"I think we can play for next year, play spoiler right now, because I think we're pretty much done," said starting pitcher David Wells. "We're a lot better team than what we've been showing of late, and I think we owe it to ourselves to go out there and be a better team than what's happening right now."
Wells (8-9) gave up a home run on his first pitch and things went downhill from that point on. He denied that working on three days rest had anything to do with his struggle, but has given up five runs in each of his two starts during the losing streak after allowing up three or fewer runs in his first four outings.
"He did exactly what we expected him to do when we brought him here, pitched some big games for us, and the games we're playing this week, from here on out they're not big games," manager Grady Little said.
Arizona started Brandon Webb who has not lost to the Dodgers since 2004. He improved to 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA against the Dodgers this season, with two of the three runs he's given up coming on Tony Abreu's double on his last pitch of Saturday's game. Webb, now 17-10, worked around eight hits while striking out six.
Half of the eight hits came from Abreu and James Loney, who had a pair each. Matt Kemp and Andy LaRoche, two other youngsters, had one hit.
The last couple days has been a headache for Loney, who fired back at Jeff Kent when the veteran second baseman criticized the younger players on the team. Loney also fouled a ball off the plate in the third inning and it bounced up and hit him in the ear but he stayed in the game.
The Dodgers finish their final road trip and the three-game series with the D-backs today with Chad Billingsley (11-5, 3.15 ERA) facing Edgar Gonzalez (8-2, 4.61).
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 000 200-2 Arizona 211 010 01x-6 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre cf 5 1 0 0 .290 Abreu ss 5 0 2 2 .270 Loney 1b 4 0 2 0 .327 Kent 2b 4 0 1 0 .301 Gonzalez lf 3 0 0 0 .275 Kemp rf 4 0 1 0 .336 LaRoche 3b 4 0 1 0 .212 Lieberthal c 3 1 1 0 .234 Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 .246 Wells p 2 0 0 0 .137 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ethier ph 0 0 0 0 .289 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz ph 1 0 0 0 .185 Totals 36 2 8 2 Arizona 33 6 12 6 Error- Wells (2). 2B- Abreu (14). RBI- Abreu 2 (16). LOB- Los Angeles 9, Arizona 9. DP- Abreu, Kent and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Wells (8-9) 4.2 9 5-5 2 3 5.53 Seanez 1.1 0 0-0 1 1 3.75 Proctor 1.0 1 0-0 1 2 3.47 Beimel 1.0 2 1-1 1 0 4.04 Wp- Beimel. T- 2:54. Att- 47,673.
Minor League Awards-- The Dodgers named shortstop Chin-Ling Hu their Minor League Player of the Year and James McDonald their Pitcher of the Year. Hu, the MVP of the Futures Game, hit .329 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 82 games at Double-A and .318 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 45 games at Triple-A.
"It's exciting," Hu said. "I kept working hard. Last year I had a bad year. This year I tried to get back."
McDonald went 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) between advanced Class A and Double-A.
The Dodgers also announced that infielder Jaime Pedroza and right-hander Daigoro Rondon are the Dodger Minor League Player and Pitcher for the Month of August.
Pedroza hit .383 with seven homers, 27 RBI and a .702 slugging percentage for Ogden in the Pioneer League.
While pitching for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers, Rondon went 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA (9 ER/30.1 IP), helping the GCL Dodgers to a Division Championship and a berth in the GCL finals. Rondon struck out 33 and walked just three during the month.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Those who play shortstop for the Dodgers should apparently received combat pay. Rafael Furcal sat out his fifth game in a row because of lower-back pain and remains listed day to day. Ramon Martinez underwent an MRI exam for a hyper-extended right elbow after being injured while playing shortstop in place of Furcal in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Colorado. ...Dodger first baseman James Loney went 2-for-5 last night and is hitting .438 (20-for-46) over his last 12 games while driving in 18 runs over his last 15 contests. His 23 RBI this month are second in the Majors, behind Colorado MVP candidate Matt Holliday (26). ...Reliever Scott Proctor has not allowed an earned run in 13.1 innings, dating back to Aug. 24 at Shea Stadium. In September, Proctor has struck out 12 batters and allowed just five hits in 9.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .167 average. Since joining the Dodgers on July 31, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA. ...Luis Gonzalez singled off of Bob Wickman in the first game of the series for career hit No. 2,500. Gonzalez becomes just the 86th player in Major League history to amass 2,500 hits and is 14 shy of Buddy Bell, who's in 85th place on the hit list. The last big leaguer to collect his 2,500th hit in a Dodger uniform was Hall of Famer Eddie Murray on Sept. 30, 1991. Prior to that, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson accomplished the feat in Dodger Blue during the 1972 season.