With a lineup like the one the injury-riddled Dodgers ran out today, you didn’t expect to see a lot of offense, and… well, I’m not sure how to end that sentence other than by saying, “and you didn’t”. They actually got off to a surprisingly quick start, as an Elian Herrera double (!) and an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly in the first inning staked Chris Capuano to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Dodgers managed just three hits the rest of the way, as San Diego pitching set down 15 Dodgers in a row between Jerry Sands‘ fourth-inning double and Bobby Abreu‘s single with one out in the ninth. But then again, when you’re six weeks into the season and fielding a lineup that had exactly one Opening Day starter included, what did we really expect?
For a while, it looked like Capuano’s improbable run might continue, but Chase Headley, who I’m still hoping might be a future Dodger, had something to say about that. Headley put the first San Diego run on the board with a solo homer in the first and doubled two more in the sixth, and that was all the Padres would need as Clayton Richard, Andrew Cashner, & Dale Thayer struck out nine Dodgertopes while walking none; conversely, Dodger pitching issued six free passes. Against Thayer in the ninth, they did at least manage to get the tying run to the plate, but Don Mattingly chose to pinch-hit for Sands with James Loney – you know, James Loney – and the struggling first baseman popped out to third to end the game.