Dodgers Lose To Diamondbacks, But Worse News Comes After The Game With Lindsey's Broken Hand

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John Lindsey's Fairytale Run Ends With Broken Left Hand

John Lindsey, who toiled for 16 years and had 6,342 plate appearances in the minor leagues, finally made the big leagues this season with the Dodgers. But, his feel-good story had a terrible ending as Lindsey broke his left hand tonight when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning by Daniel Hudson of the Diamondbacks. Lindsey is out for the season, as reported on Dodger Talk after the game on KABC.

Lindsey did get his first major league hit two weeks ago, with his family in attendance in Houston, so it's not all bad. He finished his first big league stint with one hit in 12 at-bats, and of course that hit-by-pitch.

The 33-year-old is well-liked by just about everyone in the organization, and always has a smile on his face whether on the field or in the clubhouse. Everyone was rooting for him to succeed, and it looked like he would get more chances in the final seven games of the season. But now, he won't get that chance, at least not this season.

Lindsey will likely be a free agent this winter, as the Dodgers probably won't keep him on the 40-man roster. He will probably continue his run of signing a minor-league contract somewhere, perhaps back in the Dodgers organization, and hope to get another chance at the big leagues.

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Dodgers Stymied By Dan Hudson, Fall To Arizona 5-2

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Daniel Hudson threw 8 2/3 innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks take a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second of a three-game set.

Hudson (7-1) gave up two runs and two hits with two walks and five strikeouts, but fell an out short of his first career complete game for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of their last five. Cole Gillespie hit a three-run home run in the win.

Andre Ethier and James Loney each drove in a run for the Dodgers, who had won their previous two. John Ely (4-9) dropped his fourth straight decision as he was touched for four runs on seven hits with six walks and seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers pushed one across in the fourth as Trent Oeltjen led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Theriot and crossed the plate on a groundout from Ethier.

Arizona, though, tied the game in the fifth as Stephen Drew led off with a triple and scored when Tony Abreu followed with a sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, Adam LaRoche led off with a double and a walk two batters later to Brandon Allen was followed by a shot over the left field wall from Gillespie to give Arizona a 4-1 lead.

A sacrifice fly from LaRoche in the seventh gave Arizona a 5-1 lead.

Hudson walked Reed Johnson to start the eighth, but got A.J. Ellis to hit into a double play and Chin-Lung Hu to foul out and end the frame.

Hudson then gave up a two-out single to Theriot followed by a walk to Ethier in the ninth. Mike Hampton took the mound and Loney greeted him with a single to score Theriot. Juan Gutierrez was called out of the bullpen and he struck out Russ Mitchell to pick up his 13th save of the season.

Despite the loss, Los Angeles has taken 11 of the 14 games against Arizona this season...Hudson has won his last four decisions...The Diamondbacks left nine men on base.

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Tonight's Dodgers-Diamondbacks Lineups: John Lindsey, Cleanup Hitter

John Lindsey, who spent 16 seasons in the minor leagues, makes his second big league start tonight, batting cleanup for the Dodgers. Here are tonight's lineups:

Dodgers
Oeltjen CF
Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Lindsey 1B
Mitchell 3B
Johnson LF
Ellis C
Hu SS
Ely P

Diamondbacks
Drew SS
Abreu 3B
Johnson 2B
Young CF
LaRoche 1B
Hester C
Allen LF
Gillespie RF
Hudson P

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Ely, Dodgers Set To Battle Hudson, Diamondbacks

(Sports Network) - With the Arizona Diamondbacks looking ahead to 2011, it's became apparent that Dan Hudson figures largely in the team's plans for next year and beyond.

The rookie will be out to continue his outstanding stretch of pitching when the Diamondbacks continue a three-game series with the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.

Hudson has emerged as the Diamondbacks' most consistent pitcher since being acquired from the White Sox in a July 30 trade that sent veteran starter Edwin Jackson to Chicago. He's also been one of the NL's best hurlers over the past two months, having generated a 6-1 record and a stellar 1.65 earned run average in 10 starts while limiting opposing hitters to a .194 average.

The young right-hander has worked into the seventh inning and yielded two runs or less in all but one of his outings as a Diamondback, including Sunday's no- decision at Pittsburgh. Hudson held the Pirates to a run and three hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings, exiting with a one-run lead his team's bullpen would later surrender.

Hudson dominated NL Central-leading Cincinnati five days earlier, allowing a mere four hits and striking out eight in eight shutout innings against the heavy-hitting Reds.

The 23-year-old makes his first career start against the Dodgers tonight and is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA through his first five trips to the Chase Field mound.

Arizona will be counting on Hudson to make a difference in a season series that has been dominated by the Dodgers. Los Angeles registered its 11th win in 13 meetings with the Diamondbacks in 2010 with last night's 3-1 triumph behind eight excellent innings from starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw gave up just one run and four hits while striking out nine batters without a walk in improving to 13-10 on the season. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and notched his second save after fanning two more Diamondbacks and allowing only one baserunner.

"I didn't have too many hard innings, didn't have to struggle through it too much," said Kershaw. "Not walking guys helps. They were hitting some balls hard right at people. It was just one of those nights where people were making plays, and the outs I was getting were quick outs."

Kershaw outdueled Arizona rookie Barry Enright (6-6), who was touched for a pair of runs on just five hits over eight innings in a tough-luck defeat.

"He's their number one guy for a reason, and he's going to be for a few years, a lot of years," Enright said of Kershaw. "It was good to go toe-to-toe with him."

The Dodgers made an early 2-0 lead stand up, as Trent Oeltjen had an RBI single in the top of the third and Andre Ethier tripled an inning later before crossing the plate on Jay Gibbons' sacrifice fly.

Los Angeles will send out a rookie of its own this evening in John Ely, who hasn't achieved the same success of his counterpart during his debut campaign. The right-hander is just 4-8 with a 5.00 ERA in 16 starts and has lost seven of his last eight decisions.

Ely was sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque just prior to the All-Star break after being rocked for six runs in 2 1/3 innings in a July 10 loss to the Cubs, but returned to the majors when rosters expanded this month. He gave up three runs through six solid innings in a no-decision at Houston in his September 11 return, but was roughed up for six runs while issuing five walks in 4 1/3 frames in losing to Colorado this past Saturday.

The 24-year-old, a teammate of Hudson in the White Sox' system last season, is 1-0 with an impressive 1.38 ERA in two previous meetings with the Diamondbacks this year. In a May 11 victory at Chase Field, Ely permitted two runs over six innings and struck out six without a walk.

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