And the former National League batting leader, Nomar Garciaparra, injured his right knee in Monday night's series opener against San Diego and will be out with a strained ligament for five days.
A loss to the Padres in this afternoon's game and it might just be time for the fight manager in the corner of the ring to throw in a towel stop the battered Dodgers; bleeding.
The middle of the line up did not include Garciaparra (knee), Jeff Kent (oblique) and Drew. Instead the lineup read Ethier, Saenz and Ledee.
And what is a slump if there isn't a key play that outlines the struggle the team is going through?
Pinch-hitting J.D. Drew lined a shot to center field but the ball was hit so hard that Padres outfielder Mike Cameron had time to set and throw to catcher Mike Piazza to nail Toby Hall at home plate to enable the Padres to preserve a one-run lead.
Starter Mark Hendrickson again pitched decently while giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings but reliever Danys Baez was touched for three runs in the ninth inning to eliminate any chance of the Dodgers rallying for a win in the bottom of the inning.
The Padres took a 2-0 in the third on a two-run home run from Cameron. The Dodgers tied it up, getting a home run from Kenny Lofton (his first of the year) in the fourth, then Furcal's run-scoring double in the fifth.
Old friends Mike Piazza and Chan Ho Park knocked in runs in the sixth to give S.D. a two-run lead.
But the Padres came back in the sixth, getting doubles from Piazza and Adrian Gonzalez to make it 3-2. Chan Ho Park followed with a bloop single to make it 4-2.
Newly acquired Elmer Dessens did not reach the ballpark until the second inning. Baez left the mound with flu-like symptoms after recording just one out in the ninth with flu-like symptoms.
Danys, we all feel the same way.
Score by innings San Diego 002 002 003-7 Dodgers 000 111 000-3 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal, SS 4 0 2 1 .271 Lofton, CF 4 1 1 1 .296 Ethier, LF 3 0 0 0 .344 Saenz, 1B 4 0 1 0 .296 Ledee, RF 4 1 2 0 .289 Hall, C 4 0 2 0 .240 Izturis, 3B 4 0 0 1 .252 Martinez, 2B 4 1 1 0 .308 Hendrickson, P 1 0 0 0 .000 Drew, PH 1 0 1 0 .281 Dessens, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Baez, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Martin, PH 1 0 0 0 .288 Totals 34 3 10 3 San Diego 39 7 12 7 E- Izturis, Ethier. 2B- Furcal (18). HR- Lofton (1). RBI- Lofton (21), Furcal (31), Izturis (9). LOB- Los Angeles 6, San Diego 11. DP- (Martinez, Furcal and Saenz). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Hendrickson (4-12) 6.0 8 4-4 1 3 4.10 Dessens 2.0 1 0-0 2 2 4.34 Baez 0.1 2 3-3 0 0 4.35 Beimel 0.2 1 0-0 0 0 3.59 HBP- Ethier. T- 2-53. Att- 51,334.Dodger Blue Notes-- GM Ned Colletti reiterated he is not ready to trade multiple young players for a power hitter or a pitcher. "I'm not to the point yet of saying, 'Let's sacrifice two-three young players -- some in L.A., some in Las Vegas -- for someone we'd probably have for a two-month period,'" Colletti said. "I have backed away from some deals because I thought the contracts were outrageous." …Elmer Dessens was received from Kansas City for unhappy Odalis Perez, who was promised he would start for the Kansas City Royals. On his way out the door, Perez said he felt the Dodgers misjudged what he was able to do, but he thanked the fans and the organization for his time at Dodger Stadium. Perez finished his last season with Los Angeles with a 4-4 record and a 6.83 ERA. Perez then probably alienated his new club before even arriving in Kansas City. "That team is a bad team," he said. "But there, I can be one of the good (pitchers) on that staff. There are a lot of young kids, and I have a lot of experience." …Jeff Kent will likely not play in the next road series against Cincinnati and Florida in early August. Kent is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. …Brett Tomko (strained oblique) is expected to be in the bullpen by the start of Wednesday's game. He pitched two innings of relief on a rehab assignment in Las Vegas. The Dodgers finish their three-game series against the Padres in an afternoon game before their day off Thursday. Brad Penny (10-4, 3.23 ERA) and Jake Peavy (4-10, 5.15).