The San Diego Padres have won 89 games this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers set a franchise record of 111 wins.
That didn’t matter on Friday night, as San Diego won 2-1 to take an impressive lead in the NLDS.
The Padres made the most of their first home game after the season in 16 years by beating the Dodgers 2-1.
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The Padres started early with an RBI single into the midfield by Jake Cronenworth to bring Juan Soto home. The hit gave San Diego a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
A long ball by Trent Grisham in the bottom of the fourth inning increased Padres’ lead to 2-0. The Dodgers answered in the next frame with a sacrifice fly by former AL MVP Mookie Betts.
Blake Snell hit 5 1/3 innings and struckout 6 en route to the win.
Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin got no further than second. Gonsolin had only appeared once in the past six weeks. The team bet on how Gonsolin pitched in a simulated game, but that didn’t translate into Friday-evening’s action.
He left the game against Los Angeles trailing 1-0.
Gonsolin was relieved by Andrew Heaney who threw the three innings.
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The Padres took Game 2 via homeruns from NL MVP candidate Manny Machado and Cronenworth.
Machado launched his homer early in the game at Clayton Kershaw, while Croneworth was long on Blake Treinen. The homer gave the Padres a 5-3 lead to make the series 1-1.
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Padres closer Josh Hader overwhelmed the last two batters of the Dodgers with two strikeouts to end Game 3. He earned his second save of this year’s postseason.
In the NLDS, the Dodgers lead the season 15-6. The Padres can close the series and advance to the NLCS if they win Game 4 on Saturday.
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Joe Musgrove climbs the hill for San Diego on Saturday night. Dodgers southpaw Tyler Anderson will start for the Dodgers.
The first pitch is set at 9:37 PM ET at Petco Park.
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