The last time the Dodgers acquired a starting pitcher from the Cubs, they gave up a popular middle infielder for him, and in 2006, Greg Maddux welcomed himself to his new club by pitching six no-hit innings, in an outing only shortened by rain in Cincinnati. Tonight, Ted Lilly, who was acquired for Blake DeWitt among others on Saturday, had a similar performance, propelling the Dodgers to a losing-streak-snapping 2-1 victory.
Early on, tonight looked like any other night of late, as the Padres took an early lead when the second batter of the game, Miguel Tejada, homered to left to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single, and Lilly's Dodger career was not starting on the right foot. Then, Lilly proceeded to give up nothing. The next 20 batters all went down in a row, and Lilly began his Dodger career with an economical 87 pitches in seven innings.
Of course, Lilly has received the worst run support in the majors this season, and this is the Dodgers we are talking about, so giving up one run doesn't necessarily mean a win for the southpaw. But tonight, it was good enough, as the Dodgers plated two on a double by Russell Martin in the second inning. They might have scored three in the inning, but Martin decided received his diploma from the Jeremy Giambi school of non-sliding, and he was tagged out at the plate. Aside from the home run to Tejada, this was Lilly's only mistake tonight, as he was nowhere to be seen as the on-deck hitter to direct Martin how to approach home plate. Martin wrenched his knee on the play at home, and later exited the game in the eighth inning.
In other injury news, it was announced during the broadcast that Rafael Furcal is day-to-day with a lower back strain, after his MRI exam today.
Jonathan Broxton allowed a bloop single in the ninth inning, and after a botched ground ball by James Loney, the Padres had a runner at second base with one out. After beginning the at-bat with Adrian Gonzalez 1-1, Joe Torre opted to intentionally walk the slugger to face Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick obliged with a sweet 6-4-3 double play to end the game and send everybody home happy.
Reed Johnson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and played seven innings in center field with an outfield assist at third base for Single-A Inland Empire tonight
Vicente Padilla pushes the winning streak to two games tomorrow night, against Wade LeBlanc.
WP - Ted Lilly (4-8): 7 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 5 strikeouts
LP - Mat Latos (11-5): 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Sv - Jonathan Broxton (21): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk.