Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 5, Padres 1

April, 2, 2014
Apr 2
10:25
PM PT


SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't exactly been battering down fences in these first few games, but they've gotten excellent starting pitching and their bats started to warm up on a cool night in San Diego.

Wednesday, they staked Dan Haren to a nice early lead, and their newest starting pitcher nurtured it like the savvy veteran he is, resulting in a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

How it happened: San Diego starter Tyson Ross has a live arm and one of the best sliders in baseball, but the Dodgers jumped on him early and Haren out-pitched him with a fraction of his raw ability. Carl Crawford slashed a leadoff double and Hanley Ramirez doubled into the corner to spark a three-run first-inning rally.

Hits: The Dodgers are five games into the season and they've had five strong starts by their pitchers. Haren made his Dodgers debut and, with a fastball in the 85-88 mph range, gave a pitching clinic. Haren was perfect through three innings and held the Padres to one unearned run and four hits. At some point, the Dodgers will be tested by the loss of Clayton Kershaw, but so far the other starters have made it look easy.

Misses: Up-the-middle defense continues to be a worry. Ramirez missed a Chase Headley ground ball that went into left field for a single. He also dropped the ball after a good relay throw beat Everth Cabrera to the second-base bag as he was trying to stretch a single (inexplicably, down by four runs in the ninth). A.J. Ellis also was called for catcher's interference, leading to San Diego's only run.

Stat of the game: 0.91. The ERA of Dodgers starting pitchers.

Up next: The Dodgers have an open date before making their home debut Friday against the San Francisco Giants.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
14 1.86 174 145
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .312
HRA. Gonzalez 17
RBIA. Gonzalez 83
RD. Gordon 69
OPSY. Puig .909
ERAC. Kershaw 1.86
SOC. Kershaw 174