Dodger bats took the All-Star break early and combined with a poor start by Chris Capuano, the result wasn't a good one, the Dodgers lose 7-1 to end the first half of the season. The sting was a little less knowing the Giants had continued their losing ways so the Dodgers will be in first place on Friday when the second half starts.
Today, the Dodgers were not the team that scored first, Arizona scored 2 in the first and then followed up with 3 more in the 5th. Paul Goldschmidt continued to hit lefties well, with a two out ground rule double and two out home run driving in 4 runs.
However the story will be Trevor Bauer and how he was able to get his first career win. Bauer was able to beat what some might call a true Arizona Dodger team (Camelback variety) but nonetheless the much ballyhooed prospect did something that his all-star teammate Miley could not do, keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard.
The top 3 teams in the NL West probably feel fortunate at the break, Diamondbacks being one game under .500 and only 4 games out of the division. the Giants being a half game out despite Tim Lincecum being their own anchor every 5 days and finally, and I don't think you can repeat it enough, Kemp being injured for the last 2 months and the team still in position for the postseason.
- .Matt Kemp plays his last scheduled rehab game at 5:05 PDT at Albuquerque
- Andre Ethier is scheduled to play for Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday and Wednesday
- Kenley Jansen's last 8 outings: 8 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 14 strikeouts (tip of the cap to Eric for that)
Dodgers and the rest of MLB take a 4 day All-Star break, Matt Kemp will be the captain of the NL Home Run team at tomorrow's Home Run Derby and then Kemp (not playing) will join Clayton Kershaw at the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Dodgers host the San Diego Padres in a three-game weekend series to open up the "second half." Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are expected to be activated before the first game of the series.
Home Run: Goldschmidt (12th)
WP - Bauer (1-1)
LP - Capuano (9-4)
Sv - Corbin (1)