Grandal hits 3 homers as Dodgers pound Padres
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[July 09, 2016]
LOS ANGELES -- No hard feelings. But a lot of hard contact.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal hit three home runs against his
former team Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded out a
10-6 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.
Grandal added a pair of singles -- one on a bunt down the third-base
line against a defensive shift -- in a 5-for-5, six-RBI night.
He joins Mike Piazza and Roy Campanella as the only Dodgers catchers
to hit three home runs in a game. He joins Victor Martinez (in 2004)
and Walker Cooper (in 1949) as the only catchers in major league
history to have five-hit games that included three home runs.
"It's surreal. You don't really think about it," said Grandal who
came into the game batting .183 for the season with nine home runs.
"I really don't know how I did that. I've been hitting the ball
hard, just straight at people. The last couple weeks, I started to
feel better. My bat speed's been better."
Grandal went deep twice against Padres starter Andrew Cashner -- a
two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run home run in the
third inning -- and once against Padres reliever Jose Dominguez in
the seventh inning.
Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick also had home runs against Cashner
who gave up eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
"I didn't really command much of anything tonight," Cashner said.
"Fastball was out of the zone, not even close, and when I did throw
it for a strike it was down the middle.
"I just kept leaving it in the middle of the plate and never really
got into a rhythm. It was just one of those nights."
He wasn't alone in suffering with that. Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir
threw 34 pitches in the first inning and 85 in struggling through
three innings, turning the final six over to a Dodgers' bullpen that
has been working overtime recently. In the past nine games, Dodgers
starting pitchers and relievers have thrown the same number of
innings -- 43 each.
"Yeah, it's been difficult," Kazmir said of the bullpen's workload.
"They've done a great job of stepping up.
"I'd love to shorten the game for them because those guys have been
pushed really hard the last two or three weeks. It just didn't
It certainly did not. Cashner and Kazmir, combined to give up 11
runs on 14 hits and six walks while lasting a total of 5 2/3
Melvin Upton Jr. hit the first of his two home runs in the game off
Kazmir and the Padres were threatening to get back into the game in
the fifth inning. They scored twice against Louis Coleman and J.P.
Howell and had the bases loaded with one out when Pedro Baez came
into the game.
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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) hits a two run home run in the
first inning against San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
He got Will Myers to bounce his first pitch back to him and Baez
turned that into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play. Baez worked
through a scoreless sixth and seventh inning as well, the longest
outing of his big-league career.
"That was probably the play of the game," Dodgers manager Dave
Roberts said of Myers double play.
The Padres never threatened again as Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen
finished off the victory for the Dodgers, snapping their three-game
NOTES: The Dodgers promoted OF Andrew Toles from Triple-A Oklahoma
City and started him in center field. Toles had a checkered past
(dismissed from the team at the University of Tennessee, released by
the Tampa Bay Rays in spring 2015, out of baseball last year) before
being given a second chance by the Dodgers this year. ... In order
to clear a roster spot for Toles, the Dodgers returned RHP Carlos
Frias to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated minor league INF Cole
Figueroa for assignment. ... Dodgers LHP Brett Anderson threw a
bullpen session Friday afternoon, his second this week. Anderson is
still in the early stages of a throwing program and is not expected
to return from back surgery until mid- to late-August. ... The
Padres have been very active since the international signing period
began last week. They have agreed to terms with LHP Adrian Morejon,
one of the top international prospects available. Morejon reportedly
received an $11 million bonus. The 17-year-old Cuban is ranked No. 2
on MLB.com's top international prospects list. ... Padres C Derek
Norris left Friday's game with a bruised right quad after a
collision with Dodgers 2B Chase Utley while running the bases.
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