Eaton sharp over eight
Adam Eaton pitched eight innings of one run, four hit ball and Trevor Hoffman came on to pitch the ninth. But it wasn’t a precursor to a San Diego Padres victory in the ninth frame. Instead the game went to extra innings, tied at one. It wasn’t settled until the 11th inning with the Dodgers winning 2-1.
Not only did Adam Eaton pitch a gem in his first outing of the year, he provided the offense for the Padres. Opening up the third, Eaton doubled. After a ground out by Sean Burroughs pushed Eaton to third, Mark Loretta drove him in with a single.
The Dodgers scored their run in the bottom half of the inning. Ironically, it was Jeff Weaver who opened the inning with a single, albeit of the infield variety, Dave Roberts walked, the sole walk given up by Eaton and after a sacrifice by Cesar Izturis, Milton Bradley knocked in Weaver with a ground out.
The score remained tied at one until the bottom of the 11th. Milton Bradley drew a walk against reliever Eddie Oropesa (0-1). After getting Sean Green out, Ismael Valdez relieved Oropesa. Bradley stole second on the first pitch and came around to score on a single by Paul Lo Duca. Lo Duca went 4-for-5 on the night with only two other Dodgers getting base hits, Weaver and Izturis.
Jose Lima (1-0) worked two shutout innings in his first appearance for the Dodgers to earn the win.
Notes: Padres starters are now batting 4-for-8 with three doubles and three runs scored on the season.
Adam Eaton now has a career 2.10 ERA against the Dodgers. He has allowed 18 earned runs in 77.2 innings.
The Padres will open 42,000-seat Petco Park on Thursday as David Wells takes the hill against Dustin Hermanson of the San Francisco Giants.
Barry Bonds sits one home run shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career home run list at 660. He had 659 and enters Petco having hit more homers against the Padres than any other team, 75. He hit 39 at the Padres' old stadium, Qualcomm, his most at any road park and the most by a visiting player.
“I've only faced him a couple of times, in spring training and an All-Star game,” said Wells. “You just have to look at some videotape and see how he reacts to guys, because he is a great hitter. But I've got to pitch my game and not worry about who's up there.”