Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May (85) pitches against the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning of the first game of their National League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)
The Dodgers got off to a good start in the National League division series against the Padres. They had already walked nine before Mookie Betts had his first hit with one out in the sixth inning. They then continued the march with a sacrifice fly from Corey Seager, defeating San Diego 5-1 on Tuesday.
Mike Clevinger barely reached the second pitch of the second inning in his postseason debut with the Padres before leaving injured, and his exhausted bullpen was unable to slow the visitors or keep runners off the bases.
Game 2 of the series, played at the new Texas Rangers stadium, is Wednesday night.
Dustin May (1-0), the 23-year-old right-hander for the Dodgers who grew up to about 30 miles in Justin, Texas, struck out three in two perfect innings as a reliever for Walker Buehler.
The loss went to Garrett Richards (0-1), the sixth of nine pitchers for the Padres, who came out after admitting the Betts hit. Also coming out was manager Jayce Tingler, ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett when he made another change on the mound.
For the Padres, the Dominican Fernando Tatís Jr. 4-1. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 3-0.
For the Dodgers, Puerto Rican Kiké Hernández 2-0.