Dodgers Walk Away Winners at Petco Park

Los Angeles gets plenty of free passes from San Diego pitchers in blowout win

If there is anyone in Major League Baseball who does not need a whole bunch of run support it’s Clayton Kershaw. But, the Dodgers seem to give it to him when he throws against the Padres.

Los Angeles reached double digits for their ace in a 10-2 win over San Diego at Petco Park. You may recall it was Kershaw who got 14 runs in an Opening Day blowout at Dodger Stadium.

What makes the loss more aggravating for Padres fans is the Dodgers only had eight hits. They almost literally walked their way to a win. San Diego pitchers walked nine L.A. hitters and six of them came around to score.

Padres starter Clayton Richard issued six of those walks and chased then with seven hits allowed in 5.0 innings to take the loss. Once the Dodgers get that many runs for Kershaw the game is basically over. Kershaw struck out nine and took a shutout in to the 8th inning before Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run, the second time this season Schimpf has gone deep against Kershaw.

If the game was not over at that point, it was after the top of the 9th inning. Miguel Diaz came in and issued the other three walks of the night, then served up a grand slam to Dodgers rookie Chad Bellinger, who has taken Major League Baseball by storm.

In 11 games since being called up Bellinger has hit five homers and driven in 14 runs. The Dodgers can sweep the series on Sunday afternoon (weather permitting). The Padres will send Trevor Cahill to the mound against Brandon McCarthy.

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