Los Angeles Dodgers Drop Opener, Yasiel Puig Homers Again

Pedro Ciriaco provided a pair of big hits late in Thursday night’s game helping the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The loss drops the Dodgers to 8.5 games behind division leading Arizona Diamondbacks including six games behind the Padres who moved into sole possession of third in the NL West.

Ciriaco has had a nice start for the Padres after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last week. In the last four games he is now 7-for-14 with two of those hits making the difference in the game.

In the seventh, Ciriaco tripled into left-center to plate Yasmani Grandal to give the Padres a 3-2 lead. After Chase Headley singled in a run a few batters later, the Padres would be up 4-2 heading into the eighth. Ciriaco added to his night in the eighth driving a Peter Moylan pitch out to left to put the Padres up 6-2.

As for the Dodgers this is the tenth time in 2013 that the team has lost while collecting more hits than the opposition. It was only the sixth time in Yasiel Puig’s sixteen career games that he failed to have multiple hits in the game.

Puig launched his sixth homer of the season in the first inning giving the Dodgers their early lead of the ballgame. However, his next four at-bats he would look lost striking out three times for the first time in his career.

A.J. Ellis would add a homer of his own in the ninth off closer Huston Street but the game ended with a Puig strikeout and a runner on third.

Dodgers starter Stephen Fife worked an efficient six innings with only four hits, two runs (one earned), and six strikeouts only to be left with a no-decision. Fife has been a reliable option at the back end of the Dodgers rotation this year.

A good sign for the Dodgers is that Hanley Ramirez started for the fifth time in six games and is 8-for-12 in the last three games combined. The hamstring seems to be holding up fine as he scored on a Juan Uribe sac fly in the sixth which tied the score at the time.

Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.84) will take on Clayton Richard (2-5, 7.01) in the battle of the Claytons on Friday Night. Kershaw will be trying for his first win since May 20th. The Dodgers have lost eight of their last eleven.

WP: Nick Vincent (2-0)

LP: Matt Guerrier (2-3)

S: Huston Street (15)


Don Mattingly said they plan on sending Matt Kemp to a three to four game rehab soon.

Scott Van Slyke will begin a rehab with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night.