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What the hell happened to the Padres? I don’t know but the last time the Dodgers and Padres faced each other both clubs were in the thick of the NL West race. After today’s match the Dodgers are 33 games above .500. The Padres on the other hand have fallen right into the toilet. The Friars are now not even in control of the second wild card one game behind the Cincinnati Reds as they keep falling further and further down in the standings. The Dodgers dealt their postseason hopes another blow with a 5-2 beating at Petco Park in the opening game of the three game series on Tuesday evening.
This was the AJ Pollock show. The veteran outfielder continues to have a solid season. His leaping catch against the wall in the fourth inning robbed former Dodger and jerk Manny Machado of a home run to preserve a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Pollock added a two-run knock for good measure in the top of the seventh that extended the Dodger’s lead to 3-0.
Will Smith got the show started with a solo home run in the second inning. The Dodgers added two sacrifice flies to go up 5-0. Southpaw Julio Urias returned from the injured list to pitch five scoreless frames before leaving way for the Dodger bullpen. The Dodger pen pitched admirably as five relievers (Phil Bickford, Alex Vesia, Corey Knebel, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen) limited the San Diego hitters to just two runs on two hits while scattering three walks. Urias allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out four en route to his fourteenth win of the season.
The Padres only runs came on a Jurickson Profar home run in the bottom of the eighth. San Diego actually had the tying runs at the plate in the eighth and ninth frames. However Treinen struck out Jake Cronenworth and Kenley struck out Adam Frazier to end the game. The Dodgers have now won 14 of their last 16 games but still remain in second place 2.5 games behind the Giants who shutout the Mets earlier today. The series continues on Wednesday night with Walker Buehler facing Blake Snell at 7:10 PM.