The Padres and the Dodgers played the second double header in Petco Park history today, and a week ago it would have made good sense to put money on the Friars losing both games. But LA couldn’t bear the heat in San Diego today as they dropped both games as a surging Padres offense took them apart.
In Game One, the Dodgers led 3-1 after five innings. The Padres flipped the script with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, they took advantage of a leadoff walk to Wil Myers. Cory Spangenberg backed that up with a double, and Jabari Blash plated Wil with a single. Hector Sanchez tied it up with a ground out that scored Spangy. A free pass ended up giving the Padres their first lead of the afternoon in the seventh. Jose Pirela worked his leadoff walk, and Myers drove him home with his third triple of the season. Spangy continued his hot streak with a single to bring in Wil.
Disaster struck in the top of the ninth when Brad Hand served up a two-run bomb to homeless Ed Sheeran impersonator Justin Turner. That tied things up at five all, and everyone dreaded the prospect of extra innings in ninety-degree heat with another game just hours away. Thankfully, Yangervis Solarte was having none of that.
Game Two started out rough, with Curtis Granderson scoring in the first on a double by ginger Hunter Pence. But Erick Aybar (who knew he was still on the team?) got that run back right away. He hit a one-out double, and Spangy followed with a single as Yu Darvish got pulled off the bag on the play. Sanchez hit a ground out that was good to tie the game.
Justin Turner got one more run in the third when Jordan Lyles totally lost it with two outs. Lyles walked Turner, then threw two wild pitches to Yasmani Grandal, who also walked. That put runners on the corners for Adrian Gonzalez, who hit a single up the middle. Once again, the Padres had no patience for a Dodger lead. This time, Carlos Asuaje got things started with a towering bomb.
That launched an impressive rally, as the Friars knocked three straight singles for their first lead of the night. Jabari Blash drew a walk to break the combo and bring up Matt Szczur with the bases loaded. His double to right scored two to put the Padres up by three. The good guys extended their lead with two more runs in the seventh, but the Dodgers were already broken by that point.
Jhoulys Chacin will take the mound tomorrow at 1:40 PM as the Padres try to send the Dodgers home in tears.