The Dodgers beat the Padres 9-3 on Monday evening at Dodger Stadium to win their 100 game of the season. Just to give you an example of how incredible this is I’ll tell you. The Dodgers have won 100 games in a season just two other times since 1958. This is the sixth overall season in which they’ve reached the century mark in wins, and the last time they have done it was 1974. I have never seen the Dodgers win a 100 games in my lifetime. So this is something of a marvel to me.
The Dodgers didn’t need much marvel to beat the Padres in the series opener. This is the last home series of the regular season and the Dodgers wanted to give the Dodger fans some fireworks before the playoffs. Logan Forsythe had the game of his life. The second baseman collected three hits, blasted a home run and drove in four of the Dodger’s nine runs. Starter Yu Darvish tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out nine to get the win. The Dodgers have now inched a little closer to wrapping up home field advantage (magic number is 2) in the NLCS. Home field for the World Series has yet to be determined. The Dodgers lead the Indians by two games in that race.
Padres 3 6 0
Dodgers 9 10 1
The boys in blue scored three runs in the first, one in the second and one more in the third. They plated three more runs in the fifth, knocking opposing starter Travis Wood out of the game. In the bottom of the first inning Chris Taylor doubled, Enrique Hernandez and Corey Seager walked to load the bases. After Cody Bellinger struck out, Forsythe cleared the bases with a three-run double into the gap. The Dodgers led 3-0.
Rob Segedin doubled and scored on a Taylor sacrifice fly to go up 4-0 after two frames. Forsythe added a home run in the second inning for good measure. That was his sixth shot of the year. The Dodgers took a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Austin Barnes’ three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth put the Dodgers up by an 8-1 score.
Meanwhile Darvish was spot on. The right hander tossed seven innings striking out nine and allowing just one earned run on two hits with no walks. He made 91 pitches and looked strong all night. Kenta Maeda pitched the bottom of the eighth inning in relief and allowed one earned run on two hits. Pedro Baez finished the game and allowed two hits but struck out three in the top of the ninth inning.
Justin Turner was still out of the lineup nursing a thumb injury. He’s reportedly feeling better and Roberts stated that he would likely be back in the lineup tomorrow. Yasiel Puig was still being punished for showing up late for batting practice. Apparently he was made to stand in the corner of the clubhouse and face the wall until the seventh inning stretch. He’s been a bad boy and we don’t know when he’ll return to the lineup. Here’s my take on the whole thing. Best to get him back in there soon.
The Dodgers improve to 100-57 on the season and there are five games left. The final home stand continues as the Dodgers and Padres do battle again on Tuesday evening. Alex Wood is scheduled to start as the Padres will counter with young right hander Dinelson Lamet. Remember him?
Congratulations Dodgers! 100 wins is quite an accomplishment.