Defense Dooms Padres in Loss

A pair of errors lead to an L in L.A.

The Padres only had three hits in Saturday’s game against the Dodgers. Had they not made two errors that actually would have been enough to win.

San Diego was undone by shoddy defense in a 4-3 loss in Los Angeles. The Friars took the lead in the top of the 1st inning when Yangervis Solarte launched a 2-run home run to right field off Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy. But the Padres started giving back runs almost immediately.

Starting pitcher Luis Perdomo made a throwing error on a comebacker by leadoff hitter Chase Utley, who eventually scored on a two-out double by Adrian Gonzalez that cut the lead to 2-1. L.A. took the lead in the 4th inning when Howie Kendrick snuck a ball just inside the bag down the 3rd base line. The double brought in two runs and put the Dodgers ahead 3-2.

The Padres tied it an inning later when Travis Jankowski singled home Alexei Ramirez but in the bottom half the infield made another boo boo. A pair of singles put runners at first and second with nobody out but Perdomo got Gonzalez to hit a ground ball to Ryan Schimpf at 2nd base. He tried to start a double play but Justin Turner disrupted Ramirez trying to make the turn and the throw sailed off the glove of Wil Myers at 1st base, allowing Corey Seager to score what turned out to be the winning run.

The Dodgers bullpen tossed 4.0 innings of no-hit ball with eight strikeouts to lock down the win. The Padres can split the series on Sunday. Christian Friedrich gets the final start before the All-Star break against Kenta Maeda.

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