Another start brought another poor result for Alex Wood, as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 7-3 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday, spoiling a potential sweep.
The Dodgers (22-17) took an early lead over the Padres (19-21) thanks to an RBI double by Code Bellinger and an RBI by Mookie Botts. Staked to a 2-0 lead after the first, Wood worked through two clean innings before falling apart again.
A two-run homer off the bat of Wil Myers tied the game at 2-2 before Trent Grisham put the Padres ahead with an RBI single. With Wood still on the mound to start the sixth, Josh Naylor drove in two more with a one-out double to take a 5-2 lead.
“I just tried to make good contact,” said Myers. It seems like that isn’t too challenging when facing Wood right now.
Wood’s day came to an end after 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. His ERA now sits at 8.17, so it seems as though the Dodgers might need to consider a change given their pitching depth. Adam Kolarek came in to finish up the sixth, striking out one and escaping any further damage.
An RBI double by Corey Seager cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Dodgers’ offense struggled to create much more for the remainder of the day. Zach Davies finished his day after six innings, allowing just three runs around three walks and five hits.
Pierce Johnson, Andres Munoz and Matt Strahm combined to pitch the final three innings, allowing just one hit, a double by Will Smith, while striking out four. Strahm needed just nine pitches in the ninth inning.
Using Monday to “travel,” the Dodgers will be on the road next week for three in Philadelphia against the Phillies before stopping in Kansas City for a weekend series against the Royals.