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Dodgers can't carry the momentum, fall 9-2 to White Sox

Photo: Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly replaces starting pitcher Jon Garland in the fourth inning Saturday in Chicago. Credit: Jerry Lai / US Presswire The Dodgers will always have Friday.

Alas, Saturday looked just a bit too familiar. Too much like most of their season. At least the hitting part.

The day after pulling off their most thrilling and unexpected victory of the season, the Dodgers returned to U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago unable to sustain even a hint of momentum.

Maybe that long flight with precious little sleep the previous day caught up to them, but they hardly resembled a team inspired by a dramatic comeback victory, falling meekly, 9-2, on Saturday afternoon to the White Sox.

Rookie Jerry Sands picked up his first career major-league home run, which pretty much ended their offensive highlights.

White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-3) made it look fairly routine, scattering seven hits in his seven innings.

His former White Sox teammate, Jon Garland, had what could safely -- hopefully? -- be called an off game.

Dodgers’ starting pitching had been an absolute rock for weeks, but Garland became the first Dodgers starter since April 5 not to complete at least the fifth inning. The White Sox chased him with six runs in the fourth.

Garland (1-4) gave up only seven runs in his last three starts and entered the cool afternoon with a 3.55 earned-run average. The right-hander, who gave up 11 hits, was charged with seven runs in this one and, by game’s end, had a 4.75 ERA.

At no point did he look sharp. Garland gave up one run in the first on Paul Konerko’s single, but the Dodgers got it back in the third on a couple of infield hits and a Matt Kemp groundout.

But the White Sox blew it open with their six-run fourth. Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and Alexei Ramirez had a two-run single. When the struggling Garland walked Adam Dunn to load the bases, reliever Ramon Troncoso took over. And promptly surrendered a two-run single to Konerko.

Sands, a minor-league power hitter who had seldom pulled the ball since being called up April 19, pulled one off Buehrle in the sixth for his first home run in the majors.

Lance Cormier (9.88 ERA) continued his unimpressive run as a Dodgers reliever, giving up a two-run homer to Brett Lillibridge in the seventh inning.

The Dodgers were left to catch up on their sleep and dream of fresh momentum.


Dodgers-White Sox box score

After the hitting streak for Andre Ethier, a slump

Frank McCourt asks judge to clear way for TV contract

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly replaces starting pitcher Jon Garland in the fourth inning Saturday in Chicago. Credit: Jerry Lai / US Presswire

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Congrats to Sands. Otherwise, an absolutely putrid & dreadful showing by that minor league lineup. Garland sucks.

What can we expect but another steaming pile from Frank and Neds dung heap!!!

this team SUCKS.. what on earth is wrong with EVERY aspect of the Dodgers this season.... i want a GOOD Dodger team, we are a very, very BIG market we deserve a contender, frank McCunt, i hate you and your wife.

Now that's more like it. That's the Dodgers I know.

Welcome back dudgers, your dreams were your ticket out (so forth & so on)...

W/L 21-26 now, compared the 22-25 club of '68 that finished 76-86, the 20-27 crew from '67 that finished 73-89... however, don't give up hope of something far worse - the 1992 team stood 23-24 before finishing at 63-99... keep the faith.


Now 1 tater on the season... if 'sluggo' sands doesn't show some restraint he'll pass slappy 'e' on the dudger hr board less than a week - he already has almost as many doubles, and all accomplished in less than half as many at bats as ol' slappy.)

Keep those 16blows MVP/Triple Crown dreams stoked though...

It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers completely screw up the future of Jerry Sands. Think Paul Konerko.

"Frank and Ned's Dung Heap". LOL.


I really hope young kids aren't reading this comments section. The Times comments editor must have gone to Happy Hour early today. I understand why a person would be disgusted and angry at McCourt. But @rafael, your language is out of line.

Our beloved bumbos fall further behind the dastardly d-backs, but at least our hold on fourth place stays solid!

FormerLifelongDodgerFan, I think you give them too much credit calling them a minor league line-up. A lot of those guys shouldn't even be playing baseball.

True, labeldude. Sadly, you're right. What happened to the proud organization we grew up with? Seems like a billion years ago.

The fan boycott grows stronger with each passing day. Mccourt must leave. Then, and only then, will things start to get better.

Castro batting second again......come on should be trying to minimize the number of times this guy comes to bat....if he has to play, he should bat eighth and nowhere else....ok, maybe ninth......and what is Cormier still doing on this roster?

Momentum? The Dodgers aren't professional enough to establish any momentum. But Loney is a very good minor leaguer. He might be able to stick there.

I think what we are seeing here is the reality of post-PED baseball. The weak hitting; the injuries etc. No excuses this team is not performing and will have to play at .600 level the rest of the season to win 90 games. Not impossible, however, will that even be enough to get to the playoffs?


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