Entering the game two scant games back of San Francisco (who lost to the Padres earlier today), and with the Dodgers debut of Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate, one would think the Dodgers would be jazzed. Ramirez opened things off with a triple in his first Dodger AB and went 2-for-4 with a RBI, BB, and run scored. Choate pithed an inning of relief in extras and gave up no hits with 1 K.
But the Dodgers only mustered two runs all game, and after trading zeros from the seventh inning onward, Rafael Furcal broke through off of Jamey Wright in the 12th to win it (Tony Gwynn Jr.'s inability to cleanly field the basehit to left, allowing PR Joe Kelly to score from second with the winning run, didn't help any). Look, we only had a 20% chance of winning this game, according to WSJ Accuscore, but that doesn't temper any frustrations over our wasted scoring opportunities (Dodgers went 1-for-7 with RISP on the evening).
Matt Kemp went 0-for-5 with 3 Ks in the three-hole. Andre Ethier was 1-for-5 in the four-hole. Then came Ramirez, "protected" (like a suit of armor made of cellophane) by Loney (0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly) in the six-hole. Yeah, this lineup does not seem to be built for productivity. We'll see if Mattingly shakes this puppy up.