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Subject: San Diego @ Los Angeles -- Richard vs. Capuano -- Two Gems rss

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Maybin lead off the game with a sharp single to center and promptly stole second. Capuano allowed him to get no further, retiring, not only the next three hitters, but not allowing another base runner until walking Denorphia to lead off the fourth. A double play erased Denorphia and Alonzo struck out to end the inning.

With one out in the fifth, Capuano hung a curve ball to Forsythe, but the light-hitting infielder was limited to a hard hit single into center field. Another double-play ball started a second string of nine consecutive battes retired by Capuano, a two-out walk to Cabrerra in the eighth breaking the string, but doing no damage.

Richard, meanwhile was just as effective as Capuano. A lead-off walk to Hairston and a sacrifice by M. Ellis in the first gave the Dodgers an excellent chance, with their big guns, Eithier (line out to second) and Kemp ( a weak ground ball to second) failing to bring him around.

A.J. Ellis also reached second, in the second, on a base hit and a slow roller to third by Loney. Kennedy and Cruz also grounded out, ending the threat.

With two out in the third, the Dodgers got their third man to second base, on a double by M. Ellis. Ethier again failed to deliver, grounding to Cabrerra at short.

Richard gave himself a breather by retiring the next seven batters consecutively. M. Ellis delivered his second hit in the sixth, but Ethier hit into a 4-6-3, tailor-made double play, ending the inning.

A lead-off single by Kemp in the seventh was also wasted when A.J. Ellis popped up a sacrifice attempt and Loney, a second slow dribbler to third, and Kennedy grounded out. Richard then retired the Dodgers in order in the eighth.

Wquentin pinch hit for Richard and grounded out, with Maybin being retired on a line drive hit directly at Loney.

With two out, Chris Denorphia took Capuano deep, Kemp and Ethier converging at the wall as the ball settled into the right field pavillion. Guzman then struck out, setting the stage for Huston Street and the bottom of the ninth - - M. Ellis Ethier and Kemp.

Ellis lead off with a routine ground ball to second and Ethier hit a shallow fly ball to right, bringing up the ever-dangerous Matt Kemp.

On a 1-2 pitch, Street blew a fastball past the swinging Kemp, and the Padres escaped with a dramatic 1-0 win.

Note: Forsythe's single was a home run off Capuano's card, but with a power rating of W against all pitchers, he was confined to a single. Denorphia, on the other hand, has a W rating against right handers, and connected off the left-handed Capuano.

Capuano gave up but three hits and Richard four. The bottom four batters for the Dodgers, including Capuano never reached base, and Forsythe's single and a walk to Cabrerra were the only base runners from their number three hitter through to and including the pitcher's spot.

Capuano struck out ten and walked two, with Richard striking out five and walking one. Neither team had more than one base runner in any one inning.

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