Dodgers vs. Padres score: L.A. starts postseason with victory, holding

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres, 5-3, Tuesday night time in Dodger Stadium to take a 1-0 lead within the best-of-five NLDS. 

Here’s all the things you have to know on the sport after which the sequence transferring ahead. 

Turner set the tone early

Despite a five-day layoff after a first-round bye, it did not take lengthy for the Dodgers to get on the board. Trea Turner, the second batter within the backside of the primary, bought issues began with a no-doubt homer to left. 

The 419-footer was only the start. Will Smith would double after which rating on a Max Muncy single. The Dodgers bought three hits and a stroll within the first inning of Padres starter Mike Clevinger. 

Clevinger would find yourself lasting simply 2 2/3 innings. He gave up 5 runs on six hits and the largest downside was 5 of these hits have been for further bases. Trea Turner added a double to his homer. Smith doubled twice. Gavin Lux had an RBI double. 

The Dodgers have been in full management. 

Urías offers early, runs into issues, is pulled

Dodgers starter Julio Urías, the NL ERA chief within the common season, was dominant for 4 innings. He did not permit a success till there have been two outs within the third. He confronted just one over the minimal by 4 scoreless innings. 

In the fifth, although, the Padres made this a recreation once more. Wil Myers led off with a house run. Jake Cronenworth singled and Ha-seong Kim doubled earlier than a pair of productive outs trimmed the Dodgers result in 5-3. 

And although Urías had solely thrown 79 pitches, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts elected to go to his bullpen with Evan Phillips taking on for the sixth. 

The Padres made it fascinating

After the Padres closed the hole from 5-0 to 5-3, they bought the primary two runners on base within the sixth in opposition to Phillips. Juan Soto, who walks extra typically than anybody else in baseball, drew a stroll to begin the inning. Manny Machado had an excuse-me hit, as he knocked a dribbler down the third-base line that the Dodgers defenders tried to let roll foul. It stayed truthful and Machado had his infield hit. 

There have been now two runners on with no out in a two-run recreation. The Padres had trimmed the Dodgers’ win expectancy from 95 p.c to 65 p.c. Josh Bell got here to the plate with an opportunity to do some main injury. Instead, he struck out. 

Myers then hit the ball very laborious (100.1 miles per hour), nevertheless it was proper at second baseman Gavin Lux. Lux corralled it and the Dodgers have been capable of flip a double play to finish the risk. 

It was a type of moments that appeared like the sport hung within the stability and it went the Dodgers’ approach. 

Martin closes for Dodgers

There was nice curiosity to how the Dodgers put their bullpen collectively in shut video games heading into this recreation. Craig Kimbrel was the nearer for many of the season, however the Dodgers eliminated him from the function late within the season — when the division was primarily already over — and he isn’t even on the NLDS roster. 

Evan Phillips labored the sixth. Alex Vesia bought the seventh after which the primary two outs of the eighth. Brusdal Graterol was summoned to get Manny Machado, and he did — although it was a deep flyout that wasn’t too removed from a house run — after which Chris Martin bought the ultimate three outs for the save. 

This does not essentially imply it is how the Dodgers will work each shut recreation, nevertheless it’s doable Phillips and Vesia function “put out the hearth” guys whereas Graterol and Martin are round for late-inning work. 

These are seemingly their high 4 relievers, although, that a lot appears clear. 

The Dodgers nonetheless personal the Padres

The Padres have the chance this sequence to show the tide and flip the narrative on its head, however this simply is not a rivalry at current. The Dodgers gained the regular-season sequence 14-5 and outscored the Padres by 62, greater than doubling them up at 109-47. 

The Dodgers went 12-7 in opposition to the Padres final 12 months. In 2020, it was 6-4 Dodgers within the common season however then 3-0 Dodgers within the playoffs. In 2019, it was 13-6 Dodgers. The Padres have not had a profitable report in opposition to the Dodgers since 2010. 

Next: Game 2 Wednesday

They’ll face off once more in Dodger Stadium for Game 2 on Wednesday at 8:37 p.m. ET. 

Yu Darvish (16-8, 3.10) will get the ball for the Padres. He was sensible within the Wild Card Series in opposition to the Mets, permitting only one run on six hits in seven innings of labor. He confronted the Dodgers 4 instances this season, pitching to a 2.52 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, although that was solely adequate for a cut up with every group profitable two of these video games. 

Clayton Kershaw (12-3, 2.28) will begin for the Dodgers. As everybody is aware of by now, the narrative that Kershaw cannot pitch within the playoffs nonetheless persists. He’s 13-12 with a 4.19 ERA in his postseason profession. He confronted the Padres twice this 12 months and posted a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 12 innings. 

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