It is complete!

BREAKING NEWS: Chad Billingsley is joining the Dodgers and will make his first start of the season for the Dodgers on Thursday in San Diego. Billingsley joins Andre Ethier, Russel Martin, Willy Aybar, Joel Guzman and Matt Kempt as rookies to all be called up to the club this year.

Let’s go Chad!!

Dodgers brining up Matt Kemp?

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers may be calling up AA outfielder Matt Kemp sometime soon. After calling up Andre Ethier, Russell Martin, Willy Aybar and Jonathan Broxton (and all of them contributing greatly), why not?

"Emboldened by the success of recent call-ups Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and Willy Aybar, the Dodgers are seriously considering promoting power-hitting outfielder Matt Kemp from double-A Jacksonville.

Kemp, 21, is batting .343 with six home runs and 29 runs batted in with 10 stolen bases in 42 games. He has 30 strikeouts and 19 walks."

Here’s the link to the story.

Contributions from everyone

The Dodgers moved to 3 games above .500 for the first time this season today, and I have to say that things are looking up for the boys in Blue. They’re getting contributions from 1-9 in the order, and suprisingly the rookies are doing a lot of the talking with their bats. Nomar is looking like his old self and is contributing with clutch hits nearly every night.
The Dodgers destroyed the Angels last night, with a 25-hit outburst, the most ever in their Los Angeles history. If that wasn’t incredible enough, it was highlighted with Andre Ethier’s first major league 5-hit game. Some players go their entire career without ever having a 5-hit game, but Ethier can say that he’s done it before he even got his feet wet.

Willy Aybar hit a clutch 3-run homerun in today’s game, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 8-4… they are now 23-20 and are in 3rd place, 1.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The NL West definitely looks like it’s going to be a tight division again this year. I’ve always said that the Dodgers have a good chance of winning the division if they just stay healthy. Well, they’ve obviously not stayed healthy up until this point in the season yet it still looks like they can be considered serious contenders. We’ll just have to see how the rest of the season plays out injury wise.

Let’s get the Angels tomorrow and call it a sweep!

Dodger beats the Giants, Bonds still at 713

The Dodgers played a solid game tonight, beat the Giants 6-1.

This team has won 6 of their last 7 and they seem to really be coming together. I could not have imagined that rookies would be producing as much as they are at this early in the season, but it just proves how awesome our young guys are. Just a month ago, the following players were playing in AAA Las Vegas – Aaron Sele, Willy Aybar, Russ Martin, and Andre Ethier. They are now playing for the Dodgers and are contributing significantly. Couple that with Garciaparra’s hot hitting and the Dodgers’ willingness to run and play small ball… and you have a team that looks like a definite contender. I’m excited about the rest.

Oh and Bonds didn’t hit 714 against them today. Thank God. Hopefully we can keep him homerless and let that disgrace hit it against some other team. Part of me deep down just knows he is going to hit it off the Dodgers though… he always seems to.

       

       

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  W: B. Penny (3-1, 2.66); L: M. Morris (2-4, 6.20)
HR: SF: P. Feliz (6).

May 12, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 1
Las Vegas 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 X   3 10 1
box | log | gameday
W: W. Juarez (3-2, 2.89); L: A. Reyes (1-1, 3.65); SV: L. Carter (2)
HR: LVG: J. Weber (1).

05/12/2006 Final
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Jacksonville
0 1 3 0 0 2 0 0 0   6 11 1
Mobile
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 3
W: D. Muegge (3-4, 4.08); L: S. Thompson (0-3, 5.14)
HR: JAX: A. Zapp (4).

Joel Guzman was 0-for-4 for Las Vegas and is hitting .311 for the season.
James Loney
was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and is hitting .379 for Las Vegas.
Matt Kemp
was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI for Jacksonville. He’s hitting .347 on the season.
Andy LaRoche was 2-for-5 with a double and 1 RBI for Jacksonville. He’s hitting .252 on the season.
Kuo and Lance Carter pitched solid in relief.

In other good news, Gagne is headed to Las Vegas soon…

"The tentative start date for Eric Gagne’s injury rehabilitation
assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas is May 25, but he’s already
absolutely, positively sure that his elbow is fixed.

After throwing off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since
April 7 surgery to remove a nerve in his elbow, Gagne felt well enough
to toss again in the outfield before Thursday’s game."

Click here for the story.

It has been a week, Dodgers have won 4 straight

Well I’ve taken over a week off of blogging to move twice in the last 10 days and I finally have my computer set up in our new place and can return to my Internet life.

It’s amazing how much has changed with the Dodgers since I last wrote. 3 of the 6 Dodger minor leaguers that I had spent a great deal talking about have now made it to the major league club – Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier, and most recently Russell Martin. They all have contributed since they’ve been with the team, and most recently they ALL contributed significantly in last night’s 12-6 pounding of the Houston Astros. It sure is great to see these young players finally getting the chance at the big league level and making an immediate impact.

Nomar Garciaparra has been a gift for the Dodgers – he’s playing great, both defensively and offensively, and has single handedly kept us in close ballgames, with 2 game winning hits in the last week.

There are trade rumors that the Dodgers are looking into possibly trading Odalis Perez to the Mets or another team since they see to have more starting pitchers than they can handle. Most people agree Aaron Sele is not going anywhere after winning the PCL Player of the Month award and being called up to the Dodgers and having a very solid first outing, and there is always Chad Billingsley down in AAA Vegas who is just waiting to burst on the scene. I welcome trading Odalis if we can make a good deal that would benefit us in other ways.

Well that’s it for now, more regular blogging to continue.

L.A. day off, minor league news…

Well, no Dodger game today. They sit at 10-12, 2 games under 5. Maybe we’ll have better luck against the slumping Padres. Let’s take a look at the minor leaguers:

Report from the farm – Dodger prospects:

April 27, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Colorado Springs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 3
Las Vegas 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 X   7 8 0
wrap | box | log | gameday
W: E. Stults (2-1, 3.43); L: S. Nin (0-2, 4.43)
HR: None.

Las Vegas
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Valdez  SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .324
Aybar  2B 4 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 .379
Ethier  CF-RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .366
Guzman, J  LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .325
Hull  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Duncan  CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176
Loney  1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Martin, R  C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .310
Young, D  RF-LF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .225
Truby  3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .200
Stults  P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Weber, J a- PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227
Alvarez, N b- PH-LF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429
Eckert  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stults (W, 2-1) 7.0 5 0 0 1 6 0 3.43
Hull 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.82
Eckert 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.94


Joel Guzman
was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI’s. He’s hitting .325  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-3. He’s hitting .366 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 2-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting .310 for Las Vegas.
Willy Aybar was 2-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI. He’s hitting .379 for Las Vegas.

April 27, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0   6 9 1
West Tenn 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0   4 9 2
wrap | box | log
W: D. Muegge (2-2, 4.30); L: J. Mathes (2-2, 5.40); SV: M. Alexander (4)
HR: None.

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2 game losing streak …

Quick blog tonight because I’m tired and in a lot of pain… yeah… fell off the back of a flat bed truck last night while unloading a heavy hutch (we’re moving) and so the left side of my body is still pretty pissed off at me right now. I didn’t want to get in the habit of going 2 days without updating, however, so I’ll just say that tonight the Dodgers lost their second straight to Houston and pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.

What kind of a name is that anyway? Wandy? Well… I actually have him on my fantasy team and tonight was the first night that I had a conflict in rooting tendency… I wanted Wandy to score me some points because my league lead is in jeopardy but I’m a Dodger fan above all else and I wanted to see my team win (of course). So going into the game I guess I was hoping for a 1-0 Dodger victory where both pitchers pitch well… obviously as Odalis started giving up runs I realized that wasn’t going to happen, unfortunately, but I ended up doing pretty good with Wandy. Man he’s off to quite a start. Who would have thought… Wandy!? Who needs Rodger when you have Wandy??? That’s what I’m sure Houston is thinking (well… I’m sure they’d like to have both, but let’s just pretend).

No minor league scores tonight. Sorry but I’m too tired and sore. What I can mention though is that Hot Shot #1 Prospect for the D-Rays Delmon Young THREW HIS BAT and hit an umpire after being ejected for being an *** and staring him down after a called third strike that he disagreed with. What a seriously immature and lame thing that is to do… I don’t care who you are or how coveted you are as an up and coming star. That is REPREHENSIBLE Delmon, and this blogger calls *** on you. I hope you actually learn some kind of lesson from this as I’m sure you’ll be punished severely. Geez it even made ESPN.com headline news on a fairly busy sports night… and you’re a minor leaguer! Takes a lot to do that.

Well that’s it. The Laker’s beat the Suns tonight… go them. I’m sore, and I’m out.

Nomar wins it in grand fasion (cheesy baseball headline)

April 24, 2006

Jacksonville
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hu  SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Abreu  2B 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .269
Kemp  CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .325
LaRoche  3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 .230
Ruggiano, J  RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .232
Alvarez, C  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Diaz  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alexander  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp  1B 4 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

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HR: LAD: J. Drew (4), N. Garciaparra (1). HOU: L. Berkman (7).

LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .215
Lofton, CF 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .233
Drew, RF 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 .338
1-Repko, PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Kent, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .200
Garciaparra, 1B 3 1 1 4 1 0 0 .429
Mueller, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .323
Cruz, LF-RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .270
Navarro, C 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .222
Lowe, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Ledee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Saito, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Saenz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Carter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Baez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 6 6 6 5 7 9

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe 7.0 4 1 1 2 4 0 3.77
Saito (W, 2-0) 1.0 1 1 1 0 3 1 0.90
Carter 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.87
Baez (S, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Well, the computers are down at work this morning so I have a lot of time to kill. How about that Dodger game last night? Nomar Garciaparra officially arrived as a Dodger with his game-winning one out grand slam in the top of the 9th inning last night. Brad Lidge was torched for 4 ER is his 0.2 innings of work and the Dodgers got a very strong outing from Derrek Lowe.

After nearly a month into the season the Dodgers stand at .500 with a 10-10 record. Considering all the injuries they’ve already gone through and the pitching problems earlier in the season, I think they’re settling down and we may see them start to find a winning groove (I’m hoping at least). The bats are starting to come together at the right times and players who joined the team late due to injury seem to be finally finding their groove (Lofton, Nomar). Brad Penny has been one of the pitching bright spots for the Dodgers, and tonight he gets another chance. I think we need Penny to continue to pitch as a #1 guy and Lowe being right there with him would be great. They say you need two really good starting pitchers to have a shot at going deep in the playoffs, and I think the Dodgers may have that. Hopefully Penny and Lowe stay healthy and the key will be avoiding injuries… we can only watch and see.

James Loney got his first start for the Las Vegas 51′s last night and went hitless. Hopefully he’ll continue to develop and mature so that he can be a more solid player when he gets his next chance to join the club. Let’s check out the stats for the minor league games:

Update from the farm – Dodger prospects:

April 24, 2006
Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 8 1
Las Vegas 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 X   6 12 1
wrap | box | log | gameday
W: A. Sele (3-0, 2.92); L: S. Komine (1-1, 3.80)
HR: LVG: W. Aybar (6).

Aaron Sele has been pitching very well for the 51′s as of late and last night he went 7 2/3 strong innings giving up no runs while striking out 7 and walking 2. His ERA is down to 2.92 as he continues to prove that he belongs in the bigs.

Joel Guzman was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .316  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-4 with a walk. He’s hitting .373 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .296 for Las Vegas.
Willy Aybar was 2-for-5 with a home run and a double, 3 RBI. He’s hitting .375 for Las Vegas.

Las Vegas
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Aybar  3B 5 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 .375
Valdez  SS 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Ethier  RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .373
Guzman, J  LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .316
Loney  1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Martin, R  C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .296
Young, D  DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Weber, J  CF 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .227
Garcia  2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Sele  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Beimel  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hull  P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Las Vegas
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sele (W, 3-0) 7.2 7 0 0 2 7 0 2.92
Beimel (H, 3) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.42
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Dodgers trade Cody Ross to Reds

The Dodgers just announced that they traded Cody Ross to the Reds for a player to be named. Oh how I love the "Player to be named later". He is such an awesome pitcher!!

But seriously, we’ll keep you updated on who this player is and any other info on this trade. I’m sure this will work out good for Cody… the Reds seem to have wanted him and now maybe he’ll get the chance he deserves.

Link: Los Angeles Dodgers : News : Los Angeles Dodgers News.

Dodgers win rubber game

       

       

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  W: B. Tomko (2-1, 4.70); L: R. Ortiz (0-3, 6.91); SV: D. Baez (5)
HR: LAD: J. Drew (3).

Today was a much needed victory for the Dodgers, at least in my opinion. They played a solid game all around and took the series from Arizona… a series that I’m sure the Dodgers felt they should take. I’m tired tonight so I’m just going to run down today’s stats…


Report from the farm – Dodger Prospects:

Final Sun. 4/23  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Sacramento 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
Las Vegas 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 X   4 6 0


Joel Guzman
was 1-for-4 with 1 RBI. He’s hitting .315  for Las Vegas.
Andre Ethier was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI’s and 2 walks. He’s hitting .381 for Las Vegas.
Russell Martin was 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .294 for Las Vegas.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning for his 4th save. He gave up 2 hits but struck out the side  and still holds a 0.00 ERA for the season in 8 games and 9 IP. Solid stuff!

Final  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Birmingham 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0   5 7 2
Jacksonville 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2   6 11 1


Andy LaRoche
was 1-for-4 with 1 RBI. He’s hitting .242 for Jacksonville.
Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and 3 RBI. He’s hitting .319 for Jacksonville.

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