Jonathan Broxton entered Tuesday night's game to some boos, even though he'd pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save the night before against the Chicago Cubs. When he left, quicker and messier than anticipated, the boos were louder, and his immediate future may have been murkier. After retiring the first man he faced in the ninth inning of a tied game, Broxton threw eight straight balls, all with a notable drop in velocity, setting up a three-run ninth inning and a 4-1 Cubs victory at Dodger Stadium. After Broxton walked Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena and left, Blake Hawksworth gave up a two-run double to Geovany Soto and an RBI single to pinch hitter Blake DeWitt, a former Dodger. Carlos Marmol efficiently put away the Dodgers in the ninth to save the victory for Kerry Wood (1-1). Broxton (1-2) threw between 89 and 93 mph, according to MLB Gameday. But he seemed to have little clue where the ball was going to the last two hitters. Earlier, Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 29 games, two short of the franchise record, with a looper over the head of Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney with one out in the fourth, the Dodgers' first hit off Ryan Dempster. The pitch before that, Ethier had taken an awkward swing and lost his bat, which flew into the stands and was caught by a fan in the first row of the yellow level, behind the Dugout Club seats.
Broxton booed in Dodgers' loss to Cubs
The Press-Enterprise | May 4