Road, Sweep Road: Friars Fall In Rough Fashion at Chavez Ravine
After dropping the first two, the Padres were hoping to take one from the Dodgers on Sunday, but a call shrouded in controversy might have prevented them from doing so. Looking to put two runs in scoring position with a sac bunt, Jesus Guzman bunted the ball foul. Or so was the initial call by home plate umpire Dale Scott. But after the Dodgers whipped the ball around the infield and the dust settled, it was ruled a triple play and the inning over, killing the Padres best chance at winning the game.
The Padres will head to Colorado looking for answers on how to turn around this rough start to 2012. Below is a recap of the tough series in Los Angeles that was bookended by brutal walk-off losses.
April 13th, 2012 Dodgers 9, Padres 8
WP Kenley Jansen (2-0) 1IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
LP Andrew Cashner (0-1) 0.2IP 0H 1R 1ER 3BB 1K 0HR
Aaron Harang gave up a hit to Cameron Maybin to begin the game before triking out nine Padres in a row, a new Dodger record. Will Venable then snapped the streak with a solo home run in the fourth, bringing the score to 4-1, Los Angeles.
After a Chase Headley walk, Yonder Alonso doubled him in to make it 4-2. Alonso advanced and then scored on consecutive groundouts by Jeremy Hermida and Orlando Hudson. The Dodgers piled on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth highlighted by Matt Kemps two-run homer.
But the Padres fought back in the seventh with a RBI-double by Chris Denorfia with two men on. Followed up by a bases-loaded walk by Jesus Guzman and a Chase Headley sac fly, the Padres only trailed 8-6. Chase Headley then tied the game with a two-out two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Andrew Cashner got the first two out in the bottom of the ninth before walking the bases loaded. Bud Black brought in Joe Thatcher who walked in the winning run on four straight pitches to end the game, 9-8.
April 14th, 2012 Dodgers 6, Padres 1
WP Ted Lilly (1-0) 7IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 4K 0HR
LP Joe Wieland (0-1) 5IP 6H 6R 6ER 2BB 1K 3HR
The Padres jumped to an early lead into the top of the first after Cam Maybin reached on an error and was knocked in by cleanup hitter Jesus Guzman, pushing the score to 1-0.
Joe Wieland then took the mound in his major league debut and was greeted by back-to-back homers by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, making it 3-1. He