The MLB put together a 32-team tournament with “Dream Teams” from all major-league clubs. The Dodgers matched up in the first round with the San Diego Padres, and as expected, it wasn’t much of a series.
After dropping the first game by a run, the Dodgers won the next four games to win the series in five. You can check out the box scores from all five games here.
The Dodgers’ starting pitching was too much for the Padres. Just look at their rotation: Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw, Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser. Those four combined for a 2.29 ERA in the series and delivered five straight quality starts. Koufax was great in Game 1 (six innings, one run, eight strikeouts) and even better in Game 5 (6 2/3 innings, one run, 10 K’s). Kershaw delivered seven innings of two-run, seven-strikeout baseball in Game 2, Drysdale went 7 2/3 and allowed three runs in Game 3 and Hershiser went eight and yielded two runs in Game 4.
The Padres’ lone win came against the L.A. bullpen in the series opener. Once they got Koufax out of the game, the Padres got to Phil Regan and Eric Gagne, rallying from down four runs in the eighth to win, a comeback that started with a Tony Gwynn leadoff single and was capped by Nate Colbert’s go-ahead grand slam off Gagne. But the heart of the Padres’ lineup slumped in the series, as the lifetime .338 hitter Gwynn hit just .286, and Ken Caminiti (.176), Dave Winfield (.222) and Adrián González (.111) struggled behind him.
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