Just as the Padres and their fans were getting excited on Friday night the Dodgers rallied in the late innings to erase a 3-0 deficit to crush San Diego’s spirits and comeback for a 4-3 win. Such a shame….NOT! The Dodgers had a bad time in San Francisco dropping two out of three to a bad Giants club. What better way to erase those annoying losses then with a nice spirit crushing come from behind win in San Diego? That’s what the Dodgers did as they opened their weekend set against the Padres with a 4-3 win.
Everyone contributed but it was Austin Barnes, (yes Barnes) who was the hero with a game-tying solo home run in the top of the seventh, and a lead-off double in the top of the ninth. Barnes would come around to score on a Max Muncy RBI single that bounced off of Eric Hosmer’s glove to plate the eventual winning run.
The game started off poor for the Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw gave up a two-run home run to former Dodger Manny Machado in the top of the first inning. Like Yasiel Puig back at Dodger Stadium last month, Machado homers in his first at-bat against his former club like Puig did. The Dodgers were able to keep him at bay for the rest of the game as the slugger went 1 for 4, with the first inning homer his only hit of the night. Kershaw would also allow a solo home run to Ian Kinsler in the third frame which put the young show-Pads (as Jerry Hairston Jr. likes to call them) up by a 3-0 lead.
Dodgers 4 9 1
Padres 3 6 0
Kershaw would settle in. While he certainly wasn’t dominating, he wasn’t terrible either. Kershaw would toss six innings allowing three earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and just one walk. On the other side of the mound, San Diego starter Eric Lauer kept the Dodgers hitless for the first four innings. But the Dodgers finally got to him in the fifth when Chris Taylor smacked a home run that sailed just over the wall in the left field corner just above the everbowl sign. The Dodgers threatened in the top of the sixth.
Enrique Hernandez singles and Cody Bellinger doubled him to third. After Justin Turner walked, Lauer comes out and Brad Wieck replaces him. Corey Seager’s sac fly scores Hernandez to get the Dodgers within one run with the score 3-2. The Dodgers could have gotten more but Taylor struck out and Alex Verdugo grounded out.
In the top of the seventh Austin Barnes’ lead-off home run off of reliever Ty Wingenter tied the game at 3-3. An official review confirmed that it was indeed a home run despite the ball barely landing over Wil Myer’s leaping outstretched glove. Barnes would play hero again in the top of the ninth. His lead-off double put the Dodgers in position to take the lead. They indeed did one-out later when Max Muncy’s line drive down the first base line deflected off of Hosmer’s glove and rolled into foul territory. Barnes would scamper home with the go-ahead run for the Dodgers who took a 4-3 lead. Kenley Jansen would come in and shut the door, pitching around a Seager error to secure the win. After the Seager error, Jansen would strike out the next three hitters (Ty France, Myers and Austin Hedges) all in succession.
This win is certainly satisfying like a tall glass of crisp refreshing soda. It goes down smooth, but there could be some heartburn. Clayton Kershaw was hit in the shoulder with a line drive in the fourth inning and Bellinger possibly injured his shoulder while diving for a ball at first base. Both men stayed in the game and appeared fine, with Bellinger doubling later in the game. However it’s something that we should probably keep an eye on in case there are lingering aftereffects. The Dodgers and Padres do battle again on Saturday night with Rich Hill countering Joey Lucchesi at 5:40 PM PST.