Craig Kimbrel falters again in Dodgers' loss to Padres, leaving his playoff roster prospects in doubt

Dodgers pitcher Craig Kimbrel takes a minute prior to dealing with a San Diego Padres batter throughout the 10th inning on Tuesday in San Diego. Kimbrel strolled in the winning run for the Padres. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Even after being benched from the closer function recently, Craig Kimbrel blew another video game for the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

The embattled right-hander was far from the only perpetrator in the Dodgers’ 4-3 defeat to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, in which unsteady defense added to the Padres’ very first 3 runs and the Dodgers lineup went one for 17 with runners in scoring position.

But it was Kimbrel’s mistakes that showed deadly in the 10th: a set of two-out strolls, consisting of a bases-loaded totally free pass to Jorge Alfaro, that provided the Padres their 3rd walk-off win over the Dodgers this year and 4th in which they scored the consent run in the ninth inning or later on.

“I just missed some fastballs and threw some uncompetitive pitches,” Kimbrel stated. “Walked guys in.”

To even get to the 10th inning, the Dodgers, who at 106-48 just have a club win record delegated ferret out the stretch, and Padres, who are 86-68 and still attempting to clinch a playoff area, traded a series of miscues and errors.

The hosts opened the scoring in a two-run very first inning that was extended when 3rd baseman Justin Turner dropped fielding a possible inning-ending double-play — the only runs the Padres scored versus left-hander Tyler Anderson in a strong six-inning start.

The Dodgers connected ball game at 2-2 in the 6th after the Padres stopped working to transform a possible inning-ending double play, turning the series too gradually to get Max Muncy out initially base.

The Padres returned in front in the 8th after Chris Taylor dropped a running catch in delegated start the inning and Turner — who turned up hopping after moving into 2nd on Muncy’s grounder in the 6th — dedicated another mistake with 2 outs and the bases filled.

Then, with the Dodgers down to their last out in the ninth, Trea Turner (who had 3 hits, consisting of a leadoff double in the ninth) scored on a passed ball by Alfaro.

“It was a little sloppy,” Turner stated. “But it happens sometimes.”

Something that has actually taken place far a lot of times this year: Kimbrel handing out a video game late, with the previous eight-time All-Star now sporting a 6-7 record and 4.02 AGE.

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson throws to a San Diego Padres batter.

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson tosses to a San Diego Padres batter throughout the very first inning on Tuesday in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

His 10th-inning collapse was nearly avoided after he set out Manny Machado with runners on the corners for the 2nd out in the inning — which at the minute seemed like among his finest series of the season.

“Just a real good battle right there,” Roberts stated. “Craig made pitches when he needed to.”

Moments later on, nevertheless, the old Kimbrel came back.

After getting Brandon Drury in a 1-and-2 hole, Kimbrel missed out on with 2 fastballs and a curveball all large on his glove side.

Up next came Alfaro, a big right-handed player with just 10 strolls this season and none over 63 plate looks considering that mid-July.

“I mean, it’s not a secret,” Alfaro told reporters postgame. “I don’t walk that much.”

Still, Kimbrel couldn’t find the zone. Four times, Kimbrel tried to land a fastball over the outer edge of the zone. Four times, he missed wide again, the last coming in a 3-and-2 count that Alfaro took before trotting up the baseline.

“I just looked at the dugout,” Alfaro said. “I’m like, Oh, s–t, I walked!”

Kimbrel’s response couldn’t have actually been any various.

He screamed in anger. Looked down as he abandoned the mound. Then attempted to understand on to whatever self-confidence he had actually left postgame.

“I believe so,” he stated when asked if he might still add to the Dodgers in the playoffs. “I think I’ve got some good pitching to do in the next couple days to prove that. I think, actually, I know I can. I don’t think I can. I know I can. Just gotta do it.”

Roberts’ take?

“Like I said, every day is a test,” the supervisor reacted when presented a comparable concern. “He has to go out there. I’ll keep getting him out there when it makes sense and we’ll make decisions as we get down the line.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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