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Seo, Dodgers' bullpen combine for two-hitter in shutout vs. Padres

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Jae Seo quickly solved his pitching problems. Of course, it helped that he was facing the reeling San Diego Padres.

Seo and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and J.D. Drew had a two-run single to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 win over the Padres on Friday night.

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.

Tim Hamulack pitched a perfect seventh, Takashi Saito a perfect eighth and Danys Baez a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

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."

Nomar Garciaparra hit a leadoff double to center in the fifth and scored on Dioner Navarro's one-out single to left.

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."

Notes

  • The Padres had their projected opening day lineup on the field for the first time this season. CF Mike Cameron started the season on the disabled list and was activated on Sunday. But with other starters getting days off this week, it took until Friday night for the projected lineup to be on the field.
  • Navarro, the Dodgers' catcher, got his first career stolen base in the ninth.
 
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Jeff Kent turns a double as the Dodgers retire San Diego's final 19 hitters in order.  (AP)
Jeff Kent turns a double as the Dodgers retire San Diego's final 19 hitters in order. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Drew
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

J. Seo
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 4
K 4
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5110022 .202
Kenny Lofton, CF5110011 .293
J.D. Drew, RF4012000 .329
Jeff Kent, 2B4010001 .200
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3110101 .211
Bill Mueller, 3B4010013 .316
Jose Cruz Jr., LF3000123 .240
Dioner Navarro, C2021200 .258
Jae Seo, P2000012 .250
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH0000000 .286
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000003 .293
    Tim Hamulack, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   c- Oscar Robles, PH1000001 .125
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Totals343834717 
a-announced for Seo in the 7th
b-grounded out for Ledee in the 7th
c-flied out for Saito in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jae Seo (W,1-2) 6200440 5.70
Tim Hamulack (H,2) 1000010 0.90
Takashi Saito (H,4) 1000010 0.75
Danys Baez (S,7) 1000000 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, LF3000110 .254
Josh Barfield, 2B4000011 .275
Brian Giles, RF3000101 .260
Mike Piazza, C2000200 .220
Mike Cameron, CF4000024 .111
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010000 .267
Vinny Castilla, 3B3000011 .260
Khalil Greene, SS3010000 .200
Chris Young, P2000011 .182
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Scott Cassidy, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Bellhorn, PH1000000 .273
    Brian Sweeney, P0000000 .000
Totals28020468 
a-flied out for Cassidy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (4, Seo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Greene-Barfield
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (L,2-2) 6.2511270 3.41
Alan Embree 0.1322000 5.06
Scott Cassidy 1000100 0.73
Brian Sweeney 1000100 3.38
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
Game Information
Attendance - 36435
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Ron Kulpa