Catcher Tim Federowicz #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tags out Rene Rivera #44 of the San Diego Padres at home plate after catching a throw from right fielder Yasiel Puig in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2013.
After the Dodgers' offensive outburst of nine runs on Friday, they were limited to just two runs in a 2-1 victory over the Padres. The two squads combined for 23 hits, 27 base runners, but left 20 men on base, while hitting just 4-19 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Capuano was on the mound for the Dodgers. In his best start since the first week of August he threw 104 pitches over seven innings with eight hits, one walk, one run and seven strikeouts.
He spread out his eight hits over the seven innings and never found himself in too much trouble. In the fourth inning he gave up a solo home run to Ronny Cedeno for the only San Diego run of the game. After the home run he gave up a double to Rene Rivera and a single to Andrew Cashner.
Rivera attempted to score on Cashner's well-hit ball to right field, but Yasiel Puig gunned him down at home on a one-hop throw to home to end the inning and keep the score at 1-0. It was possibly the most important play of the game since the Dodger offense was so flat all game.
San Diego's starter, Andrew Cashner, kept the Dodgers scoreless through the first six innings, despite there being a runner in scoring position in four of those innings and multiple base runners in three of them. Luckily for the Dodgers, the Padres are offensively inept and kept the game close, giving them a chance to scrape together some late-inning runs for the win.
The scoring started in the seventh after Jerry Hairston and Carl Crawford led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With runners on first and second, no outs and the big-bats of Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier coming up it appeared the Dodgers would break the game open. Gonzalez was the only one to get a hit, a line drive to center field to score Hairston for the Dodgers first run of the night.
Skip Schumaker led off the eighth inning with a double, and scored the winning run on a pinch-hit single by Mark Ellis. With Ellis on base and one out the Dodgers were looking for some insurance runs, but Ellis got caught stealing second, basically ending the scoring threat.
After Chris Capuano gave a surprisingly effective start, the Dodgers used Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen out of the bullpen. Wilson gave up two hits, but no runs and Kenley Jansen was perfect, again, striking out the side to end the game for his 23rd save.
The win was the Dodgers third in a row and 50th in 63 games, putting them a season-high 10.5 games over Arizona. It's been a crazy season so far, and the final month begins on Sunday with the Dodgers finishing off the series against San Diego with Zack Grienke on the mound.