Don Mattingly joked before Tuesday’s game about how his Los Angeles Dodgers did some good things during their three-error play from the night before, backing each throw up and what not, but he probably didn’t anticipate that sloppy play to carry over into the next game.
Two errors by Hanley Ramirez in the second inning, on Tuesday, turned into three unearned runs for the San Diego Padres in their 6-3 rout of the Dodgers.
Dodgers’ starter, Roberto Hernandez, was coming off of a loss to the Washington Nationals in his last start where he allowed five runs in 4.1 innings. He had a similar performance on Tuesday but it wasn’t all on him. In the second inning, a routine ground ball found its way under the glove of Ramirez with two outs. The out would’ve made it a nine-pitch inning for Hernandez. Instead, the Padres cashed in two runs on a double from the opposing pitcher Andrew Cashner. And then, he advanced to third base when Ramirez couldn’t cut off Yasiel Puig’s throw from center field.
The Padres picked up another run when Cory Spangenberg singled home Cashner, giving San Diego a 3-0 lead. It ended up being a 24-pitch second inning for Hernandez. At that point, Los Angeles had committed five errors in their last six innings.
“Roberto’s been around for a while, I didn’t see him get frustrated,” Mattingly said. “He just didn’t make a pitch.”
Regardless, Hernandez couldn’t get it together after that defensive lapse. His night lasted just 3.0 innings after serving up a two-run homer to Jed Gyorko in the third inning. He finished allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
“The pitch to Gyorko was a little bit up and there’s nothing I can do about that now,” Hernandez said. “
It was up to the Dodgers offense to clean up the mess, and they were up against it from the start against Cashner. He entered the game with the fourth lowest career ERA against any opponent in the NL (min. five starts); 1.06 against the Dodgers.
Adrian Gonzalez provided the Dodgers with some offense, as always. He delivered a two-run homer off Cashner in the sixth inning, his 23rd of the season.
Surprisingly, the bullpen gave Los Angeles a fighter’s chance. Yimi Garcia tossed two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth. He’s now thrown four scoreless innings in his first two MLB appearances. Kevin Correia followed with two scoreless innings of his own in the sixth and seventh. Jamey Wright allowed the only run by the Dodgers bullpen in the eighth inning.
The Dodgers put forth one final effort in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate on two separate occasions. One run is all they’d get as their win streak came to a screeching halt at four games. The costly errors were too much to overcome for Los Angeles, as the second inning turned out to be the difference between the scores.
“Well, we lost by three and we gave away three,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, I think that’s where they hurt us.”
W: Andrew Cashner (3-7, 2.40)
L: Roberto Hernandez (8-11, 4.04)
-Matt Kemp extended his season-best hitting streak to 15 games
-Justin Turner had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning; he’s now hitting .385 with seven RBIs in those situations this season.