Dodgers Buried Under White Sox Home Runs

Randy Wolf, who has 10 no decisions this season, would have settled for one more in the second game of the Chicago series after being battered with five White Sox home runs. Rookie James McDonald allowed a sixth and the Dodgers dropped a 10-7 decision. All 10 Chicago runs came on home runs.

The bombardment evened Wolf's record at 3-3 after 16 starts. A command problem caused him to labor through 3.1 innings that took 87 pitches. He left with one out in the fifth inning having given up seven hits, three of them home runs, and five runs.

"There is no way to candy- coat it. I stunk," he said. "It's virtually impossible to look at yourself in the mirror and think you're going to get big league hitters out when you're hitting your spot 30 percent of the time. Frankly, I'm embarrassed with the way I pitched. ... And when you're awful, you deserve to get your teeth kicked in. And that's what I got."

Cory Wade finished the fourth inning without damage but then was battered in the fifth after a home run, single, single, home run series and handed the ball over to James McDonald who got one out before allowing the sixth home run of the game and the third of the inning.

McDonald pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh and Guillermo Mota worked a 1-2-3 eighth to mercifully end he contest.

After Alexi Ramirez homered in the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers scored three runs in a funky second inning that saw two walks, two errors and a single to right field by Mark Loretta.

Casey Blake walked to open the inning and Ethier, who came into the game 8-for-40 (.200), bounced out before Loretta singled softly to right field to drive in Blake and tie the game. Loney worked a 13-pitch walk and Martin lived on an error. a passed ball scored a second run and an error on a line drive to short added a third.

The lead lasted only until the bottom when the long range bombardment began in earnest. A walk and a homer in the third and a walk and a homer in the fourth earned Wolf the rest of the night off.

At the end of five innings, the Dodgers had five singles and the Sox had six home runs and led 10-3.

Juan Pierre doubled and scored on Orlando Hudson's sac fly in the seventh and in the eighth, Loretta walked, Loney singled and Matt Kemp, who was 0-for-3 with four men left on base earlier in the game, slugged a long home run to change only the final score.

The top five batters in the Dodgers lineup, Pierre, Furcal, Hudson, Blake and Ethier, were a combined 3-for-22.

Rehabbing Dangerous to Your Health
Veteran Will Ohman, in the minors on a rehab assignment (shoulder), now has injured his elbow, however he may have had trouble winning the situational left-handed reliever role back from rookie Brent Leach.

The 26-year-old Leach was promoted to the Major Leagues from Chattanooga on May 2 out of desperation following another injury to Hong-Chih Kuo's elbow, but Manager Joe Torre said, "If Ohman was coming back, we'd have to find a way to keep Leach the way he's been going. This guy came to fill in and he just gradually earned his stripes. He's been fearless."

In 22 appearances, Leach is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA, allowing only two runs in his past 11 innings. At Chattanooga before the callup, he had an 0.69 ERA.

In todays afternoon game, Torre said Brad Ausmus will start behind the plate, Russell Martin will start at designated hitter and Mark Loretta will start at first base for James Loney.

RHP Chad Billingsley (9-3, 2.83 ERA) draws the start. Against the Angels he issued five walks, with three of those scoring. He made 112 pitches in six innings, but only 61 of them were strikes.

The Dodgers will face LHP Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.03 ERA). The left-hander was unable to get through five innings for his third time in eight starts this season, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	030 000 130- 7
White Sox	102 250 00x-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  1  1  0  .327
Furcal ss	5  0  0  0  .243
Hudson 2b	4  0  1  1  .308
Blake 3b	3  1  1  0  .300
 Castro 3b	1  0  0  0  .340
Ethier rf	5  0  0  0  .262
Loretta dh	3  2  2  1  .259
Loney 1b	3  2  1  0  .283
Martin c	4  0  2  0  .249
Kemp cf	        4  1  1  2  .313	
 Totals	        36  7  9  5
 Chicago	34 10 13 10

 Two-base hits Pierre (15). HR- Kemp (9).
RBI- Loretta (12), Hudson (39), Kemp (40).
SF- Hudson. LOB- Los angeles 7, Chicago 4.
DP- Wolf, Furcal and Loney; Hudson; Blake,
Hudson and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er  b  so  era
Wolf (3-3)	3.1  7  5-5  2  1  3.64
Wade	        1.0  4  4-4  0  1  5.88
McDonald	2.1  2  1-1  1  3  6.33
Mota	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.80
 WP- Wolf 2. HBP- by Wolf, Pierre. T- 3:13.
Att- 20,142.