Aug 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) throws during the sixth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres (59-67) could not pull off the series win as Clayton Kershaw was too much on Thursday night. The Dodgers (72-57) took the series victory at Dodger Stadium this week. Both of these teams showed they can pitch well and also hit well, as the Padres’ offense continues to show improvement from the dismal first half they had. With a few more bounces going their way, the Padres could have easily won this series.
As a team, the Padres hit .277 during the series, despite being shut down by Kershaw. A lot of different Padres contributed offensively but the offensive player of the series is Abraham Almonte. He contributed in each game, getting 6 hits in the 3 games, one of them being a double, while scoring 2 runs. He set up the only run the Padres would score against Kershaw by leading off the 7th with a base hit and advancing on a long fly ball to third. Jedd Gyorko also had 3 hits in the series, including a 3-run home run in Game 1 that gave the Padres an early 3-0 lead. The Padres only had four extra base hits in the entire series. They were also 7-for-24 with runners in scoring position, a .292 average.