Dodgers Lose 1-0 Decision to Angels

If, indeed, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones are mended and will be ready for prime time after a bit of live rehab, it can't happen soon enough for the suddenly impotent Dodgers attack. They followed a freak, 1-0 win without any hits by a 1-0 loss that saw them get three hits, five base runners and strike out nine times. The pitcher's union is mulling charges of non-support.

The Angel's John Lackey (6-1), who missed the first six weeks of 2008 with a strained triceps, has made up for missed time and helped Anaheim avoid a sweep. He converted the only run Mike Scioscia's bunch could manage into the winning margin.

Derek Lowe (5-8) took the loss after pitching superbly, allowing just a second inning run and overall surrendering five hits and striking out seven.

Lowe dropped to 3-4 in his last eight starts despite a 2.44 ERA. He has been given just nine runs of support in his eight losses (1.13 per game), with the team scoring two runs or fewer in every one of them. Cy Young himself would have a losing record with that sort of "help" from his teammates.

In addition, the club may have lost Juan Pierre for an indefinite time.

He stole second in the sixth inning and Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, reaching for the throw, fell on Pierre's knee. Pierre grabbed the knee in obvious pain and finally got up and tried to walk but limped noticeably and was removed him from the game.

He will undergo an MRI exam and could be headed for the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his nine-year major-league career. Manager Joe Torre said. "He wanted to stay in the game, but I told him he has half a season left, and I don't want him to injure something further."

Torre also said he club will fly to Houston one man short but if a replacement is needed, Las Vegas outfielder Jason Repko is the most likely candidate because he can play all three outfield spots.

After a slow start, Repko has been red-hot, going 13-for-28 with five doubles over his last eight games. Overall he is hitting .277 and always has had a major league glove in the outfield. Delwyn Young would be the most likely candidate to lead off tonight.

The Angels used a walk and two singles to score their only run of the series in the second inning. It says something for both the Dodgers staff and their batting attack when Los Angeles could outscore a club 7-1 in a three-game series and win only two of the games.

The Dodgers five base runners included Andre Ethier with a walk in the first inning, Jeff Kent with a single in the second, then 14 in a row were retired before Pierre's single in the sixth.

They were 1-for-22 between the second and the ninth when Delwyn Young (replacing Pierre) singled, Russell Martin walked and Kent walked to load the bases. James Loney bounced out to end the game and the only real threat the Dodgers made.

The Dodgers are hitting .257, which ranks ninth in the National League, but they're 13th in runs, 15th in total bases, slugging and home runs, and last in doubles.

The Dodgers have lost 22 of their past 35 and are only still in a pennant race because the entire NL West is in the same backward mode. In 16 of those games, they've been shut out six times, no-hit once, and limited to one run 10 times. The Dodgers are a incredible 6-33 when they score three runs or less.

Despite their pathetic offense, the Dodgers can look up and see the D-backs playing .500 ball in first place in the National League West, just 2 1/2 games ahead of them.

Matchups for the Houston series:
Today Eric Stults, 2-0, 0.60 vs. Roy Oswalt, 6-8, 4.77)
Tuesday Clayton Kershaw, 0-2, 4.36 vs. Wandy Rodriguez, 3-3, 2.58
Wednesday Chan Ho Park, 3-2, 2.52 vs. Runelvys Hernandez, 0-1, 5.40

  Score by Innings
Angles	010 000 000-1
Dodgers	000 000 000-0

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	3  0  1  0  .277
 Young pr-lf	1  0  1  0  .289
Ethier rf	3  0  0  1  .272
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .307
Kent 2B        	3  0  1  0  .252
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .299
Kemp cf        	3  0  0  0  .284
DeWitt 3b	3  0  0  0  .262
Berroa ss	2  0  0  0  .156
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .098 
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Lowe p        	2  0  0  0  .156
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ss	1  0  0  0  .232
  Totals 	29 0 3 0
  Angles	31 1 6 1

  LOB- Dodgers 5, Angles 5. SB- Pierre 
(35). DP- 2 Kent, Berroa and Loney; 
Kent, Maza and Loney.

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (5-8)	7.0  5  1-1  2  7  3.88
Falkenborg	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Wade	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.40
  T- 2:33. Att- 48,155.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers' bullpen has tossed 13.0 consecutive scoreless innings beginning with the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Dodger relievers in the process have allowed only four hits while striking out 16. The Dodgers rank second in the NL and third in the Majors with a 2.96 bullpen ERA (85 ER/258.1 IP), trailing only Philadelphia's 2.62 ERA (68 ER/233.2 IP). The Los Angeles ‘pen leads the Majors with 255 strikeouts, and also ranks first among the 30 big league teams with an average of 8.9 punchouts per 9 innings pitched. ...When Hiroki Kuroda comes off the DL (he is scheduled to start Wednesday at Houston), right-hander Chan Ho Park will return to the bullpen despite the fact Park allowed just one run on seven hits over 11 innings in his last two starts. ...With Brad Penny tentatively scheduled to come off the DL and pitch Saturday night at San Francisco, Torre plans to utilize a six-man rotation until the All-Star break. ... When Andruw Jones returns after the All-Star break, Torre said Jones will take back his starting spot in center and (before his injury) Juan Pierre will stay in left field, leaving Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier for right field. ...When leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal returns, hopefully this weekend in San Francisco, Pierre was scheduled to hit second. Pierre's 22 multi-hit games are tied with James Loney for the team lead, and he has stolen 14 bases in his past 20 games, getting caught just once. ...Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela's no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium. In silencing the Cardinals, 6-0, on June 29, 1990, the southpaw walked three batters and struck out seven.  On that same Friday night, Dave Stewart, a former Dodger, tossed a no-hitter for Oakland at Toronto. Dodger pitching coach Rick Honeycutt celebrated his 54th birthday. He shares his birthday with former Dodger Pedro Guerrero and the late former Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson. ...And today marks the 46th anniversary of Sandy Koufax's National League-record fourth no-hitter.  On June 30, 1962, the Hall of Famer recorded 13 strikeouts in no-hitting the New York Mets.

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