Dodgers Vs. Padres Recap: More Struggles For Haren And Offense
Dan Haren has been mired in a rough stretch after a promising start to the season. The right-hander, who entered the game with a 4-1 home record this year, walked the first batter he faced and gave up a single to Yasmani Grandal that put runners on the corners with two outs.
Haren managed to get out of trouble however, as Dee Gordon made a backhanded stop on a Jake Goebbert grounder. San Diego Padres starter Jesse Hahn wasn’t as fortunate in his first inning of work after issuing a one-out walk to Yasiel Puig.
With two outs and Puig standing on second base, Matt Kemp hit an RBI single to left and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Haren struck out the first two batters he faced in the second inning, but Will Venable managed to reach on his as the ball got away from Drew Butera.
It would be costly for the Dodgers as Alexi Amarista followed with a two-run home run to right field that resembled more of a pop fly. Gordon hit a leadoff single in the third inning and Kemp drew a two-out walk, but nothing would come of it and the Dodgers continued to trail by a run.
The Padres added to their lead in the fifth inning on a Chase Headley RBI double to deep center. Van Slyke appeared to have a read on the ball and attempted to make a leaping catch at the warning track, but the ball hit off his glove. Carlos Quentin added to Haren’s woes with an RBI double that gave the Padres a 4-1 lead and knocked the Dodger starter out of the game.
After Puig hit a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth and Gonzalez drew a walk, Kemp was unable to time a breaking ball and struck out to end the inning. Jamey Wright took over for Chris Perez in the sixth and allowed a two-out bases loaded single to Quentin that scored two and the Padres took a 6-1 lead.
Blaine Boyer relieved Hahn in the seventh inning and allowed two doubles, with the last one coming to Puig that scored a run. Alex Torres was then called on to face Gonzalez with one out and runners on second and third. He got Gonzalez to fly out to left that scored Gordon, but Puig was thrown out trying to tag and move to third base.
The Dodgers had runners reach second and third in the eighth inning with no outs, only to see consecutive strikeouts. A.J. Ellis pinch-hit for Butera and drew a walk to load the bases. That brought Carl Crawford to the plate, who pinch-hit in the fifth inning and remained in the game, but he was unable to deliver.
Huston Street took the mound in the ninth and earned his 24th save of the season as the Dodgers lost, 6-3.
Could The Dodgers Get Bullpen Help From The Red Sox?
The Dodgers catching is proving very costly, not only in this game but with A.J, s blunders (passed balls) in the Tiger series. (Not to mention anemic batting stats) there must be a catcher to obtain somewhere?? If you combine that with being forced to pitch PAUL MAHOLM after Haren spells a mediocre start to the 2nd half of the year at best