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Schmidt unable to get past fourth inning, again [Video]

August 6, 2009 | 11:07 am

By his own measure, there was "nothing spectacular" about Jason Schmidt's (2-2) performance in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss Wednesday to the Milwaukee Brewers.

For the second time in four starts, Schmidt has been unable to get through at least for innings. Manager Joe Torre plucked him from the mound with two outs in the fourth after forcing a run that pushed the Brewers ahead 2-1.

Schmidt said his problems relied heavily on his location and ineffective off-speed pitches.

"I just had a hard time getting the breaking ball over, you know, which when I can't do that, I don't really think I have anything to mix in with the fastball," he said. "They were able to lock in on one pitch and eliminate the other ones.

"That was basically the key to everything."

Schmidt has had a layoff of more than two years because of shoulder surgery. But he denied Wednesday there was any lingering health concern that might have hindered him in the loss.

"I was rusty, "he said. "And right now I have more rusty time than I am being on. But I guess that's the nature of it right now."

-- Mario Aguirre

Video: Jason Schmidt talks with reporters about the Dodgers' 4-1 loss Wednesday's to the Brewers. Credit: Mario Aguirre / Los Angeles Times