Loney quietly pacing Dodgers' offense

Loney quietly pacing Dodgers' offense

CINCINNATI -- Rafael Furcal got most of the attention Tuesday, and Clayton Kershaw stole the show Wednesday, but Dodgers first baseman James Loney continues to consistently produce.

In his past six games, Loney has had four multi-hit games, including four hits June 9 against St. Louis and four hits Tuesday at Cincinnati. During that span, Loney has eight RBIs and raised his average from .279 to .306

"He's one of those guys who, if there's a big run to be knocked in ... he stands in the batter's box and has ice water in his veins for me," manager Joe Torre said. "He's very reliable, and it doesn't really matter if it's a left-hander or a right-hander."

Torre drew comparisons between Loney and his former center fielder with the Yankees, Bernie Williams, saying they have similar personalities and leadership traits.

"When people go out there and they play day in and day out, they don't necessarily understand it, but they have the leadership qualities that people admire," Torre said.