Wanted: Pitching, Apply at Chavez Ravine

One expected to see the announcement on the message board in Dodger Stadium: "Pitchers wanted, good wages, short hours. Apply at front office to J. Torre." Los Angeles unleashed a blistering 10 hit attack, and although the left 13 on base including nine in scoring position, lost 9-7 to Arizona in the second game of the three-game series.

The marathon -- Commissioner Bud Selig, who has been campaigning for shorter games will be tearing his hair out about now -- last nearly five hours and when the dust had cleared from a combined 16 runs, 33 hits 12 walks and 25 runners left on base, the Dodgers had slid to 3-5 on the season.

Los Angeles and the Diamondbacks used eight pitchers each and after the game Torre said had the game gone any longer, he would have had to use a position player on the mound, suggesting that James Loney, who was a standout pitcher in high school, would have probably made his pitching debut.

Chad Billingsley, who retired nine of the first 10 he faced, was tagged for eight hits and six runs before leaving the game in the sixth inning. He was unable to hold leads of 3-0 and 5-3.

Then followed Ramon Troncoso, Carlos Monasterios, Ramon Ortiz. George Sherrill, starter Charlie Haeger, Jonathan Broxton and finally, the last man standing out of the pen, Russ Ortiz (0-1), gave up a pair of runs in the 11th and took the loss.

The two runs were directly attributed to Matt Kemp. After Ortiz allowed Stephen Drew a leadoff single, Adam LaRoche walked with one out. Mark Reynolds looped a ball up to shallow center field but Kemp broke back on the ball, then retraced his steps and dove for the ball but it fell safely load the bases. Chris Young singled in one run and Augie Ojeda drove in the other with a sacrifice fly.

Loney would probably welcomed a change to pitch, because he suffered had a horrible night with the bat, leaving seven men on base despite coming up with a pair of hits. Casey Blake did even worse, collecting a double in six trips and leaving six.

Matt Kemp singled and smacked his third home run. Rafael Furcal, Andre Ethier, Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin each had three hits, but they just weren't enough.

At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the Dodgers longest game since July 14, 2001, when the Dodgers defeated Oakland 5-3 in 15 innings that took 4 hours and 58 minute. They also played a 4 hour, 58 minute game on Sept. 8, 1985 in Los Angeles, losing to the Mets 4-3 in a 14-inning game.  

The Dodgers 19 hits were a new season high and they now have 10 or more hits in six of their eight games, going 2-4 in those contests. The Dodgers ranked second in the NL in three major offensive categories; batting average (.301), slugging percentage (.492) and on-base percentage (.377).

  Kemp recorded his fourth-straight and sixth multi-hit game of the season tonight with his 2-for-4 effort and has recorded at least one extra-base hit in each of his six games with a hit and also became the first Dodger to hit a home run in consecutive games with his fourth-inning two-run homer. Kemp leads the club with 13 hits, three home runs and 11 RBI.

  Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two RBI, raising his average to .431 (44-for-102) with 11 homers and 26 RBI in 31 career games against Arizona. Ronnie Belliard doubled and scored in the sixth inning to pick up his first pinch-hit in four attempts while raising his overall average to a team-high .538 (7-for-13) mark. He also tops the club in slugging percentage (1.077) with four of his seven hits going for extra bases.

  Billingsley got a jump on the 2010 "Old Slugger Award" presented by LADugout to the top hitting pitcher each season. He picked up the first hit of the season by a Dodger pitcher, stroking a solid single to center in the second inning. His last hit came on Aug. 18, 2009 vs. St. Louis.

  The Dodgers have lost five games, having scored at least five runs in four of those losses. They lost only 11 such games all last year. They are hitting .316 as a team, but the team ERA is 5.53.

Ausmus to Have Surgery
Brad Ausmus will have surgery today on his lower back to correct a bulging disc that is pinching a nerve. The diagnosis came on his 41st birthday and he is expected to miss the next three months . The Dodgers recalled A.J. Ellis from Albuquerque to take his place back on the roster.

Dodger Blue Notes --Tommy and Jo Lasorda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The happy couple met in Greenville, South Carolina where Tommy was pitching for the Greenville Spinners, a Dodgers farm team. Both Tommy and Jo will were on hand at the game tonight celebrating together.   

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