The Dodgers have put on their home white uniforms twelve times this season, and each time they have been victorious. Here's a look at the twelve (really eleven) victims, the pitchers that have an "L" on their record thanks to the team with the best record in baseball.
The Dodgers have tattooed opposing pitchers at home to the tune of .320/.399/.501, scoring 78 runs in 12 games, an average of 6.5 per game.
Let's view this record home winning streak through the eyes of the opposition:
Game 1: Dodgers 11, Giants 1
Losing Pitcher: Randy Johnson (starter, 3.2 IP, 8 hits, 7 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts)
From Chris Haft of MLB.com:
"I pitched behind on the count a little bit. That kind of hurt with a good-hitting team," said Johnson, whose ERA soared to 11.42. "They can sit on pitches. My location with those pitches when I was behind on the count wasn't great. I got hurt today."
Game 2: Dodgers 5, Giants 4
Losing Pitcher: Bobby Howry (reliever, 1 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk)
"The toughest part about it was we lost four straight, the guys were sticking in there, they battled and took the lead," Howry said. "They worked hard to get it, and I gave it right back."
Game 3: Dodgers 7, Giants 2
Losing Pitcher: Barry Zito (starter, 5 IP, 4 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts)
From Haft again:
"It's something where we have the skills and tools and players and it's just a stretch where we haven't put it together on the field," said left-hander Barry Zito (0-2), who pitched well in spots but still allowed six runs in five-plus innings. "It's really frustrating. You could say that it's early in the year and blah blah blah, but we have to fight hard right now. We can't wait for things to happen, myself included."
Game 4: Dodgers 4, Rockies 3
Losing Pitcher: Alan Embree (reliever, 0.1 IP, 1 hits, 1 run)
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com gives us Clint Hurdle's reaction:
"The opportunity was there to close it out," Hurdle said. "The three relievers in that inning all had success in that role, but it didn't start well."
Game 5: Dodgers 9, Rockies 5
Losing Pitcher: Aaron Cook (starter, 4 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts)
From John Kilma of MLB.com:
"The ball looks flat coming out of my hand," Cook said. "It doesn't mean velocity, it means rotation and explosiveness aren't there."
"Other than the [strikeout] pitch I threw to Ramirez, I don't feel like I commanded anything," Cook said. "The first pitch Manny hit was a bad pitch and the second pitch I thought I got exactly where I wanted. He's just a good hitter."
Game 6: Dodgers 14, Rockies 2
Losing Pitcher: Ubaldo Jimenez (starter, 4.1 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts)
"I have to put everything together," he said. "I wasn't able to throw strikes consistently."
Game 7: Dodgers 8, Padres 5
Losing Pitcher: Luke Gregerson (reliever, 0.1 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune gives us Bud Black's reaction:
“We have to tighten up the pitching,” Black said. “The guys we have are going to be given chances. We're having some growing pains.”
Game 8: Dodgers 1, Padres 0
Losing Pitcher: Duaner Sanchez (reliever, 0.2 IP, 1 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 1 strikeout)
Tom Krasovic of the Union-Tribune gives us leftfielder Chase Headley's summary:
Said Headley: “Those are the type of games we have to win. When Jake goes out there and does what he does, we've got to score a run. It's just frustrating. You see a guy go out there and throw the way he did – he was incredible.
Game 9: Dodgers 2, Padres 1, 10 innings
Losing Pitcher: Gregerson, again (reliever, 0 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk)
Padres' starter Chris Young told Corey Brock of MLB.com:
"We need to find out a way to get it done," Young said. "They're a good team, but we can be a good team. We need to figure out how to get it done as a whole. It's just tough. These last three nights, it's been something here or there. It's a play they made, a pitch they made, getting that hit."
Game 10: Dodgers 7, Padres 3
Losing Pitcher: Chad Gaudin (starter, 5.2 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts)
“They came out swinging, ambushed me,” Gaudin said
Game 11: Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 2
Losing Pitcher: Doug Davis (starter, 4.1 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts)
From Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:
"Physically I felt great," Davis said. "Mentally I was there. I had a plan. I just couldn't execute the plan. It was one of those days where you want to go out there and execute every single pitch and maybe I was trying to be too fine at times, maybe giving a little too much credit to the hitters.
"These guys were not swinging out of the zone whatsoever. They were making good at-bats. I think [James] Loney was the only one that swung out of the zone all night. I just didn't make quality pitches when I had to."
Game 12: Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
Losing Pitcher: Max Scherzer (starter, 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts)
"It just is what it is," Scherzer said. "I can't worry about it. That's not my job. For me, not having a win, I don't have to go out there and try to create a win.
Will there be a Game 13 to add to this list? Time will tell.