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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clayton Richard and Padres Deal Dodgers Their 17th Shutout

Dodgers 0 8 0
Padres    6 7 0
WP-Richard (13-8)
LP-Billingsley (11-11)

Chad Billingsley gets roughed up and only lasts 5 innings giving up 5 runs off 6 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. Chad was in trouble starting in the 1st inning when he gave up a 2 out single to Tejada, then walked Gonzalez. He was able to strike out Ludwick to get out of the inning. In the 3rd inning he wasn't as lucky when he started by walking the pesky Eckstein. Adrian Gonzalez then doubled, and Ludwick getting his revenge singled in 2 runs. The 5th inning would allow San Diego to take a bigger lead when Bills gave up a leadoff single to Veneble, then Eckstein is hit by the pitch, they intentionally walk Gonzalez, and then Bills hits Ludwick with the pitch with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Torrealba then hits a run scoring fly ball, and Headley singles in a run making it 5-0 San Diego.

Bills was then hooked for Carlos Monasterios who pitched a solid 2 innings. Monster only gave up 1 hit and struck out 3. Once again proving he is much more effective as a reliever than a starter. Ramon Troncoso pitched a shaky two innings in the 8th and 9th innings. He made 1 wild pitch in the 8th and 2 in the 9th innings taking over the wild pitch duties of the dearly departed Octavio Dotel. He allowed 1 earned run in the 9th inning making it 6-0.

Clayton Richard picked up his first career complete game shutout allowing 8 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The Dodgers offense was unable to get more than two runners to 3rd base during the game. Carroll had two singles, and the hot A.J. Ellis went 2 for 3 with two singles and now is 9-11 in his last three games.

The Dodgers were officially eliminated during the 6th inning after the Giants beat the Cubs. Shutout number 17 is the most in a season since 1989. San Diego remains 1/2 game behind San Francisco while Colorado dropped to 2 1/2 games back. Tomorrow Ted Lilly will take the hill vs. Tim Stauffer in game 2. Go Blue:)

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