Results tagged ‘ Chase Utley ’

Andrew Toles is the eye in the hurricane

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By Jon Weisman

Chicago is giddy with enough excitement and anticipation to spread all over the city’s famous hot dogs, if they weren’t so particular about what you put on their hot dogs.

Wrigley Field is jumping. The streets around the old ballpark are rollicking. At once confident and paranoid, Chicago is a quaking nerve brought to life, and the roar at Game 6 of the National League Championship Series will be deafening beginning with tonight’s very first pitch.

And stepping into the batters’ box for that very first pitch will be none other than Andrew Toles.

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The eighth inning and the epitome of the Dodgers

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By Cary Osborne

The October sky had fallen into a million pieces and landed on the field at Dodger Stadium again. A 5-2 Dodger lead heading into the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series left the frame in a 5-5 tie. And either someone was going to sweep away those pieces, or pick them back up. Maybe you’ve seen these Dodgers before.

“If anyone gives up on this team,” Dave Roberts said after the game, “they haven’t seen us play a whole lot this year.”

In the bottom of the eighth inning, one of the game’s top relief pitchers in 2016, Washington’s Blake Treinen, got the first two outs.

Then …

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Dodgers done in by big-game Hunter

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Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

In the game after, a 7-1 loss to the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday, it’s the little things we choose to look at.

Away from the fact that the Dodgers struggled with runners in scoring position and rookie Hunter Renfroe, in his sixth career game, became the second player this century to knock in at least seven runs against the Dodgers (the other being another Hunter — Pence — on September 14, 2013), Dodger relievers ignited final week competition for playoff roster spots.

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Yasmani goes grand, and magic is in the air

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By Cary Osborne

That sound off the bat of Yasmani Grandal — so distinctive of him that you could close your eyes and know what’s happening — happened twice on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Once in the second inning, and again in the seventh inning.

Grandal, one of the most forceful hitters in the game, hit a solo home run in the second inning. Then he hit a grand slam in the seventh with the Dodgers down by a run. The second explosion off his bat, his 27th homer of the year, put the Dodgers ahead for good in a 7-4 win over Colorado. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West is now down to four. (more…)

Chase Utley wins 2016 Roy Campanella Award

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Chase Utley was selected as the recipient of the Dodgers’ 2016 Roy Campanella Award — which is voted on by Dodger players and coaches.

The Campanella Award is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher.

Previous winners are Rafael Furcal (2006), Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012), Clayton Kershaw (2013 and 2014) and Zack Greinke (2015).

— Cary Osborne

Joc, Brock and the gang combine the effort

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Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

This 6-2 win over Arizona on Saturday was one of those games where it’s too hard to focus on one player’s effort. But Joc Pederson has to be mentioned first.

Pederson hit a 3-2 Shelby Miller pitch to the walkway above the seats in right-center field in Chase Field for a 463-foot, two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead at the time.

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Theme of All-Access event: The 2016 Dodgers have fight in abundance

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

There were revelations on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium at the Dodgers All-Access event — a benefit for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Council. Joc Pederson said he and roommates Trayce Thompson, Alex Wood and Corey Seager watch the shows “New Girl” and “The Bachelor.” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman revealed that Clayton Kershaw will pitch a rehab game this weekend in Rancho Cucamonga. And Chase Utley revealed his sense of humor when asked by Orel Hershiser about growing up a Dodger fan and how special it would be to bring a World Series championship to Los Angeles.

“Winning a championship in L.A. would be super special,” Utley began. “Being a Dodger fan growing up, 5 or 6 years old, watching Eric Karros …”

Fans who paid to be part of this experience cracked up with Karros sitting in the front row laughing himself. Karros is only 11 years older than Utley.

The event featured exciting experiences for all fans — from hitting in the Dodgers’ underground batting cage off Mickey Hatcher and Reggie Smith, to taking a photo with Tommy Lasorda and the 1981 and 1988 World Series trophies to pitching in the Dodger Stadium bullpen with legendary Dodger scout Mike Brito taking radar-gun readings. But the main event was Dodgers Chase Utley, Pederson and Justin Turner and the Dodger management trio of Dave Roberts, Friedman and Farhan Zaidi answering questions on stage from SportsNet LA’s John Hartung and Hershiser while fans dined in the infield.

A lot of the talk centered on all the adversity this team has had to go through to land in first place in the National League West. Utley and Zaidi had thoughts on the topic.

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Dodgers corner Cubs, then let a win get away

By Cary Osborne

What’s become typical for the Dodgers took an atypical turn on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Starter Bud Norris went five innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead after throwing 89 pitches. But the usually steady bullpen couldn’t hold this one and the Dodgers lost 6-4.

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Dodgers got a way with the Giants, 9-5

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By Jon Weisman

Early in tonight’s Dodgers-Giants showdown, Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle played Billy Joel’s “Pressure.”

Funnily enough, the Dodgers played as if they felt no pressure at all.

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Beyond Sunday, Urías has been good for a while

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Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

Even with the sky was supposedly falling on the Dodgers again, 20-year-old Julio Urías was never rattled. He never showed any emotion. And he never gave in to the hot Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Urías, with the Dodgers obviously needing a strong start after back-to-back short outings from Bud Norris and Brett Anderson, came through with likely the best game of his young career.

The left-hander went six innings, allowed six hits and struck out six while allowing no walks and no runs in the Dodgers’ 4-0 win in Cincinnati, breaking their three-game losing streak.

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