One day after Dodgers manager Don Mattingly defended his beleaguered shortstop by concluding, "That is what you love, that [Rafael Furcal] is out there trying," Furcal went out and did Mattingly and his blind confidence proud, going 0-for-3 wtih 2 LOB to drop his average to .163, an intimidating force from the leadoff spot. In fact, even when Furcal did something not-wrong, in the seventh inning with the Dodgers already down 5-0, with two men on and two out by getting a walk, it was all for naught as Aaron Miles came out and took the second pitch to ground to third. Not that the Dodgers had many chances; their seven scattered hits all evening led to a 0-for-5 with RISP, 8 LOB evening. And this time, Charley and Rick couldn't blame the oft-cited wives tale about getting in late / getting little sleep: the Dodgers actually made it to SF before the Giants did.
Chad Billingsley (5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB and 4 Ks) takes the loss. James Loney (0-for-4 with 2 LOB) takes the night off (along with Furcal). The Dodgers take another one to the gut, deciding not to spoil anything tonight except their own evening.