Recap: Dodgers vs Padres – NLDS – Game 1

Dodgers (3-0)  |  Padres (2-2)


The Dodgers face the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series.


The Padres’ hitters looked to jump on the Dodgers’ pitching staff early and often. The Dodgers had other plans for San Diego in this first game as Walker Buehler faced Mike Clevinger. Mookie Betts and Fernanado Tatis Jr. headlined for these two teams’ offenses, both guys having MVP caliber seasons and looked to continue that momentum through this division series.



Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres – Divisional Series #1


Game 1 – Win 5-1

Dodgers vs Padres
Photo Credit: LA Times

The Dodgers played the National League Division Series’s first game against the San Diego Padres in Arlington, Texas, at the new Rangers stadium. Neither team will have a real home-field advantage in this game since all of the playoff games this year will be played in opposing league stadiums and without any rest days between games.

Walker Buehler got the ball to start Game 1 for the Dodgers. Buehler still has the blister issues on his throwing hand, and if there is any time to fight through the pain, its Game 1 of the Division Series. Buehler fought hard in this start; he threw his fastball with conviction and painted the zone like an Italian renaissance artist. He went a solid four innings for Dave Roberts, allowing one run on two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Buehler could have had a longer outing if he wasn’t up over 50 pitches in the second inning. He will definitely be needed again in a few games with no days off.

At the beginning of the game for Buehler, the biggest play was his bases-loaded strikeout to Trent Grisham on a 99 mph fastball after dishing out three walks to load them up to start with. We knew he was fired up after letting out a loud roar in approval of his strikeout to end the inning. It was an empty stadium. We all heard it. This was also his third strikeout of the inning.


The playoffs for pitchers are about getting out of messes that they put themselves in, so for Buehler, this was a testament to his poise and his talent.


Mike Clevinger gave the Padres a good outing in his start, but this was cut short due to him reinjuring himself. The Padres’ coaching staff noticed something between his movements on the mound and his poor velocity on two pitches to Cody Bellinger.

Dustin May got in some work in the fifth and sixth innings; in his two innings, May did not allow a run or even a hit and struck out three. The game was slow in the scoring column through five, and then the Dodgers answered to tie the game on what would have been an easy out hit to second and throw to Eric Hosmer at first. He missed it. The gaff allowed Justin Turner to score and tie it up. This would keep the Padres very odd five-inning / six-pitcher no-hit game alive even though a run scored.


Dodgers vs Padres
Photo Credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP

Padres manager Jayce Tingler was thrown out in the sixth inning after voicing his disapproval of the home plate umpire’s strike zone for his pitcher in a tie playoff game with Mookie Betts in the box. He waited for his reliever after he was thrown out, but he would get his money’s worth on his way out and give the umpire behind the plate one last piece of his mind.

After the ejection, the next batter for the Dodgers scored a run on a sacrifice fly to left field and opened up the scoring as the next four batters got on base and extended the lead to 4-1. They Padres unraveled after their skipper’s ejection. They allowed runs to score all through the inning, and even one run on a passed ball. The inning ended 5-1 in favor of the Dodgers.



The most surprising part of this game was the ten walks the Dodgers had to help them get on base. This was pivotal to the game considering the first run scored on an error and the Dodgers’ lineup only recorded four hits and ten strikeouts. The game would end with a score of 5-1. Kanley Jansen came out of the bullpen in the ninth to record the final two outs after Blake Treinen’s inning and a third.



Dodgers vs Padres Game 2 Series Preview


The Dodgers play the Padres in Game 2 of the National League Division Series today. Game 1 saw a few of the best young arms in baseball with Buehler, Clevinger, and May. This whole series is filled with young talent, and game two should get fans excited about what could happen. The Dodgers’ scoring outburst in the sixth is what propelled them in Game 1. They will need that to happen early and often in the second game to keep the young Padres team out of it.

Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for game two and will look to have a similar performance to his last start, which was one of his best postseason starts in a while. After his last start, another good outing can silence the narrative about his troubling performances in the postseason.



Scheduled to pitch in game 2 Wednesday, 10/6

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0) / Padres: TBD

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-Rich Decristan – Franchise Sports Media

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