On a night where the Dodgers made Manny Parra look like a Cy Young winner, one can't help but wonder where all those runs from yesterday's nationally-televised contest went. Here at home, where Clayton Kershaw usually performs, Kershaw lasted only four innings and left with the bases loaded and none out in the fifth, having given up three ER and six walks.
Ryan Braun, whom the Dodgers shut down in Milwuakee, went 4-for-5 and hit the dagger three-run HR off of Jeff Weaver to put the game seemingly out of reach in the sixth. The Dodgers made a game of it in the ninth inning, scoring three runs before recording their first out, and then loading 'em up for Manny Ramirez, with two away, against a visibly shaky Trevor Hoffman.
But Ramirez flied to right, going 1-for-5 with 2 Ks, both of which were on changeups that Manny used to be able to hammer, oh about ten games ago. Ramirez hasn't had a RBI in 10 games. O Ramirez, where art thou?