New Lineup But Same Old Results

OK, we seemed to have fixed the hitting thing. Now what do we do about the pitching? Manager Grady Little shook up the batting order Tuesday, moving Kenny Lofton into the leadoff slot and dropping Rafael Furcal to second. He moved Nomar Garciaparra up to third, J.D. Drew to fourth and Jeff Kent down to fifth. Rookie Andre Ethier replaced slumping Jose Cruz.

How did that work? They pounded out three doubles, three triples and a pair of homers but instead of losing 3-2, they lost 10-8 after leading 6-0 early in the game.

"Maybe we'll change the scenery for a couple of guys," Little said. "We know they guys aren't going to struggle all season. But we have reached a point in the season where we have to try to do something different."

But the pitching, in general, gave out an odor that blotted out the sweet scent of the desert flowers that surround Phoenix.

Odalis Perez, whose mind was on his ill mother in the Dominican Republic, was enjoying a 6-0 lead when former Dodger Shawn Green slugged a homer. Before the dust settled, Perez had also served up a grand slam and allowed seven runs.

Rookie Jon Broxton was in from the bullpen to get the final two outs of the inning.

Perez has played Jeckyl and Hide so far this season, allowing only one earned run in three of his starts and at least six runs in the others, posting a 6.90 earned run average.

The six-run comeback tied the Arizona franchise record and although the Dodgers tied the game 7-7 and took Perez off the hook, the could never regain the lead.

Joe Beimel worked another shutout inning, the sixth, then Takashi Saito, who lost his first game, was tagged for three hits, allowed a pair of walks and gave up two runs before Tim Hamulak finally got out of the seventh, then allowed a run of his own in the eighth.

The Dodgers limped back to Los Angeles to host San Diego and Milwaukee with a three-game losing streak in their pocket. They gave up an early lead in all three games

The trip ended with a 3-5 record and a losing streak of three games, the Dodgers blowing leads in each one. They slid another rung down the standings in the bubble gum N.L. West standings with a 12-15 record -- having blown the lead in six of the losses -- but still are only three games behind the surprising Colorado Rockies.
               w- l    pct.  gb
Colorado      15-12   .556   - - 
Arizona       14-13   .519   1.0 
San Francisco 13-13   .500   1.5
Los Angeles   12-15   .444   3.0 
San Diego     11-15   .423   3.5
Lofton had two hits, including his fourth triple and two RBI. Drew homered twice, his fifth and sixth, and Furcal reached base three times.

Andre Ethier made his major league debut and had a double in four at-bats. With Jose Cruz hitting .321 right-handed and .180 left-handed, he will start against lefthanders and Ethier will start against righthanders.
  Score by innings
Dodgers  230 100 101- 8
Arizona  000 070 21x-10

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Lofton, CF      5 1 2 0 .276
Furcal, SS      3 1 1 2 .204
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 1 1 .312
Drew, RF        5 2 3 0 .309
Kent, 2B        4 0 1 1 .189
Ethier, LF      4 0 1 1 .250
Robles, 3B      2 1 1 1 .200
  Broxton, P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Beimel, P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Saenz, PH     1 0 0 0 .302
  Saito, P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Hamulack, P   0 0 0 0 .000
  Mueller, PH   1 0 0 0 .286
Navarro, C      4 1 1 0 .264
  Alomar, PH    1 0 0 0 .414
Perez, P        2 1 1 0 .083
  Martinez, 3B  1 0 1 1 .250
   Totals      37  8 13  8
   Arizona     36 10 15 10

  Error- Beimel. 2B hits- Furcal (3), Ethier 
(1), Martinez (2). 3B hits- Garciaparra (1), 
Robles (1), Lofton (4). HR- Drew 2 (6).
RBI- Garciaparra (9), Drew 3 (22), Navarro 
(7), Lofton 2 (5), Furcal (3). LOB- Dodgers
9, Arizona 10. SB- Lofton (6). DP- 2 (Kent
and Garciaparra; Furcal, Kent
and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Perez          4.1 8 7-7  3  2  6.90
Broxton        0.1 1 0-0  2  1  0.00
Beimel         1.1 1 0-0  0  0  0.00
Saito (L, 2-1) 0.2 3 2-2  2  1  1.98
Hamulack       1.1 2 1-1  0  1  2.25
  T- 3:37. Att- 23,198.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Frustrated by his lack of progress, Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth has taken his rehabilitation from offseason wrist surgery out of the clubhouse and into the Kerlan-Jobe clinic, where he temporarily (he hopes) has ceased all baseball activity, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. "He's not progressing the way we want him to," trainer Stan Johnston said. "It's better for him to be there doing strengthening and rehab stuff instead of being on the road and being an extra body for us." He did some swinging (earlier), but it wasn't that good, pain-free swing he was looking for." Left-handed reliever Kelly Wunsch suffered a setback recently in his rehabilitation from shoulder soreness and is not close to being a bullpen option. He stopped throwing a few days ago and is doing only strengthening exercises at Las Vegas, trainer Stan Johnston said. Wunsch was effective against left-handed batters in 45 appearances for the Dodgers last season. He experienced soreness in late March, however, and hasn't pitched since. …Andre Ethier, who grew up in Phoenix and starred at Arizona State, had about 40 members of his and his wife's families at the game to watch his big-league debut. ... Ricky Ledee, who strained his left groin on a checked swing in Monday's game, was walking better after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday but said he still wasn't feeling any better. He is expected to be out a month…Dodgers spokeswoman Camille Johnston confirmed Monday that team owner Frank McCourt is listening to at least one offer from a city in Arizona that is interested in having the Dodgers move their spring training site to that city. Johnston declined to say which city is speaking with McCourt, but the Dodgers recently received interest from officials in Glendale and Goodyear, to discuss moving to a complex in their respective cities. …Recently recalled Joe Beimel will continue to wear No. 97, the highest number ever worn by a Dodger. "My son was born in 1997 and I wear it for that reason," said Beimel. "Also, I don't ever have to worry about somebody else having it." …Pete Rose Jr., a former Dodger minor league player and the son of baseball's career hits leader, was sentenced to one month in prison and five months of home detention for distributing a steroid alternative to his minor league teammates. Rose faced up to two years in prison and a $1 million fine. The federal judge waived a fine for Rose. The 36-year-old Rose pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to distributing the steroid alternative GBL, a drug he used as a sleep aid, to some of his teammates at the Chattanooga Lookouts. …A story in the Washington Post says that a little over half the positive drug tests in professional baseball the past two years have come from pitchers, including nine of ten this season. However, there is the question of how much it helps a pitcher. Medical experts say that the muscle growth promoted by steroids does not include a corresponding growth in the tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue that effectively hold the arm together when it is catapulted violently during a pitch. A side effect of steroids, in fact, is a weakening of that connective tissue, which can lead to a variety of injuries when artificially strengthened muscles apply too much force. Pitchers' trips to the disabled list increased by 36.7 percent and their length of stays by 37 percent from 1992 to 1999, according to a paper that appeared in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2001. Former Dodger Cy Young reliever Mike Marshall says, "The good news is, when pitchers use steroids, they hurt themselves and ar not successful. There is no question you can throw harder but you are going to injure yourself."