Round 2 against the bad guys was agreeably a bit more fun to watch, until it wasn’t.
Bryan Mitchell had the ball today and didn’t find his groove until he exited the first inning. That was thanks to the Bison Baby Matt Kemp grasping to stay relevant on a Dodger team that’s bigger than he is. A 2 run home run from Kemp and then a sac fly in the 5th would leave Mitchell’s line at 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB and 4 SO.
A bullpen of Stammen, Lyles, and Hand locked things down giving the Padres all the opportunity to strike back, and they did.
In the sixth inning Freddy Galvis small-balled Carlos Asuaje in for the first run of the game. With no Padres action until the 9th, Eric Hosmer drilled a leadoff solo HR on a 0-1 count to pull the Dodgers lead down a peg.
In a twist, the man to tie up the game was none other than Chase Headley. After Franchy Cordero reaching safely then stealing second then third on a balk, Headley generated so much anti-clutch energy that he actually became clutch for a moment:
With the inning over and the game tied, things were set up for a walk-off in the 10th. With bases loaded and 1 out both Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva couldn’t seal the deal. In the 11th, Tyson Ross pinch hit and drew a walk, the 6th of his career. Austin Hedges ruined that with a GIDP.
Then a full-blown dumpster fire in the 12th. With Tyler Webb’s first Padres appearance: a Yasmani Grandal 2-run RBI double. With Kazuhisa Makita in: a Kyle Farmer 2-run RBI double.
Cory Spangenberg strikeout. Jose Pirela hard-hit line drive out. Galvis single. Really bad Hosmer strikeout.
Tomorrow the Padres will have to fight to not further embarrass fans and avoid the sweep.