Dodgers Inside Pitch - September 12

The criticism of Dodgers manager Grady Little started before San Francisco's Ray Durham could finish rounding the bases after hitting his 11th home run of the season. Durham had just connected on a three-run, eighth-inning home run that gave the Giants a 4-2 victory on Sunday at AT&T Park.

   Little had removed right-handed pitcher Brad Penny earlier in the inning, after Penny gave up a leadoff double to Giants second baseman Kevin Frandsen. Penny left the game after throwing just 82 pitches. Right-handed pitcher Scott Proctor, left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Broxton were unable to duplicate Penny's mastery in relief, allowing the Dodgers' one-run lead at the time to blow up in their faces.

   Forty-eight hours later, Little pointed the finger at himself for Sunday's loss.

   "I'm the one responsible," Little said. "I'm responsible for the lineup that goes out on the field and I'm responsible for any moves that are made during the game. And for that game on Sunday, I take my responsibility too."

   Penny left the Dodgers' clubhouse without speaking to the media after Sunday's game.

   Prior to Tuesday's game at Dodger Stadium, he admitted that was angry after Sunday's loss -- but not at Little.

   "I was (mad) because I made a bad pitch," Penny said. "That guy (Frandsen) should never have hit that double off of me. It was a stupid pitch in a stupid location."

   As far as being taken out of the game in the eighth inning, Penny was completely supportive of Little.

   "We discussed it before (the inning) and I had no problem with it," Penny said. "I'm glad he gave me an opportunity to go out there. It didn't work out, but maybe next time, if you guys quit writing about it, he'll give me another chance.

   "He was trying to do right by me. He was trying to protect me, like he said. He thought that I was pitching too well to get a loss there. Every manager I've had has been the same way."

Notes & Quotes
   --LHP Randy Wolf was at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, less than one week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. He said he felt good and was positive about being ready for spring training. Just where that spring training will be remains to be seen. Wolf needed to pitch 180 innings for the option on the 2008 season to kick in. Since he was only able to pitch 102 2/3 innings this season, the Dodgers will have the option. "I wouldn't pick up my option for next year if I was them," Wolf said, referring to the Dodgers.

   --RHP Esteban Loaiza started Tuesday's game against the Padres, becoming the seventh Mexican pitcher to start for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Other Mexican pitchers of note to have done the same thing are Fernando Valenzuela, Ismael Valdez, Dennys Reyes and Elmer Dessens.

   --OF Juan Pierre is batting .325 and has a .354 on-base percentage since Aug. 1, a span covering 37 games.

   --RHP Scott Proctor has made seven consecutive appearances without allowing a run and is 4-0 in his last four decisions since July 16. His 72 appearances this season, through Sunday, ranks him seventh in the majors.

   ----INF Chin-Lung Hu hit a solo home run off of Brett Tomko in the ninth inning Tuesday for his first major-league hit. It came in his second career at-bat.

By the Numbers: 2 -- The number of pinch-hit home runs hit by OF Andre Ethier this season. Both were hit against the Cubs.

Quote to Note: "I wish I had 24 more (players) just like him." -- Dodgers manager Grady Little, on catcher Russell Martin.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
   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 had season-ending surgery Sept. 5.

   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. He was moved to the 60-day disabled list Aug. 29.

   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. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 4. 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.