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Dodgers suffer walk-off loss to Padres in series opener

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The Dodger offense sputtered as Luis Arraez delivered the dagger for the Padres in a 2-1 walkoff win.

SAN DIEGO — The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak with the Dodgers only being able to muster four hits on the night. The Padres managed to pull within 5.5 games of first place in the NL West with two games left to play in the series.

Glasnow, who delivered his second consecutive start with 10 strikeouts, had San Diego searching for answers throughout the entirety of his outing. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles offense could not seem to string together hits and take advantage of their few opportunities.

The lone run of the night came via a sacrifice fly from Freddie Freeman in the 8th inning which scored Mookie Betts. The Dodgers are now 26-14 and 11-6 on the road so far this season.

Here are three takeaways:

Glasnow mows through the Padres

Across seven innings, the righty proved once again why he deserves to headline the Los Angeles pitching staff. He would manage to allow just one hit, which was a solo home run from Padres’ catcher Luis Campusano in the bottom of the third inning.

Glasnow (6-1) did not end up with a decision as the Dodgers failed to get on the board for the first time until the eighth inning. He threw 99 total pitches, 68 of which were strikes. He managed to retire the first seven batters he faced to start the game before allowing Campusano to blast his home run.

It was the fourth consecutive start for him with at least six innings pitched and two or less runs allowed. With the dominant performance, he was able to bring his ERA down to 2.53. That’s the best mark on the Dodgers so far this season as well as the 16th lowest among starters in baseball this season.

While it didn’t come in a victory, Glasnow was once again able to show off his nasty pitching ability and keep the Dodgers within striking distance for as long as he could. His next opportunity should come in the team’s series following the Padres against another division rival, the San Francisco Giants.

Dodgers can’t capitalize in the clutch

Despite outhitting the Padres in the game 4-3, the Dodgers failed to convert when it mattered the most. After tallying just two hits through the first seven innings and failing to put together any sort of rally, they headed to the eighth looking to turn the tide. Mookie Betts would lead off the inning with a single before Shohei Ohtani followed him up with a crucial double.

There were runners on second and third base with nobody out to set up the biggest scoring opportunity of the game for Los Angeles. The next batter, Freddie Freeman, provided the Dodgers with what would ultimately be their lone run of the game on a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 1.

Will Smith would then be intentionally walked to bring Max Muncy to the plate. San Diego reliever Yuki Matsui would ultimately escape the situation with just one run allowed as he got Max Muncy to ground into a tough, inning-ending double play.

The Dodgers would finish the night 0-4 with runners in scoring position as their lack of offense shined through when it mattered the most. They will need to come out with more firepower in the rest of the series if they wish to bounce back in the right way.

Padres’ new addition makes his mark

The new trade acquisition for the San Diego Padres, Luis Arraez, came up big in his home debut against the Dodgers. He was brought in from the Miami Marlins on a trade last Saturday in a deal that further added to the depth of the Padre lineup. Arraez is a known high-average hitter who gets on base at an impressive rate.

After the Dodgers had failed to capitalize on their biggest chance in the eighth inning, they once again failed to score in the top of the ninth. The game headed to the bottom of the inning tied at one as the Padres were given a chance to walk it off. Luis Campusano led of the frame with his second big hit of the game, a double that put the winning run in scoring position. Ha-Seong Kim would then strike out to set up a battle between Arraez and Dodgers’ reliever Michael Grove.

Arraez delivered the walk-off single up the middle to help his team improve their record against Los Angeles this season to 4-2. Despite being just the third hit of the game for the Padres, it was the most important one. San Diego is now back over .500 (21-20) and has won seven of their last nine.

The Dodgers and Padres will face off in the second game of three at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday night. Los Angeles lefty James Paxton (4-0, 3.06 ERA) will square off against San Diego’s Matt Waldron (1-4, 5.82 ERA). Paxton and the rest of the squad will look to earn their first win of the series and force a rubber match on Sunday afternoon.