Limited offensive output favors home Dodgers; Cahill drops first game as a Padre.
By Michael Cline
Hunter Renfroe hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left off Dodger starter Rich Hill. It would be but a brief flash of offense for the Padres, and Hill’s only mistake throughout the evening.
Hill mixed his pitches, and made exceptional use of his breaking ball, missing bats en route to his first win on the young season.
The entire offensive output by both teams was limited to the first four innings. The Dodgers got to Trevor Cahill early, with back to back doubles from Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez, leading to the first run of the ballgame. Cahill looked to be out of a jam when Logan Forsythe grounded to 3rd, but Wil Myers committed an error while catching the throw from Ryan Schimpf.
In the fourth, Yasiel Puig launched his first home run of the season, when he crushed an 85MPH changeup from Cahill.
Cahill’s line was nothing to frown about: 5.2 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K. Like Richard a night ago, Cahill too tossed 99 pitches. This, however, didn’t come in a winning effort.
Hill, though solid, exited the game before Cahill, only working 5 innings. He walked three men and gave up two hits, one of them being the Renfroe solo shot.
Arguably the best pitching performance came from the Dodger bullpen. Sergio Romo, Alex Wood, and Kenley Jansen threw a combined 4 innings of one hit, one walk baseball. Jansen also notched his first save.
Final score: Dodgers 3, Padres 1.
The series wraps up on Thursday at noontime. Jered Weaver returns to Los Angeles to face his former crosstown rival, this time as a member of the Padres. He’ll square up against Brandon McCarthy.