Blue Still Reeling

There are some rays of hope for the Dodgers (31-36), but they’re still not able to make a dent in the National League West.

Matt Kemp has done it all, and Andre Ethier is a worthy sidekick, while pitcher Clayton Kershaw (6-3) continues to be steady.

In the shadows are utility infielders Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles, who are exceptional in their roles.

The Dodgers arrived home after last Sunday’s 10-8 blitz against Colorado as Kemp rocked a solo homer (20th) in the fifth inning, and James Loney (three hits with two runs scored) bashed a grand slam in the third, supporting rookie Ruby De La Rosa (3-0), who went five innings.

On Saturday, the club posted an 11-7 victory over the Rockies with Kemp’s double in the fifth driving in a run, while Carroll (four hits and two runs batted in) and Miles (four hits, two runs and two RBIs) were at the center of an 18-hit assault that saw Casey Blake drive in three with a bases-clearing double in the sixth.

Ted Lilly (5-5) was effective as he allowed four hits and one run (earned) in five innings.

Digging an early hole, the Dodgers were nipped, 6-5, on Friday as Kemp launched a 455-foot solo blast during a five-run ninth.

Rookie Dee Gordon had two hits and Miles drove in two and scored one, while Tony Gwynn Jr. had a run-scoring double with a run scored.

Kemp (double, triple and homer) had three RBIs and one run scored for the Dodgers, who were pushed aside by the Rockies, 9-7, on Thursday after Kershaw let one slip away. He gave up six runs (earned) and seven hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Ethier (three hits including a double) drove in two with one run scored for the Dodgers, who led 4-0 after five, and 7-3 entering the bottom of the seventh.

Cole Hamels breezed past the Dodgers over eight innings on Wednesday as the host Philadelphia Phillies were 2-0 victors.

The Dodgers managed five singles and a double by Ethier off Hamels (8-2), who fanned nine with no walks.

It was Kemp and Gordon for the Dodgers on Tuesday as the pair combined for five hits, three runs and two RBIs as the Blue Crew were 6-2 winners over the Phils. Kemp doubled and homered and drove in two with two runs tallied.

Cliff Lee struck out 10, walked one with seven hits, and no runs across seven frames on Monday as the Phillies took a 3-1 decision, with Ethier driving in the only run.

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