OOTP 21: May 1, 2020 – Padres 8, Dodgers 5 – At least it wasn’t Ferguson

Edubray Ramos (Photo: Cody Bashore)

Getting offensive support from Franchy Cordero, the San Diego Padres topped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-5, at Petco Park on Friday. Cordero was 4-4 with 4 singles and a stolen base for the Padres.

The Dodgers got off to a good start, as Will Smith hit a 2-run homer in the top of the second off Garrett Richards. After an RBI single by Cordero in the bottom half, Walker Buehler led off the third with his first home run of the season. After three, the Dodgers led 4-2 and looked in good shape.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Josh Naylor hit a 2-run single off Buehler to tie the game. Fortunately, a Gavin Lux solo homer in the top of the seventh gave the Dodgers the lead back at 5-4.

San Diego took a 6-5 lead on Greg Garcia‘s first home run of the season in the back-and-forth affair. The 2-run home run, which Garcia hit in the bottom of the seventh, left Los Angeles pitcher Edubray Ramos shaking his head.

The boys were really swinging the bats today,” winning manager Jayce Tingler said. This, by the way, is not a computer-generated name.

Michel Baez picked up the save, while Drew Pomeranz was the winner for the Friars.

The Padres improve to 18-14 with the win. The Dodgers fall to 18-13. The NL West lead is now just a half game. Clayton Kershaw takes on Chris Paddack in Saturday’s contest.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.