Padres Blank Dodgers
Thanks to no offense and a couple of bad defensive plays, the Dodgers were defeated by the last place San Diego Padres 2-0.
Padres starter Wade LeBlanc (1-1), who was recalled to the Padres from AAA Portland Beavers on August 29, pitched six shut out innings giving up only two singles and three walks while striking out two on 96 pitches. He had previously pitched against the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium twice last season losing both decision while racking up a 16.30 ERA.
“I thought LeBlanc threw a lot of strikes,” manager Joe Torre said of LeBlanc’s impressive performance. “He changed speeds, and it just didn’t look like we were looking like we were picking the speed up or the pitch out of the pitcher’s hand.”
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (8-8) has a good outing but started out very shaky in the first two innings using 27 pitches to get out of each inning.
Kershaw started out by walking shortstop Everth Cabrera and giving up a single to second baseman David Eckstein. After striking out first baseman slugger Adrian Gonzalez the runners attempted a double-steal, however catcher Russell Martin was able to catch the lead runner Cabrera at third.
Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to right-center field allowing Eckstein to score giving the Padres a 1-0 lead.