Dodgers Stop Padres 7-2, With Masterful Hitting and Pitching

Published : Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 2:05 PM

Pasadena Now Community Editor Eddie Rivera is at Dodger Stadium today to live blog all the action. Tune in for the pregame show at 5:45 p.m.

Game time is 6:10 p.m.

Hey Bobbleheads! After dropping the first game of the three-game series with a 5-3 defeat to the Padres last night, the Dodgers look to bounce back as they will play the middle game this evening against San Diego. Los Angeles, which dropped to 3-1 in their final homestand of the year, is now 1.5 games ahead in the National League West over the second place Colorado Rockies. Despite the loss, the Dodgers have picked it up in crunch time winning seven of their last nine games, are 18-9 since August 24 and their magic number to clinch the division is eight as they are gunning for their sixth consecutive NL West title. 

The Padres Jacob Nix (2-3, 5.75) will face Dodger Lefty  Rich Hill (9-5, 4.02)

With just two more games left to play at Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers are 42-37 (.532) at home this season, currently their worst mark in L.A. since going 42-39 (.519) during the 2011 season.

The Dodgers have posted a .632 (12-7) winning percentage in September, which is the fourth best mark in the National League this month. 

 

With every part of the machine seemingly humming at the same time, the Dodgers stopped the San Diego Padres 7-2, tonight behind a dominating pitching performance from Rich Hill, and a forceful hitting display.

It was a game the Dodgers needed, as they maintained their 2.5 game NL West Division lead over the Colorado Rockies, who won tonight.

Manny Machado celebrated his own “Bobblehead Night,”‘ with a three-run homer in the third, which blew the game open, as the Dodgers scored five runs, following a first inning homer by Joc Pederson.

Kenley Jansen put out a small brush fire in the top of the ninth, as San Diego loaded the bases against two Dodger relievers, Tony Cingrani and Yimi Garcia. The relief combination allowed two runs, and the Padres were threatening as Jansen surgically removed the two batters he faced.

The Dodgers also set a record by achieving 222 homers this season, a new team record. The Dodgers will face the Padres in a day game Sunday, for their last home game of the season, before games against Arizona and San Francisco.

 

Here’s how we blogged it:

FIRST INNING

First Pitch 6:10 p.m.

76 degrees.

Top

Freddy Galvis (No relation) gets quickly to 2-2 against Hill, before flying out to Cody Bellinger.

Franmil Reyes ( not a made-up name) also gets to the 2-2 mark. And now the count is pretty full. Except for that strikeout there.

Hunter Renfroe flies out to Puig. Three up, etc…

Padres 0, Dodgers coming up.

Bottom

Joe Pederson sends a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats.

Justin Turner flies out to center.

Max Muncy is at 2-0. Make that 3-0, will ya? Okay 3-1. 3-2, as Muncy gets fooled twice in a row. Make that three in row.

Manny Machado grounds out to first. Not in a good way.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0.

SECOND INNING

Top

Austin Hedges gets trimmed. (Ouch. Sorry.)

Eric Hosmer (as in “Hosmer”) grounds out to first.

Wil Myers flies out to left. One. Two. Three.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0.

Bottom

Cody Bellinger sees a strike, then fouls one just west of the foul pole. Speaking of strikes, he collects three.

Yasiel Puig grounds out to first.

Yasmani Grandal (No relation) flies out  out to short center. Dieter Ruehl plays “Benny and The Jets.”

Dodgers 1, Padres 0.

THIRD INNING

Manuel Margot grounds out to first.

Cory Spangenberg sits at 1-1. 2-1. He outraces a wormburner past Hill for a single.

Jacob Nix is out at first, as he moves Spangenberg to second.

Galvis is at a relative comfortable 2-1, then 2-2,  which is less comfortable. Foul, foul, foul, then grounds out to first.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0.

Bottom

Chris Taylor singles to left.

Rich Hill pops up accidentally. We know he didn’t mean that.

Joc Pederson is chilling at 1-2. He then doubles over the wall in center. Taylor goes to third.

Justin Turner doubles in to the left field corner. Pederson scores. Taylor scores.

Manny Machado hits the first pitch he sees, for a three-run homer.

Bellinger doubles to center field. Another chat show on the mound.

Miguel Diaz now pitching for the Nachos.

Puig is at 1-1. 2-1. 3-1. 3-2, per se. Still. Then he strolls over to first base for a better view of the game, if you will.

Grandal swings at the air. Quick chat show on the mound again. Grandal swings at the air again. 1-2. Down he goes, leaving Taylor and Puig patiently waiting.

Taylor is at 0-1. 1-1. 1-2. Two outs. 3-2. A high foul ball. A check swing, but the umpire calls it a strike.

Dodgers 6, Padres 0.

FOURTH INNING

Top

Rafael Reyes grounds out to First.

Hunter Renfroe singles to first.

Austin Hedges take two unanswered strikes in a row. Make that three.

Hosner out at first.

Dodgers 6, Padres 0.

Bottom

Rich Hill flies out.

Pederson strikes out.

Turner grounds out to first.

Dodgers 6, Padres 0.

FIFTH INNING

Top

Myers reaches first on a dinker.

Margot flies out to Grandal.

Spangenberg swings at the air twice. He watches the third strike go by.

Francisco Mejia, pinch hitter, strikes out .

Dodgers 6, Padres 0. 

Bottom

Dodgers go quiet-ish.

SIXTH INNING

Top

Galvis flies straight out to center. Not literally, though he is still out.

Franmil Reyes is at 1-0. 1-1. 1-2. He grounds out to first.

Renfroe (no relation) sends one into center field, humiliating a Dodger fan, who stumbles ugly trying to make a heroic catch in the stands. No luck. He will be a meme.

Hedges ends the brief San Diego threat.

Dodgers 6, Padres 1. 

Bottom

Puig stares hard at an ungraceful strikeout.

Grandal sends one in to the left field bleachers for another run. 222 home runs this season for the Dodgers, a new franchise record.

Taylor flies out deep to center.

Hill strikes out.

Dodgers 7, Padres 1.

SEVENTH INNING

TOP

Hosmer grounds out to first.

Myers sees 0-2. 1-2. Bye bye. Hill is at 91 pitches.

Margot is so out.

Dodgers 7, Padres 1.

Bottom

Pederson strikes out.

Turner flies out to right.

Max Muncy is at 1-1. He singles sharply to left. Like, “ping!”

Machado is walking on sunshine, so to speak.

Bellinger, with two runners on, is at 0-2. He strikes completely out.

Dodgers 7, Padres 1.

EIGHTH INNING

Top

Spangenberg reaches first on an error by Freese. There is a chat show on the mound and out goes Rich Hill. Josh Fields is in to pitch.

Jose PIrela sees 2-0. 3-0. 3-1. 3-2. Goodnight, Jose.

Galvis: Swing. Swing. Swing. Bye.

Franmil Reyes is at 1-1. 1-2. He bangs one off the roof of the press box. He sends the next pitch to Yasiel Puig, who barely moves. And a possibly inebriated female fan is chased through center field.

Dodgers 7, Padres 1.

Bottom

Puig grounds out to first.

Grandal is 1-2, then grounds out to first.

Taylor singles to left

David Freese walks back to the dugout, if you know what I mean.

Dodgers 7, Padres 1.

NINTH INNING

Top

Yimi Garcia pitching for the Dodgers.

Renfroe just arrived and is looking at two strikes. He grounds out to first.

Hedges is at 1-1. 1-2. He bangs a hard double in to the left field corner.

(Tony Cingrani now pitching for the Doyers.)

Hosmer sees 2-0, then sees a walk to first.

Myers is at 1-2, is at 2-2, 3-2. He singles to Puig, loading the bases.

Margot singles, scoring Hedges.

In comes Kenley Jansen to try and fight the fire with water.

Spangenberg ….