With Brandon McCarthy making his Los Angeles Dodgers debut on Wednesday night, the team looked to win their opening series against the San Diego Padres after a tough, late-inning loss in Tuesday;s game.
The 31-year-old right-hander quickly retired his first two batters faced, then became the latest Dodgers pitcher to allow a hit to Matt Kemp. Following Kemp’s single, Justin Upton gave the Padres a lead in the first inning for the third straight game with a two-run home run.
With an early 2-0 lead, Andrew Cashner similarly got two outs after facing the first two batters. Then Adrian Gonzalez continued his hot start to the season by hitting a solo home run, which was his third in as many games.
With the Dodgers trailing 2-1, McCarthy recorded his third and fourth strikeouts of the game as part of a quick top of the second. Yasmani Grandal lead off the bottom of the inning and hit a ball far into left that was just caught by Upton. Back-to-back singles from Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe gave the Dodgers runners on the corners with one out.
Casher walked Joc Pederson to load the bases and issued another walk to McCarthy that forced a run in and tied the game; McCarthy’s at-bat included him fouling off a 99 MPH fastball to remain alive. Jimmy Rollins hit a routine ground ball to Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who was unable to turn into an out and Uribe scored to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
Rollins was initially ruled out at first base, though Dodgers manager Don Mattingly successfully challenged the call to keep the inning alive. Puig followed with a grounder to Will Middlebrooks and he recorded an out at third base but threw the ball away at home plate. It allowed a run to score, but Puig was caught between first and second base for the final out.
McCarthy struck out Cashner and Wil Myers for the first two outs of the third the inning. He issued a walk to Derek Norris, but got Kemp to ground. Gonzalez led off the bottom of the third with his second solo home run of the game and the Dodgers’ lead grew to 5-2. Kendrick remained perfect on the night with a base hit up the middle, but he was later thrown out trying to steal second.
Grandal drew a walk and Carl Crawford singled, but Uribe and Pederson popped out and struck out, respectively, to end the third. McCarthy picked up two more strikeouts in the fourth, but then ran into some trouble as Alonso singled and Yangervis Solarte doubled to put runners on second and third.
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