The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing the San Diego Padres today, but the game is not on television. It’s a radio broadcast.
Either way, Ross Stripling is starting for the Dodgers as they close in on the end of spring training.
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Los Angeles goes down in order in the top half with two strikeouts and a fly out.
Stripling gives up a one-out walk to Corey Spangenberg, but that’s all for the Padres as Stripling gets the final two batters.
SECOND INNING: TIED AT 0-0
Leadoff single for Adrian Gonzalez gets things started here in the second. Utley then singles, but Gonzalez gets thrown out trying to go first-to-third. Utley took second on the throw, and now there’s one out with a runner on second. Utley then takes third on a ground out by Hernandez. Pederson then works his way back from a bad count to draw a two-out walk. A.J. Ellis then walked to load up the bases for Stripling, but Stripling grounds out to end the half inning. No runs, two hits, two walks.
Stripling has a 1-2-3 second inning, and we head to the third still knotted at nothing.
THIRD INNING: TIED AT 0-0
Nothing doing for the Dodgers in the top of the third as they go down in order.
After retiring the first two batters on strikeouts, Stripling gives up a solo home run to left-center field off the bat of Jon Jay. After two more singles, Stripling gets a flyout to center to end the inning. But the Padres now lead.
FOURTH INNING: DODGERS TRAIL 1-0
For the second time today, Adrian Gonzalez has a leadoff single. Utley then drew a walk to put runners on first and second with nobody out, but then Hernandez pops a 3-1 pitch up on the infield for the first out. Joc Pederson then singles up the middle to load the bases with one out, and something is brewing here for the Dodgers. Stripling strikes out for the second out, but the pitch gets away from Norris and Utley scores! 2-1 Dodgers! Crawford strikes out to end the top half of the fourth, but Los Angeles heads to the bottom half with a lead.
1-2-3 fourth inning for Stripling, and we head to the fifth with Los Angeles leading now.
FIFTH INNING: DODGERS LEAD 2-1
Justin Turner with a one-out solo home run! 3-1 Los Angeles! Nothing else really doing in the top of the frame, and we now are halfway done with the game.
Jon Jay ties up the game with a two-run home run, and Ross Stripling’s quality outing looks a lot less quality now. Wil Myers then hits a two-run home run to put the Padres back in front 5-3. By the time the Dodgers get out of the inning, they find themselves trailing again. Shucks.
SIXTH INNING: DODGERS TRAIL 5-3
Elian Herrera works a two-out walk, but nothing else happens thanks to a great catch in center field by Jon Jay, who is the MVP of this day.
Leadoff single for the Padres gets their half-inning started. Jemile Weeks then doubles in a run, and then he takes third on the throw to the plate. 6-3 Padres now. Austin Hedges then hits a sac fly to make it 7-3, and that’s the end of the sixth. Padres tack on two runs, though.
SEVENTH INNING: DODGERS TRAIL 7-3
Los Angeles goes down in order in the seventh after Puig and Thompson strikeout, and then Gonzalez popped out. TIME TO STRETCH!
First two batters reach on an error and bunt single, and Wil Myers is up now. Myers moves a runner to third on a fly out, though, and the Padres have runners on the corners with one out. A foul out to first base is the second out, and Luis Avilan might get out of this jam. Nope! Nevermind. 3-run home run for Adam Rosales, and it’s now 10-3 Padres. Groundout ends the inning, but the Padres strike for three runs. This one’s out of reach.
EIGHTH INNING: DODGERS TRAIL 10-3
Austin Barnes draws the leadoff walk for Los Angeles. Kike Hernandez then smacks a single to give the Dodgers runners on the corners with no one out, and then Joc Pederson hits a 3-run home run! That trims the Padres lead to 10-6 now, and perhaps gives Los Angeles a chance! Elian Herrera then draws a one out walk, and a pitching change is happening. Jacob Scavuzzo then doubles, and the runner from first scores to make it 10-7. Dodgers have added four runs this inning. Drew Maggi then walks to give the team runners on first and second with one out. Trayce Thompson then singles in Scavuzzo from second, and it’s 10-8 now! Don’t call it a comeback! Still first and second with one out. Ball in the dirt allows Maggi to advance from second to third! Run scores on a fielder’s choice after Rob Segedin beats out a double play ball. It’s now 10-9 Padres, but the Dodgers have struck for 6 runs so far this inning. Austin Barnes, who began the frame, flies out to the edge of the wall to end the half inning, but they score six runs to get back in it.
Jose Pirela singles to leadoff the bottom of the eighth, and then Austin Hedges drives him in with a double to make it 11-9 Padres. A fly ball allows Hedges to move up to third, but a ground ball with one out and the infield in doesn’t allow Hedges to score. Two outs and a runner on third now. A grounder to first ends the inning, but the Padres do increase their lead back to two runs after getting one in the bottom half.
NINTH INNING: DODGERS TRAIL 11-9
Garrett Kennedy begins the final frame with a groundout, and Joc Pederson follows up with a fly ball to left on a 3-2 count for the second out. Dodgers down to their final out now. Cody Bellinger is the last chance for the club, but he fouls out to end the game. Dodgers lose, but they fought hard to come back and give themselves a chance.
FINAL SCORE: PADRES 11, DODGERS 9