Puig, Hill get Dodgers back on track

April 6th, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- slugged his first home run of the year and three relievers followed starter Rich Hill with four scoreless innings as the Dodgers beat the Padres Wednesday night, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers scored two runs (one earned) in the first inning off on opposite-field doubles by and before normally sure-handed first baseman missed third baseman 's routine throw for an error.

"I just missed the ball," said Myers, who didn't commit an error until Aug. 7 last year. "He didn't throw one that ran. He didn't throw one that sinked. I just missed the ball. Pretty embarrassing."

Hill allowed one run on two hits for the win, with pitching one scoreless inning in his Dodgers debut, Alex Wood throwing two innings and $80 million closer with his first save of the season. Cahill struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his first start for the Padres.

"The bullpen was great, those guys came in and attacked the zone and Sergio, Woody and Kenley were seamless, and it was great to see and a lot of fun to watch," said Hill. "Everybody knows our bullpen is one of the best in baseball."

San Diego cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on a home run, a towering shot tracked by Statcast™ at a 35-degree launch angle with a 106 mph exit velocity. It was Renfroe's fourth homer in six career games against the Dodgers. But Puig got that run back in the bottom of the inning by barreling a 1-2 changeup just inside the left-field foul pole, walking the first six steps toward first while watching it stay fair.

"I just maybe got complacent, thinking it was going to go exactly where I wanted it to," said Cahill, whose changeup was sharp otherwise. "I left it up, and right when it left my hand, I knew it was not going to be good."


Timely pick: It took five attempted throws to first base, but Hill finally picked off Myers in the fourth inning, and the timing couldn't have been better. One pitch after Myers was tagged out trying for second, Renfroe blasted a towering home run to left-center that cut the lead to 2-1 instead of tying the game.

"That was big," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "At that point with Myers on base, gets behind the hitter 3-1, a called pickoff, that was a huge out."

To the track: Romo made his Dodgers debut in the top of the sixth, and Myers greeted him with a one-out double -- tracked by Statcast™ at 112 mph off the bat. The next batter, , nearly tied the game with a 390-foot fly ball, but Solarte went to the deepest part of the park, where center fielder was waiting at the warning track. Romo then got Renfroe on a groundout to third to end the inning.


"I've always thought Torres was really good. I thought he looked like the way he throws. He's going to be really good." -- Myers, on lefty reliever , who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless frames

"The first thing he said when we got out there was his on-base was a thousand." -- Roberts, who checked on Hill when he was hit by a pitch

Video: [email protected]: Hill hit on wrist on his non-pitching hand


Padres: makes his Padres debut Thursday, with first pitch slated for 12:10 p.m. PT. The veteran right-hander inked a one-year deal with San Diego in February after 11 seasons with the Angels.

Dodgers: is healthy after two years of injuries, and he won back his spot in the rotation, so he starts Thursday's series finale at Dodger Stadium. McCarthy is 7-1 in his career against San Diego.

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