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Lauer continues dominance of L.A as Padres take opener

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Padre pitching strikes out 13 Dodgers

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a lot of conversation about what the Padres pitching staff will look like in 2020 and beyond. To be candid, Eric Lauer is typically not mentioned in that group.

If that’s the case, the team may want to consider keeping him for spot starts against the Dodgers.

Lauer went 6 innings giving up 3 ER, a quality start by definition. He did made a few mistakes, giving up homers to Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez. He exited down 3-1.

A Josh Naylor RBI single (aided by an A.J Pollock error) tied the game 3-3 in the bottom half. Manny Machado then grounded out to give the boys a 4-3 lead.

Matt Strahm pitched 2 dominant innings in relief before Kirby Yates came in and struck out the side for his 38th save.

The team improved to 6-8 against the Dodgers on the year. That’s already an improvement over last years 5-14 record.

Cal Quantrill takes the mound Tuesday night looking for a series win.