- Eric Martinez
Extra inning walk off ends 10 game winning streak vs. Padres for Dodgers
The San Diego Padres have been outscored by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the previous 10 games by 57 to 23 runs. Los Angeles had been consistent in beating the Padres late in 2021 to knock out the Padres chances on earning a Wild Card. Saturday night featured a familiar face for the Dodgers. Yu Darvish is an ex Dodger, and was on the mound for the Padres. Dodgers sent Tyler Anderson to counter Darvish and attempt to earn a league leading 11th win for the ball club.
Padres struck first in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Wil Myers struck a 90-mph hanging sinker to score Profar that was on second base with a previous double. San Diego kept the 1-0 lead into the 3rd, where they tacked on another run with a 380 foot Jake Cronenworth homerun to give Padres a 2-0 lead. LA Dodgers bullpen kept the Padres off the scoreboard for the following innings. In the top of the 8th inning, Dodgers’ rallied to score 2 runs and tie the game. Chris Taylor started the inning by reaching first on an infield single followed by a single to center by Gavin Lux.
With two men on base and two outs, Trea Turner doubled on an 81 mph slider to score both Taylor and Lux. The remainder of the innings was a rare occurrence for the Dodgers. Runners were left on base, and no runs were scored the rest of the game. The Padres took advantage of the Major League Baseball extra innings rule in the regular season. Trent Grisham sacrificed to the pitcher to ground out, but advance runner Abrams to third. Padres Catcher Austin Nola immediately followed to sacrifice to left field to walk off a win for the Padres in 10 innings. The rubber game concludes on Sunday with Dodgers sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound against left handed pitcher for the Padres, Sean Maneca. Both teams looking to win the series and gain another NL West victory. Final score for Saturday’s game was San Diego Padres 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2. Winning pitcher for Padres: Robert Suarez (1-1), Losing pitcher for Dodgers: Justin Bruihl (0-1).