Stop me if you've heard this before: the Dodgers got a good pitching performance from their starter, but could not provide enough offense to come through, ultimately losing. Tonight, Tim Stauffer and the Padres beat the Dodgers 3-1, their sixth straight win over the Dodgers.
In their last six games against the now first-place Padres, the Dodgers have scored four runs, total.
Just as he did on September 6, Stauffer shut the Dodgers down, this time through six innings. Stauffer allowed just one run in his six innings, on three hits and two walks, while striking out five. In 45 plate appearances against Stauffer this season, the Dodgers have reached base 11 times, a .245 on-base percentage.
These three numbers sum up the Dodger offense nicely this season, in my opinion: both corner infielders have a slugging percentage below .400 -- Casey Blake at .398 and James Loney at .399 -- and Matt Kemp has a .310 on-base percentage (though Kemp reached base twice tonight).
Ted Lilly had a good night, allowing three runs in his seven innings, his eighth quality start in 10 tries as a Dodger. He walked one and struck out eight. Lilly's undoing came with two outs in the third inning when David Eckstein hit a ball into the hole at shortstop. Rafael Furcal made a nice stop, but his bounced throw got away from Loney, who threw home wildly as Chase Headley scored from second on the play. Lilly exacerbated things by allowing a home run to Miguel Tejada two pitches later, pushing the score to 3-1 San Diego. It was the 300th home run of Tejada's career.
In the meaningless statistic department, San Diego reliever Luke Gregerson set a new MLB record with his 37th hold of the season, per Padres' broadcaster Andy Masur.
Hiroki Kuroda and Mat Latos face off in the series finale tomorrow night.
WP - Tim Stauffer (5-4): 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
LP - Ted Lilly (8-12): 7 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
Sv - Heath Bell (43): 1 IP, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts