Weaver Struggles in Rarified Air

It was one of those things: Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings pitched his third career complete game and his first win in 12 starts, as Colorado seemed singularly unimpressed with the Dodgers sparkling won-lost record. Jeff Weaver, on the other hand, didn't fare well in the mile-high altitude, allowing 13 hits and eight runs in four innings of chilly work as the lost its second straight after an eight game winning streak. Jennings last complete game was May 21, 2003, at Los Angeles.

The Dodgers got 10 scattered hits, in innings two through eight, and struck out six times. Nine of the hits were singles and only Jeff Kent's booming homer in the eighth allowed Los Angeles on the scoreboard. It was his fifth of the season, tying him for the N.L. lead.

Colorado, on the other hand, played longball all night long, putting six doubles, a triple and a homer in the books.

Kent and J.D. Drew had a pair of hits each. Los Angeles left nine on base.

Buddy Carlyle replaced Weaver, whose ERA swelled from 3.60 to 6.00, and allowed a two-run double in the fifth. He was followed by Steve Schmoll, who continues to amaze, with a pair of hitless innings and Kelly Wunch who worked a scoreless eighth. Odalis Perez is the Dodgers' hopes for ending the slump Saturday night in Denver and Brad Penny -- if it isn't too cold, will pitch Sunday. D.J. Houlton will get the nod if the weather man is right in predicting a cold, rainy afternoon.

The Walking Man-Jose Valentin, who seemed to be a strange replacement for the slugging Adrian Beltré, particularly since GM Paul DePodesta is attuned to on-base percentage, has a stunning on-base percentage of .462, a far cry from his .278 mark in 2004, his career record of .311 and his top OBP of .347. And while we are on that subject, Olmedo Saenz OBP is astronomical --- /617. One wonders just what sort of softwear DePodesta has in that laptop of his and if Bill Gates knows about it.

Dodger Blue Notes--An examination by Dr. Frank Jobe in Los Angeles revealed a spur in the right shoulder of RHP Elmer Dessens. … Catcher Jason Phillips is all the Dodgers hoped he would be. He has seven hits in 14 trips to the plate with runners in scoring position (.500) and is 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position and two out. In addition he has fanned just twice in 46 at-bats, the third lowest total in the National League, … Milton Bradley has one or more hits in each start this season and has an eight-game hitting streak. He was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter against the DBacks on April 10. His five homers tie him for the league lead. … As a team, the Dodgers had homered in 11 consecutive games before being shut down in San Diego on April 21. … Jose Valentin, who had an on-base percentage of