DBack Pitcher Weaves a Tangled Webb

Cy Young winner Brandon Webb was beatable last night but the Dodgers couldn't get the one hit that would do it. LOB could mean "lots of baserunners" or "Loney on base" but whatever it meant, 13 Dodgers were left standing on the bag as the season ended, 12 of them in scoring position as Derek Lowe again drew the short straw and lost 2-0, dropping the Dodgers down to third place.

Webb allowed seven hits and walked five in seven innings and the Diamondback site will be talking about how tough he is with men on base, while you will read how inept the Dodgers were in scoring position, so you see it is all perception.

But no matter which way you look at it, the Dodgers couldn't get the job done, finishing with nine hits -- three each by Luis Gonzalez and Loney --

Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre, Jeff Kent and Nomar Garciaparra were a collective 0-for-20, with 15 runners stranded -- five each by Furcal and Garciaparra.

Nomar hasn't had a fielding chance in two games at third base, and he left his bat at the other corner of the infield. He is in a horrendous 0-for-15 and 1-for-21, and struck out the final two times in the game on a total of six pitches.

But Furcal is 1-for-17 and Kent 2-for-14, both infield hits, over the last few games. Martin, despite a double in the first inning, struck out three times, while Furcal and Kent went hitless are a combined 3-for-26 in the series

Lowe (8-7), didn't have his 'A' game with him but he battled through with what he had and allowed a single earned run before leaving with two out in the seventh.

He walked two in a 29-pitch first inning, and a throwing error by Loney led to an unearned run, but he blanked the DBacks from that point on until Eric Byrnes' two-out RBI single in the seventh chased him. Loney's error was the Dodgers' 58th of the season. Only Florida, with 67, has more among NL teams.

He has reportedly told friends that he will test the free agent market when his current contract runs out. Perhaps one reason is the fact that the team has scored seven runs in his seven losses (three of them shutouts) while he has recorded a 3.78 earned run average.

It was the second loss in eight meetings this season with the Snakes and Webb has been the winning pitcher in each, allowing one run in 14 innings.

Loney, who raised his average to .500 (19-for-38), and Gonzalez had three singles each for the Dodgers -- six of their nine hits.

And it won't get all that much better today when they meet five-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson. Johnson came off the disabled list early just to get a whack at the Dodgers. Randy Wolf (8-6, 4.32) will start for L.A.

Grady Little is expected to start Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, James Loney and Tony Abreu, none of which has ever faced the ageless lefthander.
 Score by innings	
Los Angeles	000 000 000-0
Arizona	        100 000 10x-2

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .270
Pierre cf	4  0  0  0  .271
Martin c	4  0  1  0  .294
Kent 2b	        4  0  0  0  .259
Gonzalez lf	4  0  3  0  .304
Loney 1b	4  0  3  0  .500
Garciaparra 3b	4  0  0  0  .286
Ethier rf	2  0  1  0  .279
Lowe p	        3  0  1  0  .200
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	0  0  0  0  .222
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	34 0 9 0
    Arizona	27 2 6 2

 Error- Loney (2). 2B- Martin (17). SB- Pierre 
2 (26). LOB- Los Angeles 13, Arizona 8.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (8-7)	6.2  5  2-1  3  4  3.03
Beimel	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  4.65
Seanez	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.44
 WP- Lowe. HBP- by Seanez. T- 2:56. Att- 26,867.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dallas Morning News has reported that The Dodgers have been scouting the Texas Rangers, a team positioned to be a seller at the trade deadline. they said, "It's not hard to envision a scenario that would have Texas first baseman Mark Teixeria shipped to the Dodgers for a group of prospects that will help the Rangers rebuild." One would think that, with Loney's recent success, he would have to be able to play the outfield. ...With two steals in the second inning, Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre has stolen 344 bases since 2001, most in the majors. ...The Dodgers' offensive performance has improved dramatically since June 14 (excluding last night), the day interim hitting coach Bill Mueller replaced the fired Eddie Murray. Coming into the game they had averaged almost six runs in the last eight games on the road trip and reached double figures in hits six times. ...Reliever Chin-hui Tsao, who allowed one hit and a run in one inning and struck out two in his first minor-league rehabilitation assignment last night at Las Vegas, isn't expected to be there longer than a week unless he has a setback. ...James Adkins, a left-hander out of the University of Tennessee who was the Dodgers' supplemental first- round pick in this year's draft, has agreed to terms with the club on a signing bonus believed to be about $790,000. The club has now signed all but one of its first 17 picks, the exception being fifth-rounder Kyle Blair, who is asking for more than fifth-round money because he has a scholarship to the University of San Diego. ...Loney's stunning .662 slugging percentage is second all-time to Babe Ruth (.690) among all players with 100 or more plate appearances, according to SABR's Eric Enders. Among those just behind the rookie first basemen are some pretty fair hitters, including Ted Williams (.634), Lou Gehrig (.632), Albert Pujols (.621), Ryan Howard (.611) Jimmy Foxx (.609) and Barry Bonds (.608). Since last July 29, Loney is batting .375 (36-for-96), the third-highest average of any Major Leaguer with more than 100 plate appearances during that span behind Willie Harris (.383) and Marlon Byrd (.380).

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