All of the good feelings from Justin Turner’s two-run eighth inning go-ahead home run were immediately erased when Kenley Jansen chose a horribly bad time to have his first blown save of the season leading to the Dodger’s 7-6 loss to the Padres on Friday evening. The good thoughts were certainly there. Seeing some Justin Turner magic return to the club was a great feeling. Things felt like maybe they were turning around.
That came to a shattering halt when Melvin Upton Jr. hit that two-run walk-off home run. I still can’t believe how bad the Dodgers are this season. It doesn’t matter who they play or where, they will find some way to lose. You can rest assured it will be in excruciatingly aggravating fashion.
So today, the Dodgers have to figure out how to win a baseball game when Clayton Kershaw is not on the mound. It’s going to be tough, but I think the Dodgers can do it if they try hard enough. The frightening thought is that the Dodgers have games coming up against the Mets and Cubs. Better figure this out Dodgers.
Dodgers Lineup @ San Diego
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
Tonight the Dodgers will give the ball to Alex Wood in the second game of this three game series. The big problem with Wood is that he pitches so poorly on the road. His home/road splits are pretty insane. On the road Wood is 0-3 with an 8.05 ERA. At Dodger Stadium he is 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA. In his last start he pitched well, but he was at home. He allowed just one earned run on three hits over six innings in a no-decision versus the Cardinals. Overall Wood is 1-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 45.1 innings pitched. He’s whiffed 42 and walked 15 while allowing 8.7 hits per nine.
Wood faced the Padres back on April 29 and pitched very well, but again that was at Dodger Stadium. That was another no-decision for him but he allowed just one earned run on five hits across seven frames. He is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA against the Padres and has pitched eight scoreless innings at Petco Park. The Padres are batting .300 (15 for 50) against Wood with an .804 OPS. Former Dodger Matt Kemp is 5 for 9 with a home run against Wood.
Wood vs. Padres
San Diego will counter with right hander Cesar Vargas. You should remember him because he shutout the Dodgers over 5.1 innings back on April 29 at Dodger Stadium. Ironically that game was against Wood. The bullpen blew that one, but the Dodger bats were unable to get anything off of the 24-year old Mexican hurler.
Vargas has been pitching well. He earned a no-decision in his last start against the Brewers allowing two earned runs on eight hits and striking out 7 over five frames. The problem with Vargas is he has yet to go past the sixth inning in any of his starts. His highest pitch count is 96 this season and the Padres seem to yank him when he reached around 85.
With that said he is still winless with an 0-2 record and a 3.55 ERA in five starts. This is his first taste of MLB action. The Padres signed him as a free agent but he was originally signed by the Yankees back in 2009. Here is what the Dodgers have done against him which has been a whole lot of nothing.
Vargas vs. Dodgers
The best news the Dodgers got in Friday night’s loss was watching Adrian Gonzalez return to action. The veteran slugger is expected to be back in the starting lineup. Turner hit a home run last night so his reward is he is back to hitting third despite being barely above the mendoza line. Perhaps this is his turning point? Former Dodger Matt Kemp is back in the Padre’s lineup and third.
I can’t take anymore losing. Please win tonight Dodgers. We all need some good vibes.