If you could see every stat from tonight's game but the runs, you might say it was a pretty evenly matched games. Both the Padres and the Dodgers had 8 hits and 3 walks tonight, and our boys only had one more strikeout than those nogoodniks from LA. But while the Friars had a baserunner in every inning but the second, they just couldn't move them along. The Dodgers, on the other hand, made good use of their limited baserunners, and a pair of key defensive mistakes by the Padres.
Drew Butera singled to lead off the third and moved into scoring position on Josh Beckett's sacrifice bunt. A single from Dee Gordon put the first run of the game on the board. The runs would have stopped there, but Gordon stole second and got a free pass to third courtesy of Rene Rivera's throwing error. A fly ball to center sent Gordon home to put the Dodgers up by 2.
LA had another leadoff single in the fifth, this one from Justin Turner. He went to second when Tyson Ross threw a wild pitch to Butera, and scored when Ramirez hit a single for his second RBI of the night. The final Dodger run came in the eighth off Alex Torres, who issued a pair of walks before Adrian Gonzalez hit a single to center.
It took eight innings, but the Padres did eventually get on the board. Cameron Maybin pinch hit for Torres to start the eighth, and he sent a liner to rattle in the right field corner. For some players, that's a double, but Maybin turned on the speed for a leadoff triple. It looked like it might be for naught when reliever Paul Maholm retired the next two batters, but a walk to Seth Smith had Don Mattingly running to his bullpen. Bringing in Brandon League didn't do much good, as he gave up back to back RBI singles to Tommy Medica and Rene Rivera. Unfortunately, last night's magic eluded the good guys as Kenley Jansen wrapped things up in the ninth.
Eric Stults will try to deliver a series win tomorrow. Celebrate the first Sunday of summer with some day baseball at 1:10 PM.
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