The Dodgers triumphantly returned to Chavez Ravine from a very successful road trip, only to have the San Diego Padres throw cold water on their parade and a fastball at their starting pitcher’s throat.
The Dodgers suffered a great scare when Rich Hill took a pitch right in the side of his throat while attempting a bunt in the fourth inning. Hill rolled on the floor in obvious pain, but after a few minutes he sat up, then rose to his feet, brushed himself off, and insisted he was feeling good enough to take his base and stay in the game.
Hill stayed on indeed, and put up one heckuva gutsy, quality performance. He ended the night with six innings of two run ball. He struck out nine, but he also gave up five hits, three walks and an early home run. The Dodgers were able to overcome all that, but eventually the bullpen gave up one too many runs, and the Dodgers left far too many runners stranded, including taking a big whiff when they loaded the bases with no out.
Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig didn’t miss a step, and they put on shows for the home faithful with the wood and the leather. Bellinger knocked in two of the Dodgers’ runs, and he scored the third. That was it for tonight’s offense.
It was all Cody, all night.
As for the defense, Yasiel Puig showed incredible poise, power and aim with this spectacular outfield assist.
Unfortunately, over two innings of “work”, Ross Stripling gave up two runs and the victory to San Diego. That wasn’t the only reason they lost. The Dodgers simply couldn’t knock in many runs. They left ten men stranded over the course of the game, and hit an anemic 4 for 14 WRISP.
I suppose the biggest victory goes to the Dodgers who didn’t lose Rich Hill to that fastball. More dramatics tomorrow, I’m sure.