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The Beat Goes On!

josh-nedIt was a night for the ages and a night that the Dodgers broke a 98 year-old record for most consecutive home wins to start a season.  It now stand at 13, with no end in sight!  The game was the highlight of an amazing evening thanks to Josh Rawitch of the Dodgers.   First, the game:  Even when Clayton Kershaw is not sharp and does not have his best stuff,  he still battles and keeps you in the game.  He doesn’t seem rattled when runners get on and he has an uncanny ability to keep them from scoring.  He’s learning and he’s a work in progress, but let me say it again – he is something VERY, VERY Special!  This guy will make Dodger fans smile for a long time.   James McDonald came in relief of Clayton and only needed 13 pitches to retire the side in the 6th.  Joe was wise to take him out after that successful inning as his problem is confidence, nothing more.  He has to be feeling better about himself right about now.  Mota again looked awful, and at some point, when the Dodgers scale back to 12 pitchers, he has to be a candidate to be DFA’ed!  He has certainly been a disappointment so far this year.  I don’t know whether there was more cheering for James McDoanld in the 6th inning or Brent Leach when he closed out the game.  Both hit 94 on the gun,


  • Brent Leach is going to be a nice LH option out of the pen – he can get that critical K, but he also walks too many people – he has to get that under control… and if he does, he will be unreal as a LH specialist!
  • Raffy and the O-Dog set the plate last night and even cleaned it!
  • Matt Kemp is reverting back to his old ways at the plate.  Ned did say that Matt is much more receptive to coaching this year than in the past and restated that no one in themiguel-markorganization has his “tools.”  Ned also emphasized that Matt is still raw and feels the weight of the expectations so days, but that his play in CF has greatly improved.
  • Ned says he worries about Russ Martin.  He stated that while he is not in the habit of asking a player about a signing or trade, he did ask Russ about Brad Ausmus and Russ endorsed bringing him in as a  ”teacher” .  Ned says that Russ was an over-acheiver throughout his career and got where he as at by hard work, which slipped last year due to his partying lifestyle (not a big secret).  He said that Russ is now working hard, studying film and beating himself up more than he should.  He thinks he is trying too hard and pressing, and he worries about that.   He also said that sometimes when you start going badly, it’s hard to get out of that rut. 
  • It was truly a team victory last night – some players let us down, but others picked them up and that’s what it is all about.
  • The Dodgers have also realized what impact bloggers are having on the game and are giving us more access – so you can look for better articles and more inside information in the future. 
  • I came away from the game last night with a sense that the Dodgers are building a brand that will soon rival or even surpass the Yankees brand.  After all, no other team has their own Zip Code – Dodgertown, CA 90090.  McCourt is doing  things the right way, and behind the scenes he is building a dynasty!
  • Miguel Salcido is going to take a more active role with this blog and actually become a “partner” in this site.  Look for some big changes… and soon.  That’s Mark and Miguel above.  Mark is the good-looking one.  HA!  Actually, Ken Levine and Josh Suchon were also there and said that I have a voice for radio (Translation:  I don’t have a face for TV!)


Guzman, C, SS 5 2 3 0 0 1 3 .397
Johnson, 1B 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 .319
Zimmerman, R, 3B 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333
Dunn, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .284
  Beimel, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dukes, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .298
Kearns, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .250
Belliard, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .129
  Hinckley, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Kensing, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cintron, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Flores, C 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .291
Cabrera, D, P 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000
  Harris, 2B-LF 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .190
Totals 31 3 6 3 5 9 15  
2B: Guzman, C 2 (4, Kershaw, Mota).
HR: Flores (3, 7th inning off Mota, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Guzman, C 5; Zimmerman, R; Dunn; Flores 4.
RBI: Zimmerman, R (20), Flores (13), Johnson (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kearns 2; Guzman, C.
SF: Zimmerman, R.
GIDP: Kearns.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
E: Guzman, C 2 (3, fielding, throw).
DP: 2 (Belliard-Guzman, C-Johnson 2).
Furcal, SS 5 3 3 1 0 0 3 .264
  Castro, J, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Hudson, 2B 3 1 2 2 2 0 0 .342
Ramirez, M, LF 3 1 1 2 1 0 3 .348
  b-Pierre, PH-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .355
Ethier, RF 3 1 0 1 2 0 2 .317
Loney, 1B 5 0 2 2 0 1 4 .276
Martin, C 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 .242
Kemp, CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .275
Blake, 3B 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 .225
Kershaw, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .091
  McDonald, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Loretta, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .375
  Mota, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 10 11 9 8 1 23  
a-Walked for McDonald in the 6th. b-Flied out for Ramirez, M in the 7th.
2B: Hudson (10, Cabrera, D), Ramirez, M (9, Kensing), Martin (5, Beimel).
TB: Furcal 3; Hudson 3; Ramirez, M 2; Loney 2; Martin 4.
RBI: Ethier (27), Furcal (7), Hudson 2 (17), Ramirez, M 2 (20), Loney 2 (20), Martin (13).
2-out RBI: Ethier; Hudson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Loney 3; Furcal 2; Kemp.
S: Mota.
GIDP: Ethier; Martin.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
DP: (Furcal-Hudson-Loney).
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cabrera, D (L, 0-3) 5.1 6 5 4 5 1 0 4.85
Hinckley 0.0 1 2 2 1 0 0 4.66
Kensing 1.2 3 3 3 2 0 0 9.82
Beimel 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.08
Kershaw (W, 1-2) 5.0 4 1 1 3 5 0 4.91
McDonald (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7.63
Mota 2.0 2 2 2 1 2 1 6.75
Leach 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Hinckleypitched to 2 batters in the 6th.WP: Beimel, Mota.
IBB: Ethier (by Kensing).
Pitches-strikes: Cabrera, D 85-44, Hinckley 8-3, Kensing 28-16, Beimel 13-8, Kershaw 99-54, McDonald 13-9, Mota 36-22, Leach 18-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Cabrera, D 11-4, Hinckley 0-0, Kensing 3-2, Beimel 2-1, Kershaw 5-5, McDonald 0-2, Mota 3-1, Leach 1-1.
Batters faced: Cabrera, D 27, Hinckley 2, Kensing 10, Beimel 4, Kershaw 22, McDonald 3, Mota 8, Leach 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hinckley 3-2, Kensing 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Derryl Cousins. 1B: Angel Campos. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Bill Miller.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:04.
Att: 31,348.
May 6, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner





The Great Lakes Loons lost 5-1, even though they turned a triple play.  Kyle Russell accounted for the Loons only run with a HR, his 5th, and 23rd RBI.


The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 12-10.  The 66′ers had 18 hits and Pedro Baez was 3-6 with 2 HR and 3 RBI, and has raised his BA recently to .296 – maybe we’ll forget about converting him back to pitching for wa while.  Robinson was also 3-6 and is hitting .350.  Eduardo Perez is at .398!  We’ll see some of these guys move up.


 The Chatanooga Lookouts game was postponed.

The Albuquerque Isotopes won 9-3 behind 4 hits by Blake “Rake” DeWitt who is hitting on;y .379.  Charlie Haeger got the win, his 3rd.


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16 Responses to “The Beat Goes On!”

  1. Ken says:

    I think that Mota’s career is going up in smoke

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Is he smoking that wacky tobakky?

  3. Roger Dodger says:

    Face it, it is hard to get all 25 players on the roster of any team — to have career years.

    Some will be young and make mistakes.

    Some will be in the prime of their careers.

    Some will be veterans and there for stability.

    Some will be coming back from off seasons or injury, etc.

    But it take a total coaching staff to put them all together.

    We see this, this season as never before for Dodger fans.

    Mark, for a number of starts this season, Kershaw has not had his — here is your quote from above:
    “. . . is not sharp and does not have his best stuff, he still battles and keeps you in the game . . . ”

    I trust he will get it together soon.

    Got get ‘em tonight.

  4. lawdog says:

    Another one liner from Vinny I heard for the first time last night:

    “A 3-1 fastball to a major league hitter is like a letter from home.”

  5. Blue Haze says:

    Nice report, watched the game, but have to admit was watching the Lakers at the same time. Those pictures must have been taken before the game, I don’t see the bloodshot eyes.

    Eat a Grilled Dodger Dog for me tonight.

    Where did you guys sit, I didn’t see a banner being waived in the stands, “did we send a bunch of pussies to represent us?”

  6. DRomo says:





    I would say that our good start just got kicked in the balls.

  7. Ken says:

    The Beat is OVER

  8. New guy says:

    The dummy blue haze is happy, now Pierre can play….

  9. DRomo says:

    So now it is time to check your own hypocracy guys. If a cheater is a cheater and we piled on Barry Bonds do we run Manny out of town? I am pretty damn happy I didn’t buy any Mannywood tix.

    Here is a guy that held our team hostage almost all offseason just to do this. One thing that is almost certain and that is Manny won’t opt out now and we are on the hook for 2010 with Man-Roid.

    I can only imagine how hard Boston is laughing its AAASSSSS off at us. Thanks Manny! This is not McCourts or Neds fault. But I would love to be in a room with them and count the F bombs flying.

  10. Slo Dawg says:

    Probably trying to recover quickly from that nagging hamstring injury..

  11. Badger says:

    Do we pile on? Bonds got to play through his drug use. Manny doesn’t, so, it ain’t the same as far as I am concerned. Everybody with a pulse knew Bonds was using, but MLB just turned their back on it. Players just have to know you can’t get away with it anymore. Manny isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he should know better. Shame on him.

    But, if we can just play .500 ball until he gets back, we should be ok. I can’t help but wonder what this will do to his second half performance.

  12. lawdog says:

    Say it ain’t so, Joe!

    I’ll bet a good part of it was the hammy. He wanted to earn his big contract and couldn’t do that nursing a hammy on the bench. Even when you’re young those things are slow to come all the way back.

    No excuses. Playing with the juice is so stupid now. I wonder if his well meaning uncle didn’t go get some miracle cure for him to rehab with because this is just so stupid.

    Maybe we should sign Bonds to a 50 day contract?

  13. Roger Dodger says:

    Sign Bonds . . .

    Here is my screenplay here.

    X. Paul comes up from AAA. Pierre starts for a couple of games, then Torre had Paul start a game. And . . . he takes over. Pounds the ball. Key base hits. Cannot take him out of the lineup.

    Dodger outfield: Paul, Kemp, Ethier.

    The 50 games are up, here comes Manny. What does Torre do?

    That would be a nice problem.

    So, what is the linup tonight?

  14. Hey, good to meet you guys last night. I’m just sorry the afterglow from the historic moment didn’t last longer. :)

  15. Mark Timmons says:

    It ain’t over…

    but it’s not looking too rosy.

    It was good meeting you too, Trolley!

    Good luck to you.


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