Although it took 8 pitchers, the Dodgers still got the job done on Sunday night collecting their 92nd win of the season. The 9-4 win was even more sweet than usual as they outright won the series with the Padres and turned their magic number from 12 to 9.
Highlighting the game was Trayce Thompson’s late inning magic as he hit a 3 run bomb to left field for a distance of 424 feet. This homer wasn’t just any homer though.
The outfielder has struggled to find a home traveling around 7 teams in just the past 6 years. But after years of trial and error it was the Dodgers that were able to bring out the best in him.
Thompson is hitting a career best .293/ .389/ .564 with a .953 OPS this season.
Prior to the late inning homer, Will Smith hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to take the lead over the Padres in the fourth. It was the catcher’s 21st this season and 69th career homer.
Trea Turner also highlighted the Dodgers’ offense collecting two RBI including a very crucial double that scored both Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger to take a 5-1 lead in the fourth. He also did a thing, again.
On the defensive end, Ferguson opened the game up in smooth fashion striking out all three batters faced before Pepiot took over in the second. This was the LA prospect’s 8th major league appearance and he struggled on the mound through his two innings:
However, the 25 year old managed to just allow one run on 3 hits across his 74 pitches total and got 2 K’s in the process. Vesia (who was credited with the win. his fourth of the season) and Martin each threw a hitless inning then Hembree entered and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 errors. Evan Phillips followed giving up a run, 2 hits, and an error in his 53rd appearance this season.
Bickford and Kimbrel (finally) secured scoreless innings to finish the game out strong. Kimbrel’s ERA finally dropped below 4 after his 1-2-3 ninth inning. It now stands at 3.97, the lowest its been since July 24th.
LA improves to a 92-41 overall record and a 19 game game advantage over San Diego in the NL West standings. The Dodgers will face off against San Francisco in their 3 game series at home before facing off against the Padres once again.