Although the Los Angeles Dodgers won a second straight game over the San Diego Padres Saturday night, their offense largely remains absent in comparison to the production previously seen.
Adrian Gonzalez and manager Don Mattingly have been among those to downplay the offensive drought, and both have expressed confidence in the Dodgers’ ability to regain form. Given the string of rough outings Ian Kennedy has had over his career when facing the Dodgers, Saturday figured to be as good of chance as any for a big offensive night.
The game didn’t play out that way however, as the Dodgers only scored two runs — one coming on a Joc Pederson solo home run and the other on Justin Turner’s RBI double that scored Gonzalez from first base; thanks in large part to Justin Upton’s bobbling the ball.
Saturday was a promotional game for the Dodgers, who distributed a bobblehead modeled after their All-Star first baseman to the first 40,000 fans in attendance. Additionally, Gonzalez’s father threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which affected the first baseman’s preparation.
“It takes you a little bit out of your routine,” Gonzalez said. “I felt like it took me one at-bat to kind of get into my game plan.”
As for the Dodgers’ stretch of low-scoring games, Gonzalez again downplayed the matter. “As long as you score one more run than the other team, who cares?” he said. “I’ll take 90 more 1-0 games.”