After losing the World Series yesterday, the Dodgers took their show on the road to San Diego. While the offense has been struggling for a week now, they still could’ve won tonight without one tremendously terrible defensive play in 4-3 loss to the Padres.
After the Dodgers stranded the bases loaded in the 2nd, they pushed across a run thanks to Justin Turner‘s 24th dong of the year in the 3rd off Eric Lauer.
They blew another bases loaded scoring chance in the 4th, which costed them immediately. In the Padres half of the 4th, they plated a run off Dustin May with a walk and a single, coming through with their scoring chances to tie the game at 1-1.
But the Dodgers came back in the 5th with a quick strike of a Max Muncy walk and a Turner double to make it 2-1.
That was then extended in the 6th after Enrique Hernandez went into the second deck with his 17th dong of the year to make it 3-1.
Meanwhile, May was cruising through five innings but immediately ran into mess in the 6th. He gave up a double, two singles, and a ground ball to plate three runs for the Padres, which was assisted by a terrible error where A.J. Pollock threw a short hop to third base for no reason, JT lazily tried to field it, and May failed to backup. Stupendous fail.
That knocked May out trailing, which is something he didn’t deserve. He ended up going 5.1 innings, giving up four runs but with just two earned on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Adam Kolarek relieved him and escaped trouble in the 6th with two outs, including a strikeout. Yimi Garcia then took over in the 7th and got five consecutive outs, striking out two. Casey Sadler completed things for the Dodgers by getting his only batter in the 8th.
The bats got just seven hits and four walks, going 1-for-10 with RISP, which was the main culprit for the L.
The umpire was … I mean it was a terrible day for him, honestly.
Still, can’t bump an umpire.
Stellar first hit for May.
The Dodgers fall to 86-47 on the year. They lead the NL West by 20 games, the NL by 6.5 games, and the MLB by 0.5 games.
The two teams will do it again tomorrow at the same time of 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST with Walker Buehler facing Cal Quantrill.