Dodgers Report: Andrew Cashner

Rapid Reaction: Padres 3, Dodgers 1

March, 30, 2014
Mar 30
8:31
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SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers were well on their way to being 3-0 before 27 other teams had even suited up, but everything fell apart in the eighth inning.

After being held down for seven innings by Hyun-Jin Ryu, the San Diego Padres erupted for three runs off an uncharacteristically shaky Brian Wilson to win their home opener 3-1 Sunday night.

The Dodgers' bullpen was flawless on opening night in Australia, but the past two games have been rough. They nearly blew a 7-0 lead in the second game with a seemingly endless series of walks against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Wilson had a rough inning Sunday. The trouble was fanned by a couple of errors, one by Wilson, a former World Series closer working as the Dodgers' setup man.

How it happened: Pinch hitter Seth Smith led off the eighth with a deep home run to right field to tie the game. Wilson walked the next hitter, Yasmani Grandal, and then things really fell apart. Everth Cabrera bunted and Wilson bobbled it for an error. After a couple of Cabrera stolen bases, Chris Denorfia dribbled a two-run single up the middle.

Hits: Ryu wobbled through the first two innings but otherwise pitched masterfully, holding the Padres scoreless through seven innings. Ryu’s dominance was a reassuring sight for Dodgers fans after the team put Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list earlier in the day. Ryu has a 0.00 ERA after his first 12 innings of the season.

Misses: As Hanley Ramirez goes, the Dodgers tend to go. Or, at least that’s how things were in 2013. He was the most dangerous hitter in the National League when he was healthy, and his return from the disabled list launched the Dodgers’ turnaround. He hasn’t gotten on a roll in these early games. Ramirez smacked a hard line drive to right field, but went 0-for-4, and he’s 1-for-11 on the young season.

Stat of the game: Ryu retired 16 batters in a row starting in the second inning and ending in the seventh, when he walked Tommy Medica, opening the door for even a modest Dodger rally to win it.

Up next: After an off day, the teams resume the series Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. here at Petco Park. Zack Greinke pitches for the Dodgers, and Ian Kennedy goes for San Diego. Those were the two starting pitchers for the wild brawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks last June. Kennedy hit Greinke with a pitch in that game. Arizona traded Kennedy for reliever Joe Thatcher and a minor leaguer over the winter.

Relievers dominate in win over Padres

September, 22, 2013
9/22/13
3:57
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SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen looked more than ready for the postseason in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Sunday, keeping alive the team's hopes of opening the playoffs at Dodger Stadium.

Closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth, the fourth scoreless inning of relief by Dodgers relievers.

The Dodgers are barely in the hunt for the best record in the National League any more, but there are lesser prizes worth pursuing. The Atlanta Braves won, giving them a 2½-game lead over the Dodgers, who have only six games remaining.

The Dodgers could still begin the playoffs at home if they can finish with a better record than any of the teams in the National League Central. Entering their night game, the St. Louis Cardinals had a 1½-game lead over the Dodgers in that race.

Between Zack Greinke and Andrew Cashner, two of the hottest pitchers in baseball, the teams showed barely a hint they were going to score as the afternoon wore on. Finally, the Dodgers broke the ice in the seventh inning.

With two outs, Michael Young cracked a deep fly ball to right field. It sailed over Will Venable's head, but Adrian Gonzalez wouldn't have been able to lumber all the way around from first if Venable hadn't mishandled the ball.

San Diego put together a rally in the next half of the inning off reliever Chris Withrow but couldn't score. Logan Forsythe took a 95-mph fastball for strike three and pinch hitter Mark Kotsay taped one back to Withrow to end the inning.

The Dodgers pulled Greinke after just five innings and 72 pitches despite the fact he was cruising through San Diego's far-from-intimidating lineup. The Padres got two runners on with nobody out in the third inning, but after Cashner's bunt moved them over, Greinke coaxed an infield pop-up from Alexi Amarista and a groundout from Ronny Cedeno.

Greinke gave up only two hits and struck out three in his five innings. It's likely he was pulled early because of the upcoming playoffs, but the Dodgers allowed ace Clayton Kershaw to throw 99 pitches over seven innings Saturday night.

3 up, 3 down: Of one-run losses

May, 4, 2012
5/04/12
3:00
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CHICAGO -- From a foggy day in Wrigley, the news was more bad than good in a one-run loss (lowering the Dodgers’ league-leading record in one-run games to 9-4), but let’s focus on the positive first.

The good: After seeing the Cubs put an infield shift on him in every at-bat and in every situation, Matt Kemp did some damage is fourth time up in the eighth inning, Matt Kemp hammered a triple to right field. But it’s important to keep in mind that he didn’t beat the defense to do that, he beat the pitcher he was facing (Kerry Wood). The infield was shifted -- not the outfield. Kemp’s hard-hit sailing fly ball made it into the ivy, and Ellis scored easily from second. He then scored on Andre Ethier’s sac fly to center, pulling the Dodgers within a run.

Super-sub Jerry Hairston Jr. provided at least three more reasons to keep him in the lineup more often than not. His first time up, Hairston popped his first home run of the season into Wrigley’s left-field bleachers, he laced an opposite-field single in his second at-bat, and in his third, his triple into the right-field corner plated the Dodgers’ second run. Nevertheless, if Don Mattingly’s pre-game comments are any kind of guide, Juan Uribe won’t have to worry about being Pipp’d just yet -- his injury aside, Uribe is still the Dodgers’ regular third baseman.

And in something of a reach for something positive to say, let’s note A.J. Ellis’ seventh-inning throw to gun down Campana was the seventh baserunner kill notched on his watch behind the dish, against just nine successful steals at that point. (Later in the inning, Castro stole third, but drew no throw -- what, you thought the home scorer was going to call defensive indifference on one of his own guys?) On attempted steals of second, Ellis has thrown out six of 14 would-be thieves. His overall caught-stealing rate of 41 percent ranks fourth among regular receivers in the National League.

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3 up, 3 down: Dodgers 6, Padres 0

April, 6, 2012
4/06/12
9:50
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SAN DIEGO -- After using five relievers on Opening Day, the Dodgers needed a strong outing from starter Chad Billingsley against the Padres on Friday night.

The right-hander delivered in dominant fashion, helping the Dodgers spare their taxed bullpen. Billingsley struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings in the Dodgers’ 6-0 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. He allowed three hits and a walk.

Billingsley exited after allowing a one-out single to Cameron Maybin in the ninth. He threw 108 pitches, 70 for strikes. Jamey Wright got the final two outs.

On offense, the Dodgers chased left-hander Cory Luebke from the game in the fifth inning. Luebke allowed six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Andre Ethier smacked a two-run double and a two-run triple.

The good

Starting pitching. Illness limited ace Clayton Kershaw to just three innings Thursday. Friday, Billingsley was dominant from the beginning. He started strong by striking out all three batters he faced in the first inning. He also struck out the side in the third inning. He gave up leadoff doubles in both the second and fourth innings but escaped trouble. Friday was the ninth game Billingsley has struck out at least 10 in his career.

Attack early. The Dodgers jumped on Luebke early, scoring two runs and three hits in the first inning. After Mark Ellis and Juan Rivera each singled, Ethier drove a two-run double to right center for a 2-0 lead. Earlier, Matt Kemp narrowly missed his second home run in as many days. Right fielder Will Venable caught his deep fly ball against the scoreboard.

Capitalizing. The Dodgers took advantage of the Padres’ miscues, scoring two runs when the Padres committed two errors in the third inning. Ellis started things with a one-out double. Kemp reached on an infield single, and Ellis scored after first baseman Yonder Alonso threw wildly to the plate for the first error. Kemp then took third on Luebke’s errant throw to second base on a pickoff attempt and scored on Rivera’s single over shortstop Jason Bartlett. In the fifth inning, Ethier smashed a two-run triple after Luebke allowed a single and walk.

The bad

Ks. It’s nitpicking on a good offensive day, but the Dodgers struck out quite a bit, nine times total. They fanned six times against Luebke.

Against the bullpen. After scoring six runs off Luebke, the Dodgers were shutout by the Padres bullpen. Reliever Micah Owings allowed a single and a walk in 3 1/3 shutout innings. Andrew Cashner allowed a walk in the ninth.

Bottom third of the lineup. The Dodgers’ 7-8-9 hitters -- Juan Uribe, A.J. Ellis and Billingsley -- were 0-for-10 with four strikeouts and a walk.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.308 12 52 53
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 65
RD. Gordon 54
OPSY. Puig .916
WZ. Greinke 11
ERAC. Kershaw 1.92
SOC. Kershaw 134