The Dodgers (101-57) had an all-around great game on Tuesday night as they defeated the Padres 9-2 and secured home field advantage through the NLCS. The Dodgers also broke the record for most franchise wins at home in a season. They now have 56 wins at Dodger Stadium with one game left.
The Dodgers used three long balls and a hot start from Alex Wood to down the Padres. Yasmani Grandal’s three-run shot in the sixth inning with the Padres leading 2-1 was the real decider. The Dodgers added on with two more home runs later in the game. One was a solo shot from Adrian Gonzalez, (just his third of the year) and the other was a three-run shot from Corey Seager in the bottom of the seventh.
The game started as a pitching duel between youngster Dinelson Lamet and Wood. If you remember Lamet’s last outing against the Dodgers he struck out ten but lost 1-0 to Clayton Kershaw. Boy let me tell you Lamet has great stuff and I can see him being San Diego’s ace next season if he can get it together. But the Dodgers got to him in the fifth inning.
Padres 2 9 0
Dodgers 9 11 2
Before that inning the Padres hit two home runs in the top of the fifth to go up 2-1. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo jack to tie the game and then Christian Villanueva hit one deep towards the low wall in the right field corner. A Dodger fan appeared to reach over the wall into play appearing to deflect the ball as it hit the top of the wall and bounced back to Yasiel Puig. The Padres challenged the play and won as the New York office ruled that the ball left the yard indicating the fan interfered. The fourth home run of the year for Villanueva put the Padres up 2-1. The fan also was ejected from the game for good measure.
The Dodgers would immediately come back to score three in the fifth inning. Lamet lost it after holding the Dodgers to three hits and striking out five up until then. In the fifth frame Lamet issued two-out walks to Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger before Grandal blasted his 22nd home run of the season. The Dodgers plated another run in the bottom of the sixth after Enrique Hernandez’s pinch-hit double and Seager’s RBI bloop single. That gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.
Strong defense prevented a run from scoring in the top of the seventh inning. Bellinger threw out Wil Myers at the plate to end the inning. That kept the score at 5-2. Gonzalez’s home run in the seventh made the score 6-2. The Dodgers would score four more runs in the bottom of the eighth highlighted by Seager’s three-run blast. Good to see Seager perking up again.
Lamet still struck out 7 in five innings but walked six and allowed four earned runs on four hits. Wood allowed two earned runs over six innings and struck out one. There is some concern that Wood only struck out one, but he pitched well enough to earn his sixteenth win of the season.
The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way with Josh Fields, Tony Watson, and Brock Stewart pitching the final three innings of the game. The bats collected nine hits on the night and were 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position. They stranded nine runners on base.
The Dodgers close out the home portion of their 2017 schedule on Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres. Left hander Clayton Richard will counter Rich Hill at 7:10 PM PST. Bust out those brooms! The broom depot will remain open late.
Note-Puig and Turner both returned to the lineup. Puig was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Turner was 1 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.