Adrian Gonzalez was surrounded by bubbles after hitting the first of his two home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers’ bullpen melted down in a big way Saturday, leaving everyone searching for an explanation. The box score is here.
The Dodgers could have used another blowout win. Beyond getting them closer to a division title, it presents a golden opportunity for a relatively old team to rest up.
A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.
Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.
CHICAGO >> Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the first major-league pitcher to 20 wins this season — despite missing all of April with a back injury.
Here’s what he said after the game:
Dee Gordon celebrates with Adrian Gonzalez after scoring on a single hit by Yasiel Puig during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ win against the Chicago Cubs. (Associated Press photo)
Big innings seem to be the Dodgers’ salve lately. Either it happens or it doesn’t. The last two days — at Coors Field, no less — it didn’t. Tonight it did.
for the box score.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had an interesting day. Bottom line: How ’bout that bullpen game against the Giants?
Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup with an elbow injury and struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Don Mattingly offered an interesting take on his club prior to a 10-4 loss to the Rockies. The box score is here.
Also, Daniel Coulombe is the Dodgers’ all-time ERA leader.
Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting his 21st home run of the season Monday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)
DENVER >> The Dodgers won. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig had a little kerfuffle. Carl Crawford hurt his hamstring. Read all about that here.
Two things I want to emphasize that might not be clear on the surface:
1. Crawford wasn’t removed for precautionary reasons tonight. As he explained in my story, he was in genuine pain.
2. It’s really difficult to know what to make of the Puig-Kemp thing. Could be something, could be nothing. Could be something that happens all the time between closed doors, could be something that never happened before today. Again, we don’t really know. The truth is probably somewhere in between; if it was nothing it wouldn’t have gotten caught on camera and Don Mattingly wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game:
That’s not good however you paint it, but it’s not enough to draw broad brushstrokes about the Dodgers’ team chemistry. It’s two emotionally charged teammates who didn’t see eye-to-eye in Game 150. Maybe it lingers, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine in eight innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.
You can read about that here; the box score is here.
Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter Strickland — Andre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.
Dee Gordon stole his 60th base of the season in the Dodgers’ 17-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
I managed to refer to the Herbert Hoover administration in today’s game story
. The box score
, which shows the Dodgers going 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position, is all kinds of ridiculous.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.
Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning with a shoulder injury. (Associated Press photo)
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury history, a long first inning, and a typically chilly San Francisco night might have conspired to create disaster for the Dodgers. I explained how in the game story. The box score is equally ugly.
Before the game, reliever J.P. Howell shed light on theraputic-use exemptions, which are a hot topic in baseball right now.
Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez pop bubbles after Gonzalez hit a 2-run home run in the sixth inning. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)
The game story is here.
The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.