Diamondbacks slap Dodgers back to reality, 3-2
That was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?
Well, folks, it’s time to returns to the real world.
The Dodgers are no longer on a winning streak, as their season-best five-game run ended with a nondescript 3-2 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field.
They are back to 10 games under .500. They remain 111/2 games out of first place. They still can’t hit.
“I don’t think a streak is going to change that,” Andre Ethier said of the team’s offensive problems.
For that, Rafael Furcal said he felt personally responsible.
“I think it’s my fault,” Furcal said. “I think if I’m on base, we have a chance to score more runs.”
The former sparkplug of the Dodgers’ lineup, Furcal is already a two-time visitor to the disabled list this season.
He was 0 for 3 on Saturday, dropping his average to .170.
A broken thumb and a strained side muscle have limited Furcal to 100 at-bats.
“It’s tough,” he said.
Furcal is batting .088 since his reinstatement from the disabled list July 3, but Manager Don Mattingly insisted Furcal will remain in the lineup.
“If we’re going to get going, he’s going to have to go,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly offer similar thoughts on Juan Uribe, who was also 0 for 3 on Saturday.
Uribe is hitting .204, including .165 in his last 24 games.
Uribe has played solid defense at second base and third base, but the Dodgers signed him to a three-year, $21-million deal in large part because of his power. He has only four home runs.
Asked whether there was a point at which he would sit Furcal and Uribe, Mattingly pointed to the stretch when slap hitters Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles received a bulk of the playing time in the infield.
Carroll and Miles reached base frequently, but the Dodgers couldn’t score and they couldn’t win.
“Somebody’s going to have to drive them in,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly dismissed the idea that Furcal, 33, and Uribe, 32, are in decline.
“You still see bat speed,” he said.
Once again, the victim of the Dodgers’ offensive woes was Hiroki Kuroda, who was doomed to his 11th loss when he served up a three-run home run to Brandon Allen in the third inning.
The home run more than offset the Dodgers’ entire run production for the night, which consisted of a home run by Matt Kemp in the second inning and a bases-loaded walk by Furcal in the fifth.
The Dodgers’ position in the standings, coupled with Kuroda’s 3.13 earned-run average, has made him a potential trade target for contending teams.
The Texas Rangers were among the teams that had a scout at Chase Field on Saturday.
Kuroda remained mum on whether he would consider waiving his full no-trade clause to move to a contender.
“I haven’t even spoken to my agent about that,” he said. “As a baseball player, you feel honored that other teams want you, but when I re-signed here in the off-season, I did so with the intention of playing the entire year here.”
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