first_imgDodgers manager Don Mattingly claims he hasn’t told any of his seven relief pitchers what their role is. It’s an interesting strategy. Monday, it seemed to work. Tuesday, it did not.The San Diego Padres scored six runs against the Dodgers’ bullpen and won 7-3.Right-hander Chris Hatcher was summoned to pitch the ninth inning for the second straight day. He was charged with four runs that turned a 3-3 game into a 7-3 deficit. The Dodgers led 2-1 after six innings despite several mistakes on the bases and in the field. In the first inning, Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford made a poor choice on a sinking line drive by Justin Upton. Rather than make the safe play with two outs and field the ball on a clean bounce, Crawford tried to make a diving catch and let the ball get behind him. By the time Crawford retrieved the ball and threw it back to the infield, Upton was cruising into third base with a triple. Matt Kemp scored from first base with the Padres’ first run. Rollins mishandled a ground ball in the second inning — the Dodgers’ first error of the season. With one out in the third inning, Rollins was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. The Dodgers were still trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning when Yasiel Puig doubled to center field off Padres starter Tyson Ross. Gonzalez followed with a double of his own, scoring Puig to tie the game at 1.Kendrick drove the next pitch back up the middle, forcing Ross to dance out of the way. Gonzalez scored on the RBI single and the Dodgers led 2-1.Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was pulled after six strong innings in which he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four. The Padres then scored twice against the Dodgers bullpen to take a 3-2 lead.Pedro Baez was the first pitcher out of the ‘pen in his 2015 debut. The right-hander struck out Will Middlebrooks and allowed a single by Yonder Alonso, then came back to strike out Jedd Gyorko. Baez was removed with a left-handed hitter, Alexi Amarista, on deck.Mattingly summoned southpaw Paco Rodriguez, and Padres manager Bud Black countered with a right-handed pinch hitter, Clint Barmes. Barmes belted Rodriguez’s second pitch to right field for a single, sending Alonso to second base. With runners on first and second, Yimi Garcia emerged from the bullpen for the second consecutive day. He would have escaped the inning without allowing a run, but for Rollins’ second error. Yangervis Solarte hit a shallow fly ball to center field that sent Rollins backpedaling into the outfield, but the veteran shortstop missed the catch by a few inches. Alonso scored from second base, tying the game 2-2.Garcia stayed in to pitch the eighth inning, but ran into trouble when Derek Norris led off with a single. With one out and Norris on second base, Garcia walked Upton intentionally, and Mattingly summoned left-hander J.P. Howell to pitch to Alonso, a left-hander.The Dodgers had the matchup they wanted, but Alonso shot a line-drive single into left field, scoring Norris to give San Diego a 3-2 lead.Joaquin Benoit struck out Puig to begin the eighth inning. Gonzalez sent Benoit’s next pitch an estimated 410 feet to right-center field, tying the game 3-3. Hatcher allowed two singles, a double and was burned by a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal on a bunt attempt by the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg that led to two unearned runs.Juan Nicasio got the final three outs of the game, but not without allowing two of the Padres’ 11 hits.The Dodgers host the rubber match of the three-game series at 7 p.m. tonight.Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run in as many games for the Dodgers and finished 3 for 4. Opening Day hero Jimmy Rollins committed two errors before an announced crowd of 40,356 at Dodger Stadium.The first pitch was delayed by 30 minutes due to a steady rain in the late afternoon. It was the first rain delay at a Dodgers home game since May 24, 2008.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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