Dodgers 0 6 3
Padres 2 5 0
WP- Erlin (3-3)
LP- Volquez (9-12)
S- Street (32)
HR- Gyorko (20)
After tiring themselves during the pool party in Arizona on Thursday (also known as Clinchmas), the starters would be resting their weary bodies in the dugout on Friday in game one against the Padres. Don Mattingly sent out the B team, and the B team did almost nothing offensively. I do mean nothing. Skip Schumaker was the only semblance of a Major Leaguer in the starting lineup, and Skip took center stage as he collected a single and two doubles during the game. The Dodgers only mustered two additional hits over the course of nine frames- one lead-off infield hit by Dee Gordon and a pinch-hit single by Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth inning. That’s it. It was mostly Chili Buss grounders to second and Drew Butera strikeouts tonight.
Edinson Volquez wasn’t terrible, in fact he didn’t even throw a wild pitch. One of San Diego’s runs was unearned thanks to a costly Dee Gordon error. The other run was a solo homerun by Gyorko. Volquez’s hat seems to be straighter, perhaps his mechanics are getting straightened out as well? Robbie Erlin pitched well against this AAA-like team, and the left-hander threw 7 2/3 shutout frames against the Dodgers for the win.
The Dodgers get a man to third in the top of the first, but the lefty Robbie Erlin struck out Tim Federowicz looking on a low pitch to end the inning. Dee Gordon had singled and stole second. Gordon advanced to third on a Skip Schumaker groundout, and Scott Van Slyke walked before the Dodgers left runners at first and third failing to score.
Edinson Volquez begins the home half of the first by striking out Will Venable. Chris Denorfia reaches second base on a Dee throwing error. Gordon sails one past Drew Butera who is playing first base tonight amusingly. With Jedd Gyorko at bat, Denorfia steals third without drawing a throw from FedEx. The Padres sneak a run in as Gyorko grounds out to Jerry Hairston Jr. who lobs a rainbow of a throw to first. Meanwhile Denorfia is busy coming home to score, and even though Butera made a strong throw to home it isn’t in time. 1-0 Padres. Chase Headley draws a two-out walk. Tommy Medica grounds into a force to end the inning. Volquez made 27 pitches in the inning.
Chili Buss and Alex Castellanos both ground out in the second inning. Drew Butera strikes out, and that’s a very easy inning for Erlin. Then again, this Dodgers lineup isn’t much more than a triple-a squad.
Nick Hundley singles with two outs in the bottom of the second. That’s the first hit Volquez has surrendered even though he’s behind 1-0. Volquez only allows that sole single, and the Padres are retired.
The Los Angeles Isotopes go down 1-2-3 in the top of the third.
Will Venable leads off the bottom of the third with a single. Denorfia grounds into a force out. The double play isn’t executed. Gyorko walks. Skip Schumaker saves a run as he makes a diving stop on a grounder hit by Chase Headley. That ball was on its way into right field. The runners advance to second and third. Medica walks, but Blanks pops out to leave the bases loaded.
Skip Schumaker doubles to lead-off the fourth inning. SVS is way ahead of a slow Erlin curve, and he goes down on strikes for the first out. FedEx grounds out, and Buss pops up.
Nick Hundley walks and steals a base off Volquez in the bottom of the fourth, but the right-hander is able to induce groundouts from Erlin and Venable to retire the side.
The Dodgers once again go down quickly in order in the top of the fifth against Erlin. The Dodgers only have two hits.
Jedd Gyorko hits his 20th homerun of the year in the bottom of the fifth. The solo homerun was a huge blast to center field.
Skip Schumaker singles in the sixth inning for his second hit of the game, but the Dodgers do little else in the inning.
Kyle Blanks leads off the bottom of the sixth with a single off Volquez. Volquez retires the next three San Diego batters to end the scoreless frame. Volquez has not uncorked a wild pitch in 6 innings of work. Progress!
FedEx and Buss both ground out in the seventh. Castellanos strikes out swinging, and this Dodger lineup is just watered down like a melted Frappuccino sitting in a hot car.
Venable singles again in the bottom of the seventh. Venable steals second, and that’s the Friars third stolen bag of the night. Denorfia strikes out, and Don Mattingly will make some moves with one out. Michael Young will come into play second base and Carlos Marmol comes in to relieve Volquez. With Gyorko at the plate, Marmol throws the ball away into center field on a pickoff attempt, and Venable moves to third on the error. Gyorko ends up striking out. They intentionally walk Headley, and the plan works. Medica flies out to end the threat.
It looks like Volquez is done for the night as he towels off in the dugout. Volquez allowed 1 earned run on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 4 walks on 111 pitches.
Michael Young manages an infield single with one out in the eighth. Young moves over to second on a Gordon grounder. Luke Gregerson will be brought in to relieve Erlin after two outs. JHair flies out to end the inning.
Robbie Erlin allowed no runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts and a walk in 7 2/3 innings and
Marmol is still in for the bottom of the eighth. Kyle Blanks strikes out swinging. Ronny Cedeno walks. FedEx then commits a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Cedeno gets to third on the errant throw. Then Marmol walks pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay. Alexi Amarista will pinch-run for Kotsay. Mattingly will finally take Marmol out. Onelki Garcia will come in with runners at the corners and two outs. He is able to get Venable out as he hits a little comebacker to Garcia.
Here we are in the ninth. The “Dodgers” and I use that term loosely have only mustered 4 hits over the course of the 8 shutout innings. Huston Street comes in for San Diego in the top of the ninth. Skip Schumaker doubles to the left field corner (his third hit of the night and second double) to lead-off. Scott Van Slyke promptly grounds out to short, and Skip has to hold at second. Adrian Gonzalez will come out for a token at-bat. Gonzalez singles to right, and Schumaker only advances to third on the base hit. Nick Punto will pinch-run for Gonzo. Yasiel Puig will now come up to bat for the Dodgers. Puig strikes out swinging, and the Dodgers miss out on a perfect scoring opportunity. Matt Kemp is up now, and he’s the Dodgers last chance. Matt Kemp also strikes out swinging, and the Dodgers fall to the Padres.