Poor Eric Stults. The struggling lefty turned in the best performance of his season, and he got an L to show for it. He kept the Dodgers to a measly 2 runs over 7 innings, but the Padres offense only scored once on a measly 4 hits. All of those hits came off LA starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The Dodger offense got started right away with a single from Hanley Ramirez in the first. He stole his way into scoring position and reached third on a wild pitch. A ground out from Adrian Gonzalez got him home. One run isn't such a big deal, but another round of small ball in the second gave LA the last run they would need this afternoon. Scott Van Slyke hit a leadoff single ahead of a walk to A.J. Ellis. Ryu bunted to move them each up a base, bringing Dee Gordon to the plate with two outs. A line drive single to right scored Van Slyke easily, but Chris Denorfia reminded Ellis that the Italian Cannon is not to be trifled with, catching him at the plate. Denorfia also scored the lone run for the home team, hitting a leadoff double in the sixth and advancing on ground outs from Everth Cabrera and Carlos Quentin.
This was a rough game and series to drop, but the team heads to San Francisco after a winning homestand, with ace Andrew Cashner taking on Matt Cain at 7:15 tomorrow evening.
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