Little came up with a lineup that featured one 30-year-old player (outfielder Juan Pierre). The rest of the lineup featured infielder Tony Abreu (22 years old), outfielder Matt Kemp (23), first baseman James Loney 23), catcher Russell Martin (24), outfielder Andre Ethier (25), third baseman Andy LaRoche (24), infielder Chin-Lung Hu (23) and starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (23).
The results were better than he could have imagined. All of the position
players in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and the Dodgers beat the
first-place Diamondbacks and snapped their seven-game losing streak in the
"It was good to see those guys, energy-wise, playing hard and running the
bases, doing their thing, and Chad doing his thing," said Pierre.
Little didn't say if he would stick with the same lineup when the team
returns home for the final six games of the season. He didn't even admit to
altering the lineup was a way of looking toward the future. His reasoning was
that he was merely looking for a lineup that could beat Arizona pitcher Edgar Gonzalez, who had beaten the Dodgers the previous week in Los Angeles.
"I looked at the lineup we put on the field the last time we faced the same
pitcher, and he shut us down," Little said.
Little can now use the same excuse when the Dodgers face Rockies pitchers
Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Fogg and Franklin Morales.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: 2B Tony Abreu and 1B James Loney hit home runs in
support of RHP Chad Billingsley, who won his 12th game of the season. The
Dodgers turned to youth by starting players with less than two years' experience
in eight of the nine starting positions. The younger players came through in a
15-hit attack that snapped the L.A.'s seven-game losing streak.
Notes & Quotes
--INF Ramon Martinez was sidelined after hyperextending his right elbow. He
hurt the elbow while throwing the ball to first base earlier last week in
Colorado. He is day-to-day.
--INF Chin-Lung Hu was selected as the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the
Year, the Dodgers announced on Saturday. Hu started the season at the Double-A
level but was promoted to Triple-A after he was picked as the MVP of the Futures
All-Star Game in July. He continued the pace at Las Vegas, hitting .318 with an
on-base percentage of .842.
--LHP Joe Beimel broke the Dodgers' single-season record for appearances by a
left-handed pitcher on Sunday. Beimel appeared in his 81st game of the season,
surpassing the mark set by Tom Martin in 2003.
--INF Tony Abreu suffered a hip flexor while making a play in the fifth
inning. It was unknown if the injury is related to the abdominal strain he
suffered earlier this season. He is listed as day to day.
--1B James Loney had three hits to raise his batting average to .434 in his
last 13 games.
By the Numb3rs: 23 -- The number of runs by which the Dodgers have been
outscored during their third six-game losing streak of the season.
Quote to Note: "This was the longest four games and three days I've ever been
through. It was miserable down to the last pitch." -- Dodgers manager Grady
Little, after the Dodgers were swept in a four-game series at Colorado,
essentially ending their playoff hopes.
*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
INF Tony Abreu (sore hip flexor) was injured in the Sept. 23 game and is day
INF Ramon Martinez (hyperextended left elbow) was injured on Sept. 18, and
may not return this season.
SS Rafael Furcal (stiff lower back) took himself out of the first game of the
doubleheader on Sept. 18. He didn't play Sept. 19-23, and he is day-to-day.
RHP Derek Lowe (bruised right hand) missed his Sept. 12 start, but he was
back on the mound Sept. 15 and pitched seven strong innings.
LHP Randy Wolf (tender left shoulder) went on the disabled list July 4. He
pitched on a rehab assignment July 25 but emerged with more shoulder irritation.
He had season-ending surgery Sept. 5.
OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) opened the season on the disabled list.
He had surgery March 28 and is expected to be out for the season. He was moved
to the 60-day disabled list Aug. 29.
LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (sore left elbow) went on the disabled list retroactive to
July 1. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow
July 25. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 4, and he is out for the
RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list July
15. He was ready to start a throwing program in early August, but renewed pain
put those plans on hold.
RHP Jason Schmidt (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list
retroactive to June 17. He underwent exploratory surgery on June 20, and a torn
labrum was discovered. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 13
and will miss the rest of the season.
RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list June
1. He cut short a throwing session June 15, and he was subsequently diagnosed
with a torn labrum. He underwent surgery June 22 and is out for the season.
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