Los Angeles Dodgers Inside Report - August 27

   Everyone had an idea of what David Wells could do on the mound. What they didn't know, at least until he made his first start for the Dodgers on Sunday night, was his talent as a hitter. OK, luck is probably the better word.

   Wells led off the fifth inning by dropping a perfectly executed bunt up the third base line. By the time Mets third baseman David Wright was able to pick up the ball and throw to first, Wells had lumbered down the necessary 90 feet to first base.

   The bunt single was the first of Wells' career. It will probably be his last. But this particular hit did more than add a footnote to his career. It ignited a rally that pushed the Dodgers past the Mets and back into the wild-card race.

   "That was impressive," said Dodgers leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal, an experienced bunter. "When he did that, it was unbelievable. He made something happen in the game, and it made me want to get on base, too."

   He did. So did outfielder Matt Kemp and infielder Ramon Martinez. The two-run rally turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead and an eventual victory.

   Wells decided to try the bunt because he didn't feel he had any other choice. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat against Mets pitcher John Maine and figured he didn't have anything to lose.

   "I wasn't able to touch him in my first at-bat," Wells said. "I thought I would take a chance with the bunt and see what happens."

   Wells was teased by his teammates about the offensive weaponry that he displayed and was even compared to Rod Carew. Wells would prefer to just go back to the mound every five days, toting his .125 batting average.

Notes & Quotes
--CF Juan Pierre had two hits in Sunday night's victory, increasing his hitting streak to 14 games. It's the second time this season that Pierre has had a 14-game streak

--2B Jeff Kent left Sunday's game in the fourth inning after an errant pitch by Mets RHP John Maine hit Kent in the helmet. Kent admitted to being light-headed after being struck, but by the time the game ended, he was already thinking about playing Monday. "I've been hit before," he said. "It's no big deal."

--RHP Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday but didn't really have anything to show for it. The Dodgers won by four runs, so Saito didn't get the save. Saito pitched because he had not pitched in two days and needed the work.


   --LHP David Wells became the fifth Los Angeles Dodger pitcher to start a game after the age of 40 when he made his start Sunday night. Wells, 44, joins Don Sutton, Greg Maddux, Orel Hershiser and Tom Candiotti.

--1B James Loney has a slugging percentage of .280 at home, .688 in road games. If the difference of .408 holds up for the season, it would be the largest since 1957 among batters with a minimum of 225 at-bats.

By the Numbers: 20 -- The number of combined losses this season by LHP David Wells, who the Dodgers acquired on Friday, and RHP Brett Tomko, who was designated for assignment.

Quotes to Note: "It's time. Everybody knows it's been a rough year for me here. It hasn't gone the way I wanted it to go and the way they wanted it to go. You move on. You pack up and move on." -- RHP Brett Tomko, after being designated for assignment by the Dodgers.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
2B Jeff Kent (head injury) left the Aug. 26 game after being hit by a pitch. He is day-to-day.

LHP Randy Wolf (tender left shoulder) went on the disabled list July 4. He pitched on a rehab assignment July 25 but emerged with more shoulder irritation. He resumed throwing Aug. 22.

3B Nomar Garciaparra (strained left calf) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 14. He took infield practice Aug. 22.

LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (sore left elbow) went on the disabled list retroactive to July 1. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow July 25. It's possible that he may not pitch for the rest of the season.

RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list July 15. He was ready to start a throwing program in early August, but renewed pain put those plans on hold.

RHP Jason Schmidt (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17. He underwent exploratory surgery on June 20, and a torn labrum was discovered. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 13 and will miss the rest of the season.

RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list June 1. He cut short a throwing session June 15, and he was subsequently diagnosed with a torn labrum. He underwent surgery June 22 and is out for the season.

   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) opened the season on the disabled list. He had surgery March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
Player Stats

   Hitters

Andre Ethier, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .200     5     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .261    23     5     6     3     0     1     4     0
Season            .292   360    44   105    28     2    10    52     0

Rafael Furcal, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .750     4     2     3     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .429    28     9    12     3     0     0     2     0
Season            .283   502    74   142    23     4     5    43    13

Nomar Garciaparra, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .190    21     1     4     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .280   397    37   111    15     0     6    57     3

Luis Gonzalez, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game        1.000     1     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .300    20     3     6     1     0     1     3     0
Season            .279   405    62   113    22     2    12    56     6

Shea Hillenbrand, DH
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .120    25     2     3     0     1     0     1     0
With LAD          .217    46     4    10     0     2     0     4     0

Matt Kemp, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .400     5     0     2     0     0     0     2     1
Last 7 Games      .414    29     6    12     1     1     1     6     2
Season            .335   188    33    63     5     3     8    32     7

Jeff Kent, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .294    17     3     5     2     0     0     4     0
Season            .287   408    64   117    31     1    16    68     1

Mike Lieberthal, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .133    15     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .246    65     2    16     1     0     0     1     0

James Loney, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .273    22     3     6     0     0     1     4     0
Season            .303   218    22    66    10     3     6    30     0

Russell Martin, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     1     1     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games      .375    16     7     6     0     0     2     3     2
Season            .292   445    72   130    27     2    16    74    20

Ramon Martinez, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     0     1     1     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .385    13     1     5     1     0     0     9     0
Season            .193   119     8    23     4     0     0    24     1

Juan Pierre, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .400     5     1     2     0     1     0     2     1
Last 7 Games      .333    30     3    10     1     1     0     3     1
Season            .290   538    75   156    17     7     0    33    51

Olmedo Saenz, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .222     9     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .184    98     8    18     4     0     3    16     0

Mark Sweeney, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .182    11     0     2     0     0     0     3     0
With LAD          .200    15     0     3     0     0     0     3     0

   Pitchers

Joe Beimel, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1   0.1     1     0     1    1
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     0     3   1.2     2     0     1    1
Season            4.02     3-1     1    66    56    52     1    20   34

Chad Billingsley, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         1.29     1-0     0     1     7     4     0     2    7
Last 7 Games      4.24     1-1     0    3     17    18     2     7   18
Season            3.48     8-4     0   36  108.2    94    13    48  103

Jonathan Broxton, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1   1.2     1     0     0    2
Last 7 Games      2.45     0-0     0     3   3.2     2     1     0    3
Season            2.25     4-2     2    66    68    56     1    23   82

Mark Hendrickson, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv    G     IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1      2     1     0     0    1
Last 7 Games     12.15     0-1     0    3    6.2    13     1     1    4
Season            5.09     4-7     0   30  109.2   124    12    28   84

Roberto Hernandez, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game        13.50     0-0     0     1   0.2     2     0     0    1
Last 7 Games      9.82     0-1     0     3   3.2     5     0     3    4
With LAD          6.14     0-2     0    15  14.2    15     2     8    8

Derek Lowe, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         3.86     1-0     0     1     7     6     1     0    3
Last 7 Games      2.70     2-1     0     3    20    18     2    20   10
Season            3.47    10-11    0    27   166   159    12    44  116

Brad Penny, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         4.50     0-1     0     1     6     6     1    14    2
Last 7 Games      3.71     1-1     0     3    17    18     1    10   11
Season            2.65    14-4     0    27   173   155     5    60  121

Scott Proctor, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    BB    K
Last Game        18.00     0-0     0     1     1     3     0     1    2
Last 7 Games     12.00     1-0     0     3     3     5     1     1    3
With LAD          5.28     2-0     0    13  15.1    13     3     6   10

Takashi Saito, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     1     0     0     0    2
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     2     3     3     0     0     0    7
Season            1.41     1-0    34    51    51    29     4     8   64

Rudy Seanez, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     1     0     0     0    0
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     0     3   3.1     1     0     0    2
Season            3.38     6-2     1    61    64    61    24    21   63

Eric Stults, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    BB    K
Last Game         5.79     0-1     0     1   4.2     5     3     5    4
Last 7 Games      3.71     1-1     0     3    17    12     7     6   18
Season            4.23     1-2     0     7  27.2    28    13    11   24

David Wells, P
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         3.60     1-0     0     1     5     7     0     3    2
Last 7 Games      8.79     1-1     0     3  14.1    27     1     4    5
With LAD          3.60     1-0     0     1     5     7     2     3    2

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