Following a rough start to their California road trip in a series loss against the Giants, the Dodgers rebounded impressively against the upstart Padres by completing two comeback wins. They almost got a third this afternoon, but Hunter Renfroe changed that when he walked it off with a grand slam in what ended as an 8-5 loss for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers got behind big early on yet again, as Kenta Maeda continued to struggle. In the 1st, he gave up an absolute moonshot dong to Franmil Reyes that even he had to admire.
Kenta Maeda is not even mad, just amazed. pic.twitter.com/HPbQWuYhvD— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) May 5, 2019
A Francisco Mejia triple in the 2nd — granted, after a blown strike-three call on the batter before) led to another run. And two more came home in the 4th after a Greg Garcia double and Mejia sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Thankfully, the Dodgers came right back in the 5th thanks to a Max Muncy three-run dong, his second in as many games.
After struggling to push across a run afterward, they finally got something done in the 8th, as Chris Taylor continued his sudden hot hitting with a two-run go-ahead dong.
After Ross Stripling and Pedro Baez combined for scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, the Dodgers handed off another one-run lead to Kenley Jansen.
Things didn’t quite go as planned. Kenley allowed a sharp single to Eric Hosmer to start, but was then victimized by two odd Justin Turner plays on bunts, the first he let a ball that was never going foul roll on instead of trying to make a play and the second on a bunt that he retreated to third base instead for reasons that are beyond me.
Kenley rebounded with a strikeout and an infield fly, which gave surprising hope that the Dodgers could win it, but Renfroe took a 0-1 cutter up and in over the wall in left for a grand slam.
The loss drops them to 22-14 (99-win pace) and the Dodgers now return home to face the Braves, starting at 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST with Walker Buehler facing Max Fried.