As EK pointed out in the GT (9:12p), the Dodgers played like Argentina vs. Germany and were totally filleted by the Fish, specifically Marlins All-Star Josh Johnson (8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 Ks). The only positive from this game was seeing Hiroki Kuroda bounce back from his last disappointing start to go seven innings with only one bad spot (a four-run inning in the second, mostly due to a Mike Stanton three-run HR). But unfortunately, that lapse cost us the game.
But rather than the World Cup-like result and metaphor, those of us watching the game saw an offensive lineup doing its best to emulate Garret Anderson (0-for-4 with 2 Ks, dropping his average to .182)--including even the streaking Rafael Furcal, who went 0-for-4 with one K, and Casey Blake, who went 0-for-4 with 3 Ks (James Loney had two of the team's six hits). We drop the series to the Marlins, lose no ground to the Padres but fall into a tie with the Rockies (who came back again on the Cardinals to steal another game) for second place.
photo: AP/Michael Sohn