If strikeouts were runs, the Padres would have won tonight's game handily. Tyson Ross racked up 7 Ks in his 5 innings and Tim Stauffer picked up 3 more in 2 innings of relief work. Unfortunately, that's not how baseball works. You actually do have to get runners across the plate, and the Dodgers did a pretty good job of that.
Tyson's troubles started right away, as he gave up a leadoff double to Carl Crawford to start the game. Yasiel Puig offered an easy out by sacrifice bunting, but Tyson blew the throw to first. Hanley Ramirez brought both runners around with a double to left before scoring himself on Adrian Gonzalez's grounder up the middle. Ross got a better handle on the game for the next few innings, holding Los Angeles to 3 runs through the fourth inning.
The Friars made a solid effort to narrow the gap in the bottom of the fourth as Everth Cabrera hit a leadoff single, ending Dan Haren's perfect game. He went to second when Seth Smith was granted first due to catcher's interference from A.J. Ellis (Smith's bat caught Ellis's glove). A deep fly to center moved Cabrera to third. He came home on a single to center from Yonder Alonso. The Padres looked primed for a rally, but Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable killed it with back to back strikeouts.
Ross gave up one more run in the fifth, walking Ramirez, who then stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and came home on Andre Ethier's single. Ross's final line was a very mixed bag; 7 strikeouts seems great until you notice the 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings. The Dodgers hit the Padres bullpen for one more run in the eighth inning. Donn Roach's major league debut didn't go so well. He gave up back to back singles to Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis, followed by a RBI double to Dee Gordon.
Our boys lost the opening series, but there's still a lot of baseball left. Tomorrow's a travel day, but Eric Stults will take on the Marlins at 4:10 on Friday.
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