National League Game Summary - San Diego at Los Angeles|
(Saturday, April 14th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, San Diego 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run home runs
to help the Los Angeles Dodgers spoil the major league debut of Padres
prospect Joe Wieland in 6-1 fashion on Saturday.
"I'm just thinking, 'Hit the ball up the middle, and get good pitches to
hit,'" said Kemp. "It's a great feeling when the crowd is yelling when you're
rounding the bases. As a team, we're playing great."
Kemp finished 3-for-4 and Andre Ethier contributed a solo homer for the red-
hot Dodgers, who have won five in a row to open the season with an 8-1 record.
That's their best start since 1981 when they began 9-1, on the way to the
franchise's fifth World Series title.
Wieland (0-1) gave up six runs, all in the first two innings. His complete
line included six hits, two walks and one strikeout in five full innings.
"I would have liked for better results, but I battled back. Once I got those
jitters out of the way, I was fine," Wieland said. "My pitches to Matt [Kemp]
were up, and he showed why he's one of the best hitters in the league. After
my first-game jitters were gone, I was able to hit my spots."
Ted Lilly (1-0) tossed seven frames, allowing just one unearned run on two
hits and one walk while striking out four in his first start of the year.
Lilly began the season on the disabled list because of neck stiffness.
The Padres spotted their rookie hurler an early unearned run. Cameron Maybin
led off the game and sprinted down the line on a groundout to shortstop and
Dee Gordon sent an errant throw to Dodgers first baseman Yonder Alonso,
allowing Maybin to reach second. After being bunted to third by Chris
Denorfia, Maybin crossed the plate on Jesus Guzman's base hit.
The Dodgers showed Wieland some major-league power in the home half of the
first with back-to-back home runs. With Gordon aboard, the righty left an
0-2 fastball over the plate and Kemp made him pay, launching it over the
center-field wall. Ethier followed with an opposite-field blast to left-
center two pitches later.
Los Angeles tacked on another on Adam Kennedy's sacrifice fly and led 4-1
Kemp's second homer came just one inning later. Following Tony Gwynn's single,
he put a short, fast swing on Wieland's 1-0 curveball, taking it over the
San Diego has lost three in a row and four of five...Los Angeles has won five
of its last six against the Padres...Lilly improved to 11-4 all-time against
04/15 00:32:21 ET