In a 13-inning pitchers’ duel, the Padres held off the Dodgers long enough until Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a walk-off double against Pedro Baez. The triumph puts San Diego at 53-41 for the season, and drops the Dodgers to 55-39. Their lead in the NL West now sits at just two games.
The Padres procured the win in the bottom of the 13th, when Tatis produced the game-winning run-scoring double.
For the Dodgers, Joc Pederson walked, Corey Seager singled, Mookie Betts hit a solo home run, his 16th of the season, and Clayton Kershaw singled. That’s it. Four baserunners over 13 innings just isn’t going to get it done.
Padres pitcher MacKenzie Gore was in fine form, allowing just one run on three hits over seven and two thirds. However, Kershaw matched him, also allowing only one run over seven innings, dropping his ERA to 3.01. Brandon Kintzler, Adam Kolarek, Caleb Ferguson, Joe Kelly, and Blake Treinen covered the next five innings, allowing only one hit. Baez, of course, couldn’t keep it going, giving up a walk and then the double for the winning run.
“This game will make a man of you,” said Jayce Tingler, the San Diego skipper. “If it doesn’t kill you first.“
Isn’t this a fun time for that quote?
The Dodgers dropped the series to the Padres, but it happens. On to the next one.