The Dodgers were unable to score against Padres’ starter Chris Paddack, who went 5.2 innings and allowed just 3 hits and a walk, and the Dodgers didn’t fare much better against the Padres’ bullpen, scoring just one run as they fell to the Padres for a second straight game, this time by a score of 3-1.
The Dodgers didn’t have many opportunities against Paddack, but they missed their chance when they got one. In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. But Kenta Maeda struck out and Joc Pederson grounded out weakly to first and the Dodgers wasted their chance to score.
Although Maeda wasn’t good with the bat, he pitched very well and, to be honest, there is no good reason he should have lost. Maeda pitched 7.2 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits. All three runs come on homers late in the game, but, had the Dodgers brought their bats to the stadium, I truly believe the Dodgers would have been in the win column.
The Dodgers will look for redemption in the final game before the All-Star break. Joey Lucchesi will start for the Padres and Ross Stripling will go for the Dodgers. Lucchesi is 6-4 on the year with a 3.91 ERA and Stripling is 3-2 with a 3.45 ERA. The game will begin at 1:10 pm.