San Diego, California
There was an electric, even playoff atmosphere at Petco Park Friday night for the first meeting between the Padres and Dodgers of the 2019 season in front of a sold-out crowd of 44,425.
The Friars donned their alternate brown and gold tops as Eric Lauer took the hill against LA, a team he has had success against, with an 0.92 ERA in three starts.
The game started with a bang in the bottom of the first inning when Franmil Reyes singled ahead of Manny Machado. Machado was yet to have a signature moment at the plate for the Padres this season. That is now no longer the case.
Machado laid off of a couple of tough pitches from Clayton Kershaw to work the count full. Then he destroyed a ball that went into the seats just below the giant Jumbotron in left field, a projected 437 feet away from home plate. The majestic blast propelled the Friar Faithful to their feet in excitement as the Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
WHAT A STATEMENT!
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Ian Kinsler hit his second home run in as many games, extending the lead to 3-0. He seems to be heating up after a frigid start to the season.
Lauer tossed four hitless innings before allowing a Chris Taylor solo homer in the fifth. He ran into more trouble in the sixth and left with the bases loaded and no one out.
In came Brad Wieck out of the bullpen, and he buckled down and only allowed one inherited runner to score, preserving the Friars’ 3-2 lead with a big strikeout.
Trey Wingenter came in for the seventh and immediately relinquished the lead after Austin Barnes sent one into the seats. He settled down to keep the game tied by striking out the next three batters who came after Barnes, albeit with some help from a generous strike zone.
The game remained tied until the ninth inning and Kirby Yates came in to try and preserve the tie. When the Dodgers got a runner on second with one out, Max Muncy lined a grounder down the first base line, which bounced off of Eric Hosmer’s glove as he dove. The runner came around to score, giving the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.