Even With Good Pitching, Padres Lose Series
By Nick Lee
Aug 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) hits a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1 L, 8-6
The Padres got the series started with a bang when Jedd Gyorko smacked his 9th home run of the season. The Dodgers battled back, however. They got to Ian Kennedy for 5 runs and 7 hits. Carl Crawford and Justin Turner pestered the Padres all night. They combined for 5 hits, 5 runs scored, a home run, 5 RBI and a stolen base. Defense also betrayed the Padres when Jake Goebbert fielded a bunt and spiked it past Yangervis Solarte at third, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead. The Dodgers led the rest of the way. Abraham Almonte did his part for the Padres offense, collecting 4 hits and scoring once. The offenses for both teams were firing on all cylinders as the two teams combined for 14 runs and 23 hits. Neither starting pitcher had a great game but Kevin Correia got his 7th win and Kennedy got tagged for his 11th loss.
The Padres were 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Rarely do that Padres hit that well and lose. The bullpen had its share of mishaps as well. Dale Thayer was charged with a run when Alex Torres surrendered a two-run home run to Crawford. The Padres threatened in the 9th but Almonte was gunned down by Yasiel Puig, which killed the rally.