The Dodgers came into the game Friday night with 31 consecutive scoreless innings, but that streak mercifully came to a close in the fifth inning. The 35 consecutive scoreless innings to that point was an “accomplishment” that tied the 1962 Dodgers for the longest in Los Angeles history, but still fell short of the 1937 and 1908 teams in franchise history (36 & 41 innings, respectively). Even when this team sets records, they can’t do it all the way. Or something.
After exchanging zeros with the Padres for the first four frames, at least one team finally got on the board when Justin Turner singled to center and advanced to second on an error, and he was brought home by an Andre Ethier double down the right-field line.
In the seventh inning though, the Padres ended a scoreless streak of their own at 20 innings, stringing together consecutive hits in a double by Derek Norris and a single to drive him in by Will Venable.
Zack Greinke pitched an efficient and effective game, going 7.2 innings and allowing only a run and seven baserunners while striking out five. Even after running into trouble in the seventh, he made it through that frame at just 78 pitches. The eighth was even more of a struggle for Greinke, and after allowing a single to Cory Spangenberg and walking Matt Kemp, Chris Hatcher relieved him to face Justin Upton, who was hitting the ball hard all day. But Hatcher thankfully made a quality first pitch fastball because Upton was sitting dead red and he flied out relatively hard and a bit off the end of the bat to medium right field.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the score knotted at one, Joc Pederson dingered for the win.
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To end the game with relative calm, or at least as calm as a one-run lead can be, Kenley Jansen was summoned and shut down the Padres with a 1-2-3 frame.
Sky is not falling … as much at least.
–Adrian Gonzalez made this play:
-In an oh-boy-that-would-be-cool observation, Jansen’s slider is the best I’ve ever seen it look. It’s something to watch for.