May 2005 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Penny Looking For Extension
Brad Penny would like the Dodgers to offer him a contract extension, and his agent recently took the first step by sending a proposal to General Manager Paul DePodesta. "This is a good place to play, this team will always compete for the playoffs," Penny said. "I'd like to stay." Penny, 27, will become a free agent at the end of the season if he doesn't get an extension. He is making $5.2 million this season and may command a salary of $7 million to $9 million a year if he remains healthy. His situation is complicated by the unusual biceps nerve injury he suffered last season.
Gagne Records First Save, Dodgers Avoid Giant Sweep
Ricky Ledee hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning and Antonio Perez hit a two-run homer among his career-high four hits and drove in three runs, leading Los Angeles over the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Thursday night. "It was a big night," Perez said. "I'm more comfortable. If I play every day, I'm more confident and I see the ball better." Eric Gagne was given his first save opportunity of the season by recording the final three outs, but he allowed consecutive doubles to Michael Tucker and Omar Vizquel.
Feliz And Alou Hit Two Homers Apiece In Giants' 4th Straight Win
Pedro Feliz and Moises Alou hit two homers apiece and Brett Tomko pitched eight innings of five-hit ball in the San Francisco Giants' fourth straight victory, 10-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. The Dodgers have now lost 10 out of their last 13 games, as Paul Depodesta's 'Moneyball' techniques haven't been effective this season. Alou hit his sixth homer of the season after a lengthy first-inning battle with Alvarez. Alfonzo then doubled, and Feliz ended a 1-for-15 slump with his seventh homer of the season.
Off The DL And Schmidt Happens
Jason Schmidt came off the disabled list earlier in the day, then pitched five effective innings and hit a solo home run in San Francisco's 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. "I was pumped up to get out there," Schmidt said. "That was a big relief." Mike Matheny hit a three-run homer after failing to get down a bunt attempt and Edgardo Alfonzo had three hits and drove in a run as the Giants won three straight for just the third time this season.
Willis Lit Up For Four Runs In The First By Dodgers
Jeff Kent and Olmedo Saenz each drove in two runs in a four-run first inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat previously unbeaten Dontrelle Willis and the Florida Marlins 14-5 for just their second win in seven games. Willis' ERA shot up from 1.08 to 1.45 with the night's performance. He had also won all of his seven starts of the season. The Dodgers completed the game with 19 hits and scored 10 of their 14 runs in the 7th and 8th innings.
Dodgers Fall Out Of First Place
Andruw Jones hit his third homer in two games and doubled and scored a run Sunday, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. With their fourth loss in five game, the Dodgers have fallen out of first place in the NL West. ``It's just good to get a home run,'' Andruw Jones said with a smile. ``I'm seeing the ball pretty good, getting pitches to hit.'' Tim Hudson picked up his fourth win in an Atlanta uniform, constantly pitching out of trouble. He allowed nine hits and two runs while walking two, hitting a batter and striking out five. ``Today wasn't that pretty from my standpoint, but it was enough to get the job done,'' Hudson said.
Gagne Returns And Yields Two Homers
Eric Gagne gave up ninth-inning home runs to Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones -- his first two batters since coming off the disabled list -- and the Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Saturday night. ``I'm sure they were going to put him in the game no matter what, because he wanted to face some major league players after facing just minor league guys,'' said Andruw Jones, who also homered against Odalis Perez and drove in three runs. ``Gagne's a tremendous pitcher. I mean, saving 80-something games in a row is amazing. But today he just left a couple of pitches up and over the plate and we took care of them.'' ``I wasn't nervous -- maybe anxious,'' said Gagne, who missed the first 35 games because of a sprained right elbow. ``It was my mechanics. I felt great. I hadn't pitched in a game in six or seven months. It was great to face major league hitters again, and I got my feet wet. I'm just going to have to step it up now.''
McCourt To Keep Team At Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has committed to keeping the team and playing in Dodger Stadium for 25 years as part of a debt refinancing deal. "This just reaffirms the commitment I made to own the team for the long term and to play baseball at Dodger Stadium," McCourt said Thursday. Things might be changing around the stadium in Chavez Ravine, however, with McCourt considering developing the 300 acres he owns there. A subsidiary of McCourt's L.A. Real Estate, LLC, which owns Dodger Stadium and the surrounding land, completed a $250 million private placement of senior notes Wednesday.
Dodgers Eye Polanco
The Los Angeles Times and ESPN.com have reported the Dodgers' interest in Placido Polanco, who has been trying to talk his way out of Philadelphia all season because he's unhappy about platooning at second base with Chase Utley. Polanco's preference is to play second, but he'd happily move to the hot corner to join the Dodgers. "That would be great," Polanco said Tuesday night. "I'd have no problem playing third base for [the Dodgers]. They have a great team." The Phillies reportedly prefer to include rookie first baseman Ryan Howard in a trade.
Choi Stays Hot With 3-Run Homer In L.A. Win Over St. Louis
Hee-Seop Choi is batting .400 over his last 12 games kept it going when he hut a go-ahead, three-run homer an inning after he was in a collision that forced St. Louis' Scott Rolen from the game with a sprained left shoulder in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 9-8 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. ``Not only did it knock the wind out of him, but it jarred him pretty good,'' manager Jim Tracy said. ``He continually said he was OK. That was a terrific play. ``The games we've played have been some incredible games,'' Tracy said. ``There's a lot of cat and mouse and there's a lot of terrific baseball, that's all there is to it.''