For a second consecutive night the Dodgers scored the first run of the game, and for the second game in a row they didn’t do much at all afterwards, falling 6-2 to the Padres on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
In a span of about 10 minutes, three Dodgers miscues started the unravelling.
Kiké Hernandez doubled to left field in the second inning, and Chris Taylor, trying to score from first base with two outs, opted not to slide at home plate. Instead, he leaned into catcher Austin Hedges, who held the tag for the final out of the inning, then had words for Taylor and Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who was on deck. Nothing really came of it, and everyone was socially distanced, but it ended the inning.
Tingler on the Hedges/Taylor play: "At the end of the day, it's grown men playing baseball and it's a competitive series." Said there may have been some words afterwards, but "guys did a good job not losing their cool and getting back to business." #Padres— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) August 12, 2020
The increasingly pesky Jake Cronenworth led off the third inning with a double, then scored after the Dodgers botched consecutive bunts, thanks to errant throws by Ross Stripling and Justin Turner.
A single loaded the bases, and up came Manny Machado, who was an escape hatch for the Dodgers in the first four-plus games of this series. Machado had the two viral strikeouts against Dustin May, and in his first 16 at-bats against his old team in 2020 he grounded into more double plays (three) than he had hits (two).
But that 17th at-bat was a doozy, as Machado popped his 10th career grand slam to turn the game in the Padres favor, giving San Diego a 5-1 lead.
“It was kind of a get-me-over, slow slider,” Stripling said after the game. “I threw a lot of spin to him over the last few games, and I think he was just ready for it. He hammered it.”
Stripling later allowed another home run, to Jurickson Profar, and wasn’t able to complete the fifth inning for the first time in four starts this season.
The 1,000-hit club
Justin Turner doubled to lead off the second inning for his 1,000th career hit. He’s the 1,343rd player in major league history to reach 1,000 hits, and the second third baseman in the state to do it this week. Anthony Rendon of the Angels collected his 1,000th hit on Monday night in Anaheim.
“That’s quite an accomplishment,” manager Dave Roberts said after the game. “I’m big on legacy, and Justin’s legacy with the Dodger organization and the fan base in greater Los Angeles is going to live for a long time.”
Austin Barnes doubled in the fifth inning to snap an 0-for-17 skid. He also tallied an RBI single in the ninth. It was the second straight night a catcher named Austin got their first extra-base hit of the season at Dodger Stadium.
Home runs: Manny Machado (5), Jurickson Profar (2)
WP — Garrett Richards (1-1): 6 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP — Ross Stripling (3-1): 4⅔ IP, 6 hits, 6 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Sv - Drew Pomeranz (4): 1 pitch, 1 out
These two teams are back at it Wednesday night (6:40 p.m. PT, SportsNet LA), with Tony Gonsolin getting called up to start, facing Zach Davies. Julio Urías will start Thursday, giving the staff extra rest again this time through the rotation