The race for the 2020 NL West title continues.
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San Diego opened its biggest series in a decade with a 7–2 win, its eighth straight, trailing the LA Key Division by 1 1/2 games. With 11 games remaining, the Padres found themselves at striking distance at the end of the Doggers’ long reign in the West.
“We are playing really good balls right now, and we are always looking forward to playing our rivals on the road,” the center said
No one was more excited than Grisham. After being linked with a 2–1 fastball from Clayton Kershaw, he made a strong turn towards the Padres’ dugout before seeing the ball on the right-field seats.
The Dodgers’ bench reacted to Grisham’s reaction, pinching him and saying that he was the third base. Grisham looked back. After the game, the Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said he took “exception” to Grisham for so long at the plate against a pitcher of Kirsh’s caliber.
This order was more or less what you’d expect from two division rivals for the top spot in the National Division.
“I was just walking around and celebrating a big moment in the game in a big series against the Hall of Fame pitcher,” Grisham said. “It was emotional, it was fun, it’s getting to us.”
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The 11th of those strikes was particularly dirty. With Lamet’s final pitch of the night, he threw a slider to Edwin Rios hitting Levin. The pitch began on the inside corner, and Rios began swinging, before he dropped down and hit the top of his left foot. Rio could not check his swing.
Lamet finished with seven innings of one run ball, allowing just three hits and reducing his ERA to 2.12. He is the first pitcher to strike at least 10 Dodgers this season, and he went into a tie with Jacob Degrom and Max Schazer for the NL strike lead.
“He’s still getting better,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “… For the final doubles outing, he has been as good as anyone in the league. When we move the ball over the mound we get a lot of confidence and a lot of confidence.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Padres carried out such a relentless rally that the Dodgers have attacked them multiple times over the past decade. George Ona, an unhealthy bench piece, topped San Diego with a bloody double. Max Muncy committed two fidgeting scandals.
When it was over, San Diego had scored five times and had a 6–1 lead. Will Myers hit a homer in the eighth. The Padres rarely cast it this way against their primary NL West rivals, delivering the first blow in a week that should go a long way towards deciding the division title and the NL’s top overall seed.
“Good way to start a series, definitely,” Tingler said.