Dodgers Lose on TKO in Second

Unfortunately, the Major Leagues have yet to adopt the American League Baseball rule that a game is called after five innings if one team leads by 10 runs. Under those conditions, everyone save Andre Ethier would have benefitted in Toronto after the Blue Jays had taken a 12-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Couple the results and the fact Jason Schmidt will be lost for the season following surgery on his shoulder made the evening a real bummer.

The Jays hung a ugly "8" on Hong-Chih Kuo in the second and it was lights-out after that. Andre Ethier, who had singled twice earlier in the game, slugged a home run in the eighth to finally but L.A. on the board as Toronto coasted 12-1.

Roy Halladay scattered six hits about the park but until Ethier's shot, no Dodger had been to second base.

Kuo's earned run average, at 3.60 to begin the game, swelled to 6.65 before a grim Grady Little made his way to the mound to take the ball away from him after he has served up a grand-slam homer to Frank Thomas.

Brett Tomko used only three pitches to end the inning, then gave up back-to-back homers in the third to Greg Zahn and Matt Stairs, giving Toronto three homers over a span of four batters.

After three innings, Toronto had more total bases (19) than the Dodgers had plate appearances (12). Joe Beimel, Jon Broxton and Takashi Saito worked scoreless innings to close out the game, but by that time everyone in the park had lost interest with the fans occupied with perfecting the wave.

However, the story of the night, putting the game out of mind as quickly as possible, was the fact that exploratory surgery on Jason Schmidt's right shoulder showed three separate areas of damage and the repair of same will keep the big righthander out of action the rest of the season. He finishes the 200 season with a 1-4 record and a 6.31 ERA in 25.2 innings over six starts.

In an arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic repaired a labral tear, a frayed bicep tendon and cleaned up scarring in the bursa sac, according to trainer Stan Conte, who said he's hopeful Schmidt will be pitching by next Spring Training.

"We anticipated that the labrum did not need to be reattached, but it did," head Trainer Stan Conte said. "When you take your arm back and cock it, the labrum is not allowing him to get all the way back. The bursa [inflammation] is another reason that causes pain."

Schmidt had surgery in 2000 to repair torn labrum and rotator cuff fraying, but Conte said Wednesday's operation was "more extensive."

General manager Ned Colletti, who signed Schmidt to a three-year, $47 million free agent contract, said Schmidt underwent and passed the customary battery of physical exams before the contract was approved.

Colletti defending the signing. "If we had any inkling that by mid-June this would have happened, we wouldn't have gone forward with [the signing]. But how do you predict?"

Under the old "It's an ill wind that blows no good" rule, second-year right-hander Chad Billingsley steps into Schmidt's spot in the rotation beginning tonight, and Colletti said he will re-evaluate whether the club has enough pitching.

"We'll see how that goes, and from now to the trade deadline [July 31], we'll see if we need a starter or if we need a reliever, because we're moving Billingsley into the rotation," he said.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, Kuo was wild high in the second lasted only 43 pitches, hoping to stretch out long enough to save the bullpen, but that didn't work. Kuo said his shoulder felt fine, and the fastball readings in the low-90s indicated no injury.

Little said that he was not thinking about adding a 12th pitcher at this time, saving Tony Abreu, James Loney or Matt Kemp from returning to Las Vegas. And in a late move, the Dodgers released outfielder Brady Clark, who was designated for assignment June 10 to clear a roster spot for Loney.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 000 010- 1
Toronto	        082 020 00x-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .276
 Abreu ss	1  0  0  0  .263
Pierre cf	4  0  0  0  .277
Garciaparra 1b	3  0  1  0  .282
 Anderson 1b	1  0  0  0  .261
Kent 2b	        3  0  1  0  .261
Gonzalez lf	2  0  1  0  .294
 Kemp rf	2  0  0  0  .395
Martin c	2  0  0  0  .289
 Lieberthal c	2  0  0  0  .200
Saenz dh	3  0  0  0  .211
Betemit 3b	3  0  0  0  .198
Ethier rf-lf	3  1  3  1  .271
   Totals	32  1  6  1
   Toronto	35 12 10 12

 Error- Abreu (5). HR- Ethier (6). RBI- Ethier 
(29). LOB- Los Angeles 5, Toronto 2.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kuo (1-2)	1.2  6  8-8  2  1  6.65
Tomko	        3.1  4  4-4  0  2  5.80
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.34
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.53
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.55
 T- 2:23. Att- 24,413
Dodger Blue Notes-- Plate umpire Eric Cooper left after six innings because of a pulled muscle in his leg. The game was delayed for eight minutes while Chad Fairchild put on protective gear and moved from second base to behind the plate, just enough time to allow the Dodger fans in attendance to find their car and get a jump on traffic.