No one’s really arguing the
The result was a predictable loss, the
The game was delayed for 30 minutes because of rain, so maybe the Dodgers should have known something odd was in the works.
The poor fielding wasted a fine start by
The Padres opened the scoring with a run in the first, though in truth, they should not have. Matt Kemp, being greeted far more by boos than cheers in his second game back at Dodger Stadium, singled with two outs and scored when
It should have landed for a single, but Crawford made a late, awkward dive for the ball and it bounced past him and to the wall for what was ruled a triple to score Kemp.
It remained a 1-0 game for a long time and it started to look like Greinke would pitch a terrific game and still get tagged with the loss. Greinke did not allow a hit after the first inning, his only baserunners coming on Rollins' first error and a sixth-inning walk to Kemp.
In his six innings, Greinke gave up the one run on two hits and a walk, striking out four. He threw 94 pitches.
But the Dodgers finally got to right-hander
Yasiel Puig and
The lead was of the short-lived variety. The Padres tied it back up in the seventh after
Rodriguez should have been out of the inning when he got pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte to pop up. But as Rollins backpedaled to shallow center and stuck out his glove for the catch, he simply missed the ball, and stumbled to the ground as Alonso scored the tying run.
San Diego took a 3-2 lead with another run in the top of the eighth.
That was another lead gone in a hurry. In the bottom of the inning, Gonzalez crushed a solo home run through the heavy night air off
But the Dodgers were not done giving away runs. They had a theme to continue. Barmes opened the ninth with a basehit off
Grandal bobbled the ball, but still had time to get Spangenberg. He threw from his knees to first, hitting Spangenberg in the back for the Dodgers' third error.