The Dodgers and Padres faced off against one another on Sunday afternoon with a series sweep on the line. It was a new school versus old school feel, with veteran Clayton Kershaw taking on MacKenzie Gore. And it was every bit of the pitcher’s duel that we all hoped for.
Gore tossed 5.2 innings of 1-run ball, giving up a double to Trea Turner in the 2nd inning that scored Mookie Betts. But he allowed the Dodgers to collect just 5 total hits and striking out 3. It was very much a preview of what’s to come over the next few years between these 2 teams.
But Kershaw did what he does best for the Dodgers. He went 7 innings and shut out the Padres. Kersh punched out 8 batters and issued 1 walk while allowing 4 total hits. It was a wasted vintage outing from the veteran starter.
But the 9th inning is when things really fell apart. Craig Kimbrel came in and took a line drive off of him from Jake Cronenworth. That resulted in a run-scoring double from Luke Voit followed by an Eric Hoser single to give up the lead. Yency Almonte followed that up by allowing a 2-run shot to deal the deal. The Dodgers could not come back in the 9th inning with the top of the order.
And while they did take 3 0f 4 from the Padres, the Dodgers could not capitalize in this one. They left a staggering 10 runners on base and went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Despite all of the efforts from Clayton Kershaw to get them the series sweep, the offense could not come through.
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