09/03/12 8:32 PM ET
Mattingly confident lefty Capuano can regain form
By Alex Angert / MLB.com
Since then, the numbers have declined dramatically, and Capuano is 11-10 with a 3.63 ERA. He is 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break.
Capuano was in line for his third straight loss on Sunday when he was taken out after only five innings.
The veteran was sharp for the most part, allowing only three runs, which came off a pair of homers.
"Physically I feel good and I'm trying to battle and compete the best I can," Capuano said. "I've just got to cut down on those couple of mistakes.
"In the second half, there have been a couple of pitches here and there that I haven't executed when I need to. I don't know if I'm trying too hard and trying to make the perfect pitch."
Oftentimes not the recipient of much run support, Capuano said pressing is sometimes an issue, especially when he gets ahead 0-2 on batters.
However, manager Don Mattingly is not concerned because Capuano continues to keep the Dodgers in games.
Although the numbers, especially the win-loss record, don't look great, Capuano hasn't underwhelmed every time out since the break.
He looked great in his only two victories -- a seven-inning, three-run start against the Mets and a scoreless eight innings against the Marlins. But then there are starts like the two before Sunday's when he combined to allow 12 runs in just 11 innings.
While Capuano is hopeful he can limit mistakes over the next month, Mattingly isn't too worried.
"For me, it always goes back to him being aggressive," Mattingly said. "That means using his fastball enough to pitch off of it."
No Shane, no gain: Victorino races to thrilling finish
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino had his sights set on scoring from the start. When Adrian Gonzalez lined a ball into right field in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, the gritty Victorino wasn't going to slow down.
Despite being thrown out at the plate the night before on top of there being only one out, Victorino didn't have any hesitation when he broke for home and scored the winning run on Gonzalez's two-run double in the Dodgers' 5-4 win over the D-backs.
"When that ball is hit, I'm going the whole way," Victorino said.
The speedy left fielder was thrown out by Justin Upton on Saturday night in the eighth inning when he tried to score an insurance run from third on a lazy fly ball.
Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach, who was nearly in the batter's box, threw up the stop sign, but by then there was no retreating for Victorino. The ball came in time and Victorino collided at the plate with catcher Miguel Montero, who held on for the out.
On Sunday, Victorino hoped to score on a Gonzalez double that was lost in the sun by Upton in the seventh. He put on the burners, but he had to stop at third when the ball bounced up and into Upton's glove.
Not long after, a third opportunity presented itself for the speedy Victorino. This time, he took his chance with the game on the line when he raced home after Mark Ellis scored the tying run earlier on the play.
"I'm not going to be reckless just because we tied the game," Victorino said. "It's a situation where we had just one out and the meat of our lineup was coming up. I'm going to go hard the whole way until Tim tells me to stop. He kept waving me and I said, 'OK, I'm going to keep going.'
"If there was a play at the plate like the night before, I was all for it. Fortunately enough for me, I was able to slide out to the outside and be safe."
Jansen, Billingsley hope good news in the offing
LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers make their final push for the playoffs, pitchers Chad Billingsley and Kenley Jansen continue to wait on the sideline for some good news.
Jansen, who is out indefinitely with a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat, awaits a meeting Tuesday morning with doctors, who will determine whether the closer is out for the remainder of the season or if he can pitch as early as Friday against the Giants.
In the meantime, Jansen continues to work out as he normally would, albeit without the rest of the team as he cannot run the risk of being hit by an incoming ball.
Concerned about Jansen's well-being first and foremost, manager Don Mattingly said he is prepared to go with relievers Brandon League and Ronald Belisario in the closer role if Jansen has to be shut down.
"You can't say you can go without Kenley and be as good," Mattingly said. "But that doesn't mean you can't get it done. It'll be a challenge, but you just have to make things work. It's like playing without Matt [Kemp]. We were able to win some games with some of our guys hurt, but you know you're not as good."
As for Billingsley, who is on the disabled list with a sore elbow, said he feels better this week than last and he remains optimistic he could return. He is also awaiting a meeting with the doctors to find out if he needs a second platelet-rich plasma injection.
The righty won't even start to pitch until he is 100 percent pain free, and he might end up throwing out of the bullpen if he does return without much time to work back to full strength.
"He can help you fill an inning here and an inning there," Mattingly said about the possibility of getting Billingsley back as a reliever.
However, that is still a long shot to happen with Billingsley saying he hasn't even picked up a baseball to try throwing since hitting the DL.
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.