Home Run Bug Bites Padres

Dodgers hit five home runs in win

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing really goes exactly as you want it to? Like, you're not TOO far off but just uncomfortable enough to know what you're doing is not quite right? That's pretty much how Friday night was for the Padres.

The Friars lost to the Dodgers 8-4. Padres starting pitcher James Shields was finding either too little of the strike zone or too much of it. Shields issued six walks and gave up two home runs in his 5.0 innings of work, but still left with the game tied 3-3. Once he was gone the Padres bullpen let it slip away.

In the 6th inning Mark Rzepczynski gave up a pair of 2-run homers. First Justin Ruggiano got him, then three batters later Adrian Gonzalez rode one out. The Dodgers hit five home runs in the game.

The Padres also got all of their runs via the long ball. Matt Kemp hit a 2-run shot in the 1st inning to run his RBI total to 89. Kemp has quietly driven in the third-most runs in the National League. Jedd Gyorko and Brett Wallace added solo shots but San Diego's only other hit was a single by Yangervis Solarte.

The Padres and Dodgers play game three of their four-game set on Saturday night at Petco Park. After the game there will be a special screening of the comedy Ferrell Takes the Field on the massive left field video board. The special will air next week on HBO but since the Padres were one of the teams comedian Will Ferrell played for during Spring Training, San Diego fans with tickets to Saturday's game get to see it early.

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