After dropping the first two, the Padres were hoping to take one from the Dodgers on Sunday, but a call shrouded in controversy might have prevented them from doing so. Looking to put two runs in scoring position with a sac bunt, Jesus Guzman bunted the ball foul. Or so was the initial call by home plate umpire Dale Scott. But after the Dodgers whipped the ball around the infield and the dust settled, it was ruled a triple play and the inning over, killing the Padres best chance at winning the game.
The Padres will head to Colorado looking for answers on how to turn around this rough start to 2012. Below is a recap of the tough series in Los Angeles that was bookeneded by brutal walk-off losses.
, 2012 Dodgers 9, Padres 8
WP Kenley Jansen (2-0) 1IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
LP Andrew Cashner (0-1) 0.2IP 0H 1R 1ER 3BB 1K 0HR
Aaron Harang gave up a hit to Cameron Maybin to begin the game before triking out nine Padres in a row, a new Dodger record. Will Venable then snapped the streak with a solo home run in the fourth, bringing the score to 4-1, Los Angeles.
After a Chase Headley walk, Yonder Alonso doubled him in to make it 4-2. Alonso advanced and then scored on consecutive groundouts by Jeremy Hermida and Orlando Hudson. The Dodgers piled on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth highlighted by Matt Kemps two-run homer.
But the Padres fought back in the seventh with a RBI-double by Chris Denorfia with two men on. Followed up by a bases-loaded walk by Jesus Guzman and a Chase Headley sac fly, the Padres only trailed 8-6. Chase Headley then tied the game with a two-out two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Andrew Cashner got the first two out in the bottom of the ninth before walking the bases loaded. Bud Black brought in Joe Thatcher who walked in the winning run on four straight pitches to end the game, 9-8.
, 2012 Dodgers 6, Padres 1
WP Ted Lilly (1-0) 7IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 4K 0HR
LP Joe Wieland (0-1) 5IP 6H 6R 6ER 2BB 1K 3HR
The Padres jumped to an early lead into the top of the first after Cam Maybin reached on an error and was knocked in by cleanup hitter Jesus Guzman, pushing the score to 1-0.
Joe Wieland then took the mound in his major league debut and was greated by back-to-back homers by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, making it 3-1. He’d give up two more hits and a sac-fly before the inning was over giving the Dodgers a three-run lead.
Kemp greeted him again with another two-run shot in the second, his fifth of the year, to put the Dodgers up 6-1.
Ted Lilly gave up only one more hit over the next six innings as he dominated the San Diego hitters in his first start coming off the disabled list. He struck out four while only walking one over seven total innings, helping the Dodgers to their fifth straight win.
2012 Dodgers 5, Padres 4
WP Javy Guerra (1-0) 1IP 1R 0H 1ER 1BB 0K 0HR
LP Brad Brach (0-1) 0.2IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 0K 0HR
The Dodgers had their second walkoff win of the series, with Dee Gordon’s RBI single in the ninth to give them a 5-4 win over the Padres. But it was the ridiculous blown call the previous half inning , allowing a triple play on a dead ball ,that will be remembered most by Padres fans.
With two on and no out in the top of the ninth of a tied game, Jesus Guzman squared around to bunt and was nearly hit in the face by the pitch. The ball deflected of the hadle of his bat and landed behind the plate. Though it appeared the home umpire ruled it foul, but catcher A.J. Ellis threw the ball to third to start an around the horn triple play while the Padres baserunners stood around. The umpires gathered and ruled the ball fair and the inning over, which then resulted in Bud Black’s ejection.
The Dodgers too an early 2-0 lead highlighted by RBIs by Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera.
Chris Denorfia cut the lead in half with a double to left that saw Cam Maybin slide just under catcher A.J. Ellis’s tag at the plate.
But Matt Kemp homered again, his sixth, to lead off the first and give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Ethier then doubled and scored on Rivera’s single to make it 4-1.
Clayton Kershaw walked two Padres to start the sixth. Will Venable then moved both over with a sac bunt. After an Andy Parrino wanlk, Orlando Hudson singled in a run to make it 4-2 and prompt Kershaws exit with the bases loaded and one out.
Jeremy Hermida then singled in two runs to tie the game ay four. After a Maybin strikeout, Denorfia walked to reload the bases before Headley grounded out to end the inning. The score would not change until the Dodgers game winner in the ninth.