Cody Bellinger went 3-5 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored, leading the Dodgers to an 8-2 win over the Padres. Andrew Toles gave the Dodgers the lead in the seventh inning with his seventh double of the year, and Chris Taylor continued his hot hitting with an RBI single off third base.
The Dodgers bats may have been great at the end of the game, but they required help from Yasiel Puig to keep the Padres quiet. In the fourth inning, he threw out Yangervis Solarte trying to advance to third on an RBI single by Ryan Schimpf. In the fifth inning, he ran from right field all the way to center field to make a running catch, robbing Cory Spangenberg of extra bases, and possibly an RBI. In the eighth inning, Puig robbed Austin Hedges of extra bases and an RBI with a leaping catch in right field.
Kenta Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five-plus innings. He started the game very sharp, keeping the Padres hitless the first time through the order. During that time, he struck out six straight Padres. In the fourth, the Padres scored a run on a single by Schimpf, but Puig stole the show with his throw to third. The Padres were able to score off of Maeda in the fourth inning, capitalizing on an error by Bellinger with a sacrifice fly. Maeda pitched to one batter in the sixth inning and walked him before Dave Roberts came out with the hook.
The Dodgers made Jhoulys Chacín work hard in his start, getting runners on base in four of the five-plus innings he pitched. Despite getting runners in scoring position, the Dodgers were unable to score until Bellinger homered in the fourth inning. The ball traveled deep to into the right field seats, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The Padres scored off of Kenta Maeda in the fourth and fifth innings, tying the game, and taking the lead. In the fourth, Spangenberg led off with a double, something that Maeda rarely gives up, then after a strikeout, Solarte walked. Schimpf then hit a single to right field that allowed Spangenberg to score, but Puig nabbed Solarte at third.
In the fifth, the Padres took advantage of an error by Cody Bellinger to take the lead. Maeda got the leadoff batter with a strikeout, then allowed a single to Erick Aybar. Next, Chacín laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Bellinger threw to second to try to get Aybar. Aybar runs well, and Bellinger’s throw was not very good, so it got away from Corey Seager. Aybar was able to go to third on the error and the momentum of the inning was in the Padres’ favor. Manuel Margot came to the plate next and hit the first pitch to deep center field. Joc Pederson caught the ball, but Aybar tagged and scored, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.
The sixth inning began the battle of the bullpens, and the Padres nearly extended their lead. Maeda walked the first batter, then Dave Roberts brought Luis Avilan into the game, and he walked the first man he faced. After a strikeout, Roberts brought Sergio Romo into the game. He walked the first batter he faced, then got a strikeout and a lineout to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
The Dodgers tied the game and took the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a double by Toles. Chris Taylor led off with a single, then Franklin Gutierrez singled, sending Taylor to second. Toles then came to the plate and drilled the ball to right center field, finding a gap. Both runners scored and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead.
Taylor and Yasmani Grandal both added insurance runs with RBI singles. Taylor’s came in the eighth inning with a runner on third and two outs. He hit the ball hard down the third base line and it bounced off of the base. It bounced high enough that Puig was able to score and Taylor was able to go to first. Grandal’s came in the ninth inning with runners on the corners and one out. He hit a swinging bunt to the left side and Aybar didn’t have a play, giving the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.
Cody Bellinger was the next batter and he got a fastball knee high and over the plate. He got his bat on the ball and drilled it over the wall in center field. It was the fourth home run of Bellinger’s career. All of his home runs so far have come in multi-home run games. This was his first three-run homer and it gave the Dodgers an 8-2 lead.
Keys To The Game:
Bellinger Comes Up Big:
Cody Bellinger stepped up to his role on Friday, playing first base with Adrián González on the disabled list. Bellinger provided the power the Dodgers needed with a two-home run night. His first home run started the scoring, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, and he capped the scoring with a three-run shot.
Leaving Them Loaded:
In the sixth inning, the Padres had loaded the bases against the Dodgers on three walks. The Dodgers’ pitchers kept missing the targets that Grandal set up, letting the inning get close to disaster. The Padres left the bases loaded when Justin Turner robbed Aybar of a hit with a diving catch.
It will be the battle of the Claytons with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound for the Dodgers and Clayton Richard will pitch for the Padres. Kershaw will look to improve on his last outing, a quality start, but nothing like himself. He allowed four runs (three earned) against the Giants in his last start. Richard has a 64% groundball rate and has already beat the Dodgers this year, tossing eight shutout innings in the second game of the season. The game will start at 5:40pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA.