SAN DIEGO — Blake Snell pitched five-hit ball into the 6th inning and Trent Grisham homered at a festive Petco Park, serving to the San Diego Padres best the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night time for a 2-1 lead of their NL department collection.
San Diego can clinch its first shuttle to the NL Championship Series since 1998 with yet another win on Saturday night time. Joe Musgrove pitches for his place of origin Padres, and Tyler Anderson begins for the NL West champions.
With Snell operating 5 1/3 innings and Josh Hader completing a scoreless efficiency via San Diego’s bullpen, the 111-win Dodgers had been driven to the threshold of a large unhappiness. The different Padres relievers restricted the Dodgers to 1 hit.
Los Angeles went 14-5 in opposition to San Diego within the common season, and it has defeated the Padres in 9 consecutive collection relationship to 2021.
San Diego stranded two runners in every of the primary four innings and 10 general. But Jake Cronenworth’s RBI unmarried within the first and Grisham’s force to proper within the fourth had been sufficient.
The sellout crowd of 45,137 roared when Hader struck out Trayce Thompson swinging for the overall out. The four-time All-Star, who used to be bought in an Aug. 1 business with Milwaukee, additionally were given the save in San Diego’s 5-3 victory on Wednesday, operating 1 1/3 innings.
Nick Martinez were given two outs and Luis Garcia and Robert Suarez every labored an inning prior to Hader closed out Game 3 for a six-hitter. San Diego’s bullpen has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings on this collection.
The Padres hadn’t hosted a playoff sport with enthusiasts within the stands for the reason that 2006 NLDS. Long-suffering enthusiasts made up for that hole via filling the downtown ballpark and raucously supporting a franchise that has made most effective seven journeys to the postseason in its 54 seasons.
San Diego gained a house wild-card collection in opposition to St. Louis after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season however enthusiasts were not allowed in. San Diego used to be then swept within the NLDS via the eventual World Series champion Dodgers within the Texas bubble.
Waving yellow rally towels, the enthusiasts started chants of “Beat L.A.!” proper after the nationwide anthem.
Mookie Betts momentarily silenced the gang with a leadoff unmarried, however Snell struck out the aspect to an enormous ovation.
Juan Soto, picked up on the business closing date in a blockbuster handle Washington, doubled with one out within the first and scored on Cronenworth’s two-out unmarried off Tony Gonsolin.
Grisham, who struggled on the plate right through the common season, homered for the 3rd time this postseason when he drove a pitch from Andrew Heaney onto the whiskey deck atop the fitting box wall main off the fourth.
The Dodgers closed to 2-1 on Betts’ sacrifice fly within the 5th after Thompson opened the inning with a unmarried and Austin Barnes doubled.
The Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs within the 3rd prior to Will Smith popped out.
Snell used to be dealing with the Dodgers within the playoffs for the primary time for the reason that ill-fated Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Then with Tampa Bay, Snell used to be pulled via Manager Kevin Cash within the 6th inning with the Rays main. They ended up shedding the sport and the World Series.
Snell used to be traded to San Diego two months later.
Snell allowed Max Muncy’s one-out double within the 6th and Manager Bob Melvin got here on with the hook. Martinez retired the aspect.
San Diego chased Gonsolin, a first-time All-Star this yr, after simply 1 1/3 innings and 42 pitches. Manager Dave Roberts had stated the Dodgers was hoping to get him to 75 pitches. He allowed one run and four hits.