Los Angeles Dodgers: Missed Chance to Go Ahead in NL West

Molly GraySenior Analyst IJuly 5, 2008

Despite having a win percentage of .483, after four straight wins, the Dodgers were only a half game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. After Arizona fell to San Diego 4-2, the Dodgers had the perfect chance to take the lead in the division.

San Francisco was able to break those hopes, by beating the Dodgers 5-2 on Saturday July 5.

After the first four batters from Los Angeles the team was dead at the plate.

Matt Kemp, batting leadoff, was robbed of a triple, by a fan who reached over the fence to grab the ball, causing the play to be ruled a ground-rule double.

Andre Ethier batted second, and brought Kemp home with a double. Jeff Kent then singled, advancing and eager Ethier to third.

Ethier scored when, recently returned, Andruw Jones hit a forceout grounder.

Chan Ho Park lasted a strong six innings as the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He retired 11 straight batters, before giving up a run in the sixth from a Aaron Rowand double to right field.

Middle relief pitcher Joe Beimel was brought out to start the seventh for the Dodgers but was quickly replaced by Brian Falkenborg.

The relief pitching got a little sticky, when Falkenborg allowed Beimel’s earned run to score, an earned run of his own, and loaded two runners for a Benji Molina two-run double against Cory Wade.

In essence, Beimel got one earned run, Falkenborg record three, and Wade came out with none.

Barry Zito pitched seven innings for the Giants, giving up the two runs in the first. Zito was followed by Tyler Walker, and Brian Wilson, who were able to hold the Dodgers hitless in the eight and ninth innings.

This disappointing loss came after a run-filled Dodger victory 10-7 over the Giants on the fourth.

Pending another San Diego victory in Arizona, the Dodgers will have another chance to lead the division on Sunday when they play game three of the San Francisco series.