I understand the Dodgers have a huge lead in the NL West and want to experiment and take a look at some of the youngsters. But if they don’t stop screwing around they’ll see their huge lead evaporate real quick. We’ve seen huge leads in September disappear before. It’s not uncommon. Memo to Dodgers, play the regulars until the division is clinched. Because Arizona is not going to just give up and go away. The Dodgers have now lost 6 of their last 7 games.
The Dodgers punted away another game as Pedro Baez served up a walk-off home run to Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the ninth to drop the first game of the double-header 6-5 to the Padres. The starting lineup was a joke. Logan Forsythe batted leadoff, Enrique Hernandez was hitting third and the Dodgers had rookies Alex Verdugo and O’Koyea Dickson in center field and left field respectively. It was a good game for Verdugo as he collected his first MLB hit. The Dodgers also took a first look at PCL pitcher of the year Wilmer Font. The youngster allowed two earned runs and walked three in 1.2 innings to contribute to the losing effort.
Dodgers 5 10 1
Padres 6 7 0
Starting pitcher Brock Stewart allowed two earned runs over 4 innings walking four and striking out 5. I guess that’s about as good as we can expect from him. Mound opponent Clayton Richard allowed three earned runs on eight hits across six frames. The only reason the Dodgers mustered three runs against Richard was because Cody Bellinger knocked in two of the three.
One of those runs was on a fielder’s choice grounder in the top of the first after three consecutive singles from Logan Forsythe, Austin Barnes, and Enrique Hernandez. Yes Enrique! The Padres tied it up in the bottom of the third after a walk, single and a sac fly from Jose Pirela.
Bellinger popped his 35th home run of the season to lead-off the top of the fourth. That ties Mike Piazza’s rookie record. Yasiel Puig doubled into the gap but was thrown out trying to extend it to a triple. The Dodgers added another run in the fifth frame when Chris Taylor’s pinch-hit double gave the Dodgers a runner in scoring position. After a walk to Forsythe, Barnes singled home Taylor to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
The Dodgers would give it back though. Wilmer Font relieved Stewart in the fifth and tossed a scoreless frame. Then he lost it in the sixth inning. Font walked Wil Myers, and then gave up a double to Corey Spangenberg. Jabari Blash’s RBI single scored Myers to make it a one-run lead. Font struck out Austin Hedges but Hector Sanchez’s ground out scored Spangenberg to tie the score at 3-3. Edward Paredes had to come in and strike out Carlos Asuaje to clean up the mess. By the way, Paredes has been outstanding and the Dodgers should seriously consider using him in the postseason.
With the Dodgers up 3-1 they decided they would punt the game away for good by calling in Josh Ravin to relieve in the bottom of the seventh. Ravin was predictably horrible. Pirela walked and Myers tripled him home. Then Spangenberg’s single scored Myers to tie the game at 3-3.
Move to the top of the ninth. All-star Brad Hand is on the mound and the Dodgers would rally to tie the score. Rob Segedin doubles and after thunder thighs O’Koyea Dickson whiffs, pinch-hitter Justin Turner homers to left to tie the score at 5-5.
The jubilation would be very short lived. Pedro Baez enters the game and…..boom. After a fly out from Pirela, Solarte would take him deep to right field to end the game. Dodgers lose yet again. Baez deserved to earn the loss.
This was a makeup of the May 7 rainout. Ironically we’re awash in tears with the Dodgers punting away another game. This is certainly annoying to watch but I think the Dodgers should be fine. The boys in blue have no time to lick their wounds. The second game of the double-header starts at 7:10 PM PST.
Alex Verdugo watch: 1 for 3- first MLB hit