For the second straight night, the Dodgers faced a Mets hurler with far better numbers at Citi Field than on the road, and for the second straight night the Dodgers weren't able to muster much offense, falling to the Mets 6-0. Mike Pelfrey, who was 1-7 with a 6.75 ERA on the road this season coming into tonight's game, pitched six shutout innings for the win, his fifth of the season. Jason Bay homered twice for the Mets, driving in a season-high-tying four runs.
Ted Lilly had a fairly typical Lilly game, which was an improvement over his previous three starts. Lilly allowed three runs in his six innings, including two home runs, one by Bay and the other by Carlos Beltran. It was the first quality start for Lilly since June 6, but still suffered his fourth straight loss and fifth defeat in his last six outings.
"I thought Teddy threw the ball better tonight. He did a better job with the running game," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "You know, Beltran hit that homer and Bay gets him with the solo. Yeah, home runs have hurt him a little bit."
With Andre Ethier out sick tonight, the role of number three hitter fell to Aaron Miles, who joked before the game that he was a Terry Pendleton type number three hitter, a spot in the batting order Miles hadn't seen since September 28, 2003. Miles was hit by a pitch in the right elbow by Pelfrey in the fifth inning, and left the game in the sixth. Miles suffered a right elbow contusion and is listed as day-to-day.
Miles went for x-rays but the Dodgers didn't yet have the results. Mattingly said the team would learn more later tonight or tomorrow. Russ Mitchell was pulled early in Albuquerque's 13-4 win over Round Rock tonight.
- Jamey Carroll replaced Miles at second base, and hit a triple in the seventh inning, his team-leading fourth triple of the season.
- Matt Kemp stole two bases, giving him 24 on the season, to go with his 22 home runs. Kemp is tied for second in the National League in home runs, is third in the league in steals, and is on pace for a 41/45 season.
- Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning and since his return from the disabled list has pitched six scoreless outings, allowing just one hit and three walks in eight innings, while striking out nine.
- Ethier, who had temperatures in the triple digits earlier today, was sent home during the game. Mattingly said he was hopeful his right fielder would be able to play Wednesday night.
- Hiroki Kuroda tries to stop the losing streak at four Wednesday night, facing Jon Niese.
WP - Mike Pelfrey (5-7): 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
LP - Ted Lilly (5-9): 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts