Snakes Sweep Sliding Dodgers

The matchup between All-Star pitchers Brandon Webb and Brad Penny was a TKO for the Padres pitcher after a 3-0 Arizona decision game them a three-game sweep and rammed the Dodgers deeper into third place, four games back.

Let's see if we can come up with a positive out of the Diamondbacks win. Well, L.A. out-hit them 7-6, Scott Proctor worked two scoreless innings and ... er ... the game was over in 2:19. Oh, yes, Atlanta beat Colorado so the Dodgers are still a game ahead of the fourth-place Rockies.

After losing seven of their first nine to the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks swept the three game series in Dodger Stadium, weaving a pair of shutouts in the process.

Brandon Webb (11-8)scattered seven hits and won his third game in a row, extending his scoreless streak to 24 innings. It was his first complete game of the season and using only 102 pitches, picked up 14 outs on ground balls.

Brad Penny lost his second game in a row, allowing six hits and all three runs. But his stomach strain impedes his running ability and covering first base in the second inning he was just a tad late and had trouble handling James Loney's throw, allowing Mark Reynolds to reach base on what was called an error on Loney.

Penny is 2-3 with a 4.71 earned-run average over his last six starts.

Their hottest bat, Jeff Kent, missed the entire home stand with an injured hamstring, and the starting staff has disintegrated. Jason Schmidt and Hong Chih Kuo have one win each and are out for the season. Brett Tomko hasn't won since May 9, Derek Lowe since June 22 and Randy Wolf since June 28.

Russell Martin and Andre Ethier singled and doubled, all others in the lineup shared the remaining three hits. L.A. had two men on base at the same time only in the fifth inning when Ethier and Penny singled back-to-back.

The Dodgers, who have lost 12 of the last 16 games, have today off, then hit the road for three games each in Cincinnati and St. Louis.
 Score by innings
Arizona	        020 100 000-3
Los Angeles	000 000 000-0


 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .284
Pierre cf	4  0  0  0  .277
Martin c	4  0  2  0  .296
Gonzalez lf	4  0  1  0  .282
Garciaparra 3b	4  0  0  0  .285
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .323
Martinez 2b	4  0  1  0  .177
Ethier rf	3  0  2  0  .304
Penny p	        2  0  1  0  .295
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	34 0 2 7
   DBacks	30 3 6 3

 2B- Ethier (20), Martin (26). LOB- Los Angeles
7, Arizona 4. DP- Loney, Furcal and Loney.	
 
 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Penny	        7.0  6  3-3  0  5  2.66
Proctor	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  2.45
 HBP- by Penny. T- 2:19. Att- 48,803.
Walking Wounded and Others

Derek Lowe came out of his five-inning stint against Arizona in pain and had trouble loosening up the day after, on Sunday. He vows he will be ready for his next start and manager Grady Little says even injured his a good bet to win but his panful left groin will be the judge of that.
Russell Martin is feeling the effects of an ankle sprain he picked up Saturday night but says he only has trouble moving side to side.
Jeff Kent-- Missed the entire home stand, during which the Dodgers lost five of six, with what was reported as a "mild" hamstring strain. Little decided to error on the side of caution and, with today (Monday) off, give him two more days rest.
Jason Repko reports he is about to begin running and is looking forward to playing in the instructional league.
Andy LaRoche, Yes, the injury bug has reached the minor leagues. He reinjured his back and left the August 3 game after one at-bat. He played Saturday but missed yesterdays game. An MRI shows no major damage and he will return to the lineup soon.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Josh Rawich, Dodger Publicity Director, points out that though the Dodgers are a season-high 4.0 games out of first place, they were 3.5 games out entering Aug. 5, 1995 and came back to win the division. On Aug. 5, 1983, the Dodgers were 6.0 games behind Atlanta but a complete-game 2-1 victory by Fernando Valenzuela pulled them to within five games and they eventually won the NL West. Rick Monday also played that day for the Dodgers. ...Second-year Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier stroked his 20th double of the season, tying his career high, established last season. In Los Angeles Dodger history, only seven players have hit more doubles than Ethier's 40 in their first two full seasons in the big leagues: Eric Karros (57), Russell Martin (52), Raul Mondesi (50), Todd Hollandsworth (46), Jim Lefebvre (44), Mike Piazza (42) and Steve Sax (41). Ethier finished the game 2-for-3 and hit .417 (5-for-12) on the six-game homestand. The Arizona native also improved his career average against Webb to .545 (6-for-11). Late in the game, Martin also matched his career high of 26 doubles and is now five shy of Karros for the most in L.A. Dodger history after two seasons. ... Despite the last three losses, the Dodgers have won seven of the 11 meetings between these two teams this season and 11 of the last 16 since Aug. 26, 2006. ...Russell Martin has hit 10 or more homers in his first two big league seasons, becoming the first Dodger to accomplish that feat since Jim Lefebvre in 1965-66. Andre Ethier's ninth homer of the season in the second game of the series put him within one home run of equaling Martin's feat. Several Dodgers hit 10 or more homers in their rookie season and sophomore campaign since Lefebvre, but each had previously appeared in big league games the season prior to their official rookie year. ...Joe Beimel appeared in his 56th game on Friday night, the third-highest total in the National League among left-handed pitchers and tied for the fourth-most among all big league southpaws. Beimel is on pace to pitch in 82 games this season which would be the fourth-highest single-season total in franchise history and the most among lefties.  

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