Dodgers, Dropping Like Flies, Dropped By Flies, 5-1

Three Dodgers got hurt today: Jonathan Broxton has been shutdown and had an MRI on his sore right elbow, Andre Ethier was a late scratch with inflammation in his left elbow, and Juan Uribe left today's game an inning after he got hit on the left hand (reports during the game said Uribe simply has a contusion, and is day-to-day).

Three Cubs went deep today off Ted Lilly: solo shots by Geovany Soto and Carlos Pena, and a three-run deal-sealer by Marlon Byrd, as the Cubs drubbed the depleted, punchless Dodgers 5-1 at Dodger Stadium.

Attendance Woes

The Dodgers had an announced crowd of 28,419 at today's weekday game, though that number is likely inflated as it is based on tickets sold and not people actually in attendance. It is the fourth time in 18 home dates this season that the Dodgers have been under 30,000. The Dodgers didn't have a single game attendance under 30,000 from 2005-2010, but did have 13 home dates under 30,000 in 2004.

The Dodgers average attendance is 36,672 tickets sold this season. Through 18 home dates last season, the average was 43,941, though outside of the home opener there were no weekday day games. So far this year there have been two weekday home games; remove them and the average goes up to 37,561 tickets sold this year. But that is still a drop of 14.5%, and remember, that's just tickets sold, which at least to the naked eye has grossly inflated the true number of people attending Dodger games in 2011.

The Dodgers are off Thursday before starting a road trip in New York against the Mets.

WP - Carlos Zambrano (4-1): 8 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

LP - Ted Lilly (2-3): 6 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

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