On Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium, the only bobbling witnessed was that of Los Angeles' grasp on the National League West race.
With a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, the Dodgers dropped their second game in a row to open the three-game series against their fellow divisional contenders and for the second consecutive homestand have squandered capital gained from a 7-3 roadtrip. San Francisco now leads Los Angeles by a game and a half heading into Wednesday's finale, while Arizona fell to six games out of first place after an extra innings home loss to Miami.
Since being acquired on August 3, Joe Blanton has been Average Joe in his four Dodger starts, and awfully hittable over his last three, in which he has allowed 16 runs on 23 hits in 15 innings.
Prior to the game, manager Don Mattingly spoke on what the team has to do correctly over the final six weeks to have a shot at the division and make the playoffs.
"I think the...