Dodgers Inside Pitch - June 14

   Luis Gonzalez is known as one of the talkative players on the Dodgers roster, but when it came time to explain his recent success against left-handed pitchers, he wasn't able to offer much of an explanation.

   Gonzalez is hitting .340 against lefties, among the best success he has had against them in his 17-year career.
   "I've had years where I've hit lefties good," Gonzalez said. "I don't think it's any different than what I've done in the past. It's just that sometimes you're successful at it and sometimes you're not."
   Gonzalez' best season against lefties was in 1992, when he hit .350 against them. His low point, not counting 1990 when he went 0-for-1 against left-handers in his first season, was in 1991 (.172).
   Gonzalez uses an open stance when he bats, which might contribute to his success, but he's not sure that is the secret.
   "I always try to use the middle of the field anyway," he said. "Against righties, I do it with two strikes a little bit more. With lefties, it just depends on the situation and things like that when I'm up there. If I have to try to hook a ball to get a runner over or get them in, ... different spots call for different types of situational hitting."
   Gonzalez hasn't learned the trick to hitting against lefties during his 16-plus seasons in the majors, but if there is something that he does know, it's not to question things when they're going well.
   "I've gone through my whole career like that, pretty much," he said. "Sometimes things work out a little bit better than others. There are times when you hit better on the road than you do at home, and then the following year it's the other way around. Right now everything is kind of working out for me."

NOTES, QUOTES
   --LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, who became the first Taiwanese-born player in the majors to hit a home run, had his batting helmet sent to the Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Kuo was the seventh pitcher in history to hit a home run as part of three consecutive homers. He was the only the second pitcher to accomplish the feat since 1963.
   --SS Rafael Furcal tripled his season total for triples by hitting two in Wednesday's victory over the Mets. The last time Furcal hit more than one triple in a game was on April 21, 2002, against the Marlins. Furcal was playing for the Braves at the time. Furcal is the first Dodger to hit multiple triples in a game since Jason Repko did it on Sept. 26, 2005.
   --1B Nomar Garciaparra swiped his second base of the season Wednesday and needs one more to tie his season total from 2006. His career high for steals in a season is 22, which he did for the Red Sox in 1997.
   --OF Juan Pierre singled twice in Wednesday's game and has 23 multi-hit games this season.
   --1B James Loney ended a home run drought by hitting a dinger off Mets closer Billy Wagner on Wednesday. Loney's only other home run of the season came in Class AAA Las Vegas' season opener on April 5 when he hit a home run on his first swing (second pitch).

BY THE NUMBERS: 39 and 7 -- The number of runs the Dodgers have scored in RHP Derek Lowe's six victories this season, as opposed to the number of runs the Dodgers have scored in Lowe's six losses.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I plan on stepping in there and making that tradition even stronger." -- RHP Chris Withrow, the Dodgers' first-round draft pick, on the team's storied tradition of pitching.

MEDICAL WATCH:
   RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list on June 1. He is expected to begin throwing during the week of June 11.
   RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list on May 23. He is expected to begin throwing during the week of June 11.
   UT Marlon Anderson (right elbow irritation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5. He had surgery to remove bone chips on May 11. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Las Vegas on June 7.
   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
     HITTERS

T.Abreu, 2B	    BA    AB    R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI  SB
Last Game         .500    4    0    2    1    0    0    1    0
Last 7 Games      .185   27    3    5    4    0    0    2    0
Season            .275   69   10   19   10    0    0    6    0

W.Betemit, 3B	    BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .500    4    2    2    0    0    1    2    0
Last 7 Games      .500   12    4    6    0    0    2    4    0
Season            .223  103   16   23    5    0    7   19    0

A.Ethier, RF        BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .000    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games      .133   15    3    2    0    0    0    1    0
Season            .261  199   20   52   11    1    5   28    0

R.Furcal, SS        BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .500    4    2    2    0    2    0    1    0
Last 7 Games      .250   28    3    7    1    2    0    4    0
Season            .287  230   28   66   13    3    0   24    7

N.Garciaparra, 1B   BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .333    3    1    1    0    0    0    0    1
Last 7 Games      .208   24    1    5    1    0    0    0    1
Season            .273  238   19   65   11    0    1   34    2

L.Gonzalez, LF      BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .000    4    0    0    0    0    0    1    0
Last 7 Games      .308   26    6    8    5    0    2    8    0
Season            .287  216   34   62   14    1    8   28    3

M.Kemp, RF          BA   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .750    4    3    3    0    0    0    1    0
Last 7 Games      .467   15    4    7    0    0    1    3    1
Season            .464   28    7   13    1    0    1    6    1

Jeff Kent, 2B	    BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .250     4    0    1    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games      .318    22    4    7    1    0    1    1    0
Season            .261   222   35   58   16    0    9   33    1

M.Lieberthal, C     BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .000     0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games      .286    14    2    4    1    0    0    1    0
Season            .214    28    2    6    1    0    0    1    0

J.Loney, 1B	    BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game        1.000     1    1    1    0    0    1    2    0
Last 7 Games      .333     9    1    3    1    0    1    4    0
Season            .333     9    1    3    1    0    1    4    0

R.Martin, C         BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .000     4    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games      .154    26    2    4    0    0    0    1    2
Season            .291   223   40   65   14    1    7   41   11

J.Pierre, CF        BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .400     5    0    2    0    0    0    1    0
Last 7 Games      .400    20    1    8    0    1    0    1    2
Season            .279   269   35   75    8    3    0   14   20

O.Saenz, 1B         BA    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB
Last Game         .000     1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games      .200     5    1    1    0    0    1    3    0
Season            .212    52    7   11    3    0    3   10    0    

     PITCHERS

J.Beimel          ERA    W-L   Sv  G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game        0.00    0-0   0   1     1    1    0    0    0    2
Last 7 Games     4.50    0-0   0   3     2    3    1    0    0    2
Season           3.58    1-1   1   3  27.2   22   11    0   10   12

C.Billingsley    ERA     W-L  Sv   G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K    
Last Game        0.00    0-0   0   1     1    0    0    0    0    0
Last 7 Games     0.00    1-0   0   3   3.2    1    0    0    1    3
Season           3.27    4-0   0  22    33   28   12    1   12   39

J.Broxton	 ERA     W-L   Sv  G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game        0.00    0-0   0   1     1    0    0    0    0    2
Last 7 Games     0.00    0-0   0   3   2.1    0    0    0    0    5
Season           3.86    2-2   1  33  32.2   30   14    0   15   40

M.Hendrickson	  ERA    W-L  Sv   G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game       12.00    0-0   0   1     3    5    4    1    1    5
Last 7 Games     9.72    0-1   0   3   8.1   13    9    2    4    9
Season           4.50    2-3   0  13    58   58   29    9   18   45

H.Kuo             ERA    W-L  Sv   G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K    
Last Game        1.29    1-0   0   1     7    5    1    0    1    4
Last 7 Games     2.04    1-1   0   3  17.2   13    4    0    7   15
Season           3.60    1-1   0   5    20   19    8    0    8   15

D.Lowe 	          ERA    W-L  Sv   G    IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game        1.00    0-1   0   1     9    4    1    1    0    3
Last 7 Games     1.90    2-1   0   3  23.2   10    5    3    3   14
Season           3.21    6-6   0  14  95.1   83   34    5   30   61

B.Penny     	 ERA    W-L   Sv   G     IP   H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game         1.29   1-0   0   1     7    7    1    0    0    7
Last 7 Games      2.61   1-0   0   3  20.2   21    6    2    2   18
Season            2.18   8-1   0  14  90.2   81   22    2   25   61

T.Saito		  ERA     W-L  Sv   G   IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0-0   1   1    1    0    0    0    0    2
Last 7 Games      3.00    0-0   2   3    3    1    1    1    1    4
Season            1.67    1-0  18  26   27   17    5    4    3   34

J.Schmidt	   ERA    W-L  Sv   G   IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game        13.50    0-1   0   1    4    9    6    1    2    3
Last 7 Games      8.25    0-2   0   3   12   17   11    3    7    9
Season            6.43    1-3   0   5   21   27   15    4   10   20

R.Seanez	   ERA     W-L  Sv   G   IP    H   ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game        0.00     0-0   0   1    1    1    0    0    0    1
Last 7 Games     3.38     1-1   0   3   2.2   2    1    0    0    3
Season           2.90     3-1   0  26   31   33   10    3    8   30

B.Tomko		 ERA     W-L   Sv   G   IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K 
Last Game         0.00    0-0   0   1    1    0    0    0    0    1
Last 7 Games      2.25    0-0   0   3    4    2    1    0    0    7
Season            5.43    1-5   0  16   53   61   32    6   20   47

R.Wolf	          ERA     W-L  Sv   G   IP    H   ER   HR   BB    K
Last Game         4.50    1-0   0   1    6    9    3    0    0    3
Last 7 Games      6.75    2-1   0   3   16   24   12    1    5   12
Season            4.06    8-4   0  14   82   84   37    7   24   83




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