The Dodgers edged the Padres in 12 innings 5-4 on Saturday night overcoming another Kenley Jansen blown save and another Dodger Stadium power outage securing a series win. Clayton Kershaw tossed seven innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts but was not involved in the decision. Manny Machado and Max Muncy both smacked their 30th homers of the season. Machado’s shot came in the first with muncy and Justin Turner aboard to put the Dodgers up 3-0.
The Padres got on the scoreboard in the top of the third on a Freddy Galvis RBI single. They added another run in the top of the seventh when some guy named Franmil Reyes homered off of Kerhsaw to cut the Dodger lead to 3-2. The Dodgers went up 4-2 on Muncy’s 30th homer in the bottom half of the seventh. It could have been 5-2 but Kershaw got thrown out at second by Reyes when trying to extend his single into a double before the Muncy homer.
The Padres picked up another run in the eighth on an Eric Hosmer ground out. Things could have been worse for the Dodgers had Hunter Renfroe not gotten hit by Wil Myer’s line drive batted ball off of third base. But of course Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth and served up another homer, this one to Austin Hedges which tied the score at 4-4. The game went into extra innings and Kenta Maeda came in to pitch. Poor Kenley, the guy is obviously not right.
In the bottom of the 12th with the tying run at second base, the lights at Dodger stadium went out and the game went into a power outage delay. When the power was restored Turner dunked one into right field, scoring Matt Kemp from second base and the Dodgers came away with a win!
The Dodgers and Padres wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon as the boys in blue go for the sweep. Lights on or lights off the Dodgers still have a chance to make the playoffs. Perhaps they just got the Divine intervention they needed. Or maybe somebody didn’t pay the bill. Either way the Dodgers are not going down without a fight. Just keep the lights on.