The Dodgers opened their final regular season road trip with a 6-3 win over the Padres. The Dodgers found out during the game that the Braves lost which meant the Dodgers clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Nonetheless, there were other positives to takeaway from this game.
Max Muncy provided the key blow, a grand slam in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers a five run lead.
One pitch, GRAND SLAM. pic.twitter.com/jMC8iG5XEz— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2019
Ronald Bolaños made the start for the Padres and took the loss though it was Gerardo Reyes who gave up the home run to Muncy.
The Dodgers had taken an initial one run lead on an infield single that scored Muncy.
The Padres did not have a hit until fifth inning but they were able to score some runs off Dylan Floro. Floro gave up three runs and five hits. A bad throw by Gavin Lux did allow the third run to score from third but then the Padres got two more hits so all of the runs were earned.
Rich Hill made the start for the Dodgers and it looked again like a short outing when he appeared to labor to pitch a scoreless first inning. It was surprising that Hill came to bat in the top of the second and he proceeded to get a double down the left-field line.
Hill wouldn’t score but that seemed to get him going, he came out and struck out the side in the second. Hill did not give up a hit and he struck out five in two scoreless innings.
Hill would later get some extra work in the bullpen before calling it a night.
Tony Gonsolin followed Hill and he retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts.
As noted, Floro would give up three runs but following Floro, Adam Kolarek, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urías and Pedro Báez held the Padres scoreless through the eighth inning.
Joc Pederson provided a little more cushion with a solo home run in the ninth inning. Pederson appear to think he had not gotten much on that fly ball but it went over the fence.
Oppo Taco Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/DotlX1QNMw— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2019
Kenley Jansen would record his 31st save, he had one walk and one strikeout.
Home runs: Max Muncy (34), Joc Pederson (33)
WP: Tony Gonsolin (4-2), 2 IP, 3 SO
LP: Ronald Bolaños (0-2), 3⅔ IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO
SV: Kenley Jansen (31), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO
The Dodgers will probably have Ross Stripling start on Tuesday but regardless, this will be another game with several pitching changes for the Dodgers. Whomever starts for the Dodgers will go against Dinelson Lamet, who will start for the Padres. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.