The Dodgers and Padres weren’t about to pace themselves.
The NL West rivals have 19 games scheduled against each other this season, and if the first three were any indication, that should be a treat. The Dodgers took two of three — and there was no shortage of entertainment in this pulsating series that featured star power and hostility.
In the opener Friday night, the Dodgers prevailed 11-6 in 12 innings. Los Angeles led 5-3 in the eighth before the Padres tied it on a two-run double by Jurickson Profar. Both teams scored a run in the ninth. Then San Diego left the winning run on third in both the 10th and 11th before Los Angeles broke through.
Saturday night’s matchup pitted Clayton Kershaw against Yu Darvish, and the Dodgers won 2-0. At one point, Kershaw and Profar started yelling at each other over a disputed play involving catcher’s interference, and Los Angeles didn’t wrap up the win until Mookie Betts’ diving catch in right-center field for the final out — after the Padres put men on second and third.
San Diego salvaged the final game Sunday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 5-2.
The teams meet again in a four-game set in Los Angeles starting Thursday night.
AT THE BOTTOM
On the other coast, the New York Yankees were swept in a three-game home series against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have the worst record in the American League at 5-10, and while there’s no need for panic just yet, the home fans didn’t seem to be enjoying themselves.
Fans threw balls on the field in Friday night’s game, causing a brief stoppage. New York manager Aaron Boone had a meeting with his players after that 8-2 loss, but the Yankees dropped the next two as well. They’ve lost five straight overall.
Sean Kazmar Jr. made his first big league appearance…