One night after snapping a scoreless streak that reached 35 innings the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be in prime position against the San Diego Padres. The reasoning behind the expectation was they were facing Ian Kennedy, a pitcher who has struggled in his career against the Dodgers and someone who allowed three home runs the last time he faced them (April 25).
After Mike Bolsinger threw the first of what eventually was eight scoreless innings, Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers an early lead with a solo home run. The home run was Pederson’s 12th on the season, which leads the Dodgers and all rookies, and second in as many plate appearances (both coming with two strikes in the count).
While his eighth-inning home run from Friday’s game traveled farther, Saturday’s solo shot may have been more impressive when considering pitch location — outside and about shoulder-high. The Dodgers eventually added an insurance run in the sixth, but they only needed one and Bolsinger threw eight shutout innings and Kenley Jansen converted his second save in as many days.