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Bottom of the 6th

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The Dodgers are still hitting the hell out of the ball. Unfortunately the wifi here in the press box won't comply. I'm stopping here for my own sanity. Sorry.

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With Braun and Cameron converging on the ball hit by Kemp, neither of them made the play. And RBI for Kemp and yet another run scored by the Dodgers.

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Manny lines a double down the left field line scoring two.

Ethier just hit a single to right. Manny now up to the plate and the crowd is going bezerk.

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With Furcal's single the Dodgers have now hit Gallardo out of the game. Mitch Stetter now comes in to pitch with runners on first and second with one out.

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And Mark Loretta got the pinch hit single to score Kemp and Martin. The Dodgers have reclaimed their four-run lead.

By the way Ronald Belisario pitched an inning for Inland Empire 66ers. He gave up a hit and struck one out getting the side out.

Everyone in the stadium loves the mariachi music that Castro uses for his intro.

That ball clearly got away from Gallardo. It didn't look like he was meaning to bean Martin.

Something bothered me about Kemp running to second on his line drive double to right field. He seemed a little too casual about it.

Top of the 6thAnd Counsell grounded harmlessly to second to end any shenanigans. I really don't think I should put chili and melted cheese on my Dodger Dogs any more. Oof. I just felt something. Maybe I go visit Hudson with his owie in his tummy. BTW, Ken Levine and Josh Suchon of Dodger Talk on AM 790 KABC sit behind me. Mwahahhaa.

Ok. Just had my Dodger Dog. What did I miss?

Bottom of the 5thWell Loney grounded to second. When he threw the bat aside, he seemed to have thrown it with a little more anger.

And Blake just hit his 23rd double of the season up the left centerfield gap. The Dodgers have a nice two-out rally going on. But Loney is coming up and he's already struck out twice by Gallardo.

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And Manny's dry spell appears to be over. He hits one out to the left field seats and the crowd explodes.

Gallardo is making quick work of the Dodgers. He has not allowed a hit to the last 13 batters.

Top of the 5th

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And Catalanotto grounded into a fielders choice second to shortstop. He also gets and RBI.

Now that I've thought about it, what happened to streakers? The last several people who have run across the field during a game have all been clothed. What happened to the nudity? I want nudity dammit!

Kuroda has now given up five hits in the inning, a double and four singles. He's now pitching to Catalanotto with the bases loaded. Again the bottom of the order is coming up so he should get out of this without any further damage.

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And Fielder hits an RBI single to right.

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And Braun hits a broke-bat bloop single to score Gallardo. The Brewers have finally struck.

Oh god. An idiot got onto the field. They tackled the shit out of him.

Talk about a waste of an at-bat, Counsell just popped up to the pitcher.

I would have really liked to have seen Gallardo just run through the sign. Call me old school if you will, but i really miss the days of the home plate collisions.

Holy shit. Gallardo just hit a double that was just about two feet shy of a homer. Son of a bitch. Heh.

Bottom of the 4thKiss Cam time! I hate it when they ruin the Kiss Cam with a wedding proposal. DIVORCE!!!

That was a nasty curve that Gallardo froze Castro on to strike out looking. Yeesh. I certainly wouldn't have swung on that pitch either.

Gallardo is really wary of Martin on first. Martin has only stolen eight bases so far this season.

And Martin just broke Gallardo's streak by walking.

My guess for the paid attendance tonight: 48,000.

After striking out Kemp, Gallardo has now retired eight consecutive batters.

Top of the 4th Kendall grounded to third on a forceout. Trouble averted.

And it looks like Martin's glove broke like Hudson's stomach.

And he finally got Hardy to strike out swinging.

I'm a little confused. I have no idea why Kuroda is trying to nibble around the corners with Hardy. Some pitchers have a better average than Hardy.

And the goddamned wave has started.

So Kuroda hit Catalanotto with a pitch to load the bases. Fortunately the bottom of the order is coming up so he should be able to get out of this with no harm.

The damn wi-fi here at the Stadium goes on and off. It's really annoying when I have to publish an update.

Bottom of the 3rd Loney had no idea what to make of his at-bat. That last fastball he struck out on was nowhere close to the plate. Gallardo has started to mix his pitches better.

The crowd really wants to see Manny hit one out. Even though the ball he just hit had no chance of dropping, they still cheered.

Top of the 3rd Whenever Furcal bobbles the ball a little I get a little nervous. I just figure he's going to overthrow to compensate for the bobble. And then we have Steve Sax all over again.

OK. Now I'm really dying to know. After an out why does no one throw to the first baseman? This is really starting to aggravate me.

What's the cheapest way to get a cheer from the Dodger crowd? Show Tommy Lasorda. Or Fernando Valenzuela. Or Vin Scully.

Bottom of the 2nd And with 13 pitches Gallardo has his 1-2-3 inning with two strike outs.

Now that pitch sequence Gallardo threw to Furcal is what I know he can do. What in the world happen to him in that first inning?

Top of the 2nd The out was made by Hudson unassisted. Catalanotto ran out of the basepath thus making him out.

Jason Kendall sorta looks like Animal from The Muppets.

Manny made a great defensive catch on a sinking drive by Hardy. That surely saved a run. Or two.

Cameron just got his fifth stolen base of the season.

Jim Hill just slapped my shoulder on the way to the bathroom.

Bottom of the 1st The innings ends mercifully for Gallardo with Castro grounding out to second. But four runs scored on five hits. Let's hope this holds up.

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Martin hits a double to left center to score Kemp. The Dodgers are not letting up any today.

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And Kemp lines a single to center just out of the reach of Cameron. Blake scores.

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Blake hits a double to left to score Furcal and Ethier.

And Manny lined out to right. At least Furcal went to third.

The roar of the crowd followed by the moan of disappointment as Manny lined the ball just foul.

Back-to-back singles from Furcal and Ethier. Furcal really wanted to go to third.

Base hit by Furcal that tipped off of Fielder's glove. It's funny watching all of us in the press box leaning towards the speakers here to figure out the scoring.

Top of the 1st Kuroda made 15 pitches. Pretty good 1-2-3 for him. Let's see if he can keep it up.

Kuroda got Lopez out on a splitter. Torre mentioned that he's getten better command of that pitch.

And it's my people's day here at the Stadium! Yup it's Korean Heritage Day. Maybe I'll ditch this liveblog at some point and get me some BBQ suckas.

Looking out over centerfield you can see the smoke billowing up from the fire in Glendale/Eagle Rock. It's a bit eerie. Here's a pic I took from my phone earlier.

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Preview

To say this is scary times for Dodger fans is an understatement. Although the Dodgers maintain the best record in the Majors at 65-41 they have lost seven of their last 11 games and have seen their lead in the NL West shrink from nine games to 6 1/2 games. Fans are starting to hyperventilate.

While the pitching has been adequate save for a couple of meltdowns in St. Louis and the Dodgers haven't stopped hitting, a combination of not being able to string hits together and giving up a run here and there in tight games have spelled disaster.

The obvious place to point the finger at is Manny Ramirez. Since being hit by a pitch on his hand on July 21 Manny has been hitting .186. After the pinch-hit grandslam he slugged the following day, Manny has not had an RBI in the 10-game span. But he's not worried at all.

"Things are going great," Manny said. "It's a long season, and I know I'm a good hitter. Maybe you feel pressure when you're younger, but now in my career everything's gravy."

Tonight Hiroki Kuroda will be taking the mound for the Dodgers. Kuroda is another Dodger going through a cold spell. Since winning his last game in San Diego on July 3, he has gotten a loss with a 5.56 ERA. Opponents are hitting .281 against him and have hit nine doubles and two home runs against him.

"The last two starts were really really good," manager Joe Torre said of Kuroda's outings against the Florida Marlins at home and at St. Louis. "It seems like he has a smoother delivery, his splitter has been better, and it looks like he's been more consistent in being able to do what he wants to do with a pitch."

Judging from the reaction of all the players, coaches and managers there isn't a lot of worrying going on.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Felipe Lopez, 2B
  2. Craig Counsell, 3B
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Mike Cameron, CF
  6. Frank Catalanotto, RF
  7. JJ Hardy, SS
  8. Jason Kendall, C
  9. Yovani Gallardo, P

LA Dodgers

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Andre Ethier, RF
  3. Manny Ramirez, LF
  4. Casey Blake, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Matt Kemp, CF
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Juan Castro, 2B
  9. Hiroki Kuroda, P