1981 Retro Day at Dodger Stadium was supposed to evoke memories of that championship season. Instead, the Dodgers tried their best to re-enact September 30, 1981, in which they were shutout by the Padres at home. With the exception of the main course of Andre Ethier's rocket shot up the first base line, which skittered away from Brad Hawpe's glove, allowing Ethier to reach--extending Ethier's streak to 27 games, tied for third place for the longest hitting streak in Dodgers history--the other Dodgers' side dishes were non-existent.
Most notably impotent were Tony Gwynn Jr. (0-for-3), Juan Uribe (0-for-4), James Loney (0-for-3), and Dioner Navarro (0-for-3 in his first start of the year). Jon Garland was passable, with 8 Ks over 6.0 IP that included only one bad three-run inning in the second. But when recently-activated Hong-Chih Kuo loaded the bases in the ninth, leading to a four-run debacle across three relievers (each of whom could only register one out), the rout was on.
The Dodgers drop the series against the Padres. Luckily the Rockies and Giants lost too, so we remain in second place in the NL West, 4.5 games back.