It took the Padres about seven hours to lose to the Dodgers tonight, even though they only played nine innings. With one out left in the game, Don Orsillo noted that this was the longest nine inning home game in Padres history. There’s one person who is totally blame free in tonight’s disaster, and that’s Jhoulys Chacin, who only gave up one run in five and a third innings. You could point a finger at the offense, who once again had a terrible night with runners in scoring position, going just 1-for-7. And then there’s the San Diego bullpen, who allowed seven runs (six of them earned) over just under four innings.
Los Angeles scored first when Cody Bellinger led off the fourth with a homer to right. Cory Spangenberg started the bottom half of the inning with a double, setting him up to tie the game on a Ryan Schimpf single. Bellinger was responsible for giving the Friars their brief lead in the fifth. After Erick Aybar hit a one-out single, Chacin bunted him over to second, and a throwing error by the first baseman put Aybar on third. Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice fly, putting the Pads up 2-1.
Things fell apart when Jose Torres returned to the mound in the seventh after picking up the final two outs of the sixth. He gave up a pair of singles, then Andrew Toles doubled to plate what ended up being the winning run. That’s when Andy Green called in Ryan Buchter, who ended the frame post-haste. Kirby Yates gave up one unearned run in the eighth, but what really sunk them was Miguel Diaz’s ninth. He gave up three one-out singles... right before Bellinger hit his second bomb of the evening.
Hopefully Clayton Richard has better luck tomorrow when he throws out the first pitch at 5:40 PM.