It's common knowledge that the bottom of the Dodgers' order--with Rod Barajas (batting .235), James Loney (.230), Juan Uribe (.200), and whoever is in left field--sucks. It basically renders the second half of our lineup useless, such that if Ethier and Kemp can't tally RBIs, we are through.
So Don Mattingly decided to go absolutely wild today and bat five through eight as follows: Loney (who went 1-for-4, 4 LOB), Dioner Navarro (0-for-4 with 3Ks and 4 LOB; now at .176), Juan Castro (0-for-2 before being replaced by Uribe, who walked twice), and Tony Gwynn Jr (0-for-2). Total and complete impotence.
And it didn't stop there. In fact, the tar pit actually rose a bit, engulfing #3 Andre Ethier (0-for-4 with 4 LOB, breaking his on-base-streak at 37 games, fifth-longest in Dodgers history) and #4 Matt Kemp (0-for-3 with 2 Ks; Kemp 0-fered last night as well). That left only Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles to get hits, and though they tallied five of the team's six hits, that wasn't enough to scratch out more than one run in the loss.
Ted Lilly must have been deflated after seeing a bottom of the first that started with two leadoff singles, and then continued with an Ethier K, Kemp BB, Loney one-pitch fly out, and Navarro K. Lilly was so flustered, he came back out and gave up four runs, his only bad inning (6.0 IP). The bullpen pitched a scoreless three, but with offense this impotent, they could have been out there for 18 innings and we wouldn't have tied the game. Dodgers fall to three below .500 and four back of the division lead.