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San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres fall to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 for their first loss of the season.
The Padres despite trailing the Dodgers the entire game, had the opportunity to not only tie the game, but win it in the bottom of the ninth.
Unfortunately the Padres just couldn’t get that big hit today when they needed it the most.
Yonder Alonso started the Padres rally in the bottom of the ninth with a lead-off single off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Then after Jedd Gyorko flew out to center for the first out of the inning, Will Venable would single to center field and Alonso would hustle into third as the potential tying run.
The Padres would fail to bring Alonso home, as Chris Denorfia would strikeout for the second out and after a walk to Yasmani Grandal, pinch-hitter Nick Hundley would strikeout as well to end the game.
The Dodgers who improve to (3-1) on the season, scored the games first runs in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Yasiel Puig off Ian Kennedy to give the Dodgers the early 2-0 lead.
The Dodgers would add to their lead in the Top of the fourth on a Dee Gordon RBI single to extend the lead 3-0.
The Padres would cut the Dodgers lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a Solo-HomeRun by Seth Smith, his second straight day with a HomeRun.
The Padres would cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth as Jedd Gyorko scored from third on a wild pitch by Dodgers starter Zach Greinke.
The Padres would have the chance to tie the game in the sixth and eighth with runners on first and second with one out, until Chase Headley grounded into inning ending double plays in both innings to end the Padres rally’s. The Padres were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Ian Kennedy who fell to (0-1) on the season allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out four in five innings of work. Kennedy really struggled with his command today, as it took him 103 pitches to get through five innings.