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05/27/10 1:30 AM ET
Gorzelanny struggles in loss to Dodgers
Power-outage delay interrupts southpaw's rough start
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Tom Gorzelanny probably wished the lights didn't come back on Wednesday night. Matt Kemp hit a two-run double, Casey Blake drove in two runs and James Loney was a home run shy of the cycle to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-5 victory over the Cubs in a game delayed by a power outage. "This wasn't a very pretty game," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. Especially with the lights on. Play was stopped in the fourth because of a power outage blamed on an electrical fire in the neighborhood. It's the third time there's been a power outage at Wrigley Field, and the other two instances were both in 2003. Gorzelanny (2-5) was in the process of throwing a 3-1 pitch to Blake DeWitt when the ballpark went dark. The 18-minute delay seemed to help the Cubs' starter, who retired the next six batters he faced when play resumed. Loney ended that stretch with a leadoff triple in the sixth. Reed Johnson hit an RBI double, and DeWitt singled to chase Gorzelanny. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice and Rafael Furcal bounced a grounder to second baseman Ryan Theriot, who overthrew home trying to get Johnson. He was safe. It was the Cubs' third error of the game. "Looking back, I probably should've thrown my ball to first base," Theriot said. "You have the infield in for a reason and you're trying to cut off the run at home, and those things happen." Gorzelanny gave up a season-high seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over five-plus innings. It may have been the lefty's last start with the return of Carlos Zambrano to the rotation next week. "We'll finalize this over the weekend," Piniella said. "There's no hurry. Zambrano will be in the bullpen tomorrow to help us out and also for a few games of the St. Louis series, and then we can make a decision." The problem Wednesday wasn't ComEd's fault. Gorzelanny didn't make quality pitches. "I didn't do what I wanted to do," Gorzelanny said. "The game plan was good. I didn't feel right, and I was trying to do too much and I tried to force a lot of pitches that I didn't need to. I obviously got myself in a bad situation." There was no problem with Gorzelanny's hand, which was struck by a line drive in his last start, one week ago in Philadelphia. "I was in the right state of mind, but my body and mind weren't working together tonight," the lefty said. The Cubs have been mum about who will be bumped, and no one has told Gorzelanny what the team's plans are. "I don't really know what decision will be made," Gorzelanny said. "It's not my decision. I don't feel I deserve to go to the 'pen. I feel I've pitched well enough and done enough to be in the rotation. Whatever they chose to do is hopefully for the right reason. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'll do. I can't have much say in the matter. Do I think I deserve to be put in the 'pen? No, I don't." The possible change in his role hasn't been on his mind, Gorzelanny said. "I have to worry about what I'm doing that day, what team I'm facing that day, not what could happen down the road," he said. "I need to focus on what's at hand and what I need to do." Chad Billingsley (6-2) won his fourth straight start, serving up 10 hits, including Xavier Nady's pinch-hit homer with one out in the sixth. The Cubs made it 7-5 on Jeff Baker's pinch-hit two-run triple in the seventh off Hong-Chih Kuo. The Dodgers opened a 3-0 lead in the first, aided by a RBI double by Blake and RBI single by Loney. Billingsley walked with one out in the second and one out later, reached third on an errant throw by third baseman Mike Fontenot. Russell Martin was safe on the miscue, and both he and Billingsley scored on Kemp's double to make it 5-0. "There were a couple weird plays," Theriot said. "I guess it's one of those things -- being aggressive. Both myself and Mike, we're trying to make a play." Fontenot doubled to lead off the second and scored two batters later on Gorzelanny's bloop single. Fontenot picked up an RBI and a bruise in the third when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.