His two bases-loaded walks last night could be indicative of a more patient approach at the plate for the Dodgers 1B. Last year, when his batting average dropped from .331 in 2007 to .289, Loney walked 45 times in 651 plate appearances, or once every 14.5 times he came to the plate. This year, he has walked six times in 40 plate appearance, an average of once every 6.7 times he has come to the plate, and is batting .333 (11 for 33) going into tonight. Last year, Loney’s OBP dropped from .381 in 2007 to .338. So far this year, it’s a stellar .436.