In a game that was filled with enough ups and downs, momentum swings, and even historical oddities to fill a weeks worth of baseball the Padres ended up falling to the Dodgers for the forth time in five games between the clubs, this time 9-8. When was the last time you saw a pitcher strike out 9 batters in a row, and then have the streak broken up by a home run? How often have you see to runs score on a infield single? It was certainly a game full of twists and turns, with the Padres ultimately losing control and driving off the road.
- Will Venable hitting an opposite field HR to break Aaron Harang’s consecutive strikeout streak at 9 (a Dodger record), and give the Pads some life after allowing 4 unearned runs to cross the plate the previous inning.
- After allowing 8 runs (only 4 earned) in the first four innings, Clayton Richard sucked it up and got through 6 innings saving at least a couple of innings from being put on the backs of the already frequently used Padres bullpen.
- Brad Brach, showing the form that helped him convert 34 minor league saves last year, posted 2 scoreless innings preventing the Dodgers from pulling further away in the middle of the game.
- The Padres refusing to give up after trailing 8-3, and fighting back to get into the game, thanks to a Chris Denorfia 2-run double in the 7th.
- In the top of the 9th with the Padres down to their final out, Chase Headley coming up with a clutch 2-run blast over the right center field fence to tie the ballgame 8-8.
- Costly error in the 3rd that instead of being a double play opened the floodgates to a 4-unearned run inning.
- 2-runs scored by the Dodgers on a 2 out infield single in that 4th inning.
- Padres’ batters striking out 18 times during the game.
- With 2 outs and no one on in the bottom of the 9th, 4 consecutive 2 out walks by the Padres’ bullpen force in the winning run.
- The Padres’ inability to play solid defense for 9 innings.
- 10 Padres walks issued, 3 of which crossed the plate, including the game winner forced across by a walk.