Dodgers On Deck: Dodgers vs Padres

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The Los Angeles Dodgers did it again. The boys in blue add another series victory to their ever-growing list as they venture back home.

The Dodgers finished strong by taking 2 out of 3 games in the series against the San Diego Padres. It was a much anticipated, pure playoff-style matchup that didn’t disappoint. These two teams went in with the same record, and unfortunately, someone was going to have to come out on the losing end. With a pitching rotation and lineups oozing with similarities, there was no doubt this was going to be an exciting series.

Los Angeles Dodgers / San Diego Padres

Game 1 Loss 4 – 5

Dodgers on Deck

Photo Credit: Gaslamp Ball

In-game 1 of the series, it came down to who would slug the ball the most. And on this day, it would be the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers, however, did not go down without a fight, and the battle would begin with the very first pitch. Joc Pederson homered to left/center field on a first-pitch fastball from Chris Paddack, putting the Dodgers on the board first.

Walker Buehler ( 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) had a pretty tough time with the Padres lineup by the time he exited in the 6th. All of Buehler’s hits resulted in home runs, starting from CF Trent Grisham at the bottom of the 1st.
C Will Smith would earn himself 2 RBI’s and tie the game in the 5th at 2-2, but the Padres would put up two more runs in the 6th, thanks to singles from 3B Manny Machado and 1B Jake Cronenworth. The Dodgers offense stifled until the 9th inning, when Cody Bellinger would homer off of Closer Kirby Yates, bringing the game within one run.

Yates would then settle down and strike out AJ Pollock, Corey Seager, and Chris Taylor in a dominant display to end the game.

Top Performers Of The Games

Joc Pederson 3 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 R

Cody Bellinger 4 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI 1 R

Game 2 – Win 5 – 2

Dodgers on Deck

Photo Credit: LA Times

Dustin May led the Dodgers to victory (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 SO) with a solid performance full of pitches that were just plain filthy. Ask the batters he struck out in the process of 6 innings of work, especially Manny Machado.
May was awarded the win thanks to The Dodgers’ lineup coming to life starting in the 6th. Corey Seager singled on a line drive to center, bringing in two runs to tie the game at 2-2.
A single from Chris Taylor in the 8th and a home run from AJ Pollock in the 9th would lead the way for a Kenley Jansen save.

Top Performer of The Game

AJ Pollock 2 AB, 2 H, 2 RBI, 1 R

Game 3 – Win 7 – 6

Dodgers on Deck

Photo Credit: True Blue LA

this third game would be another back and forth affair as Joc Pederson put the Dodgers ahead first with a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. Then Enrique Hernandez and Will Smith doubled and singled respectively to bring in runs, which put the Dodgers up 4-0 in the 5th. Ross Stripling ( 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) was pitching a gem going into the bottom of the 5th; the flawless performance suffered its first blemish in the form of a 2-run homerun by Fernando Tatis Jr.
In the 6th, once again coming up big for his team, Joc Pederson hit a big 3-run home run making it 7-2. The Padres would add pressure to Stripling again, answering back with two runs and making Dave Roberts have to turn to the bullpen for the rest of the way.

Will Meyers would homer to center field in the 8th to make it 7-5, Kenley Jansen was called upon in the ninth, but the Padres wouldn’t make it easy for the veteran. He would walk Fernando Tatis, Trent Grisham would single, and Tommy Pham would single to bring in Tatis, making the score 7-6.

The pressure was on, the game within arms reach and Machado was up at-bat with Trent Grisham on 3rd. In one of those, “only in baseball” kind of moments, Machado would hit the ball to left-field directly to Chris Taylor for an out, causing Grisham to tag up and charge for home plate.

Taylor with sniper-like accuracy would beat Grisham home with a phenomenal throw of epic proportions, and get the final out for a double play to end the game. Just like that the Dodgers take the series in a nail-biting conclusion.

Top Performer Of The Game

Joc Pederson 3 AB, 2 H, 5 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB

San Francisco Giants Series Preview

There is no place like home as Los Angeles Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine and will once again face off against their rivals the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have had a bit of a struggle in the last few series with the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers. It always seems that the Giants can get up for the Dodgers, though, so we should expect a tough series. Tune in later today for rivalry baseball at its best

 

8/8 scheduled to pitch in game 1

The Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1) / The Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (1-0)

8/9 scheduled to pitch in game 2

The Giants: TBD / The Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0)

8/10 scheduled to pitch in game 3

The Giants: TBD / The Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (0-0)

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