Saturday, April 7, 2012
3 up, 3 down: Dodgers 6, Padres 5
By Sarah Trotto
SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers have a chance to sweep their opening series of the season Sunday afternoon against the Padres.
They reached this point by winning a long, ugly game Saturday night.
Dee Gordon drove in the winning run on a two-out single in the 11th inning in the 6-5 victory over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park.
A.J. Ellis scored after he led off the inning with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Closer Javy Guerra earned the save, striking out one and walking one in the bottom of the 11th.
The Dodgers had squandered a 5-0 lead, as the Padres tied the score with five runs in the fifth inning. The Padres drew three consecutive walks with the bases loaded in the inning.
Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano threw four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth innings. He was charged with four runs in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four but walked five.
The Dodgers scored all five of their runs in the first four innings against right-hander Dustin Moseley.
Juan Uribe and Juan Rivera had the day off from the starting lineup but came in off the bench. Manager Don Mattingly said he wanted to rest them and have them in the lineup Sunday in the series finale against left-hander Clayton Richard. Adam Kennedy started at third base in place of Uribe, and Tony Gwynn Jr. started in left field in place of Rivera.
More from the leadoff spot. After he went 1-for-10 in the first two games, Gordon was 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and three stolen bases Saturday. The three stolen bases tied a career high. He led off with a single and stole his first base of the season in the first inning. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly. In the third inning, Gordon drew a walk, stole second and scored on Kemp’s single.
The usual suspects. Kemp extended his hitting streak to 15 games (dating to last season) with an RBI single in the third inning. Gordon and Mark Ellis both drew two-out walks before Kemp singled for a 2-0 lead. Andre Ethier then hit a two-run double for a 4-0 lead.
Kemp also had a double in the seventh.
Some power. A.J. Ellis hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Moseley for a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning. It was the third home run of Ellis’ major-league career. He hit two home runs in 31 games with the Dodgers last season.
Meltdown in the fifth inning. The Padres scored five runs in the fifth inning to tie the game with five walks, a wild pitch and two hits. Capuano issued a walk with the bases loaded for the first run, and Jamey Wright issued two walks with the bases loaded for two more runs. Then Scott Elbert’s wild pitch allowed a fourth run to score. After hitting Yonder Alonso, Elbert gave up an RBI single to Orlando Hudson that tied the score 5-5 before the inning ended when Nick Hundley was thrown out trying to score.
Another short start. Capuano lasted just 4 2/3 innings. Walks were a big factor -- he issued five. The Dodgers used seven relievers, weighing heavily on the bullpen for the second time this series. Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw also threw a short outing Thursday, when illness limited him to three innings. On Friday, Chad Billingsley saved the bullpen by throwing 8 1/3 innings.
Wright not right. Wright replaced Capuano in the fifth inning and threw eight pitches -- and none of them were for strikes. He issued two walks with the bases loaded, allowing two runs to score before Elbert replaced him. Saturday was Wright’s second appearance of the season after he pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning Friday.