Susan Luzzaro 11 a.m., March 4
Dodgers whomp Padres
In a mismatch, the Padres were blown away by a much better Dodger team
Not much good happened on Friday night at Chavez Ravine if you’re a Padres fan. In fact, a lot went bad and the Padres fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2.
It was around 90 degrees when the game got underway, and the Padres struck in the top of the second inning when Jesus Guzman singled with one out and Logan Forsythe doubled Guzman home. That lead didn’t last long.
In the bottom of the frame, Mark Ellis singled with one out, moved to second on a ground out, and then pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu ripped a double off of Padres starter Eric Stults, driving in Ellis. Then Yasiel Puig singled home Ryu, and the Dodgers took the lead for good.
The next inning, the Dodgers added two more when Hanley Ramirez doubled and former Padre Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run to left-center and Los Angeles led 4-1. Meanwhile, the Padres could put anything together offensively against Ryu.
Stults settled down and the game remained in reach for the Padres. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Stults was done after reaching 110 pitches after Mark Ellis doubled with one out, and Anthony Bass came out of the bull pen and got the last two outs of the inning.
The Padres finally chased Ryu in the top of the seventh. Nick Hundley and Ronny Cedeno hit consecutive singles, and Alexi Amarista hit a bloop single to center and Hundley was gunned down at home plate trying to score on the play.
Ryu was pulled, but Dodgers relievers got the next two batters and the Padres best threat to get back into the game was quelled. And then Bass came back to pitch in the bottom of the seventh and blew up the game.
The Dodgers scored five runs, including another home run from Adrian Gonzalez and right after that A.J. Ellis homered. This was preceded by a double from Hanley Ramirez that drove in two runs, and the rout was on.
Manager Buddy Black left Bass in to finish the inning, as being down 9-1 saving an arm is a better option at that point. The Padres got a run in the top of the ninth when Chris Denorfia singled in Amarista after he singled with two outs and took second base on defensive indifference.
Edinson Volquez pitched an inning for the Dodgers, scoreless. The Padres starter was released a week ago and since no team claimed him, the Dodgers got him for free and stuck him in the bull pen.
But that was it, and was a great example of how the Dodgers have stockpiled great talent while the much of the talent for the Padres remains injured. No one on the Padres has given up – they still hustle and try to play good ball – but there’s only so much one can do to offset the difference in rosters of the two squads.
Yonder Alonso left Friday’s game with an unspecified injury to his right hand. We’re trying to get word of something more specific out of Los Angeles, but the only thing we know is that he’s going to have x-rays performed (why that wasn’t done Friday night is anyone’s guess. According to Corey Brock of mlb.com he heard that it looked like something that would last for 7-10 days. One thing we do know is that Chase Headley is still out with back spasms and is still day-to-day.
Kyle Blanks is back. His rehab with AAA Tucson was uninspiring but he’s back with the big club and starting in left field Saturday. Anthony Bass was optioned back down to AAA Tucson to make the 25-man roster right. Bass may be back up in a few days when the Tucson club’s season ends.
Saturday, it’s round two of the lopsided matchup, with the Padres sending Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.55) out to face Chris Capuano (4-7, 4.74) of the Dodgers. Game starts at 6:10 PM PDST with 1090 AM covering the radio side (a rare chance to catch Andy Masur doing play-by-play on the road while Ted Leitner is in San Diego calling SDSU Aztecs football), and Fox Sports San Diego will televise.
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