The Padres were always going to be a longshot to win today. They sent Matt Strahm to the mound today to start a bullpen game. As strong as the Friar pen is, nine innings is a lot to ask out of them. But even though they gave up six runs, they can’t fully be blamed for this afternoon’s loss. The offense was flat-out awful, going 6-for-32 while striking out ten times. The lone bright spot was Jose Pirela, who went 3-for-4 with a double.
While Walker Buehler was busy embarrassing the Padres bats, he also started the game-winning rally for the Dodgers. He led off the third with a single off Adam Cimber. Chris Taylor followed that up with a double, and Buehler scored on an Enrique Hernandez single. Justin Turner grounded into a double play after that, but Taylor still scored to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
The Friars’ lone run came in the top of the fifth, when Freddy Galvis led off with a double to right. Buehler tossed a wild pitch, which allowed Galvis to get to third. Raffy Lopez hit a fly ball to left field, and the Pads avoided a shutout. They never managed to pick up a second run, and the pair of two-run homers Tyler Webb gave up in the eighth really put them out of the game.
The boys are heading home tonight, and they’ll face the Miami Marlins for a 1:10 PM afternoon game.