Dodgers On Deck: Dodgers vs Padres


The Los Angeles Dodgers split the series with the San Diego Padres, and what a series it was. The Padres owned the first two games of the series, but the Dodgers rebounded and took the remaining 2 games with a big, fat exclamation point. 


Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Series #6


Game 1 Loss 1-2


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The Dodgers were able to score early in the bottom of the 1st when Cody Bellinger singled to bring in Joc Pederson for a run. In the 4th inning, it looked as if the Dodgers were going to add on to their lead with singles by Justin Turner and Max Muncy, but unfortunately, a double play would leave the bases loaded. 

The Padres would tie the game with a home run by catcher Austin Hedges in the 5th, and add another run in the 6th to take the lead. The pitching on both sides would keep both teams from scoring any other runs, unfortunately for the Dodgers and their starter Dustin May, (6 IP, 5, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) who took the loss.

The Padres pitching was just so on point. Even though the Dodgers were able to wrangle up some hits, the Padres were able to escape each inning unscathed. The Dodgers left a whopping total of 16 batters stranded once the dust had settled. You know the saying,” There is always tomorrow.”

Game 2 – Loss 2-6


Chris Taylor would single in the 2nd inning to bring in a run to put the Dodgers up first. The Dodgers would not score again until the 9th, which was thanks to a single from Austin Barnes to allow Max Muncy to score.

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Well, one thing in common for this series is the dominant pitching. For the most part, it comes down to a simple mistake from the pitcher to allow a run or two. Ross Stripling found himself making that mistake, and it would ultimately cost the Dodgers the game. In a bases-loaded pickle at the top of the 3rd, Manny Machado would unleash hell with a grand slam to put the padres in the lead 5-1.

Thus far, the window of chance to score shrinks as each game goes on. The pitching staff of the Padres was phenomenal and again would keep the Dodgers from rallying back. Now, after losing two games of the series, the best the Dodgers can hope for is a series-tie.



Game 3 – Win 6-0


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Game 3 was pure old school baseball as the Dodgers utilized bunts, a safety-squeeze, and a little bit of situational hitting added in to just dominate the Padres. Also, a 3-run home run from Justin Turner in the 8th inning to more than seal the deal. 

Starting for the Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) was just pure fire on the mound, and the Padres couldn’t extinguish the flame. Gonsolin was filthy with his breaking balls, and accurately dotting the zone with his fastballs.

 Following in Gonsolin’s spectacular performance, the bullpen kept up the excellent pitching to blank the Padres, helping Gonsolin get the shut out win. The Padres left a staggering 21 players stranded on base, showing that on this night, the Dodgers came to play.


Game 4 Win 11-2


It seemed like it was going to be a long night for the Dodgers, with Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer hitting back to back home runs in the first inning. 

That certainly wasn’t the case, because the Dodgers started hitting like ferocious beasts themselves. Corey Seager got the bats started with a 2-run jack in his first at-bat, in his first game since returning from injury.

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In the complete opposite of game-3, the Dodgers won this game with the longball. Corey Seager, AJ Pollock, Mookie Betts, and Austin Barnes homered. It was Mookie Betts that exploded out of the dugout with determination. Betts homered three times, his 6th time in his career achieving this feat, tying a Major League record. Talk about seeing the baseball like it was a beachball of some sort!

Julio Urias allowed two runs in the first but didn’t seem to let them phase him as he shut down the Padres for the following five innings. With the offensive onslaught, the Dodgers’ pitching staff was on the same level and continued to keep the Padres in a whirlwind of self-consciousness. The Dodgers close out the series with a vast display of offense. They may have split the series, but they keep the momentum heading into the next game.  

Los Angeles Angels Series Preview


The Dodgers (13-7) will be, well, traveling to Los Angeles to face the Angels (7-12) in a 3- game series.

The Angels are coming off a series win against the extremely hot Oakland A’s, no easy feat by any means, and Angels’ manager Joe Maddon is hoping this is the start of a momentum shift to turn the team around. It should be an exciting series with the Dodgers pitching staff having to face off against the future Hall of Famer, Mike Trout.

Also, Mookie Betts and Mike Trout, both considered two of the top players in MLB today, will be looking to ignite the bats and lead their teams to victory. It is sure to be an entertaining affair to see these two face off. 


Scheduled to pitch in game 1 Friday 8/14

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-1) / Angels : LHP Patrick Sandoval (0-1)

Schedule to pitch in game 2 Saturday 8/15

Dodgers: TBA / Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-1)


Schedule to pitch in game 3 Sunday 8/16

Dodgers: TBA / Angels: RHP Julio Teheran (0-1)


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Dodgers vs Padres

Dodgers vs Padres

Dodgers vs Padres

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Dodgers vs Padres

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Dodgers vs Padres

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