Cody Bellinger became the quickest Dodger to reach 100 home runs on Friday night, as he crushed his 36th homer of the season over the center field fence. Unfortunately, it was the only offense on the night for LA, as they fell to the Padres, 5-2.
That was really it for the offense. Aside from that two-run blast, the Dodgers only were able to tack on three hits for the evening. Eric Lauder held them in check, striking out six and allowing only three hits in his six innings. The Dodgers only had one at bat on the night with a runner in scoring position.
On the other side of things, Dustin May made his first career start. With Ross Stripling on the Injured List, May was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 3-0 in just five starts.
After battling for nine pitches with Hunter Renfroe, #Dodgers rookie Dustin May has his first @MLB strikeout.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 3, 2019
He started and ended the at-bat with 96 mph that just couldn't be touched. pic.twitter.com/GzNs65E3gX
On the night, he went 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk. For the most part, he was cruising along through the first five innings, as he had a 2-1 lead entering the sixth. Three consecutive singles from the Padres tied the game, and then a double from Josh Naylor gave them the 4-2 lead.
Following the start, Dave Roberts said that May will be making another start next week against the Cardinals.
WP: Eric Lauer (6-8) 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO
LP: Dustin May (0-1) 5 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO
SV: Kirby Yates (32) 1 IP, 1 SO
Home runs: Cody Bellinger (36)
The Dodgers will look to reclaim the series lead on Saturday, as Walker Buehler will get the start. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. PT.