Nomo Battered Again

Hideo Nomo, lost his ninth consecutive decision in a 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants in front of 47,081 at Dodger Stadium. Nomo allowed seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 4 innings, walked two and struck out five. Removed by manager Jim Tracy after 4.2 innings to a smattering of boos, Nomo was charged with seven runs and three homers, including a three-run shot by Barry Bonds. Nomo's ERA swelled to 8.06. In his last seven starts, Nomo has allowed 34 runs in 28 innings.

Tracy wouldn't comment on Nomo's future and refused to answer when asked if Nomo (3-10) would stay in the rotation. Nomo was be scheduled to pitch again Monday.

"He was a horse for us last year. He goes all out every time he goes in there, so you can't fault him for that. But whatever happens, that's the manager's decision. That's not up to us."--David Ross.

The Dodgers have had their fingers crossed since spring training, hoping Nomo, who underwent off-season shoulder surgery, would revert to form. They had kept him in the rotation because of the heart he displayed in leading the staff the previous two seasons and because they had few choices.

The Dodgers are struggling, in that Odalis Perez will miss his scheduled start this weekend, and the Dodgers are out of roster options with all of their players except catcher David Ross, meaning someone will need to be released, traded or placed on the disabled list just to make room for Perez's replacement.

Nomo was the first of the Japanese free agents, an innings-eating ace and All-Star and a consummate warrior. But the Dodgers and their manager need wins right now and Nomo hasn't won in months.

A postgame meeting involving Tracy, general manager Paul DePodesta and assistant general manager Kim Ng determined that the club would address one pitching crisis at a time.

Kazuhisa Ishii will move up to pitch Friday night and, according to DePodesta, Jackson is the likely choice to be called up to fill in for Perez Saturday night, assuming the club can find a roster spot. DePodesta indicated it might be time to find out if Jackson, despite a 5.15 ERA at Triple-A, is ready for a Major League starting rotation.

The Dodgers scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth on a pinch-single by Robin Ventura, a bloop single by Adrian Beltré and an RBI single by Milton Bradley.

Dodger Blue Notes--Odalis Perez will miss at least one start after an MRI exam Wednesday revealed he has shoulder tendinitis. Kazuhisa Ishii has been moved up from Saturday to the series opener against Anaheim. Perez (4-3) leads the Dodgers with 106.1 innings and has the lowest earned-run average among starters at 2.96. Jackson, his likely replacement, is 6-4 with a 5.29 ERA and 41 walks in 78.1 innings at Las Vegas. ... Tracy changed the batting order before Wednesday's game against San Francisco. Milton Bradley, who had batted third since opening day, batted fifth after sitting out six games. Shawn Green was dropped to sixth for the first time this season. Paul Lo Duca, who had primarily batted fifth, was elevated to third in front of cleanup batter Adrian Beltré. ... In his second rehab outing for Triple-A Las Vegas, reliever Paul Shuey pitched one perfect inning but couldn't retire a batter while making 22 pitches in a second inning. He's still some time off from returning.

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