06/17/07 10:00 PM ET
Dodgers stung by Angels in finale
Loney injured in collision with wall as Halos take series
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Wolf had a 1.48 ERA in five May starts, but he's accumulated a 6.86 ERA in four June starts.The loss dropped the Dodgers back to third place. They went 1-5 against the Angels this year and are 2-7 in Interleague Play with a pair of three-game series this week in Toronto and Tampa. "I'm glad they're not in our division," Little said of the Angels. "They were more than we could handle this weekend. We've got six games left against American League clubs, and we've got to be better." Offensively, the Dodgers actually saw a few positive signs on Sunday. Nomar Garciaparra returned to the lineup with three hits and three RBIs, while Rafael Furcal slugged his first home run of the season leading off the first inning against Kelvim Escobar. Garciaparra dislikes talking about himself, especially after a loss, but he acknowledged some satisfaction with the payoff from days of extra batting practice. "It would have been a lot nicer with a win, but it was a good day to see that the stuff I'm working on is working," said Garciaparra, who hasn't homered in two months but did double off the right-field fence in the first inning. "I was on the ball today, and that's important. I know you don't get out of bad habits in a day. It's good to get positive feedback." Garciaparra's presence is what has the Dodgers insisting that Loney try the outfield. He appeared in two games there for the Dodgers last year without a ball hit his way, had an eventful outfield trial during Spring Training and appeared in the outfield about once a week while in the Minor Leagues the first two months this season. He entered the game with the Dodgers trailing by five, and Matthews sent him sprinting toward the same scoreboard in the right-field fence that Matt Kemp crashed into on April 9, when Kemp suffered a slight shoulder separation. "He said, 'You're trying to be like me,'" Loney quoted Kemp as saying. Kemp took the blow with his shoulder. Loney got his hand in front of him and appeared to stumble on the warning track right at the point of collision. The scoreboard built into the fence has a rigid Plexiglas covering, but Loney said he believes his kneecap slammed into the concrete just below the padding at the bottom of the scoreboard. He wound up face down on the track. After several minutes, he was lifted onto a cart and taken to the dugout. After the game, he was limping, but walking without crutches. "I didn't think the wall was that close," he said. "I got knocked out a second. I knew I couldn't move. I couldn't see where the ball was. It's real tight right now, but it definitely could have been worse. A lot worse."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.