Ouch. The San Diego Padres took the loss against the Dodgers in a pretty one-sided contest.
Early runs hurt San Diego, as the Padres couldn’t muster enough offense to give their depleted arms a fighting chance.
Sean Manaea was responsible for early damage, as he couldn’t find the stuff that he is known for. The green glove did nothing for him as he went under five innings of work, giving up six earned runs. It was not the start you wanted from your starting pitcher, and unfortunately, it was too much to deal with for the Padres offense as they stalled, losing the contest 10-2. Manaea gave up long balls to Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger, which didn’t help in the quest for the win.
Once believed to be a possible Cy Young candidate, Dinelson Lamet has struggled coming out of the pen. He has shown his fair share of issues in finding his control back. When he used to start, Lamet was electric. His time in the bullpen often came with earned runs given up, which happened again on Sunday. It was merely too much offense from LA to come back from for the Padres, as Pedro Avila also gave up runs in the mop-up role.
Of course, Los Angeles outfielder Cody Bellinger took the day to wreak havoc on Padres pitching, including a solo homer to center off Manaea, which made the game 4-0. Now that was a tally the Padres could have totaled, but sadly they were no match for Clayton Kershaw, who tossed a solid five innings of one-run ball against the Padres. The Los Angeles bullpen did their job as they finished San Diego off, winning the series for the boys in blue.
Wil Myers and Trent Grisham both earned a run batted in, which unfortunately proved invaluable. Hopefully, it dispels the two’s recent slumps, as basically, Jurickson Profar has been picking up all the slack in the outfield grass. He has proved his worth with both offense and defense for the Padres to start the year. This could be the year that Profar figures everything out and really reached his overall abilities in the game.
The Friars will look to improve the current 10-7 record with a mid-week series coming up against the Cincinnati Reds, who San Diego recently swept.