The Dodgers and Padres battle in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Game 2 brings an incredible pitching matchup, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers facing old friend Yu Darvish for the Padres. Since returning from the injured list on September 1, Kershaw has a 1.54 ERA in seven starts. Darvish has lasted at least six innings in each of his last 24 starts, including seven strong frames in Game 1 of the wild card series, beating the Mets in New York.
Kershaw is making his 31st postseason start for the Dodgers.
Game 2 starts at 5;37 p.m. PT, an hour earlier than Game 1. FS1 is televising the NLDS, with Adam Amin, AJ Pierzynski, and Tom Verducci on the call.
The Dodgers are sticking with the same starting lineup in Game 2 as they had in Game 1. That means Will Smith catching Kershaw for the 10th time in 23 starts this season.
Mookie Betts RF
Trea Turner SS
Freddie Freeman 1B
Will Smith C
Max Muncy 3B
Justin Turner DH
Gavin Lux 2B
Trayce Thompson LF
Cody Bellinger CF
The Padres made a slight tweak, moving shortstop Ha-Seong Kim to the leadoff spot, swapping spots with leftfielder Jurickson Profar, who bats seventh on Wednesday.
Come join us in the game thread to discuss the Game 2 between the Dodgers and Padres.
Both teams traded solo home runs in the first. Manny Machado took Clayton Kershaw deep with two outs in the top of the inning, and Freddie Freeman went over the wall in center off Yu Darvish. Both home runs were hit with two outs.
Dodgers 1, Padres 1.
Max Muncy hit a slider over the right field wall, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the night, 2-1.
Two singles to open the frame off Kershaw, including a slow Ha-Seong Kim dribbler that Max Muncy couldn’t get a grip on, paved the way for Manny Machado’s second extra-base hit of the game, an RBI double. A groundout gave the Padres the lead.
But in the bottom of the frame, Trea Turner hit his second home run in as many days, tying the game at 3-3.
In Blake Treinen’s first appearance since September 5, Jake Cronenworth took him deep with a booming home run to right field, widening the Padres lead to 5-3.
The Dodgers were held scoreless by the Padres bullpen for a second game in a row. the NLDS is tied 1-1.
Dave Roberts said after the game that Tony Gonsolin will start Game 3 on Friday in San Diego.