In what was perhaps their most meaningful series so far this season, the Dodgers handled rival San Diego in the three-game set two games to one, re-stretching their division lead to 3-1/2 games. In the process, they were the first major league club to clinch a berth in the 2020 postseason.
After righty Dinelson Lamet shut down Los Angeles in the series opener, the Dodgers struck back in the middle game on Tuesday behind Tony Gonsolin’s first win of the year. In finale’s 7-5 victory on Wednesday, Los Angeles employed an effective bullpen game behind another productive display of offense, especially from Will Smith.
The 25-year-old catcher delivered the biggest offensive blow of the game in the fifth inning when he took reliever Tim Hill to the base of the left-center field wall. The double scored both Mookie Betts and Justin Turner, stretching the Dodger lead to four. Smith is now hitting a very impressive .310 on the season.
AJ Pollock opened the game’s scoring with a solo liner over the center field wall to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The blast was his 11th of the year.
With the Dodgers up by six runs, Jurickson Profar cut the lead to four with a two-run homer over the right field wall in the seventh. One inning later, former Dodger Manny Machado shrunk the lead to three with a solo shot to center, his 14th of the season. A Profar single in the ninth closed the scoring for the day when Jorge Ona‘s run put San Diego within two.
Earlier in the week, the Dodgers intended to start Dustin May in the finale, but hours before the game skipper Dave Roberts announced that Brusdar Graterol would open the game, his second of the week.
Los Angeles ultimately used five total pitchers. May entered the game in the third inning and threw 5-1/3 frames, allowing three runs—one earned—on three hits and a walk while striking out five.
Adrian Morejon took the loss for San Diego.
Hours before the game, the Dodgers made a flurry of roster moves. Utility man Zach McKinstry was added to the big league roster after Joc Pederson was placed on the family medical emergency list. Moments later, the team recalled Josh Sborz when Caleb Ferguson was placed on the injured list.
Additionally, Joe Kelly was officially activated after serving his five-game suspension for his involvement in an incident late July against the Astros.
McKinstry made his MLB debut in the top of the ninth inning as a pinch hitter, striking out on five pitches against Emilio Pagan.
For the Dodgers, 10 games remain in the regular season.