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Dodgers Week 20: Adrian Gonzalez on fire

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Tom Lynn

The Dodgers faced off with the teams with the second-best records in both leagues and escaped with a winning record. They won four of their seven games this week, including capturing three of four game against the Angels for their first series win over the Halos since 2006.

The Dodgers lost Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett and Paco Rodriguez to injury, and also traded for two starting pitchers for the stretch run.

They end the week with their largest divisional lead of the season (4½ games) and the best record in the National League.

Dodger Batter of the Week: In a week that began 0-for-14 with a walk in his first 15 plate appearances, Adrian Gonzalez finished with authority, going 9-for-12 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI. Gonzalez finished his week with four straight multi-hit games.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: In a week that saw the Dodgers trade for two starting pitchers to help their back-end depth, the starting rotation was fantastic as a whole. The group came two outs shy of averaging seven innings per start, led by Hyun-jin Ryu and his seven scoreless innings to beat the Angels in Anaheim on Thursday.

Week 20 Record: 4-3
23 runs scored (3.29 per game)
24 runs allowed (3.43 per game)
.481 pythagorean winning percentage

2014 Record: 67-52
488 runs scored (4.10 per game)
436 runs allowed (3.66 per game)
.551 pythagorean winning percentage (66-53)

Miscellany

Carlos Frias made his major league debut on Monday against the Angels. The 24-year-old allowed a single in two scoreless innings on Monday, with two strikeouts.

Roberto Hernandez singled in his first at-bat as a Dodger on Friday in Milwaukee. He was 2-for-54 with 28 strikeouts in his career to that point, including 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts as Fausto Carmona (through 2011 with Cleveland). The hit also snapped an 0-for-21 skid by Dodgers pitchers.

Hyun-jin Ryu has faced the Angels twice in his career, including on Thursday night in Anaheim. He allowed two hits and no run in each game, 16 innings in all.

Transactions

Monday: With the back end of the Dodgers' starting rotation in disarray, Carlos Frias had his contract purchased from Triple-A, joining the 40-man roster for the first time. Relief pitcher Chris Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle. To make room on the 40-man roster for Frias, the club transferred Paul Maholm, he of the torn ACL in his right knee, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Tuesday: It has been that kind of year for Paco Rodriguez, who less than a week after getting recalled was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of his teres major muscle. Pedro Baez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Wednesday: With no room on the active roster after his 20-day minor league rehab assignment ended, Chone Figgins was designated for assignment.

Thursday: With an upcoming starting void looming the next day, the Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies for two players to be named later or cash.

Friday: To create room for the activation of Hernandez to start in Milwaukee, Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.

Saturday: The quest for pitching continued with the acquisition of Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash. Correia will be a swing man for the Dodgers, but will first make a spot start on Monday in Atlanta.

Sunday: To make room for Correia on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Colt Hynes for assignment.

Sunday: In a year full of nagging injuries, it was a right oblique strain that finally sent Hanley Ramirez to the 15-day disabled list. The Dodgers recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Dion James gauntlet, with four games in Atlanta followed by a return home to face the Brewers for a second consecutive weekend.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11
at Atl
4:10pm
12
at Atl
4:10pm
13
at Atl
4:10pm
14
at Atl
9:10am
15
vs Mil
7:10pm
16
vs Mil
6:10pm
17
vs Mil
1:10pm
Correia v.
(R) Teheran
Haren v.
(L) Minor
Ryu v.
(R) Santana
Hernandez v.
(R) Harang
Greinke v.
(R) Nelson
Kershaw v.
(R) Gallardo
Haren v.
(R) Peralta
SNLA/ESPN SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA

Previous weeks: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19

Week 20 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gonzalez 30 26 4 9 3 0 2 7 3 0/0 .346/.400/.692 1.092
Ramirez 18 17 0 6 1 0 0 2 1 0/0 .353/.389/.412 .801
Kemp 30 26 4 7 1 0 1 3 3 1/0 .269/.333/.423 .756
Uribe 24 23 2 6 1 0 1 4 0 0/0 .261/.292/.435 .726
Crawford 23 22 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .318/.348/.318 .666
Ellis 24 20 2 3 0 0 1 1 3 0/0 .150/.261/.300 .561
Gordon 27 27 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0/1 .185/.185/.222 .407
Puig 26 24 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 .125/.192/.167 .359

Turner 14 11 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .364/.500/.364 .864
Ethier 13 12 0 4 1 0 0 2 1 0/0 .333/.385/.417 .801
Rojas 14 14 2 5 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 .357/.357/.429 .786
Van Slyke 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .000/.429/.000 .429
Butera 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Barney Did not play

Pitchers 12 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .222/.417/.222 .639
Totals 266 238 23 61 10
0 5 22 20 2/1 .256/.321/.361 .682
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Ryu 1 1-0 -- 7 2 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.429 2.87
Haren 1 1-0 -- 7⅓ 3 1 1 0 4 1.23 0.409 2.07
Kershaw 2 1-0 -- 15 13 4 4 4 13 2.40 1.133 2.23
Hernandez 1 0-0 -- 6 3 2 2 0 5 3.00 0.500 1.49
Greinke 2 0-2 -- 13 14 9 7 1 11 4.85 1.154 4.70
Starters 7 3-2 -- 48 35 16 14 6 37 2.61 0.848 2.87
Wright 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.16
League 2 0-1 -- 1⅓ 2 3 0 0 0 0.00 1.500 3.16
Jansen 3 1-0 1 3 1 0 0 0 7 0.00 0.333 (1.51)
Baez 2 0-0 -- 2 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.000 3.66
Wilson 2 0-0 -- 2 1 1 1 1 3 4.50 1.000 8.16
Frias 2 0-0 -- 3 3 3 3 1 2 9.00 1.333 7.16
Howell 2 0-0 -- 0 1 1 1 1 0 inf inf inf
Relievers 7 1-1 1 12 9 8 5 4 13 3.55 1.026 4.11
Totals 7 4-3 1 61 44 24 19 10 50 2.80 0.885 3.13
*FIP is estimated