Most of you saw the game, so I won’t go into unnecessary details. Broxton had no explanation for his implosion. “I haven’t seen it, so I can’t tell you,” he said. “I just got hit around. You’re going to get beat sometimes.” … Dylan Hernandez, Diamond Leung and I got a few minutes with Ned Colletti in the tunnel after the game. Said he might be getting close to acquiring a veteran utility infielder who could better plug the gap while Furcal is out, or if Furcal is out again later in the season. He also pointed out that the Dodgers aren’t getting blown out, that they were a hit or two or a pitch or two away from winning all four of the games they have lost on what is thus far a 1-4 trip and then pointed out that the Dodgers are a young team that hasn’t figured out how to win yet. “We’re still in the process of doing it,” he said. “It’s not like you’re going to go to sleep Thursday night and wake up Friday and it’s there.” … Dodgers fall to 27-28. Season is one-third over. Yes, it’s a long season. But no, it’s not early anymore. Snakes play later, but as Ned also pointed out, “We can’t worry about Arizona, Colorado, San Diego or San Francisco. We have to worry about the Dodgers, first and foremost. We have to get better..”
The only thing we learned this morning was what we already strongly suspected, that Gary Bennett DID spend a lot of time working on his throwing back to the mound while he was in extended spring training this week ostensibly to rehab his foot. Torre said he got good reports, that Bennett seems to have made huge strides in overcoming the problem.
Anyway, took this one from my room this morning, this is looking down Seventh Avenue toward Times Square. Sorry about the glare, but you can only do what you can do. And it’s a gloomy, gray day here anyway.
The Dodgers went 6 for 9 w/RISP. That’s one fewer hit w/RISP than they had gotten in their eight previous games combined. A BUNCH of hits to the right side by right-handed hitters, a very promising sign for an offense that might be about to get untracked. … Clayton Kershaw struggled mightily, walking three consecutive batters at one point and coughing up leads of 3-0 and 4-3. He was gone with two outs in the fourth. But Chan Ho Park saved the day for the Dodgers, holding the Mets sufficiently at bay over the next 3 1/3 until the Dodgers could put together a five-run eighth inning off Pedro Feliciano and a horrendously inept Aaron Heilman. Heilman, who now has a 6.67 ERA left the field to a deafening chorus of boos, but the crowd saved some of those boos for manager Willie Randolph, who left the field moments later after handing the ball to reliever Scott Shoeneweis. … Dodgers reach the one-third mark with a 27-27 record, which if my math is correct puts them on pace to finish 81-81. Snakes are tied 2-2 in the sixth, but they’re playing the Nationals, so …
Penny wasn’t himself yet again, and it was too much for the Dodgers to overcome as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss and fell below .500 at 26-27. This team has some serious problems going forward, including a staff ace who is fighting himself and a lineup that still can’t come up with anything that even remotely resembles clutch hitting. Kershaw goes tomorrow night.