Friday night marked a significant achievement in Yasmani Grandal’s career. The Dodger’s switch-hitting catcher collected five hits and slugged three home runs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-6 win over the Padres. The win snapped the Dodger’s three game losing streak.
Not surprisingly Scott Kazmir was unable to give the Dodgers what they sorely needed before Friday night’s game, and that was some innings. Fortunately the Dodgers didn’t need him to because the Dodger bats came alive by scoring 10 runs on 14 hits en route to a 10-6 victory over the Padres to even their four game series at one game apiece.
Dodger lefty Kazmir only lasted three innings and was not effective allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits striking out 5 and walking 3. Opposing starter Andrew Cashner wasn’t much better either. He only made it into the third inning and gave up 8 earned runs on 8 hits including three big home runs. The Dodgers seem to have Cashner’s number.
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Dodgers 10 14 1
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The offensive fireworks were highlighted by Yasmani Grandal’s three home runs. The switch-hitting catcher went 5 for 5 with the three long balls and two singles and drove in 6 of the Dodger’s 10 runs. Grandal becomes just the third Dodger catcher (Mike Piazza, Roy Campanella) in Dodger history to hit 3 home runs in a game. To think he almost came out of the game after getting popped in the mask by a foul ball.
The Dodgers tried out a new center fielder as Andrew Toles was called up from triple-A and Carlos Frias was optioned to make room. The move made sense since the Dodgers were working with a short bench for days. The 23-year old left handed hitter was 1 for 4 in his MLB debut with a double. The Padres got two big home runs from Melvin Upton Jr. The first coming in the first inning before the chairs were warm.
The big story of the game was Grandal. His five hits and three home runs helped the Dodger offense wake up from their slumber. Justin Turner got the Dodgers rolling in the top of the first with a solo home run (13) and the Dodgers scored four runs in the first frame.
Grandal hit his first home run in the first inning off of Cashner with one man aboard. His second home run came in the bottom of the third inning, which was a three-run shot that put the Dodgers ahead by a 7-3 score. The third home run was hit in the seventh inning off of former Dodger Jose Dominguez.
Grandal now has 12 home runs and has raised his batting average to .204. The Dodgers scored 4 runs in the first and third innings and added single run tallies in the fourth and seventh innings. Howie Kendrick homered as well, and the Dodgers slammed five home runs.
The Dodgers bullpen had to come to the rescue again pitching another six innings. Since they optioned long man Carlos Frias down to the minors to bring up Toles, they had nobody to pitch in long relief. They had to stave off several San Diego rallies, including escaping a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning. Pedro Baez was able to induce Will Myers to ground into an inning ending 1-2-3 double play. Otherwise the game may have ended differently. Baez picked up the win himself, improving his record to 2-2.
Of course the Giants won again as usual. They win every night. So the Dodgers remain 6.5 games back in the NL West. The Dodgers (49-40) are still leading the wild card hunt by a half a game over the Mets. The Dodgers desperately need some innings tomorrow from Brandon McCarthy. He’ll counter right hander Luis Perdomo Saturday afternoon at 4:15 PM on Fox.