In case you may have forgotten, the Dodgers and Padres aren’t really friends.
The two teams will take the field for the first time since last Thursday’s game was marred by a benches-clearing brawl Monday evening at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley, who gave up one run on five hits against San Diego last week, will be making his second start of the season opposite Eric Stults for the Padres.
Stults was Billingsley’s mound opponent last week, as well, and struggled, taking the loss. The Dodgers (7-5) touched him up in his five innings of work, scoring four runs on eight hits including homers by Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis. He’ll be the seventh left-handed starter the Dodgers will have faced in their first 13 games of the season.
L.A. is coming off of a tough series loss in Arizona over the weekend, including a 1-0 defeat Sunday afternoon. Josh Beckett, despite taking the loss, was brilliant, going 8 1/3 innings while striking out nine and giving up a run.
Adrian Gonzalez’s strong start continued, as he picked up three hits for the second consecutive day. He’s now hitting .409 with a pair of home runs and a team-best 10 RBIs on the year.
The Dodgers took two-of-three in the series down in San Diego last week, and the Padres’ rough start continued into the weekend, when they were swept at home by Colorado. The Padres are tied with the Miami Marlins for the worst record in baseball at just 2-10.
Thursday’s brawl began after the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke hit San Diego’s Carlos Quentin on the arm with a 3-2 pitch in the seventh inning. Quentin then charged the mound, resulting in a fractured collarbone for Greinke, who will be sidelined for about two months. Quentin, Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston, Jr. were all ejected from the game.
Quentin received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball, which he will begin serving tonight. Hairston received a one-game ban.
Kemp is off to a rough start at the plate this season. He’s hitting just .194 with an on-base percentage of only .220. He’s driven in four runs, and is still without a home run. He went 0-4 with three strikeouts against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.