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Anemic Dodgers Lose Series to Padres

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With the Dodgers offense being about as consistent as that of a teenaged boy’s face, the Dodgers (81-57) decided to bring the bad offense to the game against the San Diego Padres (61-77) in front of 47,528 fans losing 4-3.

“Any time you lose games there’s missed opportunities,” right fielder Andre Ethier said.

Missed opportunities such as in the second inning with runners on first and second with two out, second baseman Orlando Hudson struck out swinging.

Missed opportunities such as after shortstop Rafael Furcal walked with one out in the ninth inning pinch hitter Jim Thome and Ethier both flew out to left field to end the game.

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In fact these missed opportunities made Padres starter Tim Stauffer (4-6) look like a Cy Young award winner with his 80 mph change ups and 90 mph fastballs. Stauffer went 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (only one of which was earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strike outs and one hit batter.

And the Dodgers defense didn’t help out the cause. Thanks to a fielding error by Hudson on a David Eckstein grounder, the Padres were able to take a 1-0 lead.