"It felt good to get this one and that one Saturday night,"
Mattingly said after right-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one run over
six innings and three relievers retired nine of the 10 Padres they
faced to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory in the rubber match of a
"They tried to come back every game and were successful once,"
On Friday night, the Padres scored three times in the bottom of the
ninth to beat closer Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers, 6-5. Saturday
night, the Padres scored twice in the eighth after being down 4-0
and had the tying runs on base before losing.
Jansen, who suffered the loss Friday night, struck out all three
Padres he faced Sunday -- first baseman Tommy Medica, catcher Rene
Rivera and center fielder Cameron Maybin --- to pick up his second
save in as many games and his 22nd in 25 chances this season.
"We are playing better, but days like this are tough," said Rivera,
who popped out to Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in foul
territory to end the sixth with the tying run on second.
Sunday was particularly difficult on the Padres, who learned just
before the game that General Manager Josh Byrnes had been fired.
Byrnes had been with the team since 2010 and was the general manager
since October 2011.
"The search for a new general manager begins immediately," said
Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. "We are looking for someone who
can define, direct and lead this franchise's baseball philosophy for
years to come."
In the interim, three existing Padres executives will share the
position of Padres general manager -- senior vice president of
baseball operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers AJ
Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr.
While Ryu (9-3) was allowing one run on four hits with a walk over
six innings, the Dodgers got to Padres left-hander Eric Stults
(2-10) for two quick runs. Stults allowed two runs on six hits and
three walks with five strikeouts.
A Padres defensive lapse helped the Dodgers take a 1-0 lead in the
With one out, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting
streak to nine straight games with a single. Ramirez stole second
and moved to third on a wild pitch as right fielder Yasiel Puig drew
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Gonzalez followed with a one-hopper to Stults, who made a low throw
to shortstop Everth Cabrera to force Puig. But the combination of
the low throw and Puig's slide into second forced Cabrera to throw
high to first and the ball sailed into the stands and Ramirez
Center fielder Scott Van Slyke singled to open the second and
reached second on a one-out walk to catcher A.J. Ellis. After Ryu
sacrificed the runners into scoring position, second baseman Dee
Gordon lined a single to center to score Van Slyke. Ellis was thrown
out at the plate.
The Padres scored in Ryu's final inning.
Right fielder Chris Denorfia opened the Padres sixth with a double
and came around on infield ground outs by Cabrera and left fielder
Carlos Quentin. Medica followed with a two-out double but was
stranded on second when Rivera popped out.
"Ryu threw good, but I think he ran out of gas," Mattingly said.
Dodgers relievers J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson and Jansen retired nine
of the last 10 Padres they faced to close out the game. After
blowing Friday night's save opportunity in a 6-5 Dodger loss, Jansen
picked up the saves in the final two games of the series to give him
22 on the season.
NOTES: The Padres expect 3B Chase Headley will return to the lineup
in San Francisco. He has missed the past three games after having an
epidural to relieve the pain of a bulging disk in his lower back.
... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.94 earned run average with 15
strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings in three career starts against the
Padres. Ryu is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA in eight road starts this season.
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