Padres can't hit selves out of paper bag

Three hours before Friday night's opener of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Padres players met in the batting cages beneath Petco Park with batting coach Dave Magadan.

The result: No runs on two hits.

For the third time in 12 games, the Padres were shut out. And for the 11th time in the season's first 22 games, the Padres scored two or fewer runs.

And their offensive malady is worse on their home turf.

After 13 home games, the Padres are hitting almost a perfect .200 at home while averaging 2.62 runs a game. Their on-base percentage is a putrid .273, as is their .297 slugging percentage.

But opposing teams are batting .276 at Petco Park, where the opposition has outscored the Padres, 72-34. The Padres home ERA is 5.31 compared to 3.50 on the road -- where San Diego is a respectable 5-4 with a .266 batting average and an average of 5.11 runs per game.

REPLAY: Chris Young deserved better against the Dodgers Friday night at Petco Park.

Pitching just four days after beginning medication to improve circulation in his right thumb, the 6-foot-10 right-hander gave up only one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings against Los Angeles.

But that was enough to get him the 3-0 loss as the Padres managed only two hits against Dodger starter Jae Seo and three relivers. The last 19 Padres went down in order. Young has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his five starts.


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