There was little time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to enjoy their sweep of the San Francisco Giants as they began a four-game series in San Diego against the Padres on Thursday night.
Colin Rea walked Chase Utley with one out in the top of the first, but got out of the inning unscathed by striking out Adrian Gonzalez and inducing Justin Turner into a force out. Mat Latos, however, wasn’t as fortunate in his first inning of work.
Yangervis Solarte hit a leadoff double and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt. After a Matt Kemp strikeout, Justin Upton’s RBI double gave the Padres a 1-0 lead. Jedd Gyorko followed with an RBI single and the Padres held a 2-0 lead before Latos managed to get out of the inning.
Carl Crawford doubled to start the second inning, but was stranded at third base as Rea retired the next three batters faced, two by strikeout, including Corey Seager in his first Major League at-bat to end the inning. Latos’ trouble continued in the bottom of the second despite getting two outs after Derek Norris hit a leadoff single.
Solarte improved to 2-for-2 on the night with a base hit to right field that Scott Van Slyke booted, which allowed Norris to reach third. A Cory Spangenberg bunt to third resulted in an infield single that created a bases loaded situation.
Kemp atoned for his strikeout cashed in on the RBI situation with a two-run base hit, extending the Padres’ lead to 4-0. Rea set the Dodgers down in order in the third, needing just 10 pitches to do so.
With some luck, Latos tossed a similar third inning. He did allow a leadoff double to Upton, but induced a comebacker and line out that resulted in Upton being doubled up to end the inning.
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