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Dodgers lose yet another tough one, 2-1, to Astros

Llrop7nc Just in case anyone thought the Dodgers could not come up with a new and inventive ways to lose, they offered Wednesday afternoon in Houston.

Astros catcher J.R. Towles entered the game with a staggering 0-for-32 streak. He'd have made a polar bear look hot.

But Wednesday he had three hits, none bigger than his single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run in Houston's 2-1 victory.

The line-drive single came off reliever Matt Guerrier, the Dodgers' fourth pitcher of the game.

Brett Wallace doubled off the glove of Matt Kemp -- who appeared to slightly mistime his jump -- in deep center. Towles' single then fell in front of Kemp, whose throw to the plate was off-line, though it probably would not have been in time anyway.

It was another tough loss for the Dodgers, who don't seem to know any other kind.

The Dodgers lost two of three to the Astros, the worst team in the National League, and ended their road trip 2-4.

They've fallen back to seven games under .500 (22-29), and have lost six of their last eight.

Ted Lilly started for the Dodgers, made a mistake on his first pitch and then threw blanks. Trouble was, that first pitch was hit for a solo home run by Michael Bourn, who until then had yet to hit a home run all season.

Lilly ended up going six innings, allowing the one run on six hits and a walk.

For a long time, however, it appeared that first pitch might cost the Dodgers the game. They could do little with Houston right-hander Aneury Rodriguez, a Rule 5 draft pick who had yet to win a game in four previous starts.

Rodriguez had the Dodgers shut out with two outs in the sixth when Kemp connected on his 12th home run of the season and second in three games.

Kemp's solo shot made it a 1-1 game, as both teams started going to their bullpens.

Catcher Dioner Navarro saved a run with two outs in the seventh. With runners on the corners, reliever Mike MacDougal threw a wild pitch past Navarro. From third, Towles broke from home.

But Navarro retrieved the ball, sprinted back to the plate and dived to tag out Towles just ahead of the plate.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Houston Astros' Brett Wallace during the second inning of a game Wednesday in Houston. Credit: David J. Phillip / AP

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furcal is killing us at the top of the order. drop him back down to eighth until he gets going. bring up ivan, jr. and let castro go. what's up with gwynn? he's 1-24 this month and has K'd 7 times in his last 12 at bats. looks like another ned "mistake" to go along with cormier, navarro, thames, castro, etc., etc., etc.....

The roller coaster ride that is sluggo sands continues: Grand Slam and 2 whiffs yester, 3x a Silver Sombrero today - not even a silly slappy 'e' single. Part & parcel his ofer 4 day, 3 K's added his in tow 22 gives him 25 now in 96 at bats; a Jack Cust Tuesday become just cuss him Wednesday.

This Dodger team is bad (as many predicated) and there is a strong possiblity of finishing the season below .400. You can make a reasonable forecast that this team will challenge the '92 Dodgers who won 63 games with a winning percentage of .389. By June 1, 1/3 of the season will be over. Team morale (human nature being what it is) will plunge even lower and there will be more losses.

At least we were entertaining.

Just a gutless team. No surprise whatsoever. And now a huge chunk of the schedule against actual teams kicks in, so this is gonna get much, much worse.

add to the ned mistakes: Russell Martin; James Mcdonald to the Pirates for Octavio Dotel and Cash; the OBP of Uribe (surprise?); whatever happened to Monasterios who occupied a roster spot as a Rule V all last year. Pierre for Ely and link and on and on....Is he still working for Sabean?

What the Dodgers lack in talent they more than make up for with terrible play.

Looked to me on the replay like a better catcher wouldn't have let the ball go to the backstop on MacDougle's "wild pitch" in the first place. Be that as it may, it was like watching Barney MacDougal and Snuffy Smith except there were no Great Balls O'Fire, save maybe the burning and chaffing of this season.
You young'uns might not get that.

The Eeyores are out tonight ! I love coming in here and read the negative comments win or lose. Tell us something we dont know.
Your lives must stink that bad. LOL

It's time to realize McCourt, Colleti and Mattingly need to be replaced. Maybe Cuban, Ng and Wallach could fix the entire mess. I've been a Dodger fan since 1955. Why?

Do we have a new owner, yet?


It's more than "The Tale of Two Cities." It's the best of the Blue, and the worst of the Sox.

To what do I refer?

The Chicago White Sox lost 2-1. The Dodgers lost 2-1. They have almost identical win-loss records on the season.

Yet the White Sox still have a shot, and the Dodgers are done. Maybe, someone can help me with this puzzle.

To me, it boils down to two issues: (1) Ownership, and (2) Balance.

Reinsdorf paid good money during the off-season to field a winner. McCourt didn't. And I believe Reinsdorf will invest yet more dough, when the Sox rebound before July 31.

Also, the Sox actually have offensive clout. The Dodgers don't.

With the Sox, I have hope; and with the Dodgers, despair.


Hey, how did the game go? I haven't been watching or reading.To busy hanging out with Belisario!

With today's hire, it looks like the mediocrity of the Dodgers has worn off the Lakers.

Welcome to Gene Bartow era in Laker land.

The toughest loss of all will happen if McCourt is able to make payroll May 31.

As a 74 yr old codger, I get all your cartoon references. The artists must have been able to see into the future and used Frank and the current Dodgers as the vehicles for their strips.

What I don't understand, is the people that go to Dodger Stadium. Look at any telecast and observe the ones sitting behind home plate. Quite a few are always on a cell phone, stuffing their face with Frank dogs and Frank beer and some don't seem to know there is a game being played. Social event? At Dodger Stadium, now?

I would also think that the ones that attend the games, stand around the water cooler the next day and complain about, what a rotten guy Frank is.

beat the marlins

The Dodgers are off today...that is grounds for a victory party. Ned the Dread is continuing his attempts to sign Harmon Killebrew to play left field.


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