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Yes, they are the l-o-o-o-o-o-sing team: Dodgers clinch season sub-.500 record with 7-5 loss


It’s official now, the 2010 Dodgers are losers.

Shocking, no doubt.

The Dodgers needed to sweep the Diamondbacks in this weekend’s final series to finish 81-81, but fell Friday night, 7-5, to Arizona to assure a sub-.500 season.

And any Joe Torre naysayers will have to look elsewhere to place the blame for this loss. Torre let retiring catcher Brad Ausmus manage Friday. Saturday it will be Jamey Carroll’s turn.

The big problem for the Dodgers (78-82) in the second half has been the lack of hitting, and they managed more runs than hits (four) Friday.

It was just a night full of shocking news.

All going on -- or not going on -- while John Ely continued his struggles as a starter.

Ely lasted only 4 2/3 innings, giving u all seven runs on seven hits and three walks. Since starting the season 6-2, he’s gone 2-8. And right now, he is a candidate for the Dodgers’ 2011 rotation.

The final blow Friday came in the fifth inning after Ely (4-10) gave up a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche. Showing off his managerial skills, Ausmus took Ely out on a double switch.

The Dodgers scored their first run off rookie Zach Kroenke, a reliever making his first career start, in the fourth via the strange closing week of Matt Kemp.

Kemp hit a solo home run just inside the left-field foul pole. It was his team-leading 26th home run of the season and third in three games. This after hitting one home run in his previous 31 games.

Kroenke went five innings to pick up the victory. He became the fifth rookie pitcher to earn his first career victory against the Dodgers this season.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers starting pitcher John Ely. Credit: Kelvin Kuo / US Presswire

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This is the worst year for Dodger fans in a long time. The worst part of it is that the Giants will be in the playoffs while the Dodgers seem to sink farther into the abyss each day.

5th rookie to win against us this season? uggh

I would think this leads the majors in this category (Steve?)

and worse than even their most ardent detractors could have imagined ...

Putting the 2010 lost angeles dudgers to bed & dreaming of games yester... '67 visions of 73-89

Michael (Gene) replaced Maury... could not row the boat ashore.

What about Bob? 'Beetle' Bailey in LF - no wait 3b - no wait... oh nevermind.

Campanis the catcher, Alcaraz not an prison near the Bay... geez Luis.

No Bull - Al have you know El Toro hit 16 taters that season to lead the club...then he became a Padre '69 - cry 'ankle' -what a bad break '68 his as team's season.

Tommy Dean - was no sausage king, by Jiminy. Who was that you say? Twas the Hu his day.

Egan & Duffie & Lee - even Brubaker, oh what Dave's those were... time to take five.

Werhas are you gonna find talent like this?

Get your 2011 dudger tickets now...

...and this is just a glimpse of your 2011 Los Angeles Pirates!

Steve, could you please investigate the effect of the lack of amphetamines on MLB offenses? All the shutouts, all the no-hitters (i believe that terrible umpiring call against the Hispanic pitcher earlier in the season came after he read a memo to try to stop them, and lower their telling total), all the rookies throwing complete game shut-outs. The pitchers with 5 day rest just do not feel the effects of the long season on their stamina, The everyday hitters do. Stunningly dull offenses result with 2, 3, 4 hits. The Dodgers are not the only incredibly boring offensive team.

Dave Winfield unwittingly brought up this verboten topic early in the season on espn, which slavishly follows the dictation of ownership, what will and will not be allowed to be brought up. To my knowledge no mention of it has reappeared.

Surely there is a safer, approved product that over a long season can bring the zip back into MLB bats?

Yeah Native, its called talent. :)

Thank you for a wonderful team and an even better year Frank McBroke!
his is what happens when you start your team with only 4 starters because you don't want to spend money on free agent starters. You make all this worse by trading your young pitchers for marginal veteran relief pitchers. Think Edwin Jackson for Dennys Baez and James McDonald for Dotel. While Jackson and McDonald aren't the next coming of Pedro Martinez, they can fill out the end of your rotation, so you will have money to spend on an ace.


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