The Dodgers and Padres went down to the wire and then some on Tuesday night, as Los Angeles walked away victorious. The game went twelve innings and lasted over four hours. This is already the fourth extra-innings game for the Dodgers, and they have won two of them. The night started off great but got a little bumpy for both teams. Here is a recap of the fiasco in San Diego.
Alex Wood went for Los Angeles and was tossing a fantastic game all the way up until the sixth inning. He got himself into a little bit of trouble but overall pitched a great game. He tosses 5.1 innings allowing just two hits and striking out seven batters. A much better outing than he experienced versus the A’s last week. After Wood came a trio of relievers to get the ball into Kenley Janse’s hands. Tony Cinragni followed Wood, and he struck out the only batter he faced. JT Chargois came on for the following three batters, and struck out two without allowing a hit or walk. Pedro Baez threw 1.1 innings and also did not allow a hit or walk en route to four strikeouts.
Then the ball got to Jansen, who gave up several hard hits balls resulting in another blown save. The game was tied up and eventually went to extras as Jansen worked his way out of a game-ending threat. Ross Stripling, Scott Alexander, and Josh Fields all followed Jansen in the ensuing innings. None of them allowed a run and struck out a combined four Padres.
#Dodgers Kenley Jansen: "Just got to get better. I can’t let that get in my mind – what’s wrong with me, this and that. It’s early in the year. … Nobody’s going to get in my mind. No hitter is going to get in my mind. I’m just going to get better. I will find it. "
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 18, 2018
Offensively, the Dodgers saw more struggles from most of the lineup. Matt Kemp went deep for his second consecutive game, and Yamani Grandal had a game-winning double that put them up for good in the twelfth innings. Other than that there was not much happening for the Dodgers’ bats. They left 11 men on base and went a combined 2-13 with runners in scoring position. Kike Hernandez also had a pair of encouraging at-bats, seeing plenty of pitches as a defensive replacement late in the game. He hit a double and walked in those plate appearances.
Kenley Jansen’s struggles are certainly a problem worth noting in this one. Had he not struggled, the team would have coasted to a 3-1 victory in nine innings. Instead, they were forced to dig deep into their bullpen and bench to pull out the win. It will be interesting to see how Jansen recovers moving forward from this one.
The Dodgers and Padres will play once more tonight in San Diego, with Kenta Maeda taking the mound for Los Angeles. Maeda has had quite the season thus far, throwing mostly in relief. He has appeared in three games and thrown 8.2 innings total while allowing two earned runs. That puts his season earned run average right around 2.08 early on. He is also striking out over 14 batters per 9 innings thus far. He will square off against Luis Perdomo who is coming off a five-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Rockies.
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