Even With Good Pitching, Padres Lose Series
By Nick Lee
Aug 20, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) throws in the 2nd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 W, 4-1
Fortune was on the Padres side in Wednesday’s 4-1 win. The Friars took control early when Alexi Amarista and pitcher Eric Stults singled in runs to make it 3-0 after 2 innings. The Dodgers responded in the third with a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp. The Padres then made it 4-1 when Solarte hit a sacrifice fly of his own, scoring Rymer Liriano.
Liriano had a good game. He had reached base 3 times with 2 hits and a walk and he also scored two of the four runs. He also added his first career double when he lined Brian Wilson’s pitch into the right center gap. Eric Stults has pitched very well in August, going 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA. He threw 5 solid innings, only allowing 4 hits and a run. The bullpen shut the door as usual with 4 scoreless innings and only allowing 2 hits down the stretch. Matt Kemp had an opportunity to tie the game with runners on first and third in the bottom of the 8th but Dale Thayer kept his cool and got the out. Kevin Quackenbush nabbed his first career save in place of the injured Joaquin Benoit, who may need a trip to the disabled list.