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Dodgers Week 9: A winning road trip

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

That was kind of a wild week. The Dodgers were up and down in St. Louis and Milwaukee, and snatched two victories from the jaws of defeat in the first two games against the Brewers. The end result was a 4-3 record, and a winning road trip should never be discounted.

In the bunched-up National League West, the Dodgers tasted first place all by themselves for a bit, but the week also saw them at times in second and third place. They ended the week a half-game back of Colorado, which is a game better than they started the week.

Batter of the week

Chris Taylor had the signature hit of the week with Saturday’s grand slam, but Chase Utley takes the cake this week, continuing his steady climb upward after a horrific start to the season. Utley hit .292/.393/.542 with a home run, triple, double, and three walks.

Pitcher of the week

Clayton Kershaw got a no-decision Friday, but also struck out a season-high 14 in seven innings in a dominant start that saw him retire 20 in a row at one point.

Week 9 results

Record: 4-3
27 runs scored (3.86 per game)
21 runs allowed (3.00 per game)
.613 pythagorean record

Year to date

Record: 35-23
283 runs scored (4.88 per game)
199 runs allowed (3.43 per game)
.656 pythagorean record (38-20)

Strikeouts galore

Friday was a huge strikeout day for Dodgers pitchers. Not only did Kershaw surpass 2,000 strikeouts for his career with a huge, 14-strikeout game, but the Dodgers tied a major league record and set a new National League mark with 26 strikeouts as a team, in 12 innings.

Four of those strikeouts were by Kenley Jansen, who surpassed Adam Wainwright for most strikeouts before his first walk of the season. As the week ends, Jansen holds the record all to himself with 40 strikeouts and no walks.

Transactions

Monday: Alex Wood was placed on the 10-day disabled list with SC joint inflammation in his left shoulder. Brandon Morrow had his contract selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and Brock Stewart was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Thursday: Adam Liberatore was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm stiffness, and Grant Dayton was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Friday: Left-handed pitcher Jason Wheeler was acquired from the Twins for cash considerations, and optioned to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, Rob Segedin was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Game results

Monday: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1

Tuesday: Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4

Wednesday: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1

Thursday: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 0

Friday: Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (12 innings)

Saturday: Dodgers 10, Brewers 8

Sunday: Brewers 3, Dodgers 0

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Herm Winningham gauntlet back at home this week, with three games against the Nationals, then three weekend contests against the Reds. This week not only features a weekday day game, but also a day off at home.

There are a few question marks in the Dodgers’ rotation, with Brandon McCarthy dealing with blisters and Alex Wood possibly slotting in over the weekend. But for now, until we hear otherwise, we’ll stick with the five starters on the active roster.

Week 10 schedule

Mon, Jun 5 Tue, Jun 6 Wed, Jun 7 Thu, Jun 8 Fri, Jun 9 Sat, Jun 10 Sun, Jun 11
Mon, Jun 5 Tue, Jun 6 Wed, Jun 7 Thu, Jun 8 Fri, Jun 9 Sat, Jun 10 Sun, Jun 11
vs. Nationals vs. Nationals vs. Nationals Off vs. Reds vs. Reds vs. Reds
7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 1:10 p.m.
Ryu v. McCarthy v. Kershaw Hill v. Maeda v. Ryu v.
Gonzalez (L) Scherzer Strasburg v. Garrett (L) Wojchiechowski Adleman
SNLA/ESPN SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA
June 5-11

Previous weeks in review: Apr. 3-9 | Apr. 10-16 | Apr. 17-23 | Apr. 24-30 | May 1-7 | May 8-14 | May 15-21 | May 22-28

Stats

Week 9 batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Utley 24 4 7 1 1 1 2 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 28 0.292 0.393 0.542 0.935 0.286 Utley
Puig 19 1 7 2 0 0 4 2 0 3 3 0 0 1 23 0.368 0.435 0.474 0.908 0.412 Puig
Taylor 23 7 7 1 0 1 4 2 0 4 10 0 0 0 27 0.304 0.407 0.478 0.886 0.500 Taylor
Gonzalez 25 1 7 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 29 0.280 0.310 0.360 0.670 0.304 Gonzalez
Bellinger 29 3 5 1 0 2 3 3 0 3 13 0 0 0 32 0.172 0.250 0.414 0.664 0.214 Bellinger
Forsythe 20 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 6 0 0 0 24 0.150 0.292 0.300 0.592 0.154 Forsythe
Seager 20 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 0 0 26 0.150 0.346 0.150 0.496 0.200 Seager
Grandal 28 3 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 28 0.179 0.179 0.286 0.464 0.267 Grandal
Hernandez 18 2 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 6 0 0 1 21 0.167 0.238 0.222 0.460 0.231 Hernandez
Starters 206 26 47 8 1 6 22 9 0 27 61 1 0 4 238 0.228 0.315 0.364 0.679 0.287 Starters
Barnes 10 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 11 0.300 0.364 0.400 0.764 0.375 Barnes
Eibner 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 9 0.125 0.222 0.125 0.347 0.250 Eibner
Gutierrez 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333 0.000 Gutierrez
Bench 20 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 23 0.200 0.304 0.250 0.554 0.286 Bench
Pitchers 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 13 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Pitchers
Offense 238 27 51 9 1 6 24 9 0 30 71 1 1 4 274 0.214 0.300 0.336 0.637 0.273 Offense
Week of May 29 - June 4

Week 9 pitching

Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Kershaw 1 1 0 0 7.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 14 0 1.29 0.429 1.49 Kershaw
Ryu 1 1 0 0 6.0 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 0 1.50 0.667 1.87 Ryu
Hill 2 2 1 0 9.0 5 4 3 1 6 0 9 1 3.00 1.222 4.98 Hill
McCarthy 1 1 0 1 4.0 7 2 2 1 1 0 6 0 4.50 2.000 4.20 McCarthy
Maeda 2 2 0 1 8.0 6 5 5 1 6 0 9 1 5.63 1.500 5.20 Maeda
Starters 7 7 1 2 0 34.0 23 13 12 4 15 1 42 2 3.18 1.118 3.67 Starters
Morrow 4 2 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0.00 0.500 0.20 Morrow
Jansen 3 1 0 1 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0.00 0.500 0.95 Jansen
Baez 3 0 0 3.3 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 0.00 1.200 -0.40 Baez
Dayton 3 0 0 3.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.300 1.40 Dayton
Liberatore 1 0 0 0.7 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 3.000 -2.80 Liberatore
Stripling 3 0 1 4.0 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 2.25 1.250 5.20 Stripling
Romo 4 0 0 3.7 3 1 1 1 1 0 5 0 2.45 1.091 4.84 Romo
Fields 3 0 0 2.7 2 2 2 2 1 0 2 0 6.75 1.125 12.58 Fields
Hatcher 3 0 0 3.3 3 4 4 1 3 0 3 0 10.80 1.800 8.00 Hatcher
Bullpen 27 0 3 1 1 29.0 22 8 8 5 7 1 37 1 2.48 1.000 3.61 Bullpen
Totals 34 7 4 3 1 63.0 45 21 20 9 22 2 79 3 2.86 1.063 3.64 Totals
Week of May 29 - June 4