Compared to Wednesday’s game, Thursday night’s contest was I guess...better...for the Padres, contextually. After back-to-back two-out home runs in the opening inning, the Padres struggled to tack on anymore, as well as stop the Dodgers from piling it on, in a 11-2 drumming at Dodger Stadium.
After SS Fernando Tatis and 3B Manny Machado were retired, LF Tommy Pham and 1B Eric Hosmer went yard one after the other. The euphoria from the early fireworks were quickly drowned out by the another paid of home runs by the Dodgers on the other side of the first as they took the lead back 3-2.
Things quickly got out of hand as the Dodgers put the game out of reach with four more home runs before the fifth inning came to a close. Three of those four home runs came from RF Mookie Betts, alone. Betts became only the third player in MLB history to record three home runs in a game over six times. He finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. CF A.J. Pollock, SS Corey Seager, and C Austin Barnes were the authors of the other three homers.
San Diego’s Chris Paddack was flustered in this one from the very beginning. Within his first five pitches, he made contact with Betts on a pitch that got away from him and then allowed his first home run by Seager. After retiring the next two batters, Pollock took him over the fence on a 2-1 count.
In the second inning, Paddack allowed a double by LF Chris Taylor that was followed up by Betts’ first home run just two batters later to make things 5-2. In his final inning before being pulled, Paddack allowed another double which scored L.A.’s Taylor, pushing their lead to 6-2.
After Barnes’ home run in the fourth, Betts hit his second and third homers in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
Padres rookie Luis Patino pitched a pair of innings, finishing with two hits and two Ks.
Dodgers starter Julio Urias worked a little over six innings and allowed five hits, two runs, with three strikeouts.
The Padres are headed to Chase Field for another three-game series with the Diamondbacks. Your starting pitchers for the night will be Dinelson Lamet (2-0) for San Diego and Merrill Kelly (2-1) for Arizona. Opening pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.