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Schmidt Reaches End of the Line

Well its all right, even if youre old and grey
Well its all right, you still got something to say
Well its all right, remember to live and let live
Well its all right, the best you can do is forgive

-End of the Line, Travelling Wilburys

The Jason Schmidt Show doesn't figure to have anymore episodes.  The pilot had a rough start, but a unexpectedly solid finish, but the story arc has run it's course.  The final nail in the coffin was a three inning performance today during which Schmidt gave up five runs (four earned), in an eventual 8-6 Marlin win.  Schmidt gave up five hits, including three doubles and a home run.

Jason Schmidt worked his butt off to get back to the major leagues.  He should be commended for that.  He absolutely deserved a shot to pitch int he major leagues.  Yet, after two starts, it is painfully clear that Schmidt simply doesn't have the stuff to get major league hitters out consistently.  With a changeup only a few miles slower than his fastball -- which was only in the 85-87 range to begin with -- Schmidt just doesn't miss any bats.  It was a nice story, but it should be all over now for Schmidt in Dodger blue.

Once down 8-0, the Dodgers made it interesting, scoring four runs in the sixth inning, cutting the lead in half, and actually got the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Matt Kemp's foul pop to catcher John Baker ended the contest.

Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to seven games with a sixth inning single, and is hitting .576 during that span.  James Loney had three hits and three RBI in five at-bats.

Today was a rare loss for the Dodgers when accumulating 10 or more hits.  They are 34-6 in such contests.

The Dodgers start a seven-game road trip tomorrow in St. Louis.  Randy Wolf will face Chris Carpenter at an early start time of 4:05pm, to accommodate ESPN.

WP -Chris Volstad (8-9):  5.1 IP, 8 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

LP - Jason Schmidt (1-1):  3 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 1 walk, 1 strikeout

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