The Beating Goes On; Rockies Win 2-0

Some of the veteran Dodgers expressed their feeling the rookies on the team need more experience, and they are undoubtedly correct, but the kids demonstrated last night that they could do one thing just as well as those who have played most of the season -- leave runners on base. Ten Dodgers were stranded as Colorado made off with a 2-0 victory, their 10th in a row.

Derek Lowe, in search of a season-evening 13th win, pitched well enough to win, working seven solid innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. All he got for his effort was his 14th loss.

He faced three batters in six of the seven innings he worked but gave up a double, then three. two-out ground ball singles in the second inning that scored the only two runs of the game.

Six Dodger starters played for Las Vegas this season and the results were pretty much the way they have been over the last 10 games, of which Los Angeles had lost nine.

The last weeks of the season have become like a trip to the dentist for multiple root canals -- you know it is necessary but hope to get it over as quickly as possible.

The Dodgers out-hit the Rockies, 8-5, including a triple off the center field wall in the first inning and a single by Delwyn Young. He was also robbed of a third by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Young is quickly making an impression on Little and the manager said he would probably give the rookie more playing time as the season winds down. Young hit his first major league home run Tuesday off Corpas and led the Pacific Coast League in runs (106) and doubles (54) before his late-season promotion.

"This kid carries some pretty good credentials coming through the minor leagues," Manager Grady Little said.

The Dodgers clinched fourth place and no combination of wins or losses will get them out of that hole. They have finished fourth two of the last three seasons after not having placed that low in the division since 1993.

Lowe, who finished the season with 199 1/3 innings pitched despite hip and hand injuries, wasn't blaming his season on his young lineup.

"It wasn't too productive a year," he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "You can't let who's [playing] behind you bother you one way or the other. I'm very honest with myself, and a lot of games I pitched awful. I'm very hard on myself, and when I pitch poorly, I deserve it. Even if you go 13-13, .500, is that a successful year? No."

Lowe's struggles have not all been his fault. Although he finished 12-14 on the season, in 10 of the games the Dodgers scored two runs or less.

"This could be pretty much the same team Opening Day next year. We have to find a way to put aside our differences and play as one. Not this group here and that group there. It's up to us players to figure it out. We have to see a different attitude from this team. It's not the most positive place right now. I believe everyone has to be on the same page. We can't act like it didn't happen."

The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the sixth and with two out in the bottom of the ninth, they had a pair of infield pinch-hits from Luis Gonzalez and Olmedo Saenz, but Juan Pierre grounded into a fielder's choice to end it.

Esteban Loaiza (1-3, 8.53 ERA) opposes Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.15 ERA) in the final game of the series tonight. Loaiza won his Dodgers debut but has lost his last three decisions.
 Score by innings
Colorado	002 000 000-2
Los Angeles	000 000 000-0

 Los Angeles	ab  r   h   bi   ave
Pierre cf	5   0   0   0   .292
Hu ss	        4   0   0   0   .267
Young lf	3   0   2   0   .478
Loney 1b	3   0   1   0   .335
LaRoche 3b	3   0   0   0   .221
Ethier rf	4   0   1   0   .288
Moeller c	3   0   0   0   .157
 Martin ph	1   0   0   0   .297
Valdez 2b	3   0   0   0   .213
 Gonzalez ph	1   0   1   0   .276
Lowe p	        2   0   1   0   .119
 Sweeney [h	1   0   1   0   .250
 Broxton p	0   0   0   0   .000
 Saito p	0   0   0   0   .000
 Saenz p	1   0   1   0   .193
 Kemp pr	0   0   0   0   .000
   Totals	34  0  8  0
   Rockies	30  2  5  2

 2B- Ethier (32). 3B- Young (1). LOB- Los Angeles
10, Colorado 2. DP- 2 Saito, Hu and Loney; Valdez
and Loney.

 Los Angeles	ab  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Lowe (12-14)	7.0  5  2-2  0  7  3.88
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.89
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.44
 T- 2:24. Att- 45,036.
Little Says 'No' to Kemp Trade-- Little's reaction to Bill Plaschke's column in the Los Angeles Times suggesting the Dodgers are actively shopping outfielder Matt Kemp was a blunt, "Don't believe what you read or hear on the radio." Little was outfielder Matt Kemp's biggest fan last year and said Kemp has done nothing to change that this season. "In no way is Matt Kemp a finished product, but he's made a lot of progress in his plate discipline and learning how to play the game every day," said Little. "A lot of players learn from their mistakes. He will be a good baserunner. He went through a spell of running errors and they came in bunches, five or six in a five-day period. But for every one of them, there were extra bases he took many times over."

Quote of the Day--"Most bad years are bad the whole year, you know what I mean? This was a different year, because this was a team that, first of all, I was positive would either win the division or certainly be the wild card. I was positive! In the spring. And you know they were in first place at the end of July. So that made this different. And even when they started their slide down, you kept thinking, 'Yeah, but they were in first just a week ago, just two weeks ago.' You kept waiting for them to get back up again. Well, it never happened. So it was a different kind of a year." --Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.

Coming and Going--"I love it here in L.A.," Matt Kemp, who was rumored to be on the trade block, said before the Dodgers' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies last night. "There's no other place I'd rather be." However, outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who expressed frustration at seeing his playing time given to younger players, confirmed what had been talked about for weeks. "I'm not coming back," said Gonzalez, 40, a clubhouse favorite. "You can write that down. It's no secret. No hard feelings. Just moving on. Cutting the cord."

Another Voice Heard-- Dave Stewart, a former Dodgers and Oakland Athletics pitcher and a four-time 20-game winner, had this to say about the Dodgers' volatile clubhouse situation. "I think the way Kent handled this whole situation is complete garbage," Stewart wrote in his blog. "I wasn't in that clubhouse, but chances are he didn't say a damn thing all year long and waited until they got eliminated to criticize and cry like a baby." Stewart, now an agent for Kemp and pitcher Chad Billingsley, said the organization should have started playing its younger players earlier after some of the veterans faltered. "Furthermore, if a veteran player doesn't want to play a leadership role, that's obviously their choice. However, if you don't want to be a leader then you need to shut up."

Dodger Blue Notes-- Delwyn Young's two hits boosted his average to .478 (11-for-23) on the season and he now has the highest average in Dodger history among those with at least 20 at-bats, besting Vince Sherlock's 1935 average of .462 (12-for-26). ...Mark Sweeney's pinch-hit single was his Major League-leading 22nd of the season in the ninth inning. Sweeney is hitting .301 (22-for-73) as a pinch-hitter this season, with two homers and nine RBI. ...Jonathan Broxton made his 82nd appearance of the season and trails only Mike Marshall (106, 1974) and Paul Quantril (89, 2003 & 86, 2002) on the all-time Dodger list. ...Andre Ethier's double last night was his 52nd in the big leagues, surpassing Raul Mondesi for the third most by a Los Angeles Dodger in his first two seasons. Russell Martin has 58 in his first two seasons which tops the list followed by Eric Karros (57). ...Tonight, the Dodgers will honor Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Dusty Baker as three-fourths of the 30-homer quartet from 1977. Along with Reggie Smith, those four Dodgers became the first quartet to hit 30 homers in Major League history when Baker homered 30 years ago this October 2. Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Todd Zeile and Raul Mondesi duplicated the feat for the Dodgers in 1997.       

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