Fresh off a four-game sweep by the Miami Marlins – the worst team on the east coast – tonight was the first game of the Dodgers trying to prove to everyone, including themselves, that they are not really the punching bags they seem to be.
Residing National League West punching bags – the San Diego Padres – dropped by Chavez Ravine, and the battle to decide the worst team on the west coast commenced. This is how it played out.
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Pitcher Alex Wood singled Joc Pederson to second with two out.
Chase Utley waved a weak strike three to leave them both dangling.
Alex Wood had efficiently put down nine Padres in a row since a lone lead off single in the first.
Matt Kemp made hitting a double off the CF fence look easy.
Melvin Upton Jr. singled Kemp in to open the scoring.
That broke a string of 32 consecutive scoreless innings for the Padres against the Dodgers.
6th inning Padres 1-0
Yasmani Grandal slammed a solo home run. The Dodger Stadium crowd erupted like it was V-J day. Tie score.
7th inning Dodgers 1, Padres 1
Alex Wood still bringing it for the Dodgers. For the second night in a row, a previously unreliable pitcher was doing a good job and keeping the score close until late in the game.
With a runner on first, Justin Turner made a great backhanded stop of a line drive that was headed to be a double.
A DP ended the threat, but 1-1 doesn’t win games. The Dodgers were going to have to score!
8th inning Tied at 1-1
Pads threatened with two on, one out, and Matt Kemp up to face Chris Hatcher.
Hatcher gave up a no balls and two-strikes, 3-run bomb.
That gave Kemp four RBIs on the night. He scored twice and knocked in three. Besides that, he threw out Yasmani Grandal trying to stretch out a double in the fourth.
9th inning Padres 4-1
Manager Dave Roberts brought in Kenley Jansen to get him some work, but all it did was infect Jansen with the Dodgers’ bad luck.
The Padres got runners on, and then Travis Jankowski pulled off a squeeze which became a bunt single when no one threw to first. Adam Rosales scored for an RBI. Padres 5-1
The Dodgers were never heard from again.