Postgame: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)

The Dodgers beat the Cardinals 5-3 tonight to end their season-high four-game losing streak. For a full recap and boxscore click here.

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

Oh, was this one big. The Dodgers eeked out a victory to salvage a game out this four-game set with the Cardinals. Neither the pitching nor the offense was great, but the Blue found a way to win.

Matt Kemp came up with the game-winning single in the top of the 10th, knocking in two runs with two outs against Todd Wellemeyer.

The 1-4 hitters in the Dodgers lineup went 1-for-17, including a woeful 0-for-5 day for Manny Ramirez on the day his name came up in a New York Times report that said he tested positive for PEDs in 2003.

Hiroki Kuroda turned in a quality start, going six innings and giving up two runs. Cardinal starter Kyle Lohse did him better, allowing only one run in his six frames.

ETC…ETC:

The Dodgers revamped their bullpen today, trading for George Sherrill and replacing Brent Leach on the active roster with Scott Elbert. The ‘pen did a solid job, allowing only one run in four innings — a solo shot by Rick Ankiel off Guillermo Mota. It broke Mota’s 20+ scoreless innings streak.

Casey Blake went 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Matt Kemp had two other hits besides the game-winner and had an incredible stolen base in which he took off before Kyle Lohse even started his delivery.

Jonathan Broxton got the save but didn’t look all that impressive a day after he blew a crucial save attempt. His fastball didn’t appear to have the same velocity as usual and he walked the leadoff batter, Joe Thurston.

ON DECK:

Jason Schmidt (1-1, 7.88) and Tommy Hanson (5-1, 2.95) at 4:30 P.M. PST in Atlanta tomorrow.

Pregame: 7/5 Dodgers at Padres

Manny, Orlando Hudson out of the lineup for today’s day game. Hudson is one of the Dodgers’ three All-Stars, as named today. Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley also make the list, and Matt Kemp still has a shot to get in with the final vote or as a replacement for the likely-to-bow-out Carlos Beltran. Find out how to vote here.

Rubber game today.

Dodgers
Furcal, SS
Pierre, LF
Loney, 1B
Blake, 3B
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Kemp, CF
Castro, 2B
Billingsley, P

Padres
Gwynn, CF
Eckstein, 2B
Hairston, LF
A. Gonzalez, 1B
Kouzmanoff, 3B
E. Gonzalez, RF
Alfonzo, C
E. Cabrera, SS
Banks, P

Postgame: Padres 7, Dodgers 4

The San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers 7-4 today at Petco Park. For a full recap and boxscore click here.

THE BARE ESSENTIALS

- Manny Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a home run in his second game back. He was again lifted for Juan Pierre in the sixth inning.

- Casey Blake a had a bit of a slump-busting performance, going 2-for-4.

- Three errors and unusually spotty relief were the Dodgers’ undoing today, as both Ronald Belisario and Ramon Troncoso allowed three runs. All of Troncoso’s were unearned, though.

- Randy Wolf got…another no-decision. He went six strong innings, allowing only four hits and one run.

ETC…ETC

- The Dodgers mounted a bit of a rally in the top of the eighth to trail by only one, 4-3, but Troncoso couldn’t do the job in the bottom of the inning. The Blue put together another run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. Padres closer Heath Bell got the five-out save.

- The top three of the Padres’ order — Everth Cabrera, David Eckstein, and Adrian Gonzalez — combined for six of the team’s 10 hits.

- Orlando Hudson got the day off today. Joe Torre said he might not play tomorrow either.

ON DECK

- The Dodgers will try to win the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.12) and Josh Banks (1-0, 3.38) face off.

Morning briefing

The Dodgers have signed first-round pick Aaron Miller, the CBS affiliate in Waco, TX reports, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts. Miller was drafted 36th overall by the Dodgers as a left-handed pitcher; he reportedly gets a nearly $900,000 signing bonus.

Manny Ramirez didn’t play today in Albuquerque due to a rain delay. His next stop will be to join the Inland Empire 66ers in taking on Lake Elsinore on Saturday and Rancho Cucamonga beginning Sunday.

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick names reliever Ronald Belisario one of MLB’s Top 9 rookies, Dodger bloggers Sons of Steve Garvey passes on.

6/23: Dodgers at White Sox

Meanwhile, with all of this Manny stuff going on in Albuquerque, the Dodgers have a game to play in Chicago. Hiroki Kuroda and John Danks tonight. Kuroda hasn’t been sharp since returning from a strained oblique injury: he hasn’t gone more than six innings and has recorded only one quality start out of four possible.

John Danks has been very up and down this season, recording a 2.74 ERA during April but struggling in May, raising it to 4.80 by the end of the month. His last two starts have been solid, however, as he’s gone at least seven innings in both and allowed three runs in all.

Mitch Jones making his second career start at DH. Keep an eye on White Sox No. 9 hitter Gordon Beckham — who, after being selected 8th overall in the 2008 draft, has struggled to a .196 average in 51 at-bats. He was called up on June 5 when former Dodger Wilson Betemit was DFA’d.

Dodgers
Pierre, LF
Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Blake, 3B
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Jones, DH

White Sox
Podsednik, LF
A. Ramirez, SS
Dye, RF
Thome, DH
Konerko, 1B
Pierzynski, C
Anderson, CF
Getz, 2B
Beckham, 3B

Morning briefing

Yes, the whole Manny-in-Albuquerque thing is really turning into a circus, in case you were wondering.

So while the Dodgers are in Chicago to take on the White Sox, members of the front office will be in New Mexico. Assistant GM Kim Ng and team spokesman Josh Rawitch are making the trek out as well, according to Dylan Hernandez’ report at the LA Times and Rawitch’s blog.
Just imagine what it’s going to be like July 3 in San Diego.

So far this season, Blake DeWitt has been a bit of a disappointment in Albuquerque (well, he’s also had 19 at-bats with the Dodgers, but he has only three hits to show for them): .259/.354/.435 and only two home runs in 170 at-bats. In fact, he put up a similar line a year ago, in the majors: .264/.344/.383. With the Isotopes, he has walked more times than he’s been struck out, which is a good sign.

Game time tonight is 5:11 PST. Hiroki Kuroda and John Danks are slated to start.