Final Score: 4-3, Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres finished the series Saturday night with Brandon McCarthy making his second start for the Dodgers. McCarthy got in a hole early, but pitched his way out of trouble and only allowed one additional run after the two he gave up in the 1st inning. McCarthy ended his day having gone five innings, allowing three runs off three hit while walking three and striking out six. McCarthy left the game winning 4-3.
The bullpen pitched a perfect four innings keeping all runners off base.
Adrian Gonzalez got the game going in the 1st inning with a two-out RBI double and Howie Kendrick laced a double with the bases loaded to score two more runs. The offense did pretty well once again tallying nine hits and scoring just enough to beat out the Padres and lift McCarthy to a victory.
McCarthy was solid once again for L.A. It’s a very positive sign for the Dodgers, and hopefully, he can keep up this pace down the stretch because the Dodgers need starting pitching. The bullpen was phenomenal holding the score in relief for McCarthy. Casey Fien has proven to be an excellent pickup for L.A. and Jansen continues his pace with saves and a sparkling 1.19 ERA.
The finale of the series will be Sunday and the Dodgers will be looking to finish out the first half of the season strong with a series victory over a division rival. Kenta Maeda will get the start.
Adrian Gonzalez 1 (43)
Howie Kendrick 2 (19)
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