Yasiel Puig slugged his first home run of the year and the Dodgers’ bullpen did not allow a run as the Dodgers beat the Padres 3-1. Rich Hill pitched five innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Dodgers scored two runs (one earned) in the first inning off of Trevor Cahill. Corey Seager hit an opposite field double, then Adrian Gonzalez hit a ground-rule double, also to left field. Logan Forsythe hit what should have been a groundout for the Dodgers’ third out, but Wil Myers was unable to make the catch and Gonzalez scored.
“I just missed the ball,” said Myers, who didn’t commit an error until Aug. 7 last year. “He didn’t throw one that ran. He didn’t throw one that sinked. I just missed the ball. Pretty embarrassing.”
Hill pitched five innings in which he allowed only one run on a solo home run by Hunter Renfroe. Hill threw a 75-mph curveball in a 3-1 count and Renfroe squared up on it and sent it over the left-center field wall.
Sergio Romo pitched one scoreless inning behind Hill in his Dodgers debut. He allowed a double to Myers but managed to get out of the inning without any trouble. It looked like the fans at Dodger Stadium accepted Romo, who signed with the Dodgers in the off-season after playing for the Giants his entire career.
Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers an insurance run in the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field. Puig connected with a 2-1 changeup and there was no doubt about it. The only question was about how far the ball would go.
Kenley Jansen collected his first save after re-signing with the Dodgers this off-season. He entered the game with a 3-1 lead and retired the side in order. He got a groundout, then a strikeout, then another groundout. It was not Jansen’s first perfect inning at Dodger Stadium this year. He pitched for team Netherlands in the WBC and needed only nine pitches to strikeout the side.
Brandon McCarthy, who won the fourth spot in the Dodgers rotation will pitch against Jered Weaver on Thursday. It is the final game of the 4-game series between the Padres and Dodgers. McCarthy is 7-1 in his career against the Padres. The game starts at 12:10 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA and broadcasted on AM 570 LA Sports.