Dodgers Can’t Find Way


At this juncture, 50 games remain for the Dodgers after taking two of three from Washington, and dividing four with San Diego.

Last Sunday, the Dodgers pasted the Nationals, 8-3, behind newly-acquired pitcher Ted Lilly (5-8), who struck out six, walked none, allowed five hits, and three runs (earned).

James Loney’s hit to right field was the game-winner Saturday during the team’s 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

On Friday, Adam Dunn powered two three-run homers that pushed the Nationals to a 6-3 triumph, and pitcher John Lannan gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings.

The Dodgers (58-54) scuffled for three runs in the fourth, with Andre Ethier knocking in two with a single, Casey Blake adding a run batted in, and Ryan Theriot finishing with two hits.

A night earlier, the Dodgers were blanked 5-0 by the Padres’ Kevin Correia (8-7) over five and two-third innings.

Four relief pitchers, including closer Heath Bell (31st save), shut out the team the rest of the way.

Chad Billingsley (9-6) had his problems, giving up seven hits and three runs (earned) in six innings, walking three and striking out four.

The first-place Padres took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, and added two runs in the ninth.

Unheralded pitcher Vicente Padilla came to the Dodgers’ rescue, taking a no-hitter into the seventh, earning a complete-game shutout, as the Blue Crew won, 9-0, on Wednesday.

The right-handed Padilla (5-3) allowed two hits, while fanning nine and walking two. He was backed by a 12-hit barrage, with Ethier driving in two runs and delivering two doubles and his 17th homer. Recently-acquired Theriot and Scott Podsednik each drove in two runs.

The Dodgers led 3-0 after two innings, and 4-0 after three frames, before piling on five runs in the eighth.

Lilly doesn’t have a winning record, but that’s due in part because he pitched with terrible run support while employed by the Chicago Cubs.

On Tuesday, the left-hander may have felt as though he was still pitching for the Cubs, as the Dodgers managed only five hits off four San Diego pitchers, but they pulled out a 2-1 victory.

Lilly made his Dodgers debut, and was sharp, walking none, striking out five, with two hits, and one run (earned) over seven innings. Miguel Tejada’s first-inning homer was the only run he allowed.

Russell Martin’s two-run double to right-center in the second erased a 1-0 San Diego lead.

Unfortunately, Martin later tried to score standing up, but injured his hip, and is likely out for the season.

The Padres’ rookie hurler Mat Latos (11-5) worked six innings, striking out six with two walks, while allowing two runs (earned).

San Diego took the series opener, 10-5, on Monday, with Tejada driving in two, and Chase Headley (single, two doubles and a homer) driving in three.

Clayton Richard (9-5) wasn’t impressive, striking out six, walking three, with four runs (earned), while giving up 10 hits.

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