Cincinnati Walks off With a Win

Kazuhisa Ishii walked a season-high seven batters Friday night during a 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before a sellout crowd of 53,647 at Dodger Stadium. The Reds got only three hits, but the Dodgers only managed five. It was the Dodgers' first one-run loss of the season after winning the first 10 of them this season and 12 in a row going back to last September. It was also their first back-to-back losses since April 11 and 13.

Ishii survived an unusual first inning in which he walked four batters without giving up a run. After a leadoff walk the Dodgers turned a double play. Three more walks loaded the bases and what seemed to be a wild pitch hit the backstop and rebounded to catcher Paul Lo Duca, preventing the runner from scoring from third.

Cincinnati also loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth on a leadoff single and a pair of walks. Ishii walked in the Reds' first run and a sacrifice fly scored the eventual game winning run.

"I think I was just rushing my pitches today. I tried to adjust and stay back a little longer, but I wasn't able to do that." -- Kaz Ishii.

Ishii could manage to get only 39 of his 82 pitches over the plate. Brian Falkenborg entered in the top of the fifth and shut down Cincinnati over the next 2.1 innings and Tom Martin and Guillermo Mota held the Reds scoreless the rest of the way.

The Dodgers made it 2-1 in the sixth when Jason Grabowski doubled and scored on Cesar Izturis' single up the middle. Adrian Beltré struck out to strand Izturis at third. Beltré went 0-for-4 and had his 16-game hitting streak end.

Nomo's problems--Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said that Hideo Nomo will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Tracy wouldn't say how quickly Nomo needs to turn things around to stay in the starting rotation, but he did say that the current trend could not continue. Nomo, who won 16 games with a 3.09 ERA in 2003, has struggled this season. Nomo has a 7.14 ERA in eight starts and is coming off an outing Thursday in which he allowed six runs in 1 innings. Nomo has yet to pitch beyond the sixth inning and has allowed fewer than three runs just once.

Dodger Blue Notes--Outfielder Juan Encarnacion has been diagnosed with left-shoulder tendinitis and was scratched from Friday's game. He might be able to play tonight. Encarnacion said he initially injured the shoulder during the previous homestand and aggravated it on a diving catch last week in Florida. ... Shawn Green, who started in right field because of Encarnacion's injury, went hitless on Shawn Green T-shirt night. He came up with runners on base in the sixth and eighth innings but grounded out both times. ... Jayson Werth, disabled with a strained oblique muscle, had six at-bats with the extended group in Vero Beach, Tracy said, adding that the outfielder continues to improve. Werth will participate in a simulated game on Saturday, along with another round with the extended group. If all goes well, he could join Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. ... Right-hander Darren Dreifort left the team for Wichita, Kansas, and will return Sunday following the death of his wife Ann's brother. No details were given about the circumstances surrounding the death of Dreifort's brother-in-law, who was 32. ... Alex Cora's amazing at-bat Wednesday is the longest to end in a home run since STATS, Inc., started tracking such things in 1987. Cora's 18-pitch epic broke the mark shared by Howard Johnson (1987) and Jermaine Dye (1998), who both went deep on the 16th pitch of their epic at-bats.