SAN DIEGO– The Dodgers completed the sweep of the Padres on Wednesday night, winning the series finale 13-4. Los Angeles moved to 8-9 on the season while San Diego fell to 7-13.
Here are three takeaways from tonight’s game:
Myers, Margot, Yates not too far off
Three key Padres who have been sidelined by injury may be returning very soon.
Wil Myers (right elbow) played in the second game of his rehab assignment tonight, going 1-4 with a home run and two RBI. If all continues to go well, he will be activated and ready to go on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Manuel Margot (ribs) faced Kirby Yates in live BP prior to tonight’s game and has been cleared for baseball activity. Per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, Margot will head to Peoria to play in extended spring training games, and is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday:
Manny Margot will go to Arizona tonight and starting tomorrow “get a lot of at-bats” in extended spring training games.
Could be activated by end of #Padres series at #Diamondbacks. Eligible to come off DL on Saturday.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) April 18, 2018
Kirby Yates (ankle) threw live BP today against Padres hitters. If ready, he is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow.
Strikeouts, strikeouts, strikeouts
A night after striking out a franchise record-tying 20 times, the Padres struck out 13 times against Dodgers pitching.
All in all, they struck out 45 times in the three games against Los Angeles. The 45 K’s were the fourth-most combined strikeouts during a three-game series in MLB history since 1913, according to STATS, Inc.
“There’s got to be a greater measure of resolve,” manager Andy Green said after Tuesday’s game. “There comes a point in where balls have just got to be put in play.”
A day later, his team did little to answer the manager’s statement with their on-field play. Needless to say, these strikeouts are an issue that will likely not go away any time soon.
Luis Perdomo struggled mightily tonight in this return from suspension. He allowed ten hits and nine runs (seven earned) in three innings of work.
The Padres know he has the stuff, but the question is, when will he take that next step? Andy Green has been pretty vocal about wanting to see it, but at least through four starts this season, it has not arrived.
“This is Major League Baseball, you have to pitch better than that,” Andy Green said after his team’s 13-4 loss. “There’s really no other way around it at this point and time.”
The former Rule V pick’s leash definitely got shorter tonight; with guys like Walker Lockett, Brett Kennedy, and Eric Lauer in AAA itching for a chance.
Former Padres enact their revenge
Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal, two former Padres, tormented Padres pitching in these three games at Petco. They combined to go 10-24 with three home runs and 14 RBI in the three-game sweep.