While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 126 (SD at LA)

Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

We had ourselves a good old-fashioned pitchers duel last night at Chavez Ravine.  Dodger Ace Clayton Kerhsaw no-hit the Padres for 5 2/3.  Tyson Ross was almost as good, allowing 3 Los Angeles baserunners, two of whom were erased by Rene Rivera while trying to steal.  The two teams played the first half of the game in just over an hour, which is Usain Bolt-fast in this day and age.

Ross one-upped Kershaw by breaking up his no-hit bid with a sharp single in the sixth.  One inning later the Padres snapped the scoreless tie as Rivera singled home Abraham Almonte.  That score held up for a full inning, and it looked like San Diego would again beat arguably the best pitcher in baseball.  Alas and alack, Carl Crawford led off the eighth with an infield single, and Justin Turner followed that with a HR that broke Padres hearts.  San Diego put the tying run at second in the ninth, but Yasmani Grandal struck out against Kenley Jansen, and Los Angeles escaped with a 2-1 win.

The loss dropped the Padres 8 games under .500 and to 2-5 0n the road trip.  Los Angeles moved 3.5 ahead of the Giants, who split a double header in Chicago, in the NL West.

Tomorrow the good guys roll into Phoenix for a 3-game set with the Diamondbacks.  Odrisamer Despaigne will take on Josh Collmenter.

Recaps

Ross, Padres concede to Kershaw – Dennis Lin (SDUT)

Ross stung with hard-luck loss in LA duel – Corey Brock (MLBAM)

Turner’s blast carries Kershaw to 15th win – Ken Gurnick (MLBAM)

Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner lead Dodgers to 2-1 win over Padres – Steve Dilbeck (LA Times)

Quotes

 “I knew I was in for a battle tonight,” said Kershaw, who improved to 15-3. “(Ross) has been pitching lights-out. We’ve faced him a few times this year, and he doesn’t give much. … His slider-fastball combo is pretty unbelievable.”

“He matched Kershaw pitch for pitch,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Ross, who fell to 11-12, even as his ERA dipped to 2.68. “It was a hell of a pitchers’ duel.” (Lin)

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