Schmidt Hit Early and Hard

Padres second baseman Brian Giles lined Jason Schmidt's first pitch into the left-field seats and the game quickly went downhill from there. Padres ace Jake Peavy, who has allowed only two runs in 20 innings over his first three starts, limited the Dodgers to seven hits and they never got back into the game.

San Diego scored in the second inning for the first time this season, five runs in fact, and before some fans had time to get a beer and a Dodgerdog, the game in, in effect, already over.

Peavey, who has won five straight against the Dodgers, allowed only a single run over his seven innings of work and it came on a Jeff Kent sac fly in the sixth.

Schmidt (1-2), on the other hand, allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in two-plus innings, retiring only six of the 16 batters he faced. He walked two and struck out two. Reliever Mark Hendrickson had another fine outing, working five innings and giving up just a single run.

Against Colorado Schmidt worked into the fifth and allowed four runs before he was forced out by a cramp in his right hamstring that was caused by dehydration.

"My legs are fine. That's not an issue," Schmidt said. "It was just one of those games that you want to put in the past, but no doubt you take it hard. My changeup wasn't changing and my fastball wasn't being located real well. I just didn't settle in. I didn't catch a rhythm in time to make a big pitch to get out of the inning. It definitely wasn't one of my finest moments."

Whatever his velocity is, it is apparent if he cannot locate his pitches properly, he is in trouble. His ERA boomed to 7.36 after three starts.

After the big second second inning, the Dodgers never came close to getting back into the game. The fact they were facing Padres ace Peavy, who ran his career mark against them to 7-1 and shaved his career ERA against them to 2.31, suggests they were never in the game anyway.

Peavy dropped his Peavy's ERA for the season to 0.45 and after he left, Los Angeles strung together three straight singles to open the eighth, with Russell Martin driving in the run.

But with runners on first and second, Olmedo Saenz, Kent and Luis Gonzalez went down in order and it was time to turn out the lights.

The first seven batters in the second reached base, with runs coming on Terrmel Sledge's RBI single, Kevin Kouzmanoff's two-run homer, and RBI singles by Marcus and Brian Giles. Schmidt left amidst a chorus of boos, and he commented, "I booed myself, too, when I left the mound."

Mark Hendrickson went the next five innings, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out four and walking one. Rudy Seanez worked the final two innings and didn't allow a run.

The Dodgers slipped into a second place tie, along with San Diego, a half-game behind Arizona.

In the third game of the series tonight (Sunday) the Dodgers will send lefty Randy Wolf against the Padres Chris Young.
 Score by innings
Padres	150 010 000-7
Dodgers	000 001 010-2

 Dodgers	ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss	4  0  1  0  .333
Martin c	3  1  1  1  .324
Garciaparra 1b	3  0  2  0  .286
 Saenz 1b	1  0  0  0  .250
Kent 2b	        2  0  0  0  .263
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .308
Clark cf-rf	4  0  0  0  .308
Ethier rf	3  0  1  0  .143
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Anderson ph	1  0  1  0  .200
Betemit 3b	4  0  0  0  .042
Schmidt p	0  0  0  0  .250
 Hendrickson p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre cf	2  1  1  0  .200
   Totals	33 2  7 2
   Padres	36 7 10 7

 Error- Kent (1), Clark (1). RBI- 
Kent (7), Martin (5). SF-Kent. LOB- 
Dodgers 7, Padres 6. DP- Garciaparra. 

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Schmidt (1-2)	2.0  7  6-5  2  2  7.36
Hendrickson	5.0  2  1-1  1  4  1.64
Seanez	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  5.40
 Time- 2:38. Att- 55,942.
Dodger Blue Notes--The parking gates at Dodger Stadium will open today at 2:40 p.m. — 30 minutes sooner than usual — to give as many fans as possible a chance to be seated for the pregame celebration to honor Robinson. ... Each fan will receive a copy of Brett Tomko's charcoal sketch of Robinson sliding into home plate. ... CF Juan Pierre, who came in batting .186 through the first 10 games and was 2-for-18 lifetime against Peavy, didn't start for the first time this season. But he did extend his consecutive game playing streak to 508 games when he took over in center field in the eighth inning. Pierre played in all 162 games in each of the previous four seasons. ... Dodgers 3B Wilson Betemit was 0-for-4 and is off to a 1-for-24 start (.042).

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