Jacob Nix had a pretty bad day. He only retired seven Dodgers before getting pulled, and in that time he allowed nearly as many runs. He got off to a bad start when Joc Pederson sent his second pitch of the night over the right field fence, and it only got worse from there.
Chris Taylor started the third with a single, and a Rich Hill bunt put him in scoring position. Pederson’s second hit of the night put runners on the corners with one out, and Justin Turner cleared the bases with a double. Down three-nil, Nix started flailing. He threw three balls to Max Muncy before throwing a fourth one straight into him. That brought Manny Machado to the plate, and he made it 6-0 by taking Nix yard on the first pitch. It took a Cody Bellinger double to get Andy Green to yank him in favor of Miguel Diaz, who ended the inning before things got any worse.
The Padres finally got on board in the sixth when Hunter Renfroe hit his 25th bomb of the season, but that didn’t faze Rich Hill, who stayed in through the seventh. It probably helped Hill’s confidence that Yasmani Grandal answered back with a homer off Brad Wieck in the bottom of the sixth.
The Friars got a second run in the ninth when Austin Hedges and Wil Myers put together a double and a single, but it didn’t make a difference. Well, it might have mattered to Dave Roberts, who used two more pitchers after that, totaling five relievers over two innings.
The Padres will face another dozen Dodger relievers in tomorrow’s rubber match. First pitch at 1:10 PM.