Mama said there'd be days like this, she just didn't have to play in them.
The Dodgers had no such luck, the rules requiring nine innings and all -- even when you trail, 8-0, after the first two. Safe to say, starter Carlos Frias did not have a good outing.
The Dodgers tried to put on a good face and sludge through it, finally calling it a day with an 11-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday before what you might tactfully call a subdued Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,182.
Frias had done a marvelous job in his first four starts as one of two rotation fill-ins, carrying a 3-1 record and 2.55 earned-run average into Sunday's little affair. But at no time did Frias resemble that pitcher Sunday. Nails should be hit so hard.
Yangervis Solarte opened the game with a double and then Frias loaded the bases with a pair of walks before Justin Upton hit a grand slam. Liking this four-run inning thing, the Padres did it again in the second. Upton doubled in two more -- giving him six RBIs in the first two innings -- and Derek Norris singled in another two.
The Dodgers were down, 8-0, and Frias was going to have to suck it up some so the bullpen would not be completely ravaged. He gave up a solo home run to Will Middlebrooks in the third and when he gave up two consecutive singles to start the fifth, Manager Don Mattingly finally showed sympathy and pointed him to the clubhouse.
Frias was charged with 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks in his four-plus innings. He tied five others for the most runs given up by a Los Angeles Dodger. And, of course, did nothing to ease concerns that the front office still needs to add another middle-of-the-rotation starter with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy lost for the year.
In the one outing, Frias' ERA more than doubled (corrected) to 5.34.
The Dodgers' would-be offense, meanwhile, seemed to go on cruise control after Jimmy Rollins singled with one out in the first. James Shields went through the next 17 consecutive batters without giving up another hit until Rollins singled again to lead off the seventh.
That seemed to briefly wake up the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe followed with singles to load the bases. Andre Ethier bounced into a double play that scored Rollins, but then Alex Guerrero drove a two-run homer out to left. It was Guerrero's seventh home run in 79 at-bats.
The three runs were actually the Dodgers' biggest single-game offensive output in eight games.
Shields raised his record to a perfect 6-0 with the win. He becomes only the second Padre to start a season 6-0. Andy Hawkins started 11-0 in 1985.
The Padres, who had lost seven of their last eight, finished the day with 20 hits.
At least the Dodgers' bullpen did not get too trashed; five relievers threw an inning apiece.