The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. While Game 3 didn’t provide the anxiety that Wednesday night did, the Los Angeles offense made it look easy, putting up 14 hits. The Dodgers rode to a 12- 3 victory and now will face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.
The game saw 11 different pitchers step on the mound for the Padres.
After falling behind early for the third straight game, the Dodgers showed resilience and came back. The Dodger offense has really come to life after that big four-run inning in Game 1. Los Angeles hitters put up a five-run inning after falling down 2-1 in the second frame.
Will Smith, who seemingly had hit every ball hard this series, finally broke out in a big way. Smith set a Dodger record with five hits in a postseason game.
Situational hitting by Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Joc Pederson helped the Dodgers grab the lead back in the third, and they never looked back from there. Turner would also record his 64th postseason hit, passing Steve Garvey for the most postseason hits in franchise history.
Dustin May started Game 3 for the Blue Crew but was surprisingly pulled after one inning. May did pitch two innings in relief in Game 1, but the short leash was still a bit surprising. Adam Kolarek relieved May in the second inning and ran into a bit of a traffic jam on the bases, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and two walks.
Julio Urias would relieve Kolarek and be absolutely outstanding. Urias pitched five innings, only allowing one hit and striking out six batters, the most in Dodger history while pitching in relief. Game 3 was essentially a start for Urias, and he certainly cemented his candidacy for a start in the NLCS.
Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez and Dylan Floro would also put up zeros, as the Dodgers coasted to the series win. As contrary to past Octobers, the Dodger offense has taken care of their opportunities and brought in runs with runners in scoring position.
Now, in the NLCS, two undefeated teams in the postseason will face off. Both the Braves and the Dodgers are undefeated in five games; however, the Braves have pitched shutouts in four out of five games and have pitched themselves to a 0.94 ERA this postseason, which is unheard of in the modern era.
The Dodgers have played the Braves in the postseason most recently in the 2018 NLDS and 2013 NLDS, with the Dodgers being victorious in four games in both series. Both teams have changed a lot since they last met in 2018.
This surely will be a fun series with a lot of firepower.
I like the Dodgers in six games.