Nomentum: Padres 5, Dodgers 0

Bullets from a 5-0 loss:

  • The Dodgers now have 12 shutouts this season. The Los Angeles team record is 23 in 1968; next after that is 17 in 1966 and 1989.
  • The Dodgers have been held to two runs or fewer in 11 of their past 15 games.
  • James Loney batted with two runners on in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, but the Dodgers’ RBI king came up empty each time. The killer was a towering blast to right field that went to the wall before being caught.
  • Chad Billingsley extended his scoreless inning streak to 24 2/3 innings before getting touched up for three runs in the fourth inning. Five of the 10 baserunners he allowed came in the fourth, the only inning in which the Padres scored. Billinglsey left for a pinch-hitter after six innings, three runs and 90 pitches.
  • With a ninth-inning double-switch, Andre Ethier made his first career appearance at first base.
  • Ethier and Ryan Theriot each reached based three times.
  • Tony Jackson of has precise details about Russell Martin’s season-ending injury.
  • James McDonald struck out a career-high eight (including six of his first seven batters) while pitching six shutout innings in his Pirates debut.
  • The man McDonald was traded for, Octavio Dotel, was victimized by an almost inexplicable inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning tonight by San Diego’s Chris Denofria.
  • Ronald Belisario threw off the mound this afternoon; Joe Torre said he would probably start a rehab assignment Saturday.
  • Don Hawkins, a church group leader, collapsed on the field at Dodger Stadium before tonight’s game and passed away. All my condolences to his family and friends.

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