With a loss to the San Diego Padres on the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped to their lowest point of the season, going 12 games under .500 and in last place in the National League West.
The game began with promise since ace Clayton Kershaw was on the mound and Padres’ starter Clayton Richard left after just two pitches. Kershaw went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while striking out seven. The left-hander wasn’t as dominant as the Dodgers would have liked and the Dodger offense scored just two runs in a 5-2 loss. Tim Stauffer came in for the injured Richard and went four innings to earn the victory. He allowed just one run and four hits in his relief duty.
The Dodgers scored in the first on a Juan Uribe bases-loaded groundout but the Padres quickly tied it up with a Chris Denorfia home run in the bottom of the inning. In the third, the Padres scored three runs after a walk and a single followed by a Chase Headley triple and a Kyle Blanks single. Kershaw struggled to shut down the Padres lineup and put the Dodgers in an early hole.
A Denorfia sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh against right-hander Brandon League gave the Padres their final tally. After the run in the first, the Dodgers didn’t strike again until the eighth inning when Hanley Ramirez followed a Yasiel Puig single with an RBI double. After Stauffer went his four innings, Tyson Ross came in and shut the Dodgers down for three more innings before they scored against Dale Thayer. Closer Huston Street finished the Dodgers off in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The loss dropped the Dodgers to 30-42, a season-high 12 games under .500 and 9.5 games out of first place. The team was struggling after huge expectations before the season and needed to begin winning to have any chance of the postseason.
Watch Hanley Ramirez’s RBI Double in the Eighth: