At portable speaker night in Los Angeles, the
The team got another dominating starting pitching performance -- this time from
In a four-game series against the Padres, Dodgers’ starting pitchers gave up five runs --
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
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
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.