The Dodgers didn’t hit a home run in game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres, but they still sprayed the ball all over the field to score twelve runs on fourteen hits en route to a 12-3 win. The Dodgers bats were 8 for 24 with runners in scoring position. Dodger catcher Will Smith collected five hits setting an all-time Dodger postseason record for a backstop. The Dodgers scored five of their eight runs in the third inning, and four in the top of the ninth.
Bellinger and Smith drove in six of the Dodger’s 12 runs. The Dodgers plated six runs in the first three frames and never stopped hitting. Four singles from Corey Seager, Justin Turner, AJ Pollock and Joc Pederson in the third. A Smith RBI single in the fourth. A Sacrifice fly from Mookie Betts in the top of the fifth. A two-run double from Smith in the ninth, preceded a two-run triple from Bellinger, and it went on and on and on and on. The Dodgers pounded the San Diego pitching staff and there was nothing the baby Padres could do about it.
NLDS Game 3 Dodgers win 3-0
Dodgers 12 14 1
Padres 3 6 2
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 9, 2020
Julio Urias was the pitching star of the night tossing five innings, allowing one run, one hit, and striking out six. The questionable pitching decision early in the game when Dustin May was hooked after pitching one inning and Adam Kolarek allowed two runs (The Dodgers were actually losing 2-1 at that point) was quickly forgotten once the onslaught of Dodger hits began. The boys in blue never looked back.
We have to give a special hat tip to Will Smith, who went 5 for 6 with three singles, two doubles and three runs driven in. Smith batted .451 in the three game series becoming the first Dodger to tally five hits in a postseason game. Smith doubled in the second, singled in the fourth, singled again in the sixth, singled in the eighth and doubled in the ninth.
The Dodgers will advance to their fourth NLCS in the last five years, and the fourteenth overall in franchise history. They’ll face the Braves on Monday night. Until then it’s time to celebrate. The Dodgers have earned it. Bring it home boys.