Watching the baseball drop into Andre Ethier's glove in right field, Alex Wood turned toward the Dodgers bench and shouted.
Wood punched his glove, then punched it again.
This was the kind of start Wood was looking to make. This was the kind of start he was gradually building toward since the Dodgers acquired him at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
The routine catch by Ethier marked the final out recorded by Wood in a seven-inning tour de force Saturday night, a three-hit masterpiece that led the Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Wood had never completed seven innings in a Dodgers uniform.
“Anybody will tell you that...