Padres shock MLB-best Dodgers to advance to NLCS

Padres shock MLB-best Dodgers to advance to NLCS

SAN DIEGO — Jake Cronenworth hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs within the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres rallied previous the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday night time to advance to the NL Championship Sequence for the primary time since 1998.

The Padres shocked the 111-win Dodgers with the five-run rally to win the best-of-five NL Division Sequence 3-1 in entrance of a raucous sellout crowd of 45,139 at Petco Park.

San Diego will host the Philadelphia Phillies in Video games 1 and a couple of of an all-wild card NLCS on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 to win their NLDS in 4 video games.

The Padres final reached the NLCS 24 years in the past after they beat the Atlanta Braves in six video games and had been then swept by the New York Yankees within the World Sequence. A handful of gamers from that workforce watched from a luxurious suite, together with Corridor of Fame nearer Trevor Hoffman and middle fielder Steve Finley.

The sport was delayed 31 minutes in the beginning by rain, which returned within the eighth inning and prompted a brief delay whereas the grounds crew labored on the mound.

Juan Soto celebrates with Manny Machado (left) after Soto and Seong Kim scored on Jake Croneworth’s game-winning two-run single within the Padres’ 5-3 NLDS-clinching win over the Dodgers.Getty Photos

After left-hander Tyler Anderson stymied the Padres via 5 scoreless innings, the Padres broke via in opposition to the Dodgers’ bullpen within the seventh.

Jurickson Profar drew a leadoff stroll in opposition to Tommy Kahnle, took third on Trent Grisham’s single to proper and scored when Austin Nola’s infield single glanced off the glove of first baseman Freddie Freeman. Yency Almonte, who took the loss, got here on and and was greeted by Kim Ha-seong’s RBI double down the left area line, adopted by Juan Soto’s tying single to proper.

With two outs and the gang on it ft, Cronenworth singled to middle off native product Alex Vesia to offer the Padres the lead, punching the air together with his proper fist and hollering as he pulled into second base on the throw residence. Soto, acquired from Washington in a blockbuster commerce on Aug. 2, slid residence headfirst and jumped up and cheered.

Jake Croneworth belts the game-winning two-run single within the Padres’ Recreation 4 series-clinching victory.Getty Photos

After the primary rain delay, followers had been amped up in anticipation of Joe Musgrove pitching his hometown Padres into the NL Championship Sequence. The massive right-hander from suburban El Cajon, a first-time All-Star in 2022, was the primary Padres pitcher from San Diego to make a postseason begin in his hometown.

However Anderson outpitched Musgrove, holding the Padres to 2 hits via 5 innings.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead within the third. Mookie Betts walked with one out and Trea Turner scorched a grounder previous third baseman Manny Machado, who has carried the Padres a lot of the season, to maneuver Betts to 3rd. Freeman, who helped the Braves win the World Sequence final 12 months earlier than signing with the Dodgers as a free agent, doubled down the proper area line to convey them each in.

Jake Croneworth lets out a scream after hitting his game-winning two-run single.Getty Photos

Will Smith hit a sacrifice fly in opposition to Steven Wilson with the bases loaded within the seventh for a 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers had been left with an enormous disappointment. Supervisor Dave Roberts predicted throughout spring coaching that they’d win the World Sequence. They gained the NL West for the ninth time in 10 seasons and completed 22 video games forward of San Diego. The Dodgers went 14-5 in opposition to the Padres within the common season and had gained 9 straight regular-season sequence in opposition to them.

Musgrove was making an attempt for his second straight playoff series-clinching win. On Sunday night time, he dominated the New York Mets at Citi Subject, permitting only one hit and one stroll in seven innings in a 6-0 win that despatched the Padres to the NLDS.

He gave up two runs and 6 hits in six innings in opposition to the Dodgers, struck out eight and walked three.

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