It’s bad enough for the Padres to lose a game to the Dodgers, but it’s even worse when they’re pushing for one of the all-time best records. And to put the cherry on top of the awful sundae, loathsome human being Chase Utley was the man who knocked in the game’s sole run.
Dinelson Lamet got shafted tonight. He was stuck with the loss after allowing one run on six singles and three walks, despite striking out a solid ten Dodgers in his six innings of work. But he had the ill fortune to go up against Clayton Kershaw, who only gave up two singles while striking out seven in the same timeframe. And the Friars couldn’t even touch the perfect Los Angeles bullpen, doing nothing but striking out six times in three innings.
Only one Padre reached scoring position, and that was in the first inning. Manuel Margot led off with a single and went to second on a ground out. Jose Pirela and Wil Myers both failed to advance him after that.
The Dodgers really didn’t fair that much better. They didn’t sniff scoring position until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger led off with back-to-back singles. Lamet came close to working out of that jam by retiring the next two batters, but that was when Utley laced a single into center to plate the only run of the evening. The next twelve Friars went down in order, and that was that.
The Padres will play two against L.A. Saturday, with Clayton Richard taking the mound at 12:40 PM for game one.