LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon played a large role in the Dodgers' offense against the Brewers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, stealing a pair of bases and scoring two runs in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. Gordon now has 56 stolen bases on the season, tying him with Steve Sax for seventh-most by a Los Angeles Dodger.
Sax won Rookie of the Year honors in 1982, stealing 49 bases in the process, then swiped a career-high 56 bags in 1983. The second baseman averaged 41 stolen bases in his seven full seasons in Los Angeles (1982-88).
Gordon leads the majors with his 56 steals in 2014, a whopping 10-steal lead over second-place Jose Altuve of the Astros.
Gordon stole a base in the first inning off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, then did so again in the fifth. Gordon tried a third time to steal second base against reliever Brandon Kintzler in the seventh inning, but was thrown out by catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Gordon has been successful in 80 percent of his stolen base attempts (56-of-70) this season.
Gordon has stolen two bases in a game in each of the last two days, his 12th multi-steal game of the year. He has five steals in his last three games after going nine games without one.
Maury Wills in his record-setting campaign in 1962 had 64 steals through 124 team games. But things were about to get crazy, as Wills stole 40 bases in the final 41 games of the season (the Dodgers played in a three-game playoff against San Francisco, the only 165-game season).
Wills in 1965 stole 94 bases, his second-highest total, but was off to a faster start that season. Through 124 games, Willis already had 80 steals.
The Dodgers send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Saturday night, a 6:10 p.m. PT start, looking for his 12th straight win. Milwaukee counters with Yovani Gallardo.