Heart of order fails Dodgers

In Manny's absence, team's key hitters haven't stepped up this season like in 2009

Updated: August 23, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MILWAUKEE -- As the Los Angeles Dodgers milled about in a somber clubhouse after Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, knowing that a cross-country flight awaited them Monday and another six-game trip loomed this week, the elephant in the room was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.

They had just broken even on a homestand in which they really needed to win five of six, and the six weeks remaining on the regular-season schedule seemed to hold little promise for a team that had seemed ...

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