The winning streak for the Padres begins, and the losing streak for the Dodgers continues. A combined team effort of a quality start, relief effort, and a fresh (not frozen) lineup were the perfect ingredients to take the series against the Doyers on their home turf.
Led by Colin Rea, the Pads pinned the Dodgers to a 2-run game. That's twice a many runs as last time! Meanwhile, San Diego put up 5 more runs to now outscore L.A. 10-3 this series so far. Rea went six full innings giving up a singular home run. He struck out 3, and relied on 10 groundouts and 1 pop out to retire the bad guys. His effort earned him the win.
The bullpen is proving its worth, and the punch-out combination of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Fernando Rodney threw a no-hit performance, effectively shutting down any hopes of the Doyers avoiding a 6-game losing streak. Other than Brad Hand's solo HR last night, the pen is shutting things down in L.A.
Now, for the punishing offense of the Padres. Nearly everybody had a hit, and Wil Myers and Derek Norris had themselves a multiple hit night. On top of that, Jon Jay, Myers, Matt Kemp, and Melvin Upton Jr. all had doubles. Myers' two hits were both doubles. It was a double kind of night.
Every RBI, save Alexei Ramirez's, was off a double. That's 10 runs and 18 hits in two nights. It might not be full redemption for the opening series in San Diego. That one's going to sting for the next decade. But watching Dodgers fans squirm while their team sink below .500 is never not worth it.
The tough part of this party in L.A. is having to face up against Clayton Kershaw tomorrow, a Kershaw who just ate his first loss hard against the Marlins. Drew Pomeranz came off a rough start as well. Regardless, the series is clinched.
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