Keeping you up with Dodger news on this Monday off day.
Scott Hairston, who made a crucial out in the tenth inning on Sunday, was traded to the Athletics shortly after the game.
Via Eric Stephen at TrueBlueLA, the intentional pass Jeff Weaver issued to Adrian Gonzalez with the bases empty was only the third four-pitch IBB in a bases-empty situation. The previous walkees? Albert Pujols and Chipper Jones.
This weekend’s Dodger-related pieces: our Jill Painter thinks Manny is still hiding something. The LAT’s Bill Plaschke says the rest of the season started Sunday. And Bill Shaikin and Ben Bolch catch up with former Dodgers fading into different stages of oblivion: Eric Gagne and Joe Beimel.
The Dodgers edged the Padres, 7-6, in 13 innings today. For a full recap and boxscore click here.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS
- And that was a wild one. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers were up 6-1 as Chad Bilingsley went for the complete game. Suffice to say, Billingsley — although he threw only 97 pitches and allowed only four of the 28 batters he faced to reach base — couldn’t get the job done, and neither could Jonathan Broxton. The Padres scored five in the ninth to tie the score.
- James Loney came up huge. He went deep to lead off the 13th against Padres reliever Edward Mujica, providing the only run the Dodgers would need in extra frames.
- Ronald Belisario and Guillermo Mota struggled a bit in the tenth, but the Padres put a couple of horrid at-bats and the Blue escaped a risky situation.
- The Dodgers had 18 hits. The Padres had six.
- Both Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez were out of the starting lineup, but each made appearances as a pinch-hitter. Neither reached base.
- Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked twice. Once in the 10th to set up a forceout, and once in the 13th with no one on base.
- The Dodgers have the day off tomorrow. They’ll have the day to spend in New York to prepare for what will surely be a circus, as they face the Mets Tuesday-Thursday. Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.49) and Mike Pelfrey (6-3, 4.26) are slated to start.
Here’s what Manny Ramirez had to say from his afternoon press conference at Petco Park on Friday. He said plenty of words in his 12 1/2-minute press conference, but he really didn’t say anything significant. Here’s the transcript:
Manny Ramirez, batting leadoff for the Inland Empire 66ers, hit a home run on his first swing against Lake Elsinore pitcher Nick Schmidt.
Manny is scheduled to play tonight’s game in Lake Elsinore then play a three-game set in Inland Empire with the 66ers against the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Our Jill Painter’s recap of last night’s 5-3 victory over the Angels is here. In the notebook, Eric Milton will make his return to the starting rotation this Friday or Saturday. Manny returns to Triple-A Albuquerque tomorrow as the Isotopes take on the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers’ affiliate.