The Doomsday Clock is Ticking

Dodger swoon as have many of the worst in club hisory, is pretty much unexplainable. True, injuries have decimated the squad but the players still healthy have suddenly become unable to hit or pitch at the same time, or at any time it seems. Their 1-13 record since the all-star game has taken them from two games back in second place to flat on their backs looking up at the rest of the division.

In the third, and final, game of the San Diego sweep, Brad Penny (10-5) was roughed up for the third straight time since starting for the NL in the All-Star game. He allowed San Diego six runs and nine hits in five innings before he was merfully lifted for a pinch-hiter.

The damage could have been much greater if it had not been for three double plays that saved him further embarassment. During the blisteringly hot afternoon the Dodgers turned a total of five twin killings, probably dueto the large number of runners on base all day long (15 hit, four walks plus an error).

Before Penny could register an out, he had made 26 pitches in the Padres' four-run third. The first six Padres hit safely, including three consecutive doubles.

San Diego increased the margin to 6-1 in the fourth on Peavy's shot into the seats in the left-field corner.

The Dodgers seem to suddenly be as vitalizing as a shot of vitimin B-12 for opposing pitchers. This day it was Jake Peavy who got the boost, coming into the game 0-5 and with a 6.61 earned run average over eight starts since winning his last game May 28 over St. Louis.

But he not only "improved" to 5-10, he allowed only two runs and five hits while striking out eight Dodgers, and to ice the cake he slugged a homer, a double and knocked in four runs.

Olmedo Saenz, starting at first base for the injured Nomar Garciaparra, opened the Los Angeles scoring in the first inning with an RBI double off the glove of center fielder Mike Cameron, who nearly caught the ball in left-center.

Their second run came on a fifth-inning homer by Rafael Furcal, who was 3-for-4. Willy Aybar had an RBI double in the eighth to end the Dodger offense for he afternoon..

The Padres pummelled Takashi Saito for three more in the ninth, and with the Dodgers is great disarray and scoring less than three runs a game, that resembles beating a dead horse.

After a much-needed day off, the battered and bleeding Dodger train will attempt to get back on track when they host the Washington National for three games to end both the homestand and July.

Chad Billingsley, the only thing that stands between the 1-13 Dodgers and the 0-14 Dodgers, will attempt to again work some of his young magic.
  Score by innings
San Diego 004 201 003-10
Dodgers   100 010 010- 3

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS    4 1 3 0 .275
Lofton, CF    3 1 0 0 .292
 Sele, P      0 0 0 0 .190
 Ledee, PH    1 0 0 0 .283
 Broxton, P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Saito, P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Carrara, P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Repko, PH    1 0 0 0 .292
Drew, RF      4 0 0 0 .278
Saenz, 1B     4 0 1 1 .295
Ethier, LF    3 1 1 1 .344
Martin, C     4 0 1 0 .287
Aybar, 2B     3 0 1 1 .250
Izturis, 3B   4 0 0 0 .243
Penny, P      1 0 0 0 .214
 Cruz, PH-CF  3 0 0 0 .231
   Totals    35  3  7  3
   San Diego 37 10 15 10

  Error- Izturis. 2B- Saenz (15), 
Furcal (19), Aybar (12). HR- 
Furcal (5). RBI- Saenz (37), 
Furcal (32), Aybar (22).
LOB- Los Angeles 9, San 
Diego 6. DP- 5 (Furcal, Aybar 
and Saenz 2; Saenz, Furcal 
and Penny; Saenz; Aybar, 
Furcal and Saenz).

  Dodgers in h r-er bb so era
Penny (10-5) 5.0 9 6-6 1 3 3.53
Sele         2.0 2 1-1 1 0 3.79
Broxton      1.0 0 0-0 1 3 3.40
Saito        0.2 4 3-3 2 0 2.54
Carrara      0.1 0 0-0 0 0 2.45
  T- 2-55. Att- 44,181.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories