The Dodgers found their groove in San Diego.
For the first time in nearly a week, the Bums were able to score more than three runs in a game. They scored nine, in fact, in a shutout win over the Padres.
This victory came behind yet another lights out start from right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler. He tossed six scoreless innings, where he only allowed four hits and two walks while dealing 11 Ks. The guy really knows how to strike people out — it’s the fifth time this season he’s struck out more than 10 batters in a start.
Buheler is starting to build quite a resume against the Padres, now 4-0 against the Friars in four starts. He has pitched a combined 28 innings and has only allowed two total runs while fanning 42 batters.
The Dodgers offense finally came out of their skid to give Buehler the offense he deserved. They were able to find success against 24-year-old pitcher Cal Quantrill, dinging him for the most hits and runs he’s allowed all season.
Joc Pederson kicked things off with a solo home run to right field, putting the Dodgers up 1-0 in the third inning. It was Joc’s 27th homer of the season, which tops the career-high he set during his rookie year.
The fifth inning was where the party got started. Seven straight Dodgers got aboard to score a total of five runs. It included four base hits, two walks and one ground-rule double by Kiké Hernández.
A 8-0 game called for some weird baseball, so that’s exactly what we got.
The Padres sent out third baseman Ty France to pitch the ninth, and he gave up a home run to AJ Pollock on the second pitch to increase the lead to nine runs. Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager went down quickly, but funny enough, pitcher Caleb Ferguson put on the biggest fight at the plate.
LA was comfortable enough with their lead to send out their star position player pitcher to the mound. Russell Martin made his fourth pitching appearance of the year and although he allowed a leadoff double, he retired the next three batters to preserve his 0.00 ERA and the shutout.
Casey Sadler and Caleb Ferguson each pitched shutout innings as well, but of course, Russell Martin was the bullpen highlight.
WP: Walker Buehler (11-3), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 0 R
LP: Cal Quantrill (6-5) 4 1⁄3 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 8 R,
Home runs: Joc Pederson (27), AJ Pollock (10)
The Dodgers look to take the series against the Padres on Wednesday night. Kenta Maeda will take the mound for LA and the Padres pitcher is still to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. PT.