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Dodgers Try To Avoid Padres Sweep - Again

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Andre Ethier is tired of seeing a scoreboard full of zeros for the Dodgers.
Andre Ethier is tired of seeing a scoreboard full of zeros for the Dodgers.

The putrid refrain of "the offense stinks" may be growing tired, but it is no less true, especially against the Padres who have held the Dodger bats to a mere four runs in their last six contests.  Joe Torre was quoted saying the "turning point" to the season was losing two games in Colorado to finish the late August road trip.  Over the last 23 games, going back to those two losses to the Rockies, the Dodgers have scored five or more runs in a game exactly four times, and they lost the two games when they scored exactly five runs.  Perhaps a potentially tiring Mat Latos will cure what ails the Los Angeles lumber.

Notes:
  • Jamey Carroll was presented his Roy Campanella Award by Joni Campanella Roan, daughter of the Hall of Fame Dodger catcher.  The Dodger Dream Foundation contributes annually to support the Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Endowment at Cal State Northridge University.
  • According to the Dodgers' game notes, "Since coming to Los Angeles , today is the first-ever day the Dodgers have owned a 73-79 record."  That's a nice way of putting it.
  • Hiroki Kuroda, tonight's starter, is only 1 1/3 innings from tying his personal best for innings pitched in a season.