The Los Angeles Dodgers went for the three game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon behind Scott Baker, who made his Dodges debut after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jimmy Rollins hit a line drive single up the middle to open the game against Brandon Morrow. After Andre Ethier flied out to left, the top of the first came to an end on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and Rollins caught stealing.
Baker issued a one-out walk to Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the first and Matt Kemp followed with a double to right-center. A perfect relay sequence from Joc Pederson to Justin Turner to Yasmani Grandal nailed Solarte at the plate. A wild pitch allowed Kemp to move into third base before Baker struck out Justin Upton to end the inning without giving up a run.
Morrow needed just eight pitches to retire the Dodgers in order in the top of the second. Baker followed that up by retiring the Padres in order, needing just nine pitches. He got some help from Alex Guerrero, who made a diving play at third base to rob Jedd Gyorko of a hit.
Guerrero then led off the bottom of the third with a bloop single that popped free from Alexi Amarista’s glove. Upton then robbed Pederson of a hit by making a diving catch on a sinking line drive. After Baker sacrificed Guerrero to second, Rollins grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the third behind an Amarista solo home run on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Grandal walked and Turner hit a line drive single off the glove of Solarte, but Morrow got Carl Crawford to pop up to end the threat.
Kemp walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth and easily stole second base after Upton struck out. It paid off as Derek Norris followed with a two-out RBI double to left center that extended the Padres’ lead to 2-0.
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