The Dodgers left everything they had on the playing field yesterday, which can be the only explanation to why they showed up only in gesture today in Cincinnati, losing 4-2. Leadoff singles from Rafael Furcal in the sixth and eighth inning--a great sign, since Raffy went 3-for-5 coming off of yesterday's GWRBI--went for naught as the Dodgers squandered almost every scoring opportunity.
Andre Ethier went 0-for-4 and narrowly missed making the last out of the game after he reached after a dropped strike three; Ethier left that honor to Ramirez, who went 1-for-5 and took a called strike three to end the game with the tying run in scoring position. Chad Billingsley had nothing, giving up 4 ER over 5.0 IP and 99 pitches. James Loney homered in the ninth but went 1-for-4. The Dodgers made a champ out of Homer Bailey, who went 8.0 IP and had 115 pitches, unusual marks for a guy who often can't get out of the sixth inning. Reds win their fifth in a row.
Well, at least we can save our vitriol for the Rockies @ Giants game. Ubaldo Jimenez and Tim Lincecum are tied through two, and Eric Young Jr. just singled with two out in the top of the third to break up the no-hitter. I suppose we want to root for the Giants now. But only after those two teams go through 25 innings of play.