Andre Ethier makes a diving catch in right-center field on this line drive by the Giants’ Matt Duffy in the second inning Wednesday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
As a writer, I hate bogging down a story with statistics. My apologies in advance for tonight’s game story, but the reality is that a team that did not expect to slug its way into the postseason is leading the National League in home runs. Right now in Dodger-land, the numbers tell the story.
Two of the five highest-paid players in the game this year are on the Dodgers’ payroll, but neither of them have contributed to the home run total. (Though it should be noted that Zack Greinke, one of baseball’s blessed five, is 4-0.) Greinke said he failed to make adjustments over the course of his six-inning win, but again I point to the numbers: Five home runs (four by the Dodgers), six doubles (three by Dodgers) and five singles between the two teams. Neither starting pitcher adjusted well in what’s supposed to be a pitcher’s park.
Some numbers, like this, didn’t even make my story:
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Joc Pederson is your new Dodgers leadoff hitter, at least for now.
The Dodgers were reportedly interested in jumping in on the Josh Hamilton trade, if only to acquire prospects.
SAN DIEGO — Sunday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain. That means the Giants will reset their rotation for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.
Writes Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News:
The immediate impact: Tim Lincecum will slide back a day to start Monday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium. And as a result, there will be a rematch between Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday. The only pitching decision still to be made was whether to skip Ryan Vogelsong or start him on Wednesday and let him try to build off the positive momentum of his last start against the Dodgers at home.
That also means Andre Ethier will be in the starting lineup with a right-handed pitcher starting tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game at Petco Park that he would sit Ethier, a left-handed hitter, against the left-handed Bumgarner.
Brett Anderson is scheduled to start Monday for the Dodgers and Zack Greinke on Wednesday.
Zack Greinke did not allow a run in seven innings Friday, lowering his ERA for the season to 1.35. (Associated Press photo)
Zack Greinke was the panacea for all the Dodgers’ ills Friday — their taxed bullpen, their three-game losing streak. Well, almost all the ills. Can he donate a hamstring to Yasiel Puig?
Puig’s re-aggravated injury put a damper on the Dodgers’ win, their first of the week after three straight losses in San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly sounded relieved that Greinke was able to go seven innings; Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez held down the eighth inning with a big assist from Jimmy Rollins. Yimi Garcia threw 12 pitches (nine were strikes) in pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.
I didn’t write about Alex Guerrero today. That’s because he never left the bench. Juan Uribe had an RBI single and now has a seven-game hitting streak.
I mentioned Sunday’s “TBA” starter at the end of today’s notebook. For what it’s worth, Scott Baker is still listed as the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ starter tomorrow, Carlos Frias Sunday.
Tonight’s box score is here.