The Dodgers had an off day yesterday after sweeping the Rockies. So began a three game series against the last place Padres. Rich Hill was supposed to start but Ross Stripling got the nod with Rich Hill starting tomorrow. The Rockies are playing the Diamondbacks this weekend and the Cardinals are playing the Giants. In other words the Dodgers need to take care of business. Dodgers went with a right handed line-up against left-hander Eric Lauer.
#Dodgers lose 5-3. Magic number stays 8. Lead over Rockies goes back to 1 1/2. Braves regain edge for homefield in an NLDS matchup
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 22, 2018
In the bottom of the third, Kike Hernandez hit a solo shot and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Ross Stripling’s issues began. Franmil Ryes started off with a single. Hunter Renfroe then hit a two-run shot and the Padres took a 2-1 lead. Both teams went back and forth putting people on base but not getting any hits. Ross Stripling only pitched till the bottom of the fourth as the Padres took a page out of the Dodgers book and made him work.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 22, 2018
Pedro Baez got through the fourth inning. Zac Rosscup finished off the 5th inning. Ryan Madson came in and finished off the 6th inning. In the top of the 7th, Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot off Madson in the 7th inning. The Padres took a 3-1 lead. Alex Wood came in to finish off the 7th inning. Dylan Floro then got into some trouble in the 8th inning but he was able to get out of it. In the bottom of the 8th, Joc Pederson hit a double to get the Dodger fans on their feet. Yasiel Puig singled him in and the Dodgers cut the lead to 3-2.
Yasmani Grandal then walked. Cody Bellinger came up with the chance to be a hero but he struck out to end the threat. The bullpen did a great job for the Dodgers tonight. John Axford then came in to pitch the 9th inning. Freddy Galvis got on base with an infield hit. Manuel Margot hit a dribbler to third and beat a throw from Justin Turner. Austin Hedges then reached on an infield hit. The Dodgers defense hasn’t been sharp lately.
All that, and no fireworks at Dodger Stadium. Too late to run ‘em!
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) September 22, 2018
Will Meyers hit a double to score two runs. The Padres led 5-2. Pat Venditte then came in to get three outs to keep the score 5-2. In the bottom of the 9th, Alex Verdugo singled. Eventually he took 2nd on defensive indifference. Manny Machado singled in a run to make the score 5-3 with two outs. Joc Pederson then came up with chance to tie the game but he struck out. The Dodgers are also tied with the Cardinals for the wild card as well. Dodgers need to bounce back tomorrow with Rich Hill.