During the morning media session, one of the beat writers asked Mattingly about why Uribe at SS and Hairston at 3B, couldn't they easily be playing the other position. Mattngly basically said he went with Uribe at SS since he had more experience there. Same writer joked about about how the ball seems to find certain guys when they might be out of position. The scoring recap is below but basically the last two days have come down to Mattingly trying to fight the right combinations with Gordon out and both Loney and Uribe having poor years with the bats this year.
Last night, Rivera didn't make a play that Loney might have and it cost a run. Today Hairston made 2 crucial errors in the 7th that cost the game, Ellis made a bad throw for a run and Wright's error in the 9th aided 2 more unearned runs.
Both Capuano and Marquis pitched well enough to win.
Dodgers scored first when after a Gwynn single and stolen base, Mark Ellis walked and then Ethier drove in Gwynn with a single. Padres tied it up when after both Forsythe and Headley singled, Quentin grounded to Uribe who made a not so great throw to Mark Ellis for the force play but then Ellis made a bad throw to first that got by Loney, Forsythe then scored. Further damage was avoided as Alonso grounded into a neat 3-6 double play.
Dodgers regained the lead In the bottom of the 6th, with one out, Loney lined a double to the right field corner and then Hairston singled to center to drive him home. In the top of the seventh, with two out, Maybin reached on the first error of the inning, after Cabrera singled, Baker walked. Capuano reached a 3-2 on Grandal who then hit a grounder to Hairston who proceeded to make a horrible throw. 2 runs scored and Capuano's day was done. Lindblom came in and Amarista hit a cue shot down the LF line, Hairston made a nice stop but couldn't get the Amarista so the Padres added a third run of the inning.
Headley added his 10th home run of the year (not this series) in the top of the 8th to make it 5-2. Elbert came in and struck out two to retire the side. The Padres then finished up by adding 2 runs in the 9th.
Final Score 7-2
Home Run(s): Headley (10)
Winning Pitcher: Marquis (2-5)
Losing Pitcher: Capuano (9-5)