After taking two of three from the San Francisco Giants to begin their homestand, the Los Angeles Dodgers now face the San Diego Padres in the opener of a four-game set.
The Dodgers earned a series win at Petco Park last week, outscoring the Padres, 16-11, in the three-game matchup. Dustin May picked up his first win of the season in the middle game of the series, allowing just two runs on three hits over six innings pitched.
The right-hander struck out a career-high eight batters during the outing and walked just one in comparison. He induced seven swings-and-misses -— his second most of the season —- and commanded the strike zone all night long.
“For me, going forward it’s just pounding the zone, getting my balls more over the plate and allowing hitters to make the mistakes,” May said after the Dodgers’ 5-2 win. “I was locating the fastball to both sides of the plate and the cutter was working.”
In three overall starts this year, May is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA, 2.60 FIP and 1.17 WHIP across 13.2 innings of work.
The Padres initially were expected to start Garrett Richards, but he has been pushed back to the second game of the series. Instead, Luis Perdomo gets the ball Monday night.
Perdomo is making his first start of the season, and enters with a 5.40 ERA in three relief appearances. Though, his last game was two scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 1.
Perdomo has struggled against the Dodgers throughout his career, going 1-6 with a 8.08 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 13 games (six starts).
Corey Seager again is out of the lineup, missing a third consecutive game due to lower back soreness. The Dodgers nonetheless remain encouraged by his progress and are hopeful Seager will avoid a stint on the 10-day injured list.
Joe Kelly was placed on the IL, retroactive to Sunday, due to inflammation in his right throwing shoulder. Adam Kolarek returned from the Dodgers’ alternate training site at USC.
LF: Joc Pederson
RF: Mookie Betts
CF: Cody Bellinger
3B: Justin Turner
2B: Max Muncy
SS: Chris Taylor
DH: Matt Beaty
1B: Edwin Rios
C: Will Smith
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr.
CF: Trent Grisham
3B: Manny Machado
LF: Tommy Pham
1B: Eric Hosmer
RF: Wil Myers
2B: Jake Cronenworth
C: Austin Hedges
DH: Jurickson Profar
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