The Padres undoubtedly transferred the momentum over from their four-game sweep of the Reds into last night’s game one as the they put together a total team effort, including four runs in the very first inning, and toppled the Dodgers 6-2 in front of another raucous crowd inside Petco Park.
Yu Darvish got the start on the mound a struck out a whopping 11 batters while allowing just one run off two hits. Craig Stammen also K’d a pair in the eighth.
Your offensive heroes of the game were none other than Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado. Cron got the scoring started on the day with an RBI double to score Tommy Pham. Machado then followed that with a three-run deep shot to left field that brought home both Fernando Tatis Jr. and Cronenworth. Both Machado and Cronenworth finished with a trio of runs driven in.
The craziest part about that whole stretch of scoring? It all happened before the Dodgers were able to record a single out in the opening inning.
The Dodgers finally got on the board in the third with a solo homer by Mookie Betts. Cronenworth responded two innings later with a two-run deep shot to push the Friars’ lead to 6-1. A Will Smith solo home run in the eighth gave the Dodgers’ their final run of the game.
Game two is also set to begin at 7:00 p.m. this evening. Blake Snell (2-3, 5.72 ERA) will be on the mound to face Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 3.36 ERA).