No matter how impossible it sounds, the
It all seems ridiculous and far-fetched and the stuff of the easily panicked, but after a 4-3 loss to the
The Dodgers were once rolling over teams, putting together an historic run that seized control of the
But they have now lost eight of their last 11 games and finding a real, live major-league lineup has again become a challenge for Manager
The Dodgers still have a 10½-game lead over the
Injuries suddenly have depleted the outfield, and the end of the season is starting to mirror its beginning, when Dodgers crowded the disabled list. The current injuries supposedly are not serious, but they're coming at the wrong time.
They did little to help the Los Angeles cause Sunday, as the Dodgers lost to
Pence hit a home run in each of the first three games against the Dodgers, but managed to top that Sunday with two homers. Both came against
Still, the Dodgers loaded the bases against right-hander
But Mattingly went to his Paco Rodriguez well once too often. Rodriguez started the eighth inning and immediately gave up a solo homer to pinch-hitter
The most professional games the 22-year-old Rodriguez previously had appeared in during a single season was 32.
Volquez went 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, allowing three runs and five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
The Dodgers had a chance to tie, or even win the game in the ninth, after Nick Buss and