Padres drop 5th in a row with 2-1 loss to Dodgers

The Dodgers’ win combined with Washington’s doubleheader sweep of the Mets (89-72) ensured Los Angeles (91-70) will open the NL Division Series at home Friday against New York starter Jacob deGrom. “That said, crazier things have happened”. “Being fresh for the playoffs is more important than 300 strikeouts”.


“I’m happy Zack pitched so well for all the rest of us”, Mattingly said. “Greinke’s earned the respect to get a few borderline calls, and he hurt us”. On Thursday, it sounded as if manager Don Mattingly was prepared to draw up his postseason roster without the one-time phenom despite a “miraculous” recovery from a right hamstring strain. “He just keeps marching along. When you’re 60 feet 6 inches, you make quality pitches and get ground balls”.

Kershaw left the game with two outs in the fourth, tipping his cap to the crowd of 42,863 that rose to its feet again. With Kershaw on the mound, it seemed like an insurmountable deficit for the Giants to overcome. I think Puig will go against all lefties, if healthy, and Either will go against most righties. “Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do”. So how fitting in this rivalry was it, knowing what the Dodgers have at stake, for the Giants to display their recent three World Series trophies along with the Golden State Warriors National Basketball Association championship trophy on the field pregame? This time, Kershaw was smiling when Rollins arrived.

“He’s saying no. The only thing we can do is trust the player when he says he’s 100 percent”, Mattingly said. “He was smiling out there”. I’m sure a lot was going through his mind.

The Dodgers did their scoring against Hudson in the first three innings. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m.

Greinke’s supporters can point to his better overall excellence in 2015, which has him with an MLB-best 1.68 ERA heading into the final weekend. Closer Kenley Jansen served as pitching coach for the day.

The outfielder was in the starting lineup for Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. It was Turner’s 16th homer this season but his first since August. 25, a span of 28 games, when he homered against the Cincinnati Reds.

“If he was going to get back for this round, he would’ve been here”, Mattingly said.

If they are eliminated, though, the Giants will have every incentive to start Mac Williamson, instead, and get a look at the future. “Whether I start or whether I don’t start, I just want to be there for my team and help in any way I can”.

The Dodgers had wrapped up their third consecutive National League West title last week, but home field advantage against the Mets in the first round of the playoffs was still up in the air. His 2014 campaign landed him smack dab in the center of the greatest-hurler-in-history debate, somehow finishing the year with a higher on-base percentage than the batters he faced. Bumgarner threw 270 innings past year and another 218 1-3 this season…. Their average attendance of 46,479 also topped the majors. Trumbo has scored 11 runs and has 13 RBI for the month and has hits in eight of his last 10 games. OF Wil Myers and OF Matt Kemp also sat out.


Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig singles against the… He was shelled by the Rockies the last time out, allowing eight runs in 12-5 loss on Sunday. Bud Black was sacked as manager during the season and replaced by interim Pat Murphy, whom the Padres said after the game would not be returning. He lined out to end the game after the Padres had two runners on in the ninth.

Tim Hudson takes a bow in his final appearance; Bumgarner's season is over