Postgame: Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full recap and boxscore click here.


* Andre Ethier was the hero in this one, as he drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the eventual winning run in the seventh and then made a spectacular play on a Brandon Allen drive to right-center. Ethier caught the ball at the top of the wall while on a dead run.

* Matt Kemp homered once again — making it four straight games with a four-bagger for the 24-year-old centerfielder. After a 2-for-3 day, he’s now OPSing an even .900 on the season.

* Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla was effective for his second consecutive start with the team, going 5.1 four-hit innings. He was charged with only one run but got the no-decision.


* Scott Elbert, just called up earlier in the day from Triple-A as rosters expanded, was nearly the goat in this one. Elbert, who was 2-0 with a 4.80 ERA in three previous stints with the Dodgers, gave up two runs in the sixth after picking up for Padilla.

* Also called up were catcher A.J. Ellis and outfielder Jason Repko. It’s Repko’s first time with the big club since last September.

* Jim Thome, acquired from the White Sox on Monday, will debut with the Dodgers tomorrow. Jon Garland, acquired from Arizona, will start against the Diamondbacks Thursday, taking the spot of Charlie Haeger in the rotation.

* In game three of the four-game set, the Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley (12-8, 3.83) faces Arizona’s Max Scherzer (8-8, 4.26)

Postgame: Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1

The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 4-1 at Dodger Stadium tonight. For a full box and recap click here


* The Dodgers had no answer for Arizona starter Max Scherze, whor tossed a career-high 7.2 innings for the second time, matching his effort from June 11 vs. San Francisco. The only Dodger to have success was Andre Ethier, who went 3-for-4 and is now batting .367 (29-for-79) with 15 RBI in his last 20 games with an at bat. Manny Ramirez had an RBI single.

* Chad Billingsley was perfect through four innings, but gave up four runs in the fifth inning to take the loss.

* Matt Kemp’s career-long home run streak ended at four games.

* Doug Mientkiewicz stroked a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning in his first game since April 16, when his dislocated his shoulder sliding into second base.


* Dodgers failed to hit a long ball after a season-long eight consecutive games with a home

* The Dodgers and the Cardinals share the National League’s best record with identical 79-55 marks….The two clubs had matching 17-8 records on May 2, and Los Angeles had been in sole possession of the Senior Circuit’s top mark for 92 consecutive days.

* Charlie Haeger made his first relief appearance in a Dodger uniform, tossing a scoreless ninth…Each of his last three relief appearances have come at Dodger Stadium, the previous two (Sept. 23-24, 2008) coming as a member of the San Diego Padres.


* In the finale of the four-game series Thursday, the Dodgers send newcomer RHP Jon Garland (8-11, 4.29) against his former teammates at RHP Billy Buckner (2-5, 8.63).