NEW YORK — Adrian Gonzalez was initially held out of the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday against the New York Mets because of a stiff neck. In the hour leading up to the game, however, Gonzalez was added back in. Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game:
Gonzalez later got through a round of batting practice; he’s batting fourth and playing first base.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez runs the bases after hitting the game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. (Scott Varley/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers finished the first half Sunday with a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Prior to the game, Clayton Kershaw talked about his (belated) appointment to the National League All-Star team.
Howie Kendrick slides in safely for one of two runs he scored in the Dodgers’ 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The “bullpen game” Monday wasn’t pretty, unless you’re a numerologist. Yimi Garcia threw the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game was still in the seventh inning (tied 7-7, naturally) when the clock struck midnight on 7/7 on the East Coast. The Dodgers burned through seven pitchers (the Phillies used three).
The teams combined to throw 368 pitches, which required a total of 4 hours and 13 minutes. J.P. Howell threw six of those pitches and was the winning pitcher. Only three nine-inning games in Dodgers history since 1914 (and probably forever) have lasted longer.
You can read the game story here; the box score is here and the photo gallery is here.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot for the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning to break that 7-7 tie, then scored the 10th run on his own. He spoke about this after the game (here and here).
Before the game, Chad Billingsley discussed his return to Dodger Stadium. Four Dodgers were named to the National League All-Star team, including Gonzalez and Grandal.