Going to a baseball game should be fun. It wasn’t for Bryan Stow, a longtime San Francisco Giants fan who attended the season-opener at Dodger Stadium, was brutally beaten in the parking lot after the contest and is in a coma.
Amid this awful tragedy, the Dodgers embarked on a three-city road trip and are 2-3 after last Sunday’s 7-2 loss to San Diego at Petco Park, known as a pitchers’ haven. The Dodgers also play three games this week at AT&T Park in the Bay Area.
The light-hitting Padres smacked three homers, including Ryan Ludwick’s solo shot to deep left off John Ely (0-1) in the fourth inning that made it 2-1, and Nick Hundley’s two-run blast to center in the sixth that pushed the lead to 4-1. Cameron Maybin’s solo smash to center in the seventh gave the Padres a 5-2 edge.
San Diego made it a five-run lead in the eighth when Alberto Gonzalez singled in a run, and Maybin delivered a run-scoring triple to right-center field.
The Dodgers (5-4) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice, and scored on Andre Ethier’s grounder.
Matt Kemp (two hits) singled in the seventh, swiped second, and scored when pitcher Aaron Harang (2-0) threw wildly to third base as San Diego’s lead was trimmed to 4-2.
Orlando Hudson doubled to the right-field corner in the third, and crossed the plate on Jorge Cantu’s single that tied it at 1-1.
Saturday’s contest was won by the Dodgers 4-0, and played only after Friday’s game was completed after being suspended because of rain.
That game saw the Dodgers emerge with a 4-2 victory in 11 innings as Gwynn (two hits) drove in the winning run with a single.
Kemp had three hits with one run batted in, while Casey Blake scored two runs and had one hit.
Gwynn was the table-setter in the 4-0 triumph as he led off the first with a double and came around on Ethier’s hit.
The visitors tallied two runs in the fifth when Ethier crashed a solo homer and Kemp scored on an error that helped back pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (2-0).
Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run homer and three RBIs pushed Colorado to a 7-5 win on Wednesday. His effort offset Rod Barajas and Blake, as they each had two hits, one RBI and one run scored.
Tulowitzki hit his first homer as did Chris Iannetta, and Jose Lopez added a run-scoring single in the sixth during the Rockies’ 3-0 shutout Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw (1-1).