After the discouraging defeat by the San Francisco Giants, there wasn’t much hope to beat the Dodgers in this weekends series. Padres were almost certain to fall even farther in the cellar. The Padres gave us a spark of hope on Friday and Saturday, with the team picking up walk-off victories in each of the first two games of the series. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t pull off the sweep.
Today’s game was nothing short of a disappointment. The game started with a no-score shootout through 5 innings with both pitchers, Colin Rea and Kenta Maeda. Both the Padres and the Dodgers displayed a lackluster performance; however, the fifth inning launched a new rhythm. Chirstian Bethancourt knocked in a single and Wil Myers hit a triple to make it a 4-0.
The Padres had many opportunities to put this game away. The Dodgers kept up their momentum and refused to get swept by the last place Padres. Top of the 6th inning, Dodgers came storming back with 3 runs, hitting 2 singles by Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez, and a wild pitch thrown by Colin Rea. Next inning, Justin Turner, also known as the “Padre Killer”, hit a solo home run along with Howie Kendrick in the 8th inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, Melvin Upton Jr. hit a solo home run off of Kenley Jensen to tie the game at 5-5 all. The game cruised all the way into the 17th inning. Luis Perdormo, having already thrown 5 innings, allowed a single by Yasiel Puig, a pass ball, and a ground out by Carl Crawford. In the end, it all contributed to the Dodgers scoring 4 runs and deciding the final, Dodgers 9 and Padres 5. Next, the Padres will be playing the San Francisco Giants for three games at AT&T Park.