Dodgers Can’t Find Way

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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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