The Dodgers’ losing streak ended at six games and Clayton Kershaw made all the difference. The left-hander tossed his first complete game of the season and drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The game story is here. The box score is here.
The first time Yasiel Puig was penciled into a major league lineup, he hit leadoff. The last time — before Sunday — was July of last year.
In one sense, it’s a surprise he ever moved from the top of the lineup. For his career Puig has a .467 on-base percentage, with almost as many walks (6) as strikeouts (8), when leading off a game.
Today, Puig will lead off against the San Diego Padres not because he’s hot but because he’s cold. In his last 14 games Puig has a .137/.154/.235 slash line.
Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
SAN DIEGO >> Kenta Maeda and the 2016 Dodgers are making this look easier than it is. Maeda hit a solo home run (video), and so did Yasiel Puig (video), in a 7-0 win over the Padres that gave birth to some rather impressive firsts. The box score is here.