Tomko pitched well for the second game in a row, allowing no earned runs in 6 innings of work. (The one run was an error by Pierre.) Unfortunately, the bats were asleep against Oliver Perez, who allowed only 1 run in 7.1 innings. Nomar got his 3rd homer of the year, and Kent got 2 hits and a walk, but otherwise the Dodgers were dead.
The loss went to 43 reliever Hernandez, only his second day with the Dodgers after a last-minute pickup to help the sagging bullpen.
The only good thing about this loss is that it will force the Dodgers to do something before the trade deadline, which is only 10 days away. A starter would be great, but it's unlikely. A middle reliever would be good, and there are several available. A slugging third baseman is also on the list, but again there are none available. I expect we'll see Wilson Betemit traded, possibly for Yankee pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, who made himself expendable when he complained about Roger Clemen's contract with the Yanks.