This has now taken on the look, feel and frustration of 2014. The Padres lost to the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Entering the game at the Padres and Dodgers had not scored a run in a combined 45 straight innings. You almost have to the trying to be that bad offensively, but these two clubs had pulled it off.
With Andrew Cashner and Zack Greinke on the mound, not much changed in game one of the 3-game weekend series. Cashner and Greinke both threw well enough to win but neither man did.
Cashner tossed 6.0 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out three. Greinke threw 7.2 innings, giving up one run on a Will Venable single that scored Derek Norris. Both Cashner and Greinke took a no-decision.
With the game tied 1-1 and extra innings looming, Padres 8th inning specialist Joaquin Benoit gave up a long home run to Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson. L.A.'s only earned run of the night turned out to be the game-winner.
San Diego falls in to 4th place in the National League West. At 20-23 they're 6.0 games behind the first-place Dodgers.