The first Dodgers/Padres series of the regular season was billed as a heavyweight dogfight for division supremacy, and the first two rounds did not disappoint. The punk ass Padres came into the series hoping to assert their newfound authority over the NL West, despite the Dodgers winning the division the last eight seasons in a row. Naturally the Padres were ready to celebrate any April wins over the Dodgers like they had won the World Series, despite the UPS Browns never having won…… well……anything.
If you remember the Padres fans danced in the streets after merely winning a playoff series, and then were promptly swept by the World champion Dodgers. Resident fool Manny Machado made the most idiotic proclamations, proclaiming that he would put his entire contract on the line to bet the Padres would win the World Series before the Dodgers did. How’d that bet work out for you Machado?
The Dodgers won the first two games of the series at Petco Park. The boys in blue scored five runs in the top of the twelfth to beat the Padres in the series opener on Friday night. Then they outlasted the Friars 2-0 in what turned out to be a taut pitching duel between two of the best hurlers in the game, Clayton Kershaw And Yu “game 7” Darvish. With the Dodgers ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, and the Padres threatening with runners at second and third, Mookie Betts made a fantastic game saving diving reverse snow cone catch. You have to see it to believe it.
Before the ninth, the game was a tight pitcher’s duel. Kershaw tossed six shutout innings striking out eight and allowing just two hits. Darvish pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, while striking out nine. Kershaw ended up with the well deserved win and the Dodger bullpen came through with flying colors.
The Dodgers plated one run in the fifth inning when Zack Mckinstry was hit by a pitch and then Luke Raley flared a single to center. After a walk to Austin Barnes loaded the bases, Kershaw’s walk plated the first run. Needless to say Darvish was angry.
The Dodgers scored one more run in the top of the ninth when Justin Turner led off the inning with a solo home run to extend the Dodger’s lead to 2-0. It was a well needed insurance run for the Dodgers. The key moment in the game came in the bottom of the sixth, when the Padres had runners at the corners with one out and Kershaw in trouble. But Wil Myers grounded into an inning ending double play. Chris Taylor and Max Muncy connected on a brilliant unassisted 4-3 double play.
Blake Treinen opened the bottom of the ninth, his second inning of work with Kenley Jansen not available. He struck out Machado, but Myers singled. The Dodgers made a double switch and brought in Victor Gonzalez. The young lefty uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Jurickson Profar. After a Jake Cronenworth ground out advanced the runners to second and third with two outs, Tommy Pham came to the plate and hit a liner to shallow right center, with Mookie Betts on the run and well……..
You can’t get any better than that. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with another Marquee pitching match-up of Trevor Bauer versus Blake Snell. The Dodgers have now won eight in a row. Suck it San Diego.