Dodgers 8, Padres 3: Sweep completed

With their fate out of their own hands, all the Dodgers can do is win, and they’ve at least been taking care of their end of things. After yesterday’s 1+4 game, one of the best regular season contests in recent memory, the Dodgers completed the sweep of the Padres tonight with an 8-3 win.

They must’ve been inspired by their fallen teammate Gavin Lux.

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Against Vince Velasquez, the Dodgers continued their dinger barrage and they did it quickly. Mookie Betts and Corey Seager started the offense for the Dodgers with back-to-back shots.

Later, in the 4th and after a brief lull, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock repeated the feat and the dingers accounted for all of their runs.

Tony Gonsolin has looked healthy since coming off the IL, but was victimized by the long ball tonight. He went 4.2 innings, but gave up three runs on a solo shot to Ha-Seong Kim and a two-run dong to Fernando Tatis Jr.

Oh right, the latter homer? It went out of Dodger Stadium. Like … OUT OUT of the stadium.

Not mad, just impressed.

That did cut the lead to one, so there was reason for concern, but the lineup bounced back with a crooked number in the 6th. A Trea Turner infield single, a Will Smith bloop single, a JT single against the shift, a Pollock sacrifice fly, and a Cody Bellinger single accounted for three runs.

Seager added on in the 7th, smashing his second homer of the game to make it 8-3.

Meanwhile, the Dodger pen kept things quiet.

After Brusdar Graterol got the final out of the 5th, Corey Knebel got four outs, and then Joe Kelly entered to finish off the 7th. Evan Phillips closed things out with no dramatics, getting the final two frames.

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On brand.

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103-56 and needing to beg other teams to win their division.

They now welcome the Brewers in for the final three games of the season, in which they’ll need to sweep to have any shot of winning the NL West.

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