Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

Puig, Pederson, Turner and Van Slyke go deep; LA uses all relievers on mound

Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-5 win over the Padres, who got home runs from catcher Derek Norris and starting pitcher Jason Lane.

The Dodgers used relievers throughout, beginning with Juan Nicasio, who allowed two runs in three innings. The fourth Dodgers pitcher, J.P. Howell, was the first one to go unscored upon. Yimi Garcia, the club's No. 15 prospect according to, closed the game out with a scoreless ninth and remains in the running for one of the two open bullpen spots.


Puig shows off arm: Before smashing a deep two-run shot in the bottom of the first, Puig displayed his arm strength. Wil Myers led off the game with a single past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to right field, where Puig casually fielded the ball and saw that Nicasio snuck behind Myers to cover first. Nicasio took Puig's powerful throw and easily tagged Myers out.

Testing Quentin: Padres first baseman -- that's right, first baseman -- Carlos Quentin was tested early at his new position, as Dodgers leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins dropped down a bunt his way in the first inning, one that rolled for a base hit, as the ball ended up in no man's land near Quentin, who was only playing the position in a spring game for the third time. He's been an outfielder his entire pro career and has only started playing first base this spring. He was later charged with an error for dropping a throw.

Norris' two-run blast

Last in line: When Norris connected for his two-run home run, he became the last of general manager A.J. Preller's offseason acquisitions to go deep this spring. Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and Will Middlebrooks have all hit at least one home run. Norris was 3-for-32 before going deep to left field. He later added a single.

Responding to the challenge: While Pederson has done everything possible to win a starting job, Andre Ethier hasn't given up. He ran down Will Venable's fly at the left-field fence in the first inning, doubled home a run in the third and doubled in the fifth, leading to another run.

Ethier's running grab


"It was a tough day for us." -- Padres manager Bud Black, on the team's pitching after San Diego allowed four home runs and six extra-base hits to the Dodgers


Ian Kennedy would have normally started the game for the Padres, but he stayed back and threw in a Minor League intrasquad game. Why? The Padres didn't feel the need for the Dodgers to see him this close to the season -- not with six games against the Dodgers in April and 12 games coming before June 14. Kennedy faced the Dodgers six times a year ago, and the Padres, apparently, didn't feel extra looks were merited.

Carl Crawford did not start against the Padres, playing instead in a Minor League game where he could lead off every inning and try to wake up his bat from its spring slump. He went 1-for-6 with a stolen base.


Lane allowed three home runs, but hit one of his own. The former big league outfielder because the first Padres pitcher to hit a home run in a Spring Training game since Jake Peavy on March 26, 2008.

Lane's solo homer


Dodgers: Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw, with an extra day of rest because of Tuesday's day off, starts for the Dodgers against former teammate Brad Penny and the White Sox. Kershaw was struck on the left jaw by a line drive in his last start, requiring work on two teeth, although he didn't come out of that game. The 1:05 p.m. PT game will be broadcast on MLB.TV.

Padres: The Padres head to Scottsdale on Thursday to face the D-backs at 1:10 p.m. PT on Gameday Audio. One of the candidates for the fifth-starter job, Odrisamer Despaigne, will get the start. Brandon Morrow, the other candidate, won't pitch because of a blister on his right ring finger. Look for Despaigne to go upwards of five innings in his first outing against the D-backs this spring.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.