Righty perfect for three innings; Ferrell can only watch 9th-inning shot from right field
By Joey Nowak
PEORIA, Ariz. -- James Shields was superb in his second Cactus League outing for the Padres, mowing his way once through the Dodgers' lineup, but Joc Pederson belted a homer in the ninth for Los Angeles that was all the difference in a 1-0 Los Angeles victory on Thursday night at Peoria Stadium.
Before comedian and actor Will Ferrell stole the show with his late-innings appearances for both clubs, it was Shields and Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu who treated the fans. Both turned in scoreless outings, with Shields tossing three perfect frames and Ryu tossing two.
Pederson's long ball, the first of the spring for the team's No. 3 prospect, came off Padres reliever Jose Valverde with one out in the ninth -- straight over the head of Ferrell, who was playing right field for San Diego. He retired a batter from the mound for the Dodgers in the seventh.
Shields threw a first-pitch strike to all nine batters he faced, and struck out five. Ryu -- who threw 30 pitches, 22 for strikes -- stuck out two in his two innings.
"I don't really put too much emphasis on Spring Training, but I felt a lot better about my delivery today, I felt a lot better about my mechanics today," Shields said. "Just being aggressive against these hitters, it was good."
Neither team allowed a baserunner until the top of the fourth, when Carl Crawford singled on a ground ball that Jedd Gyorko couldn't handle at second base. Crawford was quickly erased with a 4-6-3 double play.
The Padres were held without a hit until Justin Upton ripped a double into the left-field corner to lead off the fifth against Dodgers reliever Mike Bolsinger.
Matt Kemp, who received a warm round of applause while facing his former team for the first time since he was traded this winter, went 0-for-3.
Up next: After a home game under the lights on Thursday, the Padres will hit the road again on Friday to take on the Angels in Tempe at 1:10 p.m. PT in a game on MLB.TV and an exclusive webcast. Tyson Ross will get the nod for San Diego, looking to build off the one inning he threw in his Cactus League debut on Sunday.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.