Dodgers do enough to beat Perdomo
Three months ago, Andy Green asked Luis Perdomo to throw his first major league pitches in an Opening Day laugher. Under the brightest of lights, the Rule-5 draftee took the ball from the Padres’ rookie skipper and then took a beating.
His ERA was an unsightly 54.00 by the time the Dodgers were done with him.
Even in a 4-3 loss Saturday afternoon to those same Dodgers, the 23-year-old Dominican’s strides continued since his forgetful debut. This time, Perdomo allowed four runs – two earned – in six innings in his third straight quality start.
He allowed nine hits – including two each to All-Star Corey Seager and veteran Adrian Gonzalez – but fetched 12 groundball outs and had his defense turn two double plays.
A third would have allowed Perdomo avoid a loss.
But shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s pivot throw to first on Gonzalez’s tapper in the fifth inning got away from Wil Myers, allowing the go-ahead run to score from third. Green argued that Justin Turner broke the play up with an illegal takeout slide only to have the on-field ruling confirmed by Major League Baseball’s replay officials.
A half-inning earlier, the Padres tied the game when Ramirez doubled and scored on Travis Jankowsi’s run-scoring single, their last hit of the game.
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy struck out six and allowed three runs on three hits – including Yangervis Solarte’s two-run, first-inning homer – in five innings in his second start since returning from May 2015 Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers’ bullpen took it from there, with Kenley Jansen finishing off four scoreless, hitless innings with a perfect ninth his 26th save.