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HomeBaseballPen completely implodes in potential playoff preview – Dodgers Digest

Pen completely implodes in potential playoff preview – Dodgers Digest

The Dodgers pen imploding late in San Diego and failing to guard a lead? Hey, I’ve seen that film earlier than!

In nearly the other of yesterday’s recreation, the Dodgers outplayed the Padres for seven innings, however then the Padres humiliated the Dodgers pen within the eighth and took a simple 8-3 victory. That ends the four-game profitable streak.


Dave Roberts tempted destiny tonight by not beginning Blake Snell‘s father at catcher, however the Dodgers nonetheless did properly towards him, a minimum of for his or her requirements.

After Snell obtained the primary two outs of the first, Will Smith took him eight pitches deep earlier than smashing his 14th dinger of the 12 months for a 1-0 lead.

After a protracted ball, the Dodgers manufactured a run within the 2nd. Chris Taylor led the inning off with a stroll, stole second, after which additionally stole third with one out. That was ultimately cashed in by Enrique Hernandez on a deep fly ball to make it 2-0.

As Snell was working up his pitch depend, Michael Grove was getting used as an opener and was completely carving the Padres lineup. He began by hanging out the facet on 13 pitches within the 1st, together with domination of Fernando Tatis Jr.

He then obtained one other strikeout to begin the 2nd to make it 4 in a row, earlier than permitting a single and seeing his night time finish as a run of lefties was developing. Spectacular outing and hopefully what he’ll seem like out of the pen.

That meant Ryan Yarbrough made his Dodgers debut as the sport’s bulk boi, and he began issues off by hanging out the primary two batters he confronted to shut the 2nd and shut the e-book on Grove.

Whereas he usually pitched properly, and gave up only a single within the third, he did quit this mammoth homer from Manny Machado within the 4th that made it 2-1.

As talked about, Snell continued to work deep counts, however the Dodgers stranded a two-out stroll and steal by Will Smith within the third, after which a two-out stroll from James Outman and balk by Snell within the 4th.

Within the fifth they broke by, thanks a bit to the Padres protection, as Mookie Betts doubled down the road in left with one out, and Juan Soto had a catastrophe in left to let him attain third. Freddie Freeman singled the opposite means quickly after to push the result in 3-1, after which he stole second in addition.

Issues regarded like they’d worsen for the Padres quickly after as Will Smith hit a ball into the hole, however Trent Grisham robbed him of a double. After a stroll to place one other on, Snell managed to get out of the inning with solely three runs given up, however he made 108 pitches and was lucky to maintain the Padres within the recreation.


In the meantime, for probably the most half, Yarbrough pissed off the Padres. He obtained a clear fifth after which obtained two outs earlier than giving up a single within the sixth that knocked him out of the sport.

Truthfully an amazing debut that appears to set the stage for the way he might be used going ahead: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 Okay, 63 Pitches.

The rationale he was eliminated regardless of his efficiency was as a result of Manny was up subsequent. Thus, Dave Roberts turned to Brusdar Graterol, who obtained forward within the depend 1-2, after which after Machado known as time, Graterol went as rapidly as legally potential and caught him for the strikeout.

Graterol then continued on within the seventh, giving up a one-out single however then erasing that with a double play.

Subsequent as much as defend the two-run lead was Yency Almonte in an enormous take a look at for a reliever who has struggled this 12 months. Nicely, he gave up a single to begin, obtained a strikeout, after which issued back-to-back walks to the highest of the Padres order to load the bases.

That earned him a hook as Caleb Ferguson entered for Juan Soto, who hit a dribbler to Enrique Hernandez at second. He promptly threw it into the dugout as a substitute of consuming it, permitting an infield single to attain two and tie the sport at 3-3. Machado rapidly adopted and singled to left, scoring one other two runs to make it 5-3.

With two outs, Machado obtained picked off first making an attempt to get a soar, however Ferguson then threw it over first to permit him to get to 3rd.

Jake Cronenworth then took benefit by singling to left for a 6-3 lead and a single and stroll loaded the bases once more. Grisham this time singled to drive in two extra and make it 8-3 earlier than he was eliminated.

Alex Vesia then closed out the seven-run eighth body with a flyout.


Anyway, the Dodgers didn’t assist a lot on offense, as they didn’t do something within the sixth and eighth towards the Padres pen, then wasted a stroll and a single to begin the seventh.

The ninth was principally a formality.


This was humorous a minimum of.


Dodgers 63-46
Giants 61-50 (3 GB)
Diamondbacks 57-55 (7.5 GB)

*Both nonetheless enjoying or will play later.

The 2 groups are on Sunday Night time Baseball for ESPN tomorrow at 1:00 PM HT/4:00 PM PT/7:00 PM ET. It’ll be Lance Lynn (6.32 ERA/4.81 xERA/4.51 DRA) trying to proceed to get his Dodgers profession off to an amazing begin towards new Padres member and previous pal Wealthy Hill (4.76/5.59/6.10).



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