Game 27: Appearances aside, finding a fifth starter will not be a season-long task.

Joe Wieland

Joe Wieland’s jersey number matched his ERA after the first inning Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

MILWAUKEE — The Dodgers lost, 6-3, and appear no closer to finding a fifth starter after Joe Wieland suffered through a nightmare first inning. Don Mattingly said that appearances can be deceiving (click on the link).

The box score is here.

I caught up with Brandon Beachy before the game. He caught me up on his rehab progress.

Dodgers’ Alex Guerrero, Adrian Gonzalez collect monthly honors.

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero is the National League rookie of the month for April. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)


MILWAUKEE — Two Dodgers players earned trophies from MLB Monday. Adrian Gonzalez was hardly a surprise pick as the National League’s Player of the Month after leading all qualified batters with a .790 slugging percentage and hitting five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games. No player had achieved the latter feat in baseball history.

The Dodgers have the National League’s top rookie for April as well, but it isn’t Joc Pederson.

Alex Guerrero was given the honor after leading qualified NL rookies with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) and a 1.077 slugging percentage last month, and ranked first among NL rookies and tied for seventh overall in home runs (5) and RBI (13).

Guerrero said he was not aware the award existed before Monday. Since his batting average peaked at .500 on April 26, Guerrero has one hit in his past 12 at-bats. He was benched on Monday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base and Scott Van Slyke in left field against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.

Pederson and rookie reliever Yimi Garcia were listed among the runners up for the award.

Game 22: The expected rise of Joc Pederson, the unexpected rise of Carlos Frias.

Joc Pederson

Andre Ethier (left) and Joc Pederson (right) hit home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

If I told you a couple years ago that Joc Pederson, Rubby De La Rosa and Carlos Frias would be in the starting lineup May 1, 2015 at Dodger Stadium, you probably wouldn’t have been surprised. You might have guessed that Pederson would be batting leadoff, belting tape-measure grand slams, establishing himself as one of the most consistent presences in the Dodger lineup (even if his place in the batting order wasn’t always the same).

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