At portable speaker night in Los Angeles, the Dodgers’ offense went into the All-Star break quietly.
The team got another dominating starting pitching performance -- this time from Hyun-Jin Ryu -- but needed another late-inning rally to dispose of the helpless Padres, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. Ryu went six innings, giving up only two hits while striking out 10 of the 20 Padres he faced. He didn’t allow a walk, and fanned seven of the first nine batters he faced.
In a four-game series against the Padres, Dodgers’ starting pitchers gave up five runs -- Dan Haren was on the hook for four of those.
It helps that the Padres’ offense is statistically the worst in the league, by far. On Sunday, their starting lineup had no player batting above .250, and seven of the nine Padres were batting below .230.
Still, surrendering only five runs in four games is impressive for a starting rotation, even against San Diego.
Offensively, though, the Dodgers didn’t look all that much better than the Padres. They scored just seven runs over the four-game stretch, and left 30 men on base in the series.
On Sunday, the Dodgers struck out 10 times and turned seven hits into only one run.
They scored the only run of the game in the sixth inning, when Dee Gordon had a one-out single and stole second, his 43rd stolen base of the season. Left fielder Carl Crawford, who went two for four with a stolen base, then singled. Right fielder Yasiel Puig drove Gordon in with a single of his own. The Dodgers couldn’t do more than that, though, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez struck out for the second time in the game and center fielder Andre Ethier flied out to center.
Early scoring chances were there, but the Dodgers couldn’t do much with them. In the second inning, they had runners on first and third with no outs, but catcher A.J. Ellis struck out and shortstop Miguel Rojas lined into an inning-ending double play at third base.
Again, the offensive shortcomings didn’t matter because of the starting pitching. The Dodgers won three of four games from the Padres, and remain in first place going into the second half of the season even though the Giants also won on Sunday.
At the same time, it’s probably not bad timing for the bats to get a break.