Play 162 games and you're going to have a few games like this. The idea is to have as few as possible, those messy little affairs where balls drop and the brain freezes and runs are given away.
And the trick is, when they do happen, to still find a way to win.
After allowing the Padres to score three times in the seventh inning to take a one-run lead, the Dodgers came back with two of their own in the eighth. Alex Guerrero continued to deliver as a pinch-hitter, driving in the winning run with a bloop single.
Guerrero wants to play every day, but he has excelled coming off the bench. He is now six for 17 with three homers and eight RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
After the Dodgers rallied to regain the lead, Chris Hatcher and Adam
Long forgotten by then was another strong start by
The Dodgers opened the scoring with a run in the third inning off right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne. Joc Pederson was hit by a pitch with two outs and third baseman
Los Angeles went up 2-0 in the fourth when
Meanwhile, Kershaw was cruising. He started somewhat roughly, but found his rhythm and held the Padres scoreless through six innings. The seventh inning, however, was again a challenge.
With one out in the seventh, shortstop
Kershaw got a second out before Manager
The Dodgers, however, had some fight left.
Ethier followed with a hit, Turner holding at second base. Turner, who seemed to be in the middle of everything Friday, was then picked off second by Norris when Jimmy Rollins pulled back a bunt attempt. Turner, still looking gimpy, did not even try to slide back to the bag.
Ellis walked and then Guerrero looped his single to center to score Ethier, who crossed home just before Ellis was thrown out trying to advance to third. Still, it was close.