A game after the Dodgers celebrated the NL West title, they came back and got clowned on by some dude named Paul Clemens and the Padres bullpen in a 7-1 loss.
Um … Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer off Kenta Maeda in the first inning and that was about game. Maeda was on a pitch count and only threw 60 pitches over four innings of work. Maeda gave up that three-run homer but was otherwise normal, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out five.
In relief was Alex Wood in the fifth, who struck out two in a perfect frame. More than just a scoreless inning, it was an audition for the playoff roster, and it certainly looked like he passed another test. Brock Stewart and Josh Fields followed with scoreless frames of their own, though I’m not sure their playoff roster hopes are quite as high.
Grant Dayton then came in to get the eighth, and while he got the first two outs, he allowed an infield single (sorta) and Justin Turner threw the ball into the stands. For whatever reason, he was removed for Louis Coleman, who has recently been possessed by a gas can. Coleman immediately proceeded to issue back-to-back walks to load the bases, and then gave up a gigantic donger to Renfroe. But hey, he then got an out, which got his ERA down to 4.79! Not including today, his ERA since June is 5.33 and hitters are hitting .327/.400/.535/.935 against him.
NOT GREAT BOB
As for Dodgers highlights, well, Chase Utley hit a homer in the third.
Uh … yeah.
The Dodgers got five hits and six walks and went 0-for-9 with RISP.
The Dodgers are now 90-67 after the loss and an annoying 37-39 away from home. The Nationals won today, so the race for home-field advantage in the NLDS has the Dodgers down 2 games now.
The Dodgers play the Padres again tomorrow at 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST on SportsNet LA. The matchup on the mound will be Jose De Leon (5.52 ERA/6.03 FIP/4.22 DRA) against Luis Perdomo (5.59 ERA/4.65 FIP/3.98 DRA).