In the seventh inning of a showdown between the division-leading, defending champion Dodgers and their upstart rivals from San Diego, with the go-ahead run standing on second, Los Angeles turned to Scott Alexander. These were the two best teams in baseball, if not by record then by talent, and while it was only April, it carried the aura of a playoff environment. These titans were going to be fighting for the division all year long.
It’s a bit difficult to fathom how Alexander was the call, as he wasn’t close to the top man on the bullpen totem pole, even with the Padres sending up pinch-hitting lefty Trent Grisham (who they immediately swapped out for Wil Myers against the lefty hurler). Alexander got out of the inning with a ground ball, and faced two more batters in the bottom of the eighth, allowing one to reach base. He gave way to … Dennis Santana.