That same team, in our own 'house' mind you, broke a tight, 1-1 game open with three runs in the seventh, five more in the eighth when the Dodgers matched their output and then two more in the ninth and with an 11-5 victory in hand watched as the SS Chavez Ravine went down by the bow.
Now four games under .500, Manager Grady Little gathered his team, now sole possessor of last place, about him and pointed out that the season is very early and it is too soon to give in to frustrations that creep into any losing clubhouse.
"It's just a time to re-instill the confidence that we have in them," Little said. "Everything went well," he told the writers after the game.
The usual indications are there, however. Losing teams can't seem to get into sync -- when they hit they can't pitch and "versa-visa" as a German friend used to say, when they pitch they cant hit.
Wednesday night, they did both.
Jae Seo, fighting through a broken fingernail on his right index finger, had his second straight strong outing. Seo gave up one run on five hits with four strikeouts over six innings, the only on a run-scoring single from Padres' pitcher. But he left the game in a 1-1 tie with Dioner Navarro's solo home run the only Dodger score.
Tim Hamulack gave up a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-1, Olmedo Saenz followed with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game before Franquelis Osoria gave up a pair of home runs without getting out of the inning, allowing five earned runs. His ERA expanded from 3.77 to 6.91.
Danys Baez continued in his funk, giving up another pair of runs in the ninth, the coupe de grace as it were.
Andre Ethier smacked his first major league dinger in the last of the ninth but most of the 33,352 in attendance well down the freeway by then.
The Dodgers bullpen ERA jumped from 3.68 to 4.55 and is 2-10, the most losses of any bullpen in the Major Leagues. The batters could manage only six hits, three of them homers.
"It's just a case of not hitting on all cylinders right now," Little said. "We've got to be better."
Dodger Blue Notes-- In a masterful piece of understatement, Little noted that lefthander Odalis Perez needed "be a little more productive." Like the children's poem, when he's good he's very. very good and when he's bad he's horrid." Now in the Dominican Republic, visiting his seriously ill mother, the club did not know when he would return and obliquely indicated his start Sunday was in doubt. The thought has begun to creep in what would happen if he would be sent to the bullpen. But at $8 million a year, that makes an expensive setup man. Does anyone have Chad Billingsley's cell phone number? …Prior to Wednesday night's game, the Dodgers observed a moment of silence and showed a highlight video in memory of the remarkably talented but star-struck reliever Steve Howe, who was killed in an auto accident last week at age 48. In the regular *M*A*S*H* report, Rafael Furcal may be back after a series of nagging injuries and feels "the best he's felt all season." However, Ricky Ledee, whose groin muscle tore off the bone on Monday night, will be out at least a month, perhaps longer.
Score by innings San Diego 000 010 352-11 Dodgers 001 000 301- 5 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Lofton, CF 4 0 0 0 .258 Furcal, SS 4 0 1 0 .206 Garciaparra, 1B 4 0 0 0 .278 Drew, RF 4 0 1 0 .306 Kent, 2B 3 0 0 1 .183 Mueller, 3B 4 0 0 0 .274 Ethier, LF 3 2 1 1 .286 Navarro, C 3 2 2 1 .280 Seo, P 1 0 0 0 .222 Hamulack, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz, PH 1 1 1 3 .318 Osoria, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Baez, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 31 5 6 5 San Diego 43 11 17 10 Error- Mueller. HR- Navarro (2), Saenz (3), Ethier (1). RBI- Navarro (8), Saenz 3 (15), Ethier (1). S- Seo. LOB: San Diego 10, Dodgers 3. SB- Drew (2). DP- (Kent, Furcal and Garciaparra). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Seo 6.0 5 1-1 3 4 4.85 Hamulack 1.0 2 3-3 1 1 4.15 Osoria (L, 0-2) 0.0 5 5-5 0 0 6.91 Beimel 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 Baez 1.0 5 2-2 0 0 2.45 WP-Beimel. T-2:55. Att-33,352.