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Getting the lead out …

Dodgers at Mets, 4:10 p.m.

Skip Schumaker , LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Nick Punto, SS
Ted Lilly, P



Mark Ellis powers Dodgers, 7-2, after Kershaw struggles


Inches from victory


  1. Anonymous

    Excellent :) (made me laugh)

  2. KT

    Nice Mark…way to get on

  3. KT

    Nice Agon…Come on Matty

  4. KT

    Well at least we scratched this inning

  5. Anonymous

    Great hustle by Matty!

  6. KT

    Lilly keeping them guessing

  7. Anonymous

    Nice start

  8. Anonymous

    Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, groundball machine.

  9. KT

    Let’s go AJ

  10. KT

    good to see Hanley taking batting practice and throwing

  11. KT

    there goes the perfecto

  12. KT

    Come on DP

  13. Guest

    Get the K or double play!

    • Anonymous

      My bad — didn’t realize there WERE two outs!

  14. KT

    way to get out of it Ted…Now start it off with a hit

  15. Anonymous

    Good start, but i fear 1 will not be enough

  16. KT

    Good K…now come on AGon

  17. KT

    Nice hit Dre

  18. KT


  19. KT

    Almost Dre

  20. Anonymous

    What is it this year about turning the opposing pitchers into power hitters? Maybe he’ll run out of steam on the basepath.

  21. KT

    Get someone up….Lilly is tiring

  22. Anonymous

    Looks like Ted’s reached his limit.

  23. KT

    Phones aren’t working

  24. Looks like Lilly was cruising, then I come home and turn on the TV and it starts to fall apart…

  25. Anonymous

    trouble brewing

  26. KT

    YES TEDDY!! way to get out of it

  27. Anonymous

    Could have been a lot worse.

  28. Anonymous

    Soo glad to be wrong! — Great start for Ted!

  29. foul tip

    When Lilly told the Dodgers he was ready to pitch, he seems to have been right…at least tonight.

  30. That looked out!

    Edit: Yup. Kemp’s first home run! Off Matt Harvey no less!

  31. Anonymous

    BISON!!!!! . . . Shoot, Steinered!!!

  32. Anonymous

    Gameday makes Kemp’s HR look like it’s 500 feet long…

  33. Anonymous

    Matty Kemp! So happy for him!

  34. Anonymous

    Let’s hear it for replay!

  35. Anonymous

    And now that that first one is out of the way, let’s hope that Matt replays the HR trot MANY times the rest of the season!

  36. KT

    Come on Double Play

  37. Anonymous

    Okay, Howell. Settle down.

  38. Anonymous

    Biggest thing is to get Harvey out of there and get to the bullpen.

  39. KT

    Kemp HR means Fernando Valenzuela remains only pitcher since 1960 win first 5 starts with at least 7 IP, 1 R or none

  40. Anonymous

    Never easy with this crew…

  41. Gameday called Kemp’s HR immediately, but then in the video it shows the umps had to go look at the tape. Huh.

  42. Anonymous

    Not Howell’s night.

  43. KT

    Come on Belli be like yesterday

  44. Anonymous

    Get the K, Belli!

  45. KT

    Way to get out of it Belli with little harm done

  46. Anonymous

    A win’s a win, but it would be great if Lilly can get the W.

  47. KT

    Come on Belli, Hold them

  48. KT

    1 more Belli

  49. KT

    Good K Belli

  50. That was absolutely filthy.

  51. KT

    Good outing by Belli

  52. Anonymous

    2nd good outing by Belli . . . a great return by Lilly . . . and Matt finally went yard . . . a good game regardless, but let’s get the win!

  53. KT

    Come on Kenley shut them down

  54. KT

    Liked this stat by ESPN on Twitter: Matt Kemp is the first player with at least 3 RBI in a game against Matt Harvey

  55. KT

    That’s 1 Kenley…2 more

  56. KT

    Thought Carl had a shot at that one

  57. KT

    Great Play Mellis

  58. KT

    Good Job Kenley, Leagues turn

  59. KT

    Lucky that ball didn’t hit the bag

  60. KT

    Justin gave that a ride

  61. KT

    Let’s go Brandon 1,2,3 inning

  62. KT

    Damn need K’s now

  63. Nice camera work…

  64. KT

    Great Play Jerry!!

  65. Anonymous


  66. KT

    Need to score this inning

  67. Anonymous

    Someone has to tell the hitters they’re facing the weakest bullpen.

  68. KT

    Good job AJ

  69. KT

    Clayton hitting/bunting

  70. KT

    Nice Job Clayton

  71. Anonymous

    Carl is slumping the last few games.

  72. I have a lousy feeling about this. Our bullpen gets weaker as the game gets longer.

  73. Hey this guy is hitting .164… let’s walk him on four pitches.

  74. Anonymous

    and that is that

  75. Anonymous

    Well, that was pretty definitive.

  76. Anonymous

    A League with the blown . . . then they hit the Wall.
    Meanwhile, the offense goes back into hibernation.
    BUT . . . Lilly, Belli, and Matt!

  77. To get to Harvey and be one out away from a win only to lose like that, is disappointing to say the least.

    • Anonymous

      When it’s lost by the bullpen, it’s such a reminder it’s a team game.

  78. Guest

    Like the Padres, the Mets look better against The Evil Empire West than they do on paper.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, that IS a talent the Dodgers have.
      But hopefully they can get rid of that trait.

  79. Anonymous

    I need me a Jon Weisman thoughtful, engaging postmortem NPUT perspective to put into words how i feel about this one.

  80. Anonymous

    The minute Lyons started going on and on in the 8th about how Dodger fans could relax with a one run lead because of our bullpen, I figured it was just a matter of time. Superstitious? I think not!

  81. Anonymous

    Fantastic game. Lilly was great, so it makes me feel good about his prospects: a 1-2-3 first inning and his tough situations in innings 2-4 were all 2 out scenarios, so likely to remain harmless (as they did). And when he got into a jam in the fifth, against the heart of the order, he competed and got out pretty unscathed.

    Kemp broke the seal on the HR, and had 3 RBI, and all off a pitcher who is really cruising this year. It’s starting to feel like the old Matt Kemp is back (or at least will be soon), and with Hanley almost ready, the whole offense should start clicking. We did not leave many runners on base, so that’s a nice change. Good showing by Belli, and the bullpen was great in the first 8 2/3 innings. I turned it off with two outs in the ninth, and THAT is how I choose to remember this game.

    It ended after 8 2/3 innings. Do not try to tell me otherwise.

  82. Anonymous

    interesting hit chart comparison for Kemp 2011 vs 2013

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