Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw 50 pitches of a hill on Sunday in his recovery since injuring his left shoulder after the Australia trip. He said he is ready to pitch in the minors on Friday if the training staff and Mattingly give him the go ahead.
In the roster move of the day infielder Chone Figgins went down to AAA Albuquerque and was swapped for Jose Dominguez who threw two innings and got tagged with a 2 run homer in LA’s 7-0 thumping at the hands of the Phillies.
The Dodgers had Maholm on the hill against superstar Cliff Lee. The Philies’ pitcher went threw 8 scoreless innings to help his lowest every WHIP against LA.
Maholm had no help in the first as he walked former Dodger Tony Gwinn and then Yasiel Puig dropped a blooper in shallow right that the Dodger defense turned into a tough play. Utley flew out to Kemp, which allowed Ruiz double to score two after Puig’s throw missed the cut off man, a sight which is all too familiar.
At one stage Cliff had retired 20 batters in a row to help Philadelphia to the win.
It was mostly the Dodgers fault however as they made some very basic errors. They threw away comebackers and never got a rally started, as the defeat was the first shutout at Dodger Stadium for the home team in the season.
Paul Maholm lasted just 5 and went for 4 earned runs in his only decision of the year to go 0-1.
The Dodgers only had 4 hits with just 2 of them leaving the infield. Puig was run down in a gaff when he, from second base, rounded third and headed for home on a botched pickup by Chase Utley that would have been scored and error and left Gonzalez on base, safe at first.