Little's "changes" involved switching batters around in the lineup, plus swapping LaRoche for Betemit at third base. And since it has been proven that how the lineup is constructed has little to do with it's run production, the changes were superficial. But the concern is justified after the Dodgers went 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the Angels series
Furcal and Furcal were switched around at the top of the order and LaRoche was moved in front of Ethier down the lineup. The moves resulted in an 0-for-11 for the three who moved up a slot and a 4-for-11 (.364) for the three who moved down.
Whether the switches made a difference or not, the team scored five times after putting just four runs on the board in the previous three games against the Angels.
However, the Dodgers were held to one hit over the first five innings, an infield singe by Furcal, off Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan while the Brewers were pounding Brett Tomko. And all five runs came after the game was in the Milwaukee bat bag, coming in the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Young Chad Billingsley, the best starter in the Dodger minor league system, lost his 10.2 inning scoreless streak, allowing three while closing out the sixth inning for Tomko. He hasn't seen as much action as he is accustom to and that might apply to Saito, too, because he served up a meaningless ninth inning home run.
The Dodgers scored three runs the sixth on a double by Furcal - who earlier had run his hitting streak to nine games - a double by Garciaparra and a two-run homer by Kent. Gonzalez had a solo shot and Wilson Betemit's pinch-hit single in the seventh made it 8-4 and chased Suppan. Betemit, while mostly impotent as a starter, is now 5-for-6 with seven RBIs pinch-hitting.
Randy Wolf (5-3, 3.91 ERA) opposes Ben Sheets (4-2, 3.86) and the Brewers tonight. Wolf lost in Milwaukee on April 3, 4-3, when he allowed a two-run homer to Kevin Mench in the sixth inning.
Score by innings Milwaukee 011 105 001-9 Los Angeles 000 003 110-5 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre cf 4 0 0 0 .271 Furcal ss 4 1 2 0 .304 Garciaparra 1b 4 1 1 1 .288 Kent 2b 4 1 1 2 .285 Martin c 4 0 0 0 .309 Gonzalez lf 3 1 1 1 .261 LaRoche 3b 3 1 0 0 .233 Ethier rf 4 0 1 0 .276 Tomko p 2 0 0 0 .000 Billingsley p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Betemit ph 1 0 1 1 .190 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saito p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz ph 1 0 0 0 .211 Totals 34 5 7 5 Milwaukee 37 9 13 9 2B- Furcal (9). HR- Kent- (7), Gonzalez (5). RBI- Garciaparra (27), Kent 2 (25), Betemit (14), Gonzalez (14). SB- Pierre (16). LOB- Los Angeles 6, Milwaukee 5. DP- LaRoche, Kent and Garciaparra. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Tomko (1-5) 5.1 8 5-5 1 5 6.28 Billingsley 0.2 4 3-3 2 0 .470 Beimel 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 3.54 Broxton 1.0 0 0-0 2 2 1.13 Saito 1.0 1 191 0 1 1.80 WP- Tomko. HBP- Pierre. T- 3:07. Att- 33.446.Dodger Blue Notes-- Furcal entered the day with an eight-game hitting streak and after going 2-for-4 his .559 average slipped a bit. Pierre's five-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4. ...The Dodgers entered the game tied with Colorado for the second-most runners left on base in the major leagues, another reason for the shakeup. As a team, the Dodgers were batting a soft .260 with runners in scoring position. ...Eleven of Milwaukee's 13 hits came with two strikes on the hitter. ...Infielder Wilson Valdez, who was designated for assignment a week ago to clear a roster spot, has until Friday to be trade, released or outrighted to the minor leagues. ...Jason Schmidt felt no effects Monday after throwing a 100-pitch bullpen on Sunday in Anaheim. "He felt good when he came in today," said Little. "We don't have a date for him to throw again, but it's very encouraging. He's anxious to get back out there." ...Despite the loss, Brett Tomko is 7-2 as a starter against Milwaukee. In his career against the Brewers. ...Since being recalled on May 6, Andy LaRoche has walked 13 times, the second-most in the NL behind Barry Bonds (17) during that span. He is tied for third in the Majors in bases on balls since his arrival behind Bonds, Jack Cust (16) and David Ortiz (13). ...Even after allowing three Monday night, the Dodgers have allowed just 27 homers this season. The franchise mark for least homers allowed was set in 1902 (10). ...Jeff Kent doubled Sunday to take over 37th place on the all-time list, surpassing Mark Grace and leaving him two shy of Edgar Martinez for 36th all-time. And after homering in the first game of the Milwaukee series, he now has 352 home runs, moving him past former Dodger Dick Allen and the Cardinals' Jim Edmonds and into a tie for 71st on the list.