After giving up two quick runs to the Dodgers in the first, Padres starter Clayton Richard settled down. He finished the game with seven innings pitched, and allowed just those two runs. The Padres, after taking just one from the Nationals and going 2-3 on the recent road trip, took the first game of the Dodgers series at home 4-2.
Richard was a big part of the team’s success yesterday afternoon. He allowed just four hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out six. It was the type of performance the lefty is going to need to show consistently with the number of injuries the San Diego starters have suffered.
Chase Headley proved to be the difference at the plate. He went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI in the the game. In the first inning, Headley hit his fifth home run of the season to cut the Dodger lead to 2-1. Headley would later double in the sixth to push home two more runs. The Padres scored an insurance run in the seventh when Cameron Maybin drew a bases-loaded walk.