Greinke, Dodgers top Padres 2-1 to clinch home field in NLDS

The Dodgers’ right-hander will get his opportunity Saturday night against the San Diego Padres as Los Angeles attempts to secure home-field advantage in the NL division series. Since being traded to the San Francisco Giants on August 30th in an effort to propel past the Dodgers in the NL West, Leake has been anything but consistent.


Anderson also scored his first career run, noting, “I prefer not to slide and I didn’t want to go 100 percent and pull a hamstring”.

The 40-year-old Hudson said his farewell last weekend across the bay in Oakland where his career began in 1999, pitching opposite former teammate Barry Zito. “Those are the kinds of things that are important to him”.

Led by the dynamic pitching duo of Kershaw (16-7, 2.16 ERA) and Zack Greinke (18-3, 1.68 ERA), the Dodgers’ staff has been nearly unhittable at times this season. This year, it was the whole team.

Greinke had the lowest ERA by a qualifying pitcher since Greg Maddux’s mark of 1.63 for Atlanta in 1995.

“I was surprised how good I was able to hold it together there”, Hudson said.

Making his last start before he’s expected to get the ball in Game 3 of the playoff series, Anderson had a two-hit shutout going until running into his first trouble of the day in the eighth inning.

In Baltimore, AL East champion Toronto rested its regulars a day after clinching the division title, and Manny Machado homered twice for the Orioles. He struck out eight batters to finish with 200 strikeouts.

A bit of bad timing and worse luck has led to a mediocre first impression from right-handed pitcher Mike Leake. “That’s all I pay attention to, I guess”. “In years past it would have been a big deal”. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of inconsistency, so I was happy just to get my feet wet and get ready for next year”. Jedd Gyorko singled and Kenley Jansen hit Brett Wallace to put the go-ahead run on, but Alexi Amarista and Hedges both had fly outs to preserve the Dodgers win. 296 average in 148 regular-season games in 2014, when he earned a spot on the National League All-Star team.

Wood and Padres starter Casey Kelly (0-2) traded zeroes Friday until the bottom of the third inning, when the Dodgers erupted for five runs. The left-hander struck out four and walked none. Physically I feel as good as I have. “This year, I felt even better”.

San Diego Padres’ Austin Hedges, right, celebrates his solo home… He entered the game with a 2-2 record and 2.36 ERA in his last four starts at Dodger stadium. “All the work I’ve been doing in Arizona, I probably have lost a little weight”. He was ambushed for six runs in the first two innings of his last start on September 25 against the D-backs, but he did retire the final 11 hitters he faced.

“Hedgie had great at-bats all night”.

Padres manager Pat Murphy was impressed.

Padres: Frank Garces (0-0, 5.00 ERA) allowed one hit and had one strikeout in one inning against Milwaukee on Wednesday.


James Shields won’t make his scheduled start Sunday in the Padres’ final game.

Should the San Francisco Giants resign Mike Leake?