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A Wild Night at the Ravine

An ejected manager, 4 unearned runs, blown save, errors, stranded runners, leads squandered… and  a walk-off-walk – it was ugly and the Dodgers won because they never stopped trying.  Adam Kennedy went 4-4 (that’s not a misprint), James Loney was 3-4 and both Loney and Kennedy are above .250.  Tony Gwynn also had two hits, but the heart and soul of this team right now is AJ Ellis.  He is walking the walk and now talking the talk as he has taken charge.  The team is also taking on it’s manager’s persona.  Donnie Baseball is evolving into a vocal demonstrative manager (unlike his mentor) who can fire up a team.  He got his second ejection in less than a week – AWESOME!!!!!

With Kemp out, the Dodgers needed the guys we were ready to bury to wake up.  They did.  Let’s hope it is just the start!

Dodger News

  • Tony Jackson has a excellent piece on AJ Ellis.
  • Ted Lilly was solid again – 7 innings – the Dodgers starters are getting it done (except for C-Bill)
  • I would look for Gordon to be sent to AAA today – just a hunch.
  • Alex Castellanos is still on the DL, so if Mark Ellis is DL’ed, look for Ivan De Jesus to get the call.
  • Harriston is due back Tuesday and is on schedule to make it.
  • Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times sings Ned Colletti’s praises.  Go figure!
  • Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 5/18/12

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18 Responses to “A Wild Night at the Ravine”

  1. Idahoal says:

    I agree with you on A J Ellis. They should tear up his current contract and give him a new one. He has earned it. He is hitting much better than anyone thought. However, I believe every pitcher loves to throw to him. I could not believe he called for curve ball in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and 3-2 count on the hitter. Did you see A J pump his fist after the strike out.

    The save was blown last night, but I could not believe he hit the pitch for a home run. The pitch was just outside the strike zone or maybe just on the corner. The pitch was belt high, but it was just good hitting.

    Hey, they won.

  2. Mark_Timmons says:

    Bad Penney is now a Giant.

  3. Ken says:

    Starting Pitchers – Last 30 Days – Innings Per Start

    Kershaw 7.4
    Capuano 6.8
    Harang 6.4
    Lilly 6.3
    Bills 4.8

    Enough Said

    Relief core
    Wright the Long Reliever is now the only reliever on pace for more than 80 innings and he pitched by far the most innings during the last 30 days.

    2nd in team ERA – The pitchers have working out their issues except for Bills. Even Coffey is better or just really lucky.

    Wow! Kennedy now has better stats than O Dog. Kennedy might actually keep his job until the trade deadline.

    Check out the batting stats for the last 30 days. All except
    Sellers and Gordon are doing just fine.

    Hit the sinker to right field today boys!

    Hope to see Hariston on the 22nd

  4. Mike Dixon says:

    Sounds like it was a great game….Laker playoff games take priority right now in my household….hate that they have to play again tonight..Lakers might be worn out….

  5. Bobbie17 says:

    Why the smallish crowd last night?

  6. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I think the crowd was announced at over 40,000 last night. From what I saw there must have been a bunch of no shows.

    I think there’s probably an element of mistrust from a lot of fans over McCourt’s continued involvement. If the team continues to win, and if the new ownership begins to make some significant moves, that could change in an instant.

    Maybe Gordon gets sent down today, or if it’s going to happen, maybe the Dodgers wait until Hairston comes off the DL next week. And some of it probably depends on Mark Ellis. If he’s DL’d, then Gordon is less likely to be sent down now. And it depends on what the Dodgers think of De Jesus’ performance. Are they satisfied that he’s turned some corners, or not? Based on the Tony Jackson article mentioned above, a decision on De Jesus could well be determined on whether or not the Dodgers think he has begun to return to the player he once was, i.e., a player, much like A.J. Ellis, who exhibited strong on-base skills. And maybe, just maybe, the injury he suffered in ST 3 years ago, was of such a severe nature that it’s taken all this time for him to completely recover from it.

    This is not an endorsement of Elian Herrera, but he had a nice at bat in the 9th yesterday. Fouled off several two strike pitches before finally coaxing a walk. Who knows, maybe he’s a late bloomer.

    The pitch that Berkman hit out last night was a fastball away, but didn’t have the usual cut that we see from Jansen. Also, on a replay, I noticed that Ellis set up inside, which tells me that Jansen’s location was off. Not to worry, because the Dodgers won, and who knows, maybe Jansen learned something that will help him in the future.

  7. Mike Dixon says:

    Dodgers had a bunch of no-shows last night cause of the Laker game, not cause of McCourt’s continued involvement in the team…..

    • Jae says:

      If you look back 2 or 3 years ago, you will see that even when the Lakers played, the Dodger attendance was excellent. If you want to believe it was just the Laker game, go ahead. It just does not make it true. I know a lot of people who aren’t happy with McCourt’s involvement in the land. It doesn’t bother me, but it does bother a lot of people. You won’t see crowds like times past until Frank is TOTALLY out of the picture.

      • Dodger66 says:

        I agree with you Jae, though the new owenership group has tried to distance themselves from McCourt the truth is he is still around. I am disappointed that he still owens any part of the parking lots and land around the Dodger stadium, but I think overtime this will change the further we get away from the last couple of years.

  8. Michael says:

    From the “I thought I’d seen it all files”
    Really pleased that the “junk yard dogs” are getting into the act.
    Perhaps they are playing more like a team now that Matt is out[versus waiting for him to save them]. Some NBA teams also perform better w/o their Kobes.
    Whats next[???] Loney hitting 4 HRs in a game!

  9. Bill Russell says:

    I think Mark is right about Mattingly giving Kennedy enough rope to hang himself. Yesterday Kennedy looked pretty good and may have saved his job for a few more weeks as Ken stated. I would still prefer to have A J hitting 5th instead of Kennedy. I think a winning attitude is contagious in the club house and on the field.
    Dee Gordon needs to bunt for a base hit or do the Brett Butler approach hitting it between short and 3rd and beating it out. I’m not willing to give up on him yet. As Donny said, while the Dodgers are winning, it’s buying more time for Dee to get it together. Any word on Mark Ellis? The way Mark is playing right now, that could be a big blow to the team. Well I hope Kershaw keeps it rolling and we can show the world that the Dodgers can play with the World Champs. Go Lakers and even out the series tonight. Lets make it a great sports day with the Dodgers , Lakers winning and the Clippers falling on their A$$………….

  10. DodgerDude says:

    Ellis to the DL. De Jesus. Called up.

  11. Roger Dodger says:

    Here is Texas there is a basketball team known as the Spurs. I think they have won a few games so far.

  12. Ken says:

    Kershaw must be the ACE tonight. Tonight the Dodgers have by far the worst infield in the MLB. But the Dodgers just might find another unique way to win. Go Blue!

  13. Dave says:

    IF IT AINT BROKE, DON’T FIX IT! There’s a headline for you. . .

    The Dodgers have the best record in baseball. Baseball is a team sport. Since they have the best record, they can be patient with what they have and let the TEAM play. This is bliss – not having to fall back on individual fantasy league stats or individual stats per se. . .we can actually relish the fact that the Dodgers are a TEAM OF PLAYERS PLAYING COLLECTIVELY WELL!!! Quit wishing for changes based upon individual stats and don’t try to fix it. . .IT AINT BROKE!!!!


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