Ricky Nolasco (5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB and 7 Ks) took the loss tonight in what may portend a bad turn: after going 8-1 in his first 12 starts with the Dodgers, he's now had
two shaky outings of fewer than six innings, in which he's given up 11 ER and 13 R in aggregate three shaky outings of fewer than six innings, in which he's given up 17 ER and 19 R in aggregate. This is a pretty dangerous way of trying to solidify a sturdy fourth leg, or even mention a #3 starting rotation position on the post-season rosters. Not sure what's eating Ricky here, but I hope he reverts quickly.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers' offense--starting a substitute infield of Michael Young, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston, went a combined 1-for-14. We were 2-for-10 with RISP. So maybe it's not much of a surprise we dropped this one, the second game of the series.
In more important news, Atlanta lost to stay two games ahead of us, but St. Louis won to gain a game on the Braves. The Dodgers look increasingly unlikely to finish first in the NL; in which case, finishing second or third would only swing home-field advantage, rather than opponent. Keep tinkering, Donnie. Don't go nuts here.