When looking at the pitching matchup for Friday night's game it would have been easy to assume that the fans at Petco Park were in store for a pitching duel. And for the most part, it was a pitching duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Padres righty Odrisamer Despaigne. While both pitchers threw valiantly on Friday night, neither one factored into the final decision of the game despite each hurler earning a quality start. Despaigne earned a no-decision after surrendering two runs (only one earned) on six hits while also striking out five, and unfortunately saw his good work go for naught after a see-saw battle ended in a 4-3 Padres loss at home.
The Padres trailed for most of the game, looking at a 2-0 deficit early on in the fourth inning. The tides would change, however, after the Friars rallied in the seventh to put together three runs to grab ahold of a short-lived lead. In the top half of the seventh, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was ejected after arguing balls-and-strikes with the homeplate umpire just after grounding into an inning-ending double play. In the home-half, shortstop Clint Barmes launched a solo home run off of Kershaw to effectively put an end to the southpaw's night while catcher Derek Norris followed up with a two-run shot of his own to score Wil Myers and give the Padres a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers immediately responded in the top half of the eighth by scoring two runs off of reliever Dale Thayer, however, and those would stand as the final runs scored on the evening.
The Friars will take another swing against the Dodgers in game two-of-three, which will come in a later-than-usual Saturday evening start at 7:10 pm. Righty Ian Kennedy will face the Dodgers Zack Greinke and will hope to even up the series while also evening up the Padres' season record.
In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that you may not have seen on Friday: