It was over before the Padres even got a chance to hit. In the first inning, with Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig on base, Hanley Ramirez finally came to play and drilled a two-run double down the left field line. Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI single and that was all Dan Haren and the Dodgers bullpen would need.
Haren went six very strong innings, scattering four hits, 1 unearned run, striking out 6 and got the win in his Dodger debut. The bullpen finished off the other three innings with relative ease and the Dodgers won the series and moved to 4-1 on the season.
The Dodgers bullpen was effective tonight after being up and down for the previous four games of the regular season. Don Mattingly rode Paco Rodriguez, Jamey Wright, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez for three full innings. Those four combined to give up a measly two hits in those three innings and the Dodgers never really flirted with giving up a second run.
The Dodgers offense came from where it should come from all season: the middle of the lineup. Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Andre Ethier combined for 4 hits and 4 RBI’s.
There is little doubt that the Dodgers were the better team in this series and should be the better team for the majority of the season. If it weren’t for Brian Wilson‘s 8th inning on Sunday the Dodgers would have allowed 3 runs in the entire series and would have been heading back to LA with a sweep. Instead, the Dodgers will have to settle for yet another series victory in San Diego and will head home to take on the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants series begins on Friday night and there is no doubt that the hated boys from the North will be ready to take on the Blue Crew.