Dodgers Report: Wil Venable
April, 9, 2013
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Some early-season trends continued Tuesday with one painful new twist for the Dodgers.
Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez continued to tug along the offense while the rest of the Dodgers' lineup stayed stuck on sluggish, but the bullpen's dominance ended decisively in a 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Crawford was on base three times and Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with an RBI. So far, Crawford has scored six of the Dodgers' 20 runs and Gonzalez has accounted for six of the team's 18 RBIs.
Juan Uribe, making his second start of the season at third base, hit a two-run home run to tie the score in the fourth inning.
Until Tuesday, Dodgers relievers had yet to give up a run and had allowed only one hit through their first 13 innings. Rookie Paco Rodriguez and veterans Matt Guerrier and J.P. Howell struggled as the Padres scored five runs in the eighth inning to blow the game open.
Josh Beckett made his second consecutive mediocre start to open the season, allowing the Dodgers once again to fall in an early hole. Wil Venable and catcher Nick Hundley took Beckett deep.
The Dodgers clogged the bases in the early innings but couldn't convert after they hit into rally-killing double plays in each of the first two innings.
Luis Cruz, 0 for his first 17 at-bats to start the season, was not in the lineup for the second straight game.