Familiar Story; Another Loss, Another Injury

With the Dodger roster stretched paper thin, the last thing they needed was to lose another player because of injury but right fielder J.D. Drew was knocked out of the game after being hit on his left knee by a pitch from Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan and the puzzlingly impotent team make another pitcher look like Cy Young, dropping a 2-0 game.

Familiar Story- Another Loss, Another Injury The Dodger sinking fortunes, accelerated drastically in the bottom of the first inning when a pitch nailed Drew directly on the knee sending him sprawling.

Later diagnosed as a contusion of the right knee, his status for the remainder of the series is questionable. Drew was replaced by Jose Cruz.

Rafael Furcal and No. 8 hitter Russell Martin each had two of the six hits Los Angeles collected with the rest of the lineup going 2-for-24. Nomar Garciaparra and Andre Ethier left nine men on base between them.

Brad Penny (10-4) allowed just two runs his 6.2 innings and took his second successive loss. He gave up single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and only six hits, three hits through the first five innings.

Drew was hitting .287 with nine home runs and is second on the team with 54 RBI. He has been cursed with injuries throughout his career, playing in 135 or more games just three times in seven seasons.

He played a career-low 72 games last year after being hit by a pitch from Arizona's Brad Halsey that broke a bone in his left wrist last July.

Coupled with the loss second baseman Jeff Kent to an oblique muscle strain and on the disabled list, it is a blow to an already stuttering Dodger offense.

The Dodgers put two men on base in the ninth when Andre Ethier worked a walk and with Olmedo Saenz doubled down the left field line. With the winning run at the plate, Russell Martin struck out and pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee flied out to left field.

The Dodgers, who lost for the eighth time in nine games since the All-Star break, have been shutout three times in that stretch. They fell three games under .500 (47-50) for the first time since May 6 and remain 4 1/2 games behind first-pace San Diego in the National League West.
  Score by innings
St. Louis 000 101 000-2
Dodgers   000 000 000-0
 
  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      3 0 2 0 .270
Lofton, CF      4 0 1 0 .298
Drew, RF        0 0 0 0 .287
 Cruz, PR-RF    2 0 1 0 .236
Garciaparra, 1B 3 0 0 0 .337
Ethier, LF      3 0 0 0 .342
Aybar, 2B       4 0 0 0 .261
Izturis, 3B     3 0 0 0 .273
 Saenz, PH      1 0 0 0 .299
 Martinez, PR   0 0 0 0 .316
Martin, C       4 0 2 0 .291
Penny, P        2 0 0 0 .220
 Beimel, P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Ledee, PH      1 0 0 0 .237
 Broxton, P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Baez, P        0 0 0 0 .000
 Alomar, PH     1 0 0 0 .328
   Totals      31 0 6 0
   St. Louis   32 2 8 2

  Error- Lofton. 2B- Cruz 
(15), Martin (15). LOB- Los 
Angeles 9, St. Louis 8. SB- 
Furcal (24). CS- Furcal (9). 
DP- 2 (Aybar, Furcal and 
Garciaparra; Furcal, Aybar 
and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Penny (10-4) 6.2 6 2-2 3 2 3.22
Beimel       0.1 0 0-0 0 0 3.69
Broxton      1.0 1 0-0 0 1 3.46
Baez         1.0 1 0-0 0 2 3.83
  HBP- Drew. T- 2:51. Att- 47,987.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Cesar Izturis returned to the Dodgers after missing the past four games in Arizona while his wife, Liliana, gave birth to their second child. Minor complications from Liliana's Cesarean section, caused him to stay with her longer than expected. …Dodgers first-base coach Marino Duncan was suspended two games for going onto the field after getting ejected Monday against Arizona. He originally wanted to appeal the decision on the grounds he never said anything to warrant the original ejection but found out the appeal process isn't an option for managers or coaches. …The Dodgers were believed to have expressed interest in acquiring infielder Shea Hillenbrand, who was picked up by San Francisco late Friday night to play first base after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays following an altercation with manager John Gibbons. …Los Angeles entered Friday's game as the only team in the majors that hasn't won an extra-inning game (0-5), after going 7-5 last year. They have never gone through an entire season with fewer than three extra-inning victories since moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. They were 3-5 in 1978. …Los Angeles hosts St. Louis in the second game of the three-game series against tonight. Aaron Sele (6-3, 3.34 ERA) opposes Anthony Reyes (2-3, 3.83 ERA).

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