The Los Angeles Dodgers watched in the ninth inning as Kenley Jansen allowed three consecutive hits, which allowed the San Diego Padres to tie the game. After a sac-bunt advanced the winning run to third, Everth Cabrera’s sac-fly drove in the winning run.
It was a frustrating finish to a game the Dodgers led from the first at-bat as Dee Gordon tripled and scored on the play following an error; the second such play he’s scored on in the last week.
Give a two-run lead before taking the mound in the bottom of the first, Dan Haren quickly gave some of it back on a Seth Smith solo home run; it wouldn’t be the last the Dodgers heard from Smith. Following a walk in his second at-bat, he hit his second home run of the night off Haren in the sixth to cut the Padres’ deficit to two runs.
The two home runs gave Smith four in 10 at-bats against the Dodgers and following the loss, Haren admitted to frustration over Smith’s success, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
With all due respect, I mean it’s Seth Smith. It’s not Babe Ruth,” Haren said. “He was pretty much Babe Ruth tonight. I mean, he’s hit me well in the past and it was just a little bit of frustration.”
A career .267 hitter, Smith is batting a blistering .600 against the Dodgers this season with one double, four RBIs and two runs scored to go alongside his four homers.
During his eight seasons in MLB, Smith has typically fared well against the Boys in Blue, hitting nearly 60 points above his .267 career average. Friday wasn’t the first game this season Smith has hurt the Dodgers with the long ball.
On March 30, Brian Wilson took the mound in the eighth with the Dodgers clinging to a 1-0 lead and allowed a game-tying home run to Smith. Wilson would go on to allow two more runs in the inning as the Dodgers suffered a loss.
The San Francisco Giants also lost Friday, which opened the door for the Dodgers to move within three games in the NL West standings, but that, as well as a four-game winning streak, will need to come at another time.
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