Dodgers fall flat in 7-0 loss to Padres as Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 27 games
Otherwise, there was precious little for the Dodgers to get excited about Sunday as they fell meekly to the Padres, 7-0, before an announced crowd of 39,869.
Ethier’s seventh-inning infield hit off the glove of Brad Hawpe was the lone highlight on an afternoon the Dodgers managed to collect only five hits.
That was two less than the light-hitting Padres managed, but they had the good sense of placing all of theirs in the two innings they scored.
Ethier’s single left him with a 27-game hitting streak, second longest in Los Angeles Dodgers history. Willie Davis holds the all-time franchise record of 31, set in 1969.
Which was sort of the end of good news Sunday for the Dodgers. They never could get anything going against Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley, who came in 0-3 in five previous starts but did have a 1.99 earned-run average.
Moseley worked seven innings against the Dodgers, holding them to the three hits and two walks. He struck out six.
Jon Garland pitched just as well for the Dodgers, outside of the first four hitters he faced in the third, all of whom reached base.
Garland ran into trouble by walking Nick Hundley. Then came consecutive singles to Orlando Hudson, Cameron Maybin and Hawpe, the latter’s driving in two.
And that was really it for Garland being in trouble. He went six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out eight.
Hong-Chih Kuo, fresh off the disabled list from his back strain, pitched the top of the ninth, and that went poorly, too. Kuo was having control issues before going on the disabled list, and that hardly changed Sunday.
Kuo was charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning, giving up two hits, hitting a batter and walking one.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland throws to the plate during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / AP