Thursday, August 9, 2007

Dodgers Seeing Red

Not even two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a tenuous 1 1/2 game lead over the San Diego Padres and hard-chaging Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League's western division. Since July 27th, things have gone horribly wrong for the blue crew. After having their scheduled game with Colorado Rockies that night rained out, The Dodgers began their worst stretch of baseball the entire season the next night as they lost both weekend games in Colorado. They lost the first of a three game homestand to the San Francisco Giants, then won the next night, only to lose the finale. Most importantly, the surging Diamondbacks then swept them during their visit this past weekend at Dodger Stadium including a shuout in game three... their scoreless and losing ways continued in Cincinnati as they were shut out in the first two games there as well! For the Dodgers, the three consecutive shutout losses mark the first time since 1966 that this has happened to them! Additionally, the Dodgers did not score in the final inning of Saturday night's loss to the D-Backs, so they now have gone 28 innings without scoring. Losing nine out of 10 games this late in the season is never a good thing, especially in the heat of a pennant race!

As a result of their recent slump, along with continued hot play by the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers now find themselves five games back of Arizona in the National League West standings, and 2 1/2 games behind the Sam Diego Padres in the chase for the wild card. The Dodgers and Brett Tomko take on the the Reds in their series finale today and hope to end their losing streak against rookie Phil Dumatrait. If they don't turn things around soon, the Dodgers are going to be playing for 2008 before long...


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