SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres will go into the playoffs
with a dubious distinction -- they'll have the lowest winning
percentage for a division winner in a non-strike season.
Edwin Jackson and five relievers combined on a three-hitter for
the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat NL West champion San Diego 2-1 on
Saturday night, snapping the Padres' four-game winning streak.The Padres fell to 81-80. If they beat the Dodgers in Sunday's
finale, they'll finish 82-80 (.506). If they lose, they'll be .500.Since 1969, and excluding strike-shortened years, the previous
lowest winning percentage for a division champion was by the 1973
New York Mets, who won the NL East at 82-79 (.509).Even with seven regulars in the lineup, San Diego's offense was
back to being anemic.The only Padres' run came courtesy of starting pitcher Chan Ho
Park, who hit an RBI single off Jackson with two outs in the fifth
to tie the game at 1. Park's opposite-field hit to right scored Joe
Randa, who doubled down the left-field line with one out.The Padres didn't have a hit after that.Rookie Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth for his
first major league win. Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth for his
eight save in 12 chances.Park (4-3) was chased after Willy Aybar doubled in the go-ahead
run for the Dodgers with one out in the seventh.Park also allowed Jason Repko's homer leading off the fifth, his
eighth.Jackson allowed one run and three hits in five innings, walked
one and had no strikeouts. Park gave up two runs and six hits in 6
1-3 innings, walked four and struck out three.
CF Dave Roberts, sidelined for a week with a strained left
quad, is expected to play long enough Sunday to get two or three
at-bats. Manager Bruce Bochy expects his other regulars to each get
a few at-bats. ... Although the Padres don't yet know their
divisional-round opponent, they will fly to St. Louis after Sunday
afternoon's game and have a workout there on Monday. If
Philadelphia forces a playoff for the wild card with Houston and
wins, the Padres would then fly to Atlanta. ... Weather reports for
both St. Louis and Atlanta are posted in the Padres' clubhouse. ...
The Padres took an extra half hour of batting practice Saturday and
also worked on bunt defense and pickoffs.