Puig pushes Dodgers past Padres

Two early home runs off Jered Weaver seals Dodger series win.

By Michael Cline

Yasiel Puig’s power, prevalent against Trevor Cahill a night ago, was on display again Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

A pair of two-run blasts from the 26-year-old outfielder set the tone for the Dodgers offense early, and the big flies proved to be Jered Weaver’s weakest link.

Weaver, making his Padres debut in a market he called home for the first eleven seasons of his career, was brought to San Diego as an innings-eater. Today, Weaver was confined to just five innings of work. In total, he threw 82 pitches, while surrendering five hits, three walks, and struck out the same number of batters as home runs given up: two.

All of Weaver’s four earned runs came off Puig’s two home runs.

Meanwhile, Brandon McCarthy, Weaver’s counterpart on the mound, stranded two Padre hits through five innings of work. His 6th inning proved to be a challenge.

After a Travis Jankowski single on a 3-2 count, Wil Myers slugged his first home run of the season, elevating a McCarthy curveball to center field. McCarthy was a pitch away from completing the frame. Instead, Myers cut the Dodger lead in half.

In the bottom half of the 6th, Jarred Cosart, in relief of Weaver, surrendered three walks, a pinch-hit RBI double by Enrique Hernandez, and, later, a double steal, with Hernandez taking home plate. Criag Stammen, in his return to the Majors after a pair of seasons battling injuries, relieved Cosart and got the final out of the inning.

Christian Bethancourt’s 7th inning of work is when the wheels came off for San Diego.

Bethancourt, who had pinch hit for Stammen, entered the game in relief. After a Chase Utley groundout, proceeded to walk the next four (and final) batters he faced.

Brad Hand inherited a bases-loaded jam, and Corey Seager continued his hot hitting with another double, scoring two of the three men on base. The third, Andrew Toles, used his speed to score after a passed ball later in the inning.

The Padres bats continued to stay cold, and aside from Hunter Renfroe’s 9th inning double, San Diego continued its lethargic offensive output.

Final score from Chavez Ravine: Dodgers 10, Padres 2.

San Diego completes its opening series on the road in Los Angeles, snagging just one win in the four game slate with the rival Dodgers. Up next is Petco Park’s Opening Day, as the Padres will play host to the San Francisco Giants.

Luis Perdomo, last year’s Rule 5 pick, has been fine-tuning his sinker, which will certainly be on display when the young 23 year old takes the mound tomorrow at 3:40PM. He’ll look to replicate the start by Clayton Richard on Tuesday night, where the veteran arm induced four double plays on the ground.

Perdomo will face off against veteran right hander Matt Cain.

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