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Just Another Dodger Loss

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The Dodgers made a better showing of things Friday night against the Diamondbacks.

The game ended up being a good pitcher’s duel between Chad Billingsley and the D-Back’s Doug Davis. Bills ended up making one mistake, an eighth inning lead off homer to Chris Snyder which was the only offense mustered by either team.

Bills tamed a D-Back’s locomotive that had won 10 of their last 12 games, five of which they scored seven or more runs. He did not allow a base runner to get past first base with the exception of Snyder on the home run.

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The offense was a whole other story.

Olmedo Saenz proved to me Thursday night that he has outlived his usefulness. That strikeout in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded against the Giants made me sick to my stomach.

Since July 1, Saenz has appeared in 18 games and has exactly one hit. For the season he has a batting average of .179, an on-base percentage of .294, four doubles, three homers, 14 walks and 21 strikeouts.

Call me crazy, but I think it’s time to bid the so-called Killer Tomato adieu. But naturally Grady Little is patient to a fault, which is why Saenz started Friday night.

Although I’m not ready to throw in the towel quite yet, if something doesn’t happen soon the Dodgers' season will be over.

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AP Photo by Mark J. Terrill