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Dodgers, Puig host Padres in rubber match
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers are 7-2 versus the Padres this season, outscoring San Diego by 43 runs (66-23) over the nine games. If Los Angeles sweeps San Diego over the weekend, it will have won the season series versus the Padres for the seventh consecutive season (the Dodgers have not lost the season series since going 8-10 versus SD in 2010).
- The Padres lost three of four games at Cincinnati earlier this week, allowing double-digit runs in two of the four games. San Diego has allowed at least 10 runs in 17 games this season, tied with the Reds for most in MLB.
- The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 8-2, on Thursday to win the series two games to one. Los Angeles has not lost a series since June 5-7 versus Washington; the Dodgers' active streak of 18 consecutive series won or tied is tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (also had an 18-series streak from June 9 -- August 10, 2013).
- Cody Bellinger hit his 33rd home run of the season earlier this week at Arizona, and now sits two shy of the Dodger rookie record (35 by Mike Piazza in 1993) and five shy of the NL rookie record (38 by the Braves' Wally Berger in 1930 and the Redlegs' Frank Robinson in 1956). Bellinger leads MLB in home runs since his debut on April 25.
- Clayton Richard, Friday's starter for the Padres, is 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts since June 25. Opponents hit .365 (72-for-197) against Richard in those eight starts, the highest opponent batting average by any pitcher with at least eight starts since June 25.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to start for LA on Saturday. Ryu has not allowed a run in either of his last two starts and in 15.0 consecutive innings dating back to the fifth inning of his start versus the Twins on July 24, the second-longest scoreless inning streak of his career (18.0 straight in April 2014) and the longest active streak by a starter.
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LOS ANGELES -- It's been easy to overlook Los Angeles Dodgers right-fielder Yasiel Puig this season.
The sensational summers delivered by teammates Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner have attracted most of the attention, but Puig is quietly putting together one of his most impressive campaigns heading into the series finale Sunday against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.
Puig is hitting .255 with a career-high 21 home runs to go along with 55 RBIs and 53 runs, but it was his nine-pitch walk Saturday night that earned considerable praise and attention, as it loaded the bases to set up Seager's bases-clearing double that gave Los Angeles the lead for good in the 6-3 victory.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Puig's season has really picked up ever since he slammed a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to beat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, on July 14.
"There have been some big spots that Yasiel has been in, and the at-bat quality, with regards to result, has been very good," Roberts said. "Yasiel is really growing as a player, and especially in those spots."
San Diego manager Andy Green would like to see more of those types of at-bats from his players. The Padres went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night.
"Those are the kinds of empty at-bats that get us down," he said.
San Diego will try to improve Sunday against Los Angeles right-hander Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.69 ERA), who will be looking to win his fifth consecutive decision.
Maeda will make his fourth start of the season against the Padres. He's 0-2 against them with a 5.93 ERA in 2017, the only team that's handed him multiple losses this season. Maeda had the shortest start of this season in a 5-3 loss in San Diego on July 2, allowing five earned runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
He did not earn a decision in an 8-2 victory at San Diego on May 5 and took the loss in a 4-0 defeat on April 4, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings.
Maeda has struggled overall against the NL West this season, owning a 1-3 record in seven starts with a 6.89 ERA.
Maeda will be opposed by right-hander Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81 ERA), who will be making his first appearance against the Dodgers this season. He faced them six times in 2016, the last three as a starter. His only win in four decisions against Los Angeles came in the last week of the regular season, when the Dodgers had already clinched the NL West.
Among the active players for the Dodgers, Seager has had the most success, collecting six hits in 15 at-bats against Perdomo, though none were for extra bases.
"I was pleased with him," Green told the San Diego Union-Tribune after Perdomo's last start, when he allowed two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. "Because he pitched himself into trouble a couple times and pitched himself out of it. I think we were excited to see him take those steps forward."
Updated August 13, 2017