Don Mattingly played 14 seasons with the New York Yankees. A six-time All-Star first baseman, he batted .307 over his career in the Bronx, and was used to success.
What’s transpired this season must be tough for the Dodgers’ rookie manager to watch as the club continues in reverse following last Sunday’s 8-3 inter-league loss to Chicago.
The Dodgers (21-27) have been mired in a prolonged scoring slump with center fielder Matt Kemp and right fielder Andre Ethier their only power sources. The team was outscored, 34-21, this past week.
The host White Sox pushed around Hiroki Kuroda (5-4) in the first and second innings as they took a 4-0 lead. Alexei Ramirez drove in five runs and had four hits, including a two-run homer in the first. Jerry Sands stroked four hits and scored a run for the Boys in Blue.
Chicago routed the Dodgers 9-2 on Saturday as Mark Buehrle (4-3) allowed seven hits and two runs (earned) across seven innings.
Paul Konerko (three hits) had three runs batted in, and Ramirez (three hits) added two runs and two RBIs. Meanwhile, Sands hit his first career homer, and Kemp had an RBI.
Russ Mitchell’s solo shot in the ninth tied it on Friday, and the Dodgers tacked on three runs in the 10th to earn a 6-4 win.
Kemp smashed his 10th homer in the first, a two-run blast that was part of a 12-hit barrage, and Jamey Carroll added four hits with two runs scored.
San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner went eight and two-third innings, and closer Brian Wilson garnered his 13th save as the visiting Giants were 3-1 victors on Thursday.
Burbank High product Freddy Sanchez had two RBIs for San Francisco, and Sands drove in a run for the Dodgers with a double in the ninth.
San Francisco prevailed in an 8-5 slugfest on Wednesday as Cody Ross provided a three-run shot in the ninth.
Kuroda didn’t allow a run in seven and two-third innings against Milwaukee during the 3-0 win at the Stadium on Tuesday as he struck out seven with two walks and six hits.
Kemp drove in two with a first-inning homer, Sands added an RBI, and Juan Uribe had two hits with a run scored.
Prince Fielder collected two hits and drove in a run for the Brewers, 2-1 winners on Monday as Shaun Marcum (5-1) fanned four, walked one and allowed five hits over seven innings.
The Dodgers were handcuffed by three Milwaukee hurlers, with Kemp driving in Carroll on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.