When the Dodgers take the field for today's game, they will do so knowing that this will be their team the rest of the way. The trade deadline will have passed and, except for possible moves via the waiver wire, they will have said goodbye to any familiar faces shipped to contenders. While all signs pointed to Rafael Furcal getting traded to St. Louis, those who remained came into sharp focus as the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp homered for the second straight game but starter Chad Billingsley was felled in a five-run sixth inning as the Dodgers lost for only the second time in the past seven games. Furcal's locker appeared cleaned out after the game, and teammates talked about him in the past tense. "It's kind of an unfortunate situation," Kemp said. "He'll definitely be missed. He was one of my favorite teammates. It's tough to see him go. "He always had a great spirit. He has a lot of fun and plays the game right. He's one of the best shortstops out there. When he's healthy, he's dangerous." Kemp moved closer to the first 30-30 season by a Dodger since Raul Mondesi in 1999 with his 28 th stolen base and 26 th home run. He drove in two runs and has seven RBI in his past two games. In other words, he was among the Dodgers' last on-field concerns going into today. Before the game, general manager Ned Colletti was working on a potential deal to trade Furcal to the Cardinals as teams moved into position before today's 1 p.m. non-waiver deadline.
Dodgers suffer through two losses: one to Arizona, the other probably Rafael Furcal
L.A. Daily News | Jul 31