CAN'T SHAKE THE BLUES

May 5, 2018

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We knew the Padres couldn’t beat the Dodgers anywhere in Southern California. Now we know that evidently, they can’t beat them south of here, either.

In the United States. Or in Mexico. The Dodgers are still the Padres’ daddy. We can’t shake the blues.

This time it was worse than normal. No-hit by a kid making his third major league start and a few no-name relievers. How much worse can it get against Los Angeles?

The Dodgers are now 4-0 against the Padres this season (3-0 in the U.S.) after going a dominating 13-6 against the Friars last season. And the six seasons before that? The Dodgers won the season series each time.

Once again it was a slow start that doomed San Diego. Joey Lucchesi has been a shining star in this dim season, but even he couldn’t get out of the first inning without allowing a run. For good measure, he further put the Padres in a familiar hole by allowing back-to-back homers in the second.

The Friars have allowed at least one run in the first inning in 15 of their 33 games this season. They’ve now gone on to lose 13 of those 15. (Believe it or not, San Diego is a credible 9-9 when they can keep the opponent off the board in the first).

But most times they can’t.

Most times, on a brighter note, they can get at least one hit. But this time they couldn’t. So baseball’s only franchise without a no-hitter has now been no-hit itself 10 times. Add Walker Buehler and Co. to a list that includes other immortals like Milt Pappas, Kent Mercker and Bud Smith.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are on the other side of the no-hit fence, having now pitched a major-league record 23 of them.

All of it is enough to be embarrassing, to say the least. Furthermore, another loss pushes the 11-22 Padres further into the NL West basement. A season over before the first Saturday in May?

Kind of gives you the blues.