Dodgers Keep it Classy in Win Over Padres, No Retaliation in LA
The Dodgers secured their third win in four contests vs the Padres on Friday night, this time back home in Los Angeles. Dustin May went 6.2 strong innings, faltering a little bit late in the game but still allowing just 2 earned runs. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman went back to back big fly in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the boys in blue the 4-2 victory over the Friars.
After the win, fans looked on in anticipation turning their eyes to the scoreboards at Dodger Stadium to key in on any possible retaliation for last week’s “Crying Kershaw” shenanigans from the Padres but nothing popped up. The Dodgers kept it classy and kept the messaging of the board only about the team win… like good teams do.
Let’s get into the highlights of this one.
Freddie Freeman got the Dodgers on the board in the 3rd with a 2 run double to the right center gap, much to the excitement of Clayton Kershaw.
For most of the game, Dustin May kept Padres hitters off balance, cruising for the first 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits. He was within inches of a clean 7th inning but a Xander Bogaerts screaming line drive fly ball was just out of reach of center fielder Trayce Thompson. A walk put a pair of runners on and Ha-Seong Kim drove in both to tie it up and chase May.
Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman went back to back in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Dodgers the lead right back and put them up 4-2. Yeesh.
The Padres got something cooking again in the top of the 8th, getting runners on the corners with one out. Dave Roberts turned to Evan Phillips who got old friend
Johnny Hustle Manny Machado to ground into the inning ending double play. It was Manny’s second double play of the game.
After a scoreless bottom of the 8th, Phillips came back out in the 9th to complete the 4 out save and secure LA’s 24th win of the season.
Quote of the Game
For the second straight game against the Padres, Mookie Betts came up clutch with a big home run late in the game. Last Sunday it was a game tying homer with 2 out in the 9th, on Friday it was the go-ahead homer that proved to be the game winner.
“That pitch was literally right down the middle and if I don’t hit that, or at least move it forward, we’ve got some problems. I’m just glad I hit it.” — Mookie
The Dodgers and Padres go at it for the middle game of the three game set with the broadcast moving to FOX with Joe Davis on the call. Julio Urias gets the ball against Joe Musgrove.