How it happened: Normally, when the Dodgers and Padres play, somebody usually wins 1-0 or 2-1. Tuesday looked more like a game played at Wrigley Field or one of the other extreme hitter's parks. The teams kept going back and forth, with few pitchers capable of keeping a lead safe. In his second start for the Dodgers, Kevin Correia looked a lot more like the guy with the 4.94 ERA that he'd been in Minnesota than the guy who pitched six four-hit innings in his Dodgers debut. Correia lasted five innings, giving up four runs and nine hits.
But the Dodgers had little trouble with Ian Kennedy, brushing aside a 3-0 first-inning deficit and continuing to pile on runs throughout the game. It was an encouraging sign that the Dodgers have the offense to weather this steady stream of injuries to their pitchers. Carl Crawford had an RBI single, a two-run home run and scored three runs.
Hits: According to Baseball Reference, Justin Turner (2.7 WAR) is the Dodgers' second-most valuable position player after Yasiel Puig (4.1). That seems a bit extreme, but Turner probably gets nowhere near the credit he deserves this season. He has excelled in virtually every role the Dodgers have asked of him. He has played solid defense at three positions. As a pinch hitter, he is batting .409. With runners in scoring position, he is batting .383. Since May 11, he's hitting .361 with 11 doubles and 22 RBIs. Normally, you would argue that Juan Uribe is a significant loss, but Turner has made it a lot easier to forget about him now that Uribe is on the disabled list again. Turner ripped two RBI doubles off Kennedy.
Misses: In some ways, A.J. Ellis is more valuable than ever. The Dodgers need all the help they can get now that injuries are starting to ravage their pitching depth. Since his major league debut in 2008, Ellis has the lowest catcher's ERA (3.32) in the major leagues. On the other hand, Ellis has become close to an automatic out in the lineup. He had a sacrifice fly but is now 1-for-9 on the homestand. His batting average is .186 and he has only one home run and 12 RBIs.
Stat of the game: The Dodgers are 33-18 against teams in the NL West this season. Last year, they were 37-39.
Up next: The series continues Wednesday, with Roberto Hernandez (7-8, 3.72 ERA) making his third Dodgers start since a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies and the Padres going with lefty Eric Stults (5-13, 4.64). The game starts at 7:10 p.m. PT.