Padres 4, Dodgers 2: Kimbrel blows it again as LA can’t complete sweep

It’s getting a bit old, Craig. The Dodgers closer had another rough outing in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Padres to ruin what looked like a four-game sweep.

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Craig Kimbrel entered with a 1-0 lead that he couldn’t protect. He allowed three of the four runs, and the Dodgers couldn’t come all the way back in the 9th. At least he isn’t hurt after taking a liner off his back.

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Clayton Kershaw looked good — 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K — but the offense took the day off, as it gave him just one run of support.

But hey, Mookie Betts is back (2-for-3) and Trea Turner showed up (3-for-4) at least.

Short recap is short.

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The Dodgers are 3 1/2 games ahead of the Padres after the loss. They host the Rockies in an Independence Day matchup (but there’s nothing to celebrate in this shithole country right now). Kyle Freeland will be opposed by Julio Urias at 6:10 p.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.