Dodgers Meekly Bow to Padres 5-0
Two wins was too much of a good thing for the Dodgers as they got shut out by the San Diego Padres 5-0.
“They were better than we were,” manager Joe Torre conceded. “The only guy that really did any damage was [Ryan] Theriot - he had three hits.”
Coming into the game Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley had a 21 1/3 inning scoreless streak and the second lowest career ERA with a minimum of 10 games started against the Padres at 2.36. The Padres really paid no mind to those statistics in the top of the fourth inning when they drew first blood.
Chase Headley hit a one-out single that brought home Adrian Gonzalez from second base for the first run. For added measure Yorvit Torrealba, whose 15-game hitting streak ended Wednesday night, hit a single that brought home Ryan Ludwick, and Tony Gwynn hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to bring home Headley for the 3-0 lead.
That ended Billingsley’s scoreless streak at 25 innings, the longest streak in the Majors this season.
“Billingsley maybe didn’t have as good of stuff as he’s had the last couple of times,” Torre said, “But I thought he battled.”
“I didn’t really have a lot on my off-speed pitches,” Billingsley acknowledged. “I was just pitching with my fast ball for most of the night. I just could never get my off-speed going.”