With their streak of seven series wins in a row on the line, the Dodgers went to extra innings with the Padres again tonight but this time pulled out a win in a 1-0 game.
It was also their 107th win of the season, setting a new franchise record.
As Shane wrote earlier today, Julio Urias has been the rock of the Dodgers pitching staff all year, and he continued his torrid finish to the year tonight. While he actually had just one clean inning, he also didn’t give up a run, and worked around two baserunners in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th.
It was another one of those outings where he didn’t have his best, but still managed to shut down quality opposition anyway, which is exactly what an ace does. He lowered his league leading ERA to 2.17 as well: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 92 Pitches.
Yet that wasn’t enough for the win. While Joe Musgrove deserves some credit, the Dodger bats simply have not gotten it done with RISP of late and they were almost impressive in their ineptitude again today.
They stranded the bases loaded in the 1st, a double and a walk in the 2nd, and the bases loaded again in the 5th, with both chances with the bags packed ending with Joey Gallo striking out.
Against the Padres pen, the Dodgers stopped stranded runners in scoring position … but only cause they stopped getting them there. In fact, they made seven outs in a row before a Max Muncy walk in the 8th, but he didn’t move from that spot and they also didn’t get anything in a quiet 9th.
In the opposing pen, Evan Phillips continued his elite season, rolling through a 1-2-3 frame in the 7th. Fresh off the IL, Yency Almonte followed him and quite frankly looked as good as ever, inducing two weak groundouts and finishing with a strikeout of Manny Machado, all on just 10 pitches.
Alex Vesia was then tasked with sending things into extras, and he did that by only giving up a bloop single in a scoreless 9th.
That gave us extra baseball, which started with Trea Turner wildly striking out, but a passed ball advanced Mookie Betts to third, and Freddie Freeman drove him in by plopping a ball into center for a 1-0 lead.
For the save Tommy Kahnle worked on back-to-back days in the 10th. He started things by getting a groundout that advanced the runner, and then followed that with a strikeout that put him on the verge of securing the win. Kahnle then did just that by inducing a comebacker to seal things up.
Trea helped out Julio on D.
107-48, which is a franchise record in wins, as mentioned before.
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The series conclude tomorrow at 3:40 PM HT/6:40 PM PT/9:40 PM ET with Andrew Heaney facing Sean Manaea.