Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The undefeated season ends here

So the Dodgers won't finish 162-0. I'll enjoy being 1.000 while it lasted.

After taking a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning, the Padres scored 3 in the 6th to cruise to a 4-2 victory. Randy Wolf battled control problems all night and it finally came back to haunt him in the 6th.

There really wasn't a whole lot to this game. The Dodgers really only had a good 4th inning in which they made some noise. After K'ing in his first ab-bat, Manny Ramirez lead off with a double to center, and following Andre Ethier's flyout, Russell Martin doubled him home. The bases were soon loaded with 1 down, but Casey Blake could only manage a soft sac-fly RBI, and Wolf grounded out to end it.

Wolf wiggled out of a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the 3rd, but found no such luck in the 5th. Back-to-back singles to Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff opened the inning, and Chase Headley scored them both with a double. Guilermo Mota soon came on and gave up a sac-fly to Luis Rodriguez, and that would close the scoring.

In fact, that would close out everything for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp's infield single in the 4th was the last hit they got. They took some walks, but that's it. Manny did have a chance with 2 down and 2 on in the 7th, but he popped out.

Wolf went 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, and like I said before, he never seemed to get on track. Mota combined with Will Ohman and Ronald Belisario to not allow anything else to happen.

Chad Billingsley will get his first start today against Walter Silva. Bills suffered through a bad postseason and a broken leg from a slip on the ice in the winter, so I can imagine he's itching to get things going again.

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