Padres Defeat Dodgers to Avoid Weekend Sweep

Trailing the entire game, the Padres scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday to defeat the Dodgers 4-2 and avoid a four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.

After starting the series with a 1-1/2 game division lead over the Padres, the Dodgers find themselves 3-1/2 games up over their Southern California rivals. Even though it was a productive series for Los Angeles, Sunday’s loss was still disappointing because the team was so close to the sweep.

The Dodgers wasted an excellent outing from lefty Clayton Kershaw, a narrative that has been common throughout his career. Kershaw threw seven strong shutout innings, surrendering just four hits and a walk while striking out eight batters. He tossed a season-high 98 pitches.

The Dodgers got on the board in the first inning after Mookie Betts led off the game with a double to left field and later scored when Trea Turner smoked a double of his own to the same part of the park. That lead held throughout the entire game until the Padres came up to bat in the ninth.

Evan Phillips, who has emerged as a somewhat reliable eighth-inning option in the absence of Daniel Hudson and Blake Treinen, pitched a perfect eighth, setting his team up for the win with a 1-0 lead.

That is, until Craig Kimbrel entered the game to save it.

Third baseman Manny Machado started the ninth by striking out. Jake Cronenworth followed by smashing a 100-MPH line-drive comebacker that went off Kimbrel’s back, sending the pitcher to the ground. Kimbrel stayed in the game temporarily, but he was removed after Luke Voit doubled of the top of the left field wall to score Cronenworth and Eric Hosmer singled to score C.J. Abrams, who pinch ran for Voit.

When Kimbrel exited, the Padres had a 2-1 lead. San Diego added two more when Ha-Seong Kim hit a two-run homer of Yency Almonte, who replaced Kimbrel.

By the time the smoke cleared on the top of the ninth, the Padres had a 4-1 lead.

After Gavin Lux started the bottom of the ninth with a strikeout, Betts began a mini-rally with a one-out double to right field. Trea Turner followed with a single, setting up Freddie Freeman with runners at first and third with one out.

However, Freeman managed just a sacrifice fly to score Betts. Will Smith grounded out to second base to end the game.

The Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Rockies at home on Monday.

Scherzer, Dodgers Blank Padres to Complete Weekend Sweep

Max Scherzer took a perfect game into the eighth inning on Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Diego Padres 8-0, completing a weekend series sweep. Before being pulled from the game, Scherzer threw eight full scoreless innings allowing just the one hit while striking out nine batters.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Kershaw’s Dominant Outing, ‘Joseph’ Kelly, Seager’s Timetable, More

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The Los Angeles Dodgers did something Sunday night on national television rarely seen—they absolutely dominated their competition.

Of course I mean that mostly tongue in cheek, but it does seem that the Dodgers rarely do well on the national stage. But over the weekend, they won both nationally televised games. Saturday they beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2, but on Sunday it was all Dodgers, led by a magnificent performance by Clayton Kershaw.

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Dodgers Announce NLDS Roster, Game One Preview

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Tuesday night will mark the beginning of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. This series will mark the first time the two National League West teams have met each other in the playoffs. They could possibly play five straight days if the series goes the full distance. If that occurred, they would play every day from Tuesday until Saturday.

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Dodgers Head to Anaheim Hoping Offensive Momentum Continues

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Throughout the season, Los Angeles Dodgers offense has been raising concerns about extended slumps during this shortened season. On Thursday night, though, the bats exploded for 11 runs to remain undefeated in series play this year and split a four-game set with the Padres.

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Dodgers Head to Anaheim Hoping Offensive Momentum Continues

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Throughout the season, Los Angeles Dodgers offense has been raising concerns about extended slumps during this shortened season. On Thursday night, though, the bats exploded for 11 runs to remain undefeated in series play this year and split a four-game set with the Padres.

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Dodgers Prospects Setting Up Team for Long-Term Success

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A lot has been written about the lack of moves the Dodgers’ front office has made so far this offseason. In a recent article in the LA Times, part-owner and team president Stan Kasten took on the accusation that the team, up until now, has been “cheap.”

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Dodgers Supposedly More ‘In’ on Mookie Betts than Francisco Lindor

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It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade, but the same old rumors keep swirling around the Dodgers. Water, wet. Sky, blue. Grass, green. Dodgers rumored to be in on big names.

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