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Dodgers Highlights: Offense Comes Alive Late in Epic Win Over Padres

What a BALLGAME! After showing little to no life all game, the Dodgers woke up late to come from behind and beat the Padres in extra innings. Mookie Betts took Josh Hader deep with 2 outs in the 9th to tie the game at 2-2. The rookies shined in extra innings to complete the 5-2 comeback and quiet the fans in San Diego.


Let’s get into the highlights of this one!

Dodgers fans got the feeling of oh no, here we go again early in this game. The very first play of the game was a Fernando Tatis Jr fly ball that James Outman probably catches 9 times out of 10. Manny Machado immediately followed with a double of his own and Julio Urias was quickly down a run. Mookie Betts clanked a fly ball near the wall in right center field to give the Padres their second run and the stage was set from there.

San Diego ace Joe Musgrove held the Dodgers hitless into the 5th inning when Chris Taylor dropped in a 2 out soft line drive to right field to give LA its first kick of the night. However, Mookie ended that threat with a fly out.

LA scratched and clawed for its first run in the 6th inning. Freddie Freeman reached second base on a Juan Soto error in left field and he was doubled in by Will Smith, who had a sneaky good game with 2 doubles and walk.

Despite the rough first inning, Julio Urias kept his composure and kept the Padres to just 2 runs into the 6th inning. Dave Roberts gave him a chance to complete 6 innings but a jam shot single to center by Ha-Seong Kim ended his night with 2 runners on.

Yency Almonte came in to get the final out of the 6th and tossed a 1-2-3 7th inning to keep the game at 2-1 at a critical point.

The Dodgers squandered a scoring chance in the top of the 8th inning, leaving two runners stranded. Miguel Vargas hit a humpback liner to short that Xander Bogaerts was able to corral to end the threat.

Victor Gonzalez pitched around a leadoff single, they called it to toss a scoreless bottom of the 8th setting the stage for Padres closer Josh Hader to come in and try to lock down the 2-1 win.

But that wasn’t meant to be.

With 2 out and a 3-1 count, Mookie Betts muscled up for his 6th home run of the year to tie the game at 2-2.

Caleb Ferguson was dominant in the bottom of the 9th, striking out a pair to send the game to extra innings.

In the 10th inning with the ghost runner in effect, Will Smith grounded out to open the inning but he moved Freddie Freeman over to third base with one out. After Max Muncy struck out, rookie Michael Busch — who was LA’s second pinch hitter in the DH spot of the day — grooved a 2 out single to left to give the Dodgers their first lead of the day. Fellow rookie James Outman followed Busch with a 2 run home run to give LA the 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th.

Evan Phillips came on to pitch a perfect 10th to secure his 5th save of the season and the Dodgers’ 21st win of the year.

Quote of the Game

“I was telling my family way back in January that’s the guy you’ve gotta watch out for” — Mookie Betts on James Outman.

Up Next for the Dodgers

The Dodgers take a happy flight to Milwaukee for a 3 game set with the Brewers. The Dodgers and Padres match up again in less than a week with San Diego meeting the boys in blue back in Los Angeles next Friday. Should be a fun one!

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. Under Clint's leadership as the Lead Editor, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. Find him online on Twitter/X or his YouTube channel!

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