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Dodgers Week 14 review: Going to break on a high note

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The week had potential to be disappointing if not disastrous given the sluggish start. The Dodgers ended the previous week with an 8-0 loss to the Mets, and then lost 7-2 on Tuesday to old friend Chad Billingsley and the lowly Phillies, with only a sloppy 10-7, four-hour win on Monday in between that was more like a survival than a victory.

But the Dodgers ended the week strong, with two shutouts against the Phillies and two comeback wins over the Brewers for a 5-2 week.

The Dodgers enter the All-Star break with a 4½-game lead over San Francisco in the National League West, tied for the largest division lead in baseball.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Yasmani Grandal made a nice push before the All-Star break, hitting two home runs while reaching base in 12 of his 20 plate appearances. He narrowly beat Andre Ethier, who was 5-for-9 (.556) and reached base in 10 of 14 trips to the plate.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: The Dodgers' two best pitchers were at their best, and Clayton Kershaw takes this award with a 13-strikeout shutout on Wednesday. But not far behind was Zack Greinke, who pitched eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and retired 21 straight batters on Thursday.

Week 14 Record: 5-2
31 runs scored (4.43 per game)
26 runs allowed (3.71 per game)
.580 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 51-39
376 runs scored (4.18 per game)
314 runs allowed (3.49 per game)
.582 pythagorean winning percentage (52-38)

Miscellany

Welcome back I: On Friday night, Chin-hui Tsao pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his major league appearance since July 14, 2007. He also picked up the win in relief, his first major league victory since May 11, 2005.

Welcome back II: Brandon Beachy came back from his second Tommy John surgery to pitch four innings on Saturday, his first major league game since Aug. 20, 2013.

Transactions

Monday: Selected the contract of Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Oklahoma City, optioned Daniel Coulombe to Oklahoma City, transferred Paco Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Tuesday: Recalled pitcher Ian Thomas from Triple-A Oklahoma City, optioned Surkamp to Oklahoma City.

Wednesday: Selected the contract of Chin-hui Tsao from Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled Josh Ravin from Oklahoma City; optioned Thomas and Yimi Garcia to Oklahoma City.

Friday: Claimed pitcher Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Rays; designated pitcher Chris Reed for assignment.

Friday: Brandon League, who was designated for assignment on July 2, was released.

Saturday: Activated Brandon Beachy from the 60-day DL, optioned Ravin to Oklahoma City, designated Matt West for assignment.

Saturday: Surkamp cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He accepted the assignment.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Herm Winningham gauntlet, with a quintet at the All-Star Game, followed by the two worst sports days of the year, then a showdown with the National League East-leading Nationals in Washington.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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HR Derby
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AS Game
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at Was
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at Was
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at Was
10:35am
Pederson v.
(R) Washington
Greinke v.
(L) Keuchel
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Previous weeks in review

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 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Grandal 20 14 5 6 1 0 2 5 5 0/1 .429/.600/.929 1.529
Ethier 14 9 3 5 1 0 0 3 3 0/0 .556/.714/.667 1.381
Rollins 26 25 6 7 3 0 1 5 1 1/0 .280/.308/.520 .828
Gonzalez 27 26 6 5 0 0 3 5 1 0/0 .192/.222/.538 .761
Kendrick 29 27 4 8 1 1 0 1 1 0/0 .296/.345/.407 .752
Turner 24 22 0 6 2 0 0 2 0 0/0 .273/.292/.364 .655
Pederson 29 26 1 5 3 0 0 2 2 0/0 .192/.276/.308 .584
Puig 29 28 3 5 2 0 1 4 1 1/0 .179/.207/.357 .564

Ellis 8 8 2 4 0 0 2 3 0 0/0 .500/.500/1.250 1.750
Van Slyke 6 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .400/.500/.600 1.100
Hernandez 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .200/.167/.200 .367
Callaspo 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.125/.000 .125
Guerrero 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 13 11 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Totals 245 219 31 54 14
1 9 31 16 2/1 .247/.313/.443 .756
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 9 8 0 0 0 13 0.00 0.889 0.59
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 8 1 0 0 0 8 0.00 0.125 1.15
Bolsinger 1 0-0 -- 6 4 2 2 1 6 3.00 0.833 1.65
Anderson 2 0-1 -- 12 14 7 6 2 8 4.50 1.333 4.48
Beachy 1 0-1 -- 4 5 3 3 3 2 6.75 2.000 3.65
Garcia 1 0-0 -- 2 4 2 2 0 2 9.00 2.000 7.65
Starters 7 2-2 -- 41 36 14 13 6 39 2.85 1.024 2.64
Jansen 3 0-0 3 3 1 0 0 1 6 0.00 0.667 0.15
Tsao 2 1-0 -- 3 4 0 0 0 3 0.00 1.333 1.15
Thomas 1 0-0 -- 2 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.500 2.65
Howell 2 1-0 -- 1⅓ 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.750 1.65
Peralta 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 3 1 1 1 4 3.38 1.500 1.27
Baez 3 1-0 -- 2 2 1 1 2 2 4.50 2.000 4.15
Nicasio 2 0-0 -- 3 4 3 3 2 2 9.00 2.000 8.15
Surkamp 1 0-0 -- 3⅓ 4 4 4 1 4 10.80 1.500 11.25
Liberatore 2 0-0 -- 1⅔ 3 3 3 2 0 16.20 3.000 12.75
Ravin Did not pitch this week
Relievers 7 3-0 3 22 22 12 12 10 24 4.91 1.455 4.83
Totals 7 5-2 3 63 58 26 26 16 63 3.57 1.175 3.40
*FIP is estimated