Things are often fuzzy after a night at the pub. Or Beerfest. Or after watching High School football in San Diego County. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
Powered by 4 home runs – three in a disastrous sixth inning – San Diego (65-70) lost to Los Angeles (76-58), 8-4, in front of a smaller than expected crowd of 33,025. The loss added another nail to San Diego’s playoff coffin, although Baseball Prospectus already puts their playoff odds at 0%. Mike Bolsinger (6-3) survived five innings for the win. Marcos Mateo (1-1) was the tough-luck loser.
This game was memorable for tying the Petco Park record for most home runs in a game, with eight (last time it happened – 4 Sept 2013, against San Francisco). In fact, in a statistical anomaly, San Diego managed only 4 hits – but 3 left the ballpark. Starter James Shields started the barrage when he grooved a 1-1 pitch to Carl Crawford. Carl said ‘thankyouverymuch’ by depositing it 454′ away (by StatCast) in the right-center field seats. Not to be out-done, following a leadoff walk to Yangervis Solarte and a called strike 2 which was questionable, Matt Kemp drove a ball 418′ to dead center, and the Padres led a 2-1 after one.
But last night was all about giving, mostly by the Padres pitching staff. Shields left another pitch over the heart of the plate (albeit low) and gave up Scott Schebler‘s first career HR, a towering 443’ drive to right-center, tying the game at 2 in the second inning. In the third, recently-promoted-to-SS Jedd Gyorko drove a Bolsinger pitch to deep left-center, where it appeared to hit off the top of the wall for a double. Replay conclusively proved it had cleared the wall and been knocked back into the field of play by a fan; the umpires took a look and agreed. Home Run Gyorko. 3-2 Padres.
San Diego would have only one other batter reach base until the eighth.
Meanwhile the Dodgers tied the game in the fifth. A double by Jimmy Rollins, followed by 2 walks, loaded the bases with one out (Shields would walk 6 in his five innings). Rookie Corey Seager then hit a slow roller to first. Will Myers – making his first appareance since June 4 – tried to turn two and went to second. But the ball was hit too slowly and only the one out recorded, allowing Rollins to score and tie the game.
Don Mattingly came out to argue Gyorko was nowhere near second base (he wasn’t) and that Chase Utley should be safe. That call is not reviewable when the runner is bearing down on the bag; unlike, apparently, Thursday’s game when a Padre runner was called safe because Utley didn’t have his foot on second base. Pat Murphy then came out to argue Utley’s attempted take-out slide at second was nowhere near the bag (IT WASN’T), and that Seager should be called out on interference. That call is not reviewable either (yeah I got nuthin’). At any rate we left the fifth tied at 3.
Then the wheels came off. Shields left, having thrown 107 pitches to get through five. Mateo came in, blew down Schebler and walked the Shell of Joc Pederson. Donny Baseball sent Andre Ethier to the plate to hit for Bolsinger. Murphy countered with Marc Rzepczynski. Mattingly pulled Ethier in favor of Justin Ruggiano, who hit a 1-0 pitch into the vacant space beyond the center field wall. 5-3. After Rollins singled and Crawford struck out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a 0-2 pitch 390′ to left-center for another HR. Murphy threw his Scrabble tiles into the dugout and summoned Jon Edwards. Utley greeted Edwards with a home run to right, closing out the scoring for LA.
The Padres showed a little life when super pinch-hitter Brett Wallace homered to center, and Solarte followed that with a single. But Chris Hatcher enticed Gyorko to ground into a 6-4-3 DP and the Padres never threatened again.
Besides the 8 HR, San Diego pitchers never retired the Dodgers in order. Maybe that will change tonight when Tyson Ross (10-9, 3.27) faces Alex Wood (9-9, 3.67).