Saturday, May 25, 2013
Quick take: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly is doing it his way now, no matter who doesn't like it.
Mattingly appeared to take on one of his most-celebrated players Saturday night. He pulled Matt Kemp in a double switch in the seventh inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, prompting what appeared to be an angry reaction by Kemp in the Dodgers' dugout.
Kemp threw his glove and stormed into the tunnel, though he did return to cheer on his teammates later in the game.
On Wednesday in Milwaukee, Mattingly benched the other longtime Dodger position player, Andre Ethier, because he wanted to field his most competitive lineup.
The Dodgers have taken a lot of heat for being an expensive mess so far this season, but it's not the new acquisitions that have cost them most dearly. Coming into Saturday, Ethier ranked No. 125 and Kemp ranked No. 144 in the majors in slugging percentage.
The Mattingly-Kemp drama, combined with shaky relief work by Ronald Belisario, drowned out a strong outing from veteran left-hander Ted Lilly, who kept the hard-hitting Cardinals off balance into the sixth inning.
The Dodgers, desperate for some momentum, could take their second consecutive series (with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound) in Sunday's finale.