Padres use Manny Machado's slam, Dodgers' mistakes to win again

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Baseball

LOS ANGELES -- Just when San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler could practically be heard saying his team can't play like that and expect to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Dodgers played like that.

Errors on back-to-back bunts helped the Padres on their way to five runs in the third inning and a 6-2 victory Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The big blast in the third was Manny Machado's grand slam, but a run had scored and the bases were loaded because after Jake Cronenworth led off the inning with a double, Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling threw high to first base on an attempt to get Austin Hedges on a sacrifice bunt and L.A. third baseman Justin Turner threw wide to first trying to get Jurickson Profar on a sacrifice bunt.

Cronenworth scored on Stripling's error. Hedges moved to second on Turner's error, and the bases were loaded when Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to extend his hitting streak to nine games and his on-base streak to 18 games.

After Trent Grisham's grounder was fielded by Turner, who threw home to force out Hedges, Machado sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in center field to give the Padres a 5-1 lead.

The Dodgers had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with help from Turner's lead-off double that went off Profar's glove.


Profar, playing in left field for the second straight night but also just the second time this season, had to run and leap for the drive from Turner but could have reasonably been expected to make the catch.

That -- as well as a single on a moderately hard roller that went off Machado's glove in the first inning -- was the kind of play Tingler lamented as the Padres dropped the final two games of a series against the Dodgers last week at Petco Park. He has talked several times about a higher level of play being required if the Padres are to topple the seven-time defending National League West champions.

A sharp defensive effort, as well as a crisp performance by the bullpen, in a 2-1 victory here Monday drew this praise from the Padres manager on Tuesday afternoon:

"I felt like we completed the game last night, for sure. We finished plays. We made pitches and just were able to complete the game without -- maybe not the errors, just to be able to finish it clean. I thought we did a good job."


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