Padres Week in Review: 8/18 – 8/24
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres headed to Los Angeles knowing the tough foe these Dodgers always are at home. However, they likely presented much tougher a challenge than most ignorant Dodger fans expected who hadn’t been paying attention to the last month of the other team down the 5 from Chavez Ravine.
In game 1 Jedd Gyorko put the Padres up to a quick 3-0 in the first. Against veteran Kevin Correia, things looked pretty good for the Padres. Yet have you seen the Dodgers offense? Carl Crawford led his team going 3-3 with 3 runs scored and a walk for good measure. Though the Padres scored a couple of late runs, they fell 8-6. It was disappointing to see the Padres veteran Ian Kennedy fail to take advantage of the early lead and lose the game.
Wednesday saw the resurgent Eric Stults continue his reign in August, getting the win despite only going 5 innings. That bullpen of the Padres allowed just 4 base runners over the last 4 innings and rookie Kevin Quackenbush picked up his first MLB save to finished off the night and the victory 4-1.
Yet Thursday’s game was really the one to watch. Clayton Kershaw and Tyson Ross dueled it out in a classic. It was Ross who broke up Kershaw’s no-hitter in the 6 inning, and the game was knotted at 0’s after 6 innings. When Rene Rivera singled home Abraham Almonte in the 7th it appeared that would be all the Padres needed. Yet Ross hung one slider, and Justin Turner hammered it to left to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.