Chad Billingsley struggled a bit in his second start of the season as the San Diego Padres snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the L.A. Dodgers Monday night.
Padres starter Eric Stults, who was relatively ineffective in his start against the Dodgers last Wednesday, pitched six decent innings on his way to his second win of the season. He also helped his own cause with a three-run home run in the second inning off of Billingsley that put San Diego ahead 3-0.
Billingsley wound up going six innings while allowing seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts, ultimately resulting in a no-decision.
Los Angeles subsequently scored three runs to tie the game, “building a picket fence” with a run in each of the third through the fifth innings, as Vin Scully declared.
Ronald Belisario took the loss for L.A. after walking a pair and allowing a hit to load the bases in the seventh. Lefty Paco Rodriguez then came in to relieve Belisario, and he walked in a run before inducing a double play off the bat of Yonder Alonso that allowed the Padres to take a 5-3 lead.
A Kyle Blanks sac fly to center scored the Padres’ sixth and final run of the game in the top of the ninth off of Josh Wall. Wall was called-up from triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day after Shawn Tolleson was placed on the DL with a lower back strain.
The Dodgers fell to 7-6 on the season with the loss, while the Padres improved to 3-10. The two teams are currently fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NL West.
L.A. had its fair share of opportunities offensively, yet failed to come through.
They were able to load the bases in the first with two outs before Andre Ethier struck out to end the inning. Carl Crawford led off the inning with a single, and finished the night 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He’s now hitting .396 on the season, and has been one of the few bright spots for the Dodger offense.
Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI ground rule double to cut the San Diego lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Matt Kemp, who had singled prior to Gonzalez’s hit and would’ve scored on the play, was forced to stop at third due to the ground rule double. He was then stranded to end the inning, ultimately costing the Dodgers a run.
The left side of the infield continues to miss Hanley Ramirez, as Justin Sellers and Luis Cruz combined to go 1-6 on the night. Dodgers pitchers, with six hits, still have more hits on the season than Dodgers third basemen, who have five, combined.
L.A. squandered another run-scoring opportunity in the eighth, when Skip Schumaker was called upon to pinch hit for Cruz with one out and a pair of runners in scoring position.
Schumaker then hit a comebacker to the pitcher, who threw him out at first. Then, A.J. Ellis, who was on third, was gunned down at the plate by Alonso from first while attempting to score to end the inning.
San Diego’s Carlos Quentin, who started the massive brawl when these two teams last faced each other last Thursday, missed the game while serving the first game of his eight-game suspension.
The Padres and Dodgers will go at it again tomorrow evening, with Chris Capuano making his first start in place of the injured Zack Greinke for Los Angeles. Jason Marquis will take the hill for San Diego, with first pitch coming at 7:10pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.