Do you know which MLB team holds the record for Most Shutout Losses in a Season? According to two sources, it's the 1908 St. Louis Cardinals, who were shutout 33 times in 154 games, finishing the season at 49-105. Second most...according to the same sources, the 1963 Mets with 30 SOL's...Why bring that up?
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...James Loney, (whose solo shot in the second off DC starter Jason Bergmann is the only run scored through three, 1-0 LA), flies to Willie Harris in left for the first out of the Dodgers’ fourth. Nomar Garciaparra pushes Lastings Milledge back to track in right center, where he shields his eyes from the midday sun and makes the grab for the second out. The newest Dodger Casey Blake takes a free pass. Andre Ethier pops out to Zimmerman foul of third to end the fourth. Still 1-0 LA.
Lastings Milledge leads off the fifth with a bunt single safely past the first base side of the mound. Paul Lo Duca grounds into what would be a double play if Milledge isn't running, but when the Dodgers' throw Lo Duca out at first, Milledge tries to take third, and gets thrown out by Loney, who fires to Garciaparra for the tag and an unconventional DP. WIl Nieves’ line drive to left would have scored Milledge, but now it’s just a double that brings up the pitcher Jason Bergmann who battles for a while at a 1-2 count and grounds out to second for Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw’s fourth scoreless....Kershaw doesn’t battle quite as long as Bergmann, flying out to Willie Harris for the first out of the Dodgers' fifth. Bergmann leaves an 0-2 pitch to Juan Pierre up in the zone and gives up a one-out single to right. Matt Kemp drops a single in short center that Milledge’s bad first step causes him to miss. Russell Martin pushes a jam shot over short, Pierre scores, 2-0 LA lead after five.
Willie Harris flies out to left. Felipe Lopez grounds the first pitch to short. Ryan Zimmerman flies out to Ethier in right to end the DC sixth. Still 2-0 LA....Angel Berroa, (in place of an injured? Garciaparra), goes down swinging through a fastball. Casey Blake gets more of the same, two-strike fastball inside for a swinging K. Andre Ethier chases a curve into the dirt to end the sixth...Kershaw walks Kearns to start the seventh, and that’s all for Kershaw, who’s in line for his first MLB “W”. Chan Ho Park vs Ronnie Belliard. Belliard’s out on 3 straight. Lastings Milledge swings through a 1-2 fastball up high. Lo Duca grounds out to second. 2-0 LA after six and a half...Charlie Manning will pitch the 7th for DC. Pinch hitter Mark Sweeney swings over a two-strike slider. Juan Pierre slaps a low curve into right for a single. Manning’s lifted for Saul “Sa-ool” Rivera. Matt Kemp flies out to Milledge, on the run in right center. Russell Martin’s up when a wild pitch moves Pierre up a bag. Martin walks. Jeff Kent flies out a few feet from a home run, Milledge catches it with his back to the wall. 2-0 LA after seven.
LA lefty Hong-Chih Kuo faces Wil Nieves in the top of the eighth. Nieves down swinging. Jesus Flores goes the other way with a single to right. Willie Harris grounds into the inning-ending DP...Luis Ayala’s on to end the eighth. Loney grounds out, Berroa grounds out, Casey Blake chases some high heat from Ayala...
Jonathan Broxton’s on to close it. 3 outs to get 2 runs for DC...Felipe Lopez lines out to second. Ryan Zimmerman swings through 98 mph heat. Austin Kearns grounds weakly to third, Casey Blake barehands and throws to first...In time. Dodgers win 2-0. Nationals shutout for the 15th time this season.
Nationals now 38-67. (Countdown To 100 Losses Stands At...33.)