In their first of a four games at Dodger Stadium this week, the Padres (10-7) were able to steal a victory from the home team in a 2-1 contest that went scoreless through the final three innings.
The Dodgers (11-6) got on the board in the first inning thanks to a Cory Bellinger single with Joc Pederson (walk) and Mookie Betts (single) on base. Bellinger’s hit came with zero outs which means the Padres needed to pull a rabbit of a hat to end this inning without additional damage.
Josh Turner lined out to center five pitches later to push Betts to third. On the ensuing at bat, Betts was thrown out at home in a rundown that let San Diego breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The game’s 1-0 score held into the top of the fifth until Austin Hedges recorded his first home run of the season to tie things up. One inning later, Eric Hosmer came in clutch with an RBI single to left field which brought home Trent Grisham from second base.
With their 2-1 lead, the Padres’ Cal Quantrill went to work, striking out two-of-three in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, Craig Stammen K’d one and retired two with two walks.
Emilio Pagan took over in the eighth and retired three straight, including both Betts and Bellinger. To cap the victory off, Drew Pomeranz retired three-straight in the night.
Starter Luis Perdomo only lasted one inning in which he allowed the Dodgers’ lone score. Matt Strahm pitched the next two, striking out a pair of batters. Quantrill went the longest on the mound (three innings), striking out three and allowing two hits.
Fernando Tatis Jr. recorded a late single hit and made it on base for the 17th game in a row which is currently his career-long.
Dustin May (1-1) recorded his first loss of the season for the Dodgers after going six innings last night, allowing five hits, two runs, and only striking out two with two walks.
The two teams will meet back at Dodger Stadium tonight for game two. Opening pitch is scheduled at 6:40pm PT once again.