In what appeared could be a low-scoring pitchers’ duel ending up turning into a home run derby.
Though he was far from perfect, Clayton Kershaw was the victorious Texan pitcher to come out of Tuesday’s contest.
The Padres got off to an early lead in the first inning, with Franmil Reyes’ homer making the score 1-0. Manny Machado also continued his dominance over the Dodgers, hitting his third home run in four games against his former team.
These two home runs were the only way the Padres would score in the game and it wouldn’t be enough to get ahead.
Kershaw’s evening ended after seven innings pitched, allowing just the three runs to score from the aforementioned home runs. He allowed just five hits while striking out the same amount of batters. He was credited with the victory, making his record 3-0 this season.
The Dodgers are now 14-0 in @ClaytonKersh22's last 14 starts. pic.twitter.com/YForPOBVnd— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 15, 2019
It’s apparent what Chris Paddack’s achilles heel is - the Los Angeles Dodgers. After having a phenomenal start, Paddack wasn’t ready for what the Dodgers had in store for him.
Paddack allowed six runs to score (three earned) — the most he’s given up all season.
Cody Bellinger got the best of him, snagging three RBIs off of the rookie. This included a two-run homer and an RBI groundout. The home run he smashed marked his 15th of the season, just one behind Christian Yelich, who leads the National League in home runs hit.
Also hitting a home run off of Paddack was Joc Pederson. Pederson’s was also a two-run dinger that lifted the Dodgers out of a 1-0 deficit in the third inning.
That was Joc Pederson's 100th career home run.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 15, 2019
Paddack was replaced after allowing the sixth run to score. He threw 92 pitches in his 4 2⁄3 innings pitched.
With the victory in game No. 44, the Dodgers are now 28-16. Their 28 wins are the most out of any other MLB team this season.
The Dodgers are now 28-16. They are 20-8 since a 6-game losing streak that was snapped on April 14.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 15, 2019
WP: Clayton Kershaw (3-0), 7 IP, 3 ER, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K
LP: Chris Paddack (3-2), 4 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 6 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
SV: Kenley Jansen (13), 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 R, 1 K
Home runs: Franmil Reyes (6), Joc Pederson (13), Cody Bellinger (15), Manny Machado (9)
The Dodgers finish out the two-game set with Kenta Maeda on the mound. Facing Maeda will be Matt Strahm.