After a 14-3 shellacking on Opening Day, the Padres come back in the second game of the series to shut out the Dodgers 4-0.
2017 is already looking up for the San Diego Padres. Last year the Padres hosted the Dodgers for Opening Day and were shut out 25-0 in a three game sweep. The Padres didn’t manage to score a single run until the fourth game of the season. It also took them until the 30th game of the 2016 season to get a shutout of their own, and it came with a 1-0 win over the Mets.
The tide, it seems, is turning. It only took until the second game of the 2017 season for the Padres to get a shutout win, and it was a big one as they shut out the Dodgers 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Clayton Richard had the start for the Padres. The 33-year-old lefty dominated on the mound from the very start. Richard (2016: 3-4, 3.33 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) went eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs on the night.
Kenta Maeda had the loss for the Dodgers. Last year Maeda was 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA, but he was a mess tonight, allowing six hits and three runs in five innings, including a solo home run from Yangervis Solarte.
Once again the Padres got on the board early, with Yangervis Solarte driving in Travis Jankowski on a grounder to centerfield in the first inning. That was followed by a sac fly from Ryan Schimpf that scores Wil Myers, and with that the Padres ended the inning up 2-0. In the top of the third inning Yangervis Solarte sent a bomb to centerfield on a 2-1 count to put the Padres up 3-0. Wil Myers added a run in the eighth inning when his single to right field brought in Manny Margot.
The series continues tomorrow with a 7:10 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium and wraps up on Thursday, and then the Padres head home to take on the San Francisco Giants in their home opener on Friday at Petco Park.