Los Angeles- The Dodgers squandered yet another stellar start by veteran Derek Lowe, losing 1-0 in eleven innings on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Lowe, who went seven innings allowing five hits and no runs, walking three, and striking out seven was issued a no-decision once again in a game where he more than deserved a victory.
In losing, the Dodgers drop one game in the standings to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who now trail the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games in the National League West. Their record drops to 81-75 and the magic number to clench the Western division title remains at five.
The question is, can the Dodgers remain as hot as they have since the arrival of Manny Ramirez, who without question has improved this team from a sub .500 ball club into a national league contender? What will happen when the team that is so inconsistent, riddled with injuries, and just plain young, has to face the almighty Cubs, or the Mets or Phillies in the playoffs?
Chad Billingsley faces Jake Peavy tomorrow night, opening a series that is more than pivotal for the Dodgers. They must win the games against the Padres and wrap up the division before the Diamondbacks get the idea that they're still in it. Times seem good in Los Angeles, but as the Dodgers have shown over the last twenty years, they know how to blow great chances to win.