With a series win already in their pocket, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to complete their first-three game sweep of the San Diego Padres since Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2013. Zack Greinke and Mike Bolsinger each turned in strong starts and Carlos Frias looked to follow in their footsteps Sunday.
As he did Saturday night, Yangervis Solarte reached safely to open the game. However, this time he had a double on a slicing fly ball that carried over Kiké Hernandez’s head in left field. Frias then battled control issues as he walked Will Venable and Matt Kemp to load the bases with no outs.
Frias wouldn’t get out of the early jam without paying a price as Justin Upton cleared the bases with a grand slam to center field. After getting the first out five batters into the game, Cory Spangenberg doubled down the left field line. He eventually reached third, but the Padres didn’t add to their lead.
James Shields struck out Joc Pederson in the bottom of the first and worked around a Jimmy Rollins base hit by getting Howie Kendrick to follow with an inning-ending double play. Shields began the process of helping himself with a leadoff single in the second.
Venable also reached on a base hit to right and Kemp singled to center to load the bases with one out. Upton didn’t hit his second grand slam of the game, but he did double in two more runs to extend the Padres’ lead to 6-0.
With the Dodgers infield playing in, Derek Norris hit a chopper up the middle that carried into center field, scoring two more runs before Frias managed to get out of the inning. The Padres added to their lead in the third behind Will Middlebrooks’ lead off home run in the third.
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