The Dodgers shocked the world and actually lost a game on Sunday afternoon, as they fell to the Padres in the series finale, 5-2.
The Dodgers struck first, thanks to a two-run home run from Chris Taylor. These would be the only Dodgers runs on the afternoon. They finished the game with only three hits, two in the second inning and then a single in the eighth from Zach McKinstry.
Trevor Bauer made his fourth start of the season and pitched very well. He allowed only one run in six innings, a solo home run to Jake Cronenworth. The other two hits he allowed were courtesy of Manny Machado, who is currently hitting about .995 against Bauer in his career.
Bauer struck out seven and issued only one walk, and was essentially not in any trouble at any point during the game. The Padres only were able to put a runner in scoring position against him once.
Bauer’s day was done after 98 pitches, and Dave Roberts opted to go with Brusdar Graterol in the seventh inning. Activated earlier in the day, this was Graterol’s first big-league game of the year, as he didn’t appear in any spring training games. Machado and Eric Hosmer welcomed him back with consecutive hits, quickly tying the game after five pitches. With two on and two out, Roberts went to Scott Alexander. He needed only two pitches, as Alexander got Wil Myers to ground out to end the inning.
The bottom of the eighth inning kicked off with an error from Corey Seager, and that proved to be the difference maker. On a routine throw to first, Seager took Edwin Rios several feet off the bag, and the go-ahead run was on first. Dennis Santana came in to replace Alexander, and was one out away from escaping the inning.
Hosmer struck again, singling in a run to put the Padres on the board. Tommy Pham then doubled to give the Padres a 5-2 lead.
WP: Keone Kela (2-0) 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 SO
LP: Scott Alexander (0-1) 2⁄3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER
SV: Mark Melancon (6) 1 IP, 0 ER
HR: Chris Taylor (3) Jake Cronenworth (1)