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Ely Shelled in Dodgers, Ausmus Loss

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It was a game that meant nothing except for the individual players’ stats and egos. With Brad Ausmus acting as manager in a longtime Joe Torre tradition of having his players be managers at the end of the season in meaningless games, Dodgers’ starter John Ely got shelled to the tune of seven runs in the Dodgers 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After winning in the final regular season game last season, Ausmus now brings his unofficial managing record to 1-1. Despite having a better career winning percentage as a manager than Connie Mack, Ausmus isn’t ready to dive head first into managing.

“I haven’t been doing that well lately managing,” Ausmus joked. “For the immediate future I would like to spend the majority of my time at home.”

While the focus for Ely has been his walks in recent games, he started the first inning without giving up a walk. Unfortunately the first three D-Backs’ hitters that came to the plate got hits: a double by Stephen Drew and Chris Young; a single by Kelly Johnson. Just like that 2-0.

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The walks came on in the third inning, and that didn’t help things any. Young and Johnson walked, and the next thing you knew it was 5-0.

Adam LaRoche put the icing on the cake with a two-run homer in the fifth inning knocking Ely out of the game.