Padres Stop the Dodgers 4-3, in the First of Three


It’s official. The San Diego Padres are now only 30 games out of first place in the National League West.

The Padres defeated the Dodgers tonight, ending the blue mini-winning streak at two, while stopping their own steep dive at two.

The win by San Diego means that the Dodgers are still 47-14 at home, and have won 26 of their last 30 games in the universe.

The Dodgers scored in each of the first two innings with singles from Bellinger to score runs, while the Padres seemed to match them pitch for pitch, swing for swing, and eventually pulling away to lead in the 7th with a homer by Manuel Margot, his second of the contest. Juan Pirela also socred on a solo round trip in the eighth inning.

The Dodgers got a scare when pitcher Rich Hill was hit by a pitch in his upper right chest just below his threat. Hill was taken to a hospital for x-rays and observation. Initial X-rays proved negative.

The two teams will meet tomorrow for the second game of their three-games series, followed by a visit from the Chicago White Sox.

Here’s how we blogged it:

The Los Angeles Dodgers, currently the hottest team in major league baseball with a winning percentage of .711, face the San Diego Padres in the first game of a three-game home series. The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to face lefty Clayton Richard.

Prepare to stand by…

7:11 game start- 77 degrees



Manuel Margot ( no relation) gets off to no start, striking out.

Carolous Asuaje grounds out to first, per se.

Jose Pirela gets to 1-2, then 2-2 for some reason. He then strikes out for the same reason. Padres are 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, and not in a good way.

Padres 0, Dodgers coming up.


Chris Taylor flies out to the first row of seats along the first base line, as Will Myers leans way over.

Corey Seager flies out to deeeeeep right, on the first pitch.

Justin Turner doubles to the deep right corner.

Turner Singles
Turner doubles to right.

Cody Bellinger scores Turner, but gets himself caught in a rundown between first and second.

Dodgers 1 Padres 0.



Hunter Renfroe walks boldly to first.

Will Myers strikes out and all that.

Corey Spangenberg (no relation) is at 1-2. 2-2, and then walks.

Austin Hedges is at 0-1. He is tagged out at third, and Spangenberg breaks up a double play.

Dusty Coleman gets all strickened out by Hill.

Dodgers 1 Padres 0.


Logan Forsyth is cruising along at 1-2. before he really quietly strikes out.

Kike Henandez flies out to right field.

Austin Barnes, whose name rhymes with Austin Barnes, singles to right.

Puig walks the walk.

Hill strikes out to end the inning, at least for now.

Dodgers 1 Padres 0.



(The organist plays Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy.”)

Pitcher Richard grounds out to first.

Manuel Margot ties up the game with a solo shot to center.

Asuage singles to right.

Pinela strikes way out, as Asuaje can only watch.

Renfroe singles to center, as Asuaje goes to third.

Will Myers (no relation) has a full count on his hands, with runners on first and third. Hill walks him along. Bases be loaded. He singles to right, and Puig shoots down Renfroe with a bullet throw from third.



Chris Taylor doubles to deep center.

Seager singles to right.

Turner gets hit in the thigh and heads for first.

Bellinger singles, scoring Taylor.

Forsythe is at 1-1. Bases still be loaded, not a one out.

Forsythe is at 1-1. Bases still be loaded, not a one out. He bangs one back at Richard, who throws home, and then Hedges throws Forsythe out at first.

Hernandez is at 3-0. with runners at second and third. He runs out a walk to first.

Barnes grounds out, ending the inning.

Dodgers 2, Padres 2. 



The Padres go really, really quietly in the top of the fourth. Sssh.


Yasiel Puig gets to 3-0, before I can even look up. 3-1. And then, 3-2. With the score all tied and everything. He strolls to first, which is just right over there.

Pitcher Hill gets a nasty shot to his upper right chest as he attempts a bunt. He is now standing at first.

Taylor strikes out.

Seager singles to first as Hill is thrown out at second. Puig is on third.

Turner flies out to right. We are still tied. At 2. Each.



Margot flies out to deep center.

Asuaje singles up the middle.

Jose Pirela hits one at Hill, who fields it deftly, and shoots down Pirela at first.

Renfroe is at 2-2, then is completely stricken out by Hill, to end the ending.

Dodgers 2, Padres 2. 


Bellinger has a count which is full. He then singles past an airborne Dusty Coleman.

Forsythe stumbles to the ground on a wild pitch, and Bellinger scampers to second.

Forsythe strikes out. Kike strikes out.

Barnes doubles to center, scoring Bellinger.

Puig gets walked intentionally, per se.

Hill loses a race to first base, ending the inning.

Dodgers 3, Padres 2. 



Wil Myers is stricked out.

Spangenburg (no relation) strikes out…..other things happen.

And …Okay hang on….Margot homered again. Gary Leonard came to talk to me, and now here at the top of the eighth inning, we are TIED.



Ross Stripling is now pitching for the Dodgers.

Jose Pirela homers to put the Padres in the lead.

Renfroe grounds out to first.

Wil Myers flies out to center.

Spangenburg  grounds out to first.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3.


Barnes is at 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, and he draws a walk, not literally, well, literally, you know what I mean…Let’s make that 2-1.

Puig flies out to deep center and says the F word.

Kyle Farmer is at 0-1. 1-1, then flies out to deep space left.

There is a chat show on the mound, and Manager Andy Green removes pitcher Jose Torres. In comes Brad Hand (no relation.)

It’s 0-1 to Chris Taylor.1-1, 1-2, 2-2, and Barnes steals second. Now the count is full. And now the inning is over.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3. 



Hedges flies out.

Dusty Coleman (That’s a cowboy’s name) now batting. He has a full count, podner’…This cowboy strikes out, y’all.

Whoever is batting for the current pitcher (Solarte?) flies out to Puig.


Seager is at 0-1, 0-2, and he strikes out swinging.

Turner flies out to right.

Bellinger is at 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2…and then unlike Cody Bellinger, for example, he strikes out. With that final out, the Padres are now only 31 games out of first.

FINAL: Padres 4, Dodgers 3.


























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