- Dodgers set to take on the Seals tonight in regular season finale
- Game time is slated for 6:15 P.M. at McAuliffe Field #2
- Dodgers beat Seals earlier in the season 7-5
- Dodgers record stands at 13-4, .765 winning percentage
- Seals record is 9-7, .563 winning percentage
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Dodgers win both the game and the division with 6-3 win over the Orioles
The Dodgers are back in the playoffs after missing them last year after beating the Orioles and wrapping up their division with a 6-3 win.
The game was started by Tim Halverson, searching for his 7th win of the year and he did not disappoint. He kept the Orioles off guard and gave up only five hits and three unearned runs, two of which came in the final frame with no outs. The Dodgers managed only eight hits against the Orioles Thompson and Dave Polling. Paul Flanigan and Sly Walker each managed two hits each, scored a run apiece and Walker drove in one run and Flanigan drove in two with his triple in the first inning. Tony Lane drove in two runs with his fourth inning double while James Rivera, who hit in the leadoff spot for the first time this year, singled, stole a base and scored the first run of the game in the first inning.
Dodgers manager Bob Roe had this to say about his team's win last night; "It was an ugly win, but a win. I'll take it and now we can rest easy knowing that we are back right where we belong, in the championship round. I don't know if we lost Lunar for the playoffs, but we will probably find out in about a week. He pulled a groin after pulling up on an attempted stolen base in the fourth inning. We have been playing short-handed for the last two or three weeks, so I am pretty confident that we will be at full strength by the time the playoffs roll around. I really like our chances against either team, whether it is the Seals or the Red Sox."
The Dodgers are in the Championship best-of-three starting September 27th, at 7 P.M. at McAuliffe Field, with game two slated for October 2nd, also at 7 P.M. at the same field. Game three, if necessary, will also be at McAuliffe Field at the same time.
Dodgers put up 13 on the Red Sox to move to 12-4
The Dodgers met up with the Red Sox for the last time in the regular season and it ended like you might expect. Another drubbing by the Dodgers, 13-1. The Dodgers scored 31 runs in two games against these Red Sox and gave up only 5.
The first inning saw the Sox load the bases with no outs, but got out of it with no runs scored and you could just see the defeat in their body language. But the first inning for the Dodgers saw them go three up and three down, as Red Sox pitcher Will Reddick was on the money. But, with Pat Taylor throwing the rock for the Dodgers, Reddick would have to throw a perfect game against the team that has scored 170 runs on the season, and that wasn't going to happen.
Taylor settled down and allowed just one more hit over the rest of the game, and gave up just one run on an error in the fourth inning. Taylor's stat line for the night was 5 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 walks and a strikeout, all on just 51 pitches, to move his record to 5-2, with a 4.13 ERA.
The Dodger bats weren't silent either. As loud as Taylor was pitching, the Dodgers were just as loud at the plate. Tim Halverson led the charge with two doubles and five RBI, while Jon Lunardini tripled home two runs and Paul Flanigan also tripled home a run. Chris Jones went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, Marvin Coleman went 2-3, with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Dodger catcher Tony Lane went 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI, while James Rivera also went 1-2, with a run scored and an RBI. Dodger leadoff hitter Tom Reid went 1-3 with a run scored and Chris Kawelo went 0-2 with a run scored on his HBP and Sly Walker was 1-2, with 2 runs scored with a walk.
The Dodgers are 12-4, and need a win or a Red Sox loss to wrap up the division as they are seeking their third championship in four years. They will continue that quest on Wednesday night, against the 2-13 Orioles at McAuliffe Field #1 at 8:45 P.M.
Halverson throws 4-hitter, Dodgers beat Braves 5-1
The Dodgers faced off with the Braves last night at James Field in Auburn and in over 100 degree weather, the Dodgers Tim Halverson and Paul Flanigan were even hotter.
Halverson pitched a 4 hit gem, striking out 5 Braves, yielding just 1 unearned run and walking 1 in 7 innings. Halvy had them off balance the entire night, working with Dodger catcher Tony Lane (1-2, 2 rbi, SF), keeping the Braves bats in check. The win propelled Halvy to 6-1 on the season with a 2.46 ERA.
Flanigan was 3 for 3 on the night, including 2 double and a run scored. His perfect effort moved him to .594, good enough for the best average on the team, overtaking Mike Newsom (.576). Flanigan drove in 2 more also, bring his season total to 13.
Lane's 2 rbi gives him a team leading 16 for the 2017 season.
The Dodgers will be taking on the Athletics on Wednesday, at 6:15 P.M. at McAuliffe Field #2. The Athletics are 7-5-1 and in second place n the Central Division. The win last night moves the Dodgers to 10-3, keeping them in first place with the Red Sox (7-4-1) in second.
Dodgers make the Orioles look like little leaguers in 13-4 win
The RC Dodgers faced off with the Orioles last weekend and came away with a 13-4 win over the oftentimes arrogant Birds, putting them at 8-3 and running the Orioles to a 2-9 record.
Pat Taylor started on the hill for the Boys in Blue, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, striking out 3 and getting the win, moving his record to 3-2. Steve Bogan came on and pitched the last two innings, earning the save and running his record to 1-0 with 1 save.
Mike Newsom was the big offensive star for the Dodgers, going 3-4, with 2 runs scored, 3 doubles and 4 rbi. Jon Lunardini went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 1 rbi while Tony Lane went 3-3, with 1 run scored and 2 rbi.
The Dodgers are in first place by one and a half games over the Red Sox, Seals and Dragons, with a full 4 points ahead of the Seals and Dragons.
The Dodgers will take on the Dragons this Monday at 6:15P.M. at McAuliffe Field #1.
Dodgers drop the Red Sox, 18-3, move into first place
On Friday night at McAuliffe Field, the Rancho Cordova Dodgers took on the team they were tied with for first place, the Capitol Red Sox, both coming into the game at 3-0. A number of these players on both sides of the infield have played together as teammates on the 2016 Summer League champion Red Sox, ironically managed by long-time Dodgers manager Bob Roe. The Red Sox are now managed by Calvin Nickerson and look to be a very formidable team under his watchful eye.
The Dodgers would start the game with their workhorse Tim Halverson (2-0), while the Sox would counter with Mike Denecocha (1-0, 3.86).
The game got underway with the Dodgers putting up 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Sox countered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning but it was as close as they would get. Neither team would score in the second inning, but the Dodgers exploded for 10 runs in the top of the third, and the rout was on. The Red Sox were overmatched, but were able to scratch out a run in their bottom half of the same inning, to bring the score to 15-3. But the Dodgers scored another 3 runs in the fourth inning to bring the score to 18 to 3, and that is where it stayed, and thankfully the mercy rule was enacted after the last out was recorded in the bottom of the fifth. Tim Halverson moved to 3-0, while Denecocha dropped to 1-1.
Their was a bit of drama during the 10-run explosion, when Roe gave the steal sign to Marvin Coleman. The Red Sox coach, Steve Sanford let his temper get the best of him and eventually left the dugout after an altercation with Nickerson. Sox catcher Tommy Juelch was ejected by the home plate umpire after arguing a called third strike, that was thrown right down the heart of the plate. Juelch took his time leaving the field and delayed the game by almost five minutes.
The Dodgers were led by Sly Walker, 2-2, 4 rbi's, 3 runs scored and 2 walks. Mike Newsom chipped in with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored to go along with his 3 rbi. Jon Lunardini launched a double off the base of he right field wall to drive in 2, giving him a total of 3 runs driven in and 3 runs scored. In fact, all the Dodger starters got a hit in the game except for Halverson. Dodger clean up man, Paul Flanigan also added a double of his own and a stolen base on the night.
The Dodgers win propped them up into first place all alone at the top with a 4-0 record and the Sox dropped to 3-1, but are still in second place.
The Sox continue play next Tuesday against the Riverdogs, while the Dodgers will have the week off until next Friday, when the take on the National Division Sacramento Giants.
Dodgers start 2-0, sit on top of the American Division
The RC Dodgers are in a much better spot this year after failing to make the playoffs in 2016 for the first time since 2012. After back to back championships against the Giants and the Cryo, the Dodgers had dreams of three-peats dancing in their heads. This year, a much more focused Dodger team, a back to basics if you will, are generating some heat in the early going of the 2017 SMSBL Summer Night League season.
After two games, the team is batting .466 with an OPS of 1.067. The lineup, at least at this point, doesn't seem to have any holes, and if one Dodger doesn't do something, then his teammate picks him up. The team has yet to play with it's complete infield as one unit and the outfield has a new centerfielder after longtime Dodger Russell Hooper left the team. "This is a good thing," say's longtime Dodger manager Bob Roe, "because with us sitting at 2-0 and not playing at full strength, then that just means more bad news for the teams in or division."
A rejuvenated Dodger squad took on the Dragons in the season opener, and after 5 innings the score was knotted at 4 all. But the Dodger bats came alive in the 6th and put up 9 runs in the bottom of the frame to win 13-4. On Wednesday, the Dodgers took the field against the Seals and this time it was the Dodgers who were taking it on the chin. Down 3 nothing, the 4-2, the 5-4, the Dodgers staged another comeback win with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win on a walk-off single by first baseman Jon Lunardini.
Manager Bob Roe had this to say about Lunardini's performance last night:
"I told Jon to relax, don't try to hit it out of the park, and just be the hero tonight, and well, he did just that. What a game he had, huh? 3 rbi's, a game winning walk-off. He was running to fast for the rest of the team to catch up to him to dog pile the big man. I don't think I would have wanted them to do that with his leg and elbow issues though so I'm glad he ran away from them."
The Dodgers take on the NorCal Giants next week in Folsom at Lembi Field at 7 P.M.