Dodgers Report: Jake Peavy

Dodgers make trade deadline seem less relevant

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
10:30
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The National League West might still be decided based on what the respective general managers of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are able to pull off before Thursday's trade deadline.

And then again it might not.

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Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY SportsThe Dodgers were feeling pretty good about themselves after a three-game sweep of the Giants that vaulted them back into first place.
The Giants have made the only two moves so far, with general manager Brian Sabean scooping up Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for a couple of pitching prospects, and Dan Uggla from the Atlanta Braves' discard pile. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti admitted Saturday that talks hadn't gotten far off the ground and said, "You know what? We may not do anything."

If you've followed Colletti's active track record at this time of year, you know that admission had to hurt.

But it probably hurt a little bit less after he watched his team dominate the Giants for two games and then eke by them Sunday night, 4-3, for a three-game sweep that put the Dodgers alone in first place in the NL West for the first time since July 13.

On Sunday, the Dodgers beat Peavy, which in itself is noteworthy since he was 14-2 in his career against them coming in. Peavy had arrived in the middle of the Dodgers' 5-0 Saturday win, a Clayton Kershaw two-hitter, and made his Giants debut on "Sunday Night Baseball" against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has learned to mimic Kershaw's slider to the disgust of National League hitters of late.

Uggla, by the way, went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and three errors at second base in the series.

Not that Peavy was bad, not by a long stretch. He gave the Giants a quality start despite one run scoring because of Uggla's error and another scoring because Buster Posey took his time throwing to first after a strikeout on a ball in the dirt, and speedster Dee Gordon alertly broke for home.

"That's tough when you give a good team extra outs, but at the same time that's what being a team is about and I've got to pick up the team and do a better job," Peavy said afterward. "Buster and I are going to need a little time to get used to one another."

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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Giants 3

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers did what they set out to do. They proved they can beat the San Francisco Giants head to head and they reclaimed first place. Not a bad weekend by the Bay, a three-game sweep at AT&T Park that ended with Sunday night's tense 4-3 win.

The Dodgers now lead the NL West by a 1½ games, a crucial cushion with the team still in the midst of its most challenging stretch of schedule this season.

How it happened: Jake Peavy pitched well a day after getting traded to San Francisco from the Boston Red Sox, but Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a little bit better and the Dodgers used some speed and craftiness to beat Peavy. They scored three runs in the fifth inning, with Carl Crawford's triple down the right-field line the key blow. Ryu pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs and six hits and striking out seven batters.

The Dodgers' bullpen, much-maligned, had the right pitchers lined up after getting most of the week off. J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson -- who entered the game to heavy booing at his former home stadium -- and Kenley Jansen sewed up the final three innings without much incident. Jansen struck out the side in the ninth.

Hits: Dee Gordon got on base three times, none of them via the traditional walk or hit. He reached on Dan Uggla's error, got hit in the foot by a breaking ball and reached on a strikeout and wild pitch. Those were largely the product of luck, but what Gordon did with one of the chances was all about opportunism and speed. When another ball got away from Buster Posey and he threw to first to get Adrian Gonzalez, Gordon sprinted for home and slid in safely, scoring on the fielder's choice. It was a bold gambit and it sparked the Dodgers' rally.

Misses: The only impetus for trading Matt Kemp at the moment is to free up whatever money the Dodgers could and to alleviate whatever rift exists between him and the coaching staff. The outfield situation is as good as it has been all season. Kemp has looked comfortable playing right field, his original position, and he has been productive at the plate. In his past 16 games, he is batting .370. He's now batting .277 on the season with an above-average .775 OPS.

Stat of the game: The Giants scored three runs while Peavy was in the game. In his past eight starts in Boston, he got no more than two runs of support.

Up next: The Dodgers are off Monday before beginning a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239