LOS ANGELES -- Late in a season that has shown no remorse, the Padres are showing a resiliency that has provided a waft of fresh air deep into the dog days.The Padres fell a season-high 32 games under .500 with a 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers that was Hitchcock-like in
LOS ANGELES -- Late in a season that has shown no remorse, the Padres are showing a resiliency that has provided a waft of fresh air deep into the dog days.
The Padres fell a season-high 32 games under .500 with a 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers that was Hitchcock-like in horrors, yet still managed to provide hope for a brighter future.
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A comeback Saturday felt short when Justin Turner hit a bloop RBI double in the 12th inning. That Turner's hit -- one pitch after a 19-minute power-outage delay that had reliever Robert Stock waiting to pitch again -- somehow did not stir any exasperation in the visiting clubhouse seemed remarkable.
That a potential game-tying hit in the eighth inning, which instead hit William Myers in the arm to end a scoring threat, did not inspire woe-is-me outcry was commendable.
Instead, the Padres seemed to universally look at the positives.
Brett Kennedy bounced back from a rough opening to his fourth career outing. The offense chipped away at three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. And Austin Hedges' home run in the ninth inning against All-Star closer Kenley Jansen forged the late tie that did not develop an inning earlier.
"Absolutely it's frustrating; It's frustrating to lose any game in the big leagues, but at the same time, I think there are a lot of good things to take away from it," Hedges said. "Every game, every season is a learning experience. A lot of these tough losses will be good for us going forward, and moving forward we'll figure out how to win these games."
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Hunter Renfroe's hard smash in the eighth inning, clocked at 107 mph off the bat, hit Myers as he left second base. Myers was the third out, ending the scoring threat. The Padres had already scored once in the inning.
"I did everything right on the bases," Myers said. "I broke on the swing on contact and that ball started behind me and tracked me the whole way. A ball coming that hard, it's hard to get out of the way."
Making his fourth career start, while pitching opposite Kershaw, Kennedy trailed, 3-0, just three batters into the game when Manny Machado followed a Player Page for Max Muncy single and a Turner hit-by-pitch to deliver his 30th home run of the season and sixth with the Dodgers.
Muncy later added his 30th home run of the season in the seventh inning, when he took reliever Matt Strahm deep.
Kennedy simply hit the reset button after Machado's blast, giving up no runs and three hits over the rest of his outing. In his last two starts, Kennedy has given up a combined five earned runs, far better than the 11 earned runs he gave up in his first two outings.
"This game, I settled in, but it was a little too late," Kennedy said. "So that is something moving forward to attack guys from the beginning. But that is what baseball is, it is about realizing what you did and make adjustments, building on that and if I can keep doing that hopefully I can have more success in the future."
Changes are coming to the Padres' rotation soon as Eric Lauer and Luis Perdomo are on the mend, and Kennedy made his pitch Saturday to keep starting.
His own reversal of fortune allowed the Padres to get back into the game. Freddy Galvis backed up a Manuel Margot double in the third inning with an RBI single to cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Franmil Reyes then crushed a deep home run to left field off Kershaw to make the score 3-2.
Muncy's home run came in the bottom of the seventh to give Kershaw some more breathing room and the Dodgers a 4-2 advantage.
The Padres kept coming though, as a Machado error in the eighth inning opened the door for an RBI groundout from Eric Hosmer that cut the Dodgers advantage to a run. But one batter later, with Kershaw on the ropes, Myers took a direct hit on the Renfroe rocket up the middle.
"It's a painful way to lose a baseball game," manager Andy Green said. "Robert Stock's been great for us. That's a fluky popup down the right-field line. You can't walk the leadoff batter, but for me, there's a ton of positive things to look at and take away from the baseball game, but we came up on the short side of it."
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The lights stayed on long enough for Padres rookie relievers Trey Wingenter and Jose Castillo to offer a scoreless inning each with two strikeouts. It was yet two more examples of why Green sounded optimistic even in defeat.
"For me, watching Jose Castillo and Trey Wingenter in their first time in a really hostile environment with the game on the line, both of those guys -- no pun intended -- were lights out," Green said. "They were dominant. For us, those are huge things."
Galvis extended two streaks Saturday. His RBI single in the third inning gave him a hit in all five games of the road trip. And he extended his Dodger Stadium hit streak to 10 games going back to August 2016.
HE SAID IT
"Honestly I've never seen it that dark before. It was pitch black. I couldn't see anything. I didn't really know what was going on. I didn't think the worst right away. I was just trying to see what was going on," --- Myers, on the moment the power outage hit in the 12th inning
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The Padres were able to overturn a safe call on Machado's stolen-base attempt in the seventh inning. Machado broke for second and was called safe after he dived into the bag. Replays showed that shortstop Galvis did apply the tag in time to Machado's leg on a throw from Hedges.
Left-hander Robbie Erlin will start for the Padres in Sunday's series finale at Dodger Stadium, making his fifth consecutive appearance in the rotation and seventh overall. In four August starts, he is 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA. Lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers, with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m. PT.
Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.