Bills loses 11th game for the third consecutive season
Chad Billingsley had given up only one hit prior to the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Bills and the Dodgers, the Padres didn’t seem to care about that.
Billingsley allowed three singles, a walk, and hit a batter in giving up three runs in the fifth. It served to be the difference in the game, and ultimately, all the Padres would need.
Matt Kemp fell behind slightly in the Triple Crown race, going 1-for-4 at the plate, dropping his average a point to .325. Ryan Braun, on the other hand, jumped two points in average after finishing 2-for-3 on the day.
Kemp still leads in RBI and remains tied with Albert Pujols for the lead in home runs.
Jerry Sands and Dee Gordon each recorded hits to extend their current streaks. Sands laced a double to push his streak to 12 games. Gordon’s infield single extended his streak to 11 games.
Clayton Kershaw (20-5, 2.27 ERA) will look to finish his stellar season strongly, and solidify his case for the NL Cy Young Award on Sunday afternoon. Cory Luebke (6-9, 3.23 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Padres. First pitch from Petco Park will be thrown at 1:05 PM PT. Prime Ticket will televise the game.
Kemp Watch: Career vs. Luebke: 2-for-5 (.400), 2 2B, BB
One Up: Aaron Harang, SP: W, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K
One Down: Chad Billingsley, SP: L, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB