After not looking sharp in a series win against the Giants, the Dodgers welcomed the Padres to Dodger Stadium tonight with increased stakes that fans should probably get used to going forward.
In the end, it was the offense that blew the game by not being able to scrap together much of anything in a 2-1 loss.
For a pleasant switch, the Dodgers got on the board early against Padres starter/opener Luis Perdomo. Joc Pederson drew a walk to lead things off, Mookie Betts then singled to left, and Cody Bellinger plated a run with a single of his own.
The Dodgers then failed to take advantage of the opportunity, squandering first and second with nobody out from there.
They did one worse in the 4th, loading the bases with nobody out, but Matt Beaty then struck out and Edwin Rios lined one down the line in right that got caught by Eric Hosmer and led to a double play.
That sequence immediately came back to haunt them in the 5th, as Dustin May was cruising along with two outs until Austin Hedges of all people hit a game-tying solo shot to dead center, making it 1-1.
May then encountered trouble in the 6th of his own making, walking two batters. He did get to two outs and an 0-2 count, but he hung a cutter to Hosmer, who dumped a single into left for a 2-1 lead.
It was a solid outing for May that should’ve been a lot better. He worked out of minor trouble in the 3rd or 4th, giving up just the two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings that included two strikeouts.
Caleb Ferguson took over in the 6th, getting two outs but then issuing a walk. That was the end of his night, as Blake Treinen came in and got out of it in one pitch. Not through a ball in play, however, as Will Smith gunned down a runner trying to steal.
In the 7th, the Dodgers got a bit of a rally going behind two walks, but again failed to cash anything in and they remained down a run. Treinen then continued, looking to keep the deficit manageable, but he got in trouble with a single and a walk. Lucky for him, he got out of it when Chris Taylor turned an amazing double play and then secured a strikeout to keep things within reach.
Scott Alexander was given the 8th and he continued to dominate, striking out a batter in a 1-2-3 frame. Weird times.
Unfortunately, the bats did largely nothing. They had just four hits, three walks, and got hit by one pitch, with no players getting on more than twice through hits and walks. Amazingly they managed to also go 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Impressive!
Well, at least parts of things were fun.
The Dodgers are now 11-6 on the season, a 105-win pace. Still, it’s a half-game behind the Rockies.