A back and forth series opener against the Dodgers ended in the most amazing way possible: With a Melvin Upton walkoff home run. This wasn't a pitchers' duel, with the Padres and scumbags combining for five home runs in nine innings. The one thing we didn't see tonight was Christian Bethancourt's debut in right field.
Brett Wallace drew a one-out walk in the second to start the team's first rally. Alexei Ramirez took one for the team to put him in scoring position, and then Scott Kazmir intentionally walked Adam Rosales with two outs. The joke was on Kazmir, because starting pitcher Christian Friedrich knocked a line drive into center to score two runs.
LA got the first of those runs back in the third on a pair of doubles from Enrique Hernandez and Corey Seager. Then Yasiel Puig led off the top of the fourth with a single before scoring on a Yasmani Grandal double. In the fifth, Carlos Villanueva gave the Dodgers their first lead of the night when Puig took him deep for two more runs.
Derek Norris fought back in the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff homer to left center. Christian Bethancourt took the lead back in the sixth with a bomb to left that bounced off the ribbon scoreboard on the second deck. That lead held until the eighth, when Justin Turner went yard off Brandon Maurer.
Jon Jay tried to get something started in the bottom half of the inning, hitting a two-out double to left. (Technically it was a ground rule double because some idiot Dodger fan doesn't know what interference is.) That didn't amount to anything, but the ninth inning was a different story. Wil Myers led off with a little bloop into center that Chase Utley probably would have caught had he not tripped and fallen on his ass. And then, on an 0-2 pitch, Melvin Upton decided he had had enough and ended the game with a blast to the Sun Diego deck.
Cesar Vargas will try to make it two in a row tomorrow night. First pitch at 7:10 PM.