Vin Scully said "times are changing" in reference to the possibility of women navy seals, and maybe time are changing regarding the Dodgers record. Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-1 win over the Padres Sunday.
The consecutive home runs marked the first time the Dodgers have done so all year. Gonzalez and Ramirez blasted the solo shots off closer Huston Street.
Although, the continued theme of failing with runners in scoring position hit rock bottom, at 4-29 on the series. Both teams created few opportunities, and neither could take advantage until the Juan Uribe RBI double in the top of the seventh. Uribe went 2-for-4, and his second double of the afternoon gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Prior to Uribe driving Adrian Gonzalez in, Andre Ethier couldn't get the job done. Ethier could be the focal point of all the problems, hitting .190 with runners in scoring position. On the contrary, Ethier made up for the blown opportunity by making a pretty head first diving catch in the final moments.
The Padres wasted no time to knot the game up, as Carlos Quentin hit a solo home run to begin the bottom of the seventh. However, Bud Black's team couldn't muster up any more runs.
The starting pitching dictated the tone of the game. Chris Capuano ended up getting outlasted by Andrew Cashner, but deserves major kudos for providing five scoreless innings on three days rest. Since returning from the DL, Capuano hasn't allowed a run in 11 frames of work.
Cashner posted jaw dropping numbers yet didn't get the necessary help, with eight innings and only surrendering one run. The Dodgers hitters struggled against Cashner's devastating change up and slider, especially Yasiel Puig who went 1-for-4. The Cuban star is getting exposed by pitches on the outer half of the plate, and may need to move up closer to the plate to erase the problem.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen ended the contest with ease, tallying his fourth save of the year. The boys in blue split the series and head back to Chavez Revine with some rare positive momentum.
The Dodgers return home to face the San Francisco Giants. On the year, Bruce Bochy's club leads the season series five to one. Monday's pitching matchup is featuring two of baseball's premier young starters with Hyun-Jin Ryu against Madison Bumgarner.
Home runs: Carlos Quentin (8), Adrian Gonzalez (10), Hanley Ramirez (4)
WP - Brandon League (3-3): 0.1 IP
LP - Huston Street (0-4): 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 strikeout
SV - Kenley Jansen (4): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts