Hanley Impresses In Debut/files/includes/,.css But Dodgers Fall To Cardinals

On the first pitch Hanley Ramirez saw as a Dodger/files/includes/,.css he drove a Kyle Lohse pitch off the center field wall for a triple/files/includes/,.css coming around to score the first Dodger run on a James Loney sacrifice fly. In his second time up/files/includes/,.css he flew out to the left field warning track; in his third/files/includes/,.css he drove home the second Dodger run with a single up the middle; in his fifth and final at-bat/files/includes/,.css he walked.

It was a relatively smashing debut for Ramirez – hell/files/includes/,.css even a hard-hit ball he botched at third was grabbed by Luis Cruz on the deflection and turned into an out – but unfortunately for the newest Dodger/files/includes/,.css he was basically the only bat who did show up. No other Dodger reached base more than once/files/includes/,.css and when Ramirez did lead off the 12th with that walk/files/includes/,.css he ended the inning still nailed to first base/files/includes/,.css as no one could even move him into scoring position. (It was a particularly tough night for Matt Kemp/files/includes/,.css who went 0-5 while striking out three times.)

Not only was Ramirez’ debut for naught/files/includes/,.css an outstanding performance by Aaron Harang went to waste. Harang worked into the eighth for the second time as a Dodger/files/includes/,.css allowing only two hits while striking out eight; each of the two St. Louis runs he allowed came on outs.

But Harang tired in the bottom of the eighth/files/includes/,.css walking two – well that’s a relative term/files/includes/,.css because ball four to Rafael Furcal could not have been more over the plate – before Scott Elbert walked Jon Jay to load the bases. Ronald Belisario came in/files/includes/,.css which was terrifying since he’s been awful lately/files/includes/,.css and immediately allowed Matt Holliday to smoke a line drive up the middle… which Mark Ellis was fortunately able to glove and step on second for the inning-ending double play.

That held into the twelfth - without Don Mattingly/files/includes/,.css who was ejected for arguing the strike zone in the tenth and was not pleased about it – before Jamey Wright allowed the winning run on a walk and two singles/files/includes/,.css the final one coming off the bat of former Dodger Furcal. Tony Gwynn may have had a play at the plate on the ball/files/includes/,.css but bobbled it in left and never managed to get a throw off. I can’t even kill Wright on this too much/files/includes/,.css because it was the end of his second inning/files/includes/,.css and if anyone else on the Dodgers could have bothered to a hit off of Kyle LohseKyle Lohse! – this game would have been over long before.

Don’t forget/files/includes/,.css tomorrow’s an early 10:45 start in the west/files/includes/,.css as Chris Capuano hopes to split the series for the Dodgers.