Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier is tagged out at home by San Diego Padres pitcher Edinson Volquez while trying to score from third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 5, 2012, in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't a great day for starting pitchers at Petco Park, especially for San Diego's Edinson Volquez.
Volquez walked in the Los Angeles Dodgers' first two runs and the Padres went on to a 5-3 loss on Thursday. San Diego committed three errors, two of which led to a run.
Johnson and Frank McCourt watched from next to the dugout. Johnson,
part of a group buying the Dodgers for $2.15 billion from McCourt, had a
big smile after Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the eighth, giving him
three RBIs. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw left
after three innings with the flu.
(0-1), Cincinnati's opening-day starter a year ago, struck out five
through three scoreless innings and singled off Kershaw in the third for
the Padres' first hit.
He then allowed two runs in the fourth on four walks, including three in a row, and two singles in the fourth. Volquez loaded the bases with one out before walking James Loney. Andre Ethier was called out trying to score on a wild pitch, but replays showed he touched the plate just before Volquez tagged him. Volquez again loaded the bases, and then walked A.J. Ellis.
think he was around the zone in the fourth inning," manager Bud Black
said. "There were a couple of key borderline pitches that didn't go his
way. He kept his composure through it all. He just couldn't find that
key pitch in the fourth."
A half-inning earlier, the Padres loaded the bases with two outs against Kershaw before Chase Headley took a called third strike.
"I lost my control a little bit in the fourth," Volquez said. "I got lucky to get out of there with two runs. I thought I made some good pitches for strikes and they were called balls. Sometimes that happens when you lose fastball control."
Kershaw left after limiting the Padres to two hits through three innings. He struck out three, walked one and singled off Volquez in the third for the Dodgers' first hit of the season.
Josh Lindblom (1-0) pitched two perfect innings in relief of Kershaw. Javy Guerra pitched the ninth for the save.
Volquez went five, allowing three runs, two earned, and three hits. He struck out seven and walked four.
Gordon led off the Dodgers' fifth with a fly ball to center that
glanced off Cameron Maybin's glove for a three-base error. With one out,
Gordon scored when shortstop Jason Bartlett booted Kemp's grounder.
Kemp hit a drive to right off Brad Brach in the eighth, making it 5-1. Brach was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day.
Diego's Jesus Guzman hit an RBI double off Mike MacDougal in the sixth
and Maybin had a two-run homer to left off Kenley Jansen in the eighth
that was estimated at 445 feet.
NOTES: The Padres
placed RHP Tim Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to
Wednesday, with a strained pitching elbow. Stauffer had been expected to
start the season opener before he experienced soreness in his arm. To
take Stauffer's roster spot, Brach was recalled from Tucson. ... The
four-game series continues Friday night, when the scheduled starters are
Chad Billingsley for the Dodgers and Cory Luebke for the Padres. ... Jerry Coleman, celebrating his 70th year in baseball and his 40th with the Padres,
threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The longtime broadcaster played
second base for the New York Yankees for nine seasons and managed the Padres in 1980.