Dodgers 2, Padres 0: Alex Wood, Andre Ethier lead the way

Alex Wood‘s best outing as a Dodger came in the team’s 2-0 win on Saturday night in San Diego.

Despite walking four in his seven innings, Wood didn’t really seem like he was in much trouble. He allowed three hits and struck out three Padres. He was efficient, as he threw 97 pitches. He also got nine ground ball outs, which is his thing. He had a 1.69 GO/AO ratio coming into the game.

Andre Ethier, who didn’t start the last two games, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. He scored the Dodgers’ first run in the second inning after leading off with one of those doubles. Carl Crawford doubled him in. Doubles! Joc Pederson singled in Ethier in the eighth inning with a flare down the left field line. He also walked twice.

Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen combined to pitch two scoreless innings to close out the win. That should probably be the primary 8th- and 9th-inning combination going forward.

With the victory, the Dodgers move to 77-58. Because the Giants won in Colorado, the Dodgers remain 7 1/2 games ahead of them in the National League West. Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.43 ERA) gets the ball against Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

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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.