Dodgers done in by big-game Hunter
By Cary Osborne
In the game after, a 7-1 loss to the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday, it’s the little things we choose to look at.
Away from the fact that the Dodgers struggled with runners in scoring position and rookie Hunter Renfroe, in his sixth career game, became the second player this century to knock in at least seven runs against the Dodgers (the other being another Hunter — Pence — on September 14, 2013), Dodger relievers ignited final week competition for playoff roster spots.
Alex Wood, who had pitched just once since coming off the disabled list on September 20 (he retired the three batters he faced on September 21), retired the side in the fifth inning on Tuesday with two strikeouts.
Brock Stewart allowed a hit and nothing else in the sixth. Stewart has a 1.89 ERA in his last 19 innings (five appearances).
Josh Fields retired all three batters he faced. Fields has allowed one earned run in nine September appearances.
Grant Dayton struck out the first two batters he faced before Jon Jay got on on a bunt single. Dayton was charged with an earned run after Louis Coleman came in and walked back-to-back batters before surrendering a grand slam to Renfroe. Dayton has allowed two earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings (1.26 ERA) and has struck out 23 batters.
Renfroe also hit a three-run homer off Kenta Maeda in the first inning. After that, Maeda settled and pitched scoreless second, third and fourth innings.
The Dodgers were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, but Yasmani Grandal and Josh Reddick each popped up. Their lone run came from Chase Utley’s third-inning solo homer off San Diego starter Paul Clemens. Utley reached base four times, adding a pair of walks and a double.
The Dodgers now trail Washington by two games for home-field advantage for the National League Division Series. Washington beat Arizona 4-2.