It didn’t take long for the Dodgers to welcome young Joe Wieland to the big leagues. After the Padres scored a run in the first to allow Wieland to work with a lead, Matt Kemp blasted a two run homer, then Andre Ethier hit a solo shot, then James Loney doubled. By the time it was all said and done, Wieland had given up four runs in his first major league inning of work. The Dodgers weren’t done hammering him though. the very next inning, Matt Kemp homered again, and the Dodgers scored two more runs.
Wieland pitched five innings, hanging in there after the rough start, allowed six runs on six hits, and he struck out three. It was far from the picturesque start most Padres fans had planned for Wieland. The Padres offense didn’t help the situation much either.
The loss drops the Padres to 2-7 while the Dodgers improve to 8-1. Matt Kemp has five home runs this season, all of which have come off the Padres. Kemp is hitting .457 on the season after his 3 for 4, two home run performance last night.