Is it just me, or does it seem like the Dodgers' run has lost a bit of its magic? After dropping the weekend series to the Red Sox, the Dodgers took care of business Monday but limped through tonight's game with some notable offensive absences: Adrian Gonzalez, 0-for-4 tonight and 0-for-9 in the series; Carl Crawford: 0-for-4 tonight and 1-for-8 in the series; Mark Ellis, 0-for-3 tonight and 0-for-6 in the series. The Dodgers went 2-for-7 with RISP tonight and left nine on base.
Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw lasted only (*for him, that is) six innings and gave up two runs, one of them earned, raising his ERA to 1.72. Ronald Belisario started to look like his early-season shaky self again, yielding another run to the Cubs in the seventh after two leadoff singles and a HBP put him in a hole early. Then Carlos Marmol came in for the ninth and was weak, made worse by Nick Punto's fielding error, but saved from damage by Paco Rodriguez.
Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe each had RBI singles. Excuse me, but that's not enough to get me celebrating, especially not when there could have been more--Skip Schumaker GIDPd with two on in the eighth to end the inning--and this is against the Cubs for pete's sake. We can do better. Let's get the series win tomorrow.