After a dramatic win in Game 2, the Dodgers took the lead in the NLDS over the Padres. However, things were far from over as the Padres could easily put together three straight wins.
Thankfully, the Dodger bounced off a rocky start and exploded into a five-run third inning, so he drove Julio Urias̵
Adrian Morejon he started the pen game for the Padres and was strong early with a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st. However, the Dodgers started 2nd with a walk from Max Muncy and then a double from Will Smith. Cody Bellinger then followed with a Grounder in second place to score Betts but Smith froze for whatever reason and was kicked out in third and that nearly killed the rally. 1-0.
Tony Gonsolin was the preference of many to start Game 3, but instead the Dodgers turned to Dustin May to start a bullpen game. May himself did not seem to have his best command and took a walk but faced the idle during the innings thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr. excess second base in a theft attempt.
May only went one inning before being removed for Adam Kolarek, and I understand what the plan was despite people blaming it Dave Roberts for any reason.
Kolarek had a combination of bad luck and didn’t get the best of himself. It allowed a single jam shot Eric Hosmer to start, he gave up a single shift Tommy Pham to put the riders in the corners, and then he got ground that took Pham into second place. Dave continued his intentional walking fetish by giving one a Wil Myers to load the bases and Kolarek ran off and issued a free pass a Jake Cronenworth to make it 1-1.
Kolarek then got a rebound, securing the exit home, but Trent Grisham followed by a soft single left to take a 2-1 lead and knock him out of the game. Kolarek was no good, but as you can see, it was three soft singles, one intentional walk and one involuntary walk on a questionable call.
Julio Urias then came in with bases still loaded and faced Fernando Tatis Jr., but came in with a determined look and hit him on four pitches to avoid disaster early.
The Dodgers immediately took advantage of it. Mookie Betts walked and advanced to the second on a wild field, then returned home on a single interior of Corey Seager and a mistake on an incredible attempt at Tatis’ play.
This eliminated Morejon from the game for Craig Stammen who was not doing as well as he had allowed a single Justin Turner drive into another run and make it 3-2.
After a ground out that advanced JT and a strikeout, Cody Bellinger was intentionally stepped on and AJ Pollock made them pay with one of his to drive in JT.
After Pollock stole the second one, Joc Pederson he came into the clutch with another single flat two runs and made 6-2.
Bats also added racing in the 4th. Betts doubled up and Corey Seager walked. With two eliminations leading Betts to third place, Smith chose another 7-2 streak.
The offense was relentless today and they added more in the 5th. Pollock chose to start and Joc Pederson chose Hosmer’s glove in the beginning to initiate the threat. Chris Taylor then I smoked what looked like a safe single but got robbed by Jake Cronenworth at a later time leading me to a brief madness.
With the runners on the corners, Betts hit a deep right fly that was caught on the track but made a run to make it 8-2. Seager went after him but the Dodgers got nothing else.
Boys In Blue again threatened in 6th place behind a single one-out from Smith, his third of the night, and Bellinger followed with a single of his that ended up with both runners in scoring position thanks to Trent Grisham he did what he does best.
Unfortunately, they failed to capitalize as Pollock lined up to third and pinch Enrique Hernandez do it in third place to end the threat.
Oh hey, remember Julio Urias? Right, he was throwing all of this and it wasn’t mentioned why he shut down the Padres. He retired 10 in a row to begin his exit before Machado opened the 6th. Things then looked dangerous after Pollock badly played a Hosmer ship left to put the runners in second and third with no one out.
Things got worse when Urias raised Machado to cut the lead to 8-3. However, he immediately rebounded and scored three straight wins without allowing the third runner to score and kept the five-point lead intact.
He continued into the 7th, getting the first two outs in the inning before issuing a walk and being removed from play. Urias went five innings out of 68 shots, giving up only the unearned run. He gave up on one and walked, beating six.
Blake Treinen he came into relief and gave up a double ripped over JT to put two in scoring position. He then went 3-0 to Machado but returned to 3-2 before convincing him to rip a line drive to Seager to escape.
The Dodgers had a chance to really put the match in place in 8th after a JT walk, Muncy walk, and Smith who got his fourth hit on a single in the middle to load up the bases. However, JT didn’t risk trying to score on a backstop ball and then Bellinger knocked out. Garret Richards entered and promptly took out Pollock and Enrique Hernandez to end the threat.
Pedro Baez then he came in very well rested, taking the Padres up 1-2-3 in 8th with two strikeouts.
Then they bounced back for four runs in the 9th to get 12-3.
Dylan Floro then he switched off the Padres in the 9th to secure the sweep series.