Slumping Dodgers Shoutout in Game One, 4-0

By mattgullette

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The Dodgers were shutout in game-one of today’s doubleheader courtesy of two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana and the New York Mets, 4-0.

The shutout marks the third time this season Los Angeles has failed to post a run (they had a total of nine shutouts last year). The Manny-less Dodgers managed just five hits, one of which came from Manny’s replacement Reed Johnson who hit a one-out triple in the top of the third. Ethier and Kemp failed to pick him up, though, as the Dodgers left 17 runners on base en route to losing their seventh-of-the-last-nine road games.

Santana improved his record to 3-1 throwing six K’s in as many innings, and the surging Mets improved their record to 11-9, winning 9-of-12. Mets starters are 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA during that span.

As for the reeling Dodger rotation, Hiroki Kuroda received his first loss of the season giving up five hits and two earned in six innings, including a solo-shot to Jason Bay in the fourth. Kuroda, who’s historically struggled against the Mets, entered the game with a 12.86 ERA against New York away from Chavez Ravine. In fact, he’s never beaten the Mets on the road (0-3).

It didn’t get any better for the Dodger pen, either. Jon Link, who was called up again this week from Triple-A Albuquerque, gave up two runs on two hits and one walk, and failed to get anybody out in his 7th inning relief appearance. So much for being the missing link in the Dodger pen.

With the loss, the slumping Dodgers fall to 8-11 and need to win the remaining four games this week to finish April with a winning record. Including a 1-0 loss Sunday at Washington, this is the first time since June 0f 2008 the Dodgers have been shutout in consecutive games.

Game two is scheduled to begin later tonight as two winning-less pitchers go at it. Dodger knuckleballer Charlier Haeger (0-2, 6.46) is set to take on Oliver Perez (0-1, 3.78) in the nightcap. Haeger has been shelled pretty hard in his last two outings, allowing 11 runs and 12 hits – two homers – with seven walks in 8 1-3 innings. The Dodgers are looking to avoid dropping their fourth consecutive road series of the season.

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