LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez entered Monday's game 8-for-16 with three home runs and three doubles against Cliff Lee, but was shutdown — along with every one of his teammates — by the southpaw in the Dodgers' 7-0 series opening loss to the Phillies.
Ramirez went 0-for-3 against Lee with two strikeouts, mixing in a ground ball to shortstop in the fourth inning. Ramirez walked against reliever Jeff Manship in the ninth inning to snap a personal streak of 11 consecutive outs, but he fell to just 1-for-15 with two walks since getting hit by a pitch on the left hand on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Ramirez was asked after the game if he was truly hurting, would he tell anyone?
"No," he replied with a smile, then added. "I'm 100%."
Ramirez left in the seventh inning after getting hit on Wednesday, then missed Thursday's game against the Giants, but has otherwise played every inning of the season so far for the Dodgers.
"We've seen him not have success before," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think he's hurting, talking to him. I'm asking him during the game, he says he's seeing the ball good and he's not complaining about anything and he's not getting treatment on it.
"It's going to be a matter of time, and Hanley's going to get rolling. I do feel like he's seeing the ball good. I'm sure he's trying to press at this point. I think he's okay."
Ramirez was in a joking mood about his four-game slump - "I need to do better. Maybe I'll wait until May," he said - but also said a turnaround could happen quickly for him.
"Sometimes it's just going to take one pitch, one at-bat," Ramirez said.
His manager agreed.
"It's going to be a matter of time, and Hanley's going to get rolling. I do feel like he's seeing the ball good," Mattingly said. "I'm sure he's trying to press at this point. I think he's okay."
Maybe that one pitch to turn things around will come against A.J. Burnett, starting Tuesday for the Phillies. Ramirez is 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk against the right-hander, but it was the one strikeout, in 2012, that produced the most memorable moment from their encounters: