The Dodgers made it hard on themselves, but in the end prevailed 6-5 over the Padres in 11 innings, thanks in large part to Dee Gordon. Gordon had three hits, including a double, two walks, and three stolen bases in the win, and drove in A.J. Ellis - who reached base four times himself - for the winning run.
Gordon is the first Dodger to steal three bases since...Gordon, last July 1 in Anaheim.
Matt Kemp drove in Gordon twice, with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and an RBI single in the third inning. Kemp also later added a hustle double, extending a fairly routine single to left field.
Kemp is the first Dodger to have multi-hit games in each of the club's first three games since Adrian Beltre in 2000.
For a while it looked like Chris Capuano would be the sixth straight Dodgers starting pitcher to not allow a run, as he cruised into the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead. But he suddenly lost his command and after three walks, Don Mattingly pulled the plug, removing Capuano with the bases loaded and a 5-1 lead with two outs.
The problem was, Jamey Wright didn't throw a strike. Literally. Wright faced all of two batters, and issued two four-pitch walks, cutting the lead to 5-3. Wright joins Joe Beimel as the only Los Angeles Dodgers to face at least two batters and not throw a single strike. Beimel faced two Phillies on August 13, 2008 and threw five pitches: a four-pitch walk and a hit-by-pitch.
Scott Elbert came in and promptly threw a wild pitch, allowing another run to score on what was the 10th consecutive ball thrown by Dodgers pitchers. Orlando Hudson tied the game with an RBI single to left field, but Hudson was caught rounding first base and after a brief rundown the inning ended thanks to a 7-2-3-2 putout.
The bottom of the fifth might have ended without any damage, but Cameron Maybin beat out the throw to first on a potential inning-ending double play ball. After that, Dodgers pitchers threw 18 balls and nine strikes in the inning.
But in the end this was a game the Padres never led, nor have they led in any of the first three games, and the Dodgers are 3-0. Tomorrow, Aaron Harang and company bring their brooms to Petco.
Home Runs: A.J. Ellis (1)
WP - Todd Coffey (1-0): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Anthony Bass (0-1): 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 run
Sv - Javy Guerra (2): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout