The Padres faced their divisional foes for the first time this spring, outlasting the Dodgers in a nearly scoreless match before escaping with a 2-1 victory at Peoria Stadium.
Notable starters on either side got the day off, including Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado for the Padres, as well as Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger for Los Angeles.
Saturday’s matchup was tied 0-0 until the top of the sixth inning when Gosuke Katoh hit a two-RBI single into left field, scoring both Pedro Florimon and Patrick Kivlehan for the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, DH Matt Davidson got the Dodgers scored the Dodgers’ only run of the game with an RBI-double to score left fielder Andy Burns. Unfortunately for L.A., that’s all she wrote for the offense.
Chris Paddack started on the mound for the Padres, working two innings and finishing with one strikeouts with two hits allowed. Adrian Morejon followed him up with two Ks and three walks in two innings, as well.
The Friars also got a hell of an inning out of 27-year old Keone Kela, lining up and knocking down three-straight batters, all of which went down swinging.
The Padres (3-4) are back at Peoria Stadium tomorrow to face the Royals (4-2) at 12:10 p.m.