LOS ANGELES -- Things were quiet at Dodger Stadium Monday night, particularly when the home team was batting with runners on.
The Los Angeles Dodgers managed to keep their tempers in check a few days after a brawl with the San Diego Padres that cost them pitcher Zack Greinke, but their bats remained stuck on silent mode in a 6-3 loss. The Dodgers were 28th in the majors in runs scored coming into Monday, and they continued to fumble away scoring chances.
A crowd of 52,136 fans on Jackie Robinson Day seemed to lose interest as the game dragged on, with the stadium half full by the end -- an echo of 2012.
L.A. went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, an improvement over most nights. Carl Crawford continued to provide a disproportionate amount of the Dodgers’ offense with three hits and a couple of runs scored. It was otherwise another flat night of hitting for the Dodgers' revamped and pricey lineup.
The low point came in the eighth inning. Trailing by two, the Dodgers got the first two runners on against reliever Luke Gregerson. But after Luis Cruz’s sacrifice bunt, pinch hitter Skip Schumaker tapped one to Gregerson, who threw to first for one out. After A.J. Ellis broke for the plate, he was tagged out easily by catcher John Baker for the inning-ending double play. Not exactly a fitting tribute to Robinson, one of the game's all-time great baserunners.
Chad Billingsley allowed a three-run home run to Padres pitcher Eric Stults, but was otherwise solid in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a bruised finger. The Dodgers’ bullpen got wild in the seventh inning, with Ronald Belisario walking two batters and Paco Rodriguez walking in the go-ahead run as San Diego recaptured the lead.