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Dodgers Thrown for a Looper

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With all the anticipation from Tuesday night’s theatrics on the minds of the 50,276 fans at the Stadium, all they got was a lousy baseball game.

“That’s what I expected,” Torre said of the lack of drama. “I was hoping the result would be different, but as far as any repercussions from last night I didn’t expect anything.”

The result was a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. After an initial hiccup to start the game, Brewers starter Braden Looper confounded Dodger bats.

The sole exception was Rafael Furcal who started things off by taking a 1-0 pitch to the right field seats for his 13th lead-off homer as a Dodger. Looper then proceeded to shut down the Dodgers going 6 2/3 innings giving up only that one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four.

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“After that first inning he was able to stay down and had a good splitter,” manager Joe Torre said. “He got up, got in a little trouble, but he didn’t get up all night.”

After being quiet for the next five innings, the Dodgers were finally able to get to Looper with two outs in the seventh inning. Russell Martin walked and Orlando Hudson singled sending Martin to third. Brewers manager Ken Macha put in reliever Todd Coffey to pitch to Manny Ramirez who came in to pinch hit. With the entire crowd on their feet Manny grounded out to second to end the inning while his bat slipped out of his hands and landed with a fan. The bat would be retrieved by security after some haggling.