LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Padres in Mexico, Kingham pitches again

Albert Pujols

Mexicos Alex Verdugo singled in a run in the sixth for the Dodgers to allow the veteran Chase Utley to score. His first one went pretty well — in his major league debut last weekend, he took a flawless game into the seventh inning against St. Louis before it was broken up.

The Dodgers have gone 15-18 SU this year and are 12-20 against the spread (ATS).

Even though it's still early, things have been rough for the Dodgers this season. "Being in my country and to represent the San Diego Padres and all of my country is great".

Southpaw Rich Hill is getting the nod for the visiting Dodgers. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday. The staff has now posted a combined 7.01 ERA over their last five games while the offense is stumbling along at just a 2.8 runs per nine innings rate in the same stretch. Lauer did not pitch in the majors last season.

"What a waste that I allowed two runs after facing just two batters in the first", Maeda said of the leadoff triple to Travis Jankowski and first-pitch laser home run to Hosmer.

Hirano took the mound with the Diamondbacks up 3-1, but erased the lead with a pair of walks and a pair of RBI doubles. The Padres ended up falling 6-5. The team has hit.206/.297/.355 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch. "He was throwing 98-99 miles per hour", said Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.

He hit three homers against Colorado on April 3 in his second start this season.

Auburn native Tim Locastro will return to the starting lineup Sunday for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.45, along with a K-per-9 of 10.14.

"I was excited to get my first win", Lauer said. In fact, the 2018 Padres, who struck out 13 times Friday night, are historically bad at merely making contact with the baseball.

Perhaps it will be one of their many young prospects that rises through the minor leagues and ends a drought that has reached 7,847 games and leaves the Padres as the only major league team without one.

Padres' slugger Eric Hosmer had this to say after the game, from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, "Two different breaking balls he was throwing for strikes on both sides of the plate". On the other hand, the Padres have lost 0.4 units and are 5-8 ATS when facing a lefty starter.

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