While Randy Wolf is struggling to return to action, his stand-in Brett Tomko has contracted his first-inning malady and allowed first inning runs -- three of them this time -- in each of his recent four starts.
Dodger fans showed they were impartial, booing Bonds on every appearance and booing Tomko for his first inning ineptness, never mind the four scoreless innings he worked after he disasterous start.
And to further punch holes in the reliance on batting average to gage a team's effectiveness, the Dodgers collected 11 hits and six walks, but leaving 13 of them languishing on the bases, eight in scoring position, and now host first-place Arizona tonight having lost 10 of their past 15 games.
Tomko fired up 43 pitches in the first inning, a number of them well out of the reach of catcher Russell Martin, and the Giants took advantage of his generosity, scoring three times and, in effect, sealing their fifth win in six starts in Dodger Stadium this season.
Giants lefty Barry Zito (8-10), apparently weighed down by his seven-year, $126 million contract, didn't allow anyone in a blue and white uniform past first base in the first three innings while scattering seven hits.
The Dodgers' runs came quite unspectacularly after loading the bases in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings, on a Russell Martin walk in the fifth and a Luis Gonzalez groundout in the ninth. They went 0-for-5 with the bases loaded and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
One small, bright spot came when Jeff Kent was left standing in the on-deck circle and ready to pinch-hit. indicating the veteran will probably be back in the lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks.
Martin, Rafael Furcal, Nomar Garciaparra, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, who broke an 0-for-18 slump, had two hits apiece, one more than Bonds did in the entire series. Barry's hit snapped an 0-for-19 drought against the Dodgers and he's 5-for-36 (.139) against them this year. James Loney, after a spectacular start, is in a 3-for-23 funk.
Tomko voiced his disappointment in being treated like the enemy in his own park. "It's been extremely tough and I don't know a nice way to put it," he said. "When you're at home, you like to think you have people on your side. I understand where the fans are coming from. They want us to do well and when we don't, they're not afraid to vocalize. It's not a lot of fun. The only way to fix it is to pitch well and put up zeros. After the first inning, I think I did a good job of that."
Chad Billingsley (7-1, 3.65 ERA), who has been very, very good in every other game over his first eight starts, opposes Doug Davis (7-10, 4.11) and the Diamondbacks tonight.
Score by innings San Francisco 300 001 000-4 Los Angeles 000 010 100-2 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 2 0 .288 Pierre cf 4 0 0 0 .277 Martin c 3 0 2 1 .299 Gonzalez lf 5 0 1 1 .274 Garciaparra 3b 4 0 2 0 .285 Loney 1b 4 0 0 0 .331 Kemp rf 3 1 2 0 .338 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Sanez ph 1 0 0 0 .185 Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Martinez 2b 4 0 0 0 .186 Tomko p 1 0 0 0 .000 Young ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ethier rf 2 1 2 0 .300 Totals 36 2 11 2 Giants 34 4 7 4 Error- Tomko (2). 2B- Ethier (19). RBI- Martin (68), Gonzalez (51). CS- Kemp (3). LOB- Los Angeles 13, San Francisco 11. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Tomko (2-9) 5.0 5 3-3 3 1 5.56 Proctor 1.1 1 1-1 2 1 5.40 Beimel 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 4.05 Seanez 1.0 1 0-0 0 1 4.11 Hernandez 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 3.52 HBP- by Tomko. T- 3:18. Att- 56,000.Dodger Blue Notes-- Infielder Tony Abreu, sent back to Las Vegas when the club decided to go with 12 pitchers last month, missed a couple of games with the Dodgers before he was optioned because of what was believed to be a lower abdominal strain, complained the injury still bothered him and he hasn't felt healthy enough to play since. Dodgers doctors have performed a battery of tests without a specific diagnosis, and next week Abreu is scheduled to see a local specialist in the field of sports hernias. It was thought that Abreu would take over for 39-year-old second baseman Jeff Kent, who has not announced whether he will continue playing after this year. The Dodgers have a 2008 option on Kent for $7 million or a $500,000 buyout. However, Kent has reached base safely via hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 38 consecutive games dating back to June 8, the longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. Kent batted .447 (34-for-76) in the month of July, the best average in the Majors and the third-best in L.A. Dodger history for a month behind Pedro Guerrero's .460 mark in July 1985 and Willie Davis' .459 average in August 1969, according to STATS, LLC. ...Jonathan Broxton has not allowed a home run in 84 games, tying him with Larry Andersen (1988-89) for the 11th longest streak in baseball since 1957. Broxton's homerless-outing streak is the second-longest active streak in baseball behind Chad Bradford (106) and fourth-longest since 1957, according to Baseball-Reference.com. ...On the Dodgers' 25-man roster, nine (36 percent) have spent significant time in the club's player development programs – Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, D.J. Houlton, Matt Kemp, James Loney, Russell Martin, Scott Proctor, Rudy Seanez and Delywn Young. In addition, three players on the disabled list have also come from the Dodger farm system – Yhency Brazoban, Hong-Chih Kuo and Jason Repko. ...Barry Bonds is one homer shy of tying Hank Aaron's all-time home run record and should he hit it during this series, only four other people will have been part of the on-field personnel for his first hit and record-tying homer. Dodger third base coach Rich Donnelly was the bullpen coach for the Pirates on May 31, 1986 at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium when Bonds doubled off Dodger pitcher Rick Honeycutt. Mariano Duncan played short for Los Angeles that day and Manny Mota was a Dodger coach.