Alexander: New Padres? Same old result against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Should we really be surprised?

Little brother comes around looking sharp and acting bold. Big brother kicks dirt all over his shiny new shoes and walks away smirking.

That’s basically the Dodgers vs. Padres storyline these days. San Diego arrived at Dodger Stadium on Friday with Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader in tow, the trade deadline acquisitions propping up the Padres’ confidence that now it might be a fairer fight.

Uh, maybe not yet.

Four Dodgers runs in the first (two on a Drury throwing error at third) and four more in the third (including a fundamental mistake when Soto’s throw to third on a single allowed Will Smith to take second) decided this one quickly and decisively, and the Dodgers punctuated this 8-1 rout in the eighth when they pinch-hit for Freddie Freeman …

… with pitcher Tyler Anderson, who struck out with about the type of feeble wave you’d expect from a guy with a .094 lifetime batting average (15 for 158). But fair is fair. Anderson was hitting because Padres position player Matthew Batten was pitching the ninth with stuff that would be considered more mesmerizing than commanding. He struck out Anderson on a 53.6 mph pitch that was generously described as a changeup. His “slider” topped out at 57.4.

No wonder Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided he didn’t want to “put any of my position players up there against a softball player, a pitcher throwing an eephus ball.”

Obviously, when the Padres made all of their moves Tuesday, this wasn’t what anyone on that side had in mind. They finished Friday 13½ games behind the Dodgers in the NL West with six losses in the teams’ seven meetings this year.

The bright spot from San Diego’s standpoint: There are still 12 meetings left with the Dodgers, …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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