Cy Young Would Have Been Proud

The Dodgers have spent much of the summer making opposing pitchers look like Cy Young candidates. Chan Ho Park and C.C. Sabathia gave great impressions of the esteemed Mr. Young and the two bullpens pitched even better over the first 10 innings. Only home runs by Sabathia and Matt Kemp spoiled the march of scoreless innings before the Dodgers blinked first and lost a heartbreaking 7-2 decision.

Cleveland spoiled the remarkable pitchers duel by scoring six times in the 11th to win 7-2, pounding out five hits and benefitting from a pair of walks off Cory Wade (0-1) and Scott Proctor.

Park made a great case for belonging on the Dodgers starting staff, allowing only a home run by Sabathia who launched a surprising shot into the stands down the right field line. Park struck out nine and allowed only two other singles in his five innings.

It was a day of futility for the hitters, with almost 37% of the batters striking out. The Dodgers won the battle, recording 16 Ks to 14 for the Indians.

If Sabathia won the face-to-face hitting competition, Park won the individual strikeout title, fanning nine (of 20 he faced) in five innings, while Sabathia whiffed 10 Dodgers (of 27) over his seven inning stint. It boosted his American League-leading total to 107.

While the Cleveland pitcher was doing his best imitation of Young, he did a passable Babe Ruth at the plate, not only whacking a long home run but calling his shot before the game.

"I was trying to hit a homer," the 6-7, 290-pound pitcher said. "Everybody was all over me, saying I was a singles hitter." In this case, "everybody" had cause to think that since has had only two singles during the entire 2007 season.

Kemp's home run, his seventh of the season, was not as long but counted just as much, coming at a time it looked as if the Dodgers would lose a 1-0 decision.

Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton and Wade kept the score tied through 10 innings. Broxton gave up a double and a single in the ninth but escaped with a Kent-Berroa-Loney double play. Wade struck out the first Indian in the 10th, struck out the second on a wild pitch that allowed him to reach base but he, too, was saved by a Kent-Berroa-Loney double play.

Wade served up a pair of singles to open the 11th and after a line drive to Berroa, manager Joe Torre called on Proctor.

Proctor got no one out. He gave up three run-scoring hits and two walks, his earned-run average jumping to 6.82. The 10th man in the inning lofted a sacrifice fly to Delwyn Young in right field and he started a rare 9-3-5 double play, Loney' throw nipping a runner attempting to advance to third base.

Trailing 7-1 in the bottom of the 11th, Kent lined to short, Russell Martin cracked his third single and Young struck out. Loney, who earlier has singled to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, smacked a long double to left to drive in the second Dodgers' run. Maza popped to second to end the disappointing game.

Over his last five outings, Proctor has given up nine runs, 12 hits and seven walks in 4.1 innings. He was still standing in front of his locker, staring at the floor when the media came to interview him.

  "The name of the job right now is about going out and getting outs, and I'm pathetic," Proctor said. "It's embarrassing for the team when guys compete like that all day and then to go out there and pitch like that. I'm tired of people making excuses and saying I'm hurt. It's not that. I have to go out and make pitches and get outs.

"It's not rocket science. And to let a game like that get away, I'm disappointed. I've never had this happen. It's one of those things that will make you stronger in the end, but it's bad. You wrack your brain trying to figure out what the hell is going wrong."

With the loss, the Dodgers fell to 34-39.  Actually, they are 27-38 against teams who don't have "Cincinnati" on their uniforms and somehow they are still only 4 1/2 games behind Arizona.

Joe Torre believes that the Dodgers can fight through their funk.  "You have to do it as long as it takes. I don't think there's any limit on how frustrated you can get. You just have to keep working at it," he said.  "We don't give our pitchers any breathing room, and we haven't been able to manufacture runs.

"In this game, when you play 162 games, you have to dismiss tough losses.  You don't expect the bad to happen. You can't allow yourself to do that."

The good thing about baseball is that you come out the next day and play again. The bad thing about baseball is you come out the next day and have to play again.

So today Chad Billingsley (5-7, 3.54) gets the ball in the third game of the series. With the bullpen burned out after two consecutive extra-inning games, he will be asked to go deep in the game. The Dodgers will face RHP Paul Byrd (3-7, 5.21).
 Score by innings
Cleveland	001 000 000 06-7
Los Angeles	000 001 000 01-2

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  0  0  0  .276
Kemp cf	        5  1  1  1  .291
Kent 2b	        4  0  1  0  .255
Martin c	5  1  3  0  .316
Young rf	5  0  0  0  .284
Loney 1b	5  0  2  1  .308
LaRoche 3b	3  0  1  0  .214
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .240
Berroa ss	4  0  1  0  .205
Park p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .107
 Kuo p	        0  0  0  0  .286
 Ethier ph	1  0  0  0  .281
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeWitt 3b	1  0  0  0  .273
  Totals        41 2  9 2
  Cleveland	41 7 11 7

 Error- Pierre (2). 2b hits- Loney (17).
HR- Kemp (7). RBI- Kemp (43), Loney (37).
LOB- Los Angeles 8, Cleveland 7. DP- Kent,
Berroa and Loney 2; Young, Loney and 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Park	        5.0  3  1-1  2  9  2.93
Kuo	        2.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.80	
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.17
Broxton	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  3.82
Wade (0-1)	1.1  2  2-2  0  2  2.39
Proctor	        0.0  3  4-4  2  0  6.82
Troncoso	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  7.36
 WP- Wade. T- 4>02. Att- 45,036.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Park lowered his ERA to 2.83 and now has an 0.78 ERA in Dodger Stadium. Kuo added two scoreless innings and has allowed only one run in his last 19 innings over eight appearances. During that time he has struck out 20 and walked only two. ...The Dodgers' extra-inning games Friday and Saturday were their first of the season. ...The extra innings allowed Los Angeles pitchers to strike out 29 batters over the two gamess, a new two-game high. ...Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has yielded just one run in his last 19 innings (eight appearances) after two scoreless innings Saturday, fanning 20 and walking two during that stretch. ...The Dodgers have agreed to terms with six of their first nine Draft picks and 18 of their 45 picks overall. ...Outfielder Mitch Jones was signed to a Minor League contract and activated at Las Vegas. ...Class A lefty Jacobo Meque was promoted to Jacksonville. ...The Dodgers have the fifth-youngest roster in the National League and 10th youngest in the Majors. ...First baseman James Loney will launch his community initiative "Loney's Lounge" in support of MLB's RBI Los Angeles. Forty kids from RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a program Loney took part in as a kid, will be treated to tickets to that day's matinee against the White Sox and then will attend a "Loney's Lounge" video game party, where Loney and his teammates will play Guitar Hero and Kung Fu Panda on Xbox 360 systems.

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