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Richard chased early in opener vs. LA

Left-hander tagged for seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings
August 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Known for inducing ground balls, there was far too much liftoff Friday as Padres starter Clayton Richard (Clay Clay) was roughed up in an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers.Richard, who entered with a Major League-leading 59.7 percent ground-ball rate, gave up five extra-base hits to the Dodgers,

LOS ANGELES -- Known for inducing ground balls, there was far too much liftoff Friday as Padres starter Clayton Richard (Clay Clay) was roughed up in an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Richard, who entered with a Major League-leading 59.7 percent ground-ball rate, gave up five extra-base hits to the Dodgers, including home runs from Chris Taylor (CT3) and Justin Turner (RedTurn2).
Now comes decision-making time for Padres management and the coaching staff, as Richard could be in jeopardy of losing his starting spot.
The left-hander gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings Friday and allowed two walks after not yielding a free pass in either of his last two starts. Richard last earned a victory on June 22 at San Francisco and has a 7.36 ERA in 11 starts (58 2/3 innings) since then.
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Eric Lauer threw 61 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Friday and will need a rotation spot with the Padres soon. Then there is the potential return of Luis Perdomo, who went on the disabled list on July 28 with a strained right shoulder and is about to start pitching on a rehab assignment.
"We have to make some decisions in time," manager Andy Green said. "I don't think that decision is today by any stretch, but in time we definitely have to make some decisions on how we want this rotation to play out through the month of September."
Since dominating the Dodgers in the second game of the 2017 season when he delivered eight shutout innings, Richard has struggled against the division rival. Over his last seven starts against the Dodgers, he has given up 37 runs in 36 innings.

"It's something I will look at a little more in depth [Saturday]," Richard said about his inability to stay down in the strike zone. "I would kind of understand if it was an action-on-the-pitch situation where they weren't good enough, or just not good enough pitches. That is something that will be evaluated."
It would have taken an exceptional outing to match Dodgers starter Rich Hill (D. Mountain), who retired the first 12 batters he faced. The Padres' first hit came when Hunter Renfroe (Froe) doubled to right field to lead off the fifth inning.
Freddy Galvis (Toco) had the Padres' only other hit off Hill, a triple with one out in the sixth inning. He was left stranded when William Myers (Wil) and Eric Hosmer (Papo) both grounded out. Myers, who did not start the past two games after getting hit in the face while taking ground balls in batting practice Wednesday, went 0-for-4.
"It felt good and there was no problems with anything," Myers said about his return to action. "I felt pretty good out there."
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The Padres finally broke through in the eighth inning on an RBI double from Galvis off right-hander Yimi Garcia (Yimi), who just returned to the Dodgers' roster after missing 43 games with right forearm inflammation.
The Padres have now lost nine of their last 11 games.
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Galvis had his first multiple extra-base-hit game since Aug. 1, when he had two doubles against the Cubs. His last one prior to that was June 15, when he had a double and a home run against the Braves.
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The two extra-base hits from Galvis not only gave him his 31st multi-hit game of the season, it continued a run of solid play in Los Angeles. Galvis now has a hit in nine consecutive games at Dodger Stadium, going all the way back to Aug. 9, 2016. In that stretch, he is batting .400 (12-for-30) with six runs, three doubles, a triple and three home runs, not to mention a 1.321 OPS.

HE SAID IT
"Executing quality pitches. I wasn't terrible in doing that, but not good enough, and they took advantage of pitches out over the plate more often than not. It's extremely disappointing to put your team in the hole like that. There is really no excuse. It stinks. It stinks to have an outing like that." -- Richard, who struggled Friday and how has a .302 batting-average-against and a .371 on-base percentage when facing the Dodgers in his career
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Right-hander Brett Kennedy (Kennedy) will pitch for the Padres in the middle game of the three-game series, still looking for his first Major League victory. The rookie has made three starts, showing improvement in his last when he gave up two runs over five innings Sunday against the D-backs. Clayton Kershaw (Kersh) will take the mound for the Dodgers. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. PT.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.