Spring training can be a delicate dance, trying to get ready for the season while paying close attention when the body barks and says it might be best to back off a tad.
Ryu started against the
Ryu was unusually sharp for a first outing, throwing 22 strikes in his 30 pitches. In addition to not giving up a hit or walking a batter, he struck out two.
He also got Matt Kemp on a comebacker in the first inning, starting an 0-for-3 night for Kemp in his first meeting against the Dodgers since his trade to San Diego.
The rest of the Dodgers’ pitchers pretty much followed Ryu’s lead.
Mike Bolsinger, one of those trying to jump to the front of the first-man-in when someone in the rotation is injured, threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, did not walk a batter and struck out one. Adam Liberatore was next and threw another clean inning. Josh Ravin followed with another perfect inning, which included a strikeout of Kemp.
The Padres finally got a second hit in the eighth inning off Ryan Buchner, but the left-hander got
Trouble was, the Dodgers weren’t having any greater success with the Padres staff.
Finally with one out in the ninth, Pederson connected on a line-drive home run off