After Kenley Jansen surrendered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers drew four straight two-out walks to force home the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Andre Ethier drew the final free pass, watching four straight pitches miss the plate.
Aaron Harang stole the show early after striking out nine consecutive Padre batters from the first inning through the third inning. The streak set a Dodgers franchise record, breaking Johnny Podres’ record of eight straight set in 1962.
Harang finished with 13 strikeouts on the night, tying a career high he set while in Cincinnati.
Dodgers pitchers combined to strikeout 18 batters, tying a team record for a nine-inning game.
Matt Kemp continued his early hot streak, going 1-for-2 at the plate — he walked three times — with a mammoth two-run home run in the fourth inning.
One Up: Aaron Harang, SP; 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 13 K
Harang’s 13-strikeout performance did not earn him a win, but it should have. Harang bounced back from a loss to these same Padres by torching the lineup Friday night. He was touched up for a few runs in the fourth — and inherited another when Todd Coffey gave up a double — but anytime you can get 13 Ks from your fourth starter, you’ll be just fine.
One Down: Kenley Jansen, RP; W, BS, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 K
What a confusing stat line for Mr. Jansen. There are moments when his stuff looks dominant like it did most of last season, and then there are moments, like we saw Friday, when he leaves stuff over the plate to be pounded into the right field seats. Jansen, I feel, will be fine, but it’s not exactly soothing to know that a lead is not safe if our regular closer needs a breather.
W: Kenley Jansen (2-0)
L: Andrew Cashner (0-1)
HR: SD: Will Venable (1), Chase Headley (2); LA: Matt Kemp (3)