Spying the current Dodgers’ landscape, and hardly liking what he saw, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced last week that he was going to appoint a trustee to run the team’s day-to-day operations.
For fans of the legendary team that began its storied history in Brooklyn, and has won six World Series banners, this action was long overdue.
In part, Selig’s move came as the result of a recent $30 million loan co-owner Frank McCourt took out in order to meet April’s player payroll. The brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants’ fan in the stadium parking lot on opening day made matters worse.
Even with these events, the Dodgers (12-11) have played relatively well, taking five of seven games this past week.
On Sunday, the Dodgers muffled Chicago 7-3 at Wrigley Field and lashed out 11 hits. Key during a five-run first inning was Andre Ethier’s run batted in single that extended his hitting streak to 21 games, Matt Kemp’s run-scoring single, rookie Jerry Sands’ RBI double, James Loney’s run-scoring grounder, and Rod Barajas’ sacrifice fly that helped pick up pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (3-2).
On Saturday, the Dodgers blew a three-run lead as the Cubs rallied for five runs in the eighth inning during the 10-8 victory.
Chicago’s explosion offset Casey Blake’s two-run homer, and solo shots by Kemp and Barajas, and Ethier’s two-run double.
Juan Uribe drove in four runs on Friday as the Dodgers cruised to a 12-2 win. Uribe, who scored twice, delivered a run-scoring single in the third, and a two-run homer in the fourth.
Chad Billingsley (2-1) earned the victory after working six and one-third innings. The right-hander gave up seven hits, two runs (one earned), struck out three and walked three.
The Dodgers ended their homestand earlier in the week by capturing three of four from Atlanta.
Kemp’s two-run blast in the 12th on Thursday gave the Dodgers a 5-3 triumph. The Dodgers downed the Braves 6-1 on Wednesday as Uribe (three singles) drove in four.
Atlanta hurler Brandon Beachy (1-1) fanned seven, walked two, and blanked the Dodgers over six innings of Tuesday’s 10-1 win, and Dan Uggla homered and drove in three runs.
In the series opener on Monday, Sands helped power the Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Braves with an RBI double and Loney (two hits) had two RBIs that backed Ted Lilly (1-2), who struck out six with two walks in seven innings.