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Luis Cruz, hero

Wrap your troubles in a two-run home run from Andre Ethier and a three-run home run from Luis Cruz, and dream your troubles away.

Cardinals at Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.
Mark Ellis, 2B
Shane Victorino, LF
Matt Kemp, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Andre Ethier, RF
Luis Cruz, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Joe Blanton, P


The Battle for Fourth Place


How we feelin’ now?


  1. Anonymous

    Giving credit where credit is due, I want to add words of praise for Elián Herrera (drawing a leadoff PH walk), Mattingly (for apparently calling a hit-and-run), and Victorino (for executing it perfectly and then scoring from first on AGon’s double).

  2. Anonymous

    Colletti should have gone into politics.

  3. Anonymous

    Good to see the new owners aren’t knee-jerk reactionaries when it comes Management – nothing worse than teams firing Managers and GM’s every season their team (players) underperform.
    Lasorda didn’t make the playoffs every year either.
    Also, anyone who thought just because the Dodgers made some big moves with a month to go in the season that it would gaurantee them a trip to the playoffs (let alone a trip to the WS) just doesn’t know much about sports in general, and baseball in particular.

    • Anonymous

      Amusing how extending Colletti is now a good move if Kasten and the new ownership are the ones who sign off on it. 

      • Anonymous

        It’s a terrible move, unless Kasten is the de facto GM and Colletti (while keeping the title) is just kept around because he knows where all the supplies are kept.

        • Anonymous

          They are not giving him an extension to do nothing. Let’s just admit that this is yet another terrible move and brace ourselves for an ugly offseason.

        • Anonymous

          He is good at giving ex Giant players a lot of money before they get out of baseball.  Who knows, maybe he gets a cut?

  4. Anonymous

    While both the wall and the hamstring have clearly disrupted Kemp’s batting, I suggest the true culprit is that, for some reason, Matt visibly changed his batting stance during his fifty-game absence.

    Since his promotion to the majors, Matt’s stance was square.  He’d climb in, and then he’d move his right foot toward the plate twice.  He was baseball’s best hitter last year and started this season on fire, but shortly before his hamstring injury, desperate pitchers started pounding him inside, with notable success.

    Upon his return, having struggled most recently against inside pitches, he has closed his stance!  He no longer moves his back foot forward after taking his stance, leaving him noticeably closed.  The result has been, even before his run-in with Denver’s wall, a nearly complete lack of power.  Good hitters get jammed, but Matt Kemp is jamming himself now.  And, of course, by now it’s becoming mental.

  5. Anonymous

    The Pirates may have been inspired by their slumpmates the Dodgers. They lead 3-0 over the Cubs in the third.

  6. foul tip

    Baseball Renaissance man R.A. Dickey wins the Branch Rickey Award for yet more endeavors beyond the playing field.–mlb.html

  7. Anonymous

    Interesting game for Francisco Liriano in Minnesota through six innings for the White Sox. 

  8. Anonymous

    Kreshaw’s hip still ailing, not good

    • Anonymous

       Not worried about Kreshaw, but Kershaw is a different matter.

  9. Anonymous

    Me thinks Blanton would be the prototypical ‘Guy’. Even his name screams it.

  10. Anonymous

    The Pirates snapped their 7-game losing streak (I think it was that long) with a 7-6 win in Chicago. Joel Hanrahan struck out Dave Sappelt with the bases loaded to end the game.

  11. Anonymous

    After the way he’s hit the last few games, I was thinking Adrian Gonzalez was the one guy that didn’t need replacing.  

  12. Anonymous

    Stephen Fife getting the call to start tomorrow according to JP Hoonstra of the Daily News. Kershaw off to see a hip specialist in New York.

  13. -Kemp injured early after getting off to an MVP start
    -Lots of trades and turnover/pressure that along with Kemp and his flashy .375 OPS have recently crippled the offense
    -injuries to our mid infield defense
    -Lilly getting injured after a great start.
    -Billingsley going down. The second time a real mental hurdle as he was dominating.
    -Closers going down (first Javy then Jansen)
    -Kershaw now battling injury

    And we still have a chance at the post season……

    • Anonymous

      God Bless America!

      •  “Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here
        will join others from
        around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial
        battle in the history of mankind.
        Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We
        can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united
        in our common interest. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of
        July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from
        tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We’re
        fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the
        4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the
        day when the world declared in one voice, ‘We will not go quietly into
        the night! We will not vanish without a fight!
        We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.’ Today we celebrate
        our independence day!”

        President Thomas Whitmore

        July 4th, 1996

  14. Wow – the Colletti extension is just another non-inspired move by an ownership that has been bold (at least monetarily) but not very clever. Colletti flat-out is terrible at franchise development and building. The Dodgers’ farm system, a real jewel when Colletti came aboard six years ago, is now in the bottom 10 in MLB.  A parade of mediocre (or worse) vets like Uribe, Rivera, etc. who come and go has been endless with virtually nothing to show for it.  Due diligence on big dollar acquisitions has been questionable.  For a GM who has basically run a “win-now” program the record has been  thin aside these past three seasons. Meanwhile now useful major leaguers like James MacDonald, Edwin Jackson, and Cody Ross were discarded for nothing because they didn’t fit the brand-name vet profile.
    It’s simply another blow to Dodger fans that despite the ability of new ownership to throw serious money at this franchise, it simply won’t be spent intelligently.

    • If the team doesnt win next year, a new guy will be brought in to blow it up.  Surprised Mattingly survived though honestly.

      • Anonymous

        I too am surprised that Donnie has survived.  He makes changes for the sake of making changes.  He wins last night and today he changes the lineup again.  He is guiding this team by the seat of his pants.

        • Anonymous

          You mean like moving the players who hit lefties well up to the top of the order and dropping the guy who doesn’t hit lefties well to the bottom?

          • Anonymous

            Yea, like putting in Ellis for Ethier.  He must be as smart as a bag of rocks. Get real.

        • Anonymous

          And, don’t forget, compounding the gripes aobut making-changes-for-the-sake-of-making changes is his sudden stubborn refusal to even tweak the post-big-trade lineup for what, 2 weeks?  During which said lineup couldn’t do anything right.

        • Anonymous

          I am unsurprised and unenthusiastic. I will be intrigued to see, though, if he ever orders another hit-and-run.

      • Anonymous

        There was no reason to wait for the next year. It’s not fair to judge some of his moves with the benefit of hindsight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not obvious that the Dodgers were better off going in a different direction. At this point, I am almost convinced that Kasten hates the Dodgers.

    • Anonymous

      Cody Ross? You really think most teams in the Dodgers situation at that time would have kept a fifth outfielder with no options and released an outfielder like Kenny Lofton.

      It was Cody Ross. 

      Most people did not even know he was on the team. 

      And it’s not like he became an instant success after he left.

      Cody Ross?


      Cody Ross?

      • Didnt they keep Repko instead of Ross?  DFA’ing Werth wasnt exactly the smartest move either.

        • Anonymous

          Werth was non-tendered.

          For most of 2006, the Dodgers outfielders were Drew, Lofton, Ethier, Repko, and Jose Cruz, Jr. The Dodgers gave up on Cruz eventually and called up Kemp.

        • Anonymous

          I liked Cody Ross back then.  He had a two-homer game days before they released him to keep Jason “The Little Engine That Couldn’t” Repko.

          • Anonymous

            Repko was a Dodgers first round draft pick, so he was always going to get priority.

            Ross was actually traded to the Reds for a minor leaguer and not let go on waivers. And the Reds sold him to Florida after playing just one game for them. And not many people cared about Ross until the Giants picked up him because they realized that Jose Guillen, their first choice for the outfield, was horrible.

          • Anonymous

             But Guillén was an outstanding source of PEDs.

          • Anonymous

            If Kenny Lofton hadn’t gotten hurt in spring training, Ross would have been let go then and nobody would have ever cared.

          • Anonymous

             It was a seven-RBI game if I recall correctly.

      • Anonymous

        And Edwin Jackson didn’t become a good player until he exhausted all of his arb. years as a 4.0 ERA guy. Colletti made enough bad moves that it doesn’t make sense to fabricate new ones.

    • KT

      sure wish the UCLA game was on also…they looked great last week

      • Anonymous

        The Pac-12 Network is only available in the Maritime Provinces of Canada and Aruba.

        • KT

          It’s strange that I pull for UCLA basketball since dad took me too all the wooden championship games and I pull for both SC and UCLA football except for when they play head to head then I pull for SC except when I was young I couldn’t decide who I wanted to win

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, I happen to be in the Maritime Province of New Brunswick!  But there are way better things to be doing here than watching PAc 12 football.

  15. KT

    And just like that the game is tied 7-7

  16. Anonymous

    Kershaw scratching makes it sound like he could be done for the year.  If that’s the case, I can’t see the Dodgers having any chance at all.

    • Anonymous

      He could have the same kind of labrum problem as Hairston. If he goes down, the Dodgers will piece together a 4-man rotation of Beckett, Capuano, Harang, and Blanton.

    • Anonymous

      I would also add that the Dodgers have a better than 50/50 chance of winning tonight, which would put them in a tie for a playoff spot. So who knows.

      • KT

        I think he’s looking toward making it through the playoffs with a questionable rotation

  17. Oh man, this is going to make things tough. I still think we can pull it out, but what is the math on us winning the division by 5-plus games and the Giants finishing behind Arizona? Here’s hoping a lot of guys “revert to form.”

  18. I hope that injury wasn’t the result of a mechanical failure. Kershaw can be one of the greats.

  19. KT

    4th and 19 and the Sc makes it…now 1st and goal

  20. This may be same old news about Kershaw:

    “Kershaw would not speak with the media. The club withheld comment about
    chances for labral surgery — which is arthroscopic but not minor,
    requiring a rehab of three to five months — until Tuesday’s second

    But Mattingly said he’s prepared to finish the season without the reigning National League Cy Young winner.”

  21. Anonymous

    Is it possible that, with his plantar fasciitis, Kershaw altered his running style in some way that has over-stressed his hip? 

    • KT

      maybe his pitching style…landing point and different torque to the hips…it’s all possible

  22. KT

    14-7 USC…after a penalty of 12 man (they missed the facemask call also)

  23. Anonymous

    The ‘Stros have built a 4-0 lead over the Fillies in the fifth.

  24. foul tip

    Can someone tell me what the fielding play or maybe odd DP involving  Beckett was the other night?

    Saw a comment about his running, or trying to, but dunno….

  25. KT

    Ball was hit hard to Upton who threw him out from middle RF

  26. KT

    1st and goal on the 2 for Stanford and USC holds them because of a missed field goal

  27. And once again behind in the first inning. This is almost unbelievable.

  28. Anonymous

    Now, it would’ve been a great play if he’d gotten him, but that Holliday grounder past Cruz looked prettttty fieldable to me.  Cruz didn’t even budge.

  29. KT

    way to get on Shane

  30. KT

    Way to get into scoring position Shane
    Come on Gonzo bring him home

  31. KT

    There you go Gonzo!!

  32. KT

    Come on Hanley

  33. KT

    YES…Nice hit Hanley
    Come on Dre

  34. KT

    Come on Wild Pitch

    • Anonymous

       I agree — but tough when your rally depends on that!

    • Anonymous

       Vin always mentions wild pitches, but he should also mention the catcher’s passed balls.

      • Anonymous

        Molina has 4

        • Anonymous

          I didn’t expect Yadier to have many, but the PB scores the run as certainly as the WP does, so it should be mentioned.

  35. KT

    Just a single buddy

  36. KT

    After trading interceptions (4) USC 14 Stanford 7 at the half

  37. KT

    Come on Mark get on

  38. KT

    And just like that we are tied
    Come on Shane

  39. KT

    let’s get ahead shane…a walk will do

  40. KT

    There you go…take second
    Come on Matty

  41. KT

    way to go Shane
    Drive him in Matty

  42. Anonymous

     think Molina had him there

  43. KT

    Let’s go hanley drive him in

  44. KT

    good play by freese saves a run

  45. KT

    trojans block a field goal to deny Stanford again

  46. Hey, KT, should I start posting play by play for the Notre Dame game? J/K

    • KT

      sure…I can’t follow all the games…would love it…used to root for ND when I went to Catholic school 

  47. KT

    Trojans drop a 4 & 2 pass in the endzone…score still 14-7

  48. KT

    Come on Dre start it off..Let scratch again

  49. KT

    Way to get on Joe
    Come on Mark

  50. KT

    go to RF matty

  51. It hurts to watch Kemp swing. 

  52. KT

    tied in stanford

  53. KT

    Come on DP

  54. KT

    Got the K now for the DP

  55. KT

    tough call at 1st…could have been the DP I was looking for

  56. KT

    stanford goes ahead 21-14

  57. KT

    Time to stick to 1 team to root for…Go Dodgers

  58. KT

    Come on Jamie let’s set down

  59. KT

    Come on Gonzo get on

  60. KT

    there was my DP an inning late

  61. ND kicks a field goal to go up 17-3.

  62. This game feels like it’s taking forever. Is that true?

  63. KT

    Come on Luis

  64. KT

    #23 Stanford beats #2 USC

  65. Anonymous

    So much for USC’s national title hopes.

  66. ND kicks another field goal. Up 20-3 with 3 minutes and change left.

    How far does SC fall? Down to 9? 

    • KT

      at least they looked terrible the last couple of games even though they scored big last game they made a lot of mistakes and those mistakes hurt thm today

  67. KT

    My Mother-in-law  is getting anxious to watch tv and she doesn’t want to watch in my room where the only other receiver is that gets the Arabic channels (I’m going to have to change that and get a receiver in the entertainment room)
    So off to my room to watch the rest of the game but I don’t want to get under the theater seating to get my charger so no more chatting for me tonight…I’ll be here in spirit…
    Night all

  68. Anonymous

    That play was a microcosm of the Matt Kemp in CF experience.

  69. Give that man a key to the city!

  70. Too bad KT’s not here!

    • KT

      watched the game just couldn’t chat…well could have but didn’t feel like crawling on the floor to get my charger…my back is killing me today

  71. Just when I think I’m out…………….. they pull me back in.

  72. Anonymous

    K.T. phone home! We won!

  73. Anonymous

    I’m freakin out.

  74. KT

    What a come from behind win!!!!!
    Dre, Dee, CRUZZZZ, Hererra and Juan!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      So glad you returned. Watching on my phone in NYC. Almost fell outta bed when I refreshed and saw the score.

  75. Anonymous

    1. How much more exciting does Dee Gordon make the game?  It’s dramatic.

    2. God, I love Luis Cruz’s swing.

    3. The Dodgers are gonna have a hard choice to make next spring.

    • KT

      I like when we have to make choices rather than having no choice and being stuck with something that’s not the best

  76. KT

    I was watching upstairs so my mother-in-law could watch her Arabic channels…
    Just took a while for my computer to boot back up

  77. Anonymous

    What a fitting title. Mine as well leave it up till next game.

  78. KT

    Cruz is this years MVP

  79. Luis Cruz: Real hero, real human being.

  80. KT

    Night all
    now tomorrow we need to take sole posession of the last wild card spot

  81. Can someone tell me why Rivera hit for Ellis?

  82. Anonymous


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