Dodgers 8, Padres 1
Aaron Harang’s second visit to his hometown this season was much
better than the first.
Harang held his former team to four hits in seven shutout
innings and had one of Los Angeles’ 12 hits as the Dodgers beat the
San Diego Padres 8-1 Thursday night to split a two-game series.
Harang (3-2) struck out six and walked none to beat the Padres
for the first time in three starts against them this year. On April
13 in Los Angeles, Harang set a Dodgers record with nine
consecutive strikeouts, one short of the major league mark, and
tied his career high with 13. He got a no-decision in the 9-8
Harang lost 8-4 at San Diego on April 8 as the Padres avoided a
four-game sweep. Harang was with his hometown Padres last year,
leading them with 14 victories. The Padres didn’t try to keep him
after the season and he signed with Los Angeles.
”The Dodgers were one of the first teams to call and I felt
watching the way they played last year, from the first of the year
to the end of the year, you saw a big difference in how they were
playing and the attitude and demeanor of all the players and how
aggressive they were,” Harang said. ”I felt they had a good
enough squad that they could really compete with a couple extra
Harang is pitching much better than he was during the Dodgers’
first visit here.
”It was frustrating because I was coming off such a good spring
and I think there was a lot of adrenaline coming into it, being the
first time back, so I was a little off mechanically,” Harang
Still, manager Don Mattingly wasn’t surprised by Harang’s
performance Thursday night.
”To me, he’s been throwing the ball good lately,” Mattingly
said. ”I kind of expected him to throw good tonight.”
The Dodgers (25-13), who have the best record in the majors, are
1-2 since Matt Kemp went on the disabled list with a strained left
The Padres (14-25), who have the worst record in the NL, still
haven’t won three straight games this season. They came in having
won at Washington on Tuesday and against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
San Diego committed two more errors and has 39, second-most in the
Harang was 0-5 in his previous seven starts against San Diego.
His last victory against the Padres was July 30, 2005, at Petco
Park while with Cincinnati.
”You have to give credit to Aaron Harang,” said San Diego’s
John Baker, who had two doubles. ”I don’t know how many three-ball
counts he had, but it wasn’t many. He was throwing strikes and
making us swing the bats. When we hit it, it seemed like they were
always in the right spot.”
Every Dodgers regular except leadoff batter Dee Gordon had at
least one hit. Gordon had a sacrifice fly.
”We just seemed to have more energy tonight,” Mattingly
The Dodgers kept Edinson Volquez (2-2) from winning three
straight starts for the first time since May 7-18, 2008, with
Bobby Abreu hit an RBI triple in the first and Andre Ethier
followed with a run-scoring single. Ethier leads the NL with 35
Gordon had a sacrifice fly in the second. James Loney hit an RBI
double in the fifth and another run scored on a two-base error by
center fielder Cameron Maybin. Mark Ellis and Harang singled in
runs in the seventh, and Ellis brought in another run with a
groundout in the ninth.
Volquez allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five
innings. He struck out six and walked three.
NOTES: Padres LF James Darnell sustained a partial dislocation
of his left shoulder diving for Tony Gwynn Jr.’s double in the
sixth. He was replaced by Chris Denorfia. … With a walk in the
first, Dodgers C A.J. Ellis extended his streak of reaching base
safely to 26 games, the second-longest active run in baseball. …
The Padres shook up their struggling middle infield by waiving
second baseman Orlando Hudson and placing light-hitting shortstop
Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right
knee. The team recalled shortstop Everth Cabrera and second baseman
Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Tucson, and both were in the lineup.
… The Padres also claimed left-hander Eric Stults off waivers
from the Chicago White Sox, with a corresponding move to be made
when he reports to San Diego. … The Dodgers open a three-game
homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, with Ted
Lilly (5-0, 2.11 ERA) scheduled to start against Lance Lynn (6-1,
1.81). … The Padres open a three-game set against the Angels,
with Jered Weaver (5-1, 2.83) slated to start for Los Angeles
against Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69).