Okay, forget the disaster you saw on Monday. Baseball is amazing and it’s so great to have it back. Clayton Richard was the star of the show tonight, coming tantalizingly close to tossing MLB’s first complete game shutout of the season. He tossed eight scoreless frames, giving the Dodgers five singles and two walks. Not a single one of those jerks even sniffed second base, but they did get five whiffs and grounded into four double plays. And he did all of that on just 99 pitches, making for the most dominant start the big leagues have seen in the early days of the season.
Just like Opening Day, the good guys got on the board immediately. Travis Jankowski drew a leadoff walk, and then turned on the afterburners to take third on a single from Wil Myers. Another single from Yangervis Solarte sent him home, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Schimpf plated Myers to make it 2-0 Friars. Two runs isn’t bad, but three runs is better. So take a look at Solarte delivering in the third.
That’s where things sat until the eighth inning when Manuel Margot ripped a leadoff single into right. He showed off his wheels by swiping second, and a throwing error from our old friend Yasmani Grandal sent him to third. Myers did the rest of the work, hitting his second single of the night to put San Diego up by four — coincidentally, the same number of Padres with multi-hit nights.
Clayton got the hook after eight, as manager Andy Green opted not to overtax him in his first start. Brad Hand took over and tossed a perfect inning to put the Padres at .500 and leave 2016’s opening series solidly in the past.
We’re back at the same time tomorrow night as Trevor Cahill faces off against Rich Hill.