The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to 7-6 on the year following a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday night. The defeat was especially tough as the Dodgers celebrated the 66-year anniversary of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson's debut with the franchise.
After defeating the Padres in his first start of 2013 last Wednesday, Chad Billingsley took the loss tonight. He gave up three earned runs in six innings, all of which came on a two-out, three-run home run to Padres starter—and former Dodger—Eric Stults in the top of the second inning.
After falling behind San Diego early, Los Angeles managed to tie the game at three by the end of the sixth, with Billingsley gutting out a tough performance. But the Dodgers bullpen continued its recent struggles, giving up three more earned runs over the game's final three innings.
The Dodgers managed 12 hits on the night, including three more by left fielder Carl Crawford, raising his average to .396 on the year. Matt Kemp also managed to get a pair of hits on the night, just his second multi-hit game of the year.
However, the Dodgers continued another disturbing early-season trend by hitting just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Los Angeles will look to get back on track Tuesday night as left-hander Chris Capuano makes his first start of the season against San Diego's veteran right-hander Jason Marquis.