SAN DIEGO – The Padres intended to make a statement this week when seven-time ruling Dodgers National League champion came to town. On Monday night, they delivered it: The race for the 2020 NL West title is underway. The brothers have already secured their first victory
SAN DIEGO – The Padres intended to make a statement this week when the seven-time ruling Dodgers National League champion came to town. On Monday night they delivered it:
The race for the NL West West 2020 title is underway.
The brothers have already made sure of their first winning season in 10 years. They will soon lock their first trip to the playoffs at 14. Why not get a little greedy?
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San Diego opened its biggest streak of the decade with a landslide 7-2 victory, its eighth in a row, undercutting the LA division in 1
“We are playing a really good ball at the moment and we are always looking forward to playing our opponents right on the street,” said the central player.
No one was more amplified than Grisham. After connecting quickly to Clay Kershaw 2-1, he turned decisively to Padres’ dugout before watching the ball float in the right-hand seats.
The Dodgers bench reacted to Grisham’s reaction as he tweeted as he rounded out third base. Grisham replied. After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had “made an exception” for Grisham, who stayed so long on the plate against a Kershaw-sized pitcher.
The sequence was more or less what you would expect from two rivals in the division, who are fighting for the first place in the National League.
“I was just turning around and celebrating a big moment in the game in a big series against a pitcher in the Hall of Fame,” Grisham said. “It was emotional, it was fun, it drove us.”
Does he ever do that. Grisham’s host tied the score at 1 and got Padres’ right hand
The 11th of these strikes was particularly dirty. With Lamet’s last pitch of the night, he threw a slider to left-hitting Edwin Rios. The terrain started from the inside corner and Rios began to swing before throwing himself down and in and hitting the top of his left foot. Rios couldn’t check his swing.
Lamet finished with seven passes on a single ball, allowing only three hits until he lowered the ERA to 2.12. He is the first pitcher to kill at least 10 Dodgers this season, and he has drawn with Jacob de Grom and Max Scherzer for the lead in NT.
“It’s just getting better,” said Padres manager Jesse Tingler. “… In the last few outings he has been as good as anyone in the league. We have a lot of confidence and a lot of faith when he takes the ball to the mound.”
In the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Padres staged the relentless type of rally the Dodgers have imposed on them so many times in the last decade. Jorge Onya, an unpredictable figure on the bench, placed San Diego on top with a bluep pair. Max Muncie made two major blunders.
When it was all over, San Diego had scored five times and had a 6-1 lead. Will Myers stopped at Homer in the eighth. The Padres poured it in a way they rarely have against their main rivals from the West West, striking the first blow in a week that has a long way to go to decide the division title and NL’s best overall seed.
“A good way to start a series, for sure,” Tingler said.
AJ Cassavell covers Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.