It’s a roll now, a real-life, can't-be-denied winning streak.
The Dodgers won their sixth consecutive game Saturday night, dropping the Rockies, 6-3, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,912 to take over first place in the National League West.
There has been a definite theme to the streak -- solid starting pitching, good relief and very good offense. In each of the six victories the Dodgers have scored at least five runs.
They collected nine hits Saturday, four of them doubles. They took a night off from the long ball and still generated plenty of offense.
The Rockies opened the scoring with a run in the first when Charlie Blackmon led off with a double to right. One out later Troy Tulowitzki lined a single to left to score Blackmon. When left fielder Andre Ethier initially failed to scoop up the ball and dropped it, Tulowitzki advanced to second. After Zack Grienke hit Justin Morneau with a pitch, Juan Uribe turned a nice double play on a chopper to third.
The Dodgers tied it in the bottom...Read more
Four days have aggravating his left hamstring, Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers lineup Saturday against the Rockies. Puig missed three consecutive days with the hamstring, but was back in right field against Colorado.
Puig said on Friday he would be able to return the next day, but Mattingly had been less encouraging.
"I was just really waiting for medical more than anything else," Mattingly said. "Medical said 'yes.' Stan [Conte, head trainer] just came into the office early and said he was ready to go."
Puig was off to a slow start and actually had been benched last Saturday, before returning to hit home runs in consecutive games. He’s hitting .222 on the season.
Puig's return, however, did not mean Andre Ethier was returning to the bench. Ethier is in left for Carl Crawford, whom Mattingly said was sick.
"Carl’s not feeling good," Mattingly said. "Carl’s been sick, kinda the stuff we've had, [the] Van Slyke stuff. We've had a little flu -- I don’t even know what it is. Something's...Read more
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday, the first time he’s delivered a pitch from a mound since he underwent a foot operation two months ago.
"Really good day for me today," Jansen said.
Jansen said he was told by trainers to refrain from throwing as hard as he could. He said his fastball touched 86 mph.
"Body's in shape, arm's in shape," he said.
Jansen said he expects to return from the disabled list in the first half of next month.
The next step in preparing himself for his return will be to throw a few more bullpen sessions, followed by live batting practice. After that, he expects to pitch in minor league games.
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As much as Adam Liberatore tried to speak about his major league debut matter-of-factly, the smile he occasionally cracked revealed how much this day meant to him.
Liberatore is 27. He is in his sixth season in professional baseball.
The hard-throwing left-hander’s lifelong dream became a reality Friday night when he was recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City and pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
“That was pretty cool to be able to come in and be able to finish the game,” Liberatore said. “I think when I got to two strikes on that last guy, the crowd made some noise, so that was pretty cool.”
Liberatore ended the game by striking out Michael McKenry.
“It’s always nice to end the game on a punch-out, for sure,” he said. “The biggest crowd I’ve ever been in front of. I heard how loud they were. It was pretty cool.”
Liberatore said he received the news of his promotion the previous night from Oklahoma City Manager Damon Berryhill.
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Yasiel Puig will be out of the Dodgers lineup for the third consecutive game on Friday as he remains sidelined with a strained left hamstring.
However, Puig said he expects to play Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
"One more day," Puig said in Spanish.
Puig tested his hamstring by running sprints under the supervision of trainer Stan Conte.
"I'm fine," he said, adding that he didn't think he would have to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Asked whether he would be available to pinch hit on Friday, Puig replied, "No, they won't need me. The guys will win, and I won't have to go in as a substitute. They'll win fast. But if they need me, yes."
With Puig unavailable, Andre Ethier will start in right field for the third consecutive game. Ethier was a combined three for seven with a home run in the last two games.
Manager Don Mattingly described Puig's situation in less optimistic terms, saying the right fielder still felt something in his hamstring....Read more
Only two days after Ryan Dennick was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers, he was designated for assignment and removed from their 40-man roster.
Dennick was replaced on the 40-man roster by another waiver claim from the Cincinnati Reds, right-hander Daniel Corcino.
Corcino, 24, pitched in the major leagues for the first time last season, appearing in five games for the Reds. He was 0-2 with a 4.34 earned-run average in five games, including three starts.
He has pitched in 168 minor league games in his career, including 116 starts. He has a career record of 45-52 with a 4.13 earned-run average.
Corcino, who is from the Dominican Republic, is expected to be optioned to the minor leagues.Read more