Blue Listless


In 128 years, the Dodgers have been home to such luminaries as Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey, and managed by Hall of Famers Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda.

This past week, owner Frank McCourt filed papers in a Delaware bankruptcy court.

The glory days seem really distant as the Blue Crew (37-48) dropped two of three over the weekend to the host Angels, including Sunday’s 3-1 loss when Chad Billingsley (7-7) gave up Russell Branyan’s two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Vernon Wells’ run-scoring grounder.

Ervin Santana (4-8) notched the win after a seven and two-third inning stint in which he struck out eight, walked one, with six hits and one run (earned).

Jered Weaver (10-4) handcuffed the Dodgers through eight frames and surrendered four hits and one run (earned) during a 7-1 triumph on Saturday, striking out eight and walking two.

Clayton Kershaw (8-4) fanned 10 with one walk over six innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs (six earned).

The power came from Wells, who popped a two-run homer in the third. Bobby Abreu laced a two-run single in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Peter Bourjos (two singles) scored twice, Jeff Mathis singled, doubled and scored, and Erick Aybar (two hits) had two runs batted in with two runs.

Aaron Miles (four singles) had an RBI and a run, while Tony Gwynn Jr. (double with two singles) drove in a run and scored two as the Dodgers blanked the Halos 5-0 on Friday.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-9) was superb across seven innings as he gave up three hits with four strikeouts, one walk and no runs.

The visiting Dodgers were limited by Minnesota’s Scott Baker (6-5) to six hits, no runs along with nine strikeouts and one walk over seven and one-third innings of Wednesday’s 1-0 loss.

Luke Hughes rocked a two-run homer in the fifth for the Twins, 6-4 winners on Tuesday as Brian Duensing (5-7) went five innings.

Billingsley was aided by a 24-hit barrage against five Minnesota hurlers during Monday’s 15-0 trouncing, working six shutout innings, allowing four hits, fanning four with two walks.

Matt Kemp, Trent Oeltjen, and Gwynn Jr. all had four hits. Kemp mashed his 22nd homer and doubled, scored twice and had two RBIs, Oeltjen had nine total bases (homer and triple) with three runs and two RBIs, and Gwynn Jr. delivered an RBI with two runs.

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