For the first time in 15 months, Dinelson Lamet pitched on a Major League mound. Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2018 season and he underwent months of rehab, but he was finally back on the mound. However, Lamet was slated to go against one of, if not the best, teams in the MLB right now; the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For the most part, he pitched well. In fact, he looked dominant at some points. Lamet showed flashes of his 2017 self, as he struck out Joc Pederson on a nasty slider in the first at-bat of the Dodger first inning. Unfortunately, the Padres’ bats remained cold and they weren’t able to back their pitcher up as they dropped their fifth straight game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his dominance over San Diego, as he tossed six shutout innings while striking out five. He came into today’s game with a 7-1 record against the Padres with a 2.26 ERA and a 69:20 BB:K ratio and continued to reign over San Diego. He did, however, walk three batters in his six innings of work, the most he has allowed in a game all season. San Diego’s offense couldn’t take advantage of the rare wildness from the left-hander.
Where the Padres offense failed, the Dodger’s offense didn’t. After a strikeout of Cody Bellinger, Lamet didn’t fool Max Muncy on a 1-0 fastball as the Los Angeles second baseman golfed the offering into right field for a solo home run. Despite the home run, Lamet was able to work around it to pitch to the fifth inning while showing off some truly nasty pitches to strike out five more batters in the game. In the five innings he worked, Lamet struck out seven total batters while walking just two batters, even hitting 99 MPH on his fastball at one point in the game.
Dinelson Lamet, Filthy 86mph Slider….and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/TJMyKjhA8L
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 5, 2019
The game unraveled in the fifth as Lamet began to run out of gas. With the bases loaded, Andy Green chose to keep his starter in the game instead of calling upon a ragged bullpen. Lamet allowed two runs but still escaped the inning relatively unharmed considering the lineup he was facing and the situation he was in. Two more runs would score off of Logan Allen, who entered the game as a relief pitcher, on a Bellinger home run and a Chris Taylor sacrifice fly.
San Diego didn’t put up much of a fight against the Dodger’s pitching. They broke the goose egg on the scoreboard with an Eric Hosmer RBI single that brought home Fernando Tatis Jr., but it was the only run they scored all game.
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) July 5, 2019
The Padres continue to be a streaky team, playing scorching hot ball one week while going ice cold the next week. San Diego has their work cut out for them tomorrow as Los Angeles will have Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Eric Lauer will toe the mound for the Friars.