2022 MLB Playoffs: Padres show they can compete with Dodgers in Game 2 win

By Pedro Moura
FOX Sports MLB Writer

LOS ANGELES — Over the common season, the Padres performed the Dodgers like a group at the verge of relegation. The Dodgers beat them 14 instances in 19 tries, greater than doubling San Diego’s offensive output. 

The maximum dominant group since integration earned the standing of heavy favorites getting into this National League Division Series, regardless of the Padres’ momentum from toppling the 101-win Mets.

But over the collection’ first two video games, the Padres have performed the Dodgers like their equals, if no longer their superiors. With a taut 5-3 win in Game 2 on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, they evened this collection. And it isn’t simply the back-to-back 5-3 results indicating the stability between those groups; it is also how the Padres have performed. Seven relievers have provided spotless aid. Hitters around the lineup have delivered in key scenarios. And their stars have carried out. 

‘We’ve been preventing all yr’ — Manny Machado talks Padres’ resilience

'We've been fighting all year' — Manny Machado talks Padres' resilience

Manny Machado chats with Tom Verducci concerning the San Diego Padres’ spirited victory towards the Dodgers and his domestic run off Clayton Kershaw. 

The groups traded early solo moves from their No. 3 hitters Wednesday. In the primary inning, Manny Machado swatted a dangling slider within the left-field foul pole, and Freddie Freeman cleared the center-field wall with a out of place cutter. Max Muncy matched their efforts in the second one, whilst Clayton Kershaw held serve by way of placing out two Padres with two males in scoring place. 

After the Padres put in combination some other rally in the 1/3 and cashed in two runs, Trea Turner once more tied the rating with a third-inning solo shot.

Trea Turner blasts a solo domestic run

Trea Turner blasts a solo home run

Trea Turner hits a solo domestic run off Yu Darvish to tie the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres 3-3.

It stayed that means till the 6th, when the Padres pounced on Brusdar Graterol, the primary guy out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. Brandon Drury redirected his first pitch into middle area for a unmarried. When Turner appeared clear of a possible double-play ball that adopted, the Padres seized at the reward. Jurickson Profar slapped a run-scoring unmarried into proper. 

San Diego scored over again, in the 8th, when Jake Cronenworth despatched yet another domestic run into the bleachers.

Jake Cronenworth blasts a house run to increase lead over Dodgers

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San Diego 2nd baseman Jake Cronenworth blasted a house run to proper area off aid pitcher Blake Treinen to extend the Padres’ result in 5-3.

Padres supervisor Bob Melvin leaned on setup guy Robert Suarez and nearer Josh Hader to procure 10 outs and eked two extra out of swingman Nick Martinez. Much of the remainder of his bullpen were exhausted by way of Mike Clevinger’s brief get started in Tuesday’s Game 1, however Melvin may have everybody rested when this collection resumes Friday in San Diego.

“It’s probably as back-and-forth a game as you are going to see,” Melvin stated later on. “A lot of drama to it.”

It was once the Dodgers, no longer the Padres, who provided further drama with their mishaps. (And there was once the harm goose that landed at the area and refused to go away.) Turner dedicated two flubs, whilst what appeared a Juan Soto error may’ve as an alternative been a deke that satisfied Muncy to stick to start with base on a pressure that are meant to’ve netted him 2nd.

At 1/3 base, Machado again and again limited the Dodgers’ offense, particularly in the 5th inning, when he carried out a slick sliding play on Turner’s 103 mph grounder. More than 50% of the time, in keeping with Statcast, Turner’s pressure would’ve been a success. In Machado’s fingers, it gave the impression of a very easy out.

San Diego’s technique was once to ambush Kershaw. In the fourth inning by myself, 4 batters swung at Kershaw’s first pitch. By then, it was once transparent he may just no longer land his curveball for moves. So they knew they can be receiving one thing round 90 mph, both his slider or his fastball.

The Dodgers deployed a identical tack towards Yu Darvish, who gives way more attainable pitches. After Melvin wagered that Darvish may just get him during the 6th, it gave the impression of the guess may backfire. But Suarez entered simply in time and precipitated one of these double-play that enabled the Dodgers to flee with a win in Game 1. Shortstop Ha-seong Kim‘s elite arm bridged the space simply in time.

“That,” Melvin stated, “was the play of the game.”

This time, it was once the Padres who escaped. They should slay the dragon two times extra to advance. Even in what’s now a best-of-three collection in which they have home-field merit, they will stay the underdogs. But this collection appears a ways nearer than it did 48 hours in the past — or at any level in fresh years. 

When those groups met in the similar spherical of the 2020 playoffs, the Dodgers outscored the Padres 23-9. As it stands in 2022, they’re tied 8-8.

“Obviously, I’ve lost a decent amount to the Dodgers over the years,” stated Wil Myers, the longest-tenured Padre. “But winning this series right here would make up for all of it.”

Before they launched into a joyous bus experience domestic Wednesday, gamers spoke of the Padres’ logo of baseball: spirited, athletic, environment friendly. If they proceed to play like that, Profar stated, they can win.

“It’s clicking for us now as a group,” Machado stated. “It’s just a matter of wanting it. We want to get to the World Series and bring home a championship to San Diego.”

Pedro Moura is the nationwide baseball author for FOX Sports. He in the past coated the Dodgers for The Athletic, the Angels and Dodgers for the Orange County Register and L.A. Times, and his alma mater, USC, for ESPN Los Angeles. He is the writer of “How to Beat a Broken Game.” Follow him on Twitter @pedromoura.


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