--RHP John Ely knew he was probably heading back to the minors after his spot start Sunday, and a couple mistakes probably assured it. He allowed two home runs, including a crucial two-run shot by Nick Hundley in the sixth inning. His second biggest mistake came on the basepaths. The Dodgers had runners at first and second, with none out, in the sixth. With Aaron Miles squaring to bunt, Miles didn't offer on a bunt and Ely took too big a lead off second base. He was thrown out 2-6-5 in a rundown, which helped thwart the Dodgers rally.
--C Hector Gimenez was placed on the disabled list April 10 with a sore knee. Gimenez has felt pain in the knee going back to spring training, and was icing it after each game. The Dodgers were about to drop from three catchers to two, and Gimenez wasn't confident he could catch nine innings, so he was DL'd.
--C A.J. Ellis was given a reprieve from the minors and will stick around instead. Ellis told after Saturday's game that he would likely be optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque (to make room for pitcher John Ely) before Sunday's series finale in San Diego. He was packing his bats and other belongings, when he was then told that he was staying in the majors after all because of Hector Gimenez's injury.
--3B Casey Blake was willing to play Sunday, despite colliding with baserunner Chase Headley on a game-ending interference call Saturday. Blake had a Charlie Horse, but nothing too serious and it was a scheduled day off.
--SS Rafael Furcal missed his second straight game Sunday because of a left wrist injury. That occurred on a checked swing earlier in the week in Colorado. The Dodgers don't believe Furcal's injury is very serious, but they always say that with Furcal injuries and he's always out longer than they originally believe.
BY THE NUMBERS
11 -- Years since a Dodgers pitcher has recorded two saves on the same day. The last was Jeff Shaw registering two saves on Aug. 25, 2000 at Wrigley Field, before Jonathan Broxton got two saves April 9 at San Diego. Broxton is now eighth on the franchise list with 82 saves.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I heard mixed reviews. I expected that. Padres against the Dodgers, it's more about the name on the front of the jersey than on the back. I wouldn't expect anything else. ... Any time a player faces a former team, you want to perform well. I was lucky enough to be put in spots where I was able to be successful. Most important, (I) was to be able to get a win. I have a lot of love for the guys over there." -- Tony Gwynn Jr., on the reaction of Padres fans in his return to San Diego, and his performance against his Dad's former team.
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