Dodgers Sign Ninth Pick Ryan O'Sullivan

The Dodgers have signed their top nine draft picks after reaching agreement on Monday with former Oklahoma City University right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan, their fourth-round selection in this year's amateur draft. The agreement came hours before the deadline for signing this year's picks and just four days after the club finalized an agreement with first-rounder Chris Reed.

O'Sullivan, who will turn 21 next month, is the brother of former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, now with the Kansas City Royals. He never actually pitched at Oklahoma City, redshirting there this season after transferring from San Diego State, where he went 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA in two seasons.

He was drafted out of high school three years ago by the San Francisco Giants, in the 10th round, but opted to attend college instead.

Pujols' Surge Hurts Kemp's Triple Crown Chances
Matt Kemp took one step closer to a 40/40 season Tuesday night, and a couple of steps further away from a Triple Crown. Kemp swiped his 32nd base of the season in the second inning after reaching on a single, and he scored on an Aaron Miles single. That was the Dodgers' only run in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers.

With 41 games remaining, Kemp seems likely to get the eight stolen bases required for half of the 40/40 combo. But he needs 12 home runs to reach the other half.

The ever-rare Triple Crown, which was last achieved by Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, is looking more bleak.

Albert Pujols homered again Tuesday, his 30th of the season. Pujols is healthy once again and has rediscovered his power stroke, hitting five home runs in his last nine games. Kemp's odds of catching a hot Pujols aren't good for the home run crown.

By going 1-for-4, Kemp saw his batting average drop to .320 for the year. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, currently on the disabled list, is atop the NL leader board at .336.

Meanwhile, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, a Most Valuable Player candidate along with teammate Prince Fielder and Kemp, is 4-for-8 this series to raise his batting average to .329 for the year.

Kemp's manufactured run was the only thing the Dodgers could muster against Yovani Gallardo and Takashi Saito. Milwaukee got two walks and two singles in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the win. The Dodgers have now been outscored 61-39 in the ninth inning this year.

--OF/1B Juan Rivera started at first base Tuesday for the ninth time in 19 opportunities with a right-handed pitcher starting. James Loney has been on the bench with more regularity lately due to his season-long struggles. Rivera went 1-for-4.

--RHP Chad Billingsley is no longer seeing purely fastballs when he bats. Eight starts ago, his slash line was .308/.379/.538. Now he sees mostly off-speed stuff and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats with nine strikeouts, giving him a .186/.255/.326 slash line. Oh yeah, his pitching: Billingsley allowed one run in seven innings. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth and received a no-decision.

--OF Trent Oeltjen walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, replacing RHP Chad Billingsley. Since getting called up in mid-June, he has just 41 at-bats. The last time Oeltjen started a game was July 5.

--RHP Matt Guerrier worked a scoreless eighth inning at Milwaukee. He has now retired 13 of the last 14 batters he's faced, including five via strikeout.

--LHP Hong-Chih Kuo threw six straight fastballs and walked Brewers 1B Prince Fielder to lead off the ninth inning. Kuo was charged with the loss after Mike MacDougal allowed a hit, walk and game-winning single to PH Mark Kotsay.

--RF Andre Ethier went hitless in four at-bats, and he's gone 11 straight at-bats without a hit. His average is down to .294, tied for the lowest point it's been since the second game of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 33 -- One-run games the Dodgers have played this year. They are 17-16 in those contests. A year ago, they were 26-24 in one-run games, so not much has changed.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The first two years, frankly, have been disastrous." -- Facility Merchandise Inc. attorney Arthur Rosenberg, on the Dodgers' attendance and small crowds that have led to low merchandise sales. The Dodgers won a ruling over FMI in bankruptcy court Tuesday. Rosenberg asked a judge to accept or reject the FMI contract by Sept. 26, before the company orders millions of dollars worth of merchandise for next season, which it might get stuck with if the Dodgers boot the vendor before the season begins.

--SS Dee Gordon (bruised right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10.

--RHP Rubby De La Rosa (sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery Aug. 9.

--RHP Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27. He was hospitalized after the July 26 game, and he was released from the hospital July 27. He will end his three weeks on blood thinners Aug. 19 and could start a minor league rehabilitation assignment a few days later.

--INF Juan Uribe (left hip strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 24. Uribe was taking batting practice every day in mid-August, but his hip hadn't improved enough for him to run the bases. With rehab games still needed, he might not return until rosters expand in September.

--RHP Jonathan Broxton (bone bruise on right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4. He threw a bullpen session June 7. He made rehab appearances on June 21 and 23 for Class AAA Albuquerque, but he felt tightness in his elbow when playing catch June 25, and he was shut down from throwing. He was cleared to begin a throwing program in early August, and he might be able to return in early September.

--RHP Vicente Padilla (right radial nerve irritation, sore neck) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14 due to the arm injury. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 29, but he was shut down in early June due to a neck ailment. He underwent neck surgery June 16, and he likely will miss the rest of the season.

--RHP Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2. He played catch June 21 but had to shut it down quickly. He underwent season-ending surgery during the All-Star break and began his rehab.