Dodgers Limp Home After 12-2 Thrashing

Maybe that light at the end of the tunnel was a train. Anyway, something hit the Dodgers in the third inning and when it was over they trailed 8-0 and only the 45,000-plus Cardinals fans wanted to stick around to watch the rest of the 12-2 defeat since the outcome was obvious.

Cardinal starter Anthony Reyes came into the game with a 1-11 record and came out of it with his second win of the season and his first hit and RBI. He pitched six innings and allowed only two runs and his ERA "dropped" to 5.48.

Mark Hendrickson could manage only one out in the third and was excused to get out of the 99-degree heat for the rest of the day as the Cardinals, seemingly in as much trouble with their starting pitching as the Dodgers, have allowed six runs in the last six games.

The Cardinals' 18 hits set a season high. And the Dodgers, who didn't get a hit with a runner in scoring position, are at a season low.

Andre Ethier tripled and doubled, knocking in a run for the Dodgers who have lost eight of 10 and are in stuck in fourth place, perhaps by themselves pending the outcome of the Colorado game and trailing by at least six, pending the outcome of the Arizona game. Los Angeles has been shut out four times, scored one run once and two runs twice during those dreary games.

James Loney whacked a single and a double and Juan Pierre singled twice and stole a base. Delwyn Young added a single to his resumé and is hitting .500 in his brief stay in The Show.

Hendrickson (4-7) came up with his shortest outing of the season, and gave up eight runs and 11 hits. He's 1-7 in his last 12 starts and 0-3 in five outings since his last win on July 8.

He surrendered a three-run homer in the first and the Dodgers scored twice in the second when Luis Gonzalez walked, Ethier tripled and then scored on Ramon Martinez's sac fly.

But that was the high-water mark for the L.A. crew. The Cardinals put the first nine batters on base in the third and put the game away with their five runs. Many fans, and probably players, were wishing the American Legion rule was in effect in which a team ahead by eight runs after five innings is declared the winner.

The battered Dodgers host Houston (4 game) and Colorado (3) with Chad Billingsley (7-3, 3.34) opposing Houston's Roy Oswalt (12-6, 3.42) tonight in the opener.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	020 000 000- 2
St. Louis	305 020 020-12

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  1  0  .277
 Hernandez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .247
Pierre cf	4  0  2  0  .279
Loney 1b	4  0  2  0  .326
Kent 2b	        3  0  0  0  .292
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	0  0  0  0  .182
Gonzalez lf	2  1  1  0  .277
 Kemp rf	1  0  0  0  .313
Lieberthal c	4  0  0  0  .237
Ethier rf-lf	4  1  2  1  .301
Martinez 3b-ss	3  0  0  0  .171
Hendrickson p	1  0  0  0  .038
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph-2b	3  0  1  0  .500
   Totals	34  2  9  2
   St. Louis	40 12 18 12

 2B- Ethier (24), Loney (10). 3B- ethier (2). 
SF- Martinez. RBI- Ethier (47), Martinez (15).
SB- Pierre (45). LOB- Los Angeles 8, St. Louis

 Los Angeles	    in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hendrickson (4-7)  2.2 11  8-8  0  0  5.20
Seanez	           1.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.83
Proctor	           1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.79
Hernandez	   1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.72
Beimel	           1.0  3  2-2  1  2  4.14
 HBP- Saenz. T- 2:54. Att- 45,379.
Hernandez Advice-- A veteran of seventeen major league seasons, Roberto Hernandez told Ken Gurnick of his take on the Dodgers current death spiral:

"The only way out of a funk like this is to do the little things," he said. "As a pitcher, you can't throw nine innings in one inning or it just gets worse. If you try to do too much, it takes you way, way out of your game. Do all the little things, and as a group you'll come out of it. When everybody wants to be the guy, it's harder to do what you do and it snowballs."

Hernandez has only two more appearances before he reaches the magic 1,000 game mark

Dodger Blue Notes-- Wednesday is the last day clubs may sign picks from June's First-Year Player Draft or lose all negotiating rights. The highest Dodgers pick still unsigned is fifth-rounder Kyle Blair, and there have been virtually no negotiations between the two sides since June. ...D.J. Houlton turns 28 but had to celebrate it with the Las Vegas 51s. He shares his birthday with Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.