On Trevor Hoffman Day at Petco Park, on the day one of the San Diego Padres’ greatest players is honored for his body of work by being inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, the current version of the Friars attempt to stick it to their division rivals, the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres after holding a 2-1 lead through most of the game Friday night, blew the lead, by giving up a Hanley Ramirez home run, which took the game to 12 innings. Yasmani Grandal finally put the boys in blue out of their misery, with a bases loaded-RBI single that drove in Yangervis Solarte, and gave the Padres a 3-2 win.
Andrew Cashner pitched like a true ace, allowing only 1 run over 6 innings, striking out 8, and missing out on the win due to a Dale Thayer pitch that hung just a hair too long. Saturday, the Padres try to send an early 2015 message to their SoCal rivals, as Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.75 ERA) tries to clinch the series for San Diego. Countering for L.A., is former Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke (13-8, 2.79 ERA). Greinke owns the Padres, as he is 4-0 over his career with 36Ks and a 2.00 ERA. Kennedy is still battling against a lingering oblique injury that sidelined him briefly. In each of his past three starts, he has allowed at least 3 earned runs. In his career against the Dodgers, he’s 5-6, with an ERA 4.27 and 56 Ks. Those starts are split between the Padres and his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Padres continue to play good, fundamental baseball, having one of the top records in all of baseball since the All-Star break. For the Dodgers, they are fending off their bitter rivals, the San Francisco Giants, who are now within 3 1/2 games of first place L.A., after they whipped the Milwaukee Brewers up in the Bay Area, 13-2 Friday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PDT.
Keep the Faith.