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Padres 2, Dodgers 0: Robbie Erlin Shuts Down Second Stringers

The Dodgers rested some of their regulars tonight (not that it will help them in the playoffs), and the Padres took advantage of it.

Come back, ball!
Come back, ball!
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Robbie Erlin may have faced a bunch of batters that won't even make a postseason roster, but he didn't hold back at all. In 7.2 shutout innings, he allowed just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Sample size too small for you? Take a look at this gem of a stat:

And thank goodness for Robbie's great start; former Padre Edinson Volquez was surprisingly effective, holding the Friars to just 2 runs in his 6.1 innings. Those two runs were enough, though. Chris Denorfia took advantage of some sloppy defense, and Jedd Gyorko just did what he does best.

Denorfia got on in the first thanks to Dee Gordon's error, and he took it all the way to second. Third base looked pretty good, so he decided to swipe it. He did some more gutsy baserunning when he scored on Gyorko's grounder to third, holding up until the throw to first, and then sliding into home just under the tag. Jedd picked up another RBI when he hit his 20th home run to straightaway center field in the bottom of the fifth.

After Erlin left the game, Luke Gregerson came in for one batter to wrap up the eight inning before handing the ball to Huston Street. Street looked shaky at first, allowing a leadoff double to Skip Schumaker and a one-out single to Adrian Gonzalez. He recovered with style, striking out Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to earn his 32nd save.

Tomorrow, Burch Smith will take on 2011 SBNation Cy Young Award Co-Winner Clayton Kershaw. You'll want to show up well before the 5:40 PM start to claim your free Padres/Xolos scarf.

Final - 9.20.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Diego Padres 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2

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