Blue’s Rough Week


No team escapes an unproductive stretch, and the Dodgers are in the midst of one. Losing two of three to close-out a road trip in South Florida, the club returned home and fell two of three times to San Diego that included a 7-0 blanking last Sunday as Jon Garland (1-2) was tagged with the setback after allowing three hits, three runs (earned) in six innings with eight strikeouts and four walks.

The Dodgers’ offense was anemic. “We just didn’t square up any balls today,’’ rookie Manager Don Mattingly said. “We didn’t have much of a chance.”

The Dodgers (14-15) assembled five hits and trailed 3-0 in the second inning, and the Padres added four runs in the ninth. Brad Hawpe had two hits with two runs batted in.

Hot-hitting Andre Ethier extended his batting streak to 27 games with a single in the seventh. Ethier’s run is the second-longest since the team moved to Southern California in 1958.

The Blue Crew was tripped up on Saturday, 5-2, but Ethier managed a bloop hit to left field in the fourth inning.

Ted Lilly (2-2) was in command during the Dodgers’ 3-2 victory on Friday. The left-hander toiled six innings and surrendered five hits with one run (earned).

Lilly had help from relievers Matt Guerrier (hold), Vicente Padilla (hold), and closer Jonathan Broxton, who allowed three hits, one run (earned), with one strikeout and the save.

The Dodgers scored a run in the first, but the Padres tied it with a tally in the third. It became 2-1 with a run in the fourth, and 3-1 three innings later. San Diego made it close with a run in the ninth.

Ethier doubled and had an RBI, Matt Kemp launched a solo homer, and Juan Uribe doubled, homered and scored a run.

Rod Barajas smacked a three-run homer in the fourth against Florida, and Ethier had two hits with two runs and an RBI as the Dodgers prevailed, 5-4, in 10 innings on Wednesday.

Notre Dame High product Mike Stanton singled and doubled with two RBIs during the Marlins’ 4-2 win on Tuesday, offsetting James Loney’s four hits for the Dodgers.

Florida scored three runs over the final two innings on Monday for a 5-4 triumph as Chris Coghlan delivered three hits including two homers with three runs and two RBIs.

Jerry Sands had three hits and an RBI, Jamey Carroll two hits with a run and an RBI, and Ivan De Jesus two hits and a run scored.

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