After nearly a 20-minute delay in the 12th inning due to a the second power outage at Dodger Stadium in the last four weeks, Justin Turner popped the first pitch he saw into shallow right field. The ball found grass just inside the line, scoring Matt Kemp from second to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Padres.
The wild night ended with the Dodgers gaining on the Diamondbacks for the second straight night, now just 2.5-games behind Arizona and Colorado who are tied for the NL West lead.
A night that saw Clayton Kershaw get through eight innings, came off the rails a little in the later innings. A theme that keeps reliving itself for Los Angeles of late.
The Padres scored a run in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth to send it to extra innings. After allowing homers in the ninth Monday and Wednesday, Kenley Jansen allowed the equalizer to Austin Hedges with a solo shot to left, knotting the game at four.
Kenta Maeda and Caleb Ferguson picked up the big man with three scoreless innings to get the game to the bottom of the 12th. It would’ve been interesting had the game gone to the 13th since Kemp pinch-hit for Ferguson. The two most trusted arms had already been exhausted.
When the month of August began, the Dodgers had only two games all year where their starter lasted eight innings. After Saturday, Clayton Kershaw has doubled that number in two of his last three starts.
The lefty allowed three runs (two earned), striking out nine without walking anybody, ending his night after 107 pitches and a wobbly eighth.
After Max Muncy had provided a big insurance run with his 30th homer of the season in the bottom of the seventh, chaos broke out for Kershaw and the Dodgers.
With one out and a runner on first in the top of the eighth and the Dodgers leading 4-2, Kershaw got Wil Myers to ground into what looked like an inning-ending double play. But Manny Machado would throw it into right field to give San Diego runners on the corners and the heart of the order coming up.
It could have been worse on that play had Yasiel Puig’s wide throw gone into the dugout. Instead, Kershaw was backing up the play to hold the runners where they were.
The Padres would get the run in from third anyway two pitches later when Eric Hosmer grounded out to second to bring San Diego within a run. And then the kind of luck that has avoided the Dodgers showed up.
Hunter Renfroe scorched a ball that could’ve tied the game — at the very least kept the inning going — but hit Myers on the fly to end the inning.
Early on, it looked as though Friday night never ended for the Dodger offense. After scoring 11 a night earlier, they would put up a three-spot in the first.
Manny Machado was hitless in five at-bats during the hit-parade by his teammates in the opener. But it didn’t take long for the Dodger shortstop to engage in the offense during this contest.
After the first two Dodgers reached in the first inning, Machado launched his 30th homer of the year (sixth with Los Angeles) to give the home team a 3-0 lead before Padre starter Brett Kennedy could record an out.
Kennedy would settle in to finish five innings without allowing any more damage, giving his team a chance. They almost took full advantage of that chance.
Here is the moment the power went out:
The Dodgers issued a statement after the game, saying the power outage “was caused by a disruption in the city’s power feed to the facility.”
The Dodgers and Padres finish up the series Sunday as Los Angeles goes for the sweep.
Home runs: Machado (30), Muncy (30), Reyes (10), Hedges (11)
WP - Caleb Ferguson (4-2): 2 IP, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts
LP - Robert Stock (0-1): 1⁄3 IP, 1 hit, 1 runs, 1 walk