Joc Pederson hit a milestone home run and Cody Bellinger hit a 2-run homer against Padres’ top pitcher, Chris Paddack, leading the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over San Diego. In total, the Dodgers scored 6 runs against Paddack, which proved to be enough to offset the 2 homers and 3 runs Clayton Kershaw allowed.
Entering the game, Paddack had a 1.55 ERA, but the Dodgers didn’t let that stop them. It all started in the 3rd inning, with the Dodgers trailing 1-0. The Dodgers scored 4 runs in the inning thanks to 2-run homers from Pederson and Bellinger.
Pederson’s homer wasn’t just any old homer, it was his 100th of his career. Austin Barnes was at second with one out, courtesy of a Manny Machado error. In a 1-0 count, Pederson crushed a 94mph fastball, launching it 410 feet from home plate and just like that, the Dodgers had a 2-1 lead.
The inning, however, was far from over. Three batters later, Paddack found himself facing Bellinger with a man on and two outs. In a 2-2 count, Bellinger proved why he’s such a great hitter. When he got a changeup on the outer half, he waited back and drove it to left-center field for a homer. And before Paddack realized what happened, the Dodgers had a 4-1 lead.
Although not great when compared to his standard, Kershaw continued to streak of good pitching. Sure, the scoreless streak by starters was broken, but Kershaw still put up a good line: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. Sure, there were some pitches he left over the plate that the Padres took advantage of, but he still threw a quality start.
One thing that makes a pitch great is the ability to record outs on days where he doesn’t have it. And I’m not necessarily even saying he didn’t have it last night, the Padres just were able to crush a couple of balls.
“You’re not always going to have your best stuff, you’re going to give up home runs at times, but that’s the beauty of being on such a good team — the way we’re going, we’re going to score runs,” said Kershaw. “It’s just a matter of time, so you just got to stay in it the best you can. One, two, three runs — we’ve got a good chance to win a game.”
The short 2-game series will wrap up on Wednesday night at 7:10 pm. Kenta Maeda will take Rich Hill‘s normal spot in the rotation as the Dodgers give Hill extra time to find his curveball. On the other side, Matt Strahm will pitch for the Padres. Strahm is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA this year and Maeda is 4-2 with a 4.03 ERA.