Slumping Dodgers Get Three Hits in 3-1 Loss

The Dodgers, who not long ago led the National League with 118 hits, slid further down the Western Division standings when they managed but three hits against 40-year-old Greg Maddux, who won his 321st game. He retired the Dodgers in order in six of the eight innings he worked and used only 86 pitches. Third baseman Bill Mueller doubled in the fifth inning to drive in the Dodgers' only run. And to make the evening even worse, outfielder Cody Ross was designated for assignment.

It might be good to remember what an old baseball man once told me, "You are never as good as you look while winning and never as bad as you look while losing."

The performance was masterful, but as Ken Gurnick of pointed out, "You must remember that Brad Hennessey shut the Dodgers down the night before and he was just called up from Triple-A."

Other than that, he was basically perfect, going three up, three down in six of his eight innings while collecting six strikeouts in a workman-like 86 pitches.

Starter Brett Tomko said. "He's been doing that to a lot of people for a lot of years. As an opposing pitcher, you know you can't afford to make any mistakes against him."

Tomko went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two strikeouts. He gave up a first-inning homeer, then gave up three runs in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Rafael Furcal, JD Drew and Mueller collected the meager collection of hits Maddux allowed.

Jeff Kent, sat out the evening because he was still feeling the effects of getting hit in the head by a pitch from San Francisco's Brad Hennessey Sunday night.
  Score by innings
Chicago     100 030 000-3
LA Dodgers  000 010 000-1

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS   4 0 1 0 .231
Lofton, CF   3 0 0 0 .091
Cruz, LF     3 0 0 0 .300
Drew, RF     3 1 1 0 .311
Saenz, 1B    3 0 0 0 .370
Mueller, 3B  3 0 1 1 .354
Robles, 2B   3 0 0 0 .000
Navarro, C   3 0 0 0 .222
Tomko, P     1 0 0 0 .000
 Repko, PH   1 0 0 0 .326
 Osoria, P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Ledee, PH   1 0 0 0.200
  Totals    28 1 3 1 
  Chicago   31 4 8 3

  Error- Mueller (2). 2b  hit- 
Mueller (4). RBI- Mueller (11). 
S: Lofton. LOB- Chicago 2, Dodgers 1. 
CS- Furcal (1). DP- 2 (Furcal,
Robles and Saenz, Furcal and Saenz).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era 
Tomko (L, 1-1) 6.0 8 4-3 1 2 5.82
Osoria 3.0 0 0-0 0 3 6.75
  T- 1:59. Att: 33,511.
What Have You Done for Me Lately? Cody Ross slugged two homers and a single knocking in seven runs on April 13 but it wasn't enough to save his job. The Dodgers felt they could no longer carry three extra outfielders and only one extra middle infielder. Therefore, Ross was designated for assignment although he was hitting .500 and infielder Oscar Robles was called up from Las Vegas. The Dodgers have 10 days to trade Ross, release him or attempt to get him through waivers and outright him to the Minor Leagues. They are trying to trade him, because they believe he will be claimed if placed on waivers.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Brett Tomko's mother, Donna, was diagnosed last week with breast cancer and will undergo surgery next week to have the cancer removed, which will be followed by a short stint of radiation. Tomko it was not expected to be life-threatening. …After undergoing surgery to remove a nerve that was causing pain in his right elbow abut a week ago, closer Eric Gagne returned to the Dodgers clubhouse Sunday and prepared for the lengthy rehabilitation that lies ahead. He said that since the nerve's removal, there is a segment of his right arm that is numb from roughly halfway up his forearm to his elbow. …Shortstop Rafael Furcal said he has been swinging "almost one-handed" since jamming the middle finger of his left hand sliding into second base in the second game of the Dodgers' opening series against the Atlanta Braves. …First baseman Nomar Garciaparra is scheduled to take batting practice soon for the first time since being placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 3 with a strained muscle in the right side of his ribcage. …Manager Grady Little said that Japanese pitcher Takashi Saito, who pitched a scoreless eighth Saturday, will serve as the Dodgers' new setup man. …The Yankees designated former Dodger minor league catcher Koyie Hill for assignment. … Pitcher Brad Penny is wearing a protective sleeve over his right elbow, bruised by a comebacker in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Giants, but said he was "fine" and expected to make his next start. …Cesar Izturis said he has not decided whether to agree to the Dodgers' request to play some outfield upon his return. Izturis, supplanted at shortstop by Rafael Furcal, has worked out in the infield but has not tested his arm in the outfield. Izturis had reconstructive elbow surgery in September. He had a brief bout of soreness in the elbow after throwing last week, but he could start a minor league rehabilitation assignment within weeks. …Another MRI on Jayson Werth's left wrist was inconclusive, and his rehab is in limbo. Werth said he has stopped swinging and will seek a second medical opinion. …Pedro Martinez, who the Dodger brain trust determined was too small to be a Major League pitcher, won his 200th, working into the seventh inning to beat the Braves 4-3. …The Lesly & Pat Sajak Foundation will donate $100 every time a Dodgers pitcher records a strikeout at Dodger Stadium to the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Sajak is the Master of Ceremonies on "Wheel of Fortune." …One-time Dodger ace Rick Rhoden has been given one of the three unrestricted sponsor's exemptions and will make his first professional golfing appearance in Birmingham on May 3-7 at Ross Bridge.