The National League Division Series moves to San Diego, with the Dodgers and Padres playing Game 3 at Petco Park in San Diego on Friday night.
The NLDS is tied at one game apiece, after the Dodgers rode early offense to win Game 1 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, then San Diego turned the tables in a back-and-forth affair to win Game 2. Both games ended with a 5-3 score.
The Dodgers have yet to score off the Padres bullpen in 9⅓ innings through the first two games.
Game 3 preview: Tony Gonsolin vs. Blake Snell
After Thursday’s off day and a full complement of relievers available for Game 3, the Dodgers are starting Tony Gonsolin, who had a 2.14 ERA in 24 starts but also missed six weeks with a forearm strain. Gonsolin is stretched to roughly 75 pitches or so.
Austin Barnes will catch Gonsolin, and Will Smith shifts to designated hitter. Other lineup changes include Chris Taylor starting in left field and Max Muncy at second base. Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger sit against Padres left-hander Blake Snell.
During the regular season, the Dodgers won six of nine games over the Padres at Petco Park, with all three losses coming in 10 innings.
The Padres played their first five playoff games this season on the road, winning two of three against the Mets during the wild card series in New York, then splitting the first two NLDS games in Los Angeles.
This is the first home postseason game with fans for the Padres at Petco Park since October 5, 2006. Current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was San Diego’s left fielder and leadoff hitter that day.
A play in two acts
The #Dodgers & #Padres were both furious with FOX-TV setting up camera in each of their dugouts. Manny Machado was angry at yesterday’s workout over location pictured. LA dugout camera was where mgr Dave Roberts usually stands. After much arguing, cameras being moved right now. pic.twitter.com/dTY3wsNw9f— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) October 14, 2022
The Dodgers lineup for Game 3 is as Roberts said it would be on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, with Austin Barnes catching and Chris Taylor starting in left field. For Taylor, it’s his first appearance in the series, and first game since September 30, after dealing with neck stiffness that required a cortisone shot and kept him out of the final five regular season contests.
Those changes mean Will Smith starts at designated hitter and Max Muncy moves to second base. Trayce Thompson, who started the first two games in left field, mans center in Game 3. Left-handed batters Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger aren’t in the starting lineup against Padres left-hander Blake Snell.
Mookie Betts RF
Trea Turner SS
Freddie Freeman 1B
Will Smith DH
Max Muncy 2B
Justin Turner 3B
Chris Taylor LF
Trayce Thompson CF
Austin Barnes C
Jurickson Profar LF
Juan Soto RF
Manny Machado 3B
Josh Bell DH
Jake Cronenworth 2B
Wil Myers 1B
Ha-Seong Kim SS
Trent Grisham CF
Austin Nola C
The Goose is back
Remember the daring goose that flew onto the field during Game 2 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium? It didn’t make its way down to San Diego, at least not that we know of, yet. But there are some friends in the Padres dugout. Of the plastic variety, anyway.
This is officially a thing. pic.twitter.com/StvfqtjQ68— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) October 14, 2022
Tony Gonsolin needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning, 14 of which were out of the strike zone. He allowed two hits and a walk, and Jake Cronenworth’s RBI single gave the Padres a 1-0 lead.
The team that’s scored first has won the first two games of the NLDS.
Padres 2, Dodgers 1. LA is on the brink of elimination.