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Comeback bid falls short, Padres lose in extras

Friars strand five in final three frames, fail to capitalize on late chances
April 17, 2018

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres had one spirited late-inning rally in them Tuesday night. They couldn't muster a second.After tying the game with a two-run ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, San Diego failed to cash in on some golden opportunities in extras. A beleaguered bullpen finally caught up

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres had one spirited late-inning rally in them Tuesday night. They couldn't muster a second.
After tying the game with a two-run ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, San Diego failed to cash in on some golden opportunities in extras. A beleaguered bullpen finally caught up with the Padres in the 12th, and Los Angeles escaped with a 7-3 victory at Petco Park.
"To get two off of Kenley says a lot for a team, for an offense," said Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer. "We just couldn't come up with the big one in the end, and against teams like this, you can't miss on those opportunities."
Hosmer brought a sleepy San Diego offense to life with a mammoth home run in the ninth -- his first at Petco Park as a Padre -- to make it 3-2. Christian Villanueva followed with a deep drive of his own, and for a moment, it appeared he may have tied the game. Instead, Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor made a leaping grab just in front of the wall to preserve the one-run edge.
The Padres' gutty comeback bid persisted. Franchy Cordero worked a two-out walk, then swiped second base and was balked to third. That set the stage for Chase Headley, who entered the game 1-for-26 this season -- one of the worst slumps of his 12-year career.
Facing the National League's top closer, Headley certainly didn't look like an .038 hitter. After falling behind 0-2, Headley worked the count full, then laced the seventh pitch into the right-field corner for a game-tying double.

"For somebody that's obviously scuffled so far this year, I thought the at-bat was outstanding," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Game on the line, a battle, to get the double, that's a tough at-bat against a really good pitcher. We had some really good at-bats that inning. We're still searching for that last big hit."
The Padres would strand Headley, and they'd leave five more runners on base in extras. They struck out 20 times on the night, tying a franchise record set most recently in 2001.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal broke the deadlock with a two-run double in the 12th off reliever Tyler Webb, who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday. James Farmer doubled the lead by doing the same to Kazuhisa Makita. It was the fourth time in six games that the Padres had to ask for six innings from their bullpen.
"It's a tough loss, there's no other way around it," Green said. "You don't win many baseball games when you punch out 20 times. You put balls in play, you've got a chance to win a baseball game. They did that; we didn't."
Righty starter Bryan Mitchell had surrendered a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the top of the first -- Kemp's second dinger in as many nights against his former club. Mitchell settled in nicely after that, allowing five hits over six innings and just one more run -- a sac fly by Kemp in the fifth.
The two most costly of the Padres' season-high 20 strikeouts came in the 10th inning. San Diego loaded the bases for Hunter Renfroe and Villanueva, the Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in their batting order. Dodgers reliever Thomas Stripling set them both down swinging.
"It definitely sucks," Renfroe said. "Really disappointed in myself, I let the team down. That should've been it. It should've been done right there. We should've been in here partying."
After the game, Renfroe -- who struck out four times -- voiced his displeasure with the strike zone of home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley. Meanwhile, Green pointed to the Padres' inability to put the ball in play.
"There's got to be a greater measure of resolve," Green said. "There comes a point in time where the ball's just got to be put in play. We didn't do that. We've got to do better."
The Padres scored their first run in the sixth on a throwing error from Dodgers starter Alex Wood, but they could've had more if not for a controversial call negating an apparent foul ball in front of the plate.
Jose Pirela bounced a chopper in front of the plate, then made contact with the baseball, as he turned to run toward first base. Replays showed Pirela clearly had both feet in the batter's box when his arm touched the ball -- making it foul.
Green argued the call, but after an umpire's huddle in the infield, Pirela was still ruled out. The play isn't reviewable, much to Green's displeasure.
"Personally, it's very frustrating when the ball's hitting a guy in the batter's box, and everybody knows it -- except the four guys on the field, and they want to look at it," Green said. "It's not always the easiest thing to see in real time. But the ball bounces up, hits him in the batter's box. … That thing needs to be reviewable. That's such an easy thing to be able to go to the monitor for."
With two outs in the fifth, Cody Bellinger hit a one-hop rocket to first base where Hosmer was holding on Corey Seager. On the backhand, Hosmer made an impressive pick, despite the baseball nearly splitting his webbing.

With the ball lodged halfway through his glove, Hosmer coolly stepped on the bag for the final out of the inning.
The Padres wrap up their series with the Dodgers Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. PT. Right-hander Luis Perdomo is slated to return from his suspension, and he'll get the start opposite Dodgers righty Kenta Maeda. New shortstop Freddy Galvis has five hits including a homer in nine career at-bats against Maeda, and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg have seen similar success.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.