Dodgers Still In Neutral


Looking for something, the Dodgers continue to sink in the deep end of the pool, as they went 1-5 on their recent road trip against San Francisco and San Diego.

The club added speedy outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals, and will bat leadoff.

Additionally, the Blue Crew acquired second baseman Ryan Theriot, and starting pitcher Ted Lilly from the Chicago Cubs, and reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pittsburgh Pirates, before the non-waiver trade deadline.

So far, though, it seems nothing has worked, as the Dodgers (54-51) were swept by the Giants after last Sunday’s 2-0 loss, with Edgar Renteria smacking a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning that helped pitcher Matt Cain (9-8) get the victory.

It wasn’t much better Saturday, as the Giants edged the Dodgers 2-1 behind Pat Burrell’s two-run homer with two out in the eighth off closer Jonathan Broxton.

The Giants’ Barry Zito pitched well, but failed to get the win. Zito went seven innings, struck out six, walked two, gave up three hits and one run (earned).

Chad Billingsley went six and two-third innings, striking out five, walking two, surrendering two hits and no runs.

On Friday, the Giants took a 6-5 victory with power-pitcher Tim Lincecum picking up the win.

Lincecum (11-4) walked two, fanned nine, gave up seven hits, two runs (earned), and Aubrey Huff drove in three runs and had three hits that included a homer and a double.

The Padres took the series finale 3-2 at Petco Park on Thursday, with San Diego out-hitting the Dodgers, 8-3.

San Diego tallied the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Scott Hairston singled, went to second on a sacrifice by Tony Gwynn Jr., and scored on Oscar Salazar’s hit up the middle.

The Dodgers scored a run in the second when James Loney hit a homer that tied it at 1-1, and Jamey Carroll crossed the plate in the fifth inning that knotted it at 2-2.

Usually reliable pitcher Vicente Padilla lasted only four innings, giving up four hits and two runs (earned), walking two and striking out five.

The Padres captured the middle contest on Wednesday 6-1, with Jerry Hairston Jr. (double and single with a run scored) knocking in three runs, and pitcher Clayton Richard getting the win.

Carroll drove in the Dodgers’ run in the third inning and had two hits. The Dodgers came in with a three-game winning streak.

Richard (8-5) tossed a four-hitter over six innings, and gave up one run (earned). Richard struck out six and walked one.

Dodgers’ right-handed hurler Hiroki Kuroda (8-9) fanned five, walked two, allowed three runs (earned), and four hits over six innings.

In the opener, Andre Ethier, who didn’t start because of the flu, rapped out the game-winning single to center in the top of the seventh.

His clutch pinch-hit was the difference in the 2-0 win, and Billingsley (9-5) took the victory.

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