Just like their series in Philadelphia last month, the Dodgers took the opener but dropped the last two games. Today's loss to the Phillies was a 5-1 affair, but at least the day baseball kept our minds off the courtroom. Per Molly Knight of ESPN, via Twitter, Frank McCourt was on the stand today, testifying under oath:
Here we go: Frank now testifying when he bought the team the lynchpin of his business plan was to "significantly reduce player compensation."
More from Knight:
Trying to get numbers on planned payroll reduction. I was told by multiple people involved in the deal that $80 million/yr was the target.
It's not as if this is new information, but it is under oath, so it is newsworthy. But enough about that; back to the game...
Clayton Kershaw pitched well racking up 11 strikeouts, but a high pitch count capped his outing at six innings. Kershaw allowed a pair of leadoff home runs, one to Jimmy Rollins in the first inning, and one to Shane Victorino in the second inning, but didn't allow any other runs.
Roy Oswalt was making headlines, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but in reality the Dodgers were threatening against him quite often. Oswalt walked six in his 6 1/3 innings, but the Dodgers couldn't push one across against the hurler.
The Dodger outfield had a tough day. Scott Podsednik, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier combined to go 0-for-13 with five strikeouts, but each one had additional mishaps as well. Podsednik and Ethier each took circuitous routes on fly balls that ended up doubles, for Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, respectively. Kemp added to his baserunning misadventures this season by missing second base on a ball hit off the wall in right field by James Loney. Instead of ending up at third base, or perhaps scoring on the play, Kemp had to stay and second, which kept Loney at first, a key play since Casey Blake followed with an inning-ending double play.
Loney's wall ball single in the eighth inning was a few feet away from a home run, which would have tied the game at three. On the day, Loney had a hit and three walks.
Dodger pitchers had 14 strikeouts on the day, second this season only to the 16 they had on July 4 in Arizona.
WP - Roy Oswalt (10-13): 6 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP - Clayton Kershaw (11-9): 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts