Clayton Richard

Dodgers' bats go cold in 4-0 loss to Padres

Dodgers' bats go cold in 4-0 loss to Padres

The mere sight of San Diego pitcher Clayton Richard should not invite alarm. Richard is a credible performer, a veteran in his ninth major league season, but his fastball hovers around 90 mph and his career earned-run average resides above four. When the Cubs cut him last August, he landed with San Diego, a rebuilding club desperate for competence.

The singular gift of Richard, at least when it comes to facing the Dodgers, is his ability to throw the baseball with his left hand. Despite a series of offseason adjustments tailored toward resolving their most glaring weakness from 2016, the Dodgers looked like a mirror image of the past in a 4-0 loss to the Padres on Tuesday night...