Petco Park- San Diego, California
The 447-foot blast was recorded off the bat at 106.7 mph and put the Dodgers up 1-0 quickly. Petco Park erupted like Chavez Ravine after the homer, as plenty of Dodgers’ fans were in attendance at Petco Park for game number two of the series. The Dodgers tacked on another run off of Lamet, as the Padres fell behind 2-0 before they even had a chance to come to bat.
The Padres responded in the bottom half of the 1st inning as Wil Myers and Francisco Mejia both recorded two-out hits after a Greg Garcia walk started the inning. Mejia’s booming double to right tied the game at two, and a base hit by Josh Naylor put the Padres up 3-2. Dodgers’ starter Ross Stripling was on the ropes early and struggled to make it out of his premiere inning; The Dodgers bullpen even began to stir in the inning as the right-hander labored.
A Chris Taylor homer tied the game in the second for L.A. as he demolished a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats off of Lamet. The game remained tied until Joc Pederson slugged his second homer of the game. Another solo shot that put L.A. up 4-3 at the time. Lamet would go five innings in the game and strike out ten batters while allowing six hits and four earned runs. He threw 88 pitches in the game in what was probably his last appearance in 2019. “He has electric stuff,” Rod Barajas told the local media after the game. “When you are playing the Dodgers- you can’t make mistakes,” Barajas said.
In the bottom of the 6th, San Diego rallied to tie the game on a base hit off the bat of Greg Garcia. The lead did not last long as David Bednar hung an 0-2 splitter to pinch-hitter Edwin Rios leading off the inning for L.A. He crushed the pitch into the night giving the Dodgers back their lead. 5-4 was the score now as the NL West Champs regained their advantage.
The bullpen for L.A. did their job as seven different pitchers threw after Ross Stripling exited after three innings. Only Yimi Garcia allowed a run for L.A., as the group held the Padres to only three hits after the Dodgers’ starter departed. San Diego’ hitters struck out 14 times in the game which continues to be a major problem. “This team needs to do a better job of battling with two strikes,” Barajas admitted after the game.
Kenley Jansen saved the game for the Dodgers as he went 1-2-3 in the 9th inning recording his 32nd save of the 2019 season.
The third game of the series is on Thursday, and it is a day game. It will also be the last chance to see the 2019 San Diego Padres in action at Petco Park. Joey Lucchesi will take the mound and be opposed by Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. 12:40 is the start time.