Dinelson Lamet took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning for the Padres, and then the wheels fell off. What went wrong?
Overall, Dinelson Lamet pitched a great game in the Padres Game 2 matchup with their rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres took the first game, led by a brilliant effort from Chris Paddack. Lamet was looking to secure the series win, and he put the team on his back. However, the Padres could only muster two runs against Dustin May, who looked really good.
But back to Lamet.
The big righty took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, recording two quick outs. And then things started to fall apart. Lamet hit Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger broke up the no-hitter with a line-drive single into centerfield. At that point, Lamet was at 75 pitches, and with the Padres clinging to a 2-0 lead, I think there should have been some consideration to bringing in a lefty to face Corey Seager.
Going into last night’s game, Drew Pomeranz had more-than-favorable statistics against Seager, allowing only a .083 average while fanning him four times in 12 at-bats. Hindsight is 20/20, and if Lamet gets out of that inning, this isn’t even a discussion. Still, a nine-pitch at-bat to Seager resulted in a two-run, game-tying single to centerfield.
It certainly didn’t help that Trent Grisham misplayed the ball, sending flashbacks to the NL Wild Card game last year.
And certainly, the offense’s fair of the blame is deserved, scraping across two runs, highlighted by a Fernando Tatis Jr. RBI double and a Jake Cronenworth solo blast. Mookie Betts is expected to return to the line for the Dodgers, after missing the first two games.
Let’s hope the Padres can take the series with Garrett Richards on the mound, and Ross Stripling on the bump for LA.