LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kazuhisa Ishii is an ongoing project for Los
Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn.
There's been no middle ground for the left-hander, whose outings
have been either very sharp or very poor.
On Sunday night, Ishii scattered four walks and three hits over
six scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the road-weary Arizona
It was the fourth time in five starts that Ishii allowed more
walks than hits. He has issued 22 free passes in his last 21
innings, and leads the NL with 42 after two consecutive seasons of
100 or more.
"Maybe he was a little more determined tonight. And when he
gets determined, he's very good," Colborn said. "He requires a
lot of tinkering, but he's a good student. He's very bright with
his delivery and knowing what to do. We needed this victory and he
pitched a strong game for us."
Ishii (6-3) improved to 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA in eight career
starts against Arizona, including five scoreless outings. Pitching
in twilight conditions, he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first
by retiring Shea Hillenbrand on a fielder's choice grounder after
giving up a single to Scott Hairston and walking two.
"He's always pitched like that against us," Steve Finley said.
"He's effectively wild, or whatever you want to call it. If you
let him beat himself, he can end up doing it. With the shadows, it
was hard to pick up the ball -- especially on the straight stuff."
Ishii combined with three relievers on the four-hit shutout, the
Dodgers' fifth this season following Saturday night's 10-0 romp.
Guillermo Mota gave up one hit in 1 2-3 innings and Tom Martin
retired the only batter he faced. Eric Gagne worked a hitless ninth
to extend his major league-record saves streak to 75 with his 12th
this season. It was only his second save opportunity in the last 19
Casey Fossum (0-3) allowed two runs and nine hits in five
innings and struck out six in his fourth start with Arizona. The
loss was the 13th in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, who completed
their longest road trip since 1999 with a 4-9 record.
"Road trip, home game, it makes no difference. When you play
this (bad), it doesn't matter what the venue is," Arizona manager
Bob Brenly said. "We're caught in a vortex right now and it's just
sucking us right down. I can't figure out how to make it stop.
"We thought we'd get away from home and away from some of the
negativity we were getting there, and it didn't happen. This is
Dave Roberts, in his second game off the disabled list, stole
second base in the sixth to make him 16-for-16 this season. It's
the best start by a Dodgers player since 1995, when Raul Mondesi
converted his first 17 steal attempts.
Green hit an RBI single with two outs to score Roberts and
increase the lead to 3-0.
Fossum escaped bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth. He got
out of the first mess when Cesar Izturis grounded to third for a
force play. In the fifth, Lo Duca, Green and Beltre singled with no
outs, but Fossum struck out Juan Encarnacion, Jose Hernandez and
David Ross on 13 pitches.
"Casey deserved a lot better fate," Brenly said. "Getting out
of that fifth inning took a lot out of him. Bases loaded, nobody
out, and he made some of the best pitches that I've seen by any of
our pitchers all year to get out of that jam."
Lo Duca's single in the fifth was his seventh consecutive
hit over a two-day span. ... The Diamondbacks have scored five runs
in Fossum's four starts. ... Dodgers LF Milton Bradley, who
sprained his left ankle Saturday night, was scratched after testing
the ankle in batting practice. ... Lo Duca, an All-Star catcher,
was moved to the outfield because of Bradley's absence. Ross
started behind the plate, and threw out Danny Bautista trying to
steal second in the fourth, making him 6-for-13 in that department.
Lo Duca is 11-for-43. ... Arizona 2B Matt Kata was placed on the
15-day DL because of a separated left shoulder -- making him the
ninth Arizona player on the DL. The Diamondbacks recalled INF Tim
Olson from Triple-A Tucson and started him at 3B. RHP Shane
Reynolds was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.