Padres beat Dodgers
Aug 20, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) high-fives teammate starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) after scoring on a single by San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista (not pictured) at Dodger Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dodgers Pitcher, Eric Stults, defeated his old team on Wednesday when the San Diego Padres defeated their neighbor to the north, 4-1. Shortstop Alexi Amarista had two hits and an RBI as the Padres jumped out to an early 3-0 lead just as they did on Tuesday night. On that occasion, they relinquished the lead and the game, but tonight they were able to hang on for the victory thanks to the best bullpen in the National League.

San Diego’s bullpen leads the National League with a 2.37 ERA and they did not disappoint. Boyer, Thayer and Kevin Quackenbush kept the Dodgers scoreless as Quackenbush earned his first ever major league save.

Dodger’s starter Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona to all you purists), made his Los Angeles debut at Dodger Stadium and his 200th career start overall. Hernandez gave up four runs and eight hits over five innings for his 9th loss of the season. Hernandez was making his second start for the Dodgers after being traded from Philadelphia a couple weeks ago.

The Dodgers have been struggling as of late losing four out of their last five and their lead in the NL West over the rival San Francisco Giants has now shrunk to just three games. The news was even worse for Los Angeles on Wednesday as Zack Grienke’s next start was pushed back due to elbow discomfort. If Grienke has to spend any time on the disabled list, it could be disastrous for the Dodgers down the stretch.

Dodger’s ace Clayton Kershaw takes the mound on Thursday against San Diego Padres pitcher Tyson Ross. Kershaw, who suffered a rare loss his last time out, will need to pitch well in order to get his team back on track.

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