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The defending NL West champion Padres have lost four straight and seven of 10. Their offense finally bottomed out, with their last 19 batters being retired. The first five batters in San Diego's order went 0-for-16, with four walks.
"I think you've got a club that is pressing as bad as it can right now," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's frustrating for all of us, believe me."
San Diego entered the game last in the majors in home batting average, .210, and lost for the 10th time in 13 games at Petco Park this season. They've been shut out twice in three games and have been held to two or fewer runs in seven of their last eight games, all at home.
"This has gone on quite a while now," Bochy said. "It's probably the longest one I've seen a club go through. Hopefully, when we come out of it, we'll come out if it for a long time, too."
Seo (1-2) came in with a 7.64 ERA, having lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his previous start, a 5-4 loss to Arizona last Saturday.
All he needed to get better was a crack at the Padres, who wasted a nice effort by Chris Young.
Seo went six innings, striking out four and walking four. He allowed a single by Adrian Gonzalez and a double by Khalil Greene, both in the second inning. After issuing consecutive two-out walks to Brian Giles and Mike Piazza in the third, Seo retired the last 10 batters he faced.
"The difference was just the level of confidence," Seo said through an interpreter.
He said he spoke three days earlier with manager Grady Little, who encouraged him to work inning by inning and not look ahead.
"After the second inning, that boosted up my confidence," he said.
"Jae pitched a heck of a game," Little said. "The location of his pitches is a simple thing for that guy. He's not a guy who's going to blow anyone away with his velocity, so it makes his location that much more important," Little said.
Drew has reached base safely in all 20 games in which he's played this season, and 32 straight dating to last season. His two-run single was the third straight hit off Alan Embree opening the eighth.
"Jae threw the ball great and the game was moving along quick," Drew said. "When you get that kind of thing, you hope you generate enough offense, and we had a run to give him a lead when he left, and it was nice to get those two to kind of solidify things and give our bullpen a chance to work."
Young (2-2) struck out seven while allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He started three days after he began taking medication for a circulation problem in his right thumb that had caused it to feel numb in earlier starts. He walked two.
Young said his thumb bothered him as the game went on.
"I think that's only natural," he said. "All in all, I felt it was a non-factor for the most part."
|Jeff Kent turns a double as the Dodgers retire San Diego's final 19 hitters in order. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.202|
|Kenny Lofton, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.293|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.329|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.211|
|Bill Mueller, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.316|
|Jose Cruz Jr., LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.240|
|Dioner Navarro, C||2||0||2||1||2||0||0||.258|
|Jae Seo, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|a- Ricky Ledee, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|b- Olmedo Saenz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.293|
|Tim Hamulack, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Oscar Robles, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-announced for Seo in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Ledee in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Saito in the 9th|
|2B - Nomar Garciaparra (2, C. Young)|
|RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (17), Dioner Navarro (6)|
|SB - Bill Mueller (1, 2nd base off C. Young/Piazza), Dioner Navarro (1, 2nd base off Sweeney/Piazza)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Jae Seo (W,1-2)||6||2||0||0||4||4||0||5.70|
|Tim Hamulack (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.90|
|Takashi Saito (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.75|
|Danys Baez (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jae Seo 93-56, Tim Hamulack 6-6, Takashi Saito 14-8, Danys Baez 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jae Seo 7-6, Tim Hamulack 2-0, Danys Baez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jae Seo 23, Tim Hamulack 3, Takashi Saito 3, Danys Baez 3|
|San Diego Padres|
|Dave Roberts, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.254|
|Josh Barfield, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Brian Giles, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.260|
|Mike Piazza, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.220|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.111|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Vinny Castilla, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Khalil Greene, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Chris Young, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.182|
|Alan Embree, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Cassidy, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Bellhorn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Brian Sweeney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Cassidy in the 8th|
|2B - Khalil Greene (4, Seo)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Gonzalez-Greene-Barfield|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Young (L,2-2)||6.2||5||1||1||2||7||0||3.41|
|IBB - Navarro by Chris Young|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 98-60, Alan Embree 10-7, Scott Cassidy 14-8, Brian Sweeney 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 6-6, Alan Embree 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Young 26, Alan Embree 4, Scott Cassidy 4, Brian Sweeney 4|
|Attendance - 36435|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|