San Diego Takes Advantage of Los Angeles Mistakes As They Swipe Series From Los Angeles.
The Padres returned from the All-Start break to beat the Dodgers two games out of three in Los Angeles to start their role of spoilers by knocking the Dodgers out of first place. After a rough loss to open the series on Friday, the Padres won one of the most exciting games of season when Everth Cabrera stole home with two outs in the ninth, causing the Dodgers to throw the ball away and allow the winning run to score as well. The Padres then took advantage of five Dodger errors, taking the lead and then blowing the game open in a 7-2 win on Sunday.
They will come home to face the Astros in a four game series starting tomorrow, Houston will limp into San Diego after getting swept by the Giants in San Francisco.
Below is a game by game recap of the Padres big series win over their hated rivals to the north.
Friday, July 13th, 2012
Dodgers 2, Padres 1
WP Clayton Kershaw (7-5) 6IP 6H 1R 1ER 3BB 6K 0HR
LP Clayton Richard (6-10) 7.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K 1HR
S Kenley Jansen (16) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K 0HR
Clayton Richard went toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw but made one bad pitch that cost him the win, ultimately losing to the Dodgers, 2-1.
The Padres took an early lead in the second starting with a double by Yasmani Grandal followed by a walk by Yonder Alonso. Both men then advanced on a groundout by Cam Maybin.
Everth Cabrera then hit a groundball to the second baseman, scoring Grandal for a 1-0 lead.
Richard had only given up only three hits and walked none before hitting trouble in the sixth. Tony Gwynn Jr. led off the inning with a pinch-hit bunt single. Chase Headley, playing in the dirt against the speedy left-hander, charged the fast grounder but could not cleanly field the ball with his bare hand.
Jerry Hairston then lined a ball to Richard who didn