Harang struggles early; Dodgers fall to Padres
Righty allows five runs (four earned) over four innings; five-run eighth trumped
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres scored three runs in the ninth inning to rally past the Dodgers, 8-7, on Friday at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Trailing by two runs following the Dodgers' five-run eighth, Padres Minor Leaguer Corey Adamson led off the ninth with a bunt single. Another Minor League player, Duanel Jones, then tied the game with his first home run. Travis Jankowski knocked in the game-winner with a one-out single to right.
With the big league regulars long gone from the game, the Dodgers came up big late. C.J. Retherford had a two-run triple in the inning.
Will Venable hit a two-run home run and pitcher Andrew Cashner looked sharp on the mound earlier in the game for the Padres, who had a 5-2 lead entering the eighth inning.
Venable's home run came in the third inning off Dodgers pitcher Aaron Harang, who is trying to win a job in the team's starting rotation.
Harang allowed four earned runs on six hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out one. His ERA this spring is now 10.00.
Cashner, who is one of several candidates in camp trying to win the No. 5 spot in the rotation, allowed one run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. He fastball consistently sat at 96-97 mph and his strikeout of Matt Kemp in the first inning registered at 99 mph.
Cameron Maybin knocked in a run on a ground ball and pinch-hitter John Baker added an RBI triple in the fourth inning for the Padres (10-11). Jedd Gyorko had two hits, raising his average to .300.
A.J. Ellis, who entered the game hitting .353, had an RBI single in the second inning for the Dodgers (7-9-3). Venable drove in two runs, one on his home run and another on a sacrifice fly.
Kemp, who went into the game 2-for-19 this spring, had a single in the sixth inning.
Up next: Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw remains on schedule Saturday by starting for the Dodgers against Texas and Matt Harrison in Surprise, Ariz., live on Gameday Audio at 1:05 p.m. PT. Despite a 5.54 ERA, Kershaw improved dramatically in his most recent start against Colorado. Including Saturday, Kershaw figures to make three more starts before opening the season against the Giants at home on April 1.