After improbably beating the N.Y. Mets in one of the NL Wild Card Series, the San Diego Padres had to play the NL West champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a best-of-five NLDS Series. Many considered the 111-51 Dodgers to be the best team in MLB. The Blue Bums had mastered their NL West rival Padres this season, winning all six series and 14 of 19 games. Not one single media pundit predicted San Diego would win the series, but the impossible happened. The Padres beat the Dodgers three games to one. Let’s briefly break it down:
- Game 1 – Tuesday, October 11 @ Los Angeles – Dodgers 5, Padres 3 – Pitcher Mike Clevinger had a dismal outing, giving up all five of the Dodgers runs in 2.2 innings. Wil Myers’ HR led the Padres’ 3-run fifth inning rally, but it wasn’t enough. Dodgers fans were like, “Told you so.”
- Game 2 – Wednesday, October 12 @ Los Angeles – Padres 5, Dodgers 3 – Pitcher Yu Darvish didn’t bring his best stuff, but kept it close. Manny Machado turned the series tide with a first-inning home run off of Clayton Kershaw. Dodgers fans were like, “Uh-oh.”
- Game 3 – Friday, October 14 @ San Diego – Padres 2, Dodgers 1 – After a poor start against the Mets, pitcher Blake Snell brought his A game and shut down the Blue Bums’ bats. Trent Grisham’s fourth-inning solo homer was the difference.
- Game 4 – Saturday, October 15 @ San Diego – Padres 5, Dodgers 3 – With the Dodgers confidently ahead 3-0, the Padres exploded for 5 runs in the seventh inning.
There’s many accolades to go around, but special mentions go to the clutch hitting of Manny Machado 3B (.296), Jurickson Profar LF (.280), Trent Grisham CF (.381), and Austin Nola C (.381). Except for Clevinger’s poor start in Game 1, Padres’ starting pitching and relief were excellent. Padres fans fueled the frenzy in games three and four at Petco Park.
What’s next? The Padres take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series beginning tomorrow night, 8PM ET. Full schedule below. The last time the Padres were in the NLCS was 1998.
- Game 1 – Tuesday, Oct. 18, Phillies @ Padres, PETCO Park, San Diego, CA
- Game 2 – Wednesday, Oct. 19, Phillies @ Padres, PETCO Park, San Diego, CA
- Game 3 – Friday, Oct. 21, Padres @ Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Game 4 – Saturday, Oct. 22, Padres @ Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Game 5 – Sunday, Oct. 23, Padres @ Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Game 6 – Monday, Oct. 24, Phillies @ Padres, PETCO Park, San Diego, CA
- Game 7 – Tuesday, Oct. 25, Phillies @ Padres, PETCO Park, San Diego, CA