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Dodgers Week 24: Turning up the power

Stephen Dunn

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers used a weekend sweep of the Diamondbacks to end the week further ahead in the division (three games) than they were at the start of the week (2½ games) over San Francisco. It was the fourth sweep of Arizona this season by the Dodgers, who beat the Diamondbacks in 15 of their 19 meetings.

The Dodgers also dropped two of three to the Nationals, a close series that was a blown save or perhaps a pinch runner away from falling in the Dodgers' favor. The good news for the Dodgers is that another week is off the schedule and they are not only ahead of the Giants but also in a virtual tie with the Nationals for the best record in the National League.

The bad news is that the Dodgers don't get to face Arizona anymore in 2014.

The starting pitching is healthy and productive, the middle of the lineup is hitting for power even while a pair of young stud outfielders were a combined 4-for-28 (.143). But the end result was four wins in six games and a three-game lead with 19 games left.

Dodger Batter of the Week: With a career-high-tying six RBI on Sunday, Adrian Gonzalez takes the award, narrowly over Matt Kemp. Both hit three home runs, scored four runs and had seven hits. Kemp had the higher OPS but in six fewer plate appearances, and Gonzalez had nine RBI compared to four for Kemp. They combined for three home runs and drove in all seven runs on Sunday.

"Extra good job by Matt and Adrian today," said Zack Greinke. "That's really what it was."

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: For taking his opportunity and running with it, Carlos Frias takes the cake, with eight scoreless innings in two appearances. The 24-year-old in his first major league stint threw six scoreless innings in a spot start against the Nationals allowing only four runners to reach base. Then four days later he retired all six batters he faced in a setup role against Arizona. The week for Frias consisted of three hits, one walk and six strikeouts, and could lead to a bigger role in September and October.

"He may be a guy that helps us in the middle innings," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's a guy with power stuff, with movement. We've been kind of searching to clean those innings up."

Week 24 Record: 4-2
27 runs scored (4.50 per game)
20 runs allowed (3.33 per game)
.634 pythagorean winning percentage

2014 Record: 81-62
589 runs scored (4.12 per game)
523 runs allowed (3.66 per game)
.554 pythagorean winning percentage (79-64)

Welcome aboard

Joc Pederson not only made his major league debut last week, but he played in all six games and started three in center field. Also making his major league debut was Yimi Garcia on Monday, pitching two scoreless innings against the Nationals.

Transactions

Monday: On the first day of expanded active roster limits, the Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz, infielder Alex Guerrero and relief pitcher Yimi Garcia were recalled, and outfielder Joc Pederson had his contract purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for Pederson on the 40-man roster, infielder Carlos Triunfel was designated for assignment.

Monday: Relief pitcher Chris Perez was activated from the disabled list.

Tuesday: After their respective minor league seasons ended one day earlier, infielder Miguel Rojas and pitcher Carlos Frias were recalled from Triple-A with Erisbel Arruebarrena recalled from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Thursday: After he cleared waivers, Carlos Triunfel was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Saturday: The club purchased the contract of outfielder Roger Bernadina and transferred pitcher Josh Beckett from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Chris Brown gauntlet, finishing up a homestand with three games against the Padres, followed by a trip to San Francisco for the first of two remaining showdowns with the Giants.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8
vs. SD
7:10pm
9
vs. SD
7:10pm
10
vs. SD
7:10pm
11
Off

12
at SF
7:15pm
13
at SF
6:05pm
14
at SF
1:05pm
Kershaw v.
(R) Despaigne
Hernandez v.
(R) Cashner
Haren v.
(R) Kennedy
Ryu v.
(L) Bumgarner
Greinke v.
(R) Hudson
Kershaw v.
(R) Petit
SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN 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 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23

Week 24 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Kemp 21 20 4 7 1 0 3 4 1 0/0 .350/.381/.850 1.231
Gonzalez 27 24 4 7 0 0 3 9 3 0/0 .292/.370/.667 1.037
Crawford 17 17 3 6 1 0 1 2 0 1/0 .353/.353/.588 .941
Uribe 17 17 2 5 0 0 1 4 0 0/0 .294/.294/.471 .765
Gordon 24 23 5 7 2 0 0 1 1 0/2 .304/.333/.391 .725
Puig 18 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .143/.333/.143 .476
Ellis 16 13 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .154/.313/.154 .466
Ramirez 23 21 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 1/0 .143/.217/.190 .408

Barney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 -----/1.000/----- 1.000
Turner 17 16 2 5 0 0 1 2 1 1/0 .313/.353/.500 .853
Van Slyke 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .286/.286/.286 .571
Ethier 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .000/.500/.000 .500
Pederson 17 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .143/.250/.143 .393
Butera 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Federowicz 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Guerrero 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Rojas 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Bernadina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 -----/-----/----- ----
Arruebarrena 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 -----/-----/----- ----

Pitchers 12 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .182/.182/.182 .364
Totals 233 210 27 50 5
0 9 25 19 3/2 .238/.307/.390 .698
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Frias 1 0-0 -- 6 3 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.667 2.30
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 8 3 1 1 2 8 1.13 0.625 3.51
Haren 1 1-0 -- 6 4 1 1 1 6 1.50 0.833 1.63
Ryu 1 0-0 -- 6⅔ 7 2 2 1 9 2.70 1.200 0.88
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 6 6 2 2 3 4 3.00 1.500 3.30
Hernandez 1 0-1 -- 4⅓ 5 5 5 1 4 10.38 1.385 13.98
Starters 6 3-1 -- 37 28 11 11 9 35 2.68 1.000 3.72
Baez 2 0-0 -- 2⅔ 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.000 0.88
Wright 3 0-0 -- 2⅓ 2 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.286 4.84
Garcia 1 0-0 -- 2 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.500 2.13
Frias 1 0-0 -- 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000 1.13
Wilson 3 1-0 -- 2 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.500 1.63
Correia 1 0-1 -- 2 1 3 0 1 2 0.00 1.000 9.13
Howell 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.500 3.88
Perez 1 0-0 -- 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.500 7.63
Jansen 4 0-0 3 4 5 3 3 1 3 6.75 1.500 5.63
League 3 0-0 -- 3 5 3 3 2 4 9.00 2.333 2.46
Relievers 6 1-1 3 22 15 9 6 8 20 2.45 1.045 3.72
Totals 6 4-2 3 59 43 20 17 17 55 2.59 1.017 3.72
*FIP is estimated