The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to complete a successful trip down to San Diego as a win in the series finale Sunday would mean taking three of four from the Padres at Petco Park.
Andrew Cashner struck out Jimmy Rollins to open the game, then began to battle control issues. He issued consecutive walks to Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, and hit Justin Turner with a pitch to load the bases with one out. An Andre Ethier sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead before Cashner struck out Corey Seager to end the inning.
Brett Anderson also faced some trouble in his first inning of work as Yangervis Solarte hit a leadoff single. Justin Upton’s base hit advanced Solarte to third and Upton gave the Padres another runner in scoring position by stealing second base. Anderson walked Derek Norris to load the bases, but kept the Padres off the scoreboard by inducing Wil Myers into a comebacker.
A.J. Ellis led off the second inning with a base hit, which was followed by a Joc Pederson walk. Cashner found some luck as Anderson’s sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in Ellis being thrown out at third base. Neither Rollins or Crawford were able to come up with a hit and the Dodgers’ lead remained 1-0.
A Corey Spangenberg leadoff walk in the bottom of the second was quickly erased on an Austin Hedges double play. Cashner made solid contact only to line out right to Pederson to end the inning. Anderson missed his location on a pitch to Jedd Gyorko and it resulted in a game-tying solo home run.
Anderson bounced back to strikeout Matt Kemp and Upton to give him three strikeouts through three innings.
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