The San Diego Padres entered Monday’s game with the Los Angeles Dodgers riding a five-game losing streak. They weren’t to be taken lightly however, as they recently won two of three games against the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw didn’t start any of the three games at Petco Park and the Padres were unable to avoid the Dodger ace for a second consecutive series. Kershaw was sharp early as he needed eight pitches to get through the first inning, nine in the second and 11 in the third.
The lefty carried a perfect game into the fourth inning before Yangervis Solarte hit a leadoff single to keep Kershaw out of the record books. The Padres wound up scoring one run in the inning and two more (unearned) in the sixth in what otherwise was another dominant performance from the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
Kershaw struck out batters in eight innings and improved to 3-0 against the Padres this season.