Clayton Richard blanked the Dodgers for eight innings and Yangervis Solarte homered in the Dodgers 4-0 loss to the Padres. The Dodgers looked just like the Dodgers from 2016, they were unable to put any runners in scoring position against a lefty and Kenta Maeda gave up three runs in only five innings.
The Padres scored two runs in the first without hitting a ball hard off of Maeda, who did not pitch like he had in Spring Training. They had runners reach base with a walk, hit-and-run bloop single, a sacrifice fly to Corey Seager, and an infield hit. Solarte increased the Padres’ lead with a solo home run in the third.
In the first inning, Maeda got ahead in the count 0-2 to Padres’ leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski before throwing four consecutive balls and walking him. Wil Myers advanced Jankowski to third on a bloop single to second base, then Solarte hit an RBI single to right-center field. Ryan Schimpf drove in another run for the Padres with a sacrifice fly to Corey Seager. Seager had to turn his back to the infield as he chased a pop-up and was not able to turn and throw home in time.
In the third, Maeda threw a fastball and Solarte hit it over the wall in right field for a home run. If the Dodgers were trying to make a comeback, they did not show it. Every time they got a runner on base, the next batter would ground into a double-play. The Dodgers never got a runner in scoring position against Clayton Richard.
The Padres added another run in the eighth inning with an RBI single by Wil Myers. Brad Hand entered the game in the ninth and shut down the Dodgers. It was the first win of the season for the Padres and the first loss for the Dodgers.
Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers and the Padres will send Trevor Cahill to the mound. Hill is hoping to improve on his start against the Angels when he finally had it together. Cahill is a righty so the Dodgers are expected to get a few more hits. The game starts at 7:10 pm PT.