda took the ball and allowed four runs in the first. The Cubs won, 7-2.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/24/19 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the Padres applying the pressure these last couple of games in S.D. the Dodgers must step up. Maeda was very disappointing last night. Walker gets the start today though and it's his first career start at Wrigley Field. Dodgers have got to take this series.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/25/19 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cubs win last night and will try to sweep the Dodgers today. Sad

Hold them off!
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PostPosted: Thu 4/25/19 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Dodgers escaped Chicago--just barely!--with a win and wrapped up the road trip at 4-3.

Ross Stripling pitched 4- 2/3 superb shutout innings for L.A. in what will probably be his last start with the rotation returning to full strength. But, both teams struggled to score although the Dodgers did eke one across the plate off Cubs starter Jon Lester in the fifth. While following along on Gameday from work, I'd take a deep breath checking the updates as every Cubs threat was squelched. But then came the ninth inning, and the Dodgers added an insurance run on a sac fly. This would prove to be extremely valuable because, with two out in the ninth, KJ surrendered (yes, another) home run, this one to Albert Almora Jr. So after getting David Bote to strike out to end the game, the final score stood at 2-1. *Whew.*

Back at the Ravine on Friday night.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/29/19 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like Mondays!

Sad Coming from ahead to lose, and to the Jints, no less--not a good way to start out a road trip.

Maeda got the start for L.A. in Oracle Park, and worried me from the beginning that the game would unravel quickly, as was the case in Chicago last week. However, he settled down and pitched five scoreless innings. Another bullpen blow, with a bases-clearing double by Evan (yes, Evan!) erased a 2-0 Dodgers lead and left them trailing, 3-2, which is the way the game ended.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/30/19 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9-3 win over the Battery Chuckers, and Rojo Chingon's first home run of the season!--just three hours before the end of April!
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PostPosted: Fri 5/3/19 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that last game left a bad taste in my mouth. The Battery Chuckers won on a walk-off and took the series.

Now, on to San Diego!
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PostPosted: Sat 5/4/19 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The opening game of the Dodgers-Padres series elicited a serious buzz around Petco Park as both teams are separated by three games in the NL West. And I will give Padres fans credit; they showed up and cheered on their team, but in the end the Dodgers won, 4-3.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/5/19 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a 7-6 rally to win last night, Dodgers go for the sweep today.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/5/19 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you know by now I was at last night's game. Glad to see the Dodgers comeback! About today - I'll let you handle that one, DB. Our Dodgers are going home now after taking 2 of 3 in San Diego.
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PostPosted: Mon 5/6/19 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday's game had a bad ending for Dodger fans, but I don't think headlines describing it as "stunning" are accurate. We've known for awhile KJ isn't the same. The question is, what to do with him?
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PostPosted: Fri 5/17/19 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back on the road, this time to Cincinnati, the Dodgers made the most of Great American Ballpark in the series opener against the Reds tonight. Not only did they hit four home runs--Joc, Corey, Cody and Mad Max--but Rich Hill had an exceptionally good start for L.A. in which he controlled the tempo throughout his six innings, striking out ten. Cincy eked out only three hits against Dodger pitching, and the staff finished off its fifth shutout of 2019.

Final score Dodgers 6, Reds 0. Anthony DeSclafani started and took the loss for Cincinnati.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/19/19 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In contrast to the series opener, Saturday's middle game of the series was quite the opposite, as L.A. lost, 4-0. Walker started for the Dodgers and didn't bring his best game, although the Dodgers' often-steady defense didn't help matters in this one. Westminster's own Tyler Mahle got the start for Cincinnati and notched his first win of the season (Walker's loss was his first of the season). And today we get Baseball at Breakfast for the rubber game!
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PostPosted: Sun 5/19/19 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's more like it--the Dodgers finished their season series with the Reds by taking five of the six games, over a two-week span. Today, it was Ryu again, who started for L.A. and while he was not as sharp as usual, still pitched a superb game with seven more shutout innings to run his scoreless innings streak to 31. He was backed by a solid offensive performance as the Dodgers won easily, 8-3. Two early runs off Reds starer Tanner Roark put the visitors up, 2-0, until the late innings when they exploded for five more from the seventh through ninth. El Executioner hit 2-for-4, Cody slugged his 17th HR, a two-run shot, and Russell Martin added a solo pop as the team registered its 31st win of 2019.

Now, on to Tampa Bay.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/22/19 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers opened their two-game "mini-set" in Tampa Bay with a 7-3 win tonight. CK got the start to move to 4-0 on the season, registering eight Ks over 6 1/3 innings. The Rays started "opener" Hunter Wood, who took the loss after surrendering a first inning run.

Corey, Joc and Rojo Chingon contributed two hits apiece for L.A.. Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez escaped serious injury when, in the seventh inning, he was struck on the upper leg by a line drive and sustained a contusion, but nothing worse.
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PostPosted: Thu 5/23/19 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, someone has to post about it although I put it off overnight.

The Dodgers lost last night when a tight game in the late innings turned into a runaway courtesy of their own bullpen. Rich Hill brought his best and limited the Ray to one run on five hits through six innings. Mad Max tied the game at 1 with a home run in the top of the fourth off Rays RHP Yonny Chirinos. As was typical, the Rays had another "opener" start the game--Ryne Stanek, who pitched 1- 2/3 innings.

In relief of Hill, Dylan Floro and Caleb Ferguson allowed the Rays to erupt with a seven-run seventh inning. Floro took the loss for L.A.

These games will happen...better to move on now and take the series when they play in Pittsburgh following an off day today.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/24/19 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though Floro gave up a 3 run home run, his ERA is still just barely over 2! If I heard correctly he had only given up 1 run all season to that point!

Dodgers should be fine. I'm glad Pedro Baez didn't get hurt worse. He's doing better than a lot of people expected and one of the more consistent relievers we have. I do worry a bit about Joe Kelly still. The best thing to say about it is the starters have been having good starts and not putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen. That's the way it should be.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/24/19 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right--and speaking of Joe Kelly, he's on the bereavement list (for reasons unknown to the public), so Doc has been down by two relievers with Pedro Baez also being unavailable for another day as a precautionary measure.

So tonight the Dodgers started their series in Pittsburgh against yet another "opener"--Michael Feliz--a move that backfired on the Pirates as the Dodgers scored five runs in the first. David Freese's grand slam was the big blow. As Feliz didn't make it out of the first inning, Steven Brault, the son of Kearny Mesa (!), took over and pitched admirably for another 5 2/3 innings, keeping the game in check.

For insurance, the Dodgers tacked on five more to back Walker's solid start on the mound (one run, six Ks, six innings pitched). Another Belli-bomb for Cody, his 18th, came in the seventh. Final score Dodgers 10, Pirates 2, and Ryu takes the mound for L.A. tomorrow.
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