Dodgers Exit 2022 MLB Playoffs Early at Hands of Padres

After one of the most impressive regular seasons in recent history, the powerhouse offense of the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to deliver in the playoffs, leading to a quick exit in the NLDS at the hands of the San Diego Padres.

While some may argue the Padres played some of their best baseball of the season, there’s no doubt the Dodgers played their worst. The offense went cold at the most inopportune time, and a late-inning bullpen implosion finally sealed the Dodgers’ fate in a 5-3 defeat.

Trailing two games to one with their backs against the wall, the Dodgers knew Game 4 was a do-or-die contest. Even though they continued to leave runners stranded left and right, there were sparks in the third inning that fans thought might have done enough damage to win the game.

After a Mookie Betts walk and a Trea Turner double, Freddie Freeman delivered a double of his own past the outstretched glove of Wil Myers down the first-base line, putting the Dodgers in front, 2-0.

When San Diego starter Joe Musgrove exited after six innings, it looked like the Dodgers would capitalize on the wildness of righty reliver Steven Wilson. Betts led off with a walk, followed by a TTurner bunt single. Next, Freeman was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with nobody out and putting Los Angeles in an easy position to strike.

Will Smith sacrificed home Betts with a flyball to left in the ensuing at bat, but that’s all the Dodgers would get, as southpaw Tim Hill relieved Wilson to punch out Max Muncy and induce a Justin Turner groundout.

Things looked good for the Dodgers heading into the bottom of the seventh with a 3-0 lead. However, the Los Angeles bullpen imploded worse than it did in any contest this year, including some ugly blown saves from Craig Kimbrel.

Righty Tommy Kahnle took the brunt of the damage in the San Diego five-run seventh, having been credited for three earned runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out. For a moment, it looked like Yency Almonte would contain the damage and let the Dodgers escape the inning with the score tied, but skipper Dave Roberts replaced Almonte mid-count to have Alex Vesia face Jake Cronenworth, who promptly singled to center, scoring Ha-Seong Kim and Juan Soto.

By the time the smoke cleared on the seventh inning, the Dodgers trailed, 5-3. The hard-throwing duo of Robert Suarez and Josh Hader took care of the Dodgers in the eighth and ninth frames to secure the win and the NLDS victory for San Diego.

The Padres will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS for the right to advance to the 2022 World Series, a matchup that few baseball fans expected at the onset of the playoffs.

Padres Even Series Against Dodgers

What many thought would be a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish turned out to be a slogfest with the Padres evening the series 1-1, finally pulling out a postseason win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw was not very sharp through the first two innings. He allowed a home run to Manny Machado in the top of the first. In the second, he allowed two hits but dug deep to strike out the final two batters of the inning to escape unscathed.

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Dodgers Close Out Record-Setting Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2022 regular season has come to a close. The Dodgers finished with a record of 111-51, the most wins ever in team history. They won the NL West by a margin of 22 games, over the San Diego Padres.

They also finished with the best team ERA in the majors at 2.80, WHIP at 1.05, and batting average against, .209. They have four starters who made 20 plus starts, and had sub 2.60 ERAs, the first team to do that since the 1919 Cincinnati Reds.

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Dodgers Pummel Padres in Weekend Series Finale

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to show their dominance of the NL West with an 11-2 win against the Padres on Sunday in San Diego, securing a 2-1 series win and clinching a playoff berth in the National League.

With the victory, the Dodgers took one step closer to yet another NL West division title.

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Dodgers Sweep Marlins, Prepare for Rematch Against Brewers

The Dodgers took care of the Marlins on Sunday in a convincing 10-3 victory, securing the series sweep and maintaining an 18-game lead over the second-place Padres in the NL West.

Righty starter Ryan Pepiot was solid for Los Angeles in picking up his second career win, throwing six full innings while surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

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Dodgers Split Series with Brewers, Return Home to Face Marlins

Although the Dodgers could have secured a series victory against the Brewers with a win in Thursday’s finale, they came up on the short end of a 5-3 loss, resulting in a 2-2 series split.

Lefty Andrew Heaney got the start for Los Angeles, and although he looked good at times — as shown by his impressive 10 strikeouts — he was still unable to last through five full innings of work.

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Dodgers Fall to Royals in Weekend Series Finale

There wasn’t much to write home about for the Dodgers in Sunday’s road loss to the Royals.

Although lefty starter Tyler Anderson threw seven decent innings of three-run ball, the Los Angeles offense was non-existent in the 4-0 loss, generating just a double from Mookie Betts, a single from Chris Taylor and a handful of walks. The Dodgers’ first hit of the day didn’t come until Taylor’s single in the fifth.

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Dodgers Sweep Giants, Announce Vin Scully Tribute for Friday

To say this week has been intense and crazy would be an understatement.

The Dodgers benefitted from some timely hitting and a solid bullpen effort to defeat the Giants in Thursday’s finale 5-3, securing a four-game sweep and temporarily extending the division lead to 12 games over the Padres.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Outman’s Debut, Injury Updates and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the month of July by winning three-of-four at Coors Field against the Rockies. The Dodgers and Rockies will not face off again until the last six games of the season, all at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers went 21-5 this month, tied for the fourth best winning percentage in the month of July by a team ever in the majors. The number one team in July? The 2017 Dodgers. Los Angeles will head into August with at least a 12 game lead in the NL West.

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Dodgers Complete Four-Game Sweep of San Francisco Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers started the second half of the 2022 season just about as well as a team can, by completing a four game sweep of their division rivals. The San Francisco Giants are now 16.5 games out of first in the NL West.

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